I heard a woman share a testimony of a healing that she said she still thanks God for over three years later. I am humbled by her story because I have had a bad habit of spending a lot more time praying for things from God than taking the time to thank Him. In fact, I often have given Him a quick “thanks” and moved quickly forward to my next prayer request. Just recently, however, I spent some time going back through the years remembering and thanking God for all that He has delivered me from. What a joy it was to recall so many breathtaking blessings. I wonder how many of us need to spend more time praising Him – not just for what He has done for us, but also for who He is to us.Lord, forgive me for falling short in my thanksgiving, for not taking enough time to acknowledge your amazing goodness. You know my heart, Lord. You know how much I love you. Please forgive me for not always expressing what fills up my heart – my endless love for you! Amen. Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.
What if Jesus had quit? What if He had turned away from the cross and refused to do what He had been called to do for the world? What if He had not laid down His life for us? What if He had hung on the cross and refused to forgive those who did not know and understand what they did? What if Jesus had chosen not to die and rise again so we could be forgiven and reconciled to God through faith in Him? What if He had not gone to the cross so followers could have the abundant life He promised? What if Jesus had quit? I wonder how many of us truly understand when we quit what God has called us to what consequences may come as a result? Jesus did not quit. How about you?I grew up a quitter. I quit so much of what I loved. I quit so much of what I did well. Then I became ridiculously tenacious. I was criticized for quitting, so I learned to try to stick to everything. I held on for dear life – often for too long, too hard, and not always in accordance with God’s will. I went from the extreme of quitting to the extreme of not surrendering. Now I am somewhere in between, finding the balance. I am learning to quit what I need to let go, and to persevere with what the Lord has called me to do. How easy it would be to quit when obedience to the Lord means my flesh is uncomfortable, my flesh must hurt, my flesh must suffer, my heart must change.But who am I to quit when the Lord has asked me to do so very little when compared with what His Son Jesus did for the world?Please don’t quit. Somebody reading this is on the very verge of giving up. But you know exactly what the Lord has called you to do. There is no confusion. You have clarity. But you are hurting. You are broken. You are afraid you will not make it all the way. I believe you will. I believe you will persevere. I believe you will endure. Please don’t give up. Please go all the way with Jesus. He went all the way for us. Let us learn to go the whole distance with Him. Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.
There is something about freedom. It looks good, it tastes good, and it feels good, and any time I experience it I assume it will go on forever. But when it comes to spiritual freedom garnered through faith in Jesus Christ, I have seen time and again that freedom comes with a clear responsibility on my part. As the Bible says, I have to “stand fast” in the freedom gained through Christ.”Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Gal. 5:1 KJVWhat does this mean? For me, it means that when I am freed from any bondage through faith in Christ that I have to stand strong in the victory I find in Him. When the devil tries to lure me back into the bondage from which I have been delivered, I have to study the Word of God, use my scriptures, cast down imaginations, praise the Lord, and most importantly follow His specific instructions to hold onto the victory I have received.I have very recently been delivered from a lifelong spirit of fear. The Lord showed me in prayer with a dear sister in Christ that I have let fear rule and reign in my life for so very long that most of the time I did not even recognize its presence. I simply reacted to it, making poor decisions, hurting God’s Creation, hurting myself, and falling short of God’s best for my life. When I was delivered from fear, I immediately celebrated the phenomenal feeling of freedom from that foul spirit that I had allowed to make a mess of so much of my life.Within hours, the spirit fear was back at my front door threatening to come raging back in. God tells us to “stand fast” because He is well aware that the devil is not at all pleased when his victims find their freedom in Christ and walk away from him to liberty in Christ.Remember the children of Israel when they were released from bondage in Egypt? Pharaoh did not want them to be set free! On top of an enemy that did not want to let them go, the people were deeply troubled by leaving their comfort zone. They fell into fear and complaining. The enemy can use a host of tactics to try to draw people back into his camp. I know this from the Bible, and I know this from my own life.When God sets you free, STAND FAST. Hold onto Him, press into Him, follow Him, dig deep into His Word, plant your feet and heart soundly in the Body of Christ, praise the Lord for your newfound freedom, and follow Him wherever He takes you. Most importantly, develop your personal, intimate relationship with Him.Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.
Glory may be blind. Winnie may only have two feet. But they continue to inspire me as they walk by faith rather than sight as the Bible calls us to do(2 Cor. 5:7 KJV. They recently inspired me and others as we took a walk by faith on the beach.Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.
