Neighboring

When you think of your neighbors, what comes to mind? If you're like me, you probably just think of the people who live in your general vicinity who you never speak to and try to avoid eye contact with if you all happen to be outside at the same time. But that may just be … Continue reading Neighboring

A Year Ago…

It was one year ago today that I announced on this blog that I would be leaving the world of school counseling to join my church staff on a full-time basis. I was super excited about the opportunity that had been presented to me. One year later, I'm no less excited about what I'm doing … Continue reading A Year Ago…

I’m Going to Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

Kids, in a couple of weeks, I'll be temporarily leaving the country. This is a big deal. The last time I boarded a plane to leave the confines of the United States was in March of 2003. That was the last time I went to Brazil. I always thought that if I ever went overseas … Continue reading I’m Going to Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

To the Future

When I was counseling at the school, I sometimes liked to participate in the therapeutic activities that I got my clients to do. This one time, a few years back, I had the kids write letters to themselves in five years. Looking back, I probably should have said 10 or 15 years. They didn't really … Continue reading To the Future

Orange Conference 2016: A First-Timer’s Perspective

I’ve been hearing great things about the Orange Conference for years. Even before I became involved with Northstar’s children’s ministry, a friend encouraged me to attend the annual conference. He told me it would change my life. Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to join our kids’ ministry staff for three days in Atlanta … Continue reading Orange Conference 2016: A First-Timer’s Perspective

The Importance of the Small Group

I have a tendency to watch people. In fact, observing is a part of my job description as a school counselor. I spend the majority of my time in classrooms keeping track of certain kids' behaviors. This works out well because, for as far back as I can recall, I've been a people watcher. During … Continue reading The Importance of the Small Group

Movies With Jeff

Raise your hand if you're familiar with Jeff. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you're probably vaguely aware of who he is. Because I've mentioned him and directed people to his blog from time to time. But it's not like I make him the subject of every other post on here. So … Continue reading Movies With Jeff

Walking in Truth

I've said it before and I'll say it again... When I grow up, I want to live at the lake. Though, would I really love it as much if I were living there alone? All of my experiences of temporarily staying in lake houses have always involved being there with groups of people. Particularly with … Continue reading Walking in Truth