Freedom Tastes Better Celebration Giveaway!

Congratulations to those of you who just completed the 31 day Freedom Tastes Better Challenge! You survived and hopefully have grown in your journey toward freedom. I'm excited to share a couple of my favorite resources right now in my journey. So much so that two lucky winners will get these resources! Here's what's included in our giveaway for TWO lucky winners: A copy of the newly released book, Full: Food, Jesus, and the Battle ...

You’re Invited to Our Subscriber Study!

  Do you want to do a Bible study, but you just don't have another night of the week to give right now? Do you want to journey with others, but you need some flexibility during this particular season of your life? Do you battle shame and wonder what life would look like if you could live in freedom from shame? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I'm excited to extend to you an invitation. Beginning September 12th, all ...

Friends and Armor

Friends and Armor

There was a time, many years ago when my heart ached for friendship. I knew a lot of people, but it just didn't seem like any of them really knew me. I'm fairly certain my own shame kept me from allowing anyone to really get to know me well. I remember watching Grey's Anatomy when Meredith declared Cristina, "her person," feeling lost without my own "person." Have you ever felt like this before? Wondering if you would ever really be known b ...

Mending Weary Souls:  7 Things I Learned During My Sabbatical

Mending Weary Souls: 7 Things I Learned During My Sabbatical

Today is the official last day of my sabbatical. Over the last ten weeks, the church where I have served on the worship staff for eleven years, graciously granted me a sabbatical. Honestly, I thought I was being proactive by taking the sabbatical BEFORE I reached the point of burnout. I didn't think I was overly weary. I knew I was tired, but I thought I just needed a little break. The truth is, I was working at an unsustainable pace a ...

Like-Minded Love

Like-Minded Love

There are moments in our journey with God that leave a mark. Sometimes it's a mark that seems a little bitter because of the ways God speaks truth into our souls. Then sometimes, it's the sweetest, most beautiful moment that marks us and makes us different. The kind of moment when you are reminded of what God meant when He created the Church. The kind of mark that opens your eyes like Gideon allowing you to see the ways God fights His children ...

The Launch of a Dream

The Launch of a Dream

Every once in a while, you have a dream. The kind you don't speak out loud because it's a little scary. You're afraid if it crosses your lips, it'll be too big. People will look at you like you're plain crazy. We're talking the kind of dream that you hesitate to say aloud. Then maybe one day you roundup the courage to whisper it under your breath. You murmur, "God, here's my dream. Take it and do what you like. Remove my own desire until it's o ...

Into the Unknown

Sometimes I’d like to be able to predict the future. To know what lies ahead. To be able to see what’s coming. And what’s not. I think it might somehow bring me a greater sense of security, give me the confidence I need to step into whatever is next. On the other hand, I’m pretty sure if I had seen some of the things that I’ve lived ahead of time, I would have just plain quit. Given up. We all want to be in control, don’t we? I k ...

Shabbat is Here!

It started well over a year ago. I reached my 10th year of serving on our church staff and began to pray through when I should take a sabbatical. It took quite awhile to figure out when would be a good time (because no time ever seems to present itself as a good time to be away). As Matt and I prayed, we landed on now. This month and next. May and June 2016. Over the last couple of months, I've been drinking my tea from this mug a friend lo ...

Ditching Distractions

Ditching Distractions

Life moves at a pace where it's difficult to keep up most of the time. There are so many diversions. Staying focused can just be hard at times. Well, for me, it's problematic most of the time. Take a look at this video and see if you can relate...Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Me, too.I'm tired of the noise. Of the pace. Of the chaos. I long for peace. For clarity. For God's presence. You, too? ...

God Alone Suffices

God Alone Suffices

It's a Motivational Monday for our Freedom Tastes Better followers and we want to share it here as well.  This week I want to share with you a prayer that I read the past week by St. Teresa of Avila. It has caused me to stop and think on several occasions. Let's look at the truth in this prayer line by line. "Let nothing disturb you."So many times, I can let ...