OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADo you like being a part of something?  Sure you do.

I see our youth at school embracing and/or yearning to be a part of “something”.

I see many young adults adventuring off to the world of college now and vying for and delighting in being part of a sorority or fraternity.

When this “season of football” rolls around, the fans display pride in the team they are cheering on by joining in on wearing their team colors.

Many times what we desire to be a part of is good for us because it builds relationships and fills our inner self with the sense of belonging.  But then, there are those times when what we desire to be a part of is bad for us for those same reasons.

Working in the middle school world, I see that sense of longing to be a part of something daily.  (Ugh…my mind just raced with all those kids who have sadly chosen to be a part of something that is not good for them. And I also can vision those poor babies who so long to be included but because of what they do or how they look just don’t get included.  Those “Outsiders”.  This scene has been around for ages and my heart goes out to the “underdogs”.  This is a whole other devotional on it’s on for another time.)

This desire to be a part of something arises in and through each generation.  But choose wisely my friend.

I’m a part of something that you can be a part of as well.  It doesn’t matter what your race, social status, or economic background is.  The President of this association doesn’t even care what you’ve done in your past or what you are a part of at this very moment.  He wants you, just as you are! Even though you may be waiting on someone to invite you in, you don’t have to.  Actually YOU are the one who has to do the “inviting”.

When I read Ephesians 2:19 this morning, I felt that sense of belonging.  It says, “So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.”  I am a part of God’s family.

This is one of those “good for us” groups because it builds relationships and fills our inner self with the sense of belonging in the way that is truly satisfying.  Psalm 145:16, “You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.”  This verse isn’t talking about finding satisfaction in just anyone or anything.  It’s talking about God doing the satisfying.

Oh my…do you want to know about what type of leader God is for this family?  Whether you are a part of God’s family or not, go ahead and read all of Psalm 145 .  You will be so grateful to be a part of His family.

I mentioned that YOU are the one who has to do the “inviting”.  In order to be a part of God’s family you must invite Christ into your heart.

Listen, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,(Romans 3:23).  Yes, everyone has sinned.  But, “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.(Romans 10:9)  In John 14:6Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”  It’s not because you are a good person and do great things that gets you to Heaven.  It’s not your religion or church traditions that save you.  It’s ONLY through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that you will be saved and securing your place with Him.

So let me ask you again, “Do you like being a part of something?”  Sure you do. Be a part of God’s family.

I pray God’s abundant love and blessings for y’all.

I couldn’t help but share all of Ephesians 2 with you. Click, read, and be satisfied!

MineI love learning something new!  Last night I learned that I cannot share.  Sad, but true.

Well, I knew that I couldn’t share this one thing that I’ll get to in a moment, but the explanation of the parable was explained in a way that made me nod my head, crease my forehead, and make me go, “Ah-ha!”

Evangelist John Reed is the guest preacher at our revival this week at church.  As evangelist should be, he is a captivating public speaker. With his soft spokenness to his pound-the-hand-on-the-podium-attention-grabber, to his excitable “Woo-hoos”, Mr. Reed had my attention from the get-go.

His message focused on one of Jesus’ over thirty parables.  You can find in it Matthew 25:1-13.  It was about the ten virgins who went out to meet the bridegroom.

  1. Walk with me through this as I give you the parable with inserts from the knowledge I gained.

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish (These are the ones who either think they know the bridegroom, Jesus, or the ones who truly don’t have Christ in their heart.) and five were wise.(These are those of us who have accepted Christ in our hearts and are saved.) The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them.(The oil represents The Holy Spirit) The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.(They’ve got The Holy Spirit in them. Truly saved!) The bridegroom (Jesus’ second coming) was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. (We all get weary and tired.  Don’t be caught sleeping.  Stay alert for Jesus!)

“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ (Jesus is here!!! Jut like He will be coming back for us again soon.)

“Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps.  (All!  Everyone was aroused and turned up their Holy Spiritness.) The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ (Those who are not Christians wanted some Holy Spirit in them.  They wanted the others to share their oil (salvation).)

“‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. (This is the point that I always thought, “I’ll share some with you.”  That’s only the right thing to do right?  I didn’t know the oil represented the Holy Spirit.  I was thinking it was more like the Gospel.  We should share God’s love and word. Right when I was thinking this, Jim Reed said the same exact thing.  And then he clarified it all for me.) Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ (You see, we can share God’s love all day long, but we cannot give someone our salvation, our Holy Spiritness. You can’t get to heaven because your momma took you to church, you were a kind person, you “know of” Jesus, etc.  You must ask Him into your heart on your own.  Only God can save you.)

10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.

11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’

12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’

13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

Ah-ha!!!  So, as much as I love to share Jesus with others, I can’t share my salvation.  That is something you must do on your own.  I’ve always known that part, I just didn’t totally get the parable until now.

We are having revival for one last night tonight if you want to go hear Brother John.  Where:  Plant City’s First Baptist Church. When:  Wednesday, August 27,1014.  Time:  6:30pm.  Go learn something new.

I pray God’s abundant love and blessings for y’all.

How can I stay upset with these lovelies? Thank You, God, for Holly, Hunter, and Cole!

How can I stay upset with these lovelies?
Thank You, God, for Holly, Hunter, and Cole!

Do you ever feel like you are at your “wits-end”?  Boy, I do.

Hey, think about the stage I’m in…one child (yes, once my child, always my child) who is an adult, one smack in the middle of teen-hood, and one who will be in their teens next year.  Each sibling has a different personality. (That always amazes me.)

I’ve often stated how life is like a roller-coaster ride.  Right now I’m wondering if me jumping out of that airplane   was that crazy after all.  Jumping out of a plane is cakewalk compared to raising children.

Forgive me, I feel like my mind is racing in a million directions when I start rambling about raising kids.  Let’s just get to the point.  My thoughts on raising teens turned to thankfulness to God when I read Psalm 116:5-6.  It says, “God is gracious—it is He who makes things right, our most compassionate God. God takes the side of the helpless; when I was at the end of my rope, He saved me.” (MSG)

Ahhhh, it is comforting to know that God makes things right. When    (you fill in the blank)    makes you feel like you just don’t know what to do, God saves you.

This weekend I felt like I was “at the end of my rope” with a child-situation.  I knew that I could call others for advice (and I did call one), but before I was counseled by one godly friend, I turned my cry for help to my Heavenly Father.

Back up to verses 1 and 2 in Psalm 116.  It says, “I love the Lord, for He heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy. Because He turned His ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live.”

Brother and Sister, there are so many reasons why I LOVE the Lord, but Psalm 116:1 is one of many reasons why I do.  I needed guidance.  I called out to Jesus.  He heard the cry of His child and comforted me.  Thank You, Jesus!

All is well now, and like I always say, “This too shall pass”.

Yes, there will times in life when you feel like you just don’t know what to do, but I know Someone who does know.  His name is Lord.  Call out to Him and watch Him see you through your situation.

For the record…I do have some pretty awesome children!  Are they perfect? No way! (Sorry to bust your bubble grandparents.)  But neither am I. We are learning together on this ride call Life.  I’m just grateful to know The Parent who is in charge, and it’s definitely not me.

I pray God’s abundant love and blessings for y’all.

super glueI am so grateful for God.  Just sayin’.

Yesterday morning was the third day of waking up for school.  For me, it was rough.   The alarm went off and I just wanted to stayed curled up in my comfy bed, with the blanket over my head, and keep sleeping.  I wasn’t the only one.  Holly was dragging this third morning as well.

But then a thought came to my mind, “It’s the third day.  Jesus went through a heck of a lot more than me and He rose again on the third day.”  Whew!  This got me up and moving.  I knew God was with me, and with Christ I can do anything. (Philippians 4:13, I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”)

And then…this morning I was lying in bed thinking about all that needed (or I wanted) to get accomplished today.  My thoughts were bathed in prayer, and I could feel God’s strength getting me motivated to start my day.

Finally, I went to read my verse-for-the-day and I just couldn’t get enough.  One verse wasn’t enough.  I had to read the whole chapter.  The verse was Romans 8:32, “Since He did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won’t He also give us everything else? I wanted more.  And boy oh boy was I grateful for God’s encouraging and comforting word. Romans 8 is slam full with goodness!

When I read Romans 8:37-39 I thought, “He is The Real Super Glue!”  It reads:

  • “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”


Good news for us Christians….Nothing can separate us from the love of God!  Glory!

