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Food For Thought…..What is faith?


Faith is trusting God even when the circumstance cant get any worse.  A friend of mine lost her baby when he was only a few days old.  He had a genetic abnormality and passed in to the arms of our Savior after only a short time here on this earth.  Broken, yet strong in faith, I remember seeing her during worship at her son’s funeral, when everyone was sitting, she stood up in the front and raised her hands to praise our Savior.  In the midst of this traumatic trial, she praised God.  That is faith! That is immovable, unshakeable faith.

Other friends of mine felt God calling them to move to North Dakota to start a ministry there, holding on to the promises that God had given them, they packed up their family and moved away from their friends and families that they have known their entire lives, and moved across the country to a place where they didn’t know anyone! Why? Because they had the faith to believe that God’s plans are perfect.  That is faith.

I could go on and on about the people I know who have faith that could move mountains!

Let me give you some examples in the bible of faith.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were determined to worship the one and only God, completely devoted to Him, they wouldn’t fall down and worship the gold image as they were instructed to.  King Nebuchadnezzar (It took me a few times to spell that correctly) was furious and threw them into a fiery furnace.  How did they respond to the King? They said “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand O King.” Did you read that correctly? That is my definition of faith, faith is trusting and believing that GOD IS ABLE, and that GOD WILL. These 3 mighty men believed that God was able, so they didn’t cave when they faced death.  That is faith.

Think about young David.  Goliath came everyday and challenged the army of Israel.  Young David comes to meet his brothers, and David tells Saul that he will fight against the giant Goliath.  When Saul tells David that he cannot fight Goliath because he is a youth, David responds in faith by saying “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, HE WILL deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.

Then we see David talk to with Goliath, and he says to Goliath, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin.  But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  This day, the LORD WILL deliver you into my hand”

Do you see the similarities here? They had the faith to believe and say “MY GOD WILL”  That is faith. That is unwavering faith.

Here is what the Bible says about men of faith….

“Who through faith they subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight armies, women received their dead raised to life again.”

Think about those things, unbelievable circumstances, unbelievable outcomes, people were healed, protected, brought back to life…how? The Bible tells us, by faith.

Now apply that to your life.  Our God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is the same God that saved those 3 mighty men from the furnace, the same God that raised a woman’s son from the dead, the same God that led Gideon and David into their mighty victories over their enemies.   By faith do you believe God can heal your sick relative, save your unsaved spouse, bring back your prodigal child, provide and meet all your needs? Let me tell you sweet friend, HE CAN…..But do you have the faith to believe it?

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen” Hebrews 11:1



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Food For Thought….Time

When I type devotionals for this site, I type them the night before they are published. Then I schedule them to be published the next morning.   Each day when I type in the “scheduled date” it is a reminder to me of how quickly time goes by.  I just typed April 20.  It seems like yesterday I was typing December 20. 

Think about this scripture… 
“See that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16

The word Redeem in this scripture come from the Greek word Exagorazo. Meaning “to purchase”.   It means to purchase and make most of the opportunities that are presented to you.  Ladies, I dont want to live a wasted life.  I want my life to count, to matter, to make a difference.  The word Redeem in this scripture is in the present tense,  that means that we need to make this our lifestyle, to live it out.  Unfortunately we get caught up in the “endure today and live for tomorrow” attitude. A survey that I read said that most people agree that this is their attitude.  Do you know how many opportunities we miss out on when we are living just to endure the day? We are merely just surviving as we wait for a better tomorrow, better circumstances, and expecting a better life. 

You must understand, that is the mentality that Satan wants us to have.  He wants us to be discontent in our circumstances so that we are always waiting for the next best thing.  All while we are missing out on the blessings and opportunities that are fleeting today.

We all have the same amount of time each day.  24 Hours= 1440 minutes=86,000 seconds.   The difference is what we do to redeem that time.  Like I said, the Greek word means to purchase it.  You will either purchase it, or you will let it slip away.  The opportune moments in our lives are quickly flying.  The moments to pour into our kids, the moments to love others, the moments to share the truth of God’s grace with a world that is dying.  Those moments will quickly disappear and we will stand before the One who created those moments.  I want to stand before Him with no regrets, knowing that I ran my race well and will receive the prize. 

Ladies, the days are fleeting.  The time is passing. Don’t live a wasted life. Seize those opportunities to love others and to represent Jesus.  Soon this will all be over, I long to hear Him say “well done.”

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Food For thought…Distractions


I’m sitting here at my table with my hands on my head. I’m pondering. I’m upset. I’m mad really. Mad at the devil because his schemes are deep and his is very successful at distracting people. I started a study the other day and it was talking about praying for the coming of the Lord. As I did I began to think of people who I knew that are unsaved. I can’t pray for God’s coming to be hastened if I am not willing to be more earnest about their salvation. It makes me wonder,…“what have I bound on earth lately?”

