I can begin to optimize my Kingdom vision by…

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making tiny changes to my daily habits. Instead of shoving ear buds in while waiting for a drink at Starbucks, I can allow myself to be open to having conversations with people. Instead of vegging out on my couch, (although pregnancy has made this a must), I can get out of the house and work on relationships with friends and see what God is doing in their lives.

These minor switches can turn my daily objective from selfish to selfless. And like anything, practice makes perfect. Of course meeting a friend after work for a devotional can seem exhausting after a long day. But when it’s over, we will both feel refreshed and hopefully more focused on God’s will and not ours.

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:20

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I’m not optimizing my Kingdom vision when…

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I choose to go my way. In my previous post, I defined Kingdom Vision as the plans that God has for his Kingdom and people. When I set myself up for positions in which I am choosing God first, I am putting the Kingdom first as well. But when I choose the easy way out, my way, I’m forcing God to take a back seat on his own plan.

Imagine mapping out an intricate scavenger hunt. You specifically decide where the user will stop, what they will find, and the optimum path for them to get to each target. Now imagine going on this hunt with a player who decides to throw out your entire map and just wing it. How frustrated would you be? You spent hours finding the best path from point A to B, but the player thinks they’re smarter than the designer and messes everything up.

In life, God is the designer and we are the players who ignore the map. Our objective is to get from treasure to treasure our way. It doesn’t matter that our way may set us back years or make us miserable and lonely at times. To us, the path doesn’t matter. To God, the journey means everything.

Every step along the way, God puts us in situations to be molded and transformed to look more like Jesus. Each windy road collides us with people who challenge our character but also allow us to grow in our faith. Now, I’m no perfect follower. Many times, I see the treasure and sprint through a short cut. And in those moments, God takes that time to show me over and over again the vision for my life and His Kingdom.

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To me, Kingdom Vision means…

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the plans that God has for his Kingdom and people. In Jeremiah 29:11, God tells us “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Long before the creation, God mapped out individual plans for all of our lives. He created an intricate design of what our lives should look like. Then, He gave us the free will to choose to follow Him.

A Kingdom vision to me is living for God’s purpose. When I choose to follow Him and the ideal path He created, I am walking with the intention of prospering the Kingdom of God and helping others find Him along the way. A Kingdom vision is selfless. It’s about surrendering and putting God’s needs first. It’s about choosing to go where God calls you instead of staying where it’s comfortable.

Keeping a Kingdom vision at the forefront of my decisions means that I am constantly asking myself, how will this help God? How can my everyday interactions lead others back to God? How can my lifestyle show what God has done for me?

At first, the concept of a Kingdom vision seems daunting. But when you’re living for God, it becomes simple. As we’ve been discussing at my church, our purpose is to first love God, second love others and third make disciples that make disciples. Everything we are called to do grows God’s kingdom in so many ways.

Mark Lewis does a great job at breaking down even more of what Kingdom Vision is. Checkout his post here. 

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An aspect God has revealed to me about living boldly is…

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sharing the gospel and my life with more people. When I was going to UNLV, it was easy to walk up to a stranger and invite them to bible talk. I didn’t think twice about asking my classmates or sorority sisters to a volleyball or sports night.

As I graduated and moved into the working world, religion at work almost felt taboo. So many people I’ve worked around live lives completely opposite of a disciple. It’s uncomfortable to sit in a conversation and feel isolated because I cannot relate to their wild lifestyle. Although rebuking in those moments isn’t the right decision, I struggle with trying to find the right place and time to share the word.

One new married couple at my church gave a great example of how they are reaching out and sharing the word. In their neighborhood, they’ve made a deliberate decision to get to know their neighbors and invite them over to dinner. By sharing a simple meal, the couple had the ability to talk about their story and how God brought them together.

Now in Las Vegas, getting to know your neighbors is almost nonexistent. You may offer a wave here and there but block parties are a thing of the past. This couple’s boldness to break those barriers has inspired me to invite more people to do life with my husband and I. We may not agree with every lifestyle choice they make, but that’s for God to judge not us. The more opportunities we have to physically show our scars and how God has healed them, the more opportunities we give to God to bring them home.

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I can begin to live more boldly by…

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“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”  2 Timothy 1:7

In my walk with Christ, my boldness and confidence can be like a rollercoaster. Sometimes I feel so on fire I can’t contain myself. I can walk up to anyone anywhere and share the good news. Some days it’s easy to be an ambassador for God.

