New Year Resolutions Are Over, Now What?

You’re deep into January now. You set your jaw when the ball dropped welcoming the new year. You promised this year would be your year. This time you’d make it for sure. You made resolutions and have white-knuckled it for days now. But now you’re weary and losing hope.

Or you’re in ministry and watching those around you struggle with addictions that seem to own them. How do you help?

You’re in need of a Recovery Revival.

Stop struggling. Check out Jonathan Daughtery‘s blog, What Might Recover Revival Look Like. He shows how God takes white knuckles and turns them into praising hands.

Everyone is broken. Let’s not complicate a simple solution.

Embrace Who You Are

Check out my guest post with Sandra Allen Lovelace. There’s a life outside “the box” and that life has a purpose and is quite beautiful. You can rely on that. And also rely on God’s love and desire to fill your days with peace and joy.

Embrace who you are … you’re pretty awesome.

And don’t forget to sign up to receive posts from Sandra’s website.

 

 

Getting to Know Tez Brooks

I’m super proud of my friend, Tez Brooks. In 2015 he published The Single Dad Detour: Directions for Fathering. and has decided to write a follow-up, PreLaunching: How to Prepare Your Teen for Adulting in Today’s World. 

A writer loses a bit of their heart when they write … especially books on how to raise children. But serendipitously, they gain more than they lose. They gain a depth of understanding of their topic–and a resolve to be the best they can be on the matter.

That’s Tez.

If you’re a parent, have a parent, or know a parent  … treat yourself and follow Tez. And if you’re a writer, know he understands your world. Try to stump him with a question … he won’t let you down.

“Secrets” – A Book Review

Are you setting goals for the new year? Ready to get “that monkey” off your back?

If you’re in ministry, or if you need to be ministered, I have the perfect book for you.

Secrets: A True Story of Addiction, Infidelity, and Second Chances, by Jonathan Daugherty is a must. You will read how a man kept a secret—a secret that shaped his view of life and relationships—for over ten years and how that secret almost ruined his life. It’s a dark story—yet illuminated with the power found in God’s love and grace. Secrets offers an example of no matter how far you are from your purpose, Jesus will reach down—into the depths of hell if need be—and redeem you.

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Christmas-for-One.pngHolidays can bring the best–or worst– out of us. Wish you were single and dodge all the landmines of holidays while in a relationship? Or what if you’re single.  Would you like … for just a few days … to have a plus-one? Check out Rosie Culture’s latest post. via Missing Being Single And Missing Being In A Relationship

Dealing with Christmas Chaos

“I can’t wait until Christmas is over.”

Sound familiar? We all feel the pressure. Seeking the perfect present. Wrapping the gifts just right. Setting an impeccable table. No wonder we feel stressful over the season.

What about changing how we think? What about instead of, I have to say, I get to ?

Instead of I have to buy the perfect present, say I get to buy a present? So many people are all alone during the holidays. Consider what they’d give to spend a few hours with family members no longer near. And many people struggle with monthly bills and can’t afford the tiniest gift.

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God Calls Shenanigans

Last Thursday was supposed to be the season where families got together; celebrated their special closeness.

How’d you do?

Know it wasn’t an accident you were placed with your family. God’s plan put you there. With that in mind, let me ask again. How’d you do?

Did you hang on to your old mantra:

“I don’t want to be hurt anymore.”  “You don’t know what they did to me.”  “We have nothing in common; it’s best we just keep our distance and live our lives apart.”

Sorry, I think God calls shenanigans.

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Don’t Forget to be Thankful

Turkey and stuffing. Mashed potatoes and gravy. And don’t forget the pumpkin pie!

If you’re spending time with friends and family this Thanksgiving, enjoy your feast. Enjoy the company surrounding you. Maybe even watch a football game or two.

But remember to be thankful.

Thankful for wins as well as losses. Planned events as well as shocking surprises. And always thankful that God sees you. Celebrates you. Loves you.
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Dipping Your Toe Into the Pond of Writing

rippling water

Is there a story in you, thrashing around to get out? Is your glass half full or half empty—or is the substance in your glass dancing and whirlpooling?

You could be a writer-in-waiting.

Check out Edie Melson’s post. It offers seven tips on how to be ready when inspiration hits.

Be ready. Offer your impressions to life. Tell your story. There are others who are waiting to read what you have to write.

A Week of Political Tension

Tomorrow’s the day many of us have been waiting for—waiting for the end of political commercials and the tension that seems to engulf campaigning.

It doesn’t matter if you lean right or left … or live straight down the middle. Tuesday’s choices are enormous, but Wednesday’s actions can have the power to impact heaven. Let our response to Tuesday’s election speak louder than any words we could ever say.

Thanks, Brandon,  for reminding us to remember who we are—sons and daughters of The King. And thanks for putting in front of us the challenge to act like we are.

Still struggling? Visit scripture … Isaiah 40 offers a powerful picture of who we worship. It reads, in part (verses 21-24):

Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
    Have you not understood since the earth was founded?

He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
    and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
    and spreads them out like a tent to live in.

He brings princes to naught
    and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.

No sooner are they planted,
    no sooner are they sown,
    no sooner do they take root in the ground,
than he blows on them and they wither,
    and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.