Freedom isn’t a feeling.

Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
John 8:34‭-‬36 NASB

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
John 8:31‭-‬32 NASB

This morning two different teachers of mine posted these verses. This was the order that I read them in. So I wanted to share them how I read them.

There was also a comment under the son vs slave one because she asked “Are you a slave or a son?” One gentleman replied and said he knows he’s a son but doesnt always feel like one.

I know this season in life so well. I used to read the scriptures until sunrise in tears weeping; being bound by my guilt and emotions. Knowing that the Scriptures said I was free but I felt anything but.

It wasn’t until God plucked me up out of my father’s home (current church) and brought me to a teacher who focused on our eternal identity using ONLY the scriptures. Which was a prayer I had been praying for months. The spirit within me knew there was freedom within those pages. But the enemy bound on my back kept me blinded from BELIEVING them.

Freedom is NOT a feeling.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5 NASB

for we walk by faith, not by sight-
2 Corinthians 5:7 NASB

Our identity as born again believers is SEATED IN CHRIST. This makes absolutely no sense because my body is sitting on my back porch writing this blog. Therefore I MUST believe that my identity is NOT my flesh.

However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.
Romans 8:9 NASB

The problem today with Christian’s who continually suffer emotionally is a BELIEF in their IDENTITY.

They remain on that cross, they remain in their flesh, they refuse to RISE with Christ as a NEW CREATION. They are continually trying to pour new wine into their old wine skins and time after time it bursts and the emotions take them captive.

They are prisoners by choice.

Ouch… I know. It hurts to tell someone that. But it’s TRUE.

If you have confessed Jesus is Lord and been baptized into His death and still suffer emotionally, then it’s time you get off of that cross and out of the curse and into your true identity, which is seated IN Christ and IN Christ there is NO sin.

No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
1 John 3:9 NASB

We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.
1 John 5:18 NASB

We either believe all of the scriptures or we believe non of it.

These above truths have had many fellow Christian’s walk away from me, as well as pray against my belief in them. Want to know what I did? I prayed that they would be freed from the fear of claiming their freedom IN CHRIST. And most have.

My flesh is filthy and will always be. I cannot cleanse it and take it with me. My identity is NOT my flesh. I do not own the emotions that come from this flesh. I make them abide by the Spirit & Truth that I have hidden in my heart. I submit ALL thoughts (even the seemingly good ones) to Christ before claiming them as my own.

My freedom is NOT a feeling.

It is a BELIEF in what He has done & said.

Friends, your suffering although it may be from factual situations, it doesn’t have to be filled with darkness. We can mourn righteously. We can also rejoice in all things. Knowing where our home is and where we will one day be.

Your suffering is from a lack of belief. I pray for you to ask your Father for belief to help with your understanding of what has already been written for us. I pray for you to know deep within your being that YOU ARE FREE FROM THE CURSE. YOU ARE HOLY, RIGHTEOUS, AND CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN.

YOUR SAVIOR HAS ALREADY FINISHED THE WORK. ITS TIME FOR YOU TO BELIEVE.

And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.”
Luke 1:45 NASB

* suggested reading

Romans 6

• the death of your flesh

Romans 7

• the battle between your flesh & Spirit

Romans 8

• the Truth of YOUR identity

I pray you begin to walk in your Truth.

But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
John 4:23‭-‬24 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/jhn.4.23-24.NASB

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Live by Faith, makes life sweeter

Numbers have always been used by God to speak to me. There are several passages throughout the Bible that are specific numbers that have such specific meaning to my life. This is one of them.

Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Your wings
Psalms 17:8 NASB

I heard someone speak and say “You are the apple of God’s eye, you’re HIS girl” and I thought ‘imagine if that were true’.

See I was never a daddy’s girl. My dad and I were a lot alike therefore we battled for control. So to be the apple of my Daddy’s eye was foriegn to me. God knew this….. and made sure I would believe this when it was spoken. Because when I googled it to find out where it was written the numbers 17:8 is my birthdate.

See those without faith see that as a coincidence. I know my God had His hand in making sure those were the exact numbers so when my untrusting heart heard those precious words I would absolutely believe that I am indeed the apple of Gods eye.

I pray today you begin to believe the messages He sends you. I pray you believe that you are so special to God that He would indeed make sure hundreds of years ago specific numbers would be placed exactly where He needed them to say “Yup that’s specifically for you”

Trust His love for you. It’ll change your life.

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Do you know that you were made for more?

I always have. I still do. I have this continual desire to evolve into a greater version of myself. Especially when I have those pivotal birthdays.

I just recently turned 40 and man have I LOVED every bit of it. Which is shocking in itself really. But it’s TRUE.

I love being a mother of almost 4 teenagers, again shocking 😂.

I love being able to look in the mirror and say ‘you look beautiful’ wrinkles and all y’all.

