We Are The Body

I awoke yesterday morning to a text from my “spiritual” daughter that she was being transported to the hospital. She asked me to pray. For almost a year, she and I have been contending for her health. We have declared and rebuked. So yesterday, when she texted, my heart was faint. I could not pray. I had no words. I could not declare or offer words of wisdom. So I...

True Need

What do I really need? The disciples were entering the temple and a crippled beggar asked for money. Begging was his job. Everyday, he sat at the temple hoping for enough to feed himself. He had no expectations there could be more for him. He thought money was what he needed. Peter and the disciples saw beyond this man’s monetary need. They saw his true need. They saw what this...

Lessons Learned from Math

“And whatever you ask for in prayer, believing, you will receive.” MATTHEW‬ ‭21:22‬ ‭AMP‬‬ But I asked and the marriage ended. But I asked and the the loved one died. But I asked and the sickness lingered. But I asked… I love math because it is trustworthy, it’s eternal, it never changes. If my students get a wrong answer, I never question the math. Together we find where they made...

Be A Strong Branch

At the end of Jacob’s life, he describes his son, Joseph as: ““A fruitful bough (a main branch of the vine), A fruitful bough by a spring (a well, a fountain); Its branches run over the wall [influencing others].” Genesis 49:22 Joseph had some bad breaks – sold into slavery, falsely imprisoned – but he did not allow any of that to change who he was. He became a fruitful...

Getting MORE in 2019

It’s a new year! Full of hope and possibilities! Gym memberships are up. The sale of healthy foods rise during this time. We have resolved, this year will be better. This year I will lose the weight, save money, keep my house clean, write the next great American novel or compose the next great symphony.  Let me share with you two spiritual principles to help you reach your goals: 1....

Persistent

Jesus gave a parable about a friend knocking on a door late at night. While the friend was not moved by their friendship, he was moved by their persistency. Jesus paints a picture of shameless audacious prayers availing much. Knocking, asking, seeking until our hearts’ desires are realized. But He further explains, we ask like a child petitioning our parents. We do not beg God. If our prayers are aligned...

Contend

Here is a dangerous prayer: “Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me. Fight against those who fight against me.” That prayer is biblical. David prayed it. But we must remember, we do not fight against flesh and blood but against principalities and wickedness in high places. And you may find the very thing contending with you are your own strongholds and mindsets. You may find what is fighting against...

Pray Big

I’m noticing a theme lately in my quiet time with God: “Pray and believe for the impossible.” Now that may sound amazing but to be honest, it’s a little bit daunting. Believing for the impossible requires us to risk disappointment and discouragement. Here is the funny thing. Yesterday, I was ranting to my fellow teachers how frustrating it is that parents want to protect their children from all forms of...

Busy, Busy, Busy, Pray, Pray, Pray

I awoke this morning with the list. You know, the mental list of all the things I need to accomplish. Starting in mid-May lots of good things are happening, lots of opportunities to minister the Gospel, lots of traveling. I’m both thrilled and terrified or as my pastor so aptly put it, “I’m thrillified.” As I’m reading my daily scripture, I see a prayer King David prayed. David was the...