Remember being sick as a kid? If your experience was like mine, you got all of Mom's attention. Her concern was obvious as she fluffed the pillows for comfort, checked your temperature, and gave you medicine to easy your symptoms. After tubing your cheek tenderly she left you to rest. She stayed near b. Even… Continue reading When I’m Sick, I’m Just Not Me.
At our small group that I referred to in the last post, we watched Rick Warren's video on the study book, "40 Days of Prayer.' Rick Warren has the Lord's Prayer broken down into 10 beautiful, insightful aspects of prayer. Rick has broken down each phrase of the Lord's Prayer into ten prayers we are… Continue reading My Core Prayer Re: Temptation
Terry and I attend a couple of small groups that are part of our church outreach. One we lead based on the book "Life's Healing Choices" by John Baker. The other is one in which there are four couples each who have been married over fifty years. The leader of that group is a man… Continue reading The Right Way to Pray?
The Recovery Movement The term “recovery” seems puzzling in light of a person who reports a lifetime of brokenness. Recovery implies that one will return to a state of health that at one time existed. To a degree that is true. Considering that a child comes into this world as an innocent being, a restoration… Continue reading Why Do Recovery Programs Work?
I am finding Christians who desire to serve God becoming more drained and exhausted. Looking at this as an emerging symptom or pattern of a growing problem in some church settings, I spent some time pondering this and seeking input from others. Why so many weary Christians? Growing churches rely on members to serve at… Continue reading Ministry: Doing or Expressing
Many who reject the existence of a Creator would like to use as one of their arguments--"The Bible is full of errors and contradictions. Only a fool would believe what it says." There is an context component involved in the apparent contradiction that people may not realize. Humor me in this exploration. The Contradictions As… Continue reading Resolving Seeming Contradictions in the Bible
How This Relates to Our Minds We are using the theater stage to explain how our minds work. When we interact in the external world, others see who we are and how we portray our identity. Others cannot know what is happening in our minds, but they can see the outcome of our internal choices.… Continue reading Mindscape-Genre
The Relational Selves Do Jobs We have discussed the Core identity as the person you really are in your being, or in your existence. The Relational identities are the roles we play in our daily interactions with others. Our Relational identities are what others see us doing and define us by those actions. Having Relational… Continue reading Mindscape-The Cast
Understanding Your Mind There have been many metaphors used to explain the human mind and its workings. The simplest one is that of the stage in a theater. Picture a theater stage. There is a curtain in the front. When the curtain is opened, the audience sees the furnishing and backdrop that are to illustrate… Continue reading Mindscape-The Theater
Loving Your Wife as Christ Loved the Church Husbands, this post is a challenge to you. I am sure that you have shared my experience. My darling wife is known for the joy she exudes. Others often comment on that Core trait of hers. I cherish that quality in her because her light-hearted presence brings… Continue reading Men-The Three Sentence Prayer
Human Creativity--One Aspect of the Image of Our Creator Using examples from Biblical descriptions of our Creator, we are able to understand what it means for humanity to reflect the image of God. Some examples are as follows: we have existence or being; we have emotions that we express as we communicate to others; we… Continue reading Mindscape-Introduction
The Value of a Safe Place Over the next few videos, you will learn about how your mind works. As you learn about what I have to share you will be able to manage stress better. These tools have come from my years of working with people like you and learning from experts in… Continue reading Mindscape-David’s Safe Place
Discovery I like to do photography as a hobby. What I look for are unusual images that show texture and expression. The images often speak to me; they tell a story that has a metaphor for life. This photo was taken on a family vacation to Door County, Wisconsin on the Lake Michigan side. The… Continue reading An Unusual Place for Hope
(Watch the video) To the Unknown God The setting is the Areopagus, in Athens, Greece. A man who is a natural born Roman citizen of jewish decent stands before the High Council to answer a charge of preaching about gods not recognized by the Greeks. This Jew named Paul had been speaking of events in Jerusalem, asserting a man named Jesus who had been crucified by the Romans was raised from the dead and was alive.(See the video and read the post)
(Watch video) Consciousness research shows us that who we are in our Core consciousness is consistent with being in the moment. There are no thoughts about how we should act based on who we are relating to at the moment. We just are. We exist. That state of consciousness or Being is observable in the human being from birth. The infant looks around noticing what it sees, hears, tastes, smells, and feels. If what is observed is pleasant, the infant shows pleasure. If it feels discomfort, the infant cries. If what is noticed is novel, the infant becomes absorbed by what has its attention, soaking in the moment. In the infant's sense of Being, it naturally observes its surroundings and responds according to its feeling state in the moment. This is Core consciousness. See video and read the post...
