A Call to Worship

“I pray that as worshipers we learn to sing in every season… Not because we are good but because He is worthy.” –Elizabeth Ramsdell

These words have resonated with my heart after reading them one late night a few weeks ago. It is so easy for us to get caught up worrying and seeking God about on our behalf, and too often do we forget that He is worthy of our praise not only in the good times, but the tough ones as well. Our God is the same God, yesterday today and forever. There is nothing more comforting than knowing that He is faithful through trials and moments where we know that we cant not operate without His strength.

I don’t believe that everyone is called to sing. I don’t believe that everyone is called to a stage. But I do believe that we are called to worship in spirit and in truth, with everything that we have, and in all that we do. We have a duty to remain faithful in our love and devotion to the Father. He is the one fighting and advocating on our behalf and it is our job to use the platform and influence that He has given to make His name known among all men.

My prayer is that the Lord minsters to your heart in a way that you could never imagine. I pray that His grace is evident and real for you. I pray that the Lord shakes your heart, and begins to press you into a lifetime of relentless pursuit of Him.

I pray that you take advantage to use the voice that God has given you.


I’m Blessed.

I’ve been gone for a while.

So much has changed in the past 6 months. Doors have opened and closed. Friendship have come and gone. I’ve experienced success, and I’ve experienced failure.

But one thing hasn’t changed…

I’m blessed.

The Lord has shaken up my world in ways that make me trust him with everything that I have, and He has blessed me beyond measure.

This year I move on campus at Oral Roberts University. This is a new journey for me and my family. Keep us in your prayers as I move into the next season of my life.

More coming soon,

Ralph E.


GUEST POST: Leaving a Legacy by Holly Hwrynak

Leaving a Legacy

By Holly Hrywnak

I received news last week that my grandma wasn’t doing well. She’s been up and down for the past few years, dealing with a variety of health issues. My mom has been having to go take care of her more often than before and it’s becoming painfully aware that grandma is aging.

That’s a sad and difficult realization to have– to know that someone won’t be here with us forever. Reminds me, I won’t be here forever, either. When faced with death, we are often confronted with the question: “What kind of legacy will I leave behind?”

As a child, I’d spent almost every Saturday night with my grandma so that I could attend church with her Sunday morning. Saturday afternoon, I’d pack up my Sunday best and head over to grandma’s house and we’d spend time together. Sometimes I’d help her with chores or we’d play Dominoes or Checkers. Afterwards, she’d make dinner as I set the table. Actually, she’s the one who first taught me how to correctly set a table– instructing me on the proper placement of the fork, knife and spoon.

Grandma would let me stay up late with her and watch Carman and the Power Team on TBN. If you don’t know who they are I’m afraid that you have missed out on epic Christian TV. My very first Christian cassette tape was “Addicted to Jesus” by Carman. (Don’t tell grandma, but my actual first cassette tape, even before Carman’s, was TLC’s “Crazy Sexy Cool”.) The Power Team was a bunch of beefy weightlifters who would break boards and tear phonebooks in half. They talked about Jesus, too. If I fell asleep before my shows came on, I’d tell grandma to make sure to wake me up….and she would.

My grandma took me to church faithfully each and every Sunday. When we didn’t have a Sunday School teacher for awhile, my grandma stepped in and took over. I still remember the games she taught us to help us memorize scripture. The songs she taught me as a child often come to mind and when they do, I smile, knowing that was a seed she planted in my heart.

Grandma was the first person to show me Jesus.

Every moment I was with her, my grandma would use it as an opportunity to teach me something about Him and His love for me. She’s always been so steadfast in her faith even when life handed her a crappy hand. My grandma married my grandpa at an early age, and a few years after the birth of their third child they found out my grandpa had MS. The disease slowly stole my grandfather’s mobility and ability to work. At which point, my grandma picked up the financial burden of her family. My grandma stands less than 5 feet tall and would bathe, clothe and take care of my grandfather who towered her by over a foot.

Never once did I hear my grandma complain or question God. Not once.

Often, she’d talk to me about faith and trusting God. Seems like she’d be the lady to talk about it since hers seemed to be tested and tried every day. Even now, my grandma holds onto Jesus unwaveringly.

