7. I was working 6 days a week for months. And it was brutal! I was physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted. And I prayed that God would provide me rest, hoping for much needed time off.  Maybe my employers can relax the schedule a bit or approve some days off. 

 Even though I was working extra shifts and overtime hours, God showed up in my situation and He was able to give me rest… while I was still working. God provided me with daily strength and daily energy. The shifts I worked seemed to require less stress and there were plenty of times when I was able to relax and breathe even while on the clock. God gave me the grace and patience for each new day.

 God can and will answer your prayers. He will show up for you. He may not answer prayers in the way you were expecting, but He will be with you and surround you with his loving care and personalized attention. I am happy God knows what's best for me and I know I can trust Him with everything I need!

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


#1. I am celebrating! I lost nine pounds! For years, I have kept a strict diet and exercise regime. Each week...

I run for an hour and a half.
I walk for about six miles.
I jump on the trampoline for an hour.

AND I maintain a proper diet. 
I drink water only (if I need a substitute for water… than sweet tea with
artificial sugar)
No snacking between meals.
Counting calories, paying attention to the serving size.

But guess what I did? On a random Thursday night, for no occasion at all, I ate a Big Mac. No, I did not punish myself.  No, I did not think about how this meal would affect the number of calories I ate for the day. I just enjoyed my favorite meal at McDonald's. 


My message to you? Yes, stay disciplined.  Being disciplined gives you the desired results.

But... every now and again break the rules and treat yourself. Don't be so stuck to a regime that you can't enjoy life. You deserve a reward today!

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



19. Let me just say this… I am so happy I did NOT get what I asked God for!

Travis and I wanted to buy this "perfect" house and the deal fell
through and we were stressed and devastated. We had prayed and fasted to God for this house without realizing this literal shut door was working in our favor! 

We didn't know it then but the house we ended up with is so much better! 

Another example I can use. This year alone, Travis and I experienced major
transitions in our jobs. For me personally, I wanted to keep the television job I had. Though I prayed (so hard!) and fasted to keep this media job, I didn't realize the closed door was working in my favor!

I am now enjoying a work-from-home opportunity that allows me to see Travis more and allows me to save money, to relax and sleep in, which is a perk!

Thank you, God that no matter how much we beg and shout and yell and
cry… you still are such a good God and you know what is best for us!
You don't listen to our temper-tantrums… but instead you keep us in
your good and perfect will! I am so grateful for closed doors, and I am so grateful for you!

​** This will be my last weekly blog post for a while. My husband and I are taking a 21-day hiatus with the Lord. During that time, we will intercede for people and seek His will for our lives.


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


18. It was a rough time in my life. 

New information kept coming in. It was hard to make plans. In fact, I
stopped making plans altogether. I knew things were changing daily. Sometimes, hourly.  I didn't quite know what was going to happen.  The future remained uncertain. I was remaining flexible with each new day, and I had to be aware of God's leading.

When you are facing a difficult time, when you are surrounded in a fog,
unsure of your next steps… I pray that we will know and trust that God
will clarify which path we are to take. I pray that we will reach out and depend on God's strength while leaning on his Word. 


Know that God has you, that he is walking with you (even when it's
hard to see him) and he's leading you (even when it's hard to hear from him).

Thank you, God that you are with us in the storms of our lives. We
trust you for the safety and deliverance of this turmoil. And we
praise you for manifesting your divine Promises  in our lives right now.

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


23. For those who feel busy and stressed and overwhelmed, I just wanted to
share a few verses on peace that will hopefully help you to relax and
slow down and breathe easy:

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.

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.

Philippians 4:6-7: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Psalms 4:8: In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Psalms 29:11: The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.


I pray that you will feel at peace right now. I pray for a good night's sleep with sweet dreams. I pray that God will cover you with his goodness and love. May you feel content and happy and stable in all of your ways. Let's embrace the peace and beauty of the Lord today!

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



#2. I found it similar. At least a part of it, anyway.


John 5:1-18 reads the story of: Jesus Heals the Man at the Pool of Bethesda

"Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  In Jerusalem there is a pool with five porches called Bethesda.  Inside these porches lay many sick people. An angel of the Lord came at certain times and made the water move. All of them were waiting for it to move. Whoever got in the water first after it was moving was healed of whatever sickness he had."


I was thinking about that story one particular Friday. I had cleared my schedule  to spend time at the community pool. On a weekday afternoon, I have the place to myself. Though I didn't see any angels  - not to say they weren't there - I still felt emotionally healed going into that water. That visit to the pool was  refreshing and life-affirming.

