Sword of the Spirit

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Lies. I hate to break it to you, but the old saying, dating back before 1862 is, in fact, NOT true.  Honestly, I started this post in a completely different direction. It had something to do with heavy swords, skill, strategy and Gerard Butler’s beard, but it seems the Lord has something else … Continue reading Sword of the Spirit

Shield of Faith

“In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.” (Ephesians 6:16) When Angela asked me to write about the shield of faith and what it means to take it up even when its a struggle, I readily agreed. I wasn’t sure what to write but I was sure in the time allotted … Continue reading Shield of Faith

Helmet of Salvation and Feet in the Gospel

Picture yourself treading water in the middle of the ocean.  No land in sight—no life raft. You’re out of options. Hopeless. Helpless. Doomed.   Then out of nowhere, the sound of an approaching helicopter.  It comes and hovers overhead, and a rescuer endangers his life, lowering himself into the raging sea to lift you up…up…up to safety. Suddenly, you are rescued. Delivered.  SAVED.  Now, picture yourself drowning in the guilt of … Continue reading Helmet of Salvation and Feet in the Gospel

Kingdom Warrior

Am I the only one that was a little scared when in Sunday School, you learned about the fact you had to put on armor and fight in the Lord’s Army? You know the song, right?  I may never march in the infantryRide in the cavalryShoot the artillery. I may never fly o’er the enemy, But I’m in the Lord’s army – yes, sir!!  If you know … Continue reading Kingdom Warrior

Soul Strength

It’s hard to believe that this year is more than half over and we have been blessed by so many testimonies of God’s goodness and faithfulness. Each week we read the encouragement of women who are seeking to love God with all they have and live that out in their part of the world.  Let’s see this beautiful directive again.              “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our … Continue reading Soul Strength

Blessing the Body

A kind note of encouragement. Cups of coffee shared over good conversation. Friendship that allows authenticity. All are simple blessings I’ve received this year that brought deep joy and mirrored the love of Christ. I have been indescribably blessed by the body. I once had a friend asking me questions about my faith and one of the “Christianese” phrases that she didn’t understand is “the … Continue reading Blessing the Body