Why We Should Join Jesus in Killing Our “Pigs”: Being Freed from What Holds Us Back

I love playing games and often do pretty well at them.  Honestly, this is so much the case that multiple people have said, “Lang ALWAYS wins.” The problem with this is it’s because I’m quite competitive … though I’d like to think I’m recovering from this. 🙂 One reason my competiveness is a problem is there … Continue reading Why We Should Join Jesus in Killing Our “Pigs”: Being Freed from What Holds Us Back

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Meditation on Finding Peace & Wholeness by Diving Deep Into Our Hardships

First the falling, then the rising.  Over the past week a few people shared heartache, struggles, fears, and other painful stuff with me.  Being wired for optimism, I wanted to quickly sugarcoat these hurts or move past them.  Knowing this about myself, I've been practicing going INTO the pain instead of around it; taking time … Continue reading Meditation on Finding Peace & Wholeness by Diving Deep Into Our Hardships

Meditation on the Bliss of Being

Isn't it interesting how much meaning and importance we put on numbers?  While on vacation for 2 weeks I didn't weigh myself once.  I say this because at home I weigh myself everyday, evaluating some of my health and vitality via a number.  While these digits can bring either sorrow or satisfaction, on vacation I … Continue reading Meditation on the Bliss of Being

Giving Yourself Permission to be You

When my guy friends start talking about fixing cars, repairing appliances, remodeling or building stuff in the house/yard, or other typical “guy” stuff, it’s like they’re speaking Greek to me.  Normal “manly” endeavors like this are so NOT my jam. When helping friends or family move I’ll regularly find myself feeling awkward or helpless when something … Continue reading Giving Yourself Permission to be You

“Embrace the Suck”: How Learning How to Smile at the Suffering in Life is Essential for Being Whole, Healthy, and Vibrantly Alive

In a world of tension and breakdown, it is necessary for there to be those who seek to integrate their inner-lives not by avoiding anguish and running away from problems, but by facing them in their naked reality in their ordinariness. - Thomas Merton   We had a saying in the Air Force that’s stuck … Continue reading “Embrace the Suck”: How Learning How to Smile at the Suffering in Life is Essential for Being Whole, Healthy, and Vibrantly Alive

The Gift of Seeking and Spending Time with Difference

I keep wanting to quit. I’ve been volunteering for 3.5 years at a local youth center, where struggling and troubled teens and young adults who are frequently couch surfing, homeless, and/or addicted find a safe space and help. Whenever my schedule gets cramped or workload increases, I want to stop volunteering to “free” some time. … Continue reading The Gift of Seeking and Spending Time with Difference

Meditation on The Bliss of Evaluating Our Lives Regularly and Making New Day’s Resolutions

A question from Rob Bell has been changing my outlook on things and life in the most incredible of ways, so I wanted to share it with you: "How's that working for you?"  Bring to mind and thoughtfully consider things like what you believe, how you act, the way you view yourself, the friends you … Continue reading Meditation on The Bliss of Evaluating Our Lives Regularly and Making New Day’s Resolutions

Contrary to Culture’s Message on Relationships: For an Incredible and Joy-Filled Life You Only Need Yourself … AND a Village

"Paradoxically, personal fulfillment means abandoning ourselves and putting others first. It means moving beyond wanting to be loved and moving into becoming lovers. It means growing past our need for things and discovering happiness in giving things away—even giving ourselves away, as Jesus did." - Rowan Williams   Polyamorous relationships. Lately, I’ve met several incredible … Continue reading Contrary to Culture’s Message on Relationships: For an Incredible and Joy-Filled Life You Only Need Yourself … AND a Village

I’ve Experienced God More in Yoga than Church, and Bet You Could Too

This may sound crazy, but for well over two years now I’ve nearly continuously been filled with peace and joy. When people ask me how I’m doing, I honestly respond: “I’m doing fantastic!” I do NOT say this to toot my own horn; instead because it’s been a gift, one I’d love to share. It’s … Continue reading I’ve Experienced God More in Yoga than Church, and Bet You Could Too