Tag: hopeless

OUT OF THE CHAOS 06.02.2020

What is it that draws me to the choreography and sychronous movement of backup dancing or drill team? Why am I enlivened by the invitation to “keep in step with the Spirit?” As I ponder that, I recognize something about myself. I don’t need to be the main atttraction. I want to be a part …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 6.01.2020

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves . . . Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Galatians 5:16, 25 Early Sunday morning, as the night turned into day, the phrase “walk it out” came …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.30.2020

The last few days have been rainy. Not just a gentle rain, but storms, winds and downpours. Along with the storms came the most amazing cloud displays. And rainbows! As I watched the clouds build and billow across the sky, I was so grateful. It was absolutely beautiful. The sun was setting and the colors …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.22.2020

Learning to care for myself has been a difficult task. I want to avoid self-centered habits. After all, the universe does not revolve around my belly button, no matter how much I might believe the opposite. It seems there is a fine line between boundaries and self-care and self-obsessed living. How do I make the …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.21.2020

Years ago, I found myself involved in a boundary-centered religious setting. The premise of this type of group is boundaries keep us “in” and the bad “out.” It is possible to know who is “in” by observing external behaviors. I am the perfect candidate for this setting because I am also a recovering approval addict. …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.02.2020

Someday we will look back at the time spent in social distancing and isolation and it will be a distant memory. Perhaps we learned things about ourselves and others. We might have learned a new skill, took up a new hobby, read a new book, watched a great movie. Maybe we learned to spend time …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 04.21.2020

My final takeaway, and probably the most important. It matters what I think about. If I want to live in the peace of God, without fear, anxiety and worry as my constant companions, it matters where my mind goes. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 04.20.2020

Reminders. We set them in our phones. We write sticky notes. We put them on bulletin boards. We need reminders. Our worship service was a reminder to me yesterday. Thank you, Pastor Jay for bringing it! I think we all need to hear this again, so I am going to share the cliff notes of …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 04.17.2020

Wednesday I did something I have never done before and will likely never do again. I “attended” a civil hearing. The opportunity was provided due to alternate ways of doing business through Zoom. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, it is an online forum to conduct meetings, meet with friends, and apparently, have a civil …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 04.16.2020

So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne …