Choose Well

“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭42:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Everyday, since March 16, my mornings have mirrored this prayer. My husband has the news playing. I hear it in the background – the despair, the hopelessness, the trouble overwhelms. Discouragement is easy. A sad heart is expected. But every...

No Dread

I have been dreading something. The reasons I’m dreading this event is unimportant. The “dread” is the problem. When I dread anything I partner with lies. Some of the lies I’m partnering with are 1. The impending event is bigger than God. 2. God won’t be with me in the circumstance. 3. There will be no joy as I was walk through this circumstance. When you come right down to...

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...

Joy

My husband always says, “No matter where you go, there you are.” I’ve spent far too many years searching for what I thought would bring me joy and fulfillment. I’ve left too many jobs looking for the elusive perfect workplace. I have left churches searching for the perfect Body of Christ. The change may have provided temporary happiness, but ultimately the same demons I was running from, just got bigger...

Positivity

Each year I am overwhelmed by students asking for letters of recommendations. To help write a letter that is personal, I ask the students to complete a survey. This response captured my heart. What was your favorite memory from my class? “My favorite memory of calculus BC would have to be being greeted by you everyday. No matter what was happening that day or how long the week felt you...

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...

Talk to Yourself

Mass shootings. Political debates. Family and friends suffering loss. Unfavorable doctor’s diagnosis. It can be overwhelming and depression can stand at the door and knock loudly and aggressively. This past spring, for a little while, I lost sight of who I was in God. I allowed the cares of this world to speak louder than the peace of God. I allowed others to define me. I opened the door for...

He is Enough

This morning, I was asking God for direction on a certain situation. I’m contemplating making a change and I asked the Lord, should I try something new. The first thing I heard was something my wise husband says all the time, “No matter where you go, there you are.” That saying is my husband’s constant reminder that happiness is not external, it’s internal. What is the external circumstance that you...

Life Lesson – Cheerfulness

“Live a cheerful life, without complaining or division among yourselves.” Philippians‬ ‭2:14‬ ‭TPT We have been testing all week at work. Tuesday, I walked into the room to test and the desks were in disarray. The previous person who tested in the room did not leave the room test ready. So along with setting up the computers, I now had to rearrange the desks. This ticked me off. Even though...

God’s Joy

Yesterday in worship, a powerful word went forth about breaking chains. It began with a word about physical healing but I needed healing from some “heart issues”, so I received accordingly. At the end, our worship leader began to declare, “The Joy of the Lord is my Strength.” I asked the Holy Spirit, “What does that mean?” He replied, “God’s joy is your strength.” Lately, the Holy Spirit has been...