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,’…

Choices

Several years ago I came home in tears, feeling hopeless and defeated after getting another traffic ticket following a road rage incident. “I don’t know what to do” I said to my husband “I give up!” “What lane were you in?” He asked. “The Fast Lane,” I said. “Why don’t you just move over,” He…

Does Pursuing Righteousness Pay Off?

2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” While some changes may be instantaneous, for most of us that ‘new creation’ happens gradually over our lifetime. You may feel like you’re not making much progress and then one day you find you’re not as angry or fearful as…

Enjoy The Moment Before It Ends

How many hours did I miss being single while I was lamenting being alone, and how many nights were wasted dreaming of the good old days which we’re told in Ecclesiastes not to ponder because we … “don’t know if they were any better than today” (Ecclesiastes 7:10). How many times I’ve missed the runner’s…

Does God Answer Prayers?

There are many prayers I’ve wanted to quit praying because it seemed like answers would never come. Sometimes I would stop for a period of time out of frustration. However, Matthew 7:7 & 8 tells us: “Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find….

When God’s Timing Meets Ours

I asked God to give me a husband and He did, after way too many years of loneliness. I asked God to help me get sober and He did, a thousand regrets later than I wanted. I asked God help me find me the right job and He did, after at least a dozen wrong…

Why Didn’t I See This Sooner?

Occasionally I get discouraged that I’m just now realizing what led to my past troubles. While I’m grateful God has given me these epiphanies, sometimes I find myself saying things like: “why am I forty two years old and just now figuring this out?” ‘More will be revealed’ is a popular motto in recovery. It…

Why We May Not Be Ready For What We Pray For

“Waiting or ‘Way-yay-ting’ is the hardest part,” as Tom Petty so eloquently sings. We want what we want right now. And if we’re waiting on God, it’s even more difficult. With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping…

Will your hardships be your tragedies or your victories?

Why it is that some people who endure suffering never seem to find peace and they leave this world defeated and broken; while others can turn similar hardships into their greatest victory? Their story becomes a bestseller; sometimes changing lives, laws, and history. Ultimately it comes down to choice, but I’ll never fully understand what…

How Well Do We Trust God?

I want Gods will for my life, I really do. I want to live for him and be an on fire Christian who does amazing things. I want to be victorious over my negative emotions. I want to be the ‘light of the world.’ I want God to change me from the inside out and…