21 Days of Never-the-Same – Day 18


Pastor Jeff Marshall and his wife Cathy – New Day Assembly of God, Upper St. Clair, PA

When I look back, I realize change is a good thing. I am not a big fan of change unless I am the one who is controlling it – and with that, there being a good reason for the change. But there have been times in my life where looking back, it was change that allowed me to be who I am today. I’ve written about a lot of different things thus far…and a lot of them have much to do with a change that came about 8-9 years ago.

I grew up in a non-denominational church…then after all those years and memories, God called us out and brought us to New Day. I did not want to leave where I had grown up and will admit I did not have a good attitude about visiting other churches for the time that we did. God was good to us though, and from the start there was something about New Day. I loved it right away.

The years I have been there shaped so much of who I am today. Pastor Jeff is such a wonderful shepherd of His congregation and he and his wife, Cathy, have set within the church an atmosphere of family. It is home. It is warm. And it is where I began to see Jesus with my own eyes and where my faith became my own – not just something I was raised in or taught, but something that makes up who I am even today. I believe no matter where God may call me I will always carry a bit of New Day DNA in me.

There are so many defining moments that come to mind from New Day. I grew up there. Those people are like family to me.

God has met me at that altar numerous times when I took a step of faith and came forward.

I learned what it is to worship in spirit and truth and even to have a freedom to do so through dance.

I have been blessed with incredible people in my life who have poured into me and been an example to me in my faith-walk.

I have witnessed the mark of the ministry in this church.

It was here that I was baptized in the Holy Spirit.

It was here that I practically lived some years, being there almost every time the doors were open.

It was here that God met me and changed my life forever…a new day, a new chapter…

So much of that is because a man was obedient to the call of God on His life…even when things got hard, he didn’t quit. He is a man so compelled by the love of Christ that he stands where he is today. Thank you, Pastor Jeff and Cathy for obeying the call of God to shepherd the people of New Day. You are all like family to me and an immense blessing in my life. Thank you for all you’ve done and for standing strong and waiting on God even when most people would have quit. I honor your place in my life and I thank God for you often. Love and Blessings!

21 Days of Never-the-Same – Day 12

A few years back I began going to an event called “Sacrifice of Prayer” at my church. It was once a month with non-stop prayer all night, Friday to Saturday. Members of the congregation would sign up for “shifts” and pray at the church during those hours. We had set up stations around the sanctuary of different things to pray for. You were there long enough to visit every station. There were stations for praying for our government, praying for our families, praying for the church, praying for the ministries and missionaries the church supports and several others. There was one that every time I went that I would find myself drawn to:

Praying the names of God.

This station held nothing but a listing with the names of God. I would stand there for the longest time to simply speak out and pray the names of God. There is such a power in declaring who He is. All of these names and they express the very essence of His character. It is incredible!

Who is He to you?

What revelation of His character do you need where you are at right now?

21 Days of Never-the-Same – Day 6

The last couple years God has brought some incredible people into my life. I know that I would not be who I am today without them. A few of these people I am blessed to have with me weekly. They have poured so much into my life the last two years and I’m so grateful for their presence in my life.

JoelleOne of these people, if you’re looking for the REAL deal, she is it. This semester she was my mentor for my ministry track with school. She’s an incredible woman of God with a heart for the harvest, my dear friend, Joelle. I have never met anyone like this girl. She has a huge passion for the Lord and has taught me so much. Two of the biggest things that I have learned from her go hand in hand:

1) Be faithful where you are at.

2) Love the one in front of you. 

Lessons that seem so simple, and yet, when actually applied, they change everything. It is so important to be faithful where you are placed right now because although God might be calling you to the nations or to be or do something else, you are also called to be where you are right now. That being said, give your all where you are at. You are divinely appointed to be there. Just the same, love the one in front of you. Be faithful to those that God brings into your life. Don’t be so future-focused that you miss the people who have been divinely orchestrated to cross your path.

PChrisAnother of these people is the assistant director of VSOM, Pastor Chris. This guy always keeps me guessing. God has gifted him creatively in many ways. I am always amazed at the visions that he brings forth for ways to minister creatively and also with his heart for the church. We had a prayer time last year focused on the Bride of Christ and the spiritual harlotry she is committing and that changed me and gave me a new passion for the church.

Pastor Chris taught me a lot, but one of the lessons that really stands out is this:

Set the new standard. 

Dream bigger. Run to your fears and realize how small and insignificant they really are. Don’t be afraid to fail, and don’t be afraid to succeed. Give your all in everything! Go hard.

