A question from one of our lessons said something like, “What makes you feel close to God?” I remember Michael saying that praise made him feel God’s presence, and realized that he and I are a lot alike when it comes to our passion for music and feeling God.
What do New Year’s Eve, shoe shopping, and The Names of God Bingo all have in common? They were highlights of The Boaz Project’s recent short-term trip to Kenya! Having just returned home from an amazing visit with the boys and their caregivers at El Shaddai...
The magi’s visit was about more than delivering gold, frankincense, and myrrh. In fact, it rocked the expectations of the Jews who awaited their Messiah.
May you find that the babe from divinely humble beginnings be all that you need in every season.
I just got a letter from one of our house parents, Pastor Tonglen. I wanted to share it with you.
When a dignitary was coming to their city, workers would paint the grass and the leaves of the trees green so it would look especially beautiful.
Did that somehow make them feel better about the country they were ruling?
At first, James struggled to adjust. Being taken care of was not something he understood. But over time through the caregivers love and patience, James begin to open up and accept the care of those around him.
For many children, seeing chaos and abuse in the home starts before many can even speak. One of the unique things about complex trauma is that it often is accompanied by the feeling of being “trapped.” Children can experience this when they are witnessing others being abused and are unable to do anything to stop it. This feeling of being trapped can follow them for years and the trauma can continue to replay in their heads.
I confess I’m woefully slow to give thanks when I learn of a loved one’s cancer diagnosis, when I endure a strained relationship, or when finances seem dire. But isn’t this when gratitude shows itself true?
Love is beautiful and important, but those three little words that warm our hearts can’t immediately erase the effect of in-utero exposure to stress or toxins, abandonment, or years of trauma.