A piece of land is just land without a vision. There are mysteries I know I’ll never solve and there are other things you just know in the depths of your soul without any logical reasoning. I have had a vision burning in my soul for decades that I haven’t been able to deny yet didn’t know how it would come to pass.
This land that is now evolving into a retreat center known as Selah Ranch, was given to us by a lovely gentleman moved by the compassion of my late father. It turns out the ripple effects of love cannot be stopped once they begin. It was a little slice ...
"If we can’t self-observe, we can’t self-correct."
When is the last time you caught a child in the act of doing something they had just enough insight to know they probably shouldn’t have done? They quickly and instinctively hide the evidence as they adamantly denied any involvement. But being the astute adult you are, you notice that behind their back and within their little hands tells the truth! You just have to spin them around to see it.
Unfortunately, there are somethings we never outgrow. We are always trying to hide the unpleasantness of ...
There was a book in the Bible I completely ignored. I somehow had come to believe that it was insignificant. Until the day I heard Brian Simmons, the translator of The Passion Translation, preach on its true meaning. Suddenly, Song of Songs came alive to me in a whole new way and completely ravished my heart. This powerful 8 chapter book is every humans journey. There is a longing placed inside each one of us to find our way home to God's heart and be undone by his love. My prayer is that you too will find your way home to His heart and that it will completely wipe away ...
How do you put into words an experience that is like nothing you’ve ever known before? It has taken me a month to even formulate my thoughts. Which for those who know me can attest, that is truly a feat in itself. I’m a word-junky normally ready to share my limitless thoughts on any subject I am passionate about. But not this time. I was moved in the best of ways to a place where words simply fell short.
I went with great expectations and anticipation. After all, it was Onsite. A place I dreamt of going. The crème de la crème of all treatment and retreat centers. ...
This is my life story right here. I'm grieved when I look back and see all the years my pursuit of perfection robbed me of living. Wholeness by far is the better pursuit. For it is obtainable! Isaiah 53 speaks so clearly on the matter. The prophet tells us why Jesus suffered for you and for me. Verse 4 begins by saying "Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down." All so that in verse 5 we could experience something unfathomable. It's right here a promise for you and for me! "He was beaten so we could be WHOLE. He was whipped so we could ...
"So, this is how God works," I laughingly say to myself under my breath. I prayed a prayer never realizing where it was going to lead me. I wrote in my journal, “Lord lead me to the place where no restraints can find me—where I learn to embrace all of who you say I am.”
I’ve been pursuing a new lifestyle. A lifestyle I want to teach others. I couldn’t possibly ask you to do something I haven’t first done myself. It began as three values that shape Shine Healing Ministries but now, I realize they have become so much more than that. They are my sustainable ...
Busy, stressed, weary, restless, anxious, depressed, confused. How many times in the last week or month have you used a phrase like the words above to describe your experience? Henry Nouwen says, "We aren't rest-filled people who occasionally become restless, we're restless people who sometimes find rest."
How do we flip this? How do we become people who live rest-filled lives instead of rest-less lives?
At one time in my life, Henry's words described me perfectly. I was always working to obtain a sliver of rest for my weary and anxious soul. It wasn't until my body ...
There is something to be deeply learned by cultures who still do community well. Ubuntu! I recently came across this word. A South African word that speaks of humanity and compassion at its best. It is a realization that “I am who I am because of who we all are”. Archbishop Desmond Tutu describes it this way:
“It is the essence of being human—you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality —Ubuntu— you are known for your generosity. We think of ...
The phrase "let go" has been coming up a lot for me lately. One problem we have with letting go is we often don't even realize what we are still holding onto. We are creatures of habit and one habit we easily fall prey to is seeking comfort. We avoid the deeper things of the heart.
Comfort isn't always your friend. Sometimes it is the very thing that keeps you stuck. There is no healing without facing the things within that make us squirm a little.
Because the truth is shame is only overcome in the light!
God is so beautifully gentle and kind. He loves when we ...
I've learned an invaluable lesson over this last year. I used to think that if I just studied enough, trained enough, and had enough quiet time I would have all the answers to healing I needed. That's me the 2nd one from the left above. Oh, how I look back at her now and say, "You don't realize what is about to happen. In just a year from now, you will come to understand that deep, authentic connection with these ladies is going to change you forever!"
The most fundamental human needs we all have are to be loved, seen, and to belong. I've found a belonging among a ...
