Where Are You God?

I blew it!! I was supposed to do something for God and just didn’t do it. Now I am miserable and God is silent.prom Have you ever been there?  David was. I love the way he puts his raw emotion into words, in Psalm 22: 1-2 he says “My God, my God! Why have you forsaken me? Why do you remain so distant? Why do you ignore my cries for help? Everyday I call to you, my God but you do not answer. Every night you hear my voice but I find no relief.” Sometimes when I feel this way …

Stripping Away the Bark

I don’t know if I had ever seen a Sycamore tree before we moved to Arkansas. If I did I certainly didn’t notice them. However, the year after we moved here in the fall I started noticing the most beautiful stark white trees that I had ever seen. I didn’t know what they were only that they gleamed in the night and day. I became obsessed with these trees and started noticing them everywhere. It looked as if someone had peeled away the brown bark leaving only the beautiful stark white center pointing to the sky. God used those trees …

Deliverance

I had struggled with pain and prescription meds for years. So much so that it almost became a part of me. You could say instead of a struggle I had succumbed and accepted that I had no control over that area of my life. God had been gently reminding me that I didn’t trust Him in that area. I knew that but I needed the meds every day just to make it through the day and night. While I was on a trip with my family it became very apparent that the meds were affecting my memory a lot!! When …

Deliberately Planned

  Psalm 139: 13-16  “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.   My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” I am the youngest of four girls in my family. The first three girls were planned and are stair steps, then 10 …

All God’s Children Have Problems

We must remember that everyone has problems. No one is exempt. Even in Bible times people had problems. In 2 Chronicles 20 King Jehoshaphat and all the people of Judah had a massive problem. Three opposing armies teamed up to eradicate them. There were specific steps that Jehoshaphat took that we can learn from today. First, he turned to God. He sought the Lord and asked all his people to fast and seek the Lord. 2 Chronicles 20: 3-4 “Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people of Judah came together …

When There Are No Words

    There was a time in my life when I was facing something that I couldn’t even pray, they were just no words. Here I was a pastor’s wife, a pastor’s daughter, and a mother and I could not even pray for my family. I was in one of the deepest darkest trenches of my life. I will never forget the feeling of being utterly alone facing the situation and having no clue of how to deal with it. I was up for hours during the night just reading aloud the word of God. I searched for those verses …

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   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

      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   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?   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   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 …