Thursday, December 24, 2015
A note from Rev. Daniel Humbert about a personal experience of joy:
Even though it was almost 20 years ago, I remember it as
if it were yesterday. The details are vivid and bright. It was a day unlike any
other in my life. In many ways there has not been one quite like it since. Yet
that day not only taught me what true joy could be; it set the standard for my
understanding of joy.
It was spring, 1996. Kay and I had recently relocated
from Wichita Falls to Argyle, TX. We...
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Monday, December 21, 2015
A note about overcoming fear and anxiety from Camille May:
About a week after my 21st birthday, my grandmother died. Ten days later my father died from a brain aneurism. All of this took place days before Thanksgiving and a few weeks before my final exams.
I remember wishing that time would stand still so that I could find my bearings. I often wonder how I even managed to finish college. I felt a wide range of emotions and took a lot of naps. I had family and friends to...
at Monday, December 21, 2015
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
A note about feeling disgusted by Rev. Clay Horton :
Disgust. I’ve felt this a lot lately, and it’s not because
I’m changing diapers or discovering 3-week-old leftovers in the fridge. In
fact, I’d change diapers all day if I could somehow reduce the level of disgust
many of us have felt over the past month or two.
When I look at the world around us and watch the news, it’s
hard not to feel some level of disgust. It swells up inside my belly and moves
to my heart. It's not a comfortable...
at Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
A note about dealing with anger from Karen Chraska :
a cheery thing to ponder this Christmas Season. In fact, when the worship team
first landed on the Inside Out Christmas theme, I’ll admit I was less than
confident the choice was a good one. Now after digging deeper and living into
the themes, I am so thankful we are going there!
oldest child of an alcoholic, I live into the stereotype quite well. I am super
responsible. I never want to let anyone down. I want...
at Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Thursday, December 3, 2015
A note about dealing with sadness from Rev. Doug Meyer: “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing
monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” ~ C.
For the better part of my life I viewed sadness as an
emotion to be avoided at all costs!
I could see no value in being sad. All the experiences I had that elicited a sad response were "no good , very bad, don’t ever want to have
that happen again" types of events.
I carried that...
at Thursday, December 3, 2015