(Video-The Premise) Why I Am Doing a Video Blog -- After examining my passion to share what I have observed to be life changing truths, I realized that I do better expressing myself in front of people rather than by the written word. I have found a means to create video blogs as a… Continue reading The Premise
A Summary of Core Identity Identity was hardwired in each of us by our Creator who made us in His image. Like our Creator, we can say, "I am who I am" asserting our existence and being. I call that sense of Identity, your Core self. Creator God endowed each one of us from Adam… Continue reading Your Relational Self
Finding Identity I am passionate about you knowing who you really are. Why? The person who lives from his/her Core identity is one who has the most full and enjoyable life. I say full life, not a perfect life. You and I exist because we have a Creator who loves us and wants a relationship… Continue reading Do You Know Who You Really Are?
Looking Back to the Beginning of Retirement on February 2, 2016 The past few months since retirement were not settling into a quiet, simple life. Selling all our properties in Dubuque, saying "Good Bye" to clients, friends, and family, moving possessions to Texas, finding and buying our new home in Thrall, Tx, finding a new church fellowship… Continue reading Reflections
Our Town Thrall, Texas with a population of 906 in 2014 became our home town in August of 2016. This is truly rural Texas located northeast of Austin between Taylor and Thorndale on US Highway 79. The local food market is actually a convenience store with a fast food counter. There is a hispanic restaurant that serves breakfast… Continue reading Small Town Identity
A Challenge from a Friend Bill Muench, pastor of Redemption City Church gave me a challenge. Put together four classes for consecutive Sundays that lays out the process for emotional and spiritual healing. My admission to Bill was how I get caught up in wanting people to know the process and then to do the… Continue reading The Creator’s Design for Healing
How to Share Your Life Story Everyone has his or her own unique story. Sharing your story is the only way that others can know the real you. That can be a scary thought. You dread what others might think about you when they hear it. You wonder if those with whom you share may… Continue reading How to Share Your Life Story
A Joy in Retirement The opportunity to retire in Texas gives us many ways to participate in our grandkids lives. Lydia is a freshman at Round Rock Christian Academy where she and her brothers are very active in all types of sports. We attend these events every opportunity we get, cheering their teams to victory. Lydia… Continue reading My Granddaughter’s School Project – Ephesians 5:21-6:4
Coping with Betrayal "Since I found out about my spouse's affair, I can't stop thinking about it. I keep picturing my spouse with the other person. I wonder what was different; what was seen in that person that is lacking in me? I just can't put it out of my mind. How can I possibly… Continue reading How Can An All-Knowing God Forget?
Struggling to survive! When the stress is greatest we need the support of others. Anticipating our move to Round Rock, Texas to enjoy our grandkids as often as desired required much preparation. Close the counseling office, sell our properties, sort through our possessions, choose what we want to keep. pack and store that until ready to move, and… Continue reading Retirement – I almost lost me!
Yes it has been a while since anything was posted. It has not been for lack of things for which I am passionate. When I communicate ideas I prefer to do it in person, rather than to write it out. So this is a start to posting Vlogs. Identity and retirement has been my journey… Continue reading Retirement – Routley, Where Are You
Longevity of life increased for most male and female Americans since the 1960s in spite of their ethnic background. Imagine the surprise for social observers to discover the high death rate of white women in rural America. Since 1999, the death of white women forty years of age and older has increased by almost 50%. The Washington Post… Continue reading Startling Statistics about Mortality of Rural White Women
Who Would You Want as Leader? Today someone knocked on my door to ask my opinion on political candidates and platforms. So it begins. The pollsters are seeking to get input from the average person about their concerns, their preferences, and their attitudes. Will the pollsters discover the pulse of the voters and that of the nation? Questions… Continue reading Ideal Leadership
Have This Book Available on Your Digital Device! This ebook by John Stange is a wonderful resource to remind you from Scripture who you are in the eyes of your Creator. John begins with a concise two page introduction on the nature of identity. The remaining pages of the book each consists of one aspect of identity. The titled aspect… Continue reading Be Reminded Who You Are In Christ
Trapped in the Elevator Series In our "trapped in an elevator" series, we have explored how our Creator came into this world in the person of Jesus Christ. In His humanity, He encountered all that any human being encounters. Yet He was fully God and did no wrong. We find Jesus in the last days… Continue reading Trapped in the Elevator of Depression
Depression is Hard to Relate to Unless You've Had It. Depression is one of the most troublesome human emotions.The suffering can be so deep that words cannot express what is felt. Depression quashes all hope that a good outcome will result. For friends of the depressed person, it takes courage to sit silently with him or her. Any attempt… Continue reading 7 Reasons for Depression
So You Think You Are Better Than Me? We humans are finite beings; but we forget that. Until faced with our limitations, we assume nothing can stop us. Being trapped in an elevator is one event that makes us aware of our lacks. From the circumstances come a range of emotions. Let's say you have one other person in… Continue reading Trapped in an Elevator, Feeling Hostile
All three books are now now in print and on sale from Xulon Press. If you purchase from Xulon Press, you will pay full retail price for which I am grateful, making you a contributor to the "Coming to Awe" small group ministry. To purchase from Xulon Press, just click on the images below. you will be… Continue reading The “Coming to Awe” Series Is Now Complete