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Not My Best Moment

Not My Best Moment

It was 6am on Friday, March 3rd. And per usual, the moment I heard that 6am alarm, I smacked my phone to turn it off (which then led to it falling onto the ground…this happens every morning and yet somehow I always forget to move my phone away from the edge of my night stand…I digress). 

 

I got out of bed, half asleep, and walked down stairs. I started the hot water kettle, smelled the fresh coffee grounds, and then my eyes went wide with terror and I was reminded…today is the day we are fasting from anything other than water…so that meant…no…coffee. I was immediately irritable.

 

I stomped back upstairs to see my mature, loving husband smiling at me with sympathetic eyes and I proceeded to throw a tantrum like a 5 year old…not my best moment.

 

But by God’s grace it was in that moment that I realized…wow, I depend on coffee way more than I am willing to admit. So, I quietly got ready for the day (still irritable at moments), and asked God to give me strength, and even more so…lots of patience. 

 

Now, that wise, gracious moment did not last the whole day…I yelled at people while driving to work, I snapped at people who said something “the wrong way,” I had full blown crazy eyes while waiting for someone to upset me…but this is what Lent is all about.

 

Lent is not about fasting perfectly, it’s about denying ourselves so that we can say yes to Jesus, and denying ourselves is hard. It’s not a pretty process, and God’s not surprised by that. However, the way we press on in those ugly moments is by asking God to be our strength, our patience, our peace, our everything. 

 

And then, something incredible happens…we have moments where we are in awe that we aren’t needing/craving that “one thing” and we get to acknowledge that that strength comes from God within us. 

 

Lent is an opportunity to cling to Jesus in desperation like never before, and then see how powerfully He provides in those desperate moments. 

 

It has nothing to do with us - our goals and our accomplishments - and it has everything to do with God. 

 

We have an opportunity to grow closer to God, in ways like never before, when we say no to things we’d rather depend on, and say yes to depending on God. 

 

In moments during Lent, when you read what we’re fasting from and think “ugh nope, not today - it’s not realistic, it’s not possible, it’s not worth it,” be reminded that God wants to grow in relationship with you and this is a tangible way to do so. He doesn't expect you to do it perfectly, but He wants to help you grow in dependency on Him so that you can live life to fullest and freely. 

 

Blessings, 

Erin Vinzon

 

 

HSM Staff:  Erin Vinzon

HSM Staff: Erin Vinzon

We All Need A "Pick Me Up"

We All Need A "Pick Me Up"

We all have moments where we need a “pick me up,” right?

 

I go for a cup of coffee. For me, a warm cup of delicious coffee makes everything right in the world. 

 

For some of us, it’s something from Cha for Tea or In-N-Out. Or playing that one video game. Or hanging out with friends. 

 

But the common thread throughout all of those “pick me up’s” are that they’re momentary. The coffee cup empties, the Cha Tea or 4x4 is consumed, the game ends, and friends go home…so what do we do when those “pick me up’s” come to an end? 

 

Instead of seeking a “pick me up” that will come to an end, Jesus wants to give us life, and life to the fullest FOREVER.

 

This week, when you’re feeling the need for some type of “pick me up” because of lack of sleep, a bad test grade, a fight with a friend, problems at home (the list goes on), instead of seeking something that will comfort you for a moment, seek God’s Word that will comfort you for eternity. 

 

Take a moment to read these verses and pick one or two out that can “pick you up” and sustain you in those moments of need. Write them down in places that you’ll see them this week. 

 

God isn’t about us “surviving” or “making it though” - God is about living and being present. So chose life and being present by allowing God’s Word to lift you up and give you hope. 

 

Psalm 73:26 

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

 

1 Peter 5:7 

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

 

Colossians 1:17

And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

 

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

 

Psalm 28:7 

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

 

Psalm 55:22

Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

 

Blessings, 

Erin Vinzon

HSM Staff:  Erin Vinzon

HSM Staff: Erin Vinzon

God Delights in the Process

God Delights in the Process

God delights in the process.

