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Take a Deep Breath

Take a Deep Breath

Have you ever noticed the difference that a long, deep breath can make during stressful moments?

The phrase, “Take a deep breath” is almost so overused in our culture that it often means something abstract.

Come to Me

Come to Me

Overwhelmed. Tired. Exhausted. Insecure. Scared. Lonely. Frustrated. Anxious. Comfort. Joy. Victories. Peace. Humbled. Blessed. Loved.

Beware of the Bloodhounds

Beware of the Bloodhounds

I can guarantee one thing in this life: anything worth doing will cause them to show up. If they don't show up now, they will later. But believe me, they are coming.

 

Awake is the New Sleep

Awake is the New Sleep

Since we began our friendship in 2011, my best friend has texted me pretty much every day. She lives in Baltimore, where she works full-time, but she always somehow finds time during the day to send me a text--usually random information, and usually two or three, back-to-back.

4 Reasons to Apologize

4 Reasons to Apologize

There was a time I sat down with someone and did something I thought I would never do in a million years. I apologized.

Silly Prayers

Silly Prayers

I played on the softball team when I was in high school, and I was super competitive. I am not really a competitive person when it comes to other things. Softball, however, brought out a fire for winning. Whatever the reason, I just really wanted to win every game. During some really intense nail-biters, I prayed very earnestly, “God, PLEASE just let us win this game. Please help us to win!” and I meant it. I really felt like God heard my prayers, and because I even considered asking Him for help, He would work a miracle and let our team win. Sometimes, we won! A lot of times, though, we lost. (And a lot of times, the loss was really, really ugly.)

I find similarities in my prayer life now. Sometimes, I pray for the silliest things because I just really want it.

Repent and Be Baptized

Repent and Be Baptized

I remember when I worked as a youth pastor; the most exciting part of the job was to see students “get it.” What I mean is that I saw the light bulb turn on in their head (at least figuratively speaking). They believed that Jesus Christ was the Son of God. They wanted to honor Jesus with their lives. But they were scared to death to be baptized. This does not only happen to students.

Baptism is an important part of being a Christian.

Seven Times Seventy

Seven Times Seventy

The other day I received some really bad news about my oldest son. Okay maybe I am exaggerating a bit--it wasn’t that bad.

But for a father to hear of his son's misbehavior at school, it did take me back. I was incredibly disappointed and quite upset. I had taught my son better than this. I knew this situation had to be addressed and it wasn’t going to go well for him. I sent him off to my bedroom allowing myself some time to cool down.

4 Lessons From Church Planting

4 Lessons From Church Planting

Folks let me be honest. Church planting is one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life! The ups are way up and the downs are way down. But God has taught me some real important lessons. So in this post, I want to share how this journey has really impacted me. How it has impacted me personally; grown me, and is still growing who I am.

Church planting has caused me to realize that no matter how hard I work, I am still ultimately, not in control. 

Holy Competition

Holy Competition

I used to think I was competitive, but circumstances in my life made me do some re-evaluation and I realized that I had wrongly confused my driven nature for competitiveness. I love to win. I love to earn As in school, but at the end of the day, my strongest competitor is me. I don’t like to compete with others, and this truth made me feel “less than.” You know some competitive people. You may be one of them! And here’s some good news, God actually encourages competition. But probably not the competition that you’re used to. God loves competition that brings Him glory. He loves competition that removes us from our comfort zone and forces us to be better...for His glory. He loves competition that brings us joy...for His glory. He loves competition that is edifying and peaceful and kind.

The Trouble With Worry

The Trouble With Worry

I think there is a leak in our kitchen ceiling. I keep staring at it, waiting for it to collapse. One of my biggest phobias is a collapsing ceiling which may be weird to most, but I fear this because I've lived through it. When my oldest son was a year old, we had just moved back to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina from Arkansas. 

My husband was deployed to Afghanistan, so we moved into base housing a little early to get it prepped for his arrival. Shortly after moving in, I noticed that the ceiling in our dining area was sagging just a bit. I kept an eye on it for a few days, and it seemed to sag more and more each day. A crack appeared in the seam where the sheetrock was connected. That crack kept getting bigger and bigger, and soon, the entire thing fell through and water poured into our house!

3 Ways To Add Value

3 Ways To Add Value

As kids we are taught to treat people the way we want to be treated–the golden rule. If you were a teenager or young adult, how would you want to be treated? With respect? Yes. With loving care? Most definitely!

The reason why these two stick out the most to me is because I benefited greatly from individuals who I respected and treated me with respect and loving care.

Studies show that young people fall for the social ills like drugs, promiscuity, and other damaging behaviors because they’re desperately yearning for respect and to feel cared for.

So It Begins...

So It Begins...

This past year has been incredible to say the least. Almost one year ago we started preview services at Freedom Community Church. This was only step one. These preview services were monthly. It was a time for a group of diverse individuals who barely knew each other to begin to dream. Many of the individuals putting together these monthly gatherings had known each other less than 6 months.

But we had a dream--to raise up a faith community that had one simple mission: to lead people to freedom in Jesus.

You Don't Need Permission

You Don't Need Permission

Before I even provide any context, let me open with this: you don't need any permission. I repeat, you do not need any permission. I had a pretty deep conversation with someone the other day about how they feel stuck in a rut.  This individual feels, no... this individual knows, there is something out there for them and though they see it and even feel it, they believe it's out of their reach.

I immediately felt for them. I've been there. Sadly enough, I still fall into that pit of negative thinking at times.

You know the feeling...

A Steadfast Spirit

A Steadfast Spirit

I sat in the church pew at VBS, telling a friend that all she had to do to be saved was to “go to the alter and pray.” I felt bold and confident. Then, I felt scared. Terrified. I realized that I, too, needed to pray. I needed salvation.

I was eleven years old, and I didn’t really know what I needed to be “saved” from, but I knew that I needed to move. So I moved. I prayed with a VBS volunteer and cried as I asked Jesus into my heart.

The Example

The Example

I’ve been meditating on this scripture this week as I have been exploring ways to be more like Jesus in my home with my children. As they become more aware of my actions and my attitudes, I want to be sure and set an example that is pleasing to Jesus. I also want my children to know that it’s because of Jesus that I am choosing different behaviors and attitudes.

But how?

Ask God, and He provides, right? Right.

All These Things

All These Things

Have you ever been frustrated, looking for your keys, while you’re late for work, and haven’t had the chance to have breakfast or your coffee? Or how about having a looming deadline, and your kids won’t go to sleep, and all that stands between you and the deadline is a quick proof reading and hitting the send key?

What about this; being at your wits end in that relationship, feeling under appreciated, and feeling as though you are holding the weight of that relationship.

Aren’t those situations the worst?

Your Last Message

Your Last Message

For interested parties, here's a video of us doing church announcements a few months back (stay tuned for the bloopers and you will quickly realize that we are much better as unscripted speakers!).

Anyway, [one] Sunday we had a guest pastor, Robert Trice, who spoke on what he would preach if it were his last message.

Without getting too philosophical, it got me to thinking.

The Worthy Unworthy

The Worthy Unworthy

What's keeping you from reaching your true God-given potential? Scripture says this, "Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26)

We talk about legacy at Freedom and what it means to leave something positive behind for our family, our community, and our world.

How excited do you get when you hear a story about a young person being the first in their family to graduate? Or a non-profit celebrating an anniversary of helping people for "X" number of years? Or a country gaining precious freedom from oppression?