“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” This familiar phrase is used to tell us that there is “more than meets the eye.” We decide what to wear, what to eat, how to decorate our house, where to vacation, etc. all based on what is pleasing to our eyes. Our sense of sight makes many a decision for us. That’s fine regarding material things.

However, when it comes to people it is a different story. God choose David to be anointed King when he was still in the field watching sheep. Scripture tells us in 1 Samuel 16:7 “For the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” You and I are to look at the heart as well. We are called by God to love people, seeing their God-given potential, and encourage them in their life journey.

Judging the behavior of mankind is not our job. Look at the fruit of judgment: anger, division, pride, hypocrisy, criticism, discord, condemnation, rebellion, curses, chaos, and more. This is what we are seeing in our nation and not what God intends for His people. The love and light of God’s heavenly Kingdom cannot be released through one who judges, condemns and criticizes. Instead of activating the Kingdom of Light and blessing, the kingdom of darkness is called upon releasing curses.

The Lord spoke clearly to me, “judgment does not change the human heart.” The Old Testament is proof of that. As believers in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us to transform our heart. This is the New Testament advantage. External law in the Old Testament did not change the heart therefore did not change external behavior.

Our judgment upon people does nothing to change them and releases judgment on our own head. Matthew 7:1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged. And with the measure you use, it will be measured again for you. And why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank that is in your own eye?” Judgement is hypocritical simply because none of us are perfect. We have not walked in another man’s shoes. Speaking against another person whom God also created in His image is prideful, suggesting they are less than.

James 3:10 from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.

Let’s be intentional about our words and pray according to the word of God which says in Matthew 5:44, “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. “Your prayers aligned with the word of God, will produce a love for people. God’s heart for them will come alive in you. He may use your prayers to draw their heart unto Himself and rescue them out of their trouble. The eyes of their heart can be opened to receive the love Christ has for them.

Colossians 3: 12-14 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.

Achieving your Resolutions

I love this time where we can evaluate and make decisions on home improvement. By home improvement I mean look at ourselves, considering our person to be a home, and see how we can remodel. I have years of experience of making resolutions and seeing what works or not. My theory was: have about 20 goals for the New Year, and if only three come to pass I am still ahead of those who only went after 1 goal.

I no longer do that because to adopt 20 new somethings into my life is a bit extreme to say the least. If you can’t remember your list of resolutions it is kind of hard to fulfill. The number of changes any one of us can implement in a given year depends on a few things.

  1. Resolve.  New resolutions will take resolve. The motivation behind the resolution is connected to the purpose. If your health is deteriorating and you need to change your food choices, that is a strong motivator. Something has to be more than a good idea to motivate us to implement the necessary changes and follow through. If reading through the Bible in a year is only a good idea, it will not happen. New resolutions need purpose and commitment.

2. Planning.  Adapting your schedule to make room for your resolution is very important. Developing new habits are easiest if they have a certain time to be done. Devotional times are best developed having consistent times. Exercise follows the same criteria. Healthy eating will take time to research and try new menus. Your schedule will need adapted.

3. Prayer.  God knows best. He designed and created us and knows exactly how we operate. Often times we make resolutions because we expect the new year to give us a shot of adrenaline for accomplishment. While this may be true to an extent, I find that new operations are best followed through when we invite God to help us have endurance, wisdom and empowerment.

Give yourself some slip up days. Establishing new goals takes some time. Make your goals manageable and increase as you need to. New habits take time to make and old habits take time to break. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

I am excited for 2019! I am excited to see goals realized this year that have not come to pass prior. I bless you in managing your goals and may you experience fruitfulness!

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established.”


Do not Fear!

There is fear in the atmosphere.  Negative news sells and the media goes after the emotional response of anger and fear.  The bombardment of hearing and seeing worldwide catastrophic events can create fear which in turn creates immobilization.  The enemy of this world would like us to believe we are powerless and have no course of action.  However the Word of God tells us different.

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 

1 John 4:4 …Greater is He who is in you, than he who is in the world.

Our posture is one of courage.  Courage which comes from knowing we carry the greater power as disciples of Christ.  Courage which comes from knowing Jesus came “to destroy the works of the enemy,” and likewise our mission.  We rise up in courage for the resurrection power of Christ dwells in us.  There is power in the name of Jesus and we are “more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”  Romans 8:37

Courage-the attitude of facing and dealing with anything recognized as dangerous, difficult or painful, instead of with drawing from it.  The quality of being fearless or brave, valor.  Webster’s New World College Dictionary

I am  conquering  all media fear through prayer.  If there is a hint of fear in anything I see on the news on read in the paper, I take it to prayer. If I don’t I will be angry, criticize and give fear a place.  I pray from a place of love for people and authority over darkness.  Listening to the Holy Spirit and praying His words releases heaven on earth and removes all fear.

