11. There is an excerpt in the Mark Batterson book, "Win the Day" that I thought was very intriguing. Mark talks about how a simple name change can alter destinies.

  "In 1964, a boxer named Cassius Clay began a new chapter in his life with a new name, Muhammad Ali. In 1993, the artist formerly known as Prince changed his stage name to a symbol. The composer Mozart altered his name multiple times. You'd be surprised - or maybe not - how many of Hollywood's household names are nicknames.
            God turned Abram into Abraham and Sarai into Sarah. The switch from Jacob to Israel was more than just a name change - it was a new story, a new identity, a new destiny, a new nation. Jesus gave nicknames to everyone! My favorite? He called His cousins James and John "sons of thunder"!
              God doesn't just rename us; He puts His name on us. This is how God flips the script. He changes our name, which changes our identity. We get grafted into God's story."

I have a birth name. I even have an adopted name.  
Growing up, I had one name. Going into my 20's, I had a completely different name. 
But now…I am Sunshine Rodgers. That's my married name.

 It's ironic though that one year after I got married, legally changing my name to Rodgers, that my first book was published. And Sunshine Rodgers is not just my "new" name, but my business name, my public name and an Author name that opened up a sensational door for success and fame.

 It's amazing how one name change can alter your destiny…maybe without you even realizing. As Batterson wrote in his book, flip the script  and become grafted into God's story for your life!

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

 I have a signed DVD of my favorite TV show, Boy Meets World. I am very excited about this piece of personal treasure as Danielle Fishel, Rider Strong, Ben Savage and Will Friedle all signed it and wrote me a personalized message on the cover.

 This DVD is not with the other Boy Meets World DVD's. Oh no! It is set aside on a stand. I do not want this DVD to get messed up. I do not want anything to happen to this DVD. I see it as a one-of-a-kind item!

 I want to feel the same way about my Bible!

 My Bible stays in my prayer room. It is not in my library with the rest of my books. It is not tossed aside or thrown on a shelf. Oh no! This is the Word of God. This is the book that gives all the other books meaning! This is the book that restores my soul and renews my mind! I keep my Bible safe and protected, guarded and cherished!

 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. - Hebrews 4:12

 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. - 2 Timothy 3:16-17

 I want  to value God's Word and be receptive to its power source in my life. For those who own a Bible, you own a holy item, a precious treasure! It should not be collecting dust, but rather used as a mighty sword as we win our battles through its pages of wisdom, guidance, correction and divine power!

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

 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! 

 I was acting spoiled, really. There is no other word for it.

So, Travis and I had free tickets to an attraction in the city, but we felt like $30 was too expensive for parking (we believed that the attraction would only last 20 minutes and thought the parking fee didn't justify the time) so we just left.

 God convicted my spirit and told me that I was not recognizing the blessing he gave us. While other people have to pay full price for the attraction AND have to pay the parking fees, Travis and I only have to pay for parking. Why am I coughing an attitude?

 I realized that my downfall and pride is when I fail to recognize God's blessings around me all the time. So, I get upset when God doesn't answer my prayers in the way I would like him to, not appreciating all that he has given me so far. I get impatient  having to tolerate my current situation, not thanking the Lord that my current predicament is a lot better than it used to be. I can act spoiled, thinking I am more entitled when I need to stay humble and on my knees.

I never want to take God's amazing gifts and blessings for granted!!

I repented of my attitude and asked God to show me next time I act that way. I want to live with a spirit of praise, of thankfulness and deep appreciation. I am here, I am alive, Jesus is my Savior and He is good. Say no more; I am happy!!

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

There is a scene in the (2008) movie Eagle Eye where a man is hearing a very distinct and  very direct voice… literally in his head. He is wearing an earpiece so he can hear that robotic female voice plainly.

Other characters in the movie run from the voice and will not directly comply. But this one character does everything the voice says, exactly to a tee. He may ask a question and when he doesn't get an answer, he still goes about obeying the voice as commanded.


 Scene from the Movie:

The voice: The package you've just received... contains a small metal valve. Open the package and follow our instructions precisely.

Man: What kind of stone is this?

Voice: No questions. Cut the stone and place the setting according to the specifications we sent you.

 Those who have seen the movie know exactly about this voice and where it comes from.  And that voice may or may not be good in this film…. So, I don't want to compare.

