Taste and See

“God is good,” that thought awaken me this morning. The simple yet profound, the trite yet deep, the spoken often yet oft forgotten, the taught to children but foundational truth- God is good -permeates every iota of my soul this morning. God is good. Everything about Him is good. He gives good gifts. (James 1:17) He has good plans for us. (Jeremiah 29:11) He has good things stored up for...

A Five Hour Drive

I drove five hours yesterday by myself, well me, the Holy Spirit, and three decades of Christian and not so-Christian Music. It was a great time of worship and reflection. God spoke to me, gave me peace, reminded me of His love and faithfulness. I’m currently faced with a problem that is weighing heavily on my heart. With this problem, I have learned something about my faith. If I can’t...

What’s on Your Mind?

Facebook asks, “What’s on your mind?” What is on my mind – work. 100 students taking their first test. Have I adequately prepared them? Will they do well? What could I have done differently. What is on my mind – #redefined. Will people buy it? Will it change lives? Will it bring emotional and physical healing? But those thoughts of worry are overcome when I remember, I have the mind...

Nobody Said It Would Be Easy

My life is not always easy. There are promises I have been waiting over 20 years to see fulfilled. Even today, I’m dealing with rejection. I’ve had my share of disappointments and epic fails. I have doubted, cried, and wanted to give up. I have had to fight fear, anxiousness, and hopelessness. I’m not sharing this because I want your pity or your prayers. I just want you to know...

This is How We Fight

At this moment, I have been hurt by someone. I have been praying, avoiding, and maybe a little sulking. In a month I will be speaking at the Belonging Conference in Apex (ironic right?). Yesterday, as I I was driving to church, I was preaching to myself. God was giving me my sermon for the conference. I love it when God does that! He was showing me connections in the...

This I Know…

I wonder how many things we are going to have to “unlearn” when we get to heaven. The other day, I commented on someone’s political post. I know bad idea. But then I started reading the comments used to justify their point of view. Scripture used in ways that made me cringe. I didn’t respond again. Well not on Facebook, but I had an entire conversation in my head. Now,...

What Were You Thinking

I awoke this morning and the enemy was trying to convince me that people were against me. How was he doing that? Thoughts. How do I know my thoughts were not the Holy Spirit? The thoughts were accusatory and made me feel rejected, defeated, and guarded. The Holy Spirit always leads us to hope. How do I know the thoughts were not mine? I have the mind of Christ. My...

New Level…

Yesterday, I walked by a co-workers office. She was frazzled. This year, she had changed jobs. She was absolutely amazing in her former position. She did it with ease and grace. But this new job was challenging her. She felt uncomfortable, unprepared, and inadequate. She questioned her decision to take on a new challenge and longed to go back to her old position. I noticed her angst and stopped to...

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

If you are in Christ, you have been called into full time ministry. Now, don’t get excited and quit your day job. We have ALL been giving the ministry of reconciliation. It is all of our jobs to reconcile the lost back to Him. And you don’t have to quit your day job to do that. As a matter of fact, there is probably more opportunity to do that at...