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READ THE BIBLE IN 365 DAYS: SHORT AND CONCISE (9/6)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURES:

Song of Solomon 1:1-4:16  King Solomon and His New Bride Rejoice in Their Love.  Solomon, a son of King David became king.  While visiting a vineyard, Solomon is swept away by the young peasant woman working the vines.  The king seeks the woman’s hand in marriage.  Casting her insecurities aside, she eventually consents.  Solomon’s wife longed for the security of his presence.  The basis of true love is commitment.  A relationship built on true love is void of deceit, manipulation, or exploitation.   

2 Corinthians 8:16-24  Apostle Paul Sends Cohort, Titus, to Receive Collection from the Corinthian Congregation.  Following the Lord’s examples, Christians are called to be generous; a stingy Christian should be extinct; however, sacrificial giving must be responsible.  Give until it hurts but not to the point where it hurts the financial needs of your family and relatives. Paul used every safeguard to maintain integrity in the collection of money for the Jerusalem church.  Christians must have the highest standard of financial responsibility.

Psalm 50:1-23  WISDOM: TO FEAR AND HONOR GOD.  Consider this, you who forget God, or I will tear you to pieces, with no one to rescue you:  Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me, and to the blameless I will show my salvation.

Proverbs 22:22-23  Advocate for the poor.  Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, for the Lord will take up their case and will exact life for life.

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September 6, 2012 Posted by | Attitude, Body, Change, Christianity, Collaboration, Compassion, Dream, Education, Finance, Freedom, God, Gratitude, Health and Wellness, Heart, History, Introspection, Leadership, Love, Marriage, Mind, Passion, Peace, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Spirituality, Stress, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

READ THE BIBLE IN 365 DAYS: SHORT AND CONCISE (8/18)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURES:

Esther 1:1-3:15  King Ahasuerus of Persia personally chose Esther to become his wife and queen.  The king was smitten by her beauty and intelligence.  Mordecai, Esther’s uncle, refuses to bow down to Haman, the king’s high official.  Angry prideful Haman vows to destroy Mordecai and his people, the Jews.

1 Corinthians 11:17-34  Apostle Paul instructs believers on the meaning of the Lord’s Supper.  This’ is not the time to feast & get drunk.  The Lord’s Supper is the time to reflect, remember, and proclaim God’s ultimate sacrifice for our sins.

Psalm 35:17-28  King David prays fervently for deliverance from his enemies; from their ploys to destroy him and his people.

Proverbs 21:19-20  It is better to live alone in the desert than with a quarrelsome, complaining wife.  The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.

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August 18, 2012 Posted by | Attitude, Beauty, Body, Christianity, Finance, Food, Freedom, God, Gratitude, Heart, History, Holidays, Introspection, Peace, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Spirituality | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

READ THE BIBLE IN 365 DAYS: SHORT AND CONCISE (8/15)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURES:

Nehemiah 9:22-10:39  REBELLION and SIN; COVENANT and REDEMPTION.  God is patient and merciful but He will not let evil go unpunished.   (The ongoing saga between the Israelite/Jews/The Chosen People and God, and God and humanity.  The Jews pledge not to neglect the house of God.)
1 Corinthians 9:19-10:13  Apostle Paul commits himself to winning people over to Christ.  Flee idolatry – gluttony, sexual immorality, etc.  God will provide a way out of temptation.  He will not give you more than you can bear.
Psalm 34:1-10  Fear the Lord, our Almighty, Faithful, Divine Creator. 
Proverbs 21:13  Care for the poor.  Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need.

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August 15, 2012 Posted by | Attitude, Body, Christianity, Compassion, Family, Freedom, God, Gratitude, Health and Wellness, Heart, History, Introspection, Leadership, Love, Marriage, Passion, Peace, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Spirituality, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Life is Precious

Precious — great value, cherished, refined (Merriam Webster)

What if you were abused (verbally, physically, and sexually) by your parents — the people closest to you, your support, your mentor — those who should be looking out for your best interests?

