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This morning...

So we all need encouragement and here is the place for that. Every week I will write a new blog with quotes, scriptures, sayings and really anything that can encourage you in your walk with God. Enjoy and be blessed! 

definition of Success. Feb. 25

I know what the definition of Success is. Well, at least I know according to how the world lives.

If I make enough money (whatever dollar amount that is....)

If I can attain several houses and plenty of cars (for what reason, really?)

If I can be promoted higher and higher up in my workplace

where I have a fancy title and able to make very important decisions

Where everyone knows my name and I appear in magazines and media for my all-too-important accolades. (They need to be trending)

And if you cannot attain this all-so-desperate attempt at prosperity, then you are not successful.

I will admit, there are days when I don't feel successful.

But let's see what God's Word says about success:

God says: Successful people devote themselves to Me and I establish their plans. “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” (Psalm 37:4, NLT)

God says: Successful people acknowledge their insufficiency and strive to do things in My Strength. “Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.” (Psalms 1:1-3, NLT)

God Says: Successful people maintain their integrity. “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew‬ ‭6:24‬, ‭NLT‬‬)

God Says: Obedient people are successful. “‘Now’s your opportunity!’ David’s men whispered to him. ‘Today the Lord is telling you, “I will certainly put your enemy into your power, to do with as you wish.”’ So David crept forward and cut off a piece of the hem of Saul’s robe. But then David’s conscience began bothering him because he had cut Saul’s robe. He said to his men, ‘The Lord forbid that I should do this to my lord the king. I shouldn’t attack the Lord’s anointed one, for the Lord himself has chosen him.’ So David restrained his men and did not let them kill Saul…” (1 Sam 24:4-7, NLT)

God Says: Successful people are thankful for where they are, allow Me to elevate them, and are guided by My Spirit.

So next time you think to yourself... I'm not successful by the world's definition.

Maybe you should choose another Master to serve. One who calls you Beloved and would love to rewrite the pages of your story and who applauds you even in your tiny steps of obedience.

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

Redemption Day. Feb. 17

 Last week, on my blog post "Peace or No Peace", I talked about the dangers of not following God's direction.

Travis and I had a horrible Friday night, spending time, energy and money with very little (if no) reward.

So, I prayed for God to “redeem” my bad day.

I asked God that He'll give me do-over day, one that's much better, much more pleasant and one where Travis and I can have a good time. And God gave us that day the very next weekend.

And in that same week, due to a technical error, my paycheck from work was way smaller than it should have been and I was instantly stressed about money.

So, I prayed that God give me a “redemption” payday. A do-over. A payday that is much better, where I receive even more money to erase and ease the pain of the small paycheck.

And that week, checks came in the mail…money that I wasn’t even expecting along with the money from the technical error.

God can turn your sorrow to joy.

He will make sure your bad day is followed by a good day

He will turn your disappointment into a smile

He will make sure to open one door as He is closing another

He will give you a do-over to ease the pain.

He will see to it that your storm doesn't come without a rainbow

What do you need God to “do-over” in your life?

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

Peace or no peace. Feb. 10

 It seemed like a typical Friday night. Travis had bought tickets to see a wrestling event in Tampa, a two-hour commute.

Nothing seemed out of the ordinary. I prayed safety over our trip.

We gassed up the car and left, not expecting what the night had in store for us.

Travis starts to get a bad feeling as he was driving on the road, saying he truly feels like something is going to happen to his car. I shrugged it off, staying positive that we were going to have a good evening.

Not 20 minutes later, Travis gets a flat tire in rush hour traffic. Not only that, but it's Friday night and impossible to get a mechanic to trade in our donut tire for a regular tire (we concluded it was not a good idea to continue on our hours long drive on a donut tire and needed it replaced.)

I stay positive and after contacting seven mechanics in the area, we finally found one who would remain open for us to fix our tire situation. However, that meant it was getting later into the night and the wrestling event had already started. We were only an hour away from Tampa and decided to keep going - hoping we could at least catch the last hour and a half of the show.

