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Bear This Truth in Mind When You Hate How You Look

Society may hold you to an impossible physical standard, but here’s the truth. 


Body image and weight issues are two of the most overwhelming issues a person deals with daily. We receive constant reminders on billboards, radio, TV and in the news about what our body should look like and how we are to act. One day we are to be superwoman—the next day, Suzy Homemaker.


We soon find that we are living in a tug-of-war between the world’s unrealistic standard of beauty and God’s reality for our body. When we buy into the world’s unattainable standard of outward beauty we believe a lie of the enemy. When we believe a lie, we empower the liar.

Buying into the world’s unattainable standard of outward beauty is easy to do in today’s world. As we try to gain acceptance by the world’s standard, we find bondage that leads us to discouragement and depression. We have been caught in the snare of the enemy that our happiness depends on our outward beauty.

Your outward condition reflects a deeper inner turmoil. Captivity does not start on your exterior frame. It began deep within and has worked its destruction from the inside out. It starts with seeds from a word, rejection or a disapproving glance. How can you overcome the bondage caused by deep wounds to your heart?

The first step is to understand who you really are. As a child of God there are multiple dimensions of you: You are a spirit, you have a soul and you live in a body (see 1 Thess. 5:23).

Your physical body, which you see in a mirror, is the image reflected and projected to others. It is the outer shell that houses the real you, your spirit. Your body can be broken, scarred, wounded, healed and strengthened.

Your soul—your mind, will and emotions is the place of expression of your personality. It houses your thoughts, hopes, dreams and fears. Your will draws information from your mind in making decisions about your body.

The third dimension is your spirit, which is often described as your heart. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). This Scripture gives a divine order to our life. Our spirit (heart) should direct our soul and mind, which will guide our physical body. As we keep this divine order—spirit, soul and body—our spirit, which is instantly born again when we receive Christ Jesus as our Lord and Savior, will direct our soul and body.

The world is full of information—good and bad.

The information from the world tells us the need for change.

But only the Word of God can bring transformation to our spirit, soul and body!

Overwhelmed by the world?    Try God’s Way.  “Taste” and See that the Lord is Good!

It is time to refresh our memory!

Second Peter 3:2 says, “I want you to remember what the holy prophets said long ago and what our Lord and Savior command through your apostles.”

He is writing to refresh our memories and stimulate wholesome thinking! 

He also warns us “Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth, and following their own desires.” (vs.3)

The “truth” is what sets us free!  John 8:32 “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  As a child of God, we need to stop blaming politics and race for the problems of the world.  There is nothing new under the sun!  From the beginning it has been good versus evil!”

If the church does not stand up and stand out, God cannot step in!

Peter is reminding us to be on guard against the ways of the wicked, they will be mockers of truth and most importantly, he reminds us that “the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief! (Read and mediate 2 Peter 3.)

        Jochebed, a great woman of God, insignificant to the world, understood the anointing of giving birth and bringing deliveranceShe was willing to look foolish in the eyes of the world!

She was called to fulfill an extraordinary purpose: not only the birthing of Moses, but also the sacrifice of giving him fully to the Father.   In her womb she held the answer to the dilemma of an entire nation.

As a child of God, we carry the same anointing, to birth something much greater than we know, to be a part of a bigger testimony; to endure the wilderness, to have the wisdom to stay hidden and come forth at the appointed time.

Men and women are entrusted with the assignment of deliverance in this world. As we pray and ask God for help, he searches the earth for faithful men and women to anoint to arise and face the challenge.     

Surrendered people empowered by the Holy Spirit can break through where others fail, and achieve seemingly impossible exploits in tearing down and uprooting demonic systems and bondages.

God is looking for the Jochebed’s of this day to dream with Him, to build with Him, and to adventure with Him.  It is time to give birth to what heaven has called you to!  We cannot stand still when innocent blood is being shed through out our nation!

“Is there not a cause?” This was the question a young shepherd boy, David, cried out as he faced the giant!

Have you studied the great works of God lately?  “The works of the LORD are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them.” (Psalms 111:2)   What do you take pleasure in?

Romans 15:4 tells us, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”

We are to learn from those who have walked before us!  This is our heritage as men and women of God!  This is our family history! God works through men and women on this earth! We have the same command as Adam and Eve in the Garden; be fruitful and multiply!

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6)

The devil torments, lack of knowledge destroys!

Your choice!  Are you willing to look foolish in the eyes of the world?




