B&H Little Words Matter’s JESUS- A Review
October 13, 2015
A few little words can tell a big story about Jesus!
My one-year-old’s bookshelf is stocked with countless books: Toy Story, Thomas the Tank Engine, VeggieTales…
He definitely loves to look at all the pictures, and I love the idea of reading to your children, even early on in their life.
But the problem is he can’t sit still long enough for me to read them to him.
By the time I can turn a page, it ends up in one place- his mouth!
What I like about B&H Kids’ Little Words Matters books is that they are simple and quick to read to children that are in the everything-goes-in-the-mouth phase.
Their Jesus book (illustrated by Holli Conger with beautifully bright and colorful pictures) is perfect for my reading time with my son because each page has only one word on it, and what powerful words they are!
Teacher, Healer, loving, king, servant…JESUS!
Using these mighty and easy to say twelve words, I’m able to tell the story of Jesus to my one year old and his precious short-lived attention is captivated.
B&H Kid’s Jesus few little words helps me teach my son about the Lord for just a few little minutes, and I wouldn’t rush them any day!
Grab your copy of Jesus for the little one in your life today…just in time for Christmas to help you tell the story of the reason for the season- JESUS!
*I received this book free as a member of the B&H/Lifeway Publishing Blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
25 QUESTIONS YOU’RE AFRAID TO ASK ABOUT LOVE, SEX, AND INTIMACY- A Review
October 12, 2015
God’s love is limitless, but it does have boundaries. His compassion never cancels out His truth and holiness. -Dr. Juli Slattery, author, radio show host, and co-founder of Authentic Intimacy
This quote from Dr. Slattery stands firm as the backbone of her newest book, 25 Questions You’re Afraid to Ask about Love, Sex, and Intimacy .
25 Questions speaks the truth of God’s Word regarding the Biblical definition of sexuality, marriage, and walking in love with utter boldness and without any trace of compromise- a quality I admire greatly, especially in this day we live in.
This book is written specifically for women of all ages and all backgrounds, but the message is crystal-clear, God (who is love- 1 John 4:8) is the author of our sexuality.
The world is not afraid to speak its mind regarding this topic, with its message of “Do whatever makes you happy!” and Dr. Juli is not timid nor afraid to challenge this mindset with her expertise in psychology as well as the ultimate Truth, the Bible.
Because sexuality is such a widely controversial topic in the Church, I’m thrilled that Dr. Juli is a strong Biblical voice that is speaking up, longing to see healing come to the Bride of Christ, who has embraced worldly ideologies regarding sexuality or has simply just remained silent on the topic.
The book is separated into 25 chapters (obviously) that each pose a common question that Dr. Slattery has heard over the years during her involvement in ministry and counseling. The reader can either read from cover to cover (like I did) or they can skim the text for a chapter that might pertain to an issue they have dealt with or are currently struggling to understand more about.
As a member of the 25 Questions Book Launch Team, I had the honor and privilege of sitting in on a live webinar with Dr. Slattery a couple weeks ago. She explained the heart behind the book and referenced 25 Questions as “Cliff’s Notes” on God’s truth on love, sex, and intimacy- making the information very accessible and a quick reference guide for those who have questions about sexuality.
For me, my favorite chapters centered around the purpose for our sexuality and why God made us sexual creatures. Just like marriage reflects Jesus’ union with the Church, sex and intimacy reflect our relationship with the Father.
Sex and intimacy in marriage (which are all celebrated together in such beautiful harmony for a purpose) are what we get to experience in the natural while we are here on earth. It is pleasure that those who are in a Biblical marriage get to enjoy, and God made it that way!
That kind of pleasure is represented spiritually as well- God wants us to experience His love and a deep, intimate relationship with Him, just like a husband and wife get to encounter in their marriage.
Let’s take the word “intercourse,” for example. Now, what typically comes to one’s mind is sexual intercourse between a man and a woman.
If you would break down the word intercourse, you would discover that it means that two courses are so intertwined, you don’t know where one course begins and one course ends. God wants us to be so connected and intertwined with Him, that you can’t tell where the relationship begins or ends.
This is the very reason God has set such specific boundaries when it comes to love, sex, intimacy, and marriage. It all points back to Him- it is all holy because God is holy.
I urge you to check out 25 Questions and start thinking about loved ones in your life that need some guidance in the area of sexuality. The truth of the Word of God is the best compass and 25 Questions is full of that beautiful, scriptural truth.
Grab your copy of 25 Questions You’re Afraid to Ask about Love, Sex, and Intimacy today!!!
*I received this book free as a member of the #25questionsbook Launch Team. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Max Lucado’s GLORY DAYS- A Review
October 1, 2015
As an avid reader and writer, you’d think I would never attempt to judge a book by its cover. Although Max Lucado’s newest release, Glory Days, is a lovely hard-back book with a very simple, yet bold appearance, I have to be honest, when I read the sub-title, I was already imagining what I was in for before I ever even cracked the book open.
“Living you promised land life now” sounded a lot like another book that I read early on in my walk with the Lord by a very well-known American pastor. The longer I have walked with the Lord and read my Bible, this idea of making your life here on earth the best life you will ever experience, has definitely left a sour taste in my mouth. I don’t know about you, but I believe that heaven will be far better than any life we could live here in this fallen world.
But like I said, after diving into Mr. Lucado’s newest release, I realized that I did indeed judge this book by its cover…
…And I was so wrong about my initial judgement!
Once I discovered that Glory Days was in fact a journey through the book of Joshua, I got really excited. I’m currently doing a One-Year Bible reading plan with the YouVersion Bible App and wouldn’t you know it, I am smack-dab in the middle of reading Joshua! This made my experience reading Glory Days that much more glorious for me because Mr. Lucado did a tremendous job beefing up my Bible study and helping me see where I could fit into this story of standing on God’s promises!
Using personal stories, including his own, as well as examples from other characters in the Bible, the often grueling process of making it through some of the Old Testament books came alive for me and made me eager to learn more about Joshua’s adventures leading the Israelites into the Promised Land. I was also able to grasp a deeper understanding as to what God wanted for my life here on earth by using principles mapped out in Joshua such as the meaning of inheritance, listening to God’s instruction, failure, not trusting in material possessions, praying boldly, and remembering that the battle belongs to the Lord, among many others.
This book stands alone as a thought-provoking read, but it can also be used as Bible study tool. I definitely plan on using the reflection questions in the back of the book as a Bible study resource while I continue to travel through the book of Joshua.
Also found in the back of the book is an added bonus- Mr. Lucado and his publishing team decided to include a preview of his upcoming daily devotional, God is with You Everyday, which is scheduled to release in December 2015.
As a part of Max’s book team through Family Christian, I’m looking forward to reviewing that devotional in the coming months and sharing it with you, my readers.
In the meantime, grab your copy of Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now today at Family Christian and discover more of the promises God has for you. I promise, you won’t be disappointed!
Also available: a companion study guide and DVD study!
*I received this book free as a member of the Family Christian Blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Longing for Truth, the WHOLE Truth!
September 22, 2015
Today, I’m simply here to just write.
Vent, I guess you could say…
I’m going through something right now. Actually, my husband and I are both going through something right now.
God promised that He would be doing a deep work in me in this current season, but I didn’t know it would end up looking like this.
Little by little, He has asked us to surrender to Him.
The freedom of being a stay-at-home mom to then take on a side job to help out some friends.
And now our place of Sunday worship.
Over the last several months, everything that has been the foundation of our faith has been challenged, and we are left unlearning a lot of things once again. We are searching out the scriptures to discover why we believe what we believe. And what we have discovered is that we don’t believe, or agree with, much of what we have been taught.
Needless to say, it’s been challenging…
…especially for my husband, since he sat under the same teaching for 20 plus years of his life, and after we left the church he grew up at in 2010, we were led to a church whose pastor also sat under that very same teaching for years.
When you hear the same teaching for 20 plus years of your life and you trust your pastor more than God, you embrace what you are being told as truth. And sometimes as the ONLY truth. But there’s a problem with that- we need to find truth in the Word of God alone and not man’s interpretation of truth. It becomes a danger because we never allow the Holy Spirit to be our teacher, but we embrace everything that proceeds out of the pastor’s mouth because, honestly, he should know more than us, right?
Sadly, this happens more often than not in the churches of America. Many people do not read their Bible, and we put all the responsibility on the pastor to feed us, teach us, guide us. His/her job is to definitely help us learn, but most importantly, create a hunger for us to go home and study out what we just heard. He/she was never supposed to walk out our walk with God for us. Sometimes God uses that man/woman of God to confirm what the Lord has already been speaking, but it is up to us to guard our heart from what I would like to call “GMO-seed.”
A scripture taken out of context and twisted to fit our methods, principles, main points, and often, our fleshly desires, has been genetically modified, my friends.
We can’t just embrace everything we hear from people. It must line up with the totality of God’s Word. Not just one scripture…the WHOLE THING! Much of what is heard on a Sunday morning is out of context. This isn’t just an opinion, we have experienced this first hand, and the Lord had to reveal it to us the more we studied out His Word for ourselves!
I don’t write all of this as a jab at any pastor or man/woman of God in particular, I’m just simply expressing where we are in our walk. We have been disappointed countless times by numerous teachers of God’s Word, whether those we have sat under, or those we have listened to through the information super-highway.
We aren’t giving up on the Church. Although we are disappointed, we aren’t surprised. The Word of God explains to us that this is going to happen in the Last Days. And clearly, we are in the Last Days! My husband is responsible for our family. I am responsible for my own heart and what my son hears and has sown into his heart until he is old enough to guard his own heart.
Above all, we must always judge what we are hearing, even if it is coming from the pulpit.
Don’t allow people to tell you that you are not supposed to judge…
…that’s a real popular topic among believers and non-believers alike.
Jesus says, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” (John 7:24 NKJV)
What is “righteous judgment?”
“Judgment” in Greek in this particular verse means “the concept of determining the correctness of a matter.”
If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. (1 Timothy 6:3-5 ESV)
Let the Word of God light your way, every single step. Allow the Holy Spirit to use the Word to guide you into all truth and peace.
I’m holding onto the Word, who is also Jesus, the Word made flesh! He’s our only hope in these times of testing and times of deception we all face!
Leaving the Faith, but Staying in the Pew
September 9, 2015
Disclaimer: This post has a very different tone than many that I write. It may come across “preachy,” but I could not remain silent on this topic. Something needs to dramatically shift in our presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ here in America or we will never see the change that we desire regarding revival and awakening. If our eyes refuse to be opened to this hard truth, many professing Christians will go to hell straight from the pews and the pulpit!
Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons… (1 Tim 4:1 ESV)
We are living in these days that Paul is describing here in 1 Timothy 4. The doctrine of demons that is leading so many astray is not preached in Satanic temples, but in churches all across the world, especially in America.
Many will turn away from true faith in God because they are not being presented with the true gospel and have started believing lies.
How can one who has received salvation run into the arms of another man who is not her husband and start a family with him instead?
How can a believer in Jesus Christ suddenly believe God really made a mistake and created him to be a woman instead?
How can a Blood-bought child of God find peace within her soul at the bottom of a bottle every Friday night and not sense an ounce of conviction on Sunday morning?
The cheap answer is that they are all human- we all make mistakes, right? But we aren’t talking about a mishap, slip up, or moral failure; we are talking about a blatant choice to turn away from the ways of God and follow their own selfish way. Leaving the way of faith whether they know they have or not.
But many will claim that they still have faith in God. Your faith is dead, I say! Your works are of the Devil and therefore your paycheck is in the amount of spiritual death and perhaps your life on earth if you continue to walk in them!
Oh beloved one, do not be deceived!
You must choose today whom you will serve! Is it Jesus Christ, the One whom you believe has saved you from your sins, or the Devil, the one who’s lies you have been listening to- telling you that you can have your cake and eat it too?!
Filling it with more and more of the world every day. If you love Jesus, you will keep His commandments and walk in His ways.
The wide gate often looks beautiful and offers you the lie of freedom, but destruction and bondage is at the end.
If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it. (Matthew 10:39 NLT)
Open our eyes, Lord! Wake us up from the lies of the enemy that has lulled us into a comfortable spiritual slumber! give us a hunger for your word so that we can know the truth and spot a lie when we hear it, even if it may come from the pulpit on Sunday morning! Gives us wisdom and revelation of the knowledge of who you are how we can truly follow you! Stir the hearts of your saints to begin to intercede on the behalf of the deceived ones who once knew the truth and have been seduced by the pleasures of this world and for the ones who have yet to hear it! Help us to shine brightly as the days ahead get darker. You are our Hope and we trust alone in You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
God’s In The Details
September 2, 2015
The consistency of my writing has been delayed over the last couple months. I don’t like that it has, but I have had to come to grips that the season I’m in really isn’t allowing me to pour out in that way right now. The challenges of the constant change in routine as my little one grows up has definitely played a toll on many areas of my life, and I’m finding less and less space for “me time” in between all of the daily duties of mom-life and house work.
Of course, today, momma is getting a little breather while, thank-the-Lord-Jesus, my baby boy (who is almost a year old…oh my goodness!) gave in to an afternoon nap- this has been quite the struggle over the last month, actually. Teething stinks, that I am sure of!
I’m thankful that God sees me right where I am. Instead of trying to force change or transition, I’m learning to embrace my current season. I truly do not want to “fake it until I make it” when it comes to my writing. I know that whatever season I’m experiencing, my writing is going to inevitably reflect that.
So just like my 9th grade English teacher, Mrs. Jackson, told us, “write what you know,” I’m going to do just that.
A couple weeks ago, the weather here in St. Louis was absolutely gorgeous- hinting and flirting with me that Fall is on it’s way, my favorite season. I decided that I was going to take Isaiah and my pup, Samson, for a walk. I ended up driving to the park where Paul and I spent the early part of relationship. It was there where God impressed upon our hearts that we were going to spend the rest of our lives together- on our 2nd date mind you. Even then, I was still wrestling with my move to LA, and feeling the Lord strongly tell me not to, and seeing the reason why I needed to stay holding my hand and looking into my eyes.
As I was walking the trail with my son and furry son, God reminded me of when He showed up those (almost) seven years ago and changed the course of the rest of my life. While everything seemed to be at a stand-still regarding finding my soul-mate, and because of all of the past hurt and betrayal, I planned on filling my life with my career, but this night, it all changed in an instant. I pushed the stroller to the same exact park bench where my now-husband and I sat, looking up at the stars, while my head rested on his shoulder. Here I was, seven years later, sitting on that same park bench with our son. It was hard for me not to cry. In the midst of sometimes boring mom-life, I saw God’s sovereignty and mighty love for me.
It was there in this beautiful moment, I realized that God has never forgotten me. He is writing every detail of my story and weaving it all together so effortlessly.
I like to call those moments “God winks.”
While I feel like not much is going on around me, and the mundane seems to close in on me, I see God in all the details.
He’s always writing your story. He’s always adding to it, even when it doesn’t seem like anything is moving.
O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.[a]
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.
(Psalm 139:1-18 ESV)
Awakened (Part 2)
August 11, 2015
CLICK HERE TO READ “AWAKENED (PART 1)”
A couple weeks ago I took advantage of the free live-stream access to view Jesus Culture LA 2015 on God.tv. Throughout the day, I would check in and watch some of my favorite worship leaders, Kim Walker-Smith, Kristene DiMarco, and Bryan and Katie Torwalt. One of the morning sessions kicked off with a speaker I had never heard before so I decided to keep streaming.
Jude Fouquier, spent over 25 years as a youth pastor and he definitely connected with the young people gathered at the conference. He threw out quick, funny catch phrases to grab their attention and focused on the foundation scripture:
Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. (1 Cor. 15:34 NKJV)
I have to admit, I somewhat started to lose interest until he said something very profound that shed light on my many questions regarding my “salvation experience.”
“We may be awakened to Jesus, but we may fall back asleep. I believe we go back to sleep because we try to establish our own righteousness.”
His main point was that our eyes need to be opened to righteousness in Christ Jesus and the Cross alone and according to 1 Corinthians 15:34, that can only happen through the knowledge of God.
That’s what happened to me. I fell back asleep because I tried to establish righteousness in my own strength and never pursued a life knowing God. It was just a matter of time that I would become entangled in sin and walk in darkness because I was trying to achieve righteousness through works and failed miserably, as we all will if we try to establish righteousness in our own strength. When you fail continuously, it is just human reaction to eventually throw in the towel.
From the moment I prayed the sinner’s prayer until I finally took up my cross and followed Jesus completely, it was six years.
Six years doing it on my own.
Giving into temptation and allowing sin to overtake me.
A six yearlong nap.
But thank God, in 2008, I had an encounter with the Father’s love that changed my life forever. The Holy Spirit woke me up and I stayed awake this time! These last seven years have been an amazing journey pursuing God, gaining knowledge of Him, and receiving (not achieving) my righteousness through My Righteousness, Jesus Christ.
Over the course of the last few months, my husband and I have been trying to understand how Biblical the sinner’s prayer is, especially when we continually see people saying the prayer and then going back to their old lives…
…just like I did.