Travis did not feel peace about it and wanted to turn around to go back home, but I insisted that we continue on.

We finally get to the event that was supposed to end at 11pm, and we walk in at 9:45pm, happy to finally make it and anxious to watch the main events.

Only to sadly realize that the show is ending and people were lining out of the stadium at 10pm.

Our drive home was indeed a defeat. I could no longer stay positive.

But Travis revealed something truly profound and the reason I even invite you into this miserable story. He said, "Even in the beginning, I felt like it was a mistake to buy the tickets. Like, I knew somehow, I should not purchase them. And I had no reason to feel so against it, so I bought them anyway, but a part of me was not feeling full peace about it."

And of course, now we all know why.

I share this with a warning… make sure you have God's peace before doing something. Get His green light. Follow his shining path. And if you don't feel good about something - even if you have no evidence to back up that nagging feeling - listen to it. It’s important to pray over your situation, pray over your travels, pray all the time. And follow that peace of God! You don't know if God is trying to spare you from a very bad Friday night.

Jesus, come and be my peace. God, I believe that you know better than me so I am going to leave this in your hands. Help me to look at my present circumstances from your perspective. I want to trust you and rely on your strength to find contentment. Amen.

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

Backlit. Jan. 14

I remember going on a vacation with my husband to Daytona Beach for my birthday. And it was a wonderful getaway with a view of the beach out our balcony. I would just sit outside, read a good book and take in the beautiful scenery.

I remember asking Travis to take a picture of me in front of the crystal blue waves and picturesque sandy setting, and when he did, the picture was amazing! The seagulls were in full view. The water was crystal clear. The sky was dazzling as the sun remained reflective in the water.

The only problem was...I was backlit. You couldn't see me at all. I was black, covered in shadows. And I naturally grew agitated that I was not properly seen in the shot. 

My husband asked if I wanted to retake the photo.

And I paused for a moment and considered the verse....

He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. - John 3:30

I stared at the picture.

Why is it that I think I am the subject of the photo?

Why is it that I think it’s all about me?

I realized then that I needed to re-focus on God. His blessings. His nature. His beauty. His power. His sovereignty.

And stop demanding the attention to be about me.

The picture said a lot…

I needed to live a life "in the shadows", be a servant, showcase God's glory and point the attention to the One who deserves it."

I remained backlit in the photo to remind myself what is most important...or rather WHO is most important.

Not my will be done...but yours God!

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

(Impractical) Jokers. Jan 5

 Joe, Brian, Sal and Murray.

Those names seem familiar to you?

Well, if you watch their (Impractical) Jokers show on TruTV, then you know all about the wise-cracks, the insane dares and the on-your-seat stunts these men pull all for the sake of entertainment and fun!

But I'll tell you why I like these four hysterical men so much.

Beside the fact that they are hilariously funny....

It's because...they are just being themselves.

In the 10+ years their show has been on air...I have seen their popularity rising! They travel on tours, host cruises and are now on another game show called "The Misery Index."

But these four jokers never seem to lose the reason behind their popularity. They never lost...the true-ness of who they are, the integrity of their humor and the friendship between each other.

I am tired of seeing celebrities going crazy over the spotlight. I am sick of watching bands break up just after a few years of being on tour. I'm sure the spotlight is crazy difficult...I'm sure the attention is a headache…I'm the fan-base can get annoying...

But can we take a tip from the (Impractical) Jokers and just enjoy every season we are in? And learn not to take life too seriously...

These four jokers - known as The Tenderloins Comedy Group -  took a risk on a show they didn't think would take off….

But my guess is...they would been fine with or without the attention or the publicity or the viewers....

Because they stayed true to themselves and, at the end of the day... just wanted a good laugh.

Don't crave the spotlight. Don't do bad things to get attention. Stop trying to climb up the ladder and run over people trying to win the praise of people.

