Friday, June 26, 2015

Be Passionate

There are so many people today who are discouraged. Rightly so. There's so much going on in our country alone that is discouraging. But that doesn't mean we should give up and quit. It just means that we need to be even more passionate about our purpose in life. And we each have a purpose. Yet, more and more I'm finding that we get more discouraged every day and begin to lose not only the passion behind our purpose, but even our very hope in that purpose.

My pastor once said something during a sermon that hit me very profoundly. He said that we need to be passionate about our purpose. Whatever ministry we are in, we need to be passionate about it. We need to do it to finish strong. Don't quit. Stand back up and finish, because we have so many witnesses who have gone before us who are cheering us on (see Hebrews 11). 

We are all in the race. But it's not a foot race. It's spiritual. It's actually a war. A spiritual war. We don't have time to worry about what others think, or what they might say or do. Instead, we need to be encouraging each other and cheering each other on in whatever ministry or calling that God has placed us in. We need to be passionate about our purpose. 

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Are you passionate about your purpose today? Do you still have the drive you did in the beginning of your ministry? Or are you slacking off, concerned about what others might think if they saw just how passionate you really are about your calling? Do you worry that someone might get their feelings hurt if you aren't as attentive to them as you once were? I'm not talking about your spouse or your kids or grand kids. I'm talking about friends, co-workers and such. Because if you are in ministry, your family should be backing you in support and prayer.

Being passionate about your purpose simply means that you run with the gusto and the faith that God gave you in the beginning of your mission. When God healed me in 2012 I was so on fire, excited, and passionate about what just happened that I was continually telling everyone I met what the Lord had done for me. I wanted to encourage everyone who crossed my path that Jesus wanted to heal them, too. Now? I still want to tell everyone, but there are times when the passion is a little dim. Why? Circumstances, people, and frankly just a tiredness that I feel often when I come in contact with others who are less than positive.

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Should that stop me? NO! That shouldn't stop you, either. We should all be passionate about the purpose God gave us. I pray every day, "Lord, keep us tied to our purpose." That's a humdinger right there. Staying tied to our purpose.

There is so much going on in our world today that would make is so easy for us to give up. And that's exactly what the enemy of our soul wants to happen. If he can keep us from doing what we're called to do, then those who live with no hope will never know that they were a breath away from the healing that Jesus wants to give them. Is it their fault? No. If we don't tell others, it's on us, and the fault lies on us. That's something I am not willing to live or die with. So I press on, tired or not. Discouraged or not.

You see, when it comes right down to it, if I'm telling everyone I come in contact with about my healing, then I'm walking in my anointing. I'm being passionate about my purpose. I'm doing what God called me to do. I don't have to make anyone believe me. I just have to put it out there. After that, it's up to those who heard me whether they believe me or not; whether they accept the gift Jesus has for them. It's their choice. If they don't receive it, I'm not at fault.

It's the same with you. Jesus has done something miraculous for all of us. He died for us. He willingly gave up His life so that we could have life. Then He rose from the grave, defeating death and hell! But we have to accept His free gift. When we do that; when we accept Him, when we allow Him to heal us, we are called to minister to others, to go out and tell them what He did for us. That's our calling. That's our purpose. Now, we also have special gifts to go along with that. Mine is to write and to preach about what He's done for me. Yours may be different. But we're to use those gifts and in using those, we walk in our purpose. That's what becomes our passion.

I love my purpose. I love my Lord. And while the world is running amok and people are crying out about one problem after another, they forget that the Answer lies in Jesus. How can they call out to Him unless those of us who are called tell them? We have to be passionate about our purpose.

So if you've fallen down, let's get back up. Brush yourself off. Stand tall. And run in your calling! Be passionate about your purpose today. And if someone doesn't want to hear you or accept what you have to say, shake the dust off your shoes and move on. You'll be better because of it.




Thursday, June 11, 2015

Which Do You Choose; Scary or Safe?

