The Stand Out Project

It’s Time to Raise Your Ebenezer

It’s Time to Raise Your Ebenezer

It’s been a tough week, hasn’t it? The media has bombarded us with stories of hate and violence and fear. People behaving badly and taking out their rage and anger on the innocent and the helpers. The news and Facebook leave us empty and confused and worried. Our brows furrow and deepen as we ask ourselves the question, “Could this happen here? Has the world gone mad? Is this the end?” And then we ...[Read More]

Bold Peace

Bold Peace

Bold Peace A time such as this You were born for a time such as this. Right now a storm is brewing and it’s breaking forth. It doesn’t matter where you fall in your beliefs the storm is still here. It’s scattered and it’s messy. I live in Lafayette, Louisiana and it’s as though I can hear the thunder from the distance just down the interstate in Baton Rouge. Signaling a storm that is raging. And i ...[Read More]

Check Your Gaze, Girls

Check Your Gaze, Girls

I will never poke fun of Peter again. Ever. Take a few moments to read Matthew 14:13-36. What are your thoughts? Here’s Jesus, feeding five thousand men with a mere five loaves of bread and two fish.  (And that’s not counting the ladies and mass of kids.) Not only that but how many full baskets of broken pieces do the disciples have left over? Twelve. Twelve. A personal feast for each of them. Who ...[Read More]

Lose to Gain – A New Perspective about Life

Lose to Gain – A New Perspective about Life

“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet lose his soul?” Mark 8:36 Nobody wants to be called a loser. Yes, it hurts your pride, your self-esteem and quite possibly your perspective of a successful life. It doesn’t matter how old or how young you are, LOSER is not a word that promotes popularity. One day, as Jesus was teaching the crowds and his disciples, he told t ...[Read More]

Freedom, Sweet Freedom

Freedom, Sweet Freedom

Freedom Freedom, sweet freedom. It’s one of the things we most crave as humans. We will fight for it. Die for it. And, yet, do we really understand what it means? When I was young there were times when I felt very unfree. I felt controlled. By the rules and the expectations. I longed to be accountable to no one. Nothing. To just do what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it. I felt sure my soon co ...[Read More]

Come with Me to the Water

Come with Me to the Water

Come with me to the water, friends. Come with me. This simple statement has echoed in my mind this past week. Over and over, this rhythm of words has hummed through my soul, and this idea of water and washing has pulled me deeper into the Word and placed you on my heart. Water heals and cleanses and purifies, yes? It washes away the dirt and grime, removing the ugly and the nasty and the dirt.  &# ...[Read More]

The Weight Battle

The Weight Battle

Kingdom value and the scales. I wish there was a ‘before and after’ for what lies inside. For our hearts. For our minds. For our courage. For the brave. This weekend I went to the beach with a dear friend and as the sun set we were taking pictures and we just took a picture. Just like that. I didn’t think anything about it. And I was wearing my swimsuit. And this was a big deal for me. It may soun ...[Read More]

Giants and Battles and Spies, Oh My

Giants and Battles and Spies, Oh My

I’m always blown away by the physical things the Lord uses to remind me of His love and faithfulness. Let me give you an example. I’m an Ambassador for the fabulous Fair Trade company,  Noonday. We partner with twenty-nine artisan businesses in twelve countries around the world. Think Uganda, Haiti, Peru, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Guatemala, and more. Here’s the thing, friends. These crazy amazing men an ...[Read More]

Good Father 

Good Father 

I wasn’t young when someone said most of us humans put the attributes of our own fathers on our heavenly Father. I immediately bristled. I was much more spiritually evolved than that. I know we call them both “father” but I know the difference. I dismissed the thought. But, for years it lingered. And the older I got the more I understand just how we could do it. I began to see how my flawed human ...[Read More]

Throwing Stones and Roasting Pigs: The Art of Letting Go

Throwing Stones and Roasting Pigs: The Art of Letting Go

I live in a pretty incredible place. Who am I kidding? Alaska is STUNNING. No day is identical, and every day has the potential to be an adventure. The wildlife is crazy impressive. (Round of applause for no snakes or roaches!) Our summer sun never sets, and we’ve got mountains and glaciers and islands and rivers and ocean and volcanoes. And did I mention our lovely June and July temps? Who doesn’ ...[Read More]

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