Monday, June 20, 2016

No Guilt or Shame

The words were attached to a comment I made on social media.  They were meant to cut, degrade, ridicule, and insult.  There was no remorse.  There was no love.  There was not even the slightest hint of kindness.  The words said, or rather written, were meant to disprove the comment I had made.  The hateful words were not just meant for the comment I made but also to prevent others from coming in contact with my published work.  In other words, these words were meant to ruin me; to send me into shame and guilt and ultimately to silence me.

But they didn’t.

Instead, I had the most astounding and uplifting response that my attacker will never know; laughter.  Yes, I laughed while also shaking my head and shaking the dust from my shoes.

People will do that to another.  They will especially do that to ones who proclaim Jesus.  Because of my healing, there are people who would rather I just shut my mouth and remain silent because they cannot fathom a healing so profound.  They can’t understand it.  They can’t accept it.  Therefore, they set out to disprove it and to cause shame and guilt to the one professing healing.  However, they cannot disprove my healing.  They cannot disprove my relationship with the Lord, nor can they disprove what I’ve written.

Granted, this is not about me or what I’ve written.  It’s about standing your ground and not letting others guilt and shame you into silence.  You know, there are many people today who won’t speak up because of another person’s comments, jabs, insults, and control.  They are so beat down with guilt and shame that they cannot stand for themselves.  But you were never meant to carry that, lovely ones.  You were never meant to carry guilt and shame.  You were made to stand out.

No shadow of shame.

In Psalm 34:5 it states quite clearly that “Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.”  How then can you possibly carry guilt and shame with you if you’ve trusted Jesus to heal you?  You can’t.

Jesus came so we could have abundant life (John 10:10).  He didn’t save you so you could walk around defeated all the time.  He wants you to stand tall, smile, and walk in confidence that your past is forgiven and forgotten.  And everything you say from now on will give glory to Him and show a lost and dying world, and show those who are suffering that there is freedom in Christ.  You are walking, talking proof positive of that.

They just don’t get it.

Yet there are still those who will try to proclaim the opposite.  Why?  Because they can’t understand it.  They simply don’t get it.  The Bible even says, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

Don’t allow someone to guilt or shame you into staying silent when God has called you to speak out.  I’ve been told my words were “vile” and “garbage.”  I find the word vile to be quite hilarious when the words I had said were words of encouragement and all about Jesus, including mentioning His name!  People thought the name Jesus was vile?  Only because they don’t know Him.

Shed some light.

See?  Even those who don’t know His name find it offensive because His name sheds light into their dark lives.  And we all know that light overcomes darkness.  Think of it – once you’ve been in a dark room and you turn on the light, your eyes hurt until they get used to the light.  You find the light disturbing, vile, and uncomfortable don’t you?  It’s the same with non-believers.

The next time someone verbally attacks you, trying to get you to stay silent about what Jesus has done for you, just remember that the light coming from your testimony is shattering their darkness.  But whatever you do, don’t allow them to flip your switch and turn you off.  Instead, shine brighter!

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” ~Matthew 5:16 (NKJV)

Friday, May 20, 2016

It's NOW Time!

It’s NOW time!  So many people are wasting time.  It’s not ours to waste, lovelies!  When are you living?  Not where, because really if you aren’t living now, you’re not where you need to be.  I’m talking about living this very moment.  I’ll say it again, it’s NOW time!

We all think ahead to different times, different circumstances and so forth.  That’s all well and good, but we waste time when we fret and worry about tomorrow looking at THEN when we could be living NOW.  Frankly, if you’re a puddle of goo worrying about our circumstances then you aren’t living in the moment, the NOW, and the enemy is controlling your life.  He’s causing worry, stress, and many other things that are causing you to look at THEN.  

So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.  ~Matthew 6:34, NLT

How about you?  When are you living?  NOW or THEN?  God wants you to live in the NOW.  He wants you to seize the moment because right NOW is when it’s all happening.  Right NOW is when you should be living.  NOW is the time to step up, speak up, and move up.  God has great big plans for you, but you won’t enjoy them if you’re looking toward THEN.  You have to live in the NOW.

Don’t live or wait for a better time.  Don’t wish for THEN.  Wishing for THEN only deprives you of NOW.  That’s exactly what the enemy wants you to do; waste time wishing for THEN to arrive when you already have NOW. 

Your time is NOW.  Enjoy it!

