The Air I Breathe

When I think about the Lord, it causes me to become short of breath. The love that I have for the Lord, I am amazed.

The Lord God Almighty is more important to me than the air that I breathe. His love for me fills me with wonder and awe. He didn’t have to choose me to be one of His daughters, but He did and our relationship grows by leaps and bounds every day.

Each day, I spend hours at a time alone with Him. To feel His presence is the most wonderful experience that I have ever had. His love surrounds me and I am caught up in the heavenlies. The Lord pours His love upon me in no small measure. It is full and over-flowing.

I have been in love before. I was married for thirteen years to the love of my life, so I know what love feels like. But the love that I felt for my husband is nothing compared to the love that I feel for God. I can’t get enough of him. (It is almost six in the morning. I have spent the past four and a half hours in the presence of the Lord, talking with Him and praising His Name. Yet, I find that I must go back and spend a few more hours with Him. Those four hours seem like they were but four minutes. I am truly in love with Him. He is the love of my life and the lover of my soul.)

I feel sorry for anyone who does not know Jesus. For, you do not know what you are missing out on. He did more than give us eternal life and save us from hell. He is Love itself and He pours out that love in abundance. The Love of the Father is just as incredible. And also that of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus came that we might have life and that more abundantly. (John 10:10) It is His desire that you experience love in its highest form. And with Him, that form defies description.

Imagine being loved more than anything in the world. Imagine being the most important thing on Earth. Well, you do not have to imagine such things because with God, they are reality. He loves you more than you will ever be able to comprehend.

Oh, how I love Him! He means more to me than absolutely anything in this world. As I said, He is more important to me than the air that I breathe. Knowing that I will have an eternity to be with Him fills me with such rapturous wonder that I can hardly contain myself.

I could go on and on forever about how much I love the Lord, but I will just leave this post where it is so that I can post it. Otherwise, I will be writing forever. I will just say this to you: Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! (Psalm 34:8)

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.


You Are Loved

Have you ever had the thought that you were unloved? I am sure that you have. Well, let me assure you that you are loved and loved greatly.

The God of the universe wants you to know unequivocally that you are not only loved, you are cherished. He loves you with a love that defies description.

I was studying my bible tonight and I was moved to tears as I read in Ephesians chapter two that because of God’s great love wherewith he loves us, has quickened us (made us alive) and has seated us in heavenly places with Jesus even while we were dead in sin. He didn’t wait for us to get ourselves together first. He put us in the highest position–far above all principality and power and might and dominion–while we were in our weakened state. Now, THAT’S love!

The Lord did not wait until we merited salvation before He gave it to us, freely. There is no way that we could possibly earn the salvation of God. That is why it is a gift of God. For God so loved this world that He GAVE His only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. That is the foundation of the entire bible and one Scripture I am sure that you have heard many times in your life. The fact that God loves me so much that He actually sent His beloved Son to die a hideous death in order that I would live fills my heart with wonder and great joy. What does that knowledge do for you? Have you contemplated that you could be so important that Jesus Christ would actually give up His life for you? (“Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” John 10:17,18) No one could take His life. He GAVE IT UP FOR YOU! Try to wrap your brain around THAT! It’s one thing that God would send His Son to die…that defies description in itself! It is another thing entirely that Jesus would come down to this earth and go through all He went through in order to die for you, willingly and with love.

satan, the enemy of your soul and the one who comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy wants you to believe that you are unimportant. He wants you to think that no one cares for you. Well, let me tell you: those are lies straight from the pits of hell! You were important enough to die for. I think that makes you valuable. Don’t you?

So, the next time you feel unloved, just think about the Ones who love you. God, the Father. God, the Son, and God, the Holy Ghost. You are precious. You are priceless. There is only one you and you were made well. (“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalm 139:14) The Lord knew what He was doing when He created you. He made you with a purpose and a wonderful plan for your life. All you have to do is give your life to Jesus Christ. He longs to love you. Allow Him to.

And, by the way, I love you, too. You are very important to me. Which is why I created this blog in the first place. YOU were on my mind when this blog hit the airwaves.

I pray that you will never again doubt that you are loved. You are loved!

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

God Cares

Do you get the feeling that no one cares about you, that you are left here on this earth all alone? Well, let me tell you that you couldn’t be further from the truth. There is Someone who cares about you more than you’ll ever know. That Someone is God.

