How did I learn to follow Jesus?

I didn’t learn how to follow Jesus the conventional way.  In fact, I’m not sure what the “conventional way” means.  Well, I went to church as a child and summer bible school, and I memorized some beautiful songs and learned the most popular Bible stories, but I didn’t learn how to follow Jesus there. I was baptized as a teenager, joined the youth group, and attended some cool conferences, listened to some talented speakers and gained more knowledge about Jesus but I didn’t learn how to follow Jesus there.  Over the course of fifteen years, I met with multiple religious leaders including Catholic, Protestant, and even new age spiritualists but I did not learn how to follow... read more

Word of the Week: DREAM

Everyone has a dream.  A Dream… Distinguishes you Releases your potential Encourages you to seek Adjusts your attitude Motivates you A dream is the visual activator of who we want to be and where we want to go. A dream is always in the future somewhere out there that we cannot quite put our finger on but we are always seeking it.  We’ve heard the phrase “just living the dream.”  Although that can be true partially, most of us dreamers never stop wanting to realize a new potion of the dream, striving for the next level and the dream just gets bigger after each milestone is achieved. God has a dream for our lives and a... read more

Word of the Week: PEACE

The Word for the week comes to us by none other, the Father above.  True peace can be achieved through the love of Christ that removes fear and anxiety from our lives. Through God, we can live upon His strength vs. our own and He will carry our burdens. How do we do live in His strength? PRACTICE living a life of daily prayer. Don’t know what to pray?  Pray the Lords prayer – it is super powerful. Matthew 9:9-13 ENERGIZE your desire to learn who God is and commit to daily reading of the Word. Even if it’s 5 min. take time to read about who He is to gain the knowledge – this... read more

Do You Have a Troubled Heart?

Life happens to all of us and at some point people in masses feel the tension and the burdens that lay heavy on their hearts. So many assume that it has to stay that way or simply don’t have a clue about how to resolve the afflictions.  The result is a world full of wounded souls with troubled hearts so fragile that love cannot be fully expressed or awakened. The years go by and the heart grows a thinker shell around it just to make it through another day without a melt down that is looming around the corner. The human brain has an extraordinary capacity to establish coping mechanisms to avoid emotional pain and heavy life burdens.  Some are aware of their coping mechanisms... read more

The Pathway to Inner Peace

I hear people often say “I need to find inner peace”. The truth that I hear in that statement is that they are really searching for an external “answer” that will tell us how to acquire inner peace but it isn’t something that we acquire or strive for because that would imply that the gift is not already there. Inner peace is what we release within us through faith. When we put undeniable faith in Lord Jesus and not in anything else we gain inner peace because He rescues us from ourselves – the worldly self. The worldly self is selfish and self-centered and will not recognize inner peace until we die to self-focused ways. Until we surrender and allow... read more

I Saw the Plank in My Eye

I spent a good portion of my life being more critical and judgmental of others in some capacity and I even achieved becoming my own worst critic.  I’m embarrassed and remorseful and praise God for pruning away my critical spirit and replacing those voids with compassion, understanding and a new level of love for people. Since I spent a good chunk of my life bound by this type of stinkin’ thinkin’, I consider myself qualified to speak on the matter with a goal to educate and hopefully awaken others who have fallen into the trap of a self righteous attitude.  A critical spirit is a dangerous and damaging way to live and unfortunately it... read more

2016 Vision – The Year to “Maximize”

Every year I like to apply a theme word for the upcoming year that will drive the multi-year vision for my life’s journey.  The theme is determined by reflecting on the previous year and bench marking the progress made based on the prior year’s theme. I simply ask, “Where am I on the life road map and where do I need to be in 12 months?” The theme for 2015 and the word I assigned was “transformation.”  Indeed it was an intense year of personal and professional transformation which applied to every aspect of my life.  I experienced tremendous growth maturing in my faith through my daily routine of bible study, prayer and attending our church... read more

“Starting Over” by Andy Stanley

Recently, I stumbled upon a series by Pastor Andy Stanley that was so remarkable, I had to share it here.  This is a teaching that every adult human being should see, in my humble opinion. All of us have seasons in life that involve starting over in some capacity. This unique series speaks to the life trials and the lessons that we sometimes identify but don’t necessarily apply that will create lasting change to avoid repeat experiences. One of the most profound revelations that I gained from this 4 part series dealt with how we leverage our experiences, or not.  I learned that just because we have a life experience doesn’t automatically mean that we apply the lessons... read more

My field…

My field…where I’m called to serve, is below my feet and I walk in His Grace serving this little space answering His call hour by hour, person by person, task by task in Divine service.  Tomorrow might bring a new calling but tomorrow may never come so I prepare thoughtfully for tomorrow while fulfilling each opportunity of the day to bring Him glory.

God is still in the Workplace if We Show Up

It’s a common topic to hear in the news today, “God is not allowed in the workplace.” As I ponder the statement, I find myself agreeing that slowly and intentionally our society has supported the dismantling of overtly recognizing God and our ability to express our faith in our workplaces but I am left with a burning question.  If we are walking through the door at our place of work, how can God not be allowed in these spaces?  As Christ followers, we are asked to be the vessels of Christ’s light shining within our homes, churches, social lives, workplaces and schools.  Therefore, God still exists in all places if we simply show up... read more