Blog Hop…Why I write.

As my 3 year old gains coordination, my husband and I have had a lot of fun trying to teach her new activities.  Forward somersaults, balancing, and jumping all included.  One such game that has been introduced is hopscotch.  Of course everything in our home reverts back to a Curious George reference (who knew that darn monkey had done SOOOO many things!).  Thankfully, there is an entire episode where George conquers the most epic hopscotch ever so Samara thus loves to play the game (season 2, episode 36, just in case you are dying to see it for yourself.  I know you are).

Think of this as a slightly altered, not-really-the same-at-all, cyber-version of hopscotch.  This is called a blog hop.  I was featured (along with a couple other people) by a friend who reads my blog and I then get to feature a couple of the blogs I follow* to introduce you to all that is wonderful in blogs-ville.

*On a side note, I realized how many blogs I follow where I don’t actually know the people and have had minimal interaction, if any at all.  I think I need to work on that, seeing as many of those I follow are for future hopes towards networking.

So my friend, Stephanie Reeves, included me in her blog hop last week.  My husband and I met Stephanie through working with the youth at our church in Orlando, Fl.  She has three amazing kids, two of which were in the youth group while we were leaders.  The entire family is awesome but of course, there was a minor detail with Stephanie being a Raiders fan and Kyle being a Broncos fan, but you know…minor details 😉

Stephanie, who has worked as a writer and editor for Cru, as well as a teacher, currently has two blogs: Compelled and That Senior Year.  She says, “Compelled is a mish mash of thoughts. Most of the time I use things I come across in everyday life to draw a spiritual parallel. Sometimes I talk about parenting; sometimes I talk about current events.”  And That Senior Year is chronicling her eldest’s final year in high school.


For this particular Blog Hop, each writer will answer four questions about their blog and their writing.  Then I get the opportunity to introduce you to a few bloggers that I adore (and think you should too)!  Ok, so here we go.

1.What am I writing or working on? Sooo…I just submitted my manuscript for my first book (insert happy/nervous shriek), Getting Past the Start.  With the first step (or 20) completed and waiting for the next round of edits to come back, I am currently researching for my next book which focuses on the idea of being sanctified and how that shapes our identity (you’ll hear more about it as I process my thoughts/frustrations/excitement).

Then I have this wonderful blog that serves as a melting pot for my thoughts/frustrations/excitements (see above).  It’s called simply living the life because I focus on everyday issues that I encounter as a wife, as a mom, as a mentor to youth, as a young woman trying to achieve her goals, but mostly as a daughter of God.  Sometimes the posts are serious and (hopefully) thought provoking and sometimes they drip with sarcasm (my attempt at humor though it may or may not translate as well as it does in the voice in my head).

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? I think that I have a unique ability to reach a pretty broad spectrum of people.  I have a sincere passion to reach the group dubbed YA (young adult), which includes teenagers and college kids, but I feel that many of my viewpoints can be equally appreciated by older generations (no, I did not just call you old. I promise).

God’s been grooming my heart and has begun to lay a true passion for understanding our identity in Christ.  This is something relevant for every person, of every socioeconomic background, of every race, of every generation.  I pray that I do it justice in my method of communication.

3. Why do I write what I do?  My husband (and all other members of my family) would be the first to tell you that I am a verbal processor.  Sometimes it comes out as what I unattractively call verbal vomit.  Those are moments when my brain is processing something beyond what I understand but I can’t contain it so I begin to verbally think through each and every aspect of it.  Sometimes, that’s how I write and sometimes, it’s the start of an idea that I then write about once I have processed it to a greater extent.

I write because I can’t contain it.  I love sharing insight as God grants it to me and I long to reach the masses with His messages.  I try to keep it real and approachable, but more than anything, true to the verity that God has revealed.

4. How does my writing process work? see above.  Seriously though, many times my blogs are a digital print out of my thought process at that particular moment.  I don’t edit much (if any) to keep it true and real.  It allows me the opportunity to fully develop a thought as it’s happening.

