Have you ever stepped up to a beautiful buffet of an endless array of delicious, sumptuous, appetizing, appealing, yummy, fulfilling, satisfying, steaming hot, ice cream cold, blessings – and then stepped away with an empty plate? Me neither. I always find something at a buffet, and I don’t know anyone who does not. But what about God’s buffet of blessings? Have you stepped up to His buffet and partaken of the bountiful of blessings He has chosen for your life? Or have you taken a peek at them, even a stare, and walked away with an empty heart and unsatisfying life? Sadly, I have oftentimes done just that. But why would I not get my fill at God’s Bountiful Buffet of Blessings?Honestly, for so long, so very, very long, I…

Don’t submit to the devil. Submit to God. Don’t resist God. Resist the devil. No, this is not a play on words. Nor is it a funny puzzle mixing words around in a well known scripture. It is a warning. The Lord has fenced me in on all sides with the scripture, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7 KJV).” Why will He not leave me alone regarding this scripture?I desperately need it, and just today He showed me how mixed up I have been. I have been submitting to the devil and resisting God rather than the other way around. The scripture teaches me to submit to God, not the devil. But in my thought life, I have been submitting…

Forgiveness is a choice, isn’t it? Actually, it’s a responsibility. But it is also a choice. I have a responsibility to forgive, but the choice is mine. I have lived on both sides of the forgiveness fence. I have chosen not to forgive, and I have decided to forgive. The only freedom I have ever found is in forgiveness. Forgiveness is not about how I feel. If it were, I would never forgive. Forgiveness is about obeying the Lord’s command to forgive, and obedience is not about feelings. I choose to obey because I love the Lord, and I want to live the beautiful life He created me to live. Forgiveness allows me to walk in His love that I may live the abundant life Jesus promised me. Today I…

God is preparing me. How do I know? He told me so. But sometimes I forget. Sometimes I try to jump ahead of where I am. I try to dive into the places I am not yet supposed to be. I try to move ahead of myself. When I do this, I am running ahead of God. Then I go spinning in circles, lost, frustrated, confused, wondering why I feel stuck and unable to get to where I want to go. Sometimes God simply tells me to be still because He is preparing me. Sometimes God tells me to move – for the very same reason.Yes, moving forward can be part of the preparation. When God told me to Rest, Trust, and Wait, He had a reason in mind. He…

I have to laugh at myself. How could I not? I am so tenacious with God, I press into Him so much so often, and I seek Him so relentlessly, that I cannot fathom why He would not speak to me when I so desperately want to hear from Him. So what’s so funny about this? I am so driven to hear from Him that I often go bulldozing right over the very words He speaks, either not hearing Him because I am so busy bugging Him to speak or conveniently forgetting what He has spoken. I really need to ask myself one simple question. When God speaks, do I listen? How about you?This morning, while picking up poop for the millionth time, I decided to spend some time with…

I just made a mistake. Again. Sometimes I feel like I make more mistakes than I get things right. I just thank God I am willing to be corrected. I am even more thankful that I understand the Lord corrects me because He loves me. He loves me so much that He does not want me to keep messing up. He loves me so much that He wants me to get things right so I can live the abundant life He created me to have. He also wants me to get things right so I can love and serve Him the way that He desires. I love the Lord so much that I see His correction as a gift. His chastening is my opportunity to come to Him with skinned…

Do you know what the disciples did shortly after Jesus turned a tiny amount of bread and fish into enough to feed a zillion people? They forgot! If you don’t believe me, read Mark 6 in the Bible. So guess what they did the next time a zillion people needed to eat? Check out Mark 8. They forgot again what Jesus had done. And why had they forgotten? According to the Bible, their hearts were “hardened.” How easy it would be to judge these disciples for their hardened hearts that allowed them to so quickly forget the miraculous work of Jesus, but what if we take account of our own short memories?How many of us are facing challenges in our lives and have forgotten what God has already done in…

