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Save Your Relationships: Ask the Right Questions

March 1st, 2014 | Comments Off on Save Your Relationships: Ask the Right Questions | Posted in Uncategorized
Save Your RelationshipsWhen I was a mama of three very tiny, very messy, very beautiful rug rats, we had DAYS THAT WENT ON FOR LIFETIMES. Craig left at 6:00 am every morning and as I watched his showered, ironed self leave the house I felt incredibly blessed and thrilled to have so much time alone with my babies and incredibly terrified and bitter to have so much time alone with my babies. If you don’t believe that all of those feelings can exist at once- well, you’ve never been a parent to many tiny, messy, beautiful rug rats.When Craig returned each day at 6:00 pm (he actually returned at 5:50 but took a STUNNINGLY LONG TIME TO GET THE MAIL) he’d walk through the door, smile, and say– “So! How was your day?”

This question was like a spotlight pointed directly at the chasm between his experience of a “DAY” and my experience of a “DAY.”  How was my day?

The question would linger in the air for a moment while I stared at Craig and the baby shoved her hand in my mouth like they do –  while the oldest screamed MOMMY I NEED HELP POOING from the bathroom and the middle one cried in the corner because I NEVER EVER EVER let her drink the dishwasher detergent. NOT EVER EVEN ONCE, MOMMY!!! And I’d look down at my spaghetti stained pajama top, unwashed hair, and gorgeous baby on my hip – and my eyes would wander around the room, pausing to notice the toys peppering the floor and the kids’ stunning new art on the fridge . . .

And I’d want to say:

How was my day? Today has been a lifetime. It was the best of times and the worst of times. There were moments when my heart was so full I thought I might explode, and there were other moments when my senses were under such intense assault that I was CERTAIN I’d explode. I was both lonely and absolutely desperate to be alone. I was saturated- just BOMBARDED with touch and then the second I put down this baby I yearned to smell her sweet skin again. I was simultaneously bored out of my skull and completely overwhelmed with so much to do. Today was too much and not enough. It was loud and silent. It was brutal and beautiful. I was at my very best today and then, just a moment later, at my very worst. At 3:30 today I decided that we should adopt four more children, and then at 3:35 I decided that we should give up the kids we already have for adoption. Husband – when your day is completely and totally dependent upon the moods and needs and schedules of tiny, messy, beautiful rug rats your day is ALL OF THE THINGS and NONE OF THE THINGS, sometimes within the same three minute period. But I’m not complaining. This is not a complaint, so don’t try to FIX IT. I wouldn’t have my day Any.Other.Way. I’m just saying- it’s a hard thing to explain- an entire day with lots of babies.

But I’d be too tired to say all of that. So I’d just cry, or yell, or smile and say “fine,” and then hand the baby over and run to Target to wander aisles aimlessly, because that’s all I ever really wanted. But I’d be a little sad because love is about really being seen and known and I wasn’t being seen or known then. Everything was really hard to explain. It made me lonely.

So we went went to therapy, like we do.

Through therapy, we learned to ask each other better questions. We learned that if we really want to know our people, if we really care to know them – we need to ask them better questions and then really listen to their answers. We need to ask questions that carry along with them this message: “I’m not just checking the box here. I really care what you have to say and how you feel. I really want to know you.” If we don’t want throw away answers, we can’t ask throw away questions. A caring question is a key that will unlock a room inside the person you love.

So Craig and I don’t ask “how was your day?” anymore.  After a few years of practicing increasingly intimate question asking, now we find ourselves asking each other questions like these:

When did you feel loved today?

When did you feel lonely?

What did I do today that made you feel appreciated?

What did I say that made you feel unnoticed?

What can I do to help you right now?

I know. WEEEEEIRRD at first. But not after a while. Not any weirder than asking the same empty questions you’ve always asked that illicit the same empty answers you’ve always gotten.

And so now when our kids get home from school, we don’t say: “How was your day?” Because they don’t know. Their day was lots of things.

