Leadership that Protects


📖My littlest boy and I were enjoying reading out of Luke 7:9-10, about Jesus being amazed by the Faith of the Centurion.

❔We discussed how the man understood authority and I asked him if he understood what authority means?

🤷He asked, “To control?”

🤩I thought that was a great start!

👉🏻So we discussed who has authority over him, and if he feels controlled?

❤️‍🔥He replied, “I feel protected.”

🙌🏻So as a working definition for authority, we came to the conclusion that we could understand- Leadership that protects.

🤯I have to tell you, if I could have known even a decade ago, what RJ already realized at 8 years old, I could have enjoyed submitting to leadership and authority instead of being suspicious of it.

❤️‍🩹Maybe like me, you’ve had people in authority abuse their place, and through that- abused your heart, leaving you wounded.

🐑Our Good Shepherd, Jesus, He is a gentle, loving, kind, and protective leader. We can trust Him to lead us not into temptation, to deliver us from evil, and to lead us into all truth, which is the divine catalyst for our freedom.

🤲🏻Let’s invite Him today to heal our wounds from authority that’s been abused so we can enjoy the relief of submitting to His pure and wonderful leadership in our lives.

🙏🏻Lord Jesus, thank You for being a perfect leader who is gentle and kind and always looking out for my best. Help me to forgive and release every leader who has abused my heart and their position. Forgive them Lord. Heal and teach them. I invite You into those wounds in my heart and ask for You to heal them so I can grow in trusting You, so I can choose to follow You more and more. I want to. I want to be in Your will. I want to share Your love- but I need the relief of submission to come. I know that with You this is possible! I love You Jesus! It’s in Your Holy name I pray, Amen!

Conversing with God


🔥My most absolute favorite place to enjoy a cup of coffee is by the warmth of a fire.

☕️As I sit here, slowly sip, and consider the Lord, I hear-

❤️‍🔥Daughter, seek Me, find me! Remain in Me, and I will remain in you! There’s nothing to fear! IAM with you. So be strong. Be courageous. Just keep your eyes on Me- and everything will turn to peace.

🙏🏻And in response- I give thanks.

❤️‍🔥Thank you Lord for loving me endlessly. Thank You that Your faithfulness is perfect. Thank You that You will never leave me- I can count on You. Thank You for being my truth, my freedom, and my peace. I choose to remain in You, today.

🙏🏻You see, prayer is a conversation, not a monologue. Prayer can begin with a question, “What would it please You to share with me today, Jesus?” Prayer involves more listening than talking.

❤️‍🔥If this is a new notion for you- how wonderful! Your entire life is about to be upgraded!

📖“Then [with a deep longing] you will seek Me and require Me [as a vital necessity] and [you will] find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29‬:‭13‬ ‭AMP‬‬

📖“On that day [when that time comes] you will know for yourselves that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you.”
‭‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭20‬ ‭AMP‬‬

📖“Remain in Me, and I [will remain] in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself without remaining in the vine, neither can you [bear fruit, producing evidence of your faith] unless you remain in Me.”
‭‭John‬ ‭15‬:‭4‬ ‭AMP‬‬

📖“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble in dread before them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.” It is the Lord who goes before you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you. Do not fear or be dismayed.””
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭31‬:‭6‬, ‭8‬ ‭AMP‬‬

📖“You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character], Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭26‬:‭3‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Don’t Disqualify Yourself


👷🏼‍♀️I have found that so often the things that come easily to me, that feel natural, are generally the support for the call on my life, but are NOT what I’m actually called to.

🙏🏻The things I’ve been called into require me to lean upon the Lord. To stay close to His side, to look to Him for constant wisdom, constant leadership. Where I’m called, is where I need Him most.

👩‍👦‍👦For me, being a mother, is the hardest and most unnatural part of my life. Yet, I’m certain of the call because I was entrusted with these two precious individuals to love, lead, and launch.

❤️‍🔥This particular call on my life is THE a place I seek the Lord most. He loves to co-parent with us. He has the insider scoop into their spirit, heart, and purpose. It is wonderful to seek the Perfect Parent’s wisdom on how to learn and grow as I endeavor to serve them with the best of me.

