Reflections of Grace 136: Controlling Outcomes

[display_podcast]I created pictures of my situations in life in my mind that were not reality and I lived that way off and on until only just recently.  I thought I had a handle on it, but still found residue of this ability I had so carefully constructed in so many areas.The mind is a powerful thing, and is the source of all our battles with the enemy.How many of you know that God heals us and corrects us in layers? Like pealing an onion…one layer at a time.  We can’t handle it … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 134: Toxic “Christians”

[display_podcast]Have you ever been deeply disillusioned by someone whom you thought was a friend but turned out to be a controller or manipulator and when you didn’t comply with their demands they dropped you?  Do you think because we are to seek to love everyone with God’s unconditional love that means you should allow them total access into your life?Actually real genuine love has many boundaries.  To enable someone to treat you with anything less than respect is actually enabling them … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 133: Those Spiritual Black Holes

[display_podcast]Have you ever had a time when you felt like you were in a spiritual black hole?   I have. The pressure seemed unbearable. No sense of God‘s presence. No sense of anything going on around me.These are the times, sorry to say, when I tend to question God’s love for us.  But then He demonstrates to me that He was there all the time. I call these times “faith experiences.”I have come to believe the black holes are needful in order to know that we have the shield that can … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 132: Can I Consider It Pure Joy?

[display_podcast]Feeling sorry for myself one day, I started asking myself some hard questions.   Have I been caught up in looking at the depth of pain and the depth of trials and sometimes pure craziness in my life, and thought, “Why the heck me, Lord”?  Have I not sown into your Kingdom?   When is my time coming?Yes, I am really being transparent here.“Haven’t I served you all my life?  Why so much suffering?  Starting from my childhood of abuse and ending up here, years later… sti … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 124: Let it Go-True Surrender, Part 2

[display_podcast]“All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give.”Really?Do you sing that song and truthfully think of its meaning and embrace all that it suggests?What are you surrendering?A few years ago through a season when God was teaching me to “let go” of those things I could not control; for some odd reason I felt that my obsessing would somehow change the circumstance in another person’s life or even my own.  After much agony and defeat, I finally began to get it … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 122: Finding the Courage to Walk Out of Your Pain

[display_podcast]“Jennifer” came to me for coaching… a broken person, chained to a very unhealthy relationship, unable to break free; trying to make peace with her abusive childhood and years of abuse to follow–in a place she thought she would never be free of, and miserable inside.I discerned right away her servant’s heart and her desire to reach out to others that were hurting or needing to know that someone cares.You see, God used her past to equip Jennifer to have a heart of not  … [Read more...]