Precious — intelligent, courageous, strong, tenacious, priceless

Life — hard, short, painful, rich, precious!

 

January 9, 2010 Posted by | America, Attitude, Beauty, Body, Change, Collaboration, Compassion, Dream, Education, Freedom, Health and Wellness, Heart, Introspection, Love, Mind, Passion, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Stress, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s Complicated!

Don’t know about you but the the longer I hang around the block, I find myself enjoying the company of complicated people — the so called “screw ups” — the ever so adorable human beings! 

Would you prefer to be around people who are always “doing great” and “so together?”  Not me.  I’m so imperfect; I’d suffocate amongst wanna-be-perfectionists. 

Wanna know my humble opinion? Folks who think and act like they’re so together are really more screwed up than you and me — at least we’re able to admit to and live with our humanity.  “Perfect people” are just in denial — too insecure to face their true selves.  To the goody two-shoes, “STOP JUDGING.  LIVE A LITTLE!”

If you were divorced, successful, stable career woman about to start a new relationship, and your charming, unreliable, two-timing ex-husband showed up saying “I really want to grow old with you”, would you take him back?

My head would say “NO WAY!”  But my heart?  “Maybe …?  Maybe … someday?”

LIFE — so hilarious, so complicated, so unbelievable! 

It’s Complicated — two thumbs WAY UP!  A must see this holiday season!  🙂

 

December 28, 2009 Posted by | Art, Attitude, Beauty, Body, Business, Change, Education, Freedom, Fun, Health and Wellness, Heart, Humor, Introspection, Love, Marriage, Mind, Movie, Passion, People, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Spirituality, Stress, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dance Your Way to Success — Love, Respect, Dignity, Teamwork

“If you believe in yourself, you have what it takes to win.  You can get whatever you want . . . Show up and get it.”

“To do anything is hard . . . Even if you find the place to assign blame, problems don’t go away”

“If a woman allows me to lead, she’s trusting me.  More than that, she’s trusting herself.  If your 16-year-old daughter is strong and secure and trust herself, how likely would she let some idiot knock her up?  And if your son learns to touch a girl with respect, how will he treat women throughout his life? . . .”

“So, ladies and gentlemen, this is what I do here.  I teach dance.  WITH DANCE AND ITS SET OF RULES, WE TEACH YOUR KIDS LOVE, RESPECT, TEAMWORK, and DIGNITY; that which would help give them the vision of the future they could have.  THE VISION OF THE FUTURE THEY COULD HAVE.”  (6:30-7:46)

“I’m not interested so much in teaching ballroom dancing techniques. What’s important is the civility that ballroom dancing can bring . . . courtesy, respect, and dignity.”  (Pierre Dulaine, educator, founder, Dulaine Method)

 

November 16, 2009 Posted by | Art, Attitude, Beauty, Body, Change, Collaboration, Compassion, Dream, Education, Freedom, Gratitude, Health and Wellness, Heart, Introspection, Leadership, Love, Marketing, Mind, Movie, Passion, Politics, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

America — Struggles and Hopes Inside Foster Care

All a kid needs is one person to hang on to, to listen, to care, to show up consistently.  (Dr. Maureen Brennan, psychiatrist of residential treatment facility)

Imagine … abandonment, sexual abuse, lies, secrets, guilt, shame, drugs, distrust, nightmares.

Imagine … Help!  Hope!  Healing!

In America, more than half a million kids are in foster care.  Once they reach 18 and age out of the system, only two out of ten will make it.  Others will end up homeless, in prison or dead.

We can do better.  We must.  These kids don’t belong to someone else.  These kids belong to all of us.  They are America’s children.  THEY ARE AMERICA.

