In Time. Feb. 21

 I am reading through my 2011 Journal. In the journal, younger Sunshine mentions she wants a certain job and I tell that 10 year younger version of me that I will get that job in just 3 more years. Just be patient.

In 2011, younger Sunshine talks about the future with her boyfriend (who I am currently married to) and she speaks about problems only relevant to that year. I read this trying to tell my younger version that it's going to be okay! Time passes and soon things will change for the better.

So I am going to experiment with something and pretend that it's 2031 and I am reading through my 2021 journal.. what would I say to myself now?

I would say to myself not to worry right now. This is a temporary situation you are going through and you'll be out of this troublesome time soon enough.

I would say to get some sleep and relax. In just a few weeks, in a few months, in a few years, you'll find yourself in a different and better season. And what you are praying for today will come true in the near future.

I would sympathize at what I am crying about now, saying out loud that the enemies I am facing today will not be my enemies tomorrow. I would shout that God is faithful and here in the future, He has showed up, He has provided for me, He has gone above and beyond to make me happy.

And that I don't need to over-think, over-analyze or try to plan. Your steps are secure; no reason to be confused or discouraged. Because 10 years from now, you'll be a better you in a better life and the storm is finally over. Everything is going to be okay.

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.

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! 

Stay With Me. April 4

 Recently, my husband and I visited a popular theme park in Central Florida and it was crazy busy!

I remember reaching out my hand and telling my husband, “Stay with me! Keep close to me! Let's stay close to one another.”

Why did I say that?

Because there were so many things grabbing for our attention. If it wasn't the character Meet and Greets waving us down, it was the parades and the floats and the signs and sounds yanking us this way and that…..There were so many people in our way and the distractions, the temptations! I would stop to look at something while Travis didn’t realize I had stopped and walked on. Travis would take pictures around the corner and I would have to go looking for him. We were missing communication with all the craziness happening around us.

And I had to remind Travis that we can see all of the theme park, but we just need to explore together.

Life can be like that sometimes.

I would encourage you to stick close to your spouse and to not let the distractions of this world keep your attention off your loved one. Don't get lost from each other. The flashing lights and the headline marquees and the illusions of fun are nothing without the other. So, grab your spouse’s hand and vow to not go anywhere in this life without the other.

It's more fun for me to explore each day with my husband right by my side.

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

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!

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!

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!

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!

All things New. Feb. 14

 I am officially back from my 21day haitus with God. It was a great time of intercession, of new changes and standing on the Promises from the Word.

And I wanted to share something that I do every single week. Specifically every Sunday. My husband calls it "Towel Day."

Every Sunday, I replace the old towels with new towels. I toss out all the items from the past week and replace it with the new. I refresh the toiletries. I have a mini-spa day where I put on a clay mask, leave on repair hair conditioner, use cucumber slices to restore the bags under my eyes.

Why am I boring you with all this?

Because it's important to remember that you need to:

A) Prepare: Maybe you are waiting on something to manifest in your life. You are waiting for God's promises and for your prayers to be answered. Instead of sitting around and waiting...prepare for the blessings. Get rid of the old to make room for the new.

B) Get Excited! God is moving. Get your hair done and get yourself beautified. The favor is just ahead. The blessings are just ahead. And you need to feel your best to step into this new season in your life.

You never know what one day, one week and one Towel Day may bring - so do all you can to make room for the new.

If you need prayer for anything, 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!

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!

Restoration. March 7

I believe that God is restoring us to new wonders and new heights. That we are picking up the pieces from 2020 and that this new year is going to be a year of restoration, of healing, of deliverance and of prayers being answered!

I looked up in the Scriptures what the numbers mean for this year and:




Here are a few Bible verses on Restoration and may these be the Promises we stand on in 2021!

"but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." - Isaiah 40:31

"After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before." - Job 42:10

"And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast." - 1 Peter 5:10

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" - 2 Corinthians 5:17

"Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once more." - Psalm 71:20-21

If you need prayer, 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.

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 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.

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!

Declaration. August 15

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


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!

Pruning. March 21

 For Valentine's Day, my husband bought me a large bouquet of roses.

Along with the roses, inside the bouquet was several large green leaves and baby’s breath and other such greenery inside the vase.

