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....

Absorbing life and the death of Mr. Williams

Some people just seem to absorb the world’s pain. The hard things, the sufferings of others, the ravaging of the innocent…things that are hard to understand and things we shake our heads at…they seem to take on their burden…or at least they carry the weight of the dark world around with them. They are insightful. Creative. They are in-tune, intuitive and can smell a fearful and anxious heart from miles… cause they are so sensitive to the souls of others. That’s why they are actors and writers and musicians and  produce masterpieces with mediums like paint, charcoal, guitars, plaster, words…they make us laugh, make us cry. They are able to tap into something inside of us that we can’t seem to get out. We don’t...

Who do you want others to see?

How well do you hold the door open? How well do you invite others to see a personal Savior? Or are you hoping others see more of you – more of how you do it, more of what your walk looks like – thinking theirs should look like yours? Do you stand in the doorway or do you hold the door open? Of course you are to speak about what God’s done in your life. Hopefully, you’ll give examples and be an example of what a Godly life looks like… but don’t be discouraged if their personality gets in the way, or their background, or their circumstance, or how they are wired… cause when you disciple someone, the point and the objective isn’t to make them look more like you… it’s so they will look more like Christ. Your...

Does God Really See You?

We spend a great deal of energy, money and time informing others that we are OK. As a matter of fact, we really would like for others to think extremely highly of us. Not that its a bad thing, but often the motive isn’t to be known for our character, but rather to be admired – to be someone that others would want to be. We really like it when we are liked, when our “image” is golden and untainted. So to help foster the desire to be liked, admired or even envied, we pretend. We give the illusion that all is well when in reality our thirsty souls are searching for the well that will satisfy. Sometimes, we hide. We might not completely avoid people but we avoid church, God’s Word, intimate groups, thoughts that convict, something that has...

He cares about what you care about and the people you care about

Time lessons the sting of grief in your heart, but that gap left from that loss never really goes away. You just have to keep trusting that God will be faithful to fill it in….found this old blog from a couple of years ago…when dad was still walking on this earth. Although I miss him terribly, I’m so thankful that he’s home, that he’s been made complete – that those wobbly ‘ole legs can now run and never grow weary! The same truth is true today….God cares about what and who I care about and all of my worrying cannot change a thing nor can it add to another day in anyone’s...

To persevere with someone who makes you want to walk away

Sometimes we look around only to discover that we are still struggling with the same issue, same person, conflict, addiction…sometimes in relationships we find that the sins and struggles of another bears down on us to the point where we don’t care to have the heart to carry on. It has become exhausting and wearying. It would be so much easier to walk away. Dealing with women who have spouses that struggle (or when the wife is struggling) has been revealing of all the sorrow that people carry when someone close to them is in bondage to sin. There is no way around it – sin is ugly, it destroys, it wounds, it has consequences. It is especially difficult when you are married to someone who seems to be bent on destruction. How does one persevere in...

May friendship, encouragement and grace abound!