I believe the moment we hear the gospel and are given the invitation to make Jesus our Savior AND Lord (we can’t have one without the other), the Holy Spirit is shaking us to wake us up from our slumber from a life in sin, separated from God.
We trust His work by faith and learn to walk in it fully awakened.
I don’t think we should discount the prayer because I believe it is what God can use to wake people up. And it’s something we can use as a tool to allow the person to make a confession (believe in your heart and confess with your mouth) but it is then up to them to keep walking it out and keep seeking to know God.
I think as Christians, especially those in leadership, we have deceived people into thinking that it is the prayer alone (merely reciting words) that secures salvation and causes the new birth. I believe the sinner’s prayer is like the woman’s contractions beginning. The manifestation of the new birth takes time and one must desire to take up their cross in addition to embracing righteousness through Jesus and the work of the Cross.
So many have heard the good news and have asked Jesus to take control, but are currently spiritually snoring like a bear.
So I must ask you, are you awake?
Even if you consider yourself a Christian, are you taking a spiritual nap?
Do you need the Holy Spirit to help you open up your eyes once again?
If so, make yourself available to encounter the Lord. You can’t wake yourself up; you must allow the Holy Spirit to have influence in your life, to guide you. Focus your attention on His voice. Clear out all distractions in your life and start gazing on the Lord.
Be still and know Him.
And never stop pursuing Him! He will keep your heart on fire, fully awakened to His truth and love!
Awakened (Part 1)
August 7, 2015
For the first fifteen years of my life, my view of God and Christianity was purely religious and an empty routine- attending church and Sunday school weekly and going through the sacraments, but never really understanding why. I just followed the rules and didn’t ask any questions. I memorized the “Our Father” and the “Nicene Creed” and attempted to memorize the “Prayer to the Holy Spirit” and “Hail Mary.” To me, they were just words, so after a while, I saw no point in even trying. I remember my Sunday school teachers focusing on stories of the Old Testament and thinking God was angry and would smite me down with a lightning bolt if I sinned. I had no revelation of the Father’s love or grace or forgiveness or the sacrifice of the Cross. The only thing I knew of Jesus was that He was one of the persons of the Trinity as “the Son.” I saw Him hanging on the crucifix at the front of the church every Sunday, but to me, it was just a statue- a piece of art, almost.
As I got older, it very obviously became harder and harder for me to keep from sinning or follow the rules. A spirit of lust that I believe laid dormant from some seeds of sexual perversion that were planted early on in my childhood began to tighten its grip around my young heart. Right from the moment I entered high school, I got entangled in alcohol abuse and a promiscuous lifestyle in the backseat of cars. My straight ‘A’ reputation at school and my church attendance on Sundays were just covering up my reputation that I had on Friday nights. I wanted people to think I had it all together, but once people started talking, I was having a difficult time keeping my mask on. By the time spring came my freshman year of high school, the guilt and shame from the names girls were calling me and the gossip that filled the lunchroom became too much to bear. My solution was to confess everything to my mom and attempt to live differently. I wanted a fresh start so my answer was to seek out a relationship with “the Christian kid.” Maybe just simply being around Christians would help me become one, I thought to myself.
When I started dating this boy from school, not much changed. I was still behaving promiscuously with him, but tried keeping it hidden by attending church and youth group meetings. Although I had a bad taste in my mouth regarding religion, I remember being drawn in by the contemporary worship music of his church church. I actually enjoyed being there and wanted to learn more and read my Bible that the church gave me once I became a member. As the months went by, I experienced a few “God moments” where I felt Him tapping me on the shoulder during the sermon.
One of those “God moments” occurred at a youth conference that our youth group attended when I was sixteen. I don’t remember exactly what the preacher was saying accept that my heart was about to beat out of my chest if I did not run to the foot of that alter and surrender my heart to Jesus, who I just found out died on that Cross so that I would be forgiven and given a new life in Him.
I ran to the foot of the altar and cried out to God in desperation, “Oh God, please save me! I don’t want to do this on my own anymore. Jesus, be my Savior!”
Shortly after I made that confession, I was right back in the same mess I had found myself in before, and as the years went on, WORSE.
Alcohol, sex, adultery, pride, selfishness, lying…
To this day, that has always bothered me.
How could someone be awakened to the truth that they are sinful and need a Savior, embrace Jesus, and still live in darkness?
Was my salvation experience false?