I have no doubts about the legacy my grandmother will leave. She’ll be known as a woman who loved God wholly and spent her life in service and adoration of Him. She didn’t waste any time complaining about the difficulties she faced, but used each day to worship Jesus with her life. If that meant holding church services for those in nursing homes, praying diligently for those in need or taking her granddaughter to church each week.

Each of us will undoubtedly leave a legacy.

Our legacy is the sum of our days. What did we spend our time doing? Saying? What was our focus? What did we pursue?

I don’t know about you, but I want a legacy that’s marked with a lasting effect. I want my life to leave ripples on the generations–not because it’s about me, but because I’ve allowed God to use me in whatever way He’s deemed fit. From the big events to the everyday monotony, I want to be someone that was found faithful. Who loved lavishly even when it meant not receiving it in return. Who gave herself fully to Jesus and didn’t waiver in the face of uncertainty.

But that’s me–who is someone that has left a lasting impact on your life because of the legacy they left? What kind of legacy do you want to leave?

Holly is a 30ish year old writer who strives to share honestly and transparently in hopes that it will encourage others to be open about their own struggles and lessons learned. She’s been accused of being sassy, which she finds to be an admirable attribute. Her favorite things include: making people laugh, chocolate, sweatshirt weather and authentic conversations over coffee. One day she hopes to find herself a bearded lumberjack to call her own. You can find more her writing at http://www.thecommonqueen.com



GUEST POST: Why Are You in a Job You Hate?

Hey friends! Here is a little awesomeness to end your week with! Shayla Eaton is a connoisseur of the writing and editing process, having edited over 150 books and countless articles, blogs, social media posts, and marketing campaigns. She now helps authors and organizations in her own business, Curiouser Editing. Of course, Shayla loves coffee and is an admirer of all things creative and bookish. 


Why Are You in a Job You Hate? by Shayla Eaton

It’s no secret that there are people in the world who flat-out hate their jobs. Every day, there is someone who falls out of bed, curses his alarm clock, puts on a suit and tie, drives to work, and sits at a desk at a job…that he hates.

So why does he do it?

1. To have money

2. To be successful

3. To put food on the table for his family

4. To work up the corporate ladder and become a big wig

5. To put his business degree to work

But he’s unhappy and hates his job. So let me ask that question a little differently:

Can he accomplish those goals without hating his job?

I used to know someone who hated her job. I mean, abhorred it. If it were possible to kick the actual job, this person would do it. Have you seen Office Space, where Michael beats up the fax machine? It would be something like that.

So every time I talked to her, she would tell me how stressed out she was, how annoyed she was with her co-workers, how her boss was an idiot, how every single day was a battle just to walk in there.

So I would ask her, “What’s your plan then?”

“What plan?” she’d ask.

“What are you going to do about it? You hate working there, so why are you still there?”

She would list one or more of the listed reasons above. And as far as I know, she’s still in that job, hating every minute of it.

One day, you have to ask yourself, What are my dreams and how can I fulfill them? instead of What are Mr. Big Wig’s dreams and how can I fulfill them?

You can make 101 excuses as to why you can’t leave a job that you loathe (and start your own business). Here, I’ll do it for you:

1. I have a family to feed

2. I have a car payment or house payment

3. There are too many startup costs

4. I’m not good at anything else

5. I can’t just quit my job because I hate it; I have to push through

For those of you who are stuck with this thinking, let me ask you this:

How much fun are you around your spouse and kids after work? Do you come home and say, “Boy, I just had the best day of my life! Every single day at Ultra Corporate Big Wig Executive America is my dream. Let’s go have a picnic, kids!”

If we’re being honest here, you probably trudge through the door, fall onto the couch, and lie there with a flat expression as you realize you have to get up and do it all over again the next day. You probably are so exhausted from hating your job that the idea of having fun almost seems…like work. If anything, you just want to keel over and sleep for three days.

So how do you fix this? How do you get out of a job you loathe? Can you really start your own business?

You have to have a plan. If you complain about your awful job and have no plan whatsoever of getting out of there, then you are not allowed to complain.

