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Today is my birthday and as I reflect back over the years, I am grateful for all that I have gone through. It’s interesting, that I can be grateful for years past because there were some truly  difficult and hard times that I did not like. There were seasons where I just wanted to give up and walk out because nothing seemed like it was going to change.

While we are in a season of difficulty, we can’t see how it is helping us, or more appropriately changing us into the character of God that he has called us to be. The enemy takes what God is using to build us into a better person and turns it around to where we become angry at God for not changing our situation. I believe this is one of the reasons God tells us to meditate on his word day and night.

The Bible has tons of examples of those who went through difficult times and felt like God had abandoned them, but later they saw the purpose of God’s plan; for example the story of Elizabeth and Zechariah. During the time Herod ruled Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah who belonged to Abijah’s group.[a] Zechariah’s wife, Elizabeth, came from the family of Aaron. Zechariah and Elizabeth truly did what God said was good. They did everything the Lord commanded and were without fault in keeping his law. But they had no children, because Elizabeth could not have a baby, and both of them were very old. (Luke 1:5-7, NCV)

Did you notice that the Bible says that Elizabeth and Zechariah truly did what God said was good yet they could not have children. I’m sure when Elizabeth was around all of her friends and they were having babies she felt like God had abandoned her. I’m sure like most of us she would wonder what she had done wrong, and why was God not answering her prayer. We learn later in the chapter that God does give them a child.

Then an angel of the Lord appeared to Zechariah, standing on the right side of the incense table. When he saw the angel, Zechariah was startled and frightened. But the angel said to him, “Zechariah, don’t be afraid. God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give birth to a son, and you will name him John. He will bring you joy and gladness, and many people will be happy because of his birth. John will be a great man for the Lord. He will never drink wine or beer, and even from birth, he will be filled with the Holy Spirit. He will help many people of Israel return to the Lord their God. He will go before the Lord in spirit and power like Elijah. (Luke 1:12-17, NCV)

God had a purpose in holding off Elizabeth’s pregnancy because she was given a son who would prepare the way before Jesus came. The birth of her son had to wait until the appropriate time for Jesus to be born. Her pregnancy was a miracle because of her old age and a confirmation of encouragement to Mary, the mother of Jesus who had conceived Jesus through the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:26-36).

As we journey through whatever season of life we are in, we must remember that God has purpose for it. I’m sure Elizabeth and Zechariah later reflected on their lives and was truly grateful and rejoiced over what God had done. We may never see or understand God’s purpose for the difficult times in our lives but that is where are faith comes in! For we live by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV)

Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20



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We are back again with another name for our Father. This week we will focus on the name Jehovah-Rapha”. The reference material comes from my book Rose Book of Bible Carts, Maps & Time Lines.

Meaning: The Lord Who Heals

Application: God has provided the final cure for spiritual, physical, and emotional sickness in Jesus Christ. God can heal us.

Bible Reference: Ex. 15:25-27; Ps. 103:3; Ps. 147:3; (1Peter 2:24)

Pronounced: juh-Ho-vah RAH-fah. Also known as YHWH-Raph. Jesus demonstrated that he was Jehovah-Rapha in his healing of the sick, blind, lame and casting out demons. Jesus also heals his people from sin and unrighteousness (Luke 5:31-32)

“He said, “If you listen carefully to the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.” Exodus 15:26  “Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you…” Exodus 23:25 All through the word, Jesus teaches that He is our healer, our job is to believe His word.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand Isaiah41:10 “But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD Jeremiah 30:17

Be encouraged that no matter what you are dealing with, our God JEHOVH-RAPHA will bring healing to your situation if you trust in Him!

Affirmation: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 10:20


As I promised in the last post, I have listed below the final 15 “Saying of the Wise”. I pray that they has been a blessing to you!

Saying 16 
Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path: Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

Saying 17
Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. Buy the truth and do not sell it—wisdom, instruction and insight as well. The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him. May your father and mother rejoice; may she who gave you birth be joyful!

Saying 18
My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways, for an adulterous woman is a deep pit, and a wayward wife is a narrow well. Like a bandit she lies in wait and multiplies the unfaithful among men.

Saying 19
Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine. Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly!

