Learning to Hear the Voice of God: Intimacy

Intimacy with God in prayer is the foundation of hearing and knowing his voice.  Knowing God’s voice doesn’t just happen.  It requires a commitment to communion.  Much like our relationships with the people that we love, we must foster a relationship with God through constant communication (prayer).  Prayer is the birth place of intimacy with the Father, and it is here that we meet to commune with him and learn his voice.

When we spend time with the people that we love, whether our spouses, children, or parents, knowing the sound of their voices is a natural outgrowth of intimate interaction.  The more time we spend with them, we begin to pick up on the finer nuances of their voices.  We know when they are happy, or upset.  We learn the difference between sarcasm and true emotional distress just by spending intimate time with them.

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Grave Clothes

The Gospel of John chapter 20 recounts the morning of Jesus’ resurrection as seen through the eyes of Mary Magdalene and Peter.  The angel had just appeared to Mary announcing the resurrection of our Lord.  Upon her arrival to tell the rest of the disciples, Peter had to go and see for himself.  When he arrived to the tomb where Jesus was buried, he found it empty with only his burial linens lying off to the side.  Jesus had risen!!!

On this Resurrection weekend, I am encouraged to know and understand that Jesus came to die in my place.  The punishment of sin was viciously enacted upon his broken body as he carried the weight of death for me.  He experienced separation from the Father so I wouldn’t have to, and for this I live my life in worship as a “thank you.”

Because Jesus discarded his grave clothes, I don’t have to be bound by mine anymore.  God has given us the power to walk away from the dead things in our lives to live a resurrected life in Jesus Christ.  We no longer have to be bound by what once held us captive.  We can be free from the sting of sin and the grave of guilt through the finished work of Christ.  When we die to ourselves God resurrects us to new life in him, and we don’t smell or look like death anymore.  Praise be unto God that we don’t have to wear what we died in.

Whom the Son sets free is free indeed.  Amen!!!

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God’s Recycling Plan

There is no waste in God’s kingdom.  He knows how to turn every event in our lives into something he can use for his glory.  The good, the bad, and the ugly.  It matters not how dirty, stinky, and mangled our lives appear, God’s recycling plan is designed to make us beautiful in HIS time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).  Inevitably, life will bring pain to our doorsteps.  How we manage our pain will determine the level of future glory we experience.  God’s presence is the healing ointment that helps us recover from the deepest wounds.  Only in His presence can we find “fulness of joy” and “pleasures for evermore” (Psalm 16:11).

We have been given a divine invitation to come to Him and drop everything that is too heavy for us to carry on our own.  “Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you” (1 Peter 5: 7, TPT).  Allow God to recycle you in His presence.  He wants to take your mangled trash and turn it into the sparkling treasure that will ultimately glorify Him.  “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us” (2 Corinthians 4:7).

Our scars may cause us to feel worthless and ashamed, as if God will never again have anything to do with us.  Don’t believe this lie.  God loves turning trash into treasure for his glory.  He never discards us or anything that we have gone through.  Today, allow God’s presence to recycle your pain and release His power deep within you.  Keep living!  YES…glory will come even from this.

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The Circuit of Purpose

In high school, one of the first major projects I was assigned was to successfully build an electrical circuit.  I started by connecting a huge battery to a light bulb using copper wiring.  I also added a lever to open and close the circuit, making the light bulb flash on when the lever was closed.

I learned the technical terms for each part of the circuit.  The battery was the “source,” the copper wiring was the “conductor,” the lever was the “switch,” and the light bulb was the load.  The load is designed to receive all the power generated from the source through the conductor, to produce an action or a result.  In the case of my makeshift circuit, the action was light.  All of the parts of the circuit had to connect perfectly before the light bulb, or the load, would light up.

In much the same way, our lives are like spiritual circuits.  When we are connected to our Source (God), we have the power to light up this world.  Our connection to God the Father through the finished work of Jesus Christ gives us the ability to release that power into the lives of others.  Matthew 5:16 (KJV) states, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”  When we are connected to our Source, His power flowing through us generates the light of life that draws men to Him…that’s how this circuit is designed.

There is one more step to closing the circuit of purpose in our lives.  We have been created to live in union with God to fully maximize our potential as lights in this world.  For this to happen, we must ensure that the circuit of our heart, head, and hands align perfectly.

