All Heart. Sept. 12

It's the last mile!

You've got this!

Keep going! Keep running!

I know you are tired. I know your body is aching.

I know you want to stop –

Mentally and emotionally exhausted…

This race isn't fun anymore.

I know you want to give in and quit.

I know you are stressed and tired.

I know you feel like everyone else is way ahead of you, so what’s the point?

But this isn't their race...it's yours.

And you need to cross the finish line!

Do it for yourself!

Do it for your personal fanbase on the sidelines watching and cheering you on!

Find your second wind.

Keep your head down and keep going.

One step and then another.

It's just one more lap.

I know the sun is beating down on you.

I know your failing to find the purpose of it all.

But it's just one more lap!

Victory is almost yours!

You can see the end from where you are.

Keep sight of the end goal and keep moving forward

Keep pressing onward.

It's all heart from here!

Never ever ever give up!

See it through until you are celebrating in Victory lane!!

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Attention. Sept. 26

 I read this verse in my Bible and thought about something: “God gets their attention and commands that they turn from evil.” – Job 36:10 (Bold emphasized)

I was planning on having time with God only to have my attention diverted to the Internet. Well, suddenly, the Internet went down. It wasn't storming out. There was no natural reason for the Internet to be out. I restarted the server; the restarted my computer. Nothing. Still down.

 And then, it finally hit me! God was trying to get my attention! I felt an instant conviction, put my laptop away and re-focused my priorities, realizing what was most important.

 How does God get your attention?

 I would encourage you to keep a lookout on how God is getting your attention. It doesn't have to be anything negative - though God does turn negatives into positives. It could be an encouraging text from a friend as a reminder that Heaven loves you. It could be an extra shift at work so you can get overtime pay as financial favor. It could be a complimentary dessert from your favorite restaurant as God's nod in your direction.

 So, let’s cheer to God for getting our attention so we can stay focused to the light and the love of the Savior.

If you need prayer, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

**This is my last blog post… for a little while. Travis and I are taking a 21-day hiatus with the Lord. We will spend this time in prayer, interceding for others, digging into the Word and expectant of God's divine movement! I’ll be “back” next month! ***

June 20. Good for you

 I am back from my 21-day hiatus with God. It was a great time of refreshment, intercession and deep revelation. My spirit truly feels refreshed!

So, I am on a new diet. Not necessarily because I need to lose weight, but because I realized that what I was eating was very bad for me. Items like bread, cheese, desserts. I wasn't even thinking about what I ate, just eating anything I wanted!

But as I start to get older and see how others before me have health issues due to their unhealthy eating habits, I decided a change was in order. My husband, Travis, has always been a "health-nut" with what he eats, so he has encouraged me to incorporate more salads, fruits and vegetables into my meals.

At first I hated it! I thought...I am eating what the cows are eating! I was getting annoyed at going to the grocery store, carefully picking through select options for my meals.

Now, I have found that I enjoy and even start to crave vegetables and don't have an appetite for those “bad foods” anymore. And yes, I have lost weight, but was that really the point of all this?

I share this story for a few reasons:

1. If there is an area of your life that you need to change, ask God to help you to stay disciplined and focus on improving that area.

2. Look to the positive even in a situation you don't like. I don't like salads, but I have found vegetables that I do enjoy. Don't be discouraged...but stay positive and find what works best for you.

3. Find a support group who can help you with your new goals. I always let my husband buy my groceries now!

4. Pray for revelation and growth. Pray for wisdom and guidance. And allow the conviction of the Holy Spirit to improve your life for the better.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Authentic. Sept. 5

Whenever I go for a run, I strap in Velcro weights to my ankles, tie in a burner belt, fasten my hair into a tight ponytail and secure my headphones to play music as I walk/run for 1-2 miles a day. With the Florida heat, I look like a crazy mess when I am done, in desperate need of a shower!

As I am running, I look over at a younger girl who is also walking across the sidewalk. Her long hair is down, she is wearing makeup, is not even breaking a sweat.

I thought about the authentic Hustlers.

You know the ones. Some examples include:

I can describe the real writers with books versus the one-book-wonder. The real writers have bags under their eyes from nights of finishing deadlines, their fingers stained with pen marks and bruised from paper cuts.

I can spot those who have been married for years versus those still on their honeymoon. The ones who have been married for decades have a trust in their eyes, a mature spirit when it comes to their spouse and a solid heart towards the other that is only gained through years of togetherness, strength, communication and experience.

