Crying Out: Indulging in Depravity, Part 1

“…we all once lived in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by the sinful self], indulging the desires of human nature [without the Holy Spirit] and [the impulses] of the [sinful] mind. We were, by nature, children [under the sentence] of [God’s] wrath, just like the rest [of mankind]. But God…”


Scripture Reflection: Ephesians 2

The 365 Lesson: The world in which we live can be very wicked. It can, in fact, be incredibly overwhelming to the senses. Strangely enticing, it can lure us into dark, addictive games that can lead us down a road riddled with depravity and indulgence. It can take each of us on a mind trip meant to entrap our bodies, strip our souls, and break our spirits. For the saint – the one who has chosen to accept and follow after the LORD – there is hope, however.

Challenge: Read Ephesians 2 thoroughly. List every hope, encouragement, and positive takeaway found in this chapter.

Prayer: Dearest Father and Most High God, thank You for Your abiding presence in our lives. Thank You for Your living Word and saving Light. Your power, grace, mercy and love are unmatched and are so perfectly good. We ask that You free each of us from the wickedness that so easily besets us. Remove the bonds of sin that we have grown so comfortable wearing. Save us from the darkness that disturbs our peace, dims our paths, and ensnares our minds. Show us the “but God” in every situation, and give us the courage, strength, and determination to overcome. In the name of Jesus, we pray and believe. Amen.

Up Next: Indulging in Depravity, Part 2


This, That, These, & Those|Being Fully Transparent


Many of you have been wondering where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to over the last few months. I assure you that I have been entirely present, albeit quietly so. In truth, I have being doing life. I have been living and breathing and moving and pretty much resting in Psalm 46:10. That looks different day by day. It has been the best thing for me, however.


Where I currently stand is in the heart of family/community life. I am a wife, a mom, a teacher, a tutor, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a career woman, an encourager, a student, and so on. I am so many things to so many people. (I’m certain you can relate to what I’m saying.) In all of that – those roles – thankfully, there is grace and love. And yet, in that or rather in this, I confess, that I have lost a bit of my intimacy with the LORD.


The intimacy, the connection, the relationship that I have with the LORD God, that is vital. It is critical to my existence. I cannot breathe without Him. I cannot function properly without Him. I don’t even want to try. Every part of my being, every role that I am called to live in, is utterly and completely dependent on the Most High. When I was led to tabernacle in Psalm 46:10, I didn’t realize that it would bring me to days like this.


These days that I have been given, they are remarkable. They are beautiful and unique opportunities that continue to draw me closer to the heart of God. They allow me to know God and to make Him known in diverse and colorful new ways. They allow me to be reflective and fully transparent. They are challenging. They are uncomfortable. They are unpredictable. They are humorous. They are heartbreaking. They are real.


All of those things – the challenges of each day, the uncomfortable situations, the unpredictable moments, the humorous adventures, the heartbreaking lessons, and the realness of the real – they have revealed a hidden depth, as it relates to my Psalm 46:10 life in the LORD. It has been breath-taking…literally. It all keeps me both humbled and prostrated. That is where I need to be.

Being Fully Transparent…

God is bringing me back to Him. He is revealing that which needs to be seen in me.  He is showing Himself to me in the ways that I need. I shall continue my tabernacle with Him, quietly so, until such time that I am led to return here on a more consistent basis.


Before I quiet myself again, I would like to encourage you. I lovingly urge you to draw nearer to God. Be still and see Him. Fully. Clearly. Experience Him anew. Taste and see that the LORD is good. Surrender every part of your life to Him and witness His majesty. Know that I will be praying for you.

May God bless you all in this, that, these, and those days.

CLING| Now Available!

Good morning and blessings to all!

By now, you may well have heard the news – CLING by Kim Cash Tate is now available. This is exciting news for many reasons. Not only will you now have access to this amazing Bible study, but you will also get to take part in a Phone Tree featured reflection walk with me.

Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing my heart’s response and my own transparent convictions about how Kim’s words and lessons affected me. In sharing with you, I will hold nothing back. It is my hope that through this exercise of openness and honesty, others seeking a “lifestyle of intimacy with God” will be encouraged to do the same. Just as Kim’s very real truths impacted me and showed me the more of wanting and knowing God, I pray that you also will be impacted and want the more of knowing God.

Phone Tree Book Review: 

CLING: Choosing a Lifestyle of Intimacy with God by Kim Cash Tate is a Bible study that will meet you where you are and take you where you want to go. The appeal of this book lies in its invitation to know God; but really, it’s more than that. With Scripture-rich points and narrative vignettes, Tate extends her hand and leads readers toward the One who knows them best. For those ready for and/or needing more, this book will do much to propel you forward, to urge you further, and to ground you deeper.

Rating: 5/5

Recommend: Yes

Audience: All

Status: Non-fiction, Bible study, Christian 

Books are available for purchase via Discovery House, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, & Get your copy today! 


Top 10 Lessons of the Week (#truth15.1)

1) No matter what, God knows the heart.

2) 1 Corinthians 13 should be read as often as possible and serve as a reminder of what should be.

3) When an opportunity to help someone – anyone – presents itself, do not hesitate to serve.

4) Other people besides you need encouragement and prayers.

5) Raising a child can teach you more things about yourself than you think. Cherish the lessons (the easy, sweet ones and the hard, prickly ones).

6) No evil, no matter how dark and menacing, will ever overcome good or God.

7) __________ (fill in the blank) tries to steal the air that freedom breathes. (Inhale. Exhale. Don’t forget to draw breath from the Most High.)

8) Bible study can look different in different seasons and that’s okay.

9) No is the best yes!

10) Your life is not about you. (To understand the purest and deepest meaning of this, study the following concepts: surrender, glorify, servitude, and love. Consider all as it relates to God.)


The Top 10 Lessons of the Week are a part of my #TRUTH walk for 2015. Throughout the year, you will be seeing more. I cannot wait to see what’s next! May I encourage you to compile your own list of top 10 lessons; you will be blessed through the experience.

(Top 10 photo courtesy of magicwordsquare; OneWord photo courtesy of Traci Michele)

Lessons in the Light & Other Random Thoughts

“You have the fountain of life that quenches our thirst. Your light has opened our eyes and awakened our souls.” – Psalm 36:9


Living the Word is a beautiful adventure.  It is an adventure that is filled with God’s glorious light, with deep revelations about self, and with soul-changing truths that impact how one chooses to go forward. This morning, I thought I would share a few of the lessons I have learned as of late.

1) Being a witness and giving a testimony is not so much about us, rather, it is very much about God.

2) It is in the forgetting of self that we can better remember who we are.

3) The loudest life, much like the quietest, can depict the person who is desperately seeking connection.

4)  Studying the Word of God is like being able to touch and cling to the highest cloud in the sky.

5) The sweet smiles that come your way should be cherished, for they are glimpses of grace.

6) Even in the hard moments of life, we must allow love to rule.

7) Give, expecting nothing in return.

8) When a wrong is done against you, trust assuredly that God will make it right.

9) When a child calls (no matter how many times), stop and answer.

10) A word of encouragement goes a long way in generating peace.