Shame Is A Lie

Oxford University Press (2019) defines shame as “a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.” Renowned author and shame researcher, Brené Brown  expands on that definition to explain shame as “the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love andContinue reading “Shame Is A Lie”

Choosing Joy Even In Our Suffering

Joy is the product of a journey and every journey looks different. But no matter how different one’s journey, our source of joy will always remain the same.

Finding Strength in Weakness

This morning I stormed out of a staff meeting. It certainly was not my greatest moment. I wish I were able to say it was not my fault but I have no one else to blame but myself, for it was I who had chosen to walk through this particular valley silently and pridefully alone.Continue reading “Finding Strength in Weakness”

…by far my favorite year.

It’s been 7 years since we tied the knot; 7 remarkably challenging and insanely eventful years to say the least. Challenges and all, these last 7 years have been the greatest years of my life!  I never would have anticipated celebrating an anniversary in a correctional facility. Yet this year we did. And this yearContinue reading “…by far my favorite year.”

Oh you who feels broken, tired, weary and lost … please hold on.

Oh you who feels broken, tired, weary and lost … please hold on.

Whatever it is you’re going through — heartache, temptation, illness, doubt and fear — please know that God is still with you.

He’s not left you.

He still cares and He is still working all things together for good.

We are all broken.

We are all weak.

But because of who Jesus is and what he’s done for you and I, we don’t have to live a joyless life believing the lies of the enemy.

You may feel unworthy of His love and mercy much like I do, but don’t let that stop you from accepting and embracing every ounce of it.

Because, yes … He loves even you.

The Beauty & Grace of God’s Embrace

Today, as church service let out a friend stopped and hugged me on her way by. It wasn’t just any hug; she embraced me in what I undoubtedly knew was enveloped in genuine love — a 1 John 3 kind of love. As she embraced me she held tightly and began praying; not because IContinue reading “The Beauty & Grace of God’s Embrace”

Even Though, He is Still

01.21.2019 – The Day Before “Even Though, He is Still” came from a place of deep adoration, one of unimaginable awe and wonder as my family and I near the end of a very difficult two-year trial, one that has not only felt relentless but that left our lives changed forever. These last two yearsContinue reading “Even Though, He is Still”

Prosperity Perspective: Why Do Evil People Succeed?

Why do evil people succeed? Why does the Lord allow his people to suffer while the wicked prosper in life?
Our perspective on prosperity begins to shift when we focus not on success as it is defined by the world but instead as it is defined by our gracious Redeemer.

Strength To Carry On

And just like that I fall … I’ve heard many times throughout my ministry that to follow Christ is to become a target for the enemy. I see it often as believers take their next steps in their walk with Christ. I’ve witnessed believers, in what some might call their most trying moments, just daysContinue reading “Strength To Carry On”