Phil. 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 





Celebrate Your Life!

Celebrating your life sounds like an oxymoron given the times in which we live.  The evils of this world surround us and darkness is trying to overtake us.  Jesus says in John 16:33, “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

The following three reasons  for celebrating your life are just a smidgen of information regarding this topic.  I believe the Lord wants us to celebrate our life because He breathed into us at birth and takes delight in being our Father.

Celebrate your life:

1.  Because of who you are: 

  2 Cor. 6:18 “And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” says the Lord Almighty.  Upon receiving salvation we immediately become a part of God’s family.  We are no longer slaves but sons and daughters living from the resources of heaven.  God’s love is unconditional, always there for us to receive.  Contrary to the standard of the world, God’s love is not based on performance.  He loves the newborn babe as well as the aged in the nursing home and everyone in between.  If God’s love was based on performance, many people would be disqualified.

A few years back the Lord spoke to me about my birthday.  He said, “why do you negate the day I brought you into this world?”  My birthday joy was dependent on what family and others would do for me.  Now I celebrate my birthday by handing out chocolate or whatever idea comes to mind.

2.  Because of what you can do: 

  Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  The resurrection power of Jesus Christ is within us.  This is a reason to celebrate, for with God we have supernatural power at work to help us do great and mighty exploits.  There are numerous examples in the Bible where God took an ordinary fellow and used them to accomplish His extraordinary purposes.  Moses led millions of people out of Egypt with a staff full of the power of God.  Joshua conquered the city of Jericho with walking and shouting.  David slew a giant with a slingshot.  Esther saved her people.  Daniel worshiped God in Babylon and survived the lion’s den. Mary had a baby supernaturally. The disciples operated in the power of God after receiving the Holy Spirit.  You too have the potential to accomplish beyond your own strength if God is calling you to the assignment.  Your potential is beyond your natural ability because of God’s divine assistance through Christ.

I was with my friend in India at a village church.  After preaching and laying hands on everyone, the Pastor invited us to a room where a woman lay on a concrete bed waiting to die.  There were flies buzzing around her. She looked very lifeless. My friend and I took turns praying and rebuking a spirit of death. We found out later that she totally recovered! To God be the glory.

3. Because of relationships:

We celebrate our relationships beginning with Jesus.  John 15:12 “My command is this: love each other as I have loved you.”  I celebrate Jesus and my salvation. Without the Lord I have no idea what my life would look like.  Think about all the people in your life who have helped you become who you are and give thanks.  We have parents, teachers, coaches, pastors, friends etc. who have been there for us. I celebrate those persons God used to help direct my journey. Then we all have our list of not-so-lovely people.  Keeping the right attitude and heart towards these ones, celebrating those who are different yet also created in God’s image will help keep us in divine alignment. Everyone is a work in progress.

I read a story of a prophet who was critiquing an actress and the Lord spoke to him and said, “I was going to use you to speak into her life, but I can’t now with your attitude.”  The prophet repented and God used him to share His mind with her.  Celebrating and loving people makes way for God to use us in their lives.  We are not their judge, but one demonstrating Jesus’ heart so they can know Him.


House Grace

It all started seventeen months ago when the Lord whispered, “get your house ready for sale.”  As exciting as that sounds, no one could have prepared me for the journey.  Living in a home for twenty-two years and raising four kids in the process, ample memories were formed:  Bible studies around our kitchen table, camping in the backyard with the youth group, cookouts, picnics, volleyball games, Superbowl parties, sleepovers, etc.  Our house was a place where people would come and leave blessed.

Once the kids grew up and left, the purpose behind a large home turned into more work and expense than needed.  The activities once held as a family drifted off.  Looking around at the accumulation of stuff was disheartening. Should I charge storage rates for my kids’ things left behind?

After the Lord spoke to my husband about selling the house, we  jumped in with both feet and started planning. The realtor walked through and made multiple recommendations. The renovations needed to market the house surpassed our expectations and increased as we moved forward. The more we repaired the more we noticed needing fixed. Our realtor connected us to a handyman who was able to complete every renovation.

It was a busy time cleaning out clutter, organizing, selling, donating and giving away our excess. When you have the storage room, you keep more than necessary. I even had treasures from my parents.  For nine months the task of  house prep took most of my time. My ministry was on hold except for prayer, study and a couple speaking engagements.

The grace of God was evident every day. I covered everything in prayer. There were still setbacks with the wrong order showing up or the timing of accomplishing repairs. We had unknown problems surfacing. “But through it all,” God was with us. We had grace (God’s divine assistance) with:

  1. endurance-keeping a good attitude despite the work
  2. finances-labor and materials
  3. selling items quickly
  4. our workers doing supreme work-we were very happy with work results
  5. the sale of the house-done in less than 40 days
  6. the home inspection-quick fixes
  7. the apartment we moved into-feels like a vacation villa

At the closing of the sale, we met the buyers. The entire process of preparing our home to sell, with all the updates, setbacks, and truckloads to haul treasures to storage was worth it, after seeing the excitement of the family who will take ownership. God brought us  the people He had in mind for our home. I am indeed thankful for God’s grace helping us navigate our house selling journey!





