Advent means arrival. The arrival of Immanuel.
Advent is a deliberate set aside time to develop the power of waiting. Waiting for new life to break through. For us to anticipate new creation enters into our lives. We develop an imagination for how the divine and the human interact within one being. When Jesus enters into our world we are invited into a new way of life with the dance of the sacred and the mundane.
What are you hoping for, waiting for?
Where do you desire new life to enter in your life, your world, your relationships?
I dream of my children and their friends knowing that God is present in love with them and for them. I desire to model, with Sungshim, this as the natural order of life. This is readily available because they see mom and dad and mom and dad’s friends living this way.
Will you join me?
Can you imagine these kids, your kids, all kids, knowing they are loved and empowered by the Spirit of the living God to love and be loved?
This is a very real possibility. How? By us, the parents, the adults, the aunts and uncles living from our True Self in Christ.
Lets do this.
Is there a better way?
Living in the love of God can become the normal way of life.
Learning about the basics of the brain has propelled my relational wisdom and knowledge. Dan Siegel has been one of my main teachers via books, seminars, videos and articles. He has some videos on YouTube that have proven tremendously helpful. This short video describing some basic functions of the brain and how we “flip our lid” and can do something about it to calm ourselves down. Watch this short video and share how you can imagine this being helpful to you in your relationships. (FYI – Sungshim and I have taught this to our children when they were 4 years old. If they can learn it so can you. 🙂
I encourage people to reflect on a few questions.
- What stands out to you?
- What do you think will be helpful in your relationships?
- How can you imagine this would help you grow spiritually?
Learning what is necessary for any person to place themselves in a state of mind (brain) to perceive others, including God, relationally is vital to experience peace and love (growth too). This simple worksheet helps to prime our brains so that we can be in a state of mind to perceive God’s presence as well as other people as relational resources.
Download the worksheet here.
Feeling Appreciation Daily (Appreciation + Interactive seats) [Marriage Retreat 2014]
From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise. (Phil 4:8)
We can train ourselves to focus our hearts and minds. Would you like to learn how to pay attention in such a way that builds up your marriage, family and friends?
Do you ever think about the difference between empathy and sympathy?
Even think there is a difference?
Brene Brown has a thoughtful and humorous take on the difference.
RSA Shorts – The Power of Empathy
In this short video you will learn why empathy is challenging for many people, but isn’t that complicated if we are willing to give it a shot.
This is originally from Brene Brown’s website here