Is ‘More’ Faith the Answer?

The Parable of the Mustard Seed is one of the shorter parables of Jesus. It appears in Matthew (13:31–32), Mark (4:30–32), and Luke (13:18–19).

In the accounts recounted in both Matthew and Luke, the disciples long for more faith. ‘Then‘ they could do great things for God. ‘Then‘ they could cast out demons. ‘Then’ they could forgive a brother or sister who’s especially annoying.

Jesus tells them they don’t need great faith; they need just a little faith. He clearly speaks of a small amount of faith and compares it to the mustard seed which was the smallest seed known in his day.

  • We’re prone to think if we just had more faith, ‘then’ God could do amazing things through us.
  • But Jesus tells us something quite astonishing. The issue isn’t whether we are full of faith but whether we have any faith.
  • If we have the smallest amount of faith, God works on our behalf. Jesus stops his disciples short and asks them: Do you believe in me at all? Do you trust God at all?

Why is Jesus’s answer encouraging? Because we don’t get caught in the morass of thinking about whether we have enough faith. When facing a given situation, we call out to God to give us faith—no matter how small.

A small amount of faith is sufficient because the focus is not on our faith but its object.

Why is it true that mustard seed faith can move mountains and uproot mulberry trees? Jesus plainly tells us. It isn’t because of the quantity of our faith but the object of our faith.

If our faith is in God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, then it has a great effect.

Our faith makes a difference not because it is so great but because God is so great, because He is the sovereign one who rules over all things. Our faith doesn’t thrive when we think about how much faith we have; it springs up when we behold our God—when we see Jesus as the One crucified and risen for us.

Still, we have questions about this verse? Does our mustard seed faith move mountains and uproot mulberry trees? Do we see this happen today? Are prosperity preachers right in saying that if we had more faith, we wouldn’t get sick and would enjoy the riches of this world?

  • It’s critical to note Jesus is using an illustration. He’s not literally talking about moving mountains and uprooting trees. There’s no example in Scripture of mountains disappearing because someone had faith.
  • Jesus is teaching that stunning things happen if we have faith. The question is, what kind of stunning things should we expect?

Here we must take into account the entire Bible. The old saying is correct: a verse without a context is a pretext. We can’t just pluck any verse in the Bible and apply to our lives without considering how it relates to the sweep of Scripture as a whole.

Excerpts taken from online by: Thomas Schreiner||Faith that Encourages | 11.22.16

How’s your faith?

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Medicine for the Soul

This is just to funny not to share!

Perhaps you are needing some laughter for your soul! Rejoice my friend, smile! Though you may not understand God’s wise and loving plan –God loves you and He is working out your best because that is who He is. Remember God cannot violate Himself.

Plus…just think, we could have all those freshly baked cookies to ourselves! I need to find myself one of those molds…then invite you over because you’d know my secret! (lol) 🤗 😉

Have a fabulous day, friend! Look up!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

the Power of a Hug

Regardless if the numbers are correct, the power of a touch is significant, powerful, and needed.

Let those around you know that you care, love, and are thankful for them…and forget the number…just do it more times than you think you should and you will do just fine!  

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

The Cost of Freedom | America

I am struck by this photo. As I sit in my home, I am warm, safe, secure and living in freedom. I never want to forget two things:

  1. Who it comes from and
  2. Who sacrificed to keep it.

Yes, I am an American, but only an American because God placed me here by birth. My ancestry comes from other countries and through their journeys settled in America. I am proud to be an American, but it is God who made me an American; I had nothing to do in that process.

Our country has been through wars, loss, sorrow, great turmoils, joys and great victories but one thing that has stood these tests is its people. Specifically, I think of its soldiers: those who have fought, died and today are veterans in this land we call America.

  • They have given sacrifically (from their own life and family for fellow mankind…like me, like you!).
  • They have protected our own land as well as the lands of other nations.
  • They have in the past and continue to stand in the gap to keep our America free, safe, and independent for the next generations to come.

Oh, we can easily find fault in America. We could blame and even grow righteously angry over leadership, bills passed or not passed, choices our country as allowed or stopped; to stop there would only produce a complainer.

Did you know?

To complain is to choose to express an opinion or dislike about something and do nothing about it.

To sit idly by is to live in foolishness. We must do our part!

Above all, a nation whose God is its Lord —that nation is blessed (Psalm 33:12).

So, lest we forget:

  • God first –country second and may we see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (Psalm 27:13) for keeping God in His rightful place…first.
  • Freedom is never free –remember that next time you complain about your country. Unless we are willing to be proactive, take a proactive stands, our lips should be sealed.

Thank you, soldiers! You are in our thanks, thoughts and prayers! Thank you, Lord, for this great country –may we be found faithful! We have much to be thankful for!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

YOU have not desired nor required, but I saith | Psalm 40:6-8

“Sacrifice and meal offering you have not desired; my ears you have opened; burnt offering and sin offering you have not required” Ps 40:6.

