In Genesis, Eve is called "the mother of all living." I believe that means every woman is a mother, because every woman brings life to the world in some way.
We encourage. We feed bellies and hearts. We nurture hopes. We create beauty. We birth dreams. And yes, some of us also have physical children. But that's not the only way to bring life into this world — it's one of many.
It is hard to miss that spring is upon us. Stepping outside, we can see that the landscape has gone from tones of browns and grays to green leaves, purple redbuds, and white dogwood blossoms. It is a reminder that the seasons are transitioning. Not only are the seasons in transition, many of us are in the midst of preparing for the school year to come to a close, graduations, planning for summer jobs, summer sports, summer camps, summer trips and maybe even a little rest?
Can we allow ourselves that? Among the planning and pressures of this time of year, I think it is not only allowed, but very necessary. It won't happen on its own though. Rest is not a summer vacation we plan; rest is a rhythm we find.
The teenager came to live with us because he needed a safe place. One night he missed his curfew by a large margin. When he saw us waiting he asked, "Do I still get to stay here?"
There were consequences for his actions, but first he needed reassurance. We wrapped our arms around him and let him know that this would always be his family.
The NWA chapter of The American Heart Association is making an impact in our community by changing the impact of heart disease. While we would all like to believe heart disease will never affect our lives, statistics prove that isn’t likely. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among Americans.
My 4th grade daughter plays basketball at the local boys and girls club. Her coach who happens to work here at Soderquist Leadership was relaying a story to me about a recent practice.
Since we are in a smaller town, there are 4th-6th grade girls on the court at the same time, so the size disparity is really great. Ann was instructing her girls how you could come from behind and steal the ball. The smallest girl on the team looked at Ann and with a horrified look exclaimed, "You mean you want us to steal the ball?" This idea of being sneaky and stealing was really against her sense of right and wrong. As she wrestled with it, Ann assured her it was part of being in competitive athletics and it was ok.
Have you ever had a spiritual knot that needs untying? You know – a nagging question, a perplexing issue, maybe a lingering doubt that has your soul in distress? In such times, I am dependent on my soul friends – deep friends in the Lord who listen to Him and who listen to me. Those who gradually help me loosen that spiritual knot, whatever it might be.
The early Celtic Christians in Ireland and Scotland had a lovely name for such a person: anamchara. It means soul friend, a confessor, one who walks the path of faith with us.
Last week during Sharathon 2016, you not only met and exceeded KLRC's Spring Sharathon goal, but you provided Snack Packs for 300 kids in Northwest Arkansas! That's 300 kids in our local communities who won't go hungry for an entire school year.
Now we're inviting you to join us in helping pack those SnackPacks for kids! The packing is an assembly line process where there are teams who open up food products and teams who pack the bags. The bags are then counted, placed in bins, and then stacked up onto pallets so they're ready for delivery to schools.
That looks like annihilation to the human eye. But Paul had changed his way of viewing death. He looked at it from God’s perspective. The Greek word that is translated “departure” is a word that is also used by soldiers in the field striking his tent, packing his gear and heading for home. Departure. The same word is used also for sailors who are in foreign port who cast of the moorings and sail for home. Paul got it right I think. Death is not the end. Only a departure for home.
This morning 8 year old Emma was listening to KLRC when she heard that Jack had called to give $10 of his birthday money. Emma and her brother Paxton went to mom and said, “We want to give too!” A little bit later Emma, her mom, and her brothers brought their giving jars to KLRC. Emma said that she wanted to give to KLRC because she loves singing and dancing along to the music and she wanted to help.
I was standing in the KLRC lobby when Patty walked in the door. She was shaking and had tears streaming down her face. I had no idea why she was so emotional, but Cheri did.