Miracles in the Midst of Trials

Life has a funny way of working out sometimes and as I sit and write tonight my mind is racing with thoughts. I have seen the move of God in mighty ways within the past couple of months. Bad things happen and we don’t know why. But one thing for sure is that God will always make something good out of every bad situation. It may not feel like it at that particular moment; but in the end we see what God can do. I say everyday now; “Father show me your glory”!

***Romans 8:28 (NLT) And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Many of you know that my precious momma was diagnosed with cancer last September. But what you don’t know is that her only living brother was diagnosed with cancer approximately one month after her surgery. By the time we found out about him; Momma and I had gone through many conversations about why she possibly had to go through this. I was constantly reminding her that God has her in the palm of His hand and that she is possibly going to have to help someone else who was going to have to go through cancer. Upon finding out about my Uncle Robert she told me “I now know why I am  having to go through all of this surgery and chemo…I have to help him”.

In the beginning, when she found out about her cancer; she wanted no part of surgery, chemo or nothing! It was one of the most difficult times we have had to experience as a family. Feeling absolutely helpless but yet wanting to help. The only thing I could do was pray with and for her and for our family. Many emotions came rushing in like a flood for all of us. And for me, I felt at times as if I was the pillar; the strong one to hold it all together in front of my momma but I fell completely apart on the way home every time. Many nights I laid in bed and cried out to God!  I knew that He had her and that there had to be a reason for everything that was happening; but for a few months it was hard to swallow.

As difficult as the journey has been both emotionally and physically for a while; I have realized that God is in control. And He took a bad situation and created good from it. My momma and I are now close again and we talk every day; sometimes twice a day. Our family has become closer and momma has found a new strength within herself. She is a true champion and warrior and I admire her strength and courage. But this story doesn’t end with this.

As momma’s chemo started back in December; I learned that a dear brother at church had cancer. Then my pastors son, then a church sisters mom, etc… the list kept growing. I had been going to intercessory prayer because I know the importance of praying and interceding for others. Lives and situations can change with just one prayer but every week we added to our list. God is faithful and He hears and answers our prayers!

You see in praying for others; I asked God to use me. I said “send me I will go” well in doing so one Sunday morning God told me to go pray for my brother who had cancer. Pastor Joyce was praying with him and God told me to go pray too. I didn’t want to go up because I hate being seen and I knew too that the service was Facebook Live. Being hesitant, God reminded me of what I had told him. So I went and prayed and another brother came up behind me and the three of us prayed for our brother. Something happened that morning at the alter. There was a peace that fell and all four of us felt it! Our Brother received his healing at that alter that morning! When he went in for surgery; the mass was gone. Praise God! He was healed!!

Fast forward a sister in the church was healed from thyroid cancer and her 5 year old daughter healed from five auto immune diseases. Pastors son healed from cancer. Someone very special to me was given a bad report of cancerous cells but she came to church and we had a healing evangelist pray with her and he told her not to worry; she would get a good report. Praise God, she did! The biopsy showed no sign of cancer, they said it wasn’t like what the previous test had shown. Then a brother at church was told by his sister one weekend that she had cancer and was given nine months to live. The next Wednesday night he shared with the church what he had been told and he stood in for his sister as the elders prayed for her. That Friday he received a telephone call from his sister and the final report from the test showed no signs of cancer! Healed in Jesus Name!

God is no respecter of persons as two of the healed had not been attending church. He loves us all and He uses these miracles to show himself real to unbelievers to allow them to believe. I have read several Facebook post about several other healings from cancer within the family of friends. He is just a way maker!!!

I know we all ask, why do bad things have to happen! And I have heard many say why does God do this to us but what I will tell you is God doesn’t cause these things to happen. But just as Job in the Bible went through so much trial… satan put it on him and yes God allowed it with conditions. Remember satan only wants to kill, steal and destroy us. He wants us to give up and die. However warriors don’t quit!

The testing of faith refines us, proves to satan and to the world who we are, to bless us, and to help us grow.  Just within the past few days, God has given me revelation on the fact that we must have storms in our life to help us grow. In growing we learn to persevere and are able to help others who are going through.

