Time for a Cool Change

I’ve been assessing my life again. Actually, I am always doing that. Yet recently my own repeated statement challenged me, like, “put up your dukes!”

I kept saying, “If someone would pay me to do it I’d walk and hike all day; I could just keep going!” 

Those of you who know me understand my life is never overly comfortable, especially in the last years of transition, remaking, ever-morphing, and holding fast to God–no, being held fast by God, is far more accurate.

I work with others to realize their dreams, creating, recreating, analyzing, etcetera. I wrote my book to help others flesh out dreams and visions for their futures. 

I fell in love last year with the outdoors, especially hiking. I gave myself permission to be a novice with a phone camera and treasure hunt for beauty. I gave myself permission try things that had previously mocked me. New doors fell open and chains that bound me, fell to the ground. Verses in Isaiah 61 became realities, hope, and invitations for life with purpose and joy.

I want to invite you to watch and join me. You can watch me do two steps forward, one step back. You’ll see me push forward, potentially prosper, and possibly fall down–even often. But that’s life. 

The good news is perfection is not one of the prerequisites in the Manufacturers Manual. In fact no one is perfect outside of the perfection bought by the Cross, where those who trusts Jesus enter through Him, the Door, into perfect love and incalculable forgiveness.  

With the fear of falling flat removed, I can step out and so can you. 

So here I go. 

I’ll fill you in soon. 

Prayers are welcomed and appreciated.

Let my learning curve be yours. 

Courage. Who Needs It? 

Why does God tell us to take courage over and over in the Bible? 
I feel like scripting my shortest blog post ever and simply leaving you with that question.

But you know I can’t just walk away, though pondering on your own is very beneficial.  

He promises to be our shelter, our ever-present help in times of trouble, our comforter, leader, healer, providor…and so much more. His Word is full: bursting with promises.

Yet…

Faith takes crazy courage, the kind a four-year old boy has when he believes he can wrestle his daddy, stand atop him, and proclaim kingship.

And courage is just as much a quiet faith, the kind possessed by perhaps an older couple, understanding each other simply by a glance. They know one another inside and out; they’ve walked through storms of sideways rain and danced in the sunrises–confident in love…

It takes both or a combo.

If our Triune God promises His love then He will love us like only Jesus can.

And if He says take courage, we should!

What are you afraid of? What’s holding you back?

Read Joshua, Ruth, Esther, or any other biblical figure’s account. Look around you and see the example of countless people who walk past fear to their destinations known and unknown, because they take courage with them. Let’s do the same!