A Distorted Image of Love

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. (Isaiah 49:15-16 NIV)

There is a secular song that currently plays in heavy rotation on the radio called True Love. I normally do not listen to secular music but I took special notice of this particular song because the first time I happened to hear it, I laughed out loud causing the people that I work with to stare at me like I had six heads!
The singer is apparently talking to her man in the song and I kid you not, the first words out of her mouth are, “Sometimes I want to slap you in your whole face!” I took notice of the song from there and proceeded to hear the crooner sing about how much her man irks her nerves and how she would take total pleasure in wringing his neck! Strangely enough, all of these things lead the singer to believe that her relationship “must be true love”! (I really can’t make this stuff up!)
While I’m sure many of us can relate to wanting to slap their man in “his whole face!” it occurred to me that we really do have a distorted image of what true love is. Man’s love cannot be true because at his best, man is simply self-centered; therefore, his love will always be uncertain. How then, can we try to put a label on the love of man that says, “true”?
In scripture we learn that God is love. What’s more, we are told that God is true. Why is it that we constantly associate God’s love with man’s love?
We assume that God did not hear our prayers, or worse yet, He’s ignoring our prayers because they’re just not important enough to Him. We assume that He loves someone else more than us. We assume that we have to go all out to impress Him and get His attention when we’ve had His attention since before we were even created in our mother’s womb! Our God is perfect and our assumptions come not from what we know about God but from what we’ve experienced with man.
God is not a man! His love is not contingent on what we do. He loves us totally and completely. He does not come to judge us but He comes to heal us! He does not bind but He sets free! God’s love is never self-centered or uncertain; you can always count on it! His love is completely pure, completely lasting and completely true!

Food for thought: A healthy understanding of God’s love will inspire worship!

Scripture Ref: Isaiah 49:15-16, 1 John 4:8, John 14:16


The Word of God is Alive

For the Word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart, (Hebrews 4:12 KJV)

What does it mean when someone tells you that the Word of God is Alive? For many years I really didn’t understand it. I just thought that it was something that deep people say. But then I realized that man did not say it first. That statement comes from the Word of God. When it says that The Word is quick, that word quick in the Greek means, ALIVE! So if this statement comes from the Word of God, that means it’s true! When I realized that it was actually true, my next question was, what does it mean?
Well think about it in the natural. When I was pregnant with my children, they were alive and living inside of me. Immediately after I conceived, my body began to feel different. I was sick from things that never made me sick before. I couldn’t do many of the things that I used to do because I could harm the baby inside of me. I’d feel him moving around inside of me. He made me crave or desire things that I did not normally like.
Now hold onto that and go with me to another place. Imagine that you move into a home. When I moved into my first apartment, the first thing that I did before I put my stuff away was clean. I scrubbed the cabinets, floors the bathroom. I made sure that it was clean before I began putting my stuff down and around. I took out everything in the place that I did not like. I took out everything that was not like me. I threw it in the garbage.
The landlord, the owner of the house told me that there were items that were left from the other tenant that I was welcome to keep. But if it wasn’t like me, I wasn’t keeping it and into the garbage it went.
Now just picture having a Holy and Sovereign God taking up residency in your body. He gets in there and he starts moving stuff around in the places that he wants it. He starts removing the things that are no good. In the beginning this is uncomfortable. Sometimes it’s even painful but He knows what He’s doing. We begin to war with Him because it doesn’t feel good and it doesn’t feel familiar.
If you’ve ever rented a place, you know that many times there are restrictions on what you can do with the place. You can’t paint certain colors or sometimes you can’t paint at all. You can’t move, remodel or get rid of certain things. The reason for this is because your stay is only temporary. What the landlord is saying is that you may not be here forever and the next tenant may not like the changes.
Did you notice that the word “lord” is in landlord? Because he is “lord” over that land. Just as we were lord over our land, before we received Christ. But Christ isn’t trying to rent from you. He wants to own your land; your place, your temple. In fact, He does own your land, your place your temple. The Word of God says that you were bought with a price. God wants to paint; He wants to knock down some walls He wants to totally renovate your temple.
If someone purchases a house and begins to do some renovations in the place, can the former owner come back to the home and complain about the renovations and demand that the new owner put things back the way that they were? Not if they don’t want to be arrested! They have no rights to the place anymore.
There’s a show on TLC called “Moving Up”. It features families that move out of one house and purchase another from another family. They renovate the entire house to their liking and when they’re all done, the old family gets to come back and critique the place. It always amuses me that the old owners have so much to say about the new owners’ renovations. They can’t understand how they didn’t like things exactly the way that they were left. And to tell you the truth, sometimes the old owners leave a mess and they actually expect the new owners to keep their mess!
The place has been bought with a price. If they didn’t want to sell, they shouldn’t have accepted the money. But they did accept the money, which means that they have to let go. You see, our problem is not allowing Christ to be Savior in our lives. We love it when he saves us. But the struggle comes when He expects to be LORD and that comes with having rule over what He has purchased with His blood!
We must change. We must follow the directions from God and allow Him to renovate our temple because we’re either going to sell out completely to God or not sell at all!