I also love how young I feel. I love that I feel like I’m just now finally getting to the sweet spot in life. Where JOY comes from the smallest moments, and I appreciate every aspect of my life. Even the struggles, because truth is God has always provided during every season of my life. My faith in HIM has grown so intensely that I can’t help but rejoice in all things.

But back to my question, do you know you were made for MORE?

Well you ARE.

But you are A chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession , so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people , but now you are the people of God ; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy .

1 Peter 2:9‭-‬10 NASB

You are royalty my sweet friend. Chosen royalty. You were specifically CALLED by GOD to be apart of HIS glorious LIGHT. I mean how stinking cool is that?

Do me a favor, don’t blow this message off, hear me out for a second. There is a desire within all of us, one that harbors dreams. Ones that are for our families, for others, for our communities. God put those dreams there. And He says if we are good stewards with what’s been given to us, then much more will be given. But if we do nothing with what Hes given then all of it will be taken away. See Matthew 25:14-30

I challenge you today to know that these words that you’re reading were not by chance. I challenge you to seek Gods direction within your life, within your heart, and ask boldly for the courage to fulfill what HE has ALREADY placed within you.

Delight yourself in the Lord ; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord , Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
Psalms 37:4‭-‬5 NASB

I love Jesus! 

I love Jesus so much. I truly get overwhelmed with emotion when I think about all that He’s given me. He’s rescued me from. Taught me. Shown me. But most of all, I love Him because of who He is and who I am because of who He is. 

I didn’t grow up knowing God. It wasn’t until almost my 30s did I truly start desiring a life with Him. Even still I had no idea who Jesus really was. 

Until the day I said out loud “I don’t even know who Jesus is” I can remember where I stood in my back yard. As if God had made sure to take a snapshot of the day His baby girl was ready to know Him and Herself. 

To say getting to know Jesus was easy would be a lie. Romans 7 talks about the battle we have with our flesh and our Spirit and this battle happens witjin our mind. Unfortunately for me, and I’m assuming most, it bled out through my actions. I was so double minded holding on to my flesh and having such an agonizing death of it. 

It took almost 3 years to truly die to MYSELF, 3 years after confessing the sin of unbelief. 

My mind was always mine to take hold of. The mind of Christ is ours, it’s our PROMISE LAND. We’ve just got to believe in the PROMISES He’s given us. 

Today, I rejoice in those horrendous years. Without them I wouldn’t know the beauty that I possess today. Knowing who I AM, knowing who Jesus is, is truly the sweetest gift God can give us. 

The Promise land is ours for the taking. And today I pray if you struggle with unbelief in any area you confess and begin the process of coming to know Him as He truly is, GOD. And knowing who you are in HIM, ONE. 

I love Jesus and this is one of the many reasons why. 

His Words are better 

There are days the Lord takes me on a journey through His written Word. 

I don’t try to explain it, merely record it. 

Here is his sweetness from today. 

Be blessed 💖 May you hear what He has to say. 
For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,

Romans 8:6 


Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

Colossians 3:2 


And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2 


No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.

2 Timothy 2:4 


Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.

Proverbs 4:23 


Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord , my rock and my Redeemer.

Psalms 19:14 NASB


Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!

Philippians 4:4 

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Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat;  but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

Luke 22:31‭-‬32 NASB

I was given this text days ago and wasn’t sure the message He wanted me to share behind it until just now. 

Last night I felt led to share some of the trials that my husband and I are currently (see here) in. As I was writing I knew this would bless others as well as honor God with what He’s doing in our lives. 

God is good. Always. He is working ALL things for GOOD, for those who love Him and are called for His purpose (paraphrase Romans 8:28). 

My marriage has absolutely been through a season of sifting and after reading about how they sifted wheat in the old days I couldn’t be more positive that this passage is genuinely what we’ve been going through. And if I am to be His Light and Shine His love to others lost in the darkness then I’ve got to get real when I’m knee deep in the muck and mire. 

Not in anger or pain but in gratitude that no matter what this flesh tries to bind me to my eyes and heart are always going to refocus and get back on my God. And because of that I TRUST in HIM and HIS promises. So I share. I share so others lost in the muck see that they too can find their hope in Christ, even though it seems they may have failed Him. 

Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:16 NASB

If you are currently in the muck know that I have prayed for you to focus your eyes back on your Father. Focus your heart back on Him who Loves you. 

God is Good. Always. Trust Him. You have not been forsaken. 

What shall we Do? 

What will we do in times like this? 

Are you seated in Christ? 

Have you been born again? 

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

Colossians 3:1‭-‬2 NASB

Our instructions are clear. 

My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your heart keep my commandments; For length of days and years of life And peace they will add to you. Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body And refreshment to your bones.

Proverbs 3:1‭-‬8 NASB

Lastly, hold firm to the Truth. 

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 NASB

He knows my ways 

I dream intense dreams. Ones that linger throughout my mind during the day. I’ve dreamt of things to come and have received many messages in them. 

Recently I have been blessed amongst the chaos of my dreams. 

