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Ode to Friendship

Posted by on Oct 29, 2016 in teachable spirit, understanding the experiences of life | 0 comments

Ode to Friendship

Ode to Friendship   There’s a 1,000 things I love to do– None as much as converse with you.   In all the world, there’s none I’ve found Quite as much to turn around–           And whether it’s trite or monumental, You really appreciate the sentimental.       Here’s to friendship for eternity And gratitude abundantly– For all the amazing things we’ve shared And the opportunity to have cared. “The sky’s the limit,” so they...

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The Teachable Spirit Completes with Satisfaction

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

The Teachable Spirit Completes with Satisfaction

Collaborating with faith based organizations, faith based non-profits, and fellow believers, faith based Project Light of the World (PLOW) completed its mission in February 2016 by providing prepubescent training and feminine care products, attendance at the Being a Leader Course (BAL) in Nairobi, Kenya February 4-11, 2016 for the founder and director of Ingrid Education Centre (IEC) and Jean Bons, The Teachable Spirit, conducting a professional development workshop for the teachers of IEC, donating dresses and shorts from Little Dresses for...

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Project Light of the World and the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Project Light of the World and the Teachable Spirit

Working with faith based organizations, faith based non-profits, and fellow believers, faith based Project Light of the World and the Teachable Spirit desire to provide prepubescent training and feminine care products, an opportunity for leaders of Ingrid Education Centre (IEC) to attend the Being a Leader Course (BAL) in Nairobi, Kenya February 4-11, 2016, a professional development workshop for teachers, and added nutritional value to the children’s diet. Founded and directed by Douglas Monene, IEC is a faith based and community...

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The Teachable Spirit of Happy Goldilocks

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

The Teachable Spirit of Happy Goldilocks

Being happy in your spirit has to do with understanding what you need or what you lack before you can ever decide what makes you happy. The teachable spirit knows that experiencing hunger, tiredness, or discomfort is the prerequisite for determining what makes you happy. Consider Goldilocks for a moment. Finding the house in the forest occurred when she was hungry. Tasting the three bowls of porridge led to observing: one was too hot one was too cold one was just right Feeling tired led to seeking which chair would best accommodate her...

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Desire vs. Want with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Desire vs. Want with the Teachable Spirit

What is the difference between desire and want? What word bridges the gap between desire and want? How can the definition help the teachable spirit? Recently, I have been reading a marvelous book entitled A Happy Pocket Full of Money written by David Cameron Gikandi, who happens to be from Kenya. Among other things, David Cameron Gikandi was a creative consultant on “The Secret,” a 2006 bestselling film documentary based on Rhonda Byrne’s book of the same title. He defines “want” as: to be without; lack to be destitute or...

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Days for Girls and the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Days for Girls and the Teachable Spirit

What is the single greatest resistance against poverty? What simple tool is employed to leverage this resistance? How did the teachable spirit find out about it? Fleshing out my vision with the inception of my website in 2013, I had originally included prepubescent training and feminine care products as part of the program I desired to implement for the girls of Ingrid Education Centre. As has been the case with much of my work, I had not the slightest idea how I was going to do it, nor a time frame when it would transpire. The teachable...

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The Mind of Messiah with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

The Mind of Messiah with the Teachable Spirit

What is the mind of Messiah? How is it acquired? How will the mind of Messiah benefit the teachable spirit? Let this mind be in you , which was also in Messiah Yeshua (Christ Jesus): who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:5-7 Many people say that Yeshua (Jesus) was poor when He walked on this earth. Appearances can be deceiving. While I believe He stripped Himself of His godly form,...

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The Teachable Spirit Returns to Kenya

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

The Teachable Spirit Returns to Kenya

I am Jean Bons, the Teachable Spirit, a Seasoned Professional Speaker, College Professor, Missionary Entrepreneur, and an Interpreter of God’s Word with experience speaking and/or teaching in corporate, small business, specialty groups, for-profit and non-profit settings.  I have been a formal educator for fifteen years and an informal educator for almost thirty years, having raised two children who are now pursuing careers of their own. Along with an MBA and an MPA, I blend my life long experience of raising children, business, education,...

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What’s Next for the Teachable Spirit?

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

What’s Next for the Teachable Spirit?

What’s next for the teachable spirit? What could I do to make my life even better than it already is? What do I enjoy that I would like to have more of every day of my life? While I knew the answers to those questions, it also involves the engagement, interaction, and agreement of other people. That’s right, living life alone is great; however, living life with other people, the right kind of people, is even better. While I enjoy my solitude, easy schedule, and living life as it comes, I have discovered that I like mixing it up by...

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Sufficiency with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Sufficiency with the Teachable Spirit

What is the definition of sufficiency? What is enough? How does the teachable spirit acquire this concept? Sufficiency is the quality of precisely enough, the adequate supply that meets our needs exactly where we are, neither too much nor two little. In her book, The Soul of Money, Lynne Twist describes sufficiency as the place hidden on the inverse side of the three toxic myths prevalent in our world today: There is not enough. More is better. That’s just the way that it is. Yeshua (Jesus) lived in sufficiency. Some say He was poor;...

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Alone with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Alone with the Teachable Spirit

How can you be happy alone? What does the teachable spirit need to do to create happiness when you are alone? These are very difficult questions to answer, especially if we are busy people that have families and care for children. My life is serene now compared to what it was in the days when family was the focus; however, the work I was doing in my family’s life at that time would have benefited from answering these two questions. The scripture says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Do you see that loving yourself is the foundation for...

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Joseph’s Parenting Style: Encouraging Growth

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in encouraging growth | 0 comments

Joseph’s Parenting Style: Encouraging Growth

How can parenting continue while facing issues in your life that seem like giants? Does it seem as if you will be ineffective at parenting because of raging personal battles? Fighting giants while parenting requires concentration. Remember, you are encouraging growth in your child. I think what happens to us is that we are so discouraged with the giants we are trying to slay that we do not think we are doing very well in our parenting, either. Most of all, while fighting giants: stay true to you determine what is most important stick to your...

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Visiting Ingrid with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Visiting Ingrid with the Teachable Spirit

What has happened since the teachable spirit went to Kenya in 2013? Who visited Ingrid with the teachable spirit in 2015? What did they do while they were there? Stepping foot onto the property where Ingrid Education Centre is located after nearly two years absence filled the teachable spirit with an incredible sense of excitement and joy. I could not believe what the director, Douglas Monene, had accomplished in such a short time! The school is double in size and has a second story added to the first, finished latrines, a kitchen, nice...

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Professionalism and the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Professionalism and the Teachable Spirit

What makes people stand out in the work force? What characteristics help an individual have superior results in their career? How does the teachable spirit define professionalism? Professionalism is defined by our inner character, the behavior we exhibit, and the image we project. It is about high-quality service to others through our work and a keen respect for others’ rights. Consequently, professionalism becomes part of the fabric of our life, the very nature that we engage with people on a daily basis. While there are many...

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The Teachable Spirit of Marco

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

The Teachable Spirit of Marco

Who is Marco? What was he doing in Kimana, Kenya? How did his teachable spirit help the Maasai? Marco, the Maasai interpreter from Tanzania, wound his way into our hearts through his passion for sharing the understanding of chiropractic care with his fellow Maasai. Leaving his boma in Tanzania to become a tour guide, Marco traveled to Arusha to learn the necessary skills for that vocation: how to drive a vehicle mechanics first aid the animals of the region During a lull in his work in January, Dreamweaver International came to Kimana with a...

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Chiropractic Care and the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Chiropractic Care and the Teachable Spirit

Why is chiropractic care so vital to our well being? What makes chiropractic care so valuable to our lives? How does chiropractic care bridge the gap for those with little resources? Returning to Kenya in January 2015 brought me face to face with my own values. Growing up with mixed feelings from my family regarding chiropractic care, I regarded it with some ambivalence. Having a friend as a chiropractor for 30 years, Dr. Dean Simmons with Simmons Chiropractic Clinic, gave me some appreciation for the practice; however, it came with the...

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Learning from Cats with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Learning from Cats with the Teachable Spirit

Remaining open to potential learning opportunities allows the teachable spirit to learn from any source. Pets provide an abundance of joy through their presence, antics, and need of our nurturing. Recently, a friend loaned me a book entitled, Everything I Know About Life I Learned from My Cat, by Hope Lyda, with incredibly gorgeous paintings by Lesley Anne Ivory. Enjoying the exquisite art and lovely idioms about cats, I also encountered delightful epiphanies, such as the following: The Best Gifts in Life Are Relationships Never Give Up...

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Encouraging Growth with the XO Tablet

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Encouraging Growth with the XO Tablet

Do you love technology? Would you like to help children with their education by encouraging growth through technology? Are you looking for a unique gift to purchase a loved one for the holidays? Dr. Jeff Kahrs is raising money to purchase XO tablets for the children of Ingrid Education Centre as he travels to Nairobi, Kenya in January 2015. The school is a community based organization that provides education to needy and vulnerable children in the Matopeni and Kayole Quarry slum area, where parents make 27 USD a month crushing rock for a...

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Trophic Cascades with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Trophic Cascades with the Teachable Spirit

What is a trophic cascade? What happens when wolves are reintroduced into an ecosystem? What can the teachable spirit learn from wolves changing rivers? Recently, the teachable spirit stumbled on this beautiful metaphor about how wolves change rivers. Essentially, the idea is that the absence of wolves causes the environment to disintegrate. The entire ecosystem is shored up with the reintroduction of wolves. I love this example of how the presence of one creature completely changes the landscape and outcome for all concerned. Personally, I...

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Money Truths with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Money Truths with the Teachable Spirit

Recently, the teachable spirit attended a Fundraising from the Heart workshop featuring Lynne Twist, author of the book, Soul of Money. Lynne’s philosophy resonates with me more than any other approach to money I have ever encountered. I traveled to the Upaya Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico via Albuquerque, to broaden my understanding of the subject. The following information is taken from my notes at that workshop. What is the truth about money? How can these truths transform our life? How can the teachable spirit find true...

