How to Shine with Conviction

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Are you convinced you can shine? I wasn’t until recently.  I’m sure I was convinced at one point, but life happens, people hurt us, and sin occurs.  Little by little I believed lies that I was only to shine my little light….a little.

There’s one problem with that; my light isn’t little and neither is yours.

Why aren’t we shining it with more conviction?  I stumbled upon a YouTube video of Marriane Williamson. She was speaking on the difference in people who hate and people who shine.  She said people who hate, hate with conviction.  They don’t hold back.

The truth in those words struck me to my core. She spoke about the power of God. She said the power of God is greater than hate.

This is absolutely true, but sometimes I forget. Hate is so obvious.  Hate is fueled by passion, hurt, anger, and evil.

It was this moment Holy Spirit dropped a truth bomb on me. I have NOT been shining with conviction. 

Why? Because of fear. What if I’m rejected? Or annoying? What about those people who think I’m wrong? What if I am wrong? What if I slip back into controlling things or let God down? What if I screw it up again? Is it sinful to put myself out there for Jesus? Is it a thing to shine too much?

I didn’t want to manipulate my light because it felt like I was manipulating the God in me. So I held back.  NEWS FLASH…I can’t manipulate God and neither can you.

He is God the Father, the Lord God Almighty, the Most High God, Lord, Jehovah, the Everlasting God, the Lord of Peace, the Lord of Host. He is God our Healer, Jehovah Raphe. He is God our Deliver, God our Hope. He is the Lord who Provides, the Lord who is There. He is the Lord our Righteousness. He is God our Redeemer. He is the Holy God, Sovereign Lord of the universe.

Phew…get’s me jacked.

He can’t be manipulated. I can’t screw this up, but  I can keep quiet and still…the opposite of those who hate with conviction.

He is our God and in the powerful name of Jesus we get to SHINE. FOR. HIM.

Matthew 5: 16- In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.

Find out how to Shine with Conviction.
Why aren’t we shining with conviction? People who hate don’t hesitate.

Hate and pain are LOUD! Let it be that we shine so brightly with CONVICTION that those hurting, affected by hate, can see Christ in us, and be reminded of the Father God we serve and the Jesus Christ who saved us.

I realized I was shining, but it certainly wasn’t with conviction.  I had been holding back because of fear of upsetting God and not shining the “right” way.  I believed another lie, fueled by fear.

Most people don’t shine with conviction because they aren’t convinced they can shine.  Tweet that

What are you hiding behind? Are you waiting to “get it together” or “stop sinning” before you shine? Don’t. Jesus talks about shining and doing good works, before he talks about sin and our shortcomings.  Don’t wait!

Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs in the kingdom of Heaven. Shine whatever part of Heaven you know. End. Of. Story. And also…. a total mic drop moment.

Where in your life TODAY can you shine with conviction?  Don’t let fear, shame, or insecurities hold you back any longer.

Slam your Yes on the table for Christ Jesus and shine whatever light you have in Jesus name. Tweet that 

Only you know what that looks like. Maybe it’s you buying someone groceries,  or doing a random act of kindness. Maybe it’s you actually play tag today with the wee tots or call that friend that’s become distant.  Maybe it’s you pray today on behalf of the broken. Maybe it’s you call that crazy girl and ask her for coffee.  Crazy girls need friends too.

I don’t know what your light looks like today, but I know the evil one isn’t waiting to steal, kill, or destroy. Don’t wait to shine, spread hope, and give away the love of Jesus.

So my gloves are off! I pray from now on God gives me the strength to shine with conviction.  I pray I don’t hold back. I pray I’m reminded I do life the God of the Bible and he has told me go…and shine for Him. I pray you are reminded of this today too.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for Jesus and his work on the cross.  Father God let us see you today. Let us feel safe in your arms today as your children who you love and delight over. God, I pray you open our eyes and ears to those around us today. Show us how to shine with conviction in a way that brings you Glory.  Help us to show the world who it is we have given our lives too.  Jesus, protect us and strengthen the nervous and anxious as they step out to shine for you today. I speak boldness and truth over every eye who reads this. Let it be God that we are a people who shine with conviction for your glory. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.




Do You Fear Disobeying God?

God has redeemed my definition of Sin and Obedience…Find out how!

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Do you fear disobeying God?

I have…it’s the worst. Those situations usually leave me analyzing every decision I make. Is this what God wants me to do? Will this choice please him?  I want to “grow “ in the Lord, if I fail this test, will I miss what God wants for me? Yes…I’ve actually thought/felt all these things. Talk about a stressed out Christian who is lacking joy and peace.

The problem with this thinking is you walk through life with the emphasis on you and your righteousness instead of God’s response to our entire life…Jesus Christ and his righteousness.

I had a wrong view of God. I was so afraid every time a trial entered my life that it was some sort of test from God….and I was afraid of not responding correctly.

