Fearless & Flourishing: Week 5


So NEVER be ashamed to tell others about our LORD. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for Him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News.” II Timothy 1:8


Today is TRUTH BOMB TUESDAY, and I came very close to not writing today’s Blog!
I actually, came very close to quitting my Blog altogether! However, God woke me up early on this Truth Bomb Tuesday, and told me to “JUST DO IT!”

Now I know that is a NIKE theme, that the company has made millions off of it. And, I am a NIKE fan! I run in their shoes, I ski in their warm but flexible outerwear. But the feeling of shame and doubt that came over me the last two days, could not have been overcome by any excellent product NIKE has put out.

As hard as it is for me to share this truth with you, it is the truth. I am typically an upbeat, positive, energetic person. I seriously believe that is just the way God made me. I don’t believe it’s the “right” way to be, or the “only” way to be. I would never teach anyone else to be that way or preach that anyone should be that way. It is simply just the way God made me.

My mom used to tell me that she would go into my crib in the morning to pick me up, and I would be standing there shaking the rail of the crib with a big smile on my face, ready to get out. I loved the fact that it was morning, and a new day. The love of my life, loves to say that “I am so positive that I am not realistic.” While I may not agree with his assessment, I do agree that I tend to walk on the “Bright Side of Life.” I’m fairly confident that if you asked my children what one word would they use to describe me, that one word would fall somewhere in the realm of positive. Much of the time to their great frustration at “tying to get the best of me!”

But yesterday something happened. It was no great act of discouragement, no one yelled at me or sent me a nasty note, alougth it would not have been the first time. No catastrophic accident took place, there was no financial crisis or family emergency, I just simply felt ashamed.
I can’t put my finger on it, but it overtook me. I read every scripture I could get my hands on. I listened to every devotional I could find on my phone. I even tuned in to a wonderful webinar and listened to encouraging women in Christian leadership. It didn’t matter, my sense of shame only grew stronger. I felt, in the words I wrote to my manager, (my daughter), “that I was not going to write my Blog anymore, that there is plenty of good quality stuff out there, and thousands of people listen to it.”

I had gone down the dark path of ‘COMPARISON’, and shame had begun to creep into my heart. It didn’t matter what encouraging words she wrote me. It didn’t matter what Truth from God’s Word my husband spoke over me, SHAME was winning the day! I gave up, I quit, and I went to bed!

Oh, I gave effort to combat the shame. I opened my Blog page and looked for comments on my last post, there were none. I prayed and ask God to take this feeling away and show me what He wanted me to do. I was too caught up in my shame and comparison game to hear Him. I sat on the couch alone and discouraged and opened up His Word. A word faced me, I thought the word was LOVE, but as I began to trace the word with my pen, I realized the word was LORD!


Now you probably are thinking, that did it, HE IS LORD, I am NOT, and that turned me around!
NO, it did not!

As embarrassing as it is to admit, that propelled my SHAME into self-pity. Oh, how I HATE self-pity! But I was deep in it! I left my Bible open to that word, and went to bed, feeling completely ASHAMED!

Then, early this morning God woke me up, and said “JUST DO IT!” And this incredible truth came to my mind…Self-discipline is knowing the right thing to do, and doing it! Self-discipline is also knowing the wrong thing to do, and not doing it! And, more importantly,
It was right there in front of me before I went to bed, LORD, but my eyes were so clouded with self-shame, that I could not see it clearly.

The verse finishes with;
“and don’t be ASHAMED of me either, even if I am in prison for Him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the GOOD NEWS.”

The GOOD NEWS is the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ. It is the Truth of His death, burial, and resurrection, it is the only TRUTH worth proclaiming! It is the only Truth that will stand the test of time! It is the only Truth that will heal the brokenhearted, rescue those in slavery, give strength to the weary and take away our shame!


SO, JUST DO IT! Use whatever personality, character and gifts He has given you, to proclaim His Truth through your life in whatever place He has put you in!

The God who turned an entire mountain range from dirty brown, to glistening white, in less than twelve hours, can take away your shame, my shame, your doubts and fears, my doubts and fears, and take us out of the ‘Comparison Game’, and put us back in the ‘Good News Game.’