But I do want to take this into a different context by saying I want to always be that precise and that obedient to the Holy Spirit's leading, a voice that is always good. A voice I can always trust. A voice that leads me and guides me into the right path. I don't always have to know the answers; I can walk in blind faith. But I want to be that diligent when God asks me to do something. I want to comply with no hesitation and no complaint.

I want God's voice to be clear in my head as I open my heart to His will and His ways.

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

16. I was watching the movie, The Company (2003) and the story follows along a ballet company in Chicago.

I was mesmerized by the talent and athleticism of each dancer. The ballerinas were pros, practicing and rehearsing for weeks  for this one performance. But what really intrigued me was that the dancer landed exactly – precisely – directly - on the beat of the music. They didn't jump one second before or after, but exactly on cue. They knew the song that well, clearly memorizing the routine and performing by heart.

I thought about God's timing. As these dancers know the routine, God knows our story. He has my life memorized like a book, knowing exactly what page, what chapter and what point I am on in my life. And He appears on cue. He knows when to show up. God is not one second too early or one second too late. He knows at just the right time, at just the right place, with just the right person and just the right experience  to give my story a happy ending.

I trust God's timing. He knows what is the very best for me. I just need to watch in awe of His precision and accuracy and grace in every little thing that happens in my life. Because truly I  am mesmerized by His wonders!

 Ecclesiastes 3:1: There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—

Isaiah 60:22: At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen.

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

3.  Travis and I will often visit a nearby lake where there is a large family of Muscovy ducks and several of their babies all swimming or resting by the grass. We arrive regularly with bread or corn-chips for our feathered friends. 

 As soon as Travis arrives on the scene, the ducks go crazy, running or flying out to meet with him. Travis and I will literally throw food in their direction. It is raining bread  and they all eat to their heart's content.

 The Muscovy ducks didn't realize when they woke up that morning that they would be receiving such a feast!

 I wonder if God does that?

 When He shows up, sometimes unannounced, He will rain down blessings from Heaven, showering us with goodness, feeding us much-needed and much-desired gifts. He just walks in with a full loaf of bread...  His bag of treats just for us.

 When you get a sense of God’s presence, don't just walk across the grass. Sprint. Fly! Because today, the Savior has something great prepared just for you. A personalized blessing with your name on it!

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

 So, one of my guilty pleasures is watching America's Next Top Model. That show motivates me to stay focused on my goals and to stay resilient in my passion. Plus, I make mental notes on what makes a good photo and how to “smile with your eyes.”

 I just finished watching a season/cycle from 14 years ago and I was looking up all the girls then and what they are doing now.

 I was surprised to see that so many left the modeling and entertainment industry, some are verbally bitter about her time on the show, and others (some that even left the show early) did phenomenally well in acting and modeling years later.

 So, what makes the difference? How is it that out of 13 girls in that season, 3 have gone on to modeling success.

 I know so many people who are "shooting stars". They grab success at a quick rate. I admit, I am jealous of their overnight popularity. But  years later...I can't find them anywhere and they left the spotlight.

 But I also know some people who have climbed up the charts in their chosen field and year by year they just continue doing what they love. They don't get engaged in drama or more importantly, let anyone else (including themselves) get in their own way. They stay humble and appreciative, ever growing, ever moving.

 14 years from now, I want to be "caught" still doing what I love. If someone in 2036 researches me online, I hope they will still see me writing books, sharing inspirational content and loving God and loving life. That to me defines true success!

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

2.  I was getting a hot stone massage and the therapist was very clear, "Tell me if I am hurting you." Even after expressing my soft to medium pressure preferences, the therapist still wanted to make sure I was comfortable while also trying to out of all my muscle knots. He also warned me that the stones may be a little too hot as he placed each one on my backside. I was told to speak up if it was too hot on my skin.

 I want to encourage today you to...speak up. Tell people how you feel. And even more important, tell God what you are experiencing. Do you feel some discouragement or are you getting burned? Is the pressure of life getting to you? Do you need some relief? Is the hand that is  holding you...holding you a little too tight? Say something.

 You have a voice. Use it. Ask for some relief and expect the pressure you feel to soften and alleviate. You are not alone in this. You don’t have to carry this weight by yourself. Pray out loud to the God who is able to quickly heal the areas of your life that are hurting you. Be open and honest. Say what is bothering you. And trust that though you may feel uncomfortable in the moment, the tension, the muscle knots, this temporary issue will be over soon.