I embrace all those moments that God uses to bring me "back to life." I
cling to hope again, I dive into His goodness, I cherish the gifts from
heaven and I soak in the rays of His joy. We have an opportunity to
stay immersed in the love of God. Let us be refreshed not just by the
pool, but by the ultimate Living water, Jesus Christ himself!


This will be my last weekly blog post for a while. My husband and I are taking a 21-day hiatus with the Lord. During that time, we will intercede for people and seek His will for our lives.

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


22. It was late. It was dark and I was walking through the neighborhood by
myself. 

I do this regularly, so I normally don't fret about it. With my headphones on and the feel-good music blaring through my ears, I don't ever worry about anything… unless there is weirdness. And there was. Up ahead.


A car was parked facing me with his lights on. It seemed more dramatic of an anxiety had it not been so late, and I was the only one outside. This car was up ahead, almost blocking my path.

As I contemplated my options… should I move across the street? Should
I speed walk past it? Should I turn in the other direction?… the car turned off
its lights, the driver left the once moving vehicle and I was able to
just continue my walk in peace.

I want to encourage you to keep walking. That mountain will suddenly
turn into a molehill. What you are anxious about will no longer be an issue. That stress will evaporate, leaving no cause for concern. That problem will reach a solution. All will be well in your soul and in your life.

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



Have you ever been scared of something in the dark? That stick looks like a
snake. A flying thing at night may be a bat. You hear noise in the bushes, and you think the worst. Our mind wanders. We feel anxious. It's scary not knowing. You can't see it and so you feel unprepared to handle it.

But in the light, it's not as scary, right? It's a tree branch and not a snake. A songbird and not a bat. A bunny appearing from the bushes.

I want to shed some light in our dark places.

Dark place: I am alone.

The Light of God: Psalm 145:18 : The Lord is near to all who call on Him.

Dark place: I have no help.

The Light of God: Psalm 46:1 : God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Dark place: No one loves me.

The Light of God: Psalms 36:77 : How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!

Shine some light on the dark places in your soul, in your mind, in your world and see how quickly the Truth is revealed. Let's stand on what we know is right versus what we imagine to be wrong.

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

16.  "The trick is to not overreact."

I said that recently to my husband who wasn't feeling well and
immediately his thoughts turned to: "Is this Covid?" "Are these symptoms lasting?" "Is there something even more wrong with me?"

"The trick is to not overreact."

That piece of advice was also told to me when I was let go from my place of employment. "Will I be okay financially?"  "Is this going to affect other areas of my life?" "How do I pick the pieces and move on from here?" 

IF the what ifs come to the surface... you do not have to "go there." Don't listen to those negative thoughts. Just let this storm pass. Seasons come and seasons go. And before you know it, you feel healthier and stronger. Or like me, you are in a better spot than you were before.

I make it a habit to say, "Thank you, Lord" even when I don't know what is happening around me, knowing that God is going to work this out somehow, someway.

I just can't overreact; I need to have complete trust in my Savior. 

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


15.  I was outside jogging around my neighborhood and it was incredibly hot outside. My thirty-minute run was becoming nearly unbearable in the Florida heat. Usually, this exercise is about a four lap circle and that day, by the last lap… I couldn't make it. The finish line looked too far.

 So, instead of seeing how far left I had to go, I mentally divided my run into small, more doable milestones. I looked down at my feet, taking it one step at a time. I told myself, "Just make it to that lamppost" and then after that "just run to that tree," breaking up the long trip into easily doable steps so that I could complete my workout.

 That day, out of breath and out of energy, I needed that change of perspective. I needed to break my goal  into smaller pieces. And that's what eventually got me to the finish line. And I know that you will also experience personal victory in your own life. Just pace yourself and try not to conquer everything all at once... just do the next right thing, take the next step forward to reach that next milestone up ahead.

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

10. We have an owl statue in front of our yard, properly dubbed: Solar Owl.

 Solar Owl is solar powered, meaning that during the day he soaks up the sun through a solar panel so that at night, he illuminates brightly. Solar Owl shines in the darkness; he is brighter than anything else in the shadowy yard. Even in the midnight hour, Solar Owl can be seen from the road, casting it’s glow.

 I am inspired by Solar Owl. I want to retain the light and goodness of the gospel so that I cannot help but radiate. When things around me look dim and dark, I want to maintain a level of happiness and joy. I want to soak in Jesus and his truths and his love so much that I illuminate his righteousness. And I hope anyone in a dark place can see God's glory shining bright!

