Positively Alene

stepping over fear to love a messy world

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4 truths you can learn from the ghost of christmas past.

Have you seen the movie or read the book “A Christmas Carol?” I was reminded of my past tonight as I listened to two men give testimony to their former way of life — prison gang members. Then as our evening broke up, I had opportunity to pray for two young ladies. It was evident their pasts were haunting them. Their pasts were trying to lure them back. My past began stirring longing to come to light. I have to say, there’s something about the “ghost of Christmas past” that haunts. If you are unfamiliar with the movie and Ebenezer Scrooge, listen in and be refreshed.  or subscribe in itunes  If you are a subscriber, you can listen here. While Jesus’ name is proclaimed around the world this […]

6 things to help the less fortunate at christmas.

While this cold weather seems like Christmas, it is wrecking me. For one, I’m not your cold weather kind of girl — I’m a hot sun-shiny person. But mostly this weather has me thinking about my friends out on the streets. It hurts my heart to turn on the news and see how homeless are deceased due to the elements outside. So as we hurry and scurry about making sure our family is cared for during the holidays, let’s remember to reach out to those less fortunate. 6 Things You Can Do to Help the Less Fortunate

you can know there is purpose when god is silent.

Do you ever feel God is silent? Not there? Unseen? Maybe you are there now. You seek and search, yet no answer. You might feel Him stirring and moving your heart, but no real breakthrough. Oh I’ve been there, and I can tell you . . . Silence is Oh. So. Awkward.  During this Christmas season as we look at silence, our minds are probably drawn to the old favorite Christmas tune: Silent Night, Holy Night, All is Calm, All is Bright However, while it seemed quiet, God was moving loudly in the hearts of people. Listen in to realize There is purpose when God is silent  or  subscribe in itunes  If you are an email subscriber, you can listen here. -Christ was born after a period of […]

when the holidays arrive, don’t let your bad attitude win.

Oh my stars — it’s December! Did you feel the panic when you flipped your calendar over this morning as it revealed December 1st? Certainly my heart skipped a few beats. The missing beats were due to the pressure that the holidays can bring. How can you have a perfect Christmas when you only have 25 days to make it happen? My attitude began to sink. Could I manage it all? Could I get it all done? Could I afford it? Did I have days enough on the calendar to make Christmas perfect? My attitude was getting the best of me. Already on December 1st I was forgetting why we even celebrate to begin with. It is not about the best decorated house, the parties […]

when teenage girls write letters to prostitutes.

I woke up with a few questions to ask you: Have you ever wondered what you’d say to a girl out on the streets? Maybe you’ve tried to form words in your mind, but yet they seem to stumble and roll clumsily around in your brain not making any sense? Maybe you’ve never thought a lick about it? Friday Nights. Every Friday night I lead a ministry, Beautiful Night, that takes to the streets for a couple of hours to meet and give encouragement to girls bound up in different forms of sexual exploitation. It’s a ministry that God birthed by vision into my heart back in January and I’ve sought to be faithful to carry out His plan. Each Friday when we lead out we take […]

ban phrase #2: i wish i were in full-time ministry.

Sitting in a coffee shop visiting over a warm cup of coffee with a cold breeze blowing outside, a friend says, “Oh how I wish I were in full-time ministry like you.” The statement didn’t settle as it wrestled it’s way in to my mind. Actually, the words full-time ministry kind-of stopped my heart for a moment as I wondered what she truly meant. There are a few phrases that just don’t set with my soul. We looked at the first phrase I’d like to ban the other day, “I want to be a missionary.” And now we’ll look at the other phrase that should be ban, “I wish I were in full-time ministry.” Ministry. After I had time to process and ask more questions […]

ban phrase #1: i want to be a missionary.

Remember the media hype and confusion recently over Sheryl Sandberg’s campaign to ban the word “bossy?” I never really understood it all. Probably because I really didn’t take the time to. Actually, the thoughts I saw flying around social media left me uninterested. Probably because, as a mom, I’d rather my daughter come off bossy than the opposite — lacking self-esteem. Bossy can be disciplined to be humble confidence, where as the opposite would mean my daughter would feel like she had nothing of value to offer. But enough hubbub about the word bossy. There’s another word and phrase that’s been playing havoc on my soul. Missionary. Have you ever wanted to be a missionary? For years I wanted God to call me out specifically […]