Proverbs 4:23 (KJV) states, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”  Our hearts are like the conductors of God’s power. He built them to be receptive to and conduct His love and power.  Our minds act as the switches of this powerful circuitry.  What we think on a daily basis can either help or halt the flow of God’s power through our lives.  Our internal dialogue creates our reality, even if the dialogue is not true.  Finally, our hands carry out the work of the ministry as our hearts connect with our heads to close the circuit, thus creating the light of life that can only be found in Christ.

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Prescribed Burn: The Refiner’s Fire

Not long ago, I came across a local news story announcing preparations to intentionally set a forest fire.  The nerd in me immediately perked up to learn more about this curious endeavor.  Why would someone intentionally start a forest fire?  I quickly cracked open my laptop and began foraging for answers.  What I discovered was life-changing.

According to the National Park Service, the technical name for this intentional torching is said to be a “prescribed burn.”  Normally, when we think of forest fires, we tend to only think of the death and destruction left in their wake.  Prescribed fires, on the other hand, pose a reduced risk because they are monitored and controlled throughout the entire process.  Every phase of the fire is managed by fire authorities to ensure it never burns beyond the scope of its prescribed purpose.  In other words, there are boundaries for the burn.

Malachi 3:1-2, AMP states:

“”Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will prepare and clear the way before Me.  And the LORD [the Messiah], whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the LORD of hosts.  But who can endure the day of His coming?  And who can stand when He appears?  For He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderer’s soap [which removes impurities and uncleanness].”

Many times, the crucible of life can turn up the heat through our circumstances and challenges.  God does allow certain things to happen in our lives that can be very painful.  At times, the heat can be overwhelming as we pass through the flames of pain and disappointment.  While going through these difficult times, we must never forget that God is the Almighty Refiner who faithfully monitors the flames of our circumstances to ensure they never consume us.  God has a purpose for everything that afflicts us, even if we never discover or understand that purpose.   One of my favorite passages

Romans 8:28, AMP states:

“And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.”

When God initiates a prescribed burn in our lives, it is symbolic that he is preparing us for increase and favor.  I know it does not feel like it at times.  Remember this…If we never experience the pain of the test, we will never experience the power of the testimony.  YOU WILL SURVIVE THIS!!!

There are three characteristics of God’s refining process that prepare us for our destiny.  God’s process is always planned, purifying, and productive.

The Process is Planned

Every prescribed burn has a purpose or a prescription before it is ignited.  Conditions must be right and the experts must be in place to ensure a safe and successful burn.  Many factors are taken into account such as weather and public safety.  Likewise, God’s refining process in our lives is also planned.  God is intentional.  He never begins anything in us without first having a plan to manage it and finish it (Philippians 1:6).  God will not allow you to be consumed.

Lamentations 3:22-23, KJV states:

“It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”

The Process is Purifying

One of the benefits of a prescribed fire is to burn off dead leaves and tree limbs that have fallen onto the forest floor in previous seasons.  These dead things can ignite under the right conditions contributing to even more destructive wildfires.  Death can sometimes be a blessing in disguise.  Not everything that is good to us is good for us.  Some things are detrimental to our destiny, and God’s refining process removes the debris that can cause bigger issues for us down the road.  A prescribed burn can change the landscape of our lives so that we may gain a fresh, new perspective about who God has called us to be.

The Process is Productive

One of the most intriguing lessons I learned about prescribed burns is not the fire itself, but how some trees have adapted to the fire.  There are some tree seeds that are buried in the soil of the forest floor that can only germinate when activated by fire.  That’s right!!!  Fire is actually the catalyst that initiates reproduction.  One such species of tree is called the Lodgepole Pine.  The seeds of these trees will lie dormant in the soil until activated by a fire.  The heat does not destroy the seeds, rather it helps them germinate.  In essence, these seeds were built for the fire.  Although it may not feel like it at times, we too were built to withstand the fires of life.  The fiery trials that we endure were not designed to consume us, but they were designed to activate what is already lying dormant inside of us (1 Peter 4:12-13).

In the furnace of tribulation, we find comfort in knowing that God has a plan to always purify and purge us making us more fruitful.  He promised to never leave us to endure the heat alone (Isaiah 43:2).  Like a refiner, God manages and controls the burn as we trust in him.  Embrace the flames, because in the midst of the fire is where the seeds of greatness are activated.


