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.

On Sparkles and Ripples

On Sparkles and Ripples

I tell the women of the Firegirl Academy all the time that our power is rarely found in our grand gestures. Thank God because most of us can't figure out how to execute grand gestures anyway. Jill Briscoe, one of my heroes, lifted an immense stone from my neck when I heard her say,

"Your mission field is always just between your feet."

Why Give Something Up For Lent?

Why Give Something Up For Lent?

Every morning when I walk by my coffee pot, I experience actual physical longing. So I whine and count the days until Easter when I can have it back.

But every time the longing hits, I imagine the fully divine Jesus, stuck here for 33 years trying to teach limited, harassed, confused, arrogant, stubborn humans like me how to live. How he must have counted the minutes until Easter.