Walk by Faith Ministry, a 501c3 non-profit that shares the Gospel as we minister the Lord’s love to people and homeless dogs, too, with a special focus on those the world’s given up on, will walk – or rather drive – by faith to South Carolina on Labor Day to expand its horizons in the Hilton Head area, South Carolina. While we will stay incorporated in and be in close touch with Virginia, our four-legged friends and I will work out of South Carolina. Please stay tuned for regular updates – and inspirational writing – from our South Carolina location. Donations are now being sought to help us make the big move. Imagine a moving truck and multiple cars loaded with miracle dogs, dog houses, crates, blankets, towels, medications, and over 35 panels of dog fencing. Not to mention, and most importantly, a whole lot of faith in and gratitude to God – and a Bible as our road map! Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.
Just weeks ago the Lord gave me a dream as I slept that I was worshipping Him. I woke up just afterward and had the most vivid recollection of the dream He gave me. I had my hands raised to the heavens, just like in a painting made of me years before I began to follow Jesus. Only this time, in the dream, the heavens were so wide open as I worshipped Him that there was nothing in between me and an infinite number of angels. There was no separation at all between my worship and God’s Kingdom above me. As I did my usual middle of the night slumber-stumble to the bathroom, three words came to me. The missing piece. Why would these words come? For such a very long time, I had cried out to the Lord the very words, “What am I missing? What am I missing?” The Lord had replied in the dream. Worship. What I believe will come as a surprise to so many believers is what I realized. There was no song, no noise, no sound in my dream. I was not singing songs to the Lord to worship Him. Only in the next day or so did I receive full revelation of the dream. What the Lord showed me in the dream was that the missing piece in my life was that I was not worshipping Him in the way I lived my life. I searched for the word “worship” in the Bible concordance and assumed it would always refer to song as I had learned to do in church. I never found a reference to singing songs. I looked up the meaning of the original word translated into worship and found that it means to lie prostrate before, to worship and reverence and adore.And I realized I had followed man instead of God in believing worship is the hour or so we sing songs to God in church. Today, I know better. In the dream, I lifted up my hands to the heavens to worship the Lord. God showed me the missing piece in my life was that He wants me to lift up my life to Him and to live for Him. Just as the Bible says, He wants me to worship Him “in spirit and in truth.” Alas, in everything I do, I am to glorify the Lord. I can worship Him in my writing. I can worship Him in how I share Him with someone. I can worship Him in taking care of a dog in need. I can worship Him in loving someone who is difficult to love. I can worship Him in my very breath. Will you? Joh 4:23 “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.”Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.
I have never burst into tears reading the first page of a book before. Today I did. I did not cry because it is the opening page to the true story of a man who died. Nor did I tear up because the man went to heaven. And I did not start to cry because the man is alive on earth today because of the hand of God. My eyes produced tears because when the emergency rescue workers pronounced him dead, covered him up, and turned to help the others in need at the scene of the accident, one man stood in faith and refused to stop praying. Sometimes I am the only woman still standing, just like the man who did not give up on the one pronounced dead. Sometimes I am the only one who still believes when the world around me laughs at me, questions me, judges me, and criticizes me for not giving up when everyone else did so long ago. I will never forget the day I read the article I had written for the newspaper to my husband about asking God why He had me drive 17 hours in as single day two days after a 16 hour drive to an Ohio shelter to rescue a 5 pound dog who lived for such a short while after. “That is the distance I will go for you,” God had told me. I could see in my husband’s eyes, in his heart, his hunger to be loved like that. “Why don’t you give up on me?” my husband asked me another time. God said in the Old Testament that if He could only find one man to stand in the gap, but He couuld not. He could not find a single man who would stand. I do not know the man who died and lived again in the book I just began reading. But I do know God is a God of resurrection. He raises people from the dead, and He raises situations that for all intents and purposes are dead. As for the rest of us, how many of us will remain standing when everyone else has walked away – and believe God wants to go the whole distance? Today, I remain standing for people, and in situations, that would cause many to ridicule me. But so long as God tells me to stand, stand I will. I stand for His perfect will.Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.
Have you ever been on death row? I have. I was on death row every breath and second of my life before I received the promise of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. But God took mercy upon my soul and gave me life when I asked Jesus to come into my heart and be my Lord. Today I prayed for a woman who lives in my home state of Virginia who may well have a double death sentence. First, come September she is expected to be put to death for her crime. Second, if she does not have Jesus Christ living inside her heart then she will go to hell forever where probably most of America wants her to go. Today I did not pray that her life would be spared from execution. I leave that to the Lord. I prayed she would be given life through faith in Jesus Christ. I have stared at her photograph and rather than judge the face that is so ridden with hatred, I saw a woman with chains around her heart just like the prison I have lived in for so much of my own life. I think of Jesus who asked our Father to forgive them because they did not know what they did. The word “know” translates into “understand.” Without Christ, we are capable of anything. Even with Him, when I do not follow Him, I am capable of all manners of evil. I direct a ministry that specializes in the cases the world has given up on. I believe it is never too late to know the love of God. I pray that it is not too late for this woman. It was almost too late for me. But along came Jesus who gave me new life.Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.
