dreams take time


“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day”.   2 Peter 3:8 (NIV)

It can take a while for a dream God has given us to unfold. The time period between the dream and the culmination of that same dream can take months, years or even decades. Why does it take so long? It takes a long time for our dreams to come true because in our present state we will not be good stewards of what God gives us. We must be ready to receive the good things God has planned for us with a grateful and humble heart giving Him the glory. It is a beautiful thing when a believer comes to understand this truth.

There may be characteristics in us that need to die (John 12:24) before we can be trusted with more. For example, if you struggle with pride, the Holy Spirit will work within you to get rid of the pride that keeps you taking all of the credit or considering yourself better than others. If you struggle with extreme anxiety, God will desire to give you His peace so that you can enjoy the gifts He gives and be in a position to use His gifts to bless others.

Joseph understood all about waiting for his dreams to be fulfilled. He was continually being pruned for his future position as second in command of Egypt. Joseph’s pruning took the form of being sold as a slave, being wrongfully accused, being thrown in a dungeon, and being forgotten. Through all his hard times, Joseph was forgiving, hard-working and upright. He kept his eyes fixed on the author of his story, and did not act as a victim of his circumstances. Eventually, his dreams came to pass.

What a great role model! Doing the “next right thing” can be difficult, but it gets us closer to our dream every time.


George Floyd


Little did Abraham Lincoln know when the Civil War started in 1861 that he was only beginning to loosen the screw that held injustice in place. One hundred and fifty-nine years later, people are still trying to loosen and remove this same screw and bring justice and peace to people of color. I believe it is a complex task – to educate and influence those who hold positions of power and those in the majority – to see things as they really are. Racism hurts us all, but it limits and demoralizes those to whom it is directed. In 1647, Baltasar Gracian said “The sole advantage of power is the ability to do more good”. We have an enemy, and it is not each other. Our enemy loves division and pain; in fact, he cooks it up daily. Use your power to stand for God and stand for each other.


Showing a little kindness to yourself and others


“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”           Colossians 3:12


There are times in life when people hurt us and when we hurt ourselves by our decisions. During these times when we feel betrayed or angry it helps to remember to have compassion. We need to have compassion on the person who hurt us and we need to have compassion on ourselves. So often I cannot get to this place on my own and I need to pray for everyone involved and for God to soften my heart and to help me forgive.

As much as we try to control our lives and keep ourselves from hurt, it will inevitably happen. It is good to remember we are not always at fault for being involved with the wrong people or getting ourselves into unfortunate situations – sometimes life just happens. No person can boast that they have never hurt another person and that includes you. Whether we are aware of it or not, our words and actions bring pain to others and they are kind enough to overlook it. Remember to do the same and give your friends and family the benefit of the doubt.


I wish I were good! But at least I am saved!!


Lately, in my life, I have been hearing a lot of people describe themselves or others as “good” people. I understand that people may evaluate their lives (or others’ lives) based on the amount of time a friend may volunteer, or money a family member gives to charity, or how many people someone may touch in a positive manner. However, it says in James 2:10 that even one little mistake in keeping God’s law renders a person a total failure at keeping God’s law. There is no partial credit in salvation. You are either saved by Jesus’ sacrifice (and nothing good you have to offer) or you are a good person standing on your own merits.

There are a lot of references in scripture to us humans being dead in our transgressions before accepting Christ. We are born sinful and remain sinful until we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Good people are not saved people until they make this decision. So the next time someone says they are a good person, you can say that you wish you were too. What a great topic starter!

What’s the difference between a good person and a saved person…


Rely on what they think of themselves as a rationale for feeling good about their lives

Justify their worth by the good they have done, and the bad they have not done

Cannot understand why bad things happen to them

Don’t feel that they have done anything bad enough to necessitate being redeemed

Compare themselves against others’ in society and feel that society approves of them


Have come to terms with their fallen nature and know they fall short of God’s standards (Romans 3:23)

Accept they are separated from God as a result of their sin – and have hope in Christ’s death and resurrection on the cross as their only means to eternal life

Feel grateful to God for what He’s done for them (John 3:16)

Understand why bad things happen (we live in a fallen world) and understand that God can make something beautiful out of it (Romans 8:28)

In His service,

Michelle :)


13 Reasons Why Not


13 Reasons Why Not

 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”   Matthew 10:16

I don’t know about you, but I need reminders from God to stay pure. I don’t want what my eyes see to travel down to my heart, and pollute it. And I don’t want this – a pure heart – just for me, I want it for you too!!

A parent asked me (knowing I work with young adults) what I thought of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. I told her I don’t even want to check it out because I know I will be negatively affected by the suicide scene for years to come. How do I know that? Because I still have graphic scenes from movies I saw decades ago in my mind.

