Bride

We are the church, His Bride. Loved, Cherished, To Die for. We are the Church, His Bride. Clothed in Righteousness, Crowned in Glory, Chosen. We are the Church, His Bride. Accepted, Anointed,  Authorized. We are the Church, His Bride. Beautiful, Bold, Blessed. We are the Church, His Bride. Glorious, Spotless, Blameless. We are the Church, His Bride. Built upon a Rock, Never forsaken, Always victorious. We are the Church, His...

Royal Priesthood

Old Testament – God’s Declaration: “And you will be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation.’ This is the message you must give to the people of Israel.” Exodus‬ ‭19:6‬ ‭NLT‬ Old Testament – The People’s response: “And they said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen. But don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die!”” Exodus‬ ‭20:19‬ ‭NLT‬‬ New Testament – God’s Declaration...

Why Should I Obey?

Yesterday, I felt as if I were supposed to share on obedience in the Bible Study I facilitate. But as I began preparing my notes, I felt as if God said, “Stop. Before you share on obedience, remind them of grace.” So, we began our discussion by remembering some truths: 1. We are righteous (right with God) because of Jesus’ perfect obedience not ours. (II Corinthians 5:21). 2. We are...

Who Are You?

I am a new creation in Christ. Not perfect but perfected. Not sinless but righteous. Not arrogant but confident. Not conceited but convinced. Not all-powerful but can do all things. Not all-knowing but have the mind of Christ. Not rich but lack nothing. Not popular but accepted. Not fearless but fears nothing. Not a diva but royal. Not treated special but favored. Not immature but a child. I am a...

Temptation

The prophet, John the Baptist, declared who Jesus was. At His baptism, the Father declared who Jesus was and the Holy Spirit came and rested upon Him. Jesus’ very next act was not to go and begin His ministry. Instead, He was driven into the wilderness. While there He experienced temptations. I’ve been thinking about this. Jesus essentially faced the same temptation as Adam and Eve – to be like...

I Am Woman

I am woman. Hear me pray. I am not inferior. I am not superior. I am equal. I am strong. I am made in His image. The same Jesus that dwells in you, dwells in me. The same Jesus that redeemed the world from the Fall, redeemed me. I am woman. Hear me pray. I am meek enough to kiss the boo boo on my child’s knee. Yet fierce enough...

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...

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...

Free. Forgiven. Favored.

Rescued. Redeemed. Reconciled. That is who we are as believers. We were rescued. That word means to draw to ones self. To deliver. God delivered us from the chains of darkness – from fear, from hopelessness, from sin, from disobedience – unto Himself – into the Kingdom Of Jesus. We are no longer slaves to sin but to righteousness. Sin is no longer our master. If we find ourselves partnering with...

What’s on Your Mind?

Facebook asks, “What’s on your mind?” What is on my mind – work. 100 students taking their first test. Have I adequately prepared them? Will they do well? What could I have done differently. What is on my mind – #redefined. Will people buy it? Will it change lives? Will it bring emotional and physical healing? But those thoughts of worry are overcome when I remember, I have the mind...