***1 Peter 4:12-13(NIV) Dear friends do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

***Isaiah 41:10 –So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

***Philippians 4:19(NIV) And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Just remember when the storms come don’t panic, seek the Lord for guidance in prayer and in His Word, keep praising and worshipping, be around prayer warriors, keep an attitude of gratitude, encourage yourself, don’t give up on life, take care of yourself, and trust God, no matter what!.  The storms come to bring the rain so that we may grow! It’s how we decide to handle the storm that determines the harvest!

God is still in the miracle making business. Bad things may happen but He is always with us and something good will come from it. In the movie “I Can Only Imagine” Bart found his calling from much pain and suffering. Will you dare to trust Him? Our choices determine our outcome! Keep praying and Trusting!

***Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

To God Be All the Glory, Honor & Praise!

Much Love To You All,



On the Outside Looking In

The world is made up of many souls and each one is precious and loved by our Father. If only we showed that same love towards one another. Our place of worship is a hospital for the broken; not a social club for the saints. I say this because I very well know that we have a tendency to gravitate towards those that we know in our little clicks. And this very thing was recently brought to my attention.

No church is perfect; everyone is at different levels and stages of their walk with Christ. It takes all of us working together to help one another in our walk. Everyone is gifted with certain talents to contribute. Just like our physical bodies it takes many members to make a whole body and each member plays an important role. But sometimes we tend to stay in our safe place with those who are more like us. However, God desires us to step out of our comfort zones and be extraordinary while reaching the lost, the broken and bruised.

I recently had to ask for forgiveness and repent for I would never intentionally do any wrong to anyone.  But this got me to thinking very deeply and praying that we; including myself, must make a conscious effort to be more observant of others. Visitors must feel welcome when they enter our church (place of worship) or they will not desire to return. We as Christians are to display the love of Christ to everyone regardless of age, sex, race, looks, etc.; not just a select few. God doesn’t just love a select few and Jesus died for everyone!

 In a post on Facebook last week I was reminded that we have failed. I know as Christians we aren’t perfect; however we must be more conscious of the precious souls that enter our sanctuary, our work place, our home, etc. People are watching to see the real deal. If a visitor comes to our place of worship regardless of where we attend and they aren’t even acknowledged or greeted by anyone, then why would they desire to come back?

The broken are looking for hope and to see if there is even the slightest possibility of something different than what they are living. And some are just needing something and not quite sure what it may be. But coming into Gods presence is an awesome start to finding their way. I know that having a personal relationship with God is all we need. But if what our visitors see inside the church is the same as in the world; then they may feel hopeless.

We as Christians (Disciples of Christ) are to display the light of God everywhere we are, inside and outside of the place of worship for we are the church. Church is not confined inside the walls of a building. Are we being welcoming and loving? Is Gods light shining? Are we being true examples of Christ to win souls for His kingdom?

I have been that person who felt unwelcome, unacknowledged or overly acknowledged by stares due to perhaps the way I was dressed or because I was new. Walking into a church where you don’t know anyone is scary. And when you walk in with jeans, raggedy or even revealing clothing and everyone else dressed in Sunday best makes you feel a little uncomfortable and just plain out of place. If just one person will genuinely say “I am so glad you joined us today, please come back again” it could make such a huge difference. For some souls it could be the first time they have ever stepped foot inside of a church or place of worship. Don’t we want them to come back? We are to win souls for Gods kingdom and if we don’t make them feel welcome, we inadvertently may cause them to not return and will be held accountable.

When a person enters our sanctuary and is willing to listen to the Word of God; as they take it in; it is food for the soul. His manifest presence comes when we come together corporately to praise and worship. This creates an atmosphere where God can move and anything is possible and the lost can be saved, healing takes place, and the prodigals come home. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  (Romans 10:17 NIV) Opportunity for change in lives begins when we hear Gods Word. We want everyone in the presence of our Father. 

****Deutoronmy 31:12-13 (NIV) “Assemble the people men, women and children, and the foreigners residing in your towns—so they can listen and learn to fear the Lord your God and follow carefully all the words of this law. Their children, who do not know this law, must hear it and learn to fear the Lord your God as long as you live in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”

I know not everyone is the same and there are true Disciples of Christ that love people right where they are. And although we may not all have it all together; there is genuine love within my church (place of worship) and in others too. I have learned from my Dad in the faith that it doesn’t matter what a person wears to church just as long as they will walk through the doors; that gives God the opportunity to knock on their heart. If they will answer then God can give them life and life more abundantly. 

