The Problem Is . . .

Everyone has problems.  After years of listening to people tell similar stories with different outcomes . . .  I’ve learned the issue comes down to the way it’s navigated . . .  regardless of the power of the problem.

Some focus on the difficulties of the problem while others focus on the process which leads to the best outcome.

 Pastoral Advice Shared At My Table

The thing is . . . when you and I believe God will use the problem to bring us to our best . . .  we’re able to navigate with calm . . .  and strategize with creativity.  These two components change the narrative from being a victim of the problem to being confident and certain that it will lead to the best of the “not-yet.”

At this point, the “yeah, but” discussion begins: “Yeah, but, you don’t understand how hard and impossible this problem is.”

I agree.  I don’t understand all the elements you have to manage in the problem(s) you are facing.

BUT.  I do face problems.  And, what I know to be true is that God offers you and I grace to navigate with calm and strategize with creativity.  

Grace is the power to do the things we can’t do on our own.  

Three life-principles:  

  1. God Wants Your Best:  “So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose”  (Romans 8:28, TPT).
  2. God Is For Your Best:  “So, what does all this mean? If God has determined to stand with us, tell me, who then could ever stand against us?” (Romans 8:31, TPT). 
  3. God Is At Work For Your Best:  “But he answered me, “My grace is always more than enough for you, and my power finds its full expression through your weakness.” So I will celebrate my weaknesses, for when I’m weak I sense more deeply the mighty power of Christ living in me” (2 Corinthiahs 12:9, TPT).

Today’s Advent Thought

No matter the size of the problem . . . through the power of grace . . .  you can navigate it with a calm spirit and strategize the process with creativity. This can be seen in the lives of the people involved in the days leading to Christ’s birth and thereafter–Kerrie 

Advent Thoughts: 

  1. Party.
  2. Surprise!  
  3. Do you know?  (This is long but worth thinking about.) 
  4.  All Is Well.  
  5. Five Words . . . And More.

By the way . . . Joshua Lindley and I  will be launching tablethink in January 2019 . . . with the invitation to sit at our viritual table  for inspiration and innovation as you invest your life in living your best.   If, you have access to the Salem, Oregon area we hope you will stop by between noon and four at our open house on December 16.  For details see  I will keep you updated on my public Facebook page @