Tag Archives: purpose

November 15, 2017

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 […]

November 08, 2017

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 […]

October 11, 2017

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 […]

September 20, 2017

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 […]

August 15, 2017

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 […]

May 30, 2017

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 […]

February 24, 2017

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 […]

November 10, 2016

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.” […]

June 16, 2016

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 […]

January 11, 2016

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 […]

January 08, 2016

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 […]

December 28, 2015

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 […]

December 10, 2015

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 […]

December 08, 2015

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 […]

December 01, 2015

There are times when most of us have felt incompetent in our relationships and with those to whom we minister. We bumble over what to say and when to say it. We doubt that we are making a difference. And, if we’re feeling insecure, we […]

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