With Good Reason

With Good Reason

Proverbs 16:20-22 (ESV) Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord. The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness. Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly.

Faith is reason at rest in God. – Charles Spurgeon

Faith in God seems illogical to the world around us. It just doesn’t make any sense. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the heartfelt conviction of things not seen. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God and believing it. But despite earthly perceptions, faith is a very real and credible process. To trust and believe God’s Word enough to apply it to our life. God would not have given us discernment and emphasized the importance of wisdom if faith was a senseless act of ignorant obedience. Our relationship with the Lord is a covenant. A love contract entered into by two willing participants fully aware of each other and full of expectations. The expectation of the believer in Christ is salvation and full realization as a Child of God. To the Lord is acceptance of flawed people covered by magnificent grace. Both parties are to be engaged, committed and full cognizant of one another. I do not believe in blind faith. Love is not blind. Love is a commitment. It sees yet believes. Good sense is a fountain of life to those who have it. Blessed is the one who trusts the Lord by faith.

2 Peter 1:3-4 (ESV) His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 

Reason and faith cannot be separated without diminishing the capacity of men and women to know themselves, the world and God in an appropriate way. – Pope John Paul II

We have been granted divine power in all things that pertain to life and godliness. We obtain such power through knowledge of the Word. Why? The Word is Jesus Christ. To know the Word is to know the character of Christ and the condition of the human state. We are called to a glorious standard of living in the excellence of God’s Plan. Grace is full acceptance of His Power in place of our weaknesses. As believers, there are many precious and great promises that are produced by active faith in our life. However, many have seeds of faith that never mature past our doubt and disbelief due to a lack of knowledge. Hosea 4:6 is commonly misquoted as “people are destroyed by a lack of knowledge”. The missing component is “MY people are destroyed by a lack of knowledge.”

Faith without works is dead. Faith always produces God’s Promises in our life. If you are not living a miraculous life of overcoming victories and overwhelming blessings – it is not because the Lord has not ordained them for your life. You just need to make faith a logical choice. How logical is your faith today? God didn’t call us to climb mountains and jump off but to move mountains by faith. To believe the life giving power of His Word and speak it into existence all around us. There must be a sound belief that anything is possible for those who believe coupled with an absolute conviction that with God nothing is impossible in order to see a transformation take place in our life. Moving from ordinary to extraordinary and from natural to supernatural is all part of God’s Plan for His Children. Faith is the vehicle of arrival.

2 Peter 1:5-9 (ESV) For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 

Faith must be fortified by the Word. The Word of God is wisdom for our life. It is the secret to the transformation of our mind and renewing of our thoughts to fully accept all that God has in store for us. (Romans 12:2) We must not be conformed to worldly mindsets but open our heart, mind and soul fully to the possibilities of faith from the logic and wisdom of God. The Lord has given us His Spirit to teach and instruct us. Inscribing the Word of God in our hearts and nudging us to try and test God at His Word. To reason is the power of the mind to think, understand and form judgments by the process of logic. We will not fully ascribe to a life of faith in action until we know and believe the Word of God is His Will and Way for us. It is the path of such wisdom that guides us to a life of full satisfaction in Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 2:15-16 (ESV) The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

We have the Mind of Christ. The Word is the person of Jesus Christ. God wrapped the Word in flesh and sent Him to the world to demonstrate His Love for us and light the Way to Him. The Holy Spirit is the helper who takes the Word and works it in our heart and mind until it becomes the knowledge of our life. Wisdom leads to life. God is our judge. We can extend power and authority over our life to anyone given a place in our thoughts and mind. But ultimately God knows exactly what we are thinking and loves us anyway. He wants to give us insight to a better way and more productive life. As our soul prospers, so will our natural life. Faith changes consequences to opportunities. To believe beyond what we see is the capacity to engage in a productive relationship with Jesus Christ and open the window of Heaven in this life.

Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV) Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

My oldest daughter’s best friend is visiting from Oklahoma. My husband shared with our girls how close we came to moving there. They were in disbelief. He began to account the timing. His visit to the new branch of business was the same week as our son’s cancer diagnosis. As he recounted the text I sent with the horrific news, I was overcome with emotions. Tears rolling down my face, I was taken back in time almost six years ago. The moment that changed everything. The day my normal life fell apart. I was shocked at my response. The sorrow and grief that I thought dissolved and gone came welling up all over again. Our son is alive and well. The danger past and living on the promise. I am acutely aware now that faith is something that we must hold on to. We cannot take for granted a moment that we have attained a place in Christ that cannot be compromised by fear, doubt, disbelief or insecurity. It is in daily seeking to know Him more that our heart and mind are guarded against the worries, cares and anxieties of life. It takes one event to change our life forever. It takes all of Jesus to keep us in our faithful mindset.

Let your reasonableness by known to everyone. I must have a made up mind when it comes to the Lord. I cannot live a life of mixed convictions and think that anyone will decide to choose faith over the lie of the enemy. Reasonableness is defined as sound judgment. The Lord is calling us today into a deeper relationship with Him. To know Him and love Him based on a sound judgment and logical faith. He has given us everything we need to know Him, love Him and have faith in Him. We just have to use what has been given to build a foundation of faithful knowledge that will become confident hope that is the anchor of our soul. (Hebrews 6:19)

2 Peter 3:10-11 (ESV) Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 17:24 (ESV) The discerning sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.

My father taught us to read the fine print. Whenever signing something, study it before committing your signature to it. Why would one approach a covenant with Christ any different? It would only be logical to read, study and meditate the terms of our covenant with God to make sure each party is fully participating as it sets forth. When I obey God’s Word, things align and the Promises of God make their way into my life. It is not because I did anything just I am committed and compliant to our covenant and relationship. Everything you find in God’s Word applies to you and belongs to you through Jesus Christ. If you are not living a rich and satisfying life – seek His Face, read the Word, pray and talk it over with the Lord. This relationship is a calling and election to live an impossible life of logical faith. To have it – you must know Him. To know Jesus is to love Him with good reason.

Faith is reason grown courageous. – Sherwood Eddy

Isaiah 1:18-19 (ESV) “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land…”


The Power of Discernment

The Power of Discernment

Romans 12:1-2 (ESV) I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

To be transformed by the renewal of your mind that by testing you may discern what is the will of God. What is good? What is acceptable? What is perfect? Here’s a hint. People will never lead you to perfection. It is impossible for the imperfect to go where they have not been. Maturity in Christ is an independent mission of finding completion in Him. Discernment takes knowledge of God and as it becomes our understanding it will begin to produce wisdom in our life. Wisdom is nothing more than applied knowledge. To be wise is to make choices based on sound knowledge and good understanding allowing it to change the way we think, live and speak.

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6) A lack of knowledge in our natural life can cause unwanted consequences. For example, if you are not instructed that if you touch a hot stovetop that you will be burned, then when you come in contact with one that you will likely touch it and pay the consequences. Spiritual instruction is absolutely necessary to change our life from natural to supernatural outcomes. We can present ourselves as “living sacrifices” but it is discernment that keeps us aligned with God and following Jesus Christ. We need knowledge. We need understanding. We need wisdom. We need discernment. What if we have it but are not using it? Well, according to Hosea, people are destroyed because they lack…or reject godly knowledge.

I Kings 3:10-14 (ESV) It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”

Solomon was the beloved son of David. David was a man after God’s Heart. Solomon following the footsteps of his father offered a sacrifice pleasing to the Lord. God came to King Solomon in a dream and asked, “What shall I give you?” The king could have asked for anything. He could have asked for riches and honor or a variety of natural desires. Solomon asked for wisdom or more importantly “understanding to discern what is right”. His request pleased the Lord and it was granted to him.

Godly wisdom and good discernment does not make us perfect. It is simply good judgment that readily discerns between good and evil. Good people are not always godly. Religious folks aren’t always godly. We are quick to follow preachers and teachers but reluctant to strike out and follow Jesus especially when He leads us out on our own. People are people. God is looking for those who desire Him above all things.

Remember when Jesus met the rich young man. (Mark 10) He called Jesus “Good Teacher” and quickly the Lord replied, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.” Discernment. Jesus was questioning the man’s knowledge and wisdom. He knew the commandments and religious rules and regulations. But did this rich young man have a relationship with God? Did he know God? Did he love Him? Did he recognize the Son of God standing before him? Well…when asked to leave this world behind, sell all his possessions and give everything away to follow Christ…he walked away. There are many people with a whole lot of head knowledge about the Lord. We need heart knowledge called discernment to change us and transform us.

I Corinthians 2:14-16 (ESV) The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

We have the Mind of Christ. We must decide to adopt His Mindset and gain knowledge of who He is from God’s Word. In fact, John 1:14 tells us that Jesus is the Word of God who came to us wrapped in flesh. Without a personal working knowledge, there is no wisdom. Without wisdom, it is impossible to discern between good and evil. God is good! He is always good! His Way is always the best. To know His Way, we must know His Word and allow His Spirit to guide us.

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)  Jesus is the Word. He is the only Way to God. We cannot access God through man anymore but must personally enter His Presence. To read the Word is to actively engage in the process of spiritual circumcision as the Lord removes the callous hardness applied by life to break our heart and fill it with the Light of His Love. If Jesus is your Savior and Lord, you have been given His Spirit. The Holy Spirit as you will see in the next scripture is called our “Helper”. He takes the Word of God like a surgeon to cut away the worthless and fruitless desires to give us a new life and make us a new creation just like the Lord promised to do.

John 14:25-27 (ESV) “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

The Holy Spirit is our guide. He teaches us the meaning of God’s Word. He shows us how to apply it in our life through His Gentle Nudging or not-so-easy conviction. We are free to choose our way but in order to choose THE Way – reliance on the Spirit of God in us is important. The Spirit of God aligns our heart and mind with Him. In doing so, it creates inner peace as our heart is no longer in conflict with eternity. It is in this place that God changes us and transforms us. You were not created to be like anybody. God created you to be you. There is no one else that has your potential. There is no one else that can fulfill your purpose. To know Him is to love Him but aside from His Word (Truth) and His Spirit it is not possible to be a true worshipper. Our faith is planted solely in Christ to harvest the confident hoped needed to endure to the end.

Psalm 119:65-68 (ESV) You have dealt well with your servant, O Lord, according to your word. Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word. You are good and do good; teach me your statutes.

I will be the first to admit that I have asked the Lord for specific “things” and detailed outcomes more than I care to mention. All those prayers “instructing” God on what I needed, wanted, desired or thought that He should do. God’s Word tells us to pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed by your name. Your Kingdom come, Your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” But then, I have had many pastors and teachers instruct me to tell God exactly what I want and to pray in specifics. This is where the power of discernment works in our life.

I find that when I pray for “God’s Will” to be done – I have greater success in accomplishing peace in my life. Thinking of all those times I thought I knew what was best, but the Lord had something better in mind. There is nothing wrong with praying for specific things but it is better to seek the Will and Way of God. His Hope never leads to disappointment. His Way never comes up short. His Promises always produce fulfillment and full satisfaction. His Economy is abundance. God is good. His Love unfailing. His Goodness always pursuing me. I must simply know Him and love Him to have it all.

Today, my prayer is simple. “Lord, teach me good judgment and knowledge. I desire discernment. To see people, situations, and opportunities through Your Eyes and consider each with the Mind of Christ. This is my heart’s desire to be a living sacrifice and live a life acceptable to You, Lord.”

Proverbs 16:20-22 (ESV) Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord. The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness. Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly.

Beautiful Crown

Beautiful Crown

Proverbs 4:7-9 (ESV) The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight. Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her. She will place on your head a graceful garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.

We made it just in time to see the sun inches above the ocean, a stellar sunrise on a clear morning. The beach was full of other folks who had the same idea. She wanted to see the sunrise. Our littlest princess was in awe of the glorious sun. Lingering along the surf, I gathered shells while she walked in the water. Casual conversation turned to a serious discussion very quickly. This one is our thinker. She contemplates life on a regular and ongoing basis rather than the carefree spirit of other young teens. The mystery of life is not good enough for her. She wants all the details now. The unknown does not appeal to her. I assure her that the Lord knows exactly what He is doing in her life and as long as she loves and trusts Him it will work out just fine. Well, that’s not good enough for her…

How many times has an adult said, “If I had known then what I know now…” Would it have made a difference? Considering the details of life and weighing all the good and bad, what would you have done differently? The bad marriage wouldn’t have produced the blessing of your children if it had never happened. The poor choices and challenging consequences may not have given you the sound wisdom you have today. God promises to work every detail of our life for our good and His Glory when we answer His Call. There is no depth too deep or place too dark that His Light will not come to our rescue. Regret does not exist in the one who is fully redeemed. Fear and anxiety are the enemy’s tools to steal, kill and destroy the knowledge and understanding that will soon become confident hope that leads to fulfillment. Is there more to life than this? Absolutely. We must desire it to have it. Pursue it to find it. Believe it for the reality to manifest in our life.

Our little girl doesn’t want to miss what God has for her. She struggles with the uncertainty of not knowing what the Lord is doing and desiring it just the same. Don’t we all yet unwilling to admit it with childlike faith to the listening Father. God has put it in my heart that He is doing a new thing. Looking around at my life, I am pleased with the way things are turning out. God is good. He is giving me the desires of my heart. There is more to this thing called life. I must go after it. Forgoing my comfort, complacency, convenience and control – I want the complete package labeled fulfillment. As we walked on the beach, I did my best to calm the concerns of my little one. She is not so little anymore. Her questions about her future valid. Trust is new to her. She only knows it in a limited sense. But I believe the Lord is calling her deeper. He is asking her to step closer. She is answering His Call and I am challenged to continue to answer mine. Whatever it is? Whatever it looks like? Even if it feels a bit uncertain, uncomfortable, inconvenient, and illogical, faith makes all these things unacceptable.

The wisdom of God is found in His Word. Jesus is the Word of God made flesh to portray the Father’s Love and Desire for His Children. He desires us. He wants us. He made the Way for us. Righteousness is the right path in every situation. It requires wisdom. Knowledge and understanding applied to our daily life not once or twice a week. It is not religious but relational. Instruction is the Gift of the Father to His Children. He longs for us to choose the better way and walk in the blessings and promises that He has already prescribed for our life. He doesn’t force us to choose His Path but offers it to us as a precious and valuable gift. Righteousness is only possible through Jesus Christ. The sacrifice of His Life is the only possible way for God’s Word, His Way and His Will for us to be fully accessed and completed in us. Confident hope is discovered by faith in God’s Word completely.

In the handful of children the Lord has given us, we have both impulsive and intellectual individuals. The spectrum of personalities is uncanny considering they are all from the same brood. Being the mom of such diversity, each one has been raised with a slightly different approach according to their personality. I have some that come directly to me when in need of advice or an opinion. There are others who call in the time of need. The cautious generally communicate more openly in contrast to the reckless for whom I am still here. God is a Good Father. He is pouring His Unconditional Love on the just and unjust. If only all of His Children would take some time to discover the vast potential of limitless love, it would change the church forever. It would bring the Body of Jesus Christ together into a blameless and unblemished bride once and for all. We don’t understand such a concept therefore cannot live in it completely.

Proverbs 4:10-13 (ESV) Hear, my son, and accept my words, that the years of your life may be many. I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness. When you walk, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble. Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your life.

Wisdom in our life is the result of knowledge applied in our life. Many receive instructions every day and ignore them. For example, the speed limit posted on the side of the road is not a suggestion but the law. If an officer catches me speeding, do I really have a right to get mad about it? Choosing to ignore the law creates a consequence. When I was an offender a couple of years ago, I was given a ticket that carried a hefty fine. I was required to pay the fine, but also given the opportunity to attend online traffic school to waive the points which would have resulted in higher insurance rates for the next several years. I chose to attend the class.

Sin is an offense to God. He hates sin. It separates us from him. Given the opportunity of grace, it is hard to say no. But there is more to God’s Divine Character than just getting by. The Lord offers us full restoration. Welcoming us home as the prodigal son is received upon his return, the Father desires to guide us along the right paths that lead to full satisfaction and fulfillment. I choose whether or not I will follow Him. Wisdom is offered to me. Instruction given. Understanding in every word, precept, scripture and verse. Will it be the valuable commodity that I live by? Will I remain under God’s Table scrambling for crumbs? Will I sit at His Table and feast before my enemies? It is all up to me.

Wisdom is a “graceful garland” or a “beautiful crown.” It represents a life lived in the Presence of God – triumphant in Christ and fully redeemed as a Child of God. In order to live such a life requires pursuing knowledge, instruction, and understanding found only in God and His Word then choosing to apply it to our everyday life. Faith only becomes practical when fully exposed to God’s Word. It is illogical compared to human intellect and rationalized by average thoughts. We have been given a precious gift to unwrap, open and use in our life. It begins in His Word and allows us to live in Christ who is the Word.

Psalm 23:1-6 (ESV) The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Walking with my daughter on the beach contemplating the rest of her life, our conversation grew quiet and in my heart I longed to be able to tell her every detail of the fairytale written for her. I don’t know what her life will be like. I pray for her every day. God loves her more than I do yet I still cannot comprehend such a thing. I know that God has a plan for her. I know it contains a future and hope. I know that she loves the Lord. She will not live on mountaintops but journey through the valley of the shadow of death as we all do. I know that every day will not be a good day. She will need to learn to trust and depend on Jesus just like I have had to. No one could tell me how to do or when it would happen. Everyone needs the rod of discipline and staff of instruction in their life. They need these two valuable things so that knowledge and understanding will one day be wisdom even our little princess. God is good! His Goodness and Mercy follow us all every day of life just waiting for understanding to kick in and wisdom to be set forth. It is in that moment when we respond to the Lord that the garland of grace and crown of redemption are fully put in place.

I can give my children instruction. I can encourage understanding. I can continually pour the knowledge of my life into them. Wisdom is something that is discovered individually when truth is applied personally to our life. Our life in Christ will begin to prosper by taking the Word of God and applying it daily, step by step and breath by breath to our life. I cannot do it for my own children. God cannot do it for you. Those who choose to do so will be crowned Sons and Daughters of the King.

James 1:12 (ESV) Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

I Peter 5:4 (ESV) And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.

Boots on the Ground


Psalm 18:30-36 (NLT) God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. For who is God except the Lord? Who but our God is a solid rock? God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect. He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights. He trains my hands for battle; he strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow. You have given me your shield of victory. Your right hand supports me; your help has made me great. You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping.

“Boots on the ground” is a military term. It is used to convey the belief that strategic success can only be achieved through the direct physical presence of troops in a conflict area. It is the idea that presence makes prominence. Maybe concurrent with the thought that “possession is nine tenths of the law” which further implies that ownership is easier if one has possession of something or difficult to enforce if one does not. I believe that both convey confidence. Confidence in strength and power according to that which is attained. Man of valor fight for a cause dear to heart as they are called to serve and protect the people of their country. Their mind is focused on battle and maintaining the safety and security of those who reside in the land. They fight for freedom. Even if someone uses their freedom to protect their mission, they do it just the same.

Jesus Christ died to set us free. It is our option to use our freedom to trust the Lord or continue wandering in the darkness of this world. Truly – who the Son sets free is free indeed. However, if we do not know our rights as a believer it is difficult to understand the benefits offered by obedience. To choose to live for the Kingdom rather the world is impossible if we do not see the point. We can see, hear, feel, touch and experience this life with our senses. How does one come to their senses by faith that cannot see, hear, feel or touch the Lord in a tangible sense? How does one find confidence to walk by faith and not by sight? How do we win the war of flesh versus spirit when one is intimate and the other foreign? God has given us His Spirit but we must empower Him by eliminating the influence of our flesh. In short order, every lie must be dissolved in Truth so we can fully walk in the freedom intended for us and imparted by Jesus Christ.

“God’s way is perfect.” Do you believe this is true? Think about it for a moment. Do you really believe that God’s Word is true and valid for every aspect of your life? If so, do you do what it says? Are you willing to give up your will to have God’s Will just as it is without reservation? This is the freedom to be fought for by faith. To secure our freedom in Jesus Christ and walk His Perfect Way to overcoming victory in our everyday life. It’s not easy. It is not logical. It is faithful.

He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights… You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping.” I would venture to say that if following Jesus was easy there would have been more than 12 disciples. In fact, even in the handful of men with Jesus one still managed to betray Him. I am challenged today to find purpose in my steps. (1 Corinthians 9:26) To be surefooted as a deer enabling me to stand on a firm foundation of faith in all things. I long for the wide path of obedience called the Highway of Holiness that keeps me from slipping. I want to follow the Lord walking in close fellowship with Him as Enoch did until I disappear and only God remains. Is this even possible? Absolutely. Is it logical? Not in reality only faithfully.

Psalm 91:1-2 (NLT) Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.

Trust labels the steps that lead to greater faith. Without faith, it is impossible to please God. It is faith in Jesus Christ that opens the door to Him in the first place. I must protect my faith. Feed my faith. Condition my faith. It is the most important thing in my life that leads to eternal life. Without, faith I will die. It promotes perseverance and endurance in me that is far from natural and instinctual. It is supernatural. A soldier joins the army with potential. It is through rigorous training and conditioning that changes his potential into purpose. When that purpose engages in battle, the soldier becomes a warrior. I want to be a warrior of faith. I have been in some fights in my life. I have the battle scars to prove it. The Lord promises those who seek refuge in Him will have security. A place of safety. This place is secured by trust.

If we continue to read Psalm 91, it tells us of more than just a place to hide in the Lord but a place also to take a stand against sin and darkness that attempts to overtake us and invade the good things in our life. By faith, “a thousand fall at your side, thought ten thousand are dying around you these evils will not touch you.” It goes on to promise that “no evil will conquer you” and “no plague will come near to your home.” His angels are positioned to protect you. I love this part. “You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet.” If you look at the verse right before this one, it says, “They (angels) will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.” Are you tired of stumbling? Are you sick of struggling? There is a better way. God’s Way is perfect.

Proverbs 3:21-26 (NLT) My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them, for they will refresh your soul. They are like jewels on a necklace. They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble. You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly. You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the Lord is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.

God’s Word is a lamp for our feet. (Psalm 119:105) Common sense and discernment must become fast friends and constant companions to make faith logical for our life. God’s Word is the Truth for our life. We must learn to walk in it every single day. This takes our common senses and applies discernment too it from God’s Perspective. His Thoughts are higher than ours and so are His Ways so it is imperative that godly knowledge counteracts stinking thinking. Common sense and discernment is logical faith defined by the Word of God applied as wisdom for our everyday life. We must change the way we think by deciding the Word of God is true and valid for today.

Hebrews 12:12-13 (NLT) So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.

I must not evaluate my life or decide my course of action based on how I feel, what I think or the circumstances in the natural. If I do, I will have life based on fate not faith. When I set my heart and mind on achieving God’s Purpose for my life which is always by faith then I will respond to His Word rather than reacting to the daily struggles I face. This will cause me to walk in victory. The man sitting on the ground asking for handouts was limited by his ability to walk. He fell victim to his circumstance and identified with his infirmity. When Peter passed, he begged for money. Peter said (to paraphrase), “No brother I will do you one better than that…” The man was immediately healed and then “walking, leaping and praising God went to the Temple with them. I cannot give others what I have not discovered and obtained for myself. I cannot pawn fake faith that doesn’t believe enough to follow through with each day. I cannot share a truth that is not a reality in my life. So if I want to walk in victory and be boots on the ground for Jesus Christ, it is imperative that I believe. Believe enough to walk with Him and follow Him each day. Where He goes I go. Are you tired of limping through life? Have you fallen on hard times? In the Name of Jesus Christ, it’s time to get up and walk. Get those boots back on the ground. Fight for your faith. You have victory up for grabs.

Proverbs 4:25-27 (NLT) Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.

Why does something simple seem so hard? Our faith must be daily fed the Word of God to strengthen it. We must continually strap truth to our feet so it protects us as we tread over lions, serpents and the enemy in life. (Ephesians 6:15) The enemy is acutely aware of our weakness because most days we complain and grumble showing him the insufficiencies of our faith rather celebrating our victory in Jesus with constant praise, endless worship and consistent gratitude for our freedom. We lose simply because we do not believe we win! Not me. Not anymore. I am tired of fighting losing battles especially when I have figured that the Christ in me is enough to always overcome if only I believe. Do you believe? If not, there is no partnership between common sense and discernment. The two will disagree making it even more difficult to find the way. Jesus is the Way. He is our Champion. The Author and Finisher of Faith. If I am willing ahead and stop living looking in the rear view mirror. If I choose to fix my eyes on Jesus who is before me. If I make a conscious and decisive effort to mark the pathway of my life with the Light of His Word. My path will be safe and secure in the Lord. The enemy will remain under my feet where He belongs. I will have victory in all things.

Romans 16:19-20 (NLT) But everyone knows that you are obedient to the Lord. This makes me very happy. I want you to be wise in doing right and to stay innocent of any wrong. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

Take Out the Trash


Philippians 3:7-8 (NLT) I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ.

In the wee hours of the morning, I received the news that a good friend had suddenly lost her father. He had been sick for a while and then his health dramatically improved. He was able to spend quality time with his family even traveling. Everyone was relieved and rejoiced in his recovery. He was a good man. A godly influence to everyone who knew him. I had only known him a short time but the legacy of his love and leadership ripples out through generations. Suddenly, everything changed. In that instant his wife became a widow and his children fatherless. Grandchildren and even great grandchildren will only have memories to sustain the impact of this gentleman. The family went to bed planning Christmas celebrations and woke up planning a home going celebration instead. It’s funny how life works sometimes.

Driving to work, I passed one of his grandchildren headed to his grandmother’s house as the family gathered. My heart sank for this young man and his family. I began to think about our family and friends. The community of believers that I belong to. My coworkers. Everyone in my sphere of influence who continues on the daily grind each day. I wonder if we understand how close our time is or that this day is the only thing that is certain. Do we (do I) live like that? Or have I become so consumed with worthless and temporary things that I sometimes forget, take for granted or think I have only today to love and live for Christ?

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT) Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. 

Could it be that as divine creations carefully created with eternity in us that sometimes our focus is on forever rather than today? Not eternal forever, but that thought that we live forever takes over and somehow living for this day even this moment escapes us because our mind grabs hold of tomorrows that may never come. The breath that just left your body can never be reclaimed or recounted. There are a certain number of breaths in our body and the Lord knows exactly how many so He plans our life accordingly providing the opportunity to accept Him, know Him and live for Him if that is our choice. Falling in love with Jesus is a choice. It is a privilege. It is our purpose. However, alongside the Lover of our soul is one who hates us equally. The “God” in us makes him livid and relentless in stripping us of faith. The greatest distraction is time and our thoughtless idea that it is unlimited.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NLT) For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.

I woke up this morning with painting on my mind. Yes, painting. Painting my daughter’s room to be exact. Then I remembered that I needed to decorate for Christmas and buy a tree. Oh, that’s right I have only purchased a few gifts. Wait a minute! I haven’t been grocery shopping more than quick stops since before Thanksgiving so I probably should do some meal planning and make the dreaded trip. Hold up…there is something I am forgetting. Oh that’s right! My December baby is about to have a birthday. So I did what any ordinary person would do and pulled the covers over my head and stayed in bed another thirty minutes or so. Ugh! Worthless things. Things that don’t really matter. Things that steal the moments from my life rather than adding quality as Christ would have it. Do I need to do some of these things? Sure I do. Do I want to do some of them? Of course. Do any of them matter as much as knowing and loving Christ. Of course, not. We grab hold of worthless things and garbage thoughts all the time forgetting that God created times and seasons with our breath, steps and heartbeats in careful consideration. There is no need to run ourselves ragged with planning, preparation and execution of certain seasons, schedules and such. Nothing matters more than asking the Lord to guide us in our time management. To help govern our to-do list. How to spend the next few moments? Where to take the next couple of breaths? What matters today Lord – because tomorrow is not certain? You know the plans that You have made for me and the life You designed so that I could have them. They are my future. They are filled with hope. I must find you to fulfill them. You are never buried in worthless things. Help me to rid my life of all such garbage and take hold of you today.

Psalm 119:1-5 (NLT) Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths. You have charged us    to keep your commandments carefully. Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees!

Are you full of joy this holiday season? Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. My heart can get filled up with a whole lot of junk sometimes. My mind becomes filled with worthless ideas and thoughts that don’t do anything but distract me. As I sit and study and even pray this morning, random thoughts keep popping in my head about things I need to do and remember. I learned a long time ago that when I hide away with Jesus to keep my journal and a notepad close by. I journal my thoughts, considerations, and personal time with Jesus. When those others things come to mind, I write them on the list so that my mind is free of them until this time is over. I am most joyful when I am in the Presence of God. When He washes away my sin and takes my burdens, instead filling me with His Peace and Joy. Such an investment of time, changes the course of my day. It creates the right kind of expectation. Time is a precious commodity wasted too many times on lesser things.

Psalm 119:9-11 (NLT) How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word. I have tried hard to find you—don’t let me wander from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

I have never met a white-haired believer that does not have a story of their mess turned into their message. In disbelief, it is hard to think that they ever did not serve the Lord. What we see is the transformation of time standing before us but if we did not witness the change for ourselves – we seldom believe it. When my grandmother passed away, so many people came to offer condolences and kind words sharing what a sweet, kind and loving Christian woman that she was and how she impacted their life. Ever since that day, I knew in my heart that I wanted to be that kind of believer who loved like Jesus and was a Light in life. Just like Brother John, who passed away yesterday, the legacy of his life is waves of love and admiration for time well-spent getting to know Jesus, falling in Love with Him, and pursuing Him wholeheartedly. This will always emanate to those around us when we give up precious time once spent on worthless things to hide His Word in our heart and know Him more and more.

Psalm 119:29-30 (NLT) Keep me from lying to myself; give me the privilege of knowing your instructions. I have chosen to be faithful; I have determined to live by your regulations.

Life is too short to waste it on worthless things. We must stop lying to ourselves that tomorrow will be here before we know it. We must stop procrastinating and putting off today the things that make us uncomfortable or inconvenienced. When the Lord says speak…we must speak. When He tells us to forgive…we must forgive. When He speaks reconciliation, we must move. When He calls to us…we must come. When he tells us to go…we must go where it is He tells us. We must stop wasting precious moments of our life on the lie that tomorrow is coming just hold on. What if the joy promised for the morning is to meet Him face to face? Will I be ready or wasted away on worthlessness?

Psalm 119:37-40 (NLT) Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word. Reassure me of your promise, made to those who fear you. Help me abandon my shameful ways; for your regulations are good. I long to obey your commandments! Renew my life with your goodness.

What are you wasting your life on today? Any regrets? What about “what ifs”? Where are you? Is it where you want to be? Are you thriving or merely surviving? Life becomes very short when faced with the end of it. Suddenly, all those “important” things are not so important any more. I know that when the enemy put a death sentence called “cancer” on our son’s life that my priorities changed in an instant. Nothing was as important to me as staying by his side watching and waiting for the Lord to fulfill His Promise that he would live and not die to declare the works of the Lord. When I tried to get back to the life I remembered, the one that afforded me comfort and control- I found it was gone. Such a season in my life was over, everything changed and would continue to be different. Not in a bad way, many times with disaster comes discernment as the Light of His Love reveals the depths of our heart. Sometimes we like what we see, but often it is quite appalling all the garbage allowed to remain there.

Lord, I ask you today to turn our eyes from worthless things. It’s time to take out the trash that fills us with lesser things when you created us with so much more in mind.  All those things that stop the Fruit of Your Spirit from growing and overflowing in my life. All the junk that keeps me from Your Goodness called fulfillment that is Your Promise to us. Lord, help me to declutter my mind and sensitize my heart to what really matters to You. Lord, fix my thoughts and keep me focused on today rather than getting caught up in tomorrow, next month or next year. Today has a purpose. You have a plan. Each step is ordered remind me to take steps rather than running ahead. Thank you Lord that our life has meaning. Thank you Lord, You are already there.

Philippians 4:8-9 (NLT) And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

Dream Works


Joel 2:28-32 (NIV) “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, even among the survivors whom the Lord calls.

Last night I had a dream. I do not feel it appropriate to share it but will say that when I woke up that I felt pressed to pray for the person and circumstances of it. I don’t know if it was a vision to come, pressure to intercede or where this came into my sleep. I do know that God does communicate with his people in dreams and visons. Human intuition is strong. The human mind created in the image of God is not limited to basic needs as animals. We have an intellect that I believe is far from fully developed due to the sinful mental state of our overriding flesh. The mind is depraved and must be transformed and renewed by Jesus to make a difference in our logic. Christianity is practical. Faith is only logical when the Holy Spirit takes over the heart and mind. If we believe in Jesus Christ, call Him Savior and accept Him as Lord, we are given the Mind of Jesus Christ. This is important to properly discern our dreams and visions received in our sleep and decide what to do with them when morning comes.

I Corinthians 2:15-16 (NIV) The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

We have the mind of Christ. The Holy Spirit allows us to make proper judgments about all things. Now we do not have to rely on how we feel or our circumstances, but have the ability to know God’s Word and apply it to our life without exception making all things subject to change. This is important. You very well may be dreaming dreams from the Lord but brush them off. Or you may be “feeling” like God is telling you something, when in reality you ate too much pizza before bed. Discernment is another fruit of the Spirit essential for Children of God to know and understand the things that the Lord whispers to them in the night.

One cannot truly know Jesus without knowing His Word. Jesus is the Word of God wrapped in flesh to become a living example of God’s Love for us. Salvation is meant to do more than wash our away our sins. It prepares us to receive God’s Word with purpose and promise. The heart that is broken will receive seeds of righteousness and faith that will prosper into healing, deliverance and full restoration if we take the time to know the Lord and His Word.

Romans 12:1-2 (NIV) Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you will be able to test and approve God’s Will which is good, pleasing and perfect. Working with young people, I find this more important than ever. Well, truthfully, there are many long time Christians who have not experienced transformation of their mind in need of a mental breakthrough. Without knowledge people perish per Hosea. How can we ever know what true and proper worship without knowing the Word of God, His Will and most importantly His Way? And what in the world does this have to do with dreams and visions? Come on. Let’s get to the good part. Hang on. We are going somewhere.

John 4:23-24 (NIV) Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

Jesus said, “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” The Spirit is the Holy Spirit. The Word is the Truth. We cannot truly worship God without these two elements in our life. God is a spirit. He is not how I feel or what I think is good. He is God. He is Sovereign. He is Constant never lying or changing His Mind. It is not possible to discern if our dreams or visions are of God, from God or about God until we have the Spirit and Truth in full operation in our life. Full operation meaning that our life is fully surrendered to Spirit and Truth as a daily pattern of worship that includes worshiping the Lord with our life.

Genesis 28:11-15 (NIV) When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

Jacob was fleeing Esau. He had stolen his blessing and so Jacob made a hasty departure to save his own life. He had run as far as he could go and was too tired to go any farther. No longer enjoying the comfort of home, Jacob took a stone and made it a pillow drifting off to sleep. It was there that the Lord came and spoke to Jacob. In the dream, there was a stairway resting on the earth with the top reaching to Heaven. He could see angels ascending and descending on it. I believe that as the closer that we walk with God and follow Jesus, the more evident this scene and more vivid its reality will become in our life. In that moment, alone sleeping in the wilderness, the Lord brought Jacob comfort despite the circumstances that brought him to this place. God met Jacob in a dream.

