Who said a 42-year old woman shouldn’t let her birthday wishes be known? Call me a kid, but I can’t help but share my birthday wishes as I approach my 43rd birthday on October 16. So what exactly would I like for my birthday? I would love for 15 more big-hearted individuals, families, or businesses to sign up for Walk by Faith Ministry’s Sponsorship Program – $25 per month to sow into the ministry to help us fulfill our vision. Okay, so maybe it’s a big birthday wish – but who said I’m too old to blow out the candles and make my wish? Please help make my birthday wish come true by signing up at http://walkbyfaithministry.com/. I can’t think of a better birthday present than to help me follow the dream God…

I wonder how many of us can fathom at all how much God really loves us. I got a good taste of His love just days ago as I drove down the highway in South Carolina where I have just moved. For the first time in nearly two years, I saw my husband who abandoned me and has just sent me a summons for divorce. He drove right by me, and his face was turned watching me. I happened to be on the telephone asking a customer service representative from the electric company what I owed for my first bill. I reacted with such shock to seeing my husband that I told the lady on the telephone what had just happened so she would understand why I could not grasp…

“We’ve all been dumped,” I told my very special dogs tonight after finding little blind Glory smooshed into a too small crate with two-footed Winnie. I didn’t put them in the crate; they went in there to keep each other company, as they often do. “You’ve been dumped, Glory,” I told her. “And you Jake. And Winnie.” Then it really dawned on me as I looked around the room at the miracle dogs in my life after a day of endless rain and thunderstorms. All cooped up together. “Every single one of us has been abandoned. And I am so blessed to have you all.” Blind, deaf, very senior, three-legged, two-footed, embedded collar, degloved toes, missing half a body of hair, and more. Even the healthy ones in my care…

How amazing is God? He has shown me once again in yet another phenomenal testimony. When He moved me 4.5 years ago from South Carolina to Virginia, my husband and I gave away most of our belongings – including my bright yellow Ford Ranger pickup truck – because a woman promised us free housing, furnishings, a car, Internet, and phone in exchange for watching her property. Within 48 hours of my arrival in VA, she changed her mind. I knew the Lord had called me to donate my yellow truck to Pastor Freddie and my church in Savannah, GA. I did not have an address or an established job to warrant a car purchase, but God gave me favor. I was able to buy a Honda Element in VA because…

God never ceases to amaze me, but then why should He? He is God, after all. When I gave up my dream home in South Carolina, I asked the Lord to choose His. My only stipulation? He would find a home where His name would be glorified, the home would be dedicated to Him, and it would be a place for ministry. God chose the very house that I told my real estate agent and my friends helping with the long distance search that did not interest me in the least. But I submitted to the Lord, and He showed His glory yet again. It is a humble house, in a lovely location, for a phenomenally low cost, with an amazing setup for miracle dogs, that was made possible by a…

When Walk by Faith Ministry heads South on Labor Day for its BIG MOVE to South Carolina, don’t think this is any ordinary move. First off, Walk by Faith Ministy is not turning its back on Virginia; it is simply adding South Carolina into the mix. Walk by Faith will remain incorporated in Virginia and continue to operate as a national ministry with strong ties to Virginia. This goes without saying. But what will be out of the ordinary is the nature – and cost – of the move. While I have sold or given away most of my furniture and belongings to facilitate the move, the Walk by Faith dogs have done no such thing! Moving a large number of dogs, dog houses, crates, blankets, towels, medications, about 40…

Walk by Faith Ministry, a 501c3 non-profit that shares the Gospel as we minister the Lord’s love to people and homeless dogs, too, with a special focus on those the world’s given up on, will walk – or rather drive – by faith to South Carolina on Labor Day to expand its horizons in the Hilton Head area, South Carolina. While we will stay incorporated in and be in close touch with Virginia, our four-legged friends and I will work out of South Carolina. Please stay tuned for regular updates – and inspirational writing – from our South Carolina location. Donations are now being sought to help us make the big move. Imagine a moving truck and multiple cars loaded with miracle dogs, dog houses, crates, blankets, towels, medications, and over 35…