Just be yourself. And be okay with where you are and what you are doing.

Because you can't "get a thumbs down" as long as your best friends are by your side…. you keep that sense of humor and never lose the true essence of who you are!

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

Adulting. Dec. 30

I was talking to my friend, Janelle recently. And we are both in our thirties. So, we had a lot on our minds, including the anxieties of our age...our back problems...our financial difficulties...mortgage and car payments...yada yada.

And Janelle finally said, "It's called Adulting. Welcome to being an adult."

And I thought about that for a second. And realized…. I would much rather be on “this side”.

Let me explain. Janelle and I have been working on our goals, our passions and our careers for years and years.

We have been busy building our individual kingdoms. Adding to the abundance of our lives. Working on our individual brands. Growing our personal ministries. And expanding our talents.

I remember… when I was in college and still a teenager...still "Kid-ding" (is that a word?), I felt like I was merely collecting the tools and the resources, not even starting to build my kingdom yet.

I remember when I didn’t even know what I wanted to do with my life.

And now, years and years later, I can sit on the balcony of my existence and stare out into the greatness of what I have just built.

I want to remind you that no matter what season you are in or whatever difficulties you face...Remind yourself of how far you have come!

And no matter how many “bad things” come with your current season, there are *plenty* of good things that comes with it, too!

You are building a kingdom, securing a stronghold and creating a masterpiece with your life! And those fights, struggles and issues along the way just means you are breaking new ground to expand your territory of personal greatness!

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

Talent and Talent Support. Dec. 16

 So I was watching this incredibly inspirational movie called "Fighting with the Family" and I wanted to talk about the  "Talent" and "Talent Support" in life.

Let me set the scene.

Saraya Knight is upset that her brother didn't get picked for WWE's roster. And Hutch's response is:

Hutch: Your brother's a journeyman. There are stars... and there's journeymen who take the hits... that make the stars look good. And your brother's a journeyman. He's the punching bag.

This movie explains that there are some people who are called to be "the star" and others  - the journeyman - who help make people become "the star."

Now, I truly believe that at any given moment, we can play both scenarios in our lives. I believe we are called to lift up others to reach their potential and to encourage them in their dreams...aka. be the "talent support." And then there are times in life where the spotlight is yours, and you can own the stage and be the beauty in your own dream. Hence, becoming the "Talent."

In the movie, Saraya 's brother Zack was deeply troubled that he was not picked for WWE's roster but remembered that he can still be the sideline fan and supporter to his sister's dream. If you are feeling like Zack today and unnerved by the bad luck of cards life has dealt, divert your attention off of you and your problems and help those around you and lift them up and be a light to somebody. Amazingly enough, it will relive your spirit as well.

And if you find yourself in Saraya's position, who is "the star" in the wrestling ring, never ever forget those who helped you, inspired you, supported you and loved you while you were reaching for the top. Remain humble and true to yourself and never let the spotlight make you forget who you are and what the true meaning of it all.

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

God's voice. Dec. 4

 I want to answer a question:

"How do you know you've heard from God? How do you know when it's God's voice?"

So, I want to answer this with an illustration.

Pick someone whose close to you. It could be a spouse, a sibling, a best friend or a child. I'm going to choose my husband, Travis for this scenario.

Let's say I place my husband, Travis behind me with six other men all lined in a row.

Let's say all six men say my name out loud. I would be able to tell which one is my husband's voice even though I can't see anyone's faces.

How can I possibly pick out my husband's voice over the other voices?

Easy enough answer. I've spent time with my husband. I've invested hours studying and observing my husband, understanding his vocal range, emotions and thoughts. I've talked with and communicated to Travis for a long time...long enough and close enough for me to know him on a very deep and personal level.

That's the same way with God.

Get to know the God of the Universe. Understand his emotions, the personhood of his divinity, the true-nature of his heart. Read the Word and worship his sovereignty. Ask God to reveal more of himself to you. Carve out time to have a prayer time with Jesus and start to grow in your relationship with Him. View Him as a close Friend who is with you. Recognize that He is your loving Father who wants to spend time with you. Soon, over time, you'll recognize His voice.