I have heard people explain dreams they have had or visions that they have seen that make absolutely no sense at all. Things that are just plain crazy that do not necessarily line up with God’s Word and quite farfetched. I have seen the same people wander off course chasing the errant reality. How can we know God and love God yet dream invalid dreams? Do we really know Him? Do we really love Him? I fully believe that our heart and mind’s condition impacts one’s ability to properly discern dreams and visions. We must study to show ourselves approved. It also keeps us on track. Those who communicate with the Lord on a regular basis know the sound of His Voice and can tell when it is someone else.

What did the Lord show Jacob? In spite of you, I love you and am working on your behalf even in this place. He confirmed the blessing on his life which was also spoken by his father. See God’s Word for our life does not change but we must be moved to change and be transformed to have every promise indicated in it.

Joseph was a dreamer. (Genesis 37) Each dream that he had as a young man valid and true. Joseph was a typical teenager and bragged about his dreams to his brothers who already hated him as being the favored child. Our dreams are not always going to be accepted or appreciated by others because they are not always for other people even if they are about them. God whispered them to you for a reason. He came to you in your sleep in private. Sometimes the Word God speaks to us is not for the public but for you to pray, intercede, and use at another time. There is no doubt in my mind that the Lord poured out His Spirit on all mankind. I believe in prophesy, dreams and visions just as indicated in Joel 2. I also believe that men and women of God must take the time to develop their heart and mind to discern dream and visions properly.

Deuteronomy 13:1-4 (NIV) If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.

As a believer, how is it possible for our dreams to lead us away from the Lord? If our heart and mind are not in agreement about the Lord, dreams can be deceptive. It is all about who is in control our flesh or our spirit. When Paul was on the road to Damascus and he envisioned Jesus speaking to him, I believe that he knew it was the Lord because although he was persecuting Christians that his heart was truly after God. He had been deceived and the Lord removed the deception exposing the Truth.

Acts 2:37-41 (NIV) When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

On the Day of Pentecost, God released His Spirit once again to all mankind just as prophesied in Joel 2. I believe that God is ready to pour out His Spirit again just like He did then preparing for the return of Jesus Christ. It’s crunch time. What will do with the dreams and visions? Will prophesies be full of truth and wisdom from God’s Throne to His People’s Ears without misinterpretation? Do you believe that cleanliness is next to godliness? Can you find it in God’s Word? No, you cannot because although I do believe in being a good steward of that which the Lord blesses us with it does not say this anywhere in the Word of God. Yet, most people think it does because it is a common misconception. The common modern teaching that grace excuses sin, so it is fine to live however we choose because God loves us and knows we are imperfect is also not true. God hates sin and will have nothing to do with it. In order to become a generation ready to receive from the great revival outpouring that is coming, it is important to become knowledgeable and proficient in the Word of God ready to discern properly in season and out season. We must become one with the Holy Spirit and fully yoked to Christ. Otherwise the lack of knowledge and Spirit can lead to our downfall, distraction, defeat and even death.

Habakkuk 2:1-3 (NIV) I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint. Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.

As a believer filled with the Holy Spirit, you will have the ability to prophesy. You will dream dreams. You will see visions. God’s Word is true. However, it is up to you and I if this will be an effective tool in our life or meaningless fodder. When the Spirit of God poured out on the Day of Pentecost fulfilling Joel 2, more than three thousand people were saved. I believe that soon this will begin to arise in the modern day church. As revival breaks out among the Body of Christ, it is important that we are ready to rightly discern dreams and visions.

Habakkuk is going to help us with this. I will stand on my watch and station myself on the ramparts. I will look to see what he (the Lord) will say to me. We must make it a point to seek God every day. To make every effort to respond to God’s Promises and follow His Son Jesus Christ even when it means watching and waiting all alone. We must be able to find God individually and not only corporately. He calls us Beloved because He desires an intimate personal relationship with each one of us. When God speaks to us, whether in prayer or in a dream, write it down. Keep a journal by your bed. Do not give in to laziness and not write it down. Read it. Find it in the Word of God. Continue to pray over that dream or vision confirming it in Spirit and Truth. Many times this is all that you can do with it, make it enough. Do not cast your pearl among swine meaning that God decided to give this to you personally for safekeeping and revelation. People can easily add to it, take from it or try to change your mind. Every revelation is for an appointed time. To force it will abort it. To sit on it will stifle it. When we decide to wait on it, it will come. With this in mind, be a dreamer. Be open to the Lord’s Voice and gentle whispering. Be smart. God has equipped you with everything you need to rightfully discern such things and to handle them appropriately.

John 14:26 (NIV) But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.


Lost Contact

Lost Contact

Matthew 7:1-6 (NIV) “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.


About a year ago, I began wearing contact lenses. Tired of my glasses, it was time for a change. After the first couple of days of attempting to stick something in my eye which did not seem amenable to my doing so, it was a piece of cake. I have enjoyed them tremendously… until last night. Sundays are very long days. By the time, we finally make it home and eat some dinner. I am ready for a hot shower and bed. As I was attempting to remove my contacts which has always been a breeze, I lost one. No seriously after digging and rubbing my eyeball for an hour, I cannot find it. I don’t know if it is still in my eye, or worked its way out but my eye is screaming this morning. It is swollen, red and very irritated. Flooding it with eye drops, I cannot even gently touch it today without intense pain. Why wouldn’t I immediately seek the Lord and anything that might offer relief? I went straight to Matthew 7 this morning.


The plank in the eye story about judgment has always been a warning against self-righteous indignation when we decide that the behavior or actions of another are not worthy of the same grace that God gave us so we judge them according to their actions and not the grace given to us by Jesus Christ. There is a strong warning for God’s People who judge other people. Good judgment is not the problem at all. In fact, Jesus has given us the Holy Spirit to give us discernment. (I Corinthians 2:10-11) God’s Ways are not like our ways. God’s Word will never return to Him void or not accomplishing exactly what God intended it to do. (Isaiah 5:8-10) The Word of God is quite clear that “whoever hears my (God’s) word and believes him sent me (Jesus) and will not be judged but passes from death to life.” (John 5:24) It is human nature to add to the context of obedience and raise the bar of life, but it is not God’s Way. His Word is complete all by itself. (Ecclesiastes 3:14) Jesus said, “It is finished” and He meant that it is done.


Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork (masterpiece), created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.


We are saved by grace through faith. There is no other way to the Father but by the Son. (John 14:6) Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Let’s talk just a little bit about that today. We all know and understand Matthew 7 when it talks about other people but I believe that if God’s People would seek discernment and allow the Holy Spirit to make our hope confident that this problem with judging one another might get nipped in the bud. Comparison to anyone other than Jesus Christ is a joy-killer and prosperity ender. Your life is unique. You are referred to as “God’s Masterpiece”. It is not only how we judge others but how we judge ourselves. Most of the time I expect more of myself than anyone else. I put my expectations in others that should be solely grounded in God’s Love and His Grace. When I decide that others are not worry of God’s Grace. I am judging them. When I am certain I have overstepped my bounds and must do something to further achieve God’s Grace as well, I am judging myself.


What is judgment anyway? Judgment is the ability to judge or make a decision. It is to form an opinion objectively (not influenced by personal feelings, interpretations, or prejudice) but based solely on facts. When we overcome human thinking and stand on the Truth according to God’s Word, we develop good judgment not based on the attitudes and actions of others but on the basis of Jesus Christ and the faith that we have in Him. We believe and are confident that the hope we have in the Lord far out measures and outweighs worldly opinions. Judgment or discernment is not a bad thing. It is when we decide to judge in the absence of grace that it gains a negative connotation.


There are three products of judgment that can be problematic in our life. Oppression, offenses, and opinions hold no power over us except what is given. They are three bully clubs that we use on others, as well as, ourselves. They all stem from lies and deceptions from the author of confusion. In order to overcome these three culprits, it is optimal to pull apart our thoughts and rip open our mind to examine the contents. When we find these three weed seeds, it is best to tear them out immediately or they surely will destroy us from the inside out beginning with bitterness and strife.


Psalm 119:130-135 (NIV) The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands. Turn to me and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love your name. Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. Redeem me from human oppression, that I may obey your precepts. Make your face shine on your servant and teach me your decrees.


Judgment of others and self-condemnation begins with unrealistic expectations based on lack of knowledge. They have been a great gift (salvation) but not taken the time to read the directions so all the wonderful benefits sit in the box waiting to be used. Not many people take the time to study God’s Word each day and pack in knowledge that feeds discernment and starves ignorance. To oppress means to burden with cruel and unjust impositions or restraints. It makes one subject to a burdensome or harsh exercise. We cannot earn grace. It is a God-given gift. We are called to love – one another and our self. Poor judgment based on a lack of knowledge is foolishness that fastens the shackles of oppression on the arms of God’s People. We must seek the Word of God to know the Way of God. We must walk in the Way of God to have God’s Will. Whom the Son sets free is free indeed. (John 8:36) The Truth has the ability to establish freedom in your life today. (John 8:32) The Lord desires to free us today from ignorance and the oppression of poor judgment. (Psalm 146:6-8)


Proverbs 19:11 (NIV) A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.


