A Secure Perspective!

You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  (Matthew 5:14-16)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old is gone.  The new has come.  (2 Corinthians 5:17)

To often, we define ourselves by what man, the culture, or what our circumstances tell us we are.    Instead, stand firm on who your Lord says you are!

Your never too old to have a happy childhood!


Jesus said: “I tell you the truth unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”  (Matthew 18:3)

God truly has a sense of humor.  We spend our childhood working towards becoming adults, just to discover as adults, that we should have stayed childlike.

Matthew took some great notes as he followed Jesus around.  The notes were so highly regarded by the Lord, that he allowed them to make his book.  His book which is to be our life study guide, the Bible.  Within Matthew’s notes, we also find more copious text which appears in red.  The red draws our eyes to it, sets it apart from the rest of the text, and denotes it as being even more important.  Most of the bible does not have this red text.  Only the New Testament books contain the red text, because the red text denotes the words of our Saviour and our Lord, King Jesus.

As followers of Jesus, it’s very important to pay attention to what he says, because His words give us keys to our destiny, our freedom, and our life’s meaning.  Our final destination is Heaven, but our lifetime on Earth is our journey in getting there.  Surely, if we are focused on getting to Heaven, we must pay even more attention to the scriptures that give us hints as to how that is to be accomplished.

Jesus, says in Matthew 18:3, that we must become like little children in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  That implores us to understand that in his eyes, we are not like children, we have become and behave like adults.   This is very confusing.   We are adults who in Jesus’ words, need to become like little children.   Most of us have been working towards becoming more “mature” and adultlike because we have been raised to believe this is the proper way to live.   Now we find out after we have become adults, that we shouldn’t have become adults, but instead should have stayed as little children.   That’s a mind-bender.   God surely has created us to physically, emotionally and spiritually grow, but at the same time, we are to stay like children?  Jesus says that its a requirement, not a suggestion, that we become childlike or we will NEVER enter Heaven.  How do we do this?  How do we spiritually, physically, and emotionally grow, yet become like little children?

Jesus’ implies that we have lost something in our process of becoming adults that we need to restore. God has designed us to grow and to mature, so we can’t help but become adults.  However, we are also to understand that even as much as we are growing older and maturing we need to submit, surrender and trust our Father.    We must be dependant upon Him.

One of our greatest barriers to dependence on God is our strive for independence.    In our journey to adulthood,  we have lived our lives trying to and becoming an independent and self-sufficient individual.  In this journey, we have built platforms that enable us to be confident in our own thoughts and abilities and to rely less and less on our one true Father.  Now as adults, seeking the Lord and his Kingdom, we discover that this journey has been in vain and these platforms are not secure, but truthfully instead,  are very dangerous.  These platforms deceive us into believing that all is good and secure when truly things are very bad and very shaky.  These platforms are indeed lifting us up, but not to the right place, nor to the right people.  They are elevating us up in front of our own eyes and maybe those of the culture that surrounds us, but they are not elevating us up in front of the eyes of our Father.

So pay attention to Jesus’ words, and go to him in reverence and humility.  Apologize for becoming adultlike and ask him to make you childlike.  Ask him to reveal to you where you have built false platforms and ask him to remove them.  Ask him to show you how to build platforms that are secure only in him.   Be willing to give up your adulthood to become more childlike.  Don’t wait, but do this today.  Your freedom, your destiny and your life’s journey depends upon it.

Tell your story and TRUST God will provide the words!


I was given the opportunity this week to speak in front of the attendees of the Inspirational Breakfast we have monthly in our office. Dustin (the leader of our KW Southlake Market Center) had opened the door and I received it. I was not sure what God wanted to chat about and he did not give me much revelation as he has in the past when I have been given opportunities to speak. At the end of the day, it was pretty clear that he wanted me to chat about God, Family and Business and the importance of that alignment.

