The Power of the Tongue

Oh, the tongue. It is one of the most powerful weapons we have. It can be used to build or tear down Encourage or discourage. Empower or deflate. Bless or curse. Give thanks or complain. It’s the source of both life and death. According to James, man is incapable of taming our tongue. So how do we use this mighty weapon for good and not evil? How do we encourage,...

Faith It Don’t Fake It

I have a new phrase. “Faith it.” I use it to describe those moments when I know what the will of God is for me in a situation but my soul (mind, will, emotions) wants to do the opposite. I faith it until my soul acquiesces. This morning, I want to complain. I am frustrated that the blessings of God aren’t looking like what I imagined. But I keep hearing...

Entering In

The children of Israel had been in captivity for 70 years. God commanded them to prosper in their captivity. Now, they are headed home, back to their land. If you think about it, this generation returning had only known captivity. So going back to their promised land was scary, full of the unknown, some may have preferred to stay in captivity, after all, it was all they knew. Now, they...

The Spirit of the Lord

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon you…” Those are the words I heard as I lay in my bed, asking God to speak to me this morning. I’m familiar with the reference but not sure why God is speaking this to me.  I just completed a women’s retreat and after most speaking engagements, I am now wrestling with feelings of inadequacy. Thoughts like, “why wasn’t anyone healed? I should...

Worship

I’ve done it again. I have overbooked my life. Last night, I was sitting in the middle of the chaos preparing for my upcoming weekend event. My husband asked, “Why do you do this to yourself?” It’s simple. This is what I was born to do. This is my worship. We have relegated worship to a song. To thirty minutes on Sunday before a great sermon. To a dance with...

Faith that Pleases God

I’ve been meditating on this scripture the last two mornings: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 NKJV Steven Furtick said, “Faith is God’s love language.” I want to speak God’s love language. As I meditate on this scripture, I’m asking God, what does...

Know

Be still Stop your striving. Desist your work. Stop fighting. Surrender your anxiety. Calm down. Be quiet. Step out of traffic. Know. Learn. Recognize. Gain an intimate understanding. Be still and know.. He is good. He is faithful. He is all-powerful. He is patient, kind, abounding in love. He holds our destiny. He is a door opener. He performs miracles. He is the lover our souls. He will never leave...

Heartache

She had prayed but her brother did not get better. She sent word to Jesus, “The one you love is sick.” Jesus did not come. As they waited for Jesus, their brother died. All hope was gone. This was the end. She was heart broken. Grief-stricken. Angry. After four days of mourning, crying, grieving Jesus, her friend, Jesus who had sat at their table and told stories of how he...

Curse or Habit

Are there generational curses? I don’t think so because of verses like this: Old Testament: “The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them.” Ezekiel‬ ‭18:20‬ ‭NIV‬‬ New...

Qualified

This week two friends read a scripture and thought they were disqualified from blessings because they weren’t perfect in their execution of the scripture. But let me tell you a secret: The law disqualified. Jesus qualifies! Allow what Jesus did while He walked on earth to speak louder than your interpretation of scripture. Allow the grace He exhibited when interacting with tax collectors, prostitutes, adulteresses, and Gentiles form your theology....