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I’m a New Christian! Now what?

I recall being a new Christian. It was exciting, awkward, intimidating, uncertain, and thrilling all at the same time. Unfortunately, my development as a newly baptized Christian delayed for many years because of a gap in answering the question, “now what?” Even though I attended church from my earliest years of childhood, my defining moment of becoming a new Christian was at age sixteen when I chose to be water baptized and made God a priority in my life. I never felt such peace and confidence knowing that I was on the right track. However, those emotions quickly faded into what seemed like a first-time visitor driving through New York City without a road... read more

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Our Life is a Story

What is the purpose of our story? Constant pressure reveals to us time and space that encapsulate a mission and a purpose to pursue. I recognize a gift of tumultuous energy just bursting at the seams. I don’t know where it comes from or where it’s going, but I know that this is part of the frequency and it’s mine.  Our life is a story. I seek guidance on many aspects and ask for God to be in control. I never quite understand the journey at the moment, but I know that the ending completes a story. A story is an endless string of characters within the time capsule that we call our life.... read more

Spiritual Growth is a Marathon

10 Essentials for Spiritual Growth

Spiritual growth is very similar to successfully running a marathon race, allow me to explain… Many years ago, I trained to run the Disney full marathon race. It was a spontaneous decision with no prior experience unless you count my half-hearted attempt at high-school track and field. I knew that I would never train for a 26.2-mile run without a lofty goal and to run through Cinderella’s castle to cross the finish line seemed down-right cool. To complete the race, I had to gain some knowledge about running that type of distance and every essential component required to achieve the goal. I found a “marathon for beginners” running plan, and after several weeks of... read more

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

Let Go of the Fear – It does not serve you

The best way to begin a journey led by God is to trust your heart to tell you that you are ready.  Begin to let go of the fear because it does not serve us at all, it actually keeps us at a distance from God and our rightful purpose.  If you have a calling or idea that God is prompting you to do, start writing down your goals and map out a course of action to get this started.  For me, it began with an idea born in Rwanda, Africa which I will share in many upcoming posts.  I have always been one to ask for help and guidance, “a seeker of knowledge”... read more