Meditate on Him

“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  (Hebrews 12:2) What you behold is what you become. One aspect of detoxing the brain is meditating on the

Detox Pains

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2) Chills, headaches, and pains are some side effects of fasting. I despise all the side effects really, and fight to endure

Let Go

Happy (almost) New Year. Hope everyone has fun and safe plans for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race

Different Expectation

For many, Christmas is a time of depression, dejection, and debt. Perhaps, even you have sad memories from past Christmas experiences that make this present season difficult. Or circumstances this year are proving difficult. Perhaps you’ve lost your job, so money is too tight to buy gifts. Or you’ve received unexpected news that make this season

Muscle of Gratitude

How many times have you started something like a healthy lifestyle or fitness program, only to fall off the wagon? Well, that’s what happened to me the last few days–but not with a fitness lifestyle. I fell off the wagon with my attitude. This past month, I’ve worked on cultivating a thankful attitude as I

Jephthah’s Vow

“For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets who through faith subdued kingdoms…waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.” Hebrews 11:32-34. Who’s Jephthah? That was my question when I read this passage in Hebrews.

Think Out of the Box

I interviewed my friend Helen Turner recently about the topic of expectancy and managing your expectations. She knows about expectations especially her expectation to have a family. After her oldest daughter was born, she couldn’t get pregnant for over fourteen years. 1. How many children did you and your husband want? When I was growing

Expect To Wait

Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! (Psalms 27:14 NKJV) Part of trusting God in the process is examining your expectations. What does “examining your expectations” mean? Let me explain this through using an example: Blake Burns is our fictional example. Blake’s a entrepreneur who

Surrender Is Brave

Trust God in the process. These words are like a gong resounding in my ears. I’m hearing it everywhere, from within my heart and from various preachers. How many times have I believed God for something, only to see that dream die in front of me? Too many times– at least for me. How about you?

Love Hurts

“Sarah is the cause of that problem. She’s the one to blame!” How we all love those type of accusations, don’t we? (Not at all!) Yet, when people accuse me or act ugly, I’m learning to use these situations as a growth opportunity. No, it’s not fun at the time, but God’s grace helps me

Take a Hike

I had to eat my words. I used to tell people that Oklahoma is plain. I think I was turned off by the muddy man-made lakes that populate the state. Growing up in Northern Michigan, I had access to the Great Lakes and thousands of smaller fresh-water lakes and rivers. And I grew up visiting

You Are Already Accepted. Why Are You Striving?

Acceptance. What comes to mind when you think of acceptance? Write down the images and or words–don’t try to brainstorm but free write what instantly came to mind. Here’s my list School Peace God’s love School was an education on social structures. Finding my place in the social structures at school was tough. I’ve never worked

Stay in the Fight

Have you seen any Rocky movies? The movies about Rocky Balboa, a local boxer turned world champion? As a boxer, he often loses his first matches against the tougher opponents (Apollo Creed and Clubber Lang), but he rebounds and defeats them the second time? During these fights, Rocky doesn’t get KO’d right away. He usually

A Regular in Prison

I walked down the sterile hallway, unsure of what I would see. I breathed deeply as I walked into a large room with an enclosed guard station in the middle. Four barracks extended from the middle room like legs. Each barrack was long and narrow, filled with rows of bunks beds on each wall. Men were

Confronting Fear

I did something I was scared to do. I went to a live play alone. I didn’t want to attend solo at this event, but somehow I did. Thanks Mom. She inspired me to go. Indirectly. I receive updates from our local theatre, the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. I saw that the production of Les

The Role of Codependency in Abuse

NOTE: The following post is written by my friend Kathy Pooler who wrote a guest post last year. Since her book, Ever Faithful to His Lead, is available, I wanted her to share not only an excerpt from the book, but share about co-dependency–a topic she explores in her memoir. As someone who struggled with co-dependency,

Face the Stranger

NOTE: This post is a continuation from last week’s. If you haven’t read that one, here’s the link. Laney had two choices: slowly descend the rocky cliff in the dusk or face the stranger chasing her. She turned around to face him. She prayed, hoping she was only paranoid–maybe he’s safe. He caught up to

Stop Running

Laney ran through the woods, dodging protruding branches and stealing glances over her shoulder. She heard fallen limbs breaking behind her— he was getting closer. Sprint, Laney, sprint. He’s picking up speed. Her heart felt like it was beating out of her chest, her legs felt heavy, and her body drenched in sweat and panic. Greys and

Remove Those Burrs Carefully

I hate when burrs stick to your clothes or your skin — it takes wisdom and patience to remove them. Wisdom to wear gloves instead of your bare fingers so a tiny needle doesn’t bury under your skin. And patience to remove them one at a time because they usually come in groups. You don’t

Pedal Slower

Every year, my sister Jessica and I visit Mackinaw Island–an hour from my hometown. I wrote a post about the lesson I learned during last year’s visit. Yesterday, Jessica and I made this annual trip, but just for the day. I’m thankful for Jessica because she’s direct. She’s not afraid to call me out. Yes,