The Father loves you. He cares for you deeply. He loves you so much that He actually sent His only Son to die that you might live. Now, that’s love.

God reconciled you to Himself. Meaning that he went to a lot of trouble to bring you back into fellowship with Him. He did this because He loved you, misses you, and wants to be a part of your life. All of your life. The little bits and the big pieces. Nothing that concerns you is too small for God to care about. He cares about everything in your life. And I mean, everything. The bible says to cast (give) all of your cares upon Him, for He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7) I don’t hesitate to give the Lord all that is on my heart and mind because I have been a witness to the fact that God truly does care about everything that I care about. He has shown me too many times for me to doubt that He is on my side and will never leave me nor forsake me. (Hebrews 13:5)

It is an awesome experience to be so loved by One who is able to carry out the things that I have need of. He has all of the resources and is all-powerful. He knows everything and is everywhere at once, so nothing happens that catches Him by surprise. (Read Psalm 139. It is a wonderful passage that tells us that God knows when we get up and when we lie down and that he is acquainted with all of our ways. It also says that he knows our thoughts before they even come to us. Now, THAT is attention to detail! The Psalm also tells us that no matter where we go or what we do, that God is with us. Bless His Name!)

One of the reasons why I love God so much is the fact that He has been there throughout all of the suffering and sorrows I have had to endure in my life. He has never turned His back on me and has used those times to strengthen me and make me a giant-killer! You cannot tell me that God is not real because I have had too many instances in my life when God has shown up and shown out in my circumstances. We all suffer, in various forms. God didn’t invent suffering to torment us or to make us miserable. Suffering is a part of life and no one is exempt from it. God will use the suffering to make you, not break you. If you will allow it. And if you have a positive attitude through whatever trial you are going through. Negative and pessimistic mindsets only cripple you and make the suffering worse and extends its duration. But if you look for the silver lining behind every storm cloud, you will find that the storm will pass over more quickly. I have learned these truths because I have weathered many a storm of suffering. And I am telling you that God will take that very suffering to rid you of your fears. He has used the suffering in my life to deliver me from all of my fears. And I can tell you that I had many, many fears, both real and imagined. Now I live a life of peace, love, and joy.

God is no respecter of persons. (Acts 10:34) What He does for one, he will do for another. I am nobody special. I am a simple, quiet, compassionate woman who has had more than he share of heartache and suffering and I can tell you that the Lord used it all to deliver me from all of my troubles (Psalm 34:6, 17) and make me the woman I am today.

I used to live with a tornado of tension that lived in my head and heart. I thought that I would have to live with that inner conflict for the rest of my life and would not be free of it until I got to heaven. But the Lord Jesus said to my mind one day, “Peace, be still.” And that inner hurricane was stilled. I am telling you that you can live a life free of turmoil and instead have it replaced with peace. God wants to give that to you. He wants to give you everything good and He promised not to withhold any good thing from those who seek Him (Psalm 34:10).

Seek God. Give Him your cares. He will be right there to catch you when you fall. (“The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.” Psalm 145:14)

God loves you. (“The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” Jeremiah 31:3) Always has and always will. Let Him love you. He longs to. You are precious to Him. (” Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honorable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.” Isaiah 43:4)

God’s word is true. It is impossible for Him to lie. (“Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who has fled for refuse to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast,:” Hebrews 6:17-19a) The Lord God has gotten a bad rap by those who have refused to be obedient to His word and the fact that He is Supreme Ruler over all things, but I am here to tell you that I serve a mighty God. A mighty good God. (“The Lord is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works.” Psalm 145:9) Just as He will always be in charge, He will always love and care for you. He will always have your best interests at heart and will always be working to bring to completion His great plan that He has for your life. All you have to do is trust Him. Let Him in. Let Him love you. He sent His Son to die for you so that you can be free. Accept the freedom and come join the family. We are waiting for you. And the second you say yes, a party will begin in heaven and the host of heaven will be celebrating! (“I say unto you that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” Luke 15:7) So, let’s get this party started!

Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

There is Room for You

I know that it seems as though you are on the outside looking in at times. As though everyone is having a grand time and you are estranged from the world. I know those perceptions because I have been where you have. I have walked where you have walked. If you have not been delivered from those feelings, the only difference between the two of us is the fact that I have been set free from them and you have yet to be. Take heart. The same God that changed my life is available to take yours and make you a new person. One who is filled with joy and peace. There is room at the table for you. So, come and dine, Jesus says.

