Are you feeling incapable of fulfilling the task you know God is calling you to perform. Jeremiah felt the same way and this is what God told him.
“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.
But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.”
Before you were born, God knew you and He has a purpose for you on this earth. Whom the Lord calls, He qualifies. You are no alone. Lean on Him.
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Do you feel like you’re traveling crooked paths, repeating unwanted patterns, stuck in some form of bondage or another? You don’t have to stay stuck in this. God is telling you,
“I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:
And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.” Isaiah 45:2-3
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“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”
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“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
Are you neglecting the gifts that are in you? Are you discounting the talents, abilities and spiritual gifts you possess.
“Neglect not the gift that is in thee.” 1 Timothy 4:14
Life often sends us on twists and turns. Paths we felt led to travel often lead to tragedy or pain. But through it all, if we look to Christ, He can make the winding paths of our lives work together for our good.
“And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.” Isaiah 42:16
When we we’re walking through the refiner’s fire, we have the choice to be consumed or forged. If we look to Christ, our hardest trials can work together for our good and transform us into a better, purer, stronger person. Our thought today comes from Isaiah 43:2:
“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” Isaiah 43:2
When hard things happen and you wonder if you can make it another day or even another hour, I hope you’ll take comfort in these words from Isaiah.
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness….For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” Isaiah 41:10-13
Do you want more time? More money? More friends? To achieve your dreams? The answer is found in the law of sacrifice as explained by Jesus:
“Except a grain of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die, it brings forth much fruit.” John 12:24-25.
Today I’m exploring the blessings that come through death — the new life, the new possibilities, the new power that comes as we sacrifice time, money and resources and as we release those we love to the grave.
There is something about grief in losing a loved one that opens us up to sweet miracles, divine tender mercies and joy. It is one of the most exquisite manifestations of the duality of our universe … that within every challenge there are equal blessings. The law of divine compensation is on overdrive at these times if we have eyes to see and acknowledge it.
My heart goes out to my dear friends Martina, Luanna and Marcia with the passing of your parents. They will be near you, watching over you. They are your angels with more power to run to you and assist you than they ever had in mortality.
As Obi Wan told Darth, “If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”
Is there is something you’ve always wanted to do, but don’t think you have the ability to do it? Where there is desire, there is power. Psalms 37:4 says
“Delight thyself in the Lord, and he shall give thee the desires of thy heart.”
In this video, I’ll prove to you the truth of this statement by giving you an example.
I’ve always wanted to feel comfortable singing in front of people, but I was too scared to do more than sing in the car by myself. I also have wanted to be able to compose music. Today, I wrote a song and I’m going to sing it for you in this video… just to prove to you that God really can give you the desires of your heart, whether they’re ever spoken or not.
Three of my good friends have lost a parent this week. Their loss has brought back the feelings and experiences in losing my own mother. Interestingly enough, I’m staying at the house of my own friend who lost her father unexpectedly today. No one saw it coming. He was only 62 and died out of a heart attack.
It’s one of those days when I finally understand why I am where I am and it’s not why I thought you were. Obviously, the reason I felt inspired to take this trip this summer is so that I could be here with my friend Martina and offer what comfort I can.
Are there things you want to be different in your life? Have you taken the time to ask God for them specifically? Do you set clear intentions? Sometimes we feel dissatisfaction with situations, but never get clear enough to ask for a solution.
Today’s thought comes from Luke 11:9-13
“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”
Often we feel like we’re not enough. We lack the skills, the talents, the strength, the resources, the money or the time to achieve the things we feel called to do. But Jesus made it clear feeding the 4,000 that He can take our meager resources and transform them to over and above what is needed.
The story is found in Matthew 15:32-8
“Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.
And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?
And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes.
And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.
And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full.
And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children.”
A lot of us get upset if someone else is doing something similar to what we are. We may feel like there isn’t room in the world for us and another person doing the same thing. We may feel like they’re going to steal our customers or are going to encroach on our territory. Or maybe we were first and it irritates us when someone comes along and “steals our idea.” Have you ever wondered what Jesus thinks about competition?
In this short video I talk about Luke 9:49-50
“And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.”
Have you been in a manna state where you’re just getting by day-by-day? Are you ready to enter your promised land? Are you ready to have good success? God tells us how in Joshua 1:5-9:
“There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
As we read the Bible we see that Jesus rarely healed people in exactly the same way. Healing seems to be catered to the individual. One woman suffers 12 years and then touches the hem of Jesus’ garment and is instantly healed. Another man is healed without Jesus ever coming into contact with him. Another is healed by Jesus telling Him to arise, take up his bed, and walk.
