On Sunday, my pastor said, “True power is being content in the midst of our circumstances, not being in control of your circumstances.” This phrase hit home and gave new meaning to the scripture we know in Philippians 4:12. Paul says, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have …
Have you ever truly experienced God’s power taking over for your weakness? I hadn’t until now. Recently, I felt like I was in a storm of overwhelming demands and resistance. My car was broken into and over $700 of merch was stolen. A package with a very special item was stolen from my mailbox. I had so much on my plate, …
Do you feel called to step out of your comfort zone? Have you been met with resistance edging on burnout?
We hear a ton about the power of positive thinking and speaking. I feel like I hear it so much that a message, sermon or article on it goes in one ear and out the other.
God decided to remind me of the pain that comes with experiencing when His ways and timing are higher than my desires, prayers and questions. It caused me go deeper, to writhe in pain, to ask more questions and study the Word more.
It’s one thing to feel overlooked or not chosen by people, but it’s confusing and painful being overlooked by God. He’s the one who’s never supposed to let us down. So how do we deal with it when it seems we’re not on his favorite list?
Having the sparkle effect has to do with our character. But our character can’t shine through when we are clouding our body with poison.
A few years ago, I had a liberal perspective on how to dress appropriately as a Christian woman. But the closer I get to God, the more convicted I am about how to dress.
I interviewed Jennifer Garner for her movie, Miracles From Heaven. On the red carpet, her publicist said there would be no time for us to take photos with her. When I had my one on one interview with her later in the press junket, I didn’t ask to take a photo. I didn’t want to be seen as aggressive or to be inappropriate. I felt a little jealous later when I saw several of the other journalists had been bold and gotten a photo with her.
That night, I ended up wearing a white V-neck vest trimmed in faux fur spruced with silver metallic. I know it sounds crazy. Looking back, I wouldn’t have let myself walk out the door like that. But at the time, I liked it. Probably because it sparkled. No, definitely because it sparkled.
You are made for more. You are made to be so secure in who you are that you can fully forgive.
I used to think humility meant I couldn’t receive a compliment without pointing out the flaws they must have overlooked. I used to think it meant I couldn’t shine and be all I wanted to be because I might step on someone’s toes. After all, I wouldn’t want to do that, then I might make someone feel uncomfortable or small. I thought humility was staying small so other people could shine.
Life is a gift from God, even if it feels like a curse at times. It all can change at the turn of your perspective. Have you ever asked yourself, What is the point of all this? Why should I gain wisdom and be a good person or achieve goals or attain wealth or try to bring justice to the world? I won’t …
Today, your perspective on purity is going to change. Purity is relevant and necessary in your life because it’s about honoring and protecting the connection you have with God, your dreams, your worth and your heart
Since I didn’t believe that people would freely like or love me, I subconsciously tried to control love by people pleasing, avoiding conflict and over-giving.