Out of the Valley of the Shadow of Death

1-TreeI debated whether to share this story, but I have no choice. I have run into so many people who are struggling and wonder if there is any hope.

This is exhibit “A” that there is hope!

In this post is the unbelievable entry I wrote in my journal over ten years ago and the story of how God’s amazing grace brought me out of the valley of the shadow of death.

Reading this entry drove me to my knees thanking God for the full life I am living today. 

Day One! Two Reasons for Hope

sunset1Last week I shared a Rick Warren post entitled “The Blessings of a Life of Integrity.”

The Challenge to live a life of integrity was obvious.  But as I wrote, I knew that for many readers there was an enormous elephant standing in the room.

A question that went unaddressed.

Ken, what if my life hasn’t always been one of integrity? What if I have experienced failure? Has the sun set on my day of opportunity? Are the promised blessings forever lost? The answer is…

The Blessings of a Life of Integrity

1keys-to-a-blessed-life-how-integrity-blesses-you_miniI watch the news. I peek behind the curtain of politics. I examine my life and the life of my friends and I am compelled to pass on this post on integrity by Rick Warren — Oct 31, 2015.

Rick’s entire original post can be found by clicking here. I encourage you to read it in its entirety. I hope it will convict and inspire you as it did me.

I have included portions of Rick’s post below so that I could embed my thoughts in response to his points. My comments are in red italics.

My own post entitled, “Day One,” will appear next Thursday. It is an essential follow up.

4 Critical Reasons to Not be the Lone Ranger

shutterstock_73569397When I first entered the world of travel and speaking, I was giddy with the fact that I was now in control of my own life.  It was such a rush knowing that I would never have to attend a board meetings or answer answer to any committees again.

I took offense when I met a friend at the airport one day and he asked me this question. “To whom are you accountable?” With a defensive pride I answered, “I am my own boss. I am accountable to no one!” Before the plane reached 30,000 ft my pride had turned to fear. And within just a few years my Lone Ranger style of living my life almost led to disaster.

Here are 4 critical reasons not to live or lead like the Lone Ranger.

Honesty and Faith

There are two characteristics I admire in people. One is honesty and the other is courageous faith in the midst of challenges of the heart. Sometimes honesty does not accompany declarations of faith because some people believe that honesty in the midst of difficult times is paramount to a lack of faith. However…

Faith is not the absence of doubt. Faith is moving forward in the presence of doubt.

Please take a moment to read the incredible blog post written by my beautiful friend, Michele Cushatt.  For Want of Beautiful. Michele is an example of honest faith. 

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Michele Cushatt