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Money Myths with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Money Myths with the Teachable Spirit

We make the mistake of putting money in the center because we live in a culture that values money highly. We need to defang our view of money because we have hurts and wounds around money, and suffering around insufficiency. It is not so much a function of less or more; the wealthiest people have the most upset. They cannot sleep because there are so many things that could go up or down. Individuals born into families of wealth feel uncomfortable with it. The vicious cycle of wealth creates just as much suffering as the vicious cycle of...

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What is Fundraising? with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

What is Fundraising? with the Teachable Spirit

Recently, the teachable spirit had the distinct pleasure of attending a Fundraising from the Heart workshop featuring Lynne Twist, author of the book, Soul of Money. I felt that Lynne’s philosophy resonated with me more than any other approach to money I had encountered. I believed it was worth the trip to the Upaya Center in Santa Fe via Albuquerque, New Mexico, to find some clarity on the subject. What is fundraising? Who is a fundraiser? What is the purpose of fundraising? Working around the world, Lynne has traveled to a...

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Strategies for Success with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Strategies for Success with the Teachable Spirit

Teaching a Strategies for Success class at Everest College gives the teachable spirit the opportunity to receive ideas from students in the discussion of how to be successful. Sometimes the weariness of attempting to be a better human being can get tiresome. Sometimes our salvation can come from finding a love for something like sports. How do we stay motivated to achieve success? How does sports provide the opportunity for success? What does the teachable spirit think is at the heart of strategies for success? A student in my class...

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Believing in Others with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Believing in Others with the Teachable Spirit

How does an individual help another human being live up to their potential? What does the teachable spirit say to a person to help them overcome their self limitations? How can we believe in others when we want to encourage them to do their best? The teachable spirit appreciates Dr. Warren Bruhl’s philosophy that when speaking to a fellow human being, taking the approach of being upfront with that person when you know there is a potential flaw, and speaking of your highest expectation of them will divert potential disappointment. In...

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Understanding the Experiences of Life with a Refugee

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in understanding the experiences of life | 0 comments

Understanding the Experiences of Life with a Refugee

Recently, Dr. Warren Bruhl suggested that I read The State of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence, by Martin Meredith. Although I have only read the first chapter, I can see that understanding the experiences of life in Africa because of its history will have a profound affect on my work. For example, while teaching Adult Basic Education (ABE), assisting students to gain their General Educational Development (GED) at Highline Community College (HCC), one of my students was a refugee from Liberia. Here is his story in...

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Encouraging Fathers With The Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Encouraging Fathers With The Teachable Spirit

How does a young father get experience? How does a young father become successful? What motivates a young father to continue in spite of how he feels? Teaching is one of the best ways the teachable spirit learns. During my tenure teaching Adult Basic Education (ABE) to students at Highline Community College (HCC) in the hope of assisting them to obtain their General Educational Development (GED) diploma, I used various topics and ideas to assist the process of developing essay writing skills. One concept I used frequently was asking them to...

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Become as a Child with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in teachable spirit, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Become as a Child with the Teachable Spirit

Psychologists talk a lot about the pathologies that can grow out of trauma and loss–the chronic fear and anxiety, the guilt and anger, the hopelessness. People with pathologies are, after all, the ones who need help. But in its rush to understand illness, science has given sanity short shrift. Is mental health just an absence of illness, or can we realistically strive for something more? –Geoffrey Cowley (with Anne Underwood) in Newsweek, September 16, 2002. He continues by responding to his own question, Preachers and philosophers...

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Understanding our ABCs with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Understanding our ABCs with the Teachable Spirit

What is it that keeps us going in times of difficulty? How do we face challenging days ahead? What simple idea can the teachable spirit remember when motivation is flagging? Tim Lee, Founder and Executive Director of One Black Man, incorporated these encouraging words in his speech addressing the graduating class of 2004 from Hampton University, using each letter of the alphabet. Dr. William Harvey’s tenure as the President of Hampton University spans 30 years while simultaneously maintaining 100% ownership of the Pepsi-Cola Bottling...

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Progress with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Progress with the Teachable Spirit

How could one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight? –Deuteronomy 32:30 Why is it that doing the work by yourself takes such a long time? What is it about teaming up with another teachable spirit that causes the work to progress far more quickly? Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has no one else to lift him up! –Ecclesiastes 4:9-10   Meeting Dr. Jeff Kahrs in August 2013...

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What is Family? With the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

What is Family? With the Teachable Spirit

While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. But He replied to the man who told Him, “Who is my mother and who are my brothers?” And stretching out His hand toward his disciples, He said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” –Matthew 12:46-50 What was so attractive about the disciples that he would choose to be with them rather than his mother and...

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Sharing a Kleenex with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Sharing a Kleenex with the Teachable Spirit

How have teachers influenced your life? What experience with a teacher helped create a teachable spirit in you? How do teachers change the lives of under resourced students? Teaching the General Educational Development (GED) has provided me the privilege of meeting individuals who have experienced hardships beyond my own experience, and taught me respect for them as well as an understanding of their perspective. The following is a short story written by one of my students while teaching at Highline Community College (HCC), showcasing her...

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Sharing Goals with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Sharing Goals with the Teachable Spirit

In a recent conversation with my son, Isaac Van Mechelen, he mentioned how playing ice hockey had increased his creativity because the game required constant adjustment to be played. The teachable spirit acknowledges learning can occur during any activity, and especially one that is enjoyed. Growing up in a sports absent household has always caused me to marvel at Isaac’s interest. However, I can relate to the concept of goals as it is a familiar and often discussed concept in business. Thinking it is no mistake that Dr. Warren Bruhl...

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Stepping Out in Faith With the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Stepping Out in Faith With the Teachable Spirit

What did the children of God’s people think about their parents complaining that Moses had brought them out of Egypt to die? What was going through their minds as they watched the desert transformed with water, quails, and manna? When did their teachable spirit begin to doubt the adult version of the story and trust God? Crossing the Red Sea took the extended arm of Moses with the staff in his hand, a mighty east wind to blow, and the power of God to separate the waters for the children of Israel to walk through on dry land. No one...

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The Teachable Spirit Encounters the Indomitable Spirit

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in teachable spirit | 1 comment

The Teachable Spirit Encounters the Indomitable Spirit

What is the indomitable spirit? What are the qualities of the indomitable spirit? What happens when the teachable spirit encounters the indomitable spirit? Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) at Highline Community College, one of my students was a psychologist who left his office and work in Mexico to come to the U.S. and learn English so that he could return to his country and make a better living. During his time in my class, he wrote the following essay: Alice is a really nice girl who knows what she wants in life. When she was...

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The Teachable Spirit Returns to Kenya with Dreamweaver International

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in teachable spirit | 1 comment

The Teachable Spirit Returns to Kenya with Dreamweaver International

What is like to work on the medical team with Dreamweaver International? How does traveling to another country change you? Why would an individual want to return to the same country? Expecting nothing allows the teachable spirit to receive regardless of the situation. Traveling to Kenya in December 2013, Dr. Jeff Kahrs experienced working with Dreamweaver International for the first time. Practicing as a chiropractor for nearly 30 years, Dr. Kahrs understands that a doctor’s routine is much the same all over the world. For example,...

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The Teachable Spirit of Ingrid

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

The Teachable Spirit of Ingrid

What does the acronym INGRID mean? How does the meaning of the name fit the work INGRID Education Centre is doing? Why does Ingrid have a teachable spirit? The name INGRID means Incentive for Nurturing a Group of Respected Integral Community Developers. The title was chosen because the school was founded by a group of volunteer teachers who saw the need to bring the local children education to improve their futures in a very harsh environment. Ingrid Education Centre Care & Nursery School was established  in 2005 to provide care and...

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Happiness at Work with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in teachable spirit | 2 comments

Happiness at Work with the Teachable Spirit

What does it mean to be happy at work? How do we transfigure the place we spend the majority of our time during the workweek with happiness? Maintaining happiness at work can sometimes be the hardest place of all; the job is necessary to our financial welfare, but sometimes it just feels like drudgery to do the same thing every day. Often times we expect the world we work in to entertain us because that is what we have come to expect from our environment. Happiness is a choice; a deliberate, conscious effort on the part of the teachable...

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The Teachable Spirit of Natasha Wainaina

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

The Teachable Spirit of Natasha Wainaina

What is Natasha doing now? What did Natasha learn when she participated in the Face of Kenya UK (FOKUK) contest? How did she raise money for Ingrid Education Centre? After the FOKUK contest, Natasha returned to her passion and started dancing with her old dance crews again. She has thoroughly enjoyed the time spent and is equally glad that they have welcomed her back for the summer with open arms. She has been involved in a number of shows in a short space of time. Additionally, she has also been fortunate in finding a job within a week of...

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Understanding the Experiences of Life with Natasha Wainaina

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in understanding the experiences of life | 0 comments

Understanding the Experiences of Life with Natasha Wainaina

Understanding the experiences of life with Natasha Wainaina means discovering the outcome of the Face of UK (FOKUK) contest on Saturday, June 21st, 2014, at the Colisium Suite in Ilford, UK. What was the result of the Face of Kenya UK contest? How did Natasha showcase her talent? What benefit did Ingrid Education Centre receive from her fundraising efforts? This year’s Face of Kenya UK (FOKUK) winner was Jesca Kiplagat due to her unique story and use of a motivational speech to showcase her talent. She will reign for a year as the...

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Finishing with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Finishing with the Teachable Spirit

What does it mean to be finished? What does finishing a garment look like? Why is it so difficult to finish a project? Tailoring is one step above the work of a seamstress. Attending Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) as a student in the Sewing Design and Specialist class, the teachable spirit was told that being a tailor meant learning how to do hand work. Much of what goes into making a man’s suit look finished is the fine art of working with thread, needle, and thimble. The class at CPTC included 2,160 hours, complete with...

