Is Your Clock Broken?

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This morning I woke up at 4:30.  I don’t usually wake up until 5:30.  I couldn’t go back to sleep so I prayed and got out of bed at 5:00.   Even though it was still so early I started getting ready for work.   While I was getting dressed I listened to Jentezen Franklin on YouTube with my tablet.  It’s just a cheap tablet that I use strictly for watching videos. I forgot that something strange happens while I’m watching videos on that tablet.  The clock slows down. I used the time on the tablet as a gauge for how long I had until I needed to leave.  My goal was to get to work early so I could leave early.   I looked at the other clock in the living room and panic hit me.  It was actually 20 minutes later than I thought.  When that happened I heard in my heart, “If you really believe it’s as late as it is, you will prepare differently. You’ll live your life differently”  That hit my heart like a ton of bricks.  I knew what the Lord was saying to me.  My entire life I’ve heard that’s it’s time for Christ’s return. I’ve said it a million times.  I’ve had the passion of that revelation in my heart burn like a fire.  With everything that’s going on in the world, the time for Christ to return is so very soon.  I asked myself some tough questions today as a result of what happened. If I truly believe that Jesus could return at any moment, wouldn’t I prepare differently?  Wouldn’t I live in a manner that proves what I believe? What exactly would I change? It’s not like I’m out robbing banks or anything like that.  I love Jesus with all my heart.  I wouldn’t get so side tracked or distracted.  I wouldn’t let certain situations overwhelm me.  Why do I live that way now? In the light of eternity, the petty things of this world are nothing.  When I see Jesus face to face will I remember the stress at work this week?  Will I remember the time that someone at church hurt my feelings?  Will I remember that someone stole my parking place at the mall?  Will I even care about any of that? The answer is a resounding NO!  I thought I had plenty of time this morning but I really didn’t.  I was paying attention to the clock that was right in front of me.  If I would have just glanced at the clock in my living room I would have known.   God knows I’m guilty of looking at my own situations and getting distracted.  I don’t want to live like that!  I want to live like a person who burns with the revelation that  Jesus is coming back soon.  I don’t want to forget that time is running out for billions of people all over the earth.  When I realized what time it was this morning I kicked it into high gear.  I didn’t want the distractions to delay me from my goal.  My goal was to get to work early because I wanted to leave early.  It was Friday and I was so ready for the weekend to start.  We have such an infinitely higher purpose for not getting distracted spiritually.   Lives hang in the balance.  I’m asking God to burn this revelation in our hearts like we’ve never experienced.  Jesus is coming back soon.  We have to trust Him more than ever.  He’s Faithful and worthy of our trust.  No longer can we falter between doubt and faith.  It’s time to stand strong in the Lord and the power of His might.   This is God’s time, not the enemy’s. Now is the time for the light of Christ to shine through His Body of believers in amazing and miraculous ways.  My friend, is your clock broken?  Do you know what time it is in the spirit? Maybe you knew at one time and forgot.  Maybe like me you’ve been distracted.  I believe the Holy Spirit will move within your heart in the coming days.  Make the choice to prepare differently and to live differently.  We have the choice to be like the wise virgins in Matthew 25 or the foolish ones.  Jesus our Bridegroom is coming back sooner than we know.

Matthew 25: 13  Watch therefore [give strict attention and be cautious and active], for you know neither the day nor the hour when the Son of Man will come.

What Would Moses Tweet?

