The Name(s) of the Lord…

Immanuel. Jehovah. Yahweh. Lord. God. Jesus. Jehovah Shalom. Jehovah Nissi. Abba. Father. Holy Spirit. Something powerful happens in worship when we call out these names for the Lord. Your heart flutters. You get goosebumps. Tears may fall. There’s a level of intimacy that just cannot be explained.

Why? One may ask. Why do we melt when we call Him Yahweh? Why does Immanuel make us warm inside? Perhaps here’s why:

Our heart flutters when we call Him “Healer” because we have been sick. We cry at calling Him “Abba” because we have been fatherless. We shout “Protector” because we have felt unsafe. We are exclaim “Immanuel” because we have felt His presence to know that He is indeed with us

Our trials and obstacles have reveal just who the Lord, our God, truly is! Our pain and afflictions manifested His power for us. Our failures help us to see just how magnificent He truly is. The Name of the Lord is a strong tower because it has withstood all of our storms.

Sisters, let us not curse our struggles and tough seasons-those painful moments is where the intimacy of the Lord develops. Those moments are the unveiling of His name! Our trials stand as altars of what the Lord has done and out of that altars-we learn about the Lord in new and powerful ways. His name stands above every name because we have a personal testimony about that name.

Praise your Abba Father! Bow at the name of your Jehovah Shalom (Peace). Worship the Lord. Shout Hallelujah to the Miracle Worker.

He is the name above all names and He is worthy of our praise…

Peace and Blessings

The Road to Well: Death

Wellness and death rarely go together, right?

With the Lord, however, we know that He is intentional about disrupting the natural for the supernatural. So yes-on the road to well-there must be death.

Death to sin. Death to strife. Death to stinky thinking. Death to toxic relationships. Death to the flesh. Death to the old way: this is how we reach that beautiful destination of wellness.

Autumn is a beautiful indication of the beauty of death. Those beautiful fall colors only appear because the leaves are dying. They have to die so that the beautiful spring flowers can appear. The death of the leaves is gain. We gain flowers so that the bees can pollinate and produce honey to feed us. Death = life.

As we become well, we must put to death the things that are making us ill. We must surrender. We must be delivered. We must be set free. We must let go. We must kill old habits and old traditions. As we walk down the road to well, we are leaving behind those things that hindered our walk and our health.

So let it go, sister! Be free from those snares and obstacles. Be committed to becoming fully whole and well. Kill those things that are not of God. Put to death those relationships that lead us away from the Father. Encounter the death of your old man to fully live in the new that the Lord has for you.

The death of Jesus produced eternal life for us. We must die to gain life.

Peace and Blessings

The Road to Well: Exhaustion

Wellness and Exhaustion are two very different things. But the two are very connected. Wellness is always the goal, but exhaustion is often times the first stop on the road.

Think about having a cold-the sneezing, the coughing, you can’t sleep, you can’t breathe-you are downright tired. Wellness is breathing again and sleeping peacefully. Exhaustion is on the journey to well. Think about giving birth-the contractions and the pushing are exhausting! But seeing the beautiful face of your child means all is well!

We don’t have to live being tired, however. We can be determined to regain our strength and our power. We first must tell the truth: Are you tired of being hurt? Aren’t you tired of being bitter? Aren’t you tired of living in a depressed state? We must surrender these exhausted feelings and emotions so that we can move forward to well.

The Father invites us to exchange these feelings of tiredness and exhaustion for something so much greater:

Rest is the beautiful exchange! To become well, we must transition from exhaustion to rest. Sisters, it’s time to give the burden away! It’s time to conclude that we are on a different path-we must proclaim that we are on the road to well.

It’s time to admit we are tired so that we can move forward towards wellness. It’s time to acknowledge that wellness is our portion and our promise. We don’t have to live tired. We don’t have to live worn out or defeated. We don’t have to live with the burdens on our backs. It’s time to be set free, it’s time to be delivered from tired and worn out.

Live free, sisters. We are on the road to well!

Peace and Blessings

Strategic Positioning…

Positions are a key strategy when engaging in spiritual warfare. We must evaluate our stance. Are we hiding in a cave, hoping not to be seen? Are we hiding behind someone else when we should be the ones standing in the front? Or are we in standing strong in the front, ready to handle what comes our way?

Here’s the thing: the position we take will determine our victory. For the ones hiding in the cave-we will miss the goodness of the Lord because we have chosen to hide. For the one hiding behind someone-another human cannot save you. For the ones in the front-their confidence is not in their ability but in His ability.