Are you offended today? Are you harboring unforgiveness? To withhold forgiveness from another person is a form of judgment that hinders us. It takes us captive allowing the other person to remain free. 2 Samuel 25 is the story of David, Abigail and Nabal. Nabal offended David greatly and David was ready to settle the score. But Nabal’s wife was a wise woman and the moment that she heard of Nabal’s offending words and actions to David, she sprang into action preparing provisions going to David to personally offer forgiveness for her husband’s foolish offense. David accepted her gift and Abigail’s people were saved as well. What if we were so quick to respond? Would it remove the cloud of offense that hangs over the church today? People get offended so they leave. They carry that baggage to the next place they go and add to it until one day they are sitting at home alone with offense built up as a wall all around them. Do not judge them it could be you. Just because you are right does not give you the right to be offended.


The word “offend” means to irritate, annoy or anger. It is to cause resentment or displeasure. Clearly that is not the cause of Jesus Christ or the outcome He desires in our life or for His Kingdom. Offense is the offering of pride that exalts itself over the humble spirit of salvation and grace. It demands its own way and accountability for all actions except those of self. By choosing to foster love and grace in our life, it will cover every offense. (Proverbs 17:9) Calmness and patience will lay great offenses to rest (Ecclesiastes 10:4) so we can politely step over them and keep following Christ.


Proverbs 18:2 (NIV) Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.


An opinion is a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty. It is often based on how we feel not what we know. It is not a secure position. Yet, many people will base their life and future on the opinions of other people. Public opinion is the devil’s fodder because it is an emotional reaction and not an eternal response. My tongue contains the power of life and death. The contents of my heart determine the overflow and potential in each word using my breath to resurrection my life and purpose or slowing kill it in doubt, fear and worry born of disbelief.


Matthew 7:1-5 warns of the dangers of poor judgment, lacking judgment or misplaced judgment. We are all guilty of it. This threat stems from ignorance. The more we study the Word of God, pray and seek out His Spirit for discernment – the better equipped we become at avoiding things like oppression, offense and powerful opinions. We have everything we need for a life of godliness. His Divine Power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (2 Peter 1:3) Sometimes we forget the Gift of God that we have been given but His Word reminds us and His Spirit confirms it. We must use the Word of God as the sharp, two-edge sword that it is to allow the Holy Spirit to penetrate our soul and spirit and rightly divide us from things life oppressive, offensive and opinionated thoughts so that we can live in the freedom given to us by Jesus. (Hebrews 4:12) We cannot judge others when love and life abound in us. We cannot see our old selves when overshadowed by God’s Love, Affirmation and Approval. If we could just get the enemy out of our head and under our feet, we would come to know and realize that we have the power to walk in victory every day from glory to glory in Jesus Christ. Maybe this is how we stop giving dogs what is sacred, and allow the pigs to trample our pearls, by taking captive every single thought that creates strongholds in us like oppression, offensiveness and opinions.


2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NIV) For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.


The enemy strives to make people believe that God’s Grace is not sufficient. He twists and turns every word God has ever spoken to use against God’s Children. The truth is that the enemy is the author of confusion. He lies ruthlessly and without regret. If he can access a human thought or make his way into our mind, he will do so. Sin begins with a lie. Always. Jesus overcame the lie of the enemy when he was tempted by him. When we allow our thoughts to be sifted like wheat by the enemy lacking confidence that comes from faith in God and a personal pursuit to know who we are in Christ and who He is to us, we become subject to poor vision. We lack discernment so even when we look in the mirror, the reflection is altered. The glass is cloudy enough without adding objects like oppression, offense and opinions to block our view and vision of God’s Plan and Purpose for our life. My contacts help me see clearly. However, when it did not come out as expected last night rather than being patient, I began to dig in my eye relentlessly. So much so that now my eye is swollen and irritated. I am not sure if the contact is still in there or not. Today I must be patient. I must allow the eye drops to calm the irritated state of my pupil. Maybe the contact has already worked its way out and I need to just allow it my eye to rest. Nevertheless, I have learned a valuable lesson.


God is definitely not finished with us yet. If our purpose was accomplished and plan fully achieved, He would be calling us home or coming to get us. Since we are alive and breathing, it means the process is still ongoing. Lord, forgive me for judging others. As I strive daily not to do so, let me not turn on myself. God’s Grace is sufficient for me. Let me fix my thoughts on you today. Slam the windows and doors of my heart and mind to the enemy’s lies and open my soul and spirit to more of you. I ask the Holy Spirit to continue to cultivate good fruit and remind me of who I am to You, Lord! Fix my eyes on you, Jesus and if you see fit to do so fixing my eye would be awesome but if not right this minute let it be a reminder of where my faith belongs along with all expectation and who my Living Hope is – it’s you Jesus. May I be fully consumed mind, soul and body with your Love and Grace – not only sharing it with others but understanding it is for me too!  God loves you today. Jesus is passionately pursuing us ready to overtake us with His Lovingkindness. The enemy is a liar. You have the victory. You are an overcomer. It doesn’t matter what you think or what others may say! You win! What’s blocking your view?


Philippians 4:6-8 (NIV) For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Am I Losing My Mind?

Head in Hands

Proverbs 3:5 (NLT) Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 

Is faith logical? Of course, it is. Not really. If you think about it, faith is based on trust. But when compared to what can be perceived naturally it is incomprehensible. We are wading deep right now…better put on some waders. When met with a spiritual wall that seems insurmountable, it is at that point trust has reached its limit. It is in that moment one must decide will I continue to press on and find a way over it, under it, around it, thru it, or will I just quit. Giving up is not a quality that faith and trust in God allows. There will be many days that our faith is testing and trust measured by our ability to understand what it is that we are truly after. To trust the Lord with all of our heart requires continually pursuing knowledge and understanding from His Word and consistently applying it until it changes our mind set – our thought process. Faith is actually quite logical to those who possess the Wisdom of God. But without such a skill set, it remains illogical and therefore an unacceptable answer to the solutions one seeks.

Faith is a cerebral process. It must be well thought out. This does not mean, however, that God’s People will always understand what the Lord is doing, how He is doing it or when it will be complete. The foundation of our faith becomes trust in the Character of God, His Faithfulness and His Ability to do everything that He says in our life. Proverbs 3:5 says to trust the Lord, and then goes on to say “do not depend on your own understanding.” Human reasoning is contrary to godly wisdom and knowledge because it is based on self. It takes our natural ability and comprehension to determine the best course of action in life. To trust the Lord is to abandon such thinking and become immersed in God’s Word, Will and Way for our life. The more I seek the Lord the crazier I feel some days. It is almost like I have lost my mind. Maybe that’s the point. To exchange human thoughts and aspirations for Godly Wisdom that will empower my natural pursuits.

Isaiah 55:8-11 (NLT)

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word.  I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.”

“But not everyone welcomes the Good News, for Isaiah the prophet said, “Lord, who has believed our message?” So faith comes from hearing that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.” (Romans 10:16-17) Again, I wonder is faith logical? Logic is clear and valid reasoning. Such logic leads to understanding. Understanding that is accepted by our mind becomes discernment. Those who have good discernment possess a gift that will lead them through life. Faith comes from hearing the Word of God. God has promised that once His Word is released that it will not return to Him until it accomplishes all that it set out to do. The problem is not on God’s side but it is our inability to believe that His Word is not a credible resource for life.

God’s thoughts are nothing like our own therefore defying fundamental principles, secular education and societal influence. It just doesn’t make sense. Deemed old fashioned – people take the Word of God as a historical reference rather than a plan for life. Faith is comes from hearing the Word of God but hope is when we believe it enough to change the way we think and let it impact the way life is lived. His Ways are not the same everyone else’s. In fact, there really is only one way to discover this faith and allow it to become the hope that carries us through life – His Name is Jesus. He is the “way, truth and life.” No one can stand before God and live except through Jesus. (John 14:6) How do we make faith logical? We must change the way that we think. The Lord is not asking for blind faith, but that we accelerate our thought process committing to learn a new way of thinking, apply this understanding to our life so it will become godly wisdom providing good discernment in life. Discernment is to recognize and perceive clearly what faith makes seem elusive. Discernment allows hope to become more than a dream but the very anchor for our soul. (Hebrews 6:19)

John 4:23-24 (NLT)

“But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”

Jesus shared this new thought process with the woman at the well. He told her that the time was coming when people would worship God in Spirit and Truth. Truth is the Word of God. it is the written and spoken word that is given to us as we study God’s Word and converse in a life committed to prayer, praise and worship. The Lord speaks truth to us as we communicate with Him. But the Word was clearly not enough – reference the Old Testament – to change the heart and mind of God’s People so He took His Word wrapped it in flesh and sent His Only Son Jesus to a world lost and dying without true and valid knowledge of God. When Jesus died, He released His Spirit to live in the heart of every man and woman who chooses to accept Him. This was a huge advancement for humanity though greatly neglected in today’s day and age. I just don’t understand. Men and women will go to psychics for advice and palm readers. They will watch horror movies based on vampires, demons and ghosts even zombies. But when you talk about the living, breathing, life-giving, wisdom-bringing Holy Spirit, everyone thinks you’re crazy. Half the church is disabled because it has made the Holy Spirit the silent partner rather than allowing Him to move through our congregations and become the valuable resource that He was sent to be. We have the Truth. We must utilize the Spirit to change the way we think and finally understand that faith is logical. Once we do, trust will become a valid response to the hope we have been given.

