When you fall on your face, make sure you land in the right place. I have fallen on my face only to land in the dirt, alone, tired, scared, beaten down, downtrodden, broken and battered by life. I have also fallen on my face and landed on holy ground. In the Bible, numerous references are made to people falling forward to lie prostrate before the Lord in worship. I wish I could say I have done this on a regular basis. I have not done this regularly, but I have found serenity, solace, peace, and an intimacy with God beyond description when I have. Sometimes I have gotten down on my face before Him intentionally. Other times, I have fallen down in sin, in defeat, in discouragement, or in any…

Yesterday I kept my medicine cabinet closed. Today I do not just plan to open it. I plan to use the medicines inside and to apply them as they are prescribed. The funny thing is that I don’t have a medicine cabinet in my bathroom. Nor do I take medicine – not even aspirin. But I have a Bible full of medicinal scriptures, and some days I take my medicine – and some days I forget. Yesterday I forgot to take my medicine. The day I had was proof enough that I had not filled my prescription, nor used it. Today I have remembered, and decided, to take my medicine as the Lord prescribes it.Scriptures are medicine, but they are no good if I leave them in the cabinet. In…

Praise the Lord! Joshua (pictured in front) wore his collar for about 6 or 7 weeks following major surgery to remove a massive tumor. He was rescued from euthanization at a SC shelter, flown by private plane to Hilton Head, SC, and had surgery shortly thereafter courtesy of an anonymous family that donated his operation. Though he has other tumors, including a sizable, hard one on his chest, he is excited to continue his new life – minus the cumbersome ice cream cone collar and minus the enormous tumor that made walking more than difficult. He has a somewhat challenging time walking due to age and other issues, but he could not be happier and plans to fully enjoy his new life.Esther, pictured in the back, shared the “hospital room”…

Not too many months ago, I wrote a piece about celebrating Thanksgiving in an unusual month of the year. After all, we Americans are prone to remember Thanksgiving when the holiday comes around – and not always in other months of the year. Not too long after I wrote the piece, I resumed waiting for Thanksgiving for thanksgiving – albeit with a few recollections along the way that praising God should not be reserved for November. Now here I am walking through a rough patch in my faith journey, and this time I remembered not to wait for November to celebrate the Lord and all His endless blessings.Today, as clouds settled down on top of my soul, as a combination of oppression and depression settled down on top of my…

I can respond to impossible situations in two ways. I can look to the situation, see its impossibility, and wallow and sink in fear and unbelief. Or, I can look at the Lord and believe He can do something about the impossible situation. The devil wants me to focus on the situation and place my faith in its impossibility. In my unbelief, I will then react in my thoughts, words, and actions with a heart full of unbelief. Alternatively, I can look to the Lord and become a player in His supernatural plan. With my thoughts, words, and actions, I can be used by Him as He in His love and mercy demonstrates His power and glory.I have several seemingly impossible situations in my life right now. Two situations involve…

The Lord’s admonition to me was clear as a sunny day. “Let go of what you’re holding onto,” He said as I wrote what I heard from Him during my time of seeking His direction. I contemplated what I might be holding onto, and I asked Him in our time together. Was I holding onto a loved one? Fear? Pain? Hurt? The eating disorder with which I have been struggling once again? Walk by Faith Ministry? The dogs under my care? But each of these was small compared with what the Lord told me next.The Lord answered the question He had asked me: “This is what you are holding onto – your life. It is mine. It is bought with a price. You want to know your future. It belongs…

Convicted. Chastened. Corrected. I can see clearly now what I have done. I have not placed my trust in God. I have placed my trust in man. I have trusted in myself. I have trusted in people. And I have come out the other end broken, confused, uncertain, and afraid. Where have you put your trust? Surely your trust lies somewhere. But does your trust lie in God, or have you placed your trust in man?Some people called into ministry believe they need to present a perfect front to the world around them. I do not. I do not believe this, nor would I be honest if I did. For my walk involves stumbling, falling, conviction, chastening, confession, correction. My walk involves repentance, growth, and going forward slowly as I…

When you see your wrong, what do you do? Do you turn the other way, or do you turn to God? This morning I saw hurt and bitterness in my heart, and instantly I moved on with what I had been doing before I saw it. Then I stopped. I chose not to turn away from the wrong, and I chose to turn to the Lord. I brought it to Him like a sacrifice, and indeed it is. I chose to sacrifice the wrong I held in my heart to Him, confessing my sin and seeking His forgiveness. Why hold onto wrong when I am promised forgiveness through faith in Jesus and confession of my wrong? Now I will walk forth into the day with a clean heart. And, should…

The words just came to me. What can I say? Growing God’s way. But isn’t that the only way? No, it’s not. I have grown in many ways throughout my life, and many have had nothing to do with God whatever. I have grown weary. I have grown discouraged. I have grown frustrated. I have grown impatient. I have grown stressed out. I have grown hurt. I have grown in selfishness. I have grown in judgment. I have grown in condemnation. I have grown in self-pity. I have grown in so many ways other than God’s way that it is a wonder He has not grown weary, discouraged, frustrated, impatient, stressed out, hurt, selfish, judgmental, condemning, and self-pitying in responding to me. But God’s love never ends, His mercy lasts…

Tired of turning the other cheek? Tired of loving the people hurting you? Tired of forgiving the one who won’t stop offending you? Tired of showing mercy to the person who never gets it right? Tired of doing the right thing when everyone around you is doing the wrong thing? Tired of loving when others are hating? Tired of helping those who won’t help themselves? Tired of showing compassion when nobody else will? Imagine how Jesus felt on the cross.I wish I could say I’m tired of turning the other cheek, but I have only just begun. I have spent more time retaliating, lashing out, hurting back, withholding love, running away, quitting, judging, criticizing, offending, reviling back, bad-mouthing, condemning, manipulating, wanting vengeance, feeling sorry for myself, and holding onto the…

I have known for some time I probably need an eye exam and a new eyeglass prescription, but I did not realize until the Lord spoke to me yesterday how much I needed a new prescription for the eyes of my heart.”Don’t measure with your eyes. Love with you heart,” the Lord said to me.I had been measuring someone up with a judgment I was making with my human eyes, thereby assessing the person and situation with criticism and condemnation. God was calling me to repent from my sin and to love the person instead with the new heart He has given me – with the love, mercy, forgiveness, and compassion He pours into me through His Holy Spirit.God wanted me to see the person with new eyes in order…

Not only did this week mark the one-year anniversary of my return to coastal South Carolina after 4.5 years in Virginia, but it also marked a strong bout of, “I wonder if I should move somewhere else.” If you have moved to a new location geographically, emotionally, spiritually, or physically in any area of your life because God sent you there, chances are you have also experienced big questions, concerns, hurdles, challenges, and obstacles. As a friend who recently moved to heaven told me, the devil loves to “contest” the moves we make for the Lord. The devil would like nothing better when we takes possession of new land God has called us to than to get us so stressed, confused, uncertain, fearful, and anything and everything that we want…

If I have learned nothing else about God, I have learned this. He is so compassionate, so merciful, so forgiving, so loving, so patient, so long-suffering, and so understanding that He doesn’t give up on me when I fail a test. Rather, He gives me another test – and another, and another. So I am reminded when I look back at the past year and see how many times I failed to trust Him in moving forward with Walk by Faith Ministry especially when it comes to the ministry’s finances as well as my own. Each time I have failed to put my trust in Him, He has given me more teaching, more scriptures, more lessons, more support, more prayer warriors, and, yes – more tests.I could easily be discouraged…

Just when my plate couldn’t be any fuller, just when I have dogs coming out of my ears, and just when our budget couldn’t be any more challenged, along comes our newest miracle – Esther. Esther, a severely malnourished but delightfully happy, abandoned hunting hound, bounded her way into my life just yesterday shortly after a loved one for whom I’ve been praying for years reappeared in my life just long enough to hand off Esther.Not only was I given the reminder to continue in prayer for this person for whom I might have long since given up praying for, but now I have my plate even more full. What else could all of this be but a reminder that my life is not only dedicated to Christ, but it…

