no alternative

There is no alternative. True love comes from God.
Lorraine Sellars

How to Claim Times of Refreshing

Guaranteed Times of Refreshing

Where do you go for times of refreshing?  What does that mean to you?  What do you take along with you?  Because we all live in a fallen world, there must be regular times in our lives when we must get away from the pressure.  When the attacks of the enemy intensifies, we must retreat to a solitary place for strength.  We oftentimes go through periods of continuous attacks from the enemy, so much so that we become tired and unable to function properly.  These times can even make us feel like giving up because of the constant, unending mental workload.  But the answer is not to relinquish our authority or control; the answer is to refresh!

When your computer has been performing several tasks and programs, it gets tired and slows down.  So to make it active again, you must refresh it to clear the programs it has been running.  As we mature in Christ, we get a better understanding of the importance of these times of refreshing and how it helps to revive us to stay in the race and finish strong.

So where do you go for times of refreshing?  The best place to retreat is a place void of life’s luxuries.  No cell phones, no computers, and no television.  Jesus practiced this on a daily basis.  The Bible states in Mark 1:35, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”  Not only did Jesus go to a quiet place, but He also went during a time when most people are still asleep.  Before the sunrise of a new day Jesus knew He needed refreshing.

What does this mean to you?  Well times of refreshing guarantees you that you’ll be able to handle each day’s problems as they appear.  It energizes you for the assignments of the day ahead.  Hearing God’s voice before you hear anyone else’s voice gives you direction and instruction for the journey.  It frees you from yesterday’s troubles and prepares you to walk in victory because your confidence is in God.

What do you take along with you?  Nothing and no one.  There’s an old hymn that says, “I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses, and the voice I hear, falling on my ear, the Son of God discloses…”  So these are times that you spend alone with God sharing and listening.  Walking alone with Him in the cool of the morning is what God intended for us.  When you’re alone with God, you don’t have to divide your attention, but you’re able to allow His love to wash over you and forgive you of yesterday’s faults.  Times of refreshing are vital for every believer and there’s no substitute for spending time alone with the Creator of the universe.  He awaits our coming every single day.

Don’t Get Ahead of Yourself

No need to waste your energy trying to figure out the future; God has already been there and worked things out for you. Focus on today and let that be enough.
Lorraine Sellars

Child’s Heart Is Simple


The Heart of A Child

The heart of a child can teach us a lot about living the simple, carefree life.  Most of us as adults have lost sight of self and we spend our days on a spinning wheel like a hamster, never taking a break to even smell the gardenias.  We can’t enjoy the blessings God has already given us because we let magazine covers at the grocery store checkout convince us we need more.  Or after we visit a friend, we make the horrible assumption that they are living the “good life” and that we need that life. When will we rely on our faith in God instead of temporary things?  When will we come to him as a child?

I love the innocence of children.  They trust the authority that has been placed over their lives without question.  They never worry about food, clothing, or provision.  Children are happy just spending quiet time with their father reading a book!!  They laugh all the time because they have not allowed the world to make their lives complicated.  Just walk pass a play park sometime and watch how they love, trust, and enjoy their surroundings.  You will notice three things about the heart of a child.

  1.  Contentment:  Children really don’t require much at all.  It’s only when we allow the voice of society  to speak louder than we do that they begin to feel incomplete.  Open a box to a new microwave and toss the box on your kitchen floor.  A child will play with that box for hours.  Because of the creativity of their DNA, they look at that box and see endless possibilities for adventure, fun, and learning.  They have found fulfillment in something as simple as an empty box.  A cardboard box that you deemed as trash.  God wants us to come before Him as a little child; satisfied with just being created in His image; content with just knowing He loves us; satisfied because our innocence makes Him smile.  Get back to your manufacture’s setting, reboot your hard drive, ask God to restore the joy you once knew.  He can and will do it for you.
  2. Forgiveness:  I have been running my own daycare and teaching young children for 16 years and I have never seen a child hold a grudge.  They know the art of leaving the past behind and living for the present.  A child that is offended, hurt, or even strongly disciplined will be over the whole matter in five minutes.  They never waste a whole day sulking when they could be playing and enjoying friends.  Young children value friendship, love laughter, and are able to redeem the time.  Forgiveness in the Greek means to let go, and kids are great at letting go and moving on.  We all need forgiveness at some point in our lives, so we need to imitate the heart of a child and just let it go.
  3. Trust:  Just be careful what you promise a child because they trust you to make it good.  No matter how far-fetched the thing may be, children believe what you promise them and they excitedly wait for it to happen.  Have you ever heard a child say, “dad, catch me”?  Right after that, they jump!  You know why?  Because their confidence, their trust is in their father.  They have such confidence in that person that they are able to jump and not question at all if he’s going to be there.  God so  wants us to be this way.  No matter what life may bring, God wants us to just trust him completely.

One of my favorite scriptures is Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding…  God is calling us to trust in Him whether we understand His leading or not, the trust is where the outcome matters. Children don’t question what they know to be true.  Neither do they question one proven to be trustworthy.  So be content, forgive those who have wronged you, and trust in your Father.


In his hands

No need to try to figure out the future, God has already been there and worked things out.
Lorraine Sellars

Try These 4 Proven Weapons of Warfare To Battle Fear


Victory Over Your Fears

Two things you can be sure of as you journey through this life–there will be times of peace and times of war.  How you prepare during times of peace will certainly determine your outcome.  The enemy uses fear, but you have power to overcome fears with these 4 proven weapons of warfare.

