Inward not Upward (guest post at Judy Douglass’s blog)

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I believe I have mentioned a leadership development time Erik and I went through many years ago called LEAF (Leadership Evaluation and Formation). It was, hands down, the most transformational experience of my life; I am a different person because of it. Recently, my friend Judy Douglass asked me to write some reflections for her series Jesus on Leadership from …

My Favorite Books of 2013

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I was going to write a “favorites of 2013” post and include things like a favorite movie, but then I realized I’ve barely seen any movies. I also couldn’t think of other favorite things, except maybe people, but that felt awkward to post publicly. So I just decided to go with what I know best – books. I’m like a …

Wrong Number

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In college, our dorm phone number was 836-2223. Unfortunately to drunk frat boys at 2 am, this translated to 836-BABE. I was the one who was typically awakened by these calls. I always gave them to my roommate. She did not appreciate it. We had a few wrong numbers in China. My favorite was this woman, who insisted that her …

My Dog Is Weird

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No, this is not day 1 of my days of victory post, because declaring that we have a weird dog is not what I consider a victory. Then again, if I am looking for the less obvious victories, maybe I should dig deeper and figure out how it is. I have a feeling this Days of Victory challenge could make …

The Great Outdoors

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I’m not an outdoor girl. I’ve said it before, but I could live happily in a bunker, as long as I had space to jump around. But after eight years in one of the most polluted cities in the world, I can’t get enough of our neighborhood because it’s just. so. beautiful. Here’s evidence: See, this is a SWAMP and …

Gators

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One of my biggest fears in moving to Orlando was the gators. No, seriously. I pictured gators everywhere. In the lakes. Crawling out of drainage pipes. Eating my dog. We had friends who had a gator in their garage. They don’t even live near water. Basically I thought we were moving to an episode of Swamp People. I was wary, …

Desire

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What do you do with desire? I’m not talking about “I desire bacon” or, “I desire a tropical vacation.” I’m talking about deep heart desires, like the desire to be loved, respected, needed, safe, important, powerful, competent, noticed. If I don’t get bacon on any given day, I’m not going to be hurt. I’m not even going to be hurt …

One Week

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One week ago we had just pulled up to our new home in Orlando. Over the course of seven days, we’ve unpacked 95% of the boxes, painted the dining room, living room, hallways, kitchen, and office, and stripped and refinished a coffee table (it was previously traffic sign yellow – not the antique yellow I had requested). We have organized …