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Pretty in Pink with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Pretty in Pink with the Teachable Spirit

What comes to mind when you think of the movie, “Pretty in Pink?” What do you think is the message of that movie? How does the message of the movie relate to the children of Ingrid Education Centre? Reflecting on “Pretty in Pink,” the teachable spirit can acquire a sense of empathy and understanding for individuals experiencing peer pressure, appreciating the courage needed to overcome social prejudice. Recently, I had the opportunity to review John Hughes’ romantic comedy-drama again, reacquainting myself with...

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Reflecting on Scripture with Colin Redmond

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014 in reflecting on scripture | 0 comments

Reflecting on Scripture with Colin Redmond

Growing up as a child, I had the distinct privilege of visiting my grandparents’ wheat ranch in eastern Washington and observing how life is lived in an environment where water was precious and the nearest neighbor lived a mile away. Quoting the scripture, Whoever gives even a cup of cold water in my name will by no means lose his reward. –Matthew 10:42 …my grandmother would shut off the TV and offer a glass of cold water to a visiting neighbor, relative, or friend. Reflecting on scripture, I wonder: What reward does one...

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Change with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Change with the Teachable Spirit

The teachable spirit embraces change as a part of everyday life even though, as the sought after element to success, it can be quite illusive. How is change achieved? What keeps the teachable spirit motivated to nurture change? How can change be sustained? Having the distinct privilege of teaching Oral Commmunications at Everest College this spring term 2014, I was able to hear a variety of speeches from the students’ perspective. Learning for the teachable spirit occurs when wisdom is spoken regardless of the source. One particular...

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Traveling with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Jul 5, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Traveling with the Teachable Spirit

Traveling can open the perspective of the teachable spirit to the beauty of God’s creation and gratitude for His safety. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence comes my help. –Psalm 121:1  Without doubt, I know that God has preserved me and my family during our travels. My help comes from the LORD,  which made heaven and earth. –Psalm 121:2 Whenever we get “lost” or end up taking longer than usual to reach our destination, or it simply does not seem to be working out the way we think it should, I...

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Perspective with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Perspective with the Teachable Spirit

Perspective is easily gained with a teachable spirit after being exposed to individuals who work very hard in life, but will obviously reach a point where there is a barrier to achieving their dreams. Teaching English as a Second Language at Highline Community College, one of my students was a psychologist who left his office and work in Mexico to come to the U.S. and learn English so that he could return to his country and make a better living. Oscar reflects: When I read about people who worked hard to achieve what they have (for instance,...

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Stewardship with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Stewardship with the Teachable Spirit

Attending a real estate seminar recently, the teachable spirit learned that owning property could create vulnerability and can lead to unwanted responsibility. For example, an owner is responsible for paying real estate taxes to the government and can potentially be sued for liability should an individual injure themselves on the premises. Thinking about this idea juxtaposed with the thought that in all reality, we take nothing with us when we leave this world, so how can we own anything anyway, what came to mind was the story of Joseph. I...

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Fasting with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Fasting with the Teachable Spirit

The prophet Isaiah struggled with the hypocrisy that he noticed in his generation. Fasting was typically accompanied by wearing sackcloth (a loose undefined garment made of a scratchy coarse fabric) and pouring ashes on one’s head. As any teachable spirit knows, going through the motions may not be indicative of what is really happening in the heart. In Isaiah 58:3-5, the prophet identifies behaviors that he observed, which did not seem to match the sincerity of fasting, namely: you do as you please you exploit all your workers your...

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Hope with The Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Jun 28, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Hope with The Teachable Spirit

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he appears, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And everyone that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure. –I John 3:2-3 Understanding that our life here on this planet is fragile, but that we hope in our eternal condition, the teachable spirit yearns for the day when we will be like Yeshua (Jesus), so that we can stand in His presence. Illustrating this idea is an original short story written by...

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Helping the Fatherless with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Helping the Fatherless with the Teachable Spirit

The teachable spirit knows that God is an advocate for the fatherless, the widow, and the orphan. The scripture is replete with admonition to not forget these individuals. “Thus says the LORD of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.” –Zechariah 7:9-10 Why is this important to God? Commissioning dads to play God’s role on earth, God desires that fathers take on...

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Living on the Plain with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Living on the Plain with the Teachable Spirit

Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. –Isaiah 40:4 What is it like to live on the plain? Is it better than experiencing the highs of living on the mountain or living in the lushness of the valley? The teachable spirit knows that if you say to the mountain to be thrown into the sea and do not doubt in your heart, it will come to pass (Mark 11:22-24). Following the mountain in my life being obliterated, I could see for miles....

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Why Dr. Scott Smith? with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Why Dr. Scott Smith? with the Teachable Spirit

The teachable spirit knows that sometimes progress comes with a lot of elbow grease. If you believe in something, making it happen often means applying your shoulder to the wheel and doing it yourself. Growing up I witnessed this firsthand as my parents had ideas about how to improve their property, and then set about doing it themselves. Perhaps it comes from their experience of farm life; there was no one else to do it, so you just did it yourself. Dr. Scott Smith is no different. He had no intention of building a hospital, but traveling to...

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Serving With the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in teachable spirit | 2 comments

Serving With the Teachable Spirit

One percent of the United States population owns 40% of the nation’s wealth. The middle class is disappearing. How does the teachable spirit respond to these facts and statistics? The Word of God describes how Yeshua (Jesus) divested Himself of His place as the Son of God to take on the position of a servant, walk among men, and fulfill the will of the Father: Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Messiah Yeshua (Christ Jesus), who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be...

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Encouraging Growth with Hope for Lilian

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in encouraging growth | 0 comments

Encouraging Growth with Hope for Lilian

Encouraging growth through teaching English as a Second Language has given me the experience of receiving overwhelming gratitude for assisting an individual in overcoming barriers to success. In America, learning English opens the door to all kinds of opportunities that might not be available otherwise. In other countries, learning English may not be enough because cultural barriers and lack of opportunity combine to keep an individual from achieving their dreams. As the scripture says, Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire...

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Understanding the Experiences of Life with Montana Bruhl

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in understanding the experiences of life | 2 comments

Understanding the Experiences of Life with Montana Bruhl

Understanding the experiences of life has taught Dr. Warren Bruhl the value of seeing firsthand exactly what others are doing to assist those who are under resourced in the world. Recently, he took his daughter, Montana Bruhl, to Kenya for two weeks, ostensibly to visit her grandmother, Sandy Taylor and see the work she is doing in the Kimana Rift Valley alongside Ken Taylor. Montana states: After driving through four hours of barren land and small villages, we arrived at the “Kimana School of Leadership and Professional Studies”...

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What is the Teachable Spirit?

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in teachable spirit | 2 comments

What is the Teachable Spirit?

Three commonly asked questions of the teachable spirit: 1. How did I get started interpreting and translating the Word of God the way I do? 2. Why is it that I am clarifying and interpreting the Word of God to those who are eager to find success completing the mission God put them on this earth to fulfill? 3. How can people live in their truth using the Word of God in their personal life and in their work? What is the Teachable Spirit? Personal Background:  Growing up in the church, the emphasis was always placed on scripture, the validity...

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Reflecting on Scripture with the Armor of the Lord

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in reflecting on scripture | 0 comments

Reflecting on Scripture with the Armor of the Lord

What is the armor of the Lord? Is it for warfare or for priesthood? Reflecting on scripture by comparing Ephesians chapter six with Leviticus chapter eight, as well as the description of the armor of the Lord with the garments worn by the priests, reveals that they are one and the same. Growing up as a child, I was taught the passage in Ephesians chapter six was referring to Roman armor, as that would be a common point of reference in Paul’s day. However, when comparing this passage with descriptions of the attire of a priest, the...

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Developing Character with Natasha Wainaina and Ingrid

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Developing Character with Natasha Wainaina and Ingrid

Who is Natasha Wainaina? What is the Face of Kenya UK Contest? What impact does that have on Ingrid Education Centre? Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Natasha Wainaina is an undergraduate student studying International Relations at the University of Lincoln, UK. Since secondary school, she has been involved in the performing arts by joining the youth company at the local theater and being part of a dance team. Her main hobby is dancing; she also enjoys reading self-development books and taking part in projects that will enable her to gain new...

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Understanding Shavuot with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Understanding Shavuot with the Teachable Spirit

Shavuot is the plural word for week and comes from the Hebrew word for seven. Pentecost is the word in Greek, which means fifty. Literally, the scripture tells us to count seven weeks after Passover, and on the fiftieth day, Shavuot is to be celebrated. You shall count seven full weeks from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering. You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath. Then you shall present a grain offering of new grain to the LORD. –Leviticus 23:15 The...

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Observation with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Observation with the Teachable Spirit

Observation is training. Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. –Proverbs 22:6 Observing is creating a new innocence. At that time the disciples came to Yeshua (Jesus) and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the...

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Understanding the Experiences of Life with Caldula

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in understanding the experiences of life | 0 comments

Understanding the Experiences of Life with Caldula

What is it like to provide medical care to individuals in the Kimana Rift Valley? What kind of people need services and what kind of services are needed? Understanding the experiences of life has taught me that we take medical care very seriously here in the U.S. whereas people in other countries do not give much thought about it because they generally do not have the resources to be concerned. However, there sometimes comes a moment in an individual’s life where medical care and attention is needed beyond available resources. What...

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Mastering Life through Healing with Dr. Jeff Kahrs

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in mastering life | 2 comments

Mastering Life through Healing with Dr. Jeff Kahrs

Mastering life is about finding solutions and resolving issues we encounter on our journey. My business coach, Kathy Brandon, the Happiness Chick from the Ready for Happiness Group, told me that God puts things in our lives so that when we find a resolution for it, when we overcome it, we then feel compelled to share that with the world; it becomes our gift to society. Promoting the solution becomes our way of mastering life. When we are on a mission to be physically better, to change and become healthier, so that we can be of better service...

