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Shattered Pastors, Shattered Marriages, Shattered Lives …

Picking Up The Pieces

FrustratedThe moment sticks out in my mind as though it happened yesterday. As a young woman of 16, our lovely pastor’s wife sat down on the church bus seat next to me. The Hawaiian Luau youth event has long faded from my memory because of the following conversation between us became burned in my heart and ignited a passion that I have to this day.

Our pastor’s wife was beautiful, full of life and always very kind and loving. I wanted to be just like her. To have her choose to sit down next to me that day made my heart soar. What an honor!

Embracing me

Finding You By Identifying Your Strengths

By identifying your strengths you allow others around you to embrace theirs.

Imagine a world where everyone was who they were born to be!

When you embrace who you are, a world of limitless possibilities unveils itself.  Imagine what the world would be like if people focused more on whothey were as individuals rather than judging what they thought every one else was.  There isn’t a person alive on this earth that hasn’t judged another person through their own limited perspectives and experiences, not knowing the whole picture behind what they judge.

Innocent woman

The Hidden Lies Behind “Being Saved”

Ever notice how people react these days, to the question of “Are you saved?” The meaning and ‘punch’ of what that question meant has become blurred through time and one horrific life event after another.

Whether watched over the news or experienced in your personal life, if you have been “saved” you may wonder why you are still struggling and in pain and/or confusion about what you thought would change in your life after you were ‘saved.”

The hidden lie behind ‘being saved’ is actually a very subtle and quiet assumption that comes with being human. “If I’m saved, I’m SAVED – right?”

Heart given

Un-conditional Love – Oh Really?

“Sweetheart,” the young mother said, as she leaned over her teenage daughter sitting on the couch pouting. “Don’t you understand that God and I love you UN-conditionally?”

“If that’s the case then you’d let me do what I want to do and it would be okay, right? the daughter replied.

“Well, that’s not what I meant.” the mother responded.

“Then your love is conditional and God is a liar!” the daughter shouted, stomping out of the room.

Selfish and arrogant

How Can I Be Submissive When I Know He’s Wrong?

There are two very powerful concepts that are being addressed in the question asked above. The first is regarding SUBMISSION and the next is whether or not someone is WRONG.

To understand the intent of something, we have to understand the position of the statement. When we look at something from a perspective of “law” we see rules and regulations which demand strict obedience.

When we look at something from the perspective of LOVE, we gain a very different view of law. Jesus said in Matther 5:17 that He came to fulfill the law. Then in 1 John 4:8 we are told that GOD IS LOVE.