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



I saw this Biblical Principle play out firsthand.

It was October 31st and my bowl of candy was filled to the brim as I
awaited excited little kids to come knocking at the house dressed in the latest Princess or Ninja costumes. I always view this day and this opportunity as a way to pass out free treats to children. But I also wanted some chocolate candy for myself. So, in a bowl filled with 50 pieces, I grabbed 5 snickers.

Ten percent is what I took.

And I looked over at the rest and said to myself, "there is plenty of leftover candy for the children!"

I wonder if God views our tithe and offerings this way. I wonder if He
is able to look down at all of the blessings and divine favor and goodness in our lives. He is just asking for 5 pieces of candy... and we can enjoy the rest! I can almost hear God saying now, "there are plenty of Heaven's treats leftover!" after I give my tithe to the Kingdom.

I don't ever have to doubt God's Promises. I know the Principle of Giving
and Receiving - of Sowing and Reaping - will work in my favor. I just need to obey His Commands and trust in the Lord!

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

 


17. I want to tell you a secret.  I follow myself on Amazon. 

Why do I do this?

I need to be a fan of my work before anyone else can. My books
represent me and I stand behind each and every one of them. I wouldn't
put my name on just anything. The story has to remain positive. The
message has to be uplifting. The ending has to be happy and upbeat.

I need to believe in myself. There are critics. There are negative
reviewers. There are naysayers. But if I stand tall and believe that
what I do makes a difference and that inspiring stories can change lives… then I remain a fan of what I do.

I would remind you today... to be a fan of yourself. You are doing very well!
You have come a long way, and you need to applaud the steps of progress that have led you to this exact spot.


And we are both expecting such good things ahead!!

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


#4. Every six months or so, I soak all of my expensive rings, i.e. my engagement ring and my wedding ring and other such valuable jewelry and wash them thoroughly with a cleaner and scrub brush.

My engagement ring was so shiny in the store twelve years ago. It was flickering, brand new on the display. And I need to clean it now for that diamond to
maintain that level of shine and to ensure that diamond stays as new-ish looking as
possible. 


Maintain your level of success. Put in the work. Don't give up on the
precious commodities at your fingertips. Do everything you can to take care of what is in your grasp. 

Don't envy others for what they have.  The grass is not greener on the other side of the fence. Water the grass on your side!


Because when you do, your life will sparkle like a freshly cleaned diamond ring!

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


11. On the days when I work at Billy Graham Ministries, my responsibility is to bring people hope. I need to speak comfort and peace during their difficult time. I listen attentively to understand their personal and specific needs. I need to speak positively and assure them that God is personally taking care of them and moving on their behalf.

 But, what would I say if I were the Client?

 In the spirit of counseling, let me put myself on the couch.

 What kind of words would I say to cheer myself up?

 I talk to so many people, I forget what it’s like to encourage myself.

 I guess I would say… to be patient. This is a process. I would remind myself to trust God and stand on His Word. I need to walk by faith and not by sight and definitely not follow my feelings. I need to praise the Lord for what he has done in the past and assure myself of what he is capable of doing today. I would tell myself to relax and breathe. I would say that prayer is powerful and that God is going to do amazing things… I just need to receive it. I just need to believe it. I just need to speak it.

 What are some pieces of advice that you would give yourself today? Speak encouragement and love to the Counselor and the Client.  

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

8.  I know what it's like to feel unstable in life and unsure in my decisions. To be in a season of turbulence. When I don't know which way is up or down. There are days when I do not have enough energy to face the day.

 I know what's it's like to feel uncomfortable with the crisis I am currently dealing with. I don’t know if what I am doing is helping or hurting…. When I don't know if the decision I am making is the best decision.

 I know what it's like to feel exhausted and stressed out.

 I want to remind you that God is here even in these difficult moments. Hang on. Keep trusting and keep believing. Stand strong in your faith. Keep leaning in to God and rely on the Promises found in His Word. Live each day on your knees.

 Your crisis will be over soon enough. God will reveal Himself to you even in the storm. And together, we believe for better days ahead.

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

21. As part of my exercise regime, I go out in my lanai to lift weights and jump rope.

I count to 50 when I jump rope.


1…2…3…


Urg! The sirens and honking cars I hear from the road mess me up.


I start again. 10…12…13.


The birds and noises in the nearby woods cause me to miss my jump and I have to stop.

As frustrated as I am from the outside annoyances, I am the one to
blame. I am the one who is allowing the interruptions to ruin my flow.
I have to remain focused on my task.

