Wearing a Mask Helps Me Rely on God

My decision to wear a mask indoors and outside, except when with my family, began earlier this year when my father-in-law and mother-in-law were hospitalized with COVID 19; they both ultimately passed. I have even learned things from wearing a mask. For example, I have discovered that I am very prone to touching my face. Wearing a mask is a constant practical reminder not to touch my face. Lastly, I have discovered that wearing a mask helps me stay in the present, the face cover reminding me that I need to rely on God, not myself.

I do not wear a mask because I believe a face covering will protect me. I wear a mask because there is evidence it may protect others by reducing the transmission of COVID from exhaled air droplets (Nature article). I hope that wearing a mask sends a positive message that I care about others more than myself. I do not want to communicate to others that by wearing a mask I pass judgment on people who do not wear a mask.

I have highlighted several articles in this blog post that I have read over the last several months, from the CDC, universities, from Christian organizations and several newspapers. It is interesting for me to learn about various reasons people have to wear a mask.

Sometimes, I feel fear as I put on my mask, other times anxiety, yet other times I feel a sense of peace and gratitude. These feelings are a constant reminder that “old controlling Todd” is not in charge, but rather God is in control. Wearing a mask not only helps remind me to pray, but to also rely on God a little more than the previous day.

John 16:33 (ESV) “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

I find peace within the words of John 16:33, as I continue to desire to get closure to our God.

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“In 1910, 10,000 hunters rushed into a region in northeast China that sits on the border with Russia. They were searching for an animal called a tarbagan marmot that made its home in underground burrows there and was valued for its pelts.

Fur was high fashion in Europe. German tradesmen had recently devised a way to dye cheaper marmot pelts to look like more expensive mink and sable.  Prices for marmot quadrupled, sending throngs of foreigners to scour the forests of Manchuria for the shrieking, toaster-sized rodents, which are relatives of squirrels.

These hunters are the reason we are all wearing face masks today.”

The Forgotten Science Behind Face Masks, August 26, 2020, By Brenda Goodman, MA, Web MD

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“New research suggests that face coverings help reduce the transmission of droplets, though some masks are more protective than others”

Face Masks Really Do Matter. The Scientific Evidence Is Growing. – July 27, 2020 – Wall Street Journal

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“CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.”

Considerations for Wearing Cloth Face Coverings – Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 – Updated July 16, 2020 – Centers for Design Control and Prevention

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“The latest forecast from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation suggests that 33,000 deaths could be avoided by October 1 if 95 percent of people wore masks in public.”

Still Confused About Masks? Here’s the Science Behind How Face Masks Prevent Coronavirus – June 26, 2020 – Nina Bai – University of California – San Francisco (This story was updated on July 11 to include information on why valved masks do not block exhaled droplets)

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Scientists say we should wear masks to control the spread of COVID-19. Stanford experts share the evidence that informed the World Health Organization’s recommendations.

5 Questions: Stanford scientists on COVID-19 mask guidelines – June 19, 2020 – Stanford Medicine

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“The mask as a social nuge. Some argue that ubiquitous mask wearing, as a very visual reminder of the dangers of the virus, could actually act as a “behavioural nudge” to you and others for overall better personal hygiene.

Putting on a mask every day before you go out is like a ritual, like putting on a uniform, and in ritual behaviour you feel you have to live up to what the uniform stands for, which is more hygienic behaviour like not touching your face or avoiding crowded places and social distancing,” said Donald Low, a behavioural economist and professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.”

Coronavirus: Why some countries wear face masks and others don’t – Tessa Wong – BBC News Singapore

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“There’s a lot at stake for Christian witness during COVID-19. Do we want the non-believing world to look at Christians as reckless virus super-spreaders who put their own freedoms (to gather in person as soon as possible, to not wear masks unless absolutely mandated) ahead of the health of their larger community? Or do we want them to look at Christians as “servants to all,” willing to forego their freedoms out of Christlike neighbor love? 

If the small annoyance of wearing masks can help not only save lives but also souls, winning more to the gospel, isn’t it worth it?”

