prayer

It's Sucker Punch Season for Special Needs Families

Graduation and awards ceremonies give the Right Hook. Yearbook signings throw a left jab. Prom pictures deliver an upper cut.

Sucker punches are those moments we think we are fine, but BAM out of nowhere something hits a tender place we did not know existed.

Praising God for Random Squirrels

"There are times my heart longs to deeply connect with God via prayer. The intentions are good but the follow through stinks.

As I can tell, two issues hinder carved out prayer time. Somehow they are complete opposites which probably indicates a wide range of issues. They are:

  1. Falling asleep - I’m talking about zoning out within 2 minutes. “God thank you for today and the.....gift of sleep.” 
  2. Distraction - All it takes is the buzzer to go off in the laundry room or a squirrel jumping on the fence. “Squirrel!”  

Rarely do I make it to “amen” when doing one of those quietly sit here and pray kind of prayers."

Wounded by Prayer & Healed with Cake

Prayer has been like a wound I prefer to cover with a clean bandage.

Can I just keep prayer nice and neat? Can I just occasionally peak under the bandage to see if anything is changing? Can I just claim “Amen! Answered prayer!” when things are healing and “God has a plan!” when it’s still a mess? 

For about a decade, I kept prayers in a safe spot under the bandage. I had to. There was a deep wound from unanswered prayer...

What about me?

Recently, you read stories of a Midwest Tribe of friends who were part of a winter survival strategy. They sounded amazing, right? 

When we moved to California I knew I would miss my friends, but assumed establishing a West Coast Tribe would happen easily. 

The assumption was finding folks to settle into doing life with its mess, mistakes, and bad choices would arrive with the furniture truck.

Wrong...