New Mind

(the “growth” mindset) holds that we’re all works in progress. That there’s a lot we can do to get more intelligent, more creative, more talented. These (and virtually all) qualities are more like software. They can be updated, debugged, recoded, and improved.

-Sonia Simone


“…who are ‘leaders who walk with a limp’ today, and why is it a critical Vineyard value?

Is it all-night prayer warriors? Perhaps, in part. Is it leaders who are desperate for God’s blessing, and willing to grasp hold of him until he delivers? Maybe, to some extent (although not in the ‘deal or no deal?’ terms Jacob originally proposed in 28:20-22). Or is it leaders whose character has been changed, who have utterly surrendered to God, letting go of self-reliance as their primary resource, and repenting of all scheming and manipulation in the work of the Kingdom? I think so. And particularly so where that character development, that battle of the will, has been a long and painful process in someone’s life, like wrestling all night, such that the scars of the fight are evident.

I submit that this is what it means to “have struggled with God and with men and [to] have overcome.”

Deepchurch blog

Reality Shift

You know that feeling you get when your personal Earth shifts? Maybe you were just broken up with or found out about an infidelity or someone close to you dies. You look around and people are still driving their cars and going to work and laughing and basically going about their lives. The world looks really weird from broken eyes. The scene doesn’t line up with your reality.

~Hurricane Tankersley

I KNEW that!


I thought it at the time but I figured it would be okay.

It wasn’t.

Which is fine. I should have done more at the time. I should have pushed the boat (or thought) out a little bit more.

I’ll have another crack soon and I’ll listen and act on my own criticism before I send it off this time rather than agreeing with it when I receive the identical criticism back.

[emphasis added]