What Allergies Can Teach Us About Spiritual Warfare

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13 NKJV

In the second year after moving to N. Carolina, I experienced allergies unlike anything else I have ever encountered. Having grown up in Texas and then living in Florida for an extensive period of time, I have been accustomed to having to acclimate to the various allergens in those climates. However, last year, when the oaks “popped” in Raleigh, the pollens nearly wiped me out. I was taking two to three allergy medications a day in addition to nose sprays and it still didn’t seem like enough. What was confusing to me was that I didn’t experience this in the first year of moving here, but I did in the second year. Strange, I thought. Until I was reading the book of Ephesians and came across this verse. Continue reading

The Spoils of Victory

Lately, my personal study time has been taking me through the books of the Kings and their Chronicles. I’ve been reading them through the filter of knowing we are called a nation of kings and priests unto God. In the examples provided, I continue learning great principles on how to lead better and how not to lead. How to conquer territory for the kingdom and how to dispossess strongholds of old.

Today, as I was reading through the life of King Jehoshaphat, one of Judah’s better kings, the Lord highlighted something to me with such a bright highlighter I felt I needed to share it.  Continue reading

A Prophetic Sign In The Closing of Toys R Us

Every now and then, I see something in the news (like a headline, photo or a quote) or, I spot something on social media that I can sense has a secondary, spiritual meaning. In other words, it’s a sign that points to a greater reality. This morning, as I was thumbing through social media and saw the post about Toys R Us closing it’s final stores, I heard something and realized this was being used as a sign. The ending of an era, of sorts (spiritually speaking). I share this mainly to convey what I hear the Lord saying through this….but also so you can catch a glimpse into how God sometimes speaks through things like media/news outlets. IF we have ears to hear it, prophetically. Continue reading

Gossip

A twisted person spreads rumors; a whispering gossip ruins good friendships.” Proverbs‬ ‭16:28‬ ‭TPT‬

Oh gossip…

I remember a time in my life when I moved away from a place only to come back about a year later to visit. I’d been invited to a dinner function, and many of the people I previously knew and worked with would be there. I was excited to see them all. However, something interesting happened that I wasn’t expecting… Continue reading

Summer Prep Juice

Summer is 21 days away, can you believe it? I always like kicking off each season change with a little reboot. This week, I’m going to keep it simple and stick to just one juice recipe. But it’s one that makes a big difference for me. Thought I’d share the recipe for anyone else who’d like to give it a try! Here’s what you’ll need: Continue reading

Streams Become Mighty Rivers

It’s been almost one full year (a full cycle of four seasons) since I shared a post entitled, “A Time To Diversify“. I’ll let you go back and read that post if you’d like, but the main essence of the message was that of diversifying our sources of income, diversifying our giving, and diversifying our growing – in other words, learning in different environments and from different (reputable) sources.

“Send your grain across the seas, and in time, profits will flow back to you. But divide your investments among many placesfor you do not know what risks might lie ahead.” Ecclesiastes 11:1-2 NLT

Just this week, this message has been coming back to me, though with an added emphasis. I get the sense that it is being spoken again because the window of time is still open [for those who have ears to hear.] The seed of this word needs to be planted…again. It needs to be watered…again. And this time, I get the sense that some of us need to hear: it’s time for you to take the risk. Continue reading

Keeping a Pure Conscience

Many people remember the exact day they gave their life to Christ. Unfortunately, I don’t. I remember the general season / time of year and the actual year it happened. But I think for me it was more of a process of letting go of the reigns I held on to so forcefully. One by one, I had to pry each rope out of my little finger’s ninja grip and give the reigns over to God. Because of what I had been through in life, trust was a big issue for me, and so surrender was gradual. But God was patient, tender and loving with that process. And while I don’t know when I officially “crossed that line”, what I do remember is that as I did, with each rope released, I became a noticeably different person. Friends, I was changed. Noticeably changed.  Continue reading