[2015 repost]

Yesterday morning I was getting dressed for us to go to breakfast with my friend Carol’s mother, Sylvia. I was talking with God and worshipping with my praise music as I usually do every morning.

I began to feel that God was telling me that I was to pray for our waitress at breakfast (I have done this before). And, of course, I told Him yes!

We drove to The Waffle House…but when we entered into the restaurant, we discovered there were no seats available and we were going to have to wait.

Carol and Sylvia decided that we would go to Denny’s which was pretty close. This was not a restaurant that they usually went to…but, this day, we were going!

At Denny’s, we were seated and quickly waited upon by a smiling, happy waitress. This was her! I knew that I would be praying for this joyful woman! I also knew that it would be when she brought our breakfast.

As we were waiting for our order and enjoying our time together, we noticed the two women in the booth behind us were asking for the manager. They were sitting close enough that we couldn’t help but hear of their dissatisfaction with their service. And their waitress was our waitress!

When our waitress, Tanya, came back to bring coffee and fill our water glasses – it was like a different woman had taken over! The smile was gone, a deep sadness rested upon her, and her body even seemed to be slumped over as if carrying a heavy burden.

As she left, we joined in prayer for her…but I knew that my assignment from the Lord was not complete. I still would connect with her when our order was brought to the table.

The two women finished up…got their take home boxes…but didn’t leave. I found myself praying, “Lord, if she brings our order while they are still here, do I still go ahead and speak with her?”

I knew immediately as an answer that we would not get our order until they were gone.

A few minutes later, the women got up and left. Within 2 minutes, our waitress began slowly walking to our table with the big platter of food. She sadly and slowly began placing everything before us and then picked up the platter to leave.

“Tanya, put down the platter…I would like to talk to you.” She put it down and slowly came closer to me.

“I would like to tell you a story” and I began sharing with her of how God told me I was to pray for her that morning.

“Tanya, I know what has happened this morning. Your worth is not dependent on what your job is. Your worth is because of who you are! You are a precious, beloved, daughter of the Most High King! You are beautiful and treasured! He hears you and He sees you. The Lord loves you so much, He made sure I was here in this place, at this time, so I could tell you how important you are to Him!”

With tears streaming down her face, she hugged me and told me thank you! We once again had our smiling, joyful waitress back! And she knew in a very tangible way at that moment how much God loved her!!

Oh, my friends! May we be intentional about taking the time to not only speak TO God in our prayers…but take the time to LISTEN to Him speaking to us!

Prayer is a conversation…and God desires for us to join Him in reaching out to others in love. Who would He like for you to show His love to today? Ask Him…

~Tina K. Roach


This commandment of God is fairly simple and straightforward:  Love God and love others.  But, there is an extension on the last part…we are to love others AS we love ourselves.

What we hope for ourselves we should hope for others – happiness, health, and a life succeeding in all that God has purposed for us.  And if we follow through with that, it is not a “selfish” love…but a love that hopes and desires the best for others.

To have a healthy “self-love” we need to see ourselves as God sees us.  We need to walk in the identity that we have in Christ Jesus.  That identity from God enables us to love others out of a healthy, secure place of knowing our place in God’s kingdom.  (more on identity for a later time…)

Who is our neighbor?  I don’t look at the word neighbor as pertaining to how well we know someone.  But, I look at the word neighbor as pertaining to who is within our “sphere” at any given time.  Our neighbor could be that person who lives right next door or across the street from us.  But, it could also be that person who we come across in the grocery store or gas station that we don’t know at all.  I believe our neighbor is whoever the Lord puts in our path at any given time.

The most important and critical part of this commandment is the first part – to love God!  And how do we love Him?  We love Him with EVERYTHING we have – heart, soul, strength, and mind!!  We don’t love Him with PART of our heart, soul, strength, and mind–we love Him with ALL…completely!

I invite you to join me in meditating on what it would look like if we were to love Him to that degree each day.  What would we change; what would we do differently?  How would we “walk that out” in our day-to-day lives?

I believe it is impossible to love others and to love ourselves in the way that God calls us to, unless we have the first part in place — LOVING GOD.  As we love God, we are able to love others as ourselves.  HE must come first…and then everything else will fall in line.

HIS LOVE flowing through us will change not only our lives, but the lives of others!  HALLELUJAH!!

On this Valentine’s Day, may we pour out our love on the LORD OUR GOD and then allow the love that He pours out on us to flow in an unending stream in and through us to others. 

BLESSINGS & LOVE, dear Brothers and Sisters!

~Tina K. Roach

Never Alone!

So…I’m sitting in the airport in Atlanta all alone. Alone except for the droves of people going here and there to eat or catch a flight. But, everyone has their attention on their destination and not really on what is happening around them.

I feel like I’m on an island in the heaving waters of the ocean. So much activity around me…but I am on an island of calm.

I feel the sweet, calm presence of the Lord as my companion. I talk to Him silently as I watch the people pass by; I talk to him as thoughts drift across my consciousness; I share with Him my joys and my concerns.

And best of all – He shares His thoughts with me! He tells me of His joys and His concerns; He shares with me His plans for what is coming in my life and ministry.

I am so thankful and humbled that God actually wants to hang out at the airport with me! WOW!! What an awesome God we serve!

No, I’m not alone…I’m never alone! 💥❤️

Relax and Renew

I love when God speaks to me through “signs!” He has gotten my attention through signs on trucks; road signs; signs on buildings; and now a sign in a bookstore.

Yesterday, I felt God’s love and attention while sitting with friends drinking tea in a bookstore coffee shop. I was enjoying this precious time of friendship when I glanced past them into the bookstore itself.

There, right in my line of vision, were the words RELAX and RENEW on a book table sign. Yes, Lord!! I hear You!!

I am reminded that in the midst of pouring out in ministry to others, we need to take time for ourselves. We need to relax and be renewed in God’s presence!

There must be balance! There is a time of pouring out and there is a time of being filled. I am so blessed that I am entering a season of God using me in many ministry settings! And I am so blessed that I have this time of entering into rest, relaxation, and being renewed as I go forward in focus and preparation.

God knows what we need and when we need it! He is so faithful and loves us so much. May we take the time to listen to Him however He chooses to speak: through His Word; through music; through prayer; and yes, even through signs! Hallelujah!!

Who Am I, LORD?

Who am I , LORD,
that You would show me favor?
Who am I, LORD,
that You would speak to me
and let me know Your love?
I am so humbled, LORD,
that You would turn Your Face toward me
and rest Your eyes upon me.
Who am I, LORD,
but one who adores and worships You!
I cannot express how honored I am
that You have chosen to have a relationship with me.
I cannot express how much I love You…

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The Hope of Glory

Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. ~Matthew 5:16

May we reflect the Light of Christ today and every day! Mary carried the physical Jesus and gave Him birth into the world. We carry the spiritual Jesus -Christ in us, the hope of glory. ~Colossians 1:27

Lord, may we join You in releasing Your presence, Your power, Your mercy, and Your love everywhere we go!

We honor and celebrate YOU, Jesus, on this day and every day of the year! HALLELUJAH!!

You Have All of Me!!

img_3236We must step away of letting others determine our level of commitment to The Lord.

We need to be true to Him and what level HE is calling us to!

We are in a time of decision…will we only go as far as is comfortable and only as far as is appropriate in the eyes of others?

Or will we raise our faces and our hands to the heavens and say, “I’m not holding back, Lord! You have all of me!!”


“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’”

‭‭Mark‬ ‭12:30‬ ‭NIV‬‬