INSPIRATIONS

INSPIRATIONS

Celebrate Freedom!

Conflict between the colonies and England was already a year old when the colonies convened a Continental Congress in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776. In a June 7 session in what would be Independence Hall, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a resolution with the famous words: “Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection…

More than Enough

“Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who has loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither the lower ranks of evil angels nor the higher, neither things present nor things future, nor the forces of nature, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God which rests upon us in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39 (WNT)             My…

A Way in the Wilderness

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)           When I was born, my mom and my dad were not together, so my grandmother pretty much raised me until I was seven years old, and she got murdered. Then I went to live with my mom and my stepdad.             I was not very welcome because…

Grace Upon Grace

“Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” Acts 20:32 (New International Version)             When I was coming up, every summer there was a JTPA Summer Youth Program at the River Park projects to help kids twelve to sixteen from low-income families get work. They hired me at VoTech to be a secretary four summers in a row. The…

The Cross on the Hillside

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:55 (NIV)             Weary, I picked up my daughter and headed home as my work week drew to an end.             With a nagging head cold, I wanted nothing more than to put my feet up and have a nice hot cup of tea, but I didn’t have time to relax. I was throwing a surprise fiftieth birthday party for my friend Jeanette. All our friends…

Jesus Will Rewrite Your Story

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13 (NLT)             I was in a dark depression.             I could not even go get groceries. I just wanted to smoke my cigarettes and drink my coffee and be in my room. I put dark towels around my windows so that no light could come in.             My family planned out a surprise party for my birthday. In the middle of the party, I turned to…

The Fruit of My Womb

For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb… Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:13,16 (TEB)             My husband and I were in Jamaica on vacation, spending time talking with friends one evening when one of them, a medical doctor, began to stare at my neck.             “Don’t you see that you have a goiter?”…

Plant a Tiny Mustard Seed

“I tell you this: if you had even a faint spark of faith, even faith as tiny as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and because of your faith, the mountain would move. If you had just a sliver of faith, you would find nothing impossible.” Matthew 17:20 (The Voice)             When my girls were young, we had a neighbor named Andrea. While she had brothers and sisters of her own, they were…

Exceeding Abundantly Above All

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” Ephesians 3:20 (KJV)             God has always been in my life.             As a little girl, I loved church and knew there was a God. When I was nine or ten, my parents went through a tough time, and we didn’t go to church as much. I really wanted to go back and I prayed,…

The Power of Prayer

Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.” I James 5:14-15 (NLT)             In the summer of 2008, I was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer.              I had been…