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The Cornerstone of the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

The Cornerstone of the Teachable Spirit

The cornerstone of the teachable spirit rests upon the concept, “You are what you think.” James Allen states in the opening paragraph of his little book, As a Man Thinketh (1902), “A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.” Scripturally, this reference is taken from Proverbs 23:7, “For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” –Proverbs 23:7 What exactly does this mean to the teachable spirit? The teachable spirit can rejoice and be thrilled with this idea because of its...

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What If? with Dr. Jeff Kahrs and the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

What If? with Dr. Jeff Kahrs and the Teachable Spirit

What if the government or another entity provided an airplane to fly to Kenya with all the medical equipment needed for the Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital? What if one donor could provide the remaining $70,000 needed to complete the hospital in Kimana, Kenya? What if Nike or Adidas would contribute shoes for all the children of Ingrid Education Centre? These are the questions Dr. Jeff Kahrs asked the teachable spirit on Sunday after finishing the roof over the door to my shed, packing up all his equipment, and preparing to visit his oldest...

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Loving Your Neighbor with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on May 24, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Loving Your Neighbor with the Teachable Spirit

We have all grown up with the Golden Rule, which is based on the following scripture: And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Yeshua (Jesus) answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your...

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Jars of Clay with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Jars of Clay with the Teachable Spirit

Do you ever feel as if you are helpless to make any difference in the world? Do you think that with all your skills and abilities, it is just a drop in the bucket compared to the needs of the world? Paul understood that feeling of fragility, referring to the teachable spirit as treasures in jars of clay: But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. II Cor. 4:7 Referencing a story in Judges chapter seven, Paul is thinking about Gideon and his 300 men. For whenever the Israelites...

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How the Needy Become the Needed with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

How the Needy Become the Needed with the Teachable Spirit

What is real transformation? How does it take place? What paradigm shift do we need to move the under resourced from the needy to the needed? What does that mean? The teachable spirit understands that thinking with the end result in mind, as Stephen Covey said, provides the vision for riding across country 180 miles to raise money for Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital in the Kimana Rift Valley in Kenya. Without a vision, the people perish. –Proverbs 29:18 As long as the under resourced of the world see themselves as needy, how will they ever...

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Why Sports? With the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Why Sports? With the Teachable Spirit

Understanding the experiences of life with Gear For Goals, the teachable spirit recognizes that the dream about sports is part of every child’s life, but many do not actually get to play. They see it on TV or watch other children participate, but the ability to join in is far from their experience. Why is sports so vital to the maturation of children? While your list may be different than mine, here are a few attributes that playing sports provides: esprit de corps (feelings of enthusiasm, loyalty, and devotion to a group) developing...

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The Teachable Spirit Worry Free Zone

Posted by on May 14, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

The Teachable Spirit Worry Free Zone

How does the teachable spirit remain worry free? What are some ways and insight that the teachable spirit can implement to keep from being anxious? Is there an easy way to be without stress or is it difficult? Recently, I went out to eat with my friend, Mike, and the topic of our conversation came to this scripture: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. –Philippians 4:6 We found it extremely poetic that our conversation had arrived at the same...

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I Think I Can: Mastering Life with Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital

Posted by on May 10, 2014 in mastering life | 0 comments

I Think I Can: Mastering Life with Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital

Ever heard of The Little Engine That Could? I thought about this story when I read the news that the fundraiser for Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital received a donation of $5,000. Originally, the goal was to raise $10,000. They had received $1,330 prior to this contribution, which was half of their desired amount, making a total of $6,330 to date. Mastering life with Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital is like the story of The Little Engine That Could. Published in 1930, by Platt and Munk, inspiring children with its message of hope, this story was named...

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The Pigs’ Pajama Party: Laughing with the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in teachable spirit, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Pigs’ Pajama Party: Laughing with the Teachable Spirit

The teachable spirit also needs laughter. Sometimes a mental break and use of the belly muscles helps give perspective to the day. Join me while I relay a story written by one of my students when I was teaching the GED at Highline Community College: THE PIG’S PAJAMA PARTY Deep in a forest were three little pigs, wearing purple frog pajamas. They were laying three beds out. Jedidiah, the first little piggy in his purple frog pajamas, hopped into bed, expressing the fact that he was very tired. Jonah said very mysteriously that he had a...

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Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital: Encouraging Growth Through Transformation

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in encouraging growth, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital: Encouraging Growth Through Transformation

How are individuals like Dr. Jeff Kahrs and Dr. Warren Bruhl getting involved in the fundraising process to build the Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital? What are ways people can support this effort? How will it feel to make an impact in the culture of another country, encouraging growth through transformation? Encouraging growth through providing necessary resources increases the opportunity of the Masaai and others in the region of the Kimana Rift Valley to face the challenges of integrating into modern day culture without losing cultural...

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Success: Reflecting on Scripture

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in reflecting on scripture | 0 comments

Success: Reflecting on Scripture

How do we define success? Is there a formula for success? What does it mean to be successful? Reflecting on scripture, we see in Psalm chapter one that an individual is successful when: he/she does not walk in the counsel of the wicked he/she does not stand in the way of sinners he/she does not sit in the seat of scorners Conversely, we could also say that an individual is successful when: he/she walks in the counsel of the righteous he/she stands in the way of saints he/she sits in the seat of the respectful In either case, these express...

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Death is Necessary for Encouraging Growth

Posted by on May 2, 2014 in encouraging growth | 0 comments

Death is Necessary for Encouraging Growth

Did you ever have a dream, a strong desire to do something or be something, an idea that you felt was never going to happen or come into existence? Death is necessary for encouraging growth in your dream or strong desire. There is one great law of the universe: Energy Is; you could also say, Love Is. The seven subsidiary laws include The Law of Gender, which relates to encouraging growth through death: The Law of Gender states that seeds have a gestation or incubation period. For example, a seed of a carrot has an incubation period of...

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Encouraging Growth: Why Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital?

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in encouraging growth | 0 comments

Encouraging Growth: Why Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital?

Why is the Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital so vital to those living in the region of the Kimana Rift Valley? What makes it such a valuable resource in which to contribute resources of finances and time? Dreamweaver International was created by Dr. Warren Bruhl for encouraging growth in the work that his parents, Ken and Sandy Taylor, had started in the Kimana Rift Valley working among the Maasai and other residents of the region 22 years ago. Due to lingering discrimination and lack of domestic support, the Masaai often find themselves without...

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Mastering Life with Affirmations

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in mastering life | 0 comments

Mastering Life with Affirmations

Mastering life with affirmations communicates the message to our subconscious mind of what we want in our life because it is stated in the present, which is the tense best assimilated by our mind. Repeating these positive statements when we first wake up or prior to falling asleep clearly sends a message to the automatic processor, the brain. Since our mind does not know anything but the message we instill in it, this system goes to work to produce the results of the statements we repeat to ourselves. Positive affirmations work even when I...

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Spiritual Abundance: Reflecting on Scripture

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in reflecting on scripture | 0 comments

Spiritual Abundance: Reflecting on Scripture

What does the scripture say about the idea that there is enough? What does Ephesians say about sufficiency? Can we clarify these thoughts with the Word of God? Reflecting on scripture and relating these ideas to Ephesians, we see Paul opening the first chapter in verse three with, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Yeshua (Jesus) Messiah, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Messiah.” This sense of bounty continues throughout the first chapter, which is replete with references to...

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Dream About Sports with The Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Dream About Sports with The Teachable Spirit

Sports can be a very controversial subject with people; although, most generally agree with Dr. Warren Bruhl that it can be used to change the lives of those who are under resourced. Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) has given me the privilege of personally connecting with the teachable spirit of those who live with the experience of feeling undervalued. One such student, Shinichi Sakaguchi, wrote the following essay regarding baseball. The Things That Sports Give Us –The Environment Surrounding the Japanese Baseball...

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Encouraging Growth: Why Kimana School of Leadership?

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in encouraging growth | 3 comments

Encouraging Growth: Why Kimana School of Leadership?

Why is the Kimana School of Leadership and Professional Studies (KSLPS) significant to the Kimana Rift Valley? How do they impact the population they serve? What is the impact of the investment of time and financial support on Kenya? Encouraging growth in the local population compels a multi-dimensional approach. How does KSLPS address these concerns? Empowering the teachable spirit requires thoughtful consideration of the indigenous environment of the subject population. What services were being provided to the residents of the Kimana Rift...

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What Is Attachment to the Teachable Spirit?

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

What Is Attachment to the Teachable Spirit?

Who would you be without your story? The question that Bryon Katie poses is a good one to consider. Repeating the story of our lives over and over again to ourselves or others who will listen, gives the emotional power to the words we speak, altering our reality by becoming attached to what it evokes in us, often riveting us to that moment in time.   The Work of Byron Katie is a way of identifying and questioning the thoughts that cause all the anger, fear, depression, addiction, and violence in the world. Experiencing the happiness of...

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The Teachable Spirit Golden Rule

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

The Teachable Spirit Golden Rule

The teachable spirit understands that loving your neighbor as yourself is touted as the golden rule. What does loving your neighbor look like? How do you love your neighbor if you do not love yourself? What does it mean to love yourself? LOVE IS ENERGY Loving our neighbor can only happen with our current energy. It can be very difficult to love another human being when we are depleted and tired. When our energy is restored, we have the resources to be generous towards others and allow for inconsistencies or inadequacies. Additionally, how we...

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The Teachable Spirit Taste of Happiness

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

The Teachable Spirit Taste of Happiness

Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) has taught me the meaning of a teachable spirit and given me the privilege of engaging with many cultures. People from other countries express themselves in a fresh and meaningful way as they endeavor to embrace the English language. One of my students expressed her understanding of happiness in an essay that I discovered in my files recently; she used the word HAPPINESS as an acronym, which I find original and...

