The List

The List

Well hello there, Friday! It’s time for THE LIST. Thank you to every one who played along last week. Here’s what I’m thinking…THE LIST each week will be full of random questions that I would want to ask you if we were sitting having coffee (or tea!) together. I love random, don’t you? Sometimes the questions may be repeats. If you are anything like me, your answers will change week by week even if they are the same question! I like this exercise because it causes me to really sit for a bit and evaluate where I am, what I’m loving, what’s frustrating and if I need to change anything. Sound good?


~What frustrates you lately?

Oh wait! I forgot I have to answer my own questions, too! Ha! For me, I’m frustrated that I keep throwing out my back when doing this one pilates video. I REALLY want to do this workout but it hurts!

~What colors are you drawn to lately and why?

Turquoise always ends up in my art work. I find a reason for it even if it really doesn’t flow. I think I’m drawn to it for the cool (temperature) factor and probably because I wear alot of jewelry with turquoise. It blends well and not too matchy matchy with my wardrobe. Does that even make sense?

~If you had a smidgen of gumption, what is one activity you would partake in with this new found courage?

I would try rock climbing. This could be a problem, though, because I’m afraid of heights. But, rock climbers have amazing arms!

~What person in history would you like to meet?

I would be ecstatic to meet an artist like Georgia O’Keefe. Her work fascinates me.

~What has made you laugh lately?

My crazy, funny 6 year old. He has been confiscating my husband’s iphone and tricking Siri into saying funny, random, crazy things. He has also taken to broadcasting little videos on the phone and texting them out. I don’t always catch it before it sends so this makes things…interesting…

So…random list, right? Random is fun! Can’t wait to read your list. Leave a comment…


Lean On


LEAN ON… He whispered into my heart.

I was not planning on writing this post. I don’t love sharing my vulnerabilities…who does, really? Yes, my goal in ministry is to be real and raw and relevant. For some reason this feels beyond raw. It feels raw because in the broad spectrum of life, my issue is not earth shaking, life threatening or really that big of a deal. But, it is real to me. Last Friday on The List post I alluded to some health stuff going on. This Friday I’m having some minor surgery. I’m balancing feelings of gratefulness (for I have great health in general, praise Him) and fear (I don’t love being physically uncomfortable…I’m kind of a wimp…) I’m also balancing something even harder. This is something that I know if I am open to, I will walk away from this season of life with a better grip on how to…


I’m counting on allowing God to work on my pride as I LEAN ON.

I’m counting on experiencing His strength in a new way as I LEAN ON.

I’m counting on finding even firm footing in life as I LEAN ON because I know this will not be the last time I’m ever in a place of needing Him, needing others.

During this season of health issues I realize that I don’t ask for help well. I think it is because I so love to give help not receive it. In my mind, asking for help means I am weak. Asking for help means I don’t have what it takes at the moment. This is uncomfortable for me.

As I typed that last bit I recognized the over use of the words “I” and “Me.”

The Great I AM (God Almighty) shows me that when I LEAN ON Him in weakness, I have the privilege of experiencing His strength and greatness. This is good for the soul. From the depths of our being to the outward physical extremities, we were created to rely on and experience His greatness. We were created to LEAN ON because when we do, we put aside that soul ravaging pride which depletes and deprives.

I don’t want to live depleted and deprived in the depths of my soul, do you?

Let us live in the mindset and with the heart condition that we need to LEAN ON. Let us soften the rough edges of our heart that keeps the Great I AM at arms length for fear that He will not come through. It takes faith to LEAN ON, yes.  The alternative is to never experience the release which over takes when when we LEAN ON. The release of pride, the release of grasping and striving on our own is tiring on our soul and even our bodies.

Today I am trusting that He carries me in His strong arms with loving care. I am trusting and I will LEAN ON because the Great I AM says…

Be strong and brave, and don’t tremble in fear of them, because the Eternal your God is going with you. He’ll never fail you or abandon you! (Deuteronomy 31:6 THE VOICE)


Just RISE UP! CoverOn a lighter note! I wanted to be sure to give you the link to get a sample chapter of my upcoming book Just RISE UP!: A Call To Make Jesus Famous. Click HERE to download!

The List: Life Lately

So…life lately has been pretty heavy. I have tons heavy on my heart. I have tons heavy on my plate (projects). I also feel like I’ve my body has been hit with a ton of bricks. Health issues are not fun. But, I’m not here to complain. I’m here today to have some fun.

I’m bringing back The LIST on Fridays.

Just light and easy.

The List

Today’s List is all about life lately. I would be super thrilled if you joined in as well…I so want to get to know you!! Feel free to make a comment with your “life lately” list based on some of my prompts below.

~What I’m working on: Whew! Prepping for the book launch of my second book Just RISE UP!: A Call To Make Jesus Famous. Just typing that makes my heart pitter patter with excitement and nerves! Here’s what I wrote on the LIVE IT OUT! FB community page:

Ok…gulp…there are literally 60 days to the date that Just RISE UP! comes out. Butterflies are a flyin’ in my tummy. Insecurity on the rampage. Will this project stand up to what I hoped for? Will people really “get” my vision that I so passionately labored over for months on end? Did I really go that far out on the limb?? No turning back now. REMEMBER: It’s not about me, it is about the message and the ONE that I so desire to make His name famous: Jesus.

~What I’m eating these days: Green Smoothies! Tons of fruit and kale and spinach.

~What I’m listening to: My Pandora station is usually set to the Jesus Culture station.

~What I’m reading: The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard…heavy stuff…

~What I’m loving: My guys. My sweet 6 year old with his missing front tooth and his little lisp because of it. My awesome, supportive husband who has been such a care taker while I’ve been ill. You should hear me whine when I don’t feel good. Not cute!

Ok…I think that’s a long enough list for today! Now it is your turn. Would be so excited to hear from you!

Leave a comment with your own list…