My Precious Beckles with Speckles Lies in Bed with My Childhood DoggyThank you for all these years together, Father.Many of you prayed for Beckles with Speckles over the past 24 hours. Thank you so much for your prayers! I decided to put my trust in the Lord, knowing no matter the outcome we would be in His hands – and always in His heart. Today we received a miracle when Beckles went from being exceedingly sick and seemingly on her way to heaven to phenomenally well. I am learning that trusting God is not about getting a guarantee that we will get the outcome we desire, but that God will take care of us no matter what. Beckles with Speckles was rescued about a decade ago 30 minutes before euthanization and transported…

The Lord doesn’t call us to merely forgive with our mouths. He calls us to forgive in our hearts. If you do not believe there is a difference, think again. Sometimes I find myself telling people that I have forgiven someone. But my thoughts and feelings speak volumes about the condition of my heart. While I have forgiven that person with my mouth, I am deluged in my thoughts and feelings with everything but forgiveness toward them. Not only am I aware there is a difference, but I have experienced this difference.I have forgiven one person with the Lord’s love who acted criminally toward me. The world would say the person’s actions were not forgivable. But with the Lord’s heart in mine, I have forgiven. I have not merely spoken…

I was an English major at an Ivy League university, but some words – many in fact – go right over my head. If the truth be known, some words go right over my heart – until God gets a hold of me and shows me not just the meaning of the words, but what exactly He wants me to do about them. Take the word dissimulation, for example. Now there’s a big word with a big meaning – one with which I was not at all familiar until the Lord impressed it up on me to look up its meaning. But knowing the meaning was not even remotely enough, as He showed me quite clearly.The Bible says: “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to…

God keeps telling me to trust Him. If you don’t believe He’s telling me to trust Him, read the Bible. He’s constantly telling us to trust Him, right? So here is my question. Why am I not trusting God when I am so madly and passionately in love with Him, so dedicated to studying His Word, so immersed in the Body of Christ, so grateful for my new church and pastor, so blessed for my father in Christ Pastor Freddie, and so on fire to share the Gospel with the world? How could I possibly not trust God?The answer is simple, according to God. According to me, the answer may be simple – but oh so hard. God keeps reminding me that I MUST focus on Him, and not on…

I love you forever & ever, my precious Mother Theresa.I wish I could hold you under my waterfall of tears…..But I would rather you be with Jesuswhere you will suffer no more.Thank you Father for the time you gave us together.Thank you Father for welcoming her into your loving arms – forever. Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

I have lost so many I have loved that I have simply lost count. My first loss came in the first grade when I learned my school teacher had died falling off a horse. My most recent lost love was so painful it knocked the breath out of me. I have no idea how many I have lost in between. But I know one thing for sure. I have dealt with my losses in two distinct ways. First, I have surrendered to the loss and become so lost in the loss that I could not find my way out. I only buried myself in the quagmire of endless pain and a hardening of my heart with bitterness and hurt so debilitating that it became just about impossible to put one…

I can’t get giving off my mind. Maybe it’s because it’s one of the greatest blessings in my life. Maybe it’s because my heart hurts when I see people who don’t know the joy of giving. Maybe it’s because I wouldn’t be alive and breathing today if God hadn’t given His Son Jesus to die and live again so I could have eternal life through faith in Him. Maybe it’s because God has given me so many human angels through the years that I have been the recipient of giving beyond measure. No matter why I can’t get giving off my mind, I want to give this to you. If you are not giving on a regular basis, you are missing God’s best. And if you are not giving on…

Today I drove a new friend to the church led by my father in Christ Pastor Freddie so she could serve at the weekly soup kitchen. Exhausted from the flood of requests and opportunities I have had to serve lately, I actually took the opportunity to visit with my father in Christ, his wife, and my beloved friend who serves as office administrator. While I filled myself up with fellowship in my time of rest, my friend served in the kitchen doling out heaps of steaming hot food to feed the hungry bellies of people living on the streets and in shelters. I couldn’t help but share with my friend on the drive home how desperately I wish the world would see the opportunity we have to step out of…