As my roses began to grow and stretch, there wasn't enough room in the vase and I had to prune away some of the bouquet to make room for the developing blossoms.

I got rid of the baby’s breath and the extra greenery first. Though these were living items that didn't deserve to be thrown in the trash, they ultimately didn't serve any purpose to my roses.

Throughout the following days, I would toss any roses that were drooping or wilting, cutting stems and cutting back leaves on the roses.

Why was I doing all this?

Because I wanted to preserve to the best of my ability to precious beauty still in the vase. The strong and lasting roses needed space and fresh water and sunlight. And I had to make the decision to get rid of any distractions so that these roses could grow.

What is distracting you? What do you need to take out of your life so that you can grow? What can you remove so that you have more space? What is making you wilt - remove that. What is hindering you from moving forward - just toss it in the trash. Keep your eye on the prize and unapologetically get rid of those things in your life that no longer serve to your purpose.

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!

Better for the Best. March 14

 I was watching the CBS show, "Let's Make a Deal" with game show host Wayne Brady.

For those who are not familiar with the show, contestants need to choose a door or play a game to win a prize. Their choices could result in great prizes like jewelry, a free trip or even a car....but if they choose the wrong choice...they will get ZONK'ed and lose everything.

At the end of the show, the contestant with the most winnings will ask if they want to engage in the BIG DEAL of the day. That means they trade their current winnings for something even better if they so choose.

I want to talk about trading the GOOD for the BETTER, the BETTER for the BEST!

I know what you are would rather hold on that something that you know is stable, is reliable, is working. But holding on ….when you know it's not the best for you to have…. only harms you in the long run and can ruin your overall happiness.

Take a risk on life. Sure, you'll get a few ZONK's along the way, but you could win treasure beyond your imagination.

Are you at a job you can't stand? Do you have someone in your life who steals your peace? Are you attending a church that doesn't feed you spiritually? Are you cramped in your one-bedroom apartment and need to make a change?

Transition out of the GOOD into something BETTER. And let that door slowly reveal a good - better - best opportunity ahead!

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

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'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! ***

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!

Unexpected Blessings. March 28

 I remember when I worked at a theme park.

If a guest came up to me bitter and rude and mean, I would not feel inspired to make their day or bless them. I would shut down my emotions and become unresponsive to his attitude. His negativity would turn me off and I wouldn’t want to continue to engage in his griping session or his pity party.

But for those guests who came up to me...maybe even offer me a little gift...thanked me for what I did...and just made me feel special...I have an entire tool box of blessings I can make for those guests. What do they want? A fast pass to a ride? A free ice cream bar? A photo with a Character Meet and Greet. I can make it happen!!

I can envision God reacting the same way to us.

When we approach God with a negative attitude, blaming him for our misery or grumbling about our day...I can see him becoming unresponsive and hurt by our words.

But when we approach him in a loving way...where we appreciate what he has done in our lives...and how we are so thankful...and offer him up gifts of worship and praise....he takes notice and feels inspired to bless us as he opens the door to Heaven.

Yes, I know God's not a person and he doesn't respond as a person does (thank you Jesus!) but to get to God's heart is by praise, thanksgiving and loving-kindness towards our Father. He has done so much for us. Let's always check our attitude when we approach God and learn to enjoy our every day life.

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 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!

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!

Blue Flower. Feb. 28

 I have this beautiful blue rose that rests in a bubble of water; it forever blooms and never dies. It sits by my bedside and I love my blue rose. Because  it is in little water bubble, the rose blossom is magnified and highlighted and the stem seems nonexistent at the bottom.

Now, I know what you are going to say. Clearly, someone dyed this rose to be cobalt blue. Real roses aren't naturally that color. And it's man-made because if it were a real flower, it wouldn't last, look like that or always be in bloom.

So why should I love such a man-made, clearly fake color, a rose pretending to be a rose?

This blue flower gives me hope. Every morning, when I wake up, I see it. It tells me that today...everyday...brings the beauty of promise, the mystery of magic and the enchantment of wonder.

This blue rose, always in bloom, encourages me to believe in the impossible. And that today, amazing things can happen!

Wake up on purpose. Something good today is calling out your name! I believe this! 

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!

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!

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!