48…49….50.

 My dreams depend on my ability to continue even against any shortcomings or personal hiccups. I must breathe, look, step and jump as I progress in my personal and daily goals. I cannot blame anyone but me for not reaching my highest potential.

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

 




20. Travis and I are "back" from our 21-day hiatus from the Lord and it
was truly a wonderful time of interceding for others while seeking the
will of God for our lives. We had so many personal miracles and blessings take place during that time!

But I want this week's blog post to talk about what I experienced literally just
a few days ago.

It was sudden. And unexpected. I walk outside of my house and there is new greenery planted in the front yard. The beautiful yellows and purples
wave at me as we meet for the first time.

The landlord told the gardener to plant these… but to me, it was a
new beauty I now get to enjoy... without me even lifting a finger.


I immediately thought of Deuteronomy 6:11: The houses will be richly stocked with goods you did not produce. You will draw water from cisterns you did not dig, and you will eat from vineyards and olive trees you did not plant. 

I am praying that God will provide an unexpected Harvest in your life.
That you will wake up one day and be hit with a good surprise from
Heaven! I pray that God's Promises will manifest. And may
we praise the Lord for bringing love and support and such beauty into our lives. We receive and enjoy the Abundant Life sprouting up all around us!

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


The Joy of the Lord. Feb. 28 

Let's meditate on the following Scriptures and be refreshed in our minds and revived in our spirits!

"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:13 

"...the joy of the Lord is your strength.” - Nehemiah 8:10

"Casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you." - 1 Peter 5:7 

"They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." - Isaiah 40:31 

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."- Romans 12:12  

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


12.  My husband has a Game Room in our house. A collection of video games with its corresponding game console. Rob the Robot lives in this room. Skeletor sits on top of his Snake Mountain. And there are five TV screens. Whether he's watching Wrestling for hours or testing a new Switch game, I know that my husband is having fun, being content and relaxing in his room. And when he's happy and playing, then I am  happy.

 I can just imagine that God takes delight when his children are playing and happy.

 Old Hardy Greaves in the movie, The Legend of Bagger Vance says,
“God is happiest when his children are at play.”

 God  must be content when his children are resting and relaxing…laughing and enjoying themselves. I want to make sure to enjoy God’s goodness and to delight in each new day surrounded with his heavenly blessings.

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

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My numbers came in. I work the Billy Graham Prayer Line and I prayed for close to 160 callers in the month of October.

That's speaking to 40 people a week.

That's ministering to roughly 8 people a day.

In his book, "Can you Stand to be Blessed?" T.D. Jakes talks about the
Grace to do something. "Problems are not really problems to a person
who has the grace to serve in a particular area." When I tell people
that I work as a Prayer Line Associate, the first reaction is, "How do you handle all the negativity and burdens from other people?" And I have to conclude that God gives me the special grace and strength to handle it.

If you told me I had to pray for 160 strangers, that number would be too intimidating. I don't know if I would sign up to do that! But I can certainly take one caller, one prayer and one conversation at a time... allowing God's strength to give me the ability to minister Truth and love to those who need it... one day at a time.  

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

9. I am an avid reader. I can read up to 2-3 books a month.

 I usually celebrate the beginning process. I go to my Library and pick out a new read. I start each story with such anticipation and excitement.

 I also celebrate when I finish a book. I immediately write a review on Goodreads and share my thoughts and feedback of the story.

 But I do not celebrate the middle of the book. I never once have said, "Hooray! I am finally at the middle."

 The middle is a time when you may have to push through a few chapters that are dull, uncomfortable or you are just not feeling it.

 The middle of the story may not always be exciting, but you have to go through the middle to get to the end. And as I said before, I celebrate when I reach the end.

 Are you going through the middle of your personal story? I would advise you that not every chapter is going to thrill you. Some parts of your story will bore you. Other parts will frustrate you. But just know, it will all make sense at the end… when we celebrate together!

 To see what I am currently reading, connect with me on Goodreads!

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


Before I start my shift working for Billy Graham Ministries…. praying for people and speaking hope and love into strangers' lives… I ask the Lord for help and guidance and wisdom. I ask that He will bless my workday. I place anointing oil on my forehead, a symbolic act, knowing that I am anointed for the task at hand and that God will be with me.

After I clock out, my routine is to go for a run outside. I put my hair up, change into my workout clothes and place sunscreen all over my face. Even though the sunscreen is now covering up the oil, I am still anointed. I am highly favored, blessed and protected no matter where I go or what I do.

