Follow the Leader…

Trust exercises include a leader and a follower. The leader conducts a series of movements that the follower must copy. The follower may be nervous in following the leader because they may end up doing silly or embarrassing movements. Nonetheless, the exercises are done to build trust between one another.

If we are willing to follow the movements of another human being-one who is finite and flawed-why are we so apprehensive in following the lead of the Holy Spirit? By design, the Spirit of God is perfect in every way. The Holy Spirit only leads as the Father directs. The Holy Spirit is the Comforter and Counselor. To follow His lead is to be a child of God:

The Holy Spirit teaches. He guides us into all truth. He intercedes for us. He is: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Do we know of a better Leader to follow?

We are guided by Pastors, teachers, bosses, friends, and family. Before we follow their lead, let’s be compelled to follow His lead. Let that small voice be the loudest voice of our lives. It’s time for us to let go of that fear that can speak so loudly.

You’ve heard that voice: End that relationship, call that person and forgive them, choose peace, love your enemy, be gentle, start that business, write that book, pray, fast, rejoice-it’s time for us to follow the Leader.

Sisters, may we trust in the Creator enough to follow the lead of His Holy Spirit-He has never failed us yet.

Peace and Blessings

Armored Up: Breastplate of Righteousness…

The breastplate goes over the chest. The chest contains our most vital organs. If someone gets pierced in the lungs, their breathing is affected. If someone gets shot in the heart, their life is affected. The breastplate of righteousness is designed to protect our most vulnerable organ: the heart.

The Word of God tells us just how important the heart is, naturally and supernaturally:

As we engage in spiritual warfare on this battlefield of life, we must ensure that our breastplate of righteousness snug and fit on our chest. The fiery darts of the enemy are subtle and if we aren’t careful, we leave our hearts visible to the enemy. We must protect our most vital organ, for everything we do flows from it.

This is why the armor of God works in conjunction with one another. The helmet protects our mind, the belt keeps us standing strong, the shoes directs our path, the shield and sword empowers us with the word and if our hearts aren’t guarded-the rest of us is left susceptible to the attacks of the enemy.

Mighty warrior of God, protect your heart. This is the source of your very life. Pray over your heart. Etch the Word of God onto the flesh of your heart. Lay it on the altar each and every day. Be mindful of what goes into your ear gates and eye gates. Hold fast to your faith. Cling to the Word of God. Surrender yourself unto the King. Trusting, believing, and clinging are the components of your breastplate. Choosing the Father over the flesh is your breastplate. Going His way instead of your way is your breastplate.

We hope this series helps our fellow sisters in Christ stand strong in the midst of spiritual warfare. We pray that we stand-Armored Up-fighting from the stance of victory!

Mighty woman of God-you are victorious!

Peace and Blessings

The Sound…

What are we listening to? What sound are we allowing to penetrate our spirit? What are we allowing to speak to our spirit?

These questions are explored in “From Worn to Well” first session of M.E. Time! This series is designed to help us pause for the cause, reflect on the goodness of the Lord, and to apply the Word of God to our lives.

To hear the message in its entirety, you can listen here: M.E. Time Moment: The Sound

Achieving mental wellness requires us to pay attention to the sounds that surround us. We must be able to hear the voice of the Father at all time. The noises of this world cannot be greater than the beautiful sound of the Father.

It’s time to ensure that we hear our Father. It’s time to block out the sounds of this world. We must be able to hear the voice of the Father so that we can maintain a sound mind. The state of our mental health determines our ability to know what the Lord is saying to us. He is the One who transforms and renews our mind. He is the One who strengthens our spirit. He is the One who gives us peace.

It’s time examine what sound we allow to impact our mind, body, and spirit. Mighty woman of God, may you be moved, strengthen, and empowered by the sound of the Lord.

Peace and Blessings

Mental Wellness…

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Often times, the Lord and Mental Health are discussed as two separate entities. As the One who created us, the Lord and mental health are one in the same! Firstly, we ALL have mental health. Secondly, and most importantly, the Word of God discusses mental health matters and the Lord cares greatly about the state of our mental health.

The Word says so:

Make no mistake about it, we are champions for Jesus and counseling. We also know that the state of our mental health cannot be transformed without Jesus! It is with Jesus that we become well-in mind, body, and spirit. And we understand this truth: “For by wise guidance you can wage your war, And in an abundance of [wise] counselors there is victory and safety.” Proverbs 24:6

On our podcast, “From Worn to Well”, we discuss achieving mental wellness with a clinical psychologist. Check out this snippet:

To hear the entire episode, listen here: Achieving Mental Wellness. Feel free to like, share, and subscribe to our podcast!

Mighty women of God, we no longer have to be ashamed of our mental health. We no longer have to be defined by a diagnosis or defined by people’s preconceived notions about mental health. Our mental health is at the feet of Jesus and with Him, we are on the journey to being well and whole!

Peace and Blessings

Built (Christ) Tough!

Have you ever heard the phrase “Built Ford Tough”? This phrase has typically been subscribed to Ford trucks because…they’re big! They are pretty sturdy and made with steel. Their wheels are big-simply massive.

Traditionally, when people are considered tough, they, too, are described in similar fashion. Think of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He’s massive and for men, he’s probably considered to be the prototype. For women, perhaps it’s someone like Serena Williams-she’s perceived to be a force to be reckoned with.

