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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.


I’m so thankful for your honest reviews on iTunes and Stitcher. It only takes a few minutes, but it means the world to me. Thank you!


The Power of a Life Well Lived

Twenty nine years is a really long time. I remember when I couldn’t even imagine what that many years meant.

On this day, all those years ago, we said goodbye to my dad. It was such a bittersweet day. We were so thankful his suffering was over, but we didn’t want to say goodbye. Who ever wants to say goodbye to those who are crossing over to the other side?


I also have mixed feelings about this day. The day is forever marked in my mind because it changed our family dynamic and we lost the person who so easily made our family complete.  I certainly don’t want to celebrate it, but I also don’t want to continually mourn it either. Instead, I choose to remember his life and the impact he had on me and so many others.

Over the last few years, I’ve learned about the power of the impact of a life well lived. I only knew my dad for 14 short years. And I never knew him as an adult. But the lessons he taught me are still so powerful and I try to incorporate them into my own life. Here are a few that continue to resonate with me:

Be present – My dad was so good at this. He was a successful, hard working entrepreneur. But when he was home, he was present. We did things together. We spent time in nature. He listened. He truly saw you.

Be adventurous – My dad loved adventure. He loved to take risks and do things he had never done before. He loved to hunt and fish and do any kind of activity you could do outdoors. I have such great memories of learning to ice skate and jump off of cliffs and water ski and hike and fish all night. He always embraced his passions and was the first one to say yes to a new adventure.

Be faithful – He was faithful to God, his family and his friends. He was loyal and steadfast. You could always count on him to do what he said and to believe that faith could get you through anything. What an incredible example he was in this area.

Be happy – I have very few memories of my dad not being happy. I’m sure there were plenty of times that he was frustrated and we didn’t see it. But he had a very happy disposition and chose to smile as much as he could. He loved to brighten someone else’s day with a smile and a laugh.


Be authentic – My dad was real. He didn’t put on pretenses and he was direct.  But he always did it in a loving and respectful way. The Noah you saw at work was the Noah you saw at home and church and anywhere else.

Be a lover of nature – My dad loved nature. He especially loved sunrises and sunsets. See, now you know where I get my love of horizons! :) He taught us to appreciate the outdoors and the beauty of this earth. I know I certainly didn’t truly understand this until I was older. We are so blessed by an amazing earth bursting with beauty in so many different ways. We just need to learn to pay better attention.

Be willing to go where you haven’t gone before – Although he didn’t get to do it as much as he wanted, my dad had a love of travel. He taught me to understand that you see things differently when you leave your own surroundings.  It can be in your own town and going to places that others aren’t willing to go. Or it can be going to completely different countries. He wanted to see the world, and I definitely got this desire from watching his love of new places.

Love unconditionally – I think this is the most  important lesson I’ve continued to learn from him even years after he is gone. He modeled this better than anyone I have ever known. He loved everyone. Period. He never met a stranger. My dad was always the one who would stop and help someone or simply go out of his way to do something nice for someone simply because he could. He did not judge and always reinforced that regardless of what we did, he would always love us. I still have so much to learn from this example.

My dad was awesome. Yes, of course, I’m biased. He was not perfect. Nobody is. But the way he lived his life has greatly impacted me for all of my life, as well as anyone who knew him.

When I was younger, I definitely felt cheated that I had such little time with him. But now that I am older, I realize how blessed I was to have any time at all with him on this earth. He made my life better. And his legacy lives on through me and our family and my own kids.  I’m so thankful for his beautiful example of living a life well.

I’d love to hear about your dad. What lessons did you learn from him?  What makes him awesome? Share in the comments.



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