For the books…I’m honestly still figuring that one out.  I’ll let you know when I know 😉

Okay, now that you know a bit more about me and my writing, let me introduce you to a couple people:

2013-05-05 13.38.02First up is one of my favorite guys in the world, my dad, Charlie Shinn.  Yes, I am slightly biased but I love how he shares his heart on his blog, Integrity Dad.

First and most importantly(by his emphasis), he is saved by the grace of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He says, “I find that each day comes with the opportunity to walk with integrity following the example that Christ set for each of us 2000 years ago.  I seek to be a man of integrity, not to position myself above those around me for it is only by His grace that I even take my next breath.  But I seek integrity to be an example to others and to do all that I can to place a smile on God’s face.  My heart’s desire is that one day I will hear Him say “well done, good and faithful servant”.

I’m have been blessed to be married to my very best friend for 33 years and the blessings overflow when I add in two beautiful daughters, two son-in-laws, and four blessed grandchildren.  I’m a Christ-follower, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a farmer, and one who loves the world that God has placed me.
All that I am, all that I do, and all that I hope to be … it is not I but Christ who lives in me.”  I’m proud to be his daughter and I think you will appreciate the insight that he offers.
Next up is my friend John Fournier.  We got to know John and his wife while working with the youth.  He has an
incredible way of engaging you right where you’re at, which makes him an incredible youth leader. John is a transplant to Orlando from New England, a new husband and father, an avid sports fan, and a broken man trying to live an uncommon life through the
grace of God. He has a heart for helping others and it is evident by his passion for serving in youth ministry.
His blog, Who Are You?, was founded as a way to continue sharing his experiences with people of all ages, specifically youth, to try and help them figure out who God made them to be. Having traveled all over the country for his old job, he has impacted many communities and uses blogging to try and stay connected and influential. While not a self-proclaimed writer, John strives to expand the platform God has given him to reach out to as many people as possible
The last, but certainly not least, is Jonathan DugginsI got to know his wife, Stephanie, through the moms group at our church in Orlando.  Dad to three adorable little boys, he created this masterpiece of a blog that never fails to bring a smile to my face.  The Dad Workout takes some of the monotony and exhausting side effects of parenting and makes it fun and hilarious. Taken from the home page: “This revelation brought about the birth of another baby in my life:  The Dad Workout.  The photographs and posts on this site were inspired by experiences I’ve had as a new dad with my boys.  All the families featured here are real.  Disclaimer:  If you’re looking for a serious workout plan, this is not it.  The exercises featured here were created to make you sweat a little but ultimately to laugh about what we go through to raise the next generation.  Share your stories and photos of fatherly awesomeness.  Join the ranks of men as we grab fatherhood by the love handles and bask in the glory of everything DAD. “
If you are a parent, or think that you may be at some point, or even if know for a certain that you will never ever in a million years submit yourself to that kind of torture, you need to check out The Dad Workout.
On a side note, my husband won second place in a contest they were doing.  You can see it here.  Yeah, I’m proud.
Ok, that’s it from me I guess.  Hope you enjoy these 3 new blogs to explore!

Investing blood, sweat, and tears

Today, I sold a little piece of my soul.  Yup, I joined a gym.  Though it’s the YMCA, so I feel better about that part of it.  But every 15th of the month until I tell them otherwise (with at least a 5 day notice), my bank account will take a hit.  Up side, that hit to my bank account also covers childcare so I’m able to go and workout while my kiddos go share germs and toys with other kiddos, learning important social behaviors (hopefully more positive than negative).

This morning that meant 1 hour to myself, feeling completely overwhelmed by the equipment (even though I have used it before, though I am horrible as establishing a good routine of which ones to use on what days), and comically amused at the old men exercising in slacks and a button down shirt.  Really.

But in the effort to better myself, my husband, and our family, we made the decision to make the investment.

I know, tons of people have a gym membership, so what?

It’s all about investment.  I have shared my dream of having an organization that serves as a faith resource to teenage girls and the first of the 4 areas of focus is “yourself.”  This is all about young ladies recognizing that Jesus said that the greatest command was to love the Lord with all your heart, mind, and strength (Mat. 22:38). To do this means investing in the relationship.  I hope to inspire a love for the word of God in young ladies that will then influence the rest of their lives.  This is done in two parts: daily devotions and a question forum.   Getting in the Word of God and growing in knowledge of who he is.

