Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Hope Quotient

Have you ever wondered how two people can go through pretty much the same trial and one lives the rest of their life in bitterness and anger and one conquers all, grows, and let's the pain give birth to beauty? Have you ever wondered what makes the difference? I sure have.

Ray Johnston would say the difference is hope.

In his newest book, The Hope Quotient, Johnston reminds us that we are generally born and "pre-programmed" with our emotional and intellectual intelligence. We can work on things as we mature, and maybe increase our EQ and IQ some, but not much. However, our "HQ" can be developed to any level. Truth is, our HQ really has more determination over our success than our IQ.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jesus Is Better

I'm continually blessed and encouraged by the ministry of Austin Stone. Want in? Listen to Halim Suh for about four minutes and then enjoy Austin Stone's worship band sing the song.

Monday, November 24, 2014

What We Forget About Defending Our Faith

Last weekend we got to spend a few days with Josh and Sean McDowell, as our church was the second stop on their Heroic Truth tour. If you're not familiar with their ministry, this father/son team has dedicated their lives to helping people discover truth and effectively communicate it to others.

The way Sean opened the first session was absolutely brilliant. He simply went into character as an atheist and allowed the audience to

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Let's All Be Brave - Book Review

My son is pacing back and forth in the dining room, organizing note cards and checking his Power Point presentation. "Starts with Me" by Tim Timmons is cranked up loud in the background. He is getting ready to do something brave. He decided that his informative speech for his college speech class should be on Christianity. He has been praying for ways to open the conversation on faith with his classmates, and he believes he has found a way. I love watching him explore his faith, his confidence in it, what God has made him for, and how he will courageously step out and use it.

Friday, June 6, 2014

How to Get An Impossible Amount of Things Done and Not Lose Your Mind

I went to an unfamiliar mall to look for an affordable place to treat my kids to ice cream. I couldn't find one, but as I was leaving, I picked up a homeless man. I was driving him around in a red sports car....driving flat on my stomach with my legs stretched out behind me...driving through 3-4 feet deep of fall leaves. 

Then I'm a guest at someone's house. Apparently there was someone there I wanted to impress, and I was desperately trying to get ready. I had a new, very short awkward haircut that didn't work with my curls....and my blow dryer broke. The harder I worked to get ready, the wetter and wetter my hair got.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Restless - Because You Were Made for More!

As we finish up Easter week and are thinking a lot about new life, I want to share some about the new life I'm seeing in myself and others after doing Restless (by Jennie Allen) together.

I'm so grateful that I've been able to review Jennie Allen's studies. They just keep getting better and better! Restless is basically an eight week study, and you'll want your participants to get the books and do the first week of homework before they come to your first session.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Who Are You REALLY Willing to Forgive?

This year, on Good Friday, I'm being challenged by the collision of something in my past with something in my present.

You see this year God has put me in the middle of a someone's life - someone who has hurt a lot of others with their actions. I had the opportunity to have a "come to Jesus" session with them yesterday - and I really believe they did.  However, my heart is doing a bit of aching today because not everyone wants to forgive them the way Jesus does.