I’m taking deep breaths today. It’s been one long crazy week on top of other long weeks and seasons. Part of me wants to disengage completely and part of me wants to roll on with spirit-led gusto. Anyway, after an insane number of tech issues and a...
I’m sitting here working on a long list of to-dos and suddenly my heart breaks open. My camera snaps a photo of my to-do list journal and when I look at it, before posting it to Instagram, I’m stopped in my tracks. The irony is thick. The contrast enough to strike me...
How is it possible to proclaim the goodness of God in the midst of tragedy? How is it possible to offer forgiveness so unapologetically to the one who caused said tragedy? I can scarcely believe it, but I’ve seen it happen. Last week, I heard of it again and I am...
For much of my life, the word ‘joy’ hung ever before me. Taunting me like a dangling carrot I could never grasp. Others seemed to have it already, but I didn’t know if I ever would. Joy seemed foreign. Exclusive. Most definitely, joy seemed elusive. As I’ve wrestled...
Dear one, Breathe. Breathe in deep. Today is a new day. As the day comes to a close, or your day is in progress, may I offer this reminder? You are deeply loved, highly valuable and uniquely positioned by an all-knowing God to live the life prepared for you....
The questions I asked myself out of curiosity became ones I needed to answer in reality. What if I was raped & got pregnant? Would I still choose life as I believed I would? Then I was. Raped and pregnant. Still, I wondered what if, because my experience wasn’t...
Ever find yourself struggling through life’s challenges? Maybe you’re tired and weary. Maybe fears and doubts threaten your ability to live well as a Christian.
I believe God has more peace, joy, and freedom than many of us come to know. I want this for us.
I also believe God is bigger and better than any of us can ever know. I want us to see more of Him daily.
Here we’ll journey through areas of emotional health, soul care, and spiritual growth in order to cultivate a life-well lived and a soul well-nourished. Not a perfect life, but a life reliant on the One who is perfect.
While it may not be easy, it’s worth it.
**NOTE: I am not a licensed therapist or clinician. Any advice given on this site is strictly my observations and insights based on personal experiences and study. It should in no way take the place of professional assistance.
I talked about this some in today's video about Speaking the Truth in Love (FB group #ACultivatedLife community & YT).
As I wrote the article for Crosswalk I kept thinking about how we distort what it means to be "for" another person in speaking truth in love. This 👇 twitter.com/TownsendCUI/st…
We need new experiences that bring God's truth deeper into our souls. Not avoidance.
Instead of denying what's happening, meet the source of Truth in it all. It takes courageous vulnerability to be gut-level of honest with self, God, and others.
Don't give up, courageous one.
It bears repeating, because I keep seeing messages that say otherwise.
Feelings don't lie. They inform.
By telling ourselves, & others, feelings can't be trusted we run the risk of trusting ourselves for faith that performs. We miss out on deeper healing & connection with God.
Is it just me, or are there a number of believers who want to live a bold life whole remaining humble?
I see men and women who don’t take the bait of over-inflated value, but also struggle to own God’s assignment of value.
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