Food for thought: I was bought with a price; I am no longer my own.

Pursuing Purpose

The truth is, God never told us to pursue purpose. He told us to pursue Him. We sometimes confuse the ministry of God and God Himself. Of course God has a purpose and plan for your life and He wants you to walk in it but why is it that when we think of purpose, we assume that it’s isolated to ministry.
If someone tells us that God has a great purpose for us, we may assume that we’re going to be in a huge cathedral style church or a stadium preaching the gospel to millions. That’s not necessarily the plan of God for everybody. I don’t think that there are enough stadiums for that to be for everybody…
I’ve had some hard times in my life since I’ve come to Christ. Some of those hard times I brought on myself, but God used each and every one of those hard things to get glory for Himself. Even the most painful parts of my life, when I stopped crying long enough to hear God and got over myself long enough to be obedient to His instructions, God was able to get some glory out of my life. Me! My life has brought God glory! Hallelujah!
Contrary to what I’d love to think, I was not put here to be a world renowned author; I was not put here to be a great youth mentor; I was not even put here to be a wonderful wife and mother. I was put here on this earth to bring glory to the Most High.
When a weak vessel can stand through the hard things leaning on the strength of God, the world (our friends and family) are watching closely. When everyone else around us is complaining about the economy or the nasty boss and we can speak life, they’re thinking, Who is this Jesus that they’re trusting in? I’ve got to get to know Him!
Our complete lives are meant to bring glory and honor to God but in order for this to be possible, we must pursue God. Sometimes we go way ahead of Him trying to fit ourselves in our call. However, if we pursue Him, He will lead us to purpose.

Knowing the Voice of the Father

And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. (John 10:4,5 KJV)

I cannot count the number of times that a fellow sister or brother in Christ has asked me, “What does God’s voice sound like when He’s talking to you?” or “How do I know that I’m hearing God’s voice?”
This is absolutely normal for a new convert but for those of us who have been living this thing for some years, not knowing the voice of your Father should not be! For a Christian to say that they don’t know the voice of God, it means one thing and one thing only; you have not spent any time in His presence, reading His Word.
There are people in my life that can call me on the phone and without even looking at the caller id, I’ll know who it is as soon as I hear their voice. Why; because I have spent time talking with them therefore I’ve come to a place where I know their voice. If someone else gets on the phone claiming to be them, immediately a red flag will go off and I’ll question whether they are who they say they are. There are people that I know so well that if someone comes to me with false information about them, I can confidently dismiss it knowing that this is not something that they would do.
Many times the voice of the adversary will try to mimic the voice of God and instruct you to do something contrary to God’s Word. If we have spent time with God, in His Word, the voice of the enemy will sound flawed. If the message or instructions does not line up with the Word of God, then it is NOT God. God will never speak contrary to His Word. But how will you know that it doesn’t line up with His Word if you don’t read His Word?!
In the time that we live in, when so many false doctrines and false prophets have gone out causing many to fall by the ways side due to lack of knowledge, it will never be a waste of your time to read God’s Word. If you think that the enemy is not after you, you would be wrong! The enemy is after you! He wants your soul destroyed! Arm yourself in these evil times and get to know your Father’s voice!

