God May Be Calling You a Witch

If you haven't heeded the last several posts, God may be calling you a witch. Here's how to tell, according to James Davis, an elder at New Spirit Revival Center in Akron. "There is a teacher in you, but you won't change. There is a prophet in you, but you won't change. ... There is … Continue reading God May Be Calling You a Witch

How to Stop Doing Pretty Much Anything: Yield to God and Be the Hero of Your Story

When God gave me food allergies at age 38 to curb the binge eating I'd begun as a teen, I had to give up just about every food I'd ever loved. Six years later, I still whimper as I pass Little Debbie Banana Twins, Swiss Rolls, and Pumpkin Flips or Little Caesars Pizza. When I … Continue reading How to Stop Doing Pretty Much Anything: Yield to God and Be the Hero of Your Story

Truth or Consequences (The Wrath of God)

Last Wednesday, I shared that 20+ years of binge eating caused kidney disease. Some Christians would blame the devil for that, but long before "Truth or Consequences" became a radio and television game show, it appeared in the Bible: Ron Carpenter drew my attention to the latter passage after church yesterday when I flopped in … Continue reading Truth or Consequences (The Wrath of God)

My Default Settings (Part One)

I hate daytime talk shows such as "The Talk," "The View," and "The Real," but I got sucked into TBN's "Better Together" before work July 19 because Laurie Crouch, Victoria Osteen, Deedee Freeman, and Holly Wagner were discussing bad habits. The fact the show aired the day after my birthday, when Charles Stanley started a … Continue reading My Default Settings (Part One)

How to Repent (God Wants You to Change Your Default Settings)

As last night's post stated, repentance is one of the keys to getting God to answer your prayers. Below, Bishop T.D. Jakes explains how to repent and how not to repent. How Not to Repent "Esau did something stupid. Now, everybody in here has made a dumb choice about something or someone or some moment, … Continue reading How to Repent (God Wants You to Change Your Default Settings)

How I Sinned Against God (and Became His Home Improvement Project)

I've always tried to live up to the name Miranda, which my mom bestowed because her book of baby names defined it as "deserving of admiration," but I have some flaws. First of all, writers' grammar and punctuation mistakes nearly give me an aneurysm. Second, I spent over 20 years bouncing from one relationship to … Continue reading How I Sinned Against God (and Became His Home Improvement Project)

Judgmental Christians (My Story – How God Led Me to Become a Christian)

Despite graduating summa cum laude as an English and communication double major in 2009, I worked a $10/hour retail job for the last four months. To make the best of a bad situation, I used my creativity and organizational skills to improve the store's appearance because, pre-me, Google reviews described it as sad, decrepit, and … Continue reading Judgmental Christians (My Story – How God Led Me to Become a Christian)

How Happily Single Cat Ladies Celebrate Independence Day

Several years ago, to celebrate July 4th, I flew to Philadelphia with an ex who complained every night because I wouldn't sleep in the same bed with him. Weeks later, at a Cleveland Indians game, I discovered he'd been sexting a coworker in another city while we were there. This morning, as I walked to … Continue reading How Happily Single Cat Ladies Celebrate Independence Day

God Still Speaks to Us

When I was a kid, a character on a "Night Court" episode thought God was communicating to her through her TV. Everyone else thought she was crazy. Likewise, you probably thought I was crazy last week when I said God showed me who I'm supposed to marry seven years ago, but God still speaks to … Continue reading God Still Speaks to Us

Commitment to God’s Will for Your Life May Mean Breaking up with Your Boo

I titled Monday night's post "God Probably Wants You to Finish What You Started" and repeated the word "probably" three more times because it's possible you're dating someone that God doesn't want you to be dating, as I did two years after I became a Christian even though God showed me who I'm supposed to … Continue reading Commitment to God’s Will for Your Life May Mean Breaking up with Your Boo

God Promised Not to Leave You Nor Forsake You

Just when I was about to turn off and delete a T.D. Jakes sermon I'd recorded on TBN because I heard it on Radio 1000 a long time ago, he said something that pertains to last night's post, "God Probably Wants You to Finish What You Started." Since everything happens for a reason, here's the … Continue reading God Promised Not to Leave You Nor Forsake You

God Probably Wants You to Finish What You Started

These days, people often break up with boyfriends or girlfriends or file for divorce because they aren't happy, as T.D. Jakes said during a sermon titled "Defying the Urge to Quit." But if you're a Christian, God probably wants you to finish what you started. After all, as Jakes said, the Bible says, "Love beareth … Continue reading God Probably Wants You to Finish What You Started

God’s Fundamentals for Husbands and Fathers

"I believe that fathers are ... the most valuable players on the home team," Pastor Matt Hagee said during a sermon that aired on TBN before Father's Day. "We need you to remember that the home team is the important team. Your home team is not the people you work with. Your home team is … Continue reading God’s Fundamentals for Husbands and Fathers

How God Wants You to Fix Your Family

Over the past five years, people -- and I mean heathens as well as Christians who attend church regularly -- have said to me some variation of, "God wouldn't want you to be in an unhealthy relationship. He wants you to be happy." That never ceases to astound me. God didn't put us on this … Continue reading How God Wants You to Fix Your Family

