Reading Time: 4 minutes Shame is ugly. We often try to hide our embarrassing exposure. Guilt says that a mistake has been made but shame goes a step further and says we are a failure. This identity is paralyzing. In 2 Samuel 9, we see a story were grace conquers shame and mercy rejoices over judgment and underserved favor is given.

Reading Time: 3 minutes My experience of depression is like living in a world where I am the only one surrounded by a blanket of fog. It’s disorienting, confusing and distorts things. Affirming words can pass through the fog and end up as condemnations. As a follower of Jesus it’s hard watching others so free and passionate in their worship, so joyful in their embraces, and not be swept away by my own shame, guilt, and unworthiness.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Lying can become a natural practice in most circles of life. Half-truths, false pretenses even “beating around the bush” in our approach because something is hidden that we don’t want to be exposed. We want people to think well of us, and have a great impression – but at what cost?

Reading Time: 6 minutes The Lions roar is fierce and magnificent. It can be heard up to five miles away! Their roar scares potential intruders and communicates who the boss. We have a roar within us too. Depending on where it comes from, the new man or the old man determines its life-giving or destructive effects. Anger is a strong emotion that can be very difficult to control, what is the secret in taming this beast?

Reading Time: 6 minutes Sometimes the doldrums come, and we feel blue. There may be a reason why there maybe not. Discouragement is the unwelcomed guest. Heaviness in the soul can feel like having a gnawing weight on your back bearing down on you! How do we break free?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Distractions can bring on a slow fade and a subtle drift. Soon we are in a place we never thought we would be. The glance turns to gaze and the gaze turns into an action that creates consequences, we can all lose our way. It is only a matter of time and the right circumstance that we will act on what is in our hearts.