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“You’re nothing but a failure.” Those words were spewed at me nearly twenty years ago. What’s shocking, though, is that I had lived under that wordless proclamation for most of my life.


It’s not true, of course. Although I have failed AT many things in my life—as we all have—that does not make ME a failure.


As an author, my characters reflect different aspects of who I am, and in my new release the main character, Pearl, seems to be most like me of all my characters thus far. Though her life was vastly different to mine in many ways, she too lived under a burden of perfectionism—and the plague of never achieving it.


This is not Father’s will for us. His standard is excellence, not perfectionism. While I (nor any of us) cannot achieve perfectionism, I can work with excellence.


“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11


Father God has not put us here to fail. Nor has He made the standard so high or rigorous to make it impossible to succeed.


What I’ve learned—as does my character, Pearl—is that all done unto Him, with a sincere heart, He counts as success. Even, and perhaps most especially, when we “fail” by the world’s expectations.


When we keep our focus on Father God, when we invite Him into our ventures, even our mundane day-to-day activities, when He is walking alongside us, then we will know success. When He walks alongside us, He directs us, guides us and protects us.


And best of all, He whispers in our ear of His love for us, encouraging us and sustaining—and always willing to catch us when we fall. He is for us, not against us.


Seek first the Kingdom of God… Matthew 6:33

Come closer to Him, and He will come closer to us.  James 4:8


Father God has so much better for me, for all of us, than striving to achieve the impossible. We are His priority, He asks that we make Him ours.


Do not be conformed to the ways of this world but be transformed by renewing our minds. Romans 12:2


And we do that by meditating on His Word, which is to say getting to know Him. And the more we know Him, and more we become like Him. And the more we are like Him, the more we know He is for us not against us.


If He is for us who can be against us? Romans 8:31


Not even myself. Not even failure. We are made in His image, and He doesn’t fail.



#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Nothing but a Failure, Jeremiah 29:11, Matthew 6:33, James 4:8, Romans12:2, Romans 8:31


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Anticipation. Expectation. Hope. Eagerness. Keenness. Excitement. Faith.


As we approach the New Year, I am filled with a great sense of anticipation and excitement. An almost tangible sense of what’s to come, of promises fulfilled. And the journey that got me here is faith.


Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1


Faith is a journey that begins at salvation. It’s a step into the unknown, into the spirit realm. It’s taking the hand of God the Father, and taking Him at his Word. It’s walking in righteousness and peace and Truth.


14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. Ephesians 6:14-18


Faith is learning who He is so we can know who we are.


For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11


Faith is walking in confidence that what He says is true. Faith is trusting God for who He is.


There is the gift of faith.


For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. Romans 12:3


And the act of faith.


14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. James 2:14 & 26


Faith isn’t a one-time event. It’s a living thing that grows—or withers and dies.


So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17


Faith is an anchor. It doesn’t keep us from the storms, the disasters, catastrophes of this world, even our own foolishness. Faith takes us through them.


1Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:1-5


And with faith, we bring hope to hopeless situations, hopeless people. We bring light to darkness and healing to crushed hearts and spirits.


Hope burns with anticipation and excitement. And in the final days of 2017, anticipation and excitement are bubbling over in my heart.


Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4


#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Anticipation, Excitement, Expectation, Hope, Eagerness, Keenness, Faith, Hebrews 11:1, Ephesians 6:14-18, Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 12:3, James 2:14 & 26, Romans 10:17, Romans 5:1-5, Psalm 37:4


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today’s post is borrowed from Laurie Roars and quoted from Don Abbott


God is always talking to us. If we will choose to listen to God… we will continue to rise to new levels. God’s Word will make a difference in our live. That will impact the lives of others around us. Everything we do affects some other person’s live. We can be an influence to others in the world. If we will listen to the Voice of our God, He can really do some power talking.

– Don Abbott, 1 April 2017




#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Write the Vision, Habakkuk 2:2, Laurie Roars, Jeremiah 29:11, Forward


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He knew me before time began. He created me with a purpose in mind, His purpose. I am His—and He is mine.




He thinks of me. He hasn’t put me here and forgotten about me. He gave me a Word several years ago addressing the troubles of life. (I was going to quote from it, summarize it, but here it is in its entirety.)


I am there.  Selah.


In every event, I am there.  I am there before you—and I prepare the way for you.  But I tell you this—I am there before it happens, for I am eternity.  I see the beginning from the end and the end from the beginning.  I know the plans I have for you—I know each step and every stumble, I know each hardship and every victory.  And I am there with you—I am there before you are there.  For I go before you to prepare the way for you.


But your enemy—he is running to catch up.  Even catastrophes at his own design, he is late.  I am there—he is not.  He is distracted by his own busy-ness—and he cannot keep up.  Even you, my child, my beloved, endure hardships and suffering before he can catch up.  You know your joy and victory and release before your enemy remembers and realizes it has even begun.


And in his flurry in these last days, his carelessness and sloppiness increase. His efforts become more and more futile.  Even the disasters and catastrophes of his hand have less impact.  For the harder he makes his attempts, the sillier they become.  The harder he tries, the greater the decrease of the impact of his efforts.  And the further he sinks.


But look to Me says the Lord of Hosts.  For My efforts remain steady and yet the results increase.  For every heart that is turned to me, revival is magnified, My Kingdom is glorified and I am there in the midst of you.


These are the days of Elijah—behold, I come and I am with you in all things, in every moment.  I have been where you are—and I know the plans I have for you.


Today I celebrate fifty eight years. The number seems so “old” but I don’t feel old. Seems like I’ve barely begun, and perhaps I have—it just took me a while to land in the right spot.


As I seek His face, as I seek to follow His will and purpose for me, I also look to Him to search me, to search my heart.


As I have come into my purpose—my writing—I am also discovering my identity in Him. And as I discover who I am, I realize I am set apart from the world.


And if I’m not of this world, then I will never fit in to it. I used to try to fit in, we all did. We long for acceptance. But from whom?


That has been my signature Scripture for years, long before I began to grasp the weight of what it says.


So on my birthday, I celebrate that difference. I rejoice that I am more like Father and less like the world.



#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, It’s My Birthday, I Know the Plans I Have for You, Jeremiah 29:11, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, Psalm 139, Romans 12:2, Purple


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