I had a mini vision while driving today, and I believe there is a message in the midst of it for more than just myself. I saw the devil in pursuit of me, and I was wisely in flight from him. But just how wise was I? The Lord doesn’t tell me to flee from the devil. He teaches me in His Word that it should be the other way around. In my mini vision, I saw something wild happen. I turned around, faced the devil, spoke a scripture to him, and guess what? He fled! So why is it that so many of us are in flight from the devil when he is supposed to be in flight from us? Either we don’t know what authority belongs to us…

Joshua the miracle dog had his big surgery yesterday, leaving him with 3.75 pounds less to carry around. Dr. Hennessey of Plantation Animal Hospital lopped off the massive tumor located in his private parts section, sending him home without the burden he has been lugging around for an undetermined amount of time. Joshua, sporting an “ice cream cone collar” even bigger than the tumor was, has been resting comfortably since his return to his Walk by Faith Ministry home. (Please note photos on next page are graphic)Joshua in car driving to Dr. Hennessey’s officeGiven Joshua only arrived by private plane less than a month ago after his near euthanization in an overcrowded shelter where he was left by his family when they moved, he has adjusted with flying colors. In…

How many miracles can one special needs dog get? Leave it to God to provide an abundance of miracles to Walk by Faith Ministry, to me, and to our newest addition Joshua.Joshua, who was left at a shelter by his family when they moved, scheduled for euthanization, and sent by private plane to Walk by Faith Ministry, arrived with a host of challenges. Besides being underweight, he arrived with a bad case of kennel cough and a bunch of tumors – including a massive one attached to his penis.Yesterday, Dr. Curtis Hennessey of Plantation Animal Hospital on Hilton Head Island, SC, discovered that Joshua’s massive tumor contains some suspicious cells and could possibly be cancer. He recommended surgery to remove the tumor, most importantly because of the tumor’s location and…

When God put on my heart to donate 100% of proceeds from my book Slow Dance with Jesus when sold at the Christian Shoppe in VA to the Mizerak family, I had no idea what he had in mind. Molly Mizerak, one of the most beautiful women I have ever met in her love and service for the Lord, recently went to heaven at age 47. I figured the money would help pay her medical bills or at the very least help her family catch up on personal bills following Molly’s months-long battle with cancer. But God had a much bigger plan than I could see. In memory of Molly, her husband and children decided to help build an orphanage in Africa. Little did I know that the proceeds from…

Joshua flew to his new life just three days ago on a two-seater plane from the shelter where he was left by his owners when they moved. He has been battling a rough upper respiratory infection, is quite underweight, and has multiple big tumors. The tumor under his private parts is ENORMOUS. So how is Joshua? HAPPY! JOYFUL! He is a TOTAL LOVE. We bonded IMMEDIATELY. He absolutely loves his new life – minus the coughing and sneezing. Here are some photos of Mr. Joshua. I cannot pursue determining whether we can get his BIG tumor removed until he is fully recovered from his upper respiratory infection. He is currently in quarantine, resting, and eating lots. He learned quickly how to manipulate me into preparing his favorite foods – French…

Joshua arrives with pilot James KleenJoshua gave me his first kiss today, just hours after private pilot James Kleen pried him out of the tight rear quarters of his two-seater plane and handed him off to Walk by Faith Ministry. It never ceases to amaze me how a dog with such a phenomenal story can trust someone brand new in so short a time. Joshua, a senior dog with multiple major tumors, an upper respiratory issue, and severely underweight, was left at a shelter by his owners when they moved. He was scheduled to be euthanized three days ago, but the Lord told me in no uncertain terms that Walk by Faith Ministry needed to take him under our wings. Joshua not only gave me his first kiss, but he…

