Pura Vida & The Land of Complainers

Pura Vida & The Land of Complainers

America has countless things to be grateful for, but gosh we act like spoiled children a lot. I really do wonder when we came to expect freedom from all inconvenience and license to express outrage over it?

1950?

2001?

1776?

I mean, we're good at complaining, it's become our national M.O. We even rock non-verbal complaining. The grocery checker messes something up and the woman at her counter looks back at me and rolls her eyes. 

That happened to me yesterday and ruh-roh that woman had a cross around her neck.

What It Means to Catch Fire

What It Means to Catch Fire

A Firegirl is a woman who is no longer afraid to fail, in fact she doesn't even believe in the word. She's disciplined herself to live her life on purpose, come what may. She makes bold moves and leaves the earth looking more like heaven in a hundred little ways behind her.

She is an ambassador, a fragrance, a child of God and she sees people for who they can be, not who they currently are. She is magnetic, alive, brave and even foolish - the light in her eyes is a stunning and curious thing. It's so different, people ask about it.

It's Time to Master The Fear & Anxiety

It's Time to Master The Fear & Anxiety

By and large, we have homes, vehicles, full bellies, educated minds, freedom to move about and resources beyond imagining for most of the world.

So if it isn't up to us to MASTER OUR FEAR AND ANXIETY and get busy bringing justice, mercy, love and service to our neighborhoods and the world. Who is it up to?

This Too Is A Choice

This Too Is A Choice

Here's what I know for sure:

The subconscious mind is a garden. The conscious mind is the sower. Our thoughts are the seeds. Whatever you plant, you grow. You cannot think anxious, cynical, fearful thoughts all day long and expect to grow tranquility, contentment and abundance in your garden. There is no place in the natural or spiritual world where that is true. What a man sows, he reaps. Your thoughts are yours alone. So what are you sowing?

How is Fear Keeping You Small?

How is Fear Keeping You Small?

Your "what if" fears keep you stuck in someday, but I believe the world needs you, doing your thing, at a high level, right now. What is that thing?

Do you need to...

  • Ask for the money you're worth at work?

  • Build a case for your promotion? 

  • Stand up and speak truth to power?

  • Start dating again, so you can find your life partner? 

  • Write the book?

  • Found the non-profit?

  • Serve the refugees?

What would you do if you were unafraid? 

Don't Confuse Fame and Fruit

Thing One: Don’t forget, most people run their highlight reel on social media and it's a breeding ground for discontent - so if your Facebook or Insta feeds make you feel bad, stop looking at them.

Go look at your vision board instead, because if you've done it right it's already full of beautiful things you want to do, be, have and create in your life. If you haven't cast that vision for your life, what are you waiting for? The enemy of your soul will happily do it for you and that's such a bummer.

What the Deep End Will Cost You

What the Deep End Will Cost You

Besides good rehab, regular accountability and Jesus, the thing that helped Andy most was actively serving someone else. You see, when the enemy can keep us obsessively focused on our own lives, he can worry us into paralysis.

But God wants us striding into places we can't see, following his voice. It's not that my worries are irrational - no they're pretty legit - but through Andy, I felt the Lord saying: "I know. Keep going. Don't Quit. You take care of someone else and let me take care of you." 

So in case you've got the same problem this morning, here's my list of things that need taking care of way more than my my crazy-pants nighttime behavior does. 

Ready for the Deep End?

Ready for the Deep End?

Are you wanting to get out of the pew and into the world, bringing love, light and good news, but you're not clear how?

Maybe you'd like to off load some of your blessing to someone who really needs it - do a little justice and mercy - but where and how and to whom?

Maybe you want to love God and love others in a radical way, like Jesus did, but handing out tracts seems ineffective and you've got concerns about short-term missions.

On Saying Goodbye to Texas

On Saying Goodbye to Texas

I stood on the porch of the ranch house last night and watched the fireflies flicker and hum with the sunset. It reminded me of my first trip to Africa with Mercy Ships where I saw the very same thing, at a picnic on the Congo River.

Standing there, I felt the Lord whisper into my heart: Gratitude is the portal. Everything you have at this moment is already enough. You are enough and I am more than enough. 

Remember this. 

So I'm remembering tonight. The lovely Walter Family who has been part of our story for more than a decade. I'm grateful to you for letting Sam and me be part of your family's story. 

Two Strategies for Defeating Anxiety & Fear

Two Strategies for Defeating Anxiety & Fear

If I'm being honest, the last few months have at times felt like a hurricane or, worse yet for me, a vast snowy desert, but they are neither. They are just new lands along on the path I chose when I decided to follow Jesus like I mean it.

Truth is, Jesus told the disciples, before they got in the boat, they were going to the other side. So they were going to make it. Dead calm was a bonus.

Jesus was gracious enough to show a bunch of terrified fishermen just who they were dealing with. It was a lavish gift given to a bunch of skeptical, anxious humans who did everything possible to not deserve it.

Same Jesus. Different day.