The Complexity of Love…

I love you. The powerful words…

The world’s version of love says: what can you do for me? The world tell us that we can make love out of wedlock, that love comes with a certain price tag, and that love never makes us cry. That cannot be further from the truth!

For believers of Christ, God is love. Love is service. Love is priceless. And love requires death. The Word of God tells us that love is sacrificial. Love is not self-seeking. Love is patient and kind, it is not rude. Love keeps no record of wrongs. God’s love presents very differently than the world’s version.

The best example of love is found here:

Yes, John 3:16 is everywhere. Maybe it’s tattooed on someone’s arm, on the back of cars, or on the side of a fast food cup. However, we cannot become desensitized to the truth of this amazing action. This is where love is born-not in a slow song, not by Hallmark, or the most expensive ring in Tiffany’s. Jesus’s finished work is love and that love required blood, sweat, and tears.

Friends, much action is required to love one another. Think about all the work it took Jesus to die on the cross for us! Our Savior is the very reason why love is an action word! This is why we must be concerned about what we can do for others, not what they can do for us. Love makes us feel warm and cuddly on the inside but it takes work, hard work. In order to love, we must die to ourselves.

We proclaim that we love the Lord. A powerful question was posed in a fellow blogger’s post: “Lord, what can I do for you?” This is most powerful demonstration of love for our Father. Our willingness to serve Him, our desire to please Him, and our longing to be near to Him gives us the strength to love others.

When we love Him, He fuels us to love others. This, dear friends, is the complexity of love: Without His love, we are incapable of love. We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19

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The Hands of the Lord…

Ezra repeatedly mentions how the “hand of God” was upon him as he was leading the third group of exiles back to Judah/Jerusalem.

If you have a little one or perhaps have cared for one, think about why you have your hands on them. Perhaps you are guiding them as they are learning how to walk, perhaps you are teaching them how to do an activity, or maybe you are simply showing them that you care for them. Either way, your hands signified love and direction.

This was true for Ezra and this is true for you. Ezra 7 details how the “good hand of his God was on him”. This hand gave him the confidence to ask for what he needed to get back to Jerusalem. He was provided with confidence, courage and provision for the journey. This is how you know that Ezra was headed in the right direction.

Ezra’s story is also proof on how you will know that the Lord has His hands on you. You will receive the courage you need, you will receive the confidence you need, and you will receive the provision you need for your journey! You will receive the favor of “kings” because the good hand of the Lord, your God, is upon you!

His hands lets you know that you are in His plan.

You are protected with the hands of the Lord. His hands will protect you from the snare of your enemy. His hands shield the fiery arrows that frequently come your way. You are loved with the hands of the Lord. Just like your hand was held by your caregiver and loved one, you are guided by the hand of the Lord, your God.

As you walk in His purpose and plan, you are led by His hand.

Peace and Blessings

The Power of No…

Perhaps you have or had a toddler or know of one. Remember the first time they said “No”? Remember how tight you may have felt and you looked at them like they were crazy? You may have asked them to do something or stop something and they shook their head no or said the actual word. In response, you may have raised your voice, got down on their level, or even laughed at their sass. Little ones get very comfortable with that word and for a while, it becomes their favorite response. They may not know the weight of the word or maybe they just enjoy getting a rise out of us.

Perhaps as adults, “no” should become our favorite word. We must understand the power of “no”. No carries weight and by itself, it is a complete sentence. Try it out: No. The word by itself can stop someone in their tracks.

No can stop Satan in his tracks. Imagine this, the enemy approaches you and asks you to compromise what you believe for a million dollars? No. That friend asks you to cheat or steal? No. The man you are in a relationship with wants to sleep with you and you all aren’t married? No.

No has power! Saying no to something is saying yes to something else. We say no to compromise so that we can say yes to integrity. We say no to sex outside of marriage so that we can say yes to purity. We say no to stealing and yes to honoring the will of the Lord.

Say your no with confidence because you know that God’s way is best. Say your no with power because you know that the Lord is with your every step of the way. Say your no with authority because you are governed by the Holy Spirit.

Say no because you are more concerned with pleasing the Lord rather than pleasing others:

So learn about the power that you possess to say no. Learn about the strength you have in being able to say no. You don’t have to compromise, you don’t have to lie, and you don’t have to settle. Refusing to agree with the enemy’s plan positions you to agree with the Lord.

Simply say: No.

