The 7th Day: Finding your Day of Rest

The 7th day phenomenon was one I became acutely aware of in March of 2009. The kids and I were living in a woman’s shelter and I would notice the same event happening to each woman that came in after me.

If a woman arrived at the shelter on a Sunday, you would find that every Sunday she would be extremely stressed and usually threatening to leave or some other drama. I remember going in on a Thursday and so every Thursday found me unable to cope with the simplest issues that the kids would have and I certainly wasn’t up to be around other women’s troublesome kids. Even worse, I wanted out of there and soon and to hell with the house rules. Continue reading

Highlights in Your Hair

What if I told you that God wants to put the highlights back in your hair or give you some if you never had any? Can you stretch your faith to believe that not only will you get through this battle with cancer but it has already been won for you?

I pray that you can receive that today. Many are mourning the loss of Andria Hall, an amazing woman, author and speaker. Although we never met personally it was a pleasure to communicate with her through email and to feature her in the October issue of Truly Woman magazine. 

I feel an urgency to write this because many of you may be wondering what are your chances of surviving this horrible disease when a great woman of faith lost her battle with it. All I can say today is that the battle is not yours but God’s. 2 Chronicles 20:17: Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.

Believe it today. God has already declared you victorious over cancer and your job is to stand still and see it. I want you to stretch your faith even further; ask God not only to heal your body but to restore the hair that you lost as a result of chemotherapy and radiation. Ask God to do exceedingly, abundantly above what your mind can perceive as possible for Him to do. That fabulous wig you are wearing with the great highlights, tell Him you want highlights of your own.

Did you have to remove one or both of your breasts with surgery? He can perform a creative miracle and replace them. I want you to dream big dreams, expect great miracles and live each day looking for their manifestation. He is a healer and He is healing. 

When Jesus was here on earth, He would ask the people who would come to Him, “what do you want?” He left it up to them to decide how big they wanted Him to be in their life. How big do you need Jesus the Healer to be for you today?

I am believing with you that He will open your eyes, so you can see Him as greater than great and a healer above all healers. He is your Lord and Savior and He is waiting for you to make a withdrawal of His power.

Need more inspiration? Download the January edition of Truly Woman Magazine and find out how you can be a better you in just 21 Days.

Pro-Choice, Pro-Life, Pro-Grace

A few years ago, I would have stated adamantly I was Pro-Life as defined by the dictionary, meaning abortion should be illegal and every effort should be made to preserve the life of an unborn baby. (A minimalist view of a very vast label.) I still feel that way but I also feel strongly that women should continue to have the right to make that choice.

My reasoning has nothing to do with whether the woman was sick, raped or some other tragedy that has caused her to reach that decision. The truth is that God is a great God and He can do anything. If we choose to believe He can heal our unborn baby, He can. If we choose to let Him turn a baby born of rape into a blessing, He can certainly do so. If we choose to believe that life would be better without an unwanted baby, He also accepts that decision, recognizing we don’t see the whole picture.

But from the beginning of time, God gave us the right to choose. Joshua at the end of his days, spoke to the Israelites and asked them to choose who they would serve. He reminded them of the promises that his predecessor Moses had written down from God. There was no doubt about it. They had a choice. They could choose to serve the only Living God and reap the blessings that came with this life or they could choose to walk away and serve themselves and false Gods. The end result would be curses that were the opposite to the promised blessings.

God has never taken away our right to make choices. When Jesus came, He always spoke about the commandments and declared He came to fulfill them. He reminded us that the greatest commandment was to love. In other words, it is a matter of the heart. It is a matter of choosing to follow God’s plan over our own ideas.

It does sadden God when we don’t see the gift of life within us. He put it there. Every baby created is a slap in the devil’s face as he cannot create life. No matter the circumstances under which the child was conceived, God gets the glory when we bring them to life.

Women need to count the cost of their choices. They cannot look at just the immediate relief of the cover-up, the ease of not having to change their lifestyle to make way for a child, but the long term questions they will ask themselves. For many who have come to Christ since having an abortion it can be a bittersweet moment. They missed a chance to experience God’s grace to bring them through a challenging moment. Missed a miracle that He wanted to give them in the form of unmatched provision and blessings through a little creation. Yet they experience that same grace when they cast their choices at the feet of Jesus and accept His forgiveness and healing for choosing to have an abortion.

God gives us the power to choose our own path and destiny. His heart’s desire is that we choose life but no matter our decision, He will be waiting to embrace us with extravagant love and to help us make improved choices next time around.