Sometimes I wonder what would happen if the Biblical heroes of our faith were alive today with all of the technology we have available.  I believe that their response to it would be different than ours.  I don’t think they would be so obsessed and ruled by it.  Let’s take Moses for example.  What if he acted the way we do with our smartphones?  Imagine that he’s standing in front of the burning bush in 2015.  Of course he has his iPhone in the pocket of his skinny jeans.  He hears the voice of the Lord telling him to take off his shoes.  Can you imagine if he would have said, “Wait a minute Lord, I need to take a selfie in front of this burning bush.”   When dealing with Pharaoh, would he have tweeted “Let my people go or sleep with the frogs.” I’m not so sure.
Can  you imagine if Daniel would have gotten on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter only to bash the King for the choices of food he provided them?  What if he started a campaign to get #nastyfood or #kosheronly trending on Twitter?  Do you think he would have written long Facebook posts ranting about the King?  I don’t think so. The wisdom from God is what separated him from the others.  He didn’t compromise but he also didn’t do things the way everyone else was doing it. Daniel sought permission from the Chief of the Eunuchs not to defile himself with the king’s delicacies. God gave him favor and he was able to eat accordingly.  When it came to bowing down to an idol, he refused.  He knew how to handle each situation.  I’m guilty of writing an unnecessary Facebook rant or two.  That’s the way the world does things, not a child of God.  We’re supposed to have God’s wisdom.  We should handle things His way and when it’s time, refuse to bow.
Let’s imagine Peter giving his message on the Day of Pentecost in 2015.  The glory of the Lord fills the room but wait, there are amateur photogs taking pictures of people having life changing encounters with the Holy Spirit of the Living God. It might be tempting to get a video or take pictures of a scene like that.  They were acting drunk and speaking in strange languages.  Though it may be been quite a spectacle it was still a holy moment.
I could go on and on with these examples because I’ve thought about it for a long time.  I love technology just as much as the next person and maybe a little more. I have my smartphone, iPad and other gadgets.  I enjoy reading about new technology and the latest devices.  Technology and the accompanying gadgets have made our lives so much easier.  Communication with friends and family across the world  has never been cheaper.   All of these wonderful devices can also be distracting, time wasters and intrusive.  In fact, I’ve been convicted.  What’s the first thing we reach for in the mornings?  I use my phone as my alarm clock so naturally it gets my full attention just to shut it up.  Of course I don’t stop there.  I check my emails before I get out of bed.  That’s just ridiculous.  I’m guilty on getting online “just for a minute” only to get distracted by one thing or another.
Before someone thinks that I’m bashing Christians and churches for using technology, I’m definitely not doing that.  I just started Steve Hill’s online School of Evangelism.  It’s only possible because of what’s available to us today.  Though Steve Hill passed away last year, I still get to glean from his ministry while he was alive.  I’m so grateful!  Rick Renner (a Pastor in Moscow) effectively uses YouTube, Facebook, email and Twitter like no other ministry I’ve seen.  I love to see how God gives him ideas for reaching others through these avenues.  Facebook is a wonderful tool to reach others for Christ, encourage one another and keep in touch. There’s a balance that can be established in our walk with God and our church services.  Jesus always used what He had available at the time to reach people.  He didn’t let it distract Him though.
There is a time and place for technology.  In the interest of updating Facebook statuses, impressing those on our friends list and redesigning websites I wonder if we’ve lost the awe of the presence of God.  Is the picture or video worth more than someone having an encounter with God?  The picture and the flash aren’t going to cause God to fall off His throne.  It’s not about that.   It’s about respect for God and for those who long to be closer to Him.  I hope that during a “true move” of the Spirit that no one is going to care about taking pictures or getting a video.
I’ll never forget a few years ago when I was at a Third Day and Matthew West concert.  My friends and I had amazing seats.  Matthew West got off the stage and set the microphone stand just a few feet away from us.   As he sang “Only Grace,” he was so close I just had to get a picture.    When I saw it, I was immediately convicted to my core.  That man was singing his heart to God but I got my picture.  I repented and told God I would never do that again. I still cringe when I see the picture.  In no way am I suggesting that we should shun technology.  We need to use it to it’s fullest extent to spread the gospel.  I am however suggesting that we remember that we are children of the Most High God.  We’re called to do things differently than the world.  We aren’t supposed to get tangled up in Facebook arguments and relying on our rants to make a difference.  Yes we need to take a stand on issues, raise awareness and be bold for Jesus.  I question if we’ve replaced face to face ministering to our friends and family with Facebook quotes and scriptures.  We also have to remember that on the other side of the picture that we’re trying to capture is a person desperate for the presence of God.  They could very possibly be having a holy, life changing moment.   Don’t ruin it or cheapen it just because it looks like a good photo opportunity.

