Being Stretched


Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5


In late 2010 a bomb went off in my life. It’s affected my family and stretched my faith as if I were Stretch Armstrong. These are the times where you find out what “your own understanding” really means.

In these times I would put a human spin on what God was doing, anticipating how things would be resolved. When that resolution didn’t come — STRETCH! It took many years of ups and downs before I finally let go. What happened next was amazing, I felt at peace because I had finally learned what trusting God really means.

None of us will ever know how God thinks or how He will work things out. We just have to place our trust in Him and wait.

Make Room for Faith


By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.

Hebrews 11:30


As an emotionally driven people, we often find ourselves in peaks and valleys, caught between hope and despair. This creates a “roller coaster effect” that puts us in a chaotic state, with little room for faith.

But God uses these seasons to stretch, bend, purify, and refine us into warriors for His Kingdom. Once you put aside emotions and rely strictly on your faith; chaos turns into peace, the refining process accelerates, leaving room for God’s blessings to wash over you in a new way!

Grace in a Whole New Way


Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.

Isaiah 26:4


Putting your full trust in Jesus is a deliberate action. Once you do, you will see more clearly, His works. You will feel His guidance. You will see Him answer your prayers in unique ways that may seem trivial to someone else, but have a deeper meaning to you.

Life is an adventure. Life trusting in Jesus will develop your faith and allow you to experience God’s grace in a whole new way!

Fear is the Opposite of Faith


Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.

John 14:27


You can watch the news today and get your stomach twisted into knots with everything that’s going on. But God does not want you to live that way! It’s good to be cautious and follow sound advice, but being consumed with anxiety and fear is exactly the polar opposite of God’s will for you.

Faith is believing that God has your back, no matter what the situation is. The Enemy is lurking around every corner, waiting to steal your joy. Don’t let him!

Suit Up!


Those who know your name trust in you,for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Psalm 9:10


Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den and came out without a scratch. David faced Goliath and conquered the giant. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego walked into the blazing furnace and came out without a single singed hair.

Trusting God is not simply for the heroes we read about in the Bible. That power is available to every one of us who believes!

Whatever you’re facing today, suit up! God has your back, you can place your full trust in Him!

He is Aware


Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear.

Isaiah 65:24


Our relationship to God is not something that resembles a phone conversation. It doesn’t require a phone connection. He’s always aware of us and what we’re going through.

Prayer is a deliberate response. It’s our yearning to develop that relationship that God desires.

Prayer is a two way conversation. Watch how God moves and answers your prayers. Be thankful as He blesses you. May God be glorified!

See Others as Worthy


When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

Matthew 9:11


When I picture the church I see people from all walks of life and socioeconomic classes. As they pass through the doors all of their labels fall off and everyone is on equal ground.

Are there people, friends, or family members you look down on because of these factors? You have to ask yourself, “What does Jesus see when He looks at these people?” When you can answer that, that is how you should see them also.

We’ve all sinned and fall short. God loves each and every one of us without condition. When we see others that way, we will desire to love them the same way Christ loves us!