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HOLLY'S BIG DREAM
05-12-2013
Early in my journey I saw the value of embracing a personal mission statement to provide direction for my days. I created a profoundly simple version that has served me well. I exist to serve by stimulating growth for the glory of God.   All around me everyday are many opportunities to fulfill my mission. I have learned that I will be able to carry this mission out to the end of my days because it does not depend on environments or circumstances to flourish. I just need to maintain focus and keep distractions to a minimum.   Now, in this latter stage of my life, I also see the value&nbs ...
GRATITUDE IS THE BEST ATTITUDE
04-29-2013
Have you noticed that no matter how your world is turned upside down or how much disappointment is heaped upon you, there is really nowhere else to look but up? Have you noticed that after navigating a particularly difficult season in life you eventually come around to an attitude of gratitude once again? Today I can say with confidence that God has immersed me in His grace and He has blessed me with greater awareness and understanding than was possible in my pre-transition state! Thank goodness for His sanctification process that is shaping my character. I know He has been faithful to do His work because my spirit is alive and well d ...
Temporary Stops
03-07-2013
Transitions provide perfect opportunities to temporarily stop the tempo of life and linger to contemplate perspectives gained through change. So many times I have rejoiced over the fact that God does not leave me undeveloped and incomplete in this journey called life. He is constantly sanctifying me and moving me toward wholeness and maturity. Because of His love for me and His desire to see me grow, I can anticipate that I will be a more complete version of myself at the dawn of each and every day of my life. During temporary pauses in my life I have found great encouragement in sunflowers.  Sunflowers keep their faces toward the luminous c ...
WHY SHOULD I CARE? DISEASE
01-17-2013
Building a successful ministry team, especially a volunteer one, is about everyone caring to the same degree. Wonderful things happen when a group of individuals with the capacity to care deeply come together and participate fully in a team. What follows is often a season I like to refer to as the glory days! I have experienced the glory days several times in my life so far. They have been some of the best, joy-filled days of my ministry career. During the past twenty years I have made it my personal goal to study the body of Christ in action, to observe how spiritual gifts work and then to intentionally create structures in which individuals have an opportun ...
GO THIS WAY!
12-20-2012
There are times in life when the right direction could not be more obvious. Paul Sailhamer snapped this image while driving home from Arizona to California recently which got me thinking. Growing up in Iowa, I remember the phenomenon of the cattle chute. Cattle were loaded into trucks or railroad cars using this method. The cattle entered single file into the chute and then were propelled through a sloping channel into waiting vehicles. Once they were in the chute they could not turn back or entertain any other options. They could only move forward into their destiny. Sometimes I feel like one of those ...
AVOIDING THE SPIRITUAL BENDS
11-28-2012
DECOMPRESSION SICKNESS or DCS is caused by a reduction in surrounding pressure that produces micro bubbles of gases, similar to the fizzing of a carbonated drink, within the body. It can happen when leaving a high-pressure environment like ascending from depth or ascending to altitude. In scuba dives micro bubbles are eliminated through the lungs. If they are not given enough time the bubbles grow in size and number causing DCS. You might be familiar with the earliest descriptions of DCS, like the term "bends" for joint or skeletal pain; "chokes" for breathing problems; and "staggers" for neurol ...
LITTLE GLIMMERS
10-30-2012
In 1929 a song was copyrighted by Milton Ager (music) and Jack Yellen (lyrics) entitled "Happy Days Are Here Again." This song is #47 on the Recording Association of America's list of "Songs of the Century."  The chorus goes like this: Happy days are here again The skies above are clear again So let's sing a song of cheer again Happy days are here again. Have you noticed that for most folks happy days have fallen on hard times? When things are tough the light of hope grows dim. Hope may even shrink to a faint little glimmer from our perspective. No matter what kind of circumstances we are facing, howe ...
SWITCHING HATS
10-17-2012
I have noticed a strange effect in my influence over others.  Some of the people that have resisted my influence the most have turned out to be my biggest fans and supporters.  Why is this?  I think it is because some individuals around me remain free thinkers, seasoned with healthy dose of cynicism, while still maintaining a genuinely submissive heart toward the things of God. For me this presents the best kind of personal challenge.  I am invigorated when I have the privilege of stimulating a free thinker into a bigger and better place.  Let me explain. Many times over the ye ...
WHEN VISION BECOMES REALITY!
10-10-2012
I was cleaning out an old briefcase recently and I came across a most interesting document.  The heading identified it as a vision statement for my old non-profit, Prickly Perspectives, Inc., dated June 2005.  Thinking back, I remember gathering a group of supporters to discuss the future direction of my mentoring ministry.  I had a sense that God wanted me to expand into a larger collaborative effort.  I also remember asking my mentor and friend, Carol Travilla, to facilitate the discussion.  We met.  We talked.  We dreamed. Here is the vision statement the group generated that evening: Expand Prickl ...
MY EVERYDAY HERO - Part 3
09-27-2012
This blog is a shout-out to some of the individuals who have stood with us in our transition from Scottsdale Bible Church.  They have stayed connected and helped us succeed at Phoenix Seminary.  In our home we use the expression, they have "skin in the game!"  Meaning, they have not only cheered us on from a distance but they have also walked alongside us in camaraderie and fellowship. These individuals have stepped up to help us bear our burdens - communicating in all sorts of ways that "we are in this together - we believe in you - we support you!"  We have been blessed by& ...
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