What Are You Prepping For?


I was immensely blessed to be able to minister to a group of ladies recently.  It was an absolute honor and privilege to watch as the Lord touched so many of them.  I never take that lightly and I so enjoyed every moment of it.  Until just a few hours before the meeting I didn’t have a clue what I was going to minister.    I love it when all the sudden God drops something in my heart.    He never fails me!   Earlier that morning I watched a TV show on Netflix called Doomsday Preppers.    It was on the National Geographic Channel a few years ago.  I  was intrigued by the lengths people go to in order to prep for what they perceive will cause Doomsday.  As I was thinking about that show, the question came up in my heart, “What are you prepping for?”  At that moment  everything for the meeting came together.

First, I have to say I truly believe in having wisdom and preparing.  I would never make fun of the Preppers for doing what it takes to care for the families and communities.  That being said, I don’t believe in letting fear dictate our actions.  Pray, ask God what you should do and do it.  There’s no reason for fear.

The first priority for our prepper friends is to get out of immediate danger.  My friends, if you’ve named Jesus as your Savior AND Lord, then you’re out of immediate danger of hell fires.              1 John 5:12 says, He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.   Regardless of what happens on this earth, if you have the Son, you have life…eternal life.  If you’re not sure of your salvation please visit this page

One of the first resources preppers begin to stockpile is water.  We can only live about three days without water.  John 7:38 says He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.”  The problem with stockpiling water is that it gets stagnant fast.  Preppers have to find ways to filter it or add chemicals to it in order to make it drinkable.  I used to work for a company that made potable water systems.  Some of the systems were quite intricate and others were very basic.  My coworkers used to put them together in the parking lot.  I got to watch them take shape and get shipped to their final destination.  They took a lot of care to create those systems.  One mistake and the system wouldn’t work properly.  People can get sick and die from toxic water.    We can’t stockpile living waters.  We have to let them flow freely.  The very words living waters creates a very vivid picture in my mind.  I see a beautiful flowing river with green grass, trees and animals on the banks.  It’s giving life.  Jesus promised that rivers of living water would flow from our innermost being.  We aren’t meant to hold that inside of us!  Rivers flow and give life.  When they stop flowing they get disgusting, smelly and toxic.

One of the next priorities for preppers is food.  Scientists debate on how long we can live without food.  It depends on a number of factors such as weight, hydration level, health, etc.  In John 6:35 Jesus said, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.”  He is the bread of life.  I love that scripture.  Our problem is that we try to resolve our heart hunger in so many ways other than Jesus.  He promised, He who comes to Me will not hunger and he who believe in Me will never thirst.  It’s a conditional promise though.  We have to come to Him first.

Preppers also make sure their surroundings are secure and that the security is maintained.  It’s not just a one time thing. They know they have to be vigilant against any and all threats.  One of the main ways we can ensure our own spiritual security is to guard our heart.  I love the way the New Living Translations says it in Proverbs 4:23, Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.  Wow!  That will make you think twice about the condition of your heart.  We absolutely must guard our hearts.  Do you want the condition of your heart right this second to determine the course of your life?  That’s why it’s so important for us to be relentless when it comes to things like bitterness, anger, and offense.  One of the many ways we guard our heart is through the Word of God.  We have to know it and study it for ourselves.  We can’t rely on anyone to tell us what the Bible says.  We have to be teachable but we also need to know the Word for our own sake.  The enemy has been twisting God’s Word since the Fall of Mankind.  Satan’s tactics haven’t changed.  He wants to separate us from God so he twists the Word of God. If you don’t know the Word you won’t know when it’s being twisted.

