Mama Bears and Warrior Men


Probably close to two decades ago, when I was possibly still a teenager and felt a strong calling to the ministry of intercession, I read the book entitled “Intercessory Prayer” by Dutch Sheets. It was very formative in my early instruction to a life of prayer and what it meant to “stand in the gap” on behalf of others in that place of reconciliation and warfare in the spirit. As it has been such a long time since I’ve read {Read More}

Adding Arrows to Our Quiver


As many of you may have already heard via our update newsletter or via social media, my husband Joe and I have decided to expand our family through adoption! I have so much in my mind and heart about this that I’m about ready to explode, so I am hoping to find an outlet here on my blog during this journey. This blog has become rather neglected lately due to the busyness of life and the ease of posting little {Read More}

The Spirit Longs Jealously


“Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the Spirit he caused to dwell in us longs jealously?” James 4:5 The verse above seems to be a difficult one for translators of the Bible to interpret, as there are several different ways in which they propose that it can be translated. However, of the several options, the wording above is the one that resonates the most deeply in my heart. It seems that as I have felt my heart {Read More}

I Can’t Live Without Hunger


This is the second post in a series on spiritual hunger, you can read the other posts here. I clearly remember being in a service where the preacher was speaking about feeding our spirit and feeding our flesh. Our spirit and our flesh are constantly at war with each other and depending on which one we are feeding, that will determine which one is stronger and which one will win the battle. “For the flesh desires what is contrary to {Read More}

Are You Hungry?

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I’ve been thinking a lot about spiritual hunger lately. Hunger for more of the Lord has always been a staple for me in my walk with God, though there have been seasons where it has felt stronger or weaker. I’ve come to believe that spiritual hunger is a gift from God, but I also believe that it is something that needs to be nurtured and cultivated and kept alive by continually saying “yes” to it. However, you could probably argue {Read More}

My Word for 2014: Allure


A few months ago, I was given the opportunity to preach a short 10-minute sermon at Sanctuary House of Prayer on my favorite scripture passage. At first, my instinct was to go to the book of Song of Songs, as it has always been dear to my heart. But then I considered the book of Hosea, which is also a favorite of mine and I thought of a particular verse that has spoken to my heart many times over. As {Read More}

True and Faithful

Photo credit: Stephanie Reimer

Revelation 21:3-5 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” 5 Then He who sat on the {Read More}

Confidence in Love


A couple of days ago, I was reading in John 11 about the story of Lazarus being raised from the dead. The one phrase that really captured my attention, though, was when the sisters sent a message to Jesus, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” I was struck by their confidence in the love that Jesus had for their brother, and I’m sure for themselves as well, that this is how they would identify him. I just {Read More}

She Has Done What She Could

Photo credit: Emily Mineo

“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me…She has done what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” Mark 14:6, 8-9 Most often, the story of Mary anointing Jesus with perfume is told in the perspective of the disciples, {Read More}

Rise Up


As a young girl, I remember standing next to my mom in worship services at our church, listening to her sing. I hated singing, because I felt like I could never reach the notes of the melody and didn’t like the sound of my own voice. With my limited range, I would strain to hear my mom’s harmonies and try to follow along with her. As I grew up and learned to play piano, I began to discover how to {Read More}