To Gaze or to Glance -That is the Question – Truth waits for your answer

EyeI look at Truth. Truth looks at me. What I perceive at that moment is just the tip of the iceberg. He desires to fix His gaze on me so that I gaze upon Him. To gaze or to glance? I prefer to gaze so that the depths of who He is expands in my life and I truly live, not exist, but live in Christ.

Gazing is not staring. Staring is mindlessly looking without comprehension. Gazing looks deep into His eyes to find myself for that is where my identity lies.

Sometimes I flounder in perception – those ‘things’ about Him that I know based upon my own fears, insecurity and doubts. Is He really that good? Is His love for me that strong and sure?

Gazing requires strength to look truth right in the eye, fearlessly – to know that I am accepted in the Beloved.

To know Truth starts with perception but it can’t stay there. Go deep and gaze. Right where you are – all your stuff, your fears, your failures. Gaze. That’s the key to life.

What at first glance is perceived must then be believed and received deep within our being. Perception of truth is not enough. To engage with Truth is the essence of life. That is when we truly live. Life in all its glory in Christ, the joy, the sorrow, the pain, and the pleasure…………Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.

Revelation in Christ is so deep, so wide, and so high. Imagine this. We stand on the shore of a vast ocean, so vast that the great expanse of its beauty and magnitude before us can be so intimidating and so fearful that we never leave the shore. That’s how it is with many Christians. They hang out on the shoreline of perception and that is all they want and need in Christ. That’s religion, not relationship.

Christ bids us to come and to walk upon the water with Him so that He may reveal Himself to us. His grace empowers our walk. His glory reveals His person.

My vision today.  I saw myself on the shoreline and immediately this verse was given to me. Today, I give it to you.

To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. Ephesians 3:8

This is an apostolic directive for all of us today. To preach the unsearchable riches of Jesus while walking in grace on a vast expansive ocean of revelation. To preach eternity while living in the now. To rise up from dormancy to awake in passion. Go right up to that ocean and step out.

Ocean Golden WaveHe opens up the way and with each wave comes revelation to those willing to seek Him. If we seek Him, He is gracious and faithful to reveal Himself to us.

Truth lays out a path right on the waves. In fear we step out but we must remember that there is no fear in love. So step out, even in fear for that fear will vanish in the presence of His glory. Holy Spirit is our compass, our navigational system that sets us out upon the waters.

We may look foolish. Okay, we will look foolish to those still standing on the shore, waiting. Waiting for what?

Truth is a mystery that is eternal reality. We find it expanded in step by step obedience and trust. He is our life in the here and now, the earthly realm yet we walk in eternity now in our hearts.

Truth opens up our eyes with light as we step out. Don’t run away from this light. Light shines in the face of Christ. Gaze at Him as we walk upon the waves. Don’t look down.

Remember Peter? When He looked at the waves, taking His eyes off of Jesus, he sank. Learn to gaze at Him in the midst of fear, worry anxiety.

We may want to go back to the safety of the shore but Jesus whispers, “Trust Me. Let’s go father out. Walk away from that place of safety that you’ve constructed within the parameters of your life. I’ve so much more to reveal to you.”

Truth becomes the lens of our life in Christ. He desires us to see with Kingdom perspective. The ocean depths prepare us to trust and obey.

These posts will lift you higher, away from earthly concerns if just for a moment so that you may see you are seated in heavenly places.

Born from above, our lives expand in harmony within heaven’s revelation of our identity in Christ.

How do I walk in this reality? It is my life, interwoven into my being. I’m not content with passive man-made Christianity.

Each morning,  I pray and meditate for about one hour with one of my French Bulldogs on my lap. Holy Spirit directs my mind and my heart in meditations for the day. Today, as I walked upon the water, He whispered this verse.

The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit. John 3:8

This confirms that in the depth of my heart, I accept adventure and journey in Christ. It is a life in the Spirit for I am born of the Spirit through salvation in Jesus. Who ever told you Christianity is outdated or boring? They either lied or have only experienced religion. Look again.

Debra And Chloe


In Christ,

Truth is…Truth is Not

Truth set in cementTruth is not simply what works.

Pursue truth anyway. Walk along His road where the air is clear, where you can breathe again.

To face Truth head on, look into His eyes. This is not ideological talk, without substance or form. This is reality. Jesus Christ. The passion carried in my heart to know Him and to make Him known. He’s real. When you seek Truth, He’s always there to reveal Himself to you, up close and personal.

