• Does Your Love Have Strings Attached?
    Have you ever been told “I love you” after doing something for somebody? I realized that it was not necessarily me that they loved but what I could do for them. That love they had for me at that moment was transactional.  I’m not saying that person didn’t have a genuine love for me. But, at that moment, the motive behind their “I love you” was based on my actions for them. God’s love is the opposite. It is never […]
  • Is God The Center of Your Thankfulness?
    Thanksgiving is now only three days away; can you believe it? I want to start by asking you a question. What is the root of your thankfulness – is it your family, financial security, a good job, or the small good things that happen in a day?  I love the journey from Thanksgiving to Christmas; it’s a great time to evaluate what’s on my heart – and why. Although that journey seems to be going quickly this year, it’s already […]
  • When You Waver, God’s Love Does Not.
    “But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.” -Psalm 13 Over the next few weeks, we will look at different attributes of the Father’s love.  Today, I want to remind you of His steadfast love. Steadfast means to be “resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.” You can say devoted, committed, dependable, loyal, or faithful.  When scripture uses “steadfast” in front of love, it declares that God’s love for you is unwavering. His love won’t […]
  • You Are Victor Even In A Valley
    A pessimist believes that only bad things happen. A good indicator that you might fall into a pessimistic mindset is that you find yourself repeating, “Why does this always happen to me.” or “Man, I just cannot catch a break.”  Don’t worry; you are not the only one who feels this way… I’m guilty of it too!  But the reality is we are not victims. On the contrary, God has made us victors!  I love Psalms 23:6, “Surely goodness and […]
  • Can You See The Light During A Storm?
    In Oklahoma, we know stormy weather. Our storms go way beyond reading by the fire weather. We see trees fall, power outages, flooding, and loss. And many of us are facing a storm right now – it might be literal, spiritual, or both. But, unfortunately, facing storms over and over can dim out light. In storm season, it is tough to see or be the light. As a result, our hope can slowly slip away. And when that happens, we […]
  • Are You Fighting with the FULL Armor of God?
    October 24th Monday Motivator James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” I want to focus on resisting. I don’t know about you, but when I read this verse, I read it like this. “Flee from the devil, and he will flee from you.” Yes, I know, the “fleeing” is not “resisting!” My brain skipped right over the most important word! To resist is a military word that means “take a […]
  • You Are Called To Discipleship
    October 17th Monday Motivator I’m sure you’re familiar with the verse, “Go and make disciples of every nation and tongue.” But what exactly is a disciple?  The meaning of disciple is a student or learner.  Disciples commit to learning The Way and teachings of Jesus to become more like the Teacher, Jesus.  I love the meaning of disciple because it’s much deeper than just someone who follows after Christ! As disciples, we must never stop learning from Him. Discipleship is […]
  • Does Pride Keep You From Exalting God?
    October 10th Monday Motivator When reading the book of Daniel, I found a common subject – pride. A king named Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar both had an issue with pride. Nebuchadnezzar was a successful and powerful king with Belshazzar following in his footsteps. His kingdom is described as a strong tree with a height that reached the heavens, lovely leaves, and fruit for all. What a compliment, right? But that beautiful solid tree would be cut down in a blink of […]
  • A Deeper Look Into Gentleness
    Many times, the word gentle can become confused with weak. To look at what gentleness is, you can look at the word meekness. Which often is labeled as being weak. When studying the word meekness it is described as gentle strength. So actually, being gentle is a strength. It’s quite easy to be the complete opposite, harsh, or evening condemning. When trying not to be harsh you can find out quickly, it is a little harder to do so. Gentleness […]
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  • How To Reach Your Full Potential
    September 19th Monday Motivator / Recorded in Kazakhstan Are you longing for more, but life keeps getting in the way? I’ve learned that it’s often not a what in my way but a WHO that stops me from reaching my full potential.  I read once, “Potential is what you can do but have not yet accomplished. Potential is how far you can go but with God.” Some of us let the fact that it hasn’t been done or accomplished stop us from trying.  We make excuses to keep […]
  • Ambassadors For Christ
    Our worlds look different, but every Christian has the same daily opportunity. In every circumstance, we can be ambassadors for Christ.  I once heard a man say, “We are just paid ambassadors.” He was so in love with his job that he would have evangelized about the product for free! In the same way, we are “just paid ambassadors” as we show Christ’s love to others; he enriches our lives, keeps his promises, and paid for our sins. This mindset […]
  • Trust God With Your Children This School Year
    The school year is in full swing, and while we should be excited about all the new things our children will learn, many families live in fear. School shootings, tighter wallets, illness, and other challenges have parents worried every time they drop off their babies. Today and every day of this school year, I encourage you to lean into God’s promises!   1. God Has Answers: Don’t try to parent alone. God is the perfect Father, which means He has all the wisdom […]
  • Discipline Reaps The Greatest Harvest
    Last week I heard something that has stuck with me until now. A man said, “Motivation is a feeling; discipline is a choice.” Those words hit hard! Motivation is not a bad thing; it just does not last. You might be motivated to do something for a week, but what happens when you do not feel like doing it anymore?  What happens after you read today’s “Monday Motivator?”  That’s where discipline kicks in.  You move into discipline when you decide to […]
  • Do You Have An Attitude Like Christ?