Once I was so drunk I could barely see and someone proceeded to tell me about how the “Universe” wanted me to do something or other and I interrupted her and said “I appreciate the gesture but I live for Jesus Christ not the universe so you just wasting your words”. 

Last night there were animals attacking and terror all around. As I sat in a room with a father and a son the father was so hard on his child using the scripture to condemn him. When he was done I could see the hurt in the child. I held him and whispered “God is Spirit therefore His Words are meant to be read as Spirit. Let go of what was just spoken and read what your Heavenly Father says”. The child began to search the scriptures and joy and happiness came back to his face. 

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts;

Psalms 139:23 NASB

I share this with you because God shows me that amongst the world, amongst the mistakes, the chaos, the attacks by the letter He has searched my heart and knows my ways. In my dreams I confess Him always. 

“Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 10:32 NASB

His message is still the same as when I began writing again. Continue to seek Him first. He will guide our Ways. He will comfort our hearts. He will show us who we are in Him. 

I pray you have eyes to see your true heart. Your true Father. I pray you remember who you are. 

Sons and Daughters, no longer slaves

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This morning I felt the urge to write. I have so much information coming in that I have to pour it out so that I can continue to have more poured in. So I asked my Papa where to read, to make this as simple as possible. More of your Word and less of mine. This is where He led me: Galatians 4 Sonship of Christ Paul is talking about how even before Christ came they were sons, but were children in their knowing so they appeared to others and themselves as slaves. Then Christ came being born under the law and those who believed would gain their adoption as sons. Now this has been taught that we were never sons and daughters but have been adopted, but that’s NOT what this text says. Verse 3 says “So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage (lies) under the elemental things of the world (law). This adoption is into the Body of Christ, not to be adopted as a child, we were already sons but lacked maturity of the knowledge of who they truly were.

But what I am pressed to write about isn’t about them, it’s about US. You and I. Paul tells us in verse 6: Because you ARE sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7) THEREFORE you are NO longer a slave, but a SON; and if a SON, then an heir through God.

I ask that you read this passage, I am reading from the NASB version, pray and ask that God reveal His truth to you about your TRUE identity. We all CLAIM that we agree we are Sons and Daughters but the reality is we are behaving as slaves. We are not slaves, we are Sons and Daughters and co-heirs with Christ through God. We are the manifestation of the living God, if we believe we are. But so few do. So they are trapped by the elementals of this world.

Praying for you and I to truly begin to walk out in the reality of who we are. We are FREE from SIN. We do not have to be slaves to it. We have the SPIRIT OF JESUS IN US. HE is GREATER than anything this WORLD will ever be.

~sometimes I just gotta write~

“If you start with the negative it’ll never work.”

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Delight yourself in the LORD; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to Him, and He will do it. Psalm 37:4,5

As of lately this verse is what comes to mind each night before I lay my head down. This morning I woke up and the message I heard within my Spirit: “If you start with the negative it’ll never work.” Then I heard the chorus from Lamb of God by Tenth Avenue North “You are Holy, You are Worthy, You are Holy, You’re the Lamb of God”

The message was pertaining to the Gospel, aka the Good News of Jesus Christ. If we tell everyone all the things that will happen to them by not choosing God it’ll never work. God is LOVE. Perfect LOVE casts out fear. So why do we believe that scaring people will cause them to seek out our God?

Have you ever seen the original kids movie Monsters Inc.? In this movie the monsters scare kids nightly to get power for their world. They have a power shortage until they realized “accidently” that laughter held more power than fear.

Think about this, a children’s movie truly holds the key to evangelism. LOVE is the GREATEST of all. If we LOVE people, tell them all the things that we LOVE about God, about being Gods children. And most importantly LOVE people exactly where they are, I can guarantee there will be a higher chance of them desiring what we have, God.

I love quoting Todd White from Father of Lights, “If they can’t see Christ in you, they don’t want what you have bro!”

Now I’m not saying that we should only tell them about the amazing Joy and unexplainable peace that we attain when we become One with Christ, we need to equip those whom we lead to the Cross. They are our sheep on loan from the Father. We need to be great Shepherds, but as the message says: “if you start out with the negative, it’ll never work.”

It’s time that we begin delighting ourselves in the LORD. We need to take great pleasure in Jesus, the Word, God, the Holy Spirit, and then we can begin to love those in the dark.

I want to end with this exhortation, how many of you can honestly say you are Free from Sin? How many of you can honestly say I no longer have Sin in me, nor will I ever because I am 100% forgiven, for Eternity? How many of you can honestly say you no longer suffer from depression because you have the desires of your heart fulfilled?

If you’re unable to say these things then you may need to acknowledge that you don’t believe that Jesus Christ completed the work at the Cross. His Blood paid our debt, if He truly lives IN you then you KNOW that you are completely forgiven, and this my friends brings TRUE FREEDOM!

Believe God: Delight yourselves in the LORD, and He WILL give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to Him, and He will do it. – True Story! I’m living proof!

~sometimes I just gotta write~