• Change Happens

    Imagine being on the way home and there is road construction. Your normal route is blocked; you have to find a new way or you won’t get home! This change is thrust upon you and you must react.

    External or circumstantial change—you know, the type of change that we aren’t responsible for— provokes us to react, doesn’t it? It demands a response whether we are aware or not, willing or not. A route change is an ‘external change’ for you. You might prefer the old route, but it’s blocked, or gone. You might prefer your old haircut or office or preacher or news anchor, but they are gone, and you must respond.
    On a Larger Level—
    Personal forces are tampering with life around us. People, nations, organizations and industries are strategizing ways to move forward that will affect us in some way; we react, respond, and ultimately, we adapt. Likewise, the dark forces…

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  • Listening: A Catalyst for Change

    Bill defined change, exposed our beliefs and actions when facing change, and then finally, he showed us what really matters to God when we confront change. When I think of change, the word that comes to mind is LISTENING. Change does not happen without someone listening— either to God or others. That seems fairly basic, and yet when I asked a group of my favorite counselors to talk about listening, after much give and take, one responded very definitively, “It’s hard!”
    What makes listening hard, difficult?
    My mind immediately went from the counseling arena to the pleasant thought of greeting my twelve-year-old granddaughter; she will often exclaim, with an inflection in her voice that can only be that of a teen, “Gr-am, you are spif-fy!” Hugging her, with a smile-filled response and inflection that can only be that of a more-than-proud-grandmother is usually, “Noel, you are swag!” Spiffy and swag represent our generational exchange. The emphasis is on exchange—Noel adopting…

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Last year was full of transitions for me. Some left me questioning myself, my feelings and my thoughts. Fortunately, I was able to attend the three levels of Lay Counselor Training, beginning with The Glorious Mess Seminar. Though I had lots of previous training in leadership, discipleship and shepherding others, I found the content of the Glorious Mess was different. Ironically, though I attended so that I could improve my ability to help others, I was helped as I learned how I was made in God’s divine image, but also struggled with depravity; how my early experiences contributed to my current perceptions; and how expectations, goals and desires created conflict. More importantly, I learned how to re-train my thoughts and beliefs according to the grace AND truth of Jesus Christ, as I got comfortable in my ongoing story.

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