Category Archives: communication

Chicken as Cash…

In Africa quite often the currency is livestock. Usually a chicken. We have been given a few as gifts and as payments for something. It is given out of the goodness and generosity of the heart…quite often to the financial pinch of a poor family. This last week we have received two. It is humbling to accept them as we realize that a family might go without meat for a few days, or even without income from selling the chicken. What can we do? Is there a way to repay them without them realizing what we are doing? After all, it is a gift…and they love to give. Continue reading Chicken as Cash…

Repellant

I slather myself with mosquito repellant every evening…they love eating my ankles, and boy do I smell lovely! :). It works and they stay away. How many of us do the same with repelling people? We coat ourselves in an odor of “untouchable” and “unapproachable”…and then wonder why no one will talk to us. We walk around with a sour expression that lets people know that we might bite!! Our facial expressions and negative body language are some of the biggest inhibitors in our lives. Quite often we don’t even see it ourselves. It has just become who we are…a natural human repellant! Continue reading Repellant

OCD

I wish that i was a little more OCD about cleaning! Can’t stand it! That’s why I have adopted the motto, “a clean house is the sign of a misspent life”! Secretly I know this isn’t true…a clean house is relaxing. I just don’t want to be the one cleaning it. I envy, just a little, those who love to clean. But there is one quirk that I can’t really control…and that is straightening things. If I see a crooked picture or rug I start to twitch…it needs to be straight!!! But the dust around it? Doesn’t really bother me!

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Divine Nobodies

This title is from one of my favorite books. I have read it a few times, and I would recommend it to anyone. It’s written by Jim Palmer, a pastor who goes through a crisis and embarks on a journey. Through the book he writes about the people he meets along the road…people who make him believe in Jesus again. The beautiful thing is that these people are not other preachers or Christians…they are just ordinary people living with faith, and in the most ordinary of settings. What grabs me when I read this is…how do we live our regular lives in a way that reflects the love of Jesus? Continue reading Divine Nobodies

Mom & Pop

There was a quote that stayed with me recently. “The ceiling of one generation is the floor the next one can build on.” It might be slightly paraphrased…but you get the idea. So many of us look at the generation we are not in and think…”what do they know?” Either you are in a group that is “old fashioned” or then “new fangled”…there can be a large gap between the two. And so many times there is misunderstanding and general discard. We forget that each generation has been at the foreground of some great movement or innovation. Each generation has had music, fashion and technology that baffled their parents. But within a short period of time it is “normal”, “status quo”!!! How can we acknowledge the value of each side?

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Language of Love…

Books and I go back almost 40 years. It has, and continues to be a fantastic relationship. However…there are only a few that have stuck with me through the years. One of them comes to mind when I thought about this blog. It’s the book, “5 Love Languages” , by Gary Chapman. I’m sure most of you have read it, or at least have seen it lying around. It has been a best seller for many years. For some it’s “pop psychology” and the premise is quite simplistic. But it has made sense to the many that have read it and embraced its message. You might be able to guess what the book is about? we all have a language that we use when it comes to love. Continue reading Language of Love…