The bible says that Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted. He came to set the captives free and set them at liberty who are bruised. He also came to comfort all who mourn. (Isaiah 61:1,2) He came to give you life. A more abundant life. (John 10:10) All you have to do to receive such wealth is to reach out to Him. I promise you that He will reach back.

So much that is not true has been laid at the feet of Jesus by people who do not know Him. And so many have ignored Him and gone on about their lives as though they do not need Him, when in truth none of us live without Him. Oh, you can seemingly walk through life on your own, but when it’s all said and done, only what you do for Christ will last the test of time. And only what He will do for you will bring you any lasting peace in your heart.

Do you know what real peace is? It is an absence of inner turmoil. No conflict of the mind at all. A quietness of the spirit that leaves you sighing with satisfaction. That is the peace that Jesus wants to give to you. (“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27)

Jesus Christ is not only the source of life, He IS life! (“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6) He is all truth, and He is the way. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. He died that you might have life.

Without Jesus Christ, we are lost and our souls will burn in hell. Yes, there is a hell. The Lord does not want anyone in hell, which is one of the reasons why He died. But He died to do more than to save you from hell. He died so that you can have that abundant life that I spoke of. We don’t have to wait until we die to experience heaven. We can experience heaven on earth. (“neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:21) The things that God has in store for His children are mind-blowing! You don’t want to miss out! (“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9) We haven’t even THOUGHT of even ONE of the things (plural) that the Lord has prepared for His children!

The thing that is most amazing about Jesus, though, is His love for us. Imagine someone giving up their life for you, even when you ignore Him and even despise Him. (“ For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” Romans 5:10) Now, THAT’S love. God is even now stretching out His hand to a rebellious people who ignore Him, refuse to obey His commandments and laws (which are for their benefit and so they can have a long and prosperous life), and go their own way as if there was no God in heaven. The love and mercy of God is beyond comprehension.

I urge you to receive Jesus Christ into your heart and life. You will never regret it. But if you do not, there will come a day when you will not only regret that choice, but you will spend an eternity kicking yourself and being tormented by the enemy of your soul, satan. I pray for you. I pray for you each day. I pray for your peace. I pray for your deliverance. And I pray that you experience the love that passes all understanding. (“17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19)

There is room for you at the Lord’s table. There is a spot reserved specifically for you, and you alone. Don’t allow anyone or anything to keep you from being part of God’s great supper. (Read Luke 14:15-24)

I am waiting to pray with you and for you. Contact me and I will do just that. Then the celebration can begin.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

Encouragement for You

Are you feeling a bit discouraged today? Do you need some cheer to help to keep you going? Do you seem as though you are the only person on the planet and no one sees you? Well, let me assure you that you are not alone and that there is Someone out here who cares for you. Someone who sees you.

That Someone is Jesus. Jesus cares about your every heart ache and every tear that you cry. He hurts when you hurt. He is concerned about the things that are on your mind. His heart is tender towards you and He looks upon you with great compassion and limitless love.

I know what I am talking about. I used to live in a world of colossal heartache and despair. I’d felt as though I was the only person on the planet and that I was on the outside of life looking in on all of the hustle and bustle going on around me. I’d felt so lonely. So lonely.

There were many times when I did not know what to do with myself. So, I cried out to the Lord, and you know what? He heard my cries and brought comfort to my heart. (“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4)  As a matter of fact, it was only the other day when I was feeling down in my spirit and I called on the Lord and He came to me and wrapped me in His Arms. I could feel His love for me and His tenderness. After that, I felt like Superman! (Or Superwoman, since I am a girl.LOL)

If you are down, I encourage you to contact me and I will pray for you and the Holy Spirit will minister to you through this computer screen or whatever device you are reading this blog from. Jesus is real and wants to give you rest. (“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28) Let Him give you that rest. And let me give you my support. I am here for you. And the Lord is here for you. You don’t have to go it alone. Allow this blog to be a place that you can come to for encouragement and reinforcement. You are worth it.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

You CAN Be Free!

I have some good news. In fact, the news is fantastic. What is that news, you ask? Pull up a chair and I’ll tell you all about it!

