In my years of teaching discipleship, mentoring, and working with women in life recovery I have often taught about the Fruit of the Spirit. I teach about the order in which the aspects of the Fruit are listed and how the list can be thought of as moving from easier to more difficult…….like from the “low hanging, easily gathered fruit” , like strawberries or blueberries or grapes that God pours out on us by the bushel basket loads as we move into relationship with him…..Love, Joy, and Peace.
This quote on breaking gridlock was shared this week by an individual engaged in some fiercely tense discussions. “When any relationship system is imaginatively gridlocked, it cannot get free simply through more thinking about the problem. Conceptually stuck systems cannot become unstuck simply by trying harder. For a fundamental reorientation to occur, that spirit of adventure which optimizes serendipity and which enables new perceptions beyond the control of our thinking processes must happen first. This is equally true regarding families, institutions, whole nations, and entire civilizations.” -Edwin Friedman.
Construction missionary Jack Williams who is a member of Lynn Haven UMC, along with his wife Debbie and son Jared, has been a member of our team at Titus 2 for over a year. Between trips to Uganda, Peru, Durango in Mexico, and elsewhere Jack does renovations to the Titus 2 home. We are grateful for the partnership of the Williams family. Here is an article from their recent newsletter to their mission supporters.
Something happened at Titus 2 Monday. Something unexpected. Something profound. Something transformative. I listened yesterday as the students described it to me and Chaplain/Teacher Terry Weber-Rodriguez at the beginning of Tuesday’s class on Romance and Relationships. It had taken them … Read More
An interesting blog post from RaisedGood http://raisedgood.com/extraordinary-things-happen-when-we-simplify-childhood/ reflected on the work with children by Kim John Payne. From Payne’s website: “As the pace of life accelerates to hyperspeed – with too much stuff, too many choices, and too little time – children feel the pressure. They can become anxious, have trouble with friends and school, or even be diagnosed with behavioral problems. Now, in defense of the extraordinary power of less, internationally renowned family consultant Kim John Payne helps parents reclaim for their children the space and freedom that all kids need, allowing their children’s attention to focus and their individuality to flourish.”