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

15.  I want to remind you today to…Choose the right attitude. Come into work with a pleasant demeanor. Shift the atmosphere for the better. Watch for ways on how you can be a blessing to others. And watch what you say and what you do. Let me remind you, when people like you, they want to work with you and that favor will open doors and connectors will want to elevate you.

 I recall a certain celebrity who is not casted for movies anymore and the supposed reason is because she is difficult to work with.

 I don't want to be that person. I want to stay positive and maintain those connections and be slow to burn any bridges, apologizing (even if it's not my fault), keeping the peace and staying humble.

 I was watching the movie, The Internship (2013), and the deciding vote to approve Billy and Nick for the job opportunity was this one question:

 Lyle: Our final judgment is always based on the layover test, right? 'Who would you rather be stuck next to at an airport bar for a six-hour delay?'

 It's important to me that I work well with others, that I make everyone feel good in my presence and I purposely bring the light and keep the situation calm. I know it helps others and it is also  in the best interest for myself to remain professional and steady in the public eye.

 Just a suggestion to you.

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

I was watching the Live Action Adaptation movie of Cinderella (2015). We all know the story, so I can safely describe the scene. The Prince is searching the land for the owner of the glass slipper. Ella is locked up in the attic by her evil stepmother. All seems lost and hopeless.

Even locked up, abandoned and ostracized ...Ella sings. She sings from her heart, from a place inside of her that refuses to lose hope. Even with tears in her eyes, Ella is determined to not allow her dark situation to overcome her. She sings “Lavender’s Blue (Dilly, Dilly)” which is a song that contains a picture of what she wants her life to be like someday:

 The lyrics are:
“… Lavenders blue, dilly, dilly
When I am king, dilly, dilly
You shall be queen
Who told you so?
'Twas mine own heart, dilly, dilly
That told me so

… Roses are red, dilly, dilly
Violets are blue
Because you love me, dilly, dilly
I will love you
We shall be safe, dilly, dilly
Out of harm's way.”

And in this 2015 movie version. the Prince hears Ella singing in the attic and, well...the rest is history.

So, I want to remind you today to keep singing! As you are in a holding pattern - as the door is locked before you - as you are stuck in the transition between 'once upon a time' and 'happily ever after', just keep praising and worshipping! Sing about what you picture your life to be. Sing about the possibilities to come. Sing about the hope and the beauty of tomorrow. Sing and let it come from your heart – a place where nothing can steal your peace and take away your hope. The King of Kings and the Prince of Peace is on his way to rescue you!

 Jeremiah 20:13 : Sing to the LORD! Give praise to the LORD! He rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked.

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

1. I was watching a live Wrestling event with Travis and I noticed that these athletes have to control their moves, be disciplined in their efforts and wise in their conduct in and outside the ring. Though it seems easy, I'm sure it is very difficult to hit their opponent without hurting them...to do a high-flying-twist off the ropes with such grace and to understand the action as to make sure there is no major injury to either athlete.

I want to talk about: Controlled strength.

 You may have to go all in for Christ…but also maintain wisdom to hold back. You must restrain but with a purpose. Follow God’s leading. You must be wise with your power and might.

 I guess my biggest reflection on this would be: “take the high road and be the bigger person. You can show love by what you don’t do.  Don’t talk back, do not start arguments or gossip and don’t engage in office drama.” Sometimes strength is letting things go. Or controlling what you say. Just because you can do something…doesn’t mean you should.  

 I would challenge you to not over exert your abilities but instead, respect the greater good. Can you show servanthood and righteousness and still maintain a proper amount of strength? Can you watch for the well-being of other people while also caring for yourself? Can you go all in for God's will yet stay humble on your knees?

 Let's practice discipline in our behavior as we are wise in our efforts to control our strength and showcase God's glory.

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

I was listening to a T.D. Jakes sermon and he  was talking about resources. He said that most people think he will talk about money when preaching about God's provision and resources, but instead he talked about the power of relationships. He made mention that one phone call to the right person can clear up more than any amount of money can.

 Recently, Travis and I went on a getaway and stayed at a resort. We were able to get a 50% discount off the bill because of a friend who had offered that gift to us.

 Is there someone in your life who has opened doors for you or blessed you in remarkable ways?