Food for thought: To know your Father is to love your Father!

Say Goodbye to Insecurity!



I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. (Psalm 139:14 KJV)


I’ve made it no secret that I’ve wrestled with insecurity for most of my life. I received Christ 13 years ago and I wish that I could say my insecurities ended there but they did not! I know that this is going to sound weird but in some ways I felt that insecurity was okay in the eyes of God. A part of me felt like my insecurities were rooted in humility. However, that could not be further from the truth. Insecurity is not rooted in humility but it is rooted in unbelief!

Arguably, there is nothing that makes the evil one happier than when we are insecure. Causing us to feel insignificant and unsure gives him just the power that he needs to rule us. He can’t do anything with a vessel that is completely conformed to the Word of God!

The word insecure is broken up into two words: in + secure. The prefix in means not and the word secure means not subject to threat; certain to remain or continue safe and unharmed. As women of God, we understand that God is our security or our safe place. To say that we are insecure is to say that our God is not safe.

 I don’t care what you have; or don’t have. I don’t care what you look like; or don’t look like. I don’t care what you know; or don’t know. Know this: Your God is safe! There is none safer. And if you are His, you have no reason to be insecure!

King David said, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made”. The word fearfully in this verse is the same Hebrew root word used in the phrase the fear of the Lord. This word fear has to do with reverence and awe. In other words, who you truly are or who God made you to be inspires reverence and awe! Of course the devil hates you! You were made in the very image and likeness of God for goodness sakes! Every time the enemy looks at you he sees in you the One Who created him; hence the One Who has the power to destroy him! 

Sisters, I may just be talking to myself and God only knows that I need it, but we have got to get over this contentment in our insecurity. Some of us have nursed insecurity for so long that we wouldn’t even recognize our own selves free. But it is not your Father’s will that you continue in unbelief. Believe that you are who He says you are because He is Who He says He is!

Food for thought: I am made in the image of the Almighty and Powerful God! 

What is True?


Let God be true but every man a liar. (Romans 3:4 KJV)


Many of us have been stung by words from our past. Some of those stings were intentional and some were simply careless. However, it doesn’t matter how well intentioned a sting might have been; it still brought pain. What do you do you do when you are stung by a word that seems to blast through your very core? If you’re like I was, you would probably allow that word to take root in you and grow. But God is asking you today, “What is True?”

I take full responsibility for all of my sin and bad choices but I have to tell you that I was set up to make some of the dumbest decisions that a person could make because the words of someone else caused me to see myself in a way that God never intended for me.

And we really can’t address the words that have hurt us without acknowledging the things that we might have said to others that may have hurt them. If we take a serious look back we might realize that our mouths may be the reason for someone else’s bondage. People of God, we don’t want that!

The bible says to be slow to speak and quick to listen but I really think that I read that scripture backwards because I am quick to speak and slow to listen. I have been just as guilty as anybody else in this area.  In the name of humor, I say things that are offensive to others. I don’t mean to be offensive but if I’m the only one laughing, maybe it isn’t really funny. Perhaps if I listened long enough I would find that maybe that “joke” wouldn’t be appropriate for this person.

For those of us who are still nursing wounds from those ugly words that were sent by messenger to destroy us, God has made provision for us! He sent His Word that is Truth and the Truth will stand up against the lie and prevail!

It is not enough to hear the Truth but Truth must be accepted. Once Truth is accepted, no matter how long that lie has been taking up residency in your heart it will have to move out! Truth will not shack up with a lie. When Truth moves in the lie will have to go! If you are not well versed in the Word of God today, it is not too late. Get into the Word and learn it. If you don’t get to know the truth you will not recognize the lie for the destructive thing that it is!