By whatever means God has given you, NEVER BE ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL, it is the ONLY POWER TO SAVE!

I love you, respect you, thank God for you, and will see you back here next TUESDAY!

Speak Truth Love

Fearless & Flourishing: Week 4


For God did not give us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Last week we talked about a spirit of LOVE. That’s the “warm and fuzzy” attribute everyone LOVES (no pun intended), to talk about. In fact, we dedicate an entire month to the celebration of it! In fact, ‘Spoiler Alert’, it may be next months topic?
I’m a Disney loving, Hallmark fanatic, that LOVES a happy ending every time. But the problem is, without this next attribute, real love, God’s love, would not be a central part of our lives.

Self-discipline is knowing the right thing to do and doing it, as well as knowing the wrong thing to do and not doing it!
Self-discipline is the CAUTION sign in our lives that warns us to slow down, pause, pray and think about our next move.



Self-discipline is the CAUTION sign in our lives that warns us to pause and think about our next move.


The winds of life may blow hard on us at times, rocking us back and forth. But as long as we heed our caution sign of self-discipline, pause, and make the right move, we will not be blown off the mountain.

Please bear with me as I make my point. I may have encountered a “bit of wind” on the top of the mountain, actually I almost got taken out by it! But I hope you can hear me share my heart on self-discipline in my most favorite place!

External Signs are important, we see them all around us. They keep us from harm and warn us of things ahead. If I had not paid attention to the signs on the mountain while I was skiing, I may have not made it to the bottom safely.
God has given us Internal signs to warn us about danger we may fall into if we do not heed them. Self-discipline is one of those signs. When we practice self-discipline our spirit develops a warning that causes us to pause, pray and ask, “What is the right thing to do?”  We practice that self-discipline by first pausing and asking the question, and then acting on the correct answer.

Remember, God also gave us a spirit of power, His power, and with that we can also have self-discipline.

We will FLOURISH when we demonstrate self-discipline and do the right thing and do not do the wrong thing.
Trust God, He will show you the difference!

Speak Truth Love

Fearless & Flourishing: Week 3




I have recently found a new LOVE! I’m excited to share it with you in my VLOG!


In order to love others the way God has called us to LOVE, we must pull from God’s strength within us! We also must face the task to LOVE those less lovely, with a spirit of confidence and boldness, not “fear and timidity!”

For God did not give us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.” II Timothy 1:7

When we rely on God’s power and not our own, we are filled with supernatural power that diminishes our fear and timidity, and transforms us into people who love ALL people.




Let’s lean into God this week and allow His power to give us LOVE for those who are not necessarily easy to LOVE.

All those around us will see God when we LOVE like He does!

My prayer is you all feel loved this week. I LOVE you and thank God for you!

Speak Truth Love


Fearless & Flourishing: Week 2


We are told in order to FLOURISH we must first, “fan into flame the gifts God has given us.”

Do you, like me, doubt the gifts God has given you? Or, maybe even not believe that God has given you gifts of any significance

It is a lie from the enemy to believe that you do not have special gifts from God that He desires you to use to bless others and encourage yourself! However, in order to activate those gifts, you must turn on the pilot light in your spirit, and cause a blaze to ignite!


Our verse today tells us to, put into action, or “fan into flame,” the spiritual gift God has given you!

This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.”  2 Timothy 1:6

You may know what your gifts are or you may never have heard the term “spiritual gifts.” But the Word of God is clear to say that all who come to Jesus have been given spiritual gifts to be used.

You are gifted my friend. God wants you to use that gift and cause it to BLAZE for Him!

Listen to the VLOG to see how God used a broken flame in my house, to point me to burn for Him!


Truth Bomb


God wants our gifts to be ablaze for the world to see!

Speak Truth Love

Fearless & Flourishing: Week 1


Happy New Year!

As we begin this year, 2018, with a fresh start, I believe God gave me this passage of Scripture and the word FLOURISH to start with a fresh breeze and vision for the year!

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.

2 Timothy 1:6-8


Truth Bomb


We flourish when we fearlessly embrace God’s power!


Speak Truth Love