Peace and Blessings

Reaping and Sowing…

We reap what we sow.

What are you sowing? What seeds are you planting? Are you planting the Word of God into your heart? What is the quality of your harvest? Are you trying to benefit from someone else’s harvest?

The Word of God tells us exactly what we should be sowing:

When we sow the Word of God, we reap discernment. Sowing the Word of God strengthens the quality of soil in which it is planted. When we sow the Word, we reap a stronger spirit. Sowing the Word leads us to our purpose and mission.

In order to reap revelation, in order to reap specific promises, direction, and guidance, you must sow the Word of God to build an intimate and personal relationship with God. We have all gleaned from those whom have sowed the Word for themselves: our pastors, our teachers, Joyce Meyer, TD Jakes, etc. however, in order to reap the harvest, you must sow the Word for yourself.

We cannot exist off of the harvest of others. The prayers of our mothers, fathers and loved ones only get us so far but there comes a time when we have to sow our own tears, moans and groans in prayer. The discernment of others only gets us so far, we must sow the Word for ourselves so that we are able to see who is of the Lord and who is not.

Your harvest should lead another to sow the Word for themselves. Your sowing builds up the body of Christ. As you sow the Word, you are able to fall in love with the Creator of the Universe. Sow the Word, reap joy, love and peace.

We reap what we sow, what are you sowing?

Peace and Blessings

The Art of Casting…

To cast can mean throwing something in a specific direction…

So as believers we are called to cast our cares, anxieties, or worries on Christ because He cares for us.

The Lord tells us the direction in which to cast our worries, and that is on Him, because He cares for us. We have our direction and our directive. So how many of us does this scenario describe?

We go through a tough situation. We worry, we fret, we become anxious and nervous. So we go before the Lord, crying, pleading, and begging. We vent and we get up and we move on. Sometimes we leave the cares there and sometimes we place the cares right back on our shoulders.

There is an art to casting. In order to throw something in a specific direction, it takes concentration and focus. We have to have our eyes on the desired target. Many times we neglect to properly cast our cares on the Lord because we aren’t focused on Him, we are focused on the worries and anxieties. Without clarity and focus, we will miss what the Master is trying to do for us.

Casting requires intentionality. We don’t cry and vent to the Lord just to pick the concerns back up. We cast and we leave the cares there because our Father knows best. We cast our cares because He is built for the burdens and concerns.

Casting produces peace, joy, and hope. Casting reminds us that He is the Shepherd and we are the flock. Casting reminds us that He is our Rock and our Redeemer.

May we all perfect the art of casting.

Peace and Blessings

Improve to be approved…

We, as women, are always looking for a way to improve ourselves. We connect with the latest fashion, the latest hairstyle, or try out the latest exercise movement or diet. Staying relevant helps to connect us with our community. And trying out the latest fashion, hairstyle, or exercise may prove to be just what we needed to get healthier or become rejuvenated.

We improve to be approved; approved by our spouses for that extra spice or simply ourselves to strengthen our confidence and add an extra pep in our step.

However, let’s consider this from the spiritual perspective? Do we ever seek out to improve to be approved by God?

Let’s make this important caveat: God approves of you already. He loves you exactly as you are. There is absolutely nothing you can do to make Him love you even more than He already does. God’s love is gifted to you as you become His.

Approval carries a different definition when considering our faith. Approval is about bearing the wisdom and discernment to properly handle the word of truth. And improvement, from this perspective, is all about strengthening our knowledge of the word of God:

We improve to be approved as appropriate handlers of God’s word! Your education level and your church attendance has nothing to do with your handling of the word of God. It’s all about what you do AFTER Sunday’s service!

As believers, we must correctly handle and divide the word of truth. How can we be ministers of the Gospel but unable to accurately discern the word of truth? There are lost sheep waiting to hear and learn about God’s word.

So we study. We read. We pray. We fast. We surrender to the power and authority of the Holy Spirit. We humble ourselves. We repent. We receive sound, biblical teaching. We hear the Word. We do the Word.

So strengthen that walk, appropriately season that talk-improve to be approved!

Peace and Blessings

Waging War…

As believers of God through Jesus Christ, we are consistently engaged in a tremendous battle. Thankfully, we have the victory through the finished work of Jesus Christ. However, our battle still rage on as we exist here on Earth.

