A Life Well Lived: Tribute to Helen Turner

Last week I received news that my friend, Helen Turner, died and now in Heaven. I was stunned. Just two weeks before, she had invited me to spend this upcoming Thanksgiving at her home. She was having a lot of family come and wanted me to meet them. She sounded strong and happy. And Helen

Live with The Body in the Garden

Always give thanks to Father God for every person he brings into your life in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. And you honor Christ by yielding to one another. (Ephesians 5:20-21 TPT) Adam lived in paradise. He spent his days cultivating the Garden, naming the creatures, and laughing and learning from his Father.

Run with the Spirit Wind

Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love

No Longer an Orphan

NOTE: Today’s guest post is from Margie Garrison. She has written a guest post here before. I met Margie over twenty years ago at ORU, and we recently reunited at our gym. Here, I attend a fun Zumba class she teaches. Inspired by her journey with God, I asked her to share whatever was on

Quit Hiding

I’m dating. Now that I’ve got your attention, this post isn’t an insider’s scoop of my love life, but about trusting in community. (Phew — I dodged a bullet!) Ever read the book How to Get a Date Worth Keeping by Henry Cloud? (For anyone wanting a practical Christ-based resource about dating either for themselves or someone

Break Down Walls to be Vulnerable

NOTE: Happy 4th of July. Freedom is God’s design especially internally where we are free from the bondages of sin and death! I’m still discovering how powerful our freedom is and the priceless cost Jesus paid to redeem us. As we’re continuing this theme of community for over a month, I wanted to explore the

Community: In His Image

NOTE: Today’s guest post is written by Steve Carpenter. I became friends with Steve and his wife, Brenda, through serving in an outreach ministry with Steve’s mother for years. I couldn’t ask anyone more suitable since Steve and his wife have both invested in my life on countless occasions and helped me to see what

It Takes Community For a Marriage to Work

Marriage is the beautiful design of the Almighty, a great and sacred mystery–meant to be a vivid example of Christ and his church. (Ephesians 5:32 TPT) This past weekend, I attended my nephew’s wedding. One of my favorite moments was when the couple exchanged vows. My nephew’s voice cracked and tears shed as he recited

3 Myths About Community

So, why do some people refuse to participate in community? While I don’t have all the reasons, I know some. Because I preferred to keep to myself than get involved. Although some of my reasons seemed valid, most of them hid behind fear or selfishness. But as I’m getting to know who I am, I’m

Be a Team Player

NOTE: I’m excited about this month’s topic: Community. For until I opened my heart to embrace community, I missed out on much growth and adventure. And not only to demonstrate community but to give you an opportunity to hear from others, I’m thrilled about featuring a few guest posts for this month. And if you

Do you Believe You Can Fly?

Thou shalt not fail. What if that was the first commandment? Of course, it’s not; yet, I’ve lived my life as if it were. I was too afraid to fail and get hurt. Yet, doesn’t God tell us that perfect love never fails? (1 Corinthians 13:8) The problem? I was too afraid that I couldn’t

You Need Community to Make Cookies

Your plans will fall apart right in front of you if you fail to get good advice. But if you seek out multiple counselors, you’ll watch your plans succeed. (Proverbs 15:22 TPT) Can’t go through the journey without community. People make our life thrilling yet risky, satisfying yet painful. But what would you do without

Jesus endured Puberty

The best model for living in process and gleaning the most of the journey? Jesus. On the earth, Jesus lived in process. For he had to learn how to live as fully human. Something he had never experienced until he was born in this world. He laid down his divinity when he became a man. Thus,

Why the journey as important as your destination

  Why is the journey as important as your destination? Because everything we do is about discovering God’s heart. And God’s heart is infinite, so you’re always learning. Can’t exhaust or reach the end. So, you might as well put on your backpack and enjoy the journey. I’m preaching to me. I’ve found myself experiencing peeks

Enjoy the Journey

“Now when it was each young woman’s turn to go before King Ahasuerus, after the end of her twelve months under the regulations for the women—for the days of their beautification were completed as follows: six months with oil of myrrh and six months with [sweet] spices and perfumes and the beauty preparations for women—

Marrying God’s Dream

As I walked down the long hallway, I could hardly think. I didn’t care about the sparkling marble floors, the gold door knobs, or the jewels hanging off my wrists. I stared at the ornate wooden door ahead of me; my future was inside that room. King Xerxes held my fate. If he chose me,

Garden of Expectations

Merriam Webster’s definition of Expect: to anticipate or look forward to the coming or occurrence of. What are you looking for to? Having an expectation is much like gardening. You cultivate the ground, plant the seeds, and water the soil, expecting to harvest whatever you planted. You may not see anything visible for a month

Kill Your Expectations

Do you know what can rob us of answered prayer? Our expectations. We expect God to answer our prayers in a certain way. If he doesn’t, we’re disappointed. If we don’t manage the expectations, we can get offended. Offense, if not dealt with, can harden our heart to God. Unforgiveness can settle in our heart…

Don’t Quit!

Do you have any unanswered prayers? You’ve prayed passionately for one request, yet wonder if God has heard you? I have. Without launching into a theological discourse, this month, I prefer to encourage you as a coach. I’ll stand on the sidelines as you play in the game, mostly yelling to not quit! You’re doing

We Can’t Exhaust His Love For Us

“Then, as your spiritual strength increases, you will be empowered to discover what every holy one experiences- the great magnitude of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions. How deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love! How enduring and inclusive it is! Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding — this extravagant