🤔So, I’m wondering- what unnatural, difficult area of your life keeps you most dependent upon the Lord? Ask Him if this has a bigger purpose than to cause you to feel like a failure all of the time! Don’t be so quick to disqualify yourself.

💥By the way, failing and learning, look a lot alike. The only difference is what we do with the moment. Do we grow? Then we’re learning. Do we quit? Then we’re failing!

💪🏻Get back up! This is actually the place you’re called! And remember with God- all things are possible- and will be worked together for good!

❤️We need you! You are loved!

Enjoying Color


🤔Have you ever considered the different elements God created just to bring us Joy?

🌈Let’s focus in solely on color today!

💭As I was meditating on what colors bring me joy- here are a few thoughts I had.

🎨The teal of the ocean in Aruba.
🎨The red of a cardinal’s wings.
🎨The iridescent blue of a specific butterfly.
🎨The pastels of spring blossoms.
🎨The fiery hues of fall foliage.
🎨The pure white of fresh fallen snow.
🎨The quiet monotone of a winter forest.
🎨The sky as the sun ushers in a new day.
🎨 The sky as the sun invites us towards rest.
🎨The full moon reflecting the Sun’s light.
🎨The contrast of shadow and light.
🎨The radiant green of summer grass
🎨The yellow blanket of sunflower fields.
🎨The tow-headed blonde tones of youth.
🎨The twinkle of Christmas lights.

😱Isn’t that amazing to consider. How the colors He created stir up so much joy inside of us! He thought of everything!

🙌🏻What colors bring you joy?
👇🏻Please share them with us!
🙏🏻And spend time thanking God for being the extraordinary Creator He is! 🌎

🙌🏻Made to Worship🙌🏻


✨What is standing out to me today is that we were created to worship God!

📖“For out of him, the sustainer of everything, came everything, and now everything finds fulfillment in him. May all praise and honor be given to him forever! Amen!”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭11‬:‭36‬ ‭TPT‬‬

✨Even the way He created you is purposed to bring Him praise!

📖“For You formed my innermost parts; You knit me [together] in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139‬:‭13‬-‭14‬ ‭AMP‬‬

🤥And yet, we’ve been sold a lie that what we need to do is a find a way to live where we get praised, where we get noticed, where we have significance.

😰So we spend our lives, spinning our wheels, trying to prove to ourselves and the watching world that we are somebody!

😵This drives jealousy, insecurity, comparison, and lots of choices made out of fear and lack.

🙌🏻But guess what?!? The word of God promises that if we seek the Lord first— He will add to our lives everything we will ever need to be who He created us to be.

📖“But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭33‬-‭34‬ ‭AMP‬‬

📣The truth is- YOU ARE SOMEBODY! You have been so deeply important since before time even began! You are a child of God! Fashioned with purpose! Called for such a time of this! Turn your eyes upward. Spend time looking to Him. Open His word, find out who He is, so you can discover who you really are!

❤️You are loved!

🙏🏻Lord Jesus, I worship You alone! I lay down anything I’ve been holding onto with only the purpose to prove myself to the world. Instead, I choose to lift my eyes to You alone. I ask that You would reveal to me who I am created to be. I trust You to provide for me everything I’ll ever need to do Your will for my life. Teach me how to live for You alone! Teach me how to offer my life as a living sacrifice one moment after the next in ways that are holy and pleasing to You! I love You, my God and my King! And it is by the power, spirit, and blood, of Jesus and in His name I pray- amen!

Washed Clean. Made New.


💭I had this thought going through my spirit today.
🫠Sometimes, when we’re serving in our purpose, it gets messy.
🤔When it gets messy, sometimes we understand that as we missed God.
🧐But what if, getting messy was part of your process?
🫤What if the mess was to help you realize how deeply you need God?

🍽️Consider a dinner plate.
🧆It’s purpose is to serve us for our meals.
🧼But man, everytime it serves its purpose, it’s messy and needs to be washed clean.

🚮Can you imagine the waste if we threw them away every time they got messy doing what they were made to do?

🫧Instead we wash them in preparation for them to serve again.
🎉It’s like they become brand new once more.