"...the things worth doing in life are often the things that scare us the most." ~Jeff Goins, Writer and Author of The Art of Work

How many times have you found yourself standing on a precipice, with a decision to either step out and go for it (whatever "it" is), or step back and be safe? Step out and trust God to heal you, save you, or just give everything you are to Him, or step back and just live life and take whatever happens. 

How often have you held back because of fear? It's easier to be safe instead of scared, right? But a life without taking risks is really no life at all. If you live in constant fear, if you allow fear to paralyze you, you aren't living. You aren't walking in your anointing or your calling and yes, you do have one. 

I lived that way for too many years. I wouldn't step out because of fear. But one night I stepped out simply because I was tired of living in fear, intimidation, and depression. And my life was changed forever. Since then, have I been completely rid of fear? No. There are a lot of things that scare me. But I step out anyway and do them afraid. I don't step out in fear, but I step out in faith.


You see, scary things don't necessarily mean that you shouldn't do them. Because the very thing God may be calling you to do may just be the thing that scares the dickens out of you (whatever a dickens is). The new, unknown, different, they are all scary things to us. But having faith in God, the One Who created not only us but the very universe we live in, is the greatest accomplishment we could have. In doing so, we place ourselves in a position to do great things; great and mighty, wondrous things that we had no clue we could accomplish. But with the strength that comes only from Christ, we are able. We just have to have faith.

We are all just ordinary people. However, we can do extraordinary things if we allow God to use us. That in itself is scary. We have to take risks. We have to step out into the unknown. We have to take a deep breath and say, "Okay God, use me. Whatever you've planned for me, here I am. I'll do it. I want to do what you want me to. Bless me in this, Lord. Enlarge my territory. I'm willing to do it. And by the way Lord, I'm scared." Here's a secret; He all ready knows you're scared. But by admitting it, by being willing, and by putting your faith and trust in Him and stepping out anyway, you show Him that you mean it.

When I built this website, I was scared. When I started writing I was confident, but scared. What if no one ever read my stuff? What if someone didn't like what I write? When I published my book, I was scared. When I launched the book and did my first book signing, I was scared. But I did it. With the Lord's help, I did it. If I had procrastinated through it, analyzed and debated about it, I would have never done any of it. If I had been that way on May 30, 2012, none of the above would have happened either, because I would have never been healed. Yes, even the night God healed me I was scared. Yet I stepped out, scared but still willing.

You can, too. What is it that God is calling you to do today? I know it's scary. You've never been down this road before. But may I encourage you today? Step out on the road. Do it scared. Don't be safe. Be reckless! C'mon out! 

Now I'm not saying go out and put yourself into thousands of dollars in debt. I'm not saying that. I'm not saying to go out and do something that is life-altering in a way that will hurt you or others. What I am saying is trust God. If it's positive, if it's helpful, if it's Godly, and you absolutely know that God is in it, step out. 

I fully undersand your scary. I'm right there with you. I'm right in the middle of something God is building around me, and it's scary for me. It's not out of reason, but I've never done it. However, I know He is in control and my Heavenly Daddy won't let me fall. So I'm stepping out. 

Scary or safe? Which is it? I'll choose scary. Because I know in my heart that stepping out into the scary I will also ultimately be safe.

*Excerpt taken from Jeff Goins' blog post, "My Latest Experiment: Launching a Conference - Why I'm Scared & Doing It." www.goinswriter.com

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Celebration Time!

Today is a very special day for me. Today is celebrating three years of healing for me. It's been three years since God stepped in and healed me of over forty years of depression, intimidation, and mental and emotional abuse. 