 I pray that God will give us divine connections and divine opportunities and divine favor. I receive a financial increase, but I also receive the right people, the right doors, the right supporters, the right benefactors and the right resources to come my way.

 “I hear the Lord saying, "Tell my people to look out for my unconventional plans. Get ready for unconventional deliverance. Get ready for unconventional provision. I am going to use people in your journey that you never thought I would use. I am going to bring provision from unlikely sources. I am going to draw you out of adverse circumstances and set you in the midst of destiny. You will bring glory to Me. I will use you to reveal My glory in the midst of wicked people."
Book: The Jochebed Anointing
By: Ryan LeStrange

****** Travis and I are taking a 21-day hiatus with the Lord. During that time, I will not be updating my weekly blog. Travis and I will be praying and interceding for ourselves and for the needs of God's people. If you have any prayer requests, please let me know (go to the CONTACT US tab). We will pray for you and bring your needs up to the Lord in agreement and faith! 

4. I was getting a hot stone massage and the therapist was working hard to get out my muscle knots. I would instinctively winch at the pain or tighten up. The pressure was uncomfortable, even though I knew it was for my own good that the  therapist was focusing on these problem areas.

The therapist knew I was reacting defensively towards his deep pressure massage, and would stop what he was doing and told me to take deep breaths. Inhale in. Exhale out.  As I practiced this behavior, I centered my attention on my breathing and the pain became less and less.

 I would recommend that for you. Right now.

 Do you feel some pressure? Some pain in your life? Do you feel uncomfortable about this season you are in right now?

Let's do it together.

 Deep breath in.

Exhale Out.

One more time.

Inhale. Exhale.

Remind yourself to stop for a second and center on your breathing. You can get through this. The pressure is temporary. God is working things out for your good. Everything is going to be okay. Deep breaths! You've got this!

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

17. It was a bad day following a bad week. On top of additional life stresses, I found out a friend of mine died suddenly and grief struck my heart. Additionally, Travis’ aunt passed away. And a dark storm cloud loomed over my head. Still stuck in my inner turmoil, I was driving to work and noticed a lot of roadkill on the side of the road.

I told God that all I am seeing is… death. Loss. Emptiness.

Jesus kindly whispered to my heart, "Just look up."

I raised my eyes and I saw it. The life all around me. The green trees. The flowers in full bloom. Ducks splashing around in a nearby lake. Birds singing in the trees. Life. beauty. wonder. spring. newness.

And I remembered that how I feel…correlates to what I am focusing my attention on.

 So, let me ask you…what you are looking at? Is your downtrodden attitude due to your focus on the negative? Are your conversation about what's wrong with the world, the government, your job or your family weighing heavy on your heart? Or do you remain adamant on looking up, on seeing the miracles of today, on applauding everything that is… right?

The choice is yours.

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

14. I was out with Martin for dinner one evening, a close friend of mine, and he offered to buy me dessert. This is nothing new as one of our traditions is celebrating what we call the “different Television seasons of our life.” (“What happened in that last episode was so exciting!” we would say as we Cheers! to new developments and new progress happening in our lives).

 Martin has known me for years. We have developed a good rapport and friendship. He knows me and trusts me and that is celebrated with a gift – sharing a butter pound cake from the restaurant.

 After this dinner with my friend, I thought about the relationship that we as Believers have with Christ. I want to be someone who God can say in a crowded restaurant, "Oh! I know her! I'm sitting next to her. I have a relationship with this person right here. We've known each other for a very long time."

 And I receive the best gifts from God, not because I crave the presents, but because the intimacy with the Savior organically manifests blessings from His hand. Because I trust God, because He knows me, because we formed a closeness and an inseparable bond…. I know that He will always celebrate life with me… over a brownie sundae  dessert. I always need God to know that life is the sweetest whenever He is around! I choose to celebrate with Him!

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

I am happy to be back from my 21-day "hiatus" with the Lord. Travis and I had a great time interceding for others and we truly saw the move of God in mighty ways!

 I want to talk about a real-life event that happened just a little while ago.

Travis was taking wrapping paper out of the guest room closet when he saw a circular-something-maybe-an-animal that seemed to not be moving. Fearing the worst, he ran to get me. "Oh, no...it's a snake!" I immediately say as I noticed the body curled up.  My heart started pounding as Travis made plans to call the professionals about our wild animal.