Food for thought: Every lie is intended to destroy because the father of lies seeks only to kill, steal and destroy!

He Came to Set the Captives Free! (A Personal Testimony)

You say, “I am allowed to do anything” – but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything. (1 Corinthians 6:12 NLT)

Never has a verse hit me dead in the chest as the above verse has. I have been struggling for years with a secret addiction. For a long time it was a secret even to myself. I had an addiction that many would call minor. Many might even argue that it is not an addiction but I know the hold that it had on me. It was literally affecting every area in my life. And even when I realized that I was dealing with an addiction, I felt powerless to let it go.

The thing about addiction is that it is arrogant. Yes, I realize that I used a word that is usually used to describe a person but anyone who has ever struggled with an addiction knows that it takes on it’s own persona and that persona is arrogant.

Arrogant: having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities.

Anything in your life that exalts itself above the Most High is arrogant sin.

Addiction says, “I am going to make you feel so good!” “Nothing in your life is better than me!” “Without me, you are nothing!”

The truth is addiction is a liar. It is not the best thing in your life; you are who God made you to be despite what addiction says and even if it makes you feel good, it’s only temporary!

With all of that being understood, I still couldn’t help but hold on to my addiction as if it were my life source! But beloved, God is your one and only life source. He is the best thing in your life. There is nothing in your life better than Him. And forget about Him just making you feel good; He IS Good!

Therefore whom the Son has set free is free indeed! (John 8:36) The question is not, ‘Has Christ set you free?’ Because He has absolutely set you free! The question is ‘Are you walking in the Freedom that Christ has laid down his life to give to you?’

Because while Christ was laying down His very life to make you free, the devil had plans to bind you, and you’d better believe that he is working feverishly day and night to carry out those plans.

The devil knows that you’re free but his plan is to deceive you into thinking that you are not free; that you will never be free; that freedom is just not available for you.

So there we lay, bound and chained to the lie that the devil has fed to us. We become weak because we have traded in the life of Christ for death through addiction.

Perhaps this is not you. Perhaps I am speaking only for myself. Perhaps I am the only one who struggles with addiction. But if you can relate to this message and if you have struggled with addiction, let it go today and accept the freedom that was purchased for you on the cross. God is waiting with open arms to heal you. Let Him do it!

Mark of the Beast?


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PEACE SYMBOL or NERO’S CROSS: A broken, upside-down cross. To Roman emperor Nero, who hated and persecuted the early Christians, it meant destruction of Christianity. Revived in the sixties by hippies and others who protested nuclear weapons, Western culture, and Christian values, it now symbolizes a utopian hope for a new age of global peace and earth-centered unity. But many of heavy metal rock fans would agree with Nero and use it to mock Christ and His followers.

YIN YANG: A Chinese Tao picture of universal harmony and the unity between all opposites: light/dark, male/female, etc. Yin is the dark, passive, negative female principle. Yang is the light, active, positive principle. Since it represent monism (all is one) and pantheism (all is God), it opposes Christianity, which shows us that there is only one God (monotheism), and only in Christ can we be one. This symbol is very popular in children’s clothing, jewlery etc. It fits the consensus process, the vision of global unity, and the blending of opposing energies at the heart of Holistic Health.

BUTTERFLY: Reminds Christians of the amazing transformation that takes place through Christ’s redemption and regeneration. When “born again,” we become “a new creation.” (2 Cor. 5:17)  To many pagans, its mythical meaning is linked to the soul (of the deceased) in search of reincarnation.”

ANARCHY: Popular among school aged children today, this symbol for anarchy fits the message that pervades the most popular video games, role-playing games, movies and television. The lines of the “A” often extend outside the circle.To many satanists and other fast-growing occult groups it represents their slogan, “do what thou wilt.” A former occultist explained that it represents the ASMODEAS: a demonic force driving teenagers toward sexual perversion and suicide.

ANKH: An Egyptian cross symbolizing a mythical eternal life, rebirth, and the life-giving power of the sun.