I have never been a patient person when it came to things that truly mattered. Or really with anything at all. 

I have grown in my patience, yes, but to this day, even the word “process” irks me. 

I like formulas. I like answers. I like straight trajectories and quick solutions. I like to analyze and understand. I like to get from A to B, ASAP. 

But God delights in the process.

Over and over again, He reminds us that this life with Jesus is not a sprint but a marathon. 

God’s not about us “getting it right” or “figuring it out.” God’s about love, faith, and endurance. (And so much more, but for the sake of this devotional, we are sticking to these three). 

God loves us unconditionally; therefore, when we mess up or fall down - He delights in the process of helping us get back up. He doesn’t wish we didn’t fall. He doesn’t get frustrated that we make mistakes. He loves us so mercifully and graciously - He delights in the process. 

God desires our faith to grow and expand to depths and heights we cannot comprehend. And God knows that our faith often grows in moments of desperation or confusion - the unknown. God doesn’t delight in our pain and suffering. But God promises to eclipse our pain with His glory. With every challenge, God presents a promise. And we can choose to have faith or choose to be overcome by fear. Faith is sometimes a messy and painful growing pain. But God delights in the process - not of pain but of promise.

God is a God of endurance. Finishing the race. God doesn’t waste a moment - a happy moment or a sad moment. None are wasted. God is orchestrating the most beautiful symphony where every note is intricately placed to compliment the next note. God is creating the most perfect game plan where each player is specifically placed and equipped to run the plays necessary. God doesn’t waste a moment or any circumstance. God delights in the process because there will be a day when the race is finished. 

 

Hebrews 12 says…

1-3 Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

4-11 In this all-out match against sin, others have suffered far worse than you, to say nothing of what Jesus went through—all that bloodshed! So don’t feel sorry for yourselves. Or have you forgotten how good parents treat children, and that God regards you as his children?

My dear child, don’t shrug off God’s discipline,

    but don’t be crushed by it either.

It’s the child he loves that he disciplines;

    the child he embraces, he also corrects…

12-13 So don’t sit around on your hands! No more dragging your feet! Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall, so no one will step in a hole and sprain an ankle. Help each other out. And run for it!

 

God delights in the process…and so should we.  

Love, 

Erin Vinzon

HSM Staff:  Erin Vinzon

HSM Staff: Erin Vinzon

Calm Not Chaos...Is It Even Possible?

Calm Not Chaos...Is It Even Possible?

Holy cow it’s 2017. Time has FLOWN by. 

It feels like 5 days ago we were welcoming in the new freshman class to HSM. It feels like 3 days ago I was in Haiti serving alongside incredible student leaders. And it feels like 1 day ago we were at Lost Canyon singing “This is REAL LOVE” at the top of our lungs. 

Where has time gone?!

There have been so many foundational moments that have taken place in my life over the past year, and I don’t want to miss or forget any of them. 

So, how do I keep up with the chaos of day to day life, and yet, still have time to pause and reflect and remember what God has done, is doing, and will do?

Better yet, how do I live a calm, NOT chaotic, life?

Answer: PRIORITIZE with God’s help. 

We need to prioritize our time. I told my girls in Life Group last night something that my professor once told me and it terrified me, but it was completely true. 

“Your life will never be less busy than it is right now…so, what will you do about it?”

- Will you continue to hold onto your boot straps and pray you survive?

- Or will you take time to pause and prioritize your time with God’s help?

When I prioritize my time with God, this is what one of my processes looks like:

- On Monday’s (my weekend), I set aside 30 minutes to look at my week and choose what I will say yes to and what I will say no to...  

  • I start by putting in the time blocks I want and need, like: journaling and reading my Bible, spending time with my husband, doing something fun and light hearted, etc. 