 I made some noise around the unidentified creature and still no movement. Could it be dead? I grabbed the flashlight and edged in closer and the color shone a blue tint. I grew a little more confident and drew a few steps near it only to realize it was just a blue party streamer that had coiled itself in a circle.

And it took quite a few moments to calm my nerves!

 But that's what Fear does. In the shadows. At night. It's False. Evidence. Appearing. Real.

 The fear of something, the quickened heartbeat, the anxiety of a negative report, the disastrous thoughts, the imagining of the worst can spin you into a chaotic flurry. Do not let your mind "go there." Do not allow your negative mindsets to consume you.  Fight fear with Truth. Combat anxiety with prayer. Flash light on your dark places. You'll find there is nothing to be scared of when seen for what it really is…a shadow just to get you shaken up (or in my case, a blue streamer).

 Let's not live in fear. Let's not assume the worst. 

Let's live in faith and expect the best! 

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

9.I'll never forget reading that dreaded email. The free blog site I've used for years - the one where I gained 25,000+ readers - was shutting down on me. I could pay the costly monthly fee or else my site would be cancelled and gone forever.

I grumbled for days as I transferred my content over from my free blog to my main website.

Then I received this horrible letter in the mail. My phone’s 3G Network was being shut down. My phone of 8 years will no longer be serviced and just like that, my device became unresponsive.

I grumbled for days as I learned all about my new complimentary phone.

In the midst of my complaining, I could hear God's still small voice telling me that he did warn me ahead of time. And, what I learned was that… not only did God know ahead of time what was happening, he provided another option for me. He reminded me about my current website that I could use in leu of the blog site. God also provided me a free phone to use as I discarded my old one.

Life can bring annoyances sometimes. And if you are anything like me, you don’t necessarily want to change things that are working out just fine. But I am happy I have a God who talks to me, warns me ahead of time, consoles me and provides solutions and answers when I need them. I truly believe that Heaven sets me up for success.

Though it was a frustrating transition, I know (cue the cheesy music) that when God closes a door, He always opens a window.

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

5. When I walk around my neighborhood, I always follow the same route. I travel right at the corner, past the community pool and onto the sidewalk until I reach the house with the two black cats. Then my home is just a few houses down. This has been my set pace and I know it well. It's about 3/4ths of a mile and I take that same walking path about six times a week.

 One day, I was out walking, and I saw my next door neighbor, only he was jogging towards me. He pointed at me and jokingly said, "Hey. You're going the wrong way" as he passed me, moving in the opposite direction. Clearly, his walking path is different than mine.

 But no matter which path we chose, we still have the same objective: to stay active, to be fit and to enjoy the nice weather.

 I want to encourage you to be open-minded. Let's not be critical or judgmental about how others are running - or, in my case, walking - their race. What works for one doesn't necessarily work for another. Don't point and say, "You're doing it wrong." We're reaching the same destinations, we're just going about it in different ways.

 Set your own path and be confident in the way it leads. And be mindful of others on the trail. They are fulfilling their personal dreams and goals, same as you. Be mindful, be patient, be loving and be understanding as we all share the road – from all different walks of life - together.

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

6.  I ordered a glazed doughnut from Krispy Kreme and the worker asked if I wanted a fresh doughnut. Before I could even respond, she walked over to the conveyer belt and fetched a fresh doughnut that had just been glazed over by icing, still heated from the oven. I was overly ecstatic about this mouth-watering goodness!

In that moment, I couldn’t help but imagine…this must be how God gives His blessings to us!

“Taste and see that the Lord is good…” - Psalm 34:8

“How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you.” - Psalm 31:19

“Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap.” - Luke 6:38

God's blessings are fresh, never stale. These Heavenly gifts have not been sitting around a day or two, getting old or collecting dust. Oh no! God's blessings have just arrived! Fresh off the conveyor belt of Paradise! These personalized presents are Brand New, created and crafted by the passion of angels and from the heart of Heaven. And when it arrives – it is marked just for you and wrapped in divine love!

I am thankful that I have God Almighty by my side who can bring such undeniable favor and awe-inspiring miracles that can come  no other way except by His hand!

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

8. I was watching the Disney live action movie, 101 Dalmatians starring Glenn Close. In one scene, Cruella writes out a check for 7,500 pounds (the movie is set in London). She wants to pay the couple for the 15 Dalmatian puppies. It is implied in the movie that Roger is unable to break through in his video game design and I'm sure that money would be a literal life-saver for the entire family. Even though the couple stares at that check with big eager eyes, they knew they could never give up what is most precious to them….for any amount of money.