Supernaturally, however, the Lord does not look at the physical to perceive one’s strength. He doesn’t look at muscles, height, or athletic ability. We should be thankful for that! The Rock and Serena are unique human beings-and so are YOU! When the Lord looks at strength or maturity, let’s consider this verse:

Gentleness will win every time! Let’s strive to be built Christ tough! It’s kindness, patience, and love that demonstrates strength. Think about the world we live in? Do we need another person to yell? No. Do we need another “strong” opinion? Absolutely not. We need gentle responses to wrath. We need soft responses to anger tones. We need love as Satan, author of hate, roams the Earth seeking whom he may devour.

Woman of God, as you engage in this spiritual warfare, be built Christ tough. Be kind. Be gentle. Speak the truth in love. Choose silence. Choose love. Choose to smile instead of frown. Choose to be patient.

Know that the love you show to others, the kindness to show to others, the prayers you pray, the hospitality you show, the choice to be submissive to the Lord and your husband, the care you give to your household-this is what makes you strong! The tears that flow, the joy you show, and the quiet beauty you possess-these are demonstrations of true strength!

Mighty daughter of the King, know that you are built CHRIST tough! And this is stronger than any natural strength you could ever have!

Peace and Blessings

Armored Up: Belt of Truth

Belts are designed to hold up our clothing. Without belts, we would be pretty exposed. In battle, imagine if soldiers were found with loose clothing, they would be exposed, tripped up, and falling all over the place. The level of exposure would get them killed!

The Belt of Truth is also designed up hold us up. Mighty warriors of God, this would be true for us as well. We cannot afford to be exposed, there is an adversary that is seeking whom he may devour.

Without knowing the truth, we would fall for the lies of the enemy. We would be exposed and vulnerable to the strategies and schemes of Satan. We need the truth to keep us focused on the battle ahead and to keep us focused on the Word of God. Without that belt, we would surely perish!

What’s holding you up, woman of God? What’s keeping you grounded and focused? It’s time to put on the Belt of Truth! We are covered by the Word of God! We are kept by His truth! In the world of distorted and false media, the Belt of Truth can hold us up!

As we get dressed for the fight ahead, let’s be sure we have on our belt of truth. We have to study to show ourselves approved, we must pray without ceasing, and we must give thanks in everything!

Mighty woman of God, in this world where people all around us are falling for everything, may we continuously be held and kept by the Belt of Truth.

Press forward, sister, victory awaits!

Peace and Blessings

Armored Up: The Tongue

The tongue is a powerful tool! The Word of God says so:

We’ve all heard that one, right? While the term “cliché” may come to mind, we must remember that the Word of God is LIFE and there is nothing cliché about the Word of God!

The tongue is an important weapon in this spiritual warfare battle that we are constantly engaged in, woman of God!

From the life perspective of the tongue, this is where we can speak life into dead situations. The tongue can bring dead things back to life: your sick loved one, your dead job, your lifeless marriage, your wayward child. Our tongue speaks the life-filled Word of God! Yes, let’s learn how to arm ourselves with life-giving scriptures, encouragement, and positive words. Let’s use our tongues to communicate the promises of God. Command your mornings. Speak healing words over those who are hurting. Declare and decree the truth of the Lord over your family. There is LIFE in the power of the tongue and we must be ready to speak life at all times!

Let’s look at the tongue as a tool of death, we know how words can hurt right? We know that old saying of “sticking and stones breaking our bones but words never hurting” is a complete lie. But mighty woman of God, did you realize that your tongue can be a tool to kill the schemes and strategies of the enemy?! Oh yes, let’s use our tongues to trample all over the agenda of the enemy! Let’s use our tongues to extinguish those fiery darts coming our way! Let’s put to death those lies from Satan’s mouth! Declare and decree that every witch and warlock have no power over you. Use your tongue to kill the desires of the flesh!

Yes, sister, there is life and death in the power of the tongue. It is time to use that tongue to give life and to put to death the demonic agendas that is trying to rule and reign in our lives.

Let us shout the name of Jesus with our tongues and advance forward, the battle is already won!

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

Armored Up: Letting Go…

Being armored up and letting go may sound like complete opposites, but they are not. Think about a solider: when they are on the battlefield, they are not able to carry a ton of unnecessary things. They carry those things that are going to keep them alive. Maybe a canteen of water, maybe a pouch of food-but if they have nothing else, they most certainly have their weapons! The soldier is focused on making it back home to their loved ones and fighting for their country.

Mighty woman of God, we must have that same mentality! It’s time to let go of the things that are weighing you down and hold on the very thing that will keep you alive: The Sword of the Spirit! As women, we tend to take on loads that were never intended for us. We have the tendency to bear the burdens of others. Sister, that will wear you out! It’s time to let go.

It’s time to lay those burdens down! It’s time to recognize that we are no one’s Savior! It’s time to stand and fight! You are more susceptible to defeat if you are trying to fight battles that are not yours. Letting go can be one of our most powerful tools as we engage in spiritual warfare. The only tools we need in our hands is our Shield of Faith and the Sword of the Spirit!

The Sword of the Spirit is the mighty Word of God! The name of Jesus will make our greatest enemy bow! The Word of God will rebuke Satan and his minions. The Sword will cut down any obstacle that stands in our way. Your empty hands helps you use your Sword with confidence, power, and precision.

Let go of your loved ones’ burdens and grab your sword! Cast those cares before the Lord and speak to those mountains! Warriors, be strong enough to let go. The lighter your load, the longer you will go.

Fight the good fight, mighty woman of God! Victory awaits!

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