Is God Always Good?

Is God always good? Ask Davie Blackburn. In 2012, he and his wife, Amanda, moved from South Carolina to plant a church in Indianapolis. They felt led by God to go on this new journey. Three years later, on November 10, 2015, Davey came home from the gym to discover Amanda, three-months pregnant, lying on the floor

Why experiencing the Goodness of God Transforms Your World

“If He is as good as many claim, how we respond to this truth will require a massive change in how we do life.” (Bill Johnson, God is Good, pg 32). Imagine what our lives would be like if we knew that, in every circumstance, God is good. I’ve said, “God is good” numerous times, but

He’s the Most Patient One

But Lord, your nurturing love is tender and gentle. You are slow to get angry, yet so swift to show your faithful love, you are full of abounding grace and truth. (Psalms 86:15 TPT) Consider how much patience Jesus had when he was walking the earth. He’s living daily with his disciples, who are sinners,

Can I Trust You, God?

Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. (Proverbs 3:5 TPT*) “I trust you, Lord.” I’ve said this many times. Sometimes that statement is said in earnest excitement, like “Hey,

Walking the Same, New Trail

I feel as though I’m getting born again, again. I heard the missionary David Hogan say this while preaching, but it’s in this season of my life that I’m understanding what he meant. I’ve been born again since I was six years old, but this past year, I’m like a child learning how to walk. The

Who Are You?

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24 KJV) We have a physical body made of an outer skeletal system that holds us together and an internal system keeping us alive. We have a soul that’s gives us personality, thoughts, and emotions. But neither

Take His Hand

This past weekend I was at a women’s retreat. Interestingly enough, the theme of the retreat was freedom. And the speaker who shared for two days talked about our identity in Christ. ( interesting that she was talking about identity as I’m sharing the second part of a three-part series on identity. Yes, God’s that

Clean Your Mirror

NOTE: This is a three-part series about identity — knowing and living out who you really are. It’s what happens within you that is life-changing even more than what happens to you. Being rooted, grounded, and secured in who you are — outside of who people think or say you are — is the secret

The Invaluable Life Lesson I’ve Learned from Children

As I’m wrapping my month-long stay in Michigan, I’ve spent quality time with little kids. Since I don’t spend much time with kids when I’m in Tulsa, this has been a treat. I’ve felt as though they helped me tap into the fountain of youth because when they’re awake, they don’t stop to rest, but are

Paint Your Canvas with Truth

When we are born in this world, our soul is an empty canvas. It’s white and clean, waiting for experiences, understanding, and love. Once you’re an adult, your soul is a painted canvas of expression, experiences, and exploits that provide a picture of our present and can affect our future. What happens if the image

Why Surrender is a Vital Tool in Wellness

Staying healthy and fit is more than just eating well and staying active. It’s walking in grace. It’s proven that when you keep negativity, stress, and toxic relationships away, you improve your overall health. But, how do we maintain a lifestyle of peace, joy, and love in the midst of living in a world of

Health is a Gift

For someone who’s been healthy all my life, I could’ve taken my health for granted, not giving too much thought about adopting a healthy lifestyle. But I was confronted with the fragility of life while working as an assistant to the outreach pastor. In her eighties, she experienced one health trial after another. One year,

Fit By Grace

NOTE: Thank you, Margie Garrison for writing today’s guest post. I met Margie years ago at Oral Roberts University when we were college students, but we didn’t stay connected after we graduated. Nearly twenty years later, I reconnected with her at the local gym I had joined. This past year, she launched a Zumba class

You Are a Missionary

God so loved the world… God is doing incredible things all over the world. My church sponsors missionaries stationed in the Middle East: one family helps at a refugee camp, another are in Oman. I’ve attended services where David Hogan preached. He’s a missionary in the jungles of Mexico where guerilla armies live. Heidi and

We know the Hope for the World

“Manifest your kingdom on earth.” (Luke 11:2b TPT) We are the hope for our nation. “We” meaning Christ in us. He is the hope for the world, and we are his body. Yes, turmoil is present in our nation and in the world, but turmoil has always been present since the fall. When we focus

Is God Going to Judge America?

“God is judging the United States.” Boy, I have heard many people tell me this over the years. When Hurricane Katrina hit, I not only heard Christians on the news spew unfounded accusations that it was God’s judgment against New Orleans, but heard people I knew pronounce the same judgment. What?!? Yet, I still hear

Hell is a Choice

“If it is unacceptable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you live; but as for me and my house, we

Don’t Blaspheme Yourself

“I’m a sinner saved by grace.” That statement represents two realities that are mutually exclusive. In other words, it’s impossible to be a saved sinner. Think about it. If you’re saved, what were you saved from? Sin. So how can you still be a sinner if that’s what you’re saved from? Doesn’t make sense. Whenever

How to Manifest God’s Nature

So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always. (Philippians 4:8 TPT) Here’s a thought: Does how we view God manifest in our lives? In other

Tune into the Sounds of Heaven

Do you know the Kingdom of God has its own sound? Its rhythms vibrate the love of God. During worship this past Sunday, I felt like I was in Heaven, hearing its sound. Not the sound of the anointed band or the worship leader although he was a conduit. But Heaven. Angels were singing a