Category Archives: family

Hold Space (Bite Your Tongue)

Our Bible study leader told us not to give each other advice during small-group discussions. I liked the experience. Would you? Refraining from counseling/advising/citing scripture/quoting Christian clichés holds space open for Holy Spirit (The Counselor) to be heard. Holding space prevents … Continue reading

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Grow-Your-Own Proverbs

Here’s a sampling of my Life Group’s home-grown proverbs. Below those, is the prompt you can use if you’d like to write some of your own.   He who talks but never listens will soon be talking to himself.   … Continue reading

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Shut Up! A true story

Shut Up! The only other time her mother acts like this is when Daddy’s away and three women come over to play bridge. Then, from her bed, the child can hear the ladies jabbering and cackling like strange jungle birds. … Continue reading

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The Last Resort

Who was Jesus to me? He was a storybook character like Santa Claus and Prince Charming. I went to Sunday school and endured goofy flannel-board stories narrated by ladies that seemed very old. At age 12, I quit going to Sunday school … Continue reading

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What’s in Your Wallet? (unique way to reconsider daily baggage)

Guesstimate: How much cash do you think you’re carrying? $______ Empty your pocketbook, tote bag, wallet. From the third person point of view (he/she, his/her) write assumptions a stranger might make about the person who carries the items in that … Continue reading

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Is it Your Family?

There are undocumented stories about my ancestors hiding silverware from the Confederates during the Civil War, about being related to Captain John Smith and Abe Lincoln and Chief Logan Corn Planter. I’ve since learned that many families tell these same romantic, … Continue reading

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Very Good Book Free @ Kindle Unlimited

Confessions of a Transformed Heart is a read-worthy, true account of a longtime missionary family told by Nancy, whose heart was remolded by God in the face of horror, disease and more. Even so, the book is encouraging and not a … Continue reading

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