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How are you flourishing?

How are you flourishing? There was some drama over the weekend. Nothing out of the norm, nonetheless needed to be dealt with. Yes, the Greenhouse for People is safe, but yes, we have to work really hard to keep it that way. While Cooper and I handled the situation that had occurred over the last 24 hours; our members started the Sunday community meeting. When all the world’s problems had been solved, at least the ones inside Hope Street we joined our members in the meeting. On their own they had begun one by one going to the front of the room to answer the question, “How are you flourishing?”. It was insightful, thoughtful, and so encouraging to hear the many different ways members are thriv

Clinging

“Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.” – David Foster Wallace Father, there’s always that thing. That thing I think can be what I need in any given moment. It could be as simple as a new book I don’t need (I’ve got about forty in a growing queue), a drink for stress, or, in my darkest moments, isolation - a resolve to be alone from everyone, even you. And I hear these stories in my office, "sitting on the floor" as Chantel calls it. Stories of all the different things being clung to in place of you. Things from the past, things in the now. Things that "got my head like Ahhh! I don't even know," like for Claribel. It's in these conversations that I learn about my own grip: a f

Board Member Prayer

They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. - Isaiah 61:3 Hope Street Greenhouse for People People Empowered by the Active Grace of Christ Cultivating a Nurturing Community Helping to Flourish Hope Street is a place where growth happens, but growth takes time. Our preference for growth is a trajectory characterized by straight lines angled upward, but that’s not reality. Among other things, poor choices, distractions, and temptations can stall growth or cause it to go dormant. The storms of life that we are desperate to avoid can usher in a season of drought. But many times, the very things that we wish to avoid are in fact the grace of

Is This a Prayer?

“Yeah, isn't it amazing how a man can find himself alone Calling through the darkness for an answer that is never known Yeah, isn't it amazing how a God can take a broken man And let him find a fortune let him ruin it with his own two hands” Difference Maker - NEEDTOBREATHE A broken man. A broken young man. Max. A kid in my eyes. The ripe age of 26. Smart. Funny. Blonde hair worn in a messy bun. White teeth. Great smile. Warm. Fortune. Calling to the darkness for an answer that he has never known. Today. Yesterday. The past 7 years. One might say..”You had a fortune, Max. You ruined it with your own two hands.” Did he? Is that right? Is there a place for what’s right? He is alone. He is call

Toxic Resolutions

I was scrolling through twitter and had a good laugh at this: No more toxic friendships in 2018 No more toxic relationships in 2018 No more toxic thoughts in 2018 Only Toxic by Britney Spears in 2018 I suppose it is only funny if you like Britney Spears like I do. Nonetheless as the new year rolls in everyone is thinking about what went well, what they want to leave behind and what “new” things they will embark on in the new year. Most of us would agree that it would be great to leave behind everything toxic, the hard and difficult things and of course the people, places and things that are tied to those. Yet, why is that often part of our resolution every year? In order to have something ne