Esther, Orphan to Queen – only God!

A young orphan girl, Hadassah, found herself not just living in an unfamiliar world but reigning over it. We do not know her childhood history; how her parents died, did she have brothers and sisters, but we know from her testimony that God had HIS hand on her. She was raised by her cousin, Mordecai.

As Queen Esther, she lived in a palace, but it was not “home!” The people, traditions, and clothing, nothing felt like home.

She had to hide her real name, living a double life, unable to share who she was, where she came from, as she learned her new role in life.

She did not choose this season of life, but adapted to life as Queen, not knowing her future at the time.

God knows where you are and if you are ready to destroy the giants in your land.

She had been taught to keep her focus on the God of her fathers. She was the only Jewish woman in the area, and she didn’t have a life outside the palace. Her family history was a secret. I am sure she had memories of her Hebrew ancestors and how they wandered the wilderness yearning for a home.

She had lived in the palace five years, when she received a message from her cousin, Mordecai. He asked her to go to the King to reverse the edict against her people.  She hesitated and sent a message to Mordecai. No one went before the King without an invitation.  They could be put to death.

His reply, “If you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place…. and who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:13-17 NIV)


  • Esther had to walk in wisdom, she understood the enemy had the King’s ear.
  • Esther prepared for the battle!
  • Three days of fasting for herself and her attendants, Mordecai and all Jews.
  • Two banquets to gain favor with the King.
  • A public confession of her heritage.
  • She had been trained in social skills to approach the King! And she was dressed in her Royal Robes which identified her.

Esther walked in confidence and made her request before the King. She used all her resources and followed God’s strategy for victory!

Esther came to the place where she realized it was no longer about her. She had a God given purpose! She grew from an orphan girl following directions to becoming a strong, courageous Queen.  She became a leader for her day.

Esther’s KEY to fulfilling her God given assignment on earth:  Preparation and peace!

Her heart was established in the God she served.  “Their hearts are secure; they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.”  (Ps. 112:8 NIV)

Jesus understood how important peace was to our daily walk, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27 NLT)

Esther put herself in a place to hear and follow the Lord, even though she did not understand everything that was going on.  Her heart was established, and the peace of God kept her in position to complete the task before her.

You, woman of God, were brought to the Kingdom for such a time as this! God has designed your robe of righteousness and garment of praise to keep you and lead you by the still waters.  (Is. 61:3;10).

He also encourages us in Revelation 16:15, “Blessed are all who are watching for me, who keep their clothing ready so they will not have to walk around naked and ashamed.”(NLT)

What condition are your garments in? No matter what shape you are in, if you are totally unraveled,  or just have a few loose edges, all you have to do is submit the threads of hurt and heartache; the thorns of life, to the Lord. He will use the loose ends and weave your life into the original design created just for you!

There will be many trials in this earth, but as you established your heart in HIS peace, He will lead you by the still waters into a land flowing with milk and honey!.






The Fruit of our Mouth is Power

God has designed His children to be dependent on Him and for our lives to be directly affected by what we speak! 

James 3:1-12 speaks clearly about our tongue and the effect it has on our life. He shares that the tongue, even though a small member can direct our lives or set on fire the course of nature!  No man can tame the tongue. BUT with the help of the Holy Spirit our tongue can be brought in line with God’s Word. God creates the fruit of our lips! (Is. 57:19)  

Ponder James 3 and ask the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of your understanding regarding your mouth.

We can see in Matthew 12:34, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”  Your heart and your mouth are connected! Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

Again, Matthew tells us, “Therefore take no thought, saying,…” So, a thought isn’t activated in your life until you speak it! (6:31-34 KJV)

When the child of God, a new creation born again person, realizes the power that is in the tongue, they can begin bearing fruit that comes forth when they declare God’s Word.  His plan for us is to use His creative power through our words, to change the fruit of our lives and quench the fiery darts of the enemy!

We also must understand that faith and patience work together. (James 1:4)

Our tongue, like a rudder, can change the direction of our lives.  Once the rudder has directed the ship, it takes time to turn the ship around. We must also give time for the works of God to be completed.

This is the time we need to practice, “Be still and know that I am God.”

(Is.46:10) We need to ask God to, “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips” (Ps. 141:3) We must protect our robe of righteousness with our garment of praise and enter His court with thanksgiving in our heart.

