Do you know why you are here? I can honestly say I have total clarity today about why I am here on this earth. It may have taken four long decades to come to the realization, and I know now I could have learned long ago had I followed after the Lord as I do now but I am thrilled to be able to say – now I know. How about you?First and foremost, I am here to love the Lord with all of me, and to love my neighbor as myself. Sound familiar? Secondly, I am here to go into all the world to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thirdly, I am here to humble myself and minister God’s love to a world in need – including people…

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Remember the lepers in the Bible who were healed? Do you remember how many lepers there were? Do you remember how many lepers were healed by Jesus? Do you remember how many praised God for their healing? Which of the lepers are you? There were 10 lepers. When they followed the directions of Jesus, they were cleansed. Only one took the time and love to turn around and fall down on his face praising the Lord. What about you? As the world endures increasing hardship, as families and nations are challenged with trials and tribulations like never before, I cannot think of a more tempting time to take my eyes off the Lord, fix my stare on the horrors on the evening news, and forget the glory of the Lord.…

There is only one reason my beloved Pastor Freddie is alive today following the horrific earthquake in Haiti just days ago. He arrived one day before the earthquake, sat in his office only 10 miles from the center of the earthquake, and was found alive and uninjured. He is alive because the Lord God almighty saved His life. If God saved your life from a car wreck, an addiction, an abusive relationship, a deadly disease, or anything else, I have a question for you. What exactly are you doing with the life He saved?I received a report today that Pastor Freddie is fully dedicated right now to finding the loved ones of his staff. I have not heard from him, but I know his heart. He is praying, believing, and…

Praise the Lord God almighty! My beloved Pastor Freddie, my father in Christ, has been found alive in Haiti. I know virtually no details, other than God has saved his life. And I believe with all of my heart that God has breathtakingly big plans for Pastor Freddie’s Kingdom work as he walks forward by faith in love. God sent him to Haiti one day before the earthquake. Pastor Freddie has always said that giving the Haitians physical items will never be enough. The Word of God needs to be taught, because the freedom lies in faith in Jesus Christ and knowledge, revelation, and application of God’s Word. I ask you not to stop praying now, but to continue. The nation of Haiti needs ongoing prayer, and ask you to…

Yesterday I visited a church that was bold in every wonderful way imaginable. Everyone who noticed I was a visitor went out of their way to greet me. I can promise you it takes boldness to welcome me to a new church. I prefer to slip in quietly and not be noticed. I know I am not easy to approach when I am trying to hide out in a new church. People at this church approached me anyway.The pastor walked boldly over to me right before the service started, thrust out his hand, and said, “Who invited you here?” Most pastors I have seen before services are too preoccupied to notice a newcomer. “God,” I replied without hesitation. “And when God asks, I say yes.” The worship team boldly sang…

Today I took a dream to the landfill. Literally. I loaded a maroon recliner chair into the back of my Honda Element, surprised I could lift it on my own. The chair had been one loved one’s gift to another some years ago, and the significance of the chair I realize no words could truly touch. “Hey, I have a donation for you,” I told a friend at a local thrift shop. He told me he would take a peek in the back of my car before he decided whether he could accept it as a donation. I knew in my heart it was no longer in the perfect condition from whence it had come.“Sorry, can’t take it,” he said, truly apologetic. He knew I would have drive a good…

I do not stumble when I walk in the light, and I always stumble when I walk in the dark. Do you do the same? I am not talking about tripping over a twig on the sidewalk, nor I am speaking of falling on black ice I cannot see. Do you know what God has to say about walking in the light?”He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him (1 John 2:10 KJV).” Do you know what God has to say about walking in the dark?”But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes (1 John 2:11 KJV).”So who stumbles and falls? The person who hates his…

I have been writing since I was a little girl, with plenty of breaks along the way, but I can honestly say I am happier than I have ever been in my writing life. I am deep into writing a light Christian novel and loving every second of it. In fact, the hardest part is being away from the computer, distracted by life’s daily happenings. When I am writing, I am lost within the book – enjoying it as it unfolds, unplanned, before me. This is the book that will not be published by Walk by Faith Ministry, though I pray it will bless the ministry’s friends and supporters once published. The other book, to be published by the ministry, is about to move to the front burner. Leave it…

