The Most Important Thing in Finding the Right Church

After a recent sports spinal injury, we needed to find the best pediatric orthopedic doctor for our son. We didn't look for someone cool. We didn't care if this doctor liked the same music we liked or even if he or she had a big social media following. We chose the best doctor who would give us the soundest medical advice for our emergency situation. When we found ourselves at the office of the top pediatric orthopedic doctor at UVA, she gave us some news my son did not want to hear.

Cleaning Out Your Closet for Greater Joy

So, why in the world would I show you all my dirty laundry? Well, not laundry. I would never show you that! But, why would I show you my mess? Because the Lord impressed something so precious on my heart, as I walked through the mess, stepping over wires from my husband's studio, and trying to find a square foot to set my bags down on after work. 
 You see, I just finished speaking at a lovely weekend retreat called Revealed Retreat: Discover Who I Am in Christ. I challenged the ladies to give the Lord the deepest parts of their hearts - even the rooms of their hearts that they have shut the doors on for years. In the fight to stay positive and to keep from drowning in pain, sorrow and despair, people tend to avoid difficult conflict that arises when dealing with broken relationships and pain from the past. It's easier to ignore things and to just keep stuffing. These are things that may give us PTSD, if we decide to unpack them.

21 Days of Prayer and Fasting – Day 20 The Pouring Out of God’s Holy Spirit

One of the promises of God in Joel 2 for those fasting, is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit for signs and wonders. Do you hunger for more than a religious experience? Do you want a life-changing transformation from the inside out that touches everyone around you? Anyone who thinks of fasting as an activity …

21 Days of Prayer and Fasting – Day 14 Our Battle is Not Against Flesh and Blood

We live in desperate and dark times in our world, and in the United States of America. Every person is out to preserve his or her own life, yet so many people live in a lack of peace. Marketing is targeted at our selfishness. "Just do it!" "iPhone" "Ipad" "Self Magazine" Even names of products …