Friday, March 4, 2016


Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32  

We celebrated our daughter Alicia’s birthday last month. The month before her birthday, Alicia’s car required a major repair that ended up being very costly for us. As her birthday approached, she came and told me that she didn’t want us to get her anything for her birthday because we had already paid so much for the car repair. One of our traditions is opening gifts first thing on birthday mornings. When she opened our card, she immediately said, “Mom, you weren’t supposed to give me anything!” I smiled and simply said, “I couldn’t help it!”  The moment I said that, it hit me that God feels the same way about me and you.  He can’t help wanting to bless us because it gives him great pleasure to do so in the same way that I got pleasure from blessing my daughter.  It didn’t matter what I had already done for her or even the mistakes she had made in the past, my heart was to bless her simply because I love her. If you are a parent, you can surely relate to what I am saying.  However, sometimes, we forget that God is our Father, and He is no different.  In fact, the Word states, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:11) Sometimes we don’t receive all that God has for us because we feel we are undeserving for whatever reason.  Or maybe we feel that he has already done so much that we shouldn’t expect more. We have to remind ourselves that God takes pleasure in blessing us. So let go of everything that hinders you from receiving from God, and give him some pleasure by simply receiving!

Psalm 35:27  Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Words for 2016

As we get ready to start 2016, I wanted to share some words that I feel God is saying for the New Year. This coming year is what is known as a “leap year.”  As I was thinking about that fact, God said this is prophetic because we will leap over things this year that would have tripped us up.  This is a year of acceleration.  What would have taken a year to happen, will take a month.  What would have taken days to heal or recover will be done in an instant.  This will be an Amos 9:13 year: “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed…”  The Message Bible states it this way, “Yes indeed, it won’t be long now.” God’s Decree.  “Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other.  You won’t be able to keep up.  Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings like wine pouring off the mountains and hills. I’ll make everything right again for my people Israel.” (December was a prelude to this!)

Isaiah 65:24 “It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking I will hear."

God is healing broken places and mending wounds.  Wounds that have continued to “bleed” will stop, and you will be healed because I am binding up the wounds.

It will be a year of God’s Grace.

Don’t go into 2016 disconnected…disconnected from the people you’re supposed to be connected to, the places where you’re supposed to be connected and the purposes of God for your life. 

Don’t let any lingering issues from 2015 carryover into 2016.  Release them and let them go.

Expect Nahum 1:9 healings this year.  “…he will make an utter end of it.  Affliction will not rise up a second time.”  No more recurring issues.  God is healing once and for all!

I pray that each of you have a blessed New Year and leap into 2016 with great expectations about what God has in store for you!

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Saturday, August 22, 2015


When you hear the word “filter” many things probably come to mind. There are filters for the car, the air conditioner, water, etc. By definition, the word filter means to pass something through a device to remove unwanted material. For the purpose of this blog, I want to focus on another type of filter---the Word of God. There are so many filters that we pass information through as we deal with issues in our life. There is the filter of our upbringing, our culture, educational background, past experiences, etc. We reach conclusions based upon how we filter the things we face. If we filter information the wrong way, the outcome will also be wrong. Try filtering your air conditioner or water through a dirty filter and see what you get. The same thing happens when we don't filter things appropriately through the Word of God. There are many issues that arise seeking our response including political opinions, social media frenzies, cultural changes and more. The goal is to filter the information through the Word so that any ungodly material is removed. It is easy to respond based on our own opinion, wisdom, experience, what others are spouting, etc. However, instead of being quick to respond, we must embrace the challenge to be slow to speak (or post!) and ask the question, “What does the Word of God say about this?” That takes away the conflict, the mystery and even the heated debates. The Word of God will direct us in everything that we face and provide an answer for every question. In order for the Word to accomplish this, we must plant it in our hearts and allow it to be the final authority in every situation. Psalm 119:130 declares, “The entrance of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” The spirit of compromise is so prevalent today that it is very easy to get caught up in the flow of the world. That is why in these days of worldviews filled with darkness, we must allow the Word of God to shine the light and guide us to Godly answers and solutions.  The Word is our filter.

“Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105

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Thursday, January 1, 2015


As we enter a new year, I wanted to share a few words that God has given me for 2015.

Many who have sown in tears in 2014 are about to reap a harvest of joy in 2015. You haven't seen anything yet! Theme song for the year will be, “Every time I turn around he keeps making a way!”

This year, as you are faced with issues, assignments, etc., before you do anything, factor God into the equation. I call it the God factor. In Acts 10:38 it states, “How God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and with power and he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” Don't focus on your limitations, focus on the greater one on the inside of you. (As God said in Joshua 1:9 he says to us today: “ not be afraid, nor dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”)

Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me
Zechariah 4:6 – Not by might, nor my power, but by my spirit says the Lord of hosts.

It is a year to get in position and listen intently to the voice of God. It will be extremely important to be where God wants you to be and keep your ear tuned to His voice. If you're out of place, you'll miss vital instructions. Make time to abide in His presence regularly. Don't allow distractions to keep you away from His presence. It is a year to fully align with God's plan for your life. If you see that there are areas that are not aligned, correct them immediately. As you align with His presence, He will give you the direction, protection and provision that you need. (See St John 15: 1-7)

A year to draw closer to Him by feeding on His Word and spending time in prayer like never before. A spirit of deception has been released, and it is extremely subtle. Therefore, to stay in truth, stay in His presence.

The worlds were framed by the Word of God. In the same manner, our words have creative power. Be mindful to speak right words out of your mouth this year over your life.

Hebrews 11:3 – By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible

Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Isaiah 57:19 – I create the fruit of the lips.
Job 22:28 – You will decree a thing, and it will be established for you.
Matthew 12:37 – For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.

Don't allow anything to shake or rattle you this year. Instead, roll every care and concern immediately over on the Lord and keep rolling!! As you cast your cares, you will continue to move and not get stuck where you are and lose traction.

I pray these words encourage you. I look forward to sharing His Word with you this year!

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Sunday, September 14, 2014


I have been noticing the Kermit memes that have been making the rounds on social media. The Kermit meme features shots of Kermit the Frog typically sipping tea and calling out individuals in a passive-aggressive manner. I actually didn't even know what a meme was so I had to look it up! It's a sarcastic expression used as a post script to an insult or disrespectful remark. They usually poke fun at a range of questionable behaviors. As I was reading a few of these, it hit me that the devil uses this tactic so often. He likes to taunt us where the promises of God are concerned to cause us to doubt whether the Word will work or get us to figure out how it will come to pass specifically. It goes something like this:

God says He will supply all of your needs...the devils asks, “How are your bills going to be paid?”

God says you are healed by His stripes...the devil asks, “How is your healing going to manifest?”

God says He has given you peace...the devil asks, “How are you going to figure this out?”

When the devil comes to question how God is going to bring the Word of God to pass in our life, we have to be like Kermit and say, “That's none of my business!” But this is not just some sarcastic statement for us. It really is none of our business. Our part is to pray. The answer is God's part. Philippians 4:6-7 states, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Once we cast our cares or concerns over to the Lord (1 Peter 5:7), there is no striving on our part to make things happen. Our duty is to leave the method of how the prayer will be answered up to Him. Hebrews 4:9-10 states, “There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself ceased from his own works as God did from His.” The key point in this verse is that we have to cease from our own works, plans, etc., and trust God to honor his Word in our life. So when the enemy comes to get you stressed over how God is going to do something that you have prayed about, pick up your tea (or coffee) cup, sit back, relax and tell him, “God's got that's none of my business!”

