We need to remember to dream big dreams, to live our lives in abundance. We never give up, we never give in, and we always reach for the impossible.
If our dream is possible without the Divine, it’s not a dream from the Divine.
We want to press even deeper into the words of life and encouragement that are waiting to be given to us. We want to dream ever bigger and more expansive dreams. It is for freedom and dreams of the impossible that we have been set free and given life. The more that we embrace these dreams, the more we live into our destiny.
So be encouraged!
Your dreams, your passion, your heart’s desire…
These are all the things that deserve to be breathed back into life.
In my many years of working with people on their spiritual journeys, one objection raises its head over and over again: I don’t have any time!!! I get it. I really get it. After all, before I had a job and a toddler and a business and the responsibilities of a spiritual community and my neighborhood community… Oh. Right. Well, before then, I was normally working 20-30 hours a week while doing either a Masters degree (or the year I was doing 2 Masters at the same time for different schools), or other post-graduate research and...read more
Once again, husband and I are entering a season of transition. It seems to be a regular thing for us, so I wonder whether or not I can even call it “again” – or if I should just call it “still.” We have been with friends here in Seattle, but now that time is drawing to a close, and we are caught in a little bit of limbo. It’s about timing right now. It’s time for us to leave, but then there are others we’re praying about being in community with, but the timing isn’t quite right....read more
If you didn’t see my previous post on the Holstee Manifesto (This is your life) please feel free to go check it out. I’ve been a bit hard on myself behind the scenes of this blog. Mainly because once I launched the official site all those months ago, I wanted to post close to every day. But time, and moving, and life got the best of me. Then, I was committed. I did a flurry of guest posts in November/December and was convinced that I was now going to *write*. Oh, I had glorious intentions, and a notebook full of post ideas. None...read more
I have dreams about packing. Unpacking. Repacking. Suitcases, boxes, again and again and again. I take things out, I repack them. I make things fit better. I simplify, I clean, I pack, I sort. Over and over and over again. And I’ve been having these dreams for the past two years. For one of those years, I was settled in a place that I thought would be home for years. I never thought I’d have to leave. And then things began to change. We began to get a sense that God was calling us away from the ‘home’ that we knew....read more
“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” ― Albert Einstein This blog is actually more of a reflection on this blog by Julien Smith called “The Complete Guide to Snapping the @#$% Out of It” Most of us, when we think of repentance have some mental image which involves groveling, crying out, confessing horrific deeds. And the New Year is normally the world-side season of this kind of repentance. We talk about all our bad habits, our not-so-great habits, and the habits that we wish we...read more
I love taking picture of the little ones in my life. Nieces, nephews, god-children, and friends. Yes, you can be honest to goodness *friends* with a child without any weirdness. Some of my most clever and insightful friends are 2, or 5, or 7 years old. And sometimes it makes me sad how suspicious we adults have become. I watch my younger friends and their approach to the world, with wonder and awe and beauty and humor. They run around freely. Completely. Unashamed. It’s not until we teach them not to be themselves that they begin to act...read more
Over the past few months, I’ve had a number of guest posts emerge… But the few over at Squidoo have been my favourites. They’re on gratitude and living lives that reflect gratitude more often. So if you will, please make sure to go have a look-see. I’m quite proud of them, you know? The series has been: Cultivating a Lifestyle of Gratitude Post 1: Saying Grace Post 2: Nightly Reflections Post 3: Be An Encourager And if you like them, please share the links! I’d love to see more people living out of a place of...read more
I saw this the other day and just about fell over I loved it so much. You see, I’ve made a commitment to myself to continue being healthy. And any commitment is hard. It takes sacrifice. Sometimes we make commitments when we should avoid them. Our lives are about choosing our commitments and sticking to them. Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day. What you accomplish in yours reveals the priority of your commitments. It is not because of other people that our dreams fail to become reality. It is because of the choices we make. We can...read more
Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life. Are you ready for it? It is, after all *your* life. But what does that really mean? One day, you will decide to wake up, and take ownership of your life. It will become your own. It won’t belong to anybody else, and no one else will be responsible for it. And this possibility is both liberating and terrifying. Liberating, because the only person who will hold you accountable is yourself. You’ll begin to realize that your life isn’t about what other people want from you. You...read more
Over the next month, you’ll see a bit more activity on the site. As I’ve committed to NaNoWriMo and finished my final academic piece, I’m now set to pursue my passion like my derriere is on fire. It’s taken me a while to realize that this is one of the things that I was born to do – because I can’t *not* do it. I love it. I can’t get enough of it. I love the sound of my fingers clacking on the keyboard, the scratch of a pen on paper. It’s all part and parcel. I’ve decided, in full...read more