No Chains

There’s nothing more liberating than being released from prison. The air is sweeter. The sun is warmer. The path is clearer. I can only assume that being convicted of a crime that you didn’t commit is heartbreaking. That explains, in part, why so many prisoners “find” God while incarcerated. He is close to the brokenhearted….

Day 30 – Chosen

There are times in our lives when we are called to be a light in the darkness. Now is that time — this is the sign you’ve been waiting for. Be a calming presence and representative of God’s love. Let your entire being shine like a beacon — a cynosure in these times. You will…

Day 26 – Room for Two

I woke up this morning, and I’m grateful for that. I’m even more grateful that there’s a song in my heart. That’s how I start each day — with music. Whether it’s in my head, my heart, or my playlist, God always plays whatever I need to hear. Do you set the table for your…

Day 15 – We’re Halfway There

It’s hard to imagine that two weeks have already gone by. We’ve been on this weight loss challenge together, and it feels good to travel this road with friends. I feel a little lighter as a result of the work I’ve been focusing on lately. I hope you feel the same. When I issued this…

Day 14 – Step on the Scale

I’m curious. When was the last time you stepped on the scale? Some people check every single day! That may seem excessive, but when you’re dieting or experimenting with a new lifestyle, you see weight loss (or gain) as the measuring stick to determine whether you’ve met your goal. What if I told you that…

Day 10 – Super ________

Often times when we are faced with criticism, we tend to ignore it — labeling the message as false and the messenger as a hater. I’m a firm believer that the so-called haters aren’t always wrong. Let that rest in your spirit for a minute. The haters aren’t always wrong. Now, I admit that the…

Day 9 – Idols

Be mindful of how you spend your time — especially as you go through this challenge. Remember that the goal of this challenge is to offer you strategies for surrendering everything that keeps you tethered to the world. A secondary goal is to shine a light on those worldly customs and behaviors that you might…

Day 8 – Unfinished

There is always work to be done. Your to-do list tends to take on a life of its own at times. If you’re honest, the majority of your to-dos should be for someone else to do. We oftentimes put things on our lists that will make someone else’s life easier, and all the while God…

Day 7 – Every Creation Surrenders

We all surrender eventually, but we struggle to surrender all. I gave a talk to a group of beautiful women this past weekend. As I made my way to nearly every woman in attendance, I noticed a common theme. When I introduced myself as Michelle, the response was the same at every exchange — “Oh,…