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 By Lisa Finley    Church    April 24, 2014

Professional huggers and the power of touch

Are you interested in a new career that pays well? You might consider becoming a professional hugger. It’s a new trend that is gaining steam. For instance Portland’s Samantha Hess charges $60.00 for hour long snuggles. Keeping her therapy purely...

 
 By Lisa Finley    Church    March 26, 2014

The lost and found box

One of my kindergarten students had misplaced his sports jacket. Another teacher located it and returned it to him. The youngster was thrilled, showed his appreciation, and started heading for the door. When I asked where he was going he answered,...

 
 By Lisa Finley    Church    February 5, 2014

The 12th Man

Seattle Seahawk fans have had one of their greatest seasons ever watching their team perform exceptionally well on their road to the Super Bowl! The Pacific Northwest has exploded with pride, donning...

 
 By Lisa Finley    Church    January 29, 2014

Property Brothers

The Father's House In the HGTV series Jonathan and Drew Scott help couples buy fixer-upper houses and transform them into dream homes. The drama begins with much destruction, hammers flying as they tear down walls and demolish the inside. When it is...

 
 By Lisa Finley    Church    December 25, 2013

Fullfillment

An elderly couple was spending the night alone at home. The gentleman glanced up from his newspaper, looked over at his wife, who had become a Christian several months prior and saw her sitting across from him, reading her bible. He asked,...

 
 By Lisa Finley    Church    December 11, 2013

The tale of a tablecloth

Rev. Howard Shade published a true story in Reader’s Digest many years ago that bears repeating. A young pastor was ministering in a very old church that had become dilapidated. A late December windstorm blew out a large piece of plaster behind...

 
 By Lisa Finley    Church    November 20, 2013

Laugh Out Loud

An elderly friend of mine was becoming familiar with the world of texting. Believing LOL stood for “Lots Of Love” you can imagine the response she got from family members who had received a serious message with an LOL ending! There is a LOL...

 
 By Lisa Finley    Columns    August 27, 2013

Shrek the sheep

There is a national icon worth looking up on the internet: Shrek The Sheep. He lived in New Zealand and avoided being sheared for six years by hiding in mountain caves. When he was finally captured and shorn he produced sixty pounds of fleece! The...

 
 By Lisa Finley    Columns    July 30, 2013

Seasoned with salt

There is a strange seasonal mystery that occurs at summer barbeques. Men, who have never darkened the doorsteps of a kitchen the rest of the year or helped in any meal preparations, suddenly head outdoors to cook. With a goal of becoming grill...

 
 By Lisa Finley    Columns    April 23, 2013

Not stopped by the smell

If I had to choose one of the five senses to lose it would be smell. I have never had a good nose that picks up particular scents and have found that often advantageous! Although not an expert on the subject, I would predict nearly half of the world&...

 
 By Lisa Finley    Columns    March 19, 2013

S.O.A.P.

You know it’s time for spring cleaning when you actually hope it will be cloudy when guests are coming to visit so that the sun won’t reveal your dirty windows. Isn’t it amazing what a little soap and water will do when combined...

 
 By Lisa Finley    Columns    December 24, 2012

The No in Noel

The 14th century word Noel, derived from the Old French, means Christmas. Although it is the name of an album, a city in Missouri, a ghost town in Wisconsin, a community in Nova Scotia, a Columbian cookie manufacturer, and even a hurricane, it is...

 
 By Lisa Finley    Columns    November 27, 2012

Threshold of gain

A small kindergarten student recently complained to me that it was dark in the bathroom and he was scared to enter. I took his hand, opened the bathroom door, and demonstrated that he needed to take the initial step over the threshold in order for...

 
 By Lisa Finley    Columns    November 6, 2012

What are you doing here?

Watching the recent political debates I was reminded that it’s not just what you say, it’s how you say it. This principle not only holds true in the political arena, but in the spiritual as well. Sometimes when we are reading the...

 
 By Lisa Finley    Columns    October 9, 2012

The Mask and the Mirror

As small children my brothers and I looked forward to trick or treating. My mom had four masks we used repeatedly: a skeleton, a scarecrow, a lion, and a princess. Being the only girl in the family you can imagine who donned the princess! Year after...

 
 By Lisa Finley, The Father’s House    Columns    September 24, 2012

Tale of the Tongue

Moths are drawn to the flame- so was our son. His eyes never lit up more than when he saw his first candle on his birthday cake. As he grew so did his fire, from little lit logs to fireworks to huge bonfires with friends. He was even given a...

 
 By Lisa Finley    Columns    July 17, 2012

The Joy of jubilee

Can you imagine having a royal birthday? Americans were able to peek into Britain’s celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 86th birthday, and partake of history in the making. Beginning Saturday, June 2, 2012 England celebrated their...

 
 By Lisa Finley    Columns    July 3, 2012

Never say never

I recently saw a license plate on a Dodge Caravan with the bold letters: NEVER. Drawing closer the message read: I will NEVER drive a minivan. As a middle-aged mom, having succumbed to owning one myself, I had to smile, fully able to relate. One...

 
 By Lisa Finley    Columns    May 15, 2012

Amnesia vs. Anamnesis

With my 50th birthday behind me I recently experienced a senior moment. Right in the midst of a clear thought I completely forgot what I was communicating. Yikes! I pray those moments are far and few between, although when I opened my mailbox and...

 
 By Lisa Finley    Columns    March 27, 2012

Shake your head, not your fingers

I am making progress in this world of technology. Thirty years ago my first instinct to anything remotely related to a computer was to flee. Next came a decade of avoidance. Lately, I have begun to wade into the waters of the cyberspace world, and ha...

 
 By Lisa Finley    Columns    January 23, 2012

Better than a medal

A gold medal! We have all dreamed of such an accomplishment! Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded not just one, but two gold medals: The Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004. Unfortunately, he could not wear...

 
 By Lisa Finley    Columns    December 20, 2011

What voices do you hear?

I love the beautiful Christmas carol “Do You Hear What I Hear?” which announces the Savior’s birth bringing goodness and light. Ironically hearing voices in today’s culture is often a sign of mental illness. However, if we...

 
 By Lisa Finley    Columns    October 24, 2011

Taking a peek into the relationship of prayer

The popular saying, “What you say is what you are” is backed up biblically in Luke 6:45. “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” This is never more true than with prayer. Listening to someone pray is like...

 
 By Lisa Finley    Columns    September 21, 2011

The After “Math” of Terrorism

As our nation reflects this week on the historic tragedy and loss of September 11, as well as the heroism of many individuals and the progress seen this past decade on the war against terrorism, I revised the following article written nearly ten...

 
 By Lisa Finley    Columns    August 23, 2011

The bad news and the good news

My friend received a speeding ticket and went to court in hopes to have the fine reduced. She was seated in the waiting room, scoping out the others waiting with her. She immediately categorized most of them as shady characters due to their somewhat...

 

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