ALCHEMY: This simple 17th century “sign” illustrates the blending of geometric shapes — circle, triangle, square — representing the various “elements” needed for spells and magic. It’s interesting to note that some of the more popular occult computer games also involve “elements” needed for magic and spell-casting.

TRIQUETRA SYMBOL – Another symbol of the occult adopted by Christianity. This symbol is used to symbolize the Christian trinity doctrine, however this symbol was originally used to represent the Three-Part Goddess (Maiden, Mother, Crone). This symbol is used as a secretive sign by the Aquarian Conspirators (A New Age Cult) and appears on “The Aquarian Conspiracy” a New Age handbook. This symbol also appears on the popular TV show “Charmed” which promotes witchcraft and appears on the front cover of “The Book of Shadows” which is used in witchcraft and Satanism.

ALL-SEEING EYE: A universal symbol representing spiritual sight, inner vision, higher knowledge, insight into occult mysteries. Look at your $1 bill. Think that it is a coincidence that the Time Warner Cable logo is very similar to this eye?

                          Eye in top Triangle of the PYRAMID: Masonic symbol for the all-seeing eye of god – an mystical distortion of the omniscient (all-knowing) Biblical God. You can find it on the $1 bill. Many of today’s top Hip Hop artists also flash this sign. This is not a coincidence!


Scull & Crossbones: Okay, does this picture really need an explanation? However it is now on almost every t-shirt made for our youth. As well, many of the younger celebrities celebrate this symbol wearing it on their clothing, jewelry and as tatoos. Besides this symbol representing the secret society that some call The Illuminati, this symbol simply represents death and destruction

The above signs are just some of the more popular evil symbols that are popping up all over our world today. They’re on children’s clothing, popular games, cartoons, etc. To those who do not study popular culture and its effects, it may never have dawned on you that these symbols were rooted in Satanism. For some of you, even after reading the meanings of these symbols you may still be unmoved by them.

Why are they so important? And do I really think that wearing them means that you have taken on the mark of the beast? Yes and no.

I believe that the Word of God in Revelation 14:9-10 which seems to speak of a literal mark of Satan’s that if taken will bring about God’s wrath on that individual. I am not suggesting that wearing the above symbols is what this verse is referring to. However if we can just examine the word mark for just a moment:

Mark: 1. a line, figure, or symbol made as an indication or record of something.

2. a written symbol made on a document in place of a signature by someone who cannot write.

3. write a word or symbol on (an object), typically for identification : she marked all her possessions with her name

Simply put, a mark in this sense is used to identify who you are. Whose mark do you bear? Better question, whose mark do you allow your children to bear?  Sadly these symbols are on so much of the children’s wear these days. It’s become so hard for me to shop for my own children because much of the clothing being made for them bear demonic symbols.

In the book of Ezekiel, God called for marks to be placed on the heads of those who were grieved by the sin of the people (Eze 9:4-6) so that they would not be destroyed with the others. The book of Revelations 13:16-17 says that the beast will cause the people to take on his mark to identify themselves as being in allegiance with him. I emphasize the word “cause” because the mark cannot be forced. It will be choice.

As stated earlier, I am NOT suggesting that the symbols above represent the mark that the Word of God speaks of in Revelation. What I am saying is the Word of God is clear when it speaks of the thief (Satan) coming only to steal kill and to destroy (John 10:10). Do not be naïve and think that it’s just a coincidence that these symbols are suddenly popping up everywhere you look for no reason. Is it really safe to think that you can play with the devil’s stuff without a consequence or a repercussion! Many of these symbols are used in occultic rituals! Exactly which part of “ONLY to steal kill and destroy” did you not understand?

If you are a parent, please be wise when choosing the images that you allow your children to bear. If you are a child, understand that the enemy is not skipping over you to get to the adults. You are who he desires to march in his army and you are who he desires to destroy.

Disclaimer: I am not a bible scholar and neither am I an expert on occultic signs and symbols so I invite you to go google crazy and study for yourselves the meanings of the symbols in popular culture.