People God Won’t Let You Avoid

My last post revealed two types of people to avoid dating. But sometimes God puts those people in your life and won't let you run from them. This morning, Joel Osteen explained why during a sermon titled "Don't Fight It." "We all face situations that we don't like," he said. "Somebody's not treating us right. … Continue reading People God Won’t Let You Avoid

Two Types of People to Avoid Dating

Earlier this month, I began sharing Christian dating advice, including how to tell if you're dating a Christian. Here are two types of people to avoid dating. You may be one of them, according to a Dr. Charles Stanley sermon that aired on Sunday. The First Type: People Who Lack Self-Control "Is there any area … Continue reading Two Types of People to Avoid Dating

The Affair: A Story of Sex and the Immature Man

Did King David have an affair with Bathsheba because he was immature? If so, he wouldn't be the first. "He doesn't know how to control the kid in him," T.D. Jakes said during a sermon TBN aired May 28. So, he slept with Bathsheba "a lot. For quite a while." When she got pregnant, King … Continue reading The Affair: A Story of Sex and the Immature Man

How to Tell If You’re Dating a Christian

Last night, I offered Christian dating advice from Pastor Matt Hagee. Tonight's tips come from Bishop Noel Jones. If you're in a relationship, pay attention to the person's words and actions to determine whether you're equally yoked. Six Quick Ways to Tell If You're Dating a Christian "You can't tell me that you really love … Continue reading How to Tell If You’re Dating a Christian

Christian Dating Advice

Recently, a fellow Christian blogger asked for dating advice. I could -- and am about to -- spend days writing about the type of man she shouldn't date. Here's the man she should, according to Pastor Matt Hagee who provided the following "Six C's of Masculinity" last Wednesday. A Confident Man "The first C is … Continue reading Christian Dating Advice

Two Reasons I Still Binge Eat After God Delivered Me from a Frosting Addiction

While reading “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” last night, I stumbled upon two reasons I still binge eat despite the fact God delivered me from a frosting addiction that escalated as I worked part time for a bakery last summer. First, to break a bad habit, you … Continue reading Two Reasons I Still Binge Eat After God Delivered Me from a Frosting Addiction

The Most Obvious Reason You’re Suffering: You’re out of the Will of God (I.e., You.Don’t.Listen)

Life would be a lot easier for everyone if people listened to what God says via the Bible, a pastor, or another person he's opted to use. Sometimes, I just want to throttle people. God undoubtedly felt the same way about me during my buttercream frosting phase this summer, but as I shared with my … Continue reading The Most Obvious Reason You’re Suffering: You’re out of the Will of God (I.e., You.Don’t.Listen)

Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen to Good People? (The Story of Job)

If you feel like God is punishing you, it's possible if you disobeyed him, complained about what he gave you, or plotted evil against someone else. But it's also possible -- though not probable -- that you did nothing wrong. Below, Pastor John Jenkins tells the story of Job, a wealthy man who lost everything … Continue reading Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen to Good People? (The Story of Job)

God Wants You to Obey Him (Notes from a John Jenkins Sermon)

A quick Google search reveals that 11 million articles have tried to answer the question "Why is God punishing me?" That means a lot of people have asked it. As the Israelites illustrated, God sometimes punishes people for doubting his promises and complaining about his provision. But as the following notes from a John Jenkins … Continue reading God Wants You to Obey Him (Notes from a John Jenkins Sermon)

Creflo Dollar on the Differences Between Love and Selfishness (or Who You Been Talkin’ to?)

I'm about to post a sermon I bought from Creflo Dollar Ministries in 2006 even though people think Creflo's a "prosperity preacher," criticized his fundraising efforts to buy a private jet to replace his 31-year-old plane after an engine failed during an overseas trip in 2015, and read that he was arrested for domestic violence … Continue reading Creflo Dollar on the Differences Between Love and Selfishness (or Who You Been Talkin’ to?)

Are You Following God’s Timing and Will for Your Life? Or Are You Getting Ahead of God?

Sometimes, we think we’re doing the right thing, and biblically it even seems like the right thing, but it turns out to be the wrong thing. Soon after I had French fries with my father, I started thinking that driving to his place to reconcile after not seeing or speaking to him for 11 years … Continue reading Are You Following God’s Timing and Will for Your Life? Or Are You Getting Ahead of God?

French Fries with My Father (or The Day I Played Prodigal Daughter)

The day I moved out of my abusive father's house in 1996, he predicted I'd "come crawling back someday." Being a prideful, independent woman, I swore to myself that would never happen. Over the years, I became even more prideful and independent as one guy after another screwed me. First, the mama's boy I'd moved … Continue reading French Fries with My Father (or The Day I Played Prodigal Daughter)

The Devil Knows What You Need (or Adventures in Homelessness)

Monday morning, I checked out of my hotel, loaded everything, including my cats, back into the U-Haul van, and headed to Lakewood in search of a move-in-ready apartment. What I found was: a historic building with elevators that smelled like old, used cat litter; studio apartments that looked even worse than the elevator smelled but … Continue reading The Devil Knows What You Need (or Adventures in Homelessness)