Please don’t stop praying. Please don’t give up interceding for the one the Lord assigned you to intercede for. Please don’t get caught up in what you see with your human eyes and hear with your human ears and fall away from petitioning God to save your loved one, to help the stranger, to forgive a nation, to have mercy on a prisoner, etc. Please don’t cease your prayers. Please remember God does not only know how to answer. God knows when to answer. So don’t stop praying.I am shockingly back in touch with someone for whom I have prayed for nearly a decade. I have prayed more for this person than for almost anyone else in the world. The situation looked impossible. The person seemed unreachable. The prayers seemed…

A friend for whom I have the utmost respect recently shared with me the question, “What will you risk for God?” Quite honestly, I have never heard such a question. Faced with the question, and more importantly faced with this challenge, I decided to ponder the question. But I no more asked myself the question than I immediately knew the answer. My response surprised me not because I would risk something big for the Lord I adore, but because I have grown so much in my walk with Him in recent years that I would take this particular risk. So what exactly would I risk for the Lord?What would I risk for the Lord? I would risk the big “R” word. I would risk rejection. Not only would I risk…

God is so cool, as one of my friends likes to say. If I only had words to describe how cool – and amazing – He truly is. Just this past week, He used four people in three parts of the country to teach me a life-saving lesson. Several nights ago, I had so much difficulty sleeping that I brought my laptop to bed and started writing. By morning, after almost no sleep, I had absolutely no recollection of one of the articles I had written. But God in His infinitely awesome ways, jarred my memory.The following afternoon, I received an e-mail from a ministry leader up north about how the Lord had ministered to him through the article I had forgotten writing. God’s timing, as always, had been perfect.…

Gimme this. Gimme that. We’re living in the “Gimme” generation. But worse than this, we’re also living in the Gimme God Generation. How is that? When I look at myself, and I see myself in others, I see how easily we can fall prey to believing God is a Gimme God. Gimme this. Gimme that. God, gimme, gimme. Something tells me God is not too appreciative of how demanding we can be, not especially when sin is at an all time high. Not that playing Gimme with God is unfair at the start, but imagine how much more absurd it is for me to “Gimme God” when I’m sitting in a mess of sin.I wonder what God has to say about the Gimme God Generation. I do not even want…

I was born with a huge heart. No, I was born with a humongous heart. But my huge heart, once filled with love and compassion, got itself into trouble more often than not. I was sensitive, selfish, and so silly about love. What could I expect? My human heart failed like all human hearts do. No matter how much I wanted to love and give when I wasn’t lost in my selfishness, I became hurt over and again when things didn’t go my way. My heart became hardened and stopped working. God gave me a new heart – His heart – when Jesus became my Lord. But my new heart became clogged – and hardened once again. God’s love couldn’t flow through my messed up heart. So God took a…

The very first time I felt the presence of God was in Jamaica when I was as lost as lost can be. For minutes, I detected the presence of something supreme. I walked away. The next time I felt the presence of God was in north England when I was further lost. I felt His presence. I walked away.Oh, I prayed alright in those years. A few scattered times. Drunken, on a subway, I prayed God would get me to a bathroom on time to pee. I went to the bathroom and forgot to thank Him. I walked away. Who was God anyway? I had no idea. Then I found the biggest tragedy I see in America today. I found a Generic God. I entered a recovery program and was…

The cover of my recently published book Slow Dance with Jesus may say “written by a woman who walked a long, hard road barefoot to get to the dance,” but I never in a million years imagined how narrow the gate would be to the life the Lord has for me. Some people think I am physically thin, particularly this past year when I unfortunately allowed myself to get sucked back into a dangerous dance with an eating disorder. But even a smaller stature has not made entering through the narrow gate any easier.The Lord has washed my feet and purified my heart, so the road I walk upon is no longer as rough and my feet are now covered in sandals of God’s love. But the gate I pass…

Yesterday I did one of the hardest things I have ever done, and in my obedience to God I expected to feel awful afterward. After all, God had asked me to do something my flesh could not even fathom. But I put my flesh under subjection, chose to obey God, and was astounded to find freedom on the other side of my obedience. Immediately. Yes, as soon as I took the action, I felt free. I was not exhilarated about what I had done. Nor was I thrilled I had obeyed the Lord. I was simply free. It amazes me how much I can still fight obedience when I know good and well that God’s way is always best. Has God asked you to do something that has you hemming & hawing?…

When my beloved dog trainer Abby Bird taught me years ago my very first obedience lesson, little did she know the faith lesson I would ultimately learn from the Lord. I showed up eagerly and innocently at my first training session with my puppy Abby (not named after the trainer, by the way), not realizing I would need a whole lot more training than my dog. But God’s sense of humor shined forth, and so did His patience. And thank God for Abby the trainer’s patience also. Her first teaching was one I will never forget – not for the sake of canines, but most importantly for mine.Abby taught the class that we should train our dogs to FOCUS as the very top priority, because a dog needs to focus…

