The soul is living art, composed of mind, will, and heart. This mixed-medium masterwork is filled with emotions, memories and a resilience that exceeds physical limitation. Your soul is a masterpiece and it’s the most priceless possession in the universe. So incredibly valuable, Jesus paid for its liberation with his own life. It's through your heart and soul that everything you love about life is experienced—joy, adventure, wonder, dreams, romance and relationship.  The only way to enter the "better life" is for your heart and soul to become one—united—whole.



"I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of." — Jesus (John 10:10 MSG)

What is the life you have dreamt about, but haven’t yet explored or maybe even put words to? What if everything you need to transition from your current “environment” into a whole new way of living was already inside of you, predestined, yet untapped? What if all you had to do was take a breath, and enter in? The path from one way of living to a more expansive one is always scary, wonderful, and wild. But if you’re going to soar into something new, you’ll have to leap off the branch into the void. If you’re going to experience the vast beauty and wonder of the new life lying before you now, you’ll have to jump in yourself and seek the unknown that waits in your soul.

Your soul and heart are not metaphorical poetry. They are fact. Almost everyone has experienced a moment of heartbreak—endured a betrayal, a bad break-up or lost a loved one—you don't need me to tell you the wearying effects a broken heart can have on your mind, will, and body. When your heart and soul are wounded, the rest of your life limps. Indeed, there are splits and cracks in all of our inner lives, and until these are fully restored, united and matured, we will not be able to fully realize a life, Jesus described as, "better life than they ever dreamed of." 

The truth is that God is pouring out more than enough life to abundantly overflow our lives, but like a bucket with holes, our lives rarely have the chance to fill up.  As David connected in Psalm 23, the Lord must first “restoreth my soul” before “my cup runneth over” (Psalm 23:3, 5 KJV). Much of the abundant life God extravagantly pours out slips through the holes in our heart and soul. I’ve felt it and so have you.  If you want to enter the life you have dreamt about—soar into something new—you'll have to leap in yourself and seek the unknown that waits in your heart and soul. Let's get started!


1.) When you were a child, who did you want to be or what did you want to do when you became an adult?

2.) 54% of practicing Christians say they have at least one emotional/mental health issue that impacts their relationships. What are your thoughts concerning this statistic?

3.) We are made of a spirit, soul and body (I Thessalonians 5:23). Which one of these areas do you spend the most time attending to or developing.  Rank them from highest to lowest?  How might your life change if you tended to each area more intentionallyespecially, in the areas you ranked lowest?


The stories of our life often flow like this:

1.) Shalom (Peace) - During this season we experienced a sense of joy, safety and innocence.

2.) Shattering - Something or someone wounds us deeply and shatters our shalom.

3.) Self-satisfy - We attempt to satisfy what was lost on our own—alleviate the pain of our wound and seek to restore our lost sense of shalom. (We may employ self-satisfying tactics knowingly, but, much of the time, we do so unknowingly.) Our own attempts to self-satisfy are always temporary. While they may momentarily numb the pain, they do not heal the wound, nor fully restore our peace. When we discover that we cannot successfully accomplish these things on our own, we are more likely to search for help (a book, a counselor, a Savior and, in the best case, all of the above). If this occurs, entering the forth stage then becomes possible.

4.) Salvation - Our wound is healed, shalom is restored and a “better life” is reclaimed.

The Wholehearted Journey is designed to guide you deeper into this 4th stage—"Salvation"—or, as Jesus described it, the “better life.”

The first step in this process toward a “better life”, will necessitate that you choose a story from your past. (In a future chapter, you’ll have the opportunity to express your story through written word, but, for now, all that’s required is that you think about which episode of your life may need revisiting.) This story will, courageously, need to be one of shattering (stage 2). This shattering may have transpired 4 weeks ago or 40 (or more) years ago, but—as you decide, please keep this in mind—the younger you were were when the shattering occurred, the greatest power (and potential) it has to heal your past, restore your peace and thrust you into that "better life" Jesus prepared for you.

Though many of us may already have an idea of a story we might need to recall, the very best way to go about deciding, is to ask Jesus—the healer of shattered hearts—what story he would like you to return to. Why don’t we do that now.

Jesus, which story would you like me to write about on this whole heart journey?

Please make it clear, which episode of my life you would want me to engage. 

In addition, please don’t feel the pressure to have to make that decision immediately. You’ll have plenty of time to think about it over the next two chapters. In them, I will vulnerably share a few shattering episodes from my own story. I’ve done so in part, in hopes that it may provide an example of how to go about choosing (and, eventually, writing about) your own.


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