Life is a journey, and only with the help of the Holy Spirit, directing our everyday lives can we find the joy and peace promised to us!  God has equipped you for life on earth!  Your life is a miracle, a testimony to the goodness of God as we bring heaven to earth with our responses in our relationships with others.

 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” (Psalms 19:14)  

Designer Clothes for the Woman of God

We were clothed with the robe of righteousness and the garment of praise, but we must put on the armor of God to protect our robes. (Is. 61:3, 10)

Your royal robe of righteousness and your garment of praise are what turns heads when you walk into a room.  People know there is something different about you.  You are confident, you are walking in peace and the joy of the Lord!                                                                                     

The enemy keeps trying to shoot his fiery darts at you, by plotting evil thoughts against you.  Your interaction with other people is the ground the enemy uses to cause strife, jealousy, and contention.  If you don’t have your armor in place, your robe soon becomes tattered and torn, allowing fear, anxiety, and bitterness into your life.

Have you checked your spiritual wardrobe lately? 

Are you frustrated because prayers aren’t being answered, you’ve lost your joy and it seems nothing is going right?  I don’t care what is going on in the world; what virus, who is in office, democrat or republican, it has nothing to do with your peace of mind!

You must dress for success as you, woman of God, walk the runway of life in the world, traveling to your “promised land!”

You have everything you need to bring heaven to earth!  Yes, there is a battle all day, every day all around you.  Yes, we still live in the earth, like Job sometimes on the ash heap, or Paul in prison, we have to deal with the evil and relational hardships in this world that we live in.

Once you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and made Him Lord of your life, you have been promoted to a position of victory.  “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” (1 John 5:4).  Always remember, you, woman of God, have home court advantage!

Satan knows he can not destroy you.  The best he can do is make you miserable on your journey of life.  He cannot “unseat” you, but he can intimidate you and cause you to be paralyzed with fear.

We must keep our garment of praise wrapped securely around our robe of righteousness.  Learn your enemies’ tactics and sharpen your weapons!  Paul clearly understood the enemies’ tactics and he also understood that he was not to be target practice for the enemy.

He shares with us in, Ephesians 6:13, “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”  Read and meditate Ephesians 6:10-20 until you have revelation of your spiritual armor then every time the enemy is near, he flees!

You must be alert as your enemy prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking for someone to devour! (1 Peter 5:8) Your spiritual armor is not something you take off and on!

You must remember being a child of God doesn’t give you immunity from assaults of the enemy, but it does give you access to the Kingdom of Heaven and the power of the Holy Spirit to quench all the fiery darts of the enemy.

Starting with girding yourself with truth!  It is the truth that sets you free! (John 8:32) When truth becomes your starting place, everything else begins to fall into place.  Truth is the core, the foundation on which you build life. It supplies the support you need in times of trouble.         Truth holds all things together and gives stability.  The truth holds your breastplate of righteousness in place which covers your heart.   Your heart is the source of life in the natural and the spirit. We put on the breastplate of righteousness by making a conscious effort to renew our mind. This is not once in a lifetime, but a lifelong journey.

The enemy knows the power of peace!  A lack of peace in your life, opens the door for his influence.  He is master at trying to stir up chaos and confusion. He wants you unbalanced, stumbly in your walk with God full of anxiety.

A life without peace is simply unprotected, disabled, unable to move forward in your spiritual walk.   Internal instability allows the fiery darts of the enemy to hit their target shredding your breastplate of righteousness.

Our shield of faith is formed by our faith-filled words spoken from our heart.  You came into the Kingdom by speaking faith-filled words you believed in your heart! (Romans 10:10).  Your shield of faith protecting your heart is strengthened by the words you speak.  Isaiah 57:19 tells us, “I create the fruit of your lips…”

Our helmet of salvation gives us hope and protects our soul; our mind, will and emotions.  Hope keeps our focus on the goodness of God.  The sword of the Spirit is the only weapon of our warfare that we are told specifically what it is: the Word of God. The Word of God has the power to discern our thoughts and attitudes that are contrary to God’s Word. The Word is an offensive tool and every time you open the Word of God you are preparing for spiritual warfare!

Prayer is the glue that keeps us all together as we learn to use our armor. We have done all; now we are standing.  While we are standing, we are praying.  Standing does not mean we are doing nothing!

For a complete study of our armor, read The Real Woman grows roses from the thorns of life  .

We have the responsibility to care for our garments of salvation!  Our garment of praise must be wrapped around our robe of righteousness protecting us from darts of the enemy! God dressed you for success!