Instead we ask:

How did you feel during your spelling test?

What did you say to the new girl when you all went out to recess?

Did you feel lonely at all today?

Where there any times you felt proud of yourself today?

 And I never ask my friends:  How are you? Because they don’t know either.

Instead I ask:

How is your mom’s chemo going?

How’d that conference with Ben’s teacher turn out?

What’s going really well with work right now?

Questions are like gifts – it’s the thought behind them that the receiver really FEELS. We have to know the receiver to give the right gift and to ask the right question. Generic gifts and questions are all right, but personal gifts and questions feel better. Love is specific, I think. It’s an art. The more attention and time you give to your questions, the more beautiful the answers become.

Life is a conversation. Make it a good one.

By Glennon Doyle MeltonGlennon Doyle Melton

Glennon Doyle Melton began writing Momastery.com in July 2009 as a part of her need to “live out loud” as she celebrates and wrestles with her family, marriage, motherhood, faith, addiction and recovery. Author of Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed (Scribner, April 2013), Glennon has a gift for expressing the universal truth in her life, giving voice to our shared experiences and allowing us to feel known. She easily expresses what so many of us think but would not dare say aloud. An in-demand speaker and regular contributor to Huffington Post, Glennon unleashes her wit, courage and irreverence to call us to accept ourselves exactly as we are today, but also, incidentally inspires us to live bolder, more meaningful lives.

For more information on Glennon, please visit momastery.com.

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How Successful People Stay Calm

March 1st, 2014 | Comments Off on How Successful People Stay Calm | Posted in Uncategorized
The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control.

If you’ve followed my work, you’ve read some startling research summaries that explore the havoc stress can wreak on one’s physical and mental health (such as the Yale study, which found that prolonged stress causes degeneration in the area of the brain responsible for self-control). The tricky thing about stress (and the anxiety that comes with it) is that it’s an absolutely necessary emotion. Our brains are wired such that it’s difficult to take action until we feel at least some level of this emotional state. In fact, performance peaks under the heightened activation that comes with moderate levels of stress. As long as the stress isn’t prolonged, it’s harmless.

Travis Bradberry

New research from the University of California, Berkeley, reveals an upside to experiencing moderate levels of stress. But it also reinforces how important it is to keep stress under control. The study, led by post-doctoral fellow Elizabeth Kirby, found that the onset of stress entices the brain into growing new cells responsible for improved memory. However, this effect is only seen when stress is intermittent. As soon as the stress continues beyond a few moments into a prolonged state, it suppresses the brain’s ability to develop new cells.

“I think intermittent stressful events are probably what keeps the brain more alert, and you perform better when you are alert,” Kirby says. For animals, intermittent stress is the bulk of what they experience, in the form of physical threats in their immediate environment. Long ago, this was also the case for humans. As the human brain evolved and increased in complexity, we’ve developed the ability to worry and perseverate on events, which creates frequent experiences of prolonged stress.

Besides increasing your risk of heart disease, depression, and obesity, stress decreases your cognitive performance. Fortunately, though, unless a lion is chasing you, the bulk of your stress is subjective and under your control. Top performers have well-honed coping strategies that they employ under stressful circumstances. This lowers their stress levels regardless of what’s happening in their environment, ensuring that the stress they experience is intermittent and not prolonged.

While I’ve run across numerous effective strategies that successful people employ when faced with stress, what follows are ten of the best. Some of these strategies may seem obvious, but the real challenge lies in recognizing when you need to use them and having the wherewithal to actually do so in spite of your stress.

They Appreciate What They Have

Taking time to contemplate what you’re grateful for isn’t merely the “right” thing to do. It also improves your mood, because it reduces the stress hormone cortisol by 23%. Research conducted at the University of California, Davis found that people who worked daily to cultivate an attitude of gratitude experienced improved mood, energy, and physical well-being. It’s likely that lower levels of cortisol played a major role in this.

