You don’t have to let your struggle become your identity. You don’t have to live with labels God didn’t give you. With Christ’s help you can let go of labels and lies and live God’s truth.
There is nobody that can share your story like you. You can reach and touch people’s lives in a way that no one else can. So if you really want to help people - share your story in a way that makes Christ’s love, power, and absolute truth front and center.
Whether it’s a delayed flight or a long line – waiting is not usually welcome news. We want everything “quick and in a hurry” and really yesterday would have been great but we’ll take right now. When we understand the benefits and purposes of waiting we can come to place of saying “It’s Worth the Wait”.
When your world is rocked and the bottom falls out – life as you know it may be forever changed – but God will never forsake you. He will see you through and bring you to a place with perspective and hope beyond your pain.
We can debate all day about whether the glass is half-empty or half-full. Sometimes what’s most important is to leave the excuses about what we lack behind and move forward with what we do have.
"God’s love must be earned," "God’s out to get us," and "God is mad at us." The list goes on and on. As we overcome these lies we open our hearts to receive the freedom and joy God promises.
When you can’t see a thing, life can get pretty scary. Trusting God in life’s darkest moments is a faith stretching exercise that yields powerful results.
When your goal is to move forward you will have to ignore some stuff, persevere through tough stuff and forget about the past stuff.
In this crazy, fast paced world "unrealistic expectations" like having the picture perfect life are often embraced as the norm. We can either strive to achieve unrealistic pressure or learn to let it go and root our expectations in God's truth and in His plan for our lives.
Sometimes things like other people's opinions and even our own emotions get in the way of productive living. You don't have to be pre-occupied by what others think - nor do you have to be a prisoner of your own emotions. You can learn to trust God and let it go.
Christ followers do not have to settle for wordly standards or even mediocrity - we can boldly obey God's Word and trust the results of Him. When our faith is truly in Christ we don't live solely for comfort, convenience, and/or conformity.
Refuse to let small petty people distract you from your BIG purpose & refuse to be a small petty person that distracts others from their BIG purpose.
Unwavering Faith is about putting all of our hope in God's Word and refusing to back down even when our circumstances are screaming there is just no way "this will ever work out."
Bravery is readiness to face and endure discomfort, danger or pain with courage and faith. Bravery isn't one size fits all. Your brave may be different from my brave - but brave is brave. True bravery requires faith.
Perseverance is steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, especially in spite of difficulties or discouragement. Determination, tenacity and patience also are closely related qualities. For a Christian believer the perseverance must be in obedience to God’s Word.
Finishing well is about learning to navigate through life’s real or perceived inequities and facing challenges head on. We can all learn to Finish Well.
Go ahead and start now. Today is a brand new day. It’s a day you’ve never seen before. It is also a day you will never see again. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and start now.
The Christian faith is not made of “plastic”. It isn’t cheap nor does it break easily. The Christian faith endures over time, and through tests, and trials. The Christian faith is not about making our lives easier but rather making us stronger. In Christ we have unbreakable faith.
Certainly we’ve all heard terms like “let bygones be “bygones” or let’s bury the hatchet. But when we’re the one that’s been deeply hurt – forgiveness can seem impossible. When we trust Christ He gives us what we need to really forgive and make forward progress.
Integrity means doing the right thing at all times and in all circumstances, whether or not anyone is watching. For a Christian integrity also includes subscribing to God’s values as outlined in His Word and relying on Christ for the strength to live out those values regardless of our personal situations.
"I Can't Make Up My Mind" Series
Making a decision in the “heat” of the moment, or the middle of a crisis, is usually far from an “ideal situation”. In the midst of the “crisis” and enormous choices we can step back from the madness and decide what’s best.
While the old “flip of the coin” may bring us to a quick decision it’s probably not the best way to make up your mind. Being intentional with our decision making process is the best way make choices that line up with God’s Word and His plan for our lives.
Two of the very best ways to make up your mind is to seek God and wise counsel. First, God always knows best and second, there are usually plenty of wise people who have “been there” and are willing to share their learning experiences with us.
"The Emotional Roller Coaster" Series
Jealousy is one track of the emotional roller coaster that can derail our life’s purpose and relationships. As we learn to “tame the green eyed” monster we can move from the jealousy track onto a more fulfilling life.
Heated arguments and blow ups reduce our relationships to battles with winners and losers. We can all win as we understand the true purpose of anger and how it can actually improve our lives and relationships.
Drama and Trauma make for sensational reality shows. In real life, drama and trauma can be debilitating and exhausting. When we learn to see these challenging situations as opportunities for change and growth we can stop the emotional roller coaster ride and really live.
"Stand Out" Series
The path to true greatness requires a “step down”. This means stepping down from a self centered life and stepping up into what really matters.
If you’re looking for true greatness and purpose you will serve. Serving is part of the secret of finding and fulfilling your true purpose.
It ought to be easy enough to be yourself. But it’s not. Being the real “you” requires risk and faith. When you learn to be content with being “you” your life will count for plenty.
When your best laid plans fall apart you can scream “it’s not fair” or make a decision that there is a better idea out there. Even when things are seemingly falling apart we can reach for the goal with confidence that while it may not be going as we planned – there is a master plan.
For most people there is a whole lot of life happening every single day. Day after day “too much life happening” can wear a person out. There may not always be a way to reduce your responsibilities and obligations but we can all stop trying to do life on our own and seek the help we need.
The problem with waiting is that it takes such a long time. When we can get our thinking out of the mindset of how long is this going to take anyway? And transition to what do I need to learn and/or do? we can move to the place of enjoying life even while we are waiting.
Most people have experienced the feeling that nobody seems to care. While it’s certainly not a pleasant experience it can propel us to new level of understanding that redefines how we see ourselves and others.
When you’ve suffered heartbreak, anguish, or tremendous grief it may be difficult to get through the day much less see hope for the future. While there isn’t a prescription for healing a broken heart there is a way to complete wholeness.
A half-truth is still a whole lie and over time deception erodes trust. When trust is broken is all hope lost? Will you ever be able to trust again? There are no “easy” answers but there are steps you can take to find out what’s next.
When your efforts seem to go unnoticed it can be easy to surmise that it’s just not worth it. When we dare to see beyond our limited circumstances we gain new perspective that makes all the difference.
We live in a fast paced culture that wears “busy” as a badge of honor. Before we know it we can move from busy to overwhelmed. In times like these we can transition from “overwhelmed” as we deliberately change our mindset.