The second area is “friends.”  Jesus continued that the second greatest command is to love others as you love yourself (Mat 22:39).  Once you yourself are on a solid path, the next circle of influence is the people you hang out with.  Your friends.  I hope to provide small group materials to empower young ladies to reach out to their friends, who hopefully will jump in at the first step and have a relationship with God.

The third area is “community.”  This is where “faith in action” comes in to play.  Whether they need volunteer hours or they are looking for a service opportunity to do with their small group (see the second area of focus), we would provide a list of organizations/companies that have already said “yes, I would be happy to have some teenagers volunteer.”  Including a contact name and phone number.

The fourth area is the “world.”  We as believers are called to share Jesus

“And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 NLT)

My prayer within this section is that other mission agencies that travel around the world on short term trips will be willing to partner with us to allow students to travel and serve worldwide.  They would officially be serving through that organization (their requirements and expenses, etc.), however, we would act as a liaison and help the students coordinate all of the details that they need for the trip.

The idea behind the organization I am dreaming of is all about investing in the lives of young ladies.  It’s about meeting them where they are at in this moment, and helping to give them the resources to move forward in their faith.  Just as my family decided to invest our time and money into a gym membership for our physical and mental well being, this organization invests in teenage girl’s lives for their eternal well being.

Some areas that you can be praying for me in this:

  • Website.  Obviously this is all done through a well organized website that is easily accessible and easy upkeep.
  • Finances to be able to afford the bare necessities (the website cost and development, as well as continual upkeep, trademarking names, someday down the road a salary for myself, other writers, IT, and finance  and marketing departments)
  • Connections.  Deep down, I’m an introvert and so stepping out and initiating connections is somewhat of a challenge for me.  BUT, I need to work within the community to have options available for volunteering as well as initiating the conversation about possible partnership for overseas mission opportunities.
  • Wisdom for material to write (to get everything up and running, I need devotions pre-written to get them posted daily and curriculum for at least several small group topics)
  • Time.  Right now, I am a full time mom and wife.  My career is my children.  I would like to find that good balance between working toward this dream as well as my other writing dreams, and taking care of my home and kiddos (who are usually napping when I’m blogging).

Moving Past the Start Intro.

Below is the introduction to my book Moving Past the Start (working title).  I’m not posting this to be lazy and not write something new and inspired for you all, my wonderful blog readers.  This is to share my heart.  This (what is written below) tells you my passion and I can think of nothing more vulnerable for me to do at this point than to share it with all of you.  I hope as I continue to complete this adventure I am calling writing a book (ahh! sorry, momentary freak out about the daunting task that is proving to be), I will share more snippets from my research and discoveries.

Feel free to comment, I welcome the critique (I think) 🙂


I love books that inspire change.  It’s not just about reading the words and going on with your life. Instead, it’s about reading the words, allowing your soul to digest what they are saying and giving the Spirit the freedom to move in your life and prompt change.  Tom Stoppard says, “Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.”

It is all too easy to read a good (and inspiring) book, feel the conviction from the first page to the last, then set it aside with simply, “that was a good book,” mentality and never change your direction.

Andy Stanley says, “Direction, not intention, determines your destination.”

I want to be a world changer.  Not by myself, but I want to inspire others to join in and become world changers.  It’s not as impossible of a dream as it may sound.  We each have a unique circle of influence.  Some people have a very small circle, whereas others have what seems like impossibly large circles (I’m friends with a couple of these people).  We are not asked to change the world by ourselves, rather spread the need for change within our own circles.  Then those within our circles spread it to their circles, and so on.  This ripple effect can genuinely change lives, and thus, change the world.

I dream a lot.  I like to imagine what it would be like to be an author (for a living) and be asked to speak at conferences sharing the insights that God has given me.  I imagine what it would be like to create a nonprofit organization to reach young ladies. To create an organization whose entire purpose is built to encourage and inspire them in their faith and provide resources for them to achieve their dreams.  I imagine what my girls will be like as they grow older.  I imagine what the world will look like for this next generation, and that leads me to imagine what it will be like when Jesus comes back.

