Faith Filled Living

Prayer for Trust

Prayer for Trust

Why trust? You trust without thinking. You trust that any form of transportation will get you where you need to go. You trust the lights will come on when you flip the switch.

But trust is broken, even shattered when something happens that rocks your world: a senseless act of violence, a natural disaster, an unexpected diagnosis, a betrayal.

When you lose trust, you can lose faith and hope.

May this prayer renew your trust, to trust yourself, trust… Continue reading

What Does the Lord Require of You – Just These Three Things

Walk Humbly With God

I don’t know if this happens to you, but many times I find myself waking up in the middle of the night. What never happens to me, however, is waking up with a song text in my head.

Our choir was singing a song called Offertory written by John Ness Beck. It is a beautiful anthem with rich text and a moving melody.

The end of the Offertory anthem is:

And what does the Lord require of you,

but to… Continue reading

Three Huge Mistakes that May Be Keeping you from Fulfilling your Purpose, Mission or Vision in your Life

Change Your Goals and Dreams from Outward to Inward

If you have been searching for your purpose, mission or vision for your life, and are still searching with angst and restlessness, like I was, you’re probably making these three mistakes.

Mistake Number One – Traditional Goal Setting

What??? But how do you accomplish anything without goals?

When I started in the radio business in 1986, my goal was to be one of the top executives in the market. I accomplished that goal along with all of the material goals… Continue reading

What If It Took One Step of Courage to Turn Your Life Around

Courage House

When you think of courage you usually think of a picture of a lion. But this is a picture of my courage house.

Fear will keep you stuck, immobilized. Courage helps you to take a step forward, even if it’s only one step. That one step can make all the difference to break the paralysis of fear and turn it into momentum that can catapult you forward.

In regards to this courage house, what I have found is that God… Continue reading

You Can’t Be Effective Until You Heal and Let Go

To Be Effective You Must Heal and Let Go

We live in a world that is full of distractions. Technology is expanding at an alarming rate. In the United States we live in a culture that is constantly bombarding us with what we are supposed to be, have, and do.

In one of The Guided Life emails I touched on pain. How we’re supposed to just “get over it” whatever “it” is. An example of this is when I was going through my divorce. Once I made the decision… Continue reading

Show Me You are A Christian Don’t Tell Me

Picture of St. Louis and Missouri the Show Me State

I am from Missouri. They call Missouri the Show Me State. An example of this in action is when our pastor was interviewing for the pastor’s position at our church. There was a committee and everyone on the committee pretty much fell in love with him. But there was a lot to discern. Quite some time had passed after he submitted all of his information and completed all of the needed interviews.

We went out to dinner with his wife… Continue reading

The Definition of Joy and What it Means For Your Joy to Be Complete

Definition of Joy and What it Means for Your Joy to Be Complete

The definition of joy in the dictionary is: The emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something good or satisfying. A source of keen pleasure or delight.

Joy…. I struggled with that word. To me it meant being in a euphoric state, brimming with a smile from ear to ear. These moments I found to be rare.

I hate to admit it but I am way more serious than I need to be. I don’t know what caused this… Continue reading

Are You Stepping Out in Faith Or Leaning Too Much On Others?

Are You Leaning Too Much on Others

It’s important to seek out spiritual teachers. It’s also important not to lean too heavily on others for our spiritual growth. One ezine reader shared with me a beautiful metaphor. She used a flashlight to describe her experience.

Stepping Out with Help of a Light

When you begin to seek a life that is guided by God, you may feel lost or in the dark. When she found GuidedChristianMeditation.com and practiced meditation using the Be Still meditation CD, she told… Continue reading

What it Means to Face and Overcome Your Goliath Challenges

Michelangelo's Image of David Ready to Face Goliath

Almost everyone that attended Sunday school has heard the story of David, the shepherd boy, slaying the giant Goliath. You may be facing a Goliath in your life, meaning: a medical diagnosis (like my husband’s), a job loss, a competitor taking your business, a difficult relationship, any giant challenge.

Here’s a refresher on the David and Goliath story with four steps to show you how to overcome those Goliath challenges that you face in your life.

 

The Pure Size… Continue reading

Has God Become a Four Letter Word?

Has God Become a Four Letter Word?

Four letter words used to be words which one did not say.

I am not a prude, but I am nostalgic.

I miss the days of movie dialogue when the F-bomb was not thrown in every sentence and repeated over and over. Frankly, I’m shocked to hear people on their cell phones using more expletives than conversation.

It’s not a question of freedom of speech for me. It comes down to manners, laziness and effectiveness.

Language Reflects Manners, Laziness and… Continue reading