Have you ever experienced that feeling where the ground under your feet seems to sway back and forth and you have absolutely no control over it?

I’m talking about the ground its self, the foundation you have placed your feet on begins to shake and tremble!

If you have lived in California all of your life like I have then you know exactly what I’m talking about.

California is known for having earthquakes! Some of them are small and some of them are quite enormous. But regardless of the size there is an unexplainable feeling that takes over when you realize that the very thing you are standing on and have put complete confidence in to hold you up, begins to quiver and become unsteady! Your initial response is to go to your knees, or get as close to the ground as possible and hold onto something sturdy.

Spiritually speaking, this is also the perfect practice when you begin to waver in your faith!

Oh, we’ve all been there. We stand on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord! He is unshakable, He is perfect, He is all powerful, and yet there are moments when we can begin to sway and flutter, and quiver, and become unsteady!  

It can happen as quickly as a physical earthquake. A sort of, “earthquake of the soul!” One minute we are full of the joy of the Lord! Our confidence in Jesus has never been stronger! Our feet are firmly planted and we are serving with all our might! Then something happens and we are shaken to our core. A decision is made and we disagree with it. A word is spoken and it stings worse than a physical slap. Someone fails to do what they promised, and suddenly we begin to feel ourselves fail and give way.

What do we do? How do we stand firm? How do we keep on keeping on when we feel doubtful, discouraged, even trembling and shaking?

We follow the example of Jesus!

No unbelief made Him waver…But He grew strong in His Faith as He gave glory to God.”  Romans 4:19-22

Jesus did not waver because He “Gave Glory To God!”

In all things, in all situations and at all times, Jesus Gave Glory to God and this kept Him from wavering!

Jesus experienced the same frustrations, hurts and pains that we experience. Yet He endured to the very end. He did not get shaken, tremble, quiver, give way or fail. Instead “He grew strong” as He stood steady and gave the Glory to God!

We can too! When we feel the “spiritual earthquake’s” hit and cause us to shake, tremble and sway, GIVE GOD THE GLORY for all He has done for you, and you will feel the ground become steady under your feet! 



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For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:2

As a famous quote says, yesterday is gone; tomorrow has not come; all we have is today. 

What are your eyes focused on?  

Have you ever watched a duck swimming across a pond? You can sit on the cool green grass and watch for hours as he seems to float effortlessly across the water. It is almost relaxing as it leaves you with a sense of calm and peace. But if you were to take an underwater camera and focus it on what is going on underneath the water, you would see a fury and a frenzy of paddling, pushing, and motion to keep his body afloat and moving forward. The duck is obviously putting forth a great deal of effort to move forward. But the key is his eyes. Where are his eyes focused? They are focused on his destination. While effort is needed to achieve his goal, he maintains steadfastness in his moving forward as he fixes his eyes on his destination. 

We too face hard work and effort in our quest to move forward! But our goal must also be to fix our eyes on where we are headed. Jesus knew this and practiced it faithfully. “Jesus kept his focus on the joy that lay before him.”  Instead of looking back at what had been done to him, or become preoccupied with what was being done to him in the moment, He fixed his eyes, His focus, on the joy that lay before Him. That is how He endured the hideous death on the cross. He stayed focused, He kept his eyes on the ultimate joy of saving mankind from eternal death. He did not stop working, “moving underneath the surface,” to accomplish what He needed to, but while He worked intensely, He kept His calm and peace by having His eyes focused forward on the joy that lay before Him! 

No matter how intense your “paddling” beneath the surface gets, stay calm by focusing on Jesus!


No matter how intense our paddling, we stay calm when we focus on Jesus!

Paddling steadfastly together!

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This has become the mantra around my house! As we clean out, closet after closet and drawer after drawer and room after room and the garage…Enough said, the encouragement I continue to receive is, PURGE PURGE PURGE!