Just weeks ago the Lord gave me a dream as I slept that I was worshipping Him. I woke up just afterward and had the most vivid recollection of the dream He gave me. I had my hands raised to the heavens, just like in a painting made of me years before I began to follow Jesus. Only this time, in the dream, the heavens were so wide open as I worshipped Him that there was nothing in between me and an infinite number of angels. There was no separation at all between my worship and God’s Kingdom above me. As I did my usual middle of the night slumber-stumble to the bathroom, three words came to me. The missing piece. Why would these words come? For such a very…

I have never burst into tears reading the first page of a book before. Today I did. I did not cry because it is the opening page to the true story of a man who died. Nor did I tear up because the man went to heaven. And I did not start to cry because the man is alive on earth today because of the hand of God. My eyes produced tears because when the emergency rescue workers pronounced him dead, covered him up, and turned to help the others in need at the scene of the accident, one man stood in faith and refused to stop praying. Sometimes I am the only woman still standing, just like the man who did not give up on the one pronounced dead.…

Have you ever been on death row? I have. I was on death row every breath and second of my life before I received the promise of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. But God took mercy upon my soul and gave me life when I asked Jesus to come into my heart and be my Lord. Today I prayed for a woman who lives in my home state of Virginia who may well have a double death sentence. First, come September she is expected to be put to death for her crime. Second, if she does not have Jesus Christ living inside her heart then she will go to hell forever where probably most of America wants her to go. Today I did not pray that her life…

“You only see part of the picture,” someone once told me. “God sees the whole picture.” Another person said, “God does not want what’s good for you. He wants what’s best for you.” I did not understand either statement until I became deeply immersed in studying God’s Word and developed an intimate, personal relationship with Him through faith in Christ. What I have learned in years past is that God will sometimes allow my dreams to come true, and He also will bless me at times by fulfilling my desires. But His permissible will is incomparable when compared with so utterly giving my life to Him that He may bring into manifestation His perfect will for, and through, my life. I have for so long limited my life and life’s…

Would you give up your popularity for Christ? I got my practice early in life; I was never popular. My brother always was. I always traveled in the smaller, academic circles while the popular folk moved about with those who garnered the favorable – and sometimes not so favorable – attention – of the world at large. I have noticed what the Lord asks me to do for Him does not increase my popularity. But I love Him too much not to obey as best I can. Did you notice the most successful people in the Bible in terms of what they did for the Lord were often the least popular and the most ordinary? How many were hated and persecuted for their very acts of loving and serving God?…

The Lord loves and cares for me so much that today He showed me something I have done wrong for decades of my life. He used three separate people recently to deliver His message, though for years He had tried to get my attention through numerous people and situations. Until today, I had resisted, denied, and defended. Today, I received the most wonderful gift when I made the decision to repent. I asked the Lord to forgive me for every single person and animal I have hurt my entire life through what He showed me. And, through my faith in Jesus Christ and because of my act of repentance, He forgave me. Then I went one life-changing step further. I asked the Lord how to act differently in this area. I listened to His answer.…

I turn the fan on before I climb into bed for the night. Red, the infamous miracle dog who co-founded Walk by Faith Ministry, climbs onto one of the two baby mattresses that lie next to my bed. Then he climbs off. He knows better. Winnie, the two-footed dog, hoists her body into the air on her two front feet, walks in her unique way into my bedroom, and lifts herself onto the mattress. Along comes Glory, mostly blind. She finds her way to the second mattress and comes aboard. Mother Theresa, the Granny-aged dog whose owner planned to shoot and kill her who was rescued by a man who fled from the police and abandoned her who was horrifically attacked by a foster sibling dog, waits until she finds…

