Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Walls I’m Trapped Within

Sometimes there are walls in my mind That I don’t want to admit are there Until I smack into them and they hold me inside They block up my ears so I no longer hear They cover my vision so … Continue reading

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Psalm 14- The Wisdom of Holding to the Covenant

Psalm 14 To the leader. Of David. 1 Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.”    They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;    there is no one who does good. 2 The LORD looks down from heaven … Continue reading

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Mosaic

Looking back on all the pieces of my life Is not like looking at a picture composed on a canvas That brings together the palette of colors and shades To paint a portrait of a person who emerges whole Stepping … Continue reading

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Living Brave Reflection 11- Integrating Stories

I’ve often joked that the pieces of my story don’t easily fit together in one life. I was a civil engineering major in college, an officer in the military, a seminarian and later a pastor. I lived in seven states … Continue reading

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Psalm 13- The Cry from the God Forsaken Place

Psalm 13 To the leader. A Psalm of David 1 How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?    How long will you hide your face from me? 2 How long must I bear pain in my soul,    … Continue reading

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Living Brave Reflection 10- The Stories we Tell Ourselves

The most dangerous stories we make up are the narratives that diminish our inherent worthiness. We must reclaim the truth about our lovability, divinity and creativity. (Brown, 2015, p. 82) As a pastor I have learned the power that stories … Continue reading

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Psalm 12-Save Us from Ourselves

Psalm 12 To the leader: according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David. 1 Help, O LORD, for there is no longer anyone who is godly;    the faithful have disappeared from humankind. 2 They utter lies to each other; … Continue reading

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Living Brave Reflection 9: Learning to Pay Attention (and Making Space for Good Habits)

One of the bad habits I developed in working out is holding my breath. When you run you can’t do this, but when I lift weights or do pushups I have a bad habit of holding my breath until I … Continue reading

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Psalm 11: Confident Faith in the Midst of Trouble

Psalm 11 To the leader. Of David. 1 In the LORD I take refuge; how can you say to me, “Flee like a bird to the mountains;  2 for look, the wicked bend the bow, they have fitted their arrow … Continue reading

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Living Brave Reflection 8: Stockpiling Stress

  Sometimes your greatest strength has its shadow side. I have always been a very resilient person who is able to keep a clear head in intense and stressful situations. I have high expectations of myself in the way in … Continue reading

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