What Can A Dog Teach You About Hope? So glad you asked! If you’ve been hit with nothing but bad news over and over and over again, you’re probably finding it hard to keep hoping.

Maybe you’ve been given a horrible diagnosis, news that you owe more on your taxes than you expected, news that your parents are getting a divorce…fill in your blank.

You’re probably wondering how you’ll be able to keep believing in God to provide the miracle you desperately need. Enter Murphy.

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Murphy’s a golden doodle, who had cancer and nothing but bad doctor reports over and over again. But listen and learn how Michelle and Mike, her owners, learned to dig in and hang on to hope for Murphy’s miracle.

It wasn’t always an easy walk of faith, in fact they ALMOST GAVE UP. See if you can relate…

Listen in on the podcast: “Christianity Made Easy” and you’ll discover like Michelle did, that just because you’re weak emotionally, doesn’t mean your weak in your faith.”

Click below to listen or catch it on iTunes.

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If you want to stay in touch with Murphy follow her on Instagram: Miracle_Girl_Murphy.

IMG_1977Here's Murphy before Dr. Mike and Michelle learned she had cancer(top left), Murphy post surgery (bottom left, see her lump?) and ...."Miracle Murphy" on the right.

If you need a dose of hope, you'll find this little book I wrote an exceptional resources: Finding Your Smile in Hard Times. Get it on Amazon here. It will help you flip into peace mode when life is difficult.

Need a miracle? How bad? Does desperate describe you? Then you’re going to want to listen to this podcast so you can discover the mistake that may costing you your miracle.

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On this week’s Christianity Made Easy Podcast, special guest Margarita (Maggie) Buckner reveals the cure to you miracle. Maggie shares the story of her battle with multiple diagnoses that crippled her physically, mentally, and emotionally; leaving her in a dark place with no way of escape.

Suicidal and despondent, she lost all hope. Hear how everything changed and what she did to get her breakthrough.

Can you relate? If you’ve been suffering from:

  • Disease or Illness
  • Broken Marriage
  • Post Traumatic Stress Syndrom
  • Financial collapse
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Lack of Self Confidence

This may be the key to your miracle. Listen below or in iTunes.

9 Benefits You Have If You’re In Christ

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Imagine you’re hired a prestigious company who is known for great benefits and taking care of their employees extremely well (Think Google, Netfix, Etc).

Your first day on the job you’re handed a packet which details your benefits. Since you don’t really like to read, you just kinda skim the packet of paperwork and toss it in the backseat of your car. You know you can read the rest later when you have time.

Several months later you find out your having a baby.

A baby? YAY! Congratulations to you and your spouse!

And as exciting as that is, now you’re wondering how your life is going to change. Ekks!

How you’re going to handle the stress of finding a competent baby-sitter you can trust so you can dash off to work every morning?

You look at the classified ads for a good baby-sitter. You check with family and friends. You ask around.

You got nothing. You’re still without someone you can trust to care for your new bundle of love.

Time is running out. The delivery date is coming soon and your stressing… Still no sitter.

Thankfully, someone in the break room overhears your dilemma.

They ask,  “Didn’t you read your benefits package?”

“You don’t need to loose sleep over finding the right baby sitter. Your benefits package covers free child care as an employee of this company!”

What?  You had access to this all along?

Yes! But you didn’t know it because you never took the time to read what was given to you in your benefits package.

Kinda makes me think of this scripture in Hosea 4 that goes like this:

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…

Getting Acquainted With Your Benefits Package

Hey, I don’t want you lacking in any area of your life. So, I want you to get acquainted with the benefits package you have in Christ.

You may have only heard about this second hand. Maybe you’ve not read the fine print in your Bible for yourself. If so, no sweat. Let’s take a look and make sure you totally understand the benefits you’re entitled to IF you are in Christ.

Just what can you count on if you’re a believer?

Below is a quick list of 9 benefits from Psalm 103:1-5. Let’s take a look at what you have, so you can receive them as you believe they belong to you.

Psalm 103

Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name!

Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits

Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities, Who heals [each one of] all your diseases,

Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption, Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy;

Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation] with good so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle’s [strong, overcoming, soaring]!(A)

I love this, don’t you?!