We MUST remember 2 things: 1. Our God is a God of REST. After creating the world, HE RESTED. Every single day, God gives us opportunities to utilize and grow the gifts He has given us. And once we are done, He WANTS us to REST. Also! 2. Our God is a God of FUN. God desires FREEDOM for our lives - life to the FULLEST. God isn’t a cop watching our ever move, waiting for us to make a mistake. God is loving and kind - God delights in who you are and the things you enjoy doing. So REST and HAVE FUN.

  • Then, I put time blocks in for things that I HAVE to do: work, grocery shopping, laundry (adulting life friends…it’s real). 
  • And lastly, I put time blocks in for NOTHING. You heard me. NOTHING. I intentionally place time blocks so that for an hour I have NOTHING planned that way, the options are ENDLESS. I could read a book for fun, go on a walk, watch a tv show, literally ANYTHING. 

Now the reality is, everyone is different and functions differently. What I do, might not work for you, and that’s OKAY!

My hope isn’t for you to copy my process and try to control every minute of your life (that’s not freedom). My hope is that you can see the value of inviting God into your schedule and how you spend your time. 

YES you have hours of homework. YES you have 5 sports practices in one day. YES you don’t sleep enough…but do you really think that’s how God wants you to live?

So…are you willing to let go of your own schedule in order to invite God in? Or do you want to continue to complain about how busy you are, when really, you just thrive off of the chaos and resting terrifies you?

Will you continue to miss the life God has planned for you? Or will you allow God to give you life to the fullest? 

Ephesians 5:15-17 - "15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is."

Blessings, 

Erin Vinzon

HSM Staff:  Erin Vinzon

HSM Staff: Erin Vinzon

Anyone Got A Ram's Horn?

Anyone Got A Ram's Horn?

Have you ever experienced excitement so enormous that you can’t contain it inside?

My husband, Marc, always finds my excitement hilarious to watch because when I get level 10 excited, it’s like I’m a dog that doesn’t have a tail so all I’m doing is shaking back in forth with a massive, wonderful grin on my face. It’s pretty great to witness I would assume. But sometimes, there’s those moments of excitement where nothing you do on the outside can express how joyful you feel on the inside…so what do you do? You shout! You jump out of your seat! You high fave friends! You chest bump, you juju or running man! You make as much noise as you can and move around with all of your energy because you have so much going on inside that you’re doing everything you can do get it out and express it to the world. 

But what gets us that excited?

For me…honestly…a new episode of New Girl or Modern Family gets me pretty excited. The thought that Stranger Things Season 2 is coming in January gets me super stoked. The fact that Christmas is right around the corner makes me wake up energized. Or even surprises - I love surprises! Not the scary kind, the good kind. I hate being scared...Torie Fields. But anyways…

What gets you excited?…What event or moment creates an excitement within you that sparks a joyful praise?

As you read the book of Psalms (the book right in the middle of the Bible), you see that the Israelites knew how to praise God. They didn’t just lift up a hand in worship or give Jesus a little three second “woooo!” 

Psalm 98:4-6 says, “Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn - shout for joy before the Lord, the King.”

Now I confess…I have not brought a trumpet to worship since…ever. Nor do I own a ram’s horn. But the point is not bringing an instrument, the point is bringing true, meaningful praise before the Lord for everything He has done for you and I…He died for us…umm, that deserves the biggest ram’s horn we can find and every trumpet known to man kind. 

I so often grow numb to all that God has done and is doing for me, especially amidst trials and pain, like relationships that are rocky or prayers that haven't yet been answered. But I forget that each day is a miracle, even if it's a tough day. And I somehow forget the fact that if God ceased loving me, I would cease to exist. Stop and think about that for a second. If God ceased loving you, you would cease to exist. Poof. Bam. Gone. That's INSANE. So ya...amidst the hardships, each day is a miracle. 

I carry on with my days thanking Him for certain conversations or for answering those specific prayers, but I forget to simply thank Him for the air I breathe and the opportunity to live another day in His presence. 

