Taking Time to Connect

I always say when God wants to minister to someone, He orchestrates a relationship! People are often more receptive when they are related to in a non-judgment zone. God sends people into our lives to prepare us, minister to us and sharpen us as we travel on our journeys. Proverbs 27: 17 (NIV), “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” As I reflect on my own personal relationships, I just begin to thank God. I have had the awesome opportunity to encounter some wonderful people on my path. I have been the one encouraging and have been the …

The Moses Model

As I reflect on my life and the people who have impacted it the most, I’ve realized I am always encouraged by the lifestyle of a leader. Those with leadership capabilities have characteristics such as charisma, knowledge and, most importantly, they are the voice of the people. Leaders are visionaries, able to see the big picture while allowing the real experts around them to execute it. Leaders understand that they must be able to convey their insight and ideas in a way that would make anyone believe in its usefulness. Leaders are always on purpose, fulfilling a God-given calling on …

Love Lifted Me

“I was right on the cliff-edge, ready to fall, When God grabbed and held me. God’s my strength, he’s also my song, And now he’s my salvation. Hear the shouts, hear the triumph songs in the camp of the saved? “The hand of God has turned the tide! The hand of God is raised in victory! The hand of God has turned the tide! I didn’t die. I lived! And now I’m telling the world what God did. God tested me, he pushed me hard But he didn’t hand me over to Death. Swing wide the city gates-the righteous gates! …

Sufficient Grace

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. Romans 12: 4-5 Grace is defined by Merriam-Webster as a way of moving that is smooth and attractive, a way that is not stiff or awkward. Grace is the strength beyond your physical limitations to do what only you were created to do. It is given to us individually to bring …

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 …