October 12, 2009 Posted by | America, Attitude, Body, Change, Collaboration, Compassion, Dream, Education, Freedom, God, Heart, Introspection, Journalism, Leadership, Love, Mind, Movie, Passion, Peace, Politics, Purpose, Soul, Spirit, Success, USA, War | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thirty Years Apart — Love or Lust?

A bit of both, initially.

Love … defies rules, social norms, “common sense.” 

Tumultuous, transforms, transcends!

Amore! 

October 10, 2009 Posted by | Art, Attitude, Body, Change, Compassion, Dream, Education, Health and Wellness, Heart, Introspection, Love, Mind, Movie, Passion, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Spirituality | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Boundaries With Teens — When All Else Fails … (10/10)

A friend once said, “Teens may look and act like they don’t need parents any more but they need you now more than ever.” 

If that’s the case, I’ll be on my toes for the next ten years, trying to (barely) stay one step ahead of my kids.

What are my options when I’m at the end of my rope?

Dr. Townsend imparts his words of wisdom:

1.     Be the Grown Up

  • Keep teen’s future in mind — use current circumstances to equip and prepare your teen for adult life in the real world
  • Be loving but direct
  • Tolerate teen’s anger — As humanly possible, listen, contain your child’s feelings, understand what he is saying, and clarify whether you deserve his anger.
  • Don’t get hooked into fights. — “We’re finished talking about this for now.  I’ll bring this up at another time when you’re not so upset.”

2.    Make Connections

  • When in doubt, connect with your teen — don’t argue.  Make a connection.

3.    Model Respect and Responsibility

  • Deemphasize control — allow your teen to choose and experience consequences.  Allow your child to experience responsibility.
  • Normalize “No.” — Say “no” when it’s in the best interest of your teen.  Help your child get used to reality.
  • Be soft on preferences and style, and hard on disrespect and selfishness — give your teen room to dress differently but be strict about how he treats you and others.

4.    Seek Help and Support

  • HALT — when you’re hungry, angry, lonely, or tired, don’t threaten your teen with consequences.  Wait until you have the support, energy, or the resources you need.
  • Plug into safe people (friends and therapists) who understand — call for support and wisdom right before or after the problem occurs.  Relax.  We deserve it!

Can’t do this alone.  I’m all for mutual support!

Life — it’s a journey!  🙂

September 26, 2009 Posted by | Attitude, Body, Book Review, Change, Collaboration, Compassion, Education, Health and Wellness, Heart, Introspection, Purpose, Self Help, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Boundaries With Teens — Don’t Be A Pushover (5/10)

Parenting teens — disrespect, aggression, argumentative, academic problems, alcohol and drugs — there’s never a dull moment!

Most teens go through the above to a greater or lesser degree; after all, teens test authority, boundaries, and during that process learn who they are and how the world works.

So what’s a parent to do?

Stay proactive, informed, and involved.  That’s what Dr. John Townsend would say.  His additional insights include:

  • Model and Empathize — teens feel more secure in managing their own emotions and expressing them as words when they see parents appropriately articulating range of emotions
  • Clarify Expectations — the less ability your teen has to self-monitor and self-correct, the more external structure/routine he needs from the outside, until he has internalized that structure for himself.
  • Enforce Consequences — consistently implement consequences (which matter to the teen) that fit the “crime.”  After all, that’s how the real-world works; the world of cause and effect (e.g., disrespect resulting in loss of privilege to hang out with friends for one evening).
  • Seek Professional Help — professional help and rehabilitation centers remain the final options.

Bottom line, don’t be a pushover.  Adults are not teens’ friends.  Our job and privilege is to “love and help our children live within the parameters of reasonable realities” — yes, equip and empower our kiddos for the challenges of adulthood.

Whew!  Parenting — it’s the hardest, most rewarding job in the world!  🙂

September 14, 2009 Posted by | Attitude, Body, Book Review, Change, Compassion, Education, Health and Wellness, Heart, Introspection, Love, Mind, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Spirituality, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment