God Entered Your Darkness

NOTE: This month, we’re tackling the issue of identity. I’m honored to share guests posts throughout the month (and maybe into December). These ladies have inspired me, and I’m excited for you to hear from them as well. To launch this series, I’m writing today’s post. In my journey of identity, I’ve received revelation on

Take a Survey!

For November, we’re launching a series about Identity. This series is intended to dive into the ocean depths, so I recommend setting time aside to not just read the post but converse with God. My prayer is that you’ll allow God to peel off layers of lies, idols, and veneers that cover up our glorious

You are Pure Gold

  Are you pure? Let’s explore the primary definition of purity from the Merriam Webster dictionary: Purity: Unmixed with any other matter. Example: pure gold 24K gold is considered pure gold. Why? Because all 24 parts are pure gold without traces of any other metals. It’s just gold–no alloys like silver, nickel, or zinc. When God created Adam

Let’s Play!

Here’s an exercise that helps us to “play with God!” If you didn’t read last week’s post about this subject, here’s the link. Step One:  Write down three issues (or more or less) you’re struggling with about your future. Write down three issues (or more or less) you’re grappling with about your past. Step Two:

I’m Not Abandoned!

I pray with great faith for you, because I’m fully convinced that the One who began this glorious expression of grace in you will faithfully continue the process of maturing you through your union with him and will complete it at the unveiling of our Lord Jesus Christ! (Philippians 1:6 TPT) I’ve struggled with abandonment.

Jesus Is in Vegas

He was despised and rejected — a man of sorrows acquainted with deepest grief. (Isaiah 53:3 NLT) I wept for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting and their loved ones, those injured, and those suffering trauma from witnessing the devastating act of terror. It’s difficult to fathom such evil. As I prayed and pondered

Jesus is the Man of Sorrows

I had a recent dream that terrorized me until I woke up. Then I had peace, knowing that it was all symbolic and God was teaching me something. (Thank goodness I’ve taken a few courses on dream interpretation; otherwise, I might have felt confused or fearful.) The dream? I’m running with a small group in

Challenge Yourself to Learn His Goodness!

Is God always good? Yes. Paul wrote to the Romans to remind them of God’s goodness in their lives: “So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to

God is Always Good

Every gift God freely gives us is good and perfect, streaming down from the Father of Lights, who shines from the heavens with no hidden shadow or darkness and is never subject to change. (James 1:17 TPT) God is good! There’s no shadow of turning in him. Meaning, he will never be anything but good

We Need You to Speak Truth!

And you now belong to him in the realm of true holiness. (Ephesians 4:24b TPT) Do you know where you come from? Jesus. Anything contrary to this truth is a lie. “But I don’t feel like Jesus. I’m full of shame. Regret. Unforgiveness. Fear.” All of those negative emotions are rooted in lies, preaching you’re

Make Up Your Mind

Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. (Ephesians 4:15 NLT) Write down one lie about yourself that you’ve embraced. (If you’re not sure, ask the Holy Spirit or a loved one.) Now, renounce that lie! Now,

His Nature is Our Journey

Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you. (Ephesians 3:20 TPT) What if your life is about discovering who you

A Life Well Lived: Tribute to Helen Turner

Last week I received news that my friend, Helen Turner, died and now in Heaven. I was stunned. Just two weeks before, she had invited me to spend this upcoming Thanksgiving at her home. She was having a lot of family come and wanted me to meet them. She sounded strong and happy. And Helen

Live with The Body in the Garden

Always give thanks to Father God for every person he brings into your life in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. And you honor Christ by yielding to one another. (Ephesians 5:20-21 TPT) Adam lived in paradise. He spent his days cultivating the Garden, naming the creatures, and laughing and learning from his Father.

Run with the Spirit Wind

Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love

No Longer an Orphan

NOTE: Today’s guest post is from Margie Garrison. She has written a guest post here before. I met Margie over twenty years ago at ORU, and we recently reunited at our gym. Here, I attend a fun Zumba class she teaches. Inspired by her journey with God, I asked her to share whatever was on

Quit Hiding

I’m dating. Now that I’ve got your attention, this post isn’t an insider’s scoop of my love life, but about trusting in community. (Phew — I dodged a bullet!) Ever read the book How to Get a Date Worth Keeping by Henry Cloud? (For anyone wanting a practical Christ-based resource about dating either for themselves or someone

Break Down Walls to be Vulnerable

NOTE: Happy 4th of July. Freedom is God’s design especially internally where we are free from the bondages of sin and death! I’m still discovering how powerful our freedom is and the priceless cost Jesus paid to redeem us. As we’re continuing this theme of community for over a month, I wanted to explore the

Community: In His Image

NOTE: Today’s guest post is written by Steve Carpenter. I became friends with Steve and his wife, Brenda, through serving in an outreach ministry with Steve’s mother for years. I couldn’t ask anyone more suitable since Steve and his wife have both invested in my life on countless occasions and helped me to see what

It Takes Community For a Marriage to Work

Marriage is the beautiful design of the Almighty, a great and sacred mystery–meant to be a vivid example of Christ and his church. (Ephesians 5:32 TPT) This past weekend, I attended my nephew’s wedding. One of my favorite moments was when the couple exchanged vows. My nephew’s voice cracked and tears shed as he recited