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...

A Sweet Aroma

It was eleven years ago. I was standing in front of my class teaching and this young man walked in. At our school, some of the higher functioning students with mental disabilities came to our rooms to collect the recyclables. He was one of those students. He walked right in and interrupted my lesson to tell me he had seen Horton Hears a Who over the weekend. He went on,...

I Am Melissa…

Do you believe in the accuracy of the Bible but do not believe that God’s same power to heal as revealed in these stories is applicable for you today? When my children were little, I gave my daughter a toy. Her older brother asked, “Why does Lyndsay get a toy?” I jokingly replied, “Because she is Lyndsay.” He looked at me with the indignation of a six year old and...

Full Access

Yesterday we visited St. Joseph’s Oratory, the largest church in Canada. The church is stunning. The statutes, the architectural structure, the stained glass windows all are breathtaking. It is believed Brother Bessette had healing power through his dedication to St. Joseph and many people were healed. There is a display of abandoned crutches as people left healed. B But as I walked through the halls of this beautiful church with...

Know Your Audience

My book, Redefined, is being published October 1. Yesterday, I was tasked with finding an intriguing catch phrase to put on the back cover. As I was skimming the book to find the right phrase, God began to show me why the book was written. To invite women who struggle with guilt and shame into freedom. To heal women of the pain of rejection. To encourage women there is life...

It Is Finished!

I was commenting on the humility of a former student, R. Another student said, “Well M is also humble. Even though she makes an A on most tests, she still worries about her grade and thinks she didn’t do well.” I looked at M (she is a former student and we have a great relationship) and said, “That’s not being humble. That’s being neurotic.” Then I thought about us as...

Be True To You

David was angry. He had acted honorably toward King Saul by sparing his life, although Saul was pursuing him unjustly. But Saul went back to the comfort of his home while David remained a fugitive living in a cave. David had acted honorably toward Nabal, protecting his flock from wild animals and thieves. But Nabal in turn disrespected David and his men. This perhaps was the proverbial straw that broke...

100 Proofed Grace

Sunday, I missed church. Instead of church, I spent the morning in a friend’s garage trying to get my files off a hard drive. But since I’m a walking church, our conversation landed on the topic of grace. Is the church teaching grace in such a way that we are simply giving people a license to sin? What is the role of discipleship in this new grace movement. My friend...

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...

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...