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God First. Is He Truly My Priority?

Around five o’clock am, I woke up with one eye open and fumbled for my iPhone strategically located on my night stand. I blinked a few times to remove the blur cautiously scanning my inbox for emails to alert me of any system issues. The morning inbox determined how hectic my morning would be and set the pace for the day. After a long day of back-to-back meetings, it was time to recheck the inbox which might take a few hours to catch up. If systems were stable, I jumped in the car for an hour commute home with a typical ETA of eight o’clock pm. Wake up the next morning, rinse and repeat.... read more

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Relationships are God’s Reflections

I recall a time in my life when the majority of my relationships being strained. Not necessarily broken but carrying a level of contention on a recurring basis as I interacted with those closest to me. Outward examples included: sarcasm, overreacting, quick to judge or even hostility. Many times the other person had no idea that I felt this internal struggle or uneasiness about our interaction but indeed conflicted on the inside. Many times I didn’t understand why I felt this angst, it was just there. Many times, the other person didn’t do “the thing” that justified the way I interpreted and exaggerated which resulted in unnecessary turmoil for myself and perhaps them as well. I didn’t realize at the time that this was a direct reflection of... read more

Carry Us Over

By God’s grace, He saves us from ourselves.  By the will of God, He carries us to a place of refuge. By the anchor of our salvation, we relive the glory of His resurrected power.  By the washing of His blood, we are born into a relationship with the Almighty God of love, peace and eternal life. By our soul’s sanctification, we receive a new meaning of life so powerful that it transcends all human understanding. Through adversity, we find our weakest weaknesses, and in that brokenness, we can find the precise area to give up control and allow His love and power to rule over the situation vs. emotion.  Falling in love with His authority and masterful orchestration is a... read more

A Walk in Your Garden

As I walk in your garden, I’m greeted by the awesome beauty of the surroundings.  The wind is like a gentle ocean breeze without the sound of seagulls and breathes fresh air into my spirit. Air so sweet it lifts me up with your overwhelming power adding a gentle touch of humbleness.  I stretch my arms back as I stand upon lush green grass below my feet as the linen caresses my body.  The linen cleanses my hands, and my hair blows around my face to protect my skin. You thought of it all leaving not a single detail out of this sacred garden.  Cedar trees line the walkways regal and mighty offering the sweet aroma of righteousness.  I... 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

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

“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 First – Life Fully Integrated

Twenty years ago I received a profound message from a wise, elderly German woman who was gifted in Spiritual mentoring.  Like so many, I was searching for my purpose in life.  Being in a state of ignorance, I was primarily focused on an unintentional self-centered approach towards life.  When I asked her, “what is my purpose?” she looked at me thoughtfully and said, “Dear child, it’s to serve and love God – it’s the same for everyone.”  I thought, “Huh? That’s it. That’s too simple.” But actually it was too vague for me to comprehend the grandeur and practical meaning of what she intended to reveal without an understanding of my immature faith and... read more