Guilt

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Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.--Genesis 3:8 (NIV)The first time humankind sinned their response to their guilt was to run and hide and it seems like we have been doing the same thing ever since. What is it about guilt that makes us want to pull away, to avoid, to bury our head in the sand and hope it goes away? Whatever it is we are still following the patterns of Adam and Eve. When we are guilty we run and hide. We try to hide from others:This speaks so directly to me. When I know I…
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Photoshop Tips

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Youth ministers wear a whole bunch of different hats. My favorite hat that most people may not think about is graphic designer. I love putting together thing in Photoshop, but even after years of using the program I am still a novice. Recently I have found 2 really great ways for learning PS quickly. One is the Photoshop User TV video podcast (find it on itunes) and the other is kelbytraining.com. This site isn't free like PS user TV is, but for a very low monthly fee ($20 for one month) you can get some great training on Photoshop and a few other Adobe tools.  
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Creative Prayer Available Now

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It has taken more work than I imagined to make these two file ready for public consumption, but I think they are finally ready to go. Let me just say that I have had a fun time putting these together. I have done my best to rely on God and use His words and His inspiration in writing this. It is my prayer that it will help you find creativity and freedom in your prayer life. If you click the images below you will be taken to the lulu.com site where you can purchase the books. Of you can check out the Nailscars.com store and get to lulu from there. Don't forget about the customization options. I will be talking more about that tomorrow.     
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Am I good enough

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I don't know why right now, but this question of am I good enough--am I doing a good job has been waiting right underneath my conscious thought waiting for something to poke it so it can jump out and attack me again with doubt and fear and insecurity. Recently it seems like lots of things have come that have made me wonder if I am even still cut out for this job anymore. Part of the problem is that I feel like I have to justify myself at work much more than I ever have before. I feel like each action I take is one more way that I am saying, "Look I actually am working and doing something important" But in doing that my focus is coming off of…
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