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Empowering the Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Empowering the Teachable Spirit

What if you could inspire teachers by empowering the teachable spirit so that they could teach their students to be empowered? What impact on the world would you have by influencing the teachers who work in the classrooms of schools like Ingrid Education Centre? How would this affect the lives of the children caught in poverty such as those in the Kimana Rift Valley of Kenya? What is the vision that Douglas Monene has instilled in the instructors of Ingrid? How is it similar to the vision of the Kimana School of Leadership and...

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There is Enough: Understanding the Experiences of Life

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in understanding the experiences of life | 0 comments

There is Enough: Understanding the Experiences of Life

Changing our thinking about reality, understanding there is enough, living in the happiness of the present, is the reality that will change our world and those around us. “R. Buckminster (“Bucky”) Fuller stated in the 70’s, that we were able to do so much more with so much less that as a human family we clearly had reached a point where there actually was enough for everyone everywhere to meet or even surpass their needs to live a reasonably healthy, productive life. The challenge, he said, was that all our structures and...

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Introducing Jean Bons The Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Introducing Jean Bons The Teachable Spirit

I am Jean Bons and I have an MBA and an MPA; I am also an instructor at Everest College. I have been in business for thirty years. I have had my own business as a tailor and been involved in a number of network marketing businesses. Recently, I created a website for the teachable spirit and am pursuing a business online, so that I can go to Kenya and teach professional development to a group of people that I met when I was there in February 2013. What I want to share with you is something that I have learned through many years of pursuing...

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The Teachers of Ingrid Have a Teachable Spirit

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

The Teachers of Ingrid Have a Teachable Spirit

Why are the instructors of Ingrid Education Centre so special? Why do they have such a teachable spirit? What motivates them to provide education to the children of the Kayole/Matopeni slums of Nairobi? Following my short visit to Kenya in October of 2012, I was scheduled to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to one or more of the classes of the students of Ingrid in January 2013. ESL has long been my favorite subject to teach as I find students who want to learn this subject have such a teachable spirit, meaning that they...

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Passover Seder: Understanding the Experiences of Life

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in understanding the experiences of life | 0 comments

Passover Seder: Understanding the Experiences of Life

Preceding sundown on Nissan 14, which fell on April 14th this year (2014), is a lot of preparation for the Passover Seder. Understanding the experiences of life has taught me that sometimes there is a HUGE amount of work before sitting down to enjoy a lengthy meal that tells the story (Haggadah, in Hebrew) of the exodus from Egypt. This year was no exception for the work involved, but what made it different is that I served the meal only for my daughter, Amy Van Mechelen, and myself, and it was completely vegan–oh, except for the boiled...

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Teachable Spirit: Prayer For Our Children

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

Teachable Spirit: Prayer For Our Children

Judaism has a fondness for blessings, liturgy, and repeated traditions that help root its faith deep in the heart, creating a teachable spirit; Messianic Judaism is no exception. At a recent meeting with members of my congregation, one attendant shared this prayer with us, which he recites over his children every Erev Shabbat (Friday evening). May it be the will of our Father in heaven, to place in your heart love and fear of Him. May you be disciples of Yeshua (Jesus) all the days of your life. May your eyes look straightforward, may your...

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Empty Vessels: Reflecting on Scripture

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in reflecting on scripture | 0 comments

Empty Vessels: Reflecting on Scripture

Do you see the universe as having more than an abundant supply? The truth is that the universe is abundant in every aspect. We experience lack because we see the bottom of the pot. There is always more where that came from, provided we are open to seeing it that way. When there is not enough it is because we believed there was an end. Reflecting on scripture, my favorite story that has to do with lack and abundance is about the widow woman with two sons who was so poor that her creditors were threatening to take her sons into slavery as...

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Developing Character: Why Ingrid Education Centre?

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in developing character | 0 comments

Developing Character: Why Ingrid Education Centre?

Why is Ingrid Education Centre worthy of financial support? What makes it so specifically unique in the world that it would be the organization developing character in the children of the Matopeni slums of Nairobi?   Arriving in Kenya for the first time in October 2012 felt like coming home. I knew this was where I belonged, where God had called me to share my experiences, and create a work He wanted me to do. Finally, at long last, I felt inspired, motivated, alive, and eager to begin doing what God wanted me to do. Additionally, I...

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Encouraging Growth with Passover

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Encouraging Growth with Passover

Passover, otherwise known as Pesach in Hebrew, is the first Festival of the Lord in the spring, which falls on the 14th of Nissan. This year, that happens to be the 14th of April (2014). Passover has a prophetic and personal application, encouraging growth in the life of the believer. Yeshua (Jesus) died on the afternoon of the 14th of Nissan, at 3:00 p.m., fulfilling prophecy. At the exact moment that the High Priest said, “It is finished,” Yeshua (Jesus) echoed the same sentiment on the cross: When Yeshua (Jesus) had received the sour...

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Encouraging Growth: Why Education?

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in encouraging growth | 0 comments

Encouraging Growth: Why Education?

Why is education so vital to the Maasai of the Kimana Rift Valley or to the children of Ingrid Education Centre? Although this may seem like a rhetorical question, encouraging growth through clarifying the issues being addressed as well as the value of energy and money bestowed on a remote part of the world is key to understanding why Dr. Warren Bruhl and Dr. Jeff Kahrs, why Mr. Ken and Sandy Taylor, and why Douglas Monene and Ingrid Education Centre are integral players in contributing to the well-being and social integration of...

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Abundant Supply: Understanding the Experiences of Life

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in understanding the experiences of life | 0 comments

Abundant Supply: Understanding the Experiences of Life

Do you see the universe as having more than an abundant supply? When you look at the world, what do you see? This might seem like a trite question; you can respond that you see trees, lakes, forests, etc., but I am not referring to physicality. We see the world around us through the concepts and ideas in our head. Understanding the experiences of life during my childhood has caused me to wonder why there was always a race to get to the last piece of cake, the last piece of candy, the last piece of chicken, or whatever was the most delicious...

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A Teachable Spirit is Acquired Through Gratitude and Humility

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

A Teachable Spirit is Acquired Through Gratitude and Humility

Gratitude + Humility = A Teachable Spirit 1.  See the universe as having more than an abundant supply. When you look at the world, what do you see? During my childhood, there was always a race to get to the last piece of cake, the last piece of candy, the last piece of chicken, or whatever was the most delicious remaining substance. Why? The old analogy of whether the glass is half empty or half full comes to mind. Is there enough air to breath? Growing up all I ever heard over and over again was how there was not enough; the world...

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Developing Character with the Festivals of the Lord

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Developing Character with the Festivals of the Lord

The Festivals of the Lord, which are referred to in scripture as God’s appointed times (the word in Hebrew is moedim), are both personal and prophetic in nature, developing character within us as we practice them. In the end of the third chapter of Ephesians, Paul prays, That [God] would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with...

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Encouraging Growth: Interview with Kathy Brandon

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in encouraging growth | 0 comments

Encouraging Growth: Interview with Kathy Brandon

Kathy Brandon, Founder of Ready for Happiness, is my business coach, encouraging growth in me and in developing my business. In this 20 minute segment, she interviews me regarding my background, my business, and how I work with individuals, through pursuing life with God. FIND CLARITY AND UNDERSTANDING IN YOUR THINKING! TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE BY CHANGING YOUR PERSPECTIVE!   The initial 30 minute consultation is free, and provides immense value!  So, let today be the day that you step closer to God, and start to clarify anything...

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Encouraging Growth with Dreamweaver International

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in encouraging growth | 4 comments

Encouraging Growth with Dreamweaver International

What is Dreamweaver International and what is its mission? How is it important to the work in Kenya? Encouraging growth by finding truth in the work that his parents were doing in Kenya, Dr. Warren Bruhl realized that his mother had found The Hole in the Gospel referred to in the book of the same name, written by Richard Stearns, President of World Vision, motivating him to join forces with the work Ken and Sandy Taylor were doing. But, there was no plan for succession, which is often the case with small businesses, non-profits, or...

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Thoughts are Things: Reflecting on Scripture

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in reflecting on scripture | 0 comments

Thoughts are Things: Reflecting on Scripture

The word devar in Hebrew is translated “things” as well as “word.” In other words, in Hebrew, words and things are the same word. The book of Deuteronomy starts with, “These are the words,” or devarim, which is the plural of devar. Reflecting on scripture, we see that Paul encouraged us to “think on these things.” Because thoughts are things and words create, what we think about becomes the words we speak, creating our life as a result. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable,...

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Planned Obsolescence: Understanding the Experiences of Life

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in understanding the experiences of life | 0 comments

Planned Obsolescence: Understanding the Experiences of Life

“Planned obsolescence” my friend said to me in our conversation regarding the brand new vehicle he is driving. Catching my imagination with his turn of a phrase, and understanding the experiences of life are there for my benefit, I began to mull over this idea.  Obsolescence is the state of being which occurs when an object, service, or practice is no longer wanted even though it may still be in good working order. This describes the vehicle I drive, a 1984 El Camino, which I am very fond of and desire to renovate. Planned...

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Understanding the Experiences of Life: Why Dr. Warren Bruhl and Dr. Jeff Kahrs

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in understanding the experiences of life | 0 comments

Understanding the Experiences of Life: Why Dr. Warren Bruhl and Dr. Jeff Kahrs

Why is it so important that Dr. Warren Bruhl and Dr. Jeff Kahrs specifically be the ones bringing chiropractic care to the Maasai, making it a household name in the Kimana Rift Valley of Kenya? Understanding the experiences of life has taught me that everything happens for a reason; you attract who you are not what you want. Finding truth in the work that his parents were doing in Kenya, Dr. Warren Bruhl realized that his mother had found The Hole in the Gospel referred to in the book of the same name, written by Richard Stearns, President of...