When God calls you to do something, say something, or go somewhere, how do you reply? Do you say YES, or do you reply no or maybe? I believe God is looking for a YES generation – an army of laborers who will do what He tells us, say what He aks us to say, and go where He sends us. I believe He wants us to do this without argument, debate, or reasoning. After all, He tells us in His Word: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV).” Note the order. First we trust Him. Then we do not rely on our own understanding. Next we acknowledge Him. After,…

Just how busy are you? I heard the words a few weeks ago. I started to write about it. I stopped. I went to sleep one night. I dreamed. I was preaching in my dream. Just how busy are you? I spoke the exact words to those listening as I preached. I woke up. I turned to other things. But the words did not leave. They keep coming back. Just how busy are you? Today I felt led to write what I had been inspired to write in the first place. I cringed. People won’t like this. Some will be offended. I could lose a friend, or two. Others will be too busy to hear. I knew it was too late to tuck the words away, to bury them somewhere even…

My brother slept so soundly in his teenage years my mother had to buy him a special alarm clock. Extra big, bold red lettering. Extra loud. Extra everything. He just couldn’t seem to wake up without extra help. America is not a teenager as far as I know, yet today I was reminded yet again that our nation needs extra big, bold, and loud wake up calls to get moving. Living in the Nation’s Capital region, I along with numerous others awoke at 5 a.m. to the thunderous sound of the largest earthquake recorded in this area since 1974. Groggily, I wondered if it was a horrible thunderstorm, a massive truck driving by, or something terrible. It never crossed my mind it was an earthquake until hours later when a friend…

One of the most tragic true stories I have ever heard was of a man on his deathbed who told his loved one that he was certain he had not fulfilled his purpose on earth. The Bible is clear about our primary purpose, but I believe God also has a specific, individual, unique purpose for us all. Our primary purpose? “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself (Luke 10:27 KJV).” Furthermore, we are to share the Gospel: “And He said unto them, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15 KJV).” Beyond that? The Lord has a purpose for…

I can honestly say I love the Lord more than I ever have in my life, and yet the challenges and circumstances in my life have been unbearably relentless day after day, week after week, year after year. It seems I barely come up for air before the enemy sucker punches me with another attack, and I wonder if my particular life is truly that important to the enemy or if perhaps I matter so little to the Lord that He allows all this with barely ever a break of more than hours or a couple of days in between attack after attack. But do you know something? I have found in the past year and a half, as the grief has continued on, as I have hurt to no end, as the attack on my…

Tonight my dream house fell through, and oh how I am praising the Lord! As Walk by Faith Ministry expands its horizons with my upcoming move to South Carolina, I could not have been more excited about finding the perfect house for me and my four-legged crew. I have been blessed with a team of people advising me on the long-distance house search, and together we had researched the house to no end. “It’s my dream house,” I told my friends. I had prayed God would not let me move into a house that was not His will, and I had prayed my new house would be a place for ministry and that it would glorify His name. Tonight I received information that helped me realize the house is not…

You know the one. You think of him constantly. Her face invades your thoughts all day long. You promised yourself you would let it go. You think about him more than Jesus. The memory comes in the middle of the night. You cross the street to the other side before you near her house. You told yourself you would stop grinding your teeth. You can’t stop thinking about what happened. There he is again. Center stage. The one you won’t forgive. Then, neatly, safely, quietly, you tuck the person away into the deepest place in your heart. You pull yourself together. You make yourself forget about it. You get focused. You put on your best dress. You don your best smile. You straighten your tie. Off to church. You pray. “Our…

Do you pray for strangers? I do. It comes naturally to me. I have noticed a world in need for as long as I can remember. I was born with a humongeous heart, but my human heart did not have the capacity to love like God does. Now that the Lord lives inside me, I am learning to love with His love and to let His unfailing mercy and compassion flow through me. Throughout my day, wherever I go, whatever I am doing, I notice those in need. Random people. Total strangers. People who oftentimes never know I am there. Today, I saw a man with an infirmity hobbling far across a parking lot. I could see his brokenness. We never crossed paths. He never even saw me. I prayed…