Here’s what you can do:

1. Make a list of all the things you love doing. It does not matter how farfetched they are. Make a list, and be honest with yourself.

2. Start the Internet search. Brainstorm. Think of ways that you can take your passion and make a profit. Are you amazing at Kenpo Karate? Could you teach a class? Are you a gourmet chef in your own kitchen? Why not start a catering business?

3. Come up with three jobs that you would just love to do for a living. Make a second list and compare the pros and cons. Is catering a great option but has a large startup cost? Would teaching karate be perfect minus finding a building?

Proceed to step 4.

4. Save. Your. Money. I don’t care if you start a savings account or if you keep it in a jar. Save your money and make that dream happen. Just because your dream job has a startup cost doesn’t mean you give up. You acknowledge the con and provide a solution.

5. Make it happen. “But…but…there’s so much to do!” Exactly. Don’t waste time.

You’re wasting time right now in a job you hate. Take that energy and put it toward something you love.

You can ignore this entire post and plug in dozens more excuses as to why you shouldn’t bother with getting out of a job you hate, but doesn’t that sound really boring? Wouldn’t you rather challenge yourself and see what you’re really made of?

Wouldn’t you like to love your job?


Being vs. Doing

I am a human being, not a human doing. Don’t equate your self-worth with how well you do things in life. You aren’t what you do. If you are what you do, then when you don’t, you aren’t.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer

As I sat in the library of my high school, this quote blew my world up. All of my life, I’d been focused on the things that I was doing, the next steps to where I wanted to go. All of this had opened doors for many opportunities to present themselves. Opportunities that could change my life forever. Many that I took advantage of..

Until I realized that I was missing the opportunity to be. To be a role model. To be a son, a cousin, a nephew, a brother, a friend.

I was devoting my time to staying busy all the time, filling every second of everyday doing something for me. To make sure everything was benefitting me.

I was becoming a human doing instead of a human being.

It was at this moment that I realized that life was more than just how well I did things. I realized that life was much more than being busy all the time.

2015 is the year of purpose.

It is the year of intentionality.

Let everything you do, be on purpose. Be intentional in your work. Be intentional with your interactions. Be intentional in your relationships with your family and friends.



Guest Posts: Rick Theule

Hey guys, here is a little awesomeness for your morning. Today I have Rick Theule (Too-lee) who is a proud dad, faithful husband, lover of Christ, and looking to inspire you to be awesome. Enjoy!





Passion – Speaking, Writing, Leading.

Get In the Banana.


As I was preparing to write this post for Ralph, I took a few minutes to stroll through his blog. These

are some of the topics that grabbed my attention. Banana?? Really? In his defense, I’m an old fart

comparatively. The banana post may be significant. You should probably begin reading it first.

The other topics are much more familiar to me. In fact, I’m quite passionate about those topics.



An unbelievably important topic. There are so many ways to lead, and so many ways to lead the

wrong way. It is important to spend time learning from those who already display leadership

traits. As I work on developing my own leadership materials and content, I find myself leaning

heavily on a few people. Michael Hyatt, Jon Acuff, John Maxwell, Andy Stanley, Michele Cushatt,

and more. I read blog and books. I listen to podcasts. I intentionally connect with people I

respect and look up to. Commenting on blogs and sharing content from these people help me

strengthen my own position and beliefs in the area of leadership. I believe the best way to learn

how to be a great leader is to lean on the experience of others.



How we communicate in 2014 is very different from even a few short years ago. I use social

media to communicate now more than any other method. A few years ago, many of these avenues did not exist.

Blogging, the medium we’re using here, didn’t exist 20 years ago when I was

finishing college. Communication has changed so much, yet we still experience many of the

same problems. Clarity is an issue. Many times, even when speaking to people face to face, our

communication can be misunderstood and twisted. Recently, in a closed Facebook Group I am

in, some poor communication skills caused a problem. Ideas and opinions being posted by an

individual were not coming across very clear. Many of us in the group did not understand what

the person was trying to say. It was difficult to straighten it out. Would face to face, or a phone

call (FaceTime??) have helped? Maybe. My point is, communicate well. Learn to use multiple

methods in order to provide clarity.


