Tag Archives: Faith

Spring’s Deception + Salvation’s Reality

Mar 19, 2016 | Posted by in About, Journal | 0
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Spring, is a time to come out of hibernation. A time to put away yoga pants and sweaters. A time to clear out clutter accumulated in previous gloomy months. To start fresh. A time to trade all things cozy for longer, lighter, & warmer days, brilliant color, and renewed vigor for adventure. Arrival of Spring can also be deceptive! The snow melts away, birds return with familiar song. Spurts of warm weather invigorate our senses along with our hope. Just as I begin to accept this new reality, a blizzard strikes! My car wash, now in vain with it getting hammered with salt and dirty snow yet again. As much as Spring brings about hope, Spring can bring about doubt. As devastating as an unexpected blizzard can be, even more excruciating is a deception that can come following Salvation and newRead more …

Be Steadfast

Jan 12, 2016 | Posted by in About, Journal | 0
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Take heart. A mother bird prepares a nest for the nearing arrival of her eggs. Each morning she awakes with the dawn, scouring for perfectly fitted sticks, straw, grass, and cozy material that will be “home” for the most crucial time of her young’s life. She hears no applause, receives no encouragement for her efforts but day after day she gathers with a fierce expectancy of life to come. Gathering sticks is a ‘glamourless’ affair. It’s her instinct moving her to persevere, guaranteeing her efforts will not be in vain. As I quickly approach motherhood for the first time, my heart is stirred to reevaluate my purposes in a new season. One of probable intensity, little reprieve, and daily repetitive tasks. All with a hope of a great future for my family & child(ren). A hope which I imagine, getsRead more …

Ditch Depression + Be Dynamic

Aug 25, 2015 | Posted by in About, Journal | 0
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Imagine a war torn city, finally ready to rebuild its grandeur after the devastation. Leadership set in place, vision is cast, and once weary men and woman take to the momentous task of rebuilding with fresh vigor. Hopes arise, only to be dashed by strong opposition halting all construction just after the foundations are laid. One year, turns to two, turns to twenty years! By this time oppressors have implemented high taxes for an unfavorable economic environment. Life is all around lackluster, with no foreseeable change on the horizon. People offer up weak prayers – if any,  without expectation of hearing anything back. In their minds, God has left. We enter this scene in the begging of the book of Zechariah. A prophet whose ministry was to the Jewish people. A people during this season, despised their days (4:10), and wereRead more …

Un-Anxious

Aug 13, 2015 | Posted by in Journal | 1
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Anxiety strikes without warning. It’s like a little kid with a new squirt gun. Always hiding out and ready to aim-fire at the next opportunity! 40 million Americans struggle with prolonged anxiety. That’s a lot of uncanny squirt guns. Tension lies between necessary stress keeping us from danger and spurring us to action and prolonged stress. A final exam, a job interview, illness, having a child, moving, losing someone you love, divorce or even a first date. Fire will surround you, but will it consume you? I am certain being a Christian does not guarantee a life without pain. In fact, it usually increases the odds. There is however, a secret advantage which I aim expose. There is a place of calm we can run to in the midst of the ugliest storms. He is like a tree planted byRead more …

Set Sail

Jul 23, 2015 | Posted by in Journal | 3
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Tension lies between current circumstance and the inward yearning for M O R E. Daily responsibilities tug-of-war with our inescapable hopes and dreams. We all have them. Some dreams are practically hardwired from birth. Others emerge with change of seasons. Maybe it’s having a family, ending world hunger, writing a book, starting a business, or running a marathon? I must admit, I am all too familiar with this tension & dreams, however, I prefer vision. Vision is a powerful force that launches us into a vivid scene, like one in a movie. Vision casts us as the main character. With bravado our skills, passion, and heroism are showcased. Vision engages senses. Vision is God-given, smothered with significance. Dreams are dry and one-dimensional.

An Elegant Life

Mar 9, 2015 | Posted by in About, Journal | 0
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Type A. Type B. Type ?. Which personality trait do you tend to identify yourself with? Typically I would respond with “A” as my dominant trait loud and clear. Hence, “A’s” you will relate. “B’s”, keep reading, this will make sense for you too soon… Mind always running, frequently senses or fears lack, tendencies to hoard to save for “later”, driven by nature, responsible leader, self-assigns the burdens of others or organizations, charismatic in crowds, middle name “Control”, futuristic, orderly, systematic in approach, goal oriented, recognition seeking, processes inward, champion, anxious, excitable, thrives on elevating others to potential, purpose driven, usually on a mission (whether world domination or world’s fastest grocery run…). “We find a life of elegance through restraint.” Smack! Pow! SCREEEEEEEEEEEECH – to – a – STOP. Elegance through restraint? God recently used these three words to wakeRead more …

Birmingham, AL + Remix

Sep 30, 2014 | Posted by in About, Journal | 0
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The Mr. and I packed our bags and headed to Birmingham, AL for the weekend. We met up with our Minneapolis counterparts, Tim Anderson & Joel Erickson of Ace in the City. I have some deep roots in Birmingham from attending three years of ministry school. My favorite place to be during my tenure in BHM was at the Dream Center, and Christ Health Center. A permanent footprint in an impoverished community, building relationships, meeting practical needs and ultimately getting an opportunity to share the Gospel to those with open ears. We planned our trip to accompany our good friend, Tim and introduce him to the pioneers of the Dream Center. We were profoundly impacted by the men and woman we met who have laid down their lives to radically serve others. We came with open hearts, and left with dreams, ignited.   Enjoy aRead more …

5 True Stereotypes of Marriage the First Year

Jul 27, 2013 | Posted by in About, Journal | 0
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  Married in a “church” without walls. Holy Moments. 1.) No One Can Prepare You. •                As we look back on this year, there is NO WAY anyone could of prepared us for what’s to come.  Including great books we’ve read, and mentors in our life.  In reality no one has the same journey. There are timeless principles, but each road has its unique twists and turns. 2.) The First Year is Hard. •                It’s true. The first year is hard. Before you jump to assumptions, let me share a secret that many miss; the first year of marriage can either be hard-negative, or hard-positive. You choose… •                Negative: In the Hebrew language, two words for “Hard” are ‘Niphal’ and ‘Piel’, meaning: 1) to be beyond one’s power, be difficult to do 2) to separate.  When an “issue” comes up, likeRead more …