Overcoming… something that can seem daunting if we think overcoming is to be done by our own strength. But there is good news!!! The Bible says that we are not to fear, as Jesus has overcome the world. John 16:33 What does that mean, if we really apply it to our everyday life? Over the years I have dug into what this word in the original language, and it means the same in Greek as it does in English, to → Read more
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As we move quickly into the New Year, it seems prudent to share something that has been on my heart for a couple of years, and now I have words for, finally. Some of you know that my tent making job is as an executive coach. I speak, train and work 1-1 with leaders in non-profit, government, private and public sectors in just about every industry imaginable. As I do those things, I have noticed a trend that troubles my → Read more
We are entering into a season of Thanksgiving and Gratitude for so much – when we reflect on all God has done, what He has provided, shown us, and sustained us with…wow…it is overwhelming. When we fix our eyes on Him, gratitude overflows and in that space we can clearly see all He is doing and stand in awe of Him, praising and giving thanks. However, how do we shift into being thankful in those all-too-frequent moments of struggling, or → Read more
When things are hard, and they begin to affect us deeply, what is going on with our heart? Scripture reminds us quite a few times to “not lose heart” and to be encouraged. As I have been sharing transparently about the hard journey I have been navigating, I have literally felt heaviness and a weight in my chest and gut. What is going on with this? How can the circumstances of this world (of which I am no longer a → Read more
“Be holy and faithful, Beloved, even unto death.” My Precept bible study teacher used to close out our meetings with that phrase. Over the 12 years I sat under her tutelage, I never got tired of hearing it. It served as a sober but empowering reminder that, each day, I have a mission that superintends my circumstances, my feelings and my appetites. I can recall, more times than I can count, the desire to engage in something that would be → Read more
Do you love the appearing of Jesus? Such a strange question, isn’t it? However, our answer to that question is an early indicator of whether we will be an Overcomer or not. The Apostle Paul was so focused on the day of Jesus’ appearing that no matter what showed up in front of him, he never wavered from his confession of faith in Jesus. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. → Read more
We are facing evil beyond what we could have ever imagine. There is darkness all around us. The Dark Web’s marketplace is filled with information that encourages people to do terrible things. Deviant behavior is running rampant. A new TikTok Lick Challenge, for example, is sweeping the world. People looking for trouble will find it and, in the process, create trouble for you and me. And then, there is Jesus! Not the Jesus who sits on the rightful throne at the right hand of God – → Read more
Being firstborn, a high i and high D in Disc, an Exhorter with Mercy and Teaching gifts, a 7 on the Enneagram, with Ideation, Strategy, Woo, as top 3 strengths...Standing sounds too much like inaction and hard to do!! I have to be intentional to stand and the Lord has been working on me in this concept. Standing is still doing...it’s not sitting, it’s not laying down, it’s not sleeping. It is something and has significance in cooperating with the → Read more
Peace can sure seem elusive these days. We are all watching the news and there is so much going on, and we see no mention of peace anywhere in our midst anymore. There is so much strife, division, fear, and even hatred being shared in the world. How do we keep walking in the Promised Land in these times we find ourselves in? It doesn’t “just happen”, but there is a way. While the Bible instructs us to cease striving → Read more
Jesus Promises Rest for our soul Matt 11:20-30 He was denouncing the cities that refused to repent and believe, for not seeing John the Baptist for the Elijah (prophet) he was and how weary some believers must have been at trying to get them to see Jesus for Who He is!!! Our soul is our mind, will and emotions, so when we are stressed and those stress hormones are coursing through our veins, we can choose to step into some → Read more