4 Reasons to Wear a Mask, Even if You Hate It – July 1, 2020 – Brett McCracken – The Gospel Coalition

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“One of the other things that informed our decision is that first in April and May, we surveyed our churches. We also surveyed other churches in the Atlanta area. We wanted to discover what it would take for people to come back. Then two weeks ago, we surveyed again. Here’s the interesting thing: about 15% fewer people in the second survey said they were ready to come back. There was less inclination to come back, not more. That helped us make the decision to focus 100% of our time and energy on creating community online. We are going to have some on-campus gatherings, but they’re going to be smaller. They’re going to be focused. So the church is not closed. We are just reallocating assets to actually impact the maximum number of people during this crazy time.”

Andy Stanley Explains Why His Megachurch Won’t Gather on Sundays Until 2021 – July 15, 2020 – Ed Stetlzer, Executive Director, Wheaton College Billy Graham Center – Christianity Today

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“If you are undecided about whether or not to wear a mask these days, here’s another piece of data to consider: Jesus would wear a face mask. If you aren’t a Christian, I understand that is irrelevant information. But for those of us who claim to be followers of Christ and are still on the fence, it ought to be the deciding factor.”

NC pastor: Jesus would wear a mask – May 24, 2020 – Kate Murphy – The Charlotte Observer

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“I also want to encourage you to wear your masks in public,” the Wichita pastor said, standing at his pulpit and holding up a blue face mask.

“This is an act of loving our neighbor. This is an act of faith. It’s something we do as followers of Jesus.

“And please, do not fall prey to the persons who say this is a political statement. It is not,” Gannon continued. “It’s a Christian statement, and thank you for bearing witness to the love of neighbor in this way.”

What would Jesus do? Wear a mask, says Wichita pastor – June 23, 2020 – Suzanne Perez Tobias – The Wichita Eagle

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“Wearing a mask is not about protecting ourselves from the virus; it’s about protecting others from us. It is well documented that COVID-19 is contagious even when we are not symptomatic. It is also believed that a majority of people who are infected may never be symptomatic. Scientists do not yet understand why some people never develop symptoms and other people do. So we are being asked to wear masks in public not just to slow the spread of the disease, but just in case we have COVID-19 and come into close contact with one of those people who might contract the virus and die as a result.”

To mask or not to mask during COVID-19 pandemic shouldn’t even be a question – May 11, 2020 – Rev. Tim Reynolds – The Knoxville News

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“Others are in denial about their susceptibility to infection or risk of being a carrier, and some folks just aren’t willing to comply with anything Big Brother suggests, even wearing a mask.”

Why doesn’t everyone wear a mask? – May 21, 2020 – Dave Hinman is Pastoral Elder at Dove Church Wilmington – News Journal, Wilmington, OH

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“In his first interview since Westmore Church of God became the focus of a regional outbreak of COVID-19, the church’s lead pastor Kelvin Page said the church should have taken masks more seriously as a precaution and that the church is no longer tracking the number of confirmed cases in the congregation.”

Cleveland pastor says he got COVID-19, gave up counting Church of God members infected – July 12, 2020 – Chattanooga Times Free Press, Inc.

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Two congregations in Garfield County have COVID-19 spread among members. Contact tracing investigations are underway into these houses of worship in an effort to stop further potential spread of the virus.

COVID-19 OUTBREAKS ARISE IN LOCAL FAITH-BASED GROUPS – July 31, 2020 – City of Garfield Country, Colorado website
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Decreasing for His Purpose by Oswald Chambers

Several years ago, a friend explained to me his desire to increase God in his life and to decrease himself. My friend quoted John 3:30 (ESV) “He must increase, but I must decrease.” I posted this verse on this blog, mentioning my friend, in November 2015.

Recently, while attending a men’s bible study, one of the men, more than once, mentioned how he found the devotionals from Oswald Chambers helpful. I began reading the Chambers devotionals daily, myself. John 3:30 was quoted in the Oswald Changers devotional, “Decreasing for His Purpose” earlier this week. This devotional rekindles in me the need to remind myself many times every day to be increasing God and decreasing myself, in particular when I find myself in a mindset that the good I do is from my own doing, rather than from God. The good I think I am doing, hurtful, rather than helpful for myself and others. 

