Tag Archives: purpose
My mom has a pillow with some of my grandmother’s favorite words from Theodore Roosevelt stitched on it: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” What Roosevelt was saying is that everyone is holding something in their hand to accomplish something […]
A couple years ago while I was on a long hike, I listened to a series of sermons on living a balanced lifestyle. During this audio marathon, I scrolled through a list of articles on my phone by the same topic and came across a […]
Sometimes we make life with God so incredibly complicated. And when we complicate it, we may be tempted to argue and wrangle about issues that aren’t big issues. We bicker about if we should raise our hands during worship or if we’re going to be […]
When I was 21, I traveled to England alone where I attended the University of London. The night before I was to board my flight, my host family called and said that I wouldn’t be able to come early like I planned, because they were […]
In 2011 NBC News aired a story about an unemployed man who was mining for gold and diamonds on a busy sidewalk outside a handful of prominent Manhattan jewelry stores. The news showed him peering into a crack in the sidewalk while holding a magnifying […]
Have you noticed we spend many of our days simultaneously celebrating blessings but also experiencing grief? Child graduating from high school? Praise God! Child graduating and moving out? Grief. New job offer? Yay, Jesus! New job that requires relocation? Grief. New marriage? Yay! New marriage […]
There are times in everyone’s life when pursuing their calling—whether it’s raising children, running an organization, or attending college—can become tiring. When this happens, some people want to throw in the towel and give up. If this describes how you have felt, here are three […]
One of my good friends often says, “Never put a period where God puts a comma.” It’s her way of reminding herself to stay flexible to God’s rule and to submit to His sovereignty over her life. This can be especially difficult when we’ve got […]
In his book Soul Cravings, Erwin Raphael McManus writes, “Home is ultimately not about a place to live but about the people with whom you are most fully alive. Home is . . . about community and belonging, and we are all searching for home.” […]
For most of my adult life I ate standing over the kitchen sink. I slept alone, cuddled up with a heating pad when I was cold, and prayed when I needed someone with a truck. But on September 6th last year, all that changed when I finally […]
I have a confession. Last week I was frustrated and angry. For a couple hours while I flew from Idaho to Illinois, I wanted to beat up something. My frustration started after I made a list of what I want to accomplish in 2016. Produce […]
Maybe you wonder why you are here. One way you can discover why is to take a look at your deepest desires. You were made to love; you desire love. You were made for health; you desire health. And you were made to achieve so […]
The New Year is when people everywhere make plans to do great things over the next 12 months. With this in mind, I have compiled 12 Thoughts to ponder as you make your plans and dream your dreams. I hope you are encouraged. 1) Where […]
Last year I spoke at a conference and a woman approached me and asked, “Once you knew that God had called you to write and speak, how did you get from where you were to where you are now?” Questions like these always give me […]
Last summer, while I pondered the problem of depending on ourselves more than we depend on Christ, I scribbled the following notes in my journal. I hope they are an encouragement to you and a reminder that God uses ordinary people just like you. Self-sufficiency is the […]
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