God is within her, she will not fall... Psalm 46:5 (NIV)
I often choose a word that directs my focus for the new year. This year it is “Wonder”. I want this to be a year that I pause to marvel at and soak in the awe of every move of God in my life. I want to be surprised by him every day as I learn to intermingle my life with his empowering presence. When we are curious, ponder and seek God in new ways, we find him. That is the beauty of wonder. It allows our eyes to capture God’s heart and see from an elevated perspective.
Do you know it is true that what we ...
"When I had nothing, desperate and defeated, I cried out to the Lord and he heard me..." Psalm 34:6.
I just have a quick little message of encouragement today! I don't know who needs to hear this today, but I've been feeling this message so strongly lately. God wants you to know he never left. He is near and he is pursuing your heart to free you from the hurt others have caused. From the hurt that has made you hide and push others away. He cares. You matter. Every tear he has collected.
Loneliness is quickly becoming one of the greatest health concerns of our ...
Everything we could ever need for life and complete devotion to God has already been deposited in us by his divine power. 2 Peter 1: 3 TPT
Last night I sat in absolute awe and wonder as my 10-year-old daughter performed for the very first time in front of an audience. She is an aerial acrobat! Gracefully she spins, twirls and flips through the sky. This in and of itself is an amazing feat, but if you knew what she overcame to get here you’d be even more inspired.
As a Momma we want our kids to discover who they are meant to be and grow in the confidence to share ...
For the Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
I'm a creature of habit. I tend to follow the same routine every morning. My feet touch the floor and I'm instantly greeted by my furry-friend, Duke. He becomes my little shadow as he follows me into the bathroom while I brush my teeth. Then out to the kitchen, we go. My coffee begins to brew, and like clock-work, I start my standard yoga stretches while Duke tries his best to grab my attention. I pour my coffee into only my favorite of mugs and then plop down in my cozy created ...
His words burn in my heart like a fire. Its like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it! Jeremiah 20:9
Sometimes seeking to stay comfortable is the very thing that keeps us wounded. I’m a counselor at a school and I watched this week as 110 Sophomores squirmed and wrestled with unspoken secrets in their heart at an event we host call “Redo Day”. It’s a day of self-reflection. A day to make amends—to “Say What You Need To Say”. It is a day where it isn’t about comfort but about recognition, where we ask our students to take ...
Compose new melodies that release new praises to the Lord. Psalm 33:3
For some reason when I think of singing, I often think of American Idol. It always amazes me how people can be so oblivious to the out of tune notes they are singing. It seems to me that it is much easier to recognize when someone else is out of tune, but we struggle to recognize it in ourselves. I think it’s true with our hearts as well and recognizing what they hold. We often fail to identify the lyrics we been believing about ourselves and the world—the lyrics that devastate our hearts and keep ...
For the Lord God, the Holy One of Isreal has said this, "In returning [to me] and rest you shall be saved, in quietness and confident trust is your strength."
Isaiah 30:15 (Amp)
I’m a routine kind-of-gal. Routines can be good but inflexibility not so good. I didn’t realize how inflexible I was until an uninvited wrench was thrown into the mix one morning. I was right on pace, making great time, then suddenly there was no hot water. Anyone who knows me, knows I don’t do cold water. Not even in the summer when it is 90 degrees out. That water be cold, I ain’t ...
I've spent most of my life trying to prove myself to others - always wanting to be viewed in a positive, flawless light. Especially spiritually! But the older I've gotten, the more I've realized this has created my own personal inner-war that I was never designed to win. I ended up taking false responsibility for things that I couldn't change or fix and doing things I didn't want to do in order to keep the peace. The problem is, perceived peace isn't peace at all.
The enemy loves it when we take the bait. It is all noise sent to distract us from stepping out into what ...
Fill your thoughts with my words until they penetrate deep into your spirit. Then as you unwrap my words, they will impart true life and radiant health into the very core of your being. Proverbs 4:21-22 TPT
One of my favorite Bible teachers, Graham Cooke, says that "Our experiences with the Lord should radically change how we face life." I believe when we pause to capture more of God's heart for us, we cannot help but be changed, transformed and infuse with the courage to keep going. Every day I need more of God. I've found a rhythm with my savior and best friend. As I ...
And he chose us to be his very own, joining us to himself even before he laid the foundation of the universe! Because of his great love, he ordained us, so that we would be seen as holy in his eyes with unstained innocence. Ephesians 1: 4 TPT
This one verse alone in Ephesians contains so much of our identity! It is powerpack with the realization of who we are because of the Cross. Make no mistake, the Bible is clear. You have been chosen. You have been ordained. You are Holy in his eyes. Covered only by unstained innocence because of his great love for you!
At a ...