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October 20, 2014

ICYMI 13 — Special Monday Edition

John headshot Oct2013I know. I know. I normally do this on Friday, but Friday was kind of a big day for the ScreamFree Institute. We hosted 21 couples from various branches of the Unites States military at a Calm and Connected Retreat. Of all the thing we do — all the travel and all the speaking — by far and away, the most rewarding work we do is when we get to invest at a deeper level in these brave people.

So, I apologize for not posting this on Friday, but never fear — here is a list of interesting things I found while looking around the internet last week:

Kerry Egan is a hospice chaplain in South Carolina. She has sat with so many people who are dying, and, as a result, she’s learned something about the way we think about our bodies. She writes, “Too often, it’s only as a patient realizes that he or she will lose their body that they finally appreciate how truly wonderful it is.”

What would happen if a high school teacher became a high school student for a couple of days? Grant Wiggins shares the experience of one high school teacher who did just that. Her experience may just remind you of how difficult your high school days were, and maybe — just maybe — you could cut your teenager some slack.

We all know what it feels like to lose it with our kids or with our spouse or with a co-worker or just with the jerk in the gigantic SUV who just cut us off in traffic! More importantly, we all know what it feels like after we lose it — the guilt, the shame, the fear that we’re the only ones who can’t seem to hold it all together. Christian blogger and speaker Lisa-Jo Baker gives us a list of 10 Things to Do Differently Before You Lose Your Temper. I particularly love the idea that God is not afraid of our anger.

Finally, if you’ve ever wondered what Hal and I get up to in our spare time, it looks a little bit like this game of Egg Russian Roulette between Bradley Cooper and Jimmy Fallon. You’re welcome.


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