The world is quickly falling apart and Christians speak against a lot of what is going on, but how much are we actually doing?  We post quotes and stats on our social media pages, but never leave the comfort of our couches to actually do anything about that which we are “standing” against. We’re writing until our fingers develop calluses to inspire change, but if we don’t start that change, what good are our words?

The older I grow, the more I realize that my comfort zone is as an introvert.  I like being around people I know and have relationships with.  I like spending time with just my family and find it challenging to be put in the middle of a group of people I don’t know and be asked to initiate conversation.  But what good does that do in regards to the Kingdom?  I talk with people I already know, who already know me.  I share my story with people who have either already heard it, or who don’t need the wisdom I’ve learned from living it.

God allows certain events to occur in our lives (both good and bad) to guide us and to change us, and to ultimately grow us.  He is cultivating our lives to change his Kingdom and to bring as many hearts to him as we can prior to the second coming.  He is allowing us time to reach out to more people.  That is why Jesus hasn’t come back yet.  Not because the world hasn’t gone to hell and a hand basket more than once.  Think of all of the atrocities that have been piling up in this world, the straight up inhumanities that are occurring in our own back yards.  And what are Christians doing about it?  Sitting in our pews on Sunday morning, singing about the mercies of our God, resting in our “middle class” comfort zones with our 3/2 homes and minivans, sheltering our children from all of the injustices of this world by not allowing them to live in the world and learn how to live in the world without being of the world…it does nothing to change it.  Yes, enjoy and learn from those gifted to teach on Sunday mornings (or Thursday nights, or Saturday nights, whenever you go to service).  Yes, thank God for providing you with a wonderful home, a vehicle to get to and from, and an income that allows your family to be in need of nothing.  Yes, guard the hearts of your children however God leads you to and train them up in the way they will go so that when they are older they will not stray from it.

But what are we doing about changing the word?  Where are we allowing God to take us that will allow Him to show the world all of his wonder and glory?  And why are we, as believers, okay with staying in our comfort zones when God has clearly called us to so much more?

That is what this is about.

This is about change.

This about realizing the potential that God has placed inside each and every one of us and allowing him to take back control of that potential to allow it to become a reality.

This about getting out of the blocks of the race that we have, up to this point, been okay with watching rather than participating.

This is about getting past the start and finishing strong so that on that day, you can stand before God and he can say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

The revelation to accompany the promise.

Sooo…I know it’s been a while, but I’ll skip right over all of my excuses why I haven’t written.  Besides, it’s a long list and it’s late (again, I know…it’s not that late, it’s 10:00 pm but both girls are in bed and the longer I stay up the more “munchie” I get).


A little while back you may remember my run with God.  (If you missed it, go read it here, it’s actually a pretty good one).  So one of the promises that was made to me was an anointing on my family, but I had to find peace with God exactly where I was (am).

So, I have my resume posted in a couple different places that have the potential of being seen by prospective employers (Linkdin, Career Builder).  Ones like linkdin are recent with hopes of remaining updated as well as creating opportunities for me to network when an opportunity arises.  Ones like Career Builder are remnants of when I was actively looking for a job (2008-2009).  Well, it was the latter that I got contacted about (which means they were working off of a nearly 5 year old resume…oops!).

I got an email from DMC (a marketing firm in central Florida) last week.  I seriously did not think much about it.  I mentioned it briefly to Kyle and then just ignored it, never followed up, never responded.  Then this afternoon, I get a phone call.  It wasn’t my most professional phone interview, but then again, I was taken back a little bit and not quite on my “get a job” game.  Either way, I must have answered the questions well enough that they asked to schedule an introductory interview tomorrow morning.

Holy cow, that’s a fast turn around.  I go ahead and agree, thinking it can’t hurt to at least go and see what the job actually entails (something about marketing, building key accounts-face to face, and refining into management to start up another location).  Then I started to think about it.  Really think about it.