“You only see part of the picture,” someone once told me. “God sees the whole picture.” Another person said, “God does not want what’s good for you. He wants what’s best for you.” I did not understand either statement until I became deeply immersed in studying God’s Word and developed an intimate, personal relationship with Him through faith in Christ. What I have learned in years past is that God will sometimes allow my dreams to come true, and He also will bless me at times by fulfilling my desires. But His permissible will is incomparable when compared with so utterly giving my life to Him that He may bring into manifestation His perfect will for, and through, my life. I have for so long limited my life and life’s purpose by striving for my own dreams as the world has taught me to do, when in the process I was holding at bay the dream God has for my life. I have come to love, cherish, and honor the Lord too much to hold on for dear life to my limited dreams any longer. Today, I pray for His perfect will for my life. He truly does see the whole picture, and He truly does want the very best for my life.Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.
Would you give up your popularity for Christ? I got my practice early in life; I was never popular. My brother always was. I always traveled in the smaller, academic circles while the popular folk moved about with those who garnered the favorable – and sometimes not so favorable – attention – of the world at large. I have noticed what the Lord asks me to do for Him does not increase my popularity. But I love Him too much not to obey as best I can. Did you notice the most successful people in the Bible in terms of what they did for the Lord were often the least popular and the most ordinary? How many were hated and persecuted for their very acts of loving and serving God? What about Jesus Himself? Are you willing to stand up for Christ, and to speak up for Christ, regardless of how people see you? What if people speak poorly of you because of your obvious love for the Lord and what you are willing to say and do for Him? The prophets seemed to be some of the most unpopular folk in the Bible. The world did not want to hear what God had to say, and the prophets had the phenomenal task of speaking for Him to people and whole nations that needed correction. Just how far will you go for God? Would you give up your popularity to serve Him?Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.
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The Lord loves and cares for me so much that today He showed me something I have done wrong for decades of my life. He used three separate people recently to deliver His message, though for years He had tried to get my attention through numerous people and situations. Until today, I had resisted, denied, and defended. Today, I received the most wonderful gift when I made the decision to repent. I asked the Lord to forgive me for every single person and animal I have hurt my entire life through what He showed me. And, through my faith in Jesus Christ and because of my act of repentance, He forgave me. Then I went one life-changing step further. I asked the Lord how to act differently in this area. I listened to His answer. He replied by showing me Scriptures and reminding me through the renewing of my mind by His Word and by the power of the Holy Spirit I can learn to walk free from what I had held onto for so very long. I am sorry for those who steer clear of repentance. To me, repentance is one of the least-preached about, most precious gifts the Lord has given His children. Mar 2:17 “When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”Luk 15:7 “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.”Luk 15:10 “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.
I turn the fan on before I climb into bed for the night. Red, the infamous miracle dog who co-founded Walk by Faith Ministry, climbs onto one of the two baby mattresses that lie next to my bed. Then he climbs off. He knows better. Winnie, the two-footed dog, hoists her body into the air on her two front feet, walks in her unique way into my bedroom, and lifts herself onto the mattress. Along comes Glory, mostly blind. She finds her way to the second mattress and comes aboard. Mother Theresa, the Granny-aged dog whose owner planned to shoot and kill her who was rescued by a man who fled from the police and abandoned her who was horrifically attacked by a foster sibling dog, waits until she finds a spot to lay down her ancient body on the mattresses. All aboard. I watch these gifts from God, all miracles in their own right, all uniquely different from the average dog. All are memorials of God’s supernatural power – and His unfailing, everlasting love. I have fallen short in all sorts of ways today, impatient, testy, snappy, voice raised at times. But when all is said and done, and I have sought the Lord’s forgiveness, I can go to sleep knowing this. I live a simpler life than most, and do not receive the paychecks of many. I have had one vacation in four years. I have walked through hell and back with loss and grief, tragedy and trauma. But one thing is certain. There is no greater joy on this earth, I believe, than in loving the Lord and loving His Creation. I watch all God’s miracles that fall asleep on their special mattresses. And I know I am one of them, too. A miracle of God – because of His precious Son Jesus. I lay me down to sleep in His loving embrace. Sweet dreams. Amen.Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.
When God calls you to do something, say something, or go somewhere, how do you reply? Do you say YES, or do you reply no or maybe? I believe God is looking for a YES generation – an army of laborers who will do what He tells us, say what He aks us to say, and go where He sends us. I believe He wants us to do this without argument, debate, or reasoning. After all, He tells us in His Word: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV).” Note the order. First we trust Him. Then we do not rely on our own understanding. Next we acknowledge Him. After, we receive direction. I have noticed since He called me to return to South Carolina that I have responded in the wrong order. I have asked Him for direction before I have given Him my trust. I have looked to my own understanding and fallen flat on my face. I have reasoned, debated, argued, disagreed, doubted, distrusted, feared, and questioned beyond measure. I have demanded to know the outcome before I begin, and I have pushed Him incessantly for answers before I set out. My human flesh has wanted a road map so I can walk by sight. I asked God just days ago how to get from point A to point B with one aspect of this leg of my journey. His reply was simple. “Walk by Faith.” Of course! I should have known. When I walk with the Lord, by faith in love, I do not need answers or understanding. I merely need a heart full of love for Him, a desire to serve, and the courage to step out in faith. His Word is my road map, and my job is to follow. When God calls, how should we reply. YES!STUDY SUGGESTION: Read Isaiah 6. Isaiah, forgiven, did not kick up his heels and go on vacation. He set out to serve – with a resounding YES! “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. (Isaiah 6:8 KJV).”Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.