We must welcome with open arms everyone just as God always welcomes us and without judgement. Love people where they are, not for whom we want them to be; but love them too much to leave them there!

On the outside looking in, what do you see? Are you loving strangers? Are you welcoming visitors? If a homeless person came in and sat beside you wearing raggedy and dirty clothes and they were smelly what would you do? It’s a heart condition! Remember Jesus died for everyone! How does the outside see you?

To God be all the glory, honor and praise!

Much Love to You All,





Encircled In His Love

God lets us know in the most unique ways that He is all around us and has us wrapped in His arms. We only need to slow down to see it. Just recently on the Martin Luther King holiday; Samantha and I spent the day with my precious mother. Since mama was to have chemo two days later; we decided to go out to eat lunch at the Pizza Village. I knew that mama would eat good. And I wanted her to do so before her next chemo because she doesn’t eat well for about a week after her treatments.

That weekend at her request; I had made her some peanut butter balls; however in the rush to get out the door that morning I left them home. Knowing that I had to run to Richlands to get them we decided we were going to take her coins that she had been collecting for a number of years to the local Food Lion to cash it in at the coin counting machine. So after a wonderful and fun lunch we headed to Richlands.

We reached the Food Lion and walked over to the coin machine. We had 3 containers of coins and the coin money was kind of nasty. Samantha started the counting process but when it got to the last container she stepped away for a few minutes. So I started pouring the change from the last container into the tray. However, when I was about half way of that container I noticed something extremely shiny in the tray that wasn’t a coin. When I reached down to pick it up it was a ring. This ring was exceptionally clean and shiny. It looked like a million tiny sparkly diamonds all around the band. I just handed it to mama and asked her why was her ring in the coin can. She didn’t know how it got there and said she don’t remember ever seeing it before. But something caught her eye and she asked me what was on the ring. So I took it back from her and was amazed at how clean it was to be in the middle of all the crud that was on that old money. But when I looked ever so closely I saw on the band the word “JESUS” not  just once, but 3 times it was on it. And another thing about the ring was it had a band around the band that encircled the ring and it twisted around. Immediately God spoke to my spirit. I told Mama that God is telling her to fear not; He has her wrapped in His arms and that everything is going to be ok. I knew right then that God placed that ring there for her to assure her she was going to come out victorious through this battle.

I felt tears in my eyes and relief in my heart at the thought that came to me. God was saying it was not only for her but as a reminder for me too. And that every concern that weighed heavily on my heart was taken care of by Jesus when He died on that old rugged cross. The circling of the band with Jesus on it represents the Holy Spirit that is with us every moment.  And the shiniest of that silver ring in the center of all that filthy money; represents how God can take us in the middle of all our dirty filthy mess and clean us up. He has everything that we need and is ever present with us; we only need to slow down, fear not, trust in Him and let Him work on us as we draw closer to Him. It doesn’t matter how filthy of a mess we are in, He can and will clean us up so that we come out sparking just as that ring. But we have to invite Him into our lives.

I encourage you today, slow down and just look at the beauty that God has blessed us with of live, family, love, nature, etc. He is always showing He is around, we need  only to recognize it. We seem to take things for granted way too much. Let go of anger and unforgiveness and just love people. He can make our crooked paths straight and take bad and create good from it. Tomorrow isn’t promised but God does promise to be with us in our every tomorrows.

If you don’t know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior take the time right now repent of your sins and ask Him into your life. If you would like to contact me for me to pray with you; please write me below and I will contact you.

 My heart is for every person to know God and to know that if their life is in turmoil there is hope, joy, peace and rest in the arms of our Savior! God heals broken hearts, mends relationships, and heals physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Change is possible for He has changed me and my life! He is all I need!

***Romans 8:28 (MEV) We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

***Isaiah 45:7(MEV) I form the light and create darkness; I make peace and create calamity; I, the Lord, do all these things.

To God be all the glory, honor and praise!

Much Love to you Everyone!


PS: God has impressed upon my heart to have a monthly gathering in my home for Single Sisters (unmarried, divorced and separated women).We fellowship, have food, watch a movie, discuss things of concern, pray together, etc…If you are interested or know someone who just needs friends please contact me below. 

