Valiant Warrior

Three life lessons we can learn from Gideon: 1. On your absolute worse day, when you have received a bad report, when you feel as if all hope is gone, when you have nothing else to give, God looks at you and declares: “ I am with you, oh valiant warrior.” But we have to choose if we will believe that statement. 2. God can handle our temper tantrums. Gideon...

Trust

“He took Jesus at His Word.” That phrase stood out to me this morning as I was reading. This bible describes this man as a Royal Government official. He had clout, influence, wealth. I imagine he was self-reliant and powerful. But with all of his earthly authority and money, he could not heal his son. He humbled himself and this rich, influential, government official found himself at the mercy of...

When You Know Better…

For my National Board Recertification, I had to video a teaching session. Yesterday as I was viewing it, I noticed two things that upset me. One, I have gained too much weight. But secondly and most importantly, I exhibited implicit bias in my class. Implicit bias is our unconscious stereotypes that affect our attitudes and behaviors. We ALL have them. I noticed when my African American students gave a correct...

More of Him

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” Or “More of Him less of me. John‬ ‭3:30‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ Are these legal prayers for New Testament Christians? Are these prayers full of false humility and a lack of understanding of our authority and identity? Yes and No. John the Baptist originally uttered these words when his followers were jealous of how quickly Jesus’ following was growing. They wanted John to share in...

Family

Yesterday, because of some recent developments, I was thinking about my family’s history – my lineage. As I thought about it, there was this shame that came upon me because of the decisions made by people before me and even choices I have made. I found myself saying, “Man, my family is pretty screwed up.” Immediately the Holy Spirit said, “So was Jesus’ family.” Jesus’ earthly lineage is filled with...

Fight the Good Fight of Faith

I’m in a very weird, uncomfortable season in my life. It’s one of those seasons where I am trying to figure out if it is God? Is it me? Is it the enemy? It’s a season where depression and hopelessness are chasing behind me. It’s a season of risk taking, stepping out in faith, saying goodbyes to friends, and uncertainty. So how do you navigate such a season? Paul’s advice...

False Humility

“I’m just a sinner saved by grace.” We have all heard it; perhaps have even said it! But this is one of the biggest lies Satan has sold us. Yes, we were all sinners. We were born into sin. But once we accept Jesus as our Savior, he gave us a new name. A new identity. A new spirit. He declares we are now The Righteousness of God in Christ...

Surrender

When you are between the promise and the fulfillment, surrender.  If I have learned anything from reading Genesis to Revelation, it is this: “Life rarely turns out like we had planned.” But God can take our mistakes, our failures, our hurts, our pains and our tragedies, and use them for His glory. If we can trust Him with our past, can’t we trust Him with our future?   God is...

Two Criminals. One Savior.

Jesus was crucified between two criminals. Each witnessed Jesus’ dignity as he was dying. Each heard him offer forgiveness to the very people who were crucifying him. Each had the same experience with Jesus. Yet one mocked. The other repented. We often play the “If Only” game. You know, “If only I made more money…”, “If only I were raised in a Christian household…”, “If only my husband hadn’t left…”....

No Time for Accussations

No one likes to be accused. So when we are accused, we must tell our side of the story. We must defend ourselves. We stop what we are doing and we prepare our defense. We find scriptures and supporting articles as we make our case. Then we tell others our side of the story to convince them we are right. They will serve as jurors in this case of public...