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Values of Faith: Encouraging Growth

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in encouraging growth | 0 comments

Values of Faith: Encouraging Growth

In a conversation with a friend, I was asked what my values were regarding the Lord. Desiring to respond in an articulate manner, I wrote down what I felt were the motivating qualities of my relationship with God, anticipating that I would find other believers who felt the same. My values in practicing my faith and for encouraging growth are: Following Him means keeping the Sabbath and the Feasts of the Lord. The gifts of the Spirit are still for us today. Repentance is necessary to promote healing of generational sins. A personal...

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Encouraging Growth: Why Chiropractic Care?

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in encouraging growth | 0 comments

Encouraging Growth: Why Chiropractic Care?

Why is chiropractic care so important to the people of the Kimana Rift Valley in Kenya that Dr. Warren Bruhl and Dr. Jeff Kahrs would want to make it a household name? What makes chiropractic care an opportunity for encouraging growth in the Maasai? How is chiropractic care changing lives? Understanding why chiropractic care is so important to any individual begins with relating to the underlying principles of its practice, which are: the body has the ability to heal itself the nervous system communicates with all parts of the body a...

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Reflecting on Scripture: the Rest of God

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in reflecting on scripture | 0 comments

Reflecting on Scripture: the Rest of God

What does it mean to rest in God? Is it possible to have rest in a restless world? Does rest in God refer to this lifetime or to our eternal rest? Reflecting on scripture in attempting to understand the rest of God, I have often meditated on Hebrews chapter 4:1-11. Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who...

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Mastering Life by Reflecting on Scripture

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in mastering life, reflecting on scripture | 0 comments

Mastering Life by Reflecting on Scripture

Why am I creating this business and pursuing a life long dream of becoming successful? What challenge in the world is in need of my voice? What do I believe in so emphatically that would cause me to do something radical like go off to Kenya? The Word of God is my home base. From my earliest memory, I was taught and memorized the scriptures. Mastering life comes through reflecting on scripture. Truth lies in the Bible. There is no other place where I can go for solace, comfort, solidity, assurance, strength, continuity, or future hope. In...

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Understanding the Experiences of Life with Ken and Sandy Taylor

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Understanding the Experiences of Life with Ken and Sandy Taylor

Why is the work of Ken and Sandy Taylor important, aside from the fact that they are Dr. Bruhl’s parents? What are they doing in Kenya, and why is it significant? What is it about their work that is so great that Dr. Bruhl and Dr. Kahrs would invest their time as well? Greatness is established over time through the process of understanding the experiences of life and evaluating priorities, making sacrifices, and desiring to create an impact in the world. Greatness can be defined using the acronym GREAT: Greater...

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Developing Character: Judging NCFCA Participants

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in developing character | 0 comments

Developing Character: Judging NCFCA Participants

Twice this year I have had the honor and the privilege to judge for a National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) in Olympia, and in Richland, Washington. What a treat to see these home schooled children (ages 13-18) deliver their speeches! Duly impressed and thoroughly impacted by their work, I had extreme difficulty in determining placement, e.g., first, second, third, etc. The humorous round of speeches was the one I chose to judge in Olympia. I encountered speeches involving: Shrek fairy tales Arsenic and...

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Mastering Life: Why Kenya?

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in mastering life | 0 comments

Mastering Life: Why Kenya?

Why would Dr. Warren Bruhl leave one of the largest chiropractic practices on the North Shore of Chicago, which he personally developed, building and leading to its success, for work with a humanitarian organization that provides education, healthcare, and humanitarian aid to the people of the Kimana Rift Valley of Kenya? Mastering life is about understanding why an individual would pursue a particular course of action, which is far more motivating to those who are potentially interested in aligning with that person for the purpose of...

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Character Development: Start With Why

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in character development | 0 comments

Character Development: Start With Why

What is your purpose for engaging with a group of people or performing a particular activity? Character development begins with defining why. Starting with what you are doing is the outside in approach; whereas, starting with why is the inside out approach, according to Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action (2009). Why is it crucial to our development to start with why? Knowing why we are doing something helps us articulate our purpose, attracting those who align with our purpose, who will...

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Mastering Life: Why Dr. Warren Bruhl?

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in mastering life, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Mastering Life: Why Dr. Warren Bruhl?

Mastering life means understanding why you are doing what you are doing and why you are doing it with the people who are currently in your life. Often we do not stop to think about it, we just do it because it feels right. However, when other people begin getting involved in what we are doing, they want to know why; describing it becomes difficult because it is so obvious to those of us who have spent a life time figuring it out. Answering the question, “Why Simmons Chiropractic Clinic?” clarified the intentions of that...

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Mastering Life: Why Simmons Chiropractic Clinic?

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in mastering life | 0 comments

Mastering Life: Why Simmons Chiropractic Clinic?

Mastering life is about digging down to the sub-atomic level, asking the hard questions, and discovering the answers, so that at the end of the day, we can continue to stay motivated when the going gets tough. It is a bit like looking at the outer leaves of a tree and wondering why they are that particular texture, color, and taste. If you look at any live plant under a microscope, the pattern is the same as what you see with the naked eye. Human beings are no different. If you were seeking chiropractic care, why would you want to spend your...

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Friendship: Encouraging Growth

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in encouraging growth | 0 comments

Friendship: Encouraging Growth

I would not say that Kahlil Gibran is my favorite poet; however, many of his poems, especially in The Prophet, resonate with me, encouraging growth. Recently, Kathy Brandon, my business coach posted a blog on marriage I wrote using words from Gibran’s work on her website, Ready for Happiness. Additionally, I have highlighted my favorite section of his writing from The Prophet on one of my own blogs regarding work. Today, I wanted to discuss friendship as I am experiencing a better understanding of that topic these days and feel the...

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Sufficiency: Reflecting on Scripture

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in reflecting on scripture | 0 comments

Sufficiency: Reflecting on Scripture

Beginning to identify exactly what we need leads us to finding balance between poverty and riches and helps us to live a balanced life free of guilt instead of wondering if we are doing what is right or not. The opposite of debt is not riches, just like the opposite of love is not hate. Finding middle ground, a place where we can rest in God’s Word and His promises is a place I believe is called sufficiency. Traveling to Kenya and experiencing the abject poverty of the people I met there juxtaposed against my complete inability to meet their...

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Poverty or Riches: Reflecting on Scripture

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in reflecting on scripture | 0 comments

Poverty or Riches: Reflecting on Scripture

How do we live in this world of disparity between poverty and riches? What should be our mindset in regards to their polarity? How should we shape our thinking when considering our own path?   Reflecting on scripture reveals insight on this controversial subject: Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die: Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the LORD?” or lest I be poor and...

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Forgiveness: Reflecting on Scripture

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in reflecting on scripture | 0 comments

Forgiveness: Reflecting on Scripture

Where do we begin when understanding how to handle debt? Trying to come to some sort of understanding seems overwhelming. My daughter has a saying that she repeats often, which when I looked it up, I discovered she was quoting Maya Angelou. “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” Starting from where we are, increasing our understanding, and applying what we learn as we go, will help us feel more serene in our approach to debt. In reflecting on scripture as I was working on this issue in my own...

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Gear4Goals: Understanding the Experiences of Life

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in understanding the experiences of life | 0 comments

Gear4Goals: Understanding the Experiences of Life

What is it about sports that makes it the great equalizer? Why are people so fanatic about sports? Why would a doctor like Dr. Jeff Kahrs travel to Kenya, Africa, with sports equipment for children who lack even the basic essentials such as food and water? Being devoted to my son, but not to sports, understanding the experiences of life has taught me that there is a place for being enthusiastic about athletics. My son, Isaac, made up for the lack of my family’s involvement in sports by participating...

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Reflecting on Scripture: the Fruit of the Spirit

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in reflecting on scripture | 0 comments

Reflecting on Scripture: the Fruit of the Spirit

What does it mean to live above the law? How do you live above the law? Why would you want to live above the law? But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. –Galatians 5:22-23 Reflecting on scripture leads me to understand that in living a life in the spirit, seeking to follow God and please Him, your life naturally exhibits certain characteristics that put you in a place above the law. The law no longer pertains to you. Laws...

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Meeting Dr. Jeff Kahrs: Understanding the Experiences of Life

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in understanding the experiences of life | 2 comments

Meeting Dr. Jeff Kahrs: Understanding the Experiences of Life

Feeling the need to return to chiropractic care, I called the office of Dr. Dean Simmons, whom I had known for over twenty years. Understanding that Dr. Dean would not be doing the initial interview, but I could continue receiving care from him afterwards, I met Dr. Jeff Kahrs for the first time. I found him to be personable, attentive, and reflective regarding his work, his life, and his role in the universe. Mentioning that he was traveling to Kenya in December 2013 set off sparks of excitement between us and exclamations on my part; I had...

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Authenticity: Understanding the Experiences of Life

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in understanding the experiences of life | 0 comments

Authenticity: Understanding the Experiences of Life

What is authenticity? Why is it important? How do you achieve authenticity? Finding something completely genuine in life means keeping that item as a treasure for future posterity or for your own pleasure. In understanding the experiences of life, I have been given the rare opportunity of driving a 1984 El Camino, which was purchased by my grandfather in December of 1983. Cleaning out the glove box one day, I found the original receipt for $11,000. As a wheat farmer in Eastern Washington, my grandfather had obtained prosperity by hard work and...

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Authority: Reflecting on Scripture

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in reflecting on scripture | 0 comments

Authority: Reflecting on Scripture

What is authority? Why is it important? How does it work? What is its benefit in our lives? Many years ago I came to understand what authority means, became comfortable with it, and came to enjoy its benefits in my life. Reflecting on scripture in relationship to this topic, the best story for understanding authority is the centurion who came to Yeshua (Jesus) asking Him to heal his servant: When he had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.”...