If I have the promise in Matthew 16:19 “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” I’m here mad at the devil but have I prayed that he be bound? Lord,…I pray for those who are taken in  his lies. I pray that you break the chains that tie them to his deceits. Break them completely. Open our hearts to your truth and to the realization of the lies we have believed. Release you Spirit among us that we may know your goodness and truth. We are so accustomed to the lies of the enemy because he is the only one we listen to. Forgive us. Forgive us. Block the voice of the devil from us so that we may hear you clearly!

Written By: Courtney Gilkinson

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Food For Thought…God Still Reigns


It’s 2:30 in the morning as we travel back and I’m sitting here wide awake wondering what the Lord wants to show me.
I begin to thank Him for the strength He has given me this far in our trip. At this point I’ve been up for a day because I spent the night making donations to the toilet. Poor Johnaton and I were throwing up. I’m thanking the Lord for kids who are sleeping. They are road weary. They are tired. You know how you are when you go on vacation,..you reach a certain point where the fun is over and you just want your own bed. And if you are me, a proper cup of tea. But it’s at this moment I realize. I had made it to week three before I started to miss my own bed. It was then that I realized,…you can hang on when you have a finish line. I knew that I was going “home”. This is their home, their life, their normal and God bless them for letting me experience everything,…. But I just want to encourage someone here today with this,…there’s a time when what you’re going through is gonna be over. There’s and end date. God doesn’t send you and I to something and look down and say “well, I really am not sure how long this is gonna take.” He doesn’t leave us in the fiery furnace one moment longer than we need to be,…but He does recognize that at times we need a strong fire.
The first time I heard Kari Jobe’s song “I am not alone” I wept and wept. The devil loves to tell you that “you are going through your struggle all alone. Now one knows. No one cares.” I’ll be very honest here for a minute. Here a little bit ago I was having my own little blue cession and pity party. I remember telling the Lord,..”.I just don’t fit in here Lord! I’m a square peg trying to fit into a round hole. I’m telling you I felt alone. Without a place. Without a home. And I felt dry. But I realized one thing. NO MATTER WHAT I FEEL GOD STILL REIGNS SUPREME. “

Written By: Courtney Gilkinson

Food For Thought…What God Sees


“I the LORD search the heart” Jeremiah 17:10

I hate war movies, my husband LOVES them!  He teaches history class, and he loves to know about history.  He could tell you who was in every war, who won, how they won, the date that they won.  I barely know who was even involved in wars, and to be honest I really have no desire to know.  

When we have a free night and the kids are in bed (rare), if its early enough, we’ll watch a movie.  I always try to pick a romance, or a comedy.  But almost every time we end up watching a war movie! Exact opposite of what I have picked. So I watch it only because he wants me to, and most of the time I fall asleep during them.  But we watched one a couple nights ago, I acutally did stay awake, but not much to my surprise I hated the movie.  Now, dont get me wrong, I dont hate these movies in a disrespectful way to anyone that has fought in a war.  Rather, I hate them because it’s upsetting to see the lives that have been lost, the cruelty that one human being can have towards another while in POW camps.  In the particular movie that we watched, a Christian was in a prisoner of war camp and he was brutally beaten by a prison guard who was relentlessly vicious.  

It was such an upsetting movie.  It ended in freedom for this man who then went on to serve God, but it much reminded me of the story of Corrie Ten Boom who was tortured in a concentration camp.  In the end she too was free and forgave her accusers, but the pain that she must have felt is so upsetting to me.  The idea that people could treat eachother so badly, so unlovingly, so brutally is beyond my comprehension. 

I was telling my brother about this yesterday and how upsetting it is to see that people are capable of such evil.  He then said “imagine the things that God sees”.  These movies are just the things that we know about in history.  Imagine the lives that have been lost, children murdered, people tortured that we dont even know about.  It’s overwhelming for me to even think about it, yet God sees not only these outward atrocities, He sees the heart behind them.  

I get so angry during war movies, that I cant stand the thought of the enemy winning.  I cant stand the thought that this man was brutally beaten every day and there was nothing that anyone could do to help him.  I want justice to be served, I want those wicked people who tortured another to be punished.  But the heart of God is different.  He indeed is just, but it amazes me that God sees the hearts of mankind, yet He still chose to die for us.  He still loves us beyond what we can comprehend.  He did not come to destroy, but to fulfill.  He came to save the lost, the sinners, the wicked. He loves the wicked prison guard as much as He loves you and I, and He came to die for that prison guard’s sins just the same as He died for mine. 

 He knows the heart of every man, and often times we can assume that our hearts are not evil, that we are full of love, that we would never hurt another person.  God sees beyond the outward of our lives.  He sees what’s in your heart dear sisters.  He sees the love, the hate, the bitterness, and everything in between.  Yet He still loves us.  What an amazing God! Ask God today to show you the hidden things in your heart that He wants to change and make new.  We can’t hide them from Him, He sees them all. I pray that He would change our hearts today, make us more like Him, and give us a love for one another that only He can give.