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  • Monday, December 11, 2017

    I've got an odd question for you. Have you ever injured yourself…while you were sleeping?!

    It's gotta be the the ultimate rude awakening…you wake up in pain because you hurt yourself. While you were asleep!

    I have to confess that this has happened to me more than once! The first time I remember involved a rather unfortunate (and embarrassing!) top bunk incident at summer camp when I was a kid. Yeah, I woke up, tangled in my sleeping bag…mid-air!  Wump!

    But, today? I have a knot on my forehead. I rolled over the other night and my pillow slipped off the bed. In that odd, half-awake state you're in at 3am, I dived to catch it, and cracked my head on the sharp corner of the nightstand!

    Who does that?! I can't be the only one who has injured themselves while sleeping. Has this happened to you or someone you know?


  • Friday, December 08, 2017

    Do you ever feel unseen? Overlooked? Ignored? Unvalued?

    I think we all do at times.

    I read something in the Bible this morning that I've read hundreds of times, but it just hit me in a brand new way. It was Matthew 6:33 in a paraphrase that made me look at it differently.

    It says “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers, most of which are never even seen, don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?”

    I love this verse. I love the reminder that God will always provide for all that we need and that we never have to worry.

    But, what struck me this morning was the thought that God gives close attention to the creation of wildflowers…even those that no on will ever see. Yet, he takes pride in them. He sees them as beautiful.

    Think about that. The flowers that grow in a remote meadow where no one will ever see them, are just as beautiful as the ones that sit on a table in a palace.

    So, whether or not anyone in your life recognizes your kindness, your talents or your hard work, it really doesn't matter. God sees you. He created you. He crafted every detail.

    You are seen.

    You are valued.

    You are beautiful. 


  • Monday, December 04, 2017

    I think most of us would agree that burying our heads in our phones is separating us from the people around us. But, every once in a while, it can actually do the opposite and connect us with others.

    Spencer is 22 and he loves to play the online game Words with Friends. It's sort of like Scrabble, and you play against other people online. Spencer plays it so often that he's made friends with people he regularly plays against. One of those friends is 86-year old Roz.

    They've played more than 300 games against one another…and become unlikely friends in the process. Spencer is an African-American guy from NYC and Roz is a white retiree from Florida.

    Thanks to Amy Butler, the pastor of Riverside Church in NYC, they got a huge gift. When she learned about their friendship, she arranged it for them to meet in person! Spencer traveled to Florida recently and posted the reunion on social media. The pictures are precious! Huge smiles and hugs! Spencer said “Last summer I randomly met this 80 year old woman on Words With Friends, we played 300+ games and she actually ended up become a good friend of mine. Today, I got to go to Florida and meet her in person.”

    His post has been liked over a million times and retweeted 240,000 times in just the past few days!

    Pastor Butler traveled with Spencer to Florida and tweeted some photos of her own. She said “Sweet day today with Spencer and his “words with friends” friend, Roz. Watching them bond in person for the first time.” Then she said this…so good…”Relationship changes us.”