              Don’t get caught naked and ashamed.



The Promised Land

Think about this!  It is the promised land.  That means we must possess it.  I have heard there are over 8,000 promises in the Bible.  I have been born again over 40 years and I have not possessed 8,000 promises!

I have tasted and seen that the Lord is good and the desire of my heart it to keep keeping on as I walk the runway of life to the “promised land!”

In this world we have dual focus, the hope of heaven and the reality of His presence in our daily walk.

Our life on this earth as a child of God parallels the children of Israel coming out of Egypt to their promised land flowing with milk and honey!  Millions left Egypt and two walked into the promised land, Caleb and Joshua.

Nobody has said it was easy.  Jesus told us in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (NIV)   The King James versions says tribulation instead of trouble, both words here mean pressure.

The Scripture speaks with honesty and integrity. Jesus was speaking to His disciples and wanted them to understand they would be facing trouble in the world.  They would face opposition just because they knew HIM and encounter evil simply because we live in a fallen world.

Are you prepared for this world? Do you heed Jesus’ warning?  For many of us our walk of faith is routine; worship service, perhaps a small-study group and maybe a little evangelizing.

There is nothing wrong with having a routine, but there is a fine line between a rut and a routine! As humans we want to “figure” everything out and understand what is going on.  I have found in my walk with God, I had to give up the right to understand to find the peace that passes all understanding!

Philippians 4:7 says, “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  This is the faith walk that leads us to the promised land!

As the children of Israel were coming out of Egypt, the Lord told them all about the land of milk and honey.  He also told them He would not give them all the land in one year, or the land would become desolate and the beasts in the land become too many for them. They had been slaves; they did not know “how to” fight their evil enemies!

“I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run.  I will send the hornet ahead of you to drive the Hivites, Canaanites and Hittites out of your way.  But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you.  Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land.” (Exodus 23:27-30 NIV)

God expected them to learn to fight the good fight of faith! He expects the same thing from you and me.  That is why He gave us a Helper, to reveal the truth of His Word to our spirit.  With revelation of His Word, we thrive! Without it we dry up.

We have to learn to face disappointment and discouragement in the world.  Face our enemies and tear down the strongholds that have been built in our minds.

I urged you to go beyond “a church attender” and “surrender all!”  It is one thing to accept the Lord as Savior, but have you allowed Him to become “Lord of ALL?”

                                When we quit trying to “figure everything out” and surrender, we will experience                                                                           that “peace that passes all understanding!”

Psalms 107:20 tells us, “He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.”  As a born- again child of God we have a deep craving within us that most of us don’t recognize as a longing to know Him and the power of His resurrection! (Phil. 3:10)

There are many voices in the world and many very tempting temptations!

We must learn to recognize the cravings of our life.  If you are not hungry and thirsty for the Word of God, then that is the first thing you ask the Holy Spirit, “Holy Spirit plant within my heart a hunger and thirst for God!”

We are what we eat in the natural and the Spirit.  If we don’t fill our body with nourishment from good food, we get sick.  If we don’t fill our spirit with the Word of God, we become full of anxiety and depression, bitterness and anger set in, and we can no longer hear “the voice of the Lord.”

Don’t die of malnutrition!  It’s your choice.  He is the “bread of life” which will sustain in the natural and spiritual world!  Taste and see that the Lord is good!

Don’t forget, it is the promised land!  You must go in and possess it!

You are not a grasshopper!  “There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” (Numbers 13:33)

How do you see yourself?   Think about it!How do you see yourself? Think about it!


Hope, the golden cord to life

Understanding the purpose of hope in a believer’s life is significant as it is one of the three things that abide: faith, hope and love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)


Hope is a unique gift to the born-again child of God. Our hope in the promise maker sustains our faith in the promises.  Hope encourages us in our walk with God as we wait for the promise.

Hope is a sustaining force helping us to keep our focus, causing us to be vigilant, giving us the grace to give up the things of this world and prioritize our life.

Faith and hope are inseparable, they are also distinct.  To have strong faith we must have sustaining hope!

Hebrews 11:1 tells us, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” The substance of our faith is our hope in the unseen, and the evidence (proof) of the unseen is manifest because of this hope.

As we walk through life on earth as a child of God, trusting in the Lord to meet our needs as He has promised, we must understand the seasons of life.  In this world we have dual focus, the hope of heaven and the reality of His presence in our daily walk.

