The Fear of Failure

Recently, I told God that I was scared to be elevated to a higher position of influence. I might fall into pride or lose the intimacy I have with Him. I might forget that I needed Him and become the kind of person who shouldn’t be looked up to. Going higher can do that to people––I’ve seen it even in myself.

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Some Lessons From the Middle of the Process

I haven’t been blogging much the past month, because I’ve been doing a lot of personal processing. A lot. My thoughts, beliefs, hopes, fears, insights, and regrets have all been tangled together like a giant knot that is slowly getting loosened. And from that mess, I didn’t feel I had anything to share. I’m still […]

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Purpose & Potential: The In-Between

One of the biggest struggles I have had in regard to life purpose is living in the tension between what could be and what is. Dreams and desires God seemed to put on my heart remain out of reach. Potential I see in myself stays dormant, for years.

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Purpose & Potential: Discerning Your Calling

When I was young, I avoided the term “calling.” I wasn’t sure I had one, and I wasn’t confident I would be able to correctly discern it if I did. I couldn’t relate to people who had a clear, concrete vision for their lives, who felt “called” to do something. To me, life was simply an open book waiting to be lived. The possibilities were endless.

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Coming to the End of What I Thought I Knew

*** “Knowledge puffs up.” – 1 Corinthians 8:1 *** Ever since I was young, I have craved knowledge and understanding. As a kid, I asked my parents what the meaning of life was and thought their answer–“No one really knows”–was absolutely ridiculous. So everyone is just blindly staggering through their lives? That doesn’t make sense! I have […]

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Walking into Maturity

Maturity can happen as a natural by-product of one’s life experiences. But it can also be actively chosen. Like when you choose to receive someone’s love based on the way they intended it, rather than on the way you are inclined to interpret it. That’s a choice.

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Loved

I’ve always been able to relate to Peter, the disciple who denied Jesus. He’s one of my favorite people in the Bible. Not only because of his blatant mistakes (which encourage us ordinary messes), but because of his passion. When he did anything, he did it big and brash, including making a fool of himself. (Jesus even […]

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Learning to Embrace the Process

I’ve always liked to have things defined. Decided. Determined. Known. I don’t like being in the middle of decisions and I don’t like being left in an undefined state. Am I your friend or not? Am I moving to that city or not? Are we going to see that movie or not? Let’s just decide! (This is […]

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