Do your problems get in the way of your relationship with God? Sometimes we let hindrances such as disappointment, pride or the cares of life block the flow of the Holy Spirit in us and we become ineffective for Him. read more
Finally I could slow down long enough to have a cup of coffee with a new friend. I had taken a week's vacation from work and had been looking forward to this time of relaxation and unhurried conversation with a sister in Christ I had met a few weeks earlier.
We found we had much in common. We talked and laughed, and as the morning turned into afternoon, we grew excited about how God seemed to be orchestrating our lives in similar ways. We prayed and encouraged one another and shared our plans for the future.
Just then, the phone rang. I picked it up and heard my husband's voice on the other end. In a faltering tone, he told me that a friend of ours, Doris, had died, succumbing to a 19-year battle with cancer. read more
I used to believe God never used physical affliction to do a spiritual work in the hearts of His people. I was taught that God has many means at His disposal to deepen our love and purify our faith, and sickness and infirmity were not among those tools.
Affliction always comes from the hand of the enemy, I was told, and Christ would never send such a thing our way because He died to deliver us from all the works of the enemy. So sickness is never God's will for the saint, and if it lingers then there's something wrong. These were things I believed and preached—until infirmity hit me. read more
This week, moms across the country will be showered with gifts and heart-felt words from their loved ones in recognition of Mother’s Day. I’m glad someone thought to set aside the second Sunday in May to honor the faithful women who love and care for their families.
Decades ago gospel singer Shirley Caesar penned a song that I believe characterizes the depth of a mother’s love—and God’s love for us. No Charge is a song about a young boy who charges his mom a fee every time he completes his chores or helps out around the house.
For mowing the lawn, $5 Taking out the trash, $1 read more
The believer who is utterly in love with the Lord will not even desire the things that might offend the object of his affection. It is only by complete abandonment, however, that it is possible to reach a total victory in subduing your senses and your desires.
I had no idea when my husband, John, started his traveling ministry that God had a call on my life, too. It all began so innocently—and I almost missed it because I was afraid.
In 1990 John resigned an associate pastor position to pursue the burning call he felt for our nation. Our two sons and I traveled from place to place with him. We drove almost everywhere because John's ministry was unknown at the time, and no one was willing to provide an airline ticket for him.
But before the end of John's first year as a traveling preacher, ministry invitations began to flow in from places that were willing to fly him out for extended meetings. He was often gone for weeks at a time, and the family rarely accompanied him. This meant I was home alone with two toddlers—and a baby on the way. read more
The fairy tales we all read as children taught us to believe that one day a handsome knight in shining armor would come and take us away on his white horse. But reality has left us wondering, "Why hasn't anyone brought me my glass slipper yet?"
It is the heart cry of every woman to be loved. But if we do not discover and accept the love of God, then we cannot love ourselves. And if we do not love ourselves, then we cannot love others.
Many of us spend our lives suffering from low self-esteem and insecurity because we never come to understand our own personal worth. We do not see ourselves as God sees us—"fearfully and wonderfully made" (Ps. 139:14, NKJV).
The church was electric with the power and presence of the Lord. Revival gatherings were taking place morning, noon and night. It was exhilarating as well as physically exhausting going at such a pace.
But God was obviously meeting deep needs among the children as well as the adults. Visitors were coming and going, and our home, like the church building, was the center of activity and wonderful fellowship.
I was just clearing the breakfast table and laughing with some of our guests when I heard a thump and a weak cry for help. Heading in the direction of the cry, I discovered 88-year-old Nana, who had been living with us for a number of years, on the floor. It was obvious that she had experienced a stroke. read more
What do you do when you're struggling with feelings of fear? Do you face your emotions and come up with ways to combat the problem? Or do you concede defeat and allow the assaults to continually rob you of your joy?
Fear is a powerful emotion and when left unchecked, it metastasizes like a cancer cell. It spreads quickly through your mind destroying your creativity, confidence and the godly authority you once wielded as a servant of the Lord. The result is paralysis of the will.
Several years ago I was ministering to a woman in her 70s who told me she didn't go to college because she had been retained in sixth grade. She was afraid and thought she would never be good enough to be a college student. She managed to graduate high school, but low self-esteem gave way to fear and she stopped living life to the fullest.
There are two distinct sets of temptations that assail those who have, or think they have, rather less, and those who have, or think they have, rather more than an average share of intellect; while those who have neither less nor more are generally open in some degree to both.
Some of the greatest challenges to our faith are those moments when we must endure the cold blight of a disappointment. The greater the anticipation, the greater the disappointment when we fail to receive what we have anticipated.
There is no shield that can keep away the days that come to teach our hearts submission to God's will and purpose for us. There are no roses so fragrant that they dismiss for us the tingling sensations of brokenness that come upon us when we see our expectations cave in. read more
Are you hungry for the presence of God? When we seek Him wholeheartedly, He will anoint us and empower us to carry out His will in the earth. Let well-known preacher and conference speaker Cindy Trimm usher you into the presence of God in the clip "Wave of the Anointing."
To purchase Cindy Trimm’s books, Commanding Your Morning and The Rules of Engagement: The Art of Strategic Prayer and Spiritual Warfare, click here. read more
Have you ever needed miraculous intervention from God, but didn't know how to pray for it?
Even now I am in the midst of praying and waiting for a miracle in the life of a loved one. Though God has provided answers to many of my prayers, I have been in the process of birthing a vision from God for this person for more than seven years.
The problem is not with God. He always has a ready ear. He is ready, willing and able to respond. The work to be done is on our part. We need an increase of understanding about how to call on God. read more
If you're anything like I am, you live a very busy life. Actually, you don't live just a busy life, you live a hectic life!
The moment my feet hit the ground, I dash here and there filling my day with everything imaginable--work, church, meetings, volunteering, witnessing, shopping. The list goes on. Oftentimes I feel like the Energizer Bunny—I keep going and going and going at maximum speed.
But guess what? I'm tired! I'm tired of living on adrenaline. I want God to flood my soul with His peace and contentment, and help me to resist the temptation to do more and more. I need Him to remind me from time to time that only what I do for Christ will last. I was grateful the other day when He told me to "be still" and hear Him. read more
There is a way of ordering our mental life on more than one level at once. On one level we may be thinking, discussing, seeing, calculating-meeting all the demands of external affairs. But deep within, behind the scenes, at a profounder level, we may also be in prayer and adoration, song and worship. read more
Countless times God's Word assures us of His desire to bless our lives if we commit our steps to Him. We're also told that willful disobedience will eventually result in unwelcome consequences. Often we can determine the good or bad outcome of life's situations by the degree to which we willingly walk in obedience to God's commands.
Have you ever felt like giving up in prayer? As an intercessor, I admit I've had times when I felt overwhelmed and frustrated—when I've prayed and prayed, maybe for weeks, or even years, and seen no breakthrough. Questions have run through my mind: "What's the use? What difference does it make if I pray?"
It is one of the devil's goals to keep each of us from experiencing the blessings of God that come through intercessory prayer. Intercessory prayer is unique because it means, literally, "to stand in the gap for another." read more