3 Things I Learned From Surviving a Mockingbird Attack

3 Things I Learned From Surviving a Mockingbird AttackHave you ever had God speak to you through a really strange event?

I had something really, really strange–freaky, in fact–happen to me a few days ago. I was out for my early morning walk/run when I was attacked by a mockingbird. (You can’t make this stuff up!) I was walking down the sidewalk in a greenway area, innocent as you please, when this thing swooped out of a tree and flew right at my head.

At first, I thought maybe it was a weird coincidence. But then it came back at me from the other direction… and again and again. It would leave a tree and fly right at my face. It got within a couple of feet each time, and I waved my arms at it to ward it off. It would swoop by me and land in another tree. Then turn around and come back at me again. This happened over and over as I was walking over a decent distance.

There was no apparent reason for the attack. I didn’t see a nest anywhere. There were no injured chicks on the ground. It just seemed to come out of nowhere.

After I got the message that this thing was attacking me, it scared me a little bit. I didn’t know if it was going to try to peck my eyes out or what, and it flew straight at my head each time. Since there was no provocation, immediately I sensed in my spirit that this was a demonic attack. [Read more...]

3 Secrets To Promotion In God’s Kingdom

3 Secrets To Promotion In God's Kingdom by Jamie Rohrbaugh

Do you dream of doing great things in God’s Kingdom? Are you ready to go to the next level of intimacy with God, spiritual maturity, and usefulness in ministry?

If so, you are not alone. Most people who follow Christ desire to see more of Him in their daily lives (and all of us should desire more). The Bible tells us that the Christian journey takes us from glory to glory and from faith to faith:

Start-quoteBut we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith’” (Romans 1:17).

We’re not called to stagnate. We’re called to be hungry and thirsty for righteousness. We’re called to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling and to walk worthy of the divine calling to which we were called.

So if you’re ready for MORE in the Kingdom, what do you do? How do you go about getting promoted to the next level?

Some people would tell you that you just have to wait on God. That has some truth to it; we should wait on God in every aspect of our lives. However, “waiting on God” can sometimes be taken out of Biblical context. If you’re hungry for more, you don’t have to just sit back and hope.

There are secrets to promotion in God’s Kingdom. There are actual things you can do to accelerate the process of growth and promotion. You have a huge amount of influence in both the manner and timing of your promotion, because only you can decide how ready you will be. [Read more...]

Stop Expecting the Church To Promote You

Promotion comes from GodVenom spewed out of her mouth as she vented her frustration. She had served her local church all these years, she said, but the church didn’t recognize her talents. She wanted to be promoted to a specific position, but the promotion she wanted was nowhere in sight. She was angry at God and the church because she had not been given the authority she felt she deserved.

I felt sorry for the woman as I heard her talking: not because she hadn’t been promoted, but rather because she couldn’t hear the poison in her own words. Despite her natural abilities, there were heart issues at play. It seemed pretty obvious that, until she was willing to submit to God’s work in her own heart, the odds of her getting the promotion she wanted were zero. [Read more...]

Superstars Versus Fathers

boy rock starFrom the archives: I am reposting this today as it might be one of the most impactful and necessary pieces I’ve ever written. What do you think about superstars vs. fathers? Please share your thoughts in the comments at the end of the post!

The Christian Church at large has a lot of superstars. I wish it had a lot of fathers instead.

“What’s the difference?” you may ask. Here’s what I think (and please tell me your thoughts in the comments):

A superstar and a father may have the same level of talent, training, anointing, and opportunity. However, there is a big difference in behavior and heart attitude between the superstar and the father. There’s also a big difference in results.

Heart attitudes and behavior of superstars versus fathers:

  • A superstar gathers people around him so they can serve him. A father gathers people around him so he can serve them.
  • A superstar elevates himself. A father elevates others. [Read more...]

4 Simple Keys to Finding Rest For Your Soul

4 simple keys to finding rest for your soulThe world whirs around us in a dizzying array. Life is so fast that some folks–like maybe you, and definitely like me–rarely have time to stop, let alone rest.

When life gets overwhelming, we need rest not only for our bodies, but also for our souls.

Why does finding rest for your soul matter? [Read more...]

If My Dream Never Happens (My Thankfulness Fail)

If my dream never happens (my thankfulness fail)I don’t know about you, but I have a dream inside me that I haven’t seen happen yet. Do you?

If so, then maybe you can identify with this, because I’ve been struggling with something lately.

Here’s what I have been struggling with:

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Pray These 3 Things To Tame Your Tongue

God can tame the tongueHave you ever gotten frustrated with your own inability to tame your tongue?

James 3:7-8 tells us that no man can tame the tongue, and that it is evil and full of poison in its natural state. Ugh! How terrible! What hope do we have, then?

This is our hope: We may not be able to control our words, but we serve a God who CAN tame our tongue!

My article in The Christian Journal this month contains 3 powerful points to pray in order to get your tongue tamed. If you, like me, have not yet reached perfection in the area of your words, hop on over to The Christian Journal and read “God Can Tame the Tongue”! It’s on page 8, top left corner.

Click here to read “God Can Tame the Tongue” now!

 

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What Does the Voice of Jesus Sound Like?

voice of Jesus sounds like the sound of many watersThe Bible tells us that the voice of Jesus sounds like the sound of many waters. Have you ever wondered what, exactly, that means?

I am sitting beside a tumbling mountain creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as I write this. There are many small rapids and waterfalls around me, and the rushing water hitting against the rocks makes a distinctive sound.

I learned from Ray Hughes that this sound of water is similar to [Read more...]

