Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

What is your definition of ‘fearing God’? I have found that people have so many different views. Last night in SOULFOOD SUNDAYS, I took a leap into a touchy and uncomfortable topic to discuss. I shared how I felt hurt by ‘religious people’ and the church when it came to how they presented God. As this thought that one must FEAR GOD and be almost paralyzed with fear. 

Have you experienced this? Have you been taught to fear God and that you are a sinner and presented in such a way you feel dirty? Well you might want to listen to last nights message HERE so you can hear what I shared about my experience as well.

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What If I Let Fear Win?

I love telling this story.

Five years ago, I was working a very stressful job in the mental health field, putting in an average of 50+ hours a week, 2 teenagers still at home, sporting activities every evening, all the high school-going into college events and pressures, and if that wasn’t enough I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.

I had been visiting a local church in which a group of ladies were getting together to study a book written by our pastor’s wife. I joined the group and on the first night we were asked a thought provoking question, “If money, time, family and job responsibilities were not a factor, what is the one thing you would want to do or be?”
I think I was the first person to be asked. At least that’s how it felt, because I blurted out what came to my mind. “I’d be an illustrator for a children’s book”. Yikes, what just came out of my mouth and where did THAT come from? I felt warm and sweaty. Did anyone think it was stupid? Were the women laughing at me? Of course not, the LIES of the enemy poured over me and embarrassment consumed me. As the presenter went around from person to person, I couldn’t hear what anyone else said because I was so consumed over the crazy, ridiculous answer I gave!

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The Message

Tonight, I have been inspired to write a message; it has been a magical feeling kind of night, a beautiful feeling that something great is about to happen. A feeling that tells me, soon everything we are going through will be resolved. I received this message after watching a video from Akiane Kramarik called “The Messenger”. This video is a must watch! Akiane is an artist who uses her god given gifts into beautiful messages creating beautiful portraits. As she starts to paint her canvas, she explains all the images she is capturing in her mind. She talks about how each image changes form the true message behind her envisions. This video is followed by soothing sounds that set you into a relaxed state of calmness and peace. I encourage you to make some time to watch this beautiful title.

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The doors will be open to those bold enough to knock

One of the most vulnerable Dream Big Noon-Spirations yet. I could feel my level of uncomfort, and if I were to be honest I really contemplated deleting it. It’s one of those times where I just have to trust that my vulnerability is growing me and God is helping me with claiming my voice and stepping forward into my power.

Religion. Oh boy, I went there. Such a hot topic and I’m not sure my view is a popular one. Yet, even writing that I am contemplating the idea about “the popular view”, is there really? We want diversity and freedom, yet many resist and fight free thinking. We want exclusivity, yet many make fun of people who are unique. We want to be wealthy, yet many are jealous of those with success. See where I am going with this? It is kind of crazy if you think about it. The level of insanity, the limits that we have put on ourself, mostly because we fear the backlash from others.

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