The child of God knows that the graced life calls him or her to live on a cold and windy mountain, not on the flattened plain of reasonable, middle-of-the-road religion.

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Brennan Manning
The pleasure of rooting for Goliath is that you can expect to win. The pleasure of rooting for David is that, while you don’t know what to expect, you stand at least a chance of being inspired.

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Michael Lewis, MONEYBALL

Michael Robinson: 'New money' on Seahawks' roster →

One of my favorite things about the Saints and how they manage their team is how vital to them veteran presence is. This is because character is vital to them. 

Character over charm or talent has always been a big deal to me too. Over the last year or so though, in being a part of a few teams, I am learning how having a veteran presence in my life is vital to the health of not just any team I may be a part of but also a vital part of my growth.

Some people think the Seahawks are built for the long term with their youth and charm. In the above link, Marc Sessler believes that the Seahawks have the most creatively built team. I heartily disagree. To build for the long term you need balance and foundation weight rather than so much youth and excitement. 

Ultimately success is based on how a leadership cadre builds a team rather than the team itself, because teams come and go. And if you’re asking NFL.com who has the better leadership team, it’s not the Seahawks. It’s the Saints.

7/16/2014 (6:05pm)

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Home is not a heavenly mansion in the afterlife but a safe place right in the midst of our anxious world

#HOME#JOURNEY#brennanmanning#JESUS

-Brennan Manning

The Raggamuffin Gospel

Why You Settle For Less When You Know There’s Better (click for link) →

Trees Of Life…

There are two things I love most about life that, no matter what happens to me or how depressed or elated I”m feeling, I can always find somewhere. Birds.

And trees.

Even when I’m at my lowest, I can find one or both of those two things somewhere and I hang on. And when I’m at my best, they inspire me to fly and to climb.

The other day my new-ish roommate and I were talking about the lack of a yard we have at our home. I expressed a sadness and let her know I’d been dealing with that disappointment since I moved in over a year ago. The roommates I moved with picked this house out. They each got what they wanted out of our place, and me, wanting only a really nice yard, didn’t get anything I asked for. But I was content enough to live with them, and for them to be pleased with the place we picked out. They are not not here anymore, and the lack of a yard stings more. But my new roommate, and her son, are benefiting from this house, yard or not, and new things are growing out of each of our lives.

When I read this blog from Storyline today I felt a newer faith that, as much as I love trees and lack them at home, a beautiful growth, and an extraordinary branching out is indeed happening all around me.

6/27/2014 (1:56pm)

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Why am I afraid to dance, I who love music and rhythm and grace and song and laughter? Why am I afraid to live, I who love life and the beauty of flesh and the living colors of the earth and sky and sea? Why am I afraid to love, I who love love?

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Eugene O’Nell

I think humanity is only fully alive when it can’t stop asking the question…

………what will it take to do the impossible?

Ode to a Champ: Bailey an all-time great →

There is something about legendary professionalism and maturity that just makes me smile. Maybe ‘cause it’s just so hard to find these days.

In other news: This also makes me smile.

A black and gold Super Bowl this close || to home? Yes please. One year at a time though. Cause that’s how legendpro does it.

6/5/2014 (5:11pm)

#Saints#STORY#blackandgold#missiondeoro#Champion#Identity#champbailey

Are You The Assassin of Your Own Ideas? (click-STORLYINEBLOG.COM) →

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion (author) who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.  After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.

And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said,

“My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you.
For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”

As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father?If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all.Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever?

For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness.No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.

So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.

Hebrews 12:1-13

6/3/2014 (2:31pm) 1 note

#marathon#maranatha#Jesus#JOURNEY#Character#STORY#Identity#destiny

Enemy occupied territory, that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful King has landed and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign of sabotage.

#WAR#STORY#JESUS#cslewis

CS Lewis

Church History Story PT2: A Prophecy PAST PRESENT FUTURE →

5/27/2014 (1:44pm)

#JOURNEY#Church#STORY

Church History Story PT1: A Prophecy PAST PRESENT FUTURE →

5/27/2014 (1:42pm)

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As soon as we feel at home in our own house, discover the dark corners as well as the light spots, the closed doors as well as the drafty rooms, our confusion will evaporate, our anxiety will diminish, and we will become capable of creative work.

#Home#JOURNEY#ART#STORY#henrinouwen#intimacyequalscreativity

Henri Nouwen