If you are in a season where you are persevering....

If you are maturing into your next steps....

If you are becoming all that God has made you to be....

Then celebrate knowing that you represent the Authentic, the real, the raw, the true with your passion, with your beauty, with your grace, with your faith and with your love.

So, keep hustling! And know that your personal effort will pay off in time.

If you need prayer, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Holy Cow! April 25

 Good Golly! Do you remember Batman: The Movie, the 1966 superhero film from the television series? It was BONKers!

I love the concept because it was such a simple and idealistic image of Good versus Evil. Batman and Robin are in pursuit of these fantastical villains who are set on the destruction of mankind.

In one scene, a robot-shark attacks Batman! Holy Sardine! Good thing Batman carries a can of shark-repellent Batspray handy!

And in once scene Batman and Robin's helicopter spins out of control! Oh Boy! Good thing there is nearby foam to break their fall!

And when a man steals their car....Wow! A nearby motorcycle is available for the heroes to use!

Holy Marathon! It seems there is always a way out and always a way of escape!

I feel like this is what a Believer's life should look like. When we are facing troubles, we just have to look around at the resources God will give. We don't have to fear knowing that God will provide the tools we need, the answers we seek and the assistance we crave. Out of His love for us, He will rescue us from robot-sharks, from laughing Jokers and even enemies in disguise.

It says in Psalm 46:1-3: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

So, trust God to get you out of the trouble you are facing! And know that he is working at taking out your enemies and making sure you walk away victorious.

Holy Long John Silver! Isn't God awesome?? We don't need a bat signal. We just need Jesus Christ. Our Hero!

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Advice. Nov. 7

 My co-worker and I were looking up former child stars that we loved watching as a kid and noticed where they are now.

 Some became famous and successful in their own endeavors. Some did not.

 We were discussing the differences between successful and mediocre  paths and why, we think,  some child stars are still going strong today.

 I told him the advice that I truly believe and live out and the best advice I can give to anyone: Keep your head down and work hard.

 It says in Isaiah 30:21: Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

 And Ecclesiastes 10:2 says, A wise person chooses the right road; a fool takes the wrong one.

 It's too easy to get caught up in the drama and the politics of any business. It's too easy to listen to the critics and the haters. It's too easy to loose yourself as you progress forward in your chosen profession.

But if you can put on those invisible headphones...if you can just listen to the passion of your craft...if you can just keep focused on your purpose and not compare yourself to others...if you can work as hard as you can while accepting setbacks as part of the process....

And keep your head down and work really hard....

Then you can and will embrace a level of success you didn’t even know was possible. Live your Dreams!

If you need prayer, let me know. I would love to pray for you. 

Inspiration. June 27

 I was watching the Hallmark Channel movie, Christmas at Grand Valley with Danica McKellar as she plays an Artist named Kelly.

SPOILER ALERT: Kelly is having a hard time coming up with new art pieces and can’t seem to find her muse… and she goes home to find fresh inspiration and a renewed revelation! Her new paintings of her hometown, her dad’s diner and the community causes an art gallery to take notice and wants to sign Kelly as their residential artist.

I felt like God was speaking to me through that movie.

At times, I can feel dried up. I can feel uninspired and restless. I can look at empty pages and not know what to write. I can read rejection notices from Literary Agents and get discouraged. And I want to crawl into my room and just stop, without any creative juices to continue.

But if I stay in the presence of God...

If I turn to him and give Him my frustrations and failures...

If I accept His unconditional Love and allow Him the freedom to move in my life...

If I know that through Him and only Him will I attain the Promises...

If I understand that my dreams come true only with divine help…

…then I will find my inspiration, again. I will renew my purpose to continue. Going home and spending time with my Heavenly Father is the answer to any problem! And I receive his solutions and blessings over my life and allow his goodness to attract all the inspiration I need to keep going! 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Finish your race. May 9

 I was watching my husband play Super Mario Maker 2 and it looked like Travis was on a very difficult level.

Enemies like goomba and fire piranha plants…..big boo and sledge brothers were all over! Mario was surrounded!!

And at first Fire Mario started off riding Yoshi. Mario had several lives left and had a power to emit fireballs at his enemies while Yoshi could tackle some of the surrounding enemies.

But after an attack from a thwomp, Yoshi immediately ran off leaving Mario to defend for himself.