Okay, here it is: You can be free. Yup. Yessiree, indeedy! You can be completely free. In your mind, your spirit, and your body. How do I know that, you’re wondering? Because I am one that has been set free in every arena of life. And I mean every one.

I have been abused, raped, molested for years, and suffered from almost forty years of a deep depression that kept me in a pit of great despair. I dealt with severe anxiety that lasted for years and endured major panic attacks that lasted all day and into the nights.

I was bullied all throughout my school years, teased and tormented incessantly, and had the kind of home life that could only be described as horrific. In between the beatings and unending screaming that went on, I lived with a soul-deep loneliness that ate at my spirit and caused me to withdraw from life. I was the poster child for the hopeless and heartbroken. But that all changed through the grace and the love of Jesus Christ.

Yes, I said Jesus Christ. That Name that causes all sorts of emotional outbursts and evil surmising from those who are rebellious towards God and all that He stands for. That Jesus was the One Who healed me from every heartache and pain that I carried throughout my life. (“I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4)

You see, I have known and walked with the Lord since I was two years old. He has always been a part of my life. So, why did I have to endure such hardship and suffering all of my life, you ask? I have asked Him that question many times over the years and one day He gave me the answer that silenced that particular query. The Lord told me that I had not been suffering for nothing. He told me that I had been suffering for others. And that knowledge has kept me going even when the going got rough and tough. Because if I can help just one person, all of my years of deprivation and heartache has been worth it all. If you are reading this blog and it is bringing you any encouragement or comfort, all the pain was a prize. A personal trophy that I can hang on my emotional wall of triumphs and accomplishments.

Let me get back to Jesus. As I said, He’s been with me all my life. Through all of the good times and the bad times, He was there. He was sitting right with me as I lived in that vast chasm of depression. He was there when I woke up screaming in the night from nightmares that would curl your hair. He lived with me during the anxiety and walked beside me all the years I thought I would die from the loneliness that dogged my steps. He brought me comfort and counsel. And He took all of my fears from me. One at a time.

He listened to me. (“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.” Psalm 34:6) There have been numerous instances when I have cried out to God in great distress and pain. More times than I care to count. And God was always there, hearing my pleas and sending me help from His sanctuary.

For I could not have made it this far without the Lord. There is no way that I would have gotten through my life without His grace, love, and power working in my life.  It was Jesus that kept me from taking my life the two times I told my husband that I was going to kill myself and I was going for the rifle that he kept under the bed. It was Jesus that kept me from overdosing on my medication when I told my husband that I wanted to take all of my pills. It was Jesus that kept me company those nights as my broken heart spilled tears while the rest of the world slept.

One by one, the Lord dealt with the giants of fear that had routinely attacked and tormented me. He taught me how to kill those giants myself and I grew in strength and poise as each one fell to the earth as I plunged the blade of my sword into its throat. (I had to climb up their legs, but that was no challenge. I enjoyed sending the suckers to their eternal doom.) God taught me how to fight for my life and, along the way; He also taught me how to be my own best friend. Nowadays, you can’t beat me in cheering me on and talking power talk to my spirit.

Now, onto the good news. You CAN be free. Completely free. From all of your fears. The Lord is no respecter of persons. What He will do for one, He will do for all. For He loves all with a love that far surpasses the ability to tell. I am daily discovering more depths of the love of Jesus Christ for me and it always brings tears to my eyes as I experience just how much I am loved. And He loves YOU precisely the same way.

If you need love, you can find it right here. If you need healing, you can find it right here. If you need deliverance, you can find it right here. If you need encouragement, you can find it right here. If you need the will to live, you can find it right here. If there are giants in your life that need to go down, you have come to the right place. Because this blog is not simply a bunch of nice-sounding words for you to read. The Holy Spirit is here to minister to you right through your computer screen. Between my prayers for you and His dynamic power, you can and you will be set free. All you have to do is ask Him and then trust Him to do it.

I know what I am talking about. My life has been one of great suffering. But I can promise you that there is freedom and liberty in Jesus Christ. I live a life of peace, love, and joy. And it only gets better as I go from strength to strength and from glory to glory.

I encourage you to try Jesus. And if you are a believer and are going through hardship and heartache, let me encourage you by telling you that the Lord is going to deliver you from every single one. That is His promise to you and He cannot lie.

Contact me and allow me to pray for you. I guarantee you that your life will change. I serve the Great Life-Changer.

Be encouraged.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.