110, 2017

PLL Newsletter – Courage – October 2017

When the Question Why Isn’t Important Important scientific discoveries and life-saving medical advances are the result of answering "why." It is an important question when driven by curiosity and the desire to know - to understand. But life doesn't always give us the reason why things happen or don't happen. That's when it must take a back seat to something greater. When our daughter Debbie was five, she had a small yellow skateboard, a simple version not to be confused → Read more

110, 2017

PLL Newsletter – Conviction – October 2017

The Power of Praying in Specifics "God, please help me to find a job." "God, please bring relief and healing." "God, I pray that I would find a husband." If our God is a personal God, then our prayers - our very conversations with God - should be nothing less than specific. But for many of us, we tend to keep our prayers quick and vague. While I'll agree that it's better than nothing, our relationships with God could be → Read more

110, 2017

PLL Newsletter – Clarity – October 2017

There is No Such Thing as a Stupid Question. There is no such thing as a stupid question. Since elementary school, we've all had that drilled into our heads. And it's true, to be honest. But that doesn't mean there are no wrong questions. "Stupid" questions still do their job: they allow information to be revealed. And, since we're already riding the Cliché Express, "knowledge is power." If you ask enough seemingly irrelevant, inane questions, you will probably solve your → Read more

108, 2017

PLL Newsletter – Conviction – August 2017

Conviction: Allowing Covenant to Guide us from Life in the Present Towards Life Eternal During my freshman year of college, a group of us piled in to a friend's car and headed downtown to the only tattoo parlor we were familiar with (and by familiar, I mean that we passed by it before). Half of us entered the doors to get a tattoo while the other half was there for the excitement, thrill, and moral support of it. I was → Read more

108, 2017

PLL Newsletter – Clarity – August 2017

Clarity: When Covenant Takes Courage There were many covenants in the bible, but for our purposes today, we will focus on the new covenant - the one that we entered into through Jesus. Jeremiah prophesies about this new covenant in Jeremiah 31:31-34. "Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day → Read more

106, 2017

PLL Newsletter – Courage – June 2017

Finding the Courage to Change from the Inside Out As a public, we have become cynical and untrusting of what people tell us. There are more stories than we would like of politicians, public officials, and even church leaders who have been exposed as frauds. They appeared to be honest and trustworthy on the outside, but on the inside they were greedy and manipulative. This is not a modern phenomime. Jesus addressed it in a point-blank manner toward the religious → Read more

106, 2017

PLL Newsletter – Conviction – June 2017

Waiting on God vs. Waiting on an Answer At the beginning of the year, my husband and I began making strides towards becoming homeowners, with the goal of having our own address by the end of the year. We met with a realtor and called several lenders to get a better understanding of the market and set our sights on what we thought to be a realistic down-payment goal. The adrenaline pulsed through us as we started to receive daily → Read more

106, 2017

PLL Newsletter – Clarity – June 2017

Clarity: Do you know where you are? The first recorded question God asked man was "where are you?" That question was not for God, for God knew where Adam hid. Perhaps God asked the question because He wanted Adam to know where Adam was. In life, I have found it is very difficult for me to move forward unless and until I have taken stock of where I am. It's possible I could bury myself deeper into a hole, quickly → Read more

104, 2017

PLL Newsletter – Clarity – April 2017

Clarity:We Are What We Repeatedly Do "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."-- Will Durant At 62 years old, my father is suffering from increasingly advanced dementia. In October of 2016, I had the good fortune of spending 11 days with him, and while the disease was evident, he was perfectly lucid. In fact, I'd call it the best time I've ever spent with him. Now, a handful of months later, he → Read more

104, 2017

PLL Newsletter – Courage – April 2017

Courage: Discovering the Courage to Sail Rough Seas Max Lucado recounts about ancient ocean maps that were so incomplete in the 1400s that sailors wrote notes on the unchartered areas of the maps. Not knowing what's ahead on an ocean is especially fearful when there is no land in view and no knowledge there will be. They wrote things like, "Here be dragons," and in another place, "Here be demons," and "Here be sirens." A master mariner who was a → Read more

104, 2017

PLL Newsletter – Conviction – April 2017

Conviction: Leaning into the Reminders It was just past 6 o'clock on a Friday night and I was laying on the couch with tear-stained cheeks and puffy eyes to match. I put on a comedy in attempts to brighten my mood, but the effects were minimal. There was a knock on the door and in rushed my sister-in-law with a package in tow. "I saw the shipping confirmation and I knew you'd be needing this for tomorrow, so I wanted → Read more

2701, 2017

Lessons from a Flooded Duplex

The call came at 6:45 am “There are 3 inches of water in our bedrooms and the water is rising!” The huge retention pond was overflowing into the yards and homes. I ran out the door, no makeup, no fixing my hair to get help!  I met my husband and Mike at the duplexes and they went to work on the flooded unit. In the past, I would have followed their steps, jumped in, and worked hard in my strength and → Read more

1912, 2016

Listening – Where to Begin?

Pilate once asked Jesus "What is truth?" He asked a good question.  Instead of leaning into the question, he was passive and he deferred.  Pilate had the power to ensure Truth Himself was revealed.  Instead, he yielded to the masses: loud voices, driving and distracting in their chaotic chants.  The world today has changed into similar instant access to loud voices, driving and distracting with chant-like platforms.  We need the power of discernment to distinguish between lie and truth. When → Read more

2110, 2016

Listening – Where to Begin?

A client became aware of something quite empowering around listening. She realized that for almost 60 years she had been listening to what everyone else said to her about her, but she had never listened to herself. Over the years, she took on more and more of people’s thoughts and feelings. Through coaching, she started hearing herself think, hearing what she believed and hearing what was important to her. Most joyously, she started hearing God. In just two sessions, her confidence soared! Several years → Read more

410, 2016

The Power of our Perspective

Often times the only thing that needs to change is our perspective, and everything changes. The power that our perspective has on our earthly experience is staggering. Repeatedly throughout the Scriptures, subsequent to the fall of man, people continued to tutor one another in the “way that seems right to a man, but in the end always produces death” (Prov. 14:12) and as a result, worldly wisdom robbed humanity of the harmonious fellowship with the truth that we were originally → Read more