Seize the NOW!  Seize it with both hands and make the most of it for as long as you can.  Get out there and live.  And while you’re at it, have FUN!  It’s NOW time!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Be Who You Are!

Sometimes we get so caught up in life that we forget who we are.  Or maybe we forget who we used to be.  Or maybe we just forget in general.  The point is that we often forget ourselves in the everyday, ho-hum, merry-go-round of life.

Don’t forget who you are!

Every day we succumb to society’s standards.  Be like this, dress this way, walk this way, sit like this, talk like that, eat this, don’t eat that, drink, don’t drink, watch this program, do that one, exercise this way, sleep this long, no don’t sleep that long, on, and on, and on…


Is it any wonder people suffer depression, anxiety, loneliness, despair, hopelessness, or just want to do themselves in?  Is it any wonder?  

No!  It’s no wonder at all.  I’ve fallen into the trap myself countless times.  The sad thing is that I never realize I’m stuck in the rut of sameness until I can’t figure out why my life is at a standstill.  Nothing is changing when every day should be something new and exciting.  Yet, somewhere along the road in this journey I got caught up in what other people might think if I did something radical, unique, bold, outgoing, or just plain rebellious!

Who cares!

Listen, God healed me from depression and intimidation.  This life journey I’m on now is one that has been exciting, different, unique, one that I’m surprised that I’m still walking, and yet somewhere I got caught up in wanting to be like someone else, do something someone else is doing, and then I became afraid that if I stepped out someone might not like it.  What if I get in trouble?  For what?!


Wait a doggone minute there bub!  This is my journey!  This is what God has called me to do.  But I’m not walking it.  I’m idling.  I can’t afford to idle.  I have to rev up the engine, squall the tires and take off. 

You do, too.

It’s time to roll down the windows, turn up the radio, gun the engine and let’s go!  Be who you are, not who someone else says you should be.  Live in the moment.  Have fun for a change.  Stop worrying about what everyone else might think.  Stop worrying about what someone might say.  It’s not about them. 

It’s about who God says you are!

It’s time for you to be who you are, be who God intended for you to be.  How do you know who you are?  Ask Him!  Ask God what He wants you to do.  He chose you, after all.  He designed you.  Ask Him what He’s chosen for you to do, then go out there and do it!

You don’t have to worry about what someone else thinks.  Remember what Dr. Seuss says; the ones who matter don’t mind.  God is calling you out to do something radical.  Step out and do it!

Step out already!

I used to worry about getting in trouble if I did something out of the ordinary.  Then God healed me and nothing has been ordinary since!  And while I have wrestled with old, fleshly scars, worrying that someone might say something and I’d be in trouble… how ridiculous!  My pastor helped me step out of that mentality real quick by assuring me that I never have to be afraid of getting in trouble for doing what God tells me to do.

If you step out in faith, God will surround you, protect you, and keep you from harm.  And if someone doesn’t like it, God will deal with them.  You need not worry.

So let’s step out together, friend.  Let’s be who we are, the children of God.  Let’s say what we feel the Holy Spirit is telling us.  Because the ones who mind don’t matter, and the ones who matter don’t mind at all. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

When Your Tiara Slips

Sometimes you just have a day when your tiara slips off center.  I mean really, there are times when things just happen and before you realize it you’ve said something, done something, or something then realize that your pretty little sparkly tiara is sliding off the side of your precious head.  You messed up.  Well, big deal.

I don’t mean that to sound harsh or even condescending.  It’s life.  Life happens.  It’s not always pleasant and God didn’t say that it would be.  In fact, quite the opposite.  The Bible says that when we have trials we should be joyful.  Kind of hard to fathom isn’t it?  Be joyful during trials?  Hm.  Yet it’s true.

Here’s what I’ve learned in my journey; life is going to throw you curve balls.  It’s going to shoot arrows of fire at you especially when you are about to step over the threshold of something wonderful.  The enemy, the devil, does in fact throw fiery darts (arrows) at you.  Whether they meet their mark is up to you.  He may succeed in causing your tiara to slip, but truthfully he can’t knock it off.  You actually have the power to stop him.  It’s not the other way around. 

The enemy doesn’t have the power to overcome you.  You already have the power to overcome.  You are already victorious.  Because the day you accepted Jesus, you became a powerful person.  You were given the authority and the power that Jesus also possessed.  You see, when He died and then rose from the grave, He sealed not only your fate, but the fate of the devil.  You and I came out on top!