The encouragement is coming from my very own family members. Those that know me best and love me most! They understand that to get rid of unnecessary items, to clear them out and free myself from them is actually healthy!

However, during the process, it feels anything but healthy. Some of it, sure I am ready to be done with it, throw it away, add it to the trash pile, I can’t remember why I kept it anyway. But for the majority of it, there were reasons I held onto it. The memories are still there and they surface with every item that I pick up and hold! Then comes the excruciating decision, get rid of it or hold onto it.

I am not making light of this process in any way shape or form! It is truly one of the most difficult things I have had to do. But if something has sat stored in a box for six years or more, chances are I don’t need it and it has only been collecting dust.

The process of purging can actually be a very healthy thing to do! I have actually had a third garage that has been nothing but a storage unit. I have lived in a house too big for me, and my spare rooms and closets have become store houses for my extra stuff.

It was time to downsize and with the downsizing it was time to PURGE!

PURGE is defined as: “To rid(AKA get rid of), whatever is undesirable, or impure.”

It is also classified as “clearing, freeing, wiping out, removing, emptying, evacuating, and clearing away!”

Every single one of these verbs have been a part of my life this past month!

To quote my daughter, “PURGE PURGE PURGE MOM! I know it’s hard to say goodbye to some things, but no one can take away the memories you have from them. You will feel incredible freedom if you just PURGE PURGE PURGE!”

Oh my brilliant girl is so right! There are still some sad lingering memories of things from the past. My back and arms are definitely feeling the fatigue from the physical exercise of purging! But my heart and my mind and my spirit are beginning to feel cleansed and purified! FREEDOM IS COMING!

As I have sat in many a dusty pile these past few weeks, God has brought the truth of purity to my heart and mind.

He has gently reminded me, as only He can do, that the beautiful memories that I hold are gifts from him and they are as true and real today as they were the day they occurred! Holding onto those precious memories and giving God the glory for each and every one of them truly is the gift! Letting go of space I do not use and items that sit and collect dust are not the gift themselves. The gift that God so graciously and lavishly gifts to each and every one of us is in the relationships they represent! There is a beautiful freedom and purity that comes from realizing what needs to take my complete attention and time are the people, the individuals that bring me and share those memories with me! 

This process of purging my physical things, has caused me to look inward and ask God what spiritual things do I need to purge as well. What is it that’s collecting dust or taking up space in my spiritual life that I need to get rid of?

What is it that is impure or undesirable in my life that I need to cleanse and get rid of? Is there something I need to completely wipe out so that the Spirit of God has complete access to truly make me pure and free? Those are the hard questions that I need to ask myself.

As I accomplish this physical purging, I am asking God to help me with a complete spiritual purging! It will not be easy, it’s hard to say goodbye to things we’ve held onto so strongly and so dearly. But in order for my heart, my mind, and my spirit to be completely free to receive all of God’s gifts I must spiritually PURGE PURGE PURGE!

What is it that you need to purge?

Is God asking you to get rid of anything that is impure or undesirable in your life?

There is no one but you that can answer that question! But take it from me God will be right there with you to take you through the process and to cleanse you and purify you and set you free! 

The fear of The Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of The Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold.”  Psalm 19:9-10a



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Stop Looking Back

After writing last weeks blog on “Stuck in the Middle,” and the reminder to look up to Jesus because He is the only one who can get us unstuck, I was blessed beyond measure by a new book title from one of my favorite authors, preachers, and prophetic exclaimers!

Christine Caine has written a new book titled, ‘Don’t Look Back.’ I couldn’t wait to order it! Problem was it hadn’t been released yet! I was still so desperately, “in the middle,” that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and read what I knew would be incredible encouragement to keep moving forward! I mean the subtitle could not have  been more perfect, ‘Getting Unstuck and Moving Forward With Passion and Purpose!’

WOW, did she write it just for me?

I needed it and I needed it now! But it would not be released for another week!