They Avoid Asking “What If?”

“What if?” statements throw fuel on the fire of stress and worry. Things can go in a million different directions, and the more time you spend worrying about the possibilities, the less time you’ll spend focusing on taking action that will calm you down and keep your stress under control. Calm people know that asking “what if? will only take them to a place they don’t want—or need—to go.

They Stay Positive

Positive thoughts help make stress intermittent by focusing your brain’s attention onto something that is completely stress-free. You have to give your wandering brain a little help by consciously selecting something positive to think about. Any positive thought will do to refocus your attention. When things are going well, and your mood is good, this is relatively easy. When things are going poorly, and your mind is flooded with negative thoughts, this can be a challenge. In these moments, think about your day and identify one positive thing that happened, no matter how small. If you can’t think of something from the current day, reflect on the previous day or even the previous week. Or perhaps you’re looking forward to an exciting event that you can focus your attention on. The point here is that you must have something positive that you’re ready to shift your attention to when your thoughts turn negative.

They Disconnect

Given the importance of keeping stress intermittent, it’s easy to see how taking regular time off the grid can help keep your stress under control. When you make yourself available to your work 24/7, you expose yourself to a constant barrage of stressors. Forcing yourself offline and even—gulp!—turning off your phone gives your body a break from a constant source of stress. Studies have shown that something as simple as an email break can lower stress levels.

Technology enables constant communication and the expectation that you should be available 24/7. It is extremely difficult to enjoy a stress-free moment outside of work when an email that will change your train of thought and get you thinking (read: stressing) about work can drop onto your phone at any moment. If detaching yourself from work-related communication on weekday evenings is too big a challenge, then how about the weekend? Choose blocks of time where you cut the cord and go offline. You’ll be amazed at how refreshing these breaks are and how they reduce stress by putting a mental recharge into your weekly schedule. If you’re worried about the negative repercussions of taking this step, first try doing it at times when you’re unlikely to be contacted—maybe Sunday morning. As you grow more comfortable with it, and as your coworkers begin to accept the time you spend offline, gradually expand the amount of time you spend away from technology.

They Limit Their Caffeine Intake

Drinking caffeine triggers the release of adrenaline. Adrenaline is the source of the “fight-or-flight” response, a survival mechanism that forces you to stand up and fight or run for the hills when faced with a threat. The fight-or-flight mechanism sidesteps rational thinking in favor of a faster response. This is great when a bear is chasing you, but not so great when you’re responding to a curt email. When caffeine puts your brain and body into this hyperaroused state of stress, your emotions overrun your behavior. The stress that caffeine creates is far from intermittent, as its long half-life ensures that it takes its sweet time working its way out of your body.

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They Sleep

I’ve beaten this one to death over the years and can’t say enough about the importance of sleep to increasing your emotional intelligence and managing your stress levels. When you sleep, your brain literally recharges, shuffling through the day’s memories and storing or discarding them (which causes dreams), so that you wake up alert and clear-headed. Your self-control, attention, and memory are all reduced when you don’t get enough—or the right kind—of sleep. Sleep deprivation raises stress hormone levels on its own, even without a stressor present. Stressful projects often make you feel as if you have no time to sleep, but taking the time to get a decent night’s sleep is often the one thing keeping you from getting things under control.

They Squash Negative Self-Talk

A big step in managing stress involves stopping negative self-talk in its tracks. The more you ruminate on negative thoughts, the more power you give them. Most of our negative thoughts are just that—thoughts, not facts. When you find yourself believing the negative and pessimistic things, your inner voice says, “It’s time to stop and write them down.” Literally stop what you’re doing and write down what you’re thinking. Once you’ve taken a moment to slow down the negative momentum of your thoughts, you will be more rational and clear-headed in evaluating their veracity.

