I met my first mentor, Andrea, in a basement cafeteria on my college campus. It was over three decades ago. But in time, I came to know the significance of why and where we met. Through Andrea, God brought an experienced soul to my newly believing heart. She was on staff with a campus ministry and discipleship became our bond. Our meeting in the basement cafeteria was symbolic.
Anxiety and depression are on the rise. Michelle Nietert is the Clinical Director of Community Counseling Associates in Dallas, TX. She is a mom of two and a former school counselor with over 20 years of experience in private practice. She is on the show sharing her expertise on how to protect our mental health and the mental health of our children.
My son groanish-growled a little under his breath, and then came a moment forever frozen in my mind: He lifted a sharp, bright yellow number two pencil and chucked it to the floor with gusto. I secretly thought it was absolutely adorable.
We live in a polarized time. Christians are quick to conceive of themselves either as theologically-minded or worship-minded; either thinking Christians or feeling Christians. The results are damaging: theology without worship is muted, stifled, and cold, and worship without theology is ungrounded, unrooted, and uninformed.
The kids have decided they’re all allergic to one another, speaking different languages unrecognizable to a mother’s ear. There’s no spiritual fruit present through actions or eye rolls, along with any edible types one must eat to sustain physical strength. A once beautifully clean bedroom floor has now been scattered with stinky clothes and garbage from hidden sweet stashes, while the dishes do their own stashing in the kitchen sink.
Despite more ways to stay connected than ever before, our lives still feel less and less connected. We desire healthy friendships but feel less equipped to make and foster them. In this episode, Amberly Neese discusses her book The Friendship Initiative. We dive into the friendships and connections Jesus made in the Bible and discover the keys for building relationships.
She cornered me in the hallway outside the sanctuary to extend an invitation. “Listen, we need someone to teach the Cubbies on Wednesdays this Fall, and I thought of you.” Sweetly, she smiled and promised she’d handle all the crafts. I would just need to teach a short 15-minute lesson. It seemed simple enough. After all, I had a college degree in education hanging in my office.
You exist for such a time as this! Jodie Niznik is on the show today diving deep into the stories of Esther and Jonah. While they endured wildly different circumstances and had distinctly singular callings, they were both appointed by God. They were placed in a certain time and space in history.
Pandemic restrictions are slowly easing where I live, and we can now invite guests into our home. Although the number of guests is limited, this change brings hope that life will someday return to normal. Normal, for me, is opening my door to friends, family, and strangers. The more, the merrier—thanks to my mom’s example.
There is a moment in every conversation that can change the whole relationship. A moment when you can either move toward the other person or away from them. Choose to break a negative cycle or continue it. Understand and be understood or remain confused and frustrated.