Top 10 Things I learned in February 2015

Top 10 Things I learned in February 2015
I'm taking a break from the Renew Your Mind Series (which will end in 1 or 2 more posts). I include book and movie recommendations in my list. Many thanks to our local public library for making Nos. 3, 4, 5 and 6 possible. Top 10 Things I learned in February 2015   1. Learning how to tell someone "no"...A great post by Jon Acuff. "If you tell someone “no” and they react in anger, they just confirmed you made the right decision." - Jon Acuff 2. One benefit of age is the abilit... [More]

Renew 14: 5 Things I learned from plumbing

Renew 14: 5 Things I learned from plumbing
Welcome to the 14th post in the Renew your mind (Romans 12:2) series. I wrote the series because I needed to remind myself of certain truths. I pray this encourages you. *************** Water didn't drain from the shower; the toilets wouldn't flush and brackish black water and gunk bubbled up into the tub. When the usual remedy of baking soda, vinegar then hot water didn't work, we called a plumber. (This happened several weeks ago.) The plumber "Ben" diagnosed the problems as a clog in the hou... [More]

Renew 13: On Ira Glass, creative work (& my other favorite "P" word)

Renew 13: On Ira Glass, creative work (& my other favorite
Welcome to the 13th post in the Renew your mind (Romans 12:2) series. I wrote the series because I needed to remind myself of certain truths. I pray this encourages you. *************** “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, ...there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good... A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. ... And if you are just starting out or you are s... [More]

Renew 12: When you pray for change

Renew 12: When you pray for change
Welcome to the 12th post in the Renew your mind (Romans 12:2) series. I wrote the series because I needed to remind myself of certain truths. I pray this encourages you. *************** I share our sofa with our sleeping dog when my face lights up as I read her words. Maybe like me, the daily news of the killing of innocent children, journalists and aid workers and how the powerful oppress the poor, hits you hard and you wonder how to live your life. Ann's words struck me because they echoed a ... [More]

Renew 11: How you find unexpected gifts

Renew 11: How you find unexpected gifts
Welcome to the 11th post in the Renew your mind (Romans 12:2) series. I wrote the series because I needed to remind myself of certain truths. I pray this encourages you. *************** When I listen to the whoosh and pound of ocean waves onto the rocky shore, my heart rate slows. My heart rate slows to the rhythm of the waves rolling in and out as white foam dances in then curtsies away. The ocean's roar calls to the deep within me. It echoes: "Deep calls to deep" (Psalm 42:7). One Saturday, w... [More]