“You have not desired – You have not required”

but I live out my life – my spiritual life; this new creatured life in Christ – as though You have said.

Is it the same with you?

  • Why do I SAY when YOU haven’t spoken?
  • Why do I DO when YOU haven’t commanded?
  • Why do I LIVE where YOU haven’t required?

  • God has spoken.
  • God has commanded.
  • God requires.

Let’s desire “thus saith the LORD” not “saith I” – we just might find out God’s program is far better than our own.

“Then I said, “Behold I come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do Your will, O my God; your law is within my heart” Psalm 40:7-8.

That is living EMPOWERED!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

for you, Mom

As a mother, there are days where I feel unable; unable to focus, shepherd, guide, counsel, help, correct, love, and discipline our sweeties. There are days where I am just plain spent, but that is exactly when I need that reminder that is isn’t about me, what I know, or what I can do…it is about Christ!

It is about being transformed into His likeness. I can because of Christ in me…and that is power, that is able, that is strength to do and be who I need to be before and to those around me…which include our little ones.

So Mom, you can. You are God-equipped already, the question is are we relying on the Giver of that equipment?

You are able because He is able, but we have a decision to make (a decision that may require an hourly reliance), but a choice: do I choose my super power or God’s super power.

We know, choosing God’s program makes all the difference in this world –all the difference in us, all the difference in our children, all the difference in our homes, community, church, marriage, and relationships. Yet so often we choose ourselves.

So Mom’s,

  • Let’s stand guard to protect our time with God for this is where fruit begins, where strength is granted, where ability to do and be is established, where the greatest eternal values are planted.
  • Let’s purposefully spend time with our Savior, accept and rely on Him with every fiber of our being, allow Him to show Himself mighty to us so that we may put on His attributes being transformed from within –then used for His glory amongst those around us.
  • You can because He can, but we must be willing, seeking, and relying on Him alone for that power, that enablement.
  • Today, rely on Him, Mom! You will not be disappointed. You have a SUPER GOD!!!
  • Greater is HE that is in YOU (1John 4:4).

From a mother to a mother, I pray that you have a blessed Christ-filled, God-centered day…and enjoy your kiddo’s! They are truly a blessing from the Lord Himself!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Conviction of ‘Talk’

I have been convinced. The Holy Spirit, through the preaching of God’s Word this morning in church confronted my soul about something.

That something is this –we talk a lot. We talk about this, that and everything in between. We aren’t shy to express our favorite things or those ‘things’ we’d like to do. We talk about our favorite sports team, politics, that recipe we gotta try. We blog. We talked about relationships, love, what we like, what we dislike and even what we struggle with. But do we talk about Christ as much as we talk about everything else? Does Christ easily flow off our lips as much as everything else? Are we as intense about Christ as we are about that next movie we want to see or DIY project?

Are those ‘things’ bad? Many or most aren’t. So way the conviction? When I stop and consider how much I “talk” and compare it to Christ –I am shamefully falling short in sharing my faith, sharing Christ, and being a mouthpiece in proclaiming Christ –and His free gift of salvation. When I stop to consider, the scope of eternity becomes more valuable than my here and now talk.

Now do you understand my conviction?!
So below you will see an entry called “Eternity” which comes right off my blog. I am simply obeying. May God’s Word change you too!

Colleen Woodruff

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

The reality is real, we will all face death at some point in our life. The question is, are we ready for that appointed day?

Eternity is real. Just as you live and breathe right now, your eternal state has an eternal forever. The destination is the question.

Whether it is something you think about or something you have rejected, the reality is sure — your eternity is coming. Do you know where you will spend your eternity?

This is thee most important question you could ever ask yourself. According to 2 Corinthians 6:2 it reads, “for He says, “At the acceptable time I listened to you, and on the day of salvation I helped you. Behold, now is “the acceptable time,” behold, now is “the day of salvation.”

We know not the hour nor the day when our finally breathe will be. We do not know if we have tomorrow, we only know that we had yesterday. TODAY is the day of your salvation. Putting it off could mean the difference between hell and heaven.

Sometimes people say, “If God is so loving, why would He allow bad things to happen to good people?” May ask you this question, “Why blame God for all the bad things that happen? If God doesn’t existent and eternity is just a fairy tale, why blame Him?”

Sin entered into the world through one man, Adam, and through Adam all have sinned. But God didn’t leave it there.

You see, love has one source and its author is God. God’s love is repeated over and over and over and over again throughout the pages of Scripture, the Bible — God’s love letter to mankind. The ultimate demonstration of love is when God sent His only Son, Jesus, to earth. There are millions of ways God could have chosen to saved the world, but God didn’t choose the easy way out…He choose a cross.