John 14:16-17 (NLT)

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.

My husband has a garage full of power tools that he uses to maintain our household. He is very careful to keep all the manuals as a reference to operate each one properly. Now if all he ever did was read the manual, but never turned one on to cut the grass, trim the hedges, drill something or whatever man-device he chooses to use might do, what good is the tool? Each one has a purpose other than to sit on a shelf or live in the corner of the garage. The manual shows him how to use the power tool. God’s Word and His Spirit work together just like that. It is clear that we cannot follow every rule in the book. The Holy Spirit is our advocate in the journey of faith showing us what to do and how to do it. He produces those things in our life that are not natural. He leads us in all truth. Who is supposed to lead us if we choose to ignore the Holy Spirit? If we truly want credible and logical faith – we must go to the Source. God filled us with His Spirit for a reason. He is the Power to activate God’s Word in our life. I have tried being a Christian both ways. No fruit really came of my life nor roots in the foundation of faith until the Word of God and His Spirit became life partners. But look at what is hidden in these verses, Jesus said, “The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him.” Have you invited the Holy Spirit to be your partner on your faith quest? He will explain the mysteries of God to you and lead you straight to the things God has placed in your life for you.

Philippians 4:8-9 (NLT)

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

Am I losing my mind? Gosh, I sure hope so! I don’t want to live by faith and confident hope in Jesus Christ every single day of my life without one wasted minute. By filling our heart with His Spirit and our mind with His Word, our thought pattern is changed slowly but surely. It is a daily process that requires moment by moment commitment each thought to know Him more. Understanding without His Spirit makes us helpless against the lie of the enemy. The Holy Spirit is our power to have and do all that God’s Word has purposed in our life. The enemy knows the Word and can stealthily use our lack of knowledge against us as he twists and distorts the truth until we buckle under pressure and make a compromise or substitution for the great things God has for us rather than waiting and standing on His Word.

Doubt is a dream killer. Fear is a faith sucker. Anxiety is a hope crusher. We must fix our thoughts. Like tying balloons, if we take God’s Word and attach it to those things we don’t understand and that cause us distress soon it will be carried to a higher level of thinking when it becomes logical that God is working out all things for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28) enough to maintain our joy in the process and be thankful until it comes. It is going to take practice to change the way we think. It is not a one and done scenario but the moment those things begin to come to pass – you will be hooked.

Faith is a constant pursuit. Trust is a battle for our mind each and every simply because we serve an incomprehensible God with invincible power and unfailing love too great to be understood by finite human thinking. His Love is not logical. His Grace is misunderstood. It requires faith in His Word and reliance on His Spirit to change the way we think. The Peace of God is found in the Mind of Christ. The place where faith is born and hope fortified. It is a place of satisfaction before fulfillment comes where we can rejoice in the Lord just because He is.

Lord, You know my heart today. There are some things I just don’t understand. I will not worry and fret about them anymore but simply put my trust in You! I will dig in Your Word to find out what you have to say about it. I will rely on Your Spirit to reveal it to me day by day! My goal is to worry about nothing and pray about everything until His Peace reigns in my life. Faith becomes logical when peace arrives and our heart is once again settled on Jesus!

Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)

 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Clear My Thinking

Clear My Thinking

Proverbs 3:21-26 (MSG)

Dear friend, guard Clear Thinking and Common Sense with your life; don’t for a minute lose sight of them. They’ll keep your soul alive and well, they’ll keep you fit and attractive. You’ll travel safely, you’ll neither tire nor trip. You’ll take afternoon naps without a worry, you’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep. No need to panic over alarms or surprises, or predictions that doomsday’s just around the corner, Because God will be right there with you; he’ll keep you safe and sound.


“My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them for they will refresh your soul.”  Lord, today I need discernment and wisdom. There are no wrong steps for the Lord can use them all to benefit and bless His People as long as whatever step we choose to take is one step closer to Him. But there are times in life when it seems critical and overwhelming trying to navigate this life to the everlasting promises. The first and foremost thing that I am trying to remember in my life that every positive outcome and good thing has absolutely nothing to do with me and everything to do with the Love of God and His Amazing Grace. This seems to take the pressure off of me to performance and emphasizes my relationship with Jesus Christ. Common sense and discernment are powerful partners in our life one is a natural quality and the other is a supernatural privilege. Both are important in our successful travels and adventures in life.

Common sense and discernment or clear thinking as the Bible explains it are both derived from wisdom. Common sense is the knowledge and understanding gleaned from our experiences in life such as if you touch a stove burner that is hot – you will get burned. Or if you step out in moving traffic – you are probably going to get run over by a car or truck. Knowledge made into action is wisdom. It is what we do with the things that we experience in life by taking what we find to be true and applying it to our life. Common sense should not be taken for granted. I know a whole lot of adults who have been through a bunch of stuff and still seem to have very little of it.

Discernment and clear thinking is a little different from common sense. Common sense is just as it applies and in a vast commodity. But discernment is not. Discernment is the intelligent response to life and God. It takes the knowledge and understanding we obtain in life to see the world through it. In most cases, it will eliminate the cause and effect most people live. To discern means to perceive by sight or some other sense or even by intellect alone. It is to distinguish mentally what can be not so common knowledge. We live by faith not by sight. The Holy Spirit is God’s Gift to His People so that we can discern spiritual things in a natural world. He allows us to see clearly what is only partially evident. I need discernment. I long for it in each step that I take in life as I am desperate to encounter the Lord in every facet of my life.

Psalm 119:65-68 (MSG)

Be good to your servant, God; be as good as your Word. Train me in good common sense; I’m thoroughly committed to living your way. Before I learned to answer you, I wandered all over the place, but now I’m in step with your Word. You are good, and the source of good; train me in your goodness.


While common sense is based on life’s experience, spiritual discernment comes from reading God’s Word, studying it, and applying it to our life. By infiltrating our heart with God’s Word, we begin to walk in His Way aligning our heart and life with His Kingdom. It opens a door to understanding that is not of this world. We begin to experience a new realm of knowledge and understanding that many times has nothing to do with what we see but completely based on what we know about God. This is the platform of faith that holds us up when we step out into the unknown. It is discernment that keeps us going in an unnatural direction as we move closer to Jesus and step into His Plan.

I Corinthians 13:12-13 (MSG)

We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.


Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. (Romans 10:17) Faith is what pleases the Lord. Who doesn’t want the kind of faith that allows us to walk on water and experience supernatural blessing? Don’t lie…we all do! Even people who do not know God or understand the meaning of His Love want that kind of thing in their life. We all hope for the best… and prepare for the worst. Discernment allows us to stop always focusing on what could go wrong and become fixated with what is right in our life – Jesus! I can’t see what lies ahead. I know that the days ahead will be challenging as I end one adventure to embark on a new one. I can’t tell you what things will look like around me in a week, a month or a year. What I do know is that God is good. He is faithful. He is worthy of all my trust. I use this knowledge mixed with good common sense to discern that His Way is always the best way. The point of this life is to know God through Jesus Christ. End of story… the rest is just God’s Opportunity to bless His Children.

Romans 8:26-28 (MSG)

Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.


Discernment is the sight of our hope. It allows us to look past what is in the natural and grab hold of what the Lord is doing in our life. We cannot see Him, but we know that He is there. His Spirit given to us helps us. He gives us discernment to see those things through God’s Eyes rather than always taking the human point of view. When we do not know what to pray or even how to pray the Holy Spirit takes up the slack in our communication making sense of it to God and calming us in our lack of knowledge. Those who are willing to keep digging in the Word, praying in the Spirit and rely on the Lord will see every work together for our own good. It happens every time not because we can use common sense or make anything decent out our life but simply because God’s Love produces goodness for us time and time again. Discernment keeps me focused on that good thing that God thing and not on all the other things in life.

Hebrews 8:10-11 (NLT)

“But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already.”


