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How to Read a Post
Without Getting Offended
Can you read a post online that you disagree with and refrain from: Melting down emotionally Commenting with something rude, or lacking the fruit of the spirit Talking to your friends about how terrible the post was Reporting their post (online or in real life)...
3 Things to Do When You Feel Like Quitting
Did you think about quitting this week? It's common for leaders to think about throwing in the towel. Leadership is not for sissies! I've heard it said, "Don't throw in the towel, wipe the sweat off your face and keep going!" I don't know who said that first, but...
Mercy and Me: How My Rescue Dog is Helping Me Grieve
I am unabashedly a dog mom. I have adult children who are wonderful human beings, but I also have other living beings that I take care of who reside in my house. And they mean the world to me. (By the way, new research suggests that cat and dog 'moms' and 'dads'...
When Grief’s Stinger is Stuck in Your Throat
"There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love." Washington Irving I stare at this...
The Fog of Grieving
Since entering my season of grief in December, it has felt like I’m in a fog, specifically brain fog. Creative ideas typically flow out of me like Niagara Falls, gushing forth with everything from blog posts to sermons, to team meeting ideas, to books, to articles, to...
3 Realities of Grieving
(And How to Respond)
Let's get this out of the way up front: I'm not a therapist. I'm just a middle-aged woman who has navigated a lot of personal loss in times past, and I am going through it again now in several aspects. What you're about to read are simply experiences from a fellow...
That Time I Consistently Broke One of the
When I was growing up, I mistakenly thought a Sabbath day constituted making sure you went to church on Sunday and honored “The Lord’s Day.” I was completely mistaken about what Sabbath is really all about. I learned about the importance of Sabbath when I began my...
Invite Dr. Shrodes to Speak at your Event
Dr. Shrodes is invited to return and speak at many of the same places time and again because the result has been an overwhelmingly positive experience with lives changed, and people encouraged.