James 3: The Power Of Your Words

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life,[a] and set on fire by hell.[b] For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers,[c] these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water. ( James 3, Biblegateway.com).

When you read this scripture, what comes to mind? Do you feel conviction? I know I did when God led me to read this. I am guilty of not always talking favorably of others or myself. It is extremely easy to get caught up in work gossip or even being pulled into the drama of reality tv.

We’ve got roughly two months left this year and one common theme that I have noticed this year, is how much trouble our words are getting us into. Its so easy to just run off at the mouth and say the first thing that comes to mind, its not easy to bite your tongue or agree to disagree. This also goes for the content that we put out on social media. For example, you can re share or post bible verses all day long, but if you’re constantly going on gossip sites or getting caught up in the glitz and glam of social media; are you truly getting filled with the goodness of the Lord or are you being sucked into the world?

The truth is, what you consume and choose to fill yourself on, can become the words and thoughts that you speak.

This week I want you to ask for guidance on how to curb your tongue – help to not speak words that are not of God, and then evaluate at the end of day how much more peace you felt.

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Learning To Walk

As I watch Silas take one step followed by another before falling down, I am filled with joy. Each milestone bring its own set of challenges and as parents we celebrate each one as it means that our child is healthy. Another emotion hit me as I watched him pick himself back up to try once more- understanding.

Do you realize how hard it is to get knocked down, pick yourself back up, and try again? It’s almost excruciating to dust yourself off after what feels like failure after failure. I’ll admit I don’t have any secret method or sauce to push past this, all I have is faith.

Faith that no matter what, if God placed it on my heart, then it will get done. Faith that whatever it is that I am going through, I will be able to push past by leaning on God. Faith that there is something waiting for me on the other side- something extraordinarily.

Babies have this natural faith that each step is propelling them forward. It doesn’t matter how many times they fall down, they get right back up with the same gusto as before. Somewhere in the midst of growing up and becoming more aware of the world around us, we lost that unwavering faith.

I know right now may seem like this weird juxtaposition but if there was ever a time to turn towards God and turn that faith meter all the way up, the time is now. Just put one foot in front of the other, it’s okay if you stumble, it’s okay if you fall down, just keep going, and trust in our Father.

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Forgive me: I've Been Slacking

Last year I started to write a book dedicated to how losing Troy actually led towards me having a relationship with God. It was admittedly hard to write as I decided to start from the beginning, and working through some of the trauma(for me) during my earlier years.

I don’t know if I’ve ever came right out and said it here, but I struggled with depression for sooo many years. It runs in the family and it had a hold on me for a long time. So as I was writing, I was finding it more and more difficult to continue because of all the emotions that it was invoking in me.

I came to a realization this week, that I fell for a trick of the enemy. I stopped writing a book that God told me to write because I allowed my flesh, my emotions to rule over me. Looking back I realize that if I need to cry while I’m writing my message then so be it. My readers will be able to feel the passion in my words and maybe just maybe it will save someone.

I’m giving myself a deadline and an action plan to complete one aspect of my mission here on earth. If there is something that God has placed on your heart, I urge you to make a move today. There will never be a perfect time, there will always be something that comes up.

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I Dreamed of a Lion

On the surface my dream didn’t make much sense, like all dreams seem to do. My husband and I were staying in some house with people that I can’t put a name to. For whatever reason, there was a lion in this house.

The lion was being ‘contained’ by a small fence or barrier. Similar to a baby gate honestly. And no one seemed to pay it any mind, everyone walked past, conversed, and just outright ignored it. Which is crazy right? Lions are loud, huge, and dangerous, and yet no one paid attention to this lion that was being held back by a barrier that it could simply step over, except for my husband and I.

At some point, the lion jumped over the barrier and chaos broke out. My husband and I ended up in a nursery room. I don’t know how that happened or how we got separated from everyone else, but we got led to safety while everyone else was not so lucky. To be specific, my husband and I ended up in a nursery. Somehow I knew that it was Silas’s room. Authorities showed up and the lion was put down. My husband and I were the only survivors. Silas did not appear in the dream, but his safety was never a concern during all of this.

The dream jumped around again, and I was in a hospital. My husband wasn’t with me, instead I had a horse as a companion. The entire staff was terrified, I couldn’t understand why because horses( in my opinion) aren’t scary. The horse and I shared a look, and then I woke up very confused about what I just dreamed about.

So, a couple of things that I want to address here. The significance of a lion in the bible.

  1. Isaiah 31:4 “This is what the LORD says to me: “As a lion growls, a great lion over its prey– and though a whole band of shepherds is called together against it, it is not frightened by their shouts or disturbed by their clamor– so the LORD Almighty will come down to do battle on Mount Zion and on its heights”.
  2. 1 Peter 5:8 “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”

In my dream, the lion was the enemy. He was behind this ‘barrier’ plotting when he would strike and who he would strike. In this dream, no one noticed him, but me. It was almost as if the barrier caused him to be invisible, and the more I think about it, that’s what the enemy is counting on.

The barrier here is a symbol of our distractions and the result of us underestimating the enemy.

In the bible, nearly every time a horse is mentioned, its in regards to war. So with that in mind, I seemed to be prepared to go to war after the enemy was put down. I don’t think the hospital staff was terrified of me or the horse per say, but terrified of what we ( the horse and I) were about to go to battle against.

This dream was God reaching out to me, telling me of the enemy’s plan to create hysteria, and to prepare for war. I think it is important to note that no where during my dream or my reflections, was fear apart of me, and it should not be apart of you either. I know things are hectic right now, but I urge you all to put on your armor of God, boss up in your prayer life, and don’t take on a spirit of fear, for fear is not of God.

2 Samuel

Last week I just felt so restless. I couldn’t figure out why, so I went to God about it, and He directed me to read 2 Samuel 12. So cliff notes version, David saw a married woman bathing and inquired about her. She ended up becoming pregnant with his child. David tried to get her spouse to go home and lay with her. Why? To cover up his sin. The man wouldn’t go, so David had him placed in the front line so that he would be killed.


God didn’t like this, so instead of punishing David by striking him down right then and there, He attacked his bloodline. David’s son that was conceived in sin, was taken by the Lord. His other children raped and killed among one another. David had to live with this shame, the loss of a child, and the friction in his family.


Honestly, this bothered me so much that I just sat there, and kept asking why. Why God did You punish this child for his father’s mistakes. And then I realized that we aren’t supposed to be comfortable with sin.


So backtracking just a bit, I think it is important to note that I have been repenting for any inequities in my bloodline. My family actually has a history of child loss. My great grandmother had a stillbirth and lost her twin sister at a very early age.


I want you to take a moment and reflect on the questions they ask you when you go to the doctor. They ask about any problems or concerns that have affected someone in your family, right?


Neither trauma, sin, or death was apart of God’s plan for us. Our actions affect generations to come. Look at how Adam and Eve’s decision has affected us all.


This week, I want you to go before The Lord and repent for any inequities plaguing your bloodline. Don’t let anything be used against you by the devil. Take away the case that he has prepared against your bloodline.


You see, I felt so off last week because God needed me to repent for my ancestors to free up generations to come. I truly believe that God had me type of this message because He needs you to be obedient and free up your bloodline.

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