I’m not a natural when it comes to public speaking, actually instead fairly shy and insecure when it comes to this. Usually, I have had to take much time and study to “prepare” for such an invitation, and as much as I felt responsible to prepare I was not really inspired to do that this time. The Lord has given me several opportunities to speak, and most of the time I would spend hours in prayer and study getting ready for what He wanted me to share. Not only so I would be solid in my teaching, but also making sure that I was in alignment with his will. If I’m speaking for God, I better take time with him so that I know what HE wants to say, and not on what I want to say. I didn’t change my approach this time, as I prayed constantly to the Lord for a direction and a script, but the only thing he gave me was “God, Family, Business” which is actually appropriate considering these are the values that Keller William professes.

Although, God did not give me a clear script, this did not rattle me “too much”, however, I would be lying to say I wasn’t nervous. But I had experienced God enough to know that if I am within his will, he does honor his word. His word says in Matthew 10:19-20 “Do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but The Spirit of your Father speaking in you.” As much as he did give me a few idea’s on what he wanted me to share, he did not give me a structure or a strategy, so I really had no choice but to depend upon him. I got up early to pray, worship and study. He did give me a few topics to think about during this time but no real depth. Not really enough to build an hour of engaging content. It was my heart that all who were there would experience God and be engaged, the last thing I wanted to happen is to disgrace God and bore his audience.

Well, I was a little nervous, but kept going back to the Lord. Knowing that if it was his desire that I was there, which I was convinced it was, that he truly would share what he wanted heard. I just needed to be his vessel. He has given me plenty of stories to tell, so even if I shared some personal experiences, I knew that it may be enough to go forward. So when it was time, I stepped in front of the group and shared about alignment with God and the importance of keeping him in the forefront.   That family comes behind God and if we do these two things our business will also be blessed. I intermingled some life experiences in this and personal testimony. Honestly, I can’t remember what I really said, but at the end of the hour, I guess it went pretty well. The people who were there said they enjoyed what I had to say and I even received 2 encouraging notes afterward.

It truly is my heart to walk out my destiny with the Lord. I believe he wants all of us to jump on this adventure with him and take risks. He wants us to learn who we are in him so that we can live to the full potential that he has designed us for. Many of us are stuck. We are stuck trying to figure out who we are to our family, our friends, our co-workers, our boss, our clients and to ourselves, which leaves very little time, if any, for figuring out who we are to God. The first step towards figuring this out is surrender and trust. Two VERY big steps towards God. I can’t say those steps are easy, but I can testify that once practiced a few times, God is faithful and does show up EVERY time and it does get easier.

There is only one route to take in this quest to discover our personal destiny and that is to surrender all that we know, to all we are to be in him.

As a side note, Dustin has now asked that I take the lead for this breakfast going forward, so apparently, God wants to keep me in that role and He has more to say.  Go God!


Rouse yourself, the angel armies are here!

“And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then rouse yourself, for then the Lord has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.”‭‭ 2 Samuel‬ ‭5:24‬ ‭ESV‬‬


In this passage, David was ordered by the Lord to fight the Philistines.  David knew that this was going to be a tremendous fight so he asked the Lord for the strategy he would need to win this battle.  The Lord told him to wait and to listen.  Listen for the sound of the marching on top of the balsam trees.  He told David that when he heard this sound it was time to move out, it was time to go into battle because the Lord would be before him striking down his enemy.

We can learn a few things from this passage.   First of all, that the Lord is going to send us into battle.   This is no surprise because for many of us it seems we are fighting some sort of battle every day.  These battles may come in the form of illness, financial difficulties, marriage troubles, problems with our children, issues at work, unemployment and numerous other ways.  Often times we feel like we are alone and that God isn’t paying attention.   These battles may have us facing an intimidating foe who has us questioning our ability to win.   This was likely how David felt as he was overlooking the massive camp of the Philistines.

The Lord understands our concern.   He put us in the battle, so He will give us the strategy to win it if we ask him to and if we are willing to obey him.   Most of us understand prayer, but we don’t always engage prayer in our battles.     We get distracted, we panic, or we may even feel hopeless.   We second guess the power of prayer,  remembering that we have prayed many times before, and it didn’t seem that God answered, so we wonder if our prayers even work.   Often times, it’s our expectation of how the battle should be won that gets in the way of our acceptance of Gods answer.  Instead of praying for Gods strategy, we give him our own solution and then ask him to work it out for us.  I’m not saying we shouldn’t pray for what we need, but at the same time, we need to be open to listening for and excepting Gods strategy, because it’s likely very different from our expectations.   I’m fairly certain that David didn’t expect God’s answer to be to wait until he hears marching on top of the balsam tree’s.    I imagine David’s thought was “Really God?  I’m going to hear marching on top of the balsam trees? That’s my signal? That’s your answer?”   That was a very strange strategy indeed, and certainly not one that David likely thought of.

