Go to the Other Side

Have you ever been stuck in the middle of a storm?

Jesus was completely at peace and relaxed in the same storm where the disciples were horrified.

Our perspective needs to shift off of the waves of our lives and onto the words of Jesus.

When you are in the middle of a painful situation, you must believe that life will get better.

We get stuck when we don’t know what’s coming next.

The next time you are in the middle of painful situation focus your thoughts on what God has said rather than on how you feel.

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him.  A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.  Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!”Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Mark 4:35-41

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Let Go of Anger

Do you have trouble letting go of your anger?

When you or I let anger fester in our hearts we give a foothold to the devil. Let go of anger and find freedom for your soul and healing for your relationships.

When I walk in unrestrained anger, I might as well open up the door to my home and say devil come on in. Anger can fuel strife and create division in your relationships. You and I are more likely to say things we don’t really mean.

Let go of the petty things that make you angry, learn to forgive, turn on the shower of God’s love to put out the hot embers of anger festering in your soul. Close the door of your heart to anger by opening up to God’s love. God’s perfect love casts out fear and steady’s your heart. 

“Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.
For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.”
Psalm 37:8-9

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Desperation is a Driving Force for Change

What helps you find real and lasting change in your life?

Desperation is a driving force for change in my life. It is during the pressure cooker seasons in my life when I find out the areas of weakness and vulnerability.

Pressure cookers are known for being hot, dangerous and able to blow the lid.

When you are going through a stress filled time in your life you may find your own heart in need of God’s healing. Relax. God knows just what it takes in your life to open your heart to change.

Allow Him to change you, you will find peace in his presence.

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.

The Lord be with all of you.”

2 Thessalonians 3:16

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You Can Do It

My daughter came to me in tears one night. “Mom, we have to run the mile tomorrow. It’s my last chance to make the soccer  team.”

“What do you want me to do honey? Do you want me to come to practice? She wiped her tears and nodded her head.

So The next day I showed up and as I am watching her run her final lap around the track and I’m listening to the coach call out the time, I realize that she’s not going to make it. So in a split second I chose what to do.

I dropped my purse and sprinted across the center of the football field in front of everyone  to the other side of the track. I put my hand on her back and said, “YOU CAN DO IT!” Immediately, she increased her pace and ran to the finish line with the cheers of everyone.  Today I say to you, “YOU CAN DO IT!”

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We All Need Friends

Do you ever get tired of how fake people seem to be?

We all need friends.  Not the kind of friends who have it all together in their Instagram perfect homes.

No we need friends who will be honest with their own struggles, friends who accept you for who you are.

They even enjoy your quirkiness.

We all need friends who will cheer us on to be all that we can be in God.

Today, be that kind of friend to someone else.

When you reach out with genuine affection you will find someone else reaching back to you!

“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
    but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

Proverbs 18:24

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Make a Friend

Make a Friend

Have you every walked in a room and not known anyone there?

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It can be difficult to build relationships especially when it feels like everyone knows each other and you’re the new kid on the block.  It’s in those moments that you and I need to know that we can throw our shoulders back and take the first step by reaching out our hands and our heart to make a new friend.

True, you could be rejected. Yet, if you keep reaching out you will find future friends that will be a treasure for the rest of your life. God specifically places people in our lives as friends.

Making Friends in Texas

Being new to Texas has required me to stretch out of my comfort zone and initiate new relationships. We had been in Nashville Tennessee for 28 years serving in pastoral ministry before we took the leap of a cross-cultural move. Everywhere we went we knew people that we had history with. We would often be standing in the grocery store or movie theater laughing or praying with people that we would run into. It was difficult to be willing to go where God was leading us. But we said to God:

We’ll go anywhere You want us to go…

We want to be at the right place,

at the right time,

doing the right thing,

with the right people.

On Mission with God

Our lives are to be lived on mission with God. The joy of following hard after God is that we will build the kingdom with friends. We will have friends all over the world who have a heart to see God’s kingdom established. We will also make new friends as God leads and guides.

One of the things I love about being in a new city is the opportunity to see God at work building new relationships. I may need to be the first person to reach out my hand and my heart to make a friend, but I’m not alone. As Christians we have a friend that sticks closer than a brother. We are never alone because Jesus promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us. 

So today, take the first step, reach out and make a new friend.

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”  Proverbs 17:17

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Big Plan for Your Life

Have you ever felt small and insignificant?

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After years of being in Nashville, TN we recently moved north of Dallas to plant a church.  That’s right we moved to the big state of Texas where everything is big.

So, I must admit I’ve had moments where I felt very small.  I needed to get God’s perspective.  He never feels intimidated by big things.  I’m never truly alone.

He’s always with me.  So when you feel small or insignificant, realize that you are walking with the God of the universe and he has a big plan for your life.

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11

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