HV Messages

Navigating Election 2016: 5 Suggestions for Finding Peace by Swimming Upstream

Today's message is about finding peace in the big change of the election coming next week. I mention 5 things we have to remember as well as some verses. Godspeed everyone! Get out there and vote and keep your peace!


5 Things You Can do to connect to your peace: 1) Pray for God's will, 2) Accept that someone is going to win, 3) Trust God's got this, 4) Refocus from the distractions, 5) Remember how we've come together as a nation before.

Here are the verses I mentioned: 1 John 2:15-17, 1 John 4:7-10, 18-19,1 Peter 2:13-17 (MSG). Go read them when you have a second.

Here is the article I read about those salmon swimming upstream that I liked since it talked about the metaphor: "The Courage to Swim Upstream Back Home."  

One more thing. I'm giving you a song. It came on the radio last week and I just thought it was perfect for this week's message because we so often forget who is King and this is just a good reminder. If you listen, you can insert the word "We." We try to keep God in a box and out of politics but He's right there and He's in charge. It's a good song for reflection, whether it's about the election or another area of your life.

Don't Hide Your Gifts: A Reflection on Your Gifts, Talents and Purpose

So this week I talked about gifts, talents and purpose. Too many of us think we don't have them to give and I don't want you to believe that. You WERE created on purpose for a purpose and God wants to show you how. The best way to find out is to get to know Him, or at least that's how I've found it. Knowing it, I don't have to reach for things that I'm not called to do because I know they are not my talents or gifts. Let me tell you, it has taken me a LONG time to get here, and I am still in process. But I've fallen, failed and made mistakes many many times. But every time, I've gotten back up. So don't stay down when you fall or fail. Get up and see what God's got next. But don't try to do it on your own. Let Him show you.

Here are the two verses I shared:

The first one was from 1 Corinthians 1:26-29:

26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him.

Check out the Amplified version here (Crazy):

26 Just look at your own calling, believers; not many [of you were considered] wise according to human standards, not many powerful or influential, not many of high and noble birth. 27 But God has selected [for His purpose] the foolish things of the world to shame the wise [revealing their ignorance], and God has selected [for His purpose] the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong [revealing their frailty]. 28 God has selected [for His purpose] the insignificant (base) things of the world, and the things that are despised and treated with contempt, [even] the things that are nothing, so that He might reduce to nothing the things that are, 29 so that no one may [be able to] boast in the presence of God.

This is the next verse I shared. It's Matthew 5:14-16 NIV:

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

There were three books I shared:

#1.  "90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Life and Death" by Don Piper and there is also a movie

#2. "Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?" by Rick Warren.

#3. "S.H.A.P.E.: Finding and Fulfilling Your Unique Purpose for Life" by Erik Rees.

I'm adding a song to this that's pretty popular right now but heard it yesterday and thought it was perfect for today's message. It's by Switchfoot and it's called " Live it Well." It's got awesome lyrics. Listen in.

Your Value Does Not Lie in Your Weight: Your Weekly HV Message

Hey guys! Posted this video yesterday and the image is late but I think some of you might have missed it if you subscribe to my blog. Enjoy and share!!

Mid-Week Message: Healthy Voice on Vulnerability

"Healed wounds bring HOPE." - MT Schoeller

Watch today's Healthy Voice Message on the topic of Vulnerability and maybe find a little more courage to find it in yourself.

Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

Here is Brene Brown's Talk on The Power of Vulnerability

Here is the "In the Arena" Quote

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt

Freedom from Labels: A Reflection on National Stepfamily Day from Someone who Get's It!

Here you go. A delayed message for your week and day. Happy National Stepfamily Day! Hope the message helps and instead of music for extra inspiration, you've got images! One is a new thing I'm trying called #healthyvoicetakeaway. A lot of times I'll take a note on a card while I'm preparing the message, when I'm cooking or something as it comes to me so today I just thought I'd post it for you! 

A Healthy Voice Message on Navigating Through Loss and Trauma in Life

Here is a link to all of Psalm 107 (NIV), and here is the section I spoke on the message, verses 13-20.

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away the chains. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, for her breaks down the gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron. Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities. They loathed all food and drew near the gates of death. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble and he saved them from distress. He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. 

And one more video that I'm prompted to share:

Your Brokenness is Where your Light Can Shine Through

How many of you have kids starting school today? 

And how many of you went on Facebook and tortured yourself a little - criticizing or comparing other moms who posted pics? I know, I get you!

I don't know if you know this, but Facebook has a tendency to do that...which is exactly why I want to speak right into you.

You may feel broken, like you are this imperfect parent (or student) starting this school year - like someone else has it more together and you just don't.

Okay, that's just not true.

You are being hard on yourself and using your Unhealthy Voice as your bat.

Think about your kids. Think about your parents if you are a student. Would they want you to be beating yourself up like that? I bet not.

So - here's the deal. You got an Unhealthy Voice. We have ALL got an Unhealthy Voice.

It's ugly and it completely ATTACKS our brokenness. It takes a stab when we're down. It loves our brokenness, but not in a good way. So we've got to fight it, and the best way we can do that is to get in the Word and give it to God, to see where He is in those broken places. 

The absolute BEST thing you can do for your kids, those that love you, is to not try to stuff down your insecurity or "fix" it alone on the surface trying to keep it all together.

Let God into it with you.

You wouldn't want your kid to face a bully at school. Don't be your own bully. 

Show them how they can depend on God. But do that by depending on God yourself and going deeper in your relationship with Him. Don't tell them. Just walk in it. Get in a small group because you need friends to do life together, not just get a good body together.

Think about your goals are as your kids start this year cause no matter how cute their outfits are, how packed their schedules are, or how good their grades are - their worth rests in none of that. It rests in God. Show them that, especially on the days when it stinks and they get made fun of. They need to know truth.  And we need to know - it's not our job to save them, but to lead them towards the light. So, don't try to save them and don't try to mold them, or make them who you didn't get to be. They are themselves. 

I read in a devotional this morning, "God listens and accepts me as I am. God doesn't give advice. God knows that learning comes only from experience - experience I am not led to until I'm ready." This is true for everyone. We'll learn when we experience. They will learn as they experience school this year. We will learn as we walk with them.

So my question for you - is are you going to try to achieve, "I got it all together"? or are you going to be real.  As you adjust your schedule for this new phase of the journey - consider it. Consider being real cause we are ALL broken. Take the pressure off and let God into your brokenness. And oh - one of the best ways to do that is to look at your workout and your diet. Are you determined to get that all "perfect"? or do you want to see what's there on a deeper level?

Intentional verses for Reflection:

Philippians 4:4-9

Hebrews 4:15-16

Matthew 11:28-30


2 Corinthians 4:7-12

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may always be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.