We are new covenant Christians. The Lord has given us His Spirit and now we have the ability to know God’s Heart and every secret in it. (I Corinthians 2:9-11) Intimacy is the acceptance of such knowledge that allows us to have supernatural discernment. It is the very thing that allows us to do things that we didn’t even know that we knew how to do. The thoughts, dreams and visions that pop in our heart and we have no idea where they came from until we find out that they are straight from the Lord. Daniel was a man of discernment. We can all live the life of Daniel if we really want to. Daniel was not different than any other person except that he was intent in knowing the Lord on the deepest level no matter what the cost. He did. Daniel tapped into God’s Wisdom. I need God’s Discernment today. It is the thing that guides me when life gets crazy and chaotic.

Matthew 13:11-12 (MSG)

He replied, “You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom. You know how it works. Not everybody has this gift, this insight; it hasn’t been given to them. Whenever someone has a ready heart for this, the insights and understandings flow freely. But if there is no readiness, any trace of receptivity soon disappears. 


God has given me clear direction in my heart but the world around me is resistant to His Plan. I must rely on the discernment given to me by His Spirit to make the right decisions in the coming days. I want God’s Best for my life. It requires spiritual wisdom born of knowledge and understanding that only the Lord can give me. I need to rely on Kingdom Insight written on my heart and invested in my soul to keep moving in step with God each day. I want more of Him in my life until I am so consumed with Jesus that nothing of the old me remains. I want my heart to beat in alignment with His Heart so I will do and say all the things that faith tells me. I need, want and desire discernment today to walk in His Ways – the secret things of God too precious for the world. Lord, clear my thinking today. The kind that comes only from you!

Daniel 2:19-23 (MSG)

That night the answer to the mystery was given to Daniel in a vision. Daniel blessed the God of heaven, saying, “Blessed be the name of God, forever and ever. He knows all, does all: He changes the seasons and guides history, He raises up kings and also brings them down, he provides both intelligence and discernment, He opens up the depths, tells secrets, sees in the dark—light spills out of him! God of all my ancestors, all thanks! all praise! You made me wise and strong. And now you’ve shown us what we asked for. You’ve solved the king’s mystery.”

Get Smart

Get Smart

Proverbs 24:13-14 (NLT)

My child, eat honey, for it is good, and the honeycomb is sweet to the taste. In the same way, wisdom is sweet to your soul. If you find it, you will have a bright future and your hopes will not be cut short.


Basking in the sun after days of rain, we walked silently down the street in the quiet of the evening. My wandering mind bouncing around from events of the day to the next thing back to the limbs scattering the road from the horrible storm yesterday. When I first heard their voices, I didn’t think much of it. But as we got closer to the house, it was clear that the two people were in a heated argument. It sounded like an angry parent and distressed teenager locked in battle. It was hard to make out what they were saying but the slap of a hand making contact resonated through the night air. Sobbing, crying and more yelling continued. I wanted to stop but kept going. Should I have stopped? What should I have done in that moment?

I began to pray as I walked for peace in that family clearly having some troubles. I asked for wisdom to take over and let the heat of the moment dissipate. I asked the Holy Spirit to take over. As I continued my heart was heavy. I remember those days when my first three were very young. Our oldest was a wild one. He challenged all boundaries and drove me right to the edge. It brought me back to the time as a single mother smothered in pressure and overwhelmed with responsibility when I would over react to his antics. It all seemed like too much. Well, there went my judgment for the parent locked in battle with their teen. What has changed? Why am I different from that person now? I got smart!

Wisdom is indeed sweet for the soul. When I met Jesus, He changed me from the inside out. Not in second, but over the last sixteen years my life has been a work in progress. I made a decision back then that I wanted to know the Lord. Not like the time I wandered down the aisle when I was eleven seeking a Savior. Or the time I gave my heart and life to Jesus as a teenager, even though that stuck for quite some time. It was after a broken marriage and devastated life that had not ended up at all as I had planned led to complete dissatisfaction and the need for a change. When I met my husband, one of first in depth conversations opened the door to this life that I have now. He said, “I know you can’t tell right now, but if I ever get married God will be the center of my life.” These words changed “my” life forever as I found my partner in the pursuit of Christ. Something in my heart knew that this was the foundation of wisdom that would change everything and it did. Now all these years later as I approach my 49th birthday, I finally am beginning to understand what this thing called wisdom is and just how valuable it has become.

Psalm 51:5-6 (NLT)

For I was born a sinner—yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there.


Wisdom in the womb? How can it be? When a baby is developing inside its mother, its brain is formed and it is the beginning of understanding. The infant is learning to breathe and suck – all those things necessary to live outside of its mother safe haven. God plants Eternity in the human heart so as it forms wisdom is put there that is yet to be discovered. We are born with certain emotions that can only point to knowledge and understanding. Babies are born learning to do knew things. This is why it is so important to not only teach our children certain things but we must live these concepts before them. We cannot shut off tiny brains. They glean more from what you do and say when you don’t think they notice than when we try to show them something directly.

What have you learned lately? I love to learn new things. I learned how to do new things with a table in Word using new buttons that I never tried this week. I cannot tell you the victory I felt in my newly acquired understanding. It allowed me to do some things I could not do before offering shortcuts to finish work more quickly and with an improved product. I like it. I like it a lot. I have a basic understanding of Word and Excel. I use them every single day – literally. One might think that with all my experience that I would know these products inside and out. But that is not the case. I could use the same basic functions over and over still getting the job done. Or I could pursue wisdom and understanding of the many functions that it performs and use them to my advantage. Learning is a lifelong process.

Psalm 90:12 (NLT) Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.


If you knew today was your last day on earth, what would you do? What might you do differently? Called to my grandfather’s bedside 13 years ago, it was clear that Jesus was coming to take him home. As he laid in the bed out of consciousness, I was taken back by how small and frail this mighty man had become. I took hold of his hand in mind and studied it. I wanted to remember every single thing about it. How it felt in my hand? How it looked? Who he was? What it was like to be with him? I was desperate to make that moment count as it was all there would be until we were together again with Jesus one day. If we truly understood the brevity of life, would it make a difference in how we lived? Of course it would. I had two wonderful grandparents who made it a point to spend countless hours, days and weekends with my brother and I. I remember sitting through long stories that we had heard before thinking I need to be present in this conversation even though I had lost interest in the subject because in my heart I knew they would not be with me forever. We must begin to understand the true value of wisdom now before it is too late.

Proverbs 4:1-4 (NLT)

These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel. Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young.


Solomon could have asked God for anything and it would have been granted. He asked for wisdom. Isn’t that kind of like asking a genie for three more wishes? I mean if we all got smart about life – we wouldn’t make all the dumb mistakes we make right? Well, kind of. King Solomon was the smartest guy around but was he really the wisest? When it was all said and done, he was smart enough to accumulate vast amounts of wealth and influence but in the end was he happy and content in his life?

My life has changed dramatically since I married my husband. We have raised three children and have two left to go. We have a house that we never thought we could afford. The Lord has blessed us with constant employment and pays ever bill. He has brought us through some rough patches and carried us through our greatest storm. But I can tell you the difference between the wisdom we have and Solomon’s – He is Jesus. When the godly wisdom in the Word of God is coupled with a intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, it changes everything. Did you know that there 31 Proverbs? That’s enough for every single day. I have read the Bible often over the course of my lifetime. Most of the time, I didn’t understand much at all. But now that I am seeking God’s Face and a deeper relationship with His Son, Jesus – it is beginning to make sense as knowledge and understanding is turned into wisdom by the Lord.

Proverbs 3:18-26 (NLT)

Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly. By wisdom the Lord founded the earth; by understanding he created the heavens. By his knowledge the deep fountains of the earth burst forth and the dew settles beneath the night sky. My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them, for they will refresh your soul. They are like jewels on a necklace. They keep you safe on your way and your feet will not stumble. You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly. You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the Lord is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.

Jesus Christ cannot be our afterthought but must become our constant choice to be wise. I have tried to make better choices with my life since I have been an adult on my own. Outside of my parents realm of influence, I found this freedom that allowed me to do anything even those things that were not beneficial. I paid the price. I gained experience. But as believers, we do not have to live by trial and error. We do not have to touch every stove to see if it is hot. We do not have to run into every wall before we find the open door. God grants wisdom simply for the asking to those who by faith (in Jesus) seek to understand. Godly discernment is seeing this life through the Eyes, Heart and Mind of Jesus Christ. Wisdom is taking such understanding and knowledge to follow Him.

My heart broke for the family in crisis last night. I have spoken words in haste and anger that can never be taken back. I have done things impulsively that will never go away. I cannot judge anyone for a rash moment or tirade, but I can pray for more wisdom. I can give more of my heart and mind to the Lord so He can fill it with understanding and knowledge that will bring me closer to Him. Faith in Jesus Christ and His Grace is not a Band-Aid but a cure. The Lord doesn’t want cover our sin but do away with it completely so we can live in the Glory of God forever. We just have to get smart! Thankfully, God is a much better parent than I am! Just ask for wisdom, He will deliver!

James 1:5 (NLT)

 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.