On Secret Sins and the Secret Place

Sin. It’s a tricky thin, isn’t it? Those of us in Christ don’t want to participate in it, but somehow we easily fall prey to it. We all know there is no hierarchy when it comes to sin. Lust is just as wrong as adultery. Anger is just as wrong as murder. It all quenches the Holy Spirit and it all breaks the Father’s heart.

“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” Romans 7:15

Recently, I had 3 consecutive weekends of attending 3 ridiculously dynamic women’s conferences. I was literally on the highest of highs. It was amazing! I am very much still processing all that God spoke to me and all that He did during those 3 weeks. He marked me beyond words.

After all of that spiritual activity, the enemy hit me hard. I don’t normally attribute much to him, but this was nothing but him. He was waging war for my soul in the worst way. He attacked my mind with no holds barred.

I don’t tend to deal with outward sins as much as I do with inward ones. You know the ones I’m talking about…envy, comparison, anger, bitterness, apathy, etc… The list really could go on and on. If you’re anything like me, those inward sins can bring more shame and guilt than the outward ones. It’s quite easy to hide these sins from the world. Honestly, the shame and guilt came very close to knocking me out for the count. I felt as though I was spiraling out of control. The past few weeks of battle came out of nowhere. I had been beautifully walking out my calling. God had been opening many doors of connection and I had experienced some of the sweetest times of prayer and worship.

One of the events I attended was Beth Moore’s conference called LIT. It was geared to women in their 20s and 30s. Christy Nockels led Heaven touching worship. And Beth, along with Jennie Allen, Priscilla Shirer, Christine Caine and Melissa Moore all shared about this call to communicate. Everyone spoke to the fact that it is a weighty call and there is a cost to it. In order to fulfill this call, we need to first be filled. This filling ONLY comes from time spent in the secret place of God and us. This time with God is not reserved for those who may minister from a public platform. It is for EVERY believer because we all minister and share Christ in some way. We all have a measure of influence.


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The Single Life Workshop, Part 1



My friend Sara did something fun last year. She flew alone all the way to Redding, California and attended a workshop for singles hosted by Bethel Church. I am so proud of her! She has such a teachable spirit. She knew she wanted to grow in this season of singleness and let the Lord ready her for marriage one day. She grew while there, made great new friends, and most importantly, stepped into a new level of freedom. She identified some lies she had been believing, and God revealed the truth to her.

Sara came back with a new focus and desire to see other singles thrive and flourish in their season of singleness. She wanted to lead such a group, but knew that it needed to be under the covering of her local church. So she took another brave step; she prayed and asked her pastor if she could start one. He was thrilled and gave his blessing. She extended the invitation to join this group to her friends who are single and to their friends who are single.

I immediately signed up. I think I am making the most of this single season, but I know there is always more to learn and receive. There is always more that God wants to develop in our character. The workshop is filled with guys and girls of all ages and from many different churches. It’s beautiful. The workshop will last for 12 weeks. My prayer is that the Lord will impart some wisdom and tools to me and in turn, I can pass them along to all of you. Here are a few things I’m learning already:


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