God can calm any storm, especially the one in your mind. Take a minute to pause and recenter your focus on Him.



I pray something you read here encourages you… We’re just trying to figure this out — together.


Reason for Pause Podcast (Coming Soon)

Creating a weekly podcast is a super intimidating thing for me, but I think it’s something that can help someone like me.


Reason for Pause YouTube (Coming Soon)

Sometimes, you just need 5 minutes to catch your breath. This will help with that.


The Empty Promise of a Full Schedule

The Empty Promise of a Full Schedule

“How’s it going?” “Oh, you know... just busy... really busy.” “Yeah, me too. Always running from one thing to the next.”  a blurry look at my daily planner That’s something you would have heard a lot of 2 months ago that you don’t hear that much today*. If...

How I’m Finding Contentment

How I’m Finding Contentment

I just got a check from the U.S. Government as part of a stimulus package going out to every American. Praise. The. Lord. It hit my bank account yesterday and my first thought was -- boy, a new iPhone would be nice! I’ve been using the same one for about 4 years now,...

I’m Brandon Cotten — one of the pastors at New Life Church in Fort Smith, AR. I’m probably not the best at writing stuff about myself, but look at my family! I have a beautiful Nicaraguan (and now American!) wife named Jessica, two kiddos – Fox & Eiley, and a not pictured Golden Doodle named Callie.

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“The Lord gives strength to His people; The Lord blesses His people with peace.”

Psalm 29:11 

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