Basic Training

Basic Training

      Basic Training   My husband was in the US Army back in the 90’s. Every person that signs up to enlist in the armed forces has one basic purpose to defend their country against all enemies at all cost. Each person must then go through Basic Training which pushes them to their limits but prepares them to do their job to defend their country. Once completing basic training they then go to Advanced Individual Training (AIT) which further prepares them for their individual purpose, Medic, Ranger, Combat soldier, Tanker, Communications specialist, and the list goes on. You …

General Order #1

General Order #1

      General Order #1   In the military you have your general order that takes precedent over everything else.  The General order or Oath of allegiance for the military is to support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies both foreign and domestic. No matter what your other orders are while serving this is one that every military man or woman must do. Likewise as Christians Jesus told us our General order in Matthew 22: 37-39 “…you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul …

Battle For The Mind

Battle For The Mind

      The Battle for Your Mind   Did you know that you are in a war? If you have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior you are. When you realize you are in a battle first you need to know who you are fighting against. Our enemy is the devil who Jesus says in John 10: 10 has come to steal, kill and destroy. As a child of God we are in a daily battle for our minds. In Ephesians 6: 12 Paul tells us “we do not fight against flesh and blood but against principalities, powers, …

Living in the Promised Land

Living in the Promised Land

      Living in the Promised Land   Shortly after seeing the mighty miracles of God the children of Israel desired to go back into captivity instead of continuing in the wilderness trusting God for the unknown. I think they get a bad rap sometimes because truly don’t you and I do the same thing? Captivity is comfortable, captivity is known, you know what to expect even when it is bad.  The enemy will use that fear and feed it to grow into unbelief and faithlessness. When we look at our circumstances only with our physical eyes we, like …

Is God Mad at Me?

Is God Mad at Me?

      Is God Mad at Me?   Have you ever felt like God was mad at you or that He used a tragedy in your life as a result of something you did or didn’t do? There are people who feel this way all the time and then there are those who think like this once something bad happens. I want to speak about this for a moment. God is not out to harm you. You don’t have to do anything to earn His love or acceptance. The Bible tells us in 1 Timothy 2: 3-4 “This is …

Running On Empty

Running On Empty

      Running on Empty   Have you ever felt like you were running on empty? Sometimes we get so caught up in life and all the demands for our attention that we find ourselves going through the motions and becoming depleted physically, emotionally and spiritually. Jesus tells us the cure for this in Matthew 11: 28-30 “Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my …

Desiring God

Desiring God

  Desiring God       The word on the street today is desire. I have been studying Genesis 22 lately and the lesson today is from verse 16.  After the test, God tells Abraham that because you have not WITHHELD your son, your only son I will bless you.  Then God spoke to me and asked what have you withheld from Me that I might withhold My blessings?  I went through a list in my head… time, relationships, attitude, money, talent, etc.  Then He showed me when all my desires are filled I wait longer before my next encounter …

What’s Your Focus?

What’s Your Focus?

  What’s Your Focus?       Do you ever wake up with drama?  Many times I do, it seems there is always something going on to focus on.  During one such time in my life when my circumstances looked bleak God spoke something profound into my heart. Philippians 4: 18 “At this moment I have all that I need even more than I need.” God reminded me to stay in “this moment” with Him.  At this moment, God has provided jobs for both my husband and me.  We all had breakfast and lunch and there is food in the …

Leah, Unwanted and Unloved?

Leah, Unwanted and Unloved?

  Leah, Unwanted and Unloved?       While reading Genesis 29 about Jacob and his wives I learned the coolest thing.  Leah, Jacob’s first wife was unloved and unwanted. He wanted Rachel but got Leah. So she thinks to herself maybe a baby will make him love me, and God opened her womb.  Her first son she named Reuben, which means ‘See a son!’ She is trying to earn the love of her husband with this child.  Didn’t happen.  So she has another son and named him Simeon which means ‘heard’ for God heard she was unloved (still trying …

The Temptation of Jesus

The Temptation of Jesus

  The Temptation of Jesus       When reading about the temptation of Jesus in Matthew 4: 1-11, we first see that He was obedient to the Father and was baptized not because He needed to be forgiven of sin but to fulfill the scriptures.  Then we see God validated Him by declaring He was God’s Son and God was pleased with Him. Then immediately we see that the Spirit LED Him into the wilderness to be tempted for 40 days. Jesus was in the perfect Will of God and still sent to be tested. He did not eat …

I Don’t Care

I Don’t Care

  I Don’t Care       As Drew and I were watching tv this morning the evil genius of the show had made an “I don’t care N’ator”.  I sat enthralled as the main purpose of this was for the evil genius to zap someone with it and create apathy so that he could more forth with his plans for takeover.  I instantly thought wow the enemy of our souls has zapped so many people, especially Christians with the “I don’t care N’ator” and we have sat back quietly and let the enemy have his way in our lives, …

The Problem Is Not The Problem

The Problem Is Not The Problem

  The Problem is Not the Problem       In John 4: 4-30, we read about the Samaritan woman.  She has gone to the well in the middle of town at midday to draw water because she was not welcome there in the morning when all the other women came to draw their water.  She is ostracized, broken, hurt and yet unaware of her greatest need.  She finds Jesus sitting at the well, He asks her for a drink.  I am sure she is thinking ‘what does this man want from me?  I have been hurt by enough men …