I talk about it a lot, but when God does a miracle in your life, you don't forget it and you want to share it with everyone you come in contact with. Why do I continue talking about it? Because by talking about it, someone who has never heard my testimony may be encouraged. Someone out there who is suffering depression may find healing. Someone who is suffering abuse may find encouragement and help. Someone out there who is at the end of their rope might find grace. That's why I do it...and because God commissioned me to.*

Not only that, but because of my healing it's my hope and ultimately my assignment to bring my story to others to encourage them; to help them find healing and purpose through forgiveness, grace, and hope. It's the theme of my website; to help people find where they fit in. When they find healing, they will find their purpose. When they find healing and purpose, they will begin to forgive. They find forgiveness through grace. When they find grace, they will ultimately find hope. They all go together in a beautiful package. The package is Jesus.

Granted, I knew Jesus long before my healing. But I was so broken that I couldn't follow Him the way I watched others do. I think it's that way for a lot of people. The world has crept in and misguided many people into thinking that their circumstances are "just the way life is," that this is their lot in life, it's hereditary, runs in the family, or because they've brought it on themselves. How untrue this is! Because Jesus didn't die so we could live in bondage! He died so we could have an abundant life...right here...right now (John 10:10)! Sure, we'll have abundance beyond our wildest dreams when we get to Heaven. But we can also have a full and wonderful life here on earth, as well.

Listen lovelies, God wants you healed, too. You have a purpose. You have talent. You are a beautiful masterpiece and you have been chosen by the Most High God to be something wonderful! I never believed that myself until I was healed. That's when everything began falling into place. My life changed forever.

This is why I'm so excited about today. I've been walking healed for three years today. No, it hasn't been all hunky dory every day. But the "bad" days pale in comparison to all the good days. God never said we wouldn't have it easy. No, quite the opposite is true (John 15:18-19, 1 John 3:13). When I do come under attack though, I don't have a setback into the black abyss like I used to. I immediately take it to God and He helps me through it. I learn a lot not only about my situation, but about myself in the process. I'm a work in progress. I'm not perfect. My life isn't perfect. I'm just healed and I'm doing the best I can to walk my walk, trusting the Lord every step of the way.

I'm not where I want to be, but thank God that I'm not where I used to be! And that's cause for celebration!
*My story is now available in my new book, Walking Healed. I'm not advertising what I've done, but what God has done. Read my full story and learn how to walk healed. Available in eBook and paperback.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Let Go of the Rope

God is so utterly amazing!
 I know that you know this. But I wanted to reiterate the fact that He is…so utterly amazing! My reason for the exuberance today is just that after coming out of a particularly ridiculous spiritual battle, I discover subtle, little messages from God tucked away in various places. He’s cool like that, God. He reminds me of who I am, who He is, where I came from, and where I’m going. And even cooler still is that He reminds me that He’s been with me the whole time.

Let Go Of The Rope!
Are you in a place today where you feel beat down? Do you feel unwanted, unloved, depressed, intimidated, or maybe even at the end of your rope? I’m not here to tell you to tie a knot in the end and hang on. Nope. I won’t do that. Instead, I want to tell you to LET GO! Just let go. Because chances are you’re within a couple feet of the ground.

But the rope can’t save you. Jesus can. And He wants to. Jesus is standing below that rope you’re hanging onto for dear life. All you have to do is let go. Let go of the depression. Let go of the intimidation. Let go of past hurts. Let go of the anger, the frustration, the diagnosis, the disappointment, the fear. Let go of it all and let Jesus catch you. He won’t miss. He won’t drop you. And He definitely won’t let you go.

Put Your Foot Down!
Look, the enemy (that’s Satan) wants you to believe that there’s no hope for you. He wants you to believe that there’s no healing for you. He would just rather you believe that nothing and no one cares and that you might as well just give up. But he is a bold faced liar and he has absolutely no power to overtake you. You might think all that junk in your life is about to overtake you, but it isn’t. Because if you’ll just put your foot down, you’ll find you’re on a Solid Rock, Jesus.

