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October 21, 2014 Sanity Savior…


 glasses on swt pot vine1    Sanity… In our world we see people coping by using alcohol, drugs, gambling, pornography, various addictions – we see many who deal with depression to varying degrees, who lash out at others in violent ways, who commit suicide. In America alone there are approximately 180,000 psychologists (not including psychiatrists, counselors, social workers) – all trying to help people cope….

A heavy subject not easily or adequately addressed in this format – but vital in the Living Braver process. To step away from fear and toward brave we have to know Who makes sanity possible. Considering all that is going on in the world, all we and our loved ones are dealing with day to day, a friend recently said “It’s hard to remember what I’m supposed to be praying for. Which must be why prayer is more worship than asking. Worship is the only way to stay sane! Praise the Lord He still reigns!”

To keep our sanity amidst the threat of dread diseases, corrupt governments, violence in the streets, and heartache over loved ones we must adjust our focus, change the glasses we look through. If we trudge through each day looking at only the problems and asking only for fixes, we miss what miracles are being worked out in the pain – we miss our Sanity Savior.

Do you want to experience pain or loss? NO, neither do I. To one extent or another it will touch all of us profoundly at times – the fear that raises in us keeps our focus cast down, our lenses on self and our hearts always asking for fixes. What if we focused instead on praising the only One who knows all the outcomes? What if our glasses were the right prescription and we would look up and sing out joy in the midst of anguish? 

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2Corinthians 4:18)

Today I challenge you to squelch your fear with worship – simply say “Father, You are awesome and all I need!”





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October 13, 2014 Thought Life…

thoughtlife1     One day a family with two handsome sons moved into Ruth’s neighborhood. She heard that the farmland where the family used to live had dried up and they were starving. Over the years Ruth and her good friend came to know the boys and their family well. When all of them were grown the two young men took Ruth and her friend to be their wives. Not long into their marriages each of the young men became ill and within a short time died, as did their father. The girls had come to dearly love their mother-in-law, knowing she was heartbroken and was talking of moving back to her homeland, they offered to go with her. Although the mother-in-law was able to dissuade one of the girls, she could not convince Ruth to stay. They began the long, dangerous journey…

My mother always said “Into each life a little rain must fall” – but into some lives torrents drench. In our story today, when everything fell apart in Ruth’s life, despite her fears of the unknown and the dangers lying ahead, she committed to be there for another. What enabled her to do that? The simple answer: her thought life. Instead of looking for troubles that were not yet happening,  she focused on being there for someone else.

So it is with us, our thought life can get us into the doldrums of trepidation – if we let it.  Right now I know of a little 6 year old boy diagnosed with Leukemia. Lots of big needles, and painful treatments have already happened and the years ahead are full of the same. But, through the wisdom of his God loving parents, his thought life has been directed outward. He is focusing on how he can raise money for orphans in India. He came up with the idea of getting friends and family to donate a little bit of money for each of the 65 shots he will receive between now and January. (Go to: if you would like to read more about him or donate.)

 “…take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2Cor. 10:5 NIV) Live braver in your thought life…