If you have been led down a path of religion, I no longer question why you’re not interested in Jesus Christ. Religion bypasses intimacy and relationship in favor of anything else…anything but the simplicity found in Christ and His love for us.

He offers His path – security, identity, love, acceptance. I believe this is something every person’s heart desires, whether they know it or not.

It’s important to know what Truth is and what Truth is not. I’ll write a series of blog posts about Truth, what He is and what He is not. Keep in mind that Jesus is the way, the Truth, and the life.

Point #1 Truth is not simply what works.

Jesus gives us a choice. We choose to follow His heart not ours. We must decide walking with Him is greater than the pull of the world and all it has to offer to us. The journey does not promise a smooth path. There are lots of uphill battles as well as places where you can’t see far into the distance. Along the way, I discovered that He satisfied the deepest longings of my heart as I walked in sync with His heart.

When walking along this path, it’s easy to assume that if one follows Truth, it would somehow work. And, by work, I mean a flow, an ease to the movement of your life. It doesn’t always work that way.

I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I realized many years ago, He answered the deepest longing of my heart for significance. He showed me a way to walk right in the lowest time of my life – my marriage was failing, I was drinking too much, and the list of failures goes on and on.

He showed up with a promise. “I’ll never leave you or forsake you.” He called me to walk with Him. I’m walking with Truth, in Truth but this path isn’t what I expected. I say, “I expected”. It is though what He expected for me. This is a path in life, perfectly tuned to my journey.

Along the way, I questioned, “Is this the right way? Is He worth it?”

Many times, everything in me cried out to turn around, get off this path and opt out of everything.

His still small voice said, “Follow Me. I don’t disappoint AND I know what is good for you.”

Christianity is an adventure, a journey into relationship with Jesus Christ. Anything less than that? It’s called religion.

Truth is not simply what works. 

Truth is a journey in knowing Christ through all of life, wherever the journey leads.



In Christ,

Make America Great? Is that possible? Truth from my heart.

CrossMake America great again – that won’t happen without God – honoring Him, obeying Him……..

Greatness in America is not dependent on politics but on the people who make up a nation who honor and obey God.

Jesus said, “Apart from Me, you can do nothing. ” Simple. Truth.

America is great only because of the greatness of God.

America is good only because of the goodness of God.

America is now a people fueled by anger, fear, confusion, lies……….within both parties.

We bring ourselves way down when our focus is on an earthly solution to a spiritual problem of the heart. Greatness or goodness in a nation is not dependent on any man saying those words. For no man can do it apart from God.

God resists the proud and grace is poured out on the humble. I don’t see that in either party right now.

Are we joining our Christianity to politics, walking hand in hand, side by side where one goes, the other follows. This is foolishness.

Jesus said that His kingdom is not of this world. As citizens of the kingdom, while living on the earth, we live in the tension of maintaining a respect for our government. Respect – not idolatry in any candidate, not pride in a party…….

The tension of living in the world while not being of the world is always there. We would be wise, though, to not walk sync our political duty with our spiritual reality.

I am not telling you how to vote. Don’t misconstrue what I am saying here. I have no business knowing how you vote and you have no business knowing how I vote. I am, however, asking you to truly look deep inside your heart…..

Christ reigns now and forever more, whether Trump is president or whether Clinton is president.

Do we understand that? I’m not sure.

Whoever wins, someone is sure to cry out, “This is the end of America as we know it.”

Can you see the foolishness in this?

This nation is divided, angry, fearful….no matter who wins. How can one man or woman solve a spiritual problem? Our hearts must turn to the Lord.

I want my heart to be focused on Jesus before I vote, to be clear before the election. That clarity is found only in Christ Jesus.

My thoughts for today because I am weary of all that is taking place. All night, I kept thinking of Isaiah 29 and its parallel to our situation in America today, seeing it through grace. I will pray and blog about this next week.

My heart cry – to see a people turn back to the Lord, not dependent on politics of religion but solely upon relationship and intimacy in Christ first.



In Christ,

Truth Quotes

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Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.Isaiah 59:14

In other words, truth has fallen on hard times. In America right now, lies are everywhere. Many don’t seem to care, holding tight to their illusions. Underneath their illusions are fear, anger, or even pride.

Yes, there are those who seek truth, hunger for it but overall people tend to be unaware of the facts and don’t seem to care. As one journalist recently said, “We live in a post-fact world.”