PBenFinally, a man of God full of grace and wisdom far beyond his years, Pastor Ben. I can’t even fully express how knowing this man has changed me, but I’ve grown so much under his leadership. He is an incredible man of God! When I think of Pastor Ben, the first thing that pops into my mind is probably one of the greatest things I have gleaned from him:


That is, having grace for others, having grace for yourself, and receiving grace as well. I’ve learned that I need A LOT of grace, and all the same, I need to give that too. 

In addition, I’ve learned that the sufficiency of Christ is more than enough.  Also, I have learned what it is to truly have a passion for the Lord and a heart for the things of God. Something that I have seen in Pastor Ben’s life is how evident His passion and heart for the Lord are in his every day walk.

I thank God every day for these incredible people in my life! I would not be the same without them!

Thank you to Pastor Ben, Pastor Chris and Joelle for believing in me, calling out the potential in me and for pouring into my life. Know that you are constantly in my prayers and I honor your place in my life. Blessings and favor! I love you!


Q4U: What people have poured into your life that God used to make you who you are today?

Worthy: Is He Really More Than Enough?

For the longest time I put too much focus on what I do for God and not enough on who He is. The last few weeks of school really put this in perspective for me. Maybe you’re where I was too.

Being in ministry school, I long had a perspective of ministry being something you do. But what I have learned is that ministry flows from who you are. And who you are flows from your revelation of who God is. 

It starts with Him.

It is all about Him.

If you never preached another sermon, if you never led another worship song, if you never brought another to the knowledge of salvation, would God still be enough?

If you never saw the lame walk, the deaf hear, the blind see; if you never saw the captives freed, would God still be enough?

Is who He is enough that you can praise Him for Him? Does your heart really know that it’s not about the things He can do?

He is worthy of all praise. He is faithful and true. Holy One, Lord of all — it’s all about Him.

He is more than enough. But is He that to you?

If all you did in this lifetime was you sit as His feet and worship Him…would it be enough for you?

Even if you aren’t in ministry, that is what flows out of who you are when you have a revelation of who HE is. He is the love that you love with. He is the compassion that you reach out with. He is the hope that you bring. He is in the encouraging words you speak. He is the source of your being. Your ministry is sharing Jesus through who you are. Your worship is your day to day life in living out His heart and character that He has revealed to Him.

But if life was nothing more than sitting as His feet in worship simply because He is worthy, would it be enough?

Would He be enough?

Is He enough for you?

As the Christmas season approaches, remember He is worthy and it is all about Him. It is not about what He can do or what he can give, but it’s about who He is.

Nurture – Guest Post by Carole Lee

I love the word “NURTURE”. Not too many years ago the Lord showed me that I have nurtured (mentored) others most of my life. It started when I was 12 years old; caring for my sisters after my father died and my mother was stuck in the grieving process.  I just took charge.

Mentoring seems to be a lost art in the church today, yet we are commanded by scripture to be mentors.  Titus 2 tells us that the older women are to teach the younger women – nurture them. When I got a hold of the true meaning of this scripture, it changed me forever.

As one who has reached her golden years, I find myself busier than ever.  Just because you retire from your job doesn’t mean that you retire from life…or the church. I have found this to be an exciting season in my life. There are so many things I have learned over the years that I am bursting to share with young women. I was fortunate to have a godly mother and grandmother that were always there for me. When I became a Christian, there was a wonderful older woman in the church that took me under her wing. I was so blessed to have lots of mentoring. Now it is my turn to pass it on.

The Lord called me to start a mentoring ministry in my church. Some of us more seasoned saints have taken hold of the charge God has given us to bless our teen girls. We are teaching them practical things and spiritual things. We have come together, the young and the old, in the unity the Lord wants in His church.

Think about this for a minute: Can you be a friend? Are you a good listener? Do you have a servant’s heart? Are you willing to open up and share what God is doing in your life? Are you willing to intercede for a young woman? If so, then you are a mentor. I believe that God has given his daughters nurturing spirits.  As a mother, I have never stopped nurturing my children and now have the joy of nurturing my grandchildren.

God has given us several examples of mentoring in His Word, some of which include:

  • Naomi to Ruth
  • Elizabeth to Mary

Mary and Ruth both treasured their relationship with these older women.  It is the way the Lord intended these relationships to be, a mutual love and respect; the older women imparting wisdom to the young ones.

You don’t have to be perfect. You only need to be willing. Women of God, I challenge you to think about the commission God has given in Titus 2.

Carole Lee is married to her high school sweetheart and has 2 children and 8 grandchildren. She loves to nurture and share the love of God. Carole is a firm believer in the promises of God and stands watching with anticipation knowing that He who began a good work will be faithful to complete it. She loves this season in her life and cannot wait to see what else God will do! 

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