Be Free!

Forgiveness is powerful! It’s funny how releasing others from their debt frees us. Joseph’s brothers were absolutely, positively wrong to sell their brother into slavery. Joseph had every right to be angry with his brothers. He had been ripped from his family, falsely accused, set in jail to rot all because of their actions. His brothers hijacked his life. When Joseph is finally reunited with the very people who caused...

Jesus’ Secret

She was guilty. No doubt about it. She was caught in the very act. They dragged her out of bed, half-naked, head hung, ashamed. She was a pawn in their twisted game. This angry mob demanded justice. She was an adulterer. The law was clear, she deserved stoning. She deserved an horrific, embarrassing, shameful death. What would this Jesus do? If He were truly a prophet, if He were truly...

Prosperity is a Choice

I was reading the story of Joseph yesterday. Joseph’s brothers did him wrong. I mean really, really wrong. There was hatred, malice, and murder within their hearts. There is no “gracefying” their actions. Their actions were evil concerning their brother. Yet, still Joseph forgave. Yet, still Joseph prospered while enslaved. Yet, still Joseph prospered in prison. Joseph was able to look at his brothers at the end of his life...

Preemptive Strike – Day 14

Becoming More Like Jesus A friend of mine was dumbfounded that I would think of helping someone who had hurt me deeply. I must admit, I, too was surprised by my response because my flesh wanted to punch someone in the face. But I heard the Holy Spirit respond to my friend through my voice. “We don’t respond to people according to how they have treated us. We respond to...

Ride or Die

The other morning my husband and I were joking around with each other. I suggested I was going to divorce him and he said, “I’m not worried about that. You are my ride or die.” I gotta tell you, I was a little offended. I thought, “If he thinks I’m ride or die, he hasn’t been paying attention the last thirty years.” Ride or die is slang for a person,...

Backstory

Yes, that bad thing happened. You were hurt. You were rejected. You were discriminated against. You were mistreated. Yes, it was unfair. Yes, it happened. It is your backstory. But now you have a choice. Do I allow my backstory to dictate my future story or do I accept Jesus’ redemption of my backstory? Will I allow Satan to keep me as a victim or will I share in Jesus’...

Sing!

Don’t allow the enemy to steal your song. In the book of Joshua, Israel was defeated at the battle of Ai because of one man’s disobedience. The man was stoned and heaps of stone was placed on his burial site. That placed became know as the Valley of Achor and was forever known to Israel as a place of sin and great failure. But in Hosea, during a time when...

Respond with Grace

It has happened again. Another Christian leader involved in a scandal. (A collective sigh fills the Body of Christ.) I’m sure many Christians want to bury their head in the sand in embarrassment and pray for Jesus’ speedy return. Others are quick to point an accusing finger and blame a lack of holiness teaching in the church. Believers who refuse traditional church, shake their heads and say, “See, that’s why...

Know Your Audience

My book, Redefined, is being published October 1. Yesterday, I was tasked with finding an intriguing catch phrase to put on the back cover. As I was skimming the book to find the right phrase, God began to show me why the book was written. To invite women who struggle with guilt and shame into freedom. To heal women of the pain of rejection. To encourage women there is life...

It Is Finished!

I was commenting on the humility of a former student, R. Another student said, “Well M is also humble. Even though she makes an A on most tests, she still worries about her grade and thinks she didn’t do well.” I looked at M (she is a former student and we have a great relationship) and said, “That’s not being humble. That’s being neurotic.” Then I thought about us as...