I was actually bummed and a little bit sad, I truly felt like God had something for me between the pages of this book, and I couldn’t get my hands on it.

I tried to put it out of my mind as I looked forward to going to our annual leaders conference with my husband!

We love going to THRIVE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE each year and standing side-by-side fellow servants of the Faith who can encourage and build us up and even give us a laugh or two!

Each year I look forward to the uplifting worship as we sing out loud with all of our hearts, the rich breakouts where we learn from fellow servants how to be better at what we are called to do, and from the speakers who light up the stage each night with the message God has given them to bring to us all! 

This year I was as excited as ever to attend and receive all that God had for me. But I was also more physically exhausted and fatigued than I can remember ever being. Because, I am still, “in the middle of it!”

But boy, did God have a surprise for me! No, they were passing out the latest copies of Christine Caine‘s new book, but better, far better than that, she was the main speaker on this stage! There she was, standing only a few feet in front of me bringing the Truth from the Word of God that I so desperately craved to hear!


What’s that you say? Lisa, you seriously got inspired by the words:


Yes, you heard me right, and I heard Christine Caine right. The POWER comes through who is speaking these words!

Spoiler Alert; It’s not Christine Caine, IT’S JESUS!

Remember Lot’s Wife.” Luke 17:12

The second shortest verse in the Bible holds some of the greatest power!

I know it was the POWER I was longing for!

Jesus tells us to remember Lot’s wife because she looked BACK!

We don’t even know her name, but we know that in the middle of God saving her, she got “STUCK” in her past and she looked back!

No matter what we are going through, no matter how long we have been going through it, Jesus wants us to “REMEMBER LOT’S WIFE” and stop looking back!

Last week I said the only way to stay unstuck is to look up to Jesus!

This week I’m going to quote Christine Caine:



Christine’s book released this week! I know it is a read none of us will want to miss. It’s not as good as in person, but I trust The Holy Spirit will move powerfully through it!

Let’s commit to staying unstuck, moving forward, looking to Jesus and not looking back!

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Why is that a legitimate saying?

Because it is SO TRUE!

Have you ever boarded an airplane and looked down the isle with nervous anticipation? You grit your teeth as you look to the left and quickly scan every row for a window or aisle seat. You see no empty aisle seat or window seat to the left and you jerk your head with record speed to the right! A drop of sweat forms on your forehead as you frantically search each row for any available window or aisle seat. All you need is one! PLEASE GOD, you’ll even take the window or isle seat in the emergency row where you have to endure listening to the flight attendants speech about how you must perform the proper safety measures for everyone around you, in case of an emergency, before you put your own mask on!

But alas, the sweat dries on your forehead and you finally breathe out that sigh of resignation you’ve been holding in, as you realize you are going to end up in that dreaded MIDDLE SEAT?

You know, where you sit with your arms crossed on your lap as to not bump the person on your left or the person on your right. You dare not reach under your seat to grab gum out of your purse or backpack, even though you know your ears are going to fill up and not pop because of it! You don’t bend down and grab your healthy snack of almonds you diligently packed just for this occasion. No, you resign yourself to the fact that in the middle seat you will eat their stale pretzels instead!

Finally, you pretend you are amused by their in-flight magazine that you’ve seen over and over again the last several years. Do they ever update this thing? Because the novel you are dying to finish reading and are sitting on pins and needles to discover the outcome of is residing in that bag stored safely under your seat. You are unable to reach it from your middle seat with your politely crossed arms.

You truly are STUCK IN THE MIDDLE!

What do you find yourself in the middle of? Are you STUCK in it? 

Is it overwhelming you, discouraging you, holding you down, holding you back, defeating you, or even stopping you from moving forward?



But you, Lord, are a shield around me,

My glory, The One who lifts my head high.

I call out to the Lord, and He answers me from His holy mountain.

I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.