I saw the below t-shirt in K-Mart while looking for shirts for my nine year old daughter…


Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted in me? (Psalm 42:5 KJV)

I will never forget one of the women’s meetings at my home church when a young lady who had attended as a guest began to share with the group that she was really missing intimate time with God. As her voice was reduced to a whisper at the end of her statement, she said something that I’m sure I can still hear today. “Sometimes you just want to hear Daddy’s voice.” I don’t think that there was a dry eye in the house after she said that. We were all reaching for the tissues!

I can’t help but wonder how many tears were for her and how many tears were for ourselves. We as women have hearts that are very deep and complex. At times, we can feel very lonely and isolated because we feel misunderstood. We want someone to relate to us but it seems to us that nobody can really understand what we’re going through. We tend to become very thirsty in these times; desiring to be filled. This is when we really desire to hear “Daddy’s voice” but it seems that even He has stopped talking to us.

Dear sisters, God never stops speaking to us. He has so much to say to us but it will start with getting into His Word. The Word will always appear dry to us if we are reading it in our natural mind. The bible says that Spirit speaks to spirit and Deep calleth unto deep. Only a call from the depths can provoke a response from the depths.

God is a Spirit and He speaks to our spirit man. We must read God’s Word with a relationship in mind. When you search His Word with the purpose of seeking His face you will hear His voice as the Holy Spirit begins to minister that Word into your ear and into your heart.

Close your eyes and meditate on that still small voice that is constantly speaking into your spirit and you will feel the very arms of a sweet and loving God enveloping you closer to Himself and you will know without a shadow of a doubt that your God has not forgotten about you and that your Father loves His little girl!

Food for thought: God is interested in relationship, not scholarship.

Scripture References: Psalm 42


Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil: for thou art with me; (Psalm 23:4 KJV)

I watched a movie recently for the second time called Facing the Giants. Besides it being an awesome movie, I received a mighty revelation about myself from God. In the movie, which is about a losing football team, the coach makes a young man do what they called the death crawl across a football field with another player on his back. The young man declares to the coach how far he believes he can go but has no idea how far the coach is taking him. He complains almost the entire way as the coach screams, encouraging the young man that he can do it. In the end, he makes it across the entire field albeit sweaty and exhausted.

I saw myself so clearly in that young man. As I watched him complain and cry as he did the excruciating thing, I realized that I too assume to know what’s in me. I can’t remember the last time I pushed myself until I had absolutely nothing left in me. I normally stop when I feel uncomfortable.

I don’t really like to think about God putting me in a situation that seems impossible for me. God, in His mercy, will start by first giving me instructions. Most times, I’ll just avoid it stating to God that when He’s really ready for me to do it, He will provide what I’ll need to get it done (i.e. finances, time, support, etc.). In other words, “When you’re ready God, you’ll make it easy for me.” When God does not provide before hand, I’ll just assume that it’s just not God’s timing. Then God, still as merciful as ever, will allow me to get into a situation where I have no choice but to face my giant or die. For some strange reason, in my desperation, I’ll somehow find the strength that I was too lazy to find before.

Ladies, I feel this in my heart so strongly today. When God gives us instructions, whatever they are, IT IS TIME TO MOVE! Sometimes God doesn’t part the waters until we dip our feet in first. (Joshua 3:15,16) But if we’re waiting for the waters to part before hand, we may never get across.

There is so much more in us than we know because the Great One lives inside of us and His strength is endless. I don’t know what your giant is today, and I don’t even need to know for me to say with confidence that you will defeat your giant if God has put it before you. It was not given to you to break you but it was given to you to show you that there is a mighty God working on your behalf and all of the strength that you need will be given to you. You will have to break a sweat and you will have to feel some pain but if you push yourself to do the impossible, the impossible WILL be done! Why do you have to sweat? Because your strength ended a long time ago.

Food for thought: Is there anything too hard for God?

Scripture Ref: Joshua 3:15-16 Psalm 23:4