That Jesus Love

It’s easy for me to tell the world that I am a Christian, but showing them, well that’s a totally different story. Jesus says something striking in John 13:34-35, He tells His disciples, “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

That’s a hard kind of love
That love that I can’t give in my own strength because I am human with many frailties. My feelings are hurt easily and I am sometimes tempted to turn off my love. But I tap into the grace of God and ask Him to fill me with the ability to love even when it’s hard and I just don’t want to. Yeah that Jesus love.

A dedicated & patient love
That kind of love that says I am dedicated to walk life out with you. I am willing to pray and fast you to victory, when you fall. I am here to cry with you when life gets hard. I won’t abandon you and condemn you at your weakest moments, but I will be there to help you. And when you win, well I will be the loudest one cheering! Yeah that Jesus love.

A forgiving & merciful love
When you hurt me in the same way you did last week, and I am willing to be merciful and release you of the continued offense. I won’t seek to slander you by constantly repeating to others the things you did to hurt me. I ask God to help me to forgive you as many times necessary and I chose to love you anyway. Yeah that Jesus love.

A serving love
I am willing to ask, “how can I serve you?” I listen to your answer and I follow through. When I am done serving, I expect nothing in return and I don’t look for ways to tell others what I did for you. Instead I serve with a joyful heart knowing that in my service, I am imitating Jesus. Yeah that Jesus love.

An inconvenient love
Like when I don’t want to give up my free time to be there for you. Watch your kids for you. Help you clean your house. Listen to your problems during the time that I had planned to listen to that powerful sermon on loving my brothers and sisters. Come visit you when I really want to take a nap, but I know you need the company. Yeah that Jesus love.

That accountability love
That love that tells you the hard things even though I know you will be mad at me. I tell you the truth because I love you and I am concerned about your soul. The love that asks you the hard-uncomfortable questions. The love that convinces you that I am trustworthy, and you can confess your sins to me knowing I will pray for you instead of condemn you. Yeah that Jesus love.

That encouraging love
I am not jealous of you. Instead I find ways to sincerely encourage you in your gifts and calling even if you don’t encourage me in mine. I listen as you giddily share the BIG dreams God has given you. I pray more than you may realize that these dreams will indeed come to pass. And when you become discouraged because fear and doubt creep in, I am right there encouraging you with the word of God. Yeah that Jesus love.

Our actions should always speak louder than our words. Let us show the world that Jesus kind of love in the ways we love each other! What aspects of the Jesus kind of love is hard for you to live out? Leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you.



My word for this season is PROCESS and I am not always overwhelmingly excited about it. I have noticed an interesting pattern in my life. God speaks, I get excited and I initially pursue what He tells me. However, with time, that excitement diminishes. I was looking through my blog and realized that I had a lot of unfinished blog post in the draft section. Why is that? I get excited about writing a piece and just like that I walk away and never finish it. My unfinished blog posts are reflective of my impatience with the process and my desire to always start something new if the old is taking too long to be completed.

I am uncomfortable with waiting and being patient. For example, at times I become impatient while waiting for my children to become more independent, for my hair to grow, waiting to lose that baby weight from almost five years ago, and on and on. I love the idea of getting to the end and receiving what God promised me. I am often in a hurry for the process to end, but God allows the process to continue because He is trying to do a deeper work in me. I can’t be so quick to move on to another script if the end of my current season doesn’t come as quick as I would like. I leave so much on the table and miss the valuable lessons God is trying to teach me. My prayer is to be more focused and patient while going through the process that is before me. I can relax in knowing that God won’t hold out on the promise that is waiting for me at the end of all of this. What a great comfort! How about you? Do you find that you have patience in the process or are you always looking for it to end? Leave a comment, I would love to hear from you.

Be Blessed,


Lesson Learned?

We assume we have mastered a lesson until we get another test some time down the road. Our grade on the tests reveals if it is necessary to relearn the material. In school, I tried to be diligent about studying for upcoming tests. I often passed the initial test. However, there were some instances where I did poorly on the final exam at the end of the semester, especially in math. This was a clear indicator that I had not mastered the foundational skills necessary to retain the material. I didn’t fully get it. Truth is, some lessons must be revisited.