A lot of preppers believe in creating a community of like minded individuals.  In fact, the National Geographic Doomsday experts gave them extra points for preparedness if they created a network that involved other people.  Another way for us to maintain spiritual security is found in Hebrews 10:25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.  I wish the words I’m about to write would hit your heart with the passion and urgency I feel right now.  My friends, the day of Christs return is drawing near.  It’s closer than we can grasp.  A few days ago I was out walking my dog and thinking about the days in which we live.  I don’t know if I can express how strongly it hit me that we are about to experience Christ’s return. Everything we’ve believed and longed for is about to happen!  Seriously,  meditate on that for a few minutes.   I want to encourage you, do not forsake assembling with other believers.   We need to be in a community of like minded believers.

Preppers have a “bug in” location.  Usually it’s their home.  Some preppers even have what they call a “bug out” place.  A bug out place is where they plan on going if things get extremely dangerous at their “bug in” location.  My personal bug in and bug out location can be found in Psalm 91.  Read the full chapter when you have a chance.  It’s an awesome chapter to memorize.

Some preppers are more selfish than others.  As long as they felt like they were safe that’s all that mattered.  Others tried to get their community involved and did their best to spread their message.  For years I’ve used an analogy that I borrowed from a minister. Those who don’t know Jesus as their Lord and Savior are in a house that’s burning to the ground.  I would never walk by a burning house and ignore it.  People we interact with every single day are in houses burning to the ground.  They’re on their way to an eternal hell and it’s not okay for us to ignore it.

What have you been prepping for?  Are you putting the Word of God inside you?  Are you taking the time to study on your own?  Are you developing your own relationship with God?  Relationship with God was never meant to be just for Sunday mornings.  Do you have a river of life flowing from you or is it a stagnant cesspool?    The greatest preparation you can make for yourself and your family is knowing God.  One of the most eternal decisions you can make is that you won’t be selfish with your faith.  You were born for this time.  Don’t let the enemy rob you or keep you in fear.  Prepare, guard your heart and let’s watch as God does amazing and miraculous things in our midst!





God is Faithful!

download  I have to say, I have the best friends and readers of this blog.  Yesterday I received some of the most precious emails, texts and phone calls.  I think it was the most response I’ve ever received from a devotional to date.  Some people told me their own hurtful stories, and others just said I love you.  The fact that so many people took time out of their day to encourage and support me means more than I could ever express.   I love y’all!  I know when I experience something there are people out there that have experienced it or are going through it at that moment.  The amazing thing is that I eventually came to a place that it was worth going through that experience.  Would you like to know why I say that?  When God spoke so sweetly to my heart and said “That’s who you’ve always been” it was worth it.  I wouldn’t change a thing that happened just to hear it.  He knew what it  would mean to me.  He’s God.  He has seen the good, the bad and all the ugly about me.  Yet He still said, “That’s who you’ve always been.”  Wow, what could be better than that?  You might not have a testimony of knowing God since you were a child.  God still looks at you through eyes of love and says, “That’s my child.”

I spent last night reading through every devotional I’ve written in the three years since became an official blog.  It was quite the emotional experience.  I smiled, laughed and cried while I read.  I know I write this and my fingers are the instruments God uses.  Still there are things I’ve forgotten.  I read poems that I haven’t read since the day I wrote them.  I came away from reading these devotionals refreshed and completely at rest.  I’m overwhelmed by His grace and mercy on my life.  In every circumstance He’s always been there.  When things looked dark as the blackest night He was there; the Light of my Life.  When I needed a friend He was there.  Part of the refreshing I feel is looking back on His faithfulness in my life.  It’s amazing.  Each of us can say that.  He’s been there for you when no one else was.  We have such an amazing, wonderful and beautiful treasure in Jesus.  I know not everyone has a blog or even journals.  I encourage you though, look back on your life and reflect on His faithfulness.  Ask Him to help you remember.   He will!  He wants you to remember.  My heart and prayer for each of you is that you will know and experience Him in even greater ways than you can imagine.

