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THE FRUIT OF JOY

 I can sometimes find myself humming this children’s song,  “I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy   Down in my heart, Down in my heart, Down in my heart   I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy   Down in my heart, Down in my heart to stay” What is JOY for me? What is [...]

By | 2016-08-11T23:11:28+00:00 May 16th, 2016|Challenge House 7|Comments Off on THE FRUIT OF JOY

PRAYER CHANGES EVERYTHING!!

I was out walking in the Canton Pike neighborhood today after church.  I met two ladies that were standing outside a house talking in the neighborhood behind the hospital.  I recognized one of the women and waved hi. She rushed over to where I was and threw her arms around me, an action I was [...]

By | 2016-12-08T14:57:32+00:00 April 3rd, 2016|Challenge House 7|Comments Off on PRAYER CHANGES EVERYTHING!!

 Cracked Coffee Cups and Fissured Souls

Tap tap tap. Clock says 11:00 pm. Tap tap tap. That’s a knock. On the apartment door. My door. 11:00 pm????? I looked out the window. Small woman standing in the rain leaning my way to look IN the window. Eyes meeting. She jumps back and starts crying, hand rubbing her face hard. I opened [...]

By | 2016-12-08T14:57:32+00:00 March 11th, 2016|Challenge House 7|Comments Off on  Cracked Coffee Cups and Fissured Souls

LOVE IN THE TIMES OF INJUSTICE

I read a book last night.  I was up to 3 a.m. reading it to the finish.  I could not put it down. The book was called “WITH JUSTICE FOR ALL” by John Perkins.  John Perkins does a great job of outlining a three step plan for dealing with the poverty that is so PREVALENT in our [...]

By | 2016-08-11T23:12:26+00:00 March 7th, 2016|Challenge House 7|Comments Off on LOVE IN THE TIMES OF INJUSTICE

The Challenge of Gratitude

I have spent the last month at Challenge House 7 pondering the “challenge of being filled with gratitude."  My pondering began when I read this little jewel of scripture:  "Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." –1 Thessalonians 5:18  “What does circumstances really mean?” I asked myself at [...]

By | 2016-12-08T14:57:32+00:00 February 29th, 2016|Challenge House 7|Comments Off on The Challenge of Gratitude

THE FRAGRANCE OF SAFETY

Last week we gathered at Challenge House 2 for a meeting.  While there, some of the neighborhood children were also there having fun at a birthday party.  I recognized a couple of the children as having attended a church in the area and I was able to speak to these children for a few minutes [...]

By | 2016-08-11T18:21:49+00:00 February 22nd, 2016|Challenge House 7|Comments Off on THE FRAGRANCE OF SAFETY

Chasing the Fingerprints of GOD

I watch the children on Phelps Avenue play in the late afternoon sun, Watch them run and chatter and chase and jump It seems their feet were born to run the race It seems they have never moved at any slower pace. They chase each other and the bugs and butterflies, Under mountains of clouds [...]

By | 2016-08-11T18:22:03+00:00 February 21st, 2016|Challenge House 7|Comments Off on Chasing the Fingerprints of GOD

Listening with Your Eyes and Your Heart

  I feel that almost unarguably, the greatest gift you can give another is your attention!! I’ve been thinking about that lately as Challenge House 7 bursts at the seams with adults and children and echoes with constant noise. I adore the fullness of those noisy sounds- the invigorating string of great ideas that grow [...]

By | 2016-12-08T14:57:32+00:00 February 6th, 2016|Challenge House 7|Comments Off on Listening with Your Eyes and Your Heart

JANUARY 15, 2016

I met a man the other day.  He was dirty, “bone dry weary” and thirsty.  I was driving and listening to Elvis Presley sing “How Great Thou Art” and I missed my turn on 17th street, so I went on down to the next road and turned right off Canton Pike.  The man was sitting on [...]

By | 2016-12-08T14:57:35+00:00 January 15th, 2016|Challenge House 7|Comments Off on JANUARY 15, 2016