I want to encourage you that God sees you. He is with you. He has anointed you. And He is helping you. Whether you are like me and taking the afternoon working out or teaching a class or babysitting little ones or studying for that big test, God is surrounding you with his undeniable presence and anointing you for the task at hand.

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



14. I overheard someone talk negatively about his spouse. This man shared with the group the everyday frustrations and the little annoyances concerning his wife.    

 I thought to myself… this man needs to appreciate the Masterpiece.

 What do I mean by that?

 If you are critical of the brush strokes, you may be too close to the canvas.

 Step back. Look at the bigger picture. I am sure that overall, the marriage is beautiful with minor flaws.


Taking it a step further...overall, the workplace is fun with little complaints. Overall, the money is great with just a few issues. Overall, it's a wonderful day outside with a little overcast clouds.


Do not make the little concerns to be the main focus. Appreciate the overall beauty of what's in front of you!

 And never take anything or anyone for granted!  

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

13. I was doing yard work and I noticed these very pretty weeds, purple with a long stem. And even though this piece of greenery was beautiful, it was a weed nonetheless.

 And I thought to myself as I pulled these weeds, "I'm sorry. You Are so pretty. But I must get rid of you!"

 Are there any beautiful weeds in your life? Sins that seem too intriguing to give up... Indulgences that you know are bad for you but you need to toss.... A lot of friends but no quality ones....

 Take a look at your life and pull out some weeds. I know they look beautiful. I know they could even be mistaken for flowers. But weeds suffocate the harvest and ruin the blessings. Get rid of them now before they overgrow and take over the entire yard of your life.

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

#3. Travis and I are "back" from our 21-day hiatus with the Lord. We had the privilege of praying for the needs of God's people from all over, requests coming in from the United States and Africa. It was truly a blessed time! 

Philippians 4:8 says to "Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise."

There is so much negativity. I regret turning on the local news. For my job in Ministry, I daily counsel those with emotional and financial and physical problems and I can feel deflated and defeated. I put myself in a bad mood in mere seconds just thinking about all the bad stuff. 

But God wants us to set our eyes - our thoughts - to somewhere higher, 
away from the stress of this world. Let's think on things that are lovely and worthy. There is so much good, isn't there? I am healthy. I am strong. I am loved. I have faith in a God....who is so faithful, who isn't going anywhere. The Almighty is never leaving my side and is holding my hand even now. 

Let's not point at all the negatives, but instead... celebrate His goodness. We give our praise to God for an overabundance of blessings because we set our sights on the eternal. 

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



5.  Travis and I are "back" from our 21-day hiatus with the Lord. We had the privilege of praying for the needs of God's people from all over, requests coming in from the United States and other countries. That time with the Lord was truly a time of unparalleled blessings and favor!

 Recently, Travis bought and constructed the (1,830 mini bricks!) Van Go Starry Night Lego set. This playset ignited a conversation. Though the painting of Starry Night is one of Travis' personal favorites, I'm not a huge fan. I don't quite get it. There are swirly things in the sky. The big tree looks ominous, almost like something out of a horror movie. But Travis sees beauty and wonder and majesty and, in his explanation, he finally tells me, "You don't appreciate it because you're not seeing it on a bigger scale," talking about the details, the brush strokes, the artist’s state of mind, the imagination of it all.

 Do we do this? Or is it just me?

 For example, I don't appreciate the vastness of the heavens, I just look up at the stars every so often. I fail to capture the wonder of nature, I just complain about the weeds sprouting up in my yard. I can even put God into a human-sized box without experiencing him in all of his limitless splendor.

 I would encourage you today to take a second look. To appreciate the majesty of the masterpiece. To look at the bigger picture. To not take miracles for granted. And to realize the intricate details that went into the wonderment of the moment.

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



 
6. There was a green lizard who hung out inside of our lanai. And I watched him. He was a whiter color when he clung to the sides of the screen doors . But he turned a darker color when he was lying on my exercise equipment. At first his color change shocked me. But I quickly realized that he was adapting to his present situation, blending in to what is around him.

 I want to be like my lizard friend. I want to situate myself to my outside circumstances. I do not want to panic but just… go with it. I want to remain fluid and be able to adapt to what is going on. I want to accept change as smoothly as possible. Without stress. Without complication. Without losing my cool.


I can give in. I can surrender to this life's journey. I can rest in any position I am in. I am a chameleon, wearing several hats and thus, succeeding in any role.

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