“I have come that you might life and have it abundantly.” – Jesus

Often people tell me, “We grew up poor but I never knew we were poor.”

The six Crowell kids knew every day of our growing up that we were poor. We lived in the land of scarcity.

There was never enough simply because there was not enough, a huge difference from having enough but feeling like it is never enough.

Imagine a box arriving at your door. It is a gift to you. You have no idea who sent the gift.

You open the box. Carefully wrapped inside the box is a plain wooden box. A note says open the box.

You open this box and inside is a smaller box with instructions to open this box.

Inside is a small box. It is beautifully decorated.  The note says please open when you are truly ready to receive the greatest treasure, the most precious gift you will ever get.

Trembling with excitement you open the box. It is a tiny music box.

These are the soft words sung to you, “Wherever you are be all there. Whatever you have it is enough. I am yours and you are mine. Now go live in abundance. You have everything you need. It is enough.”

I tell you my reality; it took cancer for me to learn I live in the land of abundance because wherever I am and whatever I have it is more than enough. This is real freedom.

Find your freedom dear friends, don’t wait until you have to learn it through some sort of pain.  

If life were a baseball game, home-plate for me is Psalm 23.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord

– Psalm 23