 Roger and Anita decline, saying:  “The puppies are not for sale.”  

Don't let money tempt you into giving up on your dreams. 

 I am very thankful. I have plenty of extra time to write and create to my heart's content and I give 100% to my life's calling.  But, the royalty checks from my books can be inconsistent and at times, lower than I thought. With that said, I make it a habit to decline opportunities that interfere with my Author Career. Yes, on paper, these opportunities might mean more money for me but would require me to trade what is most precious to me. And so, I always decline the offer.

 My job is to focus on the Assignment that God has given me to the very best of my ability. It's on Him to provide. I can't be tempted to give up my dreams… for cash. I pray you don't, either.

“My dreams are not for sale.”

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

10. Here I am with my husband at a grocery store. It is nothing special…just an ordinary day. The frozen food aisle is full of people looking at a sale for Häagen-Dazs ice cream. Travis is observing the fresh – or not so fresh - bananas on the display. The loud speaker announces a new phone on sale at the electronics center. Everything seems normal. Mundane. Routine.

Suddenly, I hear something familiar. A song starts to play… “Smile” (released in 2009) by Uncle Kracker. I hear the lyrics:

♫♫ You make me dance like a fool / Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold, buzz like a bee / Just the thought of you can drive me wild
Oh, you make me smile ♫♫

And suddenly, I am no longer shopping at a store, but dancing in my spirit. I am smiling at the memories from 13-years ago when the song played so often on the radio. I am touched by the lyrics and felt extremely giddy … even as the associate beside me stocks turkey meat in aisle 9.  

There can be excitement and appreciation and joy… even in the mediocre. Running an errand… can be a reason to dance. Every day is full of miracles – you just have to be open to receive them! It may be one song, one memory, one instance, one encounter, one second that can lift your spirit and remind you that every moment is….

♫♫ Just like a flower poking through the sidewalk crack / And just like that
You steal away the rain / And just like that

You make me smile like the sun…. ♫♫

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

18. I am a big fan of Dancing with the Stars and I concluded that what makes a dance in the ballroom so inspiring  is when there is a closeness between the celebrity and the professional dancer, between student and teacher... a trust between partners. I remember, in one season, a certain celebrity just had a meltdown during rehearsals and the pro dancer said, "You need to trust me. And you need to trust the process." And the celebrity who was clearly overwhelmed with learning the steps and keeping up with the pace… relaxed a little bit, let go, and embraced the ebbs and flows of the dance.

 There are times that are going to hurt. But it's part of the change.

 You need to trust the process.

There are times when you need to cry. And vent. And pray. A lot.

 You need to trust the process.

 There are times when you just will not understand what is going on. There are times when you won't know how or when or where to take the next step. And there are times when you are going to have to just let go and embrace the fact that you are not God.

 You need to trust the Teacher.

 Don't stress. Move ahead with courage. Don't fret. Don't panic. And don't let this get you down. And release your fears and your doubts as you let go of what you can’t control.  

This moment is part of the dance. There are ebbs and flows to life. Do not take your eyes off your Heavenly partner!   Trust the God we serve who knows exactly what He is doing and exactly how to get you through to victory! 

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

7. I was watching the movie, Free Guy starring Ryan Reynolds. And there is a scene I want to describe (as I try not to ruin the movie for you!)

 There is a scene where the Blue Shirt Guy “levels up” by becoming the good guy and helping others. He stops the violence, assists those in danger, restores peace and recovers stolen items. In doing so, he gains more money,  more possessions and advances to a new level of greatness.

 I can't help but think that God can and will elevate and advance us in the same way.  I believe that what I sow, I will reap. I want to believe that every time I say yes to Jesus, that I am saying yes to his ultimate good plan for me and I am cashing in the reward of my good works.

I want to share with you an excerpt from my upcoming Christian Nonfiction book, “Be the Sunshine”:

“There are certainly some perks to bringing generosity, compassion and kindness out into the world. It’s the old adage: you reap what you sow. I like to believe that when I go out of my way to bless others, God will go out of his way to bless me. I don’t try to give with an ulterior motive, but I also know that if I plant and sow seeds of goodness and love, I can expect that same favor back. I wake up every morning fully expecting God’s goodness to rain down over me. I live with my hands wide open to receive all good things as I spend my days sowing generosity to others.”

