The simple answer to how to forgive myself is, we forgive the same way we forgive others. Unfortunately, simple and easy aren’t the same thing. This is an all too familiar story. Perhaps the main reason we don’t forgive ourselves is because we don’t understand forgiveness. Suppose you owe $10,000 on your car. You lost your job three months ago. You’ve juggled accounts, wiped out your savings, and have no prospects of a new job. The finance company has sent → Read more
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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
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
"Walking in obedience in our Promised Land means slaying our giants... even the ones we like to hang with."
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
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
Let's consider life without prayer. What would cause a person to be prayerless? What happens that would move us to quit praying? What are some of the distractions that crowds prayer out of our lives? Let's get a little more personal. What have you quit praying about? Are you used to getting what you want? Or are you weary, tired and ready to give up because you haven't gotten what you wanted? God, the Father says "Come to Me!" God, → Read more
Have you ever heard of a whisper campaign? It's a marketing technique using persuasion through false or distorted information to damage the reputation of one product/person in order to draw the market place towards another product/person. It's called a whisper campaign because the source of the rumor tries to stay incognito. Remember "Hands up, Don't Shoot?" This is a recent and controversial example (aren't they all controversial and emotionally charged?) of a whisper campaign. After a lengthy investigation, it became → Read more
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.” Galatians 5:16-17 NASB. God wants us to be headed on a course He has designed, where we are living and making choices according to the desires of our → Read more
When I checked into the CICU one of the questions the admittance staff asked was if I wanted to be visited by a chaplain. I said “no.” Two days later, I was upgraded to a regular room as my body stabilized after a serious incident. I experienced a cardiac effusion that led to a cardiac tamponade in which 1.5 liters of fluid was removed from my heart cavity called the pericardium. Three chambers were collapsing at the time of the → Read more