Does it Matter What You Live For?

Meaning and purpose in life is essential to our well being. This guy named Victor Frankl survived a Nazi concentration camp and wrote about his experiences in a book called Man’s Search for Meaning.  He said the difference between those that lived and those that didn’t came down to one thing: Meaning. The realization that “Life was…

Help and Hope for the New Year Ahead

Hi friends, Click here to check out this mornings live video where I share some tips on how to reach your goals this year. Oh, and Happy New Year! Jodie Stevens  

One Day at a Time

Originally posted on Genuine Life with Jodie Stevens:
We’ve all heard the saying ‘Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day.’ The state of your heart wasn’t built in a day either, or the state of your life. Your situation now (whether good or bad) is most likely a culmination of the patterns and habits of every…

Love, Shame, and the Mess of Weeds that Hide it All

The recovery process is often described as like “peeling back layers of an onion.” Each new season produces a harvest of discoveries. Sometimes they make our soul blossom like a flower; other times they’re like a drought withering our insides with pain, sorrow and regret. I like to think of these ‘seasons’ as a pruning…

Is Being Right Ever Better Than Being Kind?

On old college friend posted this on Facebook: “If you’re a supporting (such and such) candidate un-friend me now because you’re too stupid to talk to.” As a society we’ve become polarized by so many things. For a lot of us, being right is more important than being kind. Having married a man who does a…

Today’s difficulties; tomorrow’s victories

The bible says “finishing is better than starting,” and “patience is better than pride” (Ecclesiastes 7:8). Both humility and patience are learned through life’s difficulties and trials. Therefore, thank God for today’s difficulties; they just might be tomorrow’s victories.      

How Does Character Produce Hope?

“…We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope…” (Romans 5:3-4) When I experience difficulties I admit I don’t always rejoice in them. However, I do see how suffering has built up my endurance because I can deal with a lot more challenges today; and I…

The Long Road Home

“In the history of the Christian church, the tendency has been to avoid being identified with the sufferings of Jesus Christ. People have sought to carry out God’s orders through a shortcut of their own. God’s way is always the way of suffering— the way of the “long road home.” (Oswald Chambers -My Utmost for…

From Strength To Strength

What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord, who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. When they walk through the valley of weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs.  The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings. They will continue to grow stronger and each of them will…

Success is a Journey

It’s been written that ‘success is a journey, not a destination.’ As it relates to spirituality, it couldn’t be more beautifully said than ‘The Peace Prayer’ (or the Eleventh Step Prayer) by St. Francis of Assisi: Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace; Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is…

Unhealthy Ways of Getting Our Love Needs Met (In Marriage)

Being vulnerable with another person can be difficult. Especially if we’ve been taught that being vulnerable is a sign of weakness and having emotional needs is wrong. But when we hide our vulnerability out of ‘shame’ it often surfaces in other ways; such as through anger, manipulation, and control. Here’s an example. I’m somewhat introverted…

The Power In Our Weaknesses

I feel Gods presence the most in my darkest times. His power seems greatest in my weakest moments. Sometimes pain exposes our vulnerability and opens the door for God to do a work in us that can become a powerful testimony. The apostle Paul begged God 3 times to remove the ‘thorn in his flesh,’…