Author: Candice Coates

What They Say: Fiction by Candice Coates

“The only time I want to see a whole lot of red inky letters on paper is when Jesus is talking in my Bible, not when I have to hand you back your manuscript!” Mr. Hopeheld drummed his fingers on his desk, the frustration in his eyes melting into compassion. “Don’t look so chewed up. You and I both know you can do better than this. This,” He stabbed his pointer finger into the tome upon his shiny desktop. “This was a distracted effort of lifeless words and that just isn’t who you are.” The tempered rebuke from Lloyd’s publisher a week ago had nearly given him an ulcer. The sad thing was Mr. Hopeheld was right in all he said. The only problem was that him being right had not helped Lloyd one iota. He’d only told him what he’d already known. Lloyd didn’t believe in writer’s block. The truth was he always had something to say, always had some character whispering in his ears, flashing pictures of their questionable misadventures before his eyes. But …

Your Inheritance is Secure

“The Lord assigned my portion and my cup. You maintain my lot secure.” ~PSALM 16:5 WMB In our journeys in our creativity, the pursuits of our dreams and just in life in general, I can’t think of a Word that brings more peace than Psalm 16:5. Stepping out in faith to take hold of what Christ Jesus has purposed in our hearts is an adventure, but it can also be a point of stress if we aren’t secure in the promises of His Word. First, let’s be reminded that the Word is Christ (JOHN 1: 1,14), that He is the Truth (JOHN 14:6) and there is no falsehood in Him (I PETER 2:22). So when we read a promise, all of which are yes and amen in Him (II COR. 1:20) and in the Word, we are reading or seeing into the Perfect Person of Who He is. We can count it as ours for He is ours just as we are His (SONG OF SONGS 6:3)! Another translation of Psalm 16:5 says, “O Lord, You are the …

Believe: Persevere in the Process

Believe: Believe what has been said to you by His Spirit From the time Caleb and Joshua spy out the Promised Land to the very moment that they are actually being led by the Lord to inherit it, 45 years will have passed. Throughout those years the entire generation of men of war who were meant to take the land for their posterity has died in the wilderness as aimless wanderers, having gotten close to what the Lord promised but never taking hold of it. Still, in the midst of the graves, the seemingly endless cycles, and monumental odds that could easily lead into doubt, Joshua makes his home in the Lord’s presence (EXODUS 33:11) while Caleb holds the promise of his mountain close to his heart. BELIEVE THE WORD OF PROMISE  The Word of Promise, The Word that is our sword of salvation against the enemy is our Rhema Word. “The definition for Rhema refers to a spoken word that is active or activated for your personal situation, a word that comes to life for you …

Weapons of Thanks-Giving by Bri Lassiter

By Bri Lassiter I love Thanksgiving. It’s great, okay. I love the idea of taking a whole day to be thankful. I like a whole day of celebrating with food and family. It’s polite and reasonable. Anyone can take one day of the year to be thankful. But I want to talk for a minute about the heavy kind of thankfulness. This one’s messy and not pumpkin bedazzled. It can be ugly and painful and powerful. This kind of thankfulness is the kind you fight with and the kind you win with. This kind of thankfulness is a practice and a difficult habit to form on the inside of you. This is the kind of thanking you do to your Father when life sucks. When you are at THE END. When there are no answers from anywhere for you. When life is beating you up and only He knows. When you’re carrying around sorrow and pain or you’re still in the ‘not yet’ part of seeing your healing. When you’re fighting hopelessness and you’re not …

Dressed for the Appointment: Hope for the Promises to Come

*Revised from December 26th, 2012 Six years ago I was led to write a short message reminding many of my friends on Facebook to keep holding on to the Word of Faith and promise that Christ Jesus had given unto them. Now, six years later, I am urged to do it again. The Lord laid this question upon my heart that only you can answer for yourself, really, and here it is. “Are you dressed and are you ready for the open door?” It is easy to be given a dream and a prophetic vision for your future/destiny/purpose, but it is a whole other thing to not only hold on to it but to be prepared for it at all times. With many of the trails that we face within the monotony of life, it is easy to lose hope in the dream, allowing it to be transformed into the elusive ‘carrot on a stick’ dangling just out of your reach. “Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him quickly out of the dungeon; and …

