Can’t We Get Along?

In the last few days, I've received several 'whadya think?' messages, along with posts and re-posts on my Facebook wall of a video snippet of pastor Joel Osteen's wife Victoria. Several of the published commentaries label her and Joel 'heretics'. By Webster's definition, a heretic is 1. a professed believer who maintains religious opinions contrary to those accepted by his or her church; 2. … [Read more...]

Will You Trust Me?

Looking through old Throwback Thursday photos is one of my favorite things to do on Facebook and Instagram. So I thought I'd do a different kind of Throwback Thursday, one that takes a look back at the most difficult season of our lives. The fact that our three Minnesota years were difficult wasn't hidden from my readers ~ but exactly how difficult was. I want to take a moment to reiterate … [Read more...]

It Takes Very Little to Love

The Minneapolis area is home to quite a few corporate headquarters, the most significant for me being Target. As a result, Target stores in the Twin Cities area are usually in tip-top shape. They're well-stocked, well-run, and many of the Super Targets have made a push to be our one-stop shopping destination for all we could possibly want or need. In the last few years, if they weren't already … [Read more...]

Sights and Sounds of Summer, pt. 2 {MILEstones}

I was a card-carrying member of the "I Do Not Run" club. For anything. Several years ago we had a very short layover in Europe, for which we had to all-out sprint in order to make the flight, and I was ready to miss the flight instead of run that far. For as long as I can remember, I used to say that I couldn't run past the mailbox, only being facetious, but it was literally true. There's a lesson … [Read more...]

Giving Back

Mike's playing days afforded him much more free time than his coaching days do, so events added to the calendar are given long, hard consideration before being confirmed. This year, when his presence was requested at TURN, a reformation project taking place at Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana, he jumped at the chance to spend a weekend at the maximum security prison. He had one caveat, … [Read more...]

Transitions

  This is the view from my back window. In my dreams, I'd be referring to the transition from winter to spring as I titled this post. But I'm not. Minnesota is smack dab in the middle of a bone-chilling week of sub-zero temperatures, by night AND day. Nevertheless, for myself and many of my readers, this present time -- mid-January of 2013 -- is indeed a time of transition. If you live … [Read more...]

For Certain

Since my last post, the holidays have come and gone, Christmas decorations have been stored away for another year, and most Starbucks locations have run out of their red cups. The excitement and newness of 2013 may be starting to wane, and if we're not careful a feeling of same ol' - same ol' can come upon us. If you live in an area where the climate provides a real winter experience (my … [Read more...]

Triage

Through the course of my lifetime, there have been catastrophic tragedies of incredible magnitude, both on a local and global level. While I was moved with compassion for the victims of the devastating earthquake of 1989, it wasn't until I actually lived in California that the reality of it hit home to me. As for the recent tsunamis in the Indian Ocean and more recently in Japan, I confess that I … [Read more...]

Worried Prayers

In my last blog, I mentioned that I'd write next about the importance of praying faith-filled prayers, instead of the worried prayers we so often throw up to God. I've been mulling over my thoughts, wondering how I would convey the concept without sounding too preach-y or methodical. I sat down to write it a couple times, but left it unfinished ~ waiting until it was more inspired. Well, … [Read more...]

Rejoice for Others

The beautiful Jack Nicklaus-designed neighborhood our rented home is in has been the setting for so many life lessons and God whispers as I sauntered up and down it's streets over the last year and a half. I think about how fragile and stung I felt a year ago, half-fearing the impending change of season, bracing myself for the worst. Looking back, I can still rather vividly feel the progression of … [Read more...]