Stop asking “Why?” and ask “What?”

I sat in a message yesterday that every line answered overwhelming questions in my soul.  I wasn’t going to go to church because of a busy weekend of class, chores, and other ministries.  A precious friend from my program messaged me and asked if she could come and worship.  AH!  Okay, God– There we were…

Let Him catch you!

Psalm 23:6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever. Think of someone who loves you so much that they relentlessly pursue you.  There are so many reminders in God’s Word of our responsibility to obey and connect…

She laughs!

“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25 NLT She laughs!  What joy fills my soul when Jesus’ presence is all I seek to conquer the future.  The future could be five minutes from now or 50 years, but with Jesus all things are possible and…

Worthy of His Love

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. May God’s love and the Holy Spirit’s friendship be yours. 2 Corinthians 13:14 Today I wish for you God’s love and the Holy Spirit’s friendship to be yours.  May you feel His beauty deep within your soul and find peace in the friendship…

He’s got your back

Matthew  11:29-30 “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” I’m going to be very honest–This verse has always confused and frustrated me….

Against all hope

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, It took 25 years before the promise of Isaac came to pass. God’s promises  are always on time even when it seems forever in our time, or against all hope . As…

A mother’s love

Isaiah 66:13 As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you. Running around talking to folks at an Upward game, I was stopped by the beauty of this mother holding her baby so close.  In all the noise, chaos, and fun–this little one was held close and oblivious to only one thing–resting in the arms of his…

When “cultivating good” is hard

“Always be humble and gentle.  Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” Ephesians 4:2 Often cultivating good (yesterday’s post) is hard because the faults of others are like sandpaper rubbing against our skin.  The most challenging relationships are those that have been intimate for years and grace…

Cultivate Good

Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing. Whoever wants to embrace life and see the day fill up with good, Here’s what…

Prayers needed tomorrow night for ministry

Dear Readers, I did not realize that a team was prepared to go tomorrow night, Friday, September 13.  Below is an email, and I obtained permission to forward on.  She desires prayers.  Will you be in prayer for this ministry?  Pray that God will open up the doors of the clubs and that women will…

Cherished–Taking His Love to Strip Clubs

I read a statistic that we have well over 5,000 strip clubs functioning from coast to coast.  Hollywood glamorizes stripping and in some cases throws a strip club scene in a movie for humor.  Research and common sense tells us that women working in clubs are vulnerable to violence, depression, STDs, trauma, and addictions. I’ve…

It is finished–have a seat!

In the Old Testament, priests entered the temple with the strictest of rules and reverence, and never would they casually “sit” in the temple.  There was a fearful respect of the Temple.  Jesus, after His work on the cross, ascended to heaven and SITS at the right hand side of God.  Dr. Jeremiah described this “sitting” as “It…