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Decreasing for His Purpose (Click to read on Utmost.org  website)

By Oswald Chambers

If you become a necessity to someone else’s life, you are out of God’s will. As a servant, your primary responsibility is to be a “friend of the bridegroom” (John 3:29). When you see a person who is close to grasping the claims of Jesus Christ, you know that your influence has been used in the right direction. And when you begin to see that person in the middle of a difficult and painful struggle, don’t try to prevent it, but pray that his difficulty will grow even ten times stronger, until no power on earth or in hell could hold him away from Jesus Christ. Over and over again, we try to be amateur providences in someone’s life. We are indeed amateurs, coming in and actually preventing God’s will and saying, “This person should not have to experience this difficulty.” Instead of being friends of the Bridegroom, our sympathy gets in the way. One day that person will say to us, “You are a thief; you stole my desire to follow Jesus, and because of you I lost sight of Him.”

Beware of rejoicing with someone over the wrong thing, but always look to rejoice over the right thing. “…the friend of the bridegroom…rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:29-30). This was spoken with joy, not with sadness— at last they were to see the Bridegroom! And John said this was his joy. It represents a stepping aside, an absolute removal of the servant, never to be thought of again.

Listen intently with your entire being until you hear the Bridegroom’s voice in the life of another person. And never give any thought to what devastation, difficulties, or sickness it will bring. Just rejoice with godly excitement that His voice has been heard. You may often have to watch Jesus Christ wreck a life before He saves it (see Matthew 10:34).

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Here is a link to this devotional about “Decreasing for His Purpose,” or to subscribe to the Oswald Chambers daily devotional.

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WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS

It is perilously possible to make our conceptions of God like molten lead poured into a specially designed mold, and when it is cold and hard we fling it at the heads of the religious people who don’t agree with us.
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Genesis 2:18, 22 & 25; 3:7-8

Recently, someone suggested that I read these five verses from Genesis, together. I am glad I did.

Genesis 2:18, 22 & 25; 3:7-8

18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

Genesis 2:22(ESV)
22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.

Genesis 2:25 (ESV)
25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

Genesis 3:7-8 (ESV)
7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

Reference

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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“The Emotionally Healthy Relationships Course” by Peter & Geri Scazzero #GCTOGOD

For the last several weeks; when speaking to a friend, he kept mentioning how helpful he was finding “The Emotionally Healthy Relationship Course” in his relationships.  He and his wife were attending a small group using the material detailed below which includes a workbook/study guide and a devotional book.

Last week; I ordered the workbook and devotional, my wife and I started reading the devotionals together, two per day, morning and evening. They didn’t take long to read. The devotional includes a brief medication before and after, they really speak to us. Enough so that we’ve found a couple or two interested in going through the material together, sorting that out now.

I’m looking forward to this new journey to develop emotionally healthy relationships; in community, with others with the same objective.

One more thing. I noticed on the Emotionally Healthy Relationships website a emotionally healthy relationships online assessment tool. I tried it, its spot on. Here’s a link to the assessment if you want to try it.

 

Deeply Changing Your Relationships with Others

The Emotionally Healthy Relationships Course Participants Pack

This powerful 8-week Course will equip you with practical tools to really love people in difficult situations and mature into an adult follower of Jesus.

Eight Powerful Relationship Changing Skills:

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  • Take Your Community Temperature Reading
  • Stop Mind Reading and Clarify Expectations
  • Genogram Your Family
  • Explore the Iceberg
  • Listen Incarnationally
  • Climb the Ladder of Integrity
  • Fight Cleanly
  • Develop a “Rule of Life” to Implement Your New Learnings

The EH Relationships Course Participants Pack includes:

  • an 8-session workbook/biblical study-guide with reading, questions and practical discussion to reinforce each of the 8 skills
  • an EH Relationships Day by Day 40-day devotional with daily readings that align with the core theme of each session

This course is not for self-study and must be done in groups to get the full impact of each “learning to love others” skill.

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Everyone Has A Story by @BreneBrown

The facilitator of a men’s group I attend gave everyone a copy of this blog post by Brené Brown, “Everyone Has A Story.”  The post is a  response to the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.

The post starts out and I quote:

“Everyone has a story or a struggle that will break your heart. And, if we’re really paying attention, most people have a story that will bring us to our knees.”

The meeting facilitator ask each of us to tell part of our stories, a part that would “bring us to our knees.”  It was powerful evening, breakthroughs to understanding our hurt and shame. It was a challenge for me to be learning about others and their story and be open about mine.

PS: In writing this blog post; which, like most of my posts, are book marks to help me to refer back to content I appreciate, I found Brené Brown’s Ted2012 Talk “Listen to Shame.”  After listening to this Ted talk, I had to listen to her first Ted Talk “The Power of Vulnerability.”