There’s Just Something About That Name

b571443836089ebb67fb004f071ca231 (1)  I had an experience yesterday at church that I didn’t know I would need later in the day.   God knew though.  Melissa,  one of our praise and worship leaders sang the old hymn “There’s Just Something About That Name.” As she sang it, I was taken back to the very first time I heard it.  I was younger than third grade and in Vacation Bible School at a local Baptist Church.  I remember standing on the stage when the leaders began teaching it to us.  I was completely captivated by the beautiful piano music. Even at that young age my heart was gripped by the the words. I was already born again. However, during that song I fell in love with Jesus all over again. I didn’t understand anything about the anointing at the time. I just knew there was something very special about the song. I know I have a lot of favorite songs and this is one of many.  I heard it the first time over 30 something years ago and obviously it still holds an extremely special place in my heart. Melissa sang it in the most beautiful, anointed way I’ve ever heard. Yesterday morning, just like the first time I heard it, I fell in love with Jesus all over again. It was a precious moment that I’ll never forget.

We’ve all had someone question our motives and maybe even our relationship with God. It cuts to the bone when that happens. People made accusations against Jesus and definitely questioned His relationship with His Heavenly Father.  If they did it to Jesus, they will definitely do it to us.  Yesterday I allowed someone’s words to cause me to question my motives and even relationship with God. As I laid awake in bed last night, God showed me a picture of myself as a little girl. I was singing that song to Him the first time I heard it. He reminded me of today and how that song touched me so deeply. He spoke gently to my heart and said “that’s who you’ve always been.” I don’t claim to be perfect. God knows I’ve made more than my share of mistakes. With all of my heart I can say that Jesus was, always has been and always will be my First Love. I will never let anyone cause me to question that ever again.

As things change so rapidly in this world people, even others who profess to be Christians will question our motives and our relationship with God. They will challenge our love walk as we stand for the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. We can’t let that affect us or our relationship with God. We have to remain steadfast in His love and on His Word.  Through my experience I was reminded of a devotional I wrote August 20, 2012.  It’s called Don’t Throw Your Pearls to Pigs.  Statistically it’s one of my more popular devotionals.   When you have a chance, please read it.  Chances are your motives and love for Jesus have probably been questioned. You’ve also probably been misunderstood more times than you care to remember.  Yes, it hurts but like I said, they did it to Jesus too.  My pastor reminded us of something yesterday and I want to remind you today.  The fact that you’re alive and breathing for such a time as this shows that God knows we have what it takes to be victorious for the Kingdom of God.  He handpicked us to be alive for this time!  You’ve got WHO it takes, you’ve got the very Son of God living on the inside of you!  Have a blessed and wonderful day!


Just Hungry

justhungry    I wholeheartedly believe in divine encounters.  I had one this afternoon as I was at a stop light.  There was a young man standing on the corner holding a sign that said, “Just Hungry”.  My heart ached.  I almost never carry cash but today I had a little.  I know people say never to give out cash to people on the street but I don’t care.  I wanted to treat that man with dignity and respect.  I rolled down my window and he came over to my car.  He was fully coherent.  I didn’t detect any alcohol and at that moment he definitely wasn’t under the influence of any other drug.  He was tall, had long dark hair, and a beard.  He could have played a role as Jesus in a church Easter production.  As he said “God bless you” his open mouth revealed missing teeth.  I looked him in the eyes and said, “Do you know how much Jesus loves you?”  He smiled and said, “Yes ma’am.   With tears in my eyes I said “I’m so sorry you’re in this situation but I know Jesus loves you.”  I asked him his name and told him mine.  I said, “Bobby, I’m going to be praying for you.”  He thanked me several times and I said goodbye as the light changed to green.  I have no idea why that young man is in that situation.  A lot of people say they’re just taking advantage, or that they’re going to buy alcohol or drugs with the money.  It’s not for me to judge.  It’s for me to love and pray.  I am praying for his salvation and for God to send other people across his path to minister to him.  God has a destiny for Bobby.