  1.  A Sound Mind:  Fear always causes people to shrink back or rethink their ability to win.  But fear wouldn’t stand a chance if you only knew or believed that you have been given a very powerful tool, even from birth, with which to think and reason.  The Bible even tells you in 2 Timothy 1:7 that you possess the winning spirit.  Not the spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind.  A sound mind will not be easily persuaded nor defeated.  On the contrary, this tool holds all of the strategies needed to successfully fight your “best” opponent and come out victorious.
  2. The Word of God:  There is really no debate about the success of this weapon because if it worked for Jesus, it will work for you.  One of the major mistakes we tend to make in battle is going on our own strength.  Jesus went into every fight fully loaded because He knew the word.  You may say, “but wait, He was the word!”  Yes, but when Jesus walked the earth, He never missed a day of consulting with His Father to get His assignment.  His strength came from His relationship with God, and herein lies our strength as well.  Read the word and open yourself up to the instructions you hear.
  3. Preparation:  Just like you prepare for success, you must also prepare for the battle.  Three years ago, on a Friday morning, I received a call from my doctor telling me I had kidney cancer.  Part of winning the battles that just come with life include how well you’ve prepared beforehand.  This includes having the right people in your circle who know how to war!  If you’ve prepared properly, truly learned the lessons necessary, and have demonstrated calm in the storm, you’ll have peace that no one understands and this alone confuses the enemy.
  4. Strategies:  Here the possibilities are endless, but to be effective you have to decide on a master plan.  The first step in putting together your master plan is to know yourself, and know your enemy.  What are your strengths and weaknesses?  What tool does the enemy use over and over again?  Study his game plan and you’ll know his angle.  When Satan confronted Jesus in the wilderness, he attacked him with lies that sounded like truth.  Expect an unfair fight from the one who seeks to destroy you and your purpose, but believe that your strategy has been proven successful.  When you perfect what God has given you, expect to win the battle every single time.


It's funny how we think we know what we want until hindsight shows up.
Lorraine Sellars

speak wisely

Because my words have so much power, I must be careful of the things I release from my mouth.
Lorraine Sellars

5 Steps To Beat A Spirit of Depression


How To Overcome Depression

The Bible warns us of the plans of the enemy.  It tells us that he comes to steal, kill, and to destroy us.  Let’s look at how the enemy can steal from you with a spirit of depression.  How can you get back everything he has stolen?  Well if you suffer with depression, suicidal thoughts, or a spirit of pessimism, you have allowed the enemy to steal your joy.  Instead of seeing the glass half full, you see it almost empty.  Instead of looking for the good in a bad situation, you allow your mind to only present the dark side.  Your joy is replaced with misery and despair.  Even your countenance looks somewhat possessed because of the weight.  And no one wants to be around that spirit.  You’re almost like a professional mourner!  But there is hope; no quick and easy fixes, but real hope.

  1.  Don’t isolate:  This is easier said than done because depression takes you to a very low place where you only hear negative thoughts about yourself and the people in your life.  But you have to get up and out.  Even if your first move is just sitting outside on your step every day, you’re moving in the right direction for healing and recovery because you’re allowing the light to drive away the darkness.  Nature itself has an amazingly positive effect on your brain with no negative side-effects that comes from taking mind altering drugs.  Green grass, tall trees, beautiful flowers, squirrels running, and the sound of birds chirping will quiet the disturbed mind.  Remember how happy and content Adam and Eve were initially in the garden of Eden?
  2. Receive truth:  If you can’t bring yourself to read the Bible, then play it on your phone.  All of this takes effort on your part, but if you’re really tired of just existing, and you’re ready to live again, you will push!  There’s a scripture that assures you that as God’s word enters your mind, it will bring light.  And we all know that light causes dark places to shine like a lighthouse.  Play it as often as you can and ask God to help you.
  3. Get a mantra:  As you’re listening to the truth of the Word, get a mantra and begin to repeat it all day every day.  Tape it to your bathroom mirror, your refrigerator, and in your car.  Be sure to speak it out loud, this allows you to help rewire your brain to think positively.  Positive self-affirmations spoken from your lips will begin to heal the hurt from words that you’ve accepted from others, or maybe even spoken over your own life.  A few mantras could be, “the joy of the Lord gives me strength” “I have godly purpose in the earth” or “the light of the world lives in me and I’m good enough.”  Repeat these every day, be patient with yourself, and watch your light begin to shine.
  4. Thanksgiving:  Find something to be thankful for every single day.  This may be a struggle at first, but as you put the previous three steps in place, it will become much easier for you to maintain a heart of thanksgiving.  When you wake up, make this your first declaration; thanksgiving is a major step to being in the will of God and healing will manifest when you’re filled with gratitude.
  5. Reach out:  Let someone know that you need their support.  Choose someone who is strong in the faith and who won’t give up on you.  Someone you know and trust who really wants to see you recover.  Someone who is determined to hear you laugh again.

Now tell depression and all of its baggage that time has expired!  Walk out these steps and share a comment to help someone else in their healing process.

no lemons

You never have to worry about sour lemons as long as you have sugar! What a sweet outlook.
Lorraine Sellars