My apartment didn’t look like this on the morning I describe below ... but it did later!! I’ll never forget the first morning I woke up in my own apartment. A vintage Jazz-age studio with freshly-painted purple walls, the place was barely big enough for the boxed-up remnants of life I had crammed inside. But … Continue reading I’m Feeling So Lost. How Can I Find Myself?
Thought you had your “ah ha” light-between-the-clouds moment ... but now it’s gone dark again? When it comes to getting clear on the “desires of our hearts” which He has given us, God is gracious enough to take us on an exciting adventure of discovery. I’ve learned over the years that this process involves getting … Continue reading I Thought I Knew What I Wanted, But Now I’m Not So Sure
My deepest dreams—like traveling to Rome (pictured above)—didn’t become possible until I cleared out internal blockages. As women, our dreams matter to us deeply. We carry them with us everywhere the same way we carry a cherished handbag, or wear a piece of jewelry that symbolizes love. Our dreams define who we are. Except that … Continue reading 4 Reasons Your Dreams Are (Perpetually) On Hold
2020 has been dubbed a year of breakthrough. No matter what community, group, church, or faith you belong to ... you’ve probably heard at least one person proclaiming this is a breakout year. Or a special year. Or a double portion year. Or any one of a number of other wonderful-sounding things. Maybe you’ve even … Continue reading Your Breakthrough Is Closer Than You Think—And Here’s Why
“This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” -- Romans 8:15 MSG 2020 is the first year in my entire adult life that I have not set goals. Not a single one. In any category. My life has … Continue reading I’m Making 2020 A Goal-Free Year. Here’s Why.
You know the feeling all too well. You’ve got a day off, and you’ve committed to yourself that you will make significant progress on your big creative project. Or finally finish the website for your business.Or revamp your eHarmony profile. But somehow... the end of the day comes... and you still haven’t done what you … Continue reading Stop Procrastinating On Your Big Dream
Holidays can be really strange when you’re an expat. On the one hand, my Facebook and Instagram feeds are jammed with photos from traditional celebrations back home. On the other hand, I’m faced with the reality of celebrating abroad.The contrast in my brain is just ... weird. Before I go further, let me say—I’m blessed … Continue reading Finding Joy When the Holidays Aren’t So Merry
If you want to achieve your Biggest Dreams and heart’s desires ... you’ve got to start by believing you’re lovable and worthy of having what you want. It sounds simple, but often we stall ourselves on getting what we want when we’re not sure we deserve what we want.Cultivating self-love and self-worth is a critical … Continue reading Self-Love Is Not the Key to Achieving Your Dreams. Here’s Why.
Have you ever noticed that sometimes, thinking about your Biggest Dreams can leave you with a queasy feeling in your stomach? You want it ... but getting it feels so scary. That thing you desire seems so big, so beautiful, so amazing, that you almost feel shy to even consider it. Instead of feeling amazing. You … Continue reading Why Do I Feel So Anxious About Getting What I Really Want?
I love sitting in silence inside old churches in Europe. Though my home church's meeting place in Dubai looks nothing these cavernous galleries of marble and gold, I find so much value in this ancient style of church design. Old European churches may not do much to inspire you toward an intimate personal experience with … Continue reading What to Do When God Says “Be Still” (Besides Freaking Out & Getting Stressed)