You see, here is my opportunity.  I didn’t search it out, it found me.  A full time job that would probably pay well enough that I could afford to work (childcare throws off a lot of budgeting ideas).  I could help us earn enough to knock out the last of our debt, deepen our savings, and start additional oh-my-goodness-I-now-have-not-only-2-college-educations-to-pay-for-but-2-weddings savings.  All in all, not a bad turn of events, right?  I mean, I like marketing and I think it’s a skill that I could utilize in my “dream job” scenario, without a doubt.

Then another thought popped into my head.

Is this job worth putting my girls into day care for?

Do I really care that much about this job that it’s worth taking away the time I would have with my 6 month old and 2 1/2 year old?

The answer to that was pretty simple.  No.

No, this is not a job that I really want.  No, this job is not absolutely needed.  No, I do not want to give up the time with my girls to go back to work for this job.

So I emailed them back, apologizing but explaining that I would not be able to make the interview and wished them well.

It’s not what I expected when God told me to find peace in my situation, but I think that is exactly what this has done.  I don’t think this was a “test” to pass or not, it was simply an opportunity where I got the chance to see what my priorities really are.  I like to say that they are following God and loving/spending time with my family.  This time, I got to show it.

Love of a Mother 101

Last week I posted about some of the areas that God is growing me.  This week I am reminded of just important they are through a blog I just read.  I found it through a Pinterest post (good grief Pinterest is addicting!), and simply fell in love with her words and phrasing.  It captured my heart and brought tears to my eyes (and I’m pretty sure I would have cried even if I wasn’t 28 weeks pregnant).  So take a minute and read “Rules for Mothers of Daughters“…

If you have a daughter, $10 bucks says you had to wipe away a couple tears of your own.  It’s okay.  That’s how it is supposed to be and I guess that’s my point.

I adore my daughter.  Each age she reaches, I say that it is my favorite.  I love that she is beginning to show her independence and personality now.  She smiles at the things she likes, even laughs at them.  She wants me to hold her and would rather be with me than anyone.  Now, this is not me saying that I love her toddler tantrums that have already begun at 19 months, or that I don’t also thoroughly enjoy the hour or two that I have to relax during her naps, but there is so much that I am able to cherish right now.  Girls are the best.  I know, everyone with sons is going to argue me on this, but I am excited that come the end of September we will have another little girl to lavish and adore.

When I read that blog, I thought of my mom.  I never once questioned her love for me.  At the age of 6, when asked what we wanted to be when we grew up, everyone else was saying doctor or astronaut or teacher, I answered “a mom.”  She was (is) that good at it 🙂  She was my Girl Scout leader, the school (and county) PTA president, band parent, and biggest supporter.  We fought (pretty regularly in middle and high school…and the first year of college), but I never doubted that she loved me fiercely.  She put her aspirations on hold because my sister and I were always her priority.  She didn’t work outside the home until I was halfway through elementary school and she completed her college degree once we had graduated high school.  But while she always put us first, she did such amazing things on her own as well (see #6 on the list from the blog).  I was so proud of who she was and that she was (again, is) an independent woman who will speak out for those who can’t speak for themselves.  She has always been my example and my role model.

That’s what I want for my girls.  I want them to be proud to call me their mom.  I want to give them not just what they need but to help them be molded into who God wants them to be.  I long for them to live passionately for God and to be willing to take risks to do that.  It scares me because I am so powerless in this, but I can love them powerfully so that they know that I am always there for them.

That’s why I know that, for now, I need to stay home with them.  That’s why I know that God has given me a dream and a passion, but that some of those will come later on in my life.  That right now, my girls are my number one dream and passion.  That loving and raising them is the priority that God has placed in my life.  And I am so grateful.  Grateful that I have been given the opportunity to love someone so deeply that I see God’s love for me in a new light.  I can grasp at that unfathomable love that comes from a parent and know that I am still only seeing the broken picture of my heavenly Father’s love for me.  But at least it’s a fragment.  And it’s one that I treasure.

Knowing the God of the Universe

Can we know the God of the universe?  Can we really know him, intimately, as we do our spouses, our parents, our closest friends?  According to scripture, we can and God calls us to do just that.  We are told that he has shown himself to us.

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” Romans 1:20

There are two distinct ways that we can truly know God.  They can also be referred to as the 1st and 2nd tables of law.

