Posts in TIMES OF REFRESHING
Why Pray?: The Purpose of Prayer

Prayer is one of the primary ways that we connect with the heart of God. Prayer is the way that we communicate with our Father. Just like any other relationship, the more time we spend with God in prayer, the more we get to know about Him and His character. It is where we get to experience the REALNESS of God!

When we spend time with God in prayer, our confidence in Him increases, because He proves himself trustworthy every single time.

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Say Goodbye to the People Pleaser

That’s it. I quit.

Today is the day that I let it go.

Today is the day that I break up with the people pleaser in me. 

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The Good Shepherd Part 2: From Religion to Relationship

When I made the decision to truly surrender my life to the Lord,  I was in a quandary.  I knew there was something more to salvation than going to church, serving on the usher board, and praying over my food as I ate.

I just didn't know how to obtain that "something". 

There was an ache inside of me that no one or nothing could soothe.  

No matter how many relationships I engaged in, how many degrees I obtained, how many friendships I encountered... 

No matter how much alcohol I consumed.. 

No matter what I did to self medicate, there was always this ache and longing inside of me that I knew could only be healed by Jesus the Christ.  

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The Good Shepherd Part 1: Forget Not All His Benefits

With the holiday season upon us, this is the perfect time to reflect on the goodness and faithfulness of the Good Shepherd.

However, with the BUSYNESS of the season, we often forget about the REAL reason for the entire season.

He is the one who makes it all possible.  He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. 

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You Still Have Worth

Sometimes when we make mistakes, we feel like there is no coming back from this. We feel that the mistake was too weighty, and there is no redemption.

Sometimes we feel like God or others will never forgive us for what we have done.

Sometimes…we feel like because of the mistakes that we have made, we have lost our worth as a parent, spouse, and child of God.

When we ask God for forgiveness through Jesus, all of heaven rejoices, BECAUSE YOU STILL HAVE WORTH.

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We Are Giant Slayers!

My oldest son plays little league football. Last year, he was on the team that won the championship title…sort of like the “super bowl” of little league. He played for the Falcons.

It was a very memorable season. There was one game in particular that made a very lasting impression on all of us.

My son’s team was scheduled to play the Steelers. At some point during the season, we had seen them in action. One thing is for sure.. these boys were HUGE.

I mean.. they were REALLY HUGE. I literally was not convinced that they were even the same age or should be in the same league. I wanted to demand to see some birth certificates for some of these boys! I digress..

Overall, the boys that played for the Falcons were smaller in stature. Naturally, they were a little intimidated.

My son said, “Momma, they are so big!” I told him not to let that affect him. Their size doesn’t take away from his talents. “Keep blocking the same way you always block, play like you always play. Don’t let that intimidate you, son,” I said to him.

I can’t remember who scored first. But I do remember, when the Falcons scored, it caught the Steelers off guard. They weren’t expecting it. Of course, the Falcons won.

In the story of David and Goliath, we found a very similar scenario. This story can by found in 1 Samuel 17.

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Freedom from Perfection

We buy tons of books, cd’s, dvd’s and other resources on parenting and/or marriage, in hopes that we can learn to be the perfect spouse or perfect parent.

We have to be the perfect employee. We have to be the perfect volunteer.

Although we know that social media may be the culprit for a lot of this.. have we ever stopped to think what is really the fuel behind our desire to be perfect? What is the fuel that keeps our perfectionist wheels turning?

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The Masks We Wear: A Journey to Authenticity

When I was I little girl, my favorite holiday was Christmas, of course.   But my next favorite holiday was Halloween.

The candy and other treats were awesome, going trick-or-treating with my siblings and friends was fun, but there was something else about Halloween that intrigued me.  It was the masks that we we wore.

The first Halloween costume that I remember was a nurse's uniform.  I wanted to be a nurse like my Aunt Rose, so my parents brought me this costume.  I remember it vividly.  It was a white smock with this heavy, thick mask. 

Boy, was that mask uncomfortable!  It was hot, it made me sweat, and the elastic that kept it in place was tight.  Yet, I LOVED wearing it.

Even at a young age, I realized that if I wore this mask, I could pretend to be anything that I desired to be.

Life went on, situations happened, tragedies occurred.  One thing remained constant...I continued to love to wear masks.

But these masks were different.

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Stay Focused

No matter what you are going through, 

No matter how the winds and waves are raging, 

No matter how impossible it may seem, 

No matter how scary it gets,

No matter how ugly it gets, 

Keep your eyes on Him.  Keep walking toward him.  Keep letting Him lead you.   And you won't sink.

Stay focused.


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Overcoming the Paralysis of Fear

We won't move because we believe our fears more than we believe God.  We shrink back.  We become prisoners in our own mind.  We become hostages to our own thoughts.  At that point, the enemy has done a might fine job of keeping us from being all that God has created us to be.

But there is an anecdote.   It may not happen overnight.  It will take some effort.  But, just like in every other situation, if you consistently apply it, it will work. 

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Sitting at His Feet

When I first got married,  I lived in Beaufort, SC.  The ministry that we are a part of is in Hanahan, SC (in the greater Charleston area).   So, if you are from this area, you have gathered that we lived about 1 and 1/2 hours away from our church.  

But that did not stop us from being faithful to the ministry.

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Autumn Rains

So tell me.. is it hot enough for you? Girl...smh.  I am a southern girl to my core. I don’t particularly care for colder temps (sorry my northern friends), and I really enjoy summertime.  But honey, let’s just say that this Charleston heat takes it to another level! I really could do without my makeup melting off of my face and me looking like I just took a shower fully clothed after walking around the block.  So, I choose to enjoy the beauty of the south from as many air conditioned spaces that I can get to.


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