Some of you may not know that I am the prayer director for an international women’s ministry called Women on the Frontlines.
I was talking to the Lord this week and He highlighted to me that before 3-4 weeks ago, many women would not have thought of themselves as a woman on the frontlines.
Unless they were a minister or held a high-ranking military or government position, “frontlines” would not be a term they identified with.
Isn’t it interesting what a difference just a few weeks can make?
For the past few years God has had me working on a book called Gatekeepers Arise, so I have been privileged to have a very clear perspective that every single one of us is a key front line officer in our own sphere of influence. I realize that this mindset came through many intimate encounters with the Lord and I know it is one He wants the whole body of Christ to own in this coming new era in the churches story (the world’s story).
Now, with everything going on with...
Merry Christmas! I know this time of year is busy and hectic but know that I am praying for you during this season.
There will not be another blog post until 2019. There are a lot in the archives though so feel free to catch up on some posts you may have missed over the last year.
2018 has been a good year. I encourage you to take some time over the next couple of weeks to enjoy family and friends and to reflect on the goodness of God in the last season.
Let's head into 2019 with a heart of gratitude and praise to our Lord.
I pray you have a blessed end to 2018. If you have any year end prayer requests, please send them my way and remember that you are loved and deeply cherished by Jesus and by me.
We live in linear time. God doesn't.
There is a past, a present and a future on the timeline of our lives and our awareness is limited to the present and past. The future is largely unknown to us.
As a result, we identify with the person we are now because we do not yet have a reference point for the person we are becoming.
That's why so many of us are riddled with insecurity, self-judgement and imposter syndrome.
Only God sees our future. He sees our triumph even when we are still in the midst of the battle. We only see the chaos of life right now and everything being thrown at us.
What we need to be aware of is that even when we don't see the final outcome yet, the person we are becoming already exists within us. All the seeds of that person are alive and well inside of each of us right now.
In addition, Jesus said in John 16:13 that, "When the truth-giving Spirit comes, he will unveil the reality of every truth within you. He won’t...
Forgiveness is a key to unlocking and releasing realms of glory from the kingdom of heaven into the earth. It also sets the prisoners free. For the believer, it isn't to be treated as an arbitrary concept which we can opt in or out of at will.
Forgiveness or the lack thereof can either propel us into our destiny or imprison us in patterns of self-destruction indefinitely.
Just like a lock requires for us to extend our hand, insert the key into the keyhole and turn, forgiveness too must be extended so that it can turn lives around until we are moving in the direction of promise.
I want to lead us in a decree of forgiveness today because restoration and healing cannot take place unless forgiveness is released. God can not release the oil of forgiveness and restoration over us, or over our families and work places, or over our communities if we don't unlock the windows and gates of heaven with forgiveness.
When we are...
Most of us would not call ourselves worriers, however we'll admit that we get stressed about money and about problems at work and about our families. We all catch ourselves from time to time wondering how things are going to work out. Sometimes, if we are honest, we'll even complain and murmur about the issues we face.
Considering our blessings and gratitude journals are trending topics on social media for a reason. They do not come "naturally," they are a discipline and a worthwhile discipline at that.
In Matt. 6:25-34 Jesus addresses the issue of worry. In this passage of scripture He explains the futility of a believer wasting their time on worry. He reminds us that we have more clout in the kingdom than the birds of the air and the flowers in the field and yet they seem to have the wisdom to exercise their faith to believe that God will provide for their every need.
In verse 33 Jesus says, "So above all, constantly chase after the realm of...
The reason I gave my heart to God as a teenager was because I wanted to know Him. I wanted a relationship with the creator of the universe. I've always desired this connection with God, even as a young child. My parents brought us to church regularly as children and while I was raised knowing that God could hear my prayers, no one ever told me that He would respond directly to me.
Then while on a summer break right before starting the 11th grade a dear friend shared with me that God spoke to her and it ignited in me a faith to believe it was possible to hear God for myself. I truly believed that if He was talking to someone I knew personally (not just my priest) then He could talk to me too. It was as if in that very moment the impossible became possible and I believed.
It has been a journey of growth which has not always been linear for me. Over the years I have had seasons of great intimacy with God where I could hear His voice...
A hummingbird is a fascinating creature. It can hover in place (even positioning itself upside down and against strong wind and rain) to get the nectar it needs from a flower.
A hummingbird has the ability to steady itself and extract nectar (the good) with precision against a lot of adversity. So can you when you are not selling yourself short.
A bumblebee has tiny wings and a comparatively large body. Yet it flies with ease, gathering it's nectar without hesitation or fear of failure.
A bumblebee adds value to the flower as it takes what it needs. So do you when you function in your purpose.
Hummingbirds and Bumblebees just do what they were created to do without giving their challenges a second thought. They don't compare themselves or their journey to that of other birds or insects. They just are who God created them to be.
God ingrained within them a unique purpose and He gave them all the tools they need to fulfill that purpose.
We know now, after...
What does it mean when Christians encourage one another to to "go into the deep" with God? We tell one another, "launch out into the deep," and remind each other that scripture proclaims that, "deep calls out too deep." The question is, do we really understand what all these terms mean?
I'll tell you what they mean to me. It means going deeper than just surface-level faith. It means that church on Sunday as a mere ritual is not high enough. It means looking for ways to interact with God in a way that is less cerebral and more sensory. In other words, I want to experience God with my five senses, not just treat my faith as though it is a subject to be studied, learned and memorized. I want to hear Him, see Him, taste Him, touch Him and smell Him. God is a real being with real things to say and I want to know Him more and more every day.
The thing is, this kind of faith is not something that happens by accident. It takes determination, discipline, persistence...
There is a poem by Robert Frost which I studied on more than one occasion in my younger years. Every so often I find myself coming back to it again. The poem is called The Road Not Taken and it has had a lasting impact on my life.
Mr. Frost describes having to make a choice that he would only likely get to make once. He had to choose a way forward (a direction in life) when the trail unexpectedly split before him during his walk in the woods.
By his description, there was nothing inherently wrong with either path but even though he would have liked to travel both, in the moment he could only choose one.
Sometimes in life we are faced with difficult choices. They both look like good choices and both paths may seem inviting. Yet we know that we can only choose one or the other. How do we choose?
We want to be led of the spirit and move in the direction of God's divine plan for our lives but how do we determine which way that is?
I have had to make some...