Stop pretending

There is no need to pretend to be someone that you are not. God loves you as you are. Your current circumstance never changes the amount of love that He has for you. Rest in that truth instead of soaking in self-dissatisfaction. God made no mistake when He created you. He delights in you and… Read More

Recent podcast adventures…. (Faith can move mountains)

My adventures in cyberspace have led to some amazing connections. This past year, I had the privilege of meeting a fellow life coach and soul-sister, Jena Harris. Recently she gave me the honor being her guest on her Soulfood Sundays podcast. Read More

The day I decided to break free from the curse of poverty

In middle school, I had a realization that life on our farm was more complicated, than I pictured it to be. This realization came to me during my induction to the National Junior Honor Society. The night before, my mother and I had gotten into an argument over what I would wear. Read More

Live your values

Something for you to think about…. πŸ€”πŸ’­πŸ’‘ – For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. James 2:26 ESV – Share this with someone who could benefit from hearing it. 🀜πŸ’₯πŸ€› Unapologetically yours, John Eli

11 personal sins that I choose to confess and renounce

What you find below is my confession to a bundle of personal practices that have caused many pain and heartache. So here it goes…… Read More

Soul Butter Station vol. 4 (Captured “live”/Isla Vista Worship)

Although I am already an avid fan of acoustic sets, I find myself in a deeper level of musical euphoria when gospocentric stories of grace are linked into the melody. This describes my exact experience when I recently heard Mark Bowen’s (of Isla Vista Worship) live performance of their new single, β€œCaptured.” Read More

What I’m learning from Angry Birds, public outbursts, and church people

My initial reaction was nausea… then the nausea was followed by deep sorrow…. My heart hurt for this young man. I’m almost sure that he was completely blind-sighted by the backlash caused by his shirt. I’m positive that all he wanted to do was share the gospel. Instead, he was tar and feathered by two bitter crows. Read More

The day when I had to choose between God and the girl

I was aware of her traumatic childhood. I was also aware of how it had impacted her life. Her father was extremely abusive to her mother and to the family. In fact, she bore a small scar near her eye from a brick that her father had flung at her when she was little. Her experiences caused her to be abrasive in her interactions at times. She could be distrusting of people and it took a while to gain her trust. Read More