When It’s Hard to Love Someone

When It's Hard to Love Someone

What do you do when it’s hard to love someone?

This question has been stirring in my heart for a couple weeks. I really wanted to walk away… to give up on this one person. But talking to a friend, I realized that all relationships are worth fighting for.

People come into our life for a reason – and sometimes just for a season. But in this season, I’m learning to love people, even from a distance… because they are not ready to love back.

On today’s episode, I share my thought process of how I worked through “not feeling” into loving deeply, regardless of the other person’s response or lack thereof. I pray you are blessed and encouraged to keep fighting for that one person in your life that is hard to love.

For Those Who Feel Invisible

E55-For Those Who Feel InvisibleI was chatting with a friend and somehow the theme of feeling invisible came up. Since my move to TX, I’ve had the recurring theme of feeling invisible, ignored, and disregarded. We both agreed that it feels like rejection. And it hurts real bad when it’s a friend, family member, or someone close to you.

Let me clarify. There’s been numerous situations (too many to keep track) in which I’ve either asked a friend for feedback, support, and help in a certain area.

And nothing.

My emails are ignored. People don’t have time to meet. I get the typical response, “I’ll look into it,” or… “I’ll get back to you.”

Has this ever happened to you? You ask for help (in one form or another) and you get nothing? People (friends, acquaintances, family, co-workers, etc.) will in one way or another disappoint you. They just will. And you will disappoint them. For the past year and a half, this has been the recurring theme. I was telling my friend how this really challenged me on so many levels. I’ve even had moments of doubting God’s purpose for my life.

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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.

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.

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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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