Rekindling the Fire

I pray that as I write and being totally transparent that the Holy Spirit moves mightily in your life. Just know that regardless of how those around you appear to have all it all together; many of us just hide the chaos. We each have our own battles or demons to fight; however different they may be; you my friend are not alone.  

I am a note taker in church and as I sit today and read over some notes, I realize that my flame has become low. Since August when school started back; in one way or another I have been so busy that writing and studying became an if I find time kinda thing even after getting up early every morning to read. August and September are always extremely busy at school but normally things mellow out after our fall festival. However this year has been totally different.

In the beginning of October we discovered that my precious Mother had breast cancer. With surgery and chemotherapy entering our lives; it’s been a little busy for me working, taking care of my home and daughter, trying to help take care of my parents and taking care of my own health issues. My plate is definitely full! As you can see I am human, I am not perfect. And although I love God with everything I have within me; I fail Him daily. As I sat and read over my notes this morning, God gave me the thought “Rekindling the Fire”. I have been praying to be able to write and to know what He wanted me to share. Today I got the answer. And the story goes like this……

I love bonfires on a chilly night; roasting marshmallows and being warmed by the fire. But in order to keep warm, you must continue putting wood on the fire. Without more wood or logs added the fire dims thus eventually leaving only a smoky memory until it’s completely out. The same goes for our walk with God. To stay hot for God we must spend intimate time with Him by studying his word and being constant in prayer. This in turn is like the bonfire; as we study we are adding a log to the fire. If we fail to spend time with God our fire grows dim and our lives become smoky (cloudy, foggy). Get the picture?

Human nature (our fleshly side) we sometimes get so busy and preoccupied with things of the world that if we aren’t careful we fail to spend our much needed time with God. Just going to church doesn’t cut it, we must engage in the relationship! The only way to know someone is by spending time with them and learning everything we possibly can about them. When school started back I was extremely busy; but what I failed to remember is that without God I wouldn’t have a job. He placed me there and in order for me to do what He has called me to do; I must stay connected to the vine. I can’t produce Godly fruit if the vine dies! Satan uses anything to keep us preoccupied so that we can’t add another log to the fire; he wants our fire for God to go out completely!

When we allow things of the world to become our main focus; then we ever so gently are pulling away from our relationship with God. Our flesh is weak; therefore, it’s a daily battle of the spirits within us and we must choose. The song “Slow Fade” by Casting Crowns came to mind while writing this today. The song states that people never crumble in a day, it’s a slow fade…thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid, when you give yourself away. This is what happens when we choose to not pray, to not read and study the Word. When we continue to put it off until tonight because we are tired or have something else we want to do then it turns into tomorrow, and so forth. It’s such a slow fade, a trick of  satan to get us distracted from doing the very thing that will sustain us in life in order for us to accomplish all that God created us to do!

***Romans 12:11-13 -not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord, rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer, distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

I was busy but I should never be too busy for God! I did read and I prayed but not to the extent that I had the past year when I was writing this blog weekly and the blog for Emerge Ministries. I have learned that without engaging myself in my relationship with God; then I most definitely am not in a good place. Just today, I realized that the pain in my body, sleepless nights, one battle after another and the anger that I expressed today are the result of my own slow fade as this has happened over a period of time; not overnight. God will never leave us; however we are so guilty of leaving Him! The only way to stop satan from killing, stealing and destroying is to fight him on our knees and with Gods Word!

If you aren’t where you need to be in your relationship with our Father or if you have experienced a slow fade by the choices you have made, I urge you to first repent. Then ask Him to rekindle that fire that once ever so burned brightly. No one is perfect; we all mess up but just because we miss the mark doesn’t mean we have to stay there. Throw those logs on the fire and be blazing for God for we have much work to do!

***1 Thessalonians 5:16- 22 –Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.

***Matthew 19:16-22

In closing, I want to share this info I found online at: DMCA,2017 ViralBeliever, 9 Blazing Hot Methods To Remain on Fire For God, (Author: Duke Taber)..

  1. Feed the flames with the Word of God
  2. Stoke the furnace with prayer
  3. Worship the Lord with extravagance
  4. Allow the Holy Spirit to move
  5. Do a spring cleaning of your heart
  6. Bring your flame closer to other flames
  7. Start making your fire useful
  8. Find a personal firebrand
  9. Spread the flame

As we enter into 2018, my prayer for you is that you become everything that God created you to be. May your fire for God burn brighter than ever before, may doors be opened, may doors be closed, may opportunity chase you down, may divine favor, wisdom and knowledge grace you, and may you be made healthy and whole, may all your needs be met, and may you be able to meet the needs of others out of the abundance that God graces you with. In Jesus Name I ask, Amen!

To God be all the glory, honor & praise!

Remember God Loves You & So Do I!

Much Love Always,



Christmas is approaching and I am thinking about the birth of Jesus. But as I think about his birth, his life, his death and his resurrection, figuratively speaking he went through a form of metamorphosis. And as Christians living for our Father in Heaven; we too must go through a complete transformation like the metamorphosis of a butterfly. One definition of metamorphosis is a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means. Jesus was born of a virgin and died a painful death on the cross because he loved us. He arose on the third day and then we received our comforter the Holy Spirit who lives and dwells within us, the children of God.

Christmas gifts this year I have been making baskets with lights. But I’ve been putting butterflies in the baskets. Butterflies are such a beautiful creation with such a sweet free spirit. And to me they represent the deep change that a person goes through after one has surrendered to God. This relationship with our Father should be such a transformation that it’s like the metamorphosis of a butterfly. Deep and intimate; our change is from the inside out. It’s not simply doing good or improving our behavior but a genuine transformation as we take Christ in as our spiritual food and drink.   

