When doors close

A few weeks ago my boss sat me down and decided to give me an early Christmas gift. He told me I had to start looking for a new job. It was totally unexpected and out of the blue. Just like that I found myself standing with a closed door in front of me and…

A reason to have joy again

It’s that time of year when everyone is merry. But all you feel is darkness inside. Everyone is out and about enjoying festivities. And all you want to do is sit at home and hide. Everyone is talking about plans for the new years and how bright the future looks. And all you can worry…

A time to give

I don’t know if anyone has ever told you that Christmas is not about the gifts, but if they did then they were lying. Christmas always was, Christmas always is, and Christmas will ALWAYS be about the gifts. It’s about a gift so grand that you would never be able to find it at the…

When you need to stop serving

Sometimes I think I’m not a very good Christian because I spend way too much time in church. If I’m not attending or leading a Bible study then I’m at a prayer meeting. Or at a youth service. Or at an event. Or at a leaders meeting of some sort. And the list can go…

Moving past your pain

We have all been a victim of something in our lives. A victim of hateful words. A victim of painful circumstances. A victim of physical, mental, or emotional abuse. That abuse may have happened one time and once it happened everything in your world changed. Sometimes that abuse happens for weeks, for months, and for…

When you are broken inside

I used to admire people who always appeared strong. People who always seemed to have their life figured out. People who never had a bad day or something that didn’t go their way. These people had no imperfections and no mistakes. Even their clothes and hair was never out of place. I would place them…

Ignored, unloved, and not wanted

She knew that he never chose to be with her and yet every morning she woke up dreaming and praying that maybe he would love her the way that she loved him. She longed for him to look her deep in the eyes and call her beautiful. She wished late at night he would choose…

When life brings you to your knees

When I thought about taking a month off to escape the busyness of the world and seek Christ more I envisioned myself having sweet times of fellowship with Jesus one-on-one with no distractions. I thought I would dig deep into His Word to draw nearer to Him and get more insight, more direction, and more…

“I’m busy…always”

Sometimes I think a full schedule of things to do is one of the enemy’s sneakiest tricks into living an unfulfilled life. Our planners full of meetings to attend, people to meet, and events to participate in may make us feel like we are doing something worthwhile and important but often times those things that…

A lifestyle of praise

I used to think worship was just the thirty minute part of Sunday morning church service when we sing. That all it took for me to worship was to repeat the words that I saw on the screen. And that I was done with “worship” when I stepped out of the doors of my church…

Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

It was faith that brought Isaac into Abraham’s arms. Faith that kept Peter up when he walked on water. Faith that helped Moses lead the Israelites across the Red Sea. Faith that healed the blind man calling out to Jesus and faith that restored the health of the bleeding women. Faith that caused the walls…

A God that always provides

You finally filled out your monthly bills and as you look at your bank account your stomach start churning as you realize you are down to pennies now. You lost your job a few months ago and you’ve been searching for a new job every day. Sending your resume out by the dozens. And yet…

The “Perfect” Woman

I’ve been intimidated by this woman since the first moment I read about her. She’s the woman who has it all together. The woman who rises early to prepare for the day. The woman who always reaches out to help the people around her who are in need. The woman who takes care of her…

Counterfeit happiness

If marriage is what makes you ultimately happy then there would be no divorces in the world. If drugs or alcohol is what makes you happy then there would be no rehab centers to heal destroyed lives of people around the world. If fame is what makes you happy then there wouldn’t be headline stories…

God’s Definition of Love

Love. It has been sung about by popular music artists of all genres for many decades and I’m sure many more decades to come. It has been endlessly written about by famous authors who with words attempt to depict its complex significance. It is talked about by people on a regular basis as they attempt to…

What defines you?

Often times we allow everything in the world but Christ define who we are. We allow our scars to define us; our pasts to define us; our background to define us; our self-esteem to define us; our bank account, home, and status to define us; our failures to define us; our self-image to define us;…

Antidote to Busyness

We live in a world that thrives on busyness. From the moment we hear the ringing of our alarm clock to the minute our head hits the pillow at night we just go, go, go. If we are lucky enough somewhere from the time of waking up to falling asleep we get a little break…

“My scars don’t define me”

You know who I am talking about. You feel broken and worthless. You weren’t always like this. You didn’t always have cuts on your body. You didn’t always skip meals or purge them up. You didn’t always avoid mirrors and scales like they were plagues. But someone hurt you. I know they did because I’ve…

“I’m too scared to face my fears”

It is what gave a beautiful young queen boldness to approach her king in order to petition for the lives of her people. It is what gave a young shepherd boy the boldness to speak against a giant that was taunting his people and his God and bring him down with a few stones. It…

Dear single girl

I know today is your favorite day of the year. There’s nothing you look forward to more than seeing everyone confess their love to each other all over social media. That you just love walking into stores and seeing roses, chocolates and heart shaped balloons taking over the aisles. That you just love the cliché…

“I can’t do this on my own”

For some odd reason when people become Christian they think they are signing up for some kind of special club. One where God is the owner and He provides each person with benefits of a life filled with abundant riches and joy. What they don’t realize is that they are actually signing up for war.…