God does not just have a plan. He has a perfect plan. God does not just have random timing for His plan. He also has perfect timing for His perfect plan. We humans have our own plans. We humans have our own timing for our own plans. How much we miss when we choose our own plan over God’s plan. How much we also miss when we choose His plan with our own timing. What different lives we would have if we chose His plan and His timing. I have the most experience with my plans and my timing. I have some experience with His plans and my timing. I have the least experience of all with His plans and His timing. But now I have the desire like never…

I couldn’t help but wonder this morning why Shnookles the rescue dog was lapping so happily in the murky, muddy, mediocre to say the best post-storm water puddle to satiate his thirst. Undoubtedly the temptation was tantalizing. After all, last night’s latest round of tremendous thunder boomers, coupled with four dogs’ digging endeavors over the past week or so produced a bigger-than-usual mud puddle. But with bowls and buckets of water all around to cool off the dogs in the brutal heat wave, why would Shnookles settle for less than the best? Leave it to God to teach me the Muddy Puddle Faith Lesson in the midst of it all.Shnookles is short. He is not just short. He is very short. Come on. All dogs are short, right? No, some…

You watch the weather to see the forecast. You want to know when the bad weather is coming. You want to be prepared. But why do you not do the same in your walk with the Lord?The Bible says: “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak (Mark 14:38 KJV)When Jesus was tempted by the devil in the wilderness, the devil walked away when Jesus used scriptures to garner victory. But guess what. The devil only left “for a season”. Will you be prepared the next time he returns?The devil has come raging back into my life. I am being tested by God and tempted by the devil. I am almost reeling with the power of the devil’s…

I just told a loved one the truth. It was hard to tell. I am sure it was harder to hear. See, I quoted scripture from the Bible and delivered a hard message. I am gifted in this. I am called to speak the truth even in the face of rejection, hatred, scorn, gossip, and more. Some people believe modern day prophets are to go around predicting prosperity, patting people on the back, and making people feel good about themselves. I have studied the Bible enough to know prophets in the Old Testament were called to say the tough stuff.They spoke warnings, they foretold of hard things to come, they admonished people to get their acts together. How do you think people felt about them? How do you think people…

Got love? I do. But I didn’t. I used to tell people all about Jesus and all about His amazing love, and guess what. I was missing it. I wasn’t just missing amazing opportunities to tell people about Jesus. I was missing the whole deal. The whole nine yards. The whole kit and caboodle. Sure thing. I was great at telling people that God is love. Hey, it’s the truth. But if the truth be totally told, my heart was such a mess that love could hardly flow through. So there I was talking about love and doing just about everything but loving. And if the truth totally truthfully be told, I am quite certain I am not alone.The Bible tells how the world will know who is a disciple…

Are you living the life God planned for you? This morning, I told the Lord, “I’m not living the life that I desired, but I pray I am living the life you desire for me.” For most of my life, I lived according to my own dreams, desires, ambitions – and, unfortunately, my selfish fleshly desires. Though I have always loved to give to others, I have been predominantly focused on myself. My life has turned out entirely different than I expected.I have lost most of what I wanted – close, intimate relationships with loved ones. And I have not achieved much of what I desired. But I have a sense deep within I am finally on the right path. Why? I am living for Jesus, I am studying the…

Amazing how the Lord convicts me. Amazing how often the Lord convicts me. Amazing how amazing the Lord is. Just today I was writing an e-mail to someone when the Lord decided to come to my rescue – yet again. I had it all figured out. I knew what I would say. I have said it so often before, in one way or another. I’m struggling. I’m struggling about this. I’m struggling about that. I’m struggling about whatever. I’m just plain old struggling. Of course, I like to be descriptive. I feel better saying what my struggle is about. So today I decided to e-mail someone about my struggle. But the Lord intervened.”I’m struggling financially,” I began to write. I was seeking prayer, and I was hoping for some kind…

Yummy. Delicious. Wow. Mmm. Give me another bite. What?! Are you kidding me? There’s nothing like another thick slice of Humble Pie. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just take a look at your life. Or, better yet, take a look at mine. The Lord has been convicting me recently of not trusting Him. Are you joking? Me? The director of a ministry? Of course I’m trusting God. Right? Here comes the Humble Pie. Topped with mint chocolate chip ice cream. Why not top it off with the best flavor ice cream ever? The truth? The Bible calls me to humble myself, so here goes. I have been struggling immensely with trusting God. And I have two choices. I can pretend to the world that I’ve got this…

How do you think Moses felt about tending sheep? How do you think Paul felt about tent making? How do you think Mary felt about being a stay-at-home mom? How do you think Jesus felt about making cabinets? How do you think the fishermen felt about fishing for their livelihood – especially on nights they caught nothing at all! How do you feel about your job, and do you realize the significance of your seemingly insignificant job?Your seemingly insignificant job might be a lot more significant than you realize – for two reasons. First, you might be in training for something much bigger – for the Lord. Moses might have been discouraged about tending sheep, but little did he realize how much his experience leading others would come in handy.…

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…

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