A friend told me several months back she believed she needed deliverance. Another friend told me recently he believed a loved one of mine needs deliverance. In one way or another, I believe we all need deliverance. Deliverance from bondage, addictions, problems, troubles, issues, challenges, unsafe situations, abusive circumstances, poverty, wrong attitudes, false beliefs, etc. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to discover the Lord could just deliver us. Period. One minute we would be in bondage. The next minute we would be free. I do hear testimonies like this, but I believe an important truth is sometimes left out.When God delivered the children of Israel from bondage in Egypt, guess what they had to do? They had to walk out of Egypt. As we know from the Bible, they had quite…

Mother Theresa’s owner planned to shoot and kill her. Her rescuer abandoned her when he fled from the police. She ended up in a dog pen at 12 years old, filthy, in need of medical care, in need of love, in the back yard of a family that did not feel led or able to care for her. She came to Walk by Faith Ministry for what I believed would be a short period before I helped her find a new life. She never left Walk by Faith Ministry. She never left my home – not until she went to be with Jesus yesterday. She will never leave my heart. Her story is so amazing. Mother Theresa after she was attacked Not too long after she arrived in my life,…

Are you barking up the wrong tree? If you’re barking up the wrong tree, you’re not going to find what you’re seeking. Or, you will find a counterfeit. If you really want to find what you need, quit barking up the wrong tree and move along until you find yourself in the right position to receive what you need. I’ve spent most of my life barking up the wrong tree in seeking my provisions. I wish I could say when I found the Lord and learned that He is my provider that I quit barking up the wrong trees. But I need to be honest. I still find myself barking up the wrong trees sometimes, and the result is always the same.I have a good sniffer on me alright, just…

When I approached God over the past week about three areas in my life that were troubling me, His answer was clear, simple, and direct. He told me quite frankly that I was not trusting Him, and that He would not be able to move me forward until I made the decision to trust Him. How easy it would be for me to report that all I have to do now is trust Him. But I have a long history of getting excited about hearing from the Lord and deciding to do what He has told me. One thing I know for certain about trust, however, is that words are not enough. In fact, words mean nothing at all when it comes to trust unless I back them with action.”The…

Did you remember to rest? Today is the Sabbath day according to many. For others, the Sabbath day is considered Saturday. Regardless of which day you consider the Sabbath day to be, have you remembered this week in your life to rest? Today I am resting. This is rare for me. Even on days I accomplish very little, I am rarely at rest. I aspire to learn to rest – to rest in the Lord. I am reminded of the Book of Hebrews in the Bible, which for me explains why I have persisted for so long in my difficulty in learning to rest. The children of Israel could not enter into God’s rest for a specific reason. Unbelief.When I struggle with fear, I am not at rest. Sadly, even…

When little Glory arrived at the animal shelter with her dead pups and a body so neglected she faced certain euthanization, little did she know she would end up with Walk by Faith Ministry and become an inspiration to so many. Who would have thought an emaciated, heartworm positive, matted, partly hairless, lice ridden, body with open sores, two cherry eyes, and mostly blind would have anything to give at all – let alone more than plenty faith lessons in the couple of years she has now been with Walk by Faith Ministry. Glory’s latest faith lesson is one of my favorites – given the level of inspiration combined with a teaspoon of humor. Glory before arrival at Walk by Faith Ministry Every morning and night, twice in the morning…

What happened when the children of Israel were delivered from Egypt? They lived happily ever after, right? They had a decade of sheer bliss, right? They had a party in the wilderness to celebrate, followed by a sabbatical? They went on vacation for six months? No. No. No. The one that had kept them in bondage went right after them. When you are delivered from bondage, when you are delivered from trouble, when you are delivered from challenging times, heed this warning. Do not rest on your laurels. The devil would love nothing more than to see you so elated over your deliverance that you leave yourself unprotected, unguarded, and at his mercy. I should know.By the grace of God, I was recently delivered from some phenomenally strong ties by…

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