At this point, David had a choice to make.  He could wait and listen for the “marching on top of the balsam trees”, he could move ahead with his own strategy or he could turn his army around and run away from the battle altogether.   Going back to his troops and telling them the strange answer God gave him must have caused him some distress as I’m sure many of his men questioned Gods response.    David’s challenges weren’t much different than ours today.  He was human.  He had his own thoughts and outside influences that impacted the decisions he made.  However, in this instance, even though the answer was strange, he decided to trust what God said and not on his own understanding.  That is key to winning battles with God.

In the heat of battle, most of us want to avoid pain so we look for the path of least resistance. Our humanness will override our confidence in God, so in spite of what we may have heard from God, and even though deep in our hearts we want to trust him, we chose to take our own action.   We do this over and over again, re-enforcing our own way of thinking.  Which is why when we are faced with a fight where the victory is beyond our abilities, we become afraid.   We are afraid because our humanness, our own way of thinking, cannot create a successful outcome without God’s help.   But we haven’t practiced listening to God and trusting his ways enough to know that He is a good God and will show up for us.  We may lift up a prayer, but we aren’t confident that God will respond, and if he does, we question his answer.

Confidence in God comes by practicing faith.  David didn’t rise to become king without learning to trust in the Lord.  He was given battle after battle, opportunities from God to make choices.  To choose to pray, to listen and to obey.   David made mistakes all of the time, he was often making decisions of the flesh that cost him dearly.  But in this case, he chose to listen to God and wait for his signal.    As a result, God fought the battle for him and his enemy was destroyed.

The sound of the marching was the evidence that God was moving.   He had directed his angel armies to move ahead of David’s army into battle.   What a sound that must have been.  I have never heard marching on top of trees before, but I’m sure it was powerful.  It must have been powerful enough not only for David to hear it, but also his army.   Giving them all confidence that the Lord was moving on their behalf.   You see, God wants us to experience his power.  He wants us to know that he is mighty and strong and fighting on our behalf.   He wants to build our confidence in his ways.  He wants us to know that we should not rely on our own abilities but instead should depend upon his.  But we can only experience this power if we practice surrendering our own ways, and instead, pray, listen and obey.

So the next time you are presented with a battle, try not to depend upon your own solution.   Instead, pray and allow God to give you his unexpected answer.  Move ahead only when he tells you to go, and then watch his power appear to destroy your enemy and to win your battle.

Lift your head – it ain’t over yet.  Your super hero is coming!

Its all about the ability to sustain through darkness and pressure when God isn’t answering prayers and your dreams seem to be passing by like clouds in a high wind.     Its all about the ability to believe when time after time your heart gets hit with unfulfilled promises and desires.  Its all about seeing the light when the room is completely dark.  Its all about knowing that the prosperity will come when the creditors are at the door and the bank accounts are empty.  Its all about getting up and moving forward when every ounce of energy has been drained from your body because of hardship, heartache, and high water. Our body is broken, our mind says give up, but that deep still voice in our soul says “get up, don’t quit!”

I believe in the underdog.  I love hardship to victory stories.    My favorite stories to read and favorite movies to watch are those where the underdog is backed into a corner with no way out, the enemy has them trapped, all of their resources are gone, they are barely holding on to life, and just when it seems the story is over, the hero miraculously arrives, destroys the enemy and the underdog is rescued.  I love those stories and so does God.