Thanksgiving in Every Step: Faith for Creatives

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord And He delights in his way.” ~PSALM 37:23 The beauty of living our lives to the glory of Christ is that we can rest in the full assurance that no matter where our foot may fall, whether circumstances seem good, bad, or neutral, that our steps are ordered by God our Father. Now don’t misunderstand. This doesn’t mean that we, in our ‘good intentions’ can’t get ourselves off track and go places God never ordained or intended, because the truth is that we all have. What it means is that, if we find that we have made a bad step, the Lord is not only able but faithful to work that step to our good (ROMANS 8:28). He is able to turn what our own misguided direction wrought into something good. Let us give thanks for that! Let us give thanks that because we are now His righteousness through faith (II COR. 5:21, we are assured of always gaining victory. Let us give thanks that our repentance, turning …

Bri Lassiter: Creative in Action

Bri Lassiter is part of the ICFTS Team. She is a Faithful friend, Believer in Christ, wife and mother. Here is her view of creativity as she takes her action steps to pursue the purpose Christ has placed upon her heart. I used to define creativity as “arts and crafts” and I completely excluded myself from all connection to the arts because I didn’t fit in my own narrow definition of it. Recently I began asking God what His dreams are for me, and he reminded me of a childhood love I’ve had for lettering and calligraphy. I had planned on going to an art school many years ago so I could pursue that love but I had been deeply discouraged by others in my life at the time who believed I could not and should not pursue that dream. I was completely brokenhearted about it and that’s when I started putting up walls by saying that I’m not creative and began defining creativity as “arts and crafts ” and believing it’s “not my thing.” …

Seasons of Grace by Bri Lassiter

By Bri Lassiter November and December is always a special time for me personally. It really has nothing to do with the holiday seasons or what people typically associate these months with, it’s just a special time for me where God has always shown up for me in special ways. Looking back, this season was always a source of sadness for me for many reasons, the stress of my own poor health that sometimes excludes me or makes events silently difficult, grief over a family members absence or conflict, stress or isolation due to constant moving out of state, I could go on, but the point is that I have always needed an enormous amount of grace to get through these months and He has always been there for me with promises that it wouldn’t always be that way, and the promises have been enough to carry me through. If you follow the Jewish calendar you’ll know that Rosh Hashanah or the head of the year just occurred last month. Every year I ask Him …

Breathe: Patiently Pursue the Promise

Breathe: Breathe in the Rhema word of truth daily and let your soul be at peace. “The definition for Rhema refers to a spoken word that is active or activated for your personal situation, a word that comes to life for you by the Spirit.” See Numbers 13-14:38 When we meet Caleb of the Tribe of Judah, he is a man in his forties, recently delivered from the yokes of slavery in Egypt, on fire with faith in the God of Israel, and ready to take hold of what God has promised-the Promised land of Canaan that will be renamed Israel. Caleb along with eleven other men, is commissioned to go and spy out the Promised Land, to bring back a report to the people what it is that they are preparing to walk into. If you are familiar with the story, you know that out of the twelve, Caleb along with Joshua are the only two that returned from the spying mission with even greater faith than before they had seen the land. BREATHE: ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR …

To Walk on the Wind: Faith for Creatives

Uitwaaien (out-vwy-ehn) “To take a break to clear one’s head; lit. “To walk on the wind.” ~The Dictionary Uitwaaien is such an amazing word, not just for the beautiful meaning, but also for its incredibly difficult but fun pronunciation! To take a break in order to clear one’s mind is a foreign concept for many of us. It actually seems counterintuitive to being successful in our creative pursuits. But when we look at scripture, we see the God of Creation not only taking a break from His work during the dawn of time but also during His three years of ministry here on earth as God with Us-Emmanuel. “And when He (Jesus) had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray.” ~ MARK 6:46 NKJV With each moment of creation, the Lord paused to call His work good. With each moment of ministry that He completed in the form of man, He took the time to draw away and to breathe in the refreshing breath of God the Father. In Matthew 14:22-33, Christ Jesus …