But then, there are the difficult days. Those are the days when I’m afraid to read my bible in public. Those are the conversations where I doubt all of my biblical knowledge. But as the scripture reads above, God did not put a spirit of fear in me but he gave me a powerful ally in the Holy Spirit to speak and act boldly.

I can live more boldly by throwing out fear, timidity and self-reliance. My boldness does not come from my own strength, but comes from the all-powerful Alpha Omega. I can share my faith more. I can stand up for what is right. I can choose to love other above all else.

“The wicked flee when no one is pursuing them, the righteous are as bold as a lion.”
Proverbs 28:1

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Preparing for your heavenly bridegroom


Being married has taught me many things. It’s taught me how to serve, to be patient and to let my husband lead. In Ephesians, Paul gives instructions to husbands and wives.

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” – EPHESIANS 5:25-27

I’ve read this scripture many times. I studied out the book of Ephesians in preparing myself for marriage. But during my quiet time today, I looked at this scripture differently.

The idea of marriage is a holy union from God. The church is the bride and Jesus is the bridegroom. And as the scripture reads, the bridegroom prepares his bride to be holy and blameless. We see this process demonstrated through Jesus.

After death, Jesus goes to prepare a place for His bride (the church), and through the Holy Spirit, He sanctifies and purifies His beloved church through His Word. So, if Jesus is constantly working to prepare a place for our eternity while also cleansing us to enter the kingdom “holy and blameless” what are we doing during that waiting period?

As with any big wedding day, the bride gets her hair, makeup and nails done. She makes sure her dress is ironed, her shoes are pristine and she’s perfect for her groom. I remember taking such care to preparing myself to meet my husband at the end of the aisle. And this scripture makes me ask myself if I’m putting the same effort into preparing for the day I meet Jesus.

It is our responsibility to remain faithful – immersed in His Will and Word – and wait for Him to return and receive us. So, if today was the big day, would you be ready to meet your heavenly bridegroom?


Gossip is Never Truth


Do you ever have those days where you just can’t get along with anyone? When it feels like the people around you are doing exactly what the Bible tells you NOT to do? Today has been a rough day.

When I get up for work in the morning, I realize that not everyone I come across doesn’t follow Jesus. I understand that the majority of people I will see have different morals. But today, it has been hard to accept that something so childish as gossip should be tolerated.

The bible says this about gossip.

“A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.” – Proverbs 16:28

When someone gossips, you can almost see the division in the room. It’s apparent that rivalies are beginning, and FOR WHATt? So that one person can feel more accomplished than another. Gossip results to two things – arrogance and criticism. How could either of those be costructive?

“Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.” – Psalm 34:13

God wanted us to pay attention to everything we think and say. In the above scripture, it literally states that mean/negative words are evil. They don’t lead to prosperity, but instead to destruction of relationships and reputations.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” – Philippians 4:8

Getting caught up in gossip is easy. But if we focus on the above scripture, there won’t be any room for it. Gratefully, my hope lies in the Lord and not the negative Nancys around me.

Can you relate to situations like these? How do you handle them in the moment?

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Tomorrow is Not Promised

Music news is buzzing today with the sudden suicide of Linkin Park frontman, Chester Bennington. Fans alike were shocked to hear the heart-breaking news. Even those who may not have known every lyric to every song, felt the sting.


Bennington was a rock superstar who took his own life at 41. If you’ve ever under valued the importance of a single day, this shocking announcement will put life into perspective.

God doesn’t promise us tomorrow and doesn’t even promise that this life will be easy. “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:10

This scripture alone says that living for him and doing the right thing will be a struggle. Bennington may not have been a Christian living for God, but he felt the pain this world brings. He suffered from depression and couldn’t find his way out of the darkness.

But there is hope. God is life, love and everything you need. He will stand by your side no matter the circumstance. “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18

RIP Chester. You will be missed.



The Power of Prayer


  1. a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or an object of worship.

“I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.” – Mark 11:24


Your prayers for someone else could change their whole life. 

In this scripture, Jesus tells us that our prayer is powerful. He encourages us to take our needs, our pain, our happiness and our whole selves to him in prayer. Prayer is our direct connection to our Father. As the definition explains above, it’s an expression of thankfulness or an object of worship.

Prayer is the opportunity for God to hear everything on your heart from your own mouth. It’s his opportunity to speak to you in the areas you need help.

For me, the most powerful use of prayer is to direct my words toward someone else. When I start to feel selfish, I pray for someone else. I take the attention off of me to learn selflessness. This allows God to work on my heart and use me to influence others around me.

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Put your prayers in a box to keep your petitions close to your heart.