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You can bet that your statements aren’t true any time you use words like “never,” “worst,” “ever,” etc. If your statements still look like facts once they’re on paper, take them to a friend or colleague you trust and see if he or she agrees with you. Then the truth will surely come out. When it feels like something always or never happens, this is just your brain’s natural threat tendency inflating the perceived frequency or severity of an event. Identifying and labeling your thoughts as thoughts by separating them from the facts will help you escape the cycle of negativity and move toward a positive new outlook.

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Stress and worry are fueled by our own skewed perception of events. It’s easy to think that unrealistic deadlines, unforgiving bosses, and out-of-control traffic are the reasons we’re so stressed all the time. You can’t control your circumstances, but you can control how you respond to them. So before you spend too much time dwelling on something, take a minute to put the situation in perspective. If you aren’t sure when you need to do this, try looking for clues that your anxiety may not be proportional to the stressor. If you’re thinking in broad, sweeping statements such as “Everything is going wrong” or “Nothing will work out,” then you need to reframe the situation. A great way to correct this unproductive thought pattern is to list the specific things that actually are going wrong or not working out. Most likely you will come up with just some things—not everything—and the scope of these stressors will look much more limited than it initially appeared.

They Breathe

The easiest way to make stress intermittent lies in something that you have to do everyday anyway: breathing. The practice of being in the moment with your breathing will begin to train your brain to focus solely on the task at hand and get the stress monkey off your back. When you’re feeling stressed, take a couple of minutes to focus on your breathing. Close the door, put away all other distractions, and just sit in a chair and breathe. The goal is to spend the entire time focused only on your breathing, which will prevent your mind from wandering. Think about how it feels to breathe in and out. This sounds simple, but it’s hard to do for more than a minute or two. It’s all right if you get sidetracked by another thought; this is sure to happen at the beginning, and you just need to bring your focus back to your breathing. If staying focused on your breathing proves to be a real struggle, try counting each breath in and out until you get to 20, and then start again from 1. Don’t worry if you lose count; you can always just start over.

This task may seem too easy or even a little silly, but you’ll be surprised by how calm you feel afterward and how much easier it is to let go of distracting thoughts that otherwise seem to have lodged permanently inside your brain.

They Use Their Support System

It’s tempting, yet entirely ineffective, to attempt tackling everything by yourself. To be calm and productive, you need to recognize your weaknesses and ask for help when you need it. This means tapping into your support system when a situation is challenging enough for you to feel overwhelmed. Everyone has someone at work and/or outside work who is on their team, rooting for them, and ready to help them get the best from a difficult situation. Identify these individuals in your life and make an effort to seek their insight and assistance when you need it. Something as simple as talking about your worries will provide an outlet for your anxiety and stress and supply you with a new perspective on the situation. Most of the time, other people can see a solution that you can’t because they are not as emotionally invested in the situation. Asking for help will mitigate your stress and strengthen your relationships with those you rely upon.

Travis BradberryBy Travis Bradberry

Author of the best-selling book Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and the cofounder of TalentSmart, a consultancy that serves more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies and is the world’s leading provider of emotional intelligence tests and training (www.TalentSmart.com). Travis’ books have been translated into 25 languages and are available in more than 150 countries. He has written for, or been covered by, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Harvard Business Review. Bradberry is a world-renowned expert in emotional intelligence who speaks regularly in corporate and public settings. Example engagements include Intel, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Fortune Brands, the Fortune Growth Summit, The Conference Board: Learning from Legends, and Excellence in Government. He holds a dual Ph.D. in clinical and industrial-organizational psychology and received his bachelor of science in clinical psychology from the University of California – San Diego.

