HOPE & HEALING IN THE HOLIDAYS
If you are just now joining us, I encourage you to start at the earlier posts (links are included in the box below) to build the foundation for the thoughts I share here.
1. Looking at the BIG moments that Change Your Life
2. What Happens When a Moment Changes Your Life?
3. Hope & Healing in the Holidays
4. Have you noticed what you need this holiday?
5. Say It Like It Really Is
6. Little Words that Will Make a Big Change
I started this series with a post about looking at the BIG moments that Change your Life. What is marvelous, as you finish reading Psalm 77, once again we are reminded of tha RED SEA moment. (Check out the #1 post listed above if you need a reminder about the Red Sea. Or read the book of Exodus. Fascinating telling of history. )
After Asaph, the writer of Psalm 77, chooses his response by
- noticing his need (post 4)
- expressing his emotions (post 5)
- and pivoting his perspective (post 6)
- He sees God! O God! (also post 6)
Then he gives an example of an O GOD moment, one that would be familiar to his audience.
When the Red Sea saw you!
The Psalmist once again is reminding the reader of that big God moment when the children of Israel stood between death – and death; between the RED SEA and the Egyptian army. A moment when they couldn’t imagine a way out. They couldn’t begin to fathom how God could intervene.
And then He does. Continue reading What Happens When You See God?
In the last post, I talked about the big moments we can recall in vivid detail. We remember who was with us, what happened, how it felt. Often, we share how that moment changed our life.
I shared one moment that is talked about a lot in scripture- I call it the RED SEA story -when the children of Israel were caught between death – and death. It was that moment when God showed up like he had never shown up before and they were saved. (You can read more about that in the post from yesterday)
I’m guessing that even as you read that description, you immediately think of one or more occasions in your own story that changed you.
I wish we could sit over a cup of coffee and share those moments together. I would love to hear about the moment that changed you in the comments section or via email at email@example.com.
For now, I’ll share my story RED SEA moment with you. It was the day my 15 year old daughter, Leisha, died.
I didn’t know how I was going to survive the grief tunnel any more than the children of Israel knew how they were going to get out of Egypt, or get through the Red Sea.
God had to show up! And he had to show up differently than he ever had before! Continue reading What Happens When a Moment Changes Your Life
The discussion Rennie & I shared with a small group of friends turned to moments in our life we remember really well.
We each shared stories of special events- concerts, sporting events, etc. that we recalled in vivid detail. We remembered who was with us, what happened, how it felt. Often, someone would share how that moment had changed their life.
Like the young man who as a boy was with his father at a baseball game when a world breaking home run was made. He remembered the permission he and the entire grandstand had to celebrate the moment in a loud and crazy fashion.
Or the young woman who just experienced a training event over the weekend that seems to have had a life-changing impact on her future. She spoke with excitement, passion and tears about the moment she knew this was was she needed to do next.
Then our leader asked, ” What is the arena where God shows up in our life?”
Life events – Tragedies – Celebrations
We all had moments to share. And most of them were the Big Moments. Moments we could recall in vivid detail. We remembered who was with us, what happened, how it felt. Often, someone would share how that moment had changed their life.
I immediately thought of my MOMENT. Actually a series of moments that I consider to be my RED SEA moment. Continue reading Looking at the BIG Moments that Change Your Life
When I finally got serious about writing “Lovely Traces of Hope”, I realized pretty quickly I was in way over my head. I needed help to give structure to my material. Tribewriters was the answer for me.
Are you a writer? Do you sense there might be something you need to say? Then Tribewriters is for you!
Check out Tribewriter’s Conference 2017?
We just wrapped up another Tribe Conference and had a blast! Tickets for next year are now on sale at tribeconference.com. It won't be the same without you.
Posted by Jeff Goins, Writer on Monday, October 2, 2017
You might also want to check out Jeff’s blog post about the conference…
The Counterintuitive Way to Create Something that Changes Lives: 4 Lessons from Tribe Conference
This post includes links to the summary post’s of quite a few of the Tribewriter’s who attended #tribeconf 2017. It also includes mine- but you can find the link here.
Wanna come with me next year? Get your ticket to the next TribeWriter Conference now! If they are out, because they are selling out quickly, they will be making more available soon.
I’ve recently returned from TRIBEWRITERS 2017, otherwise known as #tribeconf.
The Tribe Conference is a marketing conference for people who don't think of themselves as marketers. It's a gathering for writers, artists, and creative entrepreneurs to grow their craft, share their work, and get the attention their work deserves.
I would describe TRIBEWRITERS as a community of weird, brave and oh so creative men and women who have ‘stuff’. It is the kind of ‘stuff’ that is made up of real, often messy, mostly ordinary people and events in our lives that make up our story.
And yet, in the telling of the ordinary, Continue reading Tribewriters at its Best: Weird, Brave and Creative
I have been told more than once how amazing it is that I could write my book about my experiences- or create videos that share something I learned on a given day. “I just don’t have those kind of things happen to me. But it’s nice that you do!”
Hmmm? Could it be that I have more things happen to me than you do? I doubt it. Would God show up in my story more than He would in yours? I don’t think so.
I don’t have a secret password to get to God. I have bad things happen just as much as I have good. Some of you wouldn’t want my story- and I wouldn’t want yours.
But my story Continue reading Boy, Do I Have a Story to Share!
I was honored that The GRACE TIDINGS, the magazine from my Alma mater, Grace University in Omaha Nebraska, did an article featuring Lovely Traces of Hope. #lovelytracesofhope
Special thanks to the author, Danna Swartz and designer, Tony Wong did a really nice job of conveying my heart and the message of the book. And to Kathy Walters, queen of connecting alumni, for passing on the word about my book.
Here is the link to view it. Burrus article
Check it out. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below
Have you ever had a dream of doing something significant?
Have you ever made a plan for doing that significant something, but it just lays on the pages of your notebook or in the files on your computer?
Me too! I’ve had a lot of ideas that have never come to fruition. I’ve had notebooks filled with plans and dreams that are still great ideas, but I haven’t yet followed through on them.
But not this time!
Continue reading Believe Your Dream to Real
Because it’s a very special day!
(I apologize for the freeze frames in this video- but you get the idea!)
This week’s Facebook Live Video,