I like to think of myself as Mary (don’t we all), but oftentimes I am Martha in this story. I’m worried about so many things. I’m busy, hustling and running around trying to bless the Lord and serve the people and DO DO DO. None of these things are bad, in themselves. But they kept Martha from the feet of Jesus. And more often than I’d like to admit, they do the same for me.
I don’t know what I’m thinking.. how many people want to read about obedience, let alone think about it? And not only am I writing about obedience, but I’m doing a series on it. (Crazy, I know!) Read More
When they ask me “the” question: “When are you coming back exactly?”, and I don’t have a definite answer, I swallow hard to fight the emotions and I hear the questioning and doubt in their silence. Read More
Sometimes I need my eyes opened, too. Far more than I’d like to admit at this stage in my walk with the Lord. I should know better, understand more, and walk with stronger faith. But I don’t always get it. I see what’s right in front of me and I can’t imagine what God is doing, or what the bigger picture will be. Read More
How to be a missionary anywhere? Make introducing God to people a priority. That statement contains two prerequisites, which I’d like to briefly unpack by saying this: it’s difficult tointroduce two strangers, particularly when you don’t know either of them yourself. Read More
Are we walking wounded? Are we allowing our pain to define and consume us?
Or are we walking through it, though it hurts to face, and allowing God to meet us and walk with us through it? To bring us out stronger, with a freedom that we never would have experienced? Read More
If you are on a diet or trying to lose weight, you will typically check your weight about once a week or so to monitor your progress. So, why wouldn’t we apply that same logic to our spiritual lives? Read More
If we are so busy about the world’s business that we neglect the Lord’s business, we are wasting our breath. We are, in fact, wasting our life. Read More
In the general culture of our day, health is a big deal. But in the culture where I’ve lived for so long, it has been more about survival and eating what I can get.
I have not been a picture of health.
Here it is. Brutal honesty.
I can be difficult. You can be difficult. We may be the difficult person in someone else’s life. I am willing to guarantee that there is at least one person in this world who doesn’t like you.
Ouch! Read More
Maybe your realm of influence is small.. but so what? Isn’t one life worth giving it all for?
Jesus thought so.
And true success is not about quantity, but quality. Read More
Science shows that when we dwell on the negative, or things that are not honoring to God, the results are clearly seen in our bodies, our attitudes, and our actions. That means that the way we think today can have an impact on our spiritual, physical and mental health! Read More
The brain is like a world that starts out like an undeveloped, newly discovered planet. Then as you grow and develop, so does your brain’s world: with roads, maps (places we learn to go), and different areas that are marked out in various ways. Read More
Why do I, and so many of us, not take our thoughts captive like we are commanded to do? Oftentimes, we have patterns of negativity. We have histories that have caused us to be fearful or angry all the time. The bottom line is: we all come with baggage. But that’s not the way God intended us to live. And the good news is that, we CAN take our toxic thoughts captive. We can lock them up in prison where they belong, and throw away the key. God tells us to do it, and He would never tell us to do something that we can’t do. Read More
Trust in God when it doesn’t make sense, when things are especially challenging and look hopeless. Trust in Him, believe in His promises, cling to the hem of His Garment. Worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. Not the truth of the circumstance I am in, but the Truth that is my confidence- the reality that not one word of His Word will be changed or altered, not one thing in my life will ultimately be a failure or a mistake. He is still in control. Read More
After Jesus died, His disciples were perplexed, frightened, and devastated. They thought they were alone, that the One whom their hearts had so burned for had been destroyed and could not save them as they had hoped. In their minds and hearts, all hope was lost. Read More
Are you going through a rough time? Has this been a challenging year for you so far? If you’re like me, the answer to those two questions is an emphatic “YES!” I hope not, though. I hope you’re doing great and that you are on the mountaintop right now. But odds are, the valley is just around the corner. Because that’s just how life is this side of eternity. Ups and downs. Hills and valleys. Joy and sorrow. So whether you are going through the fire right now, or you will be at some point, indulge me for a few minutes if you will. Read More
Can I have your permission to talk about the Resurrection even though it's only the end of January? Will that be okay with you?
If not, then please stop reading, because I am going to take the liberty anyway :) in light of this topic of grief and suffering.
Furthermore, I believe our Savior wants us to remember what He did for us, and how powerful He is on our behalf, not just once a year. Read More
When experiencing tragedy, heartache, and trauma, it's important to remember that God surrounds us with His love. Read More
This last year was tough on a lot of us. I saw a lot of people mourning as they lost loved ones. I would hate to just gloss over that and talk about the good things ahead. I DO want to be excited for the things that God has in store for each and every one of us, but first I would like to talk on the issue of grief and loss. Read More