Then a chain chomp crushed our hero and Mario  lost his Fireball powers.

As Mario continued to try to finish the level, he had to swim under the water only to be hit by a cheep cheep.

Our hero is losing strength with barely any lives left and only his sheer stamina and onward reliance to move him forward.

Now small Mario continues, runs, jumps and ducks until he finally finishes his race….jumping on the flagpole where fireworks congratulate him on his victory win.

I just want to remind you….

No matter the strong attack against you, no matter how many enemies surround you...keep going! You may lose strength, energy, sleep, gas, money, patience....but keep going. It's your race to run! And if you keep fighting and keep moving onward, you will see the victory (and the celebratory fireworks!)

“We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken.” – 2 Corinthians 4:9

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Unplug. August 1

 "Unplug, Doug," I tell my co-worker as I hang up the work phone.

Doug called on his one day off to check up on a project he had been working on all week.

Unplug. It's a word we use in our Media Operations Department when one of us (myself included!) is too wrapped up in a project and we need to release it and let it go…and remember to enjoy our time off …and trust our other team-mates to handle our work assignments while we are away.

This one word says so much! Do not worry about it. You are okay. Your efforts and your work are fine. So, recharge and unplug.

But why is this concept so hard to grasp?

John Eldredge says in his book "Get Your Life Back: Everyday Practices for a World Gone Mad":

"We are aiming for release, turning over into the hands of God whatever is burdening us and leaving it there. It's so easy to get caught up in the drama in unhealthy ways, and then we are unable to see clearly, set boundaries and respond freely.

Get untangled, step out of the quagmire; which means peeling apart the Velcro by which this person, relationship, crisis or global issue has attached itself to you. Or you to it. Detachment means getting some healthy distance."

Let us UNPLUG and trust that God will work in our favor, will fight our battles and my friend, please relax and recharge on your days off!!!

If you need prayer for anything, let me know! I would love to pray for you!

You never Know. Nov. 14

 I was watching the movie Respect starring Jennifer Hudson. This story is about Aretha Franklin’s life and career. Aretha had produced 9 albums before her first breakout song, “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Loved You),” She signed with a label at 18, but her first hit was at 24.

 This truly humbles me.

 I don't want to give up.

 The truth is, you never know which piece of art you create, what song you perform, what book you publish… may be The One that lifts you to a new level of success.

When I first wrote my book “God the Father, Jesus the Big Brother, Holy Spirit the Best Friend” back in 2015, I could hear crickets. There was no hype and no readership. But I kept writing. Four years later, Tina Marie Shuster produced the audio book for “God the Father…” and suddenly, that book started getting massive attention! This audio book landed #1 and #2 on the United Kingdom Amazon Best Selling list. It landed #2 on the United States Amazon Best Seller list and landed on the Canada Best Selling list as well!

 So, be patient. Keep doing what you love. And leave the results up to God. At any given moment and on any given day, your entire life can completely change for the better.

Just don't give up.

 If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you. 

Quality. May 23

 I beat myself up sometimes.

I see grammar or punctuation errors on my pages. I notice spelling mistakes in my books. I look back on my YouTube videos and realize I could have done the videography or the lighting much better.

I place my inadequate shortcomings in God's hands and I realized something.

I know God is proud of me…. even at my small attempts at ministry... even if the message is of low-quality....

Today's Bestsellers and Blockbusters showcase messages of lust, greed, fornication and applauding sins with high-quality camera work and well-paid actors....

I know God will use my small attempts, short read novels, weekly blog posts and emails to my readers, quaterly newsletters and YouTube videos to minister to readers, to touch lives and to share the message of Hope, the power of a Living God and of the unconditional love from Heaven.

Don't think that your efforts to advance God's kingdom is futile. One life, one reader, one fan, one follower, one retweet and one like can make the angels celebrate that Heaven's message is being heard and received in more ways than one.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

Oct. 24. For the Win
I was watching Ocean's Thirteen and there were a couple of scenes where Rusty Ryan left the slot machine "open and available" so that the next person who sat down would attain the winnings. He did this with a purpose and a plan.

Rusty would set it up for their success or leave coins for others to collect. How did he know the next crank of the lever or the push of the button was the winning one? I actually don't know how he "cracked the code" but for those unsuspecting winners like the woman in the casino and the man in the airport, they didn't care! They received a very large sum of money, unaware it was Rusty that "picked them out" to be the winners.

