The Storm is Temporary

Jesus gave his disciples a directive, “Let’s got to the other side.” But then a storm arose. Did the storm change Jesus’ mind? Did the storm change the directive? Did Jesus not consider the storm when he gave the directive? Was Jesus cruel to send His disciples into a storm? No. No. No. No. Have you ever experienced this? God gave you a directive or a promise, you began walking...

Restoration

Last night as I drifted off to sleep, I was thinking about “what would have been” if not for COV19. I would have been all excited about my upcoming trip to New Orleans to vacate, Baton Rouge to see family and Memphis to celebrate James’ dad’s birthday and then at the end of the month to Canada to see my daughter debut a new song. I mourned my lost plans....

My Hope

This is what I am standing on, today and everyday. These are the promises to which I cling. If God is for me, who can be against me? He who did not spare His own son, but gave Him up for me, how will He not freely with Jesus, give me ALL THINGS. Who can accuse me? Jesus is my attorney and my alibi. What can prevent God from loving...

Keep Hoping

Unjustly oppressed. Forced into labor simply because of their heritage. They had mourned. They had cried out for help. And when someone finally came to ‘help’, he only made things worse. Their oppressors now required the impossible of them. They were discouraged. They felt hopeless. So when Moses delivered a beautiful message of hope from God, they rejected it. They could not see themselves free from oppression. They could not...

Our Bridegroom is Faithful

I remember the dress I was wearing the day James and I got engaged. I was so excited. I had a ring and a promise. With that ring, James promised to be my lover, my protector, my provider. He promised to marry me. With that assurance, plans were made – Dresses purchased, vendors hired, invitations sent. Not once, did I ever doubt I would be Mrs. James Bolden. I had...

Recognize the Dream

I spent most of yesterday assuring smart kids that they did well on the AP exam. It’s normal with this population. After a test, they focus on all the problems they missed instead of all the problems they got right. As I was walking to my car to go home, I thought, “I wonder why kids are so prone to focus on the ones they missed. The Holly Spirit asked,...

Fight the Good Fight of Faith

I’m in a very weird, uncomfortable season in my life. It’s one of those seasons where I am trying to figure out if it is God? Is it me? Is it the enemy? It’s a season where depression and hopelessness are chasing behind me. It’s a season of risk taking, stepping out in faith, saying goodbyes to friends, and uncertainty. So how do you navigate such a season? Paul’s advice...

Persistent

Jesus gave a parable about a friend knocking on a door late at night. While the friend was not moved by their friendship, he was moved by their persistency. Jesus paints a picture of shameless audacious prayers availing much. Knocking, asking, seeking until our hearts’ desires are realized. But He further explains, we ask like a child petitioning our parents. We do not beg God. If our prayers are aligned...