Most of us, especially those of us who have grown up in America, have lived very good lives. I’m not minimizing the fact that many of us have had to work through sickness, heartache,  death of close relatives and friends, job loss, etc.  But compared to other parts of the world where people are fighting for food, water, clothes and even their lives, our hardships really aren’t that bad.    Most of us, if we were brought to those countries and given a choice between the hardship we are dealing with and living waterless, foodless lives in these other countries, we would take our hardship and be grateful.  The problem is that when we are in a deep hole of pain, we can’t appreciate the pain and the loss of others.  We instead get isolated and trapped in our own brokenness, we feel like there is no way out and we are out of resources and we spiral into darkness.

Don’t lose hope, instead believe.  It is in our darkest moments when our true super hero will arrive.   The super hero who overcame death can come to save you.  The super hero who can walk on water and calm storms loves you beyond measure.  The super hero who can overcome every affliction, every disease, every loss, can also give you a brand new life.   Jesus loves to rescue those who are in their darkest moments and renew their spirit and heal their soul, so don’t give up, instead believe in your super hero.  Don’t quit, it ain’t over yet!  Lift up your head and call on Jesus.

United we stand, in God we trust, in Jesus we believe.

There are many American waking up this morning finding relief and a renewed hope from the presidential election results and many other’s waking up with fear and discontentment.  As much as I am one of the ones feeling hope today, I also empathize with the latter, as it was only eight years ago I too had those discontent feelings after waking up and finding the election went to President Obama.

I believe in God the Father, the Creater of heaven and earth and in Jesus Christ his only son.  I believe in Him with all of my heart, my soul and my mind and my strength, even more than ever today.  Because the battles of the past 8 years with Obama as the leader, the past 18 months of the election process, and the election battle last night has caused me to press in to my Lord more then ever.

8 years ago, I was discouraged and afraid for myself, my family and my country.  I was afraid because the country seemed to be drifting further and further away from values that were rooted in those who founded our country.  Men and women who gave their lives for freedom and to dedicate this country to God.   I could see that although God loves America and its people, that if we continued to turn away from him, he would have no choice but to allow the consequences of our choices pave a pathway away from his grace and protection and into darkness.   Living in darkness would be miserable, and I feared this potential demise.

Thank the Lord that I wasn’t alone.  There were many, many citizens like me who felt that same way, but who also believed in God’s promises.  They believed in Gods word and stood on it.  They took this scripture from 2 Chronicles 7:14 which said ” 14 Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” and stood upon it.   They reminded each other of Gods goodness and love and inspired each other to join together in unity.   The stood convicted that if we had enough of us joining together, believing in Gods goodness, praying for his mercy, and reflecting his love to others that God would hear the prayers and change the course of this land.

It has been a very long 8 years and the election battle was tough. Many, many times it seemed as if the battle was not going to end in our favor but we did not give up.  Instead, we joined together believing, trusting and praying to a God that we know loves this country and his people. In the final 3 days, many, many  people gave up food and water and prayed without ceasing in dedication to the recovery of this land.   We did not know how God would answer, but we did know that prayer and unity and believing just might change the course of his decision and I believe it did.

Today, there is a new life in this country.  There is a new passion rising up.  The poor and the weak and the forgotten have spoken and said, we want a new leader and we want a new direction.   They have the new leader in place.    The old establishment has been broken

Jesus saved two lives today in south Dallas.


Meet Samuel.  This man has been part of a gang since he was a young teenager in south Chicago.  He has lived his whole life as part of this gang, rising to the rank of #3 in charge.  This is not a good life.   In fact, he was just recently released from prison after serving 28 years for murder.

Samuel didn’t start out this morning planning on being introduced to a Godly lady from Dallas.  He didn’t start out this morning with an eye on meeting Jesus.  Actually, his plan was the direct opposite of that.  He was headed to confront a man who had done him wrong, and the consequences of this confrontation likely would have been deadly.  Fortunately for Samuel, God got in the way of his plans today.