What would it look like for us to “shout for joy to the LORD” each and every day, no matter the circumstance? Worship and praise is crafted in so many ways - fit for each different personality and gifting. How will you shout for joy to the LORD today, this week, and until He returns or calls us home?

Blessings, 

Erin Vinzon

HSM Staff:  Erin Vinzon

HSM Staff: Erin Vinzon

The Scariest Adventure

The Scariest Adventure

As I sit here writing this morning, I’m reflecting on a fear I had while talking to Jesus. There are so many exciting events happening all around me, and I love the rush of it all. But what happens when it’s over? What happens when I don’t have something to look forward to? 

Being an “adult,” you are always surrounded by "realistic opportunities," but you still have passions and dreams... So do you settle? Or do you wait patiently for what’s to come?

Something I’ve learned about myself is that I love thinking of things to come - adventures really. I love the opportunities that lay within the unknown. But in seasons where everything “seems” predictable…I get anxious. 

I’ve learned that I’m afraid of getting bored. I’m afraid of losing the rush and excitement of things. 

But why am I so afraid of that? Why am I so afraid of not having anything to look forward to? Better yet, why do I need something that is level 10 exciting to give me happiness?

As I was sharing my fear of boredom with God, I heard Him whisper that “with Him, I am always on an adventure…don’t miss it.” 

You see, I get so caught up in the future and the adventures to come that I forget today has it’s own adventure at hand. But my definition of adventure and God’s definition of adventure are two very different things. 

God desires relationship, while I desire distraction. 

God loves my broken pieces, while I fear imperfection. 

God likes the darkest rooms of my soul, while I’d rather leave the flashlight behind and never go near those rooms. 

God’s adventures shine a light on all that we are…and we need to pick up the flashlight and follow Him. 

There’s a reason why being still is so terrifying to us. Being still is sometimes the scariest adventure that God chooses to take us on. It requires vulnerability, honesty, and patience. 

We often think adventure means swords and bravery and excitement. And they sometimes do. But we forget the most important part of adventure is taking off all of our personal armor, and putting on God’s armor. But before we can put on His armor, He’s got some serious measurements to take. How’s our heart? How’s our soul? How’s our emotional capacity?

God’s not in the business of covering up our brokenness so that we can continue to ignore it. God wants to reveal it, heal it, and redeem all that we once were so that we can be all that we are meant to be

So what adventure is God inviting you on today? What about In this season? 

Be present in today’s adventures so that you are ready to receive all of the adventures to come. 

Blessings, 

Erin Vinzon

HSM Staff:  Erin Vinzon

HSM Staff: Erin Vinzon

Fearing God Is Actually A Good Thing?

Fearing God Is Actually A Good Thing?

I don’t know about you, but throughout my whole life, fear and love seemed to be opposites. If my mom loved me, I wasn’t afraid of her like a woman from a horror film - why would I hide from a loving hug? Oh the terror. 

But then, as I began reading the the Bible, I came across the word “fear,” but “fear” seemed like it was a good thing. God who supposedly loves me unconditionally - more than I could even comprehend - also wants me to fear Him? Now, which one is it? Fear or love?...I didn't understand both. 

As I kept digging deeper, I realized “fear of the Lord” wasn’t the kind of fear I had while watching a scary movie - freaking out that someone would break into our home or pop out in the dark. “Fear of the Lord” was something I knew more about than I realized… 

JoHannah Reardon’s article from Christian Bible Studies says this:

“I often hear people explain the fear of the Lord as a mere respect or reverence. But the Bible uses the word fear at least 300 times in reference to God, so we make a mistake when we downplay it. The subject becomes even more mysterious when we read something like 1 John 4:18 that says that 'perfect love expels all fear.' So how do we marry this dichotomy? How can we fear God while he expels all fear?

