June 23, 2019

Undefeatedadj. - not including any losses or defeats (thanks Merriam-Webster).

My husband and I have been singing, for days now, lyrics to the song "You are My Champion" by Bethel's Dante Bowe.  Part of the song goes like this:  

Chorus:

You are my Champion

Giants fall when you stand undefeated

Every battle you've won

I am who you say I am

You crown me with confidence

I am seated in the heavenly places undefeated

With the One who has conquered it all

This got me thinking about the word "undefeated."

I was on an undefeated softball team in elementary school.  For the three years that I played third base for this team, we...

June 12, 2019

Some seasons are definitely more intense than others.  Sometimes, you may even feel like the "darkness" is closing in, and it may feel like you can't seem to find the way out.


But God never leaves us.  He is our victory!


When you realize that you are a child of God (Romans 8:14-16),seated with Christ in Heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6), and that through Christ you have all power and authority to expose and push away the darkness, you will find yourself fighting less and less and resting into God more and more. Knowing your identity is utterly important, and learning to partner with Holy Spirit will help you know when t...

June 9, 2019

Do you ever have "what if's" pop into your mind?


Recently the devil tried his hardest to keep me from the Father's loving embrace by causing feelings of insecurity and inferiority to come at me. "What if I don't fit in when we get to Australia?  What if I'm left out?  What if...what if...what if...."

UUUUUGH.  What a punk.


I knew the Holy Spirit was telling me that these thoughts were indeed incorrect, but the devil took it one step further by trying to convince me that something was indeed wrong with me for feeling anxious, insecure and nervous about the future.  


Over the past two years, I have learned that in...

June 7, 2019

"She always faces tomorrow with a smile." - Proverbs 31:25 (MSG)

I've been meditating on this verse a lot lately.  What does it mean to smile at the future, when the future is so uncertain?  How do you smile when change is rocking your world and you have absolutely no clue as to what the next month will look like, what you will be doing for work or where you will be living?

As I write this, all of our possessions are spread out within 5 suitcases and a few computer bags.  2 dogs, 2 laptops, 5 suitcases and one box full of teacups, to be exact.  All will be on a plane to Australia in the next 3 weeks, and I have no...

May 9, 2019

The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
Psalms 99:1 ESV

DO I STILL TREMBLE AT HIS MAJESTY? This verse hit me this morning. I am the first person to say that God is a good God and we are not meant to having negative fear of Him but a holy reverence and awe. Yet, how many times have I got familiar with Him? How many times have I forgotten that He is great and fierce and awesome and majestic and holy all at once? And that I cannot EVER in my finite mind understand the magnitude of HIM.

Last weekend we had a very holy moment with someone who had hurt us deeply. The...

May 3, 2019

If you follow my blog, this one is a little more raw than usual.

I believe vulnerability is so important, especially in the body of Christ.  There is no doubt in my mind that my victories (and even my processing toward my victory) can encourage and inspire others along their own journeys.  

This all started a few months ago when I started diving in to the book of John.  Usually the Holy Spirit leads me to read a particular book in the Bible and won't let me leave that book until I feel a release.  In this past season I have eaten up the book of John, and tried to imagine myself in every scenario with Jesus that John wri...

April 24, 2019

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ - Ephesians 4:11-12 (ESV)

         

For the past few years, I have struggled with the "five-fold" gifts.  I am certain that these gifts are for equipping the saints and not for show, yet I have struggled because I have not known my place in them.  I struggled for some time because the temptation for comparison was always in front of me, although I am aware that I am a partaker...

March 20, 2019

I had only two errands to run yesterday when I got home from substitute teaching: 

1.  Pick up my Chinese order for dinner.

2.  Run by Walgreens. 

It was a long day and my husband was working a night shift (thus the take-away dinner).  The pollen in South Carolina/Georgia is actually outrageous at the moment - I'm not sure I've ever seen anything quite like it, actually.  The flowers are in full bloom all around us, thus I have had a pretty intense sinus migraine for days now.  Not fun when you are teaching art to elementary students all day! 

My plan for last night was full-proof:  Pick up dinner, gra...

March 13, 2019

THERE IS POWER IN YOUR PRAISE.  Sometimes, you just need to sing.  Especially when there are roadblocks.  Even if that roadblock is a cow.

Yes, this is a true story.  And it does star a cow.

Imagine with me, if you will, being on an old, run-down bus in South America.  You and a small group of missionaries are driving up a winding mountain trail through the Andes Mountains in Venezuela.  On one side of the bus is a fairly shallow mountainside with wildflowers, tropical trees and some rocks.  On the other side of the bus is a foot of road and the most steep, rocky, non-fenced drop that you have ever seen!  We w...

March 6, 2019

This morning was rough. I needed perfect peace. I desperately needed something to invade my thoughts and put them on a good path again. They were all over the place!

The Bible talks about taking thoughts captive unto the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5) which I have learned to do (finally). But what do you do once you've captured the lying thoughts and refused to engage them?

This verse is so key 

Keep your thoughts fixed on HIM. He is, after all, the Prince of Peace. 

On the way to our morning engagement, my husband and I only talked about what we've seen God do in our lives. We recalled His faithfulness in speci...

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