Category: Holy Spirit

11 Reasons Why I Love Kathie Lee Gifford’s Tribute to Frank

Many of you have probably seen this video. Everyone has been sharing it on facebook. It. Is. Amazing!!!! You have to watch it.

Kathy Lee Gifford

I am not a regular viewer of the Today Show.  I also do not know much about Frank Gifford. I had heard of him. I had seen him on TV here and there, but didn’t know his “famous” story. The only thing I really knew about the two of them…and that was just a rumor..was that they had a home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. (I lived there once for a short period. I used to walk by their house for exercise.)

But this story on the Today Show…rather, this testimony…is simply amazing. Here is why I think so…

  1. NO ONE shares their CHRISTIAN faith on national TV. It might offend someone. It’s the one religion you can’t talk about…or so it seems. But she does a beautiful job of sharing his legacy. The real legacy was his faith, not his football trophies.
  2. He knew what it was to be poor.  “He ate dog food and he was grateful to have it.” (Click to Tweet) Can we even imagine?  We want our kids to have this amazing character, but there is simply no way for them to know a lifestyle that breeds the kind of character we hope they have. Thank goodness, right? But, the lessons learned are invaluable.
  3. He was a grateful human being. How many truly grateful people do you know?  We all say we are grateful, but are we really? There is always something stealing our joy and contentment. Business make their living keeping us non-content, scared of what might happen, worried.
  4. “His world got smaller as his God got bigger.” (Tweet this) #humbled Do. We. Even. Get. That??? That is what the Christian faith is suppose to do for us. His peace silences the big bad world.
  5. They went to the Holy Land! Really? Hollywood folks went to the Holy Land? Who knew this was even on their radar or of any importance to them?
  6. “Frank came back with a new perspective.” I have never been to Jerusalem, but I’ve heard the testimonies of many who have. Each person comes back different. They all say it really makes the bible come alive. It’s overwhelming…I hear.
  7. “Where are you going to throw your stone for the kingdom of God?” (Tweet this)  #convicted This really spoke to my heart. Where am I throwing my stone??
  8. “If you are going to leave a legacy for your children, teach them friendship with God.” This statement just came out of someone’s mouth who speaks on national TV daily. I’m amazed, convicted, I want to cry… not because I’m sad but because I’m reminded of what an awesome God we serve! I’m amazed that his people are all around us and yet we didn’t even know!
  9. “Transform this hurting world that needs God so much.” Is this church? Because it might just be the best 8 minute sermon I’ve ever heard.
  10. “Spend the rest of your life trying to throw it well.” #encouraged
  11. The best statement… “He never had an entitled moment in his life.” (Tweet this)  That is the mentality that built America.  If I had to point my finger at one thing killing this country, it would be entitlement. Too many take and don’t contribute. But, even more than that, people who have the means to give, give to much…to their kids, to their grandkids… breeding the entitlement mentality. The greatest generation did amazing things because they knew what it was to have nothing. They made something out of nothing.

This testimony really touched me, and from the number of shares, I think it touched many others. Please continue to pray for this sweet sister in Christ. But, even more, I hope you throw your stone far for the Kingdom of God.

God Bless You!

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Secrets of the Kingdom of God

Have you ever heard someone say, “Repent, the Kingdom of God is near!”? 

What feelings or thoughts come to mind when you hear that? 


Honestly,  I have always had mixed emotions about that verse…until recently. God gave me a new perspective on this. 

John 1: 14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee,proclaiming the good news of God.15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

One of the ways I’ve seen this verse was futuristic…Jesus is coming back soon, better get my life in order…oh my goodness! And, Luke 20:30 does lend itself to that thought pattern.   

But, in John 1:14-15 we see a different concept. What Jesus meant when he said this was literally…the kingdom has come near...it is standing right in front of you!


How much closer can it get? 

Jesus was standing there, offering people heaven on earth. 