1. Our duty to God.

2. Our duty to our fellow man.

Our duty to God directly relates to our knowledge of God.  We learn in scripture that to fulfill that duty, we are to obey his commands.  1 John 2:3 tells us that “by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.” (ESV)  Through obeying God, we find freedom in the knowledge of him.  The commands aren’t just an out of date ritual to be followed because you have to.  In fact, it is said in Hosea 6:6, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.”  It wasn’t the act of sacrifice that God wanted.  Yes, he did command sacrifices for the sins committed, but what he was looking for was not the ritual but the right heart.  He was looking for devotion and desire to be close to him.  Rituals without the right heart are simply empty actions that mean nothing.

“With what shill I come before the LORD and bow down before the exalted God?  Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?  Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with then thousand rivers of oil?  Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?  He has shown you, o man, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”  Micah 6:6-8

The send part of knowing God is through our duty to our fellow man.  Jeremiah sums it up beautifully when he was speaking about Josiah’s rulership.

“He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well.  Is that not what it means to know me? declares the Lord.”  Jeremiah 22:16

We can obey the commands, but we will be missing a large part of those commands if we ignore one another.  When we look down on others because they can’t afford the best clothes, or if we scoff at the man on the side of the road looking for money, we are doing that very action toward God.  There are a lot of people that have had tough situations that brought them to where they are today.  Some are homeless by choice and their own stubborness, but the majority are there by bad circumstances.  Even if some of those were brought on by their own bad decisions, we are to have mercy, not judgement.  We are to extend love, not condemnation.

Christians have become so focused on the terrible morality of the world, that we have been overlooking the needs in our own neighborhoods.  We focus on the visionary political scene (insert staunch Conservative here) and have divided even our political parties as those of big businesses and those for the poor (but wouldn’t dare do anything about it, but talk plenty about it and push for money rather than resources and time that is needed to address the situation properly rather than putting a band-aid on a sucking chest wound.)  We need to see beyond ourselves and just offer love.  We aren’t able to fix the problem; only God can do that and will at the second coming.  But we can do something.  Anything.  If even to only pray that God will open our eyes to see beyond ourselves.  You see, because only then can we truly know the God of the universe.

Mediocrity is No Longer Welcome.

Mediocrity.  It is a plague that has infiltrated much of the modern world.  We accept a “c” student mentality from our children, our youth, even from adults in our lives (employees, volunteers, ect.)  Rather than challenging the norm, we continue to do just enough to get by in this world.

The saddest part is that we have allowed this plague to infect our faith as well.  No longer do we expect our young adults to be responsible for their actions.  No longer do we hold our clergy accountable for the choices that they make.  We accept half-hearted-ness when Jesus has already told us that the “lukewarm” will be spit out from his mouth.  We can’t just walk the fence on issues and expect God to grant us favor.  It is no wonder that the American church has become so entangled in society that you barely see a difference between the Christian and the unbeliever.  Rather than standing up for those differences that God has put in place we issues mottos that include, “open hearts, open minds, open doors.”  While the church itself may hold certain beliefs, why on earth would we ever “force” them on someone?  Shouldn’t we all be able to believe whatever we want and “just get along?”  (Coexist, right?)

Wrong.  The Bible tells us that we should LOVE everyone.  Unconditional, indescribable love to people that don’t deserve it (that includes us as well).  But loving everyone does not mean abandoning our faith and the distinctiveness that goes along with that faith.  We aren’t supposed to blend in.  If anything we are clearly instructed to stand out!

Jesus said,” You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

In the same way that Jesus compared the disciples to a lamp (you don’t put it under a bowl, you put it on a stand), we are to be a light to others around us.  We are to stand out and stand strong for the convictions that God has given us.

I don’t want to blend in, I want to be different.  I want to be the one in the room that doesn’t cuss because God has called me to not use profanity.  I want to be the one in the group that has never cheated on my husband, because God has called me to love one man and to remain faithful to him until death parts us.

I am different, maybe even strange, but I am that way because I refuse to accept mediocrity.

I refuse to do just enough.

I stand for Jesus.

Where do you stand?