Yesterday Mother Theresa had her sutures removed following two big surgeries needed after a devastating attack from a fellow rescue dog who is now in heaven playing in the presence of the Lord. Mother Theresa, thanks to God and her awesome helpers and prayer warriors, is doing beautifully. Believe it or not, her neck – after two hours on the surgery table the first time followed by a second surgery very recently – is almost back to normal. Praise be to God!Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

Hobble. Cane. Limp. Cane. Forward. A step. Cane. Limp. Forward. Again. I honesty only saw the man out of the corner of my left eye. Too cold. Too windy. Too winter to stop. Why would I stop anyway? What could I possibly say anyway? So we continued into the convenience store from the parking lot. His hobble. My hurried step. I got indoors much quicker. And I began to pray. I saw the man so briefly in my rush to find the heat inside that I do not even recall his face. But I felt his pain in my spirit, and I began to pray. We did not meet until we crossed paths at the front counter, his purchases a bottle of wine and a pack of cigarettes. I had…

I have never had children, but it is my understanding pregnant women like to have just about everything planned before they go into labor. The right doctor. The right family members around. The right hospital. The right clothes packed in a suitcase. The right babysitter for the other kids. It is also my understanding that an increasing number of doctors are inducing labor to even ensure the baby is born on the right day. Today the Lord laid it on my heart how I have falsely believed that I need all the right circumstances to be in place for Him to birth His will through me.I truly believed that everything needed to be in order for God to use me the way He desires. I had to feel good, be…

Walk by Faith Ministry’s rescue dogs are looking for safe and loving forever homes. If you are looking for a dog to foster or adopt, please visit them online at http://www.walkbyfaith.petfinder.com/ to learn about the process and to see photos and descriptions of the dogs seeking homes. Please help us spread the word by forwarding information to friends, family, and co-workers.Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

I am so weary, ever so weary. I am tired from a lifetime of too many trials and tribulations. I have come up for air over and over again, excited to finally arrive at a place of rest and refreshing, only to sink back down to where I grow weary gasping for air. I have just come up for air, now I am down gasping again, wiped out. But I am reminded of one thing more than any other. The Lord loves me, and I love Him more than ever. And now He asks me to trust Him, for He sees the whole picture rather than all the pieces and parts. And He sustains me even in the midst of it all. Then, with His Word, He reminds me of what…

Samuel this past week headed for his new home – with dad, mom, brother dog, and five-year-old girl in tow. He was last reported to be enormously happy with his new family, proudly displaying a decapitated doll and letting his new family know he could not tell the difference between a little girl and a puppy dog. He has his new family on its toes and is quickly filling their hearts with their new love. Samuel, who was found running at large only months ago in South Carolina with a collar embedded in his neck, has received miracles galore. He was rescued from euthanization, his embedded collar was removed, God gave him a miraculous recovery from an infection the vet said required surgery that ultimately did not, and now he…

Ever been to police academy for your thoughts? I have. The Lord has showed me I have not taken one of His scriptures seriously enough. When He tells us to cast down our imaginations along with anything that tries to rise against knowledge of Him, He gives us a command that cannot be missed. He tells us to “bring into captivity” our thoughts to the “obedience of Christ”. I have heard the scripture so often through the years of my faith walk that I quite frankly missed the significance of the words. There is an action involved, a vital action, and God used the work of a police officer to show me just what this means. The government and police chief give the police officer authority to enforce the law.…

LEARNING HOW TO WALKThe hardest part about learning how to walk is not the joy of the steps we take forward, but the disappointment and discouragement each time we find ourselves once more in a heap on the ground. Fallen. Learning how to walk by faith, I believe, is as much about learning how to handle the falls as it is about enjoying the blessings of the progress we make. What do we do when we fall? Do we lay down, curl up in a ball, cry, and quit? Or do we get back up again? Do we reach out a hand to the Lord who is always there with us, confess our faults, receive His forgiveness, and accept His hand as He helps us to stand up and to…

NEW YEAR, NEW BEGINNING. Just when I thought my circumstances in the year 2009 could not get any worse, they did. How many times? Time and again. Every time I came up for air from yet another loss or challenge, boom. More pain. More heartache. More trials and tribulations. But the Lord does not see losses and heartache as the world does. He does not view them as a finite end. Jesus Christ, the “author and finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2 KJV),” sees our end as His beginning. When we realize we are at the finish of what we can do as humans, the Lord has His opportunity to step in and show us what He can and will do as God. When the year 2009 finished, the year…

