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

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

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

Acts of Remembrance, pt 2

“And when He has given thanks, He broke [it] and said, ‘Take, eat. This is My body, which is broken for you. Do this to call Me [affectionately] to remembrance.’
1 Corinthians 11:24 AMP

This year, in addition to the practice of anointing with oil, (I wrote about this in a previous post) I’ve also been led to engage in the meal of remembrance on a more frequent basis. This meal, also known as communion, is one of the most powerful gifts we’ve been given. More than just a piece of bread and wine (or juice), this meal serves like a source of spiritual nourishment to our bodies and to our soulsContinue reading

Acts of Remembrance, Pt 1

I love January. The start of a fresh new year. Cracking open a brand new calendar, penciling in all the significant dates and dreaming ahead of what exciting new things I’d like to see take place. Where do I want to go? Where do I want to intentionally position myself? What do I want to see? What would I like to accomplish? This year holds so much promise!

Though my plans for each New Year actually start the September prior, (around the time of Rosh Hashanah), I do enjoy setting aside some time each January for dedicated focus – both spiritually and practically. This year, I started out a little different. I always try and make sure I don’t do things just to do them or just because I’ve always done them. And while there have been some familiar practices I’ve kept to this January, I felt led to add two additional ones that have really amplified my focus and my time with God. Maybe you’d like to give these a try too? Today, I’ll share around the first one: the practice of anointing with oilContinue reading