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Put A Face On Them

We all know how divided our world is. Not surprising for anyone.
But how to navigate this context does seem foreign for most.
I have many thoughts on this, but here I will issue one in hope of providing help for someone.

For now I will simply say this: put a face on the person.

It is so easy to talk about people that hold a different position than you do as some sort of "category." But these are real human beings we are talking about. People who have a history that informs and shapes their views - just like you and me. These are people who are created in the image of God and loved deeply - regardless of belief or creed - and therefore have dignity and deserve respect.

It's funny. The people that tend to criticize others over an issue tend to be those who don't have a loving relationship with someone holding the view being criticized. This means there is no empathy. It means the practice of listening is almost impossible. With no relational contact the argument is at …

5 Of The Coolest Things You Can Buy On Amazon

The last post showed 5 of the weirdest things you can buy on Amazon. So I thought I would do a post with 5 of the coolest/interesting things I found you can buy. They are not necessarily the most practical things in the world, but worth checking out.
A 3D food printer! Make a pancake in any shape you want. See it here.Ever had a Dip 'n Dot? This makes them...my girls would love this. See it here. Pour a bottle of wine...without removing the cork? Easy and keeps it fresh longer. See it here. Never drop something between your seat and console again. Super practical. See it here. Unicorn meat. Yeah, you read that correctly. Might be a gag gift?  See it here

5 Of The Weirdest Things You Can Buy On Amazon

I can't believe some of these things really exist...but they do! They are real and they are actually for sale. Incredible. If nothing else, check them out and if you want a real kick skim through the reviews and check out the "Frequently Bought Together" section...pretty funny. Enjoy.
A life sized stick-on wall mural...of a woman using an inhaler (what?!). See it here.25 recipes...for cooking a placenta. What in the world?!! See it here.Did you know gummy bears have skeletons? Yeah, this 4D puzzle will teach you about it. Ha!Wanna buy a dozen Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches? Welp, here you go. See it here.Need a 6ft tall, 147 lb Bigfoot Yeti Statue for your garden? Well, now you can get it here.

Spiritual Exercise We Should All Practice

I rarely set an alarm, but I wake up early. On a typical weekday I am up between 4-5:00 am and it is my favorite time of day. It's the quiet and stillness that I love.

But it's what I start my time with that is so life giving.

I sit in my chair and close my eyes and I verbally say, "God, I acknowledge your presence right now." I then sit quietly. Sometimes I sit for 10 minutes, but other times I can for about an hour or even more. It's a way I enjoy the noise of my silence. I say it that way because after engaging in the this practice for a while there are a lot of things that can occur in this time of stillness. I may elaborate on this in another post.

For now, I'd like to offer some thoughts on this exercise for those who have never tried it:
This is about embracing good theology. Scripture says we are a temple of the Holy Spirit. So, we don't have invite God's presence. We just have to acknowledge it and live in light of that reality. This practice …