Scripture is full of examples of how fearing God is a positive rather than a negative thing…

So it's clear that fearing God is good because it saves us from caving into our own sinful nature. That's why hearing someone is God-fearing actually makes us trust that person more. If they fear God, they are more likely to keep their word and treat others with kindness. In fact, Romans 3, a classic chapter on sin, says that our chief sin is that we "have no fear of God at all" (Romans 3:18).

So how does fearing God, who is the definition of perfect love, take away fear?...What?

William D. Eisenhower puts it this way in his article 'Fearing God" in Christianity Today:

"Unfortunately, many of us presume that the world is the ultimate threat and that God's function is to offset it. How different this is from the biblical position that God is far scarier than the world …. When we assume that the world is the ultimate threat, we give it unwarranted power, for in truth, the world's threats are temporary. When we expect God to balance the stress of the world, we reduce him to the world's equal …. As I walk with the Lord, I discover that God poses an ominous threat to my ego, but not to me. He rescues me from my delusions, so he may reveal the truth that sets me free. He casts me down, only to lift me up again. He sits in judgment of my sin, but forgives me nevertheless. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but love from the Lord is its completion. [So, in order to receive God’s unconditional love, we must also fear God - fear is actually a good thing].

And, of course, the ultimate example of fear and perfect love working together is Jesus Christ. He warned us at every turn to fear God, not men—and he confirmed that in everything about his life and death. He spoke lovingly but frankly to all and didn't mince words when people needed to face their sin and repent. But he also demonstrated love beyond human understanding when he lived out his words, "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends (John 15:13). With love like that, what is left to fear but God?” 

So back to my loving mom - yes I know she loves me, and I’m not afraid of her hugs. But the thought of messing up and my mom finding out…fear. This fear doesn’t come from a place of past harm or unforgiveness - rather, my mom will forgive me and she will still love me, but we will have to talk about it, and there will be consequences. My mom loves me so much that she desires what is best for me, and if I lack wisdom and mess up, she will help me back up but love. I respect my mom and I want to honor my mom, so I strive not for perfection, but honor. I fear my mom because she loves me so much and doing wrong means consequences. But my fear is respect and honor, not terror and crippling emotion. Fear of my mom, furthermore, fear of God…is wisdom. It’s with my Fear of God that I am capable of receiving His unconditional love - fear and love go together. 

Fear of God is a concept that I often have to revisit and study every so often…but, I’m wondering what it looks like to live each day with a desire to Fear God, rather than a foolish desire to hide my insecurities and put on my masks? 

What does it look like to be wise?

Scripture | Psalm 34 (ESV) - Taste and See That the Lord Is Good

1 I will bless the Lord at all times;

    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;

    let the humble hear and be glad.

3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me,

    and let us exalt his name together!

4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me

    and delivered me from all my fears.

5 Those who look to him are radiant,

    and their faces shall never be ashamed.

6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him

    and saved him out of all his troubles.

7 The angel of the Lord encamps

    around those who fear him, and delivers them.

8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!

    Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

9 Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,

    for those who fear him have no lack!

10 The young lions suffer want and hunger;

    but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

11 Come, O children, listen to me;

    I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

12 What man is there who desires life

    and loves many days, that he may see good?

13 Keep your tongue from evil

    and your lips from speaking deceit.

14 Turn away from evil and do good;

    seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous

    and his ears toward their cry.

16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,

    to cut off the memory of them from the earth.

17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears

    and delivers them out of all their troubles.

18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted

    and saves the crushed in spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,

    but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

20 He keeps all his bones;

    not one of them is broken.

21 Affliction will slay the wicked,

    and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.

22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants;

    none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

Blessings, 

Erin Vinzon

HSM Staff:  Erin Vinzon

HSM Staff: Erin Vinzon

Brave Looks Boring, And That's Totally, Absolutely, Okay.

Brave Looks Boring, And That's Totally, Absolutely, Okay.