  • Dive Into A Deeper Relationship With God, Just Like Moses.
    One of my favorite verses from Jeremiah 29 is not verse 11, “For I know the plans I have for you…” but verse 13, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with your whole heart.”  Verse thirteen has been my pursuit recently, knowing more of God. It’s easy to get caught in the motions and cycles of life. Work, family, and all sorts of stuff can keep us unfocused. We forget that God is calling us […]
  • Are You Letting Your Past Label You?
    We all unintentionally label others.  Our brains make quick judgments based on a limited amount of information that isn’t always correct – despite our best intentions. We assume we know WHO they are without thinking twice. David was labeled. When they saw him, they thought, “No way this could be the son of Jacob that’s a king.” But God saw David’s heart.  God saw the heart of a shepherd, one who would protect his sheep at all costs. So, he was the […]
  • You Are The Light
    My motto is “Create light by being a light.”  Two weeks ago we talked about being an influencer. Today, I want to take this one step further and encourage you to be a light!   We all know that we live in a dark world, but to create light in the darkness, we have to be the light! Creating light requires action. We must look for ways in our everyday life to be a light somewhere or somehow. We do not have to […]
  • Are You Allowing Hate To Make You Stumble?
    We all know we are supposed to love our neighbors, but what about the ones that hate us? Do we love them too?  The Bible is clear; only love can defeat hate.  However, that doesn’t mean you allow yourself to be mistreated; it is about what’s in your heart. You see, hate spreads, and the resentment or anger we receive from another might grow in your heart over time. As a result, we begin to feel the same hate we […]
  • Where Is Our Trust?
    Inflation is up, prices have sky-rocked, and many of us are thinking, “How will we survive this?”  Yet, no matter what’s happening around us, we can take comfort in knowing God is the provider and source of all our needs.  1 Timothy 6:17 says, “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.” This verse shows us two places we can place trust. […]
  • Your Influence Has Power
    Everyone is an influencer, no matter age or how well you are known. You influence the people around you – your children, grandchildren, friends, co-workers, and strangers. So the question is, are you a positive or negative influencer? A challenging but needed question. How we live, treat people, talk, and even what we consider important or unimportant. Our lives speak into the lives of people around us.  Sadie Robertson says, “The meaning of influence is to affect someone’s behavior or character.” It […]
  • God Expects You To Be Merciful
    I heard that a way to describe the word “mercy” is undeserved forgiveness.  Mercy is “a form of love shown to the needy or unworthy.” God loves to show us mercy! The Word says that He “delights in showing mercy.”  Our Father is rich in mercy and offers more than enough for everyone. His mercies are new every morning, and there is nothing you can do to separate yourself from God’s love.  But what about us? Do we delight in showing mercy? Are our mercies new every […]
  • The Virtue of Job You Need
    When reading the book of Job, the word “integrity” stood out to me. Job faced a very challenging time in his life. He lost children, possessions, and many other things. But one thing Job never lost was his INTEGRITY – THIS AMAZED ME! His integrity kept him from wavering in hard times.  It is easy to let your standards down when faced with complex circumstances, take shortcuts, and find easier routes.  But ultimately, doing things with integrity will bring the results you […]
  • Impact Starts With Intention
    June 6th Monday Motivator What comes up for you when you think of the word “intentional”? I think of doing things with a purpose or goal or doing something with all your heart. More importantly, I think of not doing something out of guilt or shame. Sometimes life can feel like a list of obligations instead of things “we get to do.” Being intentional is difficult because our routines and negative thought patterns can quickly take over. It is easy for regular routines to become tradition and religion. We can even get this way […]
  • Is Your Inner Voice Speaking God’s Truths?
    The Bible talks a lot about the power of our words. Words can direct our life! James 3:4-5 says, “And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.” Words carry weight and power! Words speak life or death! Words encourage or discourage! Words give hope or anxiety!  Words bring healing or tear down! What words are you speaking over your life?  Your inner […]
  • God Orders Your Steps, Even When You Feel Lost.
    Change is never easy, and stepping out into something new can even be scary. It’s easy for us to get comfortable with the familiar.  But the truth is to grow; we have to get uncomfortable.  God knows our future. He has lined up the steps and paths we take. But what do you do when those steps aren’t what you imagined or expected?  Every step we take prepares us for what God has next!  The Lord is our GPS and leads us one direction […]
  • Rest Is A Biblical Principle
    Are you weary of carrying heavy burdens? Wearing many “hats” – employee, boss, parent, leader, business owners, caretaker, and so on can create a mounting sense of pressure. Life can feel non-stop. And the inability to pause can deteriorate our physical, emotional, and spiritual health. But God said come to me, and I will give you rest.  GO TO GOD! Spend time in His presence. Sometimes life can be so busy the last thing on our agenda is setting time for God, but it’s in those […]
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