Over two excessively large salads while seated in a crowded restaurant, a friend shared her heart: “It hurt that they didn’t want to know me.” She spoke of the women in her small group Bible study. The other women came into the group already knowing one another. Most were regularly doing life together. She felt that the majority of them had little interest in getting to know her. They didn’t ... View Post
Way #47 – God’s vision for serving
I’ve been blessed to serve God in a variety of roles. I’ve been blessed to serve, and I’m compelled to serve. In that compulsion, I’ve wanted my motives to be pure: Am I doing this for God? For others? Or am I doing it for me — is serving just what I do, what I like doing? Even more, and a point of great conviction, am I serving in love? If we’re not serving in love, there’s no point of serving at ... View Post
Way #26 – Are You Restless?
Growing up my mom encouraged us to fully embrace each stage of life. “Don’t try to grow up too fast,” she often said. As a mother of young children, she counseled me, “Enjoy this time with your kids, you’ll have plenty of time to pursue other interests when they’re older.” Her words had a lot of wisdom. They still do. As a child, and even as a young mom, I believe I heeded her advice pretty ... View Post
God: Our Number One Pursuit
“I consider everything a lose compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord." Philippians 3:8 A group of us gathered this morning to study God's Word and share our journey in intimacy with Him. Common threads ran throughout the conversation. We spoke of the lies we've believed about God. They included lies of how we've perceived He felt about us. What He did ... View Post
The words came one January morning. They came after months (really years) of letting go. Letting go of a ministry role I dearly loved and thoroughly enjoyed. Letting go of things I wanted - wanted to be, wanted to do. Letting go of what people thought of me and above all what I wanted them to think of me. It had been, and continues to be, a journey of letting go all that would supercede ... View Post