Here’s a breakdown of these 9 benefits:

  1. He forgives you. Not just once either! Verse 3 says God forgives ALL your iniquities.
  2. He Heals you. Not just one healing either! Verse 3 says God heals ALL your diseases.
  3. He redeems you. Meaning you’re salvation is fixed in him!
  4. He beautifies you. Makes you look good in His eyes!
  5. He dignifies you. You’re guilt can fade in the light of Christ so you can feel worthy.
  6. He crowns you kindness. That’s the loving-kind!
  7. And mercy too – in the most tender way.
  8. He satisfies your desires. (Everything you need and desire, no matter what stage you’re in, no matter your situation, He’s got you covered.)
  9. You’re renewed like you were when you were young so you can be strong, overcome every obstacle, and soar over every circumstance.

That’s a complete benefit package! So, know what you’re entitled to! Keep this passage of scripture in a spot where you will see it and stay acquainted with all Jesus has given you. The only reason you won’t have these benefits is if you forget their yours!

Here’s a quick prayer starter for you so you can keep these benefits on your radar:

God, thank you for all that you’ve done to forgive me of all of my sins. All is a big word. It makes me so grateful. Thank you for saving me from destruction. I may need reminding from time to time of the fact that your crowning me with loving kindness and tender mercies. That’s a lot to take in. Show me how you’re satisfying my mouth with good things and how you are renewing my youth like the eagle’s. Help me remember all of these benefits every day. Show me more of what Christ has done for me. I am thankful. I will bless the Lord, and FORGET NOT ALL HIS BENEFITS.

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If You Lost Your Toes Like This Guy Did, What Would You Think of God’s Grace?

Warning: This is a bit graphic, but it’s a true story…

I visited a guy in the hospital who had the toes on his right foot sawed off. Amputated to be exact. Same thing really. They’re gone. And according to him, they were just hacked off. What’s worse is that by this time next week the surgeon will be loping off his entire foot and leg right up to his knee. Not a happy day.

He’s wondering what he did to deserve this. He’s wondering why God didn’t value the fact that he’s a good man and does good things for others. He’s wondering why God doesn’t see how hard he’s worked all of his life to be a good dad and husband.

He gave to those in need. He helped with his hands. He has been a good man. But apparently it wasn’t enough for God.

Is it ever? 

Why do we get sucked into believing it comes down to what we’ve done? How is it we have been brainwashed into thinking that if we live right and holy lives God will be good to us and bless our socks off?

Tell that to the man who will only wear one sock. Yeah, this guy who will only have one foot. He’ll only wear one shoe. And he’ll either walk with a prosthetic or not at all.

Where does his deeds come into play? Shouldn’t that be enough insurance in God’s eyes to save his toes, foot, and his fingers too?

That’s were you have it wrong.

It’s not about what you do. It’s about what Christ did for you.

As I sat beside this man’s hospital bed, he shared he was petrified that the doctors and nurses were out to kill him. He began to wonder if God was too.

He said to me, “God brought you here. Now, you can help me. You can give me peace.” I hated to argue with him. But he thought I was the one who was going to make it right for him.

You Can’t Borrow Someone Else’s “Good”

See, since he couldn’t rely on his own good deeds to rescue him, he was trying to rely on mine. No can do. That still won’t work. We can’t borrow anyone’s good and apply it to our situation.

The only good we can borrow is Christ’s. Again and again the NT tells us that it’s not by our works that save us. It’s not our good intentions that bring us God’s grace. It’s through Christ.

I had a tough time trying to help this man understand this. The grace and healing he needed was there for the taking. It was free but he insisted on paying for it. And when he couldn’t produce what he thought were enough works to pay for what he needed, he tried to access mine.

But, I couldn’t pay for what he needed either. 

Over and over again I kept explaining, I can’t believe for you. You have to believe. That’s all it takes. Believe in what Christ has done for you. That is the only thing you need to grab the gift of grace is faith. It’s free if you will believe.

Galatians 3:3-6 NLT

How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? Have you experienced so much for nothing? Surely it was not in vein, was it?

I ask you again, does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ.

In the same way, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.

No one pays for it but Christ.

