Ministry is SEDUCTIVE

My friend and mentor, once told me, “ministry is seductive”. I’ve pondered Karen’s words for years and asked God to guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus as I write and speak. One day as I prayed, the Holy Spirit helped me think about myself as a water hose. A water hose has noContinue reading “Ministry is SEDUCTIVE”

And they need Jesus…

This world does not look as it did only a few years ago ago. What is wrong has become much more acceptable and even celebrated. But you know, every person we encounter, those who believe differently than us, those who so flagrantly and increasingly fight for things we know are biblically wrong, still, were madeContinue reading “And they need Jesus…”

Shelter ❤️

FrustratedDesperateConfusedPanickedAngryFearfulDoubtingWearyDiscouragedBroken-heartedTroubledImpatientFalsely-AccusedWorriedPersecutedBetrayedLonelySad Just a few of the emotions the writers of the Psalms had as they cried out to God. Why do we hold back? Why do we feel we must only come to God with “pretty prayers”? This is not Biblical. Running to God with our struggles and unkempt emotions is what God shows usContinue reading “Shelter ❤️”

Want PEACE like a RIVER?

It’s 3am and I’m here thinking there won’t be colonoscopy prep in Heaven! Good grief, this is not fun! But this, is actually a very small problem compared to the trials many in this hard world are walking through. I’m reminded of something God laid on my heart a few years ago as I watchedContinue reading “Want PEACE like a RIVER?”

This will HELP you

Those who were made new by the blood of Christ, will never live content in their old ways. Though we may try to hold on to certain sins, downplaying their dangers, our hearts will never find peace there. As we daily surrender our will to the way of the Lord, we are refreshed to walkContinue reading “This will HELP you”

What Younger Women Want From Us Older Ones

Mabel (our Lhasa Apso grand dog) sat in my lap on our screen porch watching our older dog Macy simply relax as the thunderstorm rolled by. She looked at Macy, she looked at me, then she laid her little head down as if she had reasoned that if Macy were okay, she was too. AndContinue reading “What Younger Women Want From Us Older Ones”

Remember this…

They said he was bold with his letters and wimpy in person. They said he preached with impure motives to draw attention to himself. They said he was flesh controlled rather than spirit-controlled. These words had to cut especially deep considering all Paul had endured to bring the good news of the gospel to thoseContinue reading “Remember this…”

Don’t believe the garbage-He is the One and Only!

A while back, a man, who calls himself a Pentecostal worship leader, garnered loads of attention for a ridiculous tweet where he said, “Jesus was ChristBuddha was Christ.Muhammad was Christ.Christ is a word for the universe seeing itself.You are Christ.We are the body of Christ.” And the thing is, many who think themselves wise, whoContinue reading “Don’t believe the garbage-He is the One and Only!”

It’s exhausting, but keep going!

Paul described parenting his spiritual children as “again being in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you” (Gal 4:19) What a description of Christ-centered parenting and discipleship. It is wrestling, anguish, and frustration. It is asking the Lord to help you know when to speak and when to be quiet. It’s fightingContinue reading “It’s exhausting, but keep going!”

Have you pleaded with God to take “it” away?

Have you ever pleaded, “God, why won’t you take this away?” Paul did. Paul describes the trials and hardships he has endured for the cause of Christ— hard labor, imprisonments, beatings with rods, stonings , robbery, and multiple shipwrecks. He says he had been cold, weary, hungry, and had gone without sleep. He had beenContinue reading “Have you pleaded with God to take “it” away?”

Relevant words from an Ancient Prophet

I believe as a country, a church and as people, we are being deceived by false prophets speaking empty oracles. Jeremiah talks of false prophets and empty oracles. He says the false prophets “walk in lies and strengthen the hands of evildoers so that no one turns back from his wickedness” (23:14). Doesn’t that soundContinue reading “Relevant words from an Ancient Prophet”

How can we tell if someone loves God?

So how can we tell if someone truly loves God? John tells us they will love others and keep God’s commands. (1 John 4:20-5:3) And, he tells us, the keeping of God’s commandments won’t seem burdensome (5:3). We will have a holy “want-to”. And Jesus told us, “If you love Me, keep my commandments.” (RecordedContinue reading “How can we tell if someone loves God?”

When the storms come…

The thunder pounded. The whole house shook and lightning danced across the sky. I love it. I love storms as they remind me of the awesome power of God—the greatness of the Lord God Almighty. I feel small as I watch the heavens pour forth rain and the wind churn the Tennessee River by myContinue reading “When the storms come…”

The Supernatural Nearness of our God.

I posted this a few years ago. In these hard days, I think it is important to remember that God is still at work in our lives— This sort of supernatural thing has rarely happened in my life…like maybe only once or twice. I have most often heard God speak through His Word and rarelyContinue reading “The Supernatural Nearness of our God.”

Sometimes I am called judgmental

I write and talk a lot about following Jesus. His ways aren’t always popular with our world (especially lately 😳). And sometimes I get called judgmental… It’s honestly surprising to me. I guess I’ve always assumed those who are called judgmental would be those who feel superior and believe they, themselves, have done nothing wrong.Continue reading “Sometimes I am called judgmental”

DEMONS in the house VERSUS true PEACE

For years, I had read this somewhat strange passage and wondered what it meant— “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it swept and putContinue reading “DEMONS in the house VERSUS true PEACE”

Is it worth it?

If I’m honest, some days I wonder if the hard days are worth it. I’ve uttered, more than once, when the trouble around me feels deep, “Oh Lord, won’t you just come on and get us?” But then, as He does so often, at just the right time, right when I need it, God willContinue reading “Is it worth it?”

My quiet time hasn’t been so good…

Can I be honest? My quiet time hasn’t been so quiet lately. I’ve felt distracted. Worried. Hurried. I’ve noticed my soul needs refreshing. Again. (Yes, this has happened more than once, and yes, I think it happens to many of us who love Jesus) Anyways, when this “dry spell” happened before, I bought myself aContinue reading “My quiet time hasn’t been so good…”

You may not know I was tragically widowed at 27…

You may not know I was tragically widowed at age 27. My husband took his life and left me with a chronically ill one year old and three year old. But God! He is Truth to Hold On To!  You can hear my story, and share it with others, below— OR get all the detailsContinue reading “You may not know I was tragically widowed at 27…”

Why are so many young adults walking away?

Many young adults are walking away from the church–deciding the world has so much more to offer. Why? Why are so many young adults deciding Jesus really isn’t for them? Perhaps they are willing to “sell Him so cheaply” because they also bought into Him so cheaply. Have we failed a generation by entertaining themContinue reading “Why are so many young adults walking away?”