"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends." (1 Corinthians 13:4-8 ESV) Can you come up with a definition for love (that accurately describes what love is) in two or three sentences? It’s not an easy task. No matter how we define love, our definition always seems to be lacking. Trying to define love can be like describing chocolate to a tribesman in sub-Saharan Africa who has never heard of nor tasted chocolate before. We may have trouble defining it, explaining it, and even finding it, but we know deep down inside that we need it. In 1 Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul wrote one of the most famous descriptions of love. Notice that he does not give a dictionary definition but instead a description of love displayed. The love Paul describes values: · Giving over getting · Commitment over feelings · The long haul over the short term The scripture is clear. You can see this love displayed in patience, kindness, humility, forgiveness, integrity, and ongoing perseverance. This kind of love survives and stands the tests of time and tribulations. Does this describe the love your seeking? More importantly, does this describe the love your sharing? Prayer: Search my heart oh God! Help me to love as you love and receive love for I am worthy of it. Show me ways to give more, commit more, and persevere more. I receive your direction and abiding affection today. AmenRead More
“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32
Have someone ever tried to make you feel like no one else will want you? And for fear of them being right, you chose to stay with them. “Who will want me? Who will love me as I am? I am damaged goods.” The enemy is the accuser of the brethren and his job is to accuse us for every wrong we’ve done. He speaks through people and through negative situations to discourage our faith and weaken our confidence. He sounds just like a jealous ex-lover, whispering “No will else will want you.” Maybe you feel you’ve sinned too much. Seen too much. Done too much and your self-esteem is shattered. But did you know that you don’t have to listen to the devil, that accuser of the brethren. Give not one second of your attention to his accusations. Not one second. Rebuke every word he speaks. Put him under your feet where he belongs. Hold up your head and speak with authority of what will be. Magnify God, make Him bigger than anything, and talk of what He is able to do despite your past. Tell yourself “God didn’t spare His own Son, but delivered him up for me! How shall he not with him also freely give me all things?” You didn’t deserve salvation, but you received it anyway. Aren’t you glad? You may not think you deserve the love of God, but receive it anyway. Even when you feel you don’t deserve the promises of God, receive it anyway. Let nothing and no one stop you from receiving in your life what God so desperately pants to give you. You may feel like damaged goods, but the truth is you are a daughter of God. You are loved. You are favored. You are accepted. You are special. You are His.
Prayer: Father God, You are my God and I am Yours. Thank You for loving me just as I am. Thank You for setting me free. Now help me live free by Your power. I receive Your love. I receive Your grace. I receive Your forgiveness, Your favor and Your kindness. Help me wrap my arms tightly around You. Build me up Lord and make Your dreams for me come true. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
(Read Psalms 139)Read More
“But godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:6
So you met someone and he seems pretty nice. He treats you like a queen and respects everything about you. You’re attracted to his smile, his heart, his handsomeness, his work ethic, and even his credit, but before you allow yourself to fall in love, you ask yourself that question we all ask, “How do I know he’s the one?” The Bible offers beautiful wisdom on this very thing. God says, “Godliness with contentment is great gain.” These are two qualities of a great catch. And it’s not one without the other, both are necessary. First, is he godly? Does he have a real relationship with God that impacts how he lives, how he talks and how he decides? Does he love God more than you and does he love you more than himself? If so, he’s godly. Then there’s contentment. Is he happy? Or does he need things, people and accomplishments in order to feel good about himself? Do you find a significant change in his attitude when things aren’t going well or is he overall smooth sailing no matter what? If so, he’s learned contentment. And these two attributes together are what makes a quality person that would be of more value in your relationship than anything. And while you’re asking yourself these questions about him, be sure to ask yourself the same. Are you godly and are you content? Possess these qualities within yourself and you will be gorgeous from the inside and a tremendous asset to one very, very blessed man.
Prayer: Father I love You. Thank You for how sweetly You love me. Help me to be godly and content. Not just for someone else, but for You. For me. And help me know when I’ve met Your man for me. I pray that he’s both godly and content. In Jesus name, Amen.Read More
“A beautiful woman without good sense is like a gold ring in a pig’s nose.” Proverbs 11:22 (ERV)
Solomon compares a ring in the nose of a pig to a woman that is beautiful but has no sense. No sense of discretion. No sense of modesty. No sense of self-respect and no sense of worth. At one point in my life all of my modesty went out the window. I didn’t care anymore. I acted like a fool, but not because I wanted to. How can a beautiful woman have no sense? Easy. She doesn’t know who she is or she’s lost sight of it. She looks in the mirror and only sees a shell of a person. She doesn’t know her value. She’s more abusive to herself inwardly than anyone could ever be to her outwardly. And like me, she gives all of her love, all of her time and all of her energy to those who don’t love her back. Being fearfully and wonderfully made is not a bra size, a hair style or a fashion trend. It’s an inner beauty that says “I’m not going to let you make me feel like I’m nothing. I’m not going to let you disrespect me. I love myself too much. I’m not going to give my heart to anyone that doesn’t value it. I’m not giving my time and attention to those who could care less. I’m saving my words for those who want to listen because I love me. That’s right! I…love… me!” Good sense starts the moment you begin to see yourself the way God sees you. The moment you begin to love yourself the way God loves you, you become breathtakingly beautiful for the glory of God. So don’t be so quick to judge a woman who dances on the table. Who drinks ’til she passes out on the floor. Who gives her body away to total strangers. Look past her flaws and see a desperate cry to be reminded of who she is. Then let God use you to gently love her back to Him so He can help her see.