A New Name for Failure

I was highly enthusiastic and zealous to spread the word of God throughout central Pennsylvania. If the fire of God starts here in the heart of PA, it will spread to all the corners of the state! The more I thought about it the more I was convinced God had a special assignment for me.  Surely God was showing me a path to reach the lost and the wounded.

My friends, Pastor and husband were all optimistic.  I prayed on it and felt God’s green light.  We handed out invitations to the townspeople where I would be conducting  meetings.  The American Legion seemed to be a neutral territory and a perfect place for a crowd .

Long story short, no crowd came.  There was no visible fruit, however, sometimes there is an internal fruit that is being grown while we experience what appears to be a lack of success.  Even though people did not come to the meetings, I could still sense God’s presence while passing out invitations and praying for people.

My attention was arrested on this particular endeavor the other day.  I then began to ponder other failed assignments.  The Lord broke into my thoughts and spoke, “what if these failures were experiments?”  My face brightened. I quickly looked up the word “experiment.” It means: any action or process undertaken to discover something not yet known. Any action or process designed to find out whether something is effective, workable, valid, etc.  Taken from Webster’s New World College Dictionary.

I have since discovered a number of reasons why this plan did not bear fruit.  I can honestly say I appreciate having tried such a project because the learning from it has been invaluable.   Let me share this about Thomas Edison.  “When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times? Edison replied, I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”

I believe God wants to encourage you and I.  He does not see us failing.  God sees His people with great potential to fulfill their plan and purpose.  We will all have opportunities to experiment and learn from the outcome.  Let’s take any failure and allow God to show us all the benefits of that experiment!

Jeremiah 29:11 ” For I know the plans I have for you, ” declares the Lord “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. “








Ever Present Strength

Fresh ideas and new inspirations are upon us at the beginning of this new year. A time to recalculate may be on your agenda. Making changes to grow is both stimulating and adventurous keeping our journey fruitful. I enjoy this time of year as I hunker down with the Lord and evaluate progress and what lies ahead. As always there is a new resolve to exercise for a sharp mind and energy.  Likewise my spiritual journey undergoes evaluation. As long as we are moving forward we will not grow stagnant. God has strength for us to make the changes He is calling us to make.

Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 

The strengthening of Christ is more than endurance for ministry.  It is more than the ability to stand in line for 5 hours praying for people. Although, a five hour prayer line needs the strength of the lord. Let us not limit the strength of God merely to spiritual assignments. That is an expectation we all have and most assuredly God gives us strength to accomplish His callings.

This week we had a number of rooms painted in our home. The preparation for this work was huge. Furniture needed moved  plus a thorough cleaning out of clutter. We have kids’ belongings here in our home and no more kids! I decided upfront to refuse any frustration or pressure. I am learning to work out of rest and this would be  good test. As I write this the test has been passed with flying colors! All the work has been completed and I stayed in joy! God blessed me with His strength and empowerment to do something not resembling ministry.

This is one of the benefits of living life with Christ. He lives in us and therefore we always have access to His strength. As we spend time with the Lord each morning we are reminded of His continued presence and strength made available to us.

2 Corinthians 12:9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”



2018 Word

I grew up riding and owning an Appaloosa horse named Apache.  He was the love of my life for a number of years before I noticed boys.  As the Lord began to unfold a word for this year having to do with horses, my ears perked up. If there are horses in heaven I expect to have one.  Oftentimes my images of Jesus are us riding horse together.   I have dreams involving horses so I know their symbolism.

Psalm 147:15 He sends forth His command to the earth: His word runs very swiftly. 
David ran to Goliath in battle.  He was ready to slay his opponent and wasted no time in accomplishing this feat.  Many of us and have been in the trenches for a long while, but this year we will see swift results.  The Lord has prepared us for battle and we need not dismay at the size of the giant. Goliath was head and shoulders taller than David, but the Lord anointed David with courage. David takes off running to the battle line and fires his slingshot and pow! A giant collapses! We will be swift to the battle line and see a swift defeat, by the power of God’s word!

Isaiah 40:31 Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.

Strength is another attribute for horses. Some horses have the capacity to pull a few tons. In fact in 1924, a pair of Shire draft horses pulled 50 tons! Now that is phenomenal considering they only weigh 1,800 pounds. The Lord says here that as we wait upon Him we will gain “new strength.” Waiting upon the Lord does not mean being idle. it means to sit in His presence with His word and allow Him to refresh, renew and strengthen us.  He has plans to reveal, wisdom to bestow and strategies to release. As we wait, we will have the renewed strength to go forward with His plan and conquer territory!