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


I have not blogged in quite a while. Many topics have come to mind, but the burning desire to write did not come along with them!  Lately, a subject has been stirring in my spirit that I feel led to share.  I don't know about you, but I have been in a season of change, transition and regrouping in many areas of my life. Seasons like this can be so uncomfortable that the tendency is to simply stop.  That's the easy way out and the option the enemy loves to entice us with.  As I was driving home from work last week, the Lord gave me some insight that encouraged me and reminded me to press on even through the storms of life.  I was on the interstate headed home when all of sudden I ran into a terrible rain storm.  It was one of those where visibility became extremely limited as the rain was beating against the windshield.  I initially considered pulling over since I was already traveling at a snail's pace with my emergency blinkers flashing.  Before pulling over, I called home to let my family know what was going on and find out what the weather was like there.  When my daughter answered, I asked about the weather and her response was, “It’s all clear here.”  After hearing that report, I felt a new desire to keep driving now that I knew what was up ahead.  As I continued to drive, the weather subsided the closer I got to our house, and by the time I arrived, the weather was perfectly clear.  That's when God spoke to me.  He said that we do the same thing in our spiritual walk.  When we face storms in life, we often take what appears to be the easy way out and pull over and get out of the race.  However, if we simply keep moving, we will ride out the storm until we arrive at the destination he has for us.  If I had stopped on the interstate, I would have prolonged the time I had to deal with the downpour and delayed my arrival to clear weather. I know how hard is it to survive what I have termed the “gut punches” of life---those things that come against us unexpectedly to knock the spiritual wind out of us.  What God was saying to me was that we cannot allow those things to stop us.  Just like when I kept driving through the storm, we have to keep pressing through hard places that come against us to cause us to give up. I've actually had moments when I have said out loud, “I give up!” (As my pastor would often say, “Maybe you’re more spiritual than I am and never had moments like that!”) Thank God I was able to shake off the despair and not camp out in that place. Instead of focusing on current circumstances that may be disappointing, frustrating, hurtful, etc., we have to remain focused on the promises of God concerning what's ahead. I want to encourage those who have been bombarded with the storms of life to keep moving and don't give up.  After all, it's hard to hit a moving target!  Remember, all is clear up ahead.

Philippians 3:13-14  Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

God's GPS

In my last blog, I mentioned that I would be exploring the topic that I am calling, “God’s GPS.” I have had many issues arise lately related to the subject of direction. As Christians, we don’t have to wander aimlessly through life because God desires to direct us accordingly to His will. I am using the GPS as an analogy. We use a GPS to provide directions when we are traveling to unfamiliar locations. The Global Positioning System tells us where we are, where we are going, the best way to get there and when we can expect to arrive. I would like to change the letters for our purposes to stand for God’s Protective System. This system assures us of Grace, Protection and Sustenance because there is always protection and provision in the will of God. It is easy to take a course of action or make a decision based on what we feel is right or based on current circumstances. However, just because it looks right or feels right doesn’t always mean that it is right. Proverbs 14:12 states, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” I've learned to say to God, “I don’t want the way that seems right; I want the way that is right.” 

In order for the GPS to get us to our destination, we have to enter the address for where we are going. In our analogy, the GPS is activated as we follow the instruction in Proverbs 3:5-6, Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” This means that we lay aside our pre-conceived ideas and plans and allow God to lead us.  

One thing I love about using a GPS is that it re-routes me when I get off track. After a wrong turn, the voice immediately comes on and says, “re-routing.” Oh how I appreciate the “re-routings” of God.  At first, I may not be happy about them when I am heading in a direction that I believe is right. Nevertheless, when I obey His leading, I end up exactly where He wants me to be while avoiding the consequences of a bad decision. To give you a practical example of how this works, I’ll share something from my own life.

Several years ago, I was believing God for a job. I had a list of things that I needed related to the job, including pay range. I interviewed for a job that fit all of my qualifications. The first interview went well, and I was called back for a second interview. I was then asked to come back so that they could obtain necessary information for a background check.  At this point, I just knew this was my job! A few days later, I received a letter in the mail that I did not get the job. I was extremely disappointed. (If you remember the episode in the sitcom Good Times when Florida was trying to cope after James’ funeral, you will get an idea of my reaction.  Replace the punch bowl with a dozen eggs, remove the profanity, and you’ll get the picture!) Sometime after that ordeal, I was informed about another job in a field I had never heard of. I applied, interviewed and was offered the job.  The only hitch was that it did not quite meet the pay qualifications that I needed. However, the Holy Spirit directed me to take the position and told me that there was more to it than I could see.  I had no idea what that meant, but I followed His direction. A little over a month later, an unexpected 6% increase was given across the board. Additionally, the next year, I received a job reclassification and a substantial raise. I knew none of this when I accepted the job, but God did. This happened because as I was headed down a road that was not God’s best for me, He re-routed me to my current position.  Now I can look back and be grateful for the divine “re-routing.” 

This is just one of many examples that I can share about how God has intervened and led me in various instances in my life. I encourage you to allow God to speak to your heart about every decision you are facing no matter how large or small it may be.  In Job 23:10, it states that He knows the way that we take.That means that He not only sees where we are; He knows the final destination, and He has the plan to get us there. His GPS is 100% accurate, so activate it today and get His direction for your life.

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