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…

Why Sometimes it’s Safer In the Storm

Dr. David Jeremiah said: “It’s safer in the storm with Jesus in the boat than it is on the shore without Him.” The problem is it doesn’t always feel safe in the storm. I’m always tempted to take the easy way out when things get hard. Often times I want to keep quiet instead of speaking…

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, including myself. I desired 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, to choose my relationships,…

Are You Afraid to get Your Shoes Muddy?

I came across an article in Forbes called  “Want the things you’ve never had? Then do the things you’ve never done.“ Reading a book instead of watching TV, or working out instead of eating Twinkies were just a few examples. Typically, I work out so I can eat more Twinkies, but that’s an entirely separate…

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…