We engage in warfare to destroy the works of the devil. Christ accomplished this, once and for all, with his life, death, and resurrection. We are still prevalent to sin, however, because we still exist in the world. But make no mistake, we are not OF the world. No friend, as a born again believer, you belong to God through Jesus Christ. Therefore, you were created to destroy the works of the devil.

Perhaps you are wondering how that is possible. It’s done with the fruit of your lips, with your lifestyle, with the fruit of the Spirit. Your Christian walk is actively destroying the works of the devil. Your prayers, your fasting, your studying-all work together to defeat Satan and his minions. We do not have to go to Hell and get the keys, that’s been accomplished but it is our responsibility to continue to fight the good fight of faith.

We cast down Satan’s mission to steal, kill, destroy with love, building, and giving. We give joy, we command peace, and we extend grace. We triumph over the advances of the enemy with choosing to operate in love, power, and a sound mind. When Satan comes to condemn, we comfort. We Satan comes to discourage, we encourage.

So fight on sis! Continue to wage war with your ministry, your kindness, and your dedication to Christ. Cast off that spirit of fear, you will win! And you will win because Christ already won! Know that you are equipped for the fight. In Christ, you have all you need to destroy the works of the devil.

Wage on, soldier. You got this!

Peace and Blessings

The Power of Your Witness…

“This will be your opportunity to bear witness.” Luke 21:13

Your triumphs and trials, your ways and words, your speech and stance, your challenges and conquests all bear witness of God’s greatness, power and authority. As believers, it is our job to proclaim to the world how amazing our God is! It’s a privilege that He decides to use us to preach the gospel with our lips and lifestyles.

Do not think it strange when you find yourself in the presence of those in authority, power, and prestige. Do not shrug off the promotion or leadership position. Do not ignore the positioning of your career and your sphere of influence. The world needs the gospel of Jesus Christ. Those whom are connected to you need to learn about the Living God.

They need to see your responsiveness to life’s difficulties. They need to hear you be gentle when it is so easy to be harsh. They need to know you chose love when hate was an option. They need to hear about how you got over.

Your healed scars are a witness of God’s healing power. Your joy is a testament of God’s presence. Your smile is an expression of God’s creativity. The grace you extend bears witness of God’s grace over your life.

He created YOU to bear witness…

This is your opportunity to bear witness…

Peace and Blessings


Staying focused on a task these days can prove to be quite difficult. How many times have you gotten distracted while doing a task? Distractions can be hard to ignore: a ringing phone, a chatty coworker, or a wandering thought-we’ve all been there! And once you attend to the distraction, at times, it can be difficult to get back on track.

We can probably relate to Peter in more ways than one: Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Matthew 14:29-30

We must stay focused on our journey with the Lord. Peter got distracted by the winds and waves, haven’t we all been there? But imagine what Peter could have achieved if he just remained focused on the Lord?!

Imagine how your prayer life, how your bible study, and ministry life would be strengthened if you just remained focused on the Lord. The winds and the waves of life are so incredibly ever-present, but so is the Lord, YOUR God! He has authority over the winds and the waves!

He is with you, even in the midst of the winds and waves of life. As you focus on Him, begin to speak to those winds and waves, telling them to be still! As you focus on the Lord, tell your winds and waves that they won’t distract you from your mission and purpose in Christ. Cliche but true, tell your winds and waves how BIG your God is!

Just focus and walk, trusting Him along the way, with your winds and waves.

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“And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases,” Luke 9:1

This truth for the twelve disciples, exists for you too.

You may feel powerless. Perhaps you believe that you don’t have control over what’s happening in your life. You may feel as if life itself is spiraling out of control. All are tricks of the enemy and lies from the father of lies.

You too, as you gave your life to Christ, have power and authority granted to you by the Holy Spirit which dwells within you. Do not subscribe to the lies of Satan! With the power within you, you can cast out the very demons that are trying to run your life. Satan wants you to be believe that you are powerless and that you are ineffective. He wants you to believe that power was just for the disciples of old, power rests within you too!

This includes you, friend! Your family needs the power that you possess. There are friends that need your power. Your prayers are powerful. Your kind words are powerful. The choices you make are powerful. Your love is powerful. Your peace is powerful.

The power that dwells within you comes from the One who created you! Stand on it. Rest in it. Be defined by it. Your power points to the One whom is All-Powerful.

Imprint this important reminder on your heart: “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.Luke 10:19-20

Peace and Blessings