How’s Your Pour?

I was only 19 years old but it felt as if my life as I knew it had come to an end. I held my cell phone in my hand while my stomach sunk like an anchor in the middle of an ocean. My mom explained on the other side of the phone that my…

What You Speak Over Yourself Matters

A few years ago I was listening to a well respected communicator speak on having compassion and partnering with God’s heart for our cities.   As he was speaking, in my mind I said to myself, it’s too bad that every spiritual gift test I take seems to be so low in compassion and mercy. Quick…

Gold in the Process

I was 21 years old with a lot of dreams in my heart. On the inside, I always felt that I was making steps towards those dreams. But on the outside, I had one year of college under my belt, I was working 30 hours a week, and not really doing a lot with my…

This Isn’t Who I Am

A couple weeks ago I was on my way to pick up my boys from school and I caught a glimpse of myself in the rear view mirror. I said out loud, “this isn’t who I am”! I legit looked awful. My hair was a mess, there were remnants of mascara and blotches of eye…

You Will Not Die

  Have you ever heard someone say, “I could have died from embarrassment!” One weekend in the not so distant past, I was leading worship for the services at the Urbana campus. After church on Sunday, I went home to rest a little and change my clothes (I had been wearing the same outfit all…

Let Us Not Grow Weary

“Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in.” -Galatians 6:9 (AMP) Sometimes, it’s hard to keep going.  We may have started our journey with excitement and enthusiasm, bursting out of the gate at a sprint.  But then over…

Preparing the Way

My guitar was out of tune.  My drummer was playing like Animal from the Muppets.  My electric guitar player was playing floaty, noodley, guitar solos non-stop.  My bgv singer was harmonizing to every. word. of. every. song. As I was leading, I was so annoyed, and couldn’t wait for the worship set to be over…and…

Walking in the Light

As I was talking with Jesus, I heard him say this… Everything will always come into the light because that’s where I am, and that’s who I am. This is the only place you find real freedom and the only place I can heal you. Walk in the light as I am in the light….

Mark of His Presence

Acts 2:1-4 (The Message) “When the feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force-no one could tell where it came from.  It filled the whole building. Then, like wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking…

Doing Dishes

From the one year bible:  Luke 11:39-41 – Then the Lord said to him, “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.  You foolish people!  Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also?  But give what is inside the…