Have you ever thought about praying for someone instead of cursing them? When someone does you wrong or you feel that pang of envy, pray that God blesses them with happiness and health. Pray as hard as you can that God showers them with love because with each petition, another layer of stone is crumbling off your own heart.

What have you experienced when you gave yourself to prayer?


13 Scriptures that Support 13 Reasons Why Real Life Issues

The new Netflix original series “Thirteen Reasons Why” is blowing up everywhere. Based on a book by Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why centralizes around the suicide of a 17-year-old high schooler, Hannah, and her audio suicide note

From episode one, I was hooked. There are so many real life scenarios that teens and adults face these days. But instead of looking at it like it was revolutionary information, I turned to the scriptures that support these themes that the bible has been telling us for centuries.

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Love Your Neighbor

Throughout the whole story, the characters are just plain hateful. And because of their lack of love for their fellow classmates, another scar is added to their peers’ already cracked surfaces. The bible specifically tells us “Love your neighbor as yourself.” – Mark 12:31

If for one second these characters would have stopped to put themselves in their peers’ shoes, this heart breaking end would’ve been different. Think about all of the times arguments would have gone differently if someone would have just considered what you were going through.

“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” – 1 Peter 3:8


The escalation of every event in this story boils down to unforgiveness. Every character here, as it is in real life, is guilty of some mistake. Their refusal to forgive one another builds towards broken friendships and death. The bible tells us in Matthew 6:15 that if we don’t forget others, God will not forgive us. “But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

Can you imagine being punished for every mistake you have ever made? From accidentally breaking a pencil to breaking a heart? 13 Reasons Why is a realistic depiction of unforgiveness and the calamity it brings.

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32

Accountability and Reputation

Almost everyone in this story passed the buck, even down to Hannah blaming everyone for her suicide. Each character has done something wrong whether it was an accident or not. The characters lack of acceptance of their own faults add to Hannah’s pain and the impossible resolution of the problem. But in the end, everyone will be held accountable for their words and actions.

“But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” – Matthew 12:36 – 37

In life, when we constantly blame others for our mistakes, or refuse to even accept we did something wrong, we only ruin our reputation. We then become the liar or the untrustworthy friend as we see the characters become in this story.

“A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold.” – Proverbs 22:1

Free Will

We always have a decision. We always have the ability to do the right thing. This pressure of decisions is seen throughout the entire story line. As it is in real life, each of these characters had the opportunity to say NO and be different. God always provides a way out from any situation. The bible tells us we will never be tested beyond what we can bear. And that is exactly what these characters chose to ignore.

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful;he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13


“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” – Luke 6:31

Pretty self-explanatory right? The best way to avoid conflict is to treat others as yourself. Would you slander or humiliate yourself? Chances are, the answer is no. So why do we as a society feel that it is a necessary part of life to bring each other down?

Not one person in this entire story worked to uplift their peer. They treated each other like diseases and just hoped they’d eventually disappear.


We see the butterfly effect throughout this story. One bad thing happens and caused another and another and another. One person lies, then another cheats, then another hides the truth and eventually someone dies. I pray that your consequences will never be so dire but for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. No sin goes unnoticed and God allows us to experiences these consequences in order for us to grow.

“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” – Galatians 6:7-8


It all started with one rumor. One little fib that was multiplied and morphed into an incorrect label. This story is the definition of how gossip can ruin a life. Have you ever made a statement that was not entirely true? When it go back to you was it something you’d like to be remembered for?

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” – Ephesians 4:29

Gossip is hurtful and easy to fall into. If you are not a part of the problem or the solution, it’s gossip and you have no place being a part of the conversation.

Love Your Enemy

“But love our enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.” – Luke 6:35

Sometimes there is no line between friend and foe, but Jesus calls us to love those who persecute and hurt us. “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18).” When you choose to be loving towards someone who despises you, you are giving God an opportunity to revive their stone heart.

The characters in this story sought revenge instead and every time it ended badly. Think about the times you’ve been wronged. What would the outcome be if you hadn’t reacted but allowed God to work instead?


“…and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:32

Most of the pain caused in this story is the characters inability to share the truth. Like a block of cement, their secrets weighed them down to the point of death. This scripture doesn’t just mean to be honest, it physically means that God is truth and he will set you free. Truth breaks all the chains the world tries to put on us and delivers us to everlasting life.

In no way do I knock what Asher has done with this story. These real life issues need to be addressed because they shouldn’t exist. Maybe stories like this will be a wake up call for society to pay attention to each other and really embrace what The Beatles proclaimed from rooftops, “Love is all you need. “