September 21, 2017
My car is back in the shop today for some of its 140,000 mile service after a quick oil change and airbag warranty service yesterday….It’s 2006 Honda Element I’ve had 3 years and it had 53,000 miles when I got it. The service rep said, “You drive a lot of miles!” Uh, yes. And that’s only part of the miles involved in ministry, as we also have a Titus 2 car that is used a few times a week for the women to all go to church 2-3X a week and to the grocery store... read more»
September 20, 2017
Absolutely, one of the most wonderful things about my life is sitting in my office with a student and watching her begin to open up, a tiny little crack forming in the hard shell around her mind and heart, as we talk and I share Scripture, respond to her questions, teach her about the process of spiritual formation and human development, describe the ethical basis and values of our program, show her the humanness and divinity of Christ and the virtues he exemplifies in the Gospels, teach... read more»
September 13, 2017
“I believe almost any tree can grow out of a rock, given the right conditions. I’ve certainly seen enough of them. In my part of the world, I’ve seen just about every type of tree doing this. Generally the seed must find a little nook to become established, with water and a little soil. The root will break the rock apart, allowing the root to find the soil underneath or behind the rock.” Joy Keiffer, author of The Garden Journal... read more»
September 13, 2017
Question from my 42 year old daughter:
I’m wondering if you can help me with in the next couple of days. I’m working on the essay I started a couple of years ago about the quilt Granny Boyd made that you gave me. I know you don’t know much about the quilt. Can you tell me a bit about Granny Boyd? What are your memories of her? Do you have any memories of seeing her working on quilts? If not, what memories do you have?
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September 11, 2017
When I began teaching the Bible and biblical principles to adults, I would tell class members that some people approach their faith journey as tourists on a group excursion who trust others to set the agenda, select the sites, and determine the schedule. The only information they get is from the perspective of the person they have trusted to guide them.
Our class would be for adventurers…..those who are inquisitive enough to set off on their own and discover the byways untraveled by tourists.... read more»
September 10, 2017
“I Pity the Fool” Cathy Byrd 9-10-17
In their seminal book “Boundaries”, published 25 years ago, Cloud and Townsend listed the ever-broadening, socially-expanded opportunities one encounters in life to learn to accept “no” from others that arise as one grows and puts up resistance to setting and respecting boundaries. It goes something like this, if I recall correctly.
Parents and other caregivers
Socially significant... read more»
September 10, 2017
“Jesus wept.” (John 11:35) “Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb.” (John 11:38) These little verses come in the midst of the story of Lazarus’ illness, Jesus’ delay, Lazarus’ death, Martha’s and Mary’s response to Jesus’ arrival, and Lazarus’ resurrection. As the Titus 2 ladies and I talked about Jesus’ humanity and how he expressed human feelings, we discussed this story. What is it that Jesus likely felt?
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September 8, 2017
Devotional time this morning….. Someone told me one time that we give as much of ourselves as we can understand to as much of God as we can understand. When we grow in Christ, knowing him and making him known, we come to see and know ourselves with greater clarity, too!
I love the Seedbed resources that I get that nourish my daily walk with Christ! This one is soooooo true….to live the Christian life is to “measure down.” The Apostle Paul, in his pre-Jesus life,... read more»