How Do You See Yourself?

I have lived most of my life asleep to myself, sleeping and hiding on a mat of fear, shame, people-pleasing, powerlessness, and insecurity continuously feeling overlooked and alone. So, when I read the story in John 5 of the “man on the mat”, I easily related.  You see – for 38 years this man laid on his mat of brokenness, doubt, insecurity, shame, and powerlessness. He was overlooked daily and these continuous experiences caused him to believe there was nothing different, no way to change, no hope, no one to help him, and no way out of his crippling situation. He blamed everyone around him for his stagnant life. Yet he got comfortable in his desert and he hid his heart from himself.  His inner negative thoughts ruled his outer world until one day an opportunity came and he had a choice to “do something different”. Jesus stepped onto the pages of his lies, saw him in his brokenness, and called him up and out of hiding.  “So Jesus said to him, ‘Do you truly long to be healed?’………..Stand up! Pick up your sleeping mat and you will walk!’. “Immediately he stood up- he was healed!” His heart awakened! Wow!   You see, Jesus was asking this cripple man If was ready to abandon how HE SEES HIMSELF and now receive the faith for healing. Did he want to be made whole? Did he want to see himself differently? For him to become whole and healed he had to change his perception! He had to change his limiting beliefs and how he saw himself. How we see ourselves is crucial...

What is Beauty Fully Alive?

What is Beauty Fully Alive? Beauty Fully Alive is a dream God placed in my heart about 15 years ago. In 2016 this dream was birthed and the first Beauty Fully Alive Women’s retreat was launched. It was beyond my wildest dreams and God showed off. The retreat is a weekend for women who are hungry and thirsty for wholeness, holiness, and freedom to come away and pursue the heart of God, because He is pursing us. What is Beauty? Every woman desires to be beautiful and feel beautiful. Beauty draws us. It captivates our gaze and stirs a hunger deep within. We see beauty in sunrises, vibrant sunsets, the new blooms of springtime flowers, the roaring ocean waters, the bride on her wedding day, the vibrant red of a new lipstick shade, the beautiful design of a cozy sweater, or even a fabulous pair of leather boots. Beauty is everywhere and it ushers in a stirring deep within our hearts, which many times we cannot articulate. Physical and earthly beauty reminds us of the beauty of God, our Creator, who made everything beautiful in its time. (Ecclesiastes 3:11a) Beauty is essential to God and therefore essential to our lives. www.beautyfullyalive.com What is Fully? We live physically full, yet spiritually malnourished. We drink the torrent waters of the world, but thirst for the everlasting, quenching, abundant waters of God’s word. We eat, but we are famished! We rest but we are exhausted! We get up and give up. We splurge on social media and lack the fulfilling of God’s word. This is not “just the way it is”. This...
3 Days Left to REGISTER. DONT MISS OUT

3 Days Left to REGISTER. DONT MISS OUT

I was praying for death, but God offered me new LIFE! And out of that this women’s retreat BeautyfullyALIVE.com was birthed. 3 Days left to REGISTER for this amazing women’s retreat.  In the garden Eve reached out for food – a less than false lover! We are still reaching out today for the things of this world to fill us up. Our cravings control us. We feel powerless over our struggles, and we can’t seem to experience real freedom. However, we are Daughter’s of the King, and victory is possible. We want a quick easy fix, but it is a process. One step. One choice – over and over and over and over. We have been given power  to overcome and live free through God’s truth and resurrection. Now it is time to: Take hold. Shake off the past. Rise up. & Sit enthroned. ARE YOU READY? For all the details and to register please click her – HURRY BeautyfullyALIVE.com Watch this video for my personal testimony! I was praying for death, but God offered me new LIFE! And out of that this women’s retreat BeautyfullyALIVE.com was birthed. He Called My Name THIS WILL BE YOUR VIEW FOR THE WEEKEND!  ...
Severe Flooding Washes in Unity

Severe Flooding Washes in Unity

The morning came with normalcy and everyone throughout the cities went about their ordinary routines. The rains began moving in yet little did we know what was fixing to unfold. Weather forecasts or often a little off and many assumed the rains would not be as severe as predicted. We were wrong! They were right! The rains came and stayed. Day after day torrential down pours equaling around twenty inches. Flood alerts were being predicted everywhere. Yet many ignored the warnings. Day three and panic was widespread. People evacuating leaving everything behind, others staying put hoping for the rain to let up. But it kept raining, raining, and raining. Waters were rising rapidly in places unpredictable. Houses began flooding; Levees breaking; Water-pumps failing; Roads washing away; Interstates closing; And several lives were lost. The devastation and heartbreak was just beginning. The crisis was wide spread. Social media was blowing up with pictures of the significance of the events happening all around and people were desperate. And then it happened. The body of Christ began functioning the way we were created to – UNITED! Adults, kids, teenagers all coming out of their safe homes in the pouring rain for one cause – helping others! It did not matter if you were a friend; neighbor or complete stranger the body of Christ was reaching out in love and being selfless. People wanted to help. It’s a deep desire within us to live in a larger story. We are called to more. We long for something bigger than ourselves and it was right in front of us. And we took hold. Unity...
This. Happened. WOW.

This. Happened. WOW.

Tears streaming. Heart yearning. I pined for understanding. Then – this happened – WOW! Standing in a room filled with two thousand people, I heard, “The very thing you were created for is the very thing the enemy has tirelessly come after!” Wait – What? “You were created to inhabit your beauty then offer it to others and your beauty is what the enemy from day one has attempted to vandalize.” I was speechless. I jotted these sentences down. Hours before I wanted to catch a flight home and now this. WOW! I signed up for this event, “Restoration of the Heart”, five months ago. I did not know how full my schedule would be and I did not know I would have an empty heart. I prayed continuously if I should cancel (and there were many reason to do so), but the answer was always – no. The day of travel came with many unexpected turns, roadblocks, delayed flights, and heart breaking news. I had to fight harder than usual not to throw my hands up, make an excuse, and hi-tail it back to my comfortable place. I was tired. I missed my husband and kiddos. My hormones were beyond wacked. The tug of war was significant and I called in my prayer warriors to pray for me. I knew more was happening than what my eyes could see. Yet I was weary. The enemy despised me moving towards Jesus and he pulled out all stops. He hates growth, healing, revelation, truth, redemption, and wholeness, and he hates restoration! I had to fight to get there. I had...