When life is in limbo

Some days and even seasons in our life seem to put us into a holding pattern- we get sick and miss a few days because we are in bed, recovering, there are roadblocks in the pathway to plans we had, something gets put on hold, on the back burner, something doesn’t work out, the money doesn’t come through, people cancel on us, the door is shut… There are many situations that can suddenly takeover, they¬† leave us preoccupied…we just aren’t our usual self. If you are in a season of rest or restlessness, don’t panic and do not despair. Although it may seem difficult to press through the day, all is not lost, your world hasn’t just ended. Lord willing, tomorrow morning, the sun will rise again – even if you aren’t...

Our Inmost Being

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your words are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:13-14. Two years ago, as I was walking into my daughter’s labor and delivery room I was overwhelmed by the sound of one thing: Little Ezra’s heart beat. Though he was still snuggled safely within his momma’s womb, he was letting us know he was there. Beyond her still very pregnant belly – the sound of his heart, the sound of life, echoed throughout the room. Sixteen hours later, we still heard that wonderfully, consistent sound. Labor had been long and intense. Finally, very determined, Kristen bore down and Ezra entered the world. A first...

THERE’S A PURPOSE AND PLAN FOR YOU!

God so graciously gave you unique, wonderful, usable gifts and talents that were meant to bring Him glory. He placed you in this place, in this particular time for His purposes. He allowed you to endure specific trials and tribulations, temptations and triumphs so that you could speak into the lives of others. He deposited His Holy Spirit inside of you so that you could be filled with His Spirit, might and power. You not only have a place within the Body of Christ, the Body of Christ needs you to fulfill your part. There are women who need what you have to offer. Right now, there is a woman praying for help, someone who understands, a mentor, a friend, an ear to listen. Right now, in your community, in your neighborhood, in your back yard…there’s a...

The danger of pride in self and ministry

Pride is most likely the single deadliest issue in my heart and yours. It all started in the Garden of Eden when the enemy of God challenged Eve in what she believed. He wanted her mind to be filled with conflicting thoughts, to believe that God didn’t really mean what He said, didn’t have her best interest in mind and was actually holding back from her…she deserved better. We all know how that turned out for Eve and Adam and for the rest of mankind. It was pride that lead to the downfall of a stunning angel. Luke 10:18 makes reference to Satan’s fall from heaven. And it is pride that leads to the downfall of Christian leaders, ministries and individuals. It has been sad to watch the fall-out over sin in some of the “leaders” in...

The myth of God not giving you more than you can handle

Someone might tell you when you feel like the world is caving in that God will not give you more than you can handle. I don’t know who came up with that originally but why wouldn’t God give you more than you can handle? It happens to me all the time – life gets incredibly hard, people make it difficult, disappoint comes and things seem to pile one upon the other until a breaking point…”I can’t handle this alone, I need you, God to step in.” If God only gave me what I could handle on my own then why in the world would I ever recognize my vast need for him? Beyond my need for redemption, beyond my need for forgiveness for my sins, I am weak and fragile in this harsh world and without God, I don’t stand a...

You are going to believe truth or believe a lie.

I remember a season when I sat with my open Bible and stared into the words of Psalm 119. I had come to a fork in the road…I was either going to believe God’s Word or I wasn’t. My life had taken so many twists and turns. I was spent and everywhere I looked I saw hopelessness and despair. For two weeks the pages of my Bible remained open to that Psalm and for two weeks my eyes fell upon the highlighted words – every reference it made of His Word. My spirit wrestled, I wanted so much to believe, but I was in the midst of such turmoil. Finally, my spirit finished it’s wrestling, my heart relinquished and I surrendered. I was choosing to trust His Word…every single word of it..for everything in my life. For the word of God is...

When you are waiting for answers

Waiting can be hard. Waiting for evidence of God’s hand moving in a circumstance or on a person’s heart can feel like eternity. When you are desperate, when your soul cries out – knowing your only hope is God – that’s when your faith is forced to dig a little deeper. Waiting, watching, hoping, praying. You look but you do not see. You anticipate something – a change, a break, relief. Sometimes, your anticipation turns into frustration which can lead to hopelessness…maybe God has stopped hearing the cries. Maybe, God will never move on this thing that brings to the heart the deepest sorrow. Maybe I should give up, stop praying, stop hoping. I do not see. I no longer believe. Over two decades I waited, hoped, prayed....

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