How Shame Gave Birth to Blame (and How to Let Them Both Go)

Shame gave birth to blame a long time ago. We find it in the book of Genesis a few pages past, “In the beginning” and “Let there be light.” (Genesis 1:1-3). Satan tempts Eve by getting her to ‘doubt God’s goodness’ (Genesis 3:1-6). Then Eve shares the perilous fruit with Adam and “their eyes were…

Confess and Be Blessed

It can be hard to confess our sins to God. I find it easier to avoid certain topics and pray for obvious things like my family, job, friends, or those in need. When it comes to my sins it’s tempting to gloss over them quickly or confess them silently lest I speak out loud and…

How I Went From Darkness to Light

Colossians 1:13 says God rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of light. Before it happened to me: I was drinking heavily, using drugs, and contemplating going to one of those Wicca meetings. A lot of people desire the freedom to live this way, and I guess they should have…

What Can We Give God’s That’s Actually Valuable?

I read somewhere that the submission of our will is the only unique thing we can give to God. Everything else He’s already given us, but when we surrender our will to Him we’re actually really giving Him something. There were so many times I tried to do things for God that were my idea, not His….

Have You Given Yourself Permission to Love?

I frequently ask God to help me love people better. You know, with the kind of love described in 1 Corinthians 13:5. One that’s not “self-seeking,” or “easily angered.” One that doesn’t ‘keep score.’ I learned it wasn’t possible until I gave myself permission: Permission to care about my feelings. Permission to choose my relationships….

When Fear Steals Your Joy

My mother’s cries jerked me awake that fateful morning in 1977. A day of skiing turned tragic for my aunt and uncle during a snowstorm in South Lake Tahoe. They lost control of their car and went careening over the side of a cliff. My uncle Ben lived for an hour on life support but…

Turn Your Mess into a Message

Click here to listen to today’s live Genuine Life radio bit. It’s about turning your mess into a message. Hey, what good is our mess if it doesn’t minister to others right 🙂