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Inspiring & Saving the World with Stories of God's Glory

What to do with What’s Next

Happy People are the hands of God.

I was blessed with the opportunity to achieve a lifelong dream several years ago by seeing my name on the cover of a book I had written and had published by a “real” publishing company. I was hardly prepared for what would come next – promoting the book, engaging with buyers/readers, doing media interviews, etc. For an introvert such as myself, the whole experience was more exhausting and stressful than actually producing the book! During the course of the many conversations with interviewers, friends, family, buyers and so many others, the most asked question had nothing to do with the book whatsoever. It was a question for which I had no legitimate answer and one I secretly fretted over: What are you working on next? I was […]

Want to Rise up? Give up YOUR Kingdom!

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I don’t like to talk about myself, but I love to tell my story because it’s really God’s story. I’m blessed to play a role in it. I became a Christian in 1995 after graduating high school. I spent the next ten years or so trying to figure out “how to be better at being a Christian.” I went to church, but I kept church at arm’s length because I feared letting go of myself. It wasn’t until I started engaging in church and truly studying the Word that I began to organically grow into my being in Christ. Along the way, I realized a personal dreams of a college education, having a grounded and healthy family and in seeing my name on the cover […]

Affirmations: A Better take on New Year’s Resolutions

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed ~ 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 If you had told the 13 year-old me that the 30-something me would be sitting in a 4-season room next a cozy fire and listening to Christian music the day after Christmas while tapping out a blog post on a Kindle, he’d first ask what a blog and Kindle are. When you told him he’d be living in a home that is in a neighborhood he once resented, that he’d be enjoying a snowfall and that he’d have a healthy marriage while raising three daughters (and would have peace in never having a son), he’d tell you […]

Small: Finding Relevance in God’s Grand Majesty – Pt. 2

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. ~ James 4:10 ESV Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. ~ James 4:10 NIV  What do you do when you find yourself in the midst of personal turmoil? When you feel powerless, helpless and desperate? Humble thyself. It’s human nature to tell yourself that you will “work through it” alone. But that’s the last thing God wants you to do. When you are faced with times of anxiety, He wants you to turn to Him. I found this out the hard way. I was in a rut of manic emotions where I celebrated extreme highs and suffered extreme lows. I kept so much inside and frequently didn’t even know what I […]

Adequate: Finding Personal Relevance in God’s Plans

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. ~ Jeremiah 29:11 Despite a lifetime of bold and larger than life dreams, I am very aware that I perpetuate a prevailing narrative that is riddled with self-loathing, doubt and a self image that is truly quite the opposite. In actuality, I’ve always put myself in the role of the underdog (which may be why I often am one of those who is rooting for underdogs to rise above). However, rarely have I been the underdog that “shocks the world” and I honestly could not handle it if I were. The moment a spotlight gets anywhere near me, […]