Just my Imagination

Yesterday, I was feeling anxious. I needed to research and buy a new oven. I was trying to get ready for remote learning starting Monday. And then, I had to stop everything I was doing to plan to teach bible study that night. Oh, the topic by the way – Jehovah Shalom, God our peace. Ironic, right? (That is why I love teaching the word. I am always my first...

Seated!

Yesterday was rough. It went something like this. Bad news. Worse news. Heated discussion. Bad news. Threat of horrible news but we won’t know until tomorrow. I ended up walking aimlessly around my neighborhood listening to gospel music and praying in the Spirit. But this morning, my Facebook memories reminded me of this important truth. Let this post from four years ago remind you of who you are and where...

Uncertainty

What do you do when you get news of a possible bad report? The company is downsizing and you may be laid off. The doctor is concerned about your test and you may have a degenerative disease, Your spouse is unhappy and divorce is looming. What do you do in the uncertainty? Fear? Worry? Google? What if you prayed and rested? A man came to Jesus because his son was...

Speak to the Storm

While attending a church service in Mexico a couple of weeks ago, it started to rain. This church was a beautiful building but very open. As the rain began to fall, the noise became a disruption and made the sermon difficult to hear. Pastor Bryan, my pastor, spoke peace to the rain and it immediately subsided. There is a song we sing in Christian circles called, “It Is Well.” The...

The Storm

Living in NC, I have experienced a storm or two in my lifetime. Storms normally hit land, rage war for a day, then head back to sea. We, North Carolinians, know how to weather a storm – milk, bread and bottled water. But could you imagine being in the storm for two weeks? Paul found himself in the midst of a storm for two weeks. Fourteen days of wind, rain,...

Follow the Peace

”How do I know if it is God’s will?” I’m often asked. My formula: 1. Does it fit the criteria of Philippians 4:8? Is it good, excellent, praiseworthy, honorable, admirable? 2. Does it agree with the call on your Life in this season? 3. Do you have peace? If the answer is yes. Then go for it. This morning I read Acts 16. Paul and his team were going to...

You Are Blessed

When God created man and woman, he blessed them an said, “Be fruitful and multiply.” God promised Abraham that he would bless Abraham so that Abraham would be a blessing. God instructed the priest to bless the nation. Paul wrote, “God has blessed us with every spiritual gift.” Today, in America, we have reduced blessings to material items. “God has blessed with a new house, a shiny car, a nice...

My Super Power is Peace

As I mentioned last week, I am juggling four major projects at the moment. By the time last Friday arrived, I was sleep deprived and anxious. These four projects consumed my every thought. But Friday night, I met with some amazing women and they prayed for me. Saturday, God gave me a word: “Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely...

Undone by Your Own Writings

When God uses your own words to answer your prayer… James and I need to make a decision that will have significant impact on our lives. We have been praying for wisdom. Last night as I am proofing my new book, “Touched”, I read this powerful statement I wrote months ago: “God has seen fit to give us the mind of Christ. As a co-heir with Christ, I can think...

Embrace Your ‘No’ Power

Stress free holidays, huh? Makes you want to laugh right? Stress free holidays only happen in Hallmark movies (unless it’s a dramatic amount of stress followed by being saved by the man of your dreams and shortly getting engaged after–that might be in a Hallmark movie, also). I am all about avoiding negative feelings (if you know anything about the Enneagram—yes, I’m a 7). So, you best believe I’ve tried...