I am in the middle of something right now my friends! Each and every day I keep plugging away at it working harder and harder than the day before. No matter how hard I work or how much effort I put in, it feels like I’m still in the middle of it! 

Sure, I know I’ve made progress, but it feels like a drop in the bucket compared to what still needs to be done.

The key to my situation and yours is to LOOK UP! To know that the only way to be in the middle and not get STUCK IS TO LIFT OUR EYES TO OUR LORD, OUR SHIELD, OUR GLORY AND THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN LIFT OUR HEADS AND KEEP US UNSTUCK UNTIL WE EMERGE FROM THE MIDDLE!


We may be in the middle of it, but with Jesus we don’t have to be stuck there!

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Seeing clearly

Have you ever been in a battle so long and so tough, that you have begun to feel like all you will ever do is fight?  

Fighting is not the mode that Jesus wants us to live our lives in, but at times it feels like the fight will never end. 

I was recently in an airplane flying home from my “happy place,” and suddenly the plane was flying through the middle of some of the thickest fog I have ever seen. I stared out the window and saw nothing but white cloud, everywhere I looked. Because my flight is only an hour long, the plane never gets so high that I can’t look out the window and witness the beauty of California. It goes from the ocean to the mountains to the rolling hills, farmland, and finally back to the ocean as I get to my destination. I always choose a window seat so I can get the best view. 

But this time the fog was not only outside my window, it started to rise up in my soul and overwhelm me. I kept staring out the window and all I could see was white, white, and more white. I had been in a battle for four years, fighting for what I believed was right, for someone I love very much. I also had been in a spiritual battle for six years, fighting for what I believed was right in Jesus’ name. I was tired and beat up, I was battered and weary. All I could see was fog…thick, dense fog!

But in the middle of staring at the white all around me, while longing to see the tips of the snow covered mountains, God called to me to stay in the fight!  Don’t give up! Have faith in Him. And keep fighting.  

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  Isaiah 55:9. 

God was reminding me through the thick dense fog that the problem was my vision, not His. Rick Warren put it like this: It’s really a matter of patience in the waiting. The toughest kind of waiting occurs when you are in a rush, and God is not. Being patient is both the evidence of your faith, and the test of your faith. An analogy of this is being at the Rose Parade. You are standing on Colorado Boulevard. All of the floats are turning the corner in front of you, one at a time. It seems like they are all passing you by slowly, with no end in sight. But God is like the pilot of a helicopter, high above. He can see the beginning and the end, and everything else in between. My vision and your vision is limited by what is in front of us. But God’s vision is limitless: He can see all things at all times.


When I can’t see through the fog, God’s vision is still 20/20!

My fog was lifted and I am giving God all the praise, honor, and glory!  He did what only He can do!  And it was truly miraculous.  But His miracle didn’t come when I wanted it, or how I wanted it. Instead, His miracle came right on time!  Because, unlike my blurry vision, God’s vision is 20/20! 

Whatever fight you find yourself in, if you see nothing but fog around you, God sees you, my friend. His vision is 20/20. He sees you and He will produce patience and faith in the waiting!

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(Whether you feel like celebrating or not!) 

Most of the time when we hear the word CELEBRATE, we think of the word party, or congratulations or success. Something was accomplished and is deserving of CELEBRATION!

Recently, I made two trips to Southern California to CELEBRATE the accomplishment of years! My youngest granddaughter accomplished 4 years of life and my oldest granddaughter accomplished 11 years of life! 

The two parties that were thrown to celebrate these exciting accomplishments were full of fun, laughter, friends, family, food and joy!

Seriously, it was joy overflowing at it’s fullest! These two are women to be reckoned with in the making!

They are sassy, intelligent, serious, determined, athletic, artistic, and have the two biggest hearts on this planet.

They were all about the BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS and so were we!

These are my granddaughters and I love them with my whole heart!

Celebrating them is easy, but the accomplishment of each year for these two comes with ups and downs.

