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Raising Friends

Recently I read a statement about fundraising. “Fund-raising is not raising money; it is raising friends. By our actions, we earn from people the trust that the money they give will be wisely used to carry out a mission they support.” Tony Poderis No matter what an organization’s good works, it must prove to those who support it the value of those works to the community and the efficiency with which the organization delivers them. That being said, we want to help you understand our mission better and be very specific about our needs. Please visit our web site at www.lifetouchmin.org to find more about this as you consider giving . You will also find links to friends we want [ Continue Reading… ]

Joy Lesson #3 Blind Spot

“Guilt…the gift that keeps on giving.” Erma Bombeck We have all done things in our past that could serve as excuses to exit any calling we have to serve others. If we haven’t disqualified ourselves, others will do it for us given enough time through the use of guilt. Even Paul, the great apostle from the Bible had to deal with guilt. He says in his letter to the Philippians: “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:12-14) If you have ever read this man’s story, he has a lot to [ Continue Reading… ]

Joy Lesson # 2 Micky Mouse or Minimizer Button

Years ago, someone gave me a great piece of advice. She said that when you have a person in your life that is negative and spouting off at you, try to picture them in Mickey Mouse ears while they are talking. Life gives most of us a mixed batch of relatives and friends, but the vast majority of us get at least one irregular person (a phrase coined by author Joyce Landorf) to deal with. In her book,” Irregular People” she describes that person as critical of others, irritating, depressing, hurtful or illogical. As I remember, I will paraphrase her suggested choices in how to deal with these folks. 1. Do all you can to humbly deal with your part [ Continue Reading… ]

The Window

This past weekend, I experienced an opportunity to serve at a soup kitchen in downtown Chicago. The lure of the experience and serving was exciting as we began our trek into the church basement which housed the soup kitchen. Our first hour was filled with chopping, cutting and preparing food for the hungry men and women waiting outside for their meal. After this, the food was ready and we organized ourselves to dish up the food and pass it through a small window, which was the portal between the kitchen and the sitting area for the hungry visitors. We served the food with a smile and a few friendly words for the next hour. As we scraped the bottom of [ Continue Reading… ]

Joy Lesson #1 "Laid-Back Joy"

Often I write to you about joy because it is one of my favorite subjects. There are so many levels and so much to say about joy. So I am counting on the fact that you, our reader won’t mind a little series on the subject for the next few weeks. Maybe it will help us all get through some of these grey Indiana days. Our readers in sweeter climates are smiling now. By the way, just for a refresher. The word joy in scripture literally means internal delight. Happiness is the recognition of how blessed we are. They are very much intertwined but there is a difference. Especially in “joyspeak.” I think I may have just coined a word! [ Continue Reading… ]

Walking Wounded?

A couple days ago my husband and I were out feeding the various wild creatures which share our property with us. This often includes deer, birds, squirrels, opossums and skunks. On this particular day we were struck by the sight of a beautiful doe that was lying on a hill in the snow. It was an odd time of day for a deer to still be bedded in and it was an unusual choice of location. She was out in the open and not at all protected. She obviously saw us but didn’t get up and run. I decided to walk closer and investigate. As I tried to get closer it was obvious what was going on. She had an [ Continue Reading… ]

Who Do You Think You Are?

Some quotes I find worthy of keeping close by are by Brennan Manning and Eugene Kennedy. They read: • ” The kingdom of God is not a sub-division for the self-righteous or for those who lay claim to private visions of doubtful authenticity and boast they possess the state secret to their salvation. • Eugene Kennedy notes, “(The kingdom of God) is for a larger, homelier, and less self-conscious people who know they have experienced the yaw and pitch of moral struggle.” • (The kingdom of God) “The men and women who are truly filled with the light are those who have gazed deeply into the darkness of their own imperfect existence. Jesus came not only for those who skip [ Continue Reading… ]

What’s Interrupting You?

This fall a little boy who happens to be a friend of mine started his first day of kindergarten. He came home after school and his mom said,: “Well, how was your first day of school?” he replied, “Well it was okay except for the teacher.” “The te

Never Too Late

Throughout my years as a parent, teacher and counselor God has repeatedly used the animals in my life to illustrate, explain and clarify issues of human behavior. This is not at all to imply that I think animals and humans are equals, just that God uses the animals as a teaching tool for me. Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about a child’s need for safety and trust. In attachment theory language, the child needs a caregiver to act as a secure base from which the child can explore his world or return to when things seem overwhelming or scary. My rescue cats beautifully illustrate this point. When they first arrive at my refuge many of them are wild and [ Continue Reading… ]

LifeTouch Ministries & Counseling Center
PO Box 253
2426 E. Pierceton Rd.
Winona Lake, IN 46590

(574) 269-7990

Phone Hours
9-5 Monday-Wednesday
11-5 Thursday
Closed Friday - Sunday

Evening appointments until 7pm on days we are open.