Which Comes First—Faith or Obedience?

Which comes first, faith or obedience? If the Lord instructs me to quit my job and move to Uganda but my faith level is a one out of ten, should I do it anyway? What if I lived as though I had great faith and boldness even when I was full of doubt? Would genuine faith follow? ThisContinue reading “Which Comes First—Faith or Obedience?”

To Those Who Are Brave Enough to Dream

Is there someone in your life who has an approach to faith that borders on reckless, impulsive, even foolish? Do you wish you had that same kind of faith? Then learn to dream. My husband, who will say yes to just about any dream that God puts in his heart, has taught me more aboutContinue reading “To Those Who Are Brave Enough to Dream”

Following Jesus into the Unknown

Lately, the Lord’s been prompting me to do some video blogs along with written blogs. I suppose the correct word is “vlog,” but I’m not entirely sure because I’m technologically challenged—which explains, I hope, the rather poor quality of this video. In short, I have no idea what I’m doing regarding the technology, but God’sContinue reading “Following Jesus into the Unknown”

Zero Tolerance for Fearful Thoughts

Many of us have bought into the lie that we can’t choose our thoughts. Think about how often we say things like, “I can’t stop thinking about such-and-such.” Or how frequently we say we’re stressed when what we really mean is that we’ve worried ourselves into a frenzy. We talk about fear like it’s a wildContinue reading “Zero Tolerance for Fearful Thoughts”

What Are You Waiting For?

What would we do if Jesus walked into our living rooms tonight and said, “I’ll make you a deal: detach yourself from all of this. Stop chasing the American dream and instead live on minimum resources, and I promise you’ll never regret it. Stop believing the lie that a responsible Christian must have a 401(k),Continue reading “What Are You Waiting For?”

Trusting God with Your College Kid

September is here—which means some of you have recently moved a son or daughter into a college dorm for the first time. It’s natural and healthy to feel a sense of loss, but don’t allow your child’s new adventure to become a source of fear and anxiety for you. Commit to surrender him/her to GodContinue reading “Trusting God with Your College Kid”

The One Thing You Should Not Pray About (at Least for the Moment)

My next word of caution as we hash out the topic of fear versus fearlessness is about prayer—and it’s probably not what you think… Let’s assume you’ve made up your mind to “Fear not,” just like Jesus said. If you’ve read the last couple of posts, you now understand that, as soon as you haveContinue reading “The One Thing You Should Not Pray About (at Least for the Moment)”

How to Stop Thinking Fearful Thoughts—and What to Think About Instead

So you’ve decided that, when it comes to fear running your life, enough is enough. Tomorrow morning, you’re starting a fear fast (see previous post for more on this). But you realize that, ironically enough, you’re scared of the thought of living fearlessly. And how is this fast supposed to work? After all, it’s one thingContinue reading “How to Stop Thinking Fearful Thoughts—and What to Think About Instead”

How to Stop Worrying for an Entire Year

A year ago, in mid-April to be exact, my life changed, and it’s never been the same. The Lord downloaded a nugget of truth that set me free from fear—a life-long, toxic companion that had been set on destroying me since childhood. I’d like to share the condensed version of the journey out of fear andContinue reading “How to Stop Worrying for an Entire Year”