Crossing My Bridges Blog
INSPIRATIONAL AND MOTIVATIONAL STORIES
What does it Really Mean to Have Religious Freedom?
Civil laws that protect both the individual’s right to practice their religion and protect the community they live in is a delicate balance
FREEDOM OF THOUGHT AND EXPRESSION ARE CREATIVE REQUIREMENTS
How do we keep the balance between freedom of thought and expression and repression for fear of upsetting one or another group of people with different worldviews and opinions?
EXPLORING THE DEEPER MEANING OF FREEDOM
Freedom is an essential part of our lives, and it is something that we should all strive for.
So if the Son sets you free, you will indeed be free— John 8:36 [TLB]
Each month we will explore the deeper meaning of freedom in each category so we can better understand what it means to be truly free.
RE-INTERGRATION AFTER INCARCERATION- IN THE MARGINS
A mother’s heartbreak living with the daily challenges of children who have been incarcerated. How do you get them re-intergrated back into society and not pushed back into the margins?
BEACHES -THE LIFEGUARDS SIT IN THE MARGINS
Jesus ‘saw’ people. I can befriend and offer hospitality to the ‘other,’ that most people walk by and consider as ‘trash’ or the debris of life.
Are there people you consider ‘trash?’ How can you look at them differently?
WALKING WITH GOD THROUGH BIPOLAR
The most loving thing my community has done is not given up on me. People walked alongside me even when I felt most unlovable. Their care had come in the forms of meals when things were hard, taking walks when I was isolated, praying with me, and simply being present but not scared of the hard stuff.
END OF AN ERA
Faithfully every year, she would give her Christmas message and share her faith in God, hope, and encouragement for the future, a silver thread that hung every year of her reign like a jewel on her crown, keeping the continuity of her Kingdom. We will miss that.
It is the same with our stories of faith. When God has acted in a family and helped someone, those stories strengthen the family’s faith. We may read stories in the Bible, but it is much easier to believe when we hear of other people’s faith in our own culture and that it is still possible for God to act in our own family.
MY CHILD IS AN ADDICT
We need to have the compassionate heart of Jesus when dealing with people whose lives are shattered by addictions. Practical care, prayer and a listening ear, without judgement or criticism will go a long way to support parents, even when nothing seems to be happening with the addict.