Prayer: Thank You God. Thank You. You love me. Help me see myself the way You see me. Help me love myself the way You love me. I can’t give any love away until I first receive it for myself. I receive Your love. In Jesus name, Amen.Read More
“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
Take this Scripture literally. They aren’t just words on a page, they are true. Slow down and read each word carefully. I…can…do…all…things… This means with the help of God there is nothing you can’t do. You can love through Christ which strengthens you. You can forgive through Christ which strengthens you. You can raise your children by yourself through Christ which strengthens you. You can be the wife God wants you to be through Christ which strengthens you. You can get your degree through Christ which strengthens you. You can fulfill your purpose through Christ which strengthens you. You can do anything you set your mind to through Christ which strengthens you. It is in Him that you live, move and have your being. Not a man, not a woman, not a thing. Sometimes the people in our life make us feel so strong. They make us feel as though we can conquer the world. Maybe that person was your mother, your grandmother, your sister or your friend. Maybe they were the only person that got you. And what does God sometimes do? He permits their exit from your life so you can finally see what amazing things you are capable of with the help of God. You are awesome, you are amazing, you are strong and powerful but you will never really know that unless you see your strength apart from others. It has to come from within. While you’re thanking God for every person He has divinely placed in your life, remember it is through the help of God that nothing is impossible for you.
Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking into my heart by Your Holy Spirit. My inability only confirms Your supernatural ability. What I feel I can’t do, Your strength will help me do it. Thank You for encouraging my soul. Help me never forget where my true strength lie. In Jesus name, Amen.Read More
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
I never envisioned myself being a first lady or a preacher for that matter. So when I met my husband who dreamed of pastoring a church one day, I questioned our compatibility right from the start. I told God, “I can’t be what he will need me to be.” I was a free flowing creative spirit who hated to feel boxed in. I was planning on becoming a famous painter and a business owner one day and ministry was no where near my life’s pursuit. But God knows us better than we know ourselves. And with every purpose He gives, He provides the passion, the anointing, the grace and the wisdom necessary to fulfill that particular assignment. Out of nowhere He began to give me a heart for pastor wives. I would find myself praying for them and my heart was enlarged for these precious daughters of God who give so much without asking anything in return. It was then that God birthed within me a passion for ministering to women. Passion is created in prayer. God enlarges our hearts and causes our will to align with His will. He opens our eyes to see the problem and how He is going to use us to solve it. It is a beautiful thing! While you may not be called to be a pastor”s wife, trust that the Lord will equip you to do whatever He has purposed you to do.
Prayer: Father, thank You for speaking to my heart. I pray that You bless Your precious daughters throughout the world who are serving alongside their husband’s in ministry. It is not an easy task, but Your grace won’t fail them. I pray they draw close to You and receive Your supernatural strength. Give them the wisdom they need in order to handle such a great and rewarding assignment. As for me, Lord I trust that You know what is best for my life. Shape me and mold me into the woman You would have me to be. In Jesus Name, Amen.Read More
“Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us…” Hebrews 12:1 (Amplified)
Many years ago I prayed for God to send me friends and He answered my prayer and placed several people in my life that helped me grow in my relationship with the Lord. As I became older, my purpose in life became clearer and it was even more important for the people in my life to be there by divine appointment. One of the most important questions you can ask God is “Lord, what is hindering me?” Sometimes it’s a person and sometimes it’s a thing. If it’s not helping you and adding value to your life, it’s harming you. You don’t place rat poison in the refrigerator. You place it on the shelf out of reach for the time that you need it to kill a rat. Some people are placing their enemies very close to their heart, not realizing that an enemy will hinder them from completing their assignment. You will want to pray together and an enemy will want to gossip. You will want to have peace and harmony and an enemy will want a war. You will want to seek God before deciding and an enemy will want your decision right now. A hindrance can have the most sweetest voice, the most beautiful build, the most amazing mind, but be the most controlling person you’ve ever met. Every hindrance doesn’t look like a huge rock and every weight doesn’t look heavy. We need the help and the eyes of God in order to see into the spirit what is hindering our walk with the Lord and we need the courage to lay it aside. When you fully embrace God’s plan for your life, you’ll find it will require losses, but beautiful gains. You will lose your life and you’ll find His. You will lose some friends, but will gain peace of mind. You will lose some heavy weights that’s been hindering you but you will gain a freedom in Christ like you’ve never imagined.