They learn, they grow, they make good choices and bad ones. They are loved and at times rejected. They laugh and they cry. They succeed and they fail. And just like us, they have good days and bad ones.

But, there is no question, they are to be CELEBRATED!

It is through their hardest of times, that they become the best of themselves!

The pain is evident and all of us who love them so, would love to take it away.

But we know that the pain causes growth and growth produces change and change brings about character. When we celebrate them we are celebrating the beautiful characters they both have because of what they have gone through. They are worthy of celebration!

Just a few shorts weeks ago we celebrated THE GREATEST achievement the world has or will ever experience, the victory over death by Jesus Christ! We call it Easter or Resurrection Day!

At this celebration most of us also had fun, food, friends, family and excitement! This celebration was also achieved with much perseverance, pain, and suffering!

We do a good job of remembering ‘Good Friday,’ although at the time it was anything but good! Jesus Christ was captured, accused, mocked, beaten, tortured and eventually killed in the cruelest of ways.

However, because God raised Him from the dead on the third day and accomplished what only God can accomplish, life over death, we can call ‘Good Friday,’ GOOD!

Easter is the greatest celebration of all and it is only accomplished through the greatest amount of suffering of all.

Celebrations are important my friends! They give us joy, laughter, togetherness, and lots and lots of fun!

But more than anything else, they give us HOPE! Hope, that even on our darkest days, when we don’t feel like celebrating, there is always so much to be celebrated!

You have loved ones and so do I. And just like my two precious granddaughters that bring me so much love and joy, your loved ones are blessings from God and reminders of His goodness! 

Life is a gift from God and everyday we are given a reason to celebrate!




So whether this day or this season that you are in is a time of growth, trial, or pain, remember it is producing the character in you that God desires you to have!

You are never alone. He is right there with you walking through it.

That my friends is worth celebrating, whether we feel like it or not!

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When Is It Ok Not To Speak?

What do you say, when you can’t find the words to speak?

I believe the answer is you say nothing at all.

We live in a culture where everyone has an opinion on absolutely every subject under the sun! Not only do they have an opinion, but they they are convinced that they are right and everyone else is wrong!

Have you noticed that not only are we bombarded when we watch television or check out of the grocery store and see every tabloid published, but now to add insult to injury it’s on every device we own?

It feels impossible to call a friend on our cell phones without feeling corrected or accused by something we did or did not do even before we get all the numbers punched in!

Then we try to open up our email and get some work done, but before we can open up a new file we get headline after headline popping up on our screens giving us opinion after opinion after opinion!

We can feel overloaded, accused, defeated and downright wrong before we’ve even had our first cup of coffee!

It seems as though everyone has an opinion and that makes us feel that if we don’t have one something is wrong with us.

I believe that this  is counterculture to what Jesus is saying to us!

I believe that when we don’t have anything to say, we should say nothing at all! Instead of trying to form an opinion, come up with the answer on our own or simply speaking rhetoric to fill empty space, we need to be still and silent before our Lord.

The Truth is there are times in our lives when we are overwhelmed with one situation or another and we simply don’t have words.

Praise God He always has the right words for us!

John 14:1 says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me.

Be still and know that I am God.”

Psalm 46:10

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” Luke 12:25-26

Humble yourselves therefore under God‘s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you!“ I Peter 5:6-7

These are just a few of God’s words of Truth that speak words for us and over us when we have no words of our own.

Listening to God and receiving and believing His words bring peace, healing and comfort we could never receive through human words alone.

So, when you find yourself speechless, instead of speaking, read the Words of Truth God believes about you!



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Everywhere we look as we drive around or scroll online we see signs claiming,


We see it on banners hung across church buildings. We see it on signs planted in peoples yards. We see it posted on peoples Facebook‘s and Instagram accounts.

It’s Easter week and we want to celebrate!

But before Sunday came, before the tomb was empty, an entire week of praise, rejection, mocking, betrayal, torture, and death took place.