Connections kind of go right along with communication. Without strong communication we

often fail to make connections with people. Proper connections can propel us along to great

rewards in business. Connections can also bring us to meaningful relationships that may last a

lifetime. Without connections, we become stagnant and stuck. Many times in life, connections

will move you forward to achieve more in life than you could ever imagine on your own. A

perfect example for me is the book I’m writing. Without some very strong connections to some

very key people, I wouldn’t be writing my blog, let alone a book (or two, or three).

Passion – Speaking, Writing, Leading.

I have found my passion in my life. My passion revolves around speaking, writing, and leading

people to a more awesome version of their own lives. How do you find your passion? Look up.

Read the above paragraphs. Communication and connection with leaders will help you find

your own passion. Don’t hold back thinking it will magically come to you. Seek out your passion.

Seek out leaders. Ask those leaders how they discovered their passion. Make connections with

people you believe may be able to help you discover your passion.

I’m still not sure about the banana but, I do know Ralph Edwards is on the right track with regards to

Passion, Communication, Connection, and Leadership. Subscribe to his blog. Learn from him. Learn from

his guests. Engage and ask questions.


And most important of all, continue to live a life full of awesome.


Connect with Rick!

Website: http://ricktheule.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RickTheuleWriter

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RickTheule

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/RickTheule/


Guest Post: What’s Stopping You?

Hey guys! Here is a little awesomeness for your Monday morning! Today we have my good friend and published author Corie Clark, who lives in Southern California with her husband and three kids. She is passionate about helping people find their purpose and truly live it to its fullest. Join the Simplicity Project conversation by following her on Facebook and Twitter and visiting her website, corieclark.com

  We all long for a life of more. For living a life of passion and purpose, filled with hope and dreams. A life that makes a difference and changes the world.

     But all too often, life just gets in the way. Sounds like a paradox, right? We dream bigger dreams, we struggle, we strive, and we search for meaning and then somewhere along the way, life gets in the way of living. We’ve got mouths too feed, launry to do, email to answer, and deadlines to meet. On top of that, we have clutter filling our homes and our minds and there really seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel.

The Simplicity Project

For years I believed the lie that life was just going to be normal. I was doing all of the things I was supposed to do. I was a good wife, a good mom, a good friend. I cooked and cleaned and played with my kids. I did all of those lovely things that make up the American dream.

Then, something shifted. I wanted more. I wanted to live with purpose. As I began to realize that I was made for more, I was doing anything I could to fit that “more” into my life. But life was too crazy. We Americans cram as much of anything into whatever space we have, right? More food, more possessions, more jobs, more debt. More is better, right? WRONG!

What’s Keeping You From the Life You’re Called To?

We can’t keep casting blame elsewhere. We have to take the bull by the horns and live the life we want. The life God has called us to live. The excuses of not enough time, not enough money, too fat, too tired, not enough room… those are poor excuses. We technically have control over each and every one of those.

If we want to live out our dreams and follow the path God is leading us on, we need to make some changes. When we are stretched too thin we have no room for the miraculous. We have no room to dream or laugh or even just breathe. Margin is necessary for our dreams. It’s necessary for God. When we don’t have margin in our lives, we’re essentially telling God, “I’ve got this. I don’t have time for your plan.”

Enough is Enough

Towards the end of 2013, I was approaching my breaking point. I was sick and tired of life getting in the way of living. I decided to make a change. It wasn’t going to be easy and itt wasn’t going to happen over night. I created The Simplicity Project, which I would navigate through over 28 days in February. And I made it.

It saved my life. It saved my family’s life. I learned to create margin in my health, home, finances, and time. Margin that God needs so he can work His miracles. Margin that I needed to follow my dreams. It was even enough margin for me to write a book about it.

I challenge you to take an assessment of your life. Look at each area and see where you can create margin. If you’re overwhelmed in any area, I’d love to help you. You can learn more about The Simplicity Project at TheSimplicityProjectBook.com.

It’s time for you to start living the life you were created to live. A life of purpose and passions. A life that changes the world. What’s stopping you?