courage to create

Seriously, Is This All There Is?

Seriously, Is This All There Is?

If you enjoy the first three levels on Maslow’s hierarchy, every day, almost without thinking, who is better equipped than you to help someone who doesn’t even have level one?

Whether across the world or across the street, those people are everywhere, and you - middle to upper class American women - are in a position to send your elevator back down help them up.

And actually, that’s where your own joy and esteem is found.

It's a Process.

It's a Process.

Three Things:

  1. If you are going to choose courage over fear and do the thing God designed you to do, it’s going to cost you things you can’t imagine. However, most of those things, you were never meant to have anyway.

  2. The fire is painful. Ask me. Ask Billy Beane. Ask Elon Musk. Ask any artist or creator who has decided to make something out of nothing but a wispy curiosity.

  3. The pain is normal and is critical to your growth and refinement.

Stop Waiting. Make a Move - Intermissionary Part II

Stop Waiting. Make a Move - Intermissionary Part II

I knew when the time was right - not too early, not too late - Girl Catch Fire would hire an operations manager: Someone who could catch the vision, sort it out and action it in fun and innovative ways. Even when I was first starting the company, KJ’s name was on my dream list.

Well, the time is right and KJ is now officially on board at Girl Catch Fire.

What Do You Want From Your Life?

What Do You Want From Your Life?

On Tuesday, I got back from Montana after hosting the FIFTH Intermissionary Retreat. I spent a whole week listening to people tell their REAL stories; you know the ones that live just behind the masks we all wear. Life is so much harder and more beautiful than we let on to each other. It’s no wonder people love retreats.

Anyway, here’s my hunch: It’s not that we don’t know we want to do with our lives, it’s just that our purpose is usually buried under a pile of crap, and 90% of that crap comes in the form of old, bad, lying stories we tell about things that have happened to us. We don’t even realize we do it.

The Bonfires Are Purifying - But Painful

The Bonfires Are Purifying - But Painful

The reality is, I'm going to be too much for some people and situations. So what? That doesn't change my allegiance to Jesus or my identity as His beloved daughter.

And frankly, if I'm getting heat from all different corners - church and state - I'm probably doing something right, because that's how He got it.

Come what may, I'm just going to trust him to lead me right where I need to be.

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? 

I Need Direction But God Is Quiet

I Need Direction But God Is Quiet

I think Jesus wanted to expose the central issue behind our fear: We don't know God's love for us. If we think God will be disappointed if we rush out ahead and fall down, we're unlikely to move very much. 

But if He's your good father, won't he scamper up behind you, giggle a little at your daring, pick you up and brush you off? Then place your feet somewhere more suited to your skill level?

Doesn't it feel better to believe that about him?

Just Start Walking

Just Start Walking

Again and again, God repeats his promise to help us, to extend his righteous right hand to go before us, to make a way, where there seems no way. He promises to do that for anyone who asks, but if we remain hermetically sealed inside a world we can easily handle, we never give him the chance to prove it.  

If you're bored with your life, it might be that you're twiddling your thumbs inside a life you finished crafting long ago. Quit redecorating it. Knock some walls out. Or maybe even sell it and move. 

Freedom from Doubt and Fear

Freedom from Doubt and Fear

AT INTERMISSIONARY THAT JIG IS UP, because we have the liar in our crosshairs. Some days we get kicked around for it, but we think you're worth it.⠀

You may not be ready to tackle your thing yet, you might just need a deep breath and a break. You might need someone to listen hard as you talk about where you've been. That's ok. We love that.