Bound in chains. In a prison without bars, without walls, without escape. A cloud of blackness blinding my vision. A weight ever on me, lowering me, pressing me down. The rape of darkness. I could hear almost nothing but noise. Constant. I already knew Jesus; I had known Him for years. But I could do little more than grope for Him and grab onto Him, pulling Him down with me, before He motioned for me to follow and I could only drown in the quicksand. I could not even see Him leave; I could barely hear Him say, “Come, follow me.” I could not even breathe right, nor think straight, let alone love for more than minutes. I loved God. I prayed. I studied the Bible. I went to church. I worshipped. I…

Mother Theresa needs help with her retirement. She is on multiple medications to keep her comfortable. She has had a tough life & thinks of Walk by Faith Ministry as her assisted living facility. Her owner planned to shoot and kill her, her rescuer abandoned her in his flight from the police, her next caretakers kept her in a pen outside, and she was attacked so badly by a fellow foster dog after rescue that it took 2 hours of surgery to put her neck back together. Now she hobbles around like a little Granny after 13 years of a hard life – and is happy as a clam!! She is not one of Walk by Faith Ministry’s most adoptable dogs, so we are reaching out for support in providing her…

I call them my butt-kickers. They are my biblical butt-kickers. They are my friends who love the Lord so much that they are willing to tell me the truth even when it is hard to hear. They are too sold out to the Lord and care about me too much to watch me walk through difficult places without telling me there is another way. They remind me about what is real, and they tell me what I tend to forget. God has blessed me with a number of biblical butt-kickers. Why? He knows me well. I have a habit of staying in places I need to leave, and to hold onto people and things I am supposed to let go. My butt-kickers remind me what the Lord says in His…

I have fallen. Oh, I have fallen so far. I have fallen so far I have landed in the muck and mire of a hog pen I used to live in. I have made all the mistakes I made before, the ones I thought I left behind through Christ Jesus. But alas, the hog pen was waiting for my return. All my old sins awaited me, and I swooped them up like I had never let them go. But this time there were two differences. First, I knew why I fell. I am walking through a grueling season, and one of great change. So I reached back for the familiar rather than trust God to walk forward to the new land He calls me to. Second, in my fallen state,…

True love speaks the truth – in love. Yesterday my long-time pastor, whom I had not seen in the four years since God sent me out for a four-year degree in His Word and life, chastened me about my recent disobedience regarding some things the Lord has asked me to do. After so long being away from my human shepherd, I can think of some better things to talk about than where I have fallen short. But I love the Lord so much and have such a strong, trusting relationship with my pastor that I am able to see the blessing in the chastening of the Lord. The Bible says the Lord chastens those He loves, and I know the same is true of my pastor. I am grateful God…

Just how insignificant are you? In the hands of the Lord, your seeming insignificance may be your greatest asset. Before I left on a trip to visit South Carolina where Walk by Faith Ministry will open a new office and I will ultimately move, I hurried to a random tire shop to get two desperately needed new tires. Two were just about useless; the other two were exeedingly close. The manager was honest; though I was in dire need of four, I could get by with two for just a bit longer. Then, he surprised me with four tires for just slightly over the price of two to ensure I would be safe on my long journey ahead. He was led by the Lord to bless me, and I could…

What if what you won’t let go is costing you your life? Maybe you believe what you are holding onto is not risking your life because it is not potentially fatal. But what if what you will not surrender is keeping you from living the fullness of the abundant life the Lord intended for you? In a matter of mere weeks, the Lord has brought me to a place of releasing every single person, place, and thing I have held onto since the day I was born. Why? He revealed to me that not only was I holding back the life He has planned for me, but most importantly that everything and everyone I was holding onto was keeping me from holding onto Him. What are you holding onto that…

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