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How to Get Your Kids to Talk at Dinner

March 1st, 2014 | Comments Off on How to Get Your Kids to Talk at Dinner | Posted in Uncategorized
The whole concept of family dinner, if you think about it, is pretty elemental: you gather around a table in the waning hours, you and yours, and eat some grub, converse about your day and, if you’re lucky, life its ownself. But sometimes—or, most of the time—our dinners can resemble not so much a family of four eating in the kitchen of our Dutch colonial but a pre-verbal gathering of primitive hominids on the veldt, hunched over a large rock, devouring the day’s kill with frightening, brutal efficiency—quick, before somebody steals it!—and doing it all through a silence punctured only by occasional lip smacks and grunts of pleasure. In other words, getting dinner on the table often feels like the easy part; it’s the conversing and communicating—the family part of family dinner—that often prove more elusive. And, okay, if you insist on greater specificity, it’s our ability to get our children to SPEAK TO US that is often very much in doubt.Does this exchange sound familiar to you?

“What’d you do today?”

“What?”

“What’d you do today?

“Huh?”

“What’d you do today?”

“Mmm, I don’t remember.”

“What’d you do today?”

“I need ketchup.”

Over the past few years, we’ve devised a few techniques to deal with this situation, ways to prod and cajole Phoebe and Abby into sharing and prompting and interacting—or, at the barest minimum, stopping for a moment to look up and acknowledge something beyond the food on their plates…
Mad-Sad-Glad

The most consistently successful of all our methods. Each family member has to share one thing from their day that made them mad, one thing that made them sad, and one thing that made them glad. In addition to initiating some real conversation (we rarely make it all the way around the table, once the kids get going) this has the welcome benefit of clueing you into some things in your kids’ lives—anxieties, accomplishments, mean girls at camp, math difficulties, and the always-telling lunch table politics—that they might otherwise have locked away in a drawer and let fester.

The Negative Assertion

This doesn’t deliver the kind of sustained, substantive conversation you get with Mad Sad Glad, but it often helps break the ice and get some dinnertime energy flowing. Kids love to prove their parents wrong—or, at least, my kids love to prove me wrong—so I’ll offer up an observation that I know is untrue, and wait for the kids to set the record straight. Like this one, from a beautiful, clear summer evening about a week ago:

Me: “I can’t believe you had to stay inside all day at camp today because of the weather.”

Abby: “No we didn’t!”

Me: “Man, that must have been so boring.”

Phoebe: “We were outside all day! We hiked down to the river, and had lunch under the poison ivy tree, and…”

Other options: Why do you think Ms. Tuman decided to skip math lessons today? I can’t believe nobody said a word on the bus on the way home this afternoon. Do you guys ever wonder how an ostrich flies? So Mommy tells me you guys hate soccer now…

Talk About Yourself (And Let Them Jump In)

My own life doesn’t always strike me as riveting, but you’d be surprised at what kids get into. An example: a year or so ago, I was working on a story about a disaster at a big coal plant in Tennessee. A huge containment pond collapsed, unleashing millions of gallons of toxic sludge known as coal ash. An entire town was buried. Streams, because of the heavy metals in the sludge, were contaminated. The prospect of cleanup was like a sick joke. Hardly kid fodder, right? They couldn’t get enough! Almost two years later, they still ask about this, and want me to tell the whole “coal story” again. I even had to tell it to one of Abby’s friends, who was sleeping over. Seriously. Possible moral of story: we’re not as boring as we think we are?

The Misdirection Play

I hardly ever get an answer when I ask my kids something directly. (“What did you do at school today?”) Similar to the Negative Assertion approach, I find it helps to take the pressure off a little by asking them to tell a story about someone else. But maybe don’t phrase it quite so overtly. Phrase it like this: “So [your kid’s name here], tell me about this new friend of yours, [new friend name here]. Does she have long hair? Does she like watching Boomerang? At recess, is she a cop or a robber?” Bet you anything your kid responds, and when he/she does, you’ve got them right where you want them. You can take the conversation anywhere from there.

The Awkward Silence

Join forces with your husband or wife and resolve to say nothing, not a word. Kids can’t hack it. They fill the silence. (Only downside: our six-year-old usually fills it by saying, “Poop on a poop on a poop poop poop.”)

The Nuclear Option

To be deployed only in truly desperate situations: “Okay, if you guys don’t start telling me about your days, we’re not having s’mores tonight.” This one has never failed—and believe me, we’ve wielded it way more than we should ever admit.

