Two women were heading to the worst part of the city to pray. They had a few used purses filled with necessary items that they were going to give to the women living on the streets. When they first arrived in this part of the city they spent the first while worshipping in a small church in the area. This had been the habit of these women for some time.
At the end of this time of worship and as they were leaving the church a man came up to them and directed them, urgently pointing, “You must call emergency services. You must call emergency services, there is a man who has fallen down.”
Continue reading Called Out
Invest in something beautiful. It doesn’t have to be fancy but it does have to bring joy to your soul. It may be simple or it may be intricate. It may be old or it may be new. It may be striking or it may be humble. It may cost it may be free. Whatever the case, invest in it, make it your own.
Put it somewhere to remind you. Let it shine forth your own special light. Allow it to bring you gladness. To hold you up when you are feeling low. Beauty does this.
Make a way, figure it out, choose that one piece of beauty that reminds you that you are made for gladness. One of the first things we give over in difficulty is beauty, don’t do this. Reclaim beauty in some way.
When life is tough we need one special something that will gladden our eye and make its way to our heart. What might this be for you?
One day, you won’t need beauty in a thing for you will be making beauty once more.
You might need to take a pause. Or, perhaps you are already in a pause.
No matter, pauses are good for your soul, body, mind, spirit and the work you are about.
( I am speaking to high-driving folk, if you are always on pause you might want to get going with something, anything! )
A pause, a true pause ( not the, I’m in the dessert because of my unbelief and lack of courage kind of pause ), but a true pause, is essential to your life.
Continue reading The Power of a Pause
You do not want a big, sudden, increase. It may be tempting to go after a lot all at once but big sudden increases are not sustainable. Large jumps will land you backwards, not forward.
Did you ever try to leap a stream as a child only to have your backside sitting in the water?
This is the way of windfalls.
Continue reading Risk in Small Doses
There are things in this life you must do alone. These things always come with risk and demand from you, authenticity.
It is a job done singly because only you can journey to the depths of your being to find what is at the core. This is not another person’s job in the world. So don’t be waiting on anyone else.
It is risky because once you find what is at your core you will feel the burden to live it out loud, to bring it to life, to birth who you really are to the world.
Continue reading No One Else will do it For You
You’ve been working hard. You’ve chosen how you will spend your time and your life and you are working to remain faithful.
But you may be getting tired.
Your steam may be running low.
In this case, it may be important to note the regular rhythms of work and passion and vision.
There are always times of cloud-shrouded uncertainty of task and days. This is really, really normal.
Continue reading The Strength to Journey Far