How many times has God done that for us? Let us remember and stand in God’s Truth!


My joy shall multiply today as I receive unlimited favor in the name of Jesus.

Oh Lord, let your Spirit lead me to unlimited success and favor this month in the name of Jesus.

Lord, let me be at the right place at the right time in Jesus name.

God Almighty, let success manifest in every area of my life so that your name can be glorified

My God is able to do beyond what I think, ask or imagine. (Read – Ephesians 3:20)

I know God is setting YOU up for success! I know he is leaving his blessings in plain sight. He knows the winning path and wants you to take it. I know he is going to open doors with divine connections and divine favor. I know he is going to "pick you out from the crowd" and celebrate your personal victory. We can trust him for all that we need and more!

 If you need prayer, let me know. I would love to pray for you!  

Anointed. July 11

 It was a Tuesday afternoon and I was just emotionally and mentally and spiritually drained. I clocked in to work a 4-hour shift at a prayer line ministry and I was expected to minister for other people with prayer needs.

Truthfully, I needed prayer and I was having a hard time focusing on my job responsibilities.

I stopped and anointed myself with oil and prayed that God will use me even in my weakness. That he will give me supernatural strength energy and will anoint this time with others for this glory. I invited his presence into my shift.

And that afternoon, Praise be to God, I was able to lead a man from South Carolina to Christ as he made a first time commitment to follow Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior! It was an amazing miracle and I'm happy I didn't allow my fatigue to take over, but instead relied on God to give me the strength I needed to complete his purposes.

Let me prayer a prayer over you today:

"Lord, I pray for this reader right now. I pray you will refresh their spirit and renew their passion. I pray God that you will supernaturally move in their lives right now. I thank you Lord that you are answering their personal prayers. I pray God for strength and energy so that they can complete the work you have assigned for them. Anoint them Lord and I pray that you will use their efforts and work to glorify your name. Thank you, Lord for using this reader to help advance your Kingdom. I plead the blood of Jesus over this reader and focus your attention on them right now. Thank you, Lord for blessing this reader and for showing yourself in a mighty way today! In the name of Jesus Christ!"

If you need additional prayer, just let me know. I would love to pray for you!

One more spin. Dec. 5

 I was playing the Hasbro's board game, "The Game of Life" with a friend the other day.

 It was very freaky  - and astute  - the “results” of the game. I was a Children's Author, I owned an online business, dabbled in acting and won so many awards with bonus paydays. I was married and owned a family home. All kind of seemed very similar to my "real life."

 As I was playing this game, I said to my friend,  "I am going to own this family home and fill it up with children!"

 Then I get to the STOP: FAMILY PATH or LIFE PATH. I chose FAMILY PATH which almost guarantees the player to get a baby (a peg in the car). Somehow, I managed to skip all those baby spots. I even STOPPED to SPIN for a Baby and still couldn't get one.

 In the meantime, my friend was landing on all the baby spots and filling up her car with blue and pink pegs to indicate her growing family.

 I was getting discouraged. "How is this so easy for you?" I ask my friend. "How come I can't get a baby and I am trying so hard?"

 As I continue playing the game – “continuing on with Life” - I finally land on a baby girl spot and excitedly place my pink peg in the car.

 My friend said to me, "See? You didn't give up! It came to you, maybe when you weren't even trying."

 And I was thankful for my one pink peg. Even though my friend had a car full of pegs, I learned that taking the risky paths in Life are well worth it to attain the prize!

 Even though my friend officially won the board game, I thought I won an important lesson: keep rolling, keep spinning, keep moving. Other people may have the blessings you want or are recipients of gifts you are trying to attain. But never say never!

 You never know which is the next step, the next spot, the next spin that will get you to your greatest gift.

 If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you! 

God's Kingdom. July 4

 I have a sign in my office that says: "She's busy building her Empire."

When I first bought this sign, I thought it would be an encouragement to me as I work hard to accomplish the goals I've set out for my life.

But instead, I grew scared….

I’ve seen so many people in the corporate world, in the media, in high status "fall from grace" and I noticed too many "castles crumbling" around me and I was afraid that maybe one day that would happen to me. I couldn’t imagine years of hard work wasted and being drained of any personal success. 

And then God brought me a deep revelation. He said to change the sign to say, "She's busy building GOD’S Kingdom."

And suddenly that fear went away because I knew I was focusing on the right priority and setting my work on the Rock that never fails and keeping my sights on eternal values.

