Tag Archives: Chicagoland

Divine Discontent

Posted 20 December 2015 | By | Categories: Grappling with God, Relationships, Spiritual Growth, Surprised by God | No Comments

Tweet If you are like me then you long for meaningful and authentic relationships, You yearn to be seen, heard, and affirmed. You yearn for the love and safety of committed relationships. Accomplishments are great, yet, we will give up all our accolades for love. From the very beginning, it was God’s intention that He would […]

Living in Relationship: Consciously Caring for One Another

Posted 24 September 2015 | By | Categories: Grappling with God, Relationships, Spiritual Growth | 1 Comment

Tweet The older I get the more important relationships are to me. When I was younger, I took many of my relationships for granted. I assumed that others would always be there for me. I also presumed my relationship with God was a constant—He was always there and what I did or did not do […]

Consciously Choosing Life

Posted 24 February 2014 | By | Categories: Grappling with God, Relationships, Spiritual Growth | No Comments

Tweet Life is to be lived fully in the here and now. All we can know for certain is what is right now. The past is history and the future is fantasy. The past makes friends with regret and the future invites anxiety. Both of these are thieves of life in the now.   What […]

A Tribute to my Friend Jon Parks

Posted 11 May 2013 | By | Categories: Grappling with God, Health and Fitness, Relationships, Spiritual Growth, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Tweet It has been about two weeks since the death of my friend, Jon Parks. He fought a courageous 15 year battle against prostate cancer. I had the pleasure of walking with him during this journey along with his wife Eileen. I remember our first couples group after he learned of his diagnosis. I will […]

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 […]

My Commencement Speech!

Posted 05 October 2012 | By | Categories: Spiritual Growth, Uncategorized | No Comments

Tweet For those of you who were not able to be there in person, I wanted to share with you the excitement and joy that I felt while delivering one of the commencement speeches at the graduation ceremony in which I received my second master’s degree from the Wright Graduate Institute.  It was a great […]

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 […]

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 […]