Verse Meditation: Obadiah 1.15

The Day of the Lord “For the day of the Lord is near upon all the nations. As you have done, it shall be done to you; your deeds shall return on your own head” (Obadiah 1.15 ESV). “The day of the Lord” is seen as declaration of the coming Messiah in both His first coming (which happened over 2000 years ago) and His final coming (which will happen in the final days). Jesus is our Messiah. When He first entered the earth, He broke His body, spilling out His atoning blood onto the earth. Because of the Finished work Continue reading

Verse Meditation: Obadiah 1.10

The Edomites “Because of the violence done to our brother Jacob, shame shall cover you, and you shall be cut off forever” (Obadiah 1.10 ESV). The Bible teaches us to forgive others. Once we forgive the people who have hurt us, we are released from the negative and ugly influences they have on our lives. God will turn our ashes into a crown of beauty once we let go of bitterness, shame and unforgiveness (Isaiah 613). We don’t have to worry about justice being served because God also says that people reap what they sow (Galatians 6.7). The full effects Continue reading

Verse Meditation: Obadiah 1.4

Two Eagles “Though you soar aloft like the eagle, though your nest is set among the stars, from there I will bring you down, declares the Lord” (Obadiah 1.4 ESV). The eagle is a beautiful image of individuality and preeminence. Eagles are distinct from other birds because of the great heights of solo flight that they are able to soar. Because of their elevation in the sky, they surpass all other birds. This image can be applicable to Christians in two opposing ways. When we separate ourselves from the will of God and listen to our own hearts versus the Continue reading

Granola Bar Devotional: The Beach

My family lives close to the Gulf of Mexico, so one day after church, we decided to head to the beach. We hadn’t been in a while–the summer weeks have been racing past us–and our kids have been asking daily to go.  We finally relented. We reached the beach. I sprayed the kids down with sunblock, and they ran straight to the warm waves. I loved watching them smile and laugh as the splashed through the salty current. It was a perfect day–blue skies, slight breeze and smooth ripples. I couldn’t help but thank God for our Texas coast and Continue reading

Messy, Large Harvest

“Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.” – Proverbs 14.4 (NLT). If we complain about the mess that comes with our calling, we are in essence begrudging the purpose that God has given us. Every purpose will have its problems. Every portion of territory God entrust to us will have its mishaps. There’s no way around it. When we pray for God to expand our sphere of influence, we might as well also pray for more battles to overcome, more fires to put out and more needs to be met. Without Continue reading

Internet Cafe: God’s Trajectory

Recently, my husband and I turned in my 8-year-old SUV, so I could get a newer model. My new SUV has a backup camera that shows me not only where I’m going in reverse, but it also gives me a digital projection of my progress. For example, it tells me where my car’s trajectory is heading if I continue backing up in the same direction. At first, I did not use this video. Maybe I didn’t trust it or I just wasn’t used to it—but I continued to crane my neck so I could tilt my head behind me as Continue reading

Book Signing for 7 Books!

The times are rare when you get to sit back and look at the fruits of your hard work and diligence. However, I got to experience such an event last Saturday afternoon. I recently published my new health book, Fitness, Food & Faith, and I celebrated by having a book signing. I decided to bring all the books I’ve written along with me to the bookstore. I had 7 book in all to sell and sign. Although I knew that I had written and published 7 books, I felt a little taken aback by being surrounded by all of them. Continue reading

Video Blog: Trusting Each Step

We can learn to trust the Lord in our small steps of faith today and not focus on how far we still have to go. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3.5-6 (ESV)

Fitness, Food & Faith

I’m  honored to introduce my new book, Fitness, Food & Faith. The past four months for me have been an intense training of health and fitness and how my faith is the core of both. God gave me a message to share, and I have been obedient (never perfect) to give that message with discernment, research and wisdom. I can think of no better way to introduce my book than to offer you my book’s concluding thoughts. I wrote from the heart, so that we as God’s Children would be blessed, encouraged and motivated. I hope it inspires every person who reads Continue reading

Internet Cafe: Meditation

“I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night.” -Psalm 63.6 NLT Meditation has become such a confusing word in our culture that its meaning and purpose seem mysterious to many of us. However, meditation simply means a continued or extended thought and reflection. We can meditate on ourselves, on a television show, on homework, on our children, on our worries, doubts and insecurities. We can literally meditate on anything in this world—good or bad. The highest form of meditation we can achieve, however, is meditating on God. We can meditate on God because of Jesus’ sacrifice Continue reading

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