March 7, 1997: Mile-Marker

Twenty four years ago today, my little 6-year-old world came crashing down on what should have just been a normal Friday of first grade and playing with my friends. Our neighbor across the street was also one of my best friends. His mom would pick me up and let me play at their house onContinue reading “March 7, 1997: Mile-Marker”

Two Years: Pressure = Diamonds

Two years ago today, life was normal. And then two years ago tomorrow happened. I put a lot of stock in dates. I remember the first time I ever stepped into my church, the date I got my real estate license, the day my dad fell out of the sky, the day of my near-fatalContinue reading “Two Years: Pressure = Diamonds”

You are essential to THE story.

Growing up, I struggled with the belief that God messed up with me. Some days, I honestly believed that God had a factory in Heaven with ideas for new babies and I somehow slipped past quality control. Like if He had noticed me before it was too late, He would have tossed me out withContinue reading “You are essential to THE story.”

Avoid regret by standing your ground with lions

Male lions roar something fierce. They are loud and terrifying when they are on the hunt. Do you know what is more ferocious than a male lion? A lioness. The way the lions survive is they enclose their prey. When the prey hear the roar of the male, they will turn to run in fearContinue reading “Avoid regret by standing your ground with lions”

Find a place to check the “rockstar” at the door

This one won’t pertain to everyone. It might be specifically for my fellow Enneagram 3 performer/achiever types. I’m a rockstar and I’m proud of it. I am really good at a lot of things. You are too. If you don’t feel like you are, it’s probably because you’re doing the wrong things or you haven’tContinue reading “Find a place to check the “rockstar” at the door”

Beauty rises from the ashes

I wasn’t going to share this today because it’s a beautiful day and I don’t want to ruin it, but then I felt some conviction. Sometimes, telling the stories of how God brings beauty from the ashes is exactly what we need to build our faith and encourage others in theirs. Three years ago today,Continue reading “Beauty rises from the ashes”

Going deeper into confidence

I talk about confidence a lot, which is good since I call myself a confidence coach. But what if we went a little deeper? Would that be okay with you? Let’s start with what confidence is NOT. It is NOT arrogance, self-centeredness, ego, pride or being a jerk. The world tells us having confidence isContinue reading “Going deeper into confidence”

All I want is all you’ve got.

In John 2, Jesus asked servants to fill water pots at a wedding that was out of wine. They filled six water pots up with water TO THE BRIM. Once they were finished, He turned their water into the finest wine of the day. God has consecrated this idea in my heart lately. It’s easyContinue reading “All I want is all you’ve got.”

“Do you love people enough that you are willing to be put in the fire for them?”

Chances are, you have a memory of something you were dared to do that probably wasn’t very smart.  Maybe it was a dare to jump off a cliff into shallow water in the dark, or to sneak onto the roof of the neighbor’s house.  I found myself in this position often and to be honest,Continue reading ““Do you love people enough that you are willing to be put in the fire for them?””

Simple Gratitude #1

Sometimes, I just want to say thank you. Here’s my simple gratitude list for today: I’m in awe and wonder of a God that loves me infinitely more than I can even imagine. That not only sent His son to take my place on the cross and rise again for me, but also left meContinue reading “Simple Gratitude #1”