Would You Tell Me Your Opinion, Please?

Hello, friends! I need your opinion today. Would you help me by telling me what you think?

I’ve been blogging just over a year and a half now, and it has been such a joy. I really enjoy connecting with you via this blog as we grow in the Presence of God together. THANK YOU for reading, for commenting, for emailing me, and for all your social media “likes” and shares.

I’d really like your feedback about what you enjoy vs. not-so-much about this blog. I want to know how I can serve you better with this blog. Would you please complete the brief, 5-question, multiple-choice survey below? It’s super-easy and will only take a few seconds, and all your answers are completely anonymous.

Thank you in advance for your thoughts! :)

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Radical Prayer #4: The Anointing of the Sons of Issachar

How to know God's timing anointing of the sons of IssacharDid you know that, in the Bible, there was a unique group of people that always knew what to do and when to do it? A group of folks that had such perception and wisdom that a whole nation followed them and waited for their example?

It’s true. They were called the sons of Issachar, and they were one of the twelve tribes of Israel.

Check out what these bad boys (and girls) had going for them:

  • They studied the movements of the stars and planets and understood chronological time.
  • They were responsible for calling the whole nation together when the stars aligned, literally. (The Jewish feast days are approximately based upon the lunar calendar, with consideration also given to the movement of the sun. The nation had to gather to worship God on specific days on this heavenly calendar.)
  • When signs and wonders happened in the heavens (with the sun, moon, stars, etc), the sons of Issachar knew how to interpret the meaning of those events.

The sons of Issachar understood chronological time, but they also understood spiritual and political time.

  • The sons of Issachar could discern what God was doing and when He was doing it.
  • They knew when one move of God was ending and another one was beginning.
  • They could discern when a leader was falling and another leader was rising.
  • They could even tell you who the next leader should be. They knew who to follow and when to follow him or her. [Read more...]

If Your World Is Shaking, This Is For You

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If your world is shaking all around you, you are not alone.

I’ve been experiencing some shaking in my life recently. A couple of days ago, the Lord gave me a mental picture that brought me great comfort. The only way I could write it down was in poem format, and I felt led to share it with you today. So if your world is shaking, if your heart is breaking, this is for you. [Read more...]

The Most Important Article I’ve Ever Written: Does Heaven Move for You?

Does-Heaven-move-for-youThe most important article I’ve ever written was published yesterday on WorshipMinistry.com. It’s called “Does Heaven Move for You?”

This article is for every singer, musician, and worshipper. If you fit into any of those categories…

Click here to read the article on WorshipMinistry.com.

And after you read it, please leave a comment at the end of the article and let me know what you think about this topic!

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Book Review: Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer

Full Steam AheadI rediscovered my great love of fiction recently, and so I’ve been posting some book reviews in case you need a fun evening’s entertainment too. :) I read Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer a couple of weeks ago, and I have to say it was the best novel I’ve read in a long time.

Witemeyer’s writing is excellent. Full Steam Ahead was gripping from the first page to the last page. I’ve read several of Witemeyer’s books before, and loved them all, but this one was maybe even the best. Her characters are fully-developed. Her plot was intense but not overwhelmingly so. Her heroine was smart and funny and skillful. It was well-researched historically. It was just awesome. I couldn’t put it down. I stayed up late into the night to finish it. For this 7:00-PM-bedtime-girl, that’s SERIOUS. ‘Nuff said. Go read this book!

I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, but the free copy didn’t influence my opinion. The book still rocks and I’d have paid for it in a heartbeat. :)

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Architecture as Worship: Monastery of the Holy Spirit

Have you noticed that you can learn new things about God anywhere, if you will just look for Him?

I love to look for hints and clues about God’s character in untraditional places, and architecture is one of those untraditional things that can be a great demonstration of God’s character.

I know we usually think of architecture as a way to manufacture shelter, hopefully with beauty that is pleasing to the eye and functional for everyday life. However, some of the most beautiful architecture in the world wasn’t done for the purpose of just being practical; it was used as worship. Architecture has been used to worship and glorify God for thousands of years.

My husband and I took a trip down to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia recently. It was an amazing day at an amazing place. After we explored the grounds and museum there, I was able to spend the afternoon sitting in the balcony of their church. This church, which I would call a cathedral by my standards, :) was beautiful. As soon as you walked in, you could feel the weighty brooding of the Holy Spirit. This is what it looked like on the inside:

Monastery of the Holy Spirit

Monastery of the Holy Spirit

The chapel is not actually blue, but the stained glass windows have a lot of blue in them, so the windows put a blue cast on everything. But in reality, the columns and arches are all whitish-gray concrete. This entire church was molded, framed, and poured by hand by the Trappist monks that live there. It’s amazing.

As I sat in the balcony, I was overwhelmed by the Presence of the Lord there. He was so heavy. You could feel Him so powerfully that I just sat there and cried and cried, and looking at the beauty of the building brought me a deeper revelation of His majesty.

While we were there, I wanted to try recording some of my thoughts from this experience, and my husband was kind enough to record for me. Here is my first-ever vlog. It’s very short, but I believe it will move you as seeing this place moved me. Take a listen:

God is everywhere. His majesty is on display for all to see. Let’s look for Him everywhere we go today, shall we?

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The Ferris Wheel of Promotion

ferris wheel of promotionHave you ever been in a season of favor, then had that favor seemingly stripped from you?

Are you waiting for your godly dream to happen, but instead of seeing increased favor, it seems like you get to go through a season of death?

If yes, you’re not alone. I think everybody in the Body of Christ goes through that. The problem is that [Read more...]