Monday, March 3, 2014

Keep Making Me



My Prayer is nothing less than the lyrics of Sidewalk Prophets 
"Keep Making Me"

Make me broken
So I can be healed
‘Cause I’m so calloused
And now I can’t feel
I want to run to You
With heart wide open
Make me broken

Make empty
So I can be filled
‘Cause I’m still holding
Onto my will
And I’m completed
When you are with me
Make me empty

[Chorus:]
‘Til You are my one desire
‘Til You are my one true love
‘Til You are my breath, my everything
Lord, please keep making me

Make me lonely
So I can be Yours
‘Til I want no one
More than You, Lord
‘Cause in the darkness
I know You will hold me
Make me lonely

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Amazon Publishing Launches Christian Imprint: WHEN YOU NEED A MIRACLE




I am SO thrilled to be a part of the new Amazon Publishing imprint, Waterfall Press. Praying that God will work mightily through the publications! Coming in April: WHEN YOU NEED A MIRACLE...The Seven Secrets of Faith!




Secrets of Faith from the Founder of ScriptureNow.com 
and Author of the eBook Bestseller Waiting on God.

Life often feels full of impossible tasks—needs you can’t meet, wrongs you can’t forgive, obstacles you can’t overcome. And in the midst of these crushing challenges, you’re supposed to have faith in a God you cannot see? Yet, if you walk in faith, you’ll find God paving a path full of miracles and blessings through all of your trials—if you trust Him, no matter what.
However fearful or horrible your situations become, remember God has allowed them—or even placed you within them—for a reason: to give you an opportunity to ground your faith in Him. It is only when you’re at a total loss, only when you have no recourse but to fall to your knees and cry out for His intervention, that’s when miracles happen.
Through a decade of pain and suffering, bestselling author Cherie Hill discovered how God meets her exactly where she needs Him. Now it’s your turn to learn how life’s trials are just an overture to His miracles.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Faith's First Aid

Life has its way of driving us into despair and testing our faith in ways we wish it wouldn’t. We can find ourselves so troubled by the circumstances of our lives that we easily forget Jesus has assured us that we will have trouble (John 16:33) and that He’s commanded us NOT to be “troubled” (John 14:10). Our state of distress, affliction, difficulty, or need, tends to cause our faith to hemorrhage until our faith flatlines—our faith is in desperate need of “first aid.”

We live in a fallen world, so we can be certain that troubles will come, but if your faith is prepared with “first aid,” you can keep life’s circumstances from severing your relationship with God and infecting your peace and joy. Whether you’re going through a divorce, suffering financial failures, or struggling to live through diagnosis of cancer, God is able to mend your heart and bring about greater glory than you can imagine. The key is being prepared so that you don’t panic. But just in case you do, and life’s challenges get the best of you, Faith’s First Aid is this: Keep your problems in perspective, God’s perspective.

We tend to allow life to control us instead of trusting in the One who oversees and controls our lives. And God’s perspective changes everything. When we’re driven to our knees, we have nowhere to look but up, and when we’re looking up, God’s grace pours down. It’s when difficulties start to dissect our faith, we need to clearly understand that we can prevent its destruction by simply doing what Jesus told us to do, “Let not your heart be troubled.” If we’ve been commanded to do something, we have both the capacity and power to do it. We may not “feel” like obeying, but obedience is not about yielding our will to God’s. It’s a choice to control our feelings and emotions in order that we might walk firmly in our faith so that we might experience God’s glory. It will never be easy, so don’t expect that it will be. You’ll find yourself at the feet of Jesus more often than you ever thought would be necessary, but there’s a reason you’re there. God’s perspective allows us to see that “all things work together for good.” And we can only come to embrace that truth if we’re given the opportunity to experience those things that we’d never imagine could or would be used for good—heartbreak, suffering, pain and emptiness. And realize this: God doesn’t work all things together for good “when” we want Him to, and “how” we want Him to. It’s all in His perfect way and his perfect timing.

When we’re in the place “in between,” where the pain has not yet been used for gain, we can follow the example of David in 1 Samuel 30:6 and “encourage ourselves in the Lord.”

“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.”

David made the choice to “not let his heart be troubled.” He had every reason to be troubled beyond comprehension, as the circumstances that lied before him were unthinkable. When life’s troubles were too overwhelming, David sought the Lord, a word from Him, and then he encouraged himself in God’s faithfulness. He trusted God and he became king within 48 hours. Be assured of this: God is full of surprises. And He can move suddenly, in an instant, without notice…and every trouble you face will be trumped with His triumph over them.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Bust Out


Sometimes there are movies that are so analogous to your own life that they move you to tears and rip your heart wide open...while mending it all at the same time. "The Hurricane" with Denzel Washington did just that as I grasped the deep and powerful message within the true story depicted in the movie. Everyone needs to see this movie, it's more than a story about injustice, it's about what happens within a person when they transcend it. And that's what a life of faith is all about.

