• I WILL…THRIVE

    “I’m where I am today because I found a source of strength that I did not myself possess.” – Nicole Crank WITHIN THIS BOOK REVIEW, I am saying grace. Not over the food we are about to eat but over the lives we’re about to meet. “Maybe the specifics of our circumstances differ, but we’ve all found ourselves in that moment where we feel sucker-punched by life.” Resonate with anyone? Nicole says we are made to thrive, not just survive. And I believe her. She tells how to find your fight to claim true freedom. You might have taken a beating in your past, but you’ll discover the victory that…

  • Enemy Loophole

    Acts 13:30 says: “But God raised him (Jesus) from the dead.” There’s no loophole in Jesus for the enemy to enter in. Jesus is alive after death! Though this is extremely powerful and it seems that nothing could get at us ever again- the enemy is trying to find a loophole! He knows he couldn’t keep Jesus down but he wants to keep you down. He looks for our disbelief of the powerful Truth. He looks for someone alone, currently not seeking God, or someone who’s tired and injured. I meet people everyday who are facing devastating circumstances. I myself have recognized my own fading strength as nightfall rolls around…

  • Mirandized Unto Him!

    (I have rights. You have rights. And in God- we have rights and commands…. Jesus’ disciples were threatened, beaten, mistreated, and imprisoned. At times, it seemed their rights weren’t considered but God found a way as He always does, to keep them full of purpose. As modern day disciples, I believe we can decide: Unto Him I am “mirandized.” Scriptures to study: Psalm 57:2, Matthew 28:18-20, Col. 3:16, Psalm 46:10, Jude 1:24, John 16:13.) *We have the right to be still. I don’t have to say a word in certain situations. All I need to do is live the part. When I know that He is God, I can be…

  • HEALING COME!

    Recently as I grimaced while working my shoulder out at the gym, a man walks by and says: “Don’t hurt yourself now.” I didn’t have to think. My response: “Oh I’m already hurt. I’m here to heal.” Relatably, he says: “I know how that feels.” For three years, I’ve endured a pain in my shoulder that never existed before. The tremendous stiffining pain took my attention. It distracted me from listening intently to people. I heard them but I almost always was in another land. Full of agony. God is meeting me each time I’ve been and am in my place of pain. Instead of backing away from faithfulness, He’s…

  • Is faithfulness a place? (2!)

    Faithful can be a place within us where we’ve made a decision to trust and trust and trust. Dwell there with God. How many times have we been in a place of doubt and it was truly a place we would describe as sad, limited, and confusing…? But faith kicked in and brought certainty again. Faith stands the tests and refuses to be run off the land! Our land of faithfulness has promises! Though layered with peace, places where the faithful reside can be a mixture sometimes of unease and unrest. These places are not absent of occasional problems and impatience. Pain is present at times. Tension often visits. But being faithful is to push…

  • Is faithful a place?

    When I think about faithful, I think about truth, promises, and loyalty. I think about Godly people, marriages, and long term integrity. I envision places where one generation followed the next. Where there’s been long standing business relationships. Where the old timers are still examples to the new comers. …So, faithful can be the place you built your house after all those months of scraping everything together to make it happen. -The place you got married after all the moments of waiting and believing in one another. – The place your kids grew up after all the memories spent together as a family. – The place you made a wise…

  • My Short Story

    GOD TRANSFORMS TROUBLE. Especially when we say: “I’ve done wrong and I am not innocent. But. No longer am I going to fall under the spells and spasms of fear!” Here is the short version of my story… Most of the time, a testimony starts with a hardship whether it was/is or wasn’t/isn’t our fault. I went through a hardship. I did wrong. I was troubled for a few years. I got into some relationships that weren’t the best. My life took a turn for the worst but then Jesus still caught up with me. (Even though I had veered off the path of the straight and narrow, He made…

  • He does love us

    From Genesis all the way to the end of Revelation, God proves He loves us. In the Genesis garden through the pit of Joseph, the lows of Job, the hills of Jeremiah, the cross of Jesus, and the turnarounds of Romans… This is how He loves us: He created us- He loved us. He said good things about us and loved us. He proclaimed a future for us because He loves us. He sent the Savior- He loves us! He promised turnarounds- He loves us! He gave us the victory. We are so loved. We love God back by believing Him enough to live for Him. God has given us…

  • Placing the Pieces

    HAVE YOU EVER FELT THAT YOUR “LIFE PIECES” WERE SCATTERED? THAT THE PUZZLE JUST ISN’T COMING TOGETHER? Some of you have felt that your lives are falling a part. But God wants you to know it’s kind of like a puzzle. You see the box. You see the vision and the picture and your like… “That’s what I want. That is what I want right there. That’s my desire.” And then you open up the box… pouring the pieces out, and they’re just kind of everywhere on the table. He’s wanting you to know, they’re coming together. “AND WE KNOW THAT ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO THEM THAT…

  • Rest Up.

    What’s making you tired and what is creating exhaustion for you? Chances are, the same things that try to empower influences for me to quit, are knocking on your door too. Yes, even good things can tire us. But we’ve got to know when to call it a night and get to bed early. We need to know when to say no and prop our feet up a few minutes because we have to be ready when the return comes in. God has already given you His yes on His best for you. But His yes is not in doing so many good things that we seriously wear ourselves out.…