Less than two weeks ago, I cried as I told Mother Theresa once again that I would send her to heaven as soon as she was ready to go. She had gone rapidly downhill, so much in fact that I felt it would be selfish to hold on any longer. Thankfully, my veterinarian was out of town for 10 days. For some reason, I was bound and determined he was the only vet I would allow to “send her to heaven.” By the time he returned from vacation, Mother Theresa had bounced back once again. This morning, she dined on her usual dog food with macaroni mixed in. Leave it to Mother Theresa to enjoy every ounce of her simple life – while inspiring me as always with her incredible…

Traveler can be picky about his food, so picky in fact that he has managed to wrap me around his paws from time to time. Given his life on three legs and his need to be strong and healthy, coupled with his tendency to border being somewhat underweight, I manage to squeeze in a good special meal every once in a while to make sure he stays on track………..Peanut butter and jelly bagel anyone? No way. Traveler ate every single morsel for breakfast this morning. PS Traveler is looking for a safe & loving active home with Lots of Love – and a few bagels along the way…Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

Just in case you’re not following the Special Sneakers Project we have begun to help distribute used sneakers to people who can use them, Honey the rescue dog is. Last night, she took the time to drop her bone to the ground so she could pose prettily for a photo of her and the first barrel full of sneakers. Honey, a super loving, sweet, and athletic yellow Lab mix, is looking for a FOSTER or PERMANENT home. Please read more about the Special Sneakers Project in a blog earlier this week (scroll down & you’ll find it!)Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

When Joshua begins his new life with Walk by Faith Ministry in the very near future, some might say I have lost my mind. Why would anyone in her right mind take in a 12-year-old, chocolate Labrador retriever with a large tumor who was scheduled for euthanization in a shelter about 4.5 hours away? Go ahead and call me crazy because I am. I am crazy for Christ, and completely committed to loving and serving the Lord and His Creation with all my heart. I already have a full plate, I already have a full house, I already have a super tight budget, and I already live an incredibly simple life as a result. So why would I make a flying leap once again out of my comfort zone to…

Yesterday God blessed me with a beautiful brand new pair of sneakers for walking. These are no ordinary sneakers. I never would have bought them on my own. I do not tend to spend money on anything so luxurious. I wear mostly hand me downs, thrift shop clothes, and gifts. This was no ordinary gift. I was so blessed by the gift that I almost burst into tears when the two men handed the box to me. I had asked them if I could have a pair of used running shoes sitting in a barrel that will now be donated to people who can use them, but instead I got a brand new pair. It was only afterward I realized the gift was not merely from two men who had…

What would you do in a single day of your life if you lived it without any fear whatsoever? God tells us in the Bible over 300 times to not fear, yet most of us if we are utterly honest have lived with various levels of fear – sometimes to the point of being entirely unable to do what we would like to do, and sometimes unable to do what God has called us here to do. I have had so much fear in my life, and yet much of the time I did not even realize I was walking with fear instead of walking by faith. So I ask myself, and I ask you, what would you do in a 24-hour period if you had no fear whatsoever?So often,…

Get ready. Get set. Go. God is so amazing. Twenty-three years ago, long before I fell in love with Jesus, I took a very drunken vacation to Jamaica with a bunch of college friends and strangers. I was pretty miserable on the trip, but I left Jamaica with an experience I will never forget. While wandering in a rural area, I came across a bunch of kids so poor they did not have shoes they needed to be able to attend school. Adorned in raggedy clothing, they left their one goat behind and took me to a waterfall to show me its beauty.Before I left them, I borrowed a stubbly pencil and marked how far each of their feet reached on my sneakers. I went back to America and mailed…

Today I heard some of the most beautiful, uplifting, inspiring, encouraging, loving words I have ever heard – from perfect strangers. I did not hear the words in church. I did not hear the words in a prayer meeting. I did not hear the words in a Christian book. I did not hear the words from anyone who knows the almost relentless attack I have been under from the enemy in recent days, weeks, months, and decades. In fact, when I heard the words, I did not even understand them or that the words were for me.For the second week in a row, I joined a group of local runners and walkers that has formed to train together for various sporting events and organized by an awesome new store in…