I lived in misery for over forty years when I could have just reached out, let go of my rope, put my foot down, and I would have discovered that Jesus was standing inches away with His arms outstretched, waiting to catch me. But I was too afraid. I was convinced that I was hopeless, a lost cause. So I lived it. I lived it to the point that I became nearly nonfunctional mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Yet there was a tiny, tiny little light in the distance I could barely see, and a muffled voice that I thought might be calling out to me. Then one night, in a desperate grasp for hope and healing I reached out. And instead of me grabbing onto something, Someone grabbed onto me. And I was healed.

You Are Not A Lost Cause
You are not a lost cause, dear lovelies. You are not beyond hope. Hope is waiting for you. Healing is waiting for you. Stand back up! You are closer than you think to the life you were meant to live. Jesus is waiting to give you back your life and He wants to make it so full of abundance that you won’t know what to do with it all. Oh precious one, there is so much more to your life than you even dreamed.

You Are Extraordinary!
There’s a desire deep within you that God wants to bring forth and grow. It’s not a stupid idea. It’s not out of your reach. That dream, that desire, is your purpose. Hand it over to God and let Him give you back more than you thought was even possible. It might seem scary. It might seem out of the ordinary. We aren’t dealing with an ordinary God! We are dealing with an out-of-the-box God. A God Who wants to take our ordinary and make it extraordinary! You have big dreams, but God has an even bigger dream for you. A better dream. You won’t be losing anything. You’ll be gaining more. Oh how awesome and wonderful God is!


Trust me lovelies, that water you’re treading is shallow. That rope you’re hanging onto is close to the ground. Let go, stand up, live the life you were meant to live. Reach out to the Lord and you’ll realize He’s been closer than you thought the whole time.




Tuesday, May 12, 2015

More Than Birds

As I sat on the porch looking out over the field, I watched as different birds flew around . It seemed as if they didn’t have a care in the world. They dipped and swooped in flight. Some of them flit back and forth. I began to notice the different varieties of birds around my home. Of course there were my chickens, pecking away in their pen. The brightly colored Bluebirds are back. It looks as if their nest may have babies because the daddy bird was holding a worm in his beak as he paused to perch across from me on my porch. The Purple Martins were chasing one another, dipping low to the ground. I know they were scooping up bugs. As I looked up, I noticed a couple of ducks flying overhead. All around me there were birds. I even have a sweet little Mockingbird. What a little jester he is!


As I sat watching all the antics of the bird circus I thought, those birds don’t have a care in the world, yet God takes care of them. It was then that I heard that soft Voice whisper, “How much more do I love you?” I answered out loud, “I’m worth more than a bird!” I felt the resounding “YES” in my heart.

Oh dear lovelies, do you know that you are worth more than the birds to God? As I sat and watched more of the birds’ antics, listening to them singing, I wondered how many of us go through life never knowing how much we’re loved by the Creator of the Universe!

Look at the birds. They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren't you far more valuable to him than they are? ~Matthew 6:26, NLT

We all have ups and downs in our lives. Sometimes the downs try to overtake us and quite often many of us find ourselves stuck in the downs and swallowed by the pit of despair, depression, loneliness, and many other things. Before long, we’re so stuck in the muck and mire of the pit, we can’t climb out because the sides are so slimy we slide back down. We may begin to think not even God cares about where we are and it’s our destiny to be stuck here. NOT TRUE!

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. ~Psalm 40:2, NIV

Lovelies, if God sent Jesus to die for us, don’t you think you’re worth much more than those beautiful birds flying around the yard? Of course you are! Many people will try to tell you that your situation is your own fault, or that your circumstances are the result of genetics or that it’s hereditary. Baloney!

We are more than conquerors, dear ones. God’s Word is filled with promises just for us. All we have to do is accept them and walk in truth. We may hear many facts during our lives, but none of them can hold a candle to the Truth. Jesus is the truth and He is much greater than any fact.


The fact is that God loves the birds…but the truth is, He loves us even more.


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