Friends with God Podcast Ep-006 How to Know and Make Peace:Blessed are the Peacemakers

There was time in my adult life where I didn’t believe in Heaven. It seemed like a load of you know what to me that people believed in to make their hearts feel happier when life got hard. There was another time in my life when I gave up on prayer completely. The weight of all the evil in the world hit a little too close to home and I found myself thinking what’s the point?  Then there was the time I felt the most powerless in the world, had little hope, and wanted answers…But I didn’t stay there…Obvs.

In this episode of the Friends with God podcast we take a look at how Jesus ended the Beatitudes. “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God.” Sons of God receive the inheritance. I am here to testify how I met Jesus as Prince of Peace, and the hope that comes with it.  The conclusion to the beatitudes has so much encouragement in them. I hope you enjoy!

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The Peacemakers are called sons of God. Sons and daughters receive the inheritance. Tune in to find out what we should expect and why we might not be feeling very "blessed"
Jesus says peacemakers are called sons of God. Sons get the inheritance. These glorious riches include mercy, vision, more hope, power, and lots more. Why aren’t more people living this kind of life? They might not be a peacemaker yet. Tune in to the podcast and be encouraged by how Jesus ends the Beatitudes.

FWG 004 Learning to Trust God;Meekness

Steps to trusting God.

Learning to trust God can be Really. Really. Really. HARD!! Meekness is how we do that. In this episode we take a look at what meekness is and the role it plays in the life of the believer. It’s my favorite thing to talk about because it’s how we learn God is good. It’s my opinion that seeking meekness is the game changer in the believer’s life!

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FWG Episode 03: Preacher Man Chats: Is Friendship with God Possible?

In this episode of the Friends With God podcast, I interview a special guest, Jason Britt, pastor of Bethlehem Church in Winder, GA.  Friendship with God is the name of my podcast and blog, but is it even possible? It’s not something you see a lot in scripture. Friendship with Jesus, yes. But what about friendship with God? Tune in to find out! Jason and his wife, Nan, have been such a blessing to our church and community. I love their heart for Christ and community! I can’t wait to hear how this message impacts you and how you view God.

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Episode 001: Finding the Humanity of Jesus; A Beatitudes Study

Finding the Humanity in Jesus.
Struggle with relating to Jesus as a human? Me too! Not anymore!


Welcome to the Friends with God podcast! In this episode we begin a five part series on finding the humanity of Jesus in the Beatitudes. Raised in church, I had trouble separating “super hero” Jesus in my mind. My life began changing when the gospel stories became facts about the person of Jesus Christ. It’s my hope you are able to trust Jesus with more parts of your life after this study on the Beatitudes!

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Praying for ya’ll!



Have troubles relating to Jesus? Me Too! Not anymore.
Finding the humanity of Jesus changed my time in the word. It’s my hope it helps change yours!


#FiveMinuteFriday: Connect


I don’t always want to connect. I mean I do, but sometimes I don’t want to put in the effort it takes to connect. Sometimes, I want to be a lazy friend, a lazy wife, a lazy mom, a lazy church lady.

Connections. Take. Effort.

With my family, friends, God, bloggers, social media. ect….it’s takes time to connect. However big or small the connection may be still requires some sort of effort.

But that’s not how God has called me to live. He hasn’t called me to not put in any effort.  God’s people are worth it.  God’s church is worth it.  My friends are worth it.  I am worth it.

Connections are what build relationships. Connections are what make people realize we aren’t alone.

Connections are what remind us God is extremely relational. Tweet That

When we fail to connect…we disconnect.

That is a dangerous place to be.  That leads to isolation and idle thinking with yourself.  You know, that whole devil’s playground mess.  I don’t know about you, but my mind can go to crazy places!

I need connections with God, family, friends, and social media (Yes, social media…I’m a huge fan) to remind me the world is bigger than me.

Take the time and put in the effort to connect this weekend! Actually get up and go to church, call a friend, have dinner with a family member.  You and the people around you are worth it!

Hebrews 10:25-Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encourage one another!

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for Jesus and allowing us a way to always connect with you! You are everything.

In Jesus name,


Wrecked Again


Last week Jesus wrecked me.  We’re talking crying in the kitchen..arms raised..tears flowing…kids looking at me like I’m crazy wrecked me.  I was overwhelmed by the goodness of God and his faithfulness.  I was humbled as Sweet Jesus revealed some ugly in my heart.

The ugly was unbelief…or partial belief.  Whatever it was, I pray it doesn’t stay there in Jesus name.