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Encouraging Growth with Gratitude

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in encouraging growth | 0 comments

Encouraging Growth with Gratitude

What is gratitude? Why is it so important? How do you cultivate gratitude in your life? Feeling deeply thankful for the blessings in your life is the starting place for gratitude. Showing appreciation and taking every opportunity for encouraging growth through demonstrating how you feel helps sustain the emotion. Why would you want to be grateful? The importance of gratitude cannot be underestimated. I found a fascinating blog with lovely diagrams about gratitude titled The 31 Benefits of Gratitude You Didn’t Know About: How Gratitude...

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Taking a Bath: Reflecting on Scripture

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in reflecting on scripture | 0 comments

Taking a Bath: Reflecting on Scripture

My favorite activity for reducing stress is taking a bath. I did not always feel that way; however the particular home that I currently live in has a lovely corner tub that is larger than the typical narrow rectangular style and not as large as the huge garden tubs. It suits me fine. I had no idea that I loved taking baths as much as I did until I had the opportunity. Perhaps it does not surprise you since Esther is my favorite Bible character. Reflecting on scripture while I am taking a bath has led me to considering how this played out in...

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A Bronze Star for my Dad: Understanding the Experiences of Life

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in understanding the experiences of life | 0 comments

A Bronze Star for my Dad: Understanding the Experiences of Life

One year ago, March 8, 2013, my father was officially given the Bronze Star award, which he had been authorized in August of 1962, but never received. Calling to tell me about this small ceremony for my dad, my mother said that my daughter and I were not obligated to attend; however, in understanding the experiences of life, I know that these small events only happen once. My daughter and I did not hesitate in our desire to be a part of this event, even though I had no idea what a Bronze Star was; nevertheless, we wanted to be there! Looking...

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Mastering Life with the Sabbath

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in mastering life | 0 comments

Mastering Life with the Sabbath

Sabbath: The day God wants to dance with us. He stops what He is doing, puts down His pen, and looks to see who is looking back at Him. Then He dances. We are so busy during the week. I know for myself, I spend a lot of time talking to Him and asking Him for help and advice, expecting Him to respond in His usual fashion, which is that He will give me the answer as I go along. I listen, but I am also intent on what I am doing. Dancing is a different type of listening: being in tune with the nuances of your partner and paying attention to the...

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Friendship: Understanding the Experiences of Life

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in understanding the experiences of life | 2 comments

Friendship: Understanding the Experiences of Life

In understanding the experiences of life, I have wanted to have a true friendship; now I have it. My friendship feels at once as solid or more solid than any relationship I have had and simultaneously as light as a feather, like it would blow away with the slightest effort, but in its blowing away I would not be sad. It feels like I could always come back to it. What magnificent grace and mercy I have received from the Lord for Him to provide me with such a friendship as this. I turn it over and over in my mind and marvel at its beauty. My...

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Weight Loss Transformation: Mastering Life

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in mastering life | 0 comments

Weight Loss Transformation: Mastering Life

Recently, I wrote a blog post for Kathy Brandon, founder of Ready for Happiness, titled How to Be Happy With Yourself. I received a lot of feedback from what I wrote and wanted to back up my claims with pictures. They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words, so this blog will be short on words and long on pictures, otherwise I might overwhelm the reader! The dress I am wearing at Amy’s graduation is one of my creations. Finding this heavily beaded top at a thrift store that actually fit me was a delight since it could be worn in a variety...

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Encouraging Growth: Understanding Parenting with Joseph

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in encouraging growth | 0 comments

Encouraging Growth: Understanding Parenting with Joseph

What is the most important thing to you in parenting? How do you communicate with your children? Why are expectations important as a parent? Parenting is about encouraging growth through determining the one thing that is most important to you. Be consistent. Stick to the core ideals you model. Follow your intuition. Pay no attention to the naysayers. The struggle with my son was the complication of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly referred to as ADHD. He did fairly well with medication until junior high with multiple...

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Parenting with Joseph: Encouraging Growth

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in encouraging growth | 0 comments

Parenting with Joseph: Encouraging Growth

When you are encouraging growth, what is real, permanent, and lasting change? When your child changes on the outside or from the inside? From all appearances, Joseph was a slave accused of adultery thrown into prison. It really looked like he was an adulterer. It really looked like he was in a terrible situation. It really appeared as if God had forgotten him. What was really happening? Joseph was learning by experience, which is the best teacher. What experience did Joseph have while he was in those situations that he could reflect...

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Encouraging Growth: Parenting Tips from Joseph

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in encouraging growth | 0 comments

Encouraging Growth: Parenting Tips from Joseph

Do you desire to really get to the heart of good parenting? Do you want to simplify your ideas and distill them down to one concept? Do you want to clarify your thinking around this issue? Blessings are an integral part of Friday evenings in Judaism, which include every member of the family, who gather to celebrate the weekly feast that ushers in the Sabbath.  Traditionally, the blessing for sons comes from the text in Genesis 48:20: He blessed them that day (referring to Jacob), saying, “By you Israel will pronounce blessing, saying,...

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Mastering Life with a Covenant of Love

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in mastering life | 0 comments

Mastering Life with a Covenant of Love

Does the type of covenant that David and Jonathan instituted sound familiar to you? What other relationship in scripture describes an eternal covenant? How does love figure into this “new” covenant? The Word of God describes a number of eternal covenants, typically between God and a specific person, which always carried forward to future generations. In mastering life with a covenant of love, even David was given an eternal covenant by God. He thought that He would create a temple for the God of Israel, but Nathan came to him with a word...

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David and Mephibosheth: Mastering Life with Love

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in mastering life | 0 comments

David and Mephibosheth: Mastering Life with Love

How do you keep a covenant with someone after they are dead? Did Jonathan have any offspring? What did David do to remember his covenant with Jonathan? In scripture, a covenant is eternal, and remains in effect as long as one of the descendants of the original covenant creators are still alive. The terms of the covenant stand even if one party breaks the original agreement. In mastering life with love, David was obligated to care for Jonathan’s children, and indeed, his heart was strongly motivated to do so because of the love he carried for...

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David and Jonathan: Mastering Life with Love

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in mastering life | 0 comments

David and Jonathan: Mastering Life with Love

What was the basis of the covenant David made with Jonathan? What were the parts of that covenant? How did the two of them keep the covenant they made with each other? Mastering life with love, for David and Jonathan, was creating a covenant founded on “he loved him as his own soul.” Can we even begin to understand what the text means when it says, “the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David?”  Love can take on a peculiar form sometimes, and in this case, it was beyond all reason that Jonathan should love his “enemy,” so...

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Jonathan and David: Mastering Life with Love

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in mastering life | 0 comments

Jonathan and David: Mastering Life with Love

Understanding love can be very confusing at times. So often what gets the limelight is the type of love that is romantic in nature, blows up like a balloon, and pops suddenly under the pressure of the environment. Mastering life with love gets lost in the fireworks of romance. What does love really look like? How is authentic love implemented? Looking at examples in scripture, what comes to mind immediately is the love between Jonathan and David. Mind you, Jonathan was the current monarch’s son, and David was anointed to take his place. In...

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Developing Character with Ruth

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in character development | 0 comments

Developing Character with Ruth

What do you spend your time thinking about? Where does your mind wander? What are the predominant emotions that flavor your days? The Bible is replete with stories of individuals who changed their destiny because they changed their thinking. Developing character with Ruth, we see how she was encouraged by Naomi, her mother-in-law, to return to her mother’s house after the death of her husband, but refused and stuck with Naomi instead: But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following after you. For where you go I...

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Gaining Your Soul: Mastering Life

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in mastering life | 0 comments

Gaining Your Soul: Mastering Life

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? –Mark 8:36 What if you gained your soul first? Then if you gained the whole world, would you lose your soul? Is mastering life gaining your soul AND the world? What else is there to gain in this life except your soul? Recently, I came across this comment in an article written by Michelle Dale, also known as Virtual Miss Friday: “I really shifted my focus to experiment with the theory that by improving myself, my business would naturally, almost organically...

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Character Development with Mary

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in character development | 0 comments

Character Development with Mary

What is your value to God? What is the significance of your role in the universe? Do you think that what you desire is not okay because it seems so selfish? He designed us to do good works, which He created for us to do specifically. In fulfilling our desires, we do what God created us to do. (see Ephesians 2:10) Character development is about understanding how your relationship with God fits in the grand scheme of God’s plan.  Scripture reveals many individuals who found their place in history; I think Mary’s story best epitomizes this...

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Encouraging Growth through Transformation

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in encouraging growth | 2 comments

Encouraging Growth through Transformation

What is transformation and how does it take place? Scripture says: And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. –2 Corinthians 3:18 What does it mean to be transformed from glory to glory? Returning from Israel in March of 2012, I made the decision not to eat meat. Initially, I tried using the same old recipes, with meat substitutions, but it just did not work. Finding recipes that tended more toward an Eastern Indian flavor became the...

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Sharing Faith: Reflecting on Scripture

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in reflecting on scripture | 0 comments

Sharing Faith: Reflecting on Scripture

“What do you think God thinks about you?” Asked the Senior Pastor of the Port Orchard Church of the Nazarene, Jerry Myhr. He was answering the question, “How should we approach people to help them become better acquainted with God?” In his evolution as a believer, he was working through finding a better way to share his faith than the typical approach we have been taught, such as: give them a tract give them the gospel of John or the New Testament invite them to an event at your local church take them to hear an...

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Mastering Life Through Overcoming Greed

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in mastering life | 0 comments

Mastering Life Through Overcoming Greed

What exactly is greed and where does it come from? Recently, the Lord was dealing with me on an issue. Something marvelous and amazing had happened in my life and I wanted more of that same experience; however, there was no direct way to reproduce it without some serious manipulation of circumstances on my part. And, honestly, if I did that, the future potential experience created would be marred by my interference with the natural flow of events falling into place, which had precipitated my enjoyment in the first place. In his book,...