Though others may sink in sand, I am standing on holy, solid ground as I build God's Kingdom. I don't have to worry or be fearful but trust that my focus, my energy and my effort is going to a Kingdom that stands forever.

“These words I speak to you are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.” – Matthew 7:25-25

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Watching. August 29

 I was visiting a coffee shop the other day and I couldn't help but notice the security camera staring down at me. I didn't feel guilty or worried or anything, I was just waiting for my large sweet tea… but I did think about how God watches us even when we don't realize it.

I want to share a quote by J.C. Ryle:

"Do nothing that you would not like God to see. Say nothing you would not like God to hear. Write nothing you would not like God to read. Go no place where you would not like God to find you. Read no book where you would not like God to say, "Show it to me." Never spend your time in such a way that you would not like to have God say, "What are you doing?" - J.C. Ryle (Book: Thoughts for Young Men)

I also want to encourage you that other people around you are watching as well. So, let's be the best representative to Christ as we say the right thing, do the right thing and promote righteous living.

I want to say a prayer for you:

"God, I pray that we will be in tune to your presence. I pray that we will be an ambassador to the Kingdom of Light in this dark world. I pray that we will also be on the lookout to spread your joy and encouragement to others. And thank you Lord for watching over us, for your protecting us and for staying near us at all times!" In the name of Jesus Christ!

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Goals. August 8

 I have wanted to be a full-time Author for years. I don't know if it was back in 2015 when my first book was released. Or when it was 2013 when I finally sat down and put pen to paper. But I just imagined what it would be like. I can stay home and write. I can collect a massive paycheck. I will be respected by my peers and applauded by my literary community.

And of course, reality looks a bit different.

Though I have reached my goals, being an Author is more work than I imagined and more stress than I could have anticipated. And looking back, I should have enjoyed the process instead of hurrying to the finish line.

I say all of this to remind you that though you may want your dream and your goal to start right now...maybe you need to check your motive.

In Mark Batterson's book "Whisper", he talks about our God-ordained dreams.

"If you want it too much, you might want it for the wrong reasons.

If you want something too much, it's often an indicator that you're not ready for it. Why? Because it's become an idol in your life. An idol is anything you desire more than God, and that includes God-given dreams and God-ordained callings.

Did you know that you can be doing the will of God and God can still oppose it? It's true. God opposes the proud. Attempting to do God's will in a spirit of pride is two steps forward, three steps back."

So, let us give our dreams to God. Keep focused on serving Him. And be content with the process as we stay humble and diligent.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

The Game of Life. May 16

 I was playing the board game, The Game of Life with a friend of mine. This is my favorite board game! My career of choice was a Race Car Driver and I sped through, spinning high numbers and making decisions to that of a money-mogul. I refused to have kids. Never bought a house, took the risky outcomes and focused more on earning more Paydays. Though I retired earlier than my opponent (which constitutes more money in the bank! Ka-ching!), I still ended up losing!

As you know, in the board game...the more experiences you get...the more money you end up with in the end. And my friend ended up winning because he took his time in The Game of Life.

So, we played another round.

This time, I learned from my mistakes and embraced every experience on the board. I went to college and signed up for night school. I had 3 kids and changed careers multiple times. And steady and slow is the way to go… I was the last one to retire but ended up winning the game.

I learned a lot from playing this board game.

If I slow down....enjoy every experience...try not to race or compete...to not focus on gaining more money, but instead looking to enjoy every step...if I take a few risks and open myself to love...I can win my game. 

I need to realize...Life isn't about being the first to finish... but about enjoying each spin of the wheel, every step of the journey, each peg on the car, every turned tile and yes, even every lost turn. Have fun on your personal Game of Life.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

Calm Down. Sept. 19


When I am having a bad day, a bad week, a bad month, it's hard to stay positive. But the thing I have learned is that when I speak out loud the truths of God's word, my mind becomes renewed and my spirit is refreshed.

So, talk to yourself and read these promises out loud and I know that you will instantly feel better!

 Matthew 6:34:  Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

 1 Peter 5:7: Cast all your anxiety on God because he cares for you.

 Psalm 16:8 :  I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Psalm 56:3 :  When I am afraid, I put my trust in God.

2 Thessalonians 3:16 :  Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you! 

Too much. Oct. 31
There's a scene in the NBC hit show The Office, referring to the episode, “Safety Training” :

 The HR Rep Toby is informing the office workers  what to look out for.

