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I Want to Leave BUT –

So many times over the years I have wanted to leave something, some place, or someone but I have chosen not to leave. For one simple reason. The same reason I hope you will consider if you are desperately wanting to leave in any way, shape, or form something or someone. Jesus Christ is Lord. We are not merely to intellectually believe in Him. We are to live humbly and wholly totally devoted to Him. We are to be fully and lovingly surrendered to His lordship. To His control. To…

Update & Prayer Request

I am in a time of major transition that Lord willing I will share about at a later date, the devil is attacking me to no end to try to stop me from going forth in life and ministry particularly with my writing, I am battling a long-time on-and-off-again health issue that I believe is rooted in the enemy’s relentless attacks, I am once again far away from those closest to me, and I am exhausted from decades of seemingly endless trials both in ministry as well as in life…

Calling Upon Jesus

“That was wrong,” the Holy Spirit rebuked me albeit lovingly. “You didn’t need to go to [such and such a person]. You needed to go to me,” He finished. I had found out about something affecting some people and potentially affecting many more over time that needed to be addressed by some people in charge of decision-making. But instead of going to the Lord and praying for His will and wisdom and guidance in addressing the issue, I had rushed to the telephone to tell someone I felt could help…

Begging and Thanking

I think lots of us like me are really good at begging God for things for ourselves and for others. But I wonder is it possible that we may have a tendency to do lots more asking than we do thanking God? Seems to me forever will not be enough to praise, thank, and bless the Lord for all He is, has done, is doing, and will do. But if you are anything like I am, perhaps you need to work on doing more thanking and not just asking, asking,…

Do It With Kindness

You may have to tell someone something difficult. You may need to confront someone. You may be called by God to help bring correction into someone’s life. You may be led by the Lord Jesus Christ to help someone grow. You may need to fire someone from a job. Or break off a relationship with someone. Or leave a church congregation. Or tell someone what the person has done is wrong. Or reject someone’s request for help with something. Or a zillion other things. Whatever it may be God has…

FORGIVE. FORGIVE. FORGIVE.

I was fixing a little meal for myself when the Holy Spirit of God broke into my thoughts as though God Himself were standing right there with me in my little kitchen. FORGIVE. FORGIVE. FORGIVE. I had been thinking about a professional man professing to be a Christian who had done something really, really mean, hurtful, disrespectful, unkind, uncaring, and uncompassionate just the day before. Everyone who had heard the story in detail did not hesitate to conclude he had been enormously wrong in what he had done. I had…

Are You Letting Fear Stop You?

When a friend confronted me regarding her sense that I was letting fear stop me from doing some things in my life, my immediate reaction in my heart was this. NO WAY! But how very wrong I was! See, I figured since God had given me the courage to do some incredibly scary things in my years on the road for Jesus with my special needs ministry dogs that I was walking in victory when it came to fear. But the Holy Spirit of God showed me otherwise! When God…

A Ridiculous Prayer Testimony

Totally ridiculous that I was reading a book on prayer but quite distracted because I was stressed out about a purchase I needed to make and my inability to do so thus far due to some safety-related issues. Ridiculous? Yes. Because it had not dawned on me to pray and trust the Lord Jesus Christ to lead me regarding the purchase. I was under the strong impression I had to figure out what to do on my own apart from Jesus. Friend, we can read all the books in the…

Don’t Lead. Follow.

“What if I start Monday?” I told the Lord in my heart. Note I did not really ask. I honestly told. Like I knew best. But I made it sound like a question. As though I was submitting to Him and His will for me. His answer came quickly. “What if you let me lead you,” the Holy Spirit of God spoke to my heart. And there it was. And is. The truth. Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are to be followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our lives…

God DOES Have a Plan!

Need some encouragement? Ever prayed and prayed and prayed for God’s will for your life and gotten really frustrated, down, discouraged, disheartened, upset, bitter, hurt, etc. because you have not heard God answer your prayers? Thought maybe God is not listening? Or that He just does not have a plan for you? That you will just have to go ahead and put together your own plan for your life and live according to your own will because seems the Lord Jesus Christ just does not seem to care or is…

The Man Without a Leg

I was moping. Discouraged. Down. Frustrated. Stressed. Crying out to God day and night for an answer regarding something to which I believe He had called me. No answer. No reply. Just more crying out. In the midst of it all, the Lord Jesus Christ had me cross paths for just minutes with a man without a leg. On crutches. Just one leg. Not having the easiest time getting around. The heat did not help I am sure. Two things stood out more than anything. His JOY. And that he…

Rainbows, Butterflies, Waves, & Mountains

Life can be so incredibly busy, life can be so incredibly hard, life can be so filled with distractions, and we can be so prone to busyness, to getting overwhelmed with life’s struggles, and to being continually distracted. So much so that we neglect to see and recognize and acknowledge and enjoy and thank the Lord for His endless blessings in the way of the sky, the sun, moon, and stars, nature, animals, and the environment. Sunrises, sunsets. Rainbows. Butterflies. Dogs. Swans, ducks, and geese. Ocean waves. Mountains. Woods, creeks,…

God I Will Obey You IF –

Does this sound familiar? Though you may not tell God these words, or even think them exactly, is it possible you sometimes feel this way in your heart? And is some or even all of this why you are holding back from being totally devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ? Is your lifestyle a reflection of any or all of this? God, I will obey you if what you tell me to do feels good.      God, I will obey you if your will makes me happy.      God, I…

How Is Your Attitude?

You can do everything right in God’s eyes with your outward actions but still hurt God’s heart and sin against Him by having ungodly, unholy, unrighteous thoughts and the wrong attitude. Some years ago the Lord made clear He wanted me to do streets ministry in New York City for a season. For the life of me no matter how much I prayed and tried I could not find housing in New York City. The Lord showed me that while I planned to go to New York City for that…

When God Says No to Your Prayers

If we are all honest with ourselves, I believe many if not most of us would admit that we sometimes feel disappointed, down, discouraged, depressed, hurt, bitter, self-pitying, angry, afraid, disgusted, rejected, neglected, abandoned, un-liked, and/or even downright unloved by God when He essentially says NO to our prayers. When God makes clear that what we have desperately desired, urgently asked for, longingly pleaded for, and even downright begged Him for is NOT in line with His will for us and He effectively answers our prayers with a NO, we…

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