Imagine the faith of the men who lifted a man through the roof of a house to ensure he received healing from Jesus despite the infinitely large crowd of people seeking something from Jesus. Imagine their strength. Imagine their perseverance. Imagine their endurance. Imagine their trust. Imagine their refusal to give up no matter how hard the challenge. Imagine how they did this for someone else and not themselves.Imagine how many more comfortable, suitable, easy, simple, straightforward, fun, entertaining, and self-centered opportunities they had that day. Imagine how much they gave up for the man in need because they had such confidence in Jesus. I don’t have to imagine it. I haven’t had a mere four believers carry me through the roof through the years. I have had an army…

Covered in feces. Filth. Grime. Grit. Matts. Shivering. Hair so long she could hardly see out, and nobody could hardly see in. Nobody wanted to anyway. Five pounds of abandonment, neglect, rejection, and, soon, euthanization. Waiting on a cold, cement floor in her prison cell block like shelter in rural Ohio. Little Faith is in heaven. I rescued her several years back.She lived only a very short while after rescue. I drove 16 hours in a single day to rescue one dog. She was not the one. I came home with several. I was not allowed to take her. I was haunted by her brokenness. One day later, I called the shelter to apologize for my bad attitude. How could I not be angry at what I had seen? I had…

Just as the world darkens with the increasingly disturbing wickedness of humans, the light of the love of Jesus Christ becomes ever brighter – more pronounced as light always is amid greater darkness. Even as I have seen an unprecedented number of accounts of evil at work, so have I witnessed acts of love and mercy that perhaps are more rare but are without question more precious than ever.Sometimes I have to squint in the dark in search of the light, but always it is there – announcing, affirming, reaffirming, validating, and pointing people to the author of faith and everything good. Sometimes I am easily lost in the morass of humanity’s blackout of sin, whether it be my own or another’s, but then I am catapulted into greater awareness…

Walk by Faith Ministry, a 501c3 non-profit ministry dedicated to sharing the Gospel as we minister the Lord’s love to people and homeless dogs, operates on a small budget with big faith. Right now, we are seeking a big increase in our Sponsorship Program to help us fulfill our mission for the Lord. So how can you help? Sponsors donate ANY amount (no amount too small or too big!) monthly by signing up on our SPONSOR US page. Your donation is deducted monthly via credit or debit card, or you can mail a check monthly. Please join me in prayer and faith that the Lord will provide a big increase in our Sponsorship Program, and please help spread the word about our ministry and our search for new sponsors. Please…

Don’t tell God to use you – unless you mean it. I used to ask God to use me. I made two mistakes. One, I was not ready to be used. I had too much junk in my heart and life to be used for His glory. Second, I only wanted to be used on my terms. Imagine the possibilities – or not. How could God possibly use me when my life was a mess and I was completely unwilling to be used on His terms. I am completely blown away by what has happened in my life just recently. I have been so purged of junk in my heart and my life, I am now so filled with His Holy Spirit, and I have such a deep willingness to…

I don’t deserve this treatment. Neither did Jesus. I don’t deserve this attitude. Neither did Jesus. I don’t deserve this hatred. Neither did Jesus. I don’t deserve this slander. Neither did Jesus. I don’t deserve this cruelty. Neither did Jesus. I don’t deserve this rejection. Neither did Jesus. I don’t deserve this abandonment. Neither did Jesus. I don’t deserve this hurt. Neither did Jesus. I don’t deserve this betrayal. Neither did Jesus. I don’t deserve this neglect. Neither did Jesus. I don’t deserve this lack of love. Neither did Jesus. I don’t deserve these circumstances. Neither did Jesus.I don’t deserve this situation. Neither did Jesus. I don’t deserve this pain. Neither did Jesus. But Jesus took it all anyway. And He took it with love – for us. And He…

God humbled me beyond measure today when He convicted me of pridefully, arrogantly, and wrongfully determining for nearly a decade that a loved one’s sin was worse than my own. I immediately repented, but remain astonished that I could for so long believe such a lie about my sin versus another’s. I knew I had judged this person. In fact, I had sought forgiveness numerous times over recent years for my sins of judgment and condemnation. But I had not until today realized in the depths of my heart that I truly believed all the mistakes I have made were nothing compared with the mistakes of this other person.Can you imagine my audacity in not only playing judge, but also in being so prideful and so self-righteous that I would…

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Something strange is happening. I am not remembering some, if not much, and sometimes all, of what I am writing. Maybe it is because of how tired I am. Perhaps it is because I am having difficulty sleeping and write through the night.One could say it is because I am distracted. Some might say it is because I am so very unfocused. But I believe it is more than this. I believe the Lord is pouring through me. I am more surrendered to Him than I have ever been, and for the first time in my life I am truly filled with His presence. He knows I am sold out to Him; He knows my heart is His.Based on the comments I am receiving from around the world on how…

Love does not always say Yes. Sometimes love says No. But God is loving, right? Yes, God is loving. But sometimes God says No. We are called to love, right? Yes. But sometimes God calls us to say No. God recently called me to say No to a loved one, and I look back and wonder how different our lives would have been if I had not so automatically said Yes in the past. No is hard to say, I cannot deny it. But No is sometimes necessary. And I have just experienced how very hard it is. But I have also witnessed the freedom that comes in obedience and the amazing way the Lord can move when love must say No.The Lord had me say No with a specific…

A friend was kind enough some time ago to teach me a lesson I need to never forget. She asked me an innocent question, and my response was answer enough to reveal the lesson I needed. “Is so-and-so a follower of Christ?” “So-and-so is a believer,” I responded. But that, of course, was not the question. “There is a difference between believers and followers,” she replied, fanning the fire I have for Christ even further. Believers in Christ and followers of Christ are one and the same, right?A believer may also be a follower, but a believer is not automatically a follower. I, of all people, should know. When I came to faith in Christ in my 20s, I made a dangerous mistake. I believed in Jesus, but I did…

“You have a spirit of religion,” my friends told me several years back. The night they spoke these words, my friends became my enemies and I went barreling, clumsily and greedily, clinging and holding fast like a child seeking safety into the deadly arms of religion. “I will not let you go, religion,” I might as well have said. What I should have said, I could not. “Jesus, I will not let you go.” But I did not land in the everlasting arms of Jesus.I sunk deeper into the abyss of religion as religion took me down into its depths. “But you’re religious,” some might say. “We know how you love Jesus.” I am not religious, I speak truthfully these years later, for I love Jesus. Did you know Jesus…

Some people have dark nights of the soul. I have had dark years of the soul. I have known such darkness at times that light did not play hide and seek with me. Light hid and never sought me, and I was enveloped in darkness so deep I was often too weary to seek light.Some people find Jesus and seem to turn their backs on darkness. I met Jesus and went deeper into darkness. I became mired in dark after my encounter with Him for two reasons. For the beginning years after my introduction, I believed in Him but did not follow Him. For the next series of years, I followed Him but found my heart in darkness.I followed Him but held on for dear life to that which I…

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…

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