Unwanted Gifts from God

Has God ever given you a disguised blessing? I received an unwanted “gift” from God recently. The blessing in disguise came in direct response to my own prayers, but I didn’t recognize the blessing. Probably because I ended up in urgent care. I wrote about my miraculous healing testimony in a previous Mid-Week Miracle titled,…

Episode 88

Today, I’ll be reading 1 John 5:1-5. These verses are such an encouragement to me when I feel like evil is gaining ground. I know that God has never lost a battle and that he has promised victory to every single one of us who believe in his Son. I don’t always feel victorious. But…

Episode 87

Today’s reading is John 10:1-15 from The Message, which opens with Jesus speaking truth. May you hear the voice of your Shepherd as I read his words in this episode of the Believe & Speak podcast. According to John 10:3 Jesus “calls his own sheep by name.” Jesus knows your name, my friend. I want…

Prepared Like a Professional

Don’t you love getting hugs from heaven?  A couple weeks ago, I testified to the fact that obedience pays well. The miraculous timing of God’s provision described in that testimony isn’t the only heavenly hug I’ve received since my husband, Steve, and I poured ourselves into producing my audiobook, which is now available on Audible, Amazon,…

Episode 86

This week’s episode is inspired by a fable one of my pastor’s recently posted to Facebook. It’s called “Don’t Argue with a Donkey”, and since it’s about a lion and a donkey, I thought it might be one of Aesop’s fables. I searched the Internet and couldn’t find a proper attribution, but I liked the…

Making Sense of Cryptic Phrases

Ever notice that God likes to speak in cryptic phrases? For example, my girlfriend Andi told me that once during our worship gathering, she heard the words “feed my sheep” drop into her spirit. She had been praying and seeking direction from God, and all she heard was those three words. What does that mean?…

Episode 85

In light of yesterday’s resignation of Governor Cuomo, I was drawn to share the portion of Scripture that talks about praying for those who rule over us in government. I looked back over my notes and discovered I read that Bible verse, which is 1 Timothy 2:2, in Episode 44. The declaration back then focused…

Obedience Pays Well

Financial hardship teaches dependence on God.  I once heard a Bible teacher query her students from the platform. “Do you trust your checking account balance more than you trust God?” Ouch! As the one who manages the books for my husband’s company, I continually monitor the contents of our checking account. It’s my job. And…

Episode 84

My pastor likes to say that the Bible wasn’t written to us, it was written for us. The author of Hebrews writes to remind persecuted believers to think back on the days when they first learned about Christ and how they remained faithful—even though their profession of faith led to terrible suffering. These believers had…

Episode 83

Today’s Bible verses promise that God has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and enabled us to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. While this week’s declaration reminds us to press forward with hope rather than fall backward in despair. You and I can’t help but…