My entire life I’ve dreamed of traveling to other countries.  I’ve longed to stand on the top of majestic mountains and take in the views as far as my eyes can see.  So far, that hasn’t happened and I’m okay with that.  Each time I see something on TV about another country or see a beautiful view I think about how much I would love to see it in person.  For years my immediate prayer is, “God I don’t care if I ever see that as long as I can see You face to face and know You more intimately with each day.”  If I had to pick one scripture as a theme for my life it would be Exodus 33:11, Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend.  In fact, ministers that didn’t even know me have quoted that verse while prophesying to me.  Today as I drove away from Bobby I could sense in my heart the Lord saying, “You just saw My face in Bobby.”  We all know the verses in Matthew 25:37-40 (Message) “Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to Me.  When I sensed what the Lord was saying to me, it meant everything to me.  God longs for us to know Him intimately.  Part of that is being His hands and feet on the earth.  It’s knowing His heart and not wanting to pass by those who are hurting.  I can’t think about Bobby without crying.  It’s God’s heart that longs for him to be saved, healed and whole.

We pass by people like Bobby all the time.  They aren’t holding the sign that says, “Just Hungry” but without Jesus they are desperately hungry.  They are lost and on their way to an eternal hell.  If you’re like me you desire to please God, and to know Him more and more.  Intimacy with God is found in fellowship with Him, worshiping Him, reading His Word and reaching out to His children.  I pray that each one of us will take every divine encounter that comes our way.  It’s been almost 9 years since God spoke the following to me.  As I was thinking about Bobby He brought it back to my remembrance.  I may or may not see Bobby again on this side of eternity but I believe he will fulfill his God given destiny.

Step Out and Reach Out
August 26, 2006

Acts 10:38 (NLT) And no doubt you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

Don’t you know the same anointing that was upon Jesus is upon you? Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit AND power. I have anointed you, My precious child, with the Holy Spirit AND power, also. Purpose in your heart to do good everywhere you go. Step out with boldness as you have never done before. Be willing to do what I impress upon you to do and you will see tremendous results. You will see things with your eyes that you’ve imagined for years. Do you want to see people get out of wheelchairs? Do you want to see supernatural healings and deliverances? Do you want to see people made every way whole? Step out in faith and watch what My anointing is capable of doing. Lift up your eyes to the harvest; it’s all around you. People all around you are in great need of the Answer that lives within you. People need My love. Would you rather have the approval of man or My presence? Would you rather have a powerless Christianity, all comfortable and free of inconvenience? It’s your choice. You get to decide. Do you want My Spirit without measure? As you yield to the promptings of My Spirit, I will increase and you will decrease. I’m waiting for you, My child, to step out with the holy boldness of someone who trusts Me. Step out with the holy boldness of someone who knows the power, love, goodness, and mercy of their God. Step out with the holy boldness of someone who knows that I’m longing to use them. I’m longing to pour My love and power through you. You have to step out like never before. Do it regardless of the inconvenience, disapproving looks, and fear, and I will manifest Myself in and through you. Step out of the four walls of the church building and reach out to My lost children I’m so desperately longing for. I promise I will use you. I’m relying on you, My child. You cannot fail, for I am with you. There are times you will be rejected, but Jesus was rejected too. Step out and reach out because of your heart of love for Me and the lost and dying multitudes. Time is so very short, My child. The end is near. Eternity is closer than you realize. I want My children with Me. As you step out and reach out, I will step in and take over with My glory. The signs, wonders, and miracles that I’m going to pour out in the grocery stores, your workplaces, restaurants, and everywhere you go, will be because you’re stepping out and reaching out. Everywhere you go, begin claiming souls for My Kingdom. Look for special opportunities to do good. As you do good, I will open doors of ministry and then My glory will manifest. Don’t be afraid to lay your hands on people and pray. People are afraid to do this for two reasons: the fear of man or fear that I won’t show up. The answer for this is very simple: Get over your fear. Do it afraid if you have to. Get over your fear of man. Get over your fear that I won’t show up. I promised a mighty outpouring of My Spirit in the last days, so don’t be afraid. I’ve anointed you with the Holy Spirit and power. You can trust Me to do that which I’ve promised to do. Once again I say that, as you step out and reach out, I will step in and take over with My glory.