Everything in the Kingdom of God starts with a seed.  This seed is the Word of God. (Luke 8:13)   The seed carries the promises of God and must be nourished.

One Scripture that I have pondered on many times is Proverbs 13:12, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.”

The big question is, how do we handle deferred hope.  When our prayer is not answered when we expect.  When it seems everything is delayed?  Do we let the frustration fester and make our heart sick, or do we fight the good fight of faith? (1Timothy 6:12)

Hope deferred (prolonged) is a growing season.  Our Lord understands disappointment.  He knows that “not getting what you want” is frustrating and discouraging.

That’s why the Lord’s desire is for us to hang on to Him. He’s waiting for the moment we come to the end of ourselves, our plans and dreams and realize our hope is found only in Him.  “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits and in his word, I put my hope” (Psalm 130:5).

Hope deferred is not denial, it is delay until the perfect time when God knows we are ready.  We put our hope in God’s Word and the wisdom and promises it contains.  We “ask” the Holy Spirit, our teacher and comforter, to reveal to us the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. (Matthew 13:11)

As we are waiting, we water the seed that we have sown in the Garden of our heart with praise and thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is the force that moves the mountain and prepares the way for a miracle!

I study the men and women in the Bible.  They are real people in this world facing the same problems that we face in our daily life.  God tells us in Romans 15:4, “…these things are written for our learning that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” The testimonies reveal “how God works through His people to help them bring heaven to earth and overcomes the pressure of this world.

Jochebed, the mother of Moses, is one of my favorite testimonies.  Living in slavery with two children and pregnant, Pharaoh gives a decree to kill all baby boys at birth by placing them in the river.  As a mother, I can’t imagine being placed in this position!  How did she overcome?  Hebrews 11:23 tell us, “By faith, Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s (man) command.”

Meditating on this testimony gives me HOPE! By faith, because they saw. Faith sees the promises of God!  Only those that see the invisible can do the impossible!

When your hope becomes faith, faith launches you into another realm that is beyond understanding.  You are no longer trying to understand “how to fix the mess!”

Paul calls this, “…the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4: 7)

Jochebed followed God’s plan, she placed Moses in a basket and placed him in the river!  The same river that Pharaoh commanded all baby boys would die! God had another plan, and he was looking for a man and woman that would trust Him to bring about His miracle in their life.  Read Jochebed’s testimony in Exodus 1:22, and 2:1-10.

When did Jochebed’s hope become faith?  When she placed her baby in the river!

When our prayers are answered and our needs met, it’s “like eating from the tree of life.” Suddenly, life is good, and all is well!

We choose how to handle deferred hope. Let’s learn from those that have walked before us.  The Exodus is the story of God’s people leaving Egypt and beginning their journey to the Promised Land. A whole generation did not enter because it was too hard!  It was a long journey involving many battles and betrayals. We are told to fight the good fight of faith and to stand!

Receiving the promises requires an investment of your energy and effort. We must live intentional. Our journey with God is an active adventure that requires total surrender of our life, spirit, soul, and body

The secret of navigating your hope is total surrender! 

Obedience is a fruit of surrender.

Once we give up, God moves in!


  Paul tells us that the pressures of this world builds our character and gives us renewed hope, not for the fulfillments of our needs, but for a deeper knowledge and relationship with God.  Our hope will not disappoint! (Romans 5:3-5)



Memories…. some are good and some are bad

 Memories can be inspiration or create anxiety!

Most of our responses to situations in our life are formed in childhood that determine how we do life in this world.

Our outlook and behavior are colored to a degree by our ability to deal with events of the past.  The good news is God can take the sting out of the past!

 I’m so thankful for our Helper, the Holy Spirit!  We need comfort and power to walk through the hurts and heartaches of this world.  I have walked with God 45 years, and I still need help every day to overcome the pressure of this world.

I was reading John 14 today and the first verse, Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.”   A reminder, that I had a part to play in keeping my heart in a place where I could hear His voice, daily!

Peace in our life is the bedrock for facing memories that the enemy tries to use to choke the life from us causing anxiety and depression.

The Apostle Paul talked about this in Philippians at a time he was in prison. He had an abundance of time to think!  Choosing what we think on is a key to peace.

Philippians 4:7 says, “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  Walking in God’s peace is a sure protection from destructive thought patterns bombarding our mind.

Peace only comes as we learn to allow the Holy Spirit to be our Helper.

Philippians 4:8 tells us Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

 I feel Paul’s frustration in that word, finally!  This is your part! 

