Our Bridegroom is Faithful

I remember the dress I was wearing the day James and I got engaged. I was so excited. I had a ring and a promise. With that ring, James promised to be my lover, my protector, my provider. He promised to marry me. With that assurance, plans were made – Dresses purchased, vendors hired, invitations sent. Not once, did I ever doubt I would be Mrs. James Bolden. I had...

Recognize the Dream

I spent most of yesterday assuring smart kids that they did well on the AP exam. It’s normal with this population. After a test, they focus on all the problems they missed instead of all the problems they got right. As I was walking to my car to go home, I thought, “I wonder why kids are so prone to focus on the ones they missed. The Holly Spirit asked,...

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...

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...

Prepare And Wait

”I am a woman deeply troubled,” is how Hannah describes herself. For years, she had wanted a child, but alas, her womb was closed. Her rival taunted her, made fun of her because of her barrenness. Her husband was frustrated because he didn’t understand why having a child was more important than his love. So Hannah wept bitterly before the Lord. Many of us can understand Hannah’s frustration. It may...

Married

The book of Isaiah is prophetic and Messianic. It spoke of Israel’s exile ending but it also speaks of Christ’s coming and the days of His reign (today). We can grab hold of the promises spoken in Isaiah. Have you gone through or are you going through a difficult season? Do you feel exiled? Isolated? This is what Israel was experiencing when Isaiah prophesied their glorious future. His prophecy speaks...

Blessings

I came of age spiritually in the prosperity movement. I can quote all of the prosperity scriptures. Deuteronomy 28 was a particular favorite. But this morning, as I was reading it, I struggled with the verse: “You will have many children.” I struggled because I was reminded of the many women I know struggling to conceive, to start a family. By posting that truth will it make them despair, wonder...

Your Future

Yesterday was rough. The adrenaline of starting a new school year wore off and the reality that I operate on less than six hours of sleep a day set in. I was physically tired. And that is when the enemy likes to whisper in my ear. “If you had been a better parent then…” “If you hadn’t said then..” “If you had taken better care then…” “If You had really...