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mr. president, i know why you didn’t come to my texas border

Mr. President, I was disappointed that you did not visit the Texas/Mexico border when you were less than 300 miles away in Austin. But I get why you didn’t. See that was me years ago — I didn’t want to see. It was easier for me to sit in my suburban home nice and secure while judging and spewing out my point of view about the situation on our borders. I live in Corpus Christi which is less than three hours away from the border. My city sits right off the main corridor that immigrants [...]

three ways to refresh your soul.

I have sat here for weeks trying to form dictionary words to convey the thoughts rolling through my soul. I’ve written disconnected and run-on sentences. I’ve deleted and began again. I come back here now, to finish what I’ve been trying to ink out for weeks. I spent two hours laboring over the words and message. I hit send and prayed it all made sense. The screen went blank. Totally white — and my message was no where to be found. No where. When your heart goes blank. I want to be aggravated at the [...]

are you frustrated with the journey?

When I think back to four years ago, I remember the frustrating days wondering what was next on my journey. The thoughts of where I was headed and why nothing seemed clear were most aggravating. Have you been there? I was teaching full time at church, leading women’s ministry, and speaking around the country. I knew I was right where God had called me, but there was this frustrating angst within my soul. Something that said God was calling me to more. I remember the frustrating days praying and trying to figure out this mystery. The questions and [...]

caution: stuff like this will mess you up bad.

It’s been a crazy few weeks clumsily journeying through this new path God has placed before me. Many days there just aren’t words. I feel numb. And truthfully when words come they are few as the story of my life seems raw and sometimes this journey needs to remain censored for this time. So thanks always for your patience, your encouragement and support as I awkwardly follow where God is leading. Recently, I stood there quietly in a small room prepared to host those who would volunteer to reach those trapped in sexual exploitation on the [...]

getting real with others.

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She captured my eyes from across the field. There we had met the year before as she was a camper in my cabin at youth camp. I was excited to be back and seeing a familiar face was like heaven. She and I had had great conversations the year before. Me sharing mistakes of my youth and her telling of how she was going to rise up to be the leader God had called her to be. Being authentic and real. There is something about sharing the real and raw of life that allows others [...]

let’s go to guatemala (your invitation to join me)

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I had been in Guatemala when I heard God whisper, “Bring other’s back.” I really didn’t understand what that meant. That trip to Guatemala left me overwhelmed with the vastness of poverty I saw. I wondered, as we walked among the community and visited with the families there, how one person or even a group of 20 could make a difference. But around Day 3 when we partnered with the Guatemala Potter’s House I saw a way I could make a difference — at least to one. There in the lunch room I met Jakelyn. [...]

why is it hard to practice what you preach.

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It’s Tuesday and you know what that means. If you are new (thanks for being here), round here we talk about stepping over our fears and moving forward on this second day of the week. I hope you will be encouraged. This past month has been an incredible stretching opportunity for me. One I have to admit (since we’re friends and all) that I had been failing at. I wasn’t practicing what I was preaching. Can you see my sad, not so proud, face? Fears are everywhere. It was months ago when I told you [...]