 

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Latest favorite bibles verses using bible app @gotandem

It keeps happening, as I talk to people and learn the various ways they engage with the bible, invariably I get excited based on their experience, and often times, I try their favorite bible app or bible reading system. There is one bible app that I always return to, GoTandem. I began using this app in 2013, the day after meeting Arnie Cole from GoTandem. Arnie explained how their research showed that consistent bible engagement and reflecting on it has the biggest impact on our lives.

Here are my favorite verses from the last few weeks.

  • Attitude

    Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 
    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

    Note to Self

    Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again– my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:5-6

  • Vine and Branches

    “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

  • Strong and Courageous

    “This is my command–be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

  • Strong and Immovable

    So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. 1 Corinthians 15:58

  • Be Thankful

    Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

  • Wisdom on the Streets

    Wisdom shouts in the streets. She cries out in the public square. She calls to the crowds along the main street, to those gathered in front of the city gate: “How long, you simpletons, will you ins… Proverbs 1:20-33

  • That Wonderful Day

    For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righ… Titus 2:11-13

  • Be with Me

    “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a p… John 14:1-4

  • Even the Birds

    “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life–whether you have enough food or drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the … Matthew 6:25-26

  • Right Path

    “Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.” Psalm 25:4-5

  • Tested Faith

    Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, f… James 1:2-4

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Daily Temperature Reading (DTR) by Eric Moore, adapted from @PAIRSFOUNDATION

A couple weeks ago, at a men’s retreat, a tool that I had not heard of, designed to help sustain healthy relationships was introduced. It’s called the Daily Temperature Reading or DTR.

A couple men I respect a lot; Pastor Jim Owens and Eric Moore, first introduced the DTR and then roll-played with it. As they roll-played, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room as the two men spoke of their journey together before and after the recent death of Eric’s life partner Carmen. Carmen and Eric had created this adaption of PAIRS DTR together over decades of marriage counseling and seminars.

I’m not even going to try to explain PAIRS Daily Temperature Reading (DTR), here’s a link to all history and many practical ways to put DTRs to action. http://participant.pairs.com/about.php The DTR text below is from Eric and Carmen’s DTR adaptation of PAIRS.

Daily Temperature Reading (DTR) by Eric Moore, adapted from PAIRS

Appreciations – We need to hear what’s good about us, and nobody is better equipped to tell us than a partner  close to us. Hearing “appreciations” from our partners helps us feel loved, accepted, and special. An encouraging word or a gentle smile and hug can go a long way. E.g. I really appreciate…

New Information – It feels good to be in touch with our partners changing circumstances and new ideas. Intimacy thrives only when both people know what is happening in each other’s lives – the trivial as well as the import. e.g. I am really happy lately… we’re invited to the neighbor’s for dinner –

Daily Temperature Reading (DTR) by Eric Moore, adapted from PAIRS

Puzzles – If there are things you don’t understand (or need clarification about) and your partner can help explain, ask. Don’t assume they know what you are interested in. Bringing up personal quandaries doesn’t mean you will always find answers, but discussing them can give them more insight about your internal conflicts and thoughts. e.g. Did you mean to slam the car door today?

Complaints w/Requests for Change – The small irritations and annoyances that arise every day and remain unspoken can fester and become destructive. This is not a time to be offensive or defensive, but a way to stay current about things that could become trouble. Body language is important – being able to complain in a tone and body stance that says, “I love you and respect you” enables the listener to hear “He loves me and this thing I do bothers him” rather than being fearful of judgement or rejection. e.g. I notice that you____________and I prefer that you__________.

 

Wishes, Hopes, and Dreams – Our hopes and dreams are vital parts of who and what we are. This part gives us a chance to reflect on what we want – for ourselves, for our relationships and from life. When we bring our expectations and hopes into our own and our partner’s awareness, we are more likely to find a way to realize them. e.g. I wish that someday I could have a house on alake… I hope to get back to school some day…

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“You Make Me Crazy” Talks on Restoring Relationships by @RickWarren ‏

 

Most every morning, I listen to Rick Warren, Andy Stanley or Tim Keller. On long runs, all three. This series of talks “You Make Me Crazy” by Rick Warren was excellent. I didn’t post them all here, at the bottom of post are links to them all.

