• End of the rope

    Some people do come to the end of their rope! An example is the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4. What will our Help do? He will come along as He did for her and turn our end-of-the-rope status into a water holder for the world and a well worker to the world. He’s going to say Come Forth! Live again. Love again. What will you say? You start saying “God is my Source. God is my Light. God is my Deliverer. God is my Help.“ He’s going to say: I am your Help. Come on out. Out of depression, out of this storm, out of death, out…

  • He’s Always My Help.

    Jesus woke me up. He gave me life. A full one. And I’m rising up still! I’m taking on new levels. The God ladder is never too short. Not only will it be steps you need to get out of the pit, it will be steps to further you the rest of your life to your next levels! Lazarus would say: “Jesus awakens us. Jesus raises dead stuff. And dead people. He helped me and came to the grave. He told people who had given up, to take the grave clothes off and let me out!!” No matter how many days it’s been that somebody’s been lost in the dark,…

  • When things go dark

    When everything turns dark and we can’t see our way up or out. He is my Help!! I’m a Lazarus. I guess I should say I was a Lazarus. When everything turned dark and he could not do a thing for himself, Jesus came near. I bet you’re saying the same thing! There were things that happened beyond my control, beyond what I would’ve wanted to take place! I was in a dark pit that no normal ladder could have done it- to get me out. I didn’t see a way out. Of defeat. Any of our human ladders would have been swallowed up. By the pit I was in.…

  • “Wish Me Luck”

    People say this a lot. They say it to me. What’s my response? Should we blame it all on God? Should we chalk it all up to luck? I don’t go by luck. I go by a belief system that I know works. Because if we say we’re lucky, who’s getting praised for it? Us. If we say we are unlucky, who’s getting the downside of that? Us. When we say we are wishing for what we’ve asked for. (John 15:7-8 ESV) That’s biblical. That’s specific. That’s expectant. Woah me “wins”? Wish me well. Wish me a great future. But don’t wish me luck… Luck comes and goes and blows…

  • IT’S ON THE WAY

    “Your dream has an appointed time and God always has victory in store for you.” – Lisa Comes “I have been through many hard times in my life too. What you must focus on now is that what you are going through is subject to change. Hold on and have faith in God, because your answer is on the way!” What are you planning on? In her book: It’s On The Way, Lisa says to set your faith for victory, and plan on winning the battle you are in. Plan on your dreams coming to pass, plan on God fulfilling His promises in your life, and plan on God’s faithfulness…

  • Distractions & Attractions- Part 2/Conclusion

    My conclusion to all of this is that we all need a certain amount of healthy attention. To get our needs met, our desires may have to change somewhat. It’s not all about the supernatural OR the natural. It’s about BOTH because we are human with an everlasting God involved within us and around us! Our desires should be well balanced between what we need, what others need, and then topped with what God’s design is for us. In the mix of attention difficulties, are people who struggle with developmental differences that interfere with many relationships and are ongoing patterns of trouble and even discouragement. Each one of us probably…

  • Distractions & Attractions- Part 1

    During this rather long series, we’ve jumped into a tough subject about attention. Though it hasn’t been the easiest to write about, it’s just time to discuss it! Today, we’ll ease into the 2 part topic of distractions and attractions. SOMETIMES STANDING OUT MEANS A CHANCE TO DO SOMETHING VERY POSITIVE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS. I think most of us inwardly have at-least a tiny or maybe an enormous fear that we could walk this earth and no one remember us or know that we were really even here. It’s just my theory of one reason or cause for us to want some kind of attention. May it be…

  • Healthy Attention

    Trying to gain a healthy focus when it comes to attention, can be one of the biggest challenges of all time. Though I don’t normally put much emphasis on the physical, I am currently choosing to accept challenges that make me better equipped to bring in the kind of awareness or regard that could be used to direct others toward the One who can really help them. I’m finding the balance between extreme immodesty (too proud in speech, dress, or conduct) of culture and extreme modesty of religions, and in that- I am finding out how to let the supernatural stand out!! I knew it was possible but it’s been…

  • Afraid of being noticed

    Can we get in the middle of being “scared to be seen” and “becoming completely unafraid of being noticed”? Could we now lean to the healthy latter end? Of course we can… Over the years since entering into ministry, Derek- my husband- had to work pretty hard at getting me back to wearing more uplifting colors and patterns. Now I love it, but back two decades ago, I had a bland looking closet attire. (Also considering the repeated lie that black hid everything! Though it can be a great choice, it does not hide shame or insecurities.) I had grown to like the safe neutrals for several reasons. Not just…

  • Letting the Supernatural show…

    Did you know there’s a supernatural side of you?! Though I was a gymnast, cheerleader, softball player, on the track team, a J.C.Penny team board “model” once, and served in plenty of leadership endeavors, I honestly was not exceptional in any one thing, don’t extraordinarily stand out in a crowd, haven’t won awards for being photogenic, and never entered a beauty pageant. My parents didn’t care to have me involved in them and what a relief that was for me! This is just my story and for the most part, I was carefree and sporty. I attended church if we weren’t at the beach or if something else didn’t come…