So if anyone close to me were to scream out to me.. whether it be over a PA system at the grocery store...or even from the heavens..I would hear them just fine and I would know who was calling my name.

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

Nov. 26. Caught in the Tras

 I was watching Toy Story 4 and I was intrigued by the character, Forky. Without revealing too much of the movie, I will give a character diagnosis. Forky was created from the trash and feels comfort in the trash. He wants to go back to the familiar and wants to cuddle up next to the trash. He doesn't want to embrace the new-ness of the day, but instead wants to go back to the trash can can where he feels he belongs.

I want to talk about the mindsets from the past.

Do you feel like your past has molded your mindset into believing that you are a loser, that you are trash, making you feel ashamed and unmotivated to handle life and depressed over your situation and not competent enough?

Did someone ever tell you that you weren't good enough? Was there anyone in your life that emotionally abused you? Does the pain of standing alone and the fear and anxiety of the future prevent you from taking a single step forward?

...And then you back out...you go back to the familiar...you choose the comforts of the past rather then embracing the beauty of the future.

I just wanted to encourage you today! No matter what anyone else has told you...Jesus says that you are the head and not the tail (Deut. 28:13), he calls you by name and protects you by his right hand (Isaiah 43:1-2), loves you with a unfailing kindness (Jeremiah 31:3) and takes great delight in you and rejoices over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17)

Remember that you are very loved in Heaven. And that I love you, too!

So stand up. Resist the urge to go back to the trash....and take steps forward to embrace the amazing destiny in your life.

I believe in you!

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

Nov. 25. Mental Health

So no gimmicks and no stories today. If you or someone you love suffers from anxiety or panic attacks, I wanted to go through the signs and symptoms as well as simple solutions.

Mental health is serious and I wanted to address the issue at hand. I love you and I am here to help whenever and if-ever I can! Hopefully this article taken from HelpGuide.org can benefit you!

Panic attack signs and symptoms

The signs and symptoms of a panic attack develop abruptly and usually reach their peak within 10 minutes. Panic attacks can happen anywhere and at any time. You may have one while you’re in a store shopping, walking down the street, driving in your car, or even sitting on the couch at home.

Panic attack symptoms include:

• Shortness of breath or hyperventilation

• Heart palpitations or racing heart

• Chest pain or discomfort

• Trembling or shaking

• Choking feeling

• Feeling unreal or detached from your surroundings

• Sweating

• Nausea or upset stomach

• Feeling dizzy, light-headed, or faint

• Numbness or tingling sensations

• Hot or cold flashes

• Fear of dying, losing control, or going crazy

No matter how powerless or out of control you may feel about your panic attacks, it’s important to know that there are many things you can do to help yourself. The following self-help techniques can make a big difference to helping you overcome panic:

Learn about panic and anxiety. Simply knowing more about panic can go a long way towards relieving your distress.

Avoid smoking, alcohol, and caffeine. These can all provoke panic attacks in people who are susceptible.

Learn how to control your breathing. Hyperventilation brings on many sensations (such as lightheadedness and tightness of the chest) that occur during a panic attack. Deep breathing, on the other hand, can relieve the symptoms of panic. By learning to control your breathing, you can calm yourself down when you begin to feel anxious

Practice relaxation techniques. When practiced regularly, activities such as exercise, meditation and progressive muscle relaxation strengthen the body’s relaxation response—the opposite of the stress response involved in anxiety and panic.

Connect face-to-face with family and friends. Symptoms of anxiety can become worse when you feel isolated, so reach out to people who care about you on a regular basis.

