The group of people you do life with, the ones you enjoy hanging out with, the ones who challenge you, encourage you and bless you... those people are your community. It can be your neighbors, small group, the other baseball parents or your Sunday School Class. Our community is less about the organization and more about people intentionally connecting and doing life together. Your community doesn't feel so important until you need them. They're the ones who show up at the hospital when something happens to a family member, they're the ones who take care of your kids when you have a work emergency, they're the ones who attend the birthday parties, graduation parties, weddings and other monumental life moments. They're also the ones [...]
Dinner with friends encourages and connects us to the ones that matter and challenge us to grow.
Birthdays are a big deal. They always have been, they always will be. As long as I can remember, my birthday was always a very special day. My mom did a great job making us all feel special, celebrating us well with family and friends, and setting the tone for birthdays in my family to this day. The story of my birth is less than glamorous, I’ll share that story later, so my mom has gone out of her way my whole life to make my birthdays something special. Could be that I was her only girl and girl parties were a ton of fun. I don’t remember a single birthday gift, I don’t remember many of the parties (but there was [...]
Has there ever been a time in your life that you've wondered what your purpose was? That you've questioned the promises of God? That you've lost your passion? If you were to ask me what I'm passionate about my answer is simple: That we are all inspired by the promises of God and empowered to live out our purpose to know and love God and others. Our purpose is the same, clearly laid out in Matthew 22: 37-39. When asked by one of the disciples "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second [...]
Today I am thrilled to introduce you to my new friend and author of Fear Fighting: Awakening Courage to Overcome Your Fears. Kelly has a heart for each of us to know the truth and walk with courage as we put fear in its place and quit quitting on ourselves, our dreams and the plans He has for us. I hope you'll grab a copy and join me and a few friends as we unpack this book and learn to live out the principles of Fear Fighting. For more info about the Facebook group going through Fear Fighting together comment on this post! Love you guys and hope you love this book and Kelly as much as I do! I remember it like yesterday: he [...]
I have a sign in my guest bath that reads "Friends are the Family we choose". Our chosen family are the ones we call when our kids are in the hospital or our heart is broken because of something that has happened in our world. They're the ones we reach out to when we need prayer or we are in the midst of a struggle and we need sound counsel. They're our "person" to talk us off the cliff we might try and jump off or to keep us grounded when we want to run away from it all. I often sit and reflect and thank the good Lord for the friends He's given me. But, I have also been through real heartache in the [...]