The method is rarely the same, but there seems to be the common thread of faith. But, how much faith is enough? The woman who touched His garment may have had faith those twelve long years. The man whose servant was healed from afar may have had faith for his servant’s healing, but we don’t know if the servant himself actually had any faith at all.
Healing seems to come in God’s timing and way. It seems to be an individual process. This reminds me of a verse repeated in John, Acts and Matthew
“For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their hearts, and should be converted, and I should heal them.” Matthew 13:15-16
Like conversion, healing seems to be an individual process that has to do with us listening, seeing and understanding with our hearts. Each of us comes to this place of being able to open our eyes to see or opening our hearts to understand. My friend LaurieKae Banks once told me, “broken is open.” Many times it takes brokenness to get to the point where we’re open enough to see the loving healing God is offering us.
I know in my own experience, losing my mother, husband and my family property simultaneously took me to that broken place where I looked up to God with new eyes and new ears. I asked him to create a new heart in me because the one I had was demolished. There was nothing left of it and the only solution was to ask God to create a new heart in me. This process facilitated miraculous emotional, spiritual and mental healing.
Yet, I am fully aware that my experience is mine. Your road to healing may take completely different twists and turns. All we clearly know is that faith is a requisite. So whatever it takes, whatever happens, look to God and choose faith.
What do you do when you’re in a no-win situation and there seems to be no way out? You can take a lesson from Moses and the children of Israel at the Red Sea. Still and see the salvation of the Lord. This could be your miracle moment.
“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” Exodus 14:13-14
In some circumstances, I believe God wants us to use our own ingenuity and the minds He gave us to find solutions to our challenges.
There are times when He wants us to pray to have our eyes opened to see the solutions around us. In those times He can direct us which way to go.
Yet, there are other times when Pharaoh’s chasing us, the desert surrounds us, and the Red Sea looms ahead. We are in a fish bowl with nowhere to go. I believe in those times, when everything looks impossible, that God may be about to part the Red Sea.
If you find yourself in this impossible place, it’s important to drop the fear and stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. This could be the moment where the cycles and chains of bondage are about to be broken once and for all.
This may be the moment of your deliverance where your oppressors (whether they be people, repeating challenges, or addictions) are about to be slain. This is a miracle moment when you’ll see those enemies “again no more forever.”
I had the exquisite pleasure of attending the Millennial Choir and Orchestra performance tonight. My friend Leslie Householder got me tickets to their Be Still My Soul production. The first song they performed was How Great Thou Art, and I have included a video below of their version of the song. I wish I had a recording of their version of Be Still My Soul, but it has not been released yet.
Be Still My Soul touched me profoundly. I’d played it on the piano at my mother’s funeral, so this put her uppermost in my mind. As I closed my eyes and let the music wash over me, a scene entered my mind of my mother arriving in heaven surrounded by concourses of angels, celebrating her return as she came into the presence of the Savior. Such joy filled my heart for her.
Here’s the video of the Millennial Choir and Orchestra performing How Great Thou Art. There’s no comparison to attending live but this gives you a taste.
I’ve often used this passage as a meditation visual to help me deal with anxiety and insomnia when life gets challenging. It comes from Luke 8:22-25
“Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.
But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.
And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.
And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.”
Luke 7:36-50 tells the story of a sinful woman who comes to Jesus at a Pharisees home and begins to wash Jesus’ feet with her tears, dry them with her hair, and anoint them with oil. The Pharisee judges both the woman and Jesus in his heart. He’s certain if Jesus were really a prophet he’d know this woman was sinful and wouldn’t let her near him.
Jesus, perceiving Simon the Pharisee’s thoughts, shares a parable about two debtors that illustrates how those who are forgiven much, love much. While we don’t want to sin judy so we can be forgiven more and love more, there is a way for any one of us to truly comprehend our own need for forgiveness and increase our love for God and other people — even our enemies.
In this video I share my experience with this principle and how I have applied it in my life. I hope you find it insightful.
I highly recommend Dr. John Demartini’s book, The Breakthrough Experience. It will transform your life, help you forgive, release judgement and increase your love for yourself and others. Most of all it will help you trust God’s divine plan for your life no matter what has happened or is happening.
“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
For the last week and for the next month I’m on an adventure in trusting the Lord and seeing how He provides and where He leads. I’ve been pleasantly surprised how everything is working out. I always have somewhere nice to stay with loving people. Both houses I’ve stayed in so far even have pianos for me to continue practicing my music and working on some compositions.
