Category Archives: Life Coaching

Who Me? Be Strong?

As I write this we are in the 9th day of January.

Woman after woman shares with me her feelings of failure and disappointment.

New Years Day resolutions are already buried under

   Efforts to simply survive 2020.

And for those who know there is more to life

  the question begs for an answer

“Can I possibly be strong – strong in my soul – in this day?”

All around we see the erosion of moral values.

Deep within we are aware of our human weakness.

So can we possibly grow strong – soul strong – today?

I honestly believe so.

For again and again I have seen the when the storm winds blow

the roots do deep.

And oh how my heart longs for those deep roots of strength.

“I feel like such a failure,” she said and bent her head.

“Honestly I feel so ugly,” another woman admitted.

“Me? Oh I’m just a mess inside but I’d never admit it to another”.

My heart leaps out to these women and so many like them

who suffer alone with doubts, confusion and disappointment.

The superficial answers of today

    The skin-deep solutions

 Just.don’t. last.

No, they don’t and they won’t.

True strength – real soul strength- is found in One alone.

And it is only as I draw near to Him

   And dig deep into His Truths

That I discover a strength that lasts.

It is not dependent on my emotions, my moods, the latest best seller.

It is not conditioned on my financial security, or the amount of education I have.

No, it’s solely based on the character of God.

His everlasting Love.

His Plan and Purpose for my life.

His unchanging Nature.

There is a hunger all around for Truth that changes lives.

There is a longing to grow strong.

Let these words sink deep within –

1-3 Thank you! Everything in me says “Thank you!”
    Angels listen as I sing my thanks.
I kneel in worship facing your holy temple
    and say it again: “Thank you!”
Thank you for your love,
    thank you for your faithfulness;
Most holy is your name,
    most holy is your Word.
The moment I called out, you stepped in;
    you made my life large with strength.   Psalm 138:1-3 Msg

 

He wants to give you that strength today.

A strength that can face whatever storms you might face

A strength that will give you confidence to boldly embrace

His Truth in a crazy world.

Interested in growing strong – soul strong- this year?

Join me and others as we do just that.

It will transform your life.

 

 

 

  

 

 

Starting Strong in 2020

It tends to catch me by surprise each year-

 how suddenly Christmas is over,

 the carols are no longer heard and talk of income tax is in the air.

Although it might be easy to join the masses and stress over the lack

of energy, finances, health, relationships, etc,

 that is not our real need.

No, beneath all of those concerns

 is the need of our souls for His

Presence, His Peace and His Provision.

 Without Him, we drift in emptiness

 seeking to satisfy our aching souls

 with something.

But, in truth, He is the One Who satisfies our every need

 as we learn to depend upon Him.

 

So let’s start there first.

Ask Him to fill your soul with His Presence.

Ask Him to take control.

Ask Him to help you focus upon those things that matter most.

 

By doing that we’ll know that we are starting strong

no matter what happens.

Join me, won’t you, in taking that first step to start strong in 2020?

 

How’s Your Soul?

It’s that missing piece, isn’t it?

In a world that applauds activity and ‘doing’ ..

In a world that praises accomplishments and meeting goals…

and often gives us messages that we are human-doings…

I’m left today with this question,

“How is your soul?” ( referring to that hidden, spiritual side of a person)

Weary. Worn-out. Running on empty people.

Trying so hard to do what’s expected…

but down deep inside

there is this gnawing ache;

Something is just not right.

The Lord spoke about our souls in His Word.

We are more than just a body and mind.

We each have been given a soul –

a soul to tend and care for.

All the racing and running,

 Dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s

Can leave one so exhausted and puzzled.

“What’s wrong?” we ask with silent cries.

We must learn to tend our souls, dear friends.

To take time to simply be in the moment.

To breathe in the air and slowly exhale

and experience the essence of life.

Unfortunately, people are burning out on every side.

Worn out from trying harder and doing more.

Disillusioned and frustrated.

Isn’t life more than this?

Yes, it is.

But we must choose to give ourselves time to tend our souls.

Pay attention to those moments when you are satisfied within.

Notice the activities that leave you empty.

Intentionally create time for tending your soul –

for being with God.

and notice the difference that that makes.

The quality of our souls will indelibly touch others for good or for ill.

 

Watch over your heart with all diligence,
For from it flow the springs of life.

Prov. 4:23, NASB

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27, NASB).