Early this morning, before the sun was up,  The Lords Hands and Hearts crew was in south Dallas setting up tents and preparing for their weekly ministry outreach to the homeless in that area.   As she was working, Leann, the founder of the ministry, noticed a man walking towards her, he seemed emotionally unsettled and was without shoes.  It wasn’t uncommon to see men in distress in this neighborhood, in fact, it was men like this the ministry was trying to reach.  So Leann did what she always does, she greeted the man and invited him into the ministry camp.  Samuel didn’t say a word and followed her in.  They sat down in chairs next to a campfire and she attempted to engage him in conversation, but he did not look at her, nor speak.   Other members of the ministry came over to minister to him too, sharing words of encouragement and trying to get him to open up.  The words touched his heart and tears flowed down his cheek, but he still wouldn’t look at them or engage in conversation.    Although Samuel was tough, Leann didn’t give up.  She continued to talk with him sharing words of hope, faith and love.    Leann’s husband Bobby noticed Samuel was without shoes, so he found him some socks and even gave him his own boots.  All this generosity was received by Samuel, but he still wasn’t willing yet to engage.  He just stared at the campfire.   Leann took a short break, and then came back.  She got in his face and gave him a BIG smile.  It was a smile so big and bright that Samuel couldn’t help but smile back.  This gave Leann hope so she continued to engage, finally, Samuel started to open up.  He shared about the confrontation he was headed to, and he was upset about it.  It really  wasn’t something he wanted to do.  He had just spent 28 years in jail and he didn’t want to go back.  Leann shared hope and reminded him that he had a choice.  He did not have to do this, he could choose not to do it.  Samuel thought about this, but as a high ranking officer in his gang, not following through with this order was not an easy choice to make.   The consequences weighed heavily on his mind.  Leann continued to share hope for several minutes, and Samuel just couldn’t ignore her BIG smile.  He sat and listened but after a while became unsettled again and told Leann that he would soon have to go.   Leann stated that he was free to go, but if he was going to follow through on his plan he must leave the boots because they are very special boots.  They are her husband Bobby’s boots and Bobby is a pastor.    She went on to tell Samuel that if he took the boots, they were to be worn as boots of peace.  Samuel considered those words, and knew she was serious about this.  He wasn’t ready to give up the boots yet, so he stayed a little longer.  As he sat in his chair, Leann continued to share encouraging words and the other team members also came around Samuel in support.  They fed him breakfast and loved up on him.

After a while, Samuel accepted an invitation from my husband Jim to talk about his situation and to discuss other alternatives.  Jim listened to Samuel’s life story and then opened up the bible and started to tell him about the love of God and Jesus.  He shared about how as a young man he to had lived a very tough life, constantly in and out of trouble.   It was so tough that he really didn’t believe he would live past 30, but God had other plans for him.  On a day when Jim was very desperate, God heard his pleas and sent a young lady to tell him about Jesus.  Her words gave him hope in his heart and it wasn’t long after that Jim gave his life to Christ.  Jim shared that when he chose Jesus that God gave him a brand new life.   He shared about Jesus’ promises of a new life for those who made the choice to turn from their old life of sin and accept Him as their savior.   He shared John 11:25-26 ” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” and Romans 10:8 “But what does it say?  “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved!   Samuel listened and heard the words of truth.  He really didn’t want to go back to his old life, but it was the only life he really knew.  Jim continued to share the gospel of Jesus’ love.   Samuel knew in his heart that it was time to change from his old life and to live a different way.  He was tired of the old life and was ready to receive the gift that Jesus was willing to give him of a new life.   So, Samuel made the decision to accept Jesus into his life today and not to confront the man who had wronged him.  Halleluiah!!

What an amazing testimony of the goodness of God.  Samuel came into camp today thinking that by noon he would be in a deadly confrontation, which was why he was so distressed.  But God had different plans.  God knew that deep in his heart Samuel really didn’t want to live that life anymore, so he put people in front of him who would reflect His love and let him know that he had other options.   As a result, Samuel received that love and opened his heart to Jesus.  By doing this, he may not only saved the life of the man he was going to confront, but even more amazingly he saved his own life FOR ETERNITY.

How great is our God?!!  🙂   It truly was an unbelievable thing to experience.  I have never met a high level gang member before, and certainly not one on his way to deadly situation, and  then who instead of moving forward with his plan, had a collision with God.

Praise the Lord.  God is certainly moving through The Lords Hearts and Hands ministry and I’m blessed to serve beside them.  So much so, that I can’t wait to go back next week!

Here is a link to a short video about Samuel.