We must stand on the position of victory, because we are already victorious:

Position yourself on victory! We don’t have to hope that we win the battle, we have to know we’ve already won because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross! We don’t have to fight for victory, we fight from victory!

We stand on the promises of the Lord, knowing that they will all come to pass. We stand on our faith because we believe in the One we do not see. We stand on the Word of God, knowing that it is the only truth that matters. We position ourselves to be victorious, because we are victorious!

The goodness of the Lord will only be seen from the place of victory. It’s time for us to come out of the cave and from behind people, it’s time for us to stand-knowing that God is able to win every single battle that we will face. He’s already defeated death, there is nothing to hard for Him to handle.

Where are you standing?

Peace and Blessings

Hello Overcomer!

Listen closely: The Devil wants you to believe that you will always be bound by that diagnosis, that past mistake, the choices of your family, that perceived failure. He wants you to believe that God cannot restore, that He cannot revive, and that He cannot redeem. Satan wants you to believe that you will always be afflicted. We are here to tell you: He is a LIAR and incapable of telling the truth.

You, my beautiful sister, are an Overcomer! If you belong to the One who defeated death, Hell, and the grace-you have already won! By the power and authority of God through Jesus Christ, we declare and decree that your testimony is one of victory and not defeated. We declare that the promises of God are your portion, and we know that you are healed and set free in Christ.

The latest episode of our podcast, From Worn to Well, is dedicated to the Overcomer. Check out a snippet here:

You can hear the entire episode here: Hello Overcomer!

Overcomer, it’s time to walk in victory! It’s time to tell the world about how the Lord won again! Your testimony is packed full of power and can no longer be held back!

Peace and Blessings

Our Portion: Freedom

Today is July 4th. For many Americans, this is their Independence Day. This day marks the point in history where the United States became free from British rule. For many, today represents freedom.

Today, many celebrations are marked with fireworks. Matter of fact, as I pen this devotional, I am surrounded by fireworks. Growing up and for many years after, I was afraid of fireworks. While they are beautiful visually, the pop sounds much like gunfire. As a child I grew up in a community filled with violence and because of that, many nights were marked by gunfire. I feared the sound and anything that sounded like it.

As a child, I remember going to see fireworks and crying in the car because of the sound. My mother gave me a blanket to hide under as the sound filled the air. I couldn’t appreciate their beauty because of the sound. This fear continued well into adulthood. But that’s not where the story ends!

As I came to Christ and developed a relationship with Him, the Lord set me free from the irrational fear of the sound of fireworks. He assured me that I was protected and safe in His arms. He promised to never leave nor forsake me. He set me free. And because of that freedom, I enjoy the beauty of fireworks.

Today, a nation may be celebrating its freedom from oppression and rule but we can also celebrate the freedom that we have in Christ! Freedom is our portion and promise. We no longer have to live in fear and bound by the enemy’s stronghold. In Christ, you can be free!

Maybe you are seeking freedom from addictive habits. Maybe you are bound by loneliness. Maybe you fear the sound of fireworks because of a childhood filled with gunfire. Maybe you fear relationships because of your past. Whatever the issue may be, know that freedom is your portion! In Christ, you can be free!

Woman of God, the Son of God sacrificed Himself so that we can be free and appreciate the beauty of God. We have not been given the spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. Be free! Freedom is YOUR portion and promise! Oppression from the snares and schemes of the enemy ends TODAY! Take your freedom back! Throw away those shackles. We are free!

True freedom is found in Christ.

Peace and Blessings

War Wounds…

Picture it: It’s 1992, it’s raining outside, and you are single digits year old. You are running around a kitchen table with some neighbor friends, even though your mother told you and your friends to stop a million times. She’s talking, you are playing and then SMACK! You run into the corner of a kitchen wall, there are stars and that’s all you remember.

It’s double digits years later and the wound remains! While this story is truly comical, many times our scars are not. For a long time, this scar was not funny. It’s appearance makes one feel self-conscious and although healed, it’s very visible.

After a while, the scar became easier to love, easier to laugh at, and easier to appreciate. Our wounds can teach us a million lessons. For me, it helped me to realize how fun being a kid was, how the corners on walls are super dangerous, and how disobedience has consequences.