God gave you the gift of choice in the Garden.  You have a choice about what you think on.

You can be humiliated, lied against, deceived and betrayed, and you can get over it when you cultivate a mindset that says, through Christ I can conquer the pressure of this world! (Romans 8:37).

As a born-again child of God, you have a helper, you are not alone. (John 16:7)

If you allow painful memories of the past to  hang over you like a cloud, you will continue to be miserable in this world.

As I was murmuring about a situation in my life, God spoke to me one day, “shut up and be content!”  Wow, that got my attention.  I wanted sympathy.  God knew that I needed truth.

I began to read and study Philippians because I knew that in Chapter 4, verse 11, Paul said “…I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.”  It did not just happen, he had to learn to be content.  He had to build his faith “in God,” trusting Him to know best and turn the situation into good.

After doing this for some time, one day a verse caught my attention! Philippians 3:13, states …but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind…”

I said, “God how do I forget?”  The enemy is always reminding me of everything I have done wrong!  He instantly responded saying, “you remember!”

Remember, I thought…. He then said, “when you remember, you are choosing your thoughts!”

I got it!  I choose what I am thinking about!  Is it really that simple, YES!

One of my favorite verses is, 2 Corinthians 11:3, “But I fear, that somehow as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”

It is not hard to follow Jesus and live a Christ-centered life in this world.  You must live intentionally on purpose! Use your gift of choice!

God has always been in the restoration business. It has always been His desire to restore to those created in His image to a right relationship with Himself. We are not meant to be burdened with painful memories that hinder our daily walk with God and experiencing His joy and peace.

The Word of God shares many testimonies of men and women who persevered in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Do not rehearse the trauma or heartache of your past. God can bring healing to those memories as you meditate on His goodness and faithfulness.

Remember, you have a choice on what you think on!

Change your life by changing your thinking.

That is the simplicity that is in Christ!

Mothers are Leaders

As I was thinking about all the controversy about women and their role in society, the Lord spoke to my heart, “Mothers are Leaders.”   As I pondered these words, He brought to my remembrance Jochebed.     

Most Bible readers don’t know her by name. She is mentioned twice in the Bible by her name, Exodus 6:20 and Numbers 26:39.

Without doubt her life was not a bed or roses. She was raised in slavery, but she never lost hope for her household. Her character was forged in a brutal world, but she never lost her love for the God of Israel, and her faith in Him developed her character which she imparted into her children.

She had the unique position of raising three leaders: Moses, Aaron and Miriam. She is listed in Hebrews Chapter 11 with other great leaders.

After many years of favor in Egypt, Pharaoh became threatened by the children of Israel and inflicted them with hard labor, but the more he did, the stronger they became.  In his effort to stop them, He commanded that all baby boys be cast into the river at birth.

As Jochebed gave birth and the cry of her newborn baby cut through the home, she was distracted by the remembrance of the king’s command. “It’s a boy,” she was told.  “Give me my son,” she responded.

As she held her son, she saw that he was a beautiful child. As she looked him over from head to toe, she had a sudden awareness that this child was a gift from God and was convinced that God had plans for her child.  Hebrews 11:23 tells us, By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command.”  By faith….because they saw!  Faith saw the promise of God, that He gives life! By faith they were obedient to God and they were not afraid of man!

During the next three months insecurities tried to plague her, but her assurance and confidence in her God gave her the courage to fight for her son’s life. Because she was not bound by natural thinking, God’s plan in heaven began to form in her mind.  It was simple, waterproof your basket, place your baby in it and place it in the river.

Her motivation was not only the love for her child, but obedience to God.

As Jochebed placed Moses in the basket, she gave Miriam instructions to stand at the river’s edge to see what would happen.

Pharaoh’s daughter just happened to be in the river. When she saw the basket she recognized this was a Hebrew baby and her heart was filled with compassion. She knew what her father had commanded, but God has a way to change the heart of men and women living in this earth. When Miriam saw this, she stepped forward with the same peace of her mother and asked if she should call a woman to nurse the baby. “Go,” she answered, and Miriam called her mother.

When Jochebed came forward, Pharaoh’s daughter said, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So, the woman took the child and nursed him.” (Exodus 2:9) She no longer had to hide her baby and received wages for nursing him.  Only God!

Jochebed’s next step of faith was to return her baby to the house of her enemy!

