love thy frenemies

Biblical scripture teaches to ‘love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,’ but what about your frenemies? Isn’t that a little more difficult? Where does any sacred text mention the word? How do you even pronounce it?

Pronounced frin-uh-me, a frenemy is a portmanteau of friend and enemy, like smog is a combination of smoke and fog. Fremenies portray friendship, but their motive is something much more sinister and akin to a rival. They comfortably enjoy the occupation of ally all the while exploiting the very trust that positioned them as close.

stronger than our yesterday

trials present new opportunities for us to confront and be stronger than our yesterday.

your thoughts become you

your thoughts inevitably become your destiny. what you choose, what you think, what you do – becomes you.

critical phase of renewal

you’re in that critical phase of renewal – that phase where you must guard your thoughts against discouragement or giving up. continue to be renewed.

don’t lose heart

though you may toil and labor many days and seem to yield nothing, don’t lose heart. roots to the trees that will soon yield fruit, as a result of your efforts, are growing… even now.

in grace anyway

…but respond in grace anyway.

made to stand out

more valuable and lasting than being popular is to be consistent within your specific purpose. stop trying to fit in when you were created to stand out.

that’s what faith is

walk right up to the edge of your circumstance, close your eyes, see the bright red sparks of possibility dancing beneath your lids, feel God’s presence, whisper a prayer to Him… and leap. that’s what faith is.