Me vs. Me

I’m in a battle this morning. It’s an epic battle. Who will win? My battle this morning is NOT against Satan; he is a defeated foe. My battle is not against another person. My battle is against me. My flesh vs. My Spirit. Today is the first official day of returning to school and my flesh is in an uproar. My flesh says, “Why can’t I just work from home?...

Whack-A-Mole Prayer

H “What are you believing God for,” my friend asked while we were vacationing. I didn’t have an answer. Not that I wasn’t praying. Since this pandemic hit, I’ve been praying like crazy… Praying for the pandemic to end. Praying for friends who are unemployed. Praying my students would do well despite the learning situation. Praying police brutality would end. Praying for the families who unjustly lost a life at...

Pray. Trust. Believe.

Tears of joy. Tears of sadness. Tears of anger. Yesterday, my sweet students wrote me letters. They were filled with words of encouragement and gratitude. I often think because I teach calculus, my students would be successful no matter who their teacher was. But these letters reminded me the power of encouragement and how I set the tone in my class. The letters reminded me of my significance as their...

Mighty Hero

Scared. Hungry. Oppressed. Hiding while trying to thresh wheat with a winepress. What a sad and pitiful scene. In the natural, we see a cowardly man, trying to eke out an existence in a dire situation. Later we learn this man, Gideon, sees himself as insignificant. He thought of his clan as weak and himself as the least in his family. Not only did he have self-esteem issues, he doubted...

Praise

Who should be the first to go? They were going into battle to face giants, to face trained armies, to take a land that had been promised. They were about to go into a war that would change their lives forever. “Who should we send first,” they inquired of God. “Judah, for I have given them the victory.” This week, many of my friends have asked for prayers for some...

Shout The Walls Down

This is How I Fight my Battle. Lessons learned from Joshua at Jericho. 1. Spy out your land. Envision where you are going. Know your purpose. 2. Find your Rahab. Align yourself with people who are where you are trying to go. 3. Don’t be intimidated by walled cities or glass ceilings. Engage in the battle from the perspective the victory has already been won. 4. Get your marching orders...

Fighting for Family

What an awesome problem to have: Too prosperous. Yet, that is the problem Abram and his nephew, Lot faced. So they decided to separate. Abram graciously gave Lot his choice. Lot chose that which pleased the eye. The land appeared well watered but the land had one small problem. It’s inhabitants sinned immensely. As I read this story this morning, I thought about this generation, our children. So many choices...

The Struggle

The struggle is real. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians‬ ‭6:12‬ ‭NKJV‬ The struggle to discern the spirit and attack it not the person. The struggle to not be offended by the person. The struggle to love, to bless, to wish well those...

Nobody Said It Would Be Easy

My life is not always easy. There are promises I have been waiting over 20 years to see fulfilled. Even today, I’m dealing with rejection. I’ve had my share of disappointments and epic fails. I have doubted, cried, and wanted to give up. I have had to fight fear, anxiousness, and hopelessness. I’m not sharing this because I want your pity or your prayers. I just want you to know...

This is How We Fight

At this moment, I have been hurt by someone. I have been praying, avoiding, and maybe a little sulking. In a month I will be speaking at the Belonging Conference in Apex (ironic right?). Yesterday, as I I was driving to church, I was preaching to myself. God was giving me my sermon for the conference. I love it when God does that! He was showing me connections in the...