Hostage or Host?

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.

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.

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What to Do When Faithfulness and Gratitude Run Low

E46-Being Faithful with What You HaveLots has happened these past weeks and I found myself feeling ungrateful. My focus has been on the lack vs. the fullness. Ever feel that way? There’s many factors that play into this, but the Lord reminded me that to grow in gratitude, I must be faithful with what I have today.

When I find myself feeling stuck or frustrated, I know it’s that time again, where I have to re-evaluate and make tough decisions – those are never fun. But the reality is it’s necessary to get my heart back to it’s rightful place.

On today’s episode, we discuss the importance of being faithful with what we have today. Not living in the past or hoping for the future, but living for this moment. Because we can’t enjoy God’s blessings, when we’re so focused on the lack.

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What to Do When Others Don’t Change

E44-When Other People Don't Change

Ok, I have to confess. There are people in my life that I disagree with their decisions or just bump heads with. And that’s ok. But there’s times when I can get so consumed by others not “changing” that it can get messy. That’s not ok on my books. It’s energy zapping, for sure.

But here’s the thing, most of these individuals we want to change are people closest to us. It can be our husband, child, family member, or close friend. Other times, it’s people in authority positions (your boss or pastor), which complicates things. You get me, right?

We all have people we wish would change – because if they did, life would run smoothly. I get it. I have a four year old going on 14. Pray for me.

On today’s episode, we discuss three principles that I hope help you see difficult people or circumstances from a new perspective. These three principles have helped me stay focused on what I can control vs. what I can’t. Enjoy!

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