• Let It Grow

    What are you putting your faith into today that’s going to produce a harvest in your future? Currently, me and my husband Derek, are putting money toward paying off our home! It’s a big goal to accomplish in the time frame of just three years. But what a great thing to do together- SOMETHING BIG. When we first asked each other how long it could take to pay our house off, it seemed like just a possibility to entertain. Now it is more than that! We wrote it down as a declaration and we see that our belief in it is causing our actions to follow suit. Once this is…

  • A Growing Faith

    I read about the mustard seed again in September. Then I shared my thoughts with our congregation… Our faith is likened to a little mustard seed so often. If you have faith that small, you can do great things. Many things only require a little bit of faith. But what if you and I cultivate our faith? If we see it like a seed then it definitely can be planted into other people! And that’s what I want out of the faith I have been given. I don’t want it wasted. I want it growing. I want it making a difference in the world. I hope to God it isn’t…

  • No longer hiding.

    Hey at some point you need to stop being hidden. Well what I mean is, if you’re wanting to make an impact on this earth while you are here, with the people who are still alive at this point in time… you will need to stop staying so concealed. You’ll need to be: Less Secretive. Less out of sight and out of mind. What are you avoiding? What are you preserving? Maybe you’re avoiding one thing. Or everything. Maybe you’re avoiding an individual. Or every individual, group, environment, activity. Possibly, you and I are trying to preserve ourselves; We all do it to a certain degree and for good reasons…

  • Dear Reader…

    Maybe you are reading here today to get truth into your soul for some part of life that is needing direction. I start my weekly blog email list with Dear Reader. Because to me, it’s intimate. These are the people who are with me in appreciating truth. They’re the ones who sign up to get my regular weekly messages rolling around within that has got to get out! I’ve had a burning desire to write since I found writing utensils. Ever since a pencil was put in my hand and guided along as letters were formed on the paper in front of me. I loved it. The shapes turned into…

  • He moves me

    “He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here.” – Luke 23:5. Though Pilate found no charge against Jesus, the crowd always did. They accused Him, insulted Him, assaulted Him, and they charged Him with something that I find silly. Stirring people up. They were basically saying that JESUS was ruining everything or “subverting our nation.” Wow. Jesus?! The One who knows how to respond to any emotion we have. The One who is not afraid of anybody else’s opinions. The One who stirs me. And you. He made the crowd uncomfortable probably because they didn’t know…

  • An extra minute

    After college and internship, I worked for a doctor that took an extra minute of his time when I got to the point of desiring to broaden my surgical opportunities. Though we worked together well and felt like family, he walked to his office after appointments one day and wrote out a heartfelt recommendation for me to go to a big hospital and leave that office practice. A few days later, he called my house to make sure that was what I really wanted to do and he offered me a promotion to stay. I just couldn’t help but be more curious about the bigger picture forming in my head.…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Throwing Lifelines

    Extending hope in times of difficulty is throwing a life line. Saying a prayer is throwing a life line. Being there when somebody is crashing down, giving a person discipline and guidance in a time that calls for it, is being a lifeline. Having an answer or just pointing them in a right direction, is tossing a spiritual rope of life in their direction! Human lifelines can be objects of obedience that act as pulleys. These “pulleys” are designed to support movement and change. They make it easier to lift what is heavy. They create a system of help that makes the difference.A couple months ago, I was able to…

  • “Like” YOU!

    If you don’t like you, you’ll give off vibes to other people. Those vibes will keep most people away. Believe me, it isn’t good to push the right people away. You need to be around folks who’ve got a healthy outlook about themselves, and learn something from them.God may not have us going down the same exact path and that’s okay. Go the right way based on where He is leading you. Follow. Trust and obey. Here are three things to straighten SELF out and like YOU again! Pursue Integrity. Become honest again instead of trying to hide what’s bothering you. Get help if you need it. Be willing to…