Prayer: Father God, thank You for speaking directly into my heart. Reveal to me what is hindering me and give me the courage to let her, him, or it go. Nothing or no one is more important to me than finishing the assignment You gave me. Help me love people with the love of Jesus, but stay focused on Your divine purpose for my life. In Jesus name, Amen.Read More
“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
Sister, even in the darkest of valleys, you are not alone. Your heavenly Father walks beside you, ever so quietly, guiding and leading you. Although doubt and fear may be attacking your faith, listen to your Father and remember His promises to you. Through Christ you have authority over satan and all the lies that he uses against you. Satan will try to make you believe that God’s promises are impossible for you, but that is far from the truth. The dark valleys of the wilderness are just one stop on the way to receiving God’s blessings. These are temporary circumstances. You will come out victorious, and guess what? You’re almost through it! So do not be afraid. For we are more than conquerors!
Proclaim and profess God’s promises over your life and you will see your circumstances in a new light! Every challenge you face is molding you into the woman that God desires for you to be. God will use these dark valleys to strengthen your faith, build your character and encourage you to rely solely on Him. You are a living testament to the power of Christ and every victory you proclaim leaves a lasting impression of God’s love and mercy in the lives of others. So take courage, keep your eyes on God and when you get through it, comfort someone who may need the same comforting you have received.
Prayer: Dear Father, thank You for Your ever-present love and comfort. As we walk through these challenges, we declare that You are with us and that we have the power to overcome our circumstances with You by our side. You are all that we need and we will keep our eyes on you. In Jesus name, Amen.Read More
It takes courage
to tell the truth
to follow your heart
to do something alone
to make yourself vulnerable
to leave a longtime love
to trust again
to speak up
to wait on God’s best
to start something new
to admit your own ignorance
to believe things will change
to give expecting nothing in return
to be yourself
Often we find God saying throughout Scripture, “Be strong and courageous.” “Take heart.” “Take courage.” While negative situations come to deflate and discourage us, God gives us the necessary ingredient to face life’s challenges head on—courage. Often it is our most shortest prayers that are most successful with the Lord. We always will receive an immediate response to, “Lord, help me.” Even though you don’t express specifically what you need help with, He already knows. His help is like an ocean poured into a small cup without wasting a drop. He loves you that much. Let God give you the courage you need in order to do what you never thought you could do. Let Him give you the courage to succeed past your limitations, to face tomorrow, to enjoy life today, to face your fears, to change your world, to face your inner critic, and to embrace the truth of who you are in Him.
Prayer: Thank You Father. Help me be courageous. You are my strength and my confidence. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me do what I have been so afraid to do. I know You have not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind. Help me understand what that means for me. In Jesus Name.
(Read 2 Timothy 1:7)Read More
“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:10-11
Whenever my son throws a temper tantrum I have to lovingly remind him, “I’m mommy and you are the baby. You will do what I say.” He then calms down and submits to me because he realizes who is in authority. We live in a world today where parents are so focused on being their children’s friend that the child has lost all respect for the position of authority the parent has in their life.
Jesus is our friend, but more importantly, He is our Lord. He is supreme in authority. He dictates what will be and what will not be. He calls the shots. He is the boss and He is the One that reigns supreme over all. Whether we let Him be Lord in our lives is completely up to us, but it doesn’t change the fact that Jesus is Lord. Demons are subject to His power. It is His anointing that destroys the yoke. It is His name that is above every name. If only we were to let Him be Lord of our lives, He could then display His authority over every area of our lives and Satan wouldn’t gain an advantage over us. We open a door to the enemy when we refuse God’s authority.
Reevaluate where you are in your life and honestly ask yourself, “Am I letting Jesus be Lord of my life? Am I letting Him call the shots in my marriage, in my home, in my ministry, in my business, in my thoughts? Or am I doing whatever I want to do?” A life totally submitted to the Lord is a beautiful, holy and blessed life.
Prayer: Father God, I surrender my life to You. I believe in Your Son Jesus. I believe that He died for my sins, was raised from the dead and is alive today. I ask You to come into my heart Jesus and be my Savior and Lord. Reign in my life. Teach me Your ways. Let Your truth be exalted over any opinion or view I have. Help me live a yielded life and be glorified in and through me. In Jesus name, Amen.Read More