Lionel Richie’s song, “Stuck on You”, was popular back in the eighties.  I started singing those lyrics after I read about my “Super Glue/Stuck on You” God.

I’m stuck on you
I’ve got this feeling down
Deep in my soul
That I just can’t lose
Guess, I’m on my way
Needed a friend
And the way I feel now I guess
I’ll be with you till the end
Guess I’m on my way
I’m mighty glad you stayed

Yep, Lord, I’m stuck on You!  Thanks for “sticking” with me.

So I guess my point today is…allow God’s word to get you motivated.  Start your day with Him and keep Him close throughout the day.

I pray God’s abundant love and blessings for y’all.

feeling overwhelmed4:30 AM!  That’s what I get for going to bed at 9 o’clock at night.

Do you ever wake up without seeing the time and you think, “Ahh, I got a good night’s sleep”, only to glance at the glowing numbers that display to you, “It’s 4:30 in the morning!”?

I know sometimes I have, and I get a grin on my face and think, “Yes, one more hour to rest until the alarm goes off.”  But then there are those times, much like this morning, when I just lay there and can’t go back to sleep.

So what I am to do but have my mind race with a thousand thoughts…simply pray.

Yesterday was our first day of school with the students.  I came home, plopped by body on the floor, and laid there without a thought in my head.  So this morning I guess my mind had some catching up to do.

I started to think about a workshop that I need to sign up for, what I wanted to accomplish with my classes this week, how I’m supposed to give a brief synopsis tonight for a one-night-bible-study on Barnabas for next month, my family, friends whose parents had surgery recently, and on and on.

The word “overwhelmed” came to my mind as well.  I shared with my students how there will be times this year (much like their first day) that they will feel overwhelmed, but they can overcome.  My preacher said something to this effect this past Sunday in his sermon. Actually he said, “Are you overwhelmed?  Be comforted by God’s grace.” So when I had this “overwhelming” feeling come over me this morning, I said to myself, “I will overcome this.”

I knew I couldn’t do it alone.  That’s when the lyrics to a song by the group For King & Country kept repeating over and over again in my head.

My version was brief and only consisted of nine words… “Fix my eyes, my eyes, on You, on You”.  I must have sung those words a hundred times while lying in bed.  But I was getting the message.  “Keep my eyes on Jesus!”

Then, when I came to see the verse for the day, what was it?  Psalm 16:8, “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

This just gives me a smile in my heart and on my face.  Keeping my eyes on Christ will get me through anything.

Whether you are overwhelmed by school, work, health issues, relationships, whatever your case may be, remember to always keep your eyes on Him.

I pray God’s abundant love and blessings for y’all.

Bonus…Here’s the lyrics to the chorus of For King & Country’s song:

Love like I’m not scared
Give when it’s not fair
Live life for another
Take time for a brother
Fight for the weak ones
Speak out for freedom
Find faith in the battle
Stand tall but above it all
Fix my eyes on you
I fix my eyes on you
I fix my eyes on you

Soaring like an eagle!

Soaring like an eagle!

Some may ask, “Why?”  “Are you crazy?”  “The family too?”

I may respond, “It’s exhilarating!”  “Why not?”  “Live life to its fullest!”  “Call me crazy.” “Let’s do this!”

In Isaiah 40:31 we read, “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary.  They will walk and not faint.”  Well, today I soared high like an eagle, and I dragged my husband and eldest son along with me.

What did we do?  To steal a line from Tim McGraw’s song, we “went skydiving….Lived like we were dying.” Yes, we jumped out of a perfectly fine plane while it was 14,000 feet into the air.

My man!  He conquered his fear of heights and did it!  (That will be another devotional for another time.)

My man! He conquered his fear of heights and did it! (That will be another devotional for another time.)

Okay, now you can say it…“Why?”  “Are you crazy?”  “The family too?” And my response would be…”Yes!”  “It’s exhilarating!”

I wasn’t nervous.  (I’m not sure why not.)  When my feet began to dangle outside of the plane before my instructor, Brian, and I jumped (okay, he pushed, I just went), I did feel a little apprehension, but I felt secure in knowing that someone had my back, literally.

I thought about how this experience can equate to becoming a Christian.

Some may ask, “Why?”  “Are you crazy?”  “The family too?”  when you tell them that you are a new Christian.

