Impacting Prayer

I have been discontent. I have been unsatisfiedeven in the midst of miracles. I wasn't quite sure why. I started thinking there was something wrong with me. I started praying about a message for Sunday morning and I didn't feel like I was getting anything. I felt like God was so distant. Saturday night rolled around and I felt like I had a few ideas, but nothing that was burning in my heart. Late Saturday night whenI was reading my Bible just before I went to bed I read the story in 1 Kings 18, ...

It's Time To Go Public

There is a major difference between one's private life and one's public life. Most people have no problem rocking out to their favorite song while singing at the top of their lungs in their bedroom, the shower, or their car. But play that same favorite song while that same person is on stage in front of a thousand people and you probably won't see him or her rocking out.Why? Because there are many things people do in private they would never do in public. This is normal and the world is probably...

Bountiful Fruits

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. - Galatians 5:22-23 Where I'm from, West Texas, everybody gets taught these nine fruits in Sunday school to the tune of a little song and have them memorized by the time they are in 3rd grade. For the duration of my twenty-five and a half years on this planet, I've always thought that this “list” of fruits was exhaustive, which mean...

Cost Of Living

The cost of living is high; it is not for the weak or the faint at heart. Anyone can survive but not everyone can truly live. Living requires courage; it will take all the tenacity that you can muster.  Talk a walk down the path of life and along the way you will find many surprises. Men are shaped by the heavy storms that adversity brings, if you are smart, you will prepare ahead of time.The high road is never the easy road; it will grind you down to the bone and reveal the weakness on the ins...

Raising Up Protectors

My husband Jon and I have three amazing boys.  Their ages are 10, 7 and 4.  We have decided that as we raise them, we want to make sure they understand their role in this life.  And that role is protector. You see, God created man as the stronger one, but not so he could dominate, prey upon, or “take” from his environment. Neither did God create man to be passive, or to simply sit and watch life go by.  God gave man strength so he could cover, protect, and give to those around him. Bill ...

Becoming Revival

I was at a youth conference for 2 days right around Christmas time. As I watched young people get touched by God all around the room, I started remembering back to the times I went to youth conferences. I remembered going for a weekend, being surrounded by people going after God, hearing amazing guest speakers, and getting totally set on fire!I remembered those amazing times of personal revival. Then I remembered going home. I remembered going back to life as I knew it before the weekend, being ...

Heart Of The Father

We as the body of Christ are called to stand. In the mist of defeat we stand, in victory we stand, In conflict we stand. We carry the standard for our nation; It is us that set the bar.  We have been mandated to represent the father's heart to the whole earth. So much of who Christ is to the world is manifest through our words and actions. We have an opportunity in every situation to demonstrate the love of God in everything that we do… So often, we let the circumstances of life decide what w...

Until You Give

What if Peter had passed this man by? Would it be as if he said, “What I have, I refuse to give you?” Or maybe, “I'm not sure if what I have will do you any good, so see ya when I come out of church!” Peter discovered what he had by giving it away! And as he did, it kept becoming more and more until one day his shadow was healing people!! Now back to New York. Two weeks after I arrived, while walking down the street in Brooklyn, a man was on the other side of the road screaming. I looked...

Compassion Burn

On my recent trip to Australia with Bill Johnson I was quickly reminded that exposure to the sun will leave me with a sun burn. We rode a boat down the river into Sydney Harbor and I had to go inside because I could feel the sun making me into toast. Before we had boarded the boat we met a young man who was in a wheelchair due to being in a car accident many years earlier.When I first noticed him I knew that we would end up speaking to him. Within just a minute or two of being near him, he rolle...

Contending For Grace

Throughout my travels and even at home a common theme is trying to figure out what we can do in order to get what we want from God. Somehow in the midst of our desire for more we have missed the promises in the Bible where we are told that God is good and gives us good things. When we get to the place of needing more we suddenly become irrational in our requests and ask for things that God has already given us. Why does this matter?If we ask for what God has already given us we deny His goodness...