The problem is that if we try to pay for it, we will be stuck in that system of payment. Sadly we will never have enough to pay for what we need. That’s why we don’t get the blessings of God IF we’re still trying to pay for it ourselves.

So stop working to buy your miracle.

You can’t do enough to pay for the grace you need.

If you keep trying to buy it yourself, you’ll never get it.

You can’t afford it, that’s why Christ had to buy it for you.

When you finally realize salvation and miracles are free, you’ll get the grace and mercy you need.


The Key to Knowing If It’s God’s Will to Heal on Earth
Not sure if it’s God’s will to heal you or someone your praying for? Let me give you the key to knowing  if God will heal you and others on this earth. Read on. But take your blinders off!

I’ve had that question myself. I’ve seen people very close to me die of terminal illness. Friends and family. And even though we prayed long and hard for those people to be healed, in the back of our minds, many of us were thinking, is it God’s will to heal them?

I once believed God could heal, but wasn’t always totally sure he would. Know what I mean? Of course I believed God could heal, I’d seen him do miracles for other people. But I also saw others who didn’t get their healing. And this is why I began to wonder if it was ALWAYS God’s will to heal.

How Doubt Crept In
When I didn’t see my loved ones healed of terminal illness I even tried to rectify it in my mind like this: “It’s God’s will to heal, but it may not occur until a person gets to heaven. So yes, they will be healed, it just may not happen here on earth.” Man, did I miss it. Let me tell you what I have learned.

Like Healing, the Car I Gave Away May Not Have Been Received 
At 14 I started working at Dunkin Donuts. I saved every penny I earned after I tithed and in a year and a half I had enough money to buy a car. Not just any car. A brand spanking new car. Yes, this 15-year-old gal bought herself – a brand new car – all by herself. I was so excited. I worked so very hard for that car. I went to high school by day and worked nights and weekends so I could pay for my car myself.

When I went to college I met a missionary from the Bahamas who desperately needed a car. At that time I was able to buy another car so I gave the missionary my first car. Again, that was so exciting for me. I gave him something I worked my butt off for. Completely bought and paid, I handed him the keys and we had it shipped to the Bahamas.

Now, how do you think it would have made me feel had that missionary called me up and said: “The car you gave me is here. It’s sitting on the dock. I have the keys, but I just don’t think it’s your will for me to have it”? I’d probably think the guy was brain dead. And not very grateful for what I had given him. I could have said:

Fool, I gave you that car. It’s paid for. I worked hard for it. Take it. It’s yours.

Besides, do you really want to keep walking everywhere?

Because he couldn’t believe that I gave that car free and clear, he didn’t receive it and make it his. If there would have been even the slightest bit of doubt that car had not already been given to him, he wouldn’t have received it.

For some, this is what we do with healing. Jesus already paid for it. He gave us the keys. Healing is ours if we will believe it belongs to us. But it’s our choice if we want to walk away without receiving it.

Look how the Bible shows healing is ours for the taking:

 Isaiah 53:5

But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. NLT

1 Peter 2:24

Christ carried our sins in his body on the cross so we would stop living for sin and start living for what is right. And you are healed because of his wounds. NCV

Note the healing is past tense. The healing has already been paid for. So when we slip into unbelief asking whether or not it’s God’s will to heal on earth it must make God scratch his head. I can imagine him saying, if I’ve already given you something my son paid for, why would you not believe I gave it to you?

It all boils down to believing it’s yours without any shadow of doubt.

James 1:6, 7 NCV

But when you ask God, you must believe and not doubt. Anyone who doubts is like a wave in the sea, blown up and down by the wind. Such doubters are thinking two different things at the same time, and they cannot decide about anything they do. They should not think they will receive anything from the Lord.

The Key to Knowing if it’s God’s will to heal on this earth is thisbelieve what his word says.

And don’t doubt it. If you doubt, you won’t believe it’s his will and you won’t receive healing.

If you do believe what Jesus already worked so hard and paid for, then you can take it. That’s when it will become real. It’s God’s desire for you and your loved ones to be healed on this earth. Don’t leave healing sitting on the dock when he’s given you the keys. It’s God’s will for you and your loved ones to be healed before you get to heaven.