Living to Expect

Living to Expect

Have you ever had a common word, a word you have heard more times than you can count, all the sudden make you sit up straight and listen?  A word that once you look more closely at makes your eyes grow wide and your lips part as you realize your chin is dropping to the ground?  A word that just might have become a game changer in the way you look at it ever again? For me this happened recently with the word EXPECT.  As the end of 2014 drew to a close I was struggling with life situations.  I …

Too Many Hats!

Too Many Hats!

None of us want to believe that we can ever have too much of a good thing: attention, money, desserts, etc. However, in the back of our minds, most of us can admit that we know excess leads to problems. Too much attention = aggravation (especially for us moms) Too much money (yeah, it happens) = discontentment and selfishness Too many desserts = well, that’s a no-brainer. I also think there is something often overlooked in most of our everyday lives that can be considered “excessive”, and that is the number of hats we wear. I’m not talking about fedoras, …

Losing Focus

Losing Focus

Why is it that when we get busy with life, distracted by worldly problems and put off spending time with God, that we wonder why we feel so depressed? There is a direct link between our spiritual walk and our emotional well being- it’s a fact. We were created to have direct communion with God and when we choose to separate ourselves from this communion our spirits feel the strain. We already have to endure a type of separation due to the fall of humanity… thankfully Christ sacrificed to correct that huge mistake. But when we “put off” spending that …

Fire It Up

Fire It Up

The power of fire is both terrifying and incredible… able to utterly destroy anything in its path while at the same time able to cleanse and purify like no other. There are countless times in the Old Testament that God uses fire to communicate with His people or display His awesome power. God, Himself, is both terrifying and incredible, so fire is a perfect symbolic representation. I get the shivers when I read verses like 2 Chronicles 7:1-4… “When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the …

Don’t Drop Your Sword!

Don’t Drop Your Sword!

How seriously do you take prayer? For most Christians, prayer is merely a side-item to their “feel-good” faith; this is a sad and terrible travesty. Prayer is one of our most powerful weapons in offensive spiritual warfare. Most of us can say that we know the Scripture referencing our spiritual armor… Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against …

Becoming A Rose

Becoming A Rose

I do not have a green thumb. In fact, I end up killing just about anything green that comes anywhere near my house. I appreciate those who do love to garden however, and I deeply admire the beauty of the flora around me. One of my favorite things that just happen to grow in my yard is a rose bush right at the top of my driveway.  (This bush is in existence due to the care from past generations- it unfortunately gets zip from me). Allow me to share something that I learned about what it takes to make one …

Baby Steps to Finishing

Baby Steps to Finishing

Do you know what the key to “finishing well” in this life is? It’s not starting well… many people have a very rocky start, but through faith and hard work they somehow finish amazingly.  Others may have had a great upbringing, but through poor decisions or bad reactions to life’s difficulties- they just barely make it through life, only to reach the end with nothing to show for it. So, again I ask- What is the key to finishing well? Here’s my 2 cents… I say the key(s) to having a wonderful end to your life’s story is to: 1. …

Stay the Course

Stay the Course

Philippians 1:6   “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (KJV) (Yes, I know that deals with confidence, lol, but it also encourages us to stay focused!) If we really want to see God’s will accomplished in our lives, we have to stay the course. I’ll leave you with an experience I had recently… Once again, I found myself trying to “help” the Lord with His plans for me, lol. There was an opportunity coming up soon that would probably be a …

TRUST Him

TRUST Him

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see .”   When it comes to the long-term will for your life, I heard something that sums it up pretty well: “Faith is confidence, but trust is commitment.” When we have faith that a person can do something, we believe that they have the available resources that enable them to get the job done. And I believe a lot of people have faith. Trust, on the other hand, deals more with relationships.   You can commit to someone when you know …

Sometimes…God’s Will

Sometimes…God’s Will

“Have I not commanded thee?  Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed:  for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” ~ Joshua 1:9 (KJV) How much more encouragement could we get?  God Himself is with us everywhere we go!  Oh, yeah, and notice that was a command, not a suggestion. Sometimes, it’s a song; sometimes, the Bible; sometimes, something He speaks directly into your heart; or sometimes, it’s a word spoken through another person.  But, rest assured, that He will always, yes, always, send encouragement to help you press on!  …

Confidence…Have Some

Confidence…Have Some

Romans [8:28] “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” (KJV) …”the called” – that’s us!), and Jeremiah [29:11] (“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (KJV)). These scripture verses are two of my anchor verses. Romans tells me that even the setbacks are going to produce something good, and Jeremiah, in the Amplified Version, tells me that His will for my life includes …

Burning Bones

Burning Bones

Jeremiah 20:9  “…But His word was in my heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones…” I remember the first time I really related to that portion of the verse! I had been working on my ministry for a while, and there were all of these things just spilling out, and I just wanted to share what the Lord was saying and doing with everybody! It was such an exciting season! I spent every bit of my extra time working on this great task that I was honored to have been given! When you set out with God to …