Pour Over Me

My #1 goal as a Christian today, is to become more like Jesus and to exemplify his characteristics in my daily living. Do you identify with this goal? Well, in striving for this, that means we have to let loose of the characteristics or desires in our hearts that don’t match up with his. Easy to say but oh-so-hard to do? Yes, for sure. And some things are more difficult than others to let go, such as that oh-it’s-so-bad TV show? Ha!

And then there are the things we don’t WANT to let go, such as that super destructive relationship we keep hanging on to, or for me, my terrible vanity! Or overindulging in food or drink. For me, this means sweets!

And then there are the things we let go over and over again, but somehow keep picking right back up. Like the hurt we feel over something someone said or did. Verbally. Emotionally. Physically. These are so hard to let go of, aren’t they?

This morning, as I stand in front of the mirror feeding my out-of-control vanity (ugh!), singing along with my christian music playlist, Lauren Daigle’s song, “Once And For All” catches me off-guard and then hits home – hard. As I pause and listen to the words, I close my eyes and let the words pour over me.

God I give You all I can today
These scattered ashes that I hid away
I lay them all at Your feet

From the corners of my deepest shame
The empty places where I’ve worn Your name
Show me the love I say I believe

Oh Help me to lay it down
Oh Lord I lay it down

My heart begins it’s own playlist of all the hurts I hold and the intentions I held of letting them go. And then I feel that love, the love I say I believe in, pour over me. I feel the warmth, I feel the peace flow through me.

Be lifted high as my Kingdom’s fall
Once and for all, once and for all

There is victory in my Saviors loss
And In the crimson flowing from the cross
Pour over me, pour over me yes

I am renewed with hope. And the courage to let go. And victory in the belief that as I let go of those Mindy-made kingdoms and all those burned out ashes of hurt and disappointment that God doesn’t wish for me, and as I honor God, I will be renewed. I will be better. I will be closer to whole.

Oh let this be where I die
My lord with thee crucified
Be lifted high as my Kingdom’s fall
Once and for all, once and for all

So, I lay it down, Lord. I lay it all down, once and for all, I lay it all down.

Oh Lord I lay it down
Oh Lord I lay it down
Help me to lay it down
Oh Lord I lay it down

And I laid it down.

Oh, Beloved One, what is it in your heart that you need to lay down? Do you know that God is right there, waiting for you to reach out to him, to pour his healing love over you as you let go?

Psalm 55:22, “Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to [b]be shaken.”

So, God’s Beloved One, cast your burden upon the Lord, lay your hurt, disappointment, guilty pleasure, whatever your kingdom is that you need to let fall, lay it down at Jesus’ feet. Ask God, our Heavenly Father, who knows you and loves you better than anyone else, to take it from you. And then let it go. Believe in his perfect love and the crimson at the cross, and let it pour over you, and let the hurt go. God did not intend for you to live in that hurt. Let the kingdom fall. Let the kingdom fall, Beloved, you do not need it.

1 Peter 5:7, “casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”

I am WOMAN, Hear Me Sing!

I am a woman who applauds other women who strive for career advancement and certain types of equality in the world. I spent many years doing so myself and loved it. And sometimes I really miss it.

Reading this study note this morning, however, reminded me that I am my happiest and my heart sings the loudest when I dedicate myself to helping others.

How about you?

Dead Sea Rising!

The last few weeks I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Launch team for Jerry B. Jenkins new novel, Dead Sea Rising, including having live video chats with him about dead-sea-rising1this debut novel in his new series, Dead Sea Chronicles. If you’re not familiar with #JerryJenkins, prolific author, you may be familiar with his blockbuster series, Left Behind, which has been made into several movies. That series left so many of us biting our nails, up all night, voraciously reading until the very last page of each book. This new series may do the same, and the first book, Dead Sea Rising is in bookstores now, with more info and free chapters at DeadSeaRising.com. If you’re looking for a good book to cuddle up with and binge read, this is for you!

Here is my official review of #DeadSeaRising:

Dead Sea Rising is the new release from Jerry B. Jenkins (of the megahit, Left Behind Series) and Book One in his new Dead Sea Chronicles Series.

This book was a compelling read for me, at times thrilling, tense, and sweetly romantic in spots. Though not my normal type of read, I did enjoy it and particularly appreciated the archeological facts and Biblical history.

While reading, we flip back and forth between two main time periods, places and characters – modern day Manhattan and ancient Mesopotamia. A third time period from the Viet Nam War Era comes into play giving valuable background info on modern day Manhattan character, Dr. Ben Berman, and Charm, a young and beautiful Vietnamese woman.

The modern day Manhattan story line revolves around Dr. Nicole Berman, archeologist, and her quest to win a dig license in Saudi Arabia. Nicole believes she is on the brink of discovery that would change Middle Eastern history forever. But is it possible that there is someone out there trying to stop her at all costs, and is this person responsible for her mother’s injuries?

The ancient Mesopotamia story line finds Biblical character, Terah, in one hot spot after another serving his many gods, and as King Nimrod’s Chief Officer. It is remarkable here to see how Jerry Jenkins (with Biblical consulting from Dr. Craig Evans) takes the few Biblical facts we do know about Terah, the birth of his son, Abram, later known in the Bible as Abraham, and those around him and weaves them into an intriguing story of love, loyalty, conflict and loss.

I reminded myself as I flipped the pages, that this is book one in an upcoming series, which usually means the setup of characters and story lines that will be fleshed out and continued in greater detail in books to come. With that in mind, I thoroughly enjoyed Dead Sea Rising and look forward to the release of Book Two!

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A #messymakeover

What does your desk or workspace look like?

At first glance mine looks like a total mess. Right? That’s what I thought. But as I looked around it to see what I could put up, I realized something. Everything on my desk was an uplifting, make me feel good item. As my eyes took in each item I found myself smiling and experiencing either a thankful feeling or a nice memory. Or a good teaching tool.

This is my space. I am happy in my space. I feel good in my space. I love my space, even if it’s a mess. Because it’s filled with feel-good to me stuff. And encouraging, uplifting, learning stuff. I happily realized that everything in my space inspires warmth and creativity – no wonder I look forward to beginning my day, each day, right here

So, what does your workspace look like? Is it filled with encouraging, feel-good-to-you stuff? Or, does it maybe need a #messymakeover?

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Philippians 4:8

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Life is Good in Small Groups!


It takes all kinds of people and personalities to make our world sing. When you put a small group of them together, to do life together, it’s a beautiful thing indeed!
We care for and about each other. We share our good days as well as our not so good days. And there’s never a question of judging – we accept and love each other for who we are. That’s a community small group. Find one in your church or community today. Try it. You’ll be glad you did.

You Are Amazing!

     Don’t let the broken curves of your life defeat you! Take those twists, turns, breaks, curves, and pieces and let them form the stronger, wiser backbone of the amazing, life-filled person you are capable of being!  You can do it!

     Then triumph over those scars by putting them to GOOD use! – Use your experience in surviving your scars to help others get through their own broken curves and scars. God can and will help you make something good out of your life, no matter what is in your past, if you let Him.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.  (Romans 8:28)

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.(2 Corinthians 5:17)

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…but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. (Philippians 3:13-14)

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. (Hebrews 12:1)

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and [b]we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.(Romans 5:1-5)

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.  For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.  But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.   (James 1:2-6)

Have faith in the One who created you and planned for good things in and from your life – before you were even born! Just believe in Him and ask Him to help you and He will!

Then change your life for the good! I am cheering for you ❤

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