Here I am at the end of the year taking inventory and asking honest questions, “Did I learn the material the Lord was trying to teach me, did I REALLY LEARN the lesson? Did I go around the SAME MOUNTAIN all year, or did I graduate? Have I made progress?” The Christian life is all about progress. We move from glory to glory(2 Corinthians 3:16-18). We press towards the mark of the high calling (Philippians 3:14). We allow the one who began a good work in us to continue it until its completed (Philippines 1:6).

As I sit and reflect, I encourage you to do the same. What lessons did God teach you this year, have you mastered them? Are you ready to go to the next level, or do you need to sit in class a little longer? I pray that 2018 finds us all in a place of total obedience and a made up mind to learn all the Lord wants to teach us.



Have you ever prayed to hear God’s voice?  Have you been stuck, uncertain of your next moves and you need the Lord to speak to you? I have.  I go and pour my heart out asking the Lord to provide clarity.  However, when He gives me an answer I don’t want, I go back with the same prayer request, “Oh God please let me hear your voice!”  But what I am really saying is, “God I heard what you said but I don’t like that response.  I don’t want to do it!   Can you please come up with some other alternative?”  He is God and I am not.  Even though I don’t always like what I hear when He speaks to me, it is always in my best interest to respond in obedience. Deuteronomy 28 lists all the blessing that follow when Israel obeyed God’s instructions.  We love to shout about those promises, ‘blessed going out blessed coming in!’  But before you get to shouting, don’t forget to read that passage in its entirety. The latter verses share the consequences of disobeying God. This passage reminds us that God does provide direction for His people and tell them what He expects of them.  However, the ability to hear His voice demands a response of obedience from the hearer.

God speaks to us in many ways.  It may be in a dream, from His word, through another believer, or just a strong inner knowing, among many other ways. Don’t take for granted that the creator of the universe speaks to you!    Even if it is not what you want to hear, you know He won’t lead you in the wrong direction. As we prepare to enter a new year, do you find yourself with unfinished God tasks?  You know, the things the Lord told you to do when you asked to hear His voice.  The things you did not want to do.  Yeah, those things. The start of a New Year does not mean that God will change His mind. I encourage you to not only pray to hear God’s voice but to also pray for a heart to obey when He does speak even if it is not what YOU WANT TO DO.    His grace is there to attend you!

Leprosy of the heart

The story of Naaman in 2 Kings 5 is one of my favorite bible stories. It reminds me of God’s ability to heal and the dangers of walking in pride! The passage opens by telling us that Naaman was favored by the King of Syria. He had a great position and great victories BUT he was a leper.

As the story of Naaman unfolds, we see that he not only had leprosy of the skin but leprosy of the heart. What on earth am I talking about? Naaman was angry when the Prophet Elisha didn’t come out to see him and by way of his servant, told him to go dip seven times in the Jordan River. Naaman was furious because being a man with such authority, he was expecting a more honorable greeting followed by special instructions for His healing. He received neither!

Given the severity of his situation, I would think that Naaman would have immediately obeyed instead of protesting. After all, leprosy was fatal! However, the pride in His heart made Him forget about his desperate situation. Pride has a way of blinding us from what we really need. Pride can be a deliverance snatcher! Thankfully Naaman had a wise officer who encouraged him to take heed to the instruction given by the man of God and he was healed.

What is the BUT in your life, that exception, that thorn? In other words, what is the thing that is hanging over your head that seems to overshadow all the other great things that you have going on in your life? Sometimes God allows the outward “leprosy” in our life to highlight the most fatal leprosy of all…the one in our hearts. God knows how to present scenarios in our life that brings the ugliness in our hearts to the surface so that we can be healed, delivered, and freed from pride. Have you been protesting, or have you yielded to the process so that you can be healed of spiritual leprosy?