Toby: Ok, um, one thing that you’re gonna want to look out for is carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s recommended that you take a ten minute break from typing every hour. For your circulation, you’re gonna want to get up out of your chairs and uh, and move around about ten minutes every hour.
Michael: Yes, good. Fine. Like stretching and…
Toby: Um, yeah. You’re computer screen can be a big strain on your eyes, so uh, it’s also recommended that you step away for about… about ten minutes every hour.
Michael: Wow, that is… that time really adds up. That’s like… a half an hour, every hour?
Darryl: Take them at the same time.

 Do you feel like life is like that?  There is always so much to do!

I have appointments scheduled, like my annual physical, a trip to the dermatologist (I live in FL and I'm light skinned - can never be too careful) and trips to the dentist. And that's just medical appointments. When I add in my work schedule, my Bible Study meetings at church, on and on...I can feel overwhelmed and life can feel out of balance.

I pray that God will give us a simple solution like Darryl did when he said, "Take them at the same time." Let's be proactive with keeping our scheduled balanced and our time more structured. Find the easy path and try not to over-stress or overcomplicate your life. Let’s not make a mountain out of a molehill. We don't have to freak out or make things even more difficult. Find the right pace for you.  And remember to schedule in some fun on your agenda. That’s important too, like taking time to watch The Office!  

 If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you. 

Memo Pad. May 30

 I remember when I was very young, waiting at the bus stop with my classmates. It was extremely early and we attacked by these annoying bugs that liked to come out at sunrise. One mother who was with us suggested we put our hands up because the bugs will supposedly follow the highest point.

It did the trick though I'm sure the bus driver was confused at this small group of students with their hands raised getting onto the bus.

But on a spiritual level, isn't it annoying when we are trying to worship and praise God and we cannot seem to focus...the "bugs" of life are surrounding our thoughts. We think about the stresses of the day, the fears of tomorrow and the regrets of the past.

Mike Murdock talks about this in his "Seeds of Wisdom Volume 2 on Prayer". There is a chapter called, "Use Satan as a Memo Pad."

He says,

"Every time you enter your prayer time, Satan will remind you of something you forgot to do. It may be a telephone call to make or a letter to write, but it is designed to break your focus."

"Keep a memo pad and pen handy as you pray. When satan reminds you of something, simply write it down for later. Then say, "Thank you, satan, for being my memo pad."

"Now, relax and enjoy your time with God."

2 Corinthians 2:11 : “…so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes.”

This will be my last weekly blog post for a while. Travis and I are on a 21-day hiatus with God where we will be interceding for others and seeking new direction and wisdom for our lives.

If you need prayer, let me know. We would love to pray for you!

Pure. July 18

 I was reading an autobiography book that a Comedian I respect wrote. I was really looking forward to reading through the pages. However, I didn't realize how R-rated the Comedian really was and had to stop reading after the first chapter. I was highly disappointed.

That same day, I was watching an Action-packed TV show and was really into the show! I had invested so much time into following the story-lines and the characters, but however, around season 5, the show started to get really dark. There were more murders and blood and gore. I had to stop watching. I was highly disappointed.

I want to make a promise to you right now.

If you are looking for good quality Christian content, you can depend on me! I write inspirational blog posts, weekly devotional emails and original content with multiple books that engage the reader and bring to life the Truths of the Holy Scriptures. 

There may be a lot of highly disappointing content out there, but I will stand for Truth and Virtue and Purity. It may not be popular, but I deem it necessary! I will use my talents and skill set for the Glory of God.  And following God is a righteous path we can always depend on!

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Behind the curtain. Nov. 21

 I felt like I was punched in the gut… and I felt mad and maybe a little betrayed.

 I have a few Authors I absolutely love and respect, reading all their books only to realize that they did not write their own books; they hired someone else to write the pages for them.

 Maybe I was naive. I mean, these Authors were cranking out books very fast! Maybe this is how the literary world works and I need to “grow up” and face reality. But I lost respect for these writers...who claim to be "idea" men and nothing more. I look up to writers more than most, so this was a heavy reality to face.

 I have 5-pages worth of just story ideas! The thought crossed my mind. Maybe I should hire a ghostwriter and get more books with my name on it out there. Someone else could write my stories and I could rest my pen for a while. It could bring in more money, more notoriety, more...wait. Let me not get caught up in this!