“Are there people who keep their promises?” I asked the Lord just minutes ago. I was reading a true story about a promise kept to a man broken from promises broken. Tears pushed out from my eyes, but they stopped as quickly as they came.The Lord answered. He speaks to me again now. “There are people who keep their promises, sweet one. But I do not want you to trust in man. I want you to trust in me. I keep my promises.”Promises broken. Most of the people I have loved the most have broken their promises. They have hurt me in ways words cannot touch and humans cannot heal. Their wounds have birthed an ache in me to find promise keepers in my life. Alas, even the one who vowed to be a promise keeper became a promise breaker.Thank God. Thank you God for broken promises. The Bible teaches me to be thankful in all things.In the ashes of broken promises I have found the ultimate promise kept.My Messiah Jesus died and rose again that I might have life through faith in Him. And He promised when He went to sit on the right hand of the Father that He would not leave me an orphan. He would give me the Holy Spirit. This is but the beginning of all His promises kept.Jesus is my Promise Keeper. He is my Promise Kept.”Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised;)…” Hebrews 10:23.Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.
Sometimes God leads us to a place where everything is new. Sometimes we arrive there as a result of our own mistakes. Other times we land in a new location because of someone else’s sins. We may also find we get there as a result of a combination of reasons. I have found myself recently in a season of life where most everything is new. I did not come here by choice, but nevertheless I am here. Everything seems new, and my flesh wants to run backward and curl up under the covers until everything looks familiar again. Do you know what Abraham did when God sent Him to a new place? He obeyed.”By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.” Hebrews 11:8 KJVWhen I land in a place where God has not called me, regardless the reason, I need to repent and go where He is calling. But when I arrive in a place where He indeed has led me, I need to listen for His voice and follow His directions.God has led me to a new place, and I am hungrily listening to Him speak. He has surprised me with His first direction. Rest, He has told me. Over and again. God knows what He is doing. He knows why He wants me to rest. I imagine He wants to do a healing work in me. But I know just as well that He is preparing me for something big and beautiful. I have resisted the rest; I have even rebelled against it. At last, I have repented.I have learned in my walk with the Lord that when everything is new, the very best thing to do is listen, trust and obey. So here I am in the land of the new – listening, learning to trust, and choosing to obey.Everything is new. But even in this land of unfamiliar, there is a constant – the Rock on which I stand.Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.
For those of you waiting for more inspiration from Walk by Faith Ministry, I promise – it is coming soon. I am walking through a valley right now and am learning once again to rest in the Lord as He perfects His love in me and further prepares me for the ministry work He has set before me. It is always hard for me to sit still and not “produce”, but I have learned the hard way I am capable of producing the wrong fruit if I am out of His will and trying to accomplish things in seasons He has asked me to rest as He works in my heart and life. Please lift me, Walk by Faith Ministry, and our special miracle dogs up in your prayers as the Lord moves in me and prepares to continue to move through me. This valley has had its share of pain and tears, but I know from His Word and experience there is much beauty on the other side of the valley – and even in it when I open up my spiritual eyes and remember His majesty is as much in the valleys as it is on top of the mountain. Bless you, friends. Love in Christ, LaraPlease visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.
Thank you God! Thank you huge hearts! Donations have come in for surgeries for Hope and Speckles. As for the rest of our needs, we trust the Lord to continue to provide – as He always does. Thank you for sowing your love, prayers, and donations into our ministry for the Lord. Bless you!Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.
When it rains, it pours. If you live in coastal South Carolina, you will understand why much of my writing today has a “rain” theme to it. It’s been raining like cats and dogs. Speaking of dogs, Walk by Faith Ministry’s dogs are in need of veterinary care for a variety of issues. So rather than share the need of any one particular dog, I decided to share the list of needs and to ask the Lord to provide in whatever way He desires. Please consider being a part of His provision. Thank you, and Blessings!* Hope – needs a mass removed and biopsied* Speckles – needs a mass removed and biopsied* Beckles – needs a mass monitored for possible removal, hopefully not* Glory – needs monthly eye medications (she is blind and has 2 cherry eyes with other eye issues)* Mother Theresa – has a mass we will not remove AND could use blood work to re-check her liver and other functionsAs for me, I could probably use a vacation, LOL! Walk by Faith Ministry currently has 15 dogs in its care, including what used to be my own personal dogs. They are now all Walk by Faith Ministry dogs because we are truly all in this ministry together! Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.
Ever seen the FREE JUNK REMOVAL advertisements? I never pay them much attention, especially since I have learned how to keep my life – and possessions – very simple. I have very little physical “junk” left in my life, but my flesh is quite good at accumulating junk of its own. Just the other day, I realized how blessed I am that the Lord through faith in Jesus Christ offers FREE JUNK REMOVAL to His children. How so? The Bible says it best, reminding me that the blood Jesus Christ shed for me allows me to confess my JUNK to the Lord so He can provide His FREE REMOVAL. At the end of the day, I do not receive a bill for the junk removal. Jesus Christ already paid the price.1Jn 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.