In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper. Your eyes will see strange sights, and your mind will imagine confusing things. You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging.“They hit me,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt! They beat me, but I don’t feel it!When will I wake up so I can find another drink?” 

Saying 20
Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company;  for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble.

Saying 21
By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.

Saying 22
The wise prevail through great power, and those who have knowledge muster their strength.Surely you need guidance to wage war, and victory is won through many advisers.

Saying 23
Wisdom is too high for fools; in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.

Saying 24
Whoever plots evil will be known as a schemer. The schemes of folly are sin, and people detest a mocker.

Saying 25
If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength! Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it?Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?

Saying 26
Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste. Know also that wisdom is like honey for you: If you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

Saying 27
Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous, do not plunder their dwelling place; for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.

Saying 28
Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, or the Lord will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them.

Saying 29
Do not fret because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked, for the evildoer has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.

Saying 30
Fear the Lord and the king, my son, and do not join with rebellious officials, for those two will send sudden destruction on them, and who knows what calamities they can bring?


I asked the Holy Spirit where I should read this week and I felt him guiding me to the Book of Proverbs. We all know that Proverbs is the book of wisdom. I was listening to it while I was driving home from work and Chapter 22 started to play. You know when something hits you in your gut and you say to yourself, “What did that just say?!?” That was me when the reader announced “Thirty Sayings of the Wise.” I could not believe that I had missed that before! I have listed the first fifteen of the thirty sayings below and I will post the next fifteen in my next post. God says that if you want wisdom just ask for it!

Saying 1
Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.

So that your trust may be in the Lord, I teach you today, even you. Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge, teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth, so that you bring back truthful reports to those you serve?

Saying 2
Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, for the Lord will take up their case and will exact life for life.

Saying 3
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their waysand get yourself ensnared.

Saying 4
Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.

Saying 5
Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors.

Saying 6 
Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.

Saying 7
When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what[a] is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony. Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.

Saying 8
Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.

Saying 9
Do not eat the food of a begrudging host, do not crave his delicacies; for he is the kind of person who is always thinking about the cost.[b] “Eat and drink,” he says to you, but his heart is not with you. You will vomit up the little you have eaten and will have wasted your compliments.

Saying 10
Do not speak to fools, for they will scorn your prudent words.

Saying 11
Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless, for their Defender is strong; he will take up their case against you.

Saying 12
Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.

Saying 13
Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish them with the rod, they will not die. Punish them with the rod and save them from death.

Saying 14
My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad indeed; my inmost being will rejoicewhen your lips speak what is right.

Saying 15
Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord. There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20

Be who you are

My husband had a minor in-office procedure today. His procedure was at 10:30 am so we arrived at 10:00 am. What I did not realize is how nervous my husband was about his procedure. He chatted with everyone that was in the waiting room. I am not a talker so I chose to just sit quietly and listen.

My first reaction was to try and have him speak softly to those ladies that he was chatting with so that he would not disturb the other individuals waiting for their treatment. But what I noticed is that everyone was listening and seemed to be enjoying the conservation he was having with the two individuals.

Everyone acted as though they were involved intently in reading their books or on their phones, but they were actually using those means as a distraction for themselves. I saw people chucking to themselves when my husband’s conservation lead to something funny. As I observed the different reactions from those individuals it made me realize that God ordained my husband to be there, at that time, to bring joy to into other individuals’ lives.

The more I reflected on the situation, the more I realized that our different personalities are a gift from God. We should always strive to be who God made us to be. I can never be the talkative, funny, joyful person that my husband is! He has a way of making everyone laugh! I can only be the person God made me to be. I rarely ever walk into a room and strike up a conversation with strangers because that is not comfortable to me. On the other hand, my husband will rarely ever write a blog about what he experiences. Despite our differences, no gift is better than the other. We all have beautiful gifts given in our personalities that will draw others to Christ if we just be who God made us to be.

Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20

The tongue also is a fire. James 3:6, NIV


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The reading below comes from my book “The Word FoR You Today”.

Be careful what you say.

