Fully Present in the Moment

Blog - Remain Fully PresentHow do you challenge yourself to remain present in every moment of your day? To listen carefully to God’s voice amid a hectic day?

It’s not always easy. Some days are super busy; therefore, listening for His voice and remaining present will take great resolve.

I like having steady and intentional use for my time, but I’m also grateful for the pause button on those really busy days. I’ve learned that those times aren’t readily handed to us. We must deliberately push the pause button and take in the spiritual food of God’s Word that is wonderfully nourishing to our souls.

I remember the day that God tugged at my heart and prompted me to put away what I was doing and listen. So, I did. And here’s what happened. Continue reading

I Did This for 30 Days, and Here’s What I’m Learning. . .

Blog - 30 DaysCrossing the finish line and finally accomplishing the end goal—that thing you’ve always wanted—could be as simple as asking yourself some thought-provoking questions, spending some time answering, and developing a viable, “stick-to-it” plan.

Keeping the big picture in focus is important. But establishing and maintaining good habits that move us incrementally closer to the goal are two important means to help you reach your end goal. In other words, it’s the day to day actionable and practical steps that move us closer to fulfillment. Focusing too intensely on the overarching goal may invite us to muse about the favorable outcome rather than realizing its end.

I’m learning this. Why would I say I’m learning this? Since I’m writing about it, shouldn’t this be a lesson learned? Continue reading

2020 – The Year of Reflective Possibility!

Possibilities - 2020 New Year Blog PostWhat’s possible for you in 2020?

This question requires some serious thought. You can’t answer it on a whim.

There are some things that seem impossible to accomplish. But because this new year (and new decade) has come in with great expectation, we will not focus on what seems impossible; instead, we will focus on what is possible according to God’s promises.

For me, 2020 is the year of reflective possibility! It’s not just the year of possibility . . . but reflective possibility! Continue reading

2019: The Year of DECREASE

So . . . how did you do? What opportunities did you use to decrease for Jesus in 2019? This is a repost from one year ago. For myself, I see greater opportunity to continue decreasing in 2020. 

We should always be willing to decrease that Christ will increase in our life. This will be ongoing for me! Numbers 2 & 3, I have made great progress and much more is needed. Number 4 . . . has been the biggest struggle for me in 2019 and will be a major focus for 2020. 

So . . . how did you do? Leave a comment! It’s not too late! Get started!

blog - decreaseThe way up is down!

Humility is the road to exaltation!

A step back may be a step up!

Each one of these statements may be familiar, but are they also counterintuitive? Do they oppose common sense? How can the way up really be down? How can a step back really be a step up? In a natural sense, they may seem counterproductive, but they are exactly how we must govern ourselves, if we are going to be instrumental in the kingdom of God. This year is my year of dedicated decrease! While most people want to increase their money, status, possessions, I have made it my quest to embrace great decrease in my life in four primary areas. And here’s how I plan to do it! Continue reading

White Space

Blog - White Space We need it! But most of us don’t have it.  

WHITE SPACE.

Most of my days are jammed-packed. It seems like the lists and obligations have no reprieve.

Yesterday, I started preparing for this week’s obligations. Though I do try, it’s hard to leave blank areas in my planner, because there is so much work to be done. But I’m learning that if I am going to continue in the work, leaving some white space is critical. Continue reading

Fruitful People Know This . . . .

Blog - When to RestWe need time to rest!  But most of us don’t get enough of it. Wonderful rest is the upshot of obedience to our Creator.

In the Old Testament, God established a day of rest for His people. In fact, He felt so strongly about it that He made it one of His commandments. Sadly though, the Israelites did not take heed to it as God’s mandate; instead, they ignored His command and trampled upon it. They did their own thing, much like we see in the lives of professing believers today. They wanted God to recognize and respond to their needs on the heels of their fleshly efforts. But God had a different perspective. In Isaiah 58, He told His people to stop pushing their own agenda. He told them that if they indeed wanted to honor Him, they must stop doing their own ways, stop finding their own pleasures, and stop speaking their own words (v. 13). Continue reading

Sacred Solitude

Blog - SolitudeSolitude can be an unrelenting place of loneliness for a great number of people. For some, it has no purpose; for others, purpose may not be discovered without it.

Its enormous value is often grossly underrated and sadly unappreciated. Its hidden worth is often overshadowed by society’s subtle assumption that solitude must surely be accompanied by loneliness and abandonment. On the contrary, solitude can be rewarding–even refreshing.

SOLITUDE IS NOT A DIRTY WORD!  Continue reading