ANCHORED. This word is so strong. And within its context determines so much of our lives. The place of our anchor reveals the place of our trust. The place of...Read more
First things first.
Short and sweet— whatcha been doing this morning? Have you developed a healthy routine when your mind wakes up and your feet hit the floor that will ensure a peaceful and productive rest of your day? I have always known how important it is to start your day in ways that provide energy, strength, and focus for the hours that follow…but it felt so difficult. It required some changing of habits and some rearranging of my schedule. It...Read more
Goodbye to guilt & receive His grace.
I used to believe that guilt was holy in a way. It showed that I knew what Jesus was asking of me in a moment or that I knew something I should’ve done or been, and I regretted not being/seeing/doing that. Maybe it’s guilt over not being the best daughter you can be. Or brother, wife, husband, friend, sister, etc. Maybe it’s those words you said about a coworker in the heat of the moment that you didn’t...Read more
Speak them out loud.
I remember sitting in a conference a couple years ago and the speaker said, “Tell yourself out loud! Speak it over yourself but give it volume!” And I’m thinking, “I have never done that, consistently at least.” I was also thinking, “Is that like a true difference-maker? The whole giving it volume, making sure your own ears hear it thing?” Well, joke’s on me because I have noticed, over the big and the small things, that when I...Read more
Each Moment is all we need.
Each moment is all we need— as in, whatever exact, specific moment you are in at this current moment, stay there. This is a discipline, isn’t it? To believe and act upon the truth that the God of all timing gives us each moment with divine sovereignty and wisdom knowing it is enough for where we are. He isn’t thinking to Himself, “Ahhhh! If only there was more time!”, or “Man, if she had not of wasted so...Read more
He knows your potential.
You scare the living daylights out of him. Do you know that??!! Your calling and the stamp on your life is so big and so powerful and so important that he will do anything he possibly can to deter you from your way. I know sometimes we focus too much on the enemy instead of the victory Jesus has already established over us, but I do think it’s crucial we understand how tirelessly, how ruthlessly, and how desperately...Read more
There’s redemption for you here.
His love is really crazy. It’s this phenomenon that is literally too large and complex and intimate to understand yet it’s the only foundation that will EVER make us feel understood. We all have skeletons, don’t we? Things we would rather just sweep under the rug and never be mentioned again. We all have some hurts from our past, that if we are really honest, we don’t even let ourselves think about— we’ve “moved on”, right? But when...Read more
Seeking only His best.
No matter how comfortable, cozy, and homey I’ve made it, can You help me get rid of whatever it is that’s holding me back? I know that You call me to do hard things and to be courageous. I know You ask me to live boldly and love wildly. I know that You offer me freedom, not comfort— can You help me distinguish between the two? Lord, I want to go new places and share of who You...Read more
Watch your self-talk.
Because here’s the deal-whatever you’re telling you will eventually be what you’re telling others, whether intentionally or not. Our “self-talk”— the voices that continually whirl around in our head throughout the day, the true opinions that we hold of the world around us, the perspective that forms our actions, the words that eventually become our conversation with others— it’s crucial. And for some reason, we have convinced ourselves that we don’t have to monitor this; that this inner-dialogue...Read more
They had been with Jesus.
Sundays— Do you notice how much calmer your spirit is or how there is a feeling of delight in your soul? Like, your body and your mind and your heart have had a trip home in a way? This is going to seem like the most elementary, obvious, simple statement you might hear: When you spend time with Jesus, your heart is at home; and when your heart senses it is home, it is enveloped in peace. I...Read more
Tell your story.
Can I ask you a question— When is the last time that you really let somebody in? When is the last time you shared your story or gave access to the areas of your life that aren’t so picture-perfect? Have you placed yourself in positions that might allow you to tell others of your struggles so that they could see what your Savior has done? Has it been a while? Have you just shown them what feels comfortable?...Read more
To reap, dig deep roots.
Mondays, don’t they often feel a whole lot like tree-planting and a lot less like shade-sitting? You know, I think when it comes to work, especially in our current culture, we want to see and feel the effects of our hard work immediately. We want to sweat, knowing our reward, and when the fruit of our labor seems like a distant reality, we become easily discouraged or discontent. I think what’s hard about this truth is that we...Read more