Exercise regularly. Exercise is a natural anxiety reliever so try to get moving for at least 30 minutes on most days

Get enough restful sleep. Insufficient or poor quality sleep can make anxiety worse

Seeing a friend or loved one suffering a panic attack can be frightening. No matter how irrational you think their panicked response to a situation is, it’s important to remember that the danger seems very real to your loved one. Simply telling them to calm down or minimizing their fear won’t help. But by helping your loved one ride out a panic attack, you can help them feel less fearful of any future attacks.

Stay calm yourself. Being calm, understanding, and non-judgmental will help your loved one’s panic subside quicker.

Focus your loved one on their breathing. Find a quiet place for your friend to sit and then guide them to take slow, deep breaths for a few minutes.

Do something physical. Together, raise and lower your arms or stamp your feet. It can help to burn off some of your loved one’s stress.

Get your friend out of their own head by asking them to name five things around them or talking soothingly about a shared interest.

Encourage your loved one to seek help. Once the panic attack is over, your loved one may feel embarrassed about having an attack in front of you. Reassure them and encourage them to seek help for their anxiety.

 

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

Falling Ice. Nov. 19

 I was watching my husband play Nintendo's Super Mario Brothers and I was noticing a trend. The atmosphere of the game reacted to Mario as he moved forward. His enemies would move towards Mario…even where he was standing would react; the brick would shake, the ice would melt and the turtles seem to have their eye on the main character, as if they were created to stop him from continuing the game. 

Do you ever feel that way?

Like you are trying your best to move forward only to be met with severe opposition. And you can't seem to get a grip on your surroundings and things seem to be getting more difficult and all you are trying to do is get through this season in your life.

I saw this quote: "If I've learned anything from video games is that when you meet enemies it means you are going in the right direction."

I want to encourage you to gain the momentum, the strength and the resilience to handle this scene, this stage, this round in your life. You may feel like things are falling under you and enemies are surrounding you...but it's a tactic so that you will stop, quit the game and surrender.

But do not stop your game!

If you continue...if you keep going...if you get through this round, and the next one and the next one...I know you will eventually win at the Game of Life.

But you need to remember to take it one stage at a time and realize that the right direction is always forward!

All forward motion is good!

Show your personal Bowser that you’re not scared of what he throws your way and that you are going to experience the fireworks of victory.

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

Right partner. Nov. 12

I watch ABC's Dancing with the Stars and I love seeing the couples dancing! You can tell who has chemistry… anticipating their partner’s steps and adding to the partner’s strengths and complimenting their weaknesses.

It's not a good performance when there is no chemistry between the dancing partners.

The chemistry is what makes the dance shine!

I work at a TV Network and on my shift, I only work with one other co-worker. For hours, it's just me and him working together. I remember one stressful night, my co-worker and I were put to the test, having to come up with last-minute solutions and tackling major problems. We worked as a team and communicated efficiently.

That strenuous time at work actually bonded us and made us stronger, allowing us to laugh at that stressful time and helped us to open up with each other. What a relief seeing the beauty of a connection built from tackling life together.

What connections are in your life that you need to applaud? Whether built from life, from passion, from the dance or from work or home environments, believe in the other person, trust the other person and let the chemistry you two possess bring that extra shine in your life!

It’s the beauty of the moment with your partner that makes it all worth it! (no matter what the judges say!)

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

Night Vision. Nov. 5

So I went bowling the other day with my husband. And I was "on a roll"! I was scoring strikes in a row! (four strikes to be exact!). And I am not that good of a bowler, so I was overly confident, even brushing alongside the professionals who were bowling next to us. I was feeling good about my scores.

All of a sudden, the bowling alley turned off the lights and it was disco night. The lanes were dark with a sort of black light effect on the lanes. It was incredibly hard to see the arrows on the lanes and now, little ole' striker… was hitting gutter balls.

It's amazing what a lack of vision can do!

The Bible says this about vision:

Habakkuk 2:2-3: "And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay."

Check your vision. Do not run towards something that is cloudy or uncertain but ask God to make your sights and your purpose plain and secure. Create a vision-statement over your life so that you are able to keep focused and to maintain sight of your victory. You are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37), so act like it and believe it.

