The Truth About Fear

Have you ever just talked with someone and thought, “I want that they have”? That was my experience when I chatted with my guest blogger, Lauren Reeves. You can find her on Facebook or follow the podcast she offers with Tammy Whitehurst (another inspiring friend) at JoyfortheJourneyPodcast

I’m not always as strong as I project to be. Sometimes I shut down. I become emotionally paralyzed and can’t move forward. The what-if’s spiral in my mind and harden my heart, leading me to a complete standstill.

It’s all because of fear.

Here I am, inspirational speaker and author, sharing God’s plans for us, yet I struggle with fear primarily in two areas of my life: 1) believing I am loved, and 2) finding the courage to face my calling.

At times, the fear of not being love feels like a war raging within me. I’d always known logically that I am loved, but phrases like, “They only love you because they don’t know you,” or “You’re just a novelty. Give it time and you’ll see their affection wasn’t real at all,” taunted me, allowing fear to get a foothold on my heart, freezing me in my tracks.

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Celebrate, Not Exasperate

Acceptance. It’s what we want, but do we offer it? Instead, we tend to exasperate those who see life differently than we do.

We’re all different. It may not seem like it, but none of us share the exact experiences that would make us the same. Some came from a comfortable home life and solid family of origin, while others struggled with empty bellies and absentee parents.

We may look the same, go to the same schools or even read the same books. But a time comes … something happens … then POW out of nowhere, differences appear.

Our feelings get hurt, or we hurt someone else’s feelings. It’s sad, really. Because we are not the same and inevitably, diversity in how we think or see the world appear.

The answer: Celebrate differences! Learn from one another. Because really, who else do we learn from than those who are different than us?

Missing Dad on Father’s Day

To celebrate Father’s Day, here’s a post I shared earlier. I’d love to hear stories from you about the relationship you have (or had) with yours. I pray it was as loving as mine was. Love you, Dad. I miss you.

Even though my family of origin was pretty dysfunctional, one of my favorite pastimes is to remember stories about my dad and how he honored my feelings and held them close to his heart.

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God’s Best During Your Worst

Please enjoy my latest interview with Scott McCausey from Christian Devotions Speak Up. as I share how God gives is His best during our worst.

Every day we have is a gift from God. I pray you will be blessed by what you hear.

Trusting God Enough to Ask Him the Hard Questions

Christina Custodio

I remember meeting Christina Custodio the fall of 2016 and being immediately impressed by her soft voice and calming manner. It wasn’t until I heard her tell the story that I saw a mighty prayer warrior powerful and mother who has an incredibly personal relationship with God. So personal, in fact, that she had the audacity to ask Him to change his mind in the middle of a crisis involving her son.

Here’s her story …

Connect with Christina at her website, http://www.christinacustodio.com/,
or her “Pray for Isaiah” Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/coollikeisaiah/
Watch a video about Isaiah by the 700 Club here

And thank you, Lisa Moore, for sharing her incredible story of faith. I am blessed to know both of you.

I count it a privilege, Lisa and Christina, to witness your dedication embracing brokenness and discovering hope.

Get Rid of Shame

It’s mid-week. How’s it been so far? What do you see in your future? I pray it’s all good, filled with love and laughter. If not, don’t let discouragement or shame rob you of the Joy that’s waiting.

Christine Caine’s devotion, Unshakeable: 365 Devotions for Finding Unwavering Strength in God’s Word offers daily power-packed quick reads to get each day off on the right foot.

Realize we all listen to the opinions of others. Our responsibility is to make the opinions that you listen to count. Focus on God’s perspective. Because really, are any others better?

Celebrate today and get ready to finish the week in an outstanding manner!

Show Them You Care

What have you done today to show someone you loved them? It’s not too late to give it a try.

Maybe open a door for a busy mom. That could be the nicest gesture anyone offered them today.

Let the panicked driver cut in front of you. Those few seconds may be important to them.

Wave at your neighbors. We often see the same people every day. Let’s show them they’re important.

Actions don’t have to be huge to be life changers. Do something nice. Come back and tell me and the other followers about it. Let’s try and make this a better place … just for a moment.

Happy Anniversary to Me!

Happy Anniversary to me!

It was eight years ago today—April 11, 2011—when my life’s journey took a turn. This was the day when I had brain surgery to remove a ginormous tumor from the front-top quadrant of my brain.

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How Do You Handle Dark Places?

 

Depression. If we’re honest, most of us experience it—those dark places that try to claim us. If you’ve lived any length of time, you know the view from your exciting mountaintop will inevitably be replaced by a stint in a depressing valley.

That’s the ebb and flow of life. We try to control it, but sometimes the best we can do is focus on moving through the darkness so we can climb that hill again for a glimpse of nirvana.

It’s happened through the years. King David dealt with depression. In some of his psalms, he shares the most beautiful songs of heartache and fear and loss. Even Mother Teresa dealt with the heartache of depression. She wrote of her depression in her journals—of not being lovable enough for God. Continue reading