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Unbottled Water

Have you ever noticed the nutritional contents of a bottle of water?  If so, you may have wondered why something that contains 0g sodium, 0g fat, 0g protein, 0g carbs, and 0 calories is essential to sustain life.  Furthermore, why does Jesus compare himself to such a drab drink?  In the Gospel of John, Jesus states:

“If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”~John 7:37-38, KJV

To gain a better understanding of this comparison, let us examine some common characteristics of water, and how they compare to the nature of God’s spirit that lives within us.

Water Sustains

Plain ‘ole water has no color, smell, or taste, and many people will reluctantly admit they do not drink the recommended daily amount (8 glasses) according to experts.  Though this may be true, I think we all can agree that the consequences of not drinking water is definitely undesirable, and can contribute to some pretty nasty health issues.

According to Curiosity.com, our bodies are roughly 60-70% water.  Of course, this percentage can change based on factors such as age, sex, and body composition.  Most of our bodily functions depend on the presence of water.  Without it, we would overheat, lose brain and digestive functions, and eventually die of dehydration.  When God created us, he made us in his image and after his likeness, which means he literally placed himself inside of us via his spirit.  Apart from God, we lose the capacity to be the best versions of ourselves.  We become dried-up raisins instead of fresh, juicy grapes.  God’s spirit animates us and gives us life.  Paul states in the Book of Acts:

“For in him we live, and move, and have our being…”~Acts 17:28, KJV

Water Fills

Water is known to take the shape of its container.  If it is allowed access, it fills all spaces and voids regardless of shape.  When God created us, he intended to fill us with himself.  For that reason, he created us with a void that was designed to be filled by him and him alone.  This is why it is futile for us to fill ourselves with things that will eventually evaporate and leave us dehydrated and empty.  Only God can truly satisfy us throughout the entirety of our lives, and perfectly fill the void.

Water Cleans

Whenever we prepare to clean anything, water is usually one of the first things we need access to due to its unique ability to dissolve and dilute particles.  Similarly, God’s spirit cleanses us from the stains of sin and dissolves the particles of iniquity.  David knew this quite well as he penned,

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.”~ Psalm 51:10-11, KJV

Notice the reference in this verse to the holy spirit of God, and how he cleans us through and through.  Like water, God’s spirit is the cleaning agent that daily washes us as we enter into his presence in worship.

Water Flows

Though water is essential to life, it can also be extremely destructive.  For example, a small leak over time can wreak havoc in our houses.  A tsunami after an earthquake can instantly level an entire city.  When water is allowed access into a particular space, it seeks to fill that space completely due to its forceful flowing properties.  This is what Jesus meant when he said from our bellies shall flow “rivers of living water.”  In John 7:39, the Bible expressly states that Jesus was referring to the Holy Ghost.  As God’s spirit fills us, eventually he seeks to fill the other voids around us, because he cannot be contained.  If there are voids in our relationships, or our finances, or our ministries, he desires to address those issues, and to bring his healing hydration to everything that is connected to us.

In summary, Jesus could have chosen to compare himself to anything, but now we see why he chose water.  He is simply the essential ingredient to life.  No flashy colors or sweeteners.  He simply is, and he wants to fill us and flow from us to others.  Beloved, be filled with the spirit of God today.  We were designed to hydrate the world with God’s love and his spirit.  Every wound that life has inflicted upon us releases the flow of God’s spirit and affects the lives of others.  The deeper the wound, the greater the flow.  So, today, allow God to take off your cap of pride, pour you out, and hydrate the world!


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Embrace Your Cocoon

Yes…I’ve contemplated suicide. Why, you may ask?

Honestly, there is just something seductive about ending it all when the pain you’re living in becomes unbearably excruciating.  For me, without becoming too transparent, it was an attempt to salvage the last iota of control I felt I had over my life…to control how and when I was going to die.  My apologies…I know this is not a pleasant thought; however, when pain of any variety becomes chronic, it tends to produce this type of negative, destructive thought pattern, even in the strongest of us.  Unfortunately, far too many people fail to make it out of this downward spiral before crashing and going up in flames. I’m so grateful to God for pulling me out of this destructive pattern, into a place of hope and empowerment in Him.  For this reason, I feel compelled to inspire others, and to share this hope with everyone I possibly can during my tenure on Earth.

