Multiple Dimensions of NOLA

IMG_4625I live in New Orleans; city of festivals, Mardi Gras, tourism, Cajun food, and jazz music. The one year anniversary of taking faith steps of moving here is around the corner. The city and I have become good friends, quickly. I slid right into step with the culture. Although I’m not native I am proud to now consider myself a local. I can give you directions and tell you the best places to eat. I have bowls of beads on my table. I know not to wear flip-flops to the quarter. I’ve experienced roaches bigger than my dog and been swarmed by termites.  I’ve also become pretty much ok with being soaked with sweat any given day of the very long summer.

Put Me In Coach!

Over the last year I’ve been Read more

Day 9: The Enemy

Marriage Devotional: Traveling Spouse

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10

Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 1 Corinthians 7:33

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:2-3

The enemy is not your spouse. This lie becomes easy to believe when Read more

Day 6: Heart Guard

Marriage Devotional: Traveling Spouse

Above all else, guard your heart,
    for everything you do flows from it.
Proverbs 4:23

But who can discern their own errors?
    Forgive my hidden faults.
Keep your servant also from willful sins;
    may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
    innocent of great transgression.
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart

    be pleasing in your sight,
    Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Psalm 19:12-13

Dear Heavenly Father, Read more

Day 3: Strength when Weary

Marriage Devotional: Traveling Spouse

Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:28-31

Today I think about those marriages that are separated not by choice. Read more

A devil said so…

Twenty something days on a Greek island and it’s been an interesting introduction to Greece. I’m submerged in a different culture but surrounded by a diversity of Americans. This island has fresh organic meals to enjoy, an abundance of wine to sip, and plenty of sand to be found in various spaces.

I’ve also been experiencing a tug of war in my spirit but a firmness in faith as finished reading The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. Read more

Lessons from C.S. Lewis on a Greek Island

IMG_3629I’m always in awe how God speaks to me. He seems to give me answers to questions I haven’t asked yet. For example, whenever there is a controversy in the news (which let’s face it, is often), somehow it aligns to either where I am in my Bible, a recent sermon, or in study that I am doing. Currently for my travels to Greece, I brought the C.S. Lewis collection with me and I’ve started with Mere Christianity.

Meanwhile, in Kentucky, Kim Davis is making a mockery out of Christians. Read more

God sent me a text… well, sort of.

I have a heart for issues of sex trafficking and exploitation. It’s been a growing passion of mine that has been building for several years. There’s no pivotal moment where I can say, “this is when I was set on fire” but God continues to move in my life by putting trafficking in front of my eyes. Momentum was gaining and it became clear to me that I was time to make bold moves in faith. Next thing I know, I left my job and moved to New Orleans. Read more

My Anything Project, Week Four

“God we will do anything. Anything.”

Praying for anything is allowing for God to use you in His plan according to His will by tapping into the talents and skills he has gifted you. Sometimes our hopes and dreams are aligned but sometimes God has a different timing and priority than we do. This is the scary part of surrender; allowing for God’s will not our own.10468055_10152635208854439_8174677030259889218_n

In going through the Anything Project, I have really been looking at what is my Anything. What is it that God wants from me? What are my talents and gifts? Where is my own heart? and What will really count at the end of my life? Read more

Accountable to Love

…take up your cross and follow me. Jesus

As Christians we are to strive to be Christ-like. Jesus very specifically says the second most important commandment of God is to Love your neighbor as yourself (Matt 22:39). To be Christ-like is being of the same mind, same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. With humility, we are called to regard one another as more important than ourselves, looking out for the interests of others (Phil 2:2-5) submitting to one another (Eph 5:21). To love is to show patience, kindness and to not be boastful, arrogant, rude… love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things (1 Cor 13).  Love also keeps no record of wrongs (1 Cor 13:6). If you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions (Matt 6:15). Hate the sin, love the person (Rom 12:9-10).

Then there’s the world that is presented to us by the media.

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Coffee, crepes, and conversation

Que Sera

I’m finding that God is constantly preparing me for what is to come. I do see His handy work in hindsight and get overwhelmed with feelings of being cared for and loved. He doesn’t always reveal what is around the corner and a lesson that He’s teaching me is to live for today by being present. This is a huge challenge for me since I’ve always planned my next move by living in five-year plans. Ironically, I haven’t had one five-year plan come to fruition. This is not due to failure but unexpected events, opportunities, and directions in life. Now with this new surrendered life, I’m letting myself be open to God’s plan for me and whatever that brings. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34. So now I find myself singing “Que Sera, Sera… whatever will be will be, the future is not ours to see…” Read more