Category Archives: Heart/Emotions

Tweet This. – Part 6

Lori BrandiDo you know how much God loves you? Yes, I’m talking to you, darlin’.

He sent His precious son to die so that He could spend eternity with you.
He knit you together in your mother’s womb.
He has blessed you with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
He deposited His Spirit in you and guaranteed what is to come.
He says that nothing can separate you from His love.
He is for you.
His compassions for you never fail.
He has removed our transgressions from us.
He has adopted you as His child.
He has justified you.
He bought you with a price.
He gave you direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus.
He does not condemn you.
He works everything for your good.

Should I go on? Okay, I will.

He has given you a spirit of power, love and a sound mind.
He seated you with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm.
He delights in you because you fear Him.
He has given you everything you need for a godly life.
He is your strong tower.
He forgives you.
He adores you.
He comforts you.
He appointed you.
He chose you.

Friend, He chose you. He knows your name and how many hairs, died and highlighted, you have on your beautiful skull. His love for you remains. It does not ebb and flow with the tides of life. It is constant. 

He is constant. 

Rest in that.

Spend some time today meditating on the truths above that are straight from God’s Word. Add others to the list that encourage you.

These Tweet This quotes are just a few of the amazing bits of insight we picked up from speakers at Re:Treat 2015. Join us for Re:Treat 2016 in Las Vegas, October 25-27. Check out all of the details by clicking here.

Tweet This. – Part 1

Lisa HarperWhoa boy, was Lisa ever onto something.

The Bible is filled with scriptures about difficult times in life. In John, chapter 16, Jesus tells us that we will have trouble. In the first chapter of James, he exhorts us to consider trials and tribulations as an opportunity for growth. Peter says that when times are challenging that we are to cast our cares on Him. Difficulties will come our way. They just will. How we handle them is a totally different thing.

Which brings me to drama. Drama is a medium that is filled with intensity and depicts a serious subject. While we are not talking about a TV series or play on Broadway when referring to drama, it can certainly come into play here.

(See what I did there? Play? Okay, I’ll stop.)

When life gets tumultuous and things don’t go according to our plan, we have options. We can throw ourselves a big, fat pity party complete with confetti and streamers. We can nurse a bitter heart and overreact. We can draw copious amounts of attention to ourselves so others will notice. We can toss out a little passive aggressive rant on social media. Or … we can respond with a heart that trusts God still knows what He is doing. Maybe it is time to turn down the drama.

We all need to ask God to search our hearts in regard to this. Are we walking through difficulties in life with trust in our God or with a dramatic bent? What is one way that you can make a change today?

These Tweet This quotes are just a few of the amazing bits of insight we picked up from speakers at Re:Treat 2015. Join us for Re:Treat 2016 in Las Vegas October 25-27. Check out all of the details by clicking here.

Unlocked: From Comparison

Linda SeidlerWritten by Linda Seidler

I wish I could tell you that I have never compared myself with someone else, or that I’ve always had a pure heart and genuine motives. I wish I could tell you that I was always an encourager who celebrated the successes of others in ministry.

I really wish I could.

But truth be told, I have struggled a time or two with getting hung up in the comparison trap. And truly, it’s never been about not wanting to see someone else do well; deep down, it was more that their “doing well” somehow meant that I wasn’t.  Weird thinking, I know.

I believe that most of us have been enticed by the temptation to compare. My first comparative thought was when I was in grade school. Kate was a popular, cute, petite, curly-haired blonde who the teachers loved and the boys adored. I, on the other had, was awkwardly tall and gangly with long skinny legs and stringy hair. Those early thoughts of who I saw myself as, created hurt in my heart, shaped my mind and led me to believe that the world of success was only for “certain” girls.

Fast-forward. I have struggled with comparison off-and-on ever since.

Comparison is this internal measuring tape that we carry in our back pocket. We use it to measure our deficiencies against the best qualities that we see in others, and we fall short. Or we pull it out to measure our successes against the weaknesses of someone else, and we fly high.

Neither of these is how God wants us to see ourselves.

If we allow it residence, comparison will occupy and fill that space in our minds with thoughts that limit our potential and hold us back. It’s almost as if we lock ourselves into a way of thinking that is contrary to how God has designed us. We are literally caught in the comparison trap.

So let’s take a look at some truths about comparison and how we can become free from its ugly grip:


There is one and only one of you in all of time, and that, my friend, is pretty special! Your expression is unique, and you have something that no one else has… your mind, your voice, your talents, your abilities, your vision, your story, and the list goes on.

But instead of looking at everything God has made each of us to be, we can get laser-focused on the achievements and talents of someone else. That can lead into hating ourselves for everything we are not, instead of loving ourselves for everything we are. We become jealous and bitter and withdrawn and eventually stop what we started because we doubt our self-worth and think we aren’t good enough.

And here’s what I know…you can’t stop your expression! If you do, the world will be without something fabulous that God intended for it to have, and that’s you.

So remind yourself of how God adoringly made you as a unique creation filled with wonder and awe. He approached even the smallest detail with excellence; His works (you) are wonderful. (Psalm 139:14)

God made you to be you, and we need you to do what only you can do. You are truly like no other person ever created since time began, and you are incomparable.


I love this quote…“A flower doesn’t compare itself with the flowers around it. It just blooms.”  This is God’s ultimate design for us.  To be like the flower that can bloom and thrive and be beautiful alongside other flowers that are blooming and thriving and being beautiful also. Doesn’t that speak volumes?!