Jenny RosenstrachJenny Rosenstrach is the creator of Dinner: A Love Story, the website devoted to family dinner, and the coauthor of Time for Dinner: Strategies, Recipes, Inspiration for Family Meals Every Night of the Week. For four years, she was the features director at Cookie magazine and special projects editor at Real Simple. Her essays and articles have appeared in numerous national publications and anthologies including Martha Stewart Living, Whole Living, and the New York Times. She is the author, with her husband, Andy Ward, of “The Providers,” a column in Bon Appétit. She and her family live in Westchester County, New York. www.dinneralovestory.com

What do you guys think? Any other tips you have for starting conversations with little dudes? Are your kids chatty at dinner?

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Family Game Night – Minute to Win It

March 1st, 2014 | Comments Off on Family Game Night – Minute to Win It | Posted in Uncategorized
Serious family fun ahead! Minute-To-Win-It games are guaranteed to evoke fits of laughter around you house. Why not try these over March Break?

Here’s on bloggers take on the idea! From Jodie at freshartphotography.com.


Back in January I got it in my head I wanted to play some Minute to Win it games with my kiddos. I mentioned it to my friend and neighbor, Kelly, and she was totally on board. So I got online and found some ideas (the official site HERE is great but search Pinterest too!), flew to a few stores and put everything together! Kelly provided pizza for dinner and we provided the games… it was one of the best family nights ever!

We walked over and were met with this! SO funny!

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I made the score sheet and totally screwed up! The totals should be at the bottom so ignore that part! Otherwise it was fun to keep score! If it was a game that was about how many you could do then you got whatever your number was as your score. So if you stacked 4 apples you had a score of 4 for that game. For the games that you either finished it or not then you got a 1 if you did it and a 0 if you didn’t. dns server what is a cloud whois . I think. I can’t really remember and forgot to take an after shot of the score card!

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heart a stack

Heart-a-stack is as obvious as the name. You have one minute to stack as many hearts as possible!

junk in the trunk

Junk-in-the-trunk was hysterical! You take a Kleenex box and take out the plastic part plus all of the tissues. Then you tie it to your waist and fill it with ping pong balls. You have one minute to get them all out! I think everyone did this one!

m and m race

M&M Race was harder than it looks! Fill one plate with M&Ms and using a straw move as many M&Ms from the full plate to the empty plate. We scored this by how many M&Ms you were able to move over. Some were better than others but this was hard!

elephant

Elephant was SO funny! We took a dozen or so unopened water bottles and put them in two rows. Then you take a pair of tights (we used the warm little girl tights my girls live in all winter), put a baseball in the bottom of one leg and them stick it on your head. ask question Without using your hands you have one minute to knock down all the bottles. Bailey was a rock star and did it SO fast! I was horrible and literally in the last few seconds got them all down! It was super funny… they all were really!

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Cookie Face was awesome but IMPOSSIBLE! Chris was the only one that got the Oreo from his forehead to his mouth in a minute with no hands! He flipped it in the air and caught it while everyone else tried to sort of walk it down our face. This one made a huge mess and was so so hard!

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Bite Me was my FAVORITE! We laughed so hard! You take paper bags (I forgot how many but maybe 5 or so) and cut the tops off at different heights. Without using your hands you have to pick the bag up with your mouth and move it to the table. It took some serious yoga moves! Chris is such an amazing athlete but SO not flexible and I think this was one he couldn’t do! The kids were great at it!

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I was really good at the stacking games! These were good for all ages! So easy… how many apples can you stack up in one minute? You have to look close at people’s faces in these! Hysterical!

a bit dicey

A Bit Dicey…. Parker’s and Kelly’s face had me ROLLING when I was going through these! You had to put a tongue depressor in your mouth and stack dice…. not sure if this is in the official rules or not but we had someone holding the dice for the player to grab b/c having them on a table was too hard.