What did God give us for Christmas? “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16 KJV).”There is no greater gift from the Lord than His sacrifice of His only begotten Son that we should have eternal life and never walk this journey on earth alone. Jesus took ours sins upon Himself so that our faith in Him gives us life forever. Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

Mother Theresa truly is a Christmas miracle. Thanks to God, awesome vet Dr. Brown of Loudoun Vet in Purcellville, VA, and her prayer warriors, Mother Theresa bounced back from her 2nd surgery since being attacked by a fellow rescue dog – so much so that her new nickname is Miss Piglets. She has a voracious appetite, a sign of how quickly she has recovered even at age 12 from 2 surgeries in just a matter of weeks. Please keep up your prayers as she continues forward! Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

Praise the Lord! Thanks be to God and the phenomenal staff at Loudoun Vet Service in Purcellville, VA, including Dr. Brown, his surgeon, Mother Theresa has just arrived home from her 2nd surgery since being severely attacked by a fellow rescue dog. Even at 12 years old, despite a history of an owner that planned to shoot and kill her, a rescuer that abandoned her in flight from the police, a home that offered her a pen and then turned her in for rescue, and the dog attack, along with 2 big surgeries in a few weeks time, she is actually walking around her private bedroom suite looking for something to do! All glory to God! Thanks to all the incredibly generous people who have prayed for her, prayed for…

All glory goes to God and thanks to all the wonderful donors who helped Mother Theresa have her first big surgery after being attacked by a fellow rescue dog. When I had to send 2.5 year old Abigail to heaven for aggression – who wagged her tail to the vet’s and kissed my tears away – I knew on my own I would not have the strength to send Abigail to the Lord, take care of a severely injured dog, and raise the money for Mother Theresa. But God knew our need, and He took care of it all through incredibly generous hearts. Mother Theresa will finish up her healing process with a second surgery to sew up her neck where skin died off due to lack of blood supply…

How hard it is to believe in the most trying of times that God truly knows our needs – and that He will supply them as promised when we follow His instructions. My year is ending with the same seemingly insurmountable challenges with which it began, and yet I know in my heart God knows my needs. When Jesus sent His followers out to do the work He called them to do, what instruction did He give them? “And He said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece (Luke 9:3 KJV).” Jesus knew He would provide for them, and He wanted them to trust. I also believe He did not want them to be distracted by worrying…

For those who are following the story of Mother Theresa, the rescue dog who was badly attacked by a fellow rescue dog, she went to the vet yesterday for a follow-up. Her skin had started turning black, cracking open, and bleeding. The vet had expected this would possibly happen, as the blood after the fight was unable to reach her skin as needed. I have been instructed to put her skin under water for 20 minutes daily until the skin falls off, at which time the vet said she will need more surgery. Please keep her in your prayers and consider a donation for her care. Thanks to all the wonderful people who have stepped forward already with donations!Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

Last night when I cried out to the Lord – and oh did I cry – He gave me an answer to my question. How simple it was. “Believe.” At the tail end of the one of the hardest years of my life, with one great loss after tragedy after another, I see now what happened on my faith walk.Have you ever wondered in the midst of lost or drastically reduced faith exactly what happened? Why did you stop believing? In my case, I know. And the answer is biblical.I stopped believing because I got swallowed up in my circumstances. In the eye of a storm that seemed it would never end, not ever, I took my eyes off Jesus Christ. I placed them firmly on – my circumstances. And…

You’ve got to see it to believe it. Samuel the rescue dog decided to tell Santa just how much he wanted a new home for Christmas! Check it out at www.youtube.com/walkbyfaithministry.Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at http://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

Thanks be to God and a phenomenal veterinary clinic & surgeon, Loudoun Veterinary Services in Purcellville, VA, and Dr. Stang, Mother Theresa has begun her recovery. For the first few days, she barely moved and looked like she was in a coma. Slowly, her eyes became undazed and I no longer needed to feed her by squishing soft food through the side of her mouth & teeth. Slowly, she began to take her first, though unbalanced, wobbly, steps. Once again, I am watching a dog persevere the way God calls us to. Mother Theresa, 12 years old, had an owner who planned to shoot and kill her. Her rescuer got in trouble with the police and fled. The place where he abandoned her did not feel led to care for her.…

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