You see, God created all of us in His image with distinct differences and unique talents and giftings, yet we work alongside one another to function as the one body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12). We lock arms with one another and admire the accomplishments and achievements that each other contributes. God has designed us to work together, cheer each other on and believe in each other. This is a healthy component and necessary part of functioning well within the body of Christ.

Here is what is not healthy: If you are tempted to intentionally withhold encouragement from someone who is doing well. Okay, just press pause for a minute, and take an honest look to make sure you are not internally comparing. Remind yourself that someone else’s doing well will not take away from your doing well. And it most certainly doesn’t mean that you are not gifted or talented.

Just because she is good at writing, doesn’t mean that you are not. Just because she sings like an angel, doesn’t mean that you sound hideous. Just because she is talented, gifted, has a great marriage and has a church that is thriving DOES NOT MEAN that you have a life that is lesser than that!

It just means that you are two different people. Truly, that’s all it means.

So decide to celebrate with those who you admire, and celebrate big! First Thessalonians 5:11 says it best, “…encourage one another and build each other up.”


Lastly, be focused on your own dreams and ambitions. When we compare, we are giving more attention to another person’s achievements more than we are on our own.

So ask yourself this, what and who am I focusing on? What are my goals? What do I want my future to look like? What kind of relationships am I aspiring to have? How has God equipped me to move ahead? And does what I striving for fall under what God has for me?

Remember, you have not been called to be like someone else. You have been called to be like Jesus. So stop comparing your life to another’s, and start focusing your thoughts on Jesus.

And make sure that you are doing your very best, for then you will have the personal satisfaction of work well done and won’t need to compare yourself with someone else. (Galatians 6:4)

Please share some ways that you have unlocked yourself from comparison?


Unlocked: From Uncertainty

Written by Trisha Davis

Trisha DavisGod is big enough to handle anything. Our fears. Our questions. Our beautiful uncertainties. – MANDY HALE

It only seems fair and fitting to start this post with a confession: I’m a lover of all things routine, it’s true. I like shopping at the same stores. I like to read my bible in the same sunny corner on my living room couch. I love planning my life out one calendar and “to do” list at a time. I LOVE ROUTINE!

But life is filled with all kinds of uncertainties, from small things like what to have for breakfast, to big things like what will the future hold. Uncertainty feels scary and for many of us, the anxiety we feel over the unknowns of life, can make us hesitant, even second guessing our daily decisions. Over time, the weight of languishing in our fears and doubts leaves us exhausted, stuck in a cycle of defeat rather than the joy-filled-life we were meant to live.

In January 2015, my husband and I announced we were leaving our beloved Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN, to plant Hope City Church in Indianapolis, IN. On top of leaving and planting a church, my oldest son was a few short months away from graduating from high school. Trisha Davis1Every facet of my life was about to change. The uncertainty of how my life was going to look after leaving my life in Nashville, as well as the gut wrenching process of launching a child into the world, almost broke me.

But instead of breaking, Jesus met me in my
fear and disbelief. When I felt like I was drowning in the vagueness of my future, paralyzed to fully engage in the life I was currently living, God was faithful. God took my fragile, grieving heart and gave me perspective to see uncertainty as a beautiful invitation to grow in my faith.

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1

Throughout Hebrews 11, several verses start out with “by faith”. Story after story of people faithfully stepping-out into their own uncertainties to find a faithful God. When we get honest with God about our fears over a future we can’t see, he meets us, draws us close and whispers “trust me”. And each time we trust him, our faith grows. “By faith” we unlock our anxiety and replace it with peace. We unlock our fears and replace them with joy. Then, we are free to live a peace and joy-filled life with our God who from generation to generation, is faithful yesterday, today and forever!


Unlocked: From Hurt

Kaylee Zentai1Have you ever had a cavity? Chances are that even if you haven’t personally experienced the pain of a cavity, you still understand what a cavity is all about. They hurt and you don’t even know they’re there until you bite into something and BAM! Instant pain.

In life and leadership, we can experience a similar kind of hurt – a cavity in our heart. We’re good, trucking along and seemingly out of nowhere we bite into something and it hurts. The cavities in my own heart have come from several different things; the betrayal of a friend, the painful things said about me, the bitterness of broken trust, the damage of emotional abuse. I don’t know what your exact hurt or cavity may be, but I know that the pain can be crippling, not only to us but to our leadership as well.

As people who don’t typically enjoy pain, our natural reaction to being hurt is to back away, to stop biting into things that can cause hurt. We can allow ourselves to grow bitter, resentful, and afraid of being vulnerable with people again. We can let ourselves be taken out of the game and placed on the bench when we are hurt. So how can we become unlocked from hurt so that we can lead and love it? The same way we would fix a tooth cavity; fill it.

1 Peter 5:10 says, “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” (ESV)

Kaylee Zentai

Doesn’t that sound like a pretty great filling? When our cavities are filled by the grace and healing power of God, we can courageously bite into the things that once made us want to cringe, trusting that it will no longer cause us the same pain. We are able to experience the power of the Lord made perfect in our weakness like 2 Corinthians 12:9 talks about. We can be unlocked from hurt because His grace is enough – because He is enough.

If you are hurting today and have some cavities in your heart, don’t go through it alone. Reach out to a friend, a mentor, or a Christian counselor and allow God to fill those broken pieces and cavities so that you can lead and love it.