In this world, we will have troubles. We know it. Jesus told us that we would, so that in Him we will have peace. However, we face every day faith shaking troubles, if we have misplaced hope. My faith began to flourish, when my focus changed from earthly blessings to spiritual blessings in Jesus. I sat down and listed out 30 blessings for which … Read More Faith to Praise
Horoscopes, mysticism, Chinese fortune cookies, yoga, and New Age influenced philosophies… Can we use them to advance our knowledge? Can we adopt the good, motivational parts of the world to under-gird our faith in Jesus? Is there any room for an overwhelming emotional experience that forces an involuntary response to strengthen our faith? A popular devotional writer wrote her salvation experience this way, “Suddenly … Read More Rooted: A Study of Colossians
“Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:14 Something changed in her, an innocence lost. As she looked out, the world seemed to be losing color, so she hung her head. The ground seemed to be shaking. She looked around. No one else seemed to notice. To her terror, she realized, she alone felt the tremors of … Read More Be Light
Chosen! “Not You” these two words would slash and dice my self-image over and over as a child as an adult as a wife as a mother as a friend. Come to think about it, there isn’t a situation that I can think of that these two words weren’t said to me. Once, I was invited to a birthday party so that a girl, … Read More Not Loved, Not my People
John 10:10-11 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” The struggles in this life stress our ability to think rationally and clearly. We compound this stress with the cloud of sin, and … Read More Banishing My Inner Negative Voice
I’m writing a devotional about learning to rest. God calls us to rest in Him, but what does that mean and how do we do it? I have learned that learning to rest in God takes work. It doesn’t happen naturally . I’m giving you a sneak peek at the devotional today. Day 1 Rest in a Prayer for Renewal Colossians 1:9-14 “We are … Read More Learning to Rest is Work.
My Redeemer is beautiful! I am meditating on the great hymn Alas! and Did my Savior Bleed? Was it for sins that I have done He suffered on the tree? Would He devote that sacred head for sinners such as I? Here, Lord, I give myself away. ‘Tis all that I can do. And step by step on this journey of faith, Jesus restores … Read More Meditation: My Redeemer is Beautiful!
You are beautiful! You are. Woman is. We were designed for beauty! Although context matters, 1 Corinthians 11:7 speaks to this. Yes, this is a problematic verse, and I will dive into that a bit. Hopefully, clarifying a few things for women who need to hear of their beauty. “ A man, in fact, should not cover his head, because he is God’s image and … Read More He’s prettier than I
I’m a grateful believer in Jesus Christ who struggles with self-image, self-worth, abandonment, feeling loved, and a host of other issues. Alvin Reid’s book changed the way I tell others about Jesus, as well as how I talk to myself every morning. In his book Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out, he encourages us to preach the gospel to ourselves every morning. This changed my … Read More Preach the Gospel to yourself every morning!
The deadly trio of deep need buried in every human heart is approval, acceptance, and affirmation. The overwhelming need to pursue this trio brings death to every relationship, save one. If we continue to seek this fluctuating trio in our fellow man or woman, we will never satisfy our need. The story of Eve’s temptation in the garden showcases our biggest needs and our … Read More The Deadly Trio
In the last few blog posts I poured out my journey to living free in Christ. I faced lies that derailed my healing. At about this place on the road to freedom I encounter the Spirit of “Not me, I’m too unworthy. Poor pitiful me, I’ve known and done too much evil. God can’t heal this in my life.” This is Pride. Instead of … Read More Pride By Any Other Name is Still Pride
How the letter “Y” creates heresy? In women’s ministry today, I am hearing more and more good women leaders confuse the words worth and worthy. I have been to different conferences, and listened to women that I respect tell the audience, “You are worthy.” The #MeToo movement brought sexual abuse to the forefront. Jesus restores the dignity of women like myself who endured abuse. … Read More My Worth is Untouchable