The Prodigal Daughter

I came around the corner in that casual way one does wandering through a huge art museum. The fact that it was the Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia was exciting but I didn’t expect what I was about to see. It was huge, covered a whole wall from floor to ceiling, stopped me in my […]

How I Went from "Cradle Christian" to "Woe is Me"

I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” (Isaiah 6:5) I feel like I’m going through a mini version of what happened to Isaiah when he saw God […]

How God Refines Us and Makes us More Capable

When I was young, I wanted to be able to spring instantly into being good at the things I knew I had some talent. But I didn’t want to do the painful learning process, the trial and error required. It was a classic symptom of what Life Model Works calls “Trauma A”. I did not […]

God's Job…and Mine

I’ve been in the people-helping business for a long time, in one aspect or another: nursing, health upgrading, clinical psychology. I saw good things happen in each of those eras of my career. But the most exciting change for me was the shift in focus from the healing of wounds to the development of maturity. […]