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5 Delicious Recipes—and 5 Ways to Serve Others this Holiday Season

5 Delicious Recipes—and 5 Ways to Serve Others this Holiday Season

Leaders are everywhere—in our homes, schools, offices, boardrooms, and government. And despite having access to more opportunities, training, connection, and resources than ever before, we see leaders fail every day. As you’ve probably experienced, the consequences are messy, disruptive, and often painful.

My Mom, the Peacemaker

Our greatest example of a peacemaker is Jesus. Isaiah 53:5 says, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Jesus comes and gives everything, just like my mom did for my aunt.

Jesus is Willing to Answer Prayer

Jesus is Willing to Answer Prayer

Jesus is willing. He is willing to heal, to renew, to redeem and to make whole. He doesn’t always answer when or how we expect or want, but we must ask boldly and humbly. He will answer, and all along the way, he will love us through whatever challenge we might face.

Two Troubling Phrases that Keep Us from Abundant Life

Two Troubling Phrases that Keep Us from Abundant Life

As another coaching client left my office, I wrote a summary in her folder, then sat for a while in reflective thought. Five manila folders stacked like cardboard warnings of the two troubling phrases I heard that day. As I reviewed each client’s goals, progress and...

Finding My Pace in Life

Finding My Pace in Life

As I flipped through another page in my planner, I wondered how to accomplish all my tasks in a mere 24 hours? With three part-time jobs, I lived the proverbial juggling act. But, I took long walks and prayed for guidance. I fasted and confessed my sorrow for stealing time from the Lover of my soul. In the process, I discovered how many distractions of pace fed my lust for significance and applause.

The Epic Story of the Bible, Part 7: Job

The Epic Story of the Bible, Part 7: Job

Despite his pain, Job interceded on behalf of his foolish friends, just as Jesus, our Savior, intercedes for us. As Job went through great sufferings, he persevered when it did not make sense to him or to us. We can learn how to trust God through this epic story of the Bible.

PTSD and God

PTSD and God

God is also an authority, as well as a Father. How can I see him in love, while living with PTSD? It’s been hard for me to accept God as an authority. The way we see our earthly fathers is often the way we see God. Was God like my father, waiting to let me have it? Over time, God showed me he was nothing like my abusive Dad.

The Epic Story of the Bible, Part 5: Joseph

The Epic Story of the Bible, Part 5: Joseph

Joseph’s story is the great love of God on display, “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. (Romans 5:8) God’s purpose for us is simple: he wants us to know him and be Christ-like. Joseph is a pre-Christian example of this, and he can be our inspiration: when family drama happens, when we feel unjustly treated or when we want to be vindictive. Our God is bigger than our sufferings, and his will prevails.

God’s Love in Loneliness

God’s Love in Loneliness

Most of the time, I enjoy my single woman status, but once in a while, the loneliness of my singleness creeps in like a black cloud that hovers over a previously sunny day. But, in prayer I’m reminded that God wants relationship with me, and that Jesus considers us his friends (John 15:14-15). How incredible that this utterly awesome and mysterious One waits for us to stop long enough to say, “I love you, too.”