Salt & Light in a World of Desire

Lately I have been thinking about life and how it seems the world accepts ungodly behavior and passes it off as godly. And we are teaching all of this to our children! I too was so guilty of this in my past. But praise God I am not who I use to be and we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. I have committed my share of sins and I am not perfect by no means; but as I grow in my walk with God I am learning every day. My desire is to please God with all that I am and not this world or anyone in it. As I write this post; please know that I am not passing judgment; however God commands me to share His Word and I will be obedient.

Last week a friend of mine asked me a question and at that time I had forgotten about a word from God that was given to me in September 2016. My friend said in a text “You want a man, can’t find one, asked God, He told you to calm down and wait. Stop trying to do it on your own. Am I right?” My response was “Actually I am not looking, but I have asked God and I know when the time is right then he will find me. The word given to me on September 9, 2016 was:”I have your mate, stop looking. He will appear out of nowhere and you will know without a shadow of a doubt he’s the one. He will treat you like the princess you are. And you will have to pinch yourself to see if it’s real because he will treat you so well”. So I have to change my response to my friend and say, yes, God has told me to stop. For as we see when I go searching; I end up with a mess!

Man was formed from dirt (Genesis 2:7) but God took time to design woman and with a purpose (Genesis 2:22). We ladies were created to be a helper to man. In Genesis 2:18 it states, The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make a helper suitable for him.” Eve was formed to complete Adam and she was made uniquely suited to his needs.  Woman was made from the man, for the man, and given as Gods gift to man.  (Corinthians 11:8-9) Ladies, we were formed uniquely for the man that God has chosen; thus being submissive unto him and our second purpose is to be a mother (Genesis 1:28). Proverbs 31 describes the perfect woman. Although these are not our only jobs as women; but being a wife and mother are our primary purposes for being created.

Ladies, it is biblical that the man finds us; we aren’t suppose to be out searching and chasing after a man. Proverbs 18:22 states, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord. Right here we cheat our husband out of a blessing if we go finding him or perhaps we find the wrong one! Look at it this way; if you are his rib don’t you think he can find you!?? See this is something that I have had to learn myself, because I never understood the biblical principles behind a marriage until after three divorces and writing this blog for God. As Christians we are commissioned by God to be the salt and light in this earth. Salt represents a life living through God’s Wisdom vs. living in the world and salt is vital and valuable (Matthew 5:13-14) because with the lack of salt we loose life. God looks at our lives not our lip service and we are to live by faith, not by sight. We are to be a clean vessel (2 Timothy 2:14-25) and although in this world; we are to not be of it. So ladies, stop looking for a man and allow God to move in your life. And remember we are teaching the younger girls by the way we live our life and everything that we do.

***Hebrews 11:1-6

When we become so occupied trying to find a man; we loose the connection of the most precious man ever, our Heavenly Father! And whatever or whomever we put before God; He will take it. I know that even after I accepted Christ as my Savior in January 2008 I still had a lot to learn. With my marriage being on the rocks and my life falling apart, I left in November 2010 to live where I am now. I had hoped that things would eventually work out; but they never did. And just before I got my divorce; a friend of mine set me up with a man. I know now that it was wrong for in Gods eyes for I was still married. Needless to say, I fell into sexual sin and had put him before God and the relationship didn’t last. However, during this time of dating him I did get my divorce and then I was searching for something that no person could give me. Pastor Jim always tells us that hope in people will always disappoint us because people will let us down, but God never will. Sin is anything that we put above God. We search for someone or something to fill voids but only our Heavenly Father can do that.

Ladies, just like most earthly Fathers delight in giving to his children, our Heavenly Father delights in giving us the things we desire – but not all of them (Psalm 37:4-5). God desires to give us what is best for us. There are times when we desire something that we think is good for us; but God sees it would ultimately not be. He knows who and what we need and he knows who or what would be a hindrance. So when we pray for something we want; let us remember that some of the things we desire may not be good for us; we will have to wait. Let us not be in such a rush for what we want that we mess up the work of God. We must be patient. Everything is in Gods timing; not ours. It’s when we take things into our own hands and put God on the back burner that things will go array. God wants the best for us, his children. So remember we curse ourselves if we don’t obey God and honor Him first. And if God is truly first in our life; everything will fall into place. He watches over us and keeps us from harm (Psalm 121:7-8) and as we honor Him first, He honors us with provision and protection.