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Character Development with Hosea

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in character development | 0 comments

Character Development with Hosea

Do you wonder if what God is asking you to do is really from Him? Do you think He is crazy or perhaps you did not hear clearly? Do you think you heard Him telling you to do something, then after the fact, when it did not work out, do you think maybe it was not really Him you heard in the first place? Serving a sovereign God may seem a little schizophrenic at times. In my personal life, I have followed what I believed to be the prompting of the Spirit of God on several occasions, then later was completely appalled at the way my life unfolded...

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Splinters: Reflecting on Scripture

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in reflecting on scripture | 0 comments

Splinters: Reflecting on Scripture

Have you ever had a splinter in your hand? Could you feel it but not see it well enough to dig it out? Maybe it was in your dominant hand, and you had a hard time getting to it with your other hand? Have you ever had a speck in your eye that you were unable to see and could not get out? Did it make your vision blurry?   Professional development is like getting splinters out of your eyes.   Years ago, when I first became acquainted with classic writers in the self-help movement, I was fascinated by the material they presented. Every...

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Truth versus Reality: Reflecting on Scripture

Posted by on Jan 12, 2014 in reflecting on scripture | 0 comments

Truth versus Reality: Reflecting on Scripture

Do you sometimes feel like what God has promised is not coming true in your life? Do you struggle with reconciling truth to the reality of your circumstances? Is it hard to imagine you will be living with God in eternity? Reflecting on scripture, what does the Word of God say about our existence? But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Messiah (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the...

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Understanding the Experiences of Life Through Work

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in understanding the experiences of life | 2 comments

Understanding the Experiences of Life Through Work

…and all knowledge is vain save when there is work, and all work is empty save when there is love; and when you work with love, you bind yourself, and to one another and to God. And what is it to work with love?           It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth. It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.         It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to...

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Understanding the Experiences of Life Through Circumstances

Posted by on Jan 5, 2014 in understanding the experiences of life | 0 comments

Understanding the Experiences of Life Through Circumstances

Do our circumstances in life have anything to do with the satisfaction we experience? “Married churchgoers tend to outscore single nonbelievers in happiness surveys, but health, wealth, good looks, and status have astonishingly little effect on what the researchers call “subjective well-being.” People living in extreme poverty are, on average, less happy than those whose basic needs are met. But once we cross that threshold, greater wealth stops making life richer,” states Geoffrey Cowley (with Anne Underwood), Newsweek, September 16,...

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Joy: Reflecting on Scripture

Posted by on Jan 5, 2014 in reflecting on scripture | 0 comments

Joy: Reflecting on Scripture

Have you ever anticipated an event with great excitement? Did you put a huge amount of preparation into getting ready for this event?  And when it was over, were you disappointed that it ended? Did you feel sad after it was over? Was it hard to get back into your regular routine? Recently, I had the opportunity to go out with a friend and participate in a social activity. Representing an extremely rare opportunity for me and desiring to make the most of it, I threw myself into preparation because, in my opinion, planning always increases the...

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Character Development with Caleb

Posted by on Dec 24, 2013 in character development | 0 comments

Character Development with Caleb

Have you ever felt like your opinion was correct, but ruled out by the majority? Have you felt all alone in your faith, and wondered when you would receive the promises of God? Perhaps you can relate to Caleb, one of the twelve witnesses God sent to spy out the land of Canaan before they entered it. Character development dominates Caleb’s recount of the story to Joshua when the people gathered at Gilgal before entering the land of Israel: “You know what the LORD said to Moses the man of God in Kadesh-barnea concerning you and me. I was...

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Opinion: Reflecting on Scripture

Posted by on Dec 24, 2013 in reflecting on scripture, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Opinion: Reflecting on Scripture

Have you ever held a different opinion from someone you loved? Did you feel your relationship was at risk because you did not agree with them? Did you feel uncomfortable about having future conversations with them? Did you feel intimidated by any dialogue you might have around the controversial subject? Driving home  from work one evening, I was reflecting on the angst I felt in regards to this issue. I did not know how to settle my mind and heart about the disparity between my thinking and a significant family member’s approach to a...

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Understanding the Experiences of life Through Traveling

Posted by on Dec 8, 2013 in understanding the experiences of life | 0 comments

Understanding the Experiences of life Through Traveling

Traveling began in our family because of an incident my mother experienced when she was working as a registered nurse at Corvallis Manor Nursing Home in Corvallis, Oregon. A professor who taught history at Oregon State University was admitted into a private room across from the main entrance. Being mentally alert, he would start screaming at the top of his lungs because of the pain he was in, and perhaps because of the confinement at having to remain bed fast the rest of his life. Finding his wife crying in the facility’s bathroom one...

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Understanding the Experiences of Life: Why Douglas Monene

Posted by on Nov 23, 2013 in understanding the experiences of life | 0 comments

Understanding the Experiences of Life: Why Douglas Monene

If you were able to accomplish all that you did while struggling with the mountain, what can you do now that it is cast into the sea? Yeshua (Jesus) said, “If you abide in me and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will and it shall be done unto you.” –John 15:7 Repeating these words over and over to myself at night as I fell asleep, I would ask God, “How is this possible?” Understanding the verse to mean I could have whatever I wanted, I sought to grasp the “if” clause that empowered its truth. If you...

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Mastering Life: Standing

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in mastering life | 2 comments

Mastering Life: Standing

Practicing yoga has instilled strength and flexibility into my posture and ability to move or stand that I did not think possible. Standing for a long period of time would become taxing unless you practice it and then provide the body with the means to maintain it through other exercises. I am much more capable of standing now with strength and dignity than I was before I began yoga. Lifting your shoulders up and back, allowing your shoulder blades to move closer together, hands down by your side with the palms facing forward, tucking under...

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Understanding the Experiences of Life: Mountain

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in understanding the experiences of life | 0 comments

Understanding the Experiences of Life: Mountain

Are you facing an obstacle in your life that is as HUGE as a mountain? Do you have NO IDEA how you are going to resolve this issue? Does it seem INSURMOUNTABLE to you? Yeshua (Jesus) said, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. –Mark 11:22-24...

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Character Development with Job

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in character development | 0 comments

Character Development with Job

What do YOU use to help you get through trials and tribulations? Personally, I have had some huge trials in my life that took years to resolve. I have used a variety of techniques to help me with character development as I went through those situations. One in particular that provided perhaps the best insight was reflecting on the story of Job. In the beginning of the book of Job, God says, “Have you considered my servant, Job?” I hear pride in the tone of God’s voice, and the desire to point Job out as exceptional....

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Reflecting on Scripture: Challah

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in reflecting on scripture | 4 comments

Reflecting on Scripture: Challah

Challah is a sweet bread made with honey, braided, and baked prior to sundown on Friday evening before the Sabbath begins. Challah became part of my family’s tradition several years ago when we adopted the service performed in the home on Friday evenings typically found in traditional Judaism. I like perfecting the art of things that I create and enjoy it most when I can share it with others. There is something wonderful about the smell of freshly baked challah on a Friday afternoon that brings with it the anticipation of the meal that...

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Reflecting on Scripture: Shoes

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in reflecting on scripture | 0 comments

Reflecting on Scripture: Shoes

Do you know that expression, “Do not judge a person unless you walk a mile in their shoes”? What if they don’t have any shoes? Walking across the street on a beautiful sunny day this summer, I noticed the woman coming towards me had no shoes on her feet. Turning around, matching my gait with hers, and returning to the side of the street with her, I asked, “You have no shoes?” “No,” she replied. Instantly, I removed my sandals and said, “Here, you can have mine,” knowing I had another pair at home exactly like...

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Train Tracks: Encouraging Growth

Posted by on Oct 5, 2013 in encouraging growth | 0 comments

Train Tracks: Encouraging Growth

Between Austria and Italy, there is a section of the Alps called the Semmering. It is an impossibly steep, very high part of the mountains. They built a train track over these Alps to connect Vienna and Venice. They built these tracks even before there was a train in existence that could make the trip. They built it because they knew some day, the train would come. –Martini, “Under the Tuscan Sun” Hearing this quote in a yoga class caught my attention. I did a little more research, and found that the Semmering Railway was...

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Mastering Life with Breathing

Posted by on Oct 5, 2013 in mastering life | 0 comments

Mastering Life with Breathing

In Him we live and move and have our being. –Acts 17:28. Focusing on breathing while performing Yoga provides the energy to get through the postures. Until I started practicing yoga, I never realized that my breathing was so shallow. I became more conscious of my breathing as a result of the focus on it, and began to think about the importance of breathing in relationship to mastering life. What really happens when we breathe? Why is it important to breathe deeply? How is breathing and gratitude connected? Right now, as you are...

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Character Development: Esther

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in character development | 0 comments

Character Development: Esther

Who is your favorite Bible character? Esther is my favorite person in the Bible that I enjoy using for character development. Although I love the story because of all the amazing things she did, I also appreciate her for the angst she experienced. I relate to this almost as much or more than I do to her feats of bravery. After all, I’m not a beauty queen, even if some people think I’m beautiful. I’m definitely not a queen by anyone’s definition even if I might aspire to be or dream of it in my private thoughts. Frankly, that’s...

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Character Development with Hannah

Posted by on Sep 29, 2013 in character development | 2 comments

Character Development with Hannah

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM? Do you have a dream to do something for God? Do you think your dream is too marvelous for you to pursue? Do you think your particular dreams are too odd to come true? According to Ephesians 2:10, “You are His workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua (Christ Jesus) for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that you would walk in them.” If we are His workmanship, He designed us for a specific purpose. What is that purpose other than the desire you have in your heart? Frankly, it amuses me how God designed...

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