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

When I Google the word butterfly; I found that butterflies are a deep and powerful representation of life. Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls. The Christian religion sees the butterfly as a symbol of Resurrection. Around the world people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope and life. In my research I discovered that in the original Greek language of the New Testament, the word used for transformation is metamorphosis.

***2 Corinthians 3:18 –But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

***Romans 12:2 – And do not be fashioned according to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and well pleasing and perfect.

Gods beautiful butterflies go through 4 stages in their life. From an egg that is laid on a leaf to hatching into a caterpillar. In the caterpillar stage it eats the leaf from which it was hatched and continues feeding on the host plant for growth. Once the caterpillar is fully grown it then attaches itself to a safe place so it can begin the pupa stage (chrysalis or cocoon). It’s at this point that metamorphosis takes place changing the caterpillar into an adult butterfly. Once it emerges from the pupa stage it has four colorful wings and six legs but the wings are soft and crumpled. It is here that the butterfly pumps blood into its wings allowing them to dry and harden so it can fly.

Our Christian walk is much like the life cycle of these beautiful creatures. We too must go through stages in our growth with God. Our first stage after we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior we are fragile needing protection and nourishment for growth. The second stage like the caterpillar we hatch out but we are slowly moving and always eating. It is here that we get rid of old habits, friends, etc. that hinder our growth. The third stage is when God fills us with his love, grace, comfort and strength as we shed our old ways. It’s here that we need to be ready to hear what God has for us and prepare to do his work. The fourth stage is when we must realize our true potential and capabilities and know who we are in Christ and walk in the calling He has on our life. As God guides us we must be always feeding on His word and sharing the gospel with everyone!

As we go about this Christmas reflecting on the life of Jesus; let’s reflect on our on life. Have we truly experienced metamorphosis in our life or are we still in waiting to be hatched or perhaps hiding in the cocoon!? God is a gentleman and will never force himself on us. However, we determine our own growth. What are we waiting for? Let’s mature and fly!

Accepting Christ as your Savior and having that intimate relationship with Him is life changing. Just a life changing as the butterfly life…. From an ugly caterpillar to a beautiful soaring butterfly!

To God Be the Glory, Honor and Praise!

Merry Christmas!!

Love You Everyone,


God Makes Good Out Of The Bad

Satan’s objective is to steal, kill and destroy. Gods Word brings life to our weary souls but in order for it to do so we must engage. Sitting idly by waiting and watching does no good. Life gets busy and things happen but if we want change, we must step out in faith with the full armor of God and fight the enemy. Spiritual warfare is real and it’s happening but if we just sit; we are going to die!

***John 10:10            ***Proverbs 3:1-35 

***Proverbs 4:20-22

Lately, I have been thinking about the life of Job. And since I started writing this blog for God there have been many things that have come against me. Doing something for God; the enemy will do any and everything to try and stop you. However, promotion comes through test and I know that perhaps these are test to see exactly where I am in my relationship with my Father. When I fail one; I know I am going to have to repeat it until I get it right. But praise God, when I pass a test; then I get to graduate to the next glory.

School started back in August and the first couple of months are always extremely busy; consuming extra hours that drain me. So I knew that I wouldn’t be able to write very much and I didn’t. However, in October I had all plans of getting back to writing for God. But on the anniversary of my first official post; my precious Mother received a diagnosis of cancer. Talking about  rocking my world; this did and I am just now able to write again.    

Reading last week in Ecclesiastes 9:1-6 a question was answered as a revelation came alive. We all question why it seems like the good die young while the evil still live. God revealed to me that he is giving them an opportunity to get their life right. He hopes that they might give their heart and accept him as their personal Savior.

Sitting and waiting while mama took her first chemo treatment; I was thinking about everything that has happened within the past year. Although we don’t understand why bad things happen; God always makes something good out of the bad. Looking on with the natural eye; it might seem crazy but we must trust God for He promises to never leave us or forsake us. And He is not a man that He would lie.

My heart breaks as I think about sweet little 3 year old Mariah who suffered at the hands of those who were to protect her. And when I think about the pain that she and the precious 5 year old Paitin endured; it makes me sick to my stomach. These children were innocent and didn’t deserve what they received. But I know that God will take this bad and create something good from it. We don’t always understand why things happen; but we must put our trust in God. 

Last night in church, Brother Joe mentioned that bad things happen that we don’t understand. But we must remember that God always makes good out of a bad situation and to look for the positive, not the negative.

As my family has started this journey on the road to total healing and wholeness, God is in control. During this struggle my mother and I have become close again. Through all that we have faced together in the past few months; forgiveness, healing and reconciliation have taken place by God using something bad and making something great out of it. It feels amazing to know without a shadow of a doubt that I am truly loved. We have learned to say I love you for tomorrow is never promised. And to hear these words spoken to me is undescribable.

***Romans 8:28 -And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

My prayer today is that families remain or become close. Don’t wait for something to happen to bring you close. The most important things in life can’t be bought! Love comes from the heart! Show and tell your loved ones every chance you get that you love them. Give them hugs and kisses and pray together and for each other for we never know when our last breath may be. Don’t live with regrets or with the what ifs! 

Revelations is being played out before our very eyes. We are in the last days as plagues, diseases, evil doings, and destruction are all around us and Jerusalem was named capital of Israel last week. God is giving us time right now to get our hearts right with him. He loves us so much and desires to fellowship with us for eternity. We were created to fellowship with Him and He wants us. Don’t keep running, He loves you!

***2 Chronicles 6:6

To God Be All The Glory, Honor & Praise!