With three divorces; the devil has tried to tell me that I will never marry again. But I know that to not be true for God has shown me several times in different ways and I have seen my husband and myself standing before the church getting married. Also, on September 18, 2016 it came to me “When you do first things first and be obedient; I will send your husband.” (Matthew 6:33 {NIV} But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.) I will occupy the very place the devil is trying to keep me out of by being obedient, speaking Gods Word and keeping my faith!

***Hebrews 10:35-38

Keep the faith, trust God and if you haven’t accepted Christ as your Savior ask Him today to be the Lord of you life. Repent of your sins and receive eternal life. Trust me; this is one relationship you don’t want to miss out on! And if you have accepted Christ my dear single ladies; keep Him first in your life. I promise  you will not regret it! God will send your Boaz and he will see you working in His field.

To God Be All the Glory, Honor & Praise!



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Taken from Erin Davis’ blog post “Why Were Women Created Anyway?” Used with permission from www.LiesYoungWomenBelieve

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).. https://www.viralbeliever.com/bible-studies/9-methods-on-fire-for-god/

  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,


Singles Holiday Can Be More Than Lonely & Depressed

Hello my friends I’m sorry I haven’t written lately, but within the past two months it feels like my life has been turned upside down. I’ve had to come to the realization that things in life don’t always go as we planned and that healing doesn’t always come as we had planned. But God is still God, and he is in control and he’s got this!  

The holidays are here! Thanksgiving was just a few days ago and Christmas is just around the corner. This is a festive fun- filled time of the year; however for many it is a time of sadness, grief and loneliness. You see as the holidays approach us, there are many couples and families getting together for parties or social events. But there are many who are alone and may never be invited to such festive gatherings.

I know for me this time of the year brings back memories of when I was married or at least in a relationship. More so than any other time; during the holidays my heart longs to belong. It is during this time of the year that we have to be careful, for if we focus on what use to be and/or isolate ourselves; then we can easily drift into a state of severe depression. Been there and done that!

Spending time with love ones means more than any monetary gift; as money can not buy love! But many people may not have this opportunity or feel they don’t belong. With this being said, I’ve always dreamed of having a large home to open it up to those who need a family or a place where they belong. Even so that God gave me a vision and I have drawn it out and named it for just the time as He so chooses! But for now, God placed on my heart to invite single females to my small humble home every month for a potluck, conversation and a movie. Our first gathering was small but we had fun and December will be for single males and females  so we can have a Christmas party and a bonfire.

My heart is to help those; who like myself just need friends to do things with and to feel a sense of belonging.  If I were in the world still; then I would have all kinds of people to hang out with. But I am no longer in the world for I have been chosen and set apart by God. I want to live a life pleasing to God and be an example of a Godly woman for my daughter and others.

***Deuteronomy 14:2 “for you are a people holy to the Lord your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the Lord has chosen you to be his treasured possession.”

***Deuteronomy 31:6”Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

***Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

I realize that some of my friends worked Thanksgiving day to keep their minds busy because they didn’t want to spend Thanksgiving without their spouse and children. This totally breaks my heart to know they were hurting inside and depressed. In my past I suffered from severe depression and anxiety and during the holidays it was the worst.

Being lonely and depressed is not the only thing that hurts during the holidays. So many people put such emphasis on what they get during Christmas that they forget to be thankful for the person who loves them and the heart in which it was given. Just like the widow in the Bible that gave her last mite; she gave with all her heart! That my friend is what counts, not the gift itself. A true gift is having the opportunity to share time with those you love; for this is priceless! We are never promised another tomorrow so be thankful for today! 

***Luke 21:1-4

***Mark 12:41-44

As the weeks pass before Christmas; take time to notice those around  you. Encourage someone, invite them in for coffee, dinner, to church or perhaps to a Christmas play or program. This is the season for us to remember the reason we celebrate Christmas. Step outside of your comfort zone and do something for another, but please don’t let it stop after the holidays. Not everyone has family or loved ones nearby and even if they do; the widow, the widower and the single person may still feel alone. Please craddle them in your prayers.

To my single friends, I encourage you to reach out to other singles in your church. Unite and become an army seeking God together while fulfilling the call that God has placed on you. Pastor Jim always says if you have a heartbeat then you have a purpose! It may be uncomfortable and most likely it will be as you step out into your calling. But stay focused on God and you will get through this holiday season and every season without depression overtaking you. 

Remember, we are never alone even when we feel like we are. God promised that he would never leave us or forsake us, so He is always with us! 

To God be all the glory, honor and praise!

Much love to you all!