 Both me and my husband are writers, so we take this profession very seriously. We understand the grueling process it takes to get to a place of literary perfection and success. And I am adamant on making sure the books that have my name on it is indeed a Sunshine-original!

 I want you to know, that when you look behind the curtain of my business, it's me operating the board. Nothing is an illusion with me; I'm not trying to fool anyone. It means a lot to me when I can inspire other writers, because this calling is very true to my heart and I need to stay 100% authentic in the process!

 If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you. 

Friend of God. July 25

 “Who am I that You are mindful of me?

That You hear me when I call

Is it true that You are thinking of me?

How You love me

It's amazing

I am a friend of God

He calls me friend”

- Israel Houghton

My heart’s desire is to be very close to God Almighty and I invite him into my everyday life. But having God as a close Friend means I have to listen to his small, still voice and recognize when he is talking to me. And I can't always do whatever I please. I have to be mindful and respectful of his holy presence at all times.

Let me give you an example.

I was listening to a CD of an young artist that I've always liked. I have many of her CD’s in my collection. But in her recent album, which  has a ‘parental guidance’ label on it, she has songs with a lot of cussing. And as I was exercising, listening to the music, I heard God tell me, "I don't like this song. Can you turn it off and choose another CD to listen to?"

I have also heard him tell me that he doesn't like a certain show that is on TV or a movie I wanted to watch. I asked God, "Well, if you don't want to us to watch this movie, choose another." And he does.

Yes, this may sound extreme, but I want to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. I want to know how God feels and I want him to be honored in my household.

The funny thing is...I'm not someone who listens to "bad" music or watches "bad" movies, but there could be a scene or a word or a message from certain media outlets that I don't need to accept. And I want to be so close to God that whatever offends him, offends me.

Will you be a friend to God today and respect his small still voice?

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Acres of Diamonds. April 11

 I want to encourage you today to tend to your own garden. And learn to appreciate what you have. Sometimes, even if you feel like you don't have all the resources you need...make the best of everything and use the tools and connections and opportunities you have right where you are.

I want to share a few passages from Jentezen Franklin's book "Acres of Diamonds":

"Stand firm where you are. Keep digging where you are. If God has called you to a certain place that looks like a dust bowl, stay put and say, "I'm not leaving. This is the place." If others are unkind, stay faithful. If you feel all alone, keep trusting. If it does not seem that the promise is coming, keep believing."

“Wise people learn to value what God gives them. They stay rooted. They get disciplined. They stay planted. They remain where God has called them until He tells them to move. Wise people see opportunity where there is devastation. Life in the midst of a drought. Dreams in place of brokenness. The wise person values what he or she has. Don't overlook the potential of where you are. When you are in the land God has called you to, everything you dream of is right there, if you would just sow into it."

I hope you can find the diamonds all around you….right where you are standing!

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Be on the lookout. August 22

 A co-worker of mine was telling me that she wanted to write a blog, admitting that she quickly runs out of ideas, asking me how I am able to maintain a weekly blog and inquiring how I attain such inspirational content for my social media sites.

I tell her that I am on The Lookout! I live with eyes wide open. I hold my attention on any little or big thing that could be replicated as a good sermon, or be shared as a good story. These every day tidbits, like a sunrise, a hug or an emotional email can serve as the best illustration of God's love.

I take mental notes of what I see and the things I experience. I believe that every day is a miracle, every moment is a blessing and every hour is an opportunity to learn more about God! 

I would encourage you today to keep your eyes wide open. God is talking to us, we just need to ignore the distractions… and sit at his feet. God is moving, we just need to be aware of his presence. God is blessing us, we just need to receive it. Every day has the divine opportunity for beauty!

I live to teach. I live to share. And I live to learn!

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

Relax.  Nov. 28

 We are officially in the Holiday season and I just wanted to talk about the things you can do take care of yourself and ways to destress from the noise and clamor of the season.

 Be aware of how you are feeling. You know yourself best. Set yourself up for success and make sure you are having a little healthy self-care, especially around the holidays!

 My idea of fun is a day at the beach or at a theme park. I love staying in and watching a movie marathon eating junk food and staying in my pajamas. I like to stay the night at a Bed and Breakfast or sleep in late. I enjoy reading, especially when I can read by the pool uninterrupted.

I do not like exercising for fun, but my husband, Travis will go walking and running every night after work as a way to de-stress. He likes to play video games and watch youtube videos and let his mind relax. He also likes to take baths instead of a shower so that he can intentionally slow down and breathe before heading into the office.