I couldn't help but reflect upon my own life as I watched the pain that consumed an innocent man as he spent nearly 20 years behind prison bars. I've been behind prison bars, not literal ones. I'm guessing you're within prison walls too, or you've been so in the past, they're just walls no one can see. You might be imprisoned by fears, doubt, addictions, sin, or the sins of others...they may not be literal walls, but they're just as real. And the only thing that will bust you out is the love of God.

"Hate put me in prison. Love's gonna bust me out." ~Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

The thing is...when you're in a prison that has no visible walls, it's easy to give into what binds you up. But Rubin "Hurricane" Carter reminds us of what we need to remember in our faith:

"It's very important to transcend places that hold us."

And what we find, as we take a look at our lives and the bars we daily sit behind, is that our prison walls are often "built upon a foundations of lies." We give up and give in to our circumstances instead of transcending them. And it's only the Word of God, given to us out of His love, that will bust us out. Because when we're asked why we believe, it's His Promises that enable us to believe even without the fullest extent of proof. Faith goes beyond that. When Rubin "Hurricane" Carter asked Lesra why he "believed" him, without proof, he replied, "I just know." And that's what our faith must live on, the fact that we just "know." We know truth, so we can fully trust God, even while we're behind bars. Even when our heart is breaking and injustice reigns.

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter faced judgement when he was behind bars and when he was on the other side of them. We all will face that judgment by others. God busts us out, and others want to judge how, when, why and where He did it. People "think" they know what you're living/lived through and take it upon themselves to judge your guilt or innocence. They choose to play God in an attempt, whether consciously or not, to throw you back into prison. Yet, what they don't realize is that something happens within the soul, when you're suffering through your own personal hell, something that transcends even the harshest judgment:
 
I reflect on Mr. Carter's words so powerfully spoken as he sat imprisoned, an innocent man:

"I will bend time to my own clock. When the prison is awake, I will sleep. When they sleep, I will wake. I will live neither in their cell, nor in my own heart, only in my mind and my spirit."

It was nearly nineteen years, only I didn't recognize my jail walls until only ten years ago. And then the reality of my prison taught me to trust in the LOVE that would bust me out...God's love. I learned to "bend time to my own clock"...I didn't live in the cell that existed in my situation, nor in my own heart, I transcended by devoting myself to Christ in my mind and spirit. You can too. Whatever walls surround you, God's love can bust you out. And He will do it in the most unexpected way...as "The Hurricane" discovered, it was writing his story that set him free and helped him to transcend the place that held him. Through the years, I found God leading me to write, even as I sat for years, empty, behind the prison walls that were the my circumstances in life. It was God's way of setting me free, even as chains bound me. And His glory that is being daily revealed, as my ashes are made into beauty, is breathtaking. I daily fall to my knees in a silence that consumes my spirit and floods my soul.

Whatever you're going through right now, it may not be just; in fact, your circumstances may even seem far beyond redemption, but they are not. Whatever has caused you to be imprisoned by the walls that surround you, know that it's God's love that will bust you out!



Thursday, November 21, 2013

Waiting in Faith


The hard cold truth about faith is that you'll continually face fear and you'll constantly doubt and question whether or not God can be trusted. When you're faced with difficulties that linger on for months, years, even decades, you're sure to put God on the stand ... pain and suffering tends to cause us to question God's ways more than our own ... and we find ourselves debating as to whether or not God is still on His throne. When you're imprisoned by uncertainty and consumed with tendency to walk by sight, rather than by faith, know this: GOD IS WITH YOU. Even though you can't see Him, He's there...when you're uncertain if He cares, His love is unchanging and His grace is what will break open the gates of heaven to bless you in ways that you'll never fully grasp. Wait in faith. 

Our frustration tends to come from not being able to see what God is up to and we find ourselves convinced that He's not up to anything at all, because the evidence of our lives shows no evidence of it. If we only trust in what we "see," we'll never reap the miraculous blessings that can only come from the "unseen" realm. And life will continually bring us to places where there's no place to run and nowhere to hide. Our only escape is through God's grace, as we trust in His presence and power to give us the peace we need to walk in His will. (And His will always takes us into situations that are far beyond our control and ability to endure...God uses every desperate circumstance to drive us into His loving arms.) And as we struggle to trust, we'll find a million and one things that will distract us from our faith. We have to fix our eyes. Our perspective during our pain and sufferings of life changes everything, and we need to stay focused upon God continually so that we might see what He sees.