Then I started actually studying the Bible and learning who the God of the Bible…

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Monster Mom Strikes Again


I’ve been such a monster mom this morning. We’re talking weeping and gnashing of teeth before 7:30 a.m.  We’re talking the misery of some bedtimes, but instead we haven’t even had breakfast. We are talking there were tears in the car while I prayed kind of bad morning.  I should note the loud child kept saying I was the one who needed prayer because I was being so mean.

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5 Benefits to Shutting Up; a list for Christian Wives

Happy Love month!

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Shut up and Be a Better Wife

Some of you may be wondering if I’m having a guest blogger today.  If you know me well, you know I’m a lot mouthy and a little opinionated and you are wondering what in world I know about shutting up.

Every time preacher man starts talking about the wonderful qualities of the kind and gentle women, I hunker down and wait until it’s over.  These aren’t exactly the first two words people would use to describe me.

Over the years, 3 to be exact, I’ve learned the value of shutting up and I’ve seen some pretty amazing things happen…especially in my marriage.

One of the main things I hear leading women’s groups is, “I just want my husband to be the spiritual leader in the family!” Yes… This is God’s design, but ladies… We need to check ourselves first.

Are we actually doing anything to HINDER this from happening??  I…

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Confessions of a Super White Girl;Reconciling Heart & Mind


I’m a “super white girl”…my friend who is black told me I could say that. Or should I say my African American friend? Or should I say my friend of color? Ughhh…never mind! I’m going to stop talking now. I’m unqualified — and completely afraid — to speak anymore.

Except I can’t. Not after reading these words in Kelly Balarie’s book, Fear Fighting: “What I have realized is that stopping and stepping into the unsafe, forces us to receive God’s new safe.“

Okay God. Yes, I am safe because of You. Gulp. Yep. I’ll keep talking…

How can I read these words and ignore the prompting of God to share this? To step out of my “safe” place of my encouraging blog posts and into the “unsafe” place where I might say something wrong or hurt someone’s feelings or offend someone accidently or look stupid.

Jesus, help me.

A Little Bit Racist…or Prejudice

The ugly truth is that this summer God showed me I was a little bit racist…or prejudice. Apparently, there is a difference. I didn’t know that because I’m a “super white girl.”

There is also something called “Black Twitter!” Who knew? I sure didn’t. Because I have no idea what it is like to be Black in America.

Ughhh. I’m just going to go throw up now because who am I to talk about this kind of stuff?

I’ll just go stick my head in the sand and go back to pretending God doesn’t hate the divide in our country — the divide that seems to be even wider since November 2016. Relax, I’m terrible at discussing politics and I won’t start now.

Except I can’t do that, either. How many times have I told y’all the Church can’t stick its head in the sand and look the other way?

To be honest, I didn’t think I was looking the other way until this past summer when God revealed something ugly in my heart.

Let’s just say it was a TOTAL. BLIND. SPOT!

It’s so ugly that I was simply going to confess it privately and walk in grace…privately. It’s the ugly kind of sin that doesn’t get talked about much among my “crowd.” In fact, I’d rather not talk about it now!

But the grace of God revealed it, so He could begin to clean it.

The ugly sin? I was a little bit racist.

The Ugly Truth

For two weeks this summer, all I would do was notice somebody by the color of their skin.

I would catch myself and I would hate it! I would immediately say: “God, what is this? What am I doing? This isn’t me. I love Jesus and I love all His people. This isn’t me!”

But it kept happening. For weeks, I was simply doing life while noticing what my eyes saw – color, gender, socio-economic status, people who looked like me and those who didn’t.

It was awful and I was MORTIFIED and ashamed. I kept thinking “God, take this away from me! This isn’t me. I have black friends. I taught and loved my Hispanic students and LOVED their families. This isn’t me.”

God showed me that this ugly was absolutely me. It’s in all of us. They were MY thoughts, and if I spoke them out loud, they would be my words. We know that out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:3).

Yes, I can say I love Jesus and I love everybody, but if I were to say I am color blind, I would be telling a lie. God loves me too much to allow me to keep lying.

This wasn’t the most fun revelation I’ve ever had from the Lord. I countered it with: “But I’m a nice person. I’m nice to everyone. I love Jesus and serve in the church.  I’m a lover of people.”

I don’t judge people. Lie

I don’t judge people by what they are wearing. Lie

I don’t judge people by the color of their skin. Lie

But I love Jesus! True

I was loving people of color out of obedience with my MIND — but not with my HEART.

It’s no secret that I’m very much #TeamJesus. I knew I was supposed to love people, and I desired to do so, but until I confessed the ugly place in my heart where prejudice lives, no matter the amount, there wasn’t any room for real love.