Like many good and moral people we adopted a girl through Food for the Hungry.  I say moral because even people who don’t love Jesus agree that poverty is a problem.  But, I’m an awful sponsor.  I’ve yet to send a letter or stickers or anything.  We pay our monthly sponsorship and pray for her.  That’s it.

If I’m really honest, I enjoy the opportunity that comes with the letters about the less fortunate to teach my privileged children to think of others.  Yes,  we try to practice what we preach and this is my effort to teach my children to think globally.

We would pray for her somewhat frequently at meals and at times before bed.  Our prayers would be very generic: Provide for her and her family. Make a way for them.  Help her to love and know you with her whole heart, soul, mind, and strength.  Bring her family out of poverty. God, there is no poverty in Heaven, I pray there is no poverty in her life.

These prayers were more of an act of obedience than an act of faith.  I know God moves.  I’ve seen it.  I just didn’t expect Him to do this.

I received a letter in the mail explaining that our girl was no longer in the program.  My immediate thought was… Oh no, she  died!

Then I continue to read that the was family has been economically rehabilitated.

I started geeking out because this is what I’ve been praying for.  Unbelief quickly crept in as my  next thoughts were… Oh no, this is probably worse!  Now they are only on their own.  She’ll be without the resources the program was supplying.  She’s  probably in a worse place!

Then Holy Spirit kicked in gently reminded me of the God I serve.  Father. Forgive. Me.  He is NOT a God that does half-ies!

He doesn’t save us half way, redeem us half-way, set us half-free.  The god of halfway isn’t the God of the Bible.

I serve  the God that makes a way through Jesus Christ.  I serve a God of completeness.  I follow the King Jesus that says “It is finished.”

FATHER FORGIVE ME!  Of course she’s not dead, of course you rescued her!  Of course you brought her out of poverty.  Of course you did because you are faithful and good.  I prayed in Jesus name that you would prepare a way for work for her family… so in Jesus name YOU DID.

Father God forgive my unbelief!  Praise and tears came later because my faith had NOTHING to do with God answering my prayer.  I had a mustard seed size faith while praying for a sweet girl in the Philippines out of poverty.

Going all Nancy Drew on the situation, I called the organization to learn that her community had not left the program… only her family.  God had made a way for her family to become economically rehabilitated, just like I had prayed with my mustard seed size faith.

Needless to say my mustard seed size faith is a little larger.  It makes me want to pray more!  I will be praying for families and countries to come out of poverty.  I’ll be praying that today God is putting things in motion to supply jobs and whatever else needs to be done to remove poverty from this country.  He answered my prayer with little faith.  It makes me wonder what happens when I pray with actual faith.

Praying for global issues is a huge act of faith.  There is usually no way to know if God is doing anything with them and you may never see any of the fruit.

It’s fair to think, What’s the point?  Why should I even waste my time on them?  Am I even suppose to pray for that?

My answer is ABSOLUTELY!  Looking at the life of Jesus, you see that He performed miracles over the natural, physical, and spiritual.  HE showed the glory of God and heaven through these demonstrations of power.

In the Lord’s prayer Jesus prays the words, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.” Matthew 6:10

Jesus says thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.  Well… Heaven is perfect and full of God’s glory.  That tells me that I’m to pray for God’s glory to come to Earth in natural, physical, and spiritual ways.

Watching how Jesus lived stretches my prayer life from my needs and wants to praying for the world’s needs.

His first miracle was turning water into wine.  There was a need/problem and Jesus solved the problem using power from Heaven.   Only God can turn water into wine.

He does this because it increases the faith of the people who believe in Him as well as draws people closer to Him as a picture of hope.  This is the same for 2016.

I’ve prayed that God would PLEASE help my kids go to sleep. My faith wasn’t increased when the babes went to sleep. That would happen eventually without God.

Most people want their faith to increase, but spend no time praying prayers that require any faith!

Praying for world issues can very much seem like words being thrown into the air.  Thankfully, we serve a merciful God who throws a bone every now and again to remind and encourage us who we are because of Christ Jesus.

You might be thinking, Then why doesn’t God just end poverty?  My answer is I don’t know.  We live in a fallen world and it need Jesus everywhere.

But I do know that Alyza was in poverty, I prayed God would bring her out of poverty, and she’s out of poverty.  End of story in my book.  Beginning of story in hers.

Dear Heavenly Father,

I thank you that are a God who hears the prayers and cries of your people.  I pray you come down and make your glory known in the lives of your people.  Help us to be kingdom minded and see the areas that need you.  Help us to know you and your heart more deeply, so that we know how to pray for those you love.

Thank you Jesus. You are everything,

In your name,


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