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    Handing On The Faith

    This past weekend I went to visit family. As I was sitting in the church I had grown up in, I thought a lot about my legacy. Following Mass as I walked around the parish hall, I remembered the rooms I was taught in, who my teachers were and how I felt safe there. It was in this church where I became a part of the faith community. The place where I was baptized; had my first communion and confirmation; and was married. It is this faith community that handed on the faith to me, and each generation is still handing on the baton of faith to the next. It…

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    Does God Really Hear Me?

    I have wondered that myself a time or two. Okay maybe more than two! We live in a negative world that is full of noise and if you find yourself struggling with your prayer life, you are not alone. A year ago I had got caught up with the distractions of life and had not recognized all God was doing in my life. One morning I was getting ready for the day and had felt somewhat defeated, when God said to me, “Lisa, you are missing Me and all I am doing for you and your family.” I felt sad that I hadn’t recognized God and His good works. As…

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    Pride and the Fear of being Disgraced.

    I thought I knew what pride and humility were until I came across the Bible verse Proverbs 11:2, “When pride comes, then comes disgrace.” In a Bible Study I am in we are using a study called, ‘Uncommon Sense, A Study on Proverbs’. Here is a quote from the study, “Pride focuses on self, either thinking too much of yourself or too little. It robs others of your gifts because you either use them for selfish ambition or don’t use them at all for fear of what others may think. Both sides worry about disgrace.” The lack of confidence I had when I felt God’s call to write was so…

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    Have you ever had a moment when Scripture grabs you and cuts straight to the heart?

    Yesterday in the daily readings Mark 5:21-43, brought back memories of such a moment. One summer I had taken youth to a conference. At the conference there was a breakout prayer session for the adults and youth minister. I was in my seat had my eyes closed and listened to them read Mark 5:21-43. The hemorrhaging woman reminded me of myself. I was in Bible study, went to church and prayed everyday and yet I held tight to all of my disappointments and hurts. I had never given it a thought that I was trying to heal myself and just like the hemorrhaging woman I couldn’t heal myself. So at…

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    SOS Friendship

    As I was preparing for a women’s Bible study, and a teaching for my youth ministry, the two topics for the group had the same message on relationships. I was blown away on how the issues of diverse groups would be the same for the same week. As I prayed before preparing my talks, I began to recognize God had something He wanted to address regarding the importance of relationships. A sweet friendship refreshes the soul. (Proverbs 27:9) The women’s group will be studying the importance of good friendships and the importance of nurturing the friendships. I began to wrestle with what makes friendships hard, and the answer is we…

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    Love Like This

    Holidays are exciting and challenging all at the same time. I was visiting with my friend and publisher Jeremy regarding my upcoming book release of “Just As You Are.” I had shared with him that now is a hard time to get things done in promoting my book with Christmas a week away. Jeremy said, “Lisa you are a teacher, and my wife and I as well as others need to hear how do you survive the holidays; such as shopping, Christmas cards, or getting a long with loved ones at holiday gatherings.” Prior to my conversation I had just posted on my Face Book Ministry Page a Scripture verse…

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    So Now What?

    In Genesis, when Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, they appeared naked, became ashamed and hid. God asks them why they were hiding. He knew, but wanted Adam and Eve to acknowledge the truth. This is the case for us today in the Church. It doesn’t matter the denomination. Sin has crept into the leadership of our churches. The secret in the churches today are entangled in gluttony, sloth, envy, pride, greed, anger and lust. The truth is coming out bigly regarding the sins of the leaders; unfortunately it has been there for a while. In the last two years, I have researched about what was going on…

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    Desperation (A Journey Back to Health)

    My journey took a desperate turn in the fall of last year, I felt tired, bloated, and ached all over. I couldn’t sleep at night for it would hurt to lie down. I began to pray, “God if you want me to continue to write Bible Studies and make videos, I need your help with my health to have the energy to do so. I wanted to do God’s will, but I needed His help in order to do so. My friends, this is a great place to be and I believe it is exactly where God wanted me to be. One afternoon I received a text from my friend…

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    A Road Block (A Journey Back to Health)

    Have you traveled along in life and suddenly came upon a road block? That is how I would describe my health these last four years after giving up gluten. I had been feeling so much better, but would notice in the fall, that I was so inflamed and bloated. I would usually gain two dress sizes and about 10-12 lbs. I usually would scratch my head and wonder why. I love fresh fruit and vegetables and would eat a steady diet of them. I do not have a sweet tooth and would naturally gravitate to salty and spicy foods. I did not eat a lot of carbs, because I enjoyed…

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    Jesus Prayed For You

    Following my Morning Prayer, I grabbed a cup of coffee, and scrolled through the Newsfeed on Face Book. When I came upon a friend’s post asking this question, “Did you know that Jesus prayed for you? Go check it out in John 17.” I was curious and grabbed my Bible and read John 17. I was blown away in that Our Lord Jesus prayed for us before his arrest and crucifixion. How did I miss this for all these years? I had heard the Scriptures so many times regarding the Last Supper, Crucifixion, and the Resurrection, but somehow I had missed the middle part on the night Jesus prayed in…