During my darkest hours, my greatest encouragement has often come from choosing to change my perspective, in order to see God in everything.  I’ll be the first to admit, this can be very challenging.  However, in my experience, God always leaves trails of bread crumbs that feed our hopes, if our hearts remain open to His voice.

An example of such bread crumbs happened during one of my nature hikes not long ago. As I was entering a shaded section of my trail, I found myself under a beautiful canopy of trees with lush, low hanging branches.  As I looked around to breath it all in, I noticed what seemed to be a cocoon hanging from a tree branch.  I couldn’t tell if a butterfly was actually inside the cocoon, but it was quite the spectacle.  I immediately started to wonder about what actually takes place inside this silken structure, so I decided to do a little research.

As nature would have it, butterflies are actually born caterpillars, whose primary job is to eat (I like that job).  Although the caterpillar is unassuming, and to many people, somewhat repulsive, it’s born with everything it needs to become a butterfly.  According to ScientificAmerican.com, caterpillars are born with “imaginal discs” which ultimately become butterfly parts, such as wings, eyes, and legs.  One may think this transformation from caterpillar to butterfly is a rapid one, but the converse is true.  Caterpillars undergo a series of molts, before spinning and entering the cocoon.  As the caterpillar eats, and eats, and eats some more, it grows.  The larger it grows, it literally becomes too big for its skin, and has to shed, or molt.  This happens several times before the little guy enters the cocoon for the big reveal.

I believe the agony that we feel is our soul’s way of telling us that it’s time to molt or grow again.  It just may be a signal that you’ve gotten to big for where you currently are.  The more we grow, the more we must shed and leave behind our old restrictive skin. Everything that we have experienced in our past (good and “seemingly” bad) is meant to be used as fuel to become bigger, better, and stronger.

To me, the most fascinating aspect of the cocoon experience is what happens inside. Hidden from public view, the caterpillar molts for the last time forming the cocoon, or chrysalis, and there is where it literally digests itself.  Yes…the caterpillar digests its previous body in preparation to become something spectacular.  It spins the cocoon to encapsulate the digestive process, and thus begins the metamorphosis.

Remember those “imaginal discs” I mentioned earlier?  Well, they are the only things that survive the digestion process.  While in the cocoon, these discs are pre-programmed to interact with each other to miraculously form the new symmetrical butterfly structures.

God has placed components of our future greatness inside of us, but we must die to our old nature before those components become visible.  We’re encouraged to abide in Christ (John 15:4), so that He can give us the necessary strength to commit a figurative suicide of sorts, as we slay the carnal and inferior nature that keeps us bound to the ground.  We simply cannot do this on our own.  We were not destined to be bound to the lowly estate of ground-living.  We were destined to become new creatures, able to fly above our circumstances, and overcome our limitations.  2 Corinthians 5:17 states:

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

According to Butterflyschool.org, once the butterfly emerges from its cocoon after about 10-15 days, it doesn’t just spread its wings and take flight.  It first practices flight drills by flapping its wings to dry them out, and to build strength in its primary flight muscles.

It takes special muscles and skills to manage success.  The degree of success we experience greatly depends upon what we eat during our “caterpillar” years.  Too often, people try to fly before they’re ready.  Their muscles haven’t been properly developed, which makes their flight awkward, sloppy, and short-lived.

What are you doing to develop your muscles?  What books are you reading?  What are you watching?  Who are your mentors?  Are you surrounded by people and things that feed and nourish you?

Are you simply waiting to die, or are you dying to live again?


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5 Life Lessons I Learned From Rudolph

DreamWorks Animation Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
The classic holiday special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” celebrates its 50th anniversary with a new DVD and Blu-ray, featuring brand-new bonus features. It’s available Nov. 4, 2014. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer(c) and (r) The Rudolph Co., L.P. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” animated program(c) Classic Media, LLC. All rights reserved. (PRNewsFoto/DreamWorks Animation)
  1. When life gets dark, that’s when you’ll understand why God gave you a shiny nose.
  2. Although others may laugh and call you names, eventually someone will come along that actually likes your glow…so let it shine.
  3. You will never “go down in history” until you learn to market YOUR mystery…you have that nose for a reason, so find out why.
  4. Eventually, you have to grow up, and stop playing little reindeer games.  So what, they won’t let you play…create your own game with your own rules.
  5. Finally, embrace what makes you different…you just may end up leading the whole darn sleigh because of it.