Why wouldn’t you?  A life with Christ is truly living!  Matthew 7:21 says, Not everyone who calls Me ‘Lord’ will enter God’s kingdom. The only people who will enter are those who do what my Father in heaven wants.”  I know to know that I will enter Heaven’s Gates.  I definitely don’t want the alternative.  Jesus instructs us in John 3:3,“Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”  Are you born again?  I sure hope so.  (Click here  for more info on becoming a Christian.)

I may be a tad bit crazy.  Unfortunately, there are people out there that think that being a Christ follower is CrAzY!  And, unfortunately, some professed Christians do act a bit bizarre.  But who are we to judge how deep and wide their love and devotion to Christ is?  Just rejoice in the fact that they are saved and not living the life they probably once were living.  You can call me “Crazy for God” any time.

  • “We know what it means to fear the Lord, so we try to help people accept the truth. God knows what we really are, and I hope that in your hearts you know us too… If we are crazy, it is for God. If we have our right mind, it is for you.”2 Corinthians 5:11 and 13


Hunter getting his flight on!

Hunter getting his flight on!

Yep, I dragged Tim and Hunter along with me too.  In Acts 16 we see the story of when Paul and Silas were put in prison, an earthquake happened, and the doors were open and the prisons were unchained.  The prison guard was about to kill himself thinking that the prisoners had escaped, but Paul and Silas assured him that not one did.  After that encounter the guard wanted to know what he needed to do to be saved.  But it wasn’t just the guard that accepted Christ that night, his whole family did! (Acts 16:31-34)  Praise Jesus!

I am so grateful that my entire family has been born again.  Praise Jesus!

“Live life to its fullest!”  That is exactly what God wants us to do.  In John 10:10 Jesus said, I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

Okay, so maybe jumping out of a plane isn’t exactly what God meant by “living life abundantly”, but today it sure felt pretty stinkin’ close.

Much like I felt secure in knowing that someone had my back, Someone DOES have our back.  In Matthew 28:20b Christ said, “You can be sure that I will be with you always. I will continue with you until the end of time.”  Always and forever…God’s got your back!

So my response to skydiving and/or becoming a Christian is still…“It’s exhilarating!”  “Why not?”  “Live life to its fullest!”  “Call me crazy.” “Let’s do this!”

Having Christ in your heart will be the most thrilling thing that could ever happen to you!  Just do it!

I pray God’s abundant love and blessings for y’all. we did it skydive

We landed!

We landed!

Here's Hunter and Cole watching their daddy.   We should do the same and always be looking up to our Heavenly Daddy.

Here are Hunter and Cole watching their daddy.
We should do the same and always be looking up to our Heavenly Daddy.

Happy Friday, y’all!

Last week I had written a journal entry titled “A Wake Up Call for Us All”.  I hope you had a chance to read it.

This morning I was blessed, and convicted, by reading Romans 14. To expand on the scenario that was presented to me on the plane with Christine, I want to encourage you to click on Romans 14 and read it for yourself in these four versions.  Yes, I read it four different times and gain insight each time.

I’m not going to give you a personal instance today.  I just want you to read God’s word for yourself and let Romans 14 resonate with you personally.  Like my friend Tommy always says, “Marinate on/in it for a while”.

I will leave you with The Message translation of Romans 14:23b though.  It just “bumper sticker” material:

“If the way you live isn’t consistent with what you believe, then it’s wrong.”

I pray God’s abundant love and blessings for y’all.

Romans 14 (NIV)

Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.

One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister[a]? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written:

“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
    every tongue will acknowledge God.’”[b]

12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.

13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. 14 I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. 15 If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. 16 Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.

19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.

22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.

double rainbowIt had been a hot and stifling humid day. The weather had looked wicked all day.  Scattered thunderstorms were definitely the forecast for today and tonight.

This evening, just before sunset, Holly and I were sitting out in our sunroom.  Looking out the windows, you could see the lightening dancing in the sky just south of us.  We barely got a drizzle, but you knew that there was a storm close by.

I had barely gotten the words “This weather is wicked today” out of my mouth when Holly said, “Look, mom, a rainbow.”  (My family knows how excited I get about my rainbows and sunsets.)  I leapt off the couch and sprinted out into the backyard to take a picture.  Much to my surprise, it was a double rainbow.  (I like to call this a double-blessing from God.)  