In the Old Testament, there was a system for getting near to God. People made long treks to the temple. They cleansed themselves before coming close to God. And even then, they needed a priest or a profit to tell them the things of God.  

Fast forward to the New Testament. God, through his Holy Spirit, would now live on the inside of his people. Awesome news! 

The Kingdom of God is near! 

I’m so glad He lives on the inside of me, being my comforter, being my peace, my joy!  While I love to go to church, I’m glad He doesn’t only reside in church…but in my heart…where I can access him anytime….whether I’m clean or dirty, full of sin or repented. He is there!

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Heaven Is For Real

This book by Todd Burpo is a hot topic right now, so I thought I would weigh in on it. I quickly glanced at it in the bookstore, and my initial thought was, “huh, not interested!” and I moved on, giving it little thought.

Lately I’ve heard many of my friends discussing on facebook how much they enjoyed the book. So, I thought I should read it. To my surprise, it blessed my socks off. Now, don’t get me wrong, I read it with my typical skepticism, looking for a flaw. But, guess what? God blessed me anyway!

I thought the book was fantastic. By the time it was over, I saw it as an awesome testimony that could have been added on to my bible or the book of Revelations. It was a small glimpse into what God has waiting for us.  It was God blessing us, giving us hope that our faith is for real. Giving his believers another reason to hang on and know that he cares for us and he is waiting for us. There are some things we will not know until we get to heaven, but I’m grateful he gives us these little tidbits as we go so that we don’t lose our faith.

There is another book written by an older gentleman called Flight to Heaven. It gives more vivid details because it was an adult giving the account. It made the Holy Spirit do summer-saults in my heart. I loved what God did in this man’s life. He waited 30 or 40 years before he wrote his book because he wanted to “live out” what he saw in heaven. And he did, then he wrote a book about it. Amazing testimony.

One common thread in these books is the overwhelming love that these people feel when they return from heaven. They have an unexplainable love for people…a longing to make sure they go to heaven…a longing to make sure they know Jesus. That kind of love only comes from one place – God! It is the only thing that can transform a person overnight – or in three minutes.

Love is what makes me believe that these books are true testimonies. People don’t change…unless they have had an encounter with God…then they are different forever.

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The Holy Spirit has Spoken, I have Listened

My heart has been plowed this weekend and I don’t even know where to begin.

First, let me say that the Holy Spirit is real – in case you had a doubt! And, sometimes, when you hear him speak, you can’t translate it into words. But, your heart knows when it has been spoken to. Your heart is different. Your heart is better. I’m convinced this is why we all get tripped up on explaining God to people because you simply can’t put the Holy Spirit into words.

I told you last week I was longing for my Jesus. Today (and it’s Monday to boot!), my cup is overflowing. Not my bank account, not my situations, nothing has changed at my house…except my heart.

When the Holy Spirt works in my heart, he allows me to “feel” more and to soak up Jesus. With ease I can soak up his love for me, his grace, his majesty. Somedays I can put on the music, pull out the Word, but I’m just not feeling it. But when the Holy Spirit shows up, it is effortless.

Today as I listened to a song that mentioned him being slain for me, it hit me fresh: Jesus, not any other god that people bow down to, or make up or worship, was slain for me and you. What other god has that resume? I don’t know of one who laid his life down for his people like Jesus did. (Historically the bible is true. A man died. Whether you recognize the spiritual element of his death or not, someone was really slain and died a brutal death.)

This weekend, the Holy Spirit spoke. The ground didn’t shake. Lightening didn’t strike. He simply used someone who was listening to Him, to speak to his people. My longing heart has heard and is filled. My ears are opened. My walls have been knocked down…once again. All of these make it easy for me to feel his presence, hear his word and draw near to him. It is amazing that a few words, uttered by an obedient disciple of Christ, words that in the natural make no sense, can open my heart and plow hard ground like nothing else I could ever dream up on my own. The Holy Spirit has spoken and praise God that he has allowed my heart to hear and be changed.

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