On a windy day in March 1997, a father and son visited Valley Forge National Historic Park, where George Washington stationed the Revolutionary Army during the difficult winter of 1777 – 1778. The man and his son had something much less historic in mind: They wanted to launch a model rocket. At first they tried using electric ignition wires to light the fuse, but to no avail. So they tried lighting the fuse with a common sparkler, the kind frequently seen at annual holiday celebrations. That’s when trouble began. Sparks ignited a grass fire and the winds quickly spread the blaze, burning a field where Revolutionary War soldiers had trained, and coming within a half-mile of George Washington’s headquarters. The value of what they put at risk was incalculable. It took thirty units from twelve fire departments over an hour to bring the blaze under control. In the end some thirty acres where charred, and the man with the sparkler was charged with destruction of government property and improper use of fireworks. The Bible says, “Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body” (vv.5-6, NIV). “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep…the door of my lips” (Ps 141:3, NKJV). “He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil” (1Pe 3:10), NKJV). “The lips of the godly speak helpful words” (See Pr 10:21). So make sure your words help, not hurt; build up, not tear down. In other words be careful what you say!

Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20

Psalm 33

Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.

For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea into jars[a]; he puts the deep into storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.

But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance. From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth—he who forms the hearts of all; who considers everything they do.

No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.

Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20

Fighting in the Flesh

For though we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh. The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. Instead, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We tear down arguments and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God; and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5, BSB).

I know the Scripture above; I understand it, I can quote it and even explain it to anyone who asks. However, this week I found myself fighting in the flesh. I attended a meeting with some of my staff called by my manager. In the meeting my manager was rude, condescending and very unprofessional toward me.

I chose to speak to her boss about her behavior and she suggested that I put my concerns in writing to my manager. She said that other managers had expressed the same concerns. I did exactly as her boss suggested and I carbon copied her on the email. I don’t know what kind of response I was expecting from my manager but what I received back from her was worse than what I experienced in the meeting.

Her response in the email was so absurd that I decided a response would only make things worse. She never really addressed my concerns. We have yet to have any interaction since the email. Later that week I felt the Holy Spirit move upon my heart and I heard the words, “You chose to fight this battle with flesh; you are never going to win that way.”

The Scripture, Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1Thessalonians 5:18, NIV) rang in my spirit. I became angry with God and I went on a spiral…I asked, “How do you expect me to give thanks when I am being treated this way? How am I to give thanks for my friends who gets their hopes up that you have answered their prayer only to be let down? That it is not this time? How am I to give thanks for my daughter who went and got her Master’s Degree but you have closed the doors for her new position? How do I give you thanks?”

I sat and waited. I heard in my spirit, “Finally you are honest. Worship and thanksgiving are how you fight the battles, even when it does not appear there is an answer. Paul and Silas worshipped me in jail and I removed the shackles. Many more Scriptures began to fill my mind about worship (Joshua 6, 2 Chronicles 20:21). Reluctantly, I began to say thank you for how I was mistreated, thank you for what my daughter is experiencing, thank you for what my friend is feeling…all of a sudden something happened as I said those words a praise rose up out of my mouth and I heard myself say, “God, thank you that you are the One who opens doors at the right time; thank you for you see all my mistreatment and will fight my battle; thank you for you are the One who will heal the brokenness in our heart.” The more I praised God and spoke the Scriptures of who He is, my soul filled with joy.

As I praised and gave thanks to God, He showed me that my experience with my manager was to rid some pride out of me (ugh!). Somewhere along this Christian walk I got the idea that I should be treated fairly in every way. I missed the part that my flesh is to be crucified (Romans 8:13). The Word says many are called but few are chosen (Matthew 22:14). I raised my hand and said, “God, pick me. I want to fulfill the calling that you have laid out. I want to be that disciple/ambassador that you set up for me to be. I forgot that Christ suffered and so shall we.

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps (1 Peter 2:21).

I am grateful for the pruning that Christ is doing in me, but I will tell you that pruning hurts. It does not feel good to be shaped and molded like Christ. If we think that being a follower of Christ is feeling good and everything working out our way…. we will never fulfill the purpose God has called us to. I am grateful that through this experience God reconfirmed to me that I will have battles and they are won through worship and praise! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD (Psalm 150:6, NIV).

Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20


“For therein [in the Gospel of Christ] is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17, KJV)

So, the Holy Spirit told me to do a series on faith on my JCcallingtv YouTube channel. I did one teaching on the subject and nothing more. Over the past few months I have felt pressure from the Holy Spirit to present more. I knew I needed to study this subject but every time I thought about it I started feeling very insecure about the subject of faith. Actually, the more I thought about the subject the less confident I became.

I began to question myself about faith and how we know we have it. The more I thought about it the more confused I became. I read the Scriptures and I studied but nothing seemed to hit the target. Now, I knew the enemy was just beating me down in my spirit but I was struggling.  Finally, I gave up and cried out to the Holy Spirit, “I need your help!” Jesus took me to a quiet, still place in my spirit and He walked me through this process. He had me first write down what I did know about faith. To my surprise I had a lot of information written down. After this process, he had me look up the word faith in the dictionary and in the Bible.

Webster Dictionary:

Faith: 1) a belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2) a belief in traditional doctrines or religion b) a firm belief in something for which there is no proof.

synonyms: trust, belief, confidence, conviction, optimism, hopefulness, apprehension rather than proof

Holy Bible:

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1, NIV)

After reading both definitions I started looking up each word that described faith. The second definition from the Webster Dictionary kept gnawing at my heart so I focused on that definition. I started with the word belief.

Belief: 1) state or habit of the mind in which trust or confidence is placed in someone or something 2) something that is accepted, considered to be true, or held as an opinion, something believed.

I thought, okay belief…my mind is where my trust and confidence come from and it is something I accept. I started to ponder that for a moment when I noticed that I had missed looking up the word firm and so I looked it up. It was then that revelation started to settle in my spirit. I got so excited.

Firm: a) securely or solidly fixed in place b) not weak or uncertain – a firm hand shake c) having a solid or compact structure that resists stress or pressure.

So, faith exposed herself to me. Secure, firm, confident, sure, no wavering, solid belief. That is faith. I got it! That is why the Scripture says without faith (a sure, confident, strong belief) it is impossible to please God.

NOW I understand the phrase: faith is my servant, faith serves me. When I say I have faith, faith moves and does what I tell it. It cannot do anything but that – when I am sure and confident that is it! Faith can only do what I am sure and confident in. Listen to this Scripture, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed you can say to this mulberry tree, be uprooted and planted in the sea and it shall obey you.” (Luke 17:5-7, NIV) What shall obey you? Faith.

So, faith (confident and sure belief), If I say, “Move that tree into the sea,” faith has to make it happen. There is absolutely nothing else it can do but follow that command. OMG this is so exciting!!! Are you understanding this?

Let’s look at some more Scriptures about faith. Hebrews 11:5, By faith (confident, strong, belief) we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. YES!!!

Mark 11:24, Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (faith, confident, strong, certain) that you have received it, and it will be yours. This Scripture brings everything about prayer into perspective. Faith will serve you and it will happen if you are operating in confident, strong, secure, no doubt belief. Wow!!! I love it, I love it, I love it!!!

To summarize: we can only have and walk in faith if we are sure, firm, confident in what we believe. If we don’t have those assurances in our heart we are not walking in faith. When we go to our Father to pray we must have faith. If we feel that our faith is not there then we can always say, “Lord, help my unbelief.”

Affirmation: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20

Fear is a Liar

We all know that we should never trust Satan but for some reason we trust his lies. Satan is very good at ministering to us his lies through FEAR that is his number one  tactic! We trust fear more than we trust God, why because we feel fear and that leads us to believe it is real.

I love how Joyce Meyer puts it. She says that fear is false evidence appearing real. The dictionary describes fear as a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid. I love how the dictionary describes fear as an emotion (a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others) which is something that we can control. It never feels like we can control the fear when we are in the midst of it, but we do have authority over our emotions. 

In my Bible study the other week, our facilitator taught us about fear. She shared steps on how we can walk through and concur fear. At the end of the study she shared the song below. I love the message FEAR is a liar.  In our walk with Christ and fulfilling our purpose the one thing we can be sure of is that fear will smack us in the face. But we must take hold of God’s word and be encouraged for the word says, say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.” Isaiah 35:4.

Enjoy the song below:

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Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20