Archive for 'Relationships'

The Panic of Insufficiency

Posted 14 January 2013 | By | Categories: Grappling with God, Relationships, Spiritual Growth | 5 Comments

Tweet “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”  Pierre Teilhard de Chardin     I heard back from the publisher about my most recent book proposal (last count was six previous manuscripts.) It was rejected, yet with extraordinarily kind and constructive comments. This publisher grasped […]

Hitting the Curve Ball

Posted 22 December 2012 | By | Categories: Grappling with God, Relationships, Spiritual Growth, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Tweet I remember going to watch two friends play in a baseball tournament. Although I learned that the game was rained out, I saw a way to still have some fun. There was a batting cage next to the dugouts and I suggested that we hit a few balls. I had always wanted to tap […]

My Celebration of Mollie Mae Blue

Posted 17 September 2012 | By | Categories: Grappling with God, Health and Fitness, Relationships, Spiritual Growth | 1 Comment

Tweet It has been three years since my dad died. My mom and dad were married for more than 70 years. She has spent the last several years grieving, adjusting to living alone, and living her life to the fullest.   Several months ago I received a call from my brother saying that mom was […]

God’s Infinite Love: My Choice by A.M.

Posted 30 August 2012 | By | Categories: Grappling with God, Podcast, Relationships, Spiritual Growth | No Comments

Tweet When I first joined assignment group, a senior member of my group told me that no matter what happens in the group, to remember that Rich was always for me 100%.  I learned over time that this was true and that despite whatever happened in group, Rich always had my back.  Even though I […]

The Web of Life: A Divine System

Posted 27 August 2012 | By | Categories: Grappling with God, Podcast, Relationships, Spiritual Growth | No Comments

Tweet     The first time I met John (alias) I knew I was in for a battle. His face was hard and his gaze was steady. My characteristic use of warmth, fun and humor were not working; if anything, I was making things worse. His answers were short and brusque. He was angry and […]

Growing and Faith

Posted 20 March 2012 | By | Categories: Grappling with God, Relationships, Spiritual Growth | No Comments

Tweet Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 I am concerned about the ever-present temptation to move away from truly living by faith. Growing involves […]

Faith—An Experience of God

Posted 09 February 2012 | By | Categories: Grappling with God, Relationships, Spiritual Growth | No Comments

Tweet “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1     The Oxford English Dictionary defines faith as, “Confidence, reliance, belief, esp. without evidence or proof. The spiritual apprehension of divine truth or intangible realities.”   I am struck by the phrase, “without evidence […]

4 Steps to Revitalize Your Marriage

Posted 14 January 2012 | By | Categories: Grappling with God, Relationships, Spiritual Growth | No Comments

Tweet     A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  John 13:34   Marriage. It is fun and exciting at first; however, it is much more challenging to nurture and grow over the long haul. Falling in love and deciding to get married […]

Friendships: The Most Worthwhile Investments

Posted 01 January 2012 | By | Categories: Grappling with God, Podcast, Relationships, Spiritual Growth | 1 Comment

Tweet Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13    Relational unrest and breakdown is all around us and has hit close to home. Recently, we were surprised to see moving vans in front of the house of our next-door neighbors. They were a young couple […]

Courageously Committing

Posted 04 December 2011 | By | Categories: Grappling with God, Health and Fitness, Relationships, Spiritual Growth | No Comments

Tweet  “The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred… unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.”  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe     Meaningful decisions that lead to personal transformation […]