 

Relationships Are Worth Restoring

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Relationships are always worth restoring. Life is all about learning how to love, and God wants us to value relationships and make every effort to maintain them instead of discarding them whenever there is a rift, a hurt, or a conflict.

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Restoring Relationships: First Talk to God

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The first biblical step toward restoring a relationship is to talk to God before talking to the person. Discuss the problem with God. If you’ll pray about the conflict first instead of gossiping to a friend, you’ll often discover that either God changes your heart or he changes the other person without your help.

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Restoring Relationships: Take the Initiative

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The second biblical step toward restoring a relationship is to take the initiative. Whether you are the offender or the offended, God expects you to make the first move. Don’t wait for the other party. Go to that person first.

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The third biblical step toward restoring a relationship is to sympathize with the other person’s feelings. Use your ears more than your mouth. Before attempting to solve any disagreement, you must first listen to the other person’s feelings.

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The fifth biblical step toward restoring a relationship is to attack the problem, not the person. You cannot fix the problem if you’re consumed with fixing the blame. You must choose between the two.

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Requirements of Restored Relationship

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Forgiveness is not resuming a relationship without change. In fact, forgiveness and resuming a relationship are two different things. Forgiveness is what you do as the offended person. Resuming the relationship is what the other person does in order to get back into your good graces. Saying “I’m sorry” is not enough. In fact, the Bible teaches three things that are essential to resume a relationship that’s been broken — and the offender has to do all three of these things.

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These talks are all from Pastor Rick’s Daily Hope, this series “You Make Me Crazy”

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You Make Me Crazy Complete Audio Series

We all want peace in our relationships, since they are the only things in our lives that will last. In this message series, Pastor Rick helps you understand that to be a peaceful person, you need to be more like Jesus Christ. Join him as he talks more about how God is your perfect model of peace.

You Make Me Crazy includes the following messages:

  • Message 1: Six Keys to Peace In Relationships
  • Message 2: Who’s Pushing Your Buttons?
  • Message 3: Resolving Conflict
  • Message 4: Finding the Love of Your Life
  • Message 5: Breaking Free from Abuse
  • Message 6: When Escaping the People Pleaser Trap
  • Message 7: Keeping the Crazymakers from Making You Crazy
  • Message 8: How to Keep Your Marriage Growing

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Weakness and Failure Will Build Your Faith by @vaneetharisner

This article by Vaneetha RisnerWeakness and Failure Will Build Your Faith” posted on DesiringGod.org spoke to me. There is a link to the article below, also a couple quotes I plan to refer to from time to time as reminder about what being blessed truly is and what it is not.

“Trust God. He is going to use everything in your life to draw you closer to him. Don’t waste your suffering, for it will be the making of your faith. And one day, as your faith becomes sight, you will be grateful for it all.” Vaneetha Risner

“You are holding onto meaningless things, and you are believing in yourself for the wrong reasons. Stop judging your life by your achievements or “blessings,” whether material or relational or reputational, because none of them will last. What you now consider blessings will be taken away, and when they are, you will discover that being blessed is deeper and more lasting than you can imagine.” Vaneetha Risner 

https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/weakness-and-failure-will-build-your-faith

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Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher, Ph.D.

This last Summer, my wife and I listed to much of the audio version of Reviving Ophelia. Being published in 1996, the material is dated as far as social media and mobile device usage in 2017.  The depth and understanding of adolescent girls, their life experiences and how they handled them is so worth listening to.

Reviving Ophelia (Buy on Amazon)

Why are adolescent girls prone to depression, eating disorders, addictions and suicide attempts than ever before? Mary Pipher believes adolescence is an especially precarious time for girls, a time when the fearless, outgoing child is replaced by an unhappy and insecure teenager. Her view is that for the most part it is our look-obsessed, media-saturated, ‘girl-poisoning’ culture – and not parents – which is to blame. Despite the advances of feminism, escalating levels of sexism and violence cause girls to stifle their creative spirit and natural impulses, which, ultimately, destroys their self-esteem. Yet it is often their families that are blamed. Here, for the first time, are the girls unmuted voices. By laying bare their harsh day-to-day reality, Reviving Ophelia offers parents compassion, strength and strategies with which to revive these Ophelias’ lost sense of self.

©1996 Mary Pipher, Ph.D., (P)1996 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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