Is God really your provider, or do you rely on yourself or the world for your provisions? I received a strong reminder yesterday from my pastor that not only is God my provider, but His provisions are not in the future. They already exist. My pastor lives beyond his means, and he teaches me to do the same. My pastor lives according to God’s economy and not his own. He is teaching me to do the same.Not for the first time, Pastor Freddie told me yesterday he needs me to find transport for a massive donation of peanut butter from Arkansas to the East Coast. The peanut butter will then be shipped to Haiti, where Pastor Freddie and others will use it to feed thousands of Haitian children in vacation…

The Lord put these words on my heart today, and I am hoping perhaps they may be for you or someone you know. Feel free to pass them along. I know they blessed me. I pray they will bless others, too.Dear Daughter, I love you. I live inside you. Yet you do not let me truly live. You hold me back. You feel guilty that I am not your father. But I Am. I am your Father in Heaven. You must let me in. You are holding me back. You have sought my counsel. You feel odd because you will not let me love you the way I want to love you. I have so much to give to you. This is your choice. You must make your own decision. I…

Some people laugh at Wal-Mart, some people get angry at Wal-Mart, some people zip through Wal-Mart so quickly they don’t have time for emotions. I am not sure how many people cry at Wal-Mart, but this past Sunday I did exactly that.I did not cry when a man meanly refused to let me turn my cart so I could check out my items. Nor did I cry when the man turned his cart in front of mine and took my space. In fact, I only got teary inside Wal-Mart. But by the time I had walked to my car outside Wal-Mart, I was fully crying. The Lord has done such a mighty work inside my heart that I did not cry over the meanness of the man. I cried because…

My pastor once taught us that a good fisherman will come back to the same pond for as long as he catches the fish he desires. When a good fisherman stops catching fish, he told us, the fisherman will move on to another pond. Then he explained that Satan will come back to us for as long as he is able to get us to take his bait. When he finds he can no longer get a good catch, he will move on. If Satan knows we will keep taking the bait he has chosen, guess what? He will keep using the same bait. The Bible teaches us how to resist the devil and enforce the victory God has given us in Christ, but what happens when we do not…

If you look back at your life thus far, do you see how some people have left foot prints on your heart? When you look back at the animals you have known, do you see how some animals have left paw prints on your heart? Now what about Jesus prints? Which people and which animals have touched your life in such a way that you look back and see the love of Jesus more than the people and more than the animals themselves? One of my greatest aspirations is to leave Jesus prints on people’s hearts, and to leave Jesus prints on dogs’s hearts also. I recognized this aspiration when I was dragging my feet – and heart – through one of the toughest times in my life.The man I…

Did you know God has a perfect will and a permissible will? His perfect will is perfect because He is God, and His permissible will is what He allows us to do that is not His best. What happens when the seemingly perfect opportunity is not His perfect will? How can what seems perfect not be His perfect will? The answers are simple – but hard on the flesh. Just tonight I came across what seems like the perfect opportunity.Though the Lord told me to focus on Walk by Faith Ministry and not look for an additional job “to help pay bills”, I like to look – just look, of course. But tonight I found a part-time job for which I am totally qualified, that would bring in money “to…

If you’re like me, you may cruise through Bible lessons so fast sometimes you might not catch some of the wonderful revelation God packs into the scriptures. Only a deeper, more thorough study led by the Holy Spirit may lead you to that deeper revelation. Such was the case with me recently in studying Tabitha’s healing in the Book of Acts. Tabitha who? Sometimes the most obscure names and the least preached about stories in the Bible have been so chock full of revelation I can’t imagine how we might miss them.Tabitha the disciple had a big heart. She did good things; she was a giver. But Tabitha grew sick and died, and she was washed and laid out. The disciples sent for Peter, telling him to come right away.…

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