🤷‍♀️I wonder if we took the mess to the Lord and asked Him to wash us, make us new, and prepare us to serve in our purpose again- each time it got messy- How could we encounter Him and allow our mess be turned into a message?

✝️The mess won’t be the message- but how He tenderly met us, washed us, and made us new- that becomes the message we carry.

📣One of His faithfulness! One of His kindness! One of His marvelous love!

❤️‍🔥Today, let’s ask Him to reframe any mess we interpreted at a missed mark- and help us to bring Him that mess and make us new.

🙏🏻Lord Jesus, there is nothing too dirty, too messy, that Your love can’t wash white and make new! I invite You to reveal anything I’ve misunderstood and tried to throw away that really just needs Your healing touch. I invite you into my mess and ask You to give me a new message of Your faithfulness to bring to the world! I love You Jesus! It’s by Your blood, spirit, and power, in Your holy name I pray! Amen.

📖Revelation 21:5

“And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’”

📖Lamentations 3:22-23

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

📖Romans 6:4

“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”

From Chains to Change


Preaching to myself today! Maybe it will bless you too!

We can break chains of defeatism.

Step ☝️: Stop thinking about giving up!

When those old thought patterns that lead you into a negative spiral start- say NO! You get to decide what and how you think! Choose different thoughts!

Step ✌️: Start planning how to rise up!

Come up with some small steps that lead to the bigger change you desire. Change something- anything- to move forward. Just for the love, don’t keep doing what you’ve been doing and expect someone else to change.

Step 3️⃣: Be actively grateful for what IS right.

Gratitude gets our focus on all that’s right which produces momentum in that direction! This isn’t hollow, it’s where the power is! Try looking for 1000 gifts and see if within that journey- your life isn’t transformed!

Step 4️⃣: Help someone else.

There are always others who need what you have- when you give freely, you’ll receive freely! Look away from you, see who needs you, and become their blessing!

Step ✋: Move your body in the outdoors!

Go getcha some of that good fresh air, vitamin d, and help the blood get pumping to release all of those wonderful happy hormones in your brain! It’s worth putting shoes and socks on for- I promise!

Deep to Deep


Deep to Deep

I worship You, I love You,

I choose to put none above You,

You are the One, my soul’s made for,

Your presence is, the opened door.

So I come in closer, fall into Your grace,

Leaning upon You,

Taking in Your beautiful face.

I remember now, in Your glory,

The fullness of our story,

How You died and rose again,

To be the way for me.

Everything that came between,

You paved the way through,

Unlocking every door,

Drying every ocean floor,

Now nothing stands between,

You and me.

This all seems far too great,

To be true, but I’m here with You,

Your love encompasses my soul,

My experience confounds what I think I know,

We reach where I’ve stopped before, but You say, “Keep going, there’s more.”

A key unlocks a door I didn’t see,

And hidden treasure is found-

Wow! So much beauty!

I never knew what could be

When courage opens up the deep.

My deep cries,

My deep needs,

My deep knows,

My deep sees

Deep is a way to discover,

Deep is a way to recover,

Deep is a way to undo,

Deep is the way to the truest truth.

Your deep floods,

Your depths heal,

Your deep connects,

To my deepest real.

The dark depths were lonely,

Until You unlocked them for me,

My deep called to Yours,

Now everywhere there’s opened doors.

Doors that have never been unlocked,

Doors I was afraid to walk through,

But now as I journey beyond,

What I find is more of You!

In the depths, are the deeper

Connection and identity to the keeper,

Jesus Christ is in all of me,

And in all of Him, I’m invited to be.

To be loved in the whole,

To be known and to know,

There’s no place He won’t be,

Because I’m in Him and He’s in me.

So no part needs to stay locked,

No part needs to be managed,

Every part get to be set free,

I’m at an eternal advantage.

Because before time, I’ve been loved,

From the beginning, I’ve been seen,

Forever and ever, I’m fully known,

His perfection has always been in me!

So I’ll keep letting His hand,

Excavate the hidden treasure,

I’ll keep agreeing with,

The way He measures.

