Positively Alene

inspiring you to live your life your way . . . serving others

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Do you wonder what life is all about? You’ve been searching and yet feel unfulfilled. If so, Giving Up Normal is a manifesto that change the way you think as it challenges you to step out of your comfort to help others. The ONLY way to know your purpose is to serve others. The action steps included in this FREE ebook make it easy for you to live with purpose today. To get your copy (and regular updates), click subscribe.

for days when you realize your africa is only seven miles from home.

It was a busy hot summer day that had worn my soul out to the inner most parts of my being. But yet there was something so rejuvenating about it. Many new faces had showed up longing to get a glimpse of what we do on the inner city. You know, it’s exhilarating having others step into your area of passion to see. And this day was a day of seeing. It was a day when many realized it’s easier to sit and talk about changing a world, than it is to go and change a world. The world. “Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God’s good news to one and all.” (Mark 16:15 MSG) When Jesus spoke these words […]

roots, wings, and raising children to have more faith than yourself.

It’s that time of year where so many moms are being stretched in their faith. We’re loading our children up on buses, packing them out for college, or letting them drive themselves to school for the first time. It’s scary days. It’s days where moms doubt, question, and fret. Yes, we do! This year has been different for me. I just put my baby girl on a plane for Africa. Africa — here she comes! She is on her way and I’m tracking her clear across the world. (Y’all thank God and the heavens above for technology!!!) This whole boarding the plane, not seeing my daughter for months, and not knowing where she’ll be has me thinking a lot. A LOT! Roots. I believe in roots. […]

to all the moms who are struggling through hard moments.

I remember when my first child was growing up, every little decision seemed so big. This new place I found myself — this place of motherhood — seemed so foreign. So scary. Three kids later the load of motherhood didn’t really get any easier for me. Having a conversation with a dear mentor (whose children were grown)  I was telling her I couldn’t wait until my children were older so things would be easier. It surely seemed the stress of motherhood would dissipate as my children reached young adulthood. After I rambled on for awhile, my friend reached over and grabbed my hand saying, “Oh Alene, it doesn’t get easier. If anything it gets harder. There are bigger things you will have to wrestle through and give to […]

here’s why I wish I could tell you about what I’ve seen, but I can’t.

It had been a busy day running from one end of the city to the other. Appointments from managing vacation rentals out on the island to phone calls scheduling our next Taking it to the Streets event. My mind felt scattered. I knew I had an upcoming video interview lined up to talk about why I had become part of a church on the inner city of town and what prompted me to make that move. Needing a few moments to reflect, I sought solitude. The memories flooded back. The unfulfilled stirring in my soul leading up to the whisper of God calling me to new territory. The emotions of leaving the familiar behind. And wrestling with God over why he would call me to another […]

for days when you are overwhelmed — pray big, but work small.

It was a humid day last year when we piled into a 15 passenger van to take us into the Guatemala City Dump area. We were squished in like sardines this day and the driver was . . . well, let’s just say he was driving as all Guatemalans do. . . totally crazy! Our team was there to partner with the Guatemala Potter’s House. We were there to serve the Dump City and to love on the families that we were beginning to get to know. It had been a great trip so far. Laughter, tears, sweat and thankfully no blood. Through the mountainous drive, the laughter and conversation filling the van I heard that quiet soft whisper that I had heard years before […]

today i’m giving you total permission to not be in ministry.

The crazy thing about burn-out is that you don’t notice it until it hits you full-force. I didn’t see the slow creep of weariness that had been apparently sneaking upon my soul for months. Then all of the sudden the biggness of everything was bearing down on me as never before. It was just another day, and then all the sudden the burden felt too heavy to carry. I had spent years building a ministry, a platform (as that’s the new fancy word these days.) My days were a blur of focusing on numbers, stats, organization, and everything else it took to grow a ministry and make a difference. And when the burn-out burden hit I began to question whether any of this energy spent on […]

here’s the first 3 steps to take when you’re not OK.

Hopefully everything you read around here is encouraging and moves you to serve others. That is my heart’s desire! But, some days serving others is just plain hard. I was blown away when I recently shared that I was struggling with being real and sharing about burn-out in my journey when a friend wrote back, “People need to know it’s OK to not be OK.” With those profound words, I decided to be brave and write about burn-out and drowning. I was not prepared for the response from those of you who are burned-out too. So OLF’s (on-line-friends), let’s work through this together. Let’s refuse to let the waves of burn-out overtake us! First 3 steps to take when you’re not OK. 1. Don’t numb God out. […]