This is indeed dangerous.

Jesus points to the path He’s laid down in front of me and says “Walk.” I carry a burden for this revelation because once truth is fallen, what is left to hold onto?

I’m not talking about a self-righteous truth that seeks to belittle those confronted by its arrogance. I am talking about a truth that is essential for life – guiding us and leading us into a fullness of life. Truth walked in humility and grace to those who may be lost in fear.

KeyholeTruth is indeed fallen in the streets. People pass by, hardly even aware that lies abound on all sides. I can’t leave this subject and will continue to write about it but for today here are some quotes that you might like.

Truth does not blush. Tertullian

The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance deride it, but i the end, there it is. Winston Churchill

Inconvertible – certain, irrefutable, sure, unanswerable, unarguable.
Malice – a desire to cause pain, injury of distress to another.

The truth doesn’t change according to our ability to stomach it.
Flannery O’Connor.

Seek out truth and when you think you have found it, carefully guard it for it will be the substance of your life. When all is crashing around you as life deals with you as it always will, truth will protect you, shield and comfort you.

Truth is Jesus Christ.



In Christ,

What Is Truth?

cropped-cropped-istock_000026317800medium2.jpgWhat is truth? Great minds have thought about this for thousands of years. Can I make it simple? Jesus is truth. Not ‘a’ truth. Not one truth out of many. Jesus is truth – the person of Christ, the living Word.

Jesus said, “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him. You’ve even seen him!” John 14:6-7

Truth is simple. It’s a beautiful door waiting to be opened. Step across the threshold into a new world, a new paradigm where Holy Spirit activates spiritual senses to see and hear. Eyes are opened to see a way that opens up in Christ, challenging us to live beyond the natural chaos. It’s called kingdom and it’s my home, now.

When I look around and see all the chaos, I know that this is not my home. I physically live in this realm but over and over I remind myself that I am seated in heavenly places. In that truth, I move in a new reality in Christ. That is the heart of my message and how I live my life in Christ.

Holy Spirit is with me always, revealing Christ to me in different ways, at different times and in diverse places. Holy Spirit shows me how to navigate the waves that threaten to pull me under into the depths of confusion, fear and worry. I don’t go there. And, if the day starts out less than perfect, I remind myself through prophetic declaration that I live in another reality. I prophesy to myself. I speak life and truth to myself. I prophesy Jesus to ME, through ME and in ME. I don’t forget I am in the world but neither do I forget that I am not of the world.

I feel pain. I face fear. Through it all, my eyes are focused on the temporariness of this life and the eternal reality of my life in Christ. That gives me hope and a future despite what I see and feel around me at any given moment.

The Spirit reveals truth and that truth is Jesus Christ. He’s real and He’s alive. Truth is on the move in every corner of the world. He gives Holy Spirit to me so that I access truth in a world in chaos.

But when the Friend comes, the Spirit of the Truth, he will take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is. He won’t draw attention to himself, but will make sense out of what is about to happen and, indeed, out of all that I have done and said. 14 He will honor me; he will take from me and deliver it to you. 15 Everything the Father has is also mine. That is why I’ve said, ‘He takes from me and delivers to you.’ John 16:13-15

Darkness invades my thought life with so many ‘what ifs’. What if I lose my job? What if I have cancer? Fear surrounds me today on all sides and in every way possible. There are a million ways of attack, seeking to paralyze my life in the now instead of the eternal reality of life in Christ.

breaking chainsHowever darkness chooses to take form, there is truth in Christ.

Meditate on this truth.

Truth confronts darkness. Truth displaces darkness.

Almost daily, insecurity, obscurity, insignificance, terror, worry, anxiety or anger tries to invade the safety of my life. TV, social media, radio. The enemy is active. Jesus Himself said he is like a lion seeking whom he may devour. In Christ Jesus there is life and that life flows in direct contradiction to all evil tries to throw at me – security, hope, peace, and rest.

Truth builds strength within me. Christianity is not weak. It is strong. I lose my life to find my life in Christ.

Truth roots itself in and through my life, building a strong belief system. Weaving its way through my DNA forming an identity that rises above the darkness to live in eternal light. Even the smallest glimmer of light displaces the darkness that tries to encroach on my God ordained identity.

What is truth? The person of Christ Jesus. Not a formula, a doctrine, a belief system. A person – Jesus Christ.



In Christ,