And I know that you too can reach that feeling of a strike-out bowling round in your life! Smash down your opposition and rise up in the scoreboard of your life!

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

The Haters. Oct. 28

 It's not something I publicly talk about. But I am the victim of harassment and bullying. I have had unwanted phone calls and texts from people I don't want to deal with. I've had some people accuse me of not being a Christian or not living out my faith in the best way. And I've had strangers post nasty comments regarding my books, my look and my belief in Jesus Christ.

If you've ever gone through this, I am sorry.

I was reading through a T.D. Jakes' book "Destiny: Step into your purpose" and I wanted to share a few insightful tidbits on how to deal with your haters:

"One of the saddest realities we must face about life is that everybody is not going to be happy when we prosper. People haters can't stand you dreaming of a better life, despise your happiness, turn their nose up at you because you take extra care in your speech and appearance. They get angry when you find a better job or a new love. They stop speaking to you when you give up negative behavior.

The more your dreams evolve into reality, the closer you get to Destiny, the greater target you become for the negative opinions of others. People who don't even know you may form impressions about who they think you are and what you do. They will critique whether you're qualified, intelligent, attractive, competent, sophisticated, or savvy enough for whatever you're doing. They'll conclude that you're not enough and you have no business going after Destiny. You can't please a hater.

Haters are such an integral part of your journey forward that you can almost categorize them. Some say they can do whatever you've done better. Others minimize your accomplishments. There are critics of your desire to succeed who accuse you of being self-serving, dishonest and immoral. And let's not forget those who throw up your past to discredit or disqualify you, reminding anyone who will listen what you did twenty years ago. But perhaps the most pain is inflicted by the haters who smile at you as they plot your demise.

Don't you dare satisfy your haters by quitting!"

- T.D. Jakes

I hope this encouragement helps you to continue pursuing Destiny no matter the Haters who want to get in your way!

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

Cheerleader. Oct. 21

It's a person I love seeing!  As I am coming in to clock in, I catch Lula who is leaving work. She works dayside; I work nightshift. And it never fails! We give each other a friendly hug and a quick chat! Lula is someone who encourages me, reminding me that I am "on my way out" of this job and rising in my writing career. And even when I feel miles away from my dream, Lula is my cheerleader who brings the hope back into my spirit; she fully believes I am going to reach my personal goals! (FYI: my dream is to be a full-time writer!)

My question to you today is…Who is your cheerleader?

Is there a person in your life who encourages you, lifts you up and reminds you of your talent and worth? Is there someone who can see the good in you on those days where all you see is the bad? Is there someone in your life who applauds your talent and believes in your dreams? If so, I would encourage you to thank that person, send some appreciation their way and to offer up a friendly hug as a gracious gesture of their importance to your life!

Do you look around and you can't find a cheerleader? I would encourage you then to look up!

"You are loved.

You have purpose.

You are a masterpiece.

You are wonderfully made.

God has a great plan for you.”

― Germany Kent

“One thing is needful; to know and abide in the Lord Jesus Christ.”

― Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

“Think pleasantly;

Think of how beautiful you are.

Think of the families you are blessed with.

Think of the dreams you have to achieve.”

― Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

“You are a winner; dare to claim it. You reserve your joy if you reverse your belief. You deserve to celebrate... It will happen when you dare to believe in God!”

― Israelmore Ayivor, Daily Drive 365

“Believe in divine power.

Believe in supernatural being.

Believe in a higher power.

Believe in God.”

― Lailah Gifty Akita

These are just some quotes to remind you that you have a constant cheerleader, God Almighty! He is on your side and in your corner. And He will remind you how talented, strong and great you are! All of Heaven is for you! Never feel alone - you have what it takes and you have the resources to pursue your dreams!

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

Access Granted . Oct. 15

For the past 21 days, I stopped writing my blog posts.

