Allison Bown

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Off the Hamster Wheel Into Stillness.

Years ago, I remember one of my most frequent questions: “When I’m working so hard, why does it feel like I’m growing up so slowly in God?”  I was reading countless books, listening to loads of teaching and trying hard to do everything I was learning.  It was exhausting. And…

When We’re Not Who We Hope to Be, What Does Jesus Do?

On our journey with God, we travel in a paradox of strengths and vulnerabilities.  We have New Man perceptions and mindsets that are growing stronger and old patterns of thinking that are being renewed.  And sometimes, they collide in ways that we didn’t see coming. On the days we hope…

Better Questions Get Kingdom Answers.

My heart is always full of questions.  I am by nature an explorer, therefore, I am always wondering; always curious.  But at times, I was mystified by a seeming lack of answers.  Until I began to realize that God was giving me the answer, but He was often answering His…

Not Sure You Have a Dream for 2018? Consider This…

For years, I’ve never known quite how to respond to the question, “What’s your dream?”  I had a list of things that I hoped to do, but somehow, those answers seemed incomplete.  I poured over my promises and the words that I had collected over the years.  My list of…

What Thanksgiving Unlocks.

We walk up the pathway and knock on the door of friends or family. And there’s that moment when it opens and we’re surrounded by people who are really glad to see us. There’s laughter and food and joy—conversations filled with delight. Isn’t that what all of us desire in…

Freedom to Expect the Best.

The world says, “Expect the best, but prepare for the worst.” Yet God doesn’t think like that. His perspective is: “Expect the best and prepare for the best.” What changes for us when we share His way of seeing? We become free from apprehension and filled with anticipation. When we…

How Ashes Turn to Beauty.

Many years ago, I remember asking God, “How can this ever be fixed?” What I was really asking was, “How can I ever be fixed?” But that wasn’t the question that God was asking. He was looking at me and smiling, fully knowing what He was about to do next….