Napkins can be Spiritual

Napkins surround us. In your car. In your home. In that restaurant. And that other one too. Even in the one that only gives you one after you beg them, because for some reason they think it’s made out of gold, so they guard them. (I’m talking to you Subway)… Did you know that napkins can […]

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LOVE > hate

I’m typing this, still in disbelief that I’m writing this in the United States of America and the year 2017. Let me be clear. Hate and racism is wrong everyday and in every possible way. I’m disgusted by what’s been unfolding in Charlottesville, VA and I’m reminded of a simple truth the Apostle Paul writes in […]

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Speak Life

There is a drastic difference between speaking AT someone or speaking INTO someone. In our world – there is a lot of speaking AT… They say we are prone to see 1 million advertising messages a day. Ok, that’s not quite right, but doesn’t it feel that way? We’re surrounded by voices and messages speaking at […]

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Choosing Joy

There is a major difference between happiness and joy. Often in our cultural context: we can get the pursuit of happiness mixed up with the pursuit of JOY. Our country has the pursuit of happiness in it’s very fiber – the problem is that happiness in its simplest form, has a shelf-life to it. It […]

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Heroic

We live in a world that seeks out heroic efforts and the heroes among us. We look to historical heroes, medical heroes, military heroes, political heroes, sports heroes, family heroes and every day heroes. We make so many movies depicting superheroes at work saving the world from catastrophe – all the while fighting back the […]

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Push or Pull

Don’t allow the push of critics or the pull of fans to deter you, slow you down, sideline you or get your stuck. Sure, sometimes we might need a push to get us moving or pulled in a better direction… But we don’t need to be pulled and crippled by the critics and just quit. Nor do we […]

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Volume

We have all witnessed it. We’ve all done it. The situation is unfolding and then someone kicks UP the volume. Tensions rise. We call these discussions – “heated”. Whether it’s the person at the airline counter who once was trying to convey their frustration and need, but has now slipped across the line into personal […]

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The Narrative of Worry

We all live by a narrative that is unfolding within us and around us. In the simplest of understanding, it’s the way in which we see things. The narrative of worry is the internal story of scarcity, worst-case scenarios and confusion. Worry knocks on the doors of our hearts and lives no matter our gender, age […]

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Go and Do

So much of life can get stuck in the ‘learn this’, ‘learn that’ and ‘study hard’, information hunting and gathering cycle. We grow up being taught so that we learn more. Pushed to learn more, know more, understand more. Learning more is an awesome thing – a necessary thing. We need to be people of […]

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Where’s Your Seat?

Where’s your favorite chair? Is it in your house? Was it in the house you grew up in? Or maybe it’s in someone else’s house, it’s the one you look to make sure no one is sitting there at you enter and as you try to move the conversation into that room. Is it in […]

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Why Prayer Matters

Prayer matters. What’s the role of prayer in our life? For some it’s seen as a life-saver – literally – they give it a toss whenever tragedy or crisis occur and are reaching out for God to intervene. For others, they roll through prayer as they would a Skype call to a distant relative with updates […]

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Stockpile or Share

You’ve heard the adage that ‘sharing is caring.’ You’ve been told to share with your siblings probably a million times growing up. Maybe you’ve seen the Taco Bell commercial that mocks the concept of sharing. Lamenting that you’ve had to “share all your life” and with some cleverly placed ‘flashback’ footage of kids having to share […]

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Love Sweats

There’s a lot of talk about love. Ideas, concepts and conversations around what it is and what it looks like. This post isn’t about debating the intricacies of it or an attempt to get our arms completely around it. This is about highlighting one reality of love. Love sweats. Love is active. It takes initiative. […]

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Courageous Faith

Courage seems to be something we all desire to live with, but sometimes find lacking or waning within us. Why is it such a challenge to live courageously? What does it look like to live courageously in our faith journey with Christ? What does it look like to live life on adventures with God? There […]

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Shine

Sometimes it’s the simplest statements that are the stickiest. The statement below sums up a calling Jesus gave us as his followers in Matthew 5 – to let our life & light shine in such a way that others might notice Him. I love the way C.S. Lewis puts it. May it stir you to let […]

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