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Willie Morris on The Power of Positive Impact {Podcast Episode #77}



Willie Morris joins me on the podcast today. He is the founder of Faithbox and has an incredible story.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • His own faith journey and wrestling with it
  • Seeing people’s humanities
  • Recognizing God in the every day and nature
  • Realizing that everyone’s journey is different
  • You never know the impact you are making on people by how you live your life
  • How Faithbox got started
  • How they partner with socially responsible companies
  • Their partnership with Rice Bowls
  • How many wins can they stack up for big positive impact
  • The hardest part is always the first leap of faith step
  • He was surprised at the personal impact it has had
  • How giving back has impacted him
  • What is my legacy going to be?
  • What are some small steps you can take towards the bigger goal
  • Small steps won’t seem like roadblocks anymore
  • Outside curators who are helping with upcoming monthly boxes


You can learn more at the website, Twitter, and Facebook. You can find Willie on Twitter as well.

What is a small step you can take today?

Ronne Rock on Owning Your Purpose Part 2 {Podcast Episode #76}


Today, we continue the conversation with Ronne Rock. If you missed part one on Episode #75, stop now and go back and listen to it. Ronne gave incredible advice about owning your purpose and living intentionally.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • Her love of kitchen therapy and how it is a delightful diversion
  • Being passionate about stories, redemption and hope harkens back from the one place in her life that was safe; the kitchen
  • The kitchen was a place where a lot of screaming didn’t take place
  • The one place her mom felt most valued and beautiful was in the kitchen
  • Over a meal, walls are torn down
  • Something happens in the act of cooking and serving and sitting at a table
  • We feel known at a table
  • Lighten up. Give yourself a break.
  • Step away from the tactical things, and look for the qualities and gifts within you
  • What is it that you actually love?
  • What things are life giving to you?
  • It may be me. It may not be my situation.
  • What is it in me that might need to change to relook at my situation?
  • What are the possibilities?
  • Her “terrociting” news :)
  • Looking for the stories all around us that we don’t always notice
  • Ronne is writing a book!!!
  • Every week, she is taking a step
  • She is writing stories of women
  • I’m going to do good with my hands and I’m going to do good with my heart and fight for what’s right
  • The women in her book range in age from 16 to 73
  • The title of the book is called ‘Building Eden’
  • It’s about stories of redemption and restoration
  • One person’s story will spark something in someone else
  • God is all about new
  • We can live the life we are supposed to be living right now

You can read more of Ronne’s work on her website, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Changing my view


What does it mean to you?

Do you even think about it?

Do you appreciate it?

Do you take it for granted?

I know I do.

And I’m about to have an experience that will most likely change how I view it forever.

Next week, I will travel to Haiti for the first time.

bucketsI cannot wait to experience first hand the amazing work that our friends Bill and Renee Plaza have been investing in. They have fallen in love with this country and are using their retirement to make a difference to so many people through clean water initiatives.

I have no idea how distributing 500 clean water filtration systems in the remote mountains of Haiti will impact me. I just know that it will.  And I can’t wait to share it with you when I return.

I’ll be sharing updates on Twitter and Instagram and Facebook when I can, and would love to have you follow along.

Have you ever been on a trip that changed your view of something forever? I’d love to hear!











Journeying through Lent

Last year was my first experience with Lent. Yes, I’ve heard of it for years and knew that people gave things up, but I never really understood the meaning behind it.

We walked through Lent together as a church community for the first time and it was really powerful. I learned so much about this tradition that people have been practicing for years, yet I was completely unaware of.

If you are not familiar with the meaning behind Lent, there is a great post about it by one of our pastors, Ben Thomas. You can find it here. Basically, Lent is an opportunity to be stripped bare and look in the mirror. To stop medicating ourselves and covering up what’s really going on inside. It’s the opportunity to slow down and truly become aware.

For me, Lent was a way to prepare for Easter in a new and refreshing way. I was going through a major career and life transition, so it took on additional meaning for me at that time.

One of my favorite quotes about Lent is from Ronald Rolheiser.


Photo credit: The Orchard Community


Wow. “Stop eating whatever protects us from having to face the desert that is inside of us…..” Ouch! My career transition and the changes I was making were forcing me to face the desert inside of me. And I was pretty amazed at what I saw.

I saw a disconnected, fragmented life. There wasn’t anything horrible. But there were areas that needed work. There were things I needed to address in order to help me move towards wholeness. It provided an awareness that has led to significant changes and working on myself.

There’s a great Lent devotional book by Richard Rohr called Wondrous Encounters: Scriptures for Lent. It includes brief daily readings and scriptures and prayer. It is a really powerful tool. I highly recommend you pick it up.

Our pastors also talk about having two options at Lent. One is to give something up (chocolate, alcohol, gossip, etc.) or another option is to add something in (meditation, contemplative practices, prayer, etc.) I love that idea. It isn’t always about giving something up. It’s also sometimes about taking time to slow down enough to realize what is happening and to add a good practice into your daily routine.

My pastor, Scott Hodge, wrote this powerful prayer that I continue to pray.


Photo credit: The Orchard Community

Learning to hold lightly and release quickly is something I am continuing to work on. It changes your entire perspective and can really impact how you live your life.

Tonight, we will have our second Ash Wednesday service. We will have interactive family activities and spread ashes. It was absolutely beautiful last year, and I am looking forward to taking time to slow down and set the tone for the upcoming season of Lent.

How do you slow down and experience Lent in your own life? Share in the comments below.



Ronne Rock on Owning Your Purpose {Podcast Episode #75}


I absolutely loved having my friend Ronne Rock on the show today. She is full of wisdom and has such a huge heart. She is a curator of story, hopelessly addicted to hope, and a lover of kitchen therapy. I can’t wait to share Ronne’s words with you today.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • Her conviction of the heart that led her to leave the corporate world
  • “I’m not just a marketer. I’m actually a writer. I love narrating life.”
  • How she found her own heart’s purpose
  • “Your purpose doesn’t have to start in your 20’s or 30’s.”
  • Her love of telling stories about broken places
  • The questions she started asking herself
  • What is it that you can’t not do?
  • When you dream at night, what is it that you dream of?
  • Who is it that you love to talk to more than anyone?
  • “I am created to narrate the life of other people.”
  • “My purpose in life is to tell a story of restoration and redemption.”
  • How owning that purpose changed her perspective
  • You can always rediscover yourself, regardless of your age
  • “It’s never too late to start. God has no timeline.” – Guatemalan missionary
  • God’s in the business of creating new
  • “When the dream starts to be planted, take a step.”
  • Learning to build and craft your life
  • “This is who I am inside, regardless of my circumstances.”
  • “This is the contribution that I get to make, regardless of where I’m at.”
  • How her heart started to long for doing right for those who were invisible
  • “We are a people who need hope”
  • “Hope is contagious”
  • Learning to narrate the story of hope
  • Honor and respect the place you are going
  • Seeing hope bubble up from the ground in a new place
  • “Get low to see eye to eye with the country”
  • How can our hands and feet serve you?
  • “Right now, I’m being a response to a prayer.”
  • You’ll learn more if you take time to listen
  • The first thing to being present is to shut up!
  • Remove the opportunity for us to ignore important things

Ronne had so much wisdom to share, so I decided to split her interview into two parts. This is the first time I’ve done this. We’ll be back in a few days with the remainder of the interview.

Be sure to check out Ronne’s awesome work on her website, or connect with her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

What did you like about this episode? Share in the comments below.


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