"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, 
but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, 
but what is unseen is eternal."
~2 Corinthians 4:18


Though we see our lives falling apart, as our heart is breaking to pieces, God sees a miracle waiting to happen. Whatever it is you're going through, God is setting the stage for a miracle as you trust in Him. Don't allow yourself to walk by sight. Know that every step of faith brings you closer to the blessings He has in store for you ... and you'll have to take steps of faith in His strength more often than in your own. Each and every day, you'll have to make the DECISION to trust God, because your feelings will tell you not to. You'll need to continually grab hold of God's promises to you and trust Him for them even when reality is telling you a miracle is impossible. (Just remember, it's only through impossibilities that miracles happen!) What you can't see is that God is working behind the scenes, orchestrating every detail of your life to perform a miracle that goes far beyond anything you can comprehend. Trust draws the curtain of heaven and the glory that will be revealed to you, in a very personal and intimate way, will forever assure you that God is with you.

 
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Standing Still



STAND STILL my soul, for so thy Lord commands:
Even when the way seems blocked, leave it in His wise hands;
His arm is mighty to divide the wave.
Stand still, "my soul, stand still" and thou shalt see
How God can work the impossible for thee,
For with a great deliverance He doth save.

Be not impatient, but in stillness stand,
Even when compassed round on every hand,
In ways thy spirit does not comprehend.
God cannot clear thy way till thou art still,
That he may work in thee His blessed will,
And all thy heart and will to Him do bend.

Be still, my soul, for just as thou art still,
Can God reveal Himself to thee; until
Through thee His love and light and life can freely flow;
In stillness God can work through thee and reach
The souls around thee. He then through thee can teach
His lessons, and His power in weakness show.

Be Still a deeper step in faith and rest.
Be still and know thy Father knoweth best
The way to lead His child to that fair land,
A summer land, where quiet waters flow;
Where longing souls are satisfied and know their God
and praise for all that He has planned.

~Streams in the Desert, L. B. Cowman
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

He is With You


The lyrics of He Is With Us powerfully speak the truth in our faith:

Our faith is sealed
Our hope is real
Come what may
We're not afraid
We can trust our God . . . Always.


Monday, June 3, 2013

MIRACLES in MOORE



God has led me to undertake a project of bringing the miracles that occurred through the horrific tornado that struck Moore, OK on May 20, 2013, to light by publishing a book that will be compiled of as many stories as I can collect. The book will be titled, "MIRACLES in MOORE" (Stories of Hope and Heroism). The book's first page will be a dedication in memory of the 24 lives lost (names and ages listed). 50% of the royalties will go to the OK STRONG DISASTER RELIEF FUND.

PLEASE help me in spreading the word about this project! I pray that it will bring glory to God by showing that in the midst of earth's wrath, God showed up. Please pray over this book and the people who endured tragedy beyond words.
Friday, May 31, 2013

Now Available in KOREAN! THE WAYS of GOD/WAITING on GOD



I shared earlier this year that God graciously blessed me with a contract from Kyujang Publishing, in Seoul Korea, to publish my entire book series . . . THE WAYS of GOD and WAITING on GOD was just released! A half page ad was run in the newspaper there and my collection of books is being called the "Touching Book Series." I have been told they are receiving an overwhelming positive response! Praise God! I am still in awe and pray that the people of Korea will be encouraged and strengthened in their faith through these books! Thank you for joining me in prayer for those in Korea!

Book displayed in my Subsidy Rights Manager's office in Korea!

Newspaper Ad in Korea!



Thursday, May 23, 2013

NEW! ScriptureNow.com



ScriptureNow.com has been reaching into over 30 countries around the world for nearly 10 years! Today, I launch the NEW ScriptureNow! Resources to encourage and strengthen your faith will be added regularly, and you can now access the BUILD YOUR FAITH page, complete with personal Scripture prayers that will speak directly to your circumstances. And as always, ScriptureNow offers the prayer page where you can submit your prayer request and receive Scriptures that speak directly to you! Spread the word of ScriptureNow and spread THE WORD!

*A special thank you to ALL of you around the world who prayed for me and the ministry, and took the time to email me, encouraging me and strengthening me along the way. You will never know the impact your prayers have had on this ministry and my personal life. God bless you all abundantly, beyond measure!


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