Saying Yes to the Deep – #yesinmymess

My pastor once preached on being inconvenienced for Christ. The message still resonates with me. But hearing without doing is disobedience to God. The statement, “Allow God to use you in the inconveniences,” struck me deeply. I don’t like to be inconvenienced. If anything, I’m a creature of habit and comfort. But I know God has called me for more. The song Oceans, by Hillsong United, brings the emotions I feel in my heart to life. The chorus says, Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders. Let me walk upon the waters, wherever you would call me. Take meContinue reading…

7 Reasons Why I’m NOT Wired to be a Full-Time Mommy

  I’ve been avoiding this blog post for a couple weeks now. It’s hard to share the issues I struggle with. But , but that’s where I find that healing occurs – by sharing and letting go. So here it goes. My husband and I are having dinner and I’m sharing my weekly struggles with our son, my dreams and goals for Compassionate Healer Ministries, and the ideas for my upcoming books. He is silent. I find myself asking him if I should enroll our son in full-time daycare. He stays silent. I keep talking about how I am conflictedContinue reading…

A Framework for Success-Part5: Work Life Balance

Guest Post By Albert Pont The fifth and final step in my model to having success in life is:  Work Life Balance.  As human society and technology have evolved, we find ourselves in a busy world.  In most homes, both parents have jobs or one parent holds two jobs.  Children are involved in numerous extracurricular activities.  There are tons of activities and events to keep the entire family busy.  We are always on the go! With this busyness, many of us are in danger of investing too much time in one aspect of our lives and neglecting another.  This canContinue reading…

A Framework for Success-Part 4: Self Preservation

Guest Post By Albert Pont The fourth step in our framework is what I like to call “self preservation.”  Just like large pieces of equipment in a restaurant need to have regular preventive maintenance completed, so do we as human beings.  We need to invest in our most important asset: ourselves! The overwhelming majority of successful people I know workout regularly, watch what they eat and, as a result, are in excellent physical health. Would they be AS successful if they didn’t? I doubt it. First, they’d lack the stamina needed to perform. Secondly, both of these actions help theirContinue reading…

A Framework for Success-Part 3: Educate Yourself on What you Love

Guest Post By Albert Pont The 3rd step in our “Framework for Successful” is:  Educate yourself on what you love. Once a spark gets lit with a certain line of study in school, a new relationship in your personal life or a new role at work, the wise person now begins to educate themselves on the new subject matter.  Why? Well first, we have to make sure we truly love our new endeavor. Sometimes, love at first sight doesn’t translate to long-term love as we explore the person or task more closely. Secondly, to transform our schooling or hobby intoContinue reading…

A Framework for Success-Part 1: Find Your Self-Worth in Him

Guest Post By Albert Pont At the age of 37, I feel that I’m truly blessed, both personally and professionally.  I have the Lord in my life.  He is my leader and my rock and in Him I find my strength.  I’m married to my best friend, who is beautiful both inside and outside.  We are foster parents of a magnificent 2 year old boy that we hope to adopt.  I’m financially secure and have had some modest success at work.  I’m relatively healthy and I have time to pursue hobbies and other things that interest me.  The lord hasContinue reading…

Living in Uncertainty: A Desperate Need for Hope

With huge anticipation, I stare out the window and wait for my father. It’s the day of my first communion. I long for him to hug me and celebrate this day with me. My mother rushes me to get ready. We head out to church. I search, but my father isn’t there yet. As the group begins to walk up to the altar, I look around hoping to get a glimpse of my father. I was not successful. In my naïve little mind, I still hoped he would be home when I arrived. We arrive home and he is notContinue reading…