What about your wounds? The c-section scar, the scrap on the knee that is now healed, the scar from an abusive relationship. If nothing else, our wounds should teach us that we are survivors! Our wounds should demonstrate that we can overcome. Our scars should speak of the Healer who is greater than any advancement in modern medicine.

For Thomas, the scars of Jesus taught him to believe. As Jesus reappeared after His death, Thomas wasn’t so sure about the whole process. For Thomas, he needed to touch and see that Jesus was who He said. When he saw and touched the scars of Jesus, he knew:

Woman of God, touch your war wound, and be amazed at the glory of God. Woman of God, touch that c-section scar and marveled at the fact that the Lord was with you in that moment. Sister, touch that healed wound from that abusive ex, and be amazed at the Lord saving you from that relationship. Will you scars help you to believe?

Let’s not be ashamed of our wounds and scars! They tell the story of the goodness of Jesus! They demonstrate how He can make beauty out of ashes. Scars yell freedom for some. Wounds build faith for others. It did for Thomas, let those scars you possess do it for you.

No longer be ashamed of the war wounds you possess, mighty woman of God. Because of those scars, you are alive, you are healed, and you are victorious. Let your scars tell a bleeding, dying and wounded world that the Lord, your God, healed you and saved you.

Peace and Blessings

The Road To Well…

The journey to well is one that is complicated, complex, and rewarding. Wellness is the promise of the King for His children. Remember the story of the woman at the well? She came to the well for natural water and left drinking on the Living Water. She came empty and left full, in so many ways. This woman found healing and purpose at the well.

Please take a few months and read her story: John 4:1-31. Her story is a beautiful example of how wellness is achieved in intimacy with Jesus Christ.

During our monthly podcast, From Worn to Well, we take some take some time to explore her story and share a glimpse into our wellness journey. Check out a snippet here:

You can listen to the full episode here: The Journey to Well…

Wellness is the Father’s desire for His daughters! We must pursue it relentlessly! We must obtain the blessing that the Father has for us!

We must repent, submit, and go and tell what the Lord has done for us! The enemy desires to see us hurt and ashamed, God forbid! We no longer have to live in shame, we no longer have to live in sin, and we no longer have to live in defeat.

As we become well, we can lead others to wellness, let’s run and speak this amazing truth: “Come and meet a man at the well who told me everything I’ve done! He could be the One we’ve been waiting for.” The Passion Translation

Let us be compelled to meet the Lord at the well and watch how we become well!

Peace and Blessings

To the Broken-hearted…

There’s a song that asks: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart? The songwriter has his own ideas but we know there is only one to way to heal a hurting heart-and that is through Jesus Christ!

Left unattended, the brokenness of a heart can produce bitterness, strife, and jealousy. But when we take all of the broken pieces and give it to the Lord-He’s bound to make us whole again!

Check out a snippet from our podcast, From Worn to Well, that breaks down this very truth:

We know that the Father is near to the heartbroken and that He is waiting for us to run to Him!

Hurting? Clinging to the Father! Need healing? Pursue the Lord! Broken? Let the King put you back together again!

Listen to the whole message here: Where Do Broken Hearts Go? Feel free to like, share, and subscribe to the podcast!

There is good news for the broken-hearted, cling to this truth:

Peace and Blessings

The Quiet Place…

The silence can sometimes be deafening. It’s challenging to simply sit in quiet. The whistling of the wind, the creaks of the room, and the noises of nature can be too much to bear at times.

And we humans find ourselves enjoying the distractions and chaos on some level. Think about it: who has music playing while they are working? Who has the television going while you are preparing a meal? Who has the radio or a podcast on while attending to daily tasks?

And these are not bad things at their core, many people have had lightbulbs appear as they listen to a great podcast. Others have specific worship songs that have ministered to their souls. A good show can produce that hearty laugh that’s needed after a long day.

But the quiet place can be transformative, the quiet place can be the very place where you get the energy you need to power through to the next step. Let’s look to the Lord:

In Luke 5, just cleansed a leper. He just finished ministering-so withdrew to pray. He went to that quiet place to refuel. He went to the quiet place to receive their power He needed to move forward. The quiet place is needed and necessary for the people of God.

The quiet place can be scary. The quiet place can be loud. Oh but it is in the quiet place where you develop the mind of Christ. This place is where you get the Holy Spirit power to be an ambassador for Christ. The whistling, the creaks, and the chirps are symphonies used by the Lord to soothe our weary souls. Being with the Father in the quiet place is the sound we need to hear His gentle and wonderful voice.

Peace and Blessings