I felt very strongly I should take this trip to Utah even though I wasn’t exactly sure where it would lead or what would come of it. I’m still not sure what it’s all about, but it has already reconnected me to myself. I feel more like my highest and best self than I have in three years.
I’m also reconnecting to my divine purpose. Doing this 90 Day Light The World: Build the Kingdom Challenge in conjunction with the trip is working miracles in my heart and soul.
I’ll keep you posted on this adventure as it continues.
I woke up this morning thinking about how Jesus invites us to walk on water. Water symbolizes emotion. It’s unstable, it’s certainly not a sure foundation. It’s volatile and the sea is unpredictable.
Our lives get that way sometimes. When you feel like you have no foundation anymore and emotions brim at the surface, keeping your eye on Jesus and realizing He’s right there with you, helping you walk on the water, reduces anxiety and facilitates miracles.
That’s one thing I love about the 90 Day Light The World: Build The Kingdom Challenge. Each morning we ask God one thing we can do to be a light, to build His kingdom. Then we act on the inspiration and opportunities that come. This shifting of perspective to focus on the Master calms our hearts and minds, and before long we’re walking on water. Please join us! It’s incredible!
I taught a class in Utah on transforming your troubles into thought leadership and creating your online systems for getting your message out online. During the lunch break, I had a great conversation today with one of my students (soon to-be-best-selling author, Cosette Snarr) about the power of pain and how resisting pain actually prolongs it.
What we resist persists.
I think one thing that has expedited my healing is immersing myself in the memories, embracing the pain, shedding the tears, and seeing the blessings laced within the tragedy. God’s hand is everywhere when we take time to look for it.
The joy in this journey has been every bit as exquisite as the pain. It seems that pain hollows out a deeper crucible for joy.
I never thought such a thing would be possible, but through the grace and mercy of the Holy Messiah nothing is impossible. I’m incredibly grateful for what God is doing in my life.
As I’ve pondered on this further, I’ve thought about Jesus and the immense pain that went through — more than anyone, more than all of us combined. Then I think of the exquisite joy and glory He obtained as He now sits down on the right hand of the Father. I’m so grateful for what He endured for me and the rich blessings that are available to each of us through His grace.
(By the way, I wasn’t able to record a video for today because I was teaching all day and on the road to visit my grandson in Idaho all evening. But I hope this little thought gives you something to ponder.)
And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s,
But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. Mark 10:29-30
I had a couple interesting conversations with people about how the need to look perfect and like you have it all together can lead to depression, hopelessness, addiction and even suicide.
If you think about it, our society glamorizes the ideal. Photoshopping is not reality. A lot of us are tempted to portray only our “best side” on social media. There are subcultures in some religions that pressure people to look like they’re perfect and have no problems. And people with some “sins” or life challenges are hammered by internal and/or external shame.
The first thing Satan told Adam and Eve in the garden after they ate the fruit was that they should be ashamed because they were naked and to hide. He’s still telling us the same thing. That we should be ashamed of who we are and what we’ve done and to go hide.
A big part of my growth and healing journey has been to openly feel and admit my emotions and my challenges. When I acknowledge to another person (aka confess) Satan can’t shame me anymore over that thing. I’ve called him out and he holds no power over me there.
Satan tempts men to sin, then to be ashamed and to hide from each other and from God. Husbands hide from wives. Wives hide from husbands. Children hide from parents and we hide from each other in every aspect of society.
God gives us the solution. Confess, open your eyes and your ears to his love, receive Christ’s grace, let him heal you. Every sin is a result of a deep unmet need. Let Him meet the need and heal the wound and the desire for sin goes away. Then he touches you with his finger so you can shine like a candle on a candlestick.
With God, condemnation and shame are never part of the prescription. Don’t let Satan shame you. Call him out. Go to someone you can trust and confess the doubts, fears, emotions and thoughts he’s putting into your mind. Go to someone who is connected to Christ and let them walk beside you back to the Savior so he can heal you.
Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite hymns, “Be Still My Soul”
“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-16)
Today’s message from the 90 Day Light the World: Build The Kingdom Challenge is on Divine Restoration from Joel 2:25-26.
And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.
Our thought today for the Light the World: Build the Kingdom 90 Day Challenge comes from John 3:16-21 and is about the grace of God and how to activate it in your life to bring about true transformation.
“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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God” John 3:16-21
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” Luke 6:38
Peace of mind can be one of the most elusive things we seek in life. It remains out of reach for most people because there will always be challenges and problems. If those things are allowed to disrupt your peace, you’ll never know it for any length of time. Philippians 4:6-7 holds the answer. I discuss it in Day 21 of the Light the World: Build The Kingdom 90 Day Challenge video.