Anyone who is running a ministry has often experienced the challenges that come with motivating or encouraging the congregation to become more active in the church. From Bible studies to outreaches, there can often be a lack of engagement or participation among church members who only attend on Sundays. If you want to increase active
It’s Okay   I believe that this is extremely important for someone that struggles with an addiction to know. But you can’t confuse this with it being okay to keep abusing the thing or substance of your choice. When I say “it’s okay”, I mean that it’s okay that you are struggling. It’s okay because
Joy vs. happiness. Is there really a difference?   It’s finally hit you. After weeks, months or maybe even years of believing that you have it all, you are left searching. Maybe for your parents, but not for you. That job you were so excited to get, it now leaves you drained. All the sports
  When a friend or a loved one is struggling with addiction, they can believe that there is no hope for them. They might think that their addiction is what defines them and that there is no path out. It’s not your responsibility to decide whether or not they get sober, but you can use
  Perfectionism: A (noun) and defined as the refusal to accept any standard short of perfection. It’s also a generational curse that has been spread across a lot of families, including mine.   It’s something that I am continually giving up to God. I’ve fully accepted this and that’s just to the start of my freedom. 
  Each Facebook status declares our abstinence – bearing the glamour of false pride and modern spirituality. We sit around and stare at blank screens – scrolling through the list of piety – measuring our choices against others. Are we fasting enough? Are we looking holy enough?   As I search through endless posts –
  The practice of gratitude is a powerful thing.   Gratitude is defined noun – the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return the kindness.   For a while, I found myself stuck in addiction, slight depression, and constant anxiety. Starting this gratitude practice early on, recovery has made a
  Deal of the Day!! Full Price on all Damaged items! Don’t you love it when you find the shoes or clothes in stock? The best part is when they are on sale! You immediately rush to the checkout line excited to add it to your collection. While you are in line, you notice that your
Aretha Franklin. Legend. Legacy. Leader.   “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” -Maya Angelou    The kind of legacy we leave will only reflect the kind of life we lived. Seems obvious, but there is a bit of irony in
  We’ve all been there. However, sometimes we need that gentle reminder to pack lightly.   The airport is truly a love/hate relationship. Lines are short, traffic is smooth, TSA is friendly, and your flight is on-time with no foreseeable delays… you love it.   But on the flip side, you struggle with rush hour