He measures by His righteousness,

He measures by His grace,

He measures by His love,

I choose to believe His word over me now by faith

Loved. Cherished. Wanted. Seen.

Righteous. Perfect. Forgiven. Free.

That’s who I am because,

I’m in Him and He’s in me,

From deep to deep.



along the shore,

toes in the sand,

tickled by the tide,

Heart opened wide

And suddenly,

His gaze meets mine,

Hand extends,

“My beloved, come with Me,

And let our dance begin.

I want to show you how,

To move within the depths of Me,

Lean into the motion of my Sea,

All you have to do-

Is Look up and believe.

His rhythms, like waves, becoming mine,

His leadership, steady and constant, keep the time,

Overwhelmed by Majesty,

Connected and loved, completely

Piercing eyes, gazes locked,

Hearts and hands too,

Deeper we dance,Into the blue

When will fear come for me?

When will I sink?

When will I fail?

Questions bombard me

Fingers under chin,

Tilting my gaze back to Him,

Smiling He reassures,

“You are mine, and I’m yours”

New hope blossoms,

Confidence soars,

Going deeper still,

Away from the shore

And suddenly,

The lightning strikes,

The waves toss me to and fro,

How did I get here?

What do I think I know?

I’m stupid, ridiculous,

This wasn’t His way,

Or else I wouldn’t be drowning,

Alone and afraid.

Once more,

His eyes meet mine,

“Don’t quit now, you’re doing just fine.”

New depths reveal deeper truths

New depths require deeper roots.

This can never change,

Nothing can separate,

You are in Me, and I am in You,

No matter how shallow or deep is the blue.

So we dance.

We dance in the storm,

We dance in calm,

The steps change, as does the pace,

As do I, as I look upon His face.

He is really everything,

Everything else fades away,

He is mine! I am His!

He’s making it all new, everyday.

We dance, He leads, perfectly.

Keeping time, making space, abundantly.

Fear comes and goes, as the dance deepens,

But I keep gaining more and more of Him.

I know now, that no matter what,

Wherever He calls I will go.

He is in Me, I am in Him,

Nothing can stop us, now that I know.

“But I’m tired Lord, and overwhelmed

Just let me sink, I’m gonna let you down,”

Oh Daughter, I’ll carry you,

You can rest, we’ll make it through.

True to His word, He makes a way,

I get to dance another day.

This time with His strength,

Having none of my own,

I’m learning deep requires,

The letting go.

I let go of pride, of making my own way,

I let go of the fear of failing Him each day,

I let go of the lie that I’m all alone,

And I pick up love, true love,

Running red love, the victory,

And it is done.

I’m loved-

I’m loved and free-

I’m loved and free and clean-

I’m loved and free and clean and called.

Called to be loved.

Called to love.

His big plan and purpose for me,

To love and be loved, fearlessly.

Heavenly Exchange


From one moment,

Into the next,

From everything’s fine,

To can’t find my breath


It’s all too loud

All too tight

All too close

Nothing is right.

No warning, no alarm,

No chance to prepare,

One second I’m with “good”

Next, “anxiety,” you’re here.

My brain shuts down,

Along with my peace,

Along with my ability,

To meet the moment’s needs

Am I safe?

Am I safe?

Am I safe?

That question never changes.

What I choose next,

Says where the story goes,

Do I look out or up?

To what I feel, or to what I know?

I feel totally exhausted,

I know You’re my strength,

I feel all closed in,

I know you’re my spacious place.

I feel like nothing ever changes,

I know you make all things news,

I feel like it’s all hopeless,

But I choose to put my hope in You.

Eyes up once more,

Rise up yet again,

My heartbeat slows,

My chest can finally expand.

Peace trickles in,

Displacing the panic,

One clear thought begins to form,

Replacing the manic.

Breathe in,

Spinning slows down

Breathe out,

Vision starts to clear.

Breathe in,

I am safe.

Breathe out,

You are here.

This is beyond, though the war wages.

This is beyond, this battle was won.

This is beyond, You rescued me.

It’s what You do, what You’ve always done.

So I show up and shout I love You!

You are a faithful, wonderful friend!

Yes! You are my beyond all in all,

United with You, I begin again.