Travis and I went on our quarterly hiatus with God. We asked if anyone needed prayer and so many responded! We personally prayed over people, giving them encouraging verses and devotions for their particular situation. We saw people getting saved and prayers answered and God certainly moved!

It was truly a refreshing time!

And now I'm "back" and I have a word to share:

There was a day when I was working at Disney World and I was up at the Fast Pass Entry position, which is where I stand in front of the attraction and allow through the guests who have Fast Passes and have to deny those who do not.

If they have a fast pass, their Magic Band turns the dial GREEN and they are given access to proceed down the quicker queue. If the dial turns BLUE, that means either they don't have a Fast Pass or they have to wait their time for their existing fast pass.

So I am working and I see my friend, Martin. And because I know Martin and because he is such a good friend to me, I let him in through the Fast Pass queue. He didn't have a fast pass, but he had a friendship with me that opened the door to a blessing that no one else could get in the park.

I feel like that's the same way with God. I may not have all the resources I need to proceed, but through a relationship with Him, he'll say to the existing crowds:

"You have to wait your time."

"You cannot proceed."

"Oh! But you! The one who calls me Friend...you may enter. I'll open the door for you because you make me happy, I will go out of my way to bless you."

For those who are praying and going to church and spending time with God, I want you to be encouraged that doors will open for you! Keep pursuing  the heartbeat of God and focus on making Him smile....and He will literally get up off His throne to make sure you are blessed by His hand!

Revelation 3:8: "I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name."

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

Go down swinging. Sept. 24

 So I was watching a live wrestling match for All Elite Wrestling. And Cody Rhodes took a chair shot to the head from Shawn Spears. It was a very dramatic moment and I was scared for Rhodes since it looked dangerous and damaging to the wrestler.

I turned to my husband who has spent some professional time in the "squared circle" himself and vocally expressed my concern.

My husband said it was brave of Rhodes to agree to such a fall and it showed that Rhodes wasn't afraid to do stunts like that to perform and entertain the audience.

And Rhodes got up after the blow -to - the  - head while the audience applauded and cheered as he exited the stage.

I want to talk about the fears we face.

I'll confess mine. I have a fear of failure. I have a fear that I'm going to be up in my career only to be knocked down… by a metaphorical chair. And then what? I may not have what it takes to get back up.....

In the chorus of Toby Mac's song "The Elements", he sings:

And I'ma gonna go down swinging, if I go down

I'ma gonna go down swinging, if I go down

I'ma gonna go down swinging, if I go down

I'ma gonna go down swinging, if I go down

I want to encourage you to face your fears head on. Don't be afraid to do all that you have ever dreamed to do. If it costs you a head bump, if it costs you loneliness or isolation, if it costs you money and sacrifice... don't go down without a fight.

Don't give up that easily. It's your time to shine. And don't worry. If life or someone knocks you down...You'll get back up. The match isn't over until you say it is. Be courageous enough to attempt the BOLD.

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

Stuck in the middle? Sept. 17

You have a dream and you are obsessed with it. You are constantly thinking of ways to improve your craft. You are perfecting your talent. And you fanatstize that one day you will reach...it...that place, that destination that you continue to tell yourself is out there just for you with your name on it.

You believe in your dream as much as you believe in the invisible air you breathe.

But there's a small problem. Your current season does not reflect that fantastic vision in your head.

You may be stuck in a dead-end job trying to make ends meet while working on your skillset in the early morning hours. You may have to devote your time and energy on something you really don't care for to take a small inch towards your dream. You may feel...defeated that you are never going to reach that Dream Come True. 

You are stuck in the middle.

You are not in the beginning, but you haven't attained your goal either. You are working hard... in the middle.

I would encourage you today to keep going. You don't know what blessing is just ahead! You don't know who you could meet tomorrow that can change the trajectory of your life for the better. You don't know where one event, one song, one painting, one lecture or one opportunity can lead you!

I need you to know that you are making a difference with where you are right now. Continue to stay faithful. Keep believing one day you can soar away from your current situation and into your glorious dreams!

