Hostage to Fear or Host to the Holy Spirit?

E54-Hostage or HostHave you ever felt so overwhelmed by the difficulties of life that you find yourself feeling hopeless? Maybe even feel like quitting?

Today I want to share a concept that has profoundly transformed the way I view “troubles.”

Jesus came to set us free. We are meant to live in freedom, not held hostage by our egos. John 8:31-32 ~ So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Will you be held hostage by the beliefs of your ego or will you freely host the Holy Spirit and allow Him to lead the way to freedom?

We must allow the Holy Spirit to take over… to lead… But we must be willing to host the Holy Spirit and say no to being hostage to the ego’s lies.

How to Complain Less and Appreciate More

E53- 5 Alternatives to ComplainingEveryone complains. It feels good to get it off our chest. Plus, when others are willing to hear us out and validate our pain, it helps us feel human and “normal.” But there’s a huge difference between venting and complaining. Although I believe they are both unproductive, venting seems to be a one time deal, while complaining a chronic issue.

We all have people that complain about the little things and make them seem bigger than they are. Mine is a four and a half little guy who’s job seems to complain about everything these days. And let’s be honest, it’s annoying. Hearing him complain and point out what’s wrong is draining and frustrating.

But what happens when you’re the one complaining? What’s one to do then? Worst yet, what if everyone around you is done with hearing your rants and vents?

Friend, I was in that predicament last year. I got stuck in  a rut of complaining about my circumstances. It became evident that I was focusing on the lack and wants vs. appreciating what I did have. Can you relate? I sure hope so.

And because I’ve been there more than I’d like to admit, I learned a couple things about how to stop complaining and appreciate the blessing of now {this moment}. On today’s episode, I share five alternatives to complaining that will help shift your perspective into one of appreciation.

5 Life Lessons from My 40-Day Fear Detox

E52-5 Lessons from My 40Day Fear Detox

Why in the world would I want to do a 40-day fear detox? Believe me, I was hesitant and a bit resistant. But the Holy Spirit kept tugging at me to take time and identify my fears {little ones and big ones} and learn to surrender them.

Truth is, it’s the best investment I’ve made in a long time. We’re so quick to jump on products that help us lose weight, get rid of wrinkles, and bring instant gratification. But a fear detox? Not so popular. But then again, I’ve never been one to follow crowds.

And the results? One word ~ Wow. I can truly say it was not a sacrifice, it was not hard, it was not exhausting… it was simple, it was powerful, and wonderful. Here’s the secret: the Holy Spirit is gentle and wants to show us the way. He won’t push us to do something we don’t want to or we are not ready for.

On today’s episode, I share five life lessons I learned from my 40-day fear detox. My goal is that you are inspired to be attuned to the Holy Spirit’s prompting in your life.

When Life Feels Like a Storm

E51-When Life Feels Like a Storm

Summer is fast approaching. We are half way into the year. About this time, I do an assessment of my life, ministry, and relationships. Think of it as a bi-yearly cleaning; out with the old, in with the new.

In six months, there’s been so many storms… huge life storms that have moved and shaken me. But the “steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.” Lamentations 3:22-23.

I don’t know what storms you’ve had to walk through or if you’re in one right now. But know this, Jesus loves you and is there with you.

On today’s episode, I’ll be sharing from Matthew 14. I hope you are encouraged and that your strength is renewed.


Finding Peace in Difficult Times: 7 Takeaways from Michele Cushatt’s Book, Undone

E50-Finding Peace in Difficult Times

Today is Equip and Empower TV’s 50th episode – yay!

And to celebrate, I’m launching the Equip and Empower Academy. Summer session will kick off with two classes:

  1. Quieting the Mind
  2. Stress Management

For full course details visit the Academy’s page HERE. I would love your support in sharing the news with your friends. You can share this page using any social media icon above [easy peasy].

Alright, so on today’s episode {video #50} I decided to do something a little different. I share 7 takeaways from Michele Cushatt’s book, Undone: A Story of Making Peace With an Unexpected Life.

We all have “unexpected” somethings. All of us. For Michele, it was cancer. In her book, Undone, she shares her journey so beautifully. She’s a brilliant writer. And although I’ve never had such devastating news, I’ve had many experiences with fear that I can totally relate to her story and I know you will too.


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