Luke 10:19 Behold I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall injure you. 

God has given us authority over the enemy.  This is a year where knowing our authority will give us the swift result we need to advance the kingdom.  Authority does not need to be displayed with a bullhorn.  We don’t need to shout down our enemies, although that certainly feels good.  The Police Officer simply holds up his hand to stop cars and trucks of all sizes.  We have a uniform too and it’s called, “Jesus Christ.” He has given us the armor of God to conquer and occupy. This year will be an increasing of authority as we recognize our identity as sons and daughters of God.  Knowing who we are in Christ raises our awareness of our authority.

Luke 9:1 And He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons, and to heal diseases. 

This is a year where the power of God will break forth like the rising sun! I believe with all my heart that our broken world needs the power of God to save, heal and deliver.  Jesus gave His disciples power as He sent them out to “destroy the works of the enemy.” I have traveled to many other countries sharing the word and ministering in the power of the Holy Spirit. Many people in other nations have no hope except for the power of God to heal and deliver them.  Many in our nation are also in precarious places.  The Bible tells us that God is “watching over His word to perform it.” God is increasing His power upon those who have been faithful, for the Kingdom is advancing swiftly.

A final note about horses is they love their barn. If you fall off your horse, he will run home to his barn. Barn is symbolic of increase, storehouse of riches and harvest.  I liken the barn to our place of refuge and communion time with the Lord for strength renewal. We cannot do mighty exploits without barn time. God is calling His people unto Himself for renewed strength, authority and power for the time is at hand to go swiftly!



Imagine If…

Imagine if every time your kid communicated to you, it would be to ask for something. In prayer language this is called “petition prayer.” We all pray this way and hopefully it is not all the time. If my children only spoke to me when they wanted me to do something, we would have a very strained relationship. Hence so it is with the Lord. He is desiring a relationship with us and that relationship means more than what He can do. Looking at the world’s needs, as my mother would say, “we can pray all day.” Those issues that bother your heart are meant to be interceded for. Prayer precedes the activity of heaven. But petition prayer is not all there is to a sound relationship with our heavenly Father. In fact He likes to talk and reveal His heart to us. His one book contains 66 books and Jesus is called the “Word” in  the beginning of John. God has something to say.

Prayers of adoration, worship and praise without requests is a glorious way to pray! This is an invitation for God’s presence to show up and we get to taste a bit of heaven. There is rest and refreshing in this place. Peace will come and remove all distress and worry. It is a place to listen with open ears to His voice. What is on God’s mind and heart? What does He want to share? What mystery of heaven or kingdom keys does He want to speak? What scripture is He highlighting? His words come with transforming power and grace to fulfill.

God is love and He wants to love on us. If we never take the time to let Him love on us, we will miss a valuable experience.  In worship and adoration the love of God comes. His love is the perfect satisfaction of our heart. We were made to love Him first and others with the love He has given us. God’s love is not tied to performance, nor is it conditional. His love sees potential and all our hidden treasures. Let me say this as a prophetic word, you have hidden treasure and the Lord wants to help bring that treasure out of hiding. Communion prayer is about communing with the Holy Spirit. This strengthens your love connection and your personal relationship with the Creator of the universe!

Psalm 34:1-3 I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul will make its boast in the Lord; the humble will hear it and rejoice. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. 




I noticed that as I get older, my posture wants to get lazy. Strengthening my core is a term I never thought of in my younger years. It is essential to exercise my core since everything else is held up by it. Let me relate this term to our Christian journey and what I see happening right now.

The definition of posture we are all familiar with is this one: The position or carriage of the body in standing or sitting. Here is another definition: an attitude or frame of mind. This is important as believers’ because our nation is shaking and we can feel the effects. If we are not careful we will get sucked into the anger, division and chaos the enemy is causing. We do “not fight against flesh and blood.” (Eph. 6:12) The Kingdom of God lives within us and is accessible anytime and anywhere. Our peace and joy are not dependent on circumstances or everything going perfect. Which is really good news, because negativity is at an all time high. Let’s be watching that our posture, our frame of mind stays free from the negativity of the world.

I recently heard a prophecy given by Doug Addison that talked about Christians complaining and grumbling. Philippians 2:14-15 says: do all things without grumbling and disputing; that you may prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life,

We cannot afford to grumble and complain because that is the language of darkness. Our words carry weight and they release activity. As Christians we have the greatest opportunity to release the kingdom of God into all the brokenness and devastation and discord. Our posture should reflect the love of Christ and hope for our nation. Love heals, unifies and restores. It is said that revival shows up in the darkest of times so let’s call on  the Lord to send an outpouring of His love, mercy and salvation!