Do you think what you see doesn’t affect you, read these quotes:

“Whether the violence is real, reenacted based on real events, or fiction, when you witness cruelty and empathize with the victim, you experience the trauma vicariously . That’s why witnesses to violence are considered victims too. It is especially traumatizing to witness cruelty when you are powerless to prevent it”. (Davis, 2013)

“Children and adolescents are also especially vulnerable [to disturbing images] because they typically do not have the broad world view or self-soothing skills necessary to cope with the distress induced by witnessing violence and cruelty. And they may not get the support they need from adults.” (Davis, 2013)

Images and words can get inside our mind easily. Have you ever caught yourself humming a jingle from a t.v. commercial you saw? Or singing lyrics to a song that you didn’t even know you knew? Sisters – let’s treat our bodies as the Holy temple they are and strive to stay pure!


Davis, Dr. Deborah. “Protect Your Brain from Images of Violence and Cruelty.” Psychology Today. December 22, 2013.

The tongue is more than a muscle!!


“Life and death are in the power of the tongue.”                    Proverbs 18:21

God has been impressing on me the incredible, awesome power that the tongue holds to change lives (for better or worse!). We sometimes are scared to share our faith or “speak the truth” because we desperately want the love we have for others to come across and we’re not sure it is going to. So we don’t say anything (and fail to glorify God).

Throughout the Bible, God says “do not be afraid”, so why do we fear…really. God also says He is going to give us the words we should say. Again, why do we fear? Physically, the tongue is a muscle, but spiritually it is a mighty tool to be used to praise the LORD and to demonstrate God’s unconditional love to each other. Our tongue can bring healing into the lives of people we know and don’t know (Proverbs 12:18).

We have all said things we regret, but don’t let that be a black smudge that Satan uses against you to cause you to back away from saying a kind word at the appointed time. If we put God’s Word in our hearts, and continually renew our mind, we will be more prepared when the opportunities arise, to cheerfully speak an encouraging word, or when called, to humbly and gently speak a rebuke. We also need to pray to be made ready for situations, so we are careful not to miss them because we are distracted, upset, mad, or focused on ourselves.

How can we do this? It is simple actually. Luke 6:45b says that “For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” If we are right with God, pursuing His will, attending a Bible believing church, and sitting in His presence (amongst many other things), our hearts are guaranteed to be filled to some capacity with His unfailing love. When we open our mouths, and use our tongues, we are more likely to say something life-giving versus something that wounds. Take heart my dear sisters! We CAN do this – they WILL know us by our love.


First things first for the new year


Happy New Year 2017!

What a great time of year to celebrate the Lord’s faithfulness in our lives and invite Him into our 2017 plans!!  Each year when I get a new calendar, I wait to write in it. I like to take time and pray over my upcoming year. I pray that the events, meetings, and activities on my calendar reflect God’s will for my life. I do this because I used to fill my days with pointless activities that were meant to reflect my attachment to the world (and void of any eternal value). Now, I ask myself how I can make a real difference – how I can be intentional about telling someone about Jesus – or at a minimum, showing Jesus’ love to someone else just by my actions. J

I have written down a few verses below that may help you welcome in the New Year! God’s best for you in 2017!


Psalm 95:1-2

Psalm 100:1-3

Romans 15:13

Jeremiah 29:11

Happy Thanksgiving!! Verses on being thankful!


I am so grateful to God for who He is, and how He has cared for each one of us this last year. I have put together 5 scripture verses for us to recite, meditate on, and even memorize this season where ever you are sister!! Happy Thanksgiving!

“…Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; His love endures forever.”     Psalm 106:1

“We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks, for your name is near…”  Psalm 75:1

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name…” Psalm 100:4

“I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.”  Psalm 7:17

“…give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18


Are you a good news person?


“I have got great news!” Don’t you love hearing those words? I know I do. There seem to be two types of people in this world; those who usually have good news to share and those who generally have bad news to share. This is not to say that “good news” people don’t have sad news to share once in awhile, but they are able to see God’s hand in what is going on and bounce back. “Bad news” people are full of self-pity and blame, and cannot see what God may be doing in the big picture. Each time you talk to them, life sounds so bleak.

When Christ’s birth was being announced it was good news:

“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.’” Luke 2:10

And when Jesus started preaching around age 30, He had lots of good new to share: the poor were blessed, the kingdom of God belonged to the children, and he was never going to forsake us!!

Consider today how you can become a good news person!

Hands and Feet of Christ


Have you ever thought about the exact words Jesus used when he called his disciples into ministry? He didn’t say: “watch me, emulate me, copy me, study me, mimic me, or be me”. Instead, Jesus said “Follow me”.

That clearly says only one thing to me…get up and get moving! Being a disciple of Jesus doesn’t allow us the fortune of sitting around or sitting around shooting the breeze with our friends. Even when Isaiah was called by God into ministry in Isaiah Chapter 6, he told God “Here am I, send me”. And lastly Jonah was asked by God to go to Nineveh and speak. Working for God means being on your feet and serving. Begin praying today that God would both lead you where to serve and give you the strength to serve. Blessings!