In Genesis 9:16 we read, “Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

Well, Holly wasn’t the only child of mine who noticed the beautiful artwork painted by God in the heavenly atmosphere, Cole sent me a text to inform me of the double rainbow that he was viewing from a friend’s house about ten miles away. Precious!

Cole and I simultaneously sent our double rainbow pictures to each other.  He even sent me a video showing me how close the colors were to him.

Doesn’t that just put a smile on your face?

Well, get this… In Ephesians 2:10, we read that “We are God’s masterpiece.”  Did you get that?  You are a masterpiece when you have Christ in your heart. (Oh, go ahead and read Ephesians 2:1-10.  It will fill your heart with joy!)

A few words for masterpiece are pièce de résistance, treasure, and cream of the crop.  That describes how Christ feels about His handiwork in you.

Now, I could use those same words to describe my rainbows and sunsets, but the point is God loves you so much more than those works of art.  You are His treasure!  Relish in that.

I pray God’s abundant love and blessings for y’all.

I was unable to take a picture on the way home either, so I had to recreate what I saw for you.

I was unable to take a picture on the way home either, so I had to recreate what I saw for you.

Recently my family took a vacation to the beautiful area of Lake George, New York.  Stunning views!  One day we took a quick road trip to Lake Placid to see where the Winter Olympics had twice taken place and get a glimpse of some future Olympians.

We weren’t on the road for twenty minutes when I glanced over and I saw something that just made me smile (even more than I was already while enjoying God’s magnificent creation).  I’m not sure if someone put just this simple word up on the mountain to make someone smile, or if it has more words in small print underneath it as some type of advertisement.  Whatever the reasoning it, it gave me a happy heart.

What did I see?  On the lushly, evergreen covered mountain I saw the word “HELLO” in massive white letters.  I wasn’t quick enough to grab my camera, but I had the image already deeply engrained in my memory. This simple word just made my day.

It made me think about how we can do the same with those we pass by in our lives.

Think about it.  Have you ever been walking by whether in an unfamiliar place, or you’re having a down moment, or you even seeing a friend in a car, and someone passing by says (or waves) a simple “Hello”?  Most of the time, that undemanding utterance and/or gesture just puts a smile on your face and in  your heart.

The bible is our “Instruction Book on Life”.  We are instructed to encourage others and treat them with kindness.  Three verses I’d like to share with you are:

  • “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.”  Proverbs 17:20
  •  “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
  • “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you,…”  Matthew 7:12

So, remember these verses today, and every day, as you live your life.  I hope you will be the encourager today that someone needs.  I hope you will bring cheerfulness to someone who needs a quick pick-me-up.  I hope that you would want others to help bring a smile to your face when needed, so do the same to others.

“HELLO, HI, HOWDY!!  How are you?”  I hope I’ve helped to put a smile on your face today.

I pray God’s abundant love and blessings for y’all.

"HELLO" from The Shuff family to you and yours.

“HELLO” from The Shuff family to you and yours.

enduranceThis year’s theme at school is “We Believe…”.  We teachers, and students, can fill in the blank.  Of course the first thought that came to my mind was, “I believe that Jesus is my Lord and Savior”. 

Well, being that I work in the public school system, I don’t think that one would go over very well.  Yes, it would with most of my faculty and staff, but “legally speaking” I need to live that more than say it. 

I tossed around the idea of taking a bible verse on believing and restating it to fit my workplace.  A few verses on believing I came across were:

  • “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13
  • “I assure you, anyone who hears what I say and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life. They will not be judged guilty. They have already left death and have entered into life.” John 5:24
  • They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Acts 16:31
  • “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” 24 The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:23-24
  • And how can I not add to the list the infamous…“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16


All awesome words of scripture, but nothing was coming to mind.

I could feel God put on my heart a bible verse that I often live by while teaching.  So, with the help from Romans 5:4, here’s my “I believe” statement:

  • I believe that perseverance produces character, and character produces hope. So work hard, never give up, and be courageous.


This statement doesn’t only apply to me, but God gave these words to you as well.  So, no matter what situation or challenges you may have in your life, remember Romans 5:4 and work hard, never give up, and be courageous.

I pray God’s abundant love and blessings for y’all.