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opportunity to preach

Opportunity to preach {Thankful Thursday}

I know I’ve been thankful for my church before, but it is such a fabulous place that I have new reasons to be thankful this week.  This past Sunday I had the opportunity to preach the sermon.  It was an unforgettable experience.  Sunday service is so different from behind the pulpit than it is from the pews. Continue reading

love is expensive

Love is expensive?

I was reading a post on Facebook by Sharon Astyk (here is her quiet-for-now blog) who used a personal example of a crisis in her life to explain that we really don’t understand our fellow countrymen right now, and we are only just now realizing we have been completely miscommunicating for a long time.  That we need to sit down and really listen to discover how our neighbors see the world because it might be radically different than we do.  In the comments (I know, never read the comments, but her Facebook friends are generally very respectful), someone remarked, “We all desperately want to be “read” by others, and (at least for me) it’s so hard to get past innate self-centeredness and lack of communication skills. And yeah, a neighbor could be all the things we fear. Love is stronger than fear, but is expensive. But why else are we here? We’re all so needy and broken.”  Love is expensive.  Is it? Continue reading

Election campaigning is over

Election campaigning is over {Thankful Thursday}

Election Day in the US was two days ago.  That day we chose our fate.  Some are elated, and some are grief stricken.  We are a divided nation and the Us versus Them rhetoric has never been stronger.  Now it is time to pick up the pieces of our lives that we put on hold as we waited with bated breath to learn the outcome of this election season.  I am so glad the campaigning and mud-slinging and agonizing waiting is over. Continue reading

The answer is always yes

The answer is always “yes”

I had an epiphany today.  I love having epiphanies.  Today’s epiphany was about the nature of the Universe and how the answer is always yes.  Why, yes, I do think about the Law of Attraction a lot.  I have observed it at work so often in my life that I can’t deny its perfection.  I know I talk incessantly about it, but it has transformed my life and I want to share it with everyone.  There is no fanatic like a convert. Continue reading

celebrating my husband

Celebrating my husband {Thankful Thursday}

(Photo by Cressy Goodwin.)

This is a post that I have been writing for some time now.  I wanted to write it, but I worried that it might be too painful for my friends and readers who are not as fortunate in this area of life as I am.  I decided that I am going to go ahead and publish it now because it is a gratitude that I carry every day.  If I always wait for a better time, it will never be done.  Therefore, today I am so very grateful for my husband.  I know that sounds corny and cliché, but I am.  I haven’t always had a great marriage, as I alluded to in a previous post.  Having had two disastrous marriages has made me really appreciate a healthy relationship.  And so I want to celebrate my husband today. Continue reading

Digital versus real life friendships

Digital versus real life friendships

Recently, I read an article about the opposite feelings of liberation and imprisonment that we feel from our online lives.  I have talked about the benefits of technology before, but the idea of imprisonment also strikes very close to home.  I often lament about all the time I spend online, when I could be doing more productive things.  The kids accuse me of having double standards when I am online and won’t let them watch TV.  Usually, those arguments come up when I am actually using the computer as a tool rather than as entertainment, such as balancing the checkbook, searching for a recipe to make dinner, or writing posts for this blog.  These are liberating aspects of the internet. Continue reading

RIP Sif

Dealing with grief {Thankful Thursday}

It is Thankful Thursday, and I am determined to mine some appreciation from the darkest of places.  I want to be an example of the fact that no matter how horrible things get, there is always something to be grateful for.  This post may be a little graphic, as I process my grief.  Feel free to not read it.  This one I am writing for me. Continue reading

church for the non-religious

A church for the non-religious {Thankful Thursday}

Welcome to this week’s installment for Thankful Thursday.  Today I am so grateful for the spiritual community of Unitarian Universalism that I found ten years ago.  The church that defines itself not by a creed, but by a set of seven guiding principles that can be applied to any creed.

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Life is a Massive Video Game

It’s all just a massive video game

Is there anyone who hasn’t played a video game?  I suspect not.  I used to play an online game called World of Warcraft.  I used to play Dungeons and Dragons and other tabletop games.  I used to play Live-Action Role Playing games (LARPs).  All of these games involve creating a character through which you can participate in the game.

The character generation process involves things like choosing if you will play a Continue reading

How JOY killed my soul

How JOY killed my soul

What a crazy statement! Joy killed my soul? Not exactly. More precisely, it was JOY that killed my soul. Perhaps I should explain. I have noticed an epidemic of low self-esteem in our society. I believe there are many contributors to this problem, but I want to focus on one that I suspect is very influential. Let me start by saying that I have lots of friends who are religious, and very devout. My brother-in-law is a Lutheran minister, and another friend is a Catholic blogger. They are great people. I am not here to bash on Christianity or religion in general. It is just this one notion that I would like people to rethink.

Impressionable child

When I was a child, my parents took us Continue reading