Moses ultimately led the children of Israel out of Egypt, but his mother set the plan into action by her obedience to God!  Her faith had been tested. Her family saw what a small thing it was for God to change their circumstances and put their enemies under His feet! 

He has not changed!  He is the same God that parted the Red Sea, that changed the heart of a woman and filled her with compassion, and she had no idea she was being used of God for His plan for man on this earth!

There is nothing new under the sun, the same enemy of man is still determined to steal, kill and destroy everything that God has created in this earth!  The same God is searching for men and women that will stand strong in their faith and hear His voice and be willing and obedient to follow His plan to bring His Kingdom to earth.

Psalm 119:111 tells us, “Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, For they are the rejoicing of my heart.”  Testimonies in the Bible tell us our “family history.” They also give us God’s perspective and His version of history, imparting insight and reality from His point of view.

Meditating on the testimonies is a training ground for renewing our minds. The prophetic anointing carried through testimonies brings encouragement and comfort in our time of need giving us that quiet assurance that all things are possible with God!  Read and study this testimony in Exodus 1:22, 2:1-10 and Hebrews 11:23.





Spiritual Fatigue Syndrome

Many have grown weary with all the unknowns that surround us. It seems that “suddenly” we were cast into the middle of a pandemic that I do not think anyone was prepared for.

Our enemy wants us to feel isolated, alone, and powerless—we are not!  Jesus is still the head of the Church and the Spirit of the Lord is still moving throughout the earth!  The weapons of our warfare are mighty and have not been diminished by the 21st century technology.

We must not be driven by the storms of life but navigate the storms from a point of orientation. We are a child of God, and God is shaking the earth to prepare us for the events to come. We are being refined and prepared!

I, personally, have had to do some soul searching in my own life.  As a child of God, we must discern the signs of the seasons.  God gives us a clear blueprint in His Word.

I found myself getting agitated and frustrated with the virus, the riots and constant changing news of what was going on. The Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You,because he trusts in You.”   This was a wake-up call! “Who was I trusting?”

As I began to “think” I saw how easily I had gotten “caught up” in letting the creators of technology determine what is possible. Where was my mind? What is my trust in? As I meditated this scripture, I realized just how easy it was to slip back into the influence of the world.

Jeremiah 32:17 says, ‘”Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.”

The Creator of all things, the greatest power you will ever know, the one that created you in your mother’s womb, desires to partner with you as you walk the runway of life, to give you a different set of possibilities and outcome!

Why would we settle for the same life that people who don’t know God have?

I’m not against technology, it has made my life much easier, but I can not allow it to “transform” my mind to think like the world. Science, medicine, and technology tend to limit possibilities!  BUT as a born-again child of God you are a “new creation in Christ Jesus.”

We must understand the mystery of transformation. Only God can transform an ugly thorn bush into a beautiful rose bush! Transform a worm crawling on its belly into a beautiful butterfly that can fly above the challenges in the world.

I cannot transform myself, but I can create the conditions in which spiritual transformation can take place.

 As a born-again child of God, I have the privilege of changing the way I exist in this world—from an ugly thorn bush to a beautiful rose bush. One thing we must remember— roses bloom in season, but thorns are always there.  I call this finding the rhythm of grace.  Only by the grace of God can spiritual transformation take place, from the deepest desire of our heart.

We must choose a way of life that opens us to the presence of God in our deepest desire and longings.  This desire will take us to a place of discipline in our daily life.  The habits and disciplines we use will shape our desire for the basis of our spiritual life.

Romans 12:2 (NASB) says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Renewing our mind is not a onetime experience and it’s done!  It is a daily, intentional purpose to know the ways of God.  We must learn the ways of the Kingdom of Heaven, so God’s desire of bringing heaven to earth can be done.

Your transformation begins with a longing that stirs deep within you, above the noise and activities of your life.  It is not always comfortable to confront pride, selfish ambition, self-protection, and many other motives that lurk from our old life.

Spiritual fatigue syndrome comes from a weary soul with unresolved issues that come from an unrenewed mind. Galatians 6:9 says, And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

Your “due season” is coming!  Keep you eyes on Jesus, “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God Hebrews (12:2).

We must heed Paul’s warning in 2 Corinthians 11:3, “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”

The simplicity that is in Christ is, walking in obedience to His Word, allowing the Holy Spirit to bring “life” to us from His Word, so that we can “hear” the voice of the Lord and follow Him. (John 10:27)

He will lead us by the still waters! (Psalms 23)