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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

ūüĒ®How to break the cycle of feeling guilty

Feeling guilty has been a huge challenge for me. For a long time, I didn’t know what to make of it. I just had this perpetual sense of “feeling bad” about everything and everyone. Like all the trouble in the world was somehow my fault. If I –¬†would¬†have done or¬†could¬†do something-¬†differently, things would not be such a mess. I spent...

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

ūüźĽ Coming out of hibernation

Last year, I ran into some problems. First, I’d gained about 25 pounds. My weight had crept up so gradually, I wasn’t aware of just¬†how¬†heavy I’d gotten until the doc looked at my chart. He said, “I hate to tell you this, but you’re up 25 pounds since I saw you last.” I argued with him, “I started working out...

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Courage in the face of Criticism

I hate criticism. It can send me spiraling.¬†Especially¬†if I am being criticized about something I¬†already¬†beat myself up over.   When people criticize me, my first reaction is to talk them¬†out¬†of it. Tell them¬†why¬†they are oh, so wrong about me.   I will chew and stew and argue. Like a lawyer, I want to build a solid case. I want to...

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Monday, October 16, 2017

In search of courage.

Courage is not something I used to think about in my everyday life. I’ve held the word “courage” at arm’s length. Far away from silly ol’¬†me, anyway. Because “courage” doesn’t seem like a word¬†I¬†deserve to apply. Nothing in my cushy life can compare to the efforts of our military, firemen, first responders, law enforcement, doctors, nurses and all the other¬†professional¬†brave...

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sunday Reflection: What matters most this week?

Last week was super hard for me. I had to make a decision that felt like it broke my heart. It was one I’d been praying about. One I’d been walking toward for a while. A chapter that needed an ending. So a new chapter can begin. It was painful, yet perfect, really. Just what I needed to do for so, so...

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Harvey, Irma, Us & God

The weather is sunny and dry¬†where I am. But my heart is soggy. Brooding, since Harvey hit Houston.   I am a doer,¬†constantly wondering, “What can I do?” I spent last week watching the aftermath, feeling inept and helpless. I am continually prompted by the Spirit to pray. “But how?” I ask. “And for what? Where do I¬†start?”   Now...

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

“The End.” A chance to begin again. Want to join me?

He was nervous. I was grieving. We each had our reasons. The silence hovered as we drove 30 minutes in traffic to travel¬†less than 10 miles. When we arrived, he said,¬† “Just let me out here.” But “here” was in a busy parking lot, so I drove around trying to find the drop-off lane. I couldn’t, so I pulled in...

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

6 lies I believed about life purpose

If purpose is part of the reason we’re here, it seems like it should be easier to find. I mean really.¬†Why must we get¬†lost in the woods like Hansel and Gretel trying to follow a half eaten trail of bread crumbs? And why, when we’re trying to find our way, does the trail often lead to the witch’s house? Shouldn’t...

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

10 simple prayers to get your day back on track

I find myself more and more interested in being¬†guided through my day rather than punching and kicking my way through it like Chuck Norris. Don’t get me wrong, I love the feeling of kicking ass and taking names. But it seems my own strength eventually runs out. And when it will run out is unpredictable. My strength ebbs and flows...

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Monday, May 22, 2017

When being busy becomes an idol

Being a purpose junkie is very busy work. So much to do. So little time. How can I make the most of every minute? I was rereading my favorite self-help book,¬†The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. I drank¬†in the wisdom of its simplicity.   “What’s your¬†some day goal?” Gary Keller asks, “What is The One Thing...

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