These questions would haunt me for many years…
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My Mind’s on Jesus and Jesus’ on My Mind
July 27, 2015
What I mean by that is…
…when Jesus was going about His day in public, did He ever miss an opportunity to minister?
Was He so caught up in the cares of His day that He passed people by who were hopeless?
Did He keep quiet of the life that He could bring to them because He had errands to run?
Did He ever think to Himself on His way to teach- “I just need to grab a bite to eat. I don’t have time for chit-chat” ?
Was He ever so focused on a task or mission that He walked passed people who were in need of a touch from Him?
According to John:
Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written. (John 21:25 NLT)
Since that is the case, I am certain Jesus’ main goal, every single moment of every single day, was to reach as many people as He possibly could for the Kingdom of God.
Before I became a stay-at-home momma, I worked for a world-wide ministry.
Before I worked for a world-wide ministry, I worked in a small medical office for four and a half years.
That job was difficult for me because I came into contact with a lot of hurting people.
And as we all know, “hurt people hurt people.”
There were many days that I would drive home crying and collapse on my bed because of the exhausting day of being a human punching bag.
I constantly asked the Lord to get me out of there, but He had other plans for me. I longed for the day when I would be used in ministry, but what God was trying to get me to understand was that my ministry was right in front of me!
Every single patient who walked into our office was an opportunity to share the love of Jesus with. Once my eyes were opened to that truth, my experience in that office changed. I would pray every single morning that God would bring someone across my path who I could pray for or share hope with.
And guess what?
God ALWAYS provided! I was given countless opportunities to pray for people over the phone, lay hands on the sick, and even pray for a blind woman’s eyes to be strengthened. I received such a boldness to step out in faith and truly walk out my life like Jesus commanded us all to do.
And then my season there ended, and the Lord fulfilled a dream of mine to work for Joyce Meyer Ministries. I no longer was surrounded by lost people, in regards to those who don’t profess Jesus as their Lord and Savior. All of my coworkers were professing Christians because that was a requirement to work there.
I struggled with how God wanted to use me there, but realized that all people are important to God, not just lost people.
I would pray with coworkers when the Lord lead me to to, and as I went through a very traumatic time there, my coworkers saw how I did not allow my circumstances to shake my faith. I learned that everyone needs the hope Jesus brings.
I have been gone from JMM for almost a year since having Isaiah and have been struggling to find the boldness to pray for people who I meet on a daily basis- which doesn’t happen too often nowadays as stay-at-home mom who babysits 3-4 days a week.
There was just something so powerful that I would experience when I prayed for someone I did not know. And I know that Jesus is calling me to step out and believe Him to use me in that way again.
I know that the enemy doesn’t want us to share the hope of Jesus with the world and will try all that he can to get us distracted, in a hurry, or timid. We must push past all of that, get over ourselves and our troubles and insecurities, and trust that God wants to use our mouths to share His love and truth with all that we come in contact with.
I want to always have Jesus on my mind so that wherever I go, all I want to do is tell others about Him.
Not just when I feel like it, but every time I step foot outside of my door!
I want to be “on,” and red hot for God, just like Jesus was when He walked the streets. He has commissioned us to go, so we need to step out in faith and believe He will help us through the power of the Holy Spirit to be His hands and feet wherever He sends us!
Lord, give me the boldness to step out and tell others about you. Help me to have a listening ear to hear Your voice when You need me to pray for someone at any moment. I know that the light of the world lives on the inside of me and I don’t want to hide that light any longer! Let me shine bright for you, Jesus! Amen.
Podcast Interview- Undone Redone (7.20.15)
July 21, 2015
Last week, I had the privilege of chatting with Tray and Melody Lovvorn of Undone Redone. Similar to me, they have an amazing testimony of forgiveness, healing, and redemption!
Together, they host a podcast in their “Messy Boots” studio where they interview guests with like-hearted messages of divine transformation and deliverance from the entanglements of sin. I definitely felt at “home” while talking with this precious couple.
I also happen to be a huge fan of their Alabaman accent…totally makes me want to sit on the front porch swing and drink a big ol’ glass of Southern sweet tea!
But seriously, I pray that this interview touches hearts and changes lives for the glory of God! Each word that was spoken was guided by the Holy Spirit who I know has hand-picked each individual who will hear its message. Despite everything that I went through and all the mess that I found myself in, the pit wasn’t too deep for God!
The same is true for you- you are never too far gone for God’s mighty, redeeming hand to rescue you and use you for His glory!
Thanks for listening!