It is attainable. One step and one day at a time.

I believe in you! And I'm proud of you!

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

Work myself into a panic. Sept. 10

 So I was recently placed in a position that was beyond my comfort zone and essentially out of my league. Or so I felt….

I found myself thinking about ALL the WHAT-IF's that could go wrong:

What-if the system breaks down and there's no one to help me?

What-if the workload is too much and I can't handle it all?

What-if a problem comes up and I don't know the answer?

On and on the What-if's continued and I found myself fear-stricken!

I had worked myself into a panic attack.

I heard God whisper Philippians 4:8 to me :

"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."

I started to calm down and took a deep breath. I knew that God is with me in the future. I don't have to handle anything on my own. The weight was lifted knowing I am not going into the unknown by myself and I let the Lord deal with the "What-if's"

He is the solution, He will handle the drama, He will take care of the situation and He will be there when I need him.

I want to invite you to breathe and know that God is with you right now AND He will be your constant help for your tomorrow's.

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

Being Gracious goes a long way! Sept. 9

 So I work at Disney World. And I encounter guests of all capacities… those who are rude, those who are tired and annoyed, those who are angry at everything, those who complain about the prices, the long lines, the weather (you name it!)

And then there are those priceless guests who are charming, who are polite, who are gracious to just be at the parks and are willing to wait and are a pleasure to be around.

Cast Members are able to "make magic" on the job and I tell you, I get overjoyed when I can create a more pleasant experience to those guests who are grateful and happy. I will let them in through fast pass when they don't have a fast pass. I will accommodate them better, even offering tips about the park and may even throw in a "No strings attached" coupon (which can give them free items at the park!)

I want to say… that's how God feels sometimes.

We can complain about how everything is going wrong in our day, and blaming God for the traffic and for the bills and for the pouring down rain. And I believe that God is up in Heaven, not wanting to hear our negativity.

But I believe that when we are just happy to be alive, and so gracious for what He has done and praising God for who he is....and knowing that even if He didn't do anything else for us...He's already done enough...

then I can see God leaving His throne and wanting to give us blessings from his hand. Because we touched his heart. Because we were thankful. Because we remained faithful and positive.

I would encourage you to turn your problems into praise. Tell God how appreciative you are of Him being in your life. Applaud what He has done for you and how He has stayed with you. And expect to receive all the goodness Heaven can offer.

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

Dehydrated? August 26

 I received this long stem pink rose for my birthday while I was out having fun at Disney World. I had to leave the rose in the car for hours in the hot summer Florida sun and didn't get home until much later. I felt sorry for this rose, thinking it was going to die in the heat. The petals were falling off. It was so dehydrated and wilting and I was trying to enjoy the last few moments I had with this rose while I was driving back home.

Well, to my surprise…I put the rose in a vase of water and it came back alive again! It was amazing! Suddenly, the flower stood straight up, the petals grew soft and nearly opened up it's beauty. That flower that I thought was dead in the car just needed some water. For more than a week, that flower stayed on my counter and welcomed me home with its perfect blend of pink hues.

Let me ask you. Do you feel dehydrated? Has the stress of life just knocked all the passion out of your spirit? Do you feel like you have reached a "dry season" where there is no results from your efforts? Do you feel like you have an ineffective prayer life and you haven't heard from God in months? Do you feel empty?

I would encourage you to go back to God as your source of Living Water:

• Psalm 23:1-3 NIV: The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,  he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

• Jeremiah 31:25 NIV: I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.

I would encourage you to REST. to RELAX. to pace yourself. To not put so much pressure on yourself. And become immersed in the presence of God and restore your vitality for living.

You just need to be soaked in God's Word. Get away from your normal routine for a bit. Meditate on God's goodness. Embrace His love. Remind yourself that you are here for a reason and purpose and God has something amazing planned for you.

I pray for a refreshing anointing to come upon you where you feel renewed and washed with a new light and to live out your life with such Hope and beauty!

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