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

Glory Days. August 5

I wanted to share a passage from the Book "Glory Days" by Max Lucado:

"You are
God's child
Christ's friend
a member of Christ's body
a saint
redeemed and forgiven of all your sins
complete in Christ, lacking in nothing
free from condemnation
God's coworker
seated with Christ in the heavenly realm
God's workmanship
a citizen of heaven
adopted into God's family
born of God, and the evil one cannot touch you

When the devil draws near, stand against him. "What are you doing here? I am dead to you!" Give him no quarter. Don't take his lies. Don't stand for his accusations. Don't cower at his attacks. When he dredges up your past mistakes, tell him whose you are. He knows who you are. He just hopes that you don't or that you will forget. So, prove to him that you know and remember. Tell him:

 "I have been brought with a price. I belong to God." (1 Cor. 6:20)

"I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind." (2 Tim. 1:7)

"I cannot be separated from the love of God." (Rom. 8:35)

"I can find grace and mercy at the time of need." (Heb. 4:16)

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phil. 4:13)

 Promised Land people think like this. They walk with a reverent swagger. They live out their inheritance. They show the devil the new name on their spiritual passport."

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

13.  I am officially "back" from my 21-day hiatus with the Lord. It was an amazing time of intercession and seeing God move in amazing ways! Truly, truly….our God is a good God!

 I do want to share something that happened to me the other day. It was the oddest thing. It was sunny outside. But yet, I was holding my  umbrella as tiny raindrops splashed over me. This always fascinates me. When I know the rain clouds are quickly passing through because the sun is dominant, persistent... authoritative.

 I feel like this is what Life with Christ is like. Even on our worst days, we can still experience Hope. When the raindrops of frustration and anger, injustice and hurt come splashing in... I know that the storm is just passing through....because my reality is Christ, His love, His Truths...not the pains of this world...but the splendor and majesty of the Almighty.

 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

- Romans 15:13

 “May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.” - Psalm 33:22

 Whenever you see a rain cloud, don't fret. Just look up and soak in the glorious rays. Heaven’s light  is always peeking through!

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

19. Spoiler alert for anyone who has never seen the third installment in the Twilight saga, Eclipse. There is a scene where Edward takes a trip to Florida with Bella to try to keep her safe. Bella has absolutely no idea that there is an ongoing vampire invasion after her, trying to hunt her down. Bella is just resting safely with her mom, soaking up the rays in the sunshine state. The werewolves are chasing away the opposing vampires causing havoc in her hometown. Again, Bella has no idea.

 This scene made me think of a very profound question… How many times does God chase away our enemies as we remain completely unaware of his favor and protection?

 How many times are we “relaxing in Florida” while He does the hard work and fights our battles for us?

 Let's thank God right now.

 God, I want to thank you for personally taking care of me. I praise you for coming to my rescue and for fighting my battles for me. God, you chase away my enemies. You move things around for my good and bring me the victory on every side. You are such a good Heavenly Father and I applaud your goodness, your faithfulness, and your protective care over my life. Thank you for all the blessings  that I so easily take for granted. Thank you for how much you do and how I am standing right here because of you.


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

12. My husband and I went to a BBQ place for lunch and on this particular day the tea dispenser was empty. You don’t understand... this place has one of the best southern-style-always-freshly-made sweet tea….and I was more than a little bummed that I could not even get a drop of the beverage. Until… God reminded me that there is another tea dispenser… outside, out in the patio sitting area. And it was full and I drank to my fill!

In life…if the well you are depending on right is dry, go to another well. Be creative. Think outside the box. Get the results you want to produce… another way. Maybe there is a fresh, new, filled to the brim opportunity for you just a few feet away.

 I want to pray for you: I pray God that you will give this person fresh visions, revelations, answers and solutions to the problems or issues in their life. I pray God that you will direct and guide their path and give them instruction on their next steps moving forward. I pray Lord that your command will be so clear and that this person will stumble upon a new threshold of blessings, a new alternative source for provision and a new wellspring of opportunity. Thank you, God for opening this person's eyes to new avenues and open doors for success. I pray all of this in the name of Jesus Christ!

 *** This will be my last weekly blog post for a while. Travis and I are on a 21-day hiatus with the Lord and I will "be back" next month.

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