Inspiration for the heart

“If you’re still waiting for it, it means you’re not yet ready for it. Waiting isn’t punishment, it’s preparation.” –Mandy Hale “God uses no one until He first puts them through the storm. The greater your mission, the greater your storm.” –John Hagee “Many people don’t get what they deserve because they’re too busy holding…

Living out your faith authentically

Anyone can show up to church on Sunday morning, raise their hands during worship, and say all of the right “churchy” phrases. Anyone can grab a microphone and share a message on stage about what living for Christ looks like. Anyone can post inspirational quotes and Bible verses on their social media feeds about God.…

Inspiration for the heart

“Your worship is the most meaningful when it’s the most painful.” –Levi Lusko “In some seasons, Jesus asks us, “Will you still love Me when things are not happening the way that you thought they would happen?” –Mike Bickle “Be the same person privately, publicly, and personally.” –Judah Smith  “Technology is not a bad thing…

Waiting for your good ending

Growing up I used to think that being blessed by God meant that life would always be good, that my prayers would always get answered just the way I wanted them to, and that I wouldn’t have a care in the world. Boy was I wrong. Because sometimes the greatest blessings in our lives don’t…

When you feel afraid

Fear. It’s what kept the Israelites walking around in circles when they were destined for the Promised Land. It’s what made Peter start drowning when he should have kept on walking on water. It’s what causes dreams to be left unfulfilled and buried with talented, gifted, and skilled women and men all around the world.…

Inspiration for the heart

“To step into tomorrow’s possibilities you must let go of yesterday’s realities. Be careful of your choices between what was, is and will be. It is very hard to fully step into your destiny while you are still holding on to your history.” –Christine Caine  “Anyone can worship God in good times. But the real…

The reflection in the mirror

The ideal woman: 5’5, weighs 100 pounds, wears a size 5, has flawless skin, beautiful long hair, and a hot new outfit every day… oh… and let’s not forget the Brad Pitt look alike that’s always by her side. Who is this girl you might ask? You guessed it! The one and only doll that…

When hard times come

Sometimes life is like the weather: unpredictable. You wake up expecting sunshine but what you get is rain. You expect the healing to come… but the illness rages on. You expect the job offer… and instead get the rejection call. You expect the relationship to work out… but instead you get a good-bye You expect…

“I don’t want to be like my dad”

Yesterday was father’s day and for some people it was a day filled with joy as they celebrated their fathers and remembered the many ways they had influenced and blessed their lives. For me personally, I was blessed with an incredible dad who taught me more than just how to ride my bike but how…

{Insight for the heart}

“Never give up. Ugly endings can lead to beautiful beginnings” –Bianca Juarez Olthoff “Anyone can stay true to your face, it’s the people who stay true behind your back that really count.” –Nicky Gumbell “If you are not currently living a life on mission, you have no business going to another country for a mission…

Finding strength on your knees

As physical beings we need to eat multiple meals a day just to stay nourished and strong to survive. Skipping meals for a few days is unheard of because you know it will only leave you weak and tired and unprepared to face the day. As spiritual beings we need to eat “meals” of God’s…

“My life is meaningless”

I’m not going to lie, I can read thousands of inspirational quotes about living life to the fullest, I can read one book after another about what habits I need to build to fulfill my dreams, I can go to church three times a week and hear one message after another about the purpose of…

To facebook or not to facebook?

Ten years ago in order to know what was going on in a loved one’s life you would get together for dinner with them or call them on the phone…now you can just log onto facebook, instagram, or twitter. Ten years ago you could enjoy the food you were eating, the scenery you were looking…

A God that always provides

You finally filled out your monthly bills and as you look at your bank account your stomach start churning as you realize you are down to pennies now. You lost your job a few months ago and you’ve been searching for a new job every day. Sending your resume out by the dozens. And yet…

Giving God 99% of Me

Sometime I wonder… If you take away the bumper sticker on your car that says “Jesus Loves you”, if you take away the t-shirt you are wearing with a catchy Christian phrase on it, if you take away the cross hanging around your neck… would people see Jesus in you? From the very beginning of…

The “Perfect” Woman

I’ve been intimidated by this woman since the first moment I read about her. She’s the woman who has it all together. The woman who rises early to prepare for the day. The woman who always reaches out to help the people around her who are in need. The woman who takes care of her…

Counterfeit happiness

If marriage is what makes you ultimately happy then there would be no divorces in the world. If drugs or alcohol is what makes you happy then there would be no rehab centers to heal destroyed lives of people around the world. If fame is what makes you happy then there wouldn’t be headline stories…

God, Why?

Questions. They began from the moment that we find the words to say them. About why the sky is blue, how you can grow tall, and what makes the world go round. Questions about the world we see with our eyes, the people around us, and the life that we live. And for the most…

God’s Definition of Love

Love. It has been sung about by popular music artists of all genres for many decades and I’m sure many more decades to come. It has been endlessly written about by famous authors who with words attempt to depict its complex significance. It is talked about by people on a regular basis as they attempt to…

What defines you?

Often times we allow everything in the world but Christ define who we are. We allow our scars to define us; our pasts to define us; our background to define us; our self-esteem to define us; our bank account, home, and status to define us; our failures to define us; our self-image to define us;…

{Life Thoughts}

“Until we care more about what God thinks than what other people think we are never truly free” –Christine Caine “Some of the most beautiful futures are built from the rubble of the most broken pasts.” –Mandy Hale “God doesn’t expect us to understand; He just expects us to obey. Sometimes understanding comes after we…