Reflections of Grace 121: When Our Souls Thirst for Him

[display_podcast]Have you ever been so overcome with the intimate love of Jesus that you feel totally undone?Over the past many months, through some great emotional trials, I have leaned into Him… like in a wine press.And you know what?   He actually became my strength.   The hardest times in our lives are the very times He most reveals Himself.Have you noticed that?Well, I guess we do know it is because when all is going well we really don’t lean into Him quite as much as wh … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 119: Feelings or Faith?

[display_podcast]About 25 years ago, through years of denial, spiritual abuse, and unresolved childhood abuse issues, my life broke apart in huge chunks and floated away on a sea of despair.  I lost my first marriage, my home, myself, my church, and my children moved out…and did I mention I lost myself?…all within a few months of each other.Then I entered the wasteland of devastation and loss and an overload of “feelings”.How can I describe the feelings?It was like being on a … [Read more...]

I’m Waiting: How Do You Know When It’s Love?

[display_podcast]ImWaiting recently spent two days at a local high school.  On our exit survey we have a place for questions.  Students can ask anonymous questions and we either answer it right there or later on social media.We received the question we get at practically every place we speak.  “When and how do you know it’s love?”Teens, we hope you’re reading this.  Parents, we hope you show this to your teens.The word love gets thrown around a lot.  We love a lot of things, TV sh … [Read more...]

Transform: The ONE Thing That Derails Your Mindset More Than Anything and How To Fix It

We are God's most complex creations... which means there are TONS of things to get us off track in any given day. But there's ONE THING I've discovered that derails my mindset more than anything else. Can you guess what it is? It’s not life’s circumstances.  It’s not things people say to you.  Nor is it the way you are treated by others. It is… your feelings. Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not one of those guys who recommend suppressing or ignoring your emotions or that having feelings is a bad thin … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 55: Alienated

[display_podcast] I recently received a comment on a podcast I did entitled Ever Feel Like Giving Up?   In it I was speaking to the adults of stepfamilies and encouraging them not to give up though I understand it can be very hard at times. The comment I received was from a stepchild we’ll call JJ. This is part of what she wrote:“Step parents complaining about their step children is SO OFFENSIVE. So highly offensive. They FREELY CHOSE to have step children. The step children did not freely … [Read more...]

The Summit Lecture Series 11: Is Your Worldview Really Biblical? part 5

To purchase the entire Summit Lecture Series, Vol. 1 on DVD, go to: summit.orgYou can train your emotions.Contrary to prevailing opinions in today’s culture, you don’t have to be a victim of your emotions.  You don’t have to behave a particular way simply because you feel a particular way.Sometimes your emotions are wrong.In actuality, your feelings are like a dispenser of permission slips if you use them as your barometer of what is right and wrong.We all must constantly make … [Read more...]