The problem we face today is that the enemy deceives us.  He lies to us just like he lied to Eve in the Garden.  He twists God’s words and throws them at us trying to get us to listen and question.  If he can make you question, he gets his hold on you and smacks at your tiara trying to knock it off your head.  But even if he causes it to slip, he can’t take your inheritance away from you.  He will try to make you believe you’ve lost it.  But again, he’s a liar.  You never lost anything.  He did.

You, dear lovely ones are the winners.  So reach up there and put your tiara straight back on your noggin.  The enemy can’t take that away from you.  That’s your identity.  That tiara tells the world that you are royalty.  You are a masterpiece.  You are an heir to a beautiful Kingdom.  And the King of Kings is crazy about you whether your tiara is on straight or has slipped just a little.  Nothing can stop Him from loving you, not even the enemy of your very soul.

Straighten your tiara, lovelies.  Throw your shoulders back.  Hold your head up.  Smile.  You’re going to be just fine.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Hold Up Your Shield

There comes a time on this walking healed journey where you run into people who don’t understand your healing.  They don’t understand your walk of freedom.  In that, rather than find out the details and learn that there was years, literally years of suffering, pain, anguish, hurt, heartache, loneliness, fear, guilt, regret, thoughts of suicide, along with threats from others, accusations, disbelief by others that you actually have a problem, and many other things, they would rather throw insults at you.  These people are uninformed.  They are close-minded, helpless in their own walk and don’t know it.  They say that your words are “vile” and “garbage” and try to discredit you.  That could cause more hurt and damage to your newly healed mind but…

There is good news for you, dear one 

God’s Word promises that, “No weapon formed against you will prosper, and every tongue that rises against you will fall” (Isaiah 54:17).  Oh but that’s not all!  When you are dressed in your armor of God, you can stand against this and “stop the fiery arrows of the devil” (Ephesians 6:16).

When Jesus was tempted by the devil in the desert, he didn’t rise to the occasion by throwing back arguments.  He had no need to defend Himself.  It’s easy to get in a heated debate with those whose sole intent is to engage you in a spiritual debate, discredit your belief, or even insult you and hurt and oppress you back into submission and intimidation.  But rather than allow someone to do that to you, remember how Jesus handled His accuser, because he’s your accuser as well.

Jesus answered every taunt of the devil with God’s Word

You, dear one, have the power to defeat the enemy whether he’s in spiritual form or human form, using another person to come against you, including people who say they are Christians.  But here is another precious gift; you don’t even have to utter a word to that person.  You don’t have to respond.  They will still throw taunts at you, but even your silence speaks volumes.  I know this from experience.

I sit here today smiling.  Not because what I write was recently called vile and garbage.  That wasn’t pleasant.  Instead, I had the most unusual response.  Laughter.  Not in a mean way, but in a way that assured me in my soul that yes, I am truly healed.  I never felt fear.  I never felt intimidated.  I felt peace.  I felt joy.  And though my accuser said what was said on social media, no one responded to the taunt, including me.  When I think about it now, instead of causing hurt he sent me right into the place where I belong; God’s Word.

My mind flooded with God’s promises from His Word.  They were “hidden in my heart” (Psalm 119:11) ready at the exact moment I needed them.  I am giving you a list of those promises below.  Look them up, lovelies.  Then the next time the devil throws fiery arrows your way, you’ll have your armor on too and his arrows will ricochet off your armor and be extinguished in the sea of hope surrounding you. 

Arise, mighty warrior princess!  You are victorious!  So live brave.  Begin to believe that and never let another person get the best of you again.

God’s Promises for You (a short list)
Ephesians 6:10-18                  Philippians 4:13                       Romans 8:31
Romans 8:37                            Isaiah 54:1                                 1 Samuel 17:47
Isaiah 66:13                              Jeremiah 1:5                             Jeremiah 17:7
Jeremiah 29:11-14                   Jeremiah 32:27                        Matthew 11:28
Mark 9:23                                 2 Corinthians 5:17                    2 Corinthians 12:9
Ephesians 3:17                         Colossians 2:7                           1 Timothy 4:12
1 Timothy 6:12                         2 Timothy 1:7                            2 Timothy 3:16
Hebrews 11:1                            Hebrews 4:12                            Hebrews 6:19
James 4:8                                 1 Peter 5:7                                  1 Peter 5:8
2 Peter 3:14                            

The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power.  ~James 5:16, NLT

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