The courage to be still

Every so often I feel the way I feel today: wanting to get beyond where I am now — believing I can — yet here I remain. Not. Getting. Anywhere.

I strain against these chains I didn’t ask for. I wear myself out in the fight.

All the time, God is trying to whisper into my plagued heart: Be still, child, and know that I am God — the same who has held the earth in My hand since the beginning (Psalm 46:10, with embellishment).

Several years ago I wrote the prayer below, and I included it in my minibook Uncage My Brave: Pray Brave, Fly Free. Routinely, I fall back on this prayer, the title of it if nothing else, and I remember the way God showed up in that original situation.

I remember why I hold onto the hope He will move again. Because He always does. Because He is God, just as He says He is. Continue reading “The courage to be still”

How to get quiet time with God when life isn’t quiet

“I know I should have quiet time with the Lord every day, but, ugh, LIFE.”

This is something I hear often from both my peers and younger women I walk with in faith.

I get where they’re coming from. As a wife and mother who works outside the home as well as inside it, I absolutely get it.

For the woman who gets up early as it is and goes to bed later than everyone else in the house, the thought of getting up even earlier feels daunting. Those who are already struggling to balance all their responsibilities feel guilty about not making quiet time a regular occurrence but have no idea how to make it happen.

It’s not that they don’t want to honor God by giving Him their time; it’s more so that they don’t know how to make it part of their day. No one in a similar life circumstance has shown them how.

As I have listened to these women tell their stories, what I realized quickly is that they would benefit from a new way to approach quiet time. Continue reading “How to get quiet time with God when life isn’t quiet”

Hey, Devil: You may NOT have my dream {#DreamChaser series}

(Awesome lead photo via DepositPhotos)

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Hey, devil-

Oooh, you think I’m not onto you.

You think I don’t know how to recognize your schemes.

You arrogant fool!

Do you not know I have the One Who Is Greatest?

Of course you do, and that’s why you are ever in motion against what He has planned for me. Continue reading “Hey, Devil: You may NOT have my dream {#DreamChaser series}”

Giving my specific dream to God {#DreamChaser series}

The #DreamChaser series features inspiring personal stories and lessons I learned as I bravely chase the dream God laid on my heart of being a writer. This article was originally published on God-Sized Dreams.

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I had a bad habit in my relationship with God. I insisted on holding back something vital to our communication.

I have never had a hesitation in being honest with Him in my prayers about my struggles, pain, disappointment, praise, awe and worries. But the one area I reserved in a very special place only for me is my dream. My specific dream.

I wouldn’t let Him have it. Not one utterance of one syllable. Continue reading “Giving my specific dream to God {#DreamChaser series}”

Being me, bravely {Welcome to my new blog home}

March 1, 2017. Let this go down as a date which will live in my heart forever.

Friends, I am delighted to share this momentous day with you.

Today is the day I officially launch a blog under MY OWN NAME. This is my fourth blog, but the first in which I used my own, legal name. No hiding behind awesome titles or themes. This is all me, front and center.

This is the day in which I publicly, without shame, guilt or any other form of captivity, stand in the face of my fear and say, “Be gone!”

This is the day in which I publicly declare my freedom from the fear to be fully and bravely ME. Continue reading “Being me, bravely {Welcome to my new blog home}”