• PERSEVERE running the race of faith

  • "Be still and know I am God." Psalm 46:10

  • “Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be." Job 8:7

  • Knowledge vs. Experience

    “I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”  I can do all things through Christ  who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4: 12-13   This statement made from Paul was only [...]

  • There’s That “F” Word again

    I’m talking about FOCUS.  School is still in session.  That is, Holy Ghost University!  So far this school of Hard Knocks has deposited something pretty incredible inside of me.  It’s something that can’t be grasped in the classroom… experience continually teaches me that I need to be very careful on what I set my sights [...]

  • The Christian Wilderness

    “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”  Isaiah 55: 9   The Christian Wilderness.  How shall I start to explain this?  The best way I can describe it is that you are confronted with an anti-you barrier, and in [...]

  • Greater is the Ministry of Thorns than the Ministry of Thrones

    Just a quick encouragement for you today – it just so happens that whatever thing that is in your life today causing you to stumble… causing the pain… causing the disappointment… causing the grief, is most likely the very thing God is using to give you a great victory.  In other words it’s the catalyst [...]

  • Did the Lord Ever Speak to Me at All?

    “Did the Lord ever speak to me at all?  If so, why does He allow the innocent to suffer?  Why was I sent to this filthy prison while that lewd woman (Potiphar’s wife) lives in the lap of luxury?  Could not an omnipotent God deliver me?  Why then does He leave me here?”  Could Joseph [...]

  • The Fat Years and the Lean Years

    Are you liking this study we’re doing on Joseph? I sure am! My last post ended by saying that the chief use of trial to Joseph, and to us is very often seen in our future lives. While Joseph was tried in prison, God’s ultimate goal was to prepare him for the government position that [...]

  • And Laid Your Hand Upon Me

    It takes tremendous courage to look away from circumstance and look instead to God.  A good measure of our faith is having the courage to believe in a good outcome, despite all that we see.  We all know it’s seldom easy to do the right thing.  It takes courage and faith to stand up when [...]

  • God’s Love in Adversity

    Joseph!  Oh how I want to have a conversation with Joseph when I get to Heaven!  I find myself time and time again getting hope and encouragement from his story.  My desire is for you also to glean hope, encouragement, and the wisdom to know that God always-always has a plan of redemption for us.  [...]

  • The Word of God Will Try You…

    Dear friend, if God gifts you, or if he graces you – then He intends to try you.  Being “tried by the Word” is something that has lately been mulling over in my mind.  So when I received a devotional that spoke about this, I knew I should write about it here.  When we remember [...]

  • Strange Providence

       “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”    John 11: 40 Abraham didn’t understand why God would tell him to sacrifice Isaac.  “My son, Isaac, is the one whom you promised me, God!  Sara and I have waited so long.  Tell me again [...]

  • Modern-Day Josephs…

    My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” Psalm 27: 8

  • Discussing the story of Joseph

    I absolutely have to share this video. I “happened” to come across this excellent commentary on the story of Joseph. This is the message I try to communicate. My friends- I know, that I know, that I know…somebody, if not many, need to hear this. Please set aside ten minutes to listen. A Blessing in [...]

  • An Iron Collar

    We all suffer from something. It doesn’t matter what it is…suffering is suffering. Just like love is a universal language, suffering is universal as well. It’s not my intention to sound gloomy today –but I know somebody out there needs to be lifted and encouraged … Parts of Psalm 105 refer to one of my [...]

  • Wow…Resurrection and Life!

    We ask…”Lord, we don’t understand how you could allow such sorrow and suffering to devastate our lives, when you can just take it all away.” Basically Jesus is saying to us… “You may not understand, but believe me when I tell you that if you believe, you will see.” Think of Abraham ~ He didn’t [...]

  • Enlargment in Adversity

    This verse is one of the greatest testimonies ever written that tells of God’s behind the scenes work during a crisis. The author of the psalm is appreciating, recognizing, and thanking God for freeing him not from suffering but through suffering. By saying, “Thou has enlarged me when I was in distress,” the psalmist was [...]

  • Extraordinary Adversity

    My heart is so heavy for anyone suffering with a chronic illness ~ mostly because I am someone who never chose to be a member of this group. It’s so different when the shoe is on the other foot. Before this muscle disease presented itself, I didn’t have much compassion or empathy for others who [...]

  • Extrordinary Adversity

    My heart is so heavy for anyone suffering with a chronic illness or a disability ~ mostly because I am someone who never chose to be a member of this group. It’s so different when the shoe is on the other foot. Before this muscle disease presented itself, I didn’t have much compassion or empathy [...]

  • Extraordinary Adversity

    The dreams that Joseph dreamed before all of his troubles started eventually came true. How often do we think our dreams are dead? Our dreams seem to wither and die in the midst of adversity. I have to believe that God will give us our dreams back…and I have to believe than God has prepared an amazing future for each one of His children……

"Hear my cry, for I am very low. Rescue me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me.
Bring me out of prison so I can thank you. The godly will crowd around me, for you are good to me.” Psalm 142:6-7

  • Not Peace but a Sword!

    Are you surrounded by people who do not understand you, never ask your opinion, aren’t interested in what or Who you love, and always push you aside?  Do you feel like you’re not even on the radar?  If so, my friend, you’re not alone.  I just want to write a few things about this to [...]

  • Learning the Discipline of Faith

    Hey friends, I’m thinking that it’s about time to sit down and write something new for you to read  It’s been some time since I last posted anything and you’ve probably been wondering what’s going on.  When I first started blogging, I posted almost every day.  And I feel that God now has me in [...]

  • Spiritual Forces Cannot Work While We Are Trusting In Earthly Forces

    These are words that seemed to jump off the page as I was reading!  Their timeless truth is still screaming loud and clear…  Spiritual forces cannot work while we are trusting earthly forces!  This is a statement made that carries great worth.  It’s something I have painstakingly and most genuinely learned by having my hopes dashed [...]

  • Allure My Heart

    All I can do sometimes is sit still before God and just reflect.  I’m nothing less than amazed at the radical way Jesus has changed everything about me.  I don’t know the old Lori; she doesn’t live here anymore.   I’m  feeling that there is someone out there, perhaps many, who need help re-evaluating their [...]

  • Someone Asks… Will You Pray For Me?

    “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”  1 John 5: 14-15   The emphasis here is [...]

  • How Can We Hear Him Above All the Noise?

      When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.”  Psalm 27:8   I truly do not intend to offend-only to warn.  First thing I am going to say is what I believe to be truth.  We are in a spiritual battle… Some may not agree, but [...]

  • Real Strength Comes from the LORD

    “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” Ephesians 6: 10 Though it may be an unpopular truth… your strength in the Lord is born during a storm! It’s much easier trusting God when the sun is shining then when the storm is raging.  As Christians, we are [...]

  • Hell is Hardest on God’s Saints

    The time is now.  You’re absolutely S-O-L-D out for the King.  You make the decision to live for Christ… to really live for Christ.  You’re on the mountain top with God, but something is brewing below.  That doesn’t matter to you because you’re with God!  When you climb down the mountain, and get back to [...]

  • Do You Realize Satan is in Church… Actually, he Gets a Gold Star for Perfect Attendance

    He’s in the pulpit. He’s in the pews. He’s everywhere. We can find him in church board/business meetings, in the choir, even in children’s ministry… “These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. [...]

  • The Cost of Following…

    Hear me… even loyalty to your family is not to take priority over Jesus’ demand of obedience! Another of his disciples said, “Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Follow me now. Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead.” Matthew 8: 21-22 But Jesus told him, “Anyone [...]