5A869225-7A1F-4DD1-95C3-D2C401B6587AIt’s getting a little chillier outside since it’s January. This morning the windows in the house were fogged up. During my prayer time I looked out back to glimpse at the sunrise and I noticed the fog on the windows. So, of course I did what any very mature 46 year old would do. I wrote with my finger in the glass.

Our memories are such amazing things. As I was writing a love note to Jesus I could feel myself ten years old  in the way back of my parents old station wagon, riding back from Grandma Carr’s house. It was chilly to touch because we lived in upstate NY but my sister Annie and I would always feel the need to remove our mittens or gloves and pen our names or something special in the glass to make our mark. I remember it driving my mom nuts all of the fingerprints we would leave. But, we simply couldn’t resist.

Isn’t it crazy how memories can pop back up like that? Good and bad memories of times past can be drawn up so easily. The human brain is truly remarkable.

I think that memories are one of the most amazing gifts that God gives us. As the river of time rolls on, we can always go back to simpler times in our imaginations and rejoice and thank God for the blessings that we have received. We can’t get hung up there though. After all, the gift of today is the best gift that God has given us.

Every new sunrise represents a fresh start, a new day and a chance for a different perspective. Too much focus on yesterday or tomorrow can trip us up and steal our today. It’s such a blessing when God draws up an old fun memory for us. Savor those moments but don’t stay there too long. His true gifts are packaged in the present moments of today!
Trust and obey! All that’s real is today!
Make today amazing.

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I See Men Like Trees

“They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭8:22-25‬ ‭NIV‬‬
I’ve read this scripture so many times, but today I felt God say to me, this is how disciples grow. They see a little clearer everyday.
Discipleship is a process. Knowing Jesus intimately and growing in the knowledge of His love isn’t a one time thing. Discipleship is a walk. It’s a journey.
When we make our good confession, only our Spirit becomes perfect immediately. Our soul and our body still needs sanctification.
Sanctification takes place as we allow God to touch us with His Word in a way that will make our vision just a little bit clearer than yesterday.
Sanctification is a process that is driven by renewing our minds in the Word of God and crucifying our old flesh daily.
When we are first saved, we see people walking around like trees. With each touch from Jesus, our vision of Heavenly things and things of the Kingdom become clearer and crisper everyday!
Let’s decide to allow God to shape us and let’s continue to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. The road ahead is only getting brighter!
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May my words be sweet unto your ears

and a form of earthly praise.

May my mouth speak love and life and

peace, today, though all of my days. 

May past mistake be dead and gone

to be remembered here no more.

May today be a day I speak life and love,

to behold all your blessings in store.

May your peace be my anchor, may your

love be my sword.

May your Word be my weapon. May my

flesh get on board!

Today my dear King this is my prayer and


May my words be acceptable and

honorable toward Thee!

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Tommy and I ran  into someone we’ve  known for years who used to go to church with us and serve in construction ministry with us. I’m always happy to see him because it’s usually at a home improvement store or somewhere like that that we see him, where hard working people shop.
He truly is a kind man. We asked him how he was. He said “Really, I’m  focusing on the Mosaic law lately. It’s really about the law” First thing I thought was “Praise God, he’s pursing holiness.” But immediately I felt my Holy Spirit say,  “You foolish Galatians who has bewitched you? You’re turning to a gospel that really is no gospel at all.”
It made me think of the entire book of Galatians when Paul is trying to tell them to stop trying to go back to their old ways of circumcision and forcing people to follow rules and religion that they really are unable to follow, without God’s Grace poured out to accomplish it. These Galatians were free people who sort of chose to put their own imaginary shackles of religion back on. Paul was trying to urge them to choose a better way, and choose The Way, Jesus Christ.
You see, we are saved by grace through faith and there is really nothing we can do to earn it, that’s why it’s called grace! It’s grace that saved us and it’s grace that keeps us. Working to follow the Mosaic law perfectly will just leave us spiritually exhausted, feeling like we can never measure up.
Hebrews 8:13 says, “By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.”The Word is serious about us walking in the NEW Covenant of Grace, not getting saved by the new covenant but still worshipping the old covenant. That’s double minded and what Paul says “really is no gospel at all.” Gospel means good news. The good news is that Jesus has paid it all and all to Him we owe! Sin had left a crimson stain and He washed it white as snow! That’s good news.
Oh y’all, should we pursue holiness? Heck yes! All day, everyday! The Word says “be perfect because I am perfect.”
Will we obtain perfect holiness here on Earth? Well, our Spirit is made Holy the second we make Jesus Lord. But it’s only by crucifying our flesh and renewing our minds daily, will we be pursuing holiness for our soul and our body. Our Spirit has it, our soul and body needs a little work!
So, yes I love that my friend loves the law, but I’m praying for him to remember that Jesus completely fulfilled the law. Jesus gave us a new and better covenant! Jesus is truly what it’s all about. When we follow Jesus we walk in the fruits of the spirit, which are  love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. And the Word says, “against such things, there is no law!”
Let’s let The Holy Spirit guide us into all holiness! He’s so much better at it than us.
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Swallow It

Yesterday while I was drinking my coffee and praying I watched three birds on my fence jumping over each other and switching places. After a few minutes they looked like they were dancing together one on one. I said “Tommy, look at those birds dancing.” He giggled and said “Mo, those birds aren’t dancing they are fighting. Fighting for dominance.” As I watched more carefully, I thought “ooh, you are right.” They were in a serious pride fight. Have you ever been in one? Have you ever spent hours of your day rehearsing words to say next in the argument? Have you lost sleep holding onto pride that is stealing your joy and robbing your peace? I know I have. My selfish nature has caused me so many times to want to be right more than want to be at peace. But, thank God my Holy Spirit, who craves peace, is stronger than my mind, body and emotions. Thank God that my Holy Spirit gets the last word.

