Facing Transition With Grace and the Lessons Learned From It

I've been thinking about my spiritual journey lately and reminiscing about big transitions I’ve encountered in life. In one particular change ten years ago, my husband and I, along with two of our four children, moved from Oregon to Canada. Although the adventure ahead would be exciting and new, there were many people and things we were...

Do I Really Need to Take Another Test About Myself?

Taking the enneagram seems to be enjoying a resurgence in popularity these days. In just one week, I had several people ask, “do you know your enneagram number?” “Why, I didn’t even know I was supposed to have an enneagram number!” I replied. Not wanting to be left out of all the fun, I found an assessment recommended to me by...

Worship Leadership and the Growing Crisis

I have been a worship leader/pastor for more than twenty years, and now more than ever the church is facing a crisis of faith, morality, and overall biblical foundation and discipleship in worship leadership.  Before addressing the problem, let me say that I love to worship. I also love the many styles, sounds, and...

What Does The Greatest Showman Tell Us About Our Desires?

The Greatest Showman is a musical film that tells the story of P. T. Barnum’s rise to fame. In our house, the movie and soundtrack have played countless times. I have a hunch that ours is not the only family that has sung and danced with the score.  Why has the film been such a...

What is Happiness and How Do You Achieve It?

Years ago, before I was in ministry, I worked for my dad in the appliance business. My job for years was delivering appliances—refrigerators, washers, dryers, and more—all over the Texas Panhandle. There was a large house in the wealthier part of Amarillo and I didn’t like making deliveries there. The father of the family was mean and verbally abusive...

When You Want to Quit

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One of my favorite childhood memories was watching my father compete in the Heart of America Marathon, described as one of the oldest and toughest marathon courses in the U.S. and held every year in my small hometown of Columbia, Missouri, on Labor Day since 1960. My dad had trained and was well prepared for the 26.2 mile race....

How to Improve Your Self-Worth

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“It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.” ― Abraham Lincoln Ever struggle with low self-esteem? If so, you are not alone. Most people struggle at some point in their lives with negative feelings about their worth, especially when under pressure in their daily lives. People...