I humbly confessed: “Father, you are showing me that I have racism in my heart. I confess it to you and I ask You forgive me and take this sin away from me in Jesus’ name.  I want to be a lover of ALL your people.”

Then I asked God to fix it….that’s part two of this story.

Matters of the Heart

I’m a nice person. I’m nice to everybody. I don’t go around committing hate crimes.

But it’s not okay for followers of Jesus to be even a little bit racist. Tweet That

I also learned that I wasn’t racist all the time. There were triggers.  Maybe it’s watching the news or driving through parts of Atlanta or walking around in downtown Athens. Now that I know this, I pray for God to help me see with His eyes.

I definitely wasn’t a little racist while I was at church. It’s easy to be color blind there! Thankfully, I worship alongside lots of people of color each Sunday. It’s outside those walls where things get messy.

There are always two responses to God shining truth on a situation in your heart and life:

  • humbly admit that the ugly is there and take it the cross; or
  • stick your head in the sand and pretend this kind of ugly isn’t in your Jesus-loving heart.

Racism is a HEART issue. Only Christ can deal with this kind of ugly. Tweet that

I cried out: “Father, I can’t get rid of this. Only You can. Forgive me and fix it, God. And cancel the effects of my judgments on Your people.”

I am the church. You are the church. And the church can’t be a little bit racist.

Is my heart perfect? Of course not! But the Lord has started the process of allowing me to see and love HIS world with my WHOLE heart. Fight any fear and judgement in your heart with confession.

We have been commanded to love our neighbors as ourselves. It’s always been God’s desire for his people to worship and obey Him out of GLAD obedience rooted in love….real love.

There is talk that it’s too late for our generation to make a real impact in this “love revolution.” I disagree. I follow the Jesus who busted down walls created by pride and judgment. I say it’s not too late!

It’s not too late because I’m watching God do amazing things in my church.  I worship with lots of people of color every Sunday. It’s my prayer that my story sheds a little light on the possibility that this ugly lives in your heart as well.  Trust me when I say the Gospel of Jesus Christ can only be good.

If you’re like me and can be tempted to love people with your mind out of obedience, but not out of your heart — confess it to the Lord and allow the beauty of the Gospel to wash that part of your heart clean.

A Prayer for Help

Dear Heavenly Father,

I thank you for your mercy and grace. I thank you for your example on how to love people. Help us, God. This is too big for us. Give us the grace and strength to see the ugly in our hearts and confess it. Help us to be hearers, see-ers and doers of your Word. I pray that every eye that reads this comes to know the saving grace and mercy found on the cross and can extend it those around them. I ask this in Jesus’ powerful name,


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Do You Have a Rain Cloud Following You?


Have you ever looked at your life/past or your family’s life and thought… When is this going to change?  This dark rain cloud is never going to leave me alone! I’m never going to get out of this mess or this cycle of dysfunction!  It can be exhausting and leave you feeling helpless.  Feeling helpless is the opposite of the gospel of Jesus Christ!

What sin patterns do you see in your family? Don’t know what I’m talking about?  What personality traits “run” in your family? Anger, fear, anxiety, insecurity, depression, entitlement, pride, racism, poverty, alcoholism, laziness, divorce?…..pick your poison!

What does it look like for you? We all have junk due to our families and our own poor choices that creep into our lives. They can leave us feeling hopeless with no way out!

In Matthew 1: 12-16, we learn about the genealogy of Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father.  In that long list of genealogy ( that most of us skip over) we read the name Jeconiah….that guy was legit cursed!  Like LEGIT. CURSED.  Through Jeremiah, we learn that God said none his offspring would prosper, no one would sit on the throne of David because Jeconiah was such an evil king!!! (Jer 22:30)

But that didn’t stop God from using Joseph in HUGE WAYS! God put Joseph in charge of raising HIS son, our savior, Jesus Christ! He made a way around the curse! He is God! He can always make a way!

Anytime words like stuck, no way out, like this forever, never change, or doomed  enter your thoughts, you can bet it’s Satan whispering lies to you.

Once you are in the family of God, your junk from your past or your family’s past has no power over you. It is true that Satan will try to use the sins of your past against you to jack with your mind and mess with your life.

God made a way through Jesus so that hope is never lost! God can overcome our past mistakes by the power of the cross!

Let’s say you looked at the list above and saw some sin patterns in your family and you want NO PART OF THEM!  Or maybe you didn’t, but some other situations came to mind.

Below is a prayer to break the power of these patterns in your life.  This might sound a little cookey, but I’ve prayed this with people over and over and over and it’s nuts what God ends up doing!!

Honestly…it’ super fun for me for me write this because I know freedom is on the rise.

I’m excited for anyone who continues forward and prays these powerful, sin pattern breaking prayers.

God’s blessing is replaced when we use the power of the cross to cancel the consequences of sin. Tweet that

That’s redemption!

