As I said in my last blog, God chose the vehicle of making a covenant to communicate with humanity because it was a concept people would immediately understand. So let’s look at the steps of the covenant-making ceremony. Normally, covenants were made in wide open fields between crowds of witnesses. The first part of the ceremony was the exchange of robes. This represented a change of identity. The two parties would take their outer garments and exchange them. If someone saw one of the partners from a distance, he or she might say, “Here comes Darla France. But wait, she doesn’t walk like Darla: she’s not really built like Darla. But isn’t that Darla’s robe she’s wearing? The exchange of [ Continue Reading… ]
“Life-changing” is a very strong term. Few things that are reported to be “life-changing” really are. However, learning about the meaning of the Biblical covenant truly can alter your thinking and your life. So what is the big deal about the Biblical covenant? Why am I telling you that it is so life-changing? If you will go on this journey with me for the next several blog entries, I think you will understand its place, its role in human history, and many things about God will come alive that you might not have ever understood before. It actually can become the epicenter of your relationship with God. Let’s get started. What is a Covenant? The word “covenant” in its Hebrew [ Continue Reading… ]
Helping People Return to Joy Guatemalan people are some of the most joyful people I have come to know and love. In Monjas Jalapa, southwest of Guatemala City, there is a group of people who live in a community called Shadow of His Wings Orphanage. The Lord has blessed LifeTouch with the opportunity to build relationships with the people from Shadow. We have been invited to return twice per year to provide continuous training in trauma recovery. This will aid those who parent and minister to the girls who live at Shadow. These children are court appointed because of abuse, neglect or abandonment. This past June, LifeTouch staff and husbands spent a week teaching and ministering to those at the [ Continue Reading… ]
Distinguishing the Five Types of Fools “What Kind of Fool Am I?” was a popular song published by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newly in 1962. It was introduced in the musical Stop the World-I Want To Get Off. Sammy Davis Jr. made it a big hit that year, although many other artists have recorded it. For some random and odd reason it runs through my brain lately. Here is the first stanza: What kind of fool am I Who never fell in love? It seems that I’m the only one That I have been thinking of Our world is full of “me-centric” thinking. We all humanly do it. It’s the thinking that says, “It’s all about me.” Marriages are ruined, [ Continue Reading… ]
Do you recognize any of these text message shorthand initials? WIM Woe is me TSNF That’s so not fair UV Unpleasant visual SOHF Sense of humor failure The other day I was feeling pretty sad and anxious about a situation that two people I love are experiencing. I was waiting on a text from them. I was also praying about their lives randomly, accounts for a good portion of my thoughts. I considered how amazing it would be if we could just “text” God when we needed to. I can’t believe I’m telling you this, but I did it. I texted God. I went to “create a new contact” on my phone and added Him to my contact list. I [ Continue Reading… ]
Several weeks ago a team of us from LifeTouch Ministries went to Guatemala to present two conferences
One of the hardest things for many parents of adult children to realize is that their children are individuals with their own ideas, attitudes, rights and values.
TRUTH: You don’t have to believe everything you feel.
ANTS…. Recently we have discovered an author by the name of Dr. Daniel Amen. It has been fascinating to study his work with brain science and how our brain effects our emotions.
Remedy for The Worry Driven Life (Joy Lesson #4) I love this quote by Lewis B. Smedes: “You and I were created for joy, and if we miss it, we miss the reason for our existence…If our joy is honest joy, it must somehow be congruous with human tragedy. This is the test of joy’s integrity: Is it compatible with pain?” Have you ever had someone tell you, “Oh, just don’t worry about that!” It’s about as useful as a bent house key. Because the more I think “Oh just don’t worry about it” the more I’m worried. The longer I am in clinical and Biblical practice, the more I am learning about the chemistry of the brain. Fascinating stuff. [ Continue Reading… ]