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Autumn: Acrostic Poem

Autumn breeze and Autumn leaves

Unite in august harmonies

Towering trees in tailored suits

Uniquely clothed in Heaven’s hues

My favorite time of year is here

New season brings new joy and cheer


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Scar Stories: Revised

How many scars do you have? Have you ever taken the time to count them? Maybe you have one on your knee from the time you fell learning how to ride your bike. Maybe you have one on your hand from the time you were burned cooking dinner for that very special occasion. I find it interesting that every scar has a story attached to it. I’ve never talked to a person that had a scar magically appear out of nowhere without them knowing exactly when and how it came to be. In most cases, the stories behind our scars carry a shameful connotation, with a certain level of trauma associated with them. That’s why we can always recant our scar stories as if the event had just happened, although years may have since gone by.

Flesh wounds usually tend to heal pretty quickly, and in some cases, once the wound heals, it barely leaves a scar. On the other hand, emotional wounds tend to cut deeper, hurt longer, and bleed heavier than the wounds that mar our flesh. Some people even reach an emotional impasse when it comes to the traumatic events that caused the wound in the first place. Growth and progression can even be halted as a result of emotional pain, fear, and anger (among other issues). Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a “scar” as a mark left (as in the skin) by the healing of injured tissue. I’m willing to say that this is how we most commonly think of scars. However, there is another definition:

“A lasting moral or emotional injury”

Our hearts are designed to be the seat of our emotions. From our hearts, come our life “issues” and how we perceive our world; this, in turn, determines the truth that we live in. In essence, our emotions tend to color our perceptions about life, about others, and about ourselves. Part of maturing in Christ involves knowing how to separate our emotions from the vital decisions that we must make on a daily basis. Whether it’s responding to a family crisis, or responding to a co-worker, we must constantly work to keep the emotional skies of our hearts pristine and clear. That’s why the Bible states in Proverbs 4:23:

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life”

Even in this, however, things can sometimes blindside us emotionally. Unlike our physical bodies, that begin the healing/immune response immediately upon injury (i.e.-clotting), sometimes our hearts don’t even realize when we’ve been injured emotionally. Often, it’s not until we’ve had time to process a particular series of events do we begin to feel “some kinda way.”

Beloved, I feel an urgency to encourage you right here…right now. Lift your head up. You are NOT what happened to you…you are who you choose to become. As you’re reading these words, I speak healing into your life today. As people of faith, we believe and receive by speaking…so what are you saying?
Yes…your wounds will heal. Yes, they may leave a scar, but not all scars are bad.

A few weeks ago, as I was checking in at the front desk of my gym for a workout session, a conversation ensued between myself and one of the trainers on staff. She was a tall, athletic woman with a jovial personality. After our initial introduction, she told me that she would probably ask for my name a few more times because she didn’t have any short-term memory. Initially, I thought she was being mildly facetious, so I chuckled at her remark. That’s when she repeated what she had said initially, and proceeded to inform me that she was a brain cancer survivor. “Some years ago,” she said, “I underwent surgery to remove a tumor from my brain, which obliterated my short-term memory.”

As she was telling me her story, she proudly turned her back to me, and parted her hair to reveal a scar that traveled from the top of her head down to the base of her neck. That’s when she told me that her scar is a reminder that she survived what should have killed her.

I was taken aback a little bit, because I wasn’t expecting that to be her story. Just looking at her, I would have never imagined that she had experienced that. This set off all kinds of bells and whistles in my mind, and gave me a whole new perspective on the things that we suffer. So, I say to you, your scars are a sign of healing. What once was a gaping, gushing wound, is now proof positive that you’re a survivor. Our scars tell a story of past pain and trauma, but they also testify to the fact that the pain no longer has power over us. Never allow the shame of what happened to you offset the glory that shall be. Your story innately contains a healing salve for others.

It may be true that some scars carry a shameful story, but some scars are salvific, because they bring salvation and healing to others. Where would we be if Jesus had never been scarred? Think about the scars in His hands and His feet….the wound in His side.  Not every scar is a mark of shame; some are considered a badge of honor. They tell a story of survival, salvation, and grace…of what could have happened, but didn’t. It matters not the story behind your scars, just be encouraged and know that you survived what tried to kill you, and now you have a story to tell…

So, what will your story be?



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