Pray God shows you what steps of obedience should follow. You need to know the word of God (Bible)in order to grow in your faith.  You need the community of believers (church) to encourage you! These are important habits that allow us to continue to walk in freedom in Christ Jesus.

Surrender to God the junk in your hearts and lives so you may live in freedom from the effects of sin. Tweet that


Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.

Amen. To. That!

My prayer is that God reveals to you areas where he wants to begin to heal and restore. There is freedom in Christ! Those words aren’t just a cheesy saying believers in Christ use to sound extra faithful.

They are said by people who have seen God do amazing things in their lives and the lives of their loved ones.  I pray one day you say those words and mean it too!

Click here to download your printable, Pattern Breaking Prayer!

Dear Heavenly Father,

I thank you for Jesus and the cross. I praise you for making a way where we don’t have to live in a cycle of sin and dysfunction.  Jesus, show us what we need to surrender to you in Jesus name.  Help us to be obedient to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, and have mercy on us as we continue to seek you.  I pray that every eye that reads this comes to know the saving grace only found in Christ. Father God, reveal your love to your people.

In Jesus name I pray,






How to Move Mountains in Prayer: 7 Days of Scary Prayers

how-to-2Have you ever prayed scary prayers?  They are the kind of prayers that are so big and bold and outside the normal prayers we pray before bedtime. Only God has the power to answer scary prayers. Have you ever seen God answer any scary prayers? I have.

Nothing has increased my faith in God like prayer.  It’s what keeps me praying and worshiping even when some prayers don’t get answered and the healings don’t come.  I’ll talk about prayer, teach about it, write about it, try to get you to start doing it all. day. long. if you’ll let me!

Jesus says if we have faith the size of a mustard seed, we can move mountains. (Matthew 17:20) That. sounds. crazy. Jesus! What Jesus is really inviting us to is a deeper faith.

In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus teaches us to pray saying Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.  Then, He teaches us to pray/ask for three things:

1.Provision-Daily Bread

2. Personal Relationships- Forgive us as we Forgive others

3. Against Sin and Evil- Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil

When we pray on Earth as it is Heaven, we are praying and trusting God to provide for our physical, relational, and spiritual needs.

We are praying for the perfect provision in Heaven to unleash into our lives on Earth. (This stuff gets me super jacked in Jesus name… btw.)

But sometimes there are mountains in the way!!!  Some mountains we create on our own. Others are simply there because life. is. hard!! We live in a world full of trouble, strife, and hardship. And we DO have an enemy who hates us and will do anything to get in the way of us seeing God.

What does Jesus tell us to do with mountains BY FAITH??? He says… Tell them to move! That’s a scary prayer.


In the physical world mountains are HUGE!  My dad lives in Montana. We would drive all around mountains on the way to our campsite… our destination.  It would take a while!

Jesus is always speaking directly to issues of our hearts and souls… the things that last.

In the spiritual world, in your Christian walk (heart)… what mountains are in the way of you seeing Heaven or experiencing and seeing God? What mountains are in the way of your spiritual growth?  Jesus tells us to move the mountains… not drive around them.

The Challenge

Will you join me for 7 days of scary prayers? For 7 days, let’s pray for mountains to move and Heaven to invade those places with His glory.

I love love love Matthew 16: 15-19- And on this rock I will  build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on Earth will be loosed in Heaven.

Let’s intentionally loose Heaven on Earth in Jesus name for  7 days. Tweet That

What do your mountains look like?  Are they financial? Relational? Physical? Do you need healing? We will pray through the Lord’s Prayer for 7 days.  Over these 7 days, I will send a prayer every day to your email that teaches you how to pray for a specific mountain to move.

I won’t be able to cover every mountain in 7 days, but it’s my hope that these 7 days serve as a jump start to a faith building prayer life!

Some of you reading this have had some really jacked up things happen to you and you don’t even know if you have a mustard size faith. If that is you, then borrow some of my faith and sign up anyway.  I have enough faith and hope to carry you. Yes. You. I pray for every eye that reads any word I write or say.

We can have perfect peace and provision this side of Earth.  We can have contentment in Jesus name.  It might not look like what you thought it would, but God’s promises remain true.

So what do you say? Will you join me? Starting Monday, January, 16th, will you join me for 7 days of scary prayers?  Will you join me as we seek God and tell mountains to move in Jesus name? I pray you say yes!

Click here for your Printable 7 Days of Moving Mountain Prayers!

You can find my Youtube teaching videos here to go along with them!

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for showing us how to pray. Thank you for Jesus. Father, help us to keep your words in our minds and hearts as we seek you! Give us the strength to trust you once again..or maybe for the first time. Jesus let us feel your presence and encourage us as we seek to move the mountains in our lives and the lives of our loved ones in Jesus name. Father, we can do none of this without you. You are everything.

In Jesus name,