I have learned that humility brings peace, pride brings strife. Philippians 2:3 says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,”

I think I try to do this a lot, but sometimes when it comes to an argument about something I feel strongly about, I have to purposely remember that I need to value other people’s opinion’s as well as mine if I want to remain in the perfect peace God has for me. It truly is a decision. My flesh hates it. But then again, my flesh hates anything good and healthy for me. Our flesh wants selfishness and sin. Our flesh doesn’t get a vote. We have to submit to our Spirit, The Holy Spirit. So, I swallow my pride. 

God said to me this morning while I was just waking up, “Pride goes down much easier if you swallow it quickly. If you let it linger, it grows.” Ever noticed that? Ever noticed the longer the pride fit, the harder it is to swallow and forgive? Pride is ugly. It’s nothing that we should desire to walk in because in the end it leads to destruction in some way. Humility comes before honor, pride causes destruction. I want honor, I don’t want destruction, so I choose to humble myself.

I really don’t know what those birds were fighting over and I really don’t know who won. I guess the truth is, in arguments like that, nobody really wins, until we forgive and forget and let God teach us a lesson. Yes, we can win a new sense of brotherly love every time we choose peace over being right.

Peace is so worth it. I don’t need to be right. I need to be free. Do you need to swallow something prideful today? Let me encourage you to take a big drink of Living Water and mix it with a large portion of The Bread of Life. That perfect combination can help you suck anything up.

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I Mow, He Edges

I was mowing the lawn today and as I pulled around a corner I saw Tommy coming around another corner with the edger. I said “Thank you Jesus for a partner.” I am so thankful for my partner in life Tommy.

I thought, I mow, Tommy edges.

When we paint, I roll, he cuts in.

I cook, he helps me do dishes.

I fret, he talks me down sometimes.

He feels tempted to yell, I encourage him to let it go.

We are partners and we share a goal. Our goal is to love God, love people and make disciples. Of course we want to disciple our children first and foremost and then we desire to love and disciple everyone else God has for us to reach. Our mission is the same, our God is the center of our lives and our home is the place God has given us to invite people to so that we can share Jesus’ love with them.

I’m so thankful for my partner. Tommy makes me a better version of myself because he holds me accountable and keeps me grounded in Christ. I thank God that in Genesis God decided it wasn’t good for a man to be alone so He gave him a helper. I’m thankful to be Tommy’s helper and he is amazing at being mine.

I guess I just wanted to encourage you to thank God for your partner today. If you do not have a partner, thank God for Christian friends who come alongside you to  hold you up. I know I’m thankful for my friends as well.

Yes, it’s not good for a man or woman to be alone. We truly were built for community. It’s helpful and efficient. I mow, he edges.


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Ignore Every Frog

Frogs gross me out! Ok, I said it. I probably will lose a couple animal loving friends for this post, but I have to be honest. I love nature. I love animals. I love almost every living creature. But, frogs (oh and skunks), I have no love for. It hasn’t always been this way. This is sort of a new yuck, yuck, relationship I have with frogs

Frogs seem to be what the enemy will use to keep me from complete surrender to outdoor worship with Jesus. Ok, you knew there was a story, so here it is.

I love my prayer swing on my back porch. It is a place I go to when I need to spend quiet time with Jesus or to have a nice talk with someone else that I love. Well, my Tommy and I were talking one night on the swing about how happy we were for our Pastor and his wife Caroline to see the church growing like it is. I am not kidding you, I spoke out the words, “I am so happy for Pastor Jason and Caroline, I love how God is blessing them.” Then immediately, I felt something wet and slimy slide down from my head to the side of my cheek. No, the frog didn’t jump on me, it pooped on me! I KNOW RIGHT????

I looked up and saw a giant frog immediately above me and I realized the disgusting thing that had happened. I ran straight to the shower. I was so grossed out. When I got out of the shower Tommy and I giggled and said, “Satan did not want to hear us happy for our pastor or church and he sent a nasty frog to tell us”

I know some of you analytical people will say, “Oh Mo, that’s just a coincidence.” But, I’m telling you, this isn’t the only time frogs have interuppted a sacred time with me and Jesus.

Today as I was studying about abiding in Christ, I kept hearing a gurgling sound outside the screen. I ignored it a few times and went back to reading. Then it gurgled again. I looked out at my pool, and of course a huge bullfrog was doing the backstroke in my pool. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not scared of the thing. One big pool net will scoop that thing out in no time, I’m just annoyed by it, because it kept distracting me from studying.

Listen, I sat back down to talk to God and He was like, “Mo, ignore it!” I am serious. I think God was laughing at my inability to focus. I mean, it was a frog, not a bullhorn being blown. I am able to overcome way bigger distractions than that. But, these frogs… they have been bugging me.

Isn’t this how we can get? We can let the dumbest things interfear with our time with God and doing the things we are called to do. We can let notifications and phone calls and texts and doorbells keep us from our mission and purposes so easily. Our abiding can get interupted by our networking. It literally has to be something we purposely stand up against.

Distractions are the devil’s favorite tool. He is able to stay hidden so well from his agenda as it’s tough to blame the devil for a frog peeing. But, when you know you have God’s agenda as your agenda you better expect that there will be a ton of distractions to overcome and ignore. You better get really good and saying “Not today devil.”

So yes, now I’m back to my prayer swing and back to studying. I’m not even going to scoop him out of the pool yet. Let him have his little morning swim. I’m busy abiding in the vine! I’m busy spending time loving my Jesus. But, to be honest,  every few minutes, I do look up, just to make sure nothing is hovering over me. “Not today froggy!”



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