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When you are in your final minutes of life looking back, what do you want to see? I want to see: A woman who gave it all she had. A woman who loved God absolutely. A wife and mother who nurtured and supported and LOVED. That I followed the path God laid out for me. That I reflected God’s love and purpose to everyone I met and everyone I loved.   I had a good start. My parents were loving. They loved God, each other, and their family. We had a happy life. My dad (happy Father’s Day, Dad!) was a warm, affirming...

Justice has Been Served A verdict has been delivered in one of the most watched trails of this decade. I’ve waited along with the rest of our country as evidence was piled on evidence, leaving little doubt that an unarmed man was willfully and painfully killed by another man, an authority figure, who knew better. Here’s what I know. Violence is part of our world, and it shouldn’t be. Racism is systemic and ugly and it shouldn’t exist. In any form. What should exist is an overpowering love for our fellow humans. That is what Jesus called us to do with our...

Do you remember the story of Esther? It kind of has the feel of a fairy tale, doesn’t it? And like most fairy tales, it contains the Divine secrets of transformation inside the life and death story. God used the most unlikely girl to save His people from genocide. She could overcome life’s challenges because of His blessing and guidance. Today, I want to encourage you with her story. Just as in Esther’s story, (1) your fate will be like that of the rest of the crowd, (2) God can and will replace you with someone else, (3) you could lose...

I like to think there’s a sea in all of us. Your internal mental world, which we can correlate to an ocean, is the deep, wonderfully rich composite of you, filled with your thoughts, feelings, memories, dreams, hopes, and desires. However, it can also be filled with storms of inadequacy, insecurity, regrets, fears, disappointment, and hopelessness. We’ve all felt this inner sea crash in on us, threatening to drown our future. So how do we prevent these negatives from becoming our reality? We change your lives, one thought at a time. “Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to...

At the beginning of the year we focused on our vision and goals for the year. Little did we know what the year had in store for us! I’ll be honest and say some of my goals have suffered because of this pandemic. Others have moved full ahead. How about you? Have you done a review of your goals and your progress? Goals are not a set-it and forget-it thing. They have to be managed and periodically reviewed. We have to tend to our goals if we want to make progress. It doesn’t work to set goals and then not look at...

We are carrying enormous loads at home and in the workplace. The coronavirus isn’t making it any easier. Life takes a toll on every single one of us. Stressed, tired, and rushed has become the description of life in our country. So many of us are totally exhausted, have too much to do, and have too little time. Here’s what I want you to take away from this article today: you are body, mind, and spirit. Your family, your life, your work, it will all come to a grinding halt unless you discover your key to sustainable renewable energy. You need...

We are created by God to live in relationship, both with Him and with others. What an amazing blessing He has given us! That blessing, our relationships, comes to fruition when we make and maintain loving connections with others. God created us to be in community with others. We are a community of believers. Part of the family of God. We are created as His children to be in relationship with Him and with those around us. Even the introverts among us! Part of being a community is connecting with others. And connecting with PURPOSE can propel you to a better future....

When obstacles come our way, they can throw us for a loop. If we are stressed already, even the smallest obstacle has a way of seeming overwhelming. And friend, I know you are stressed right now. Current statistics show that about 80% of the people in our country are experiencing heightened stress and anxiety. And I honestly think the other 20% are babies, hermits, or just have no idea what’s going on around us. Stress is part of life. How we deal with it, and how we deal with obstacles we face is what’s important. I’ve written before about ways we...

Are you living your purpose in life? Our desire to find our place or purpose in this life has led to a multi-million-dollar marketplace. We can buy books, fill out online surveys and tests to discover our talents, find our “true personality” through quizzes in magazines, take classes on goal setting and defining mission, attend seminars, or work with a life coach. Those items may help us learn more about ourselves, but they don’t help us Live with Purpose. Purpose is from God and living that purpose leads to FREEDOM. He created each of us to live out our part in fulfilling...

  GOD’S PURPOSE FOR YOUR PAIN – A PATHWAY TO PROMISE We are in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, friend. The threat of COVID-19 has led to a temporary, new way of life for almost all of us. I’m writing from my home office instead of my church office. I haven’t seen my church family, whom I love dearly, in weeks, and I miss them. But I’m still working hard to serve each of them! How about you? How has your life changed? What are you missing right now? Are you feeling uncertain and off-kilter because your plans aren’t coming together as...