Trust and Obey

The year 2015 came with a personal triumph in the areas of trust and obedience. I learned the real meaning of depending on God. Up until 2015, I had always heard testimonies from great men and women of God telling of how they stepped out on faith and obeyed God. They told of how God provided for them or how God gave them resources for different projects that they knew were from Him. God told me it was my time to learn this lesson for myself. In October, I left my government job that I had been so comfortable with for the …

Prayer Changes Things…Beginning With Me

I can remember the day my sister called me with panic in her voice. As I sat in my office as a new temp hire at Stephens Inc., I remember her screaming to the top of her lungs that her then boyfriend had a gun to her baby’s head. As I visualized this scene, thoughts of this pattern of behavior that I had become accustomed to with her begin to play out in my mind. Such as the time she went to jail because she drove her car and ran over her then boyfriend, or the time her children were …

I Was Made To Worship by April McCullough

It was at the end of the training season for the Little Rock half-marathon that I remember going to a pre-race dinner.  I was pulling up to the hotel to pick up college friends who were in town for the race. As one friend proceeds to get into the car, she noticed the radio station on the Christian station and commented “April-you still listening to your church music!” I chuckled, not having realized that I indeed was still listening to the same type of music that I listened to while in college.  Yes, even in all my mess I still …

Conquering Condemnation-Taking Thoughts Captive

           Conquering Condemnation —Taking Thoughts Captive  There are many times that I have thoughts that come to defeat me.  I want to end this series on condemnation by sharing how I have dealt with condemnation and overcome it.  Every time that I am taunted with a thought that is contrary to the truth, I respond to that thought as Jesus did when He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness after a forty day fast.  I let that thought know what God’s Word declares because every thought has to obey Christ. “We use God’s mighty weapons, …

Conquering Condemnation-Spirit of Pride

We are continuing our Faithful Friday blog post series on the subject of condemnation.  This week we will talk about a subject that everyone can relate to and that is pride. I have struggled with perfectionism on many different levels every since I can remember.  From second grade spelling bees to something as simple as packing my kids lunch— I have always had an expectation of myself and always just wanted to get things right (imagine that standard in this Pinterest generation)!  I’m not even sure where I got the standard of right from, considering that I came from a …

Conquering Condemnation

Hey there!! I hope everyone has has a fabulous week so far! I know I have! We are continuing our faith-filled Friday’s on the subject of condemnation. We know that Christ defeated our sin and shame once and for all, but what we forget is that there is a part that we must play in that process of restoration.  When we are feeling the weight of that sin, we just need to stop and admit our faults, ask for forgiveness, and change our ways.  Condemnation is rendered powerless in our lives through an act of confession.  When we miss the …

Conquering Condemnation

  I am so glad to be with you all for the month of November to share on these Faith-filled Fridays! I want to talk to you this month about a subject that has challenged me and that is condemnation.  Condemnation is a word that just sounds dirty..  And it even feels heavy and like a cloud of darkness swarming over you. It carries with it serious implications, one of which is bondage. I know because I lived in this place for way too long.  That is, until recently when I learned my new identity in Christ.  I allowed condemnation …

I Was Made To Worship

It was at the end of the training season for the Little Rock half-marathon that I remember going to a pre-race dinner.  I was pulling up to the hotel to pick up college friends who were in town for the race. As one friend proceeds to get into the car, she noticed the radio station on the Christian station and commented “April-you still listening to your church music!” I chuckled, not having realized that I indeed was still listening to the same type of music that I listened to while in college.  Yes, even in all my mess I still …

It’s Not What You Do, But Who You Become That Matters!

  Somewhere during my journey with the Lord, I got it in my head that the things that I did would somehow validate me.  I went on a wild goose chase caught up in the “doing” and none of it seemed coherent.  These things had absolutely nothing to do with my purpose.  Though they were good things, they weren’t necessarily the things that God had for “me” to do.  I wanted the God-things! God things are those things that are unique to you and only you.  There is a gift that God has given each one of us that when …

Surrendering To Your Purpose

Mark [14:36] “And He said Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup. But please, not what I want–what do you want?” How many times have you made plans and presented them to God for His blessings and approval? This girl knows all about making plans and asking for God’s grace to carry them out.  As someone who lived by a planner, I tried my best to live a somewhat controlled life. The planner had become my Bible and in so many words, I was asking God to order my steps–according to my plans. And then …

Vision is a Terrible Thing to Waste

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs [29:18] Perspective is a game-changer. Your spiritual vision is your perspective and it is based on the proximity of your relationship with God. Unlike natural vision, we choose life or death with our spiritual vision and we speak what we see accordingly. When you visit the eye doctor for your annual eye exam, there is a device that they use to measure your visual acuity.  When the eye doctor position the lens, they ask you if you see better with “1” or “2.”  Based on your response, the eye doctor continues …

Knowing What You Believe

Scientists haven’t discovered a tool yet to see human beliefs.  It is actually not until we are faced with a situation that our belief systems are called to the forefront and our actions follow suit. I recall the season that I was discerning the voice of God telling me it was time to leave my job.  I distinctly remember trying to find an alternative to His command so “I” could suffice for the income that would be loss as a result of my leaving.  Yes, I was essentially trying to help God help me! And so once again I heard …