She Despised Him In Her Heart

Have you ever noticed yourself getting upset at someone because they were “too happy”? Have you ever noticed that people get upset at you when you are “too happy”? It seems that, at times, people can become upset with others that appear to be “too happy”. Normally, it has nothing to do with the “happy” person, but has a lot to do with the person that is “unhappy”.

In 2 Samuel 6:16 we read, “16 Now as the ark of the Lord came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.”

David leaped and whirled because he had joy for the Lord in his heart. Michal despised him because she did not have that same joy. The next time you are accused of being “too happy”, remember to pray for that person that they too may have the joy of the Lord in their heart.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What Does It Mean to Dance?

I really enjoy dancing with my wife. We have fun, we laugh and we sometimes look silly. Regardless, every time we are at an event and the “right” song comes on, you can find us dancing. Dancing at weddings is one thing, but what does it mean to dance for the Lord?

2 Samuel 6:14 tells us, “14 Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod.”

David “danced before the Lord with all of his might”. David expressed his love and his joy to the Lord so that his dance would be a pleasant gift to the Lord. No, we might not have to actually physically dance before the Lord, but when we dance in our hearts, we are offering ourselves as a pleasant offering to the Lord. If David danced, why don’t we?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

YOU Have a Purpose

It seems that what drives people most is knowing that they have a purpose. A purpose as a parent, a spouse, a friend, a worker. Even in church, people want to know that they have a purpose. Many times, we are tricked into believing that when it comes to ministry, we have no purpose.

In 2 Samuel 5:12 we read, “12 So David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, and that He had exalted His kingdom for the sake of His people Israel.

David reminds us that regardless of how things may appear, or what the enemy is whispering in your ear, God DOES have a purpose for you in life and in ministry. Our challenge is to seek and listen to Him as He guides us according to His plan.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Top 25 of Unfulfilled Potential

I recently read an article on titled, “Top 25 of Unfulfilled Potential”. The article listed “the top 25 cases of unfulfilled potential in sports history. Some of the athletes who made the list squandered their prodigious talent; others were slowed or stopped by injury. All left us wanting more.” Have you ever felt that way in your own life? You had so much potential, yet you never seemed to reach it like you wanted to?

Psalm 107:41 states, “41 Yet He sets the poor on high, far from affliction, And makes their families like a flock.

Because of the Lord, we never have to worry about not “reaching our potential”. The same Lord that “sets the poor on high” gave us the Holy Spirit to encourage us, strengthen us and empower us to not only reach our potential but also the potential that He sees in us.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Why Do We Say “Thanks”?

Everyday I hear, and say, “thank you”. I am glad that people say it so often. In fact, I believe that we should say it even more. But, why do we say “thanks”?

In Psalm 75:1 it says, “We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks! For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near.

The Bible reminds us that we should give thanks to God as a reminder to us that in all things, good and bad, we should still strive to see God.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Choices, Choices, Choices

There are so many choices that we must make each day. Do we take the freeway to work, or do we take the streets? Do we want sushi for lunch or a hamburger? Should I spend time with God today, or should I just watch TV and relax?

In Psalms 73:26 we are reminded, “My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Yes, there are many choices, but none more important and deciding if we are going to live in the Spirit or in the flesh. “My flesh and my heart fail”, but we can take comfort in knowing that if we live in the Spirit, God will be the “strength of my heart”.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!


I recently told our church that the most difficult question to hear, as a pastor, is the question “why?” I often hear this as I am assisting people through difficult times in their lives. Why did my spouse leave me? Why did they have to die so young? Why do I have a terminal illness? What makes this question so hard is that there really is no good answer.

Psalms 73:17 tells us, “Until I went into the sanctuary of God;Then I understood their end.”

Our question of “why” may never be answered here on earth; at least not to our satisfaction. This passage reminded me that we must seek our guidance from the Lord to better understand His ways. Regardless of your current situation, trust that in all things He has a plan and a purpose.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Who Do You Need to Forgive?

During the LA riots, an unsuspecting truck driver named Reginald Denny was caught up in the middle. Two men pulled him from his cab, beat him until he lost consciousness, permanently damaging him. When the case came to court, the nation watched as Denny got out of his seat, against the protests of his attorneys, and walked over to the mothers of his assailants and hugged them as he told them he forgave their sons. They returned his hugs, and one of the mothers said that she loved him.

Matthew 6:14 tells us, “14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”

I am sure that day in court Reginald Denny, and others, experienced healing. No, not a physical healing, but a spiritual. Part of our spiritual healing process is to forgive. Who do you need to forgive?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Because They Did Not Go With Us

I have heard people say that they do not believe that “it is fair” for people that accept Jesus on their death bed to go to Heaven. “They got to do whatever they wanted to here on earth and they still get to go to Heaven?”

1 Samuel 30:22  tells us, “ 22 Then all the wicked and worthless men of those who went with David answered and said, “Because they did not go with us, we will not give them any of the spoil that we have recovered, except for every man’s wife and children, that they may lead them away and depart.”

For those that accepted Jesus at an early age and have lived a life honoring and pleasing to God, there is great reward waiting you in Heaven. For those that accept Jesus on their death bed, they will still get to Heaven, but they may not receive the same rewards as others. It is not our job to determine what is and what is not fair, that is up to the Lord. It is our job to encourage others to live a life so that they may receive all the rewards that Heaven has to offer.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

David Strengthened Himself in the Lord

Have you ever heard the phrase, “knee jerk reaction”? I refers to an automatic response that we do in relation to something that has happened. Sometimes, a “knee jerk reaction” helps us (e.g, removing our hand from a fire). Sometimes a “knee jerk reaction” hurts us.

In 1 Samuel 30:6 we read, “ Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.

David’s city had been invaded and all of the women, children and valuables had been taken away.  Rather then respond with a “knee jerk reaction”, “David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” Based upon God’s guidance and protection, David caught the men that had invaded his city, he recovered all of the people and valuables that were taken, and he honored God along the way. When our instincts tell us to “knee jerk”, remember to strengthen yourself in the Lord.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!