Lessons Learned Under the Umbrella of Grace

“Thankfully, there is one other possibility, and that is that God has actually given you a supernatural grace to live opposite your circumstances. Have you experienced this type of grace from God that allows you to live in the peace of knowing you are obeying Him, even when those around you don’t understand?” -Bill Johnson … More Lessons Learned Under the Umbrella of Grace

Take Courage

This past week, my heart wasn’t feeling very brave. My faith didn’t seem particularly steadfast. And, honestly, my soul was down and discouraged. But sometimes you just gotta tell your soul what to do. So I did. In fact, that’s what I’ve had to do a lot in recent months. I’ve had to tell my soul exactly what it will and … More Take Courage

Over It!

I’m over it! No, really I am. To be more precise … I’m over ME. I’m over taking myself too seriously.  I’m over caring what anyone else thinks. I’m over worrying about what I do or do not have, what I can or cannot do, and what does or does not happen. I’m over wasting … More Over It!

Words

Words.  They can be so simple.  And they can be so complex.  They can give life, hope, and inspiration.  They can also bring death, discouragement, and destruction. James says the power of life and death is in the tongue.  I believe it!  (And not just because it’s in the Bible.) I believe it because I’ve lived on both sides … More Words

Indignant Faith

I should probably issue a warning right about now. Before you read any further, you need to know this isn’t going to be  a “typical” post for me. I’m feeling pretty feisty and I’m coming out swinging. I’m sick and tired of hell’s schemes on this planet. I’m sick and tired of playing nice. I’m  ruffled and I’m riled. But … More Indignant Faith

Uncomfortably Close

The corner of the coffee table was digging painfully into my knee. My left arm was completely numb. My right arm, contorted at an unnatural  angle, was well on its way to the same state. My neck was stiff; my back and feet ached. I was beginning to sweat … No, I wasn’t engaged in a torturous … More Uncomfortably Close

The Wave

I had been sitting on the shore soaking up the sun for long enough. It was nice on the beach.  I had everything I needed to be content and comfortable–a soft blanket, a protective umbrella, great books and great food.  I even had a lot of great company. Together we basked in the warmth of the sun. Together … More The Wave

When Normal is Over

“For you, normal would be a tragic loss of potential.” The words came from a strange source–a television show I had never seen before–but I knew their true Source. I had been musing about what it would be like to embrace a nice “normal” life. You know–be content with a nice little job, a nice little … More When Normal is Over

Personal Best

We’ve all seen the reports in the sports section. An athlete competes in a race and achieves their “personal best.” It’s not a world record. It’s not usually even a regional record. Sometimes it’s not even a school or meet record–it’s just that particular person’s best effort to date. And because it is that person’s … More Personal Best

Nevertheless …

“Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” –Luke 5: 4 Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing … We’re tired. Can’t you see we’ve done everything we know to do? We did our very best. We worked hard. We used our gifts and abilities. We gave it our … More Nevertheless …

Learning to Lean

Therefore I am now going to allure her … The invitation was unmistakable. The call to come away with him. He was wooing me. Pursing me. Calling me deeper. Calling me to follow him wherever he led … I will lead her into the wilderness … What? Didn’t I answer the call? Didn’t I leave everything … More Learning to Lean

Words (Don’t Give Up)

Words.  They can be so simple.  And they can be so complex.  They can give life, hope, and inspiration.  They can also bring death, discouragement, and destruction. James says the power of life and death is in the tongue.  I believe it!  (And not just because it’s in the Bible.) I believe it because I’ve lived on both sides … More Words (Don’t Give Up)

Worth the Wait

Walk with me, beloved. I took his hand and we began walking down a brightly lit corridor.  Almost immediately, I saw a large red door.  This must be it!  The door he promised to open for me! I stood waiting with anticipation.  I just knew that door would open any minute … It didn’t.  I … More Worth the Wait

The Anchor

I felt like the wind got knocked out of me.  A sucker punch right to the gut.  I never saw it coming. “How could this happen, Lord? After all those years of standing in faith?  After so many sleepless nights praying until daybreak? After all the prophetic words?  After all of your promises?  I thought things had … More The Anchor

A Time to Stand …

There is a time to stand. When the battle over your identity–and destiny–is raging.  When you’ve done everything you know how to do, and prayed every prayer you know how to pray, yet you’re still hard-pressed on every side. When you’ve  pressed in and pressed on to “lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has laid hold of … More A Time to Stand …