Have you ever had one of those tough and complicated days? You get an email from someone, and it’s full of stress. Major stress. Someone’s not happy. The tension gets transferred to you with each sentence you read. When it’s a relative, you can’t ignore them, but you secretly dread opening another email or text. Then you feel guilty. If
Paid ministry comes and goes. After decades of ministry work, I didn’t want to return to a traditional corporate job. I had a firm belief that work shouldn’t compromise your health, values, or dreams. But dreams are lost in today’s overwhelmed 9 to 5 culture. Did you know I used to sell physical products–botanically-based cosmetics. I loved the products, but
We prepare for school, sports, college, career, marriage, parenting, vacations, and retirement, but we don’t prepare for those uphill seasons. When challenges come, we struggle to find hope and remain resilient. Can Anyone Become Resilient? People believe that resilience is an innate trait, yet it’s a learned skill. This article is a mix of curated research and my journey with
When In-Between Moments Become a Long Transition, We Can Still Choose Positive Action! Many in-between moments brighten our days. A flower is most fragrant between its full bloom and falling petals. Movies are exciting between the plot and the final scene. Skies burst with brushstrokes of color between dawn and sunrise. But let’s face it, not all in-between moments feel
My days are busy with either a group or one-on-one meeting every day of the week. In one group meeting, my friend Alicia ended the call by saying, “Marisa, water your plant.” A week later, “Marisa, water your plant.” The video showed all. My plant suffered abuse under my care. I stopped watering it. In my defense, it’s a high-maintenance,
Are you successful? What comes to mind when you think of success? As I read my Bible this week, I pondered a few thoughts about success in an unexpected passage—Christ’s death. Christ’s arrest, his brutal beating, and His horrific crucifixion are grievous. But His death was a success. No one took Christ’s life; he gave it up for us. Yes,
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