Praise happened first as Jesus entered Jerusalem!

“HOSANNA, HOSANNA, HOSANNA, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”

Crowds cheered, palm branches waved and peoples hearts stirred at the thought of the Lord‘s coming!

They had waited so long to be set free.

Their anticipation was high! They were going to be rescued! Their enemies were going to be put in their place! They saw Jesus as a conquering Savior! Someone who would meet their expectations and set them free from everything that plagued them here on this earth!

But their expectations were not met.

Jesus had not come as a conquering savior to destroy their enemy physically here on earth and set them up as the victors. He had come as the once for all savior, for all people, then and now!


Looking at their situation through their eyes and not God‘s eyes, they quickly changed their reaction.

Instead of “HOSANNA, HOSANNA, HOSANNAH, their cries became,


When their expectations were not met, they looked to themselves and their understanding and fear and anger took over!

Looking to ourselves for solutions instead of trusting in and waiting on God for our solutions can lead to disaster.

Jesus was then betrayed, lied about, mocked, beaten, tortured and eventually, brutally killed. Until through His final breath He uttered the reason for it all! The answer they had been looking for all along.



Jesus had endured the brutality, the misunderstanding, the abuse, the torture, and the death because He is indeed, the only one to meet every expectation that we have!

Because of His death on the cross, we have full covering for our sin, and the ability to have life forever with Him in heaven! 

He did not say, “it is over.“ He said, ”It is finished,” it has been accomplished!

Jesus truly does meet all of our expectations and more. He paid the price for us on the cross, and He completed God‘s perfect will according to God‘s perfect expectations! When we choose to align ourselves with God’s expectations, and see our situation through His eyes, we can then live the lives that He has prepared for us in true freedom! 

We have been set free through the sacrifice of Jesus our PERFECT SAVIOR!



So when you view those beautiful banners, yard signs, and social media posts claiming, HE IS RISEN, raise your hands, Praise God and confidently proclaim,


Happy Easter Friends!

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I love the Psalms, don’t you? It seems like you can flip to the middle of your Bible and any page that falls open you are going to get encouragement either for what you are going through or maybe an attitude that you should have. 

The Psalms are uplifting, they are encouraging, and above all they sing aloud the attributes of God!

One of my favorite Psalms to turn to is Psalm 37. More specifically I love chapter 37, verse 4!

Well, if I’m actually being honest I’d love psalm 37 verse 4b!

I mean come on, who doesn’t want someone to give them the desires of their heart? I am not too proud to admit that I do! After all, I love God with all my heart! To think that He loves me so much that He wants to give me the desires of my heart makes me full of joy!

But there is a problem with my philosophy. I am only reading the part of Psalm 37 that I want to focus on. If I truly read the whole Psalm from verse 1-40, I see God’s entire plan for my desires!

God is not some  “genie in a bottle,“ He is God Almighty! He is the creator of the universe and the creator of me! He wants my desires to be aligned with His desires. And He wants this because He loves me so very much!

It is so easy to think that the minute things don’t go my way, I don’t get something that I want, the way I want it and when I want it and how I want it, that God is not “giving me the desires of my heart!”

I think the truth is that instead of God not giving me my desires, it is me not aligning my desires with God’s desires!

If I simply read verse 4a along with verse 4b, then I’d discover how to align my desires with God’s desires.

In order to receive the desires of my heart from God I must delight myself in Him!

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4a AND b!

Delighting ourselves in something is to

“please greatly and to take great pleasure in it!” It is a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction and great joy!

Further study into the word, ”delight,” shows at the origin of the word is influenced by LIGHT!

It seems pretty clear to me here that

THE LIGHT Himself, Jesus, wants us to

deLIGHT in His Light and before we know it, His Light is the “desire of our hearts!”


When we delight ourselves in the light of Jesus we will have the desires of our hearts!


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