Before you go any further...I want to speak to the dudes. If you're a dude reading this, you're going to sense a girly, feminine touch to my writing. DUH. I'm a lady. Keep reading. Just because the words I share have a feminine touch doesn't mean they aren't just as applicable to you. I challenge you to push past the fluff and read the meat of the message. With that, let's continue.

So I don’t know if any of you have ever seen the animated cartoon “Brave,” but for the past 5-6 years of my life (or whenever it came out) I have been stopped on many occasions just to be told “You look like Merida from Brave!” Which first off, thank you so much because I think she’s absolutely adorable, and secondly, because she’s the first BA princess, in my opinion. Yes, Pocahontas was pretty incredible, and Ariel, and Jasmine…well, all of them. But I feel a connection to Merida that I haven’t felt with any other Disney Princess…and it probably is the similar looking faces. If you're a dude reading this, and you've made it this far - trust me, just hold on.

But anyways, though Brave is a cartoon about a young girl wanting to fight for her right to be Queen without having to settle and marry some lame dude, it’s a pretty powerful movie… 

A young girl, fighting for freedom - fighting for the life that she knows she is called to live, not settling for the world’s standards, but making her own. And most importantly, creating a legacy - a new culture for those to follow. 

Merida truly is brave. 

And as I think about what bravery truly is, I realize that all this time, I thought bravery was this external performance - this battle that everyone gets to witness, that ends in glamorous victory…or manly, muscular victory...but bravery, though at times it may be witnessed externally by those around us, is actually more internal than external.

Looking back on the past 6 years of my life, I remember 3 of my bravest moments, and none of them included a tangible sword, booming, external battle cries, or chainmail. But they did include the Sword of the Spirit, prayers that brought me to my knees, and the full Armor of God.

Ephesians 6 says…

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

In Shauna Niequist’s new book, Present Over Perfect, she has a chapter called “When Brave Looks Boring.” Here are a few things she says…As I said, dude's...just keep reading, trust me this is applicable for you.

  • “ Brave doesn’t always involve grand gestures. Sometimes brave looks more like staying when you want to leave, telling the truth when all you want to do is change the subject…”
  • “We’re addicted to big and sweeping and photo-ready…”
  • “…Sometimes the most beautiful things we do are invisible, unsexy.”
  • “…But brave is a lot quieter, at least for me [Shauna]. Brave is staying put when I’m addicted to rushing…Brave is listening instead of talking. Brave is articulating my feelings, especially when the feelings are sad or scared or fragile instead of confident or happy or light.”
  • “Sometimes being brave is being quiet…”
  • “Sometimes, brave looks boring, and that’s totally, absolutely, okay.”

…She got me.

Her definition of bravery, and the Armor we are called to put on in Ephesians 6, go hand in hand. God is preparing us for a battle that is so much more than the action and glamour displayed in the movie 300. Our battles are every day, real life. And sometimes these battles are against ourself…

Merida from Brave, Shauna’s chapter, and the story of Joshua, teach us what it means to be brave every day…and it seems that the common denominator is faith and trust. 

In the 3 bravest seasons of my life, faith and trust where my anchors…

  1. When I chose Ministry over Dancing, 
  2. When I chose Wholeness & Health over Decay, 
  3. and today, as I chose Presence over Perfection. 

God is calling me to be Brave in this season…but not brave because I’m about to fight this external war that everyone will get to witness in all it’s awe and fame. 

God is calling me to be Brave by relearning what Bravery is, and teaching me how to choose it every single day. Choosing faith and trust amidst the unknown. Choosing faith and trust within the stillness and silence. Choosing faith and trust instead of perfect performance.

God is calling me to be Brave enough to slow down, look at myself in the mirror and say, today, I will accept and believe my title as “beloved, very good, enough.”

So, how is God redefining Bravery for you? What standards of this world are you being called to uproot? What will your standards be? What legacy do you want to leave behind? And what new culture do you want to create?

Blessings, 

Erin Vinzon

HSM Staff:  Erin Vinzon

HSM Staff: Erin Vinzon