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All in all it was an awesome family night with friends! It was a bit pricey buying all the supplies (and I had prizes for the winners) but totally worth it! We all had a lot of fun and the kids LOVED it!

Totally worth trying… today’s snow day reminded me of this because today would have been a perfect day to play again! Hope everyone survived their snow day today! I am VERY excited for school tomorrow! HA!

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March 1st, 2014 | Comments Off on Son of God | Posted in Uncategorized
Son of God“Son of God” opened in theaters February 28, 2014. Now, the larger-than-life story of The New Testament gets a larger-than life treatment in the stand-alone feature. Told with the scope and scale of an action epic, the film features powerful performances, exotic locales, dazzling visual effects and a rich orchestral score from Oscar®-winner Hans Zimmer. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado portrays Jesus as the film spans from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection. It marks the first motion picture about Jesus’s life since Passion of the Christ, released ten years ago.

Check out exclusive clips from Son of God right now on the Free You Version Bible App.  Find them in the “Videos” menu in the Bible App, or at bible.com/videos.

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12 New Books You Should Read

Here are 12 new books recommended by Brad Lomenick, Executive Director of a movement of young leaders called Catalyst (in no particular order):

  1. The Locus Effect– by Gary Haugen, president and CEO of International Justice Mission
  2. The Truest Thing About You– by Dave Lomas, pastor of Reality San Franciso
  3. Leaders Eat Last- by Simon Sinek, author, speaker, and thought leader (speaking at Catalyst West in April)
  4. The God of Yes– by Jud Wilhite, pastor of Central Christian Church in Las Vegas
  5. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook– by Gary Vaynerchuk, speaker, entrepreneur, and founder of Wine Library TV
  6. Crash the Chatterbox– by Steven Furtick, pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte
  7. Clout– by Jenni Catron, blogger, author and pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, CA
  8. Fight– by Craig Groeschel, senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv in Oklahoma City, OK
  9. Beating Burnout– by Anne Marie Miller, author, speaker and blogger.
  10. Flesh– by Hugh Halter, author, pastor, speaker, and missional church specialist
  11. Passion– by Louie Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church and founder of Passion Conferences
  12. Restless– by Jennie Allen, speaker, author and founder of IF Gathering

 

Brad LomenickBrad Lomenick is Executive Director and key Visionary of Catalyst, a movement of young leaders. Over the last 15 years, he has built a reputation as a key networker and convener of leaders. Prior to running Catalyst, Brad was involved in the growth of the nationally acclaimed Life@Work Magazine and did management consulting with Cornerstone Group. More recently he has served in a number of roles for INJOY and now GiANT Impact. For several years after college, he rode horses for a living on a ranch in Colorado, and was even struck by lightning while installing a barbed wire fence, which some believe has given him powers equal to several of the Super Heroes. He hopes maybe someday he can be a professional golfer, or have his own hunting show.

Visit Brad Lomenick at www.bradlomenick.com

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Would you donate your hair?

This April ‘Hair Donation Ottawa’ is raising much-needed funds in support of cancer research at The Ottawa Hospital & Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institutes.

WHEN: Sunday, April 27, 2014 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Algonquin College Hair Stylist Salon – 1645 Woodroffe Avenue

DETAILS: Hundreds of brave souls will be shaving their heads and/or donating their ponytails of six inches or longer during the annual Hair Donation Ottawa event. Participating hair stylists from various Ottawa salons, as well as the teaching staff and students from the Algonquin College Hair Stylist program, are volunteering their time for this cause.

YOU CAN EITHER:

  • Donate 6″+ of hair (gently treated/grey hair accepted)
  • Shave your head
  • Cut your long beard!
  • ….remember to ask your family, friends & co-workers to sponsor you! They can sponsor you per inch of hair donated OR a flat amount
  • No hair to give? Then consider sponsoring/donating on behalf of those who are participating

FIND OUT MORE: hairdonationottawa.com