What are your stress reliefs? What calms you down? What do you love to do? After a long day at the office, what do you turn to for relief? I’m asking you to do something for you - eat the cupcake and relax -  to stay sane during this holiday season.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you. 

Oct. 17: The real me

I want to say that I have “returned” from my 21 day-hiatus with the Lord. It was a wonderful time with Travis as we prayed and interceded for people, being a witness to God's movement and divine blessings!

I remember the scene from the movie "First Daughter" where Samantha talks about how she experienced freedom and an openness with James, the man who allowed her to just be herself. Samantha felt cherished as the real her…and not just the First Daughter of the President.

John Mackenzie: Did you love him?
Samantha Mackenzie:  I loved who I got to be with him.

And I thought about this….I love who I get to be…

I remember the days when I would get so mad, so frustrated, so discouraged when my book sales weren't as high as I expected, or my book did not land on an Amazon Best Seller list or the hype wasn't there when I released a new book.

 On any given day, my emotions would be flip-flopping on whether my books were successful or not.

 And I got tired of feeling this way and living this way.

 I realized that my writing and my books are secondary. It's not entirely about what I write. It's the platform where I get to connect with others. I now receive messages on a daily basis from people who follow me on social media. I have a large virtual following. People may not read my books, but I can still encourage them, love on them and minister to them with weekly blog posts and weekly emails and uplifting content.

 I get prayer requests from others and I have the privilege of praying for people.

I love who I get to be as a Writer. The books are secondary. The connection I have with people…that is always first!

 If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you! 

Holding his hand. May 2

 I went to a theme park with my friend and a few young kids from her family. It was such a nice time!

We went on more of a "grown-up" ride where you had to put on special 3D glasses and “ride a creature” while looking at a screen, immersed in the flips and jumps, flying up and around, and zipping through the trees and surrounded by these monsters in flight...it can be quite intense!

I was sitting with the youngest little girl and she looked afraid, like she wanted to get off the ride. But we were already in mid-"flight" so I gently turned to her and said, "Here. Hold my hand. We'll get through this together."

And she made it through the ride holding my hand and I was very proud of her!

I can see God stretching out his hand whenever we feel afraid and we need him.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you." ~ Psalm 56:3

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” ~ Psalm 23:4

So next time you feel afraid, just reach out into the loving embrace of your Savior. He is always nearby to hold your hand to help get you through any of life’s challenges.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!


Test of Time. April 18

 I have this 'Happy Valentine's Day' balloon that is still floating in our living room...from last year!

That's right...for more than 365 days, this balloon has been wishing us a Happy Valentine's Day every time we walk through the door!

Just 2 months ago, my husband gave me a handful of balloons for the 2021 Valentine’s celebration, but the majority of them have deflated...leaving the powerful - 2020 Celebration balloon to remain standing.

I want to talk about Still Standing through it all.

I want to talk about resilience.

I want to talk about lasting while those around us…. deflate.

Here are some verses to encourage you:

Isaiah 40:29, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”

Psalm 31:24, “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”

Isaiah 26:3,“You will keep in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”

2 Corinthians 1:20 " For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God."

John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid."

I will encourage you to stand on God's Promises and do not let the breakdown of everyday life deflate your spirit. Be that special one who resists the enemy, stands strong and refuses to quit.

And for those who have walked through some dark days and still cling to their God…well, you are an inspiration!

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Declaration. August 15

 I saw this and just wanted to share as I am using this as my life's mantra!

OUR COMMITMENT AT THE ALTAR

I am a Soldier in the Army of God and here I stand.

The Lord Jesus Christ is my Commanding Officer.

The Bible is my Code of Conduct.

Faith, Prayer and the Word are my Greatest Weapons.

I am full of the Holy Spirit.

I have been trained by Experience, tried by Adversity and tested by Fire.

I am a Volunteer in this Army and Enlisted for Eternity.

If God needs me...I am there.

I am building His Kingdom and here I stand.

I am Committed.

I cannot have my feelings hurt enough to turn around.

I cannot lose enough to make me quit.

My God will supply all of my needs and here I stand.

The Devil cannot defeat me.

People cannot disillusion me.

Sickness cannot stop me.

Battles cannot beat me.

I am a Soldier of the Lord and here I stand.

( - Author Unknown)

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!