Jesus Christ came to earth, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life while being 100% man/100% God, ministered for about three years on earth — healing physical and spiritual needs, ministering to the hearts of mankind, then was betrayed. Being guiltless, just, holy, righteous in all manners was falsely convicted then crucified on a cross.

His death on the Cross wasn’t without purpose. On that cross He took the FULL payment for your sin, my sin, and for everyone the was, is, and that would be in the future —all of mankind. He bore the rejection of His holy Father as He turned away, for He couldn’t look upon His Son, due to our sin. But Jesus Christ did not stay on the cross. No, three days later He rose again from the dead. Yes, He was dead then rose again and now lives in Heaven with His Father preparing a mansion for each and every one who believes on Him.

Satan hasn’t nor will ever do anything like this — satan has NEVER done anything selfless in his existence. In fact he is seeking whom he may destroy or devour (to chew up and spit out). There are no recordings that even remotely stated that satan gives of himself for mankind…no where! 1 Peter 5:8 “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Satan has never been your friend…NEVER!

So let’s take an extremely short travel through the Bible as we look and see how God does indeed love you and you can know where you will spend eternity today!

  • The Bible says, we all fall short of God’s glory. (Romans 3:23) How? Why, you ask? Because we are sinners. Now before you turn away, think about it. Have you ever told a lie? What does that make you? Be honest! (a liar) Have you ever stolen something? What does that make you? (a thief) Have you ever disobeyed your parents, lusted after something that wasn’t yours? Get my point? We ALL fall short of God’s glory! He is holy — we are sinful! Romans 3:10 says it plain and clearly. “…There is none righteous, not even one.”
  • But remember that love —that GOD LOVE? Oh there is HOPE because of Jesus Christ! There is only ONE that has provided the way and His name is JESUS CHRIST! John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him, should not perish but have everlasting life.”
  • “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9) “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:10) In the book of Acts is says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (16:31).

My friend, there are hundreds of verses we could read together that prove that Christ did indeed die on the cross for YOU and paid your debt (sin). For your sins He died! Through the precious blood of Jesus Christ and the LOVE of the Father there has been made a way or redemption for you, but YOU have to do something first.

It is like this. If I went to a very expensive store and bought you a very expensive gift. I had that gift specially wrapped just for you, made a special time and place to meet you, and once we were together I excitedly gave you that awesome gift…you’d be placed with a decision to make. We usually don’t think about it because we like receiving gifts, but you do have two options: 1) You could reject my gift to you. Yes, you could make the decision to reject the gift I was handing to you. You could say you didn’t want it for whatever reasons you had. Or 2) you could reach out and take my gift. You would then unwrap it and see what I had given you. THIS TOO IS LIKE GOD’S FREE GIFT OF SALVATION — YOU HAVE A DECISION TO MAKE. 1) REJECT IT 2) ACCEPT IT. IT IS REALLY THAT SIMPLE. We make is harder then it really is.

So, what will your decision be? I wouldn’t wait —for you never know when your last breath will be. Today is the day of salvation!You are free to choose. You could reject God’s free gift of salvation, but I would be uncaring of your soul to tell you that your rejection of God would both grieve the heart of God, and send your eternal destination to the lake of fire (“into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” Matthew 25:30) but this doesn’t have to be!!!!!

Would you ACCEPT God’s gift of salvation?!!!!

  • How? Confess with your mouth (pray), acknowledge to God that you are a sinner, that your sin is separating you from Him. Ask God to forgive you of your sins and to cleanse your heart (to create in you a clean heart). Put your whole faith and trust in God for your eternal life. He will save you. Go online and look up “the Bridge” it is a small booklet that will show you more from God’s Word on how you may know where you will spend eternity.
  • Your eternity is worth it!

Praying for you, friend!

If you’d like to talk about Christ or tell me that Jesus is your Saviour, I’d love to hear from you! Send me a message or comment below.

Eternity is forever! You can know your destination.

God loves you!

How’s Your Mustard Seed?

Question: “What does it mean to have mustard seed faith?

Answer: Faith is so vital to the Christian life that Scripture tells us that, without it, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Yet faith is such a powerful gift from God (Ephesians 2:8–9) Christ told His disciples that, with just a tiny measure of it, the size of a mustard seed, they could move mountains. So, what does it mean to have “mustard seed faith”?

We know that this statement about moving mountains and uprooting trees by faith is not to be taken literally. The key to understanding the passages is the nature of faith, which is a gift from God. The power of faith reflects the omnipotent nature of the God who bestows faith on His own. The mustard seed is one of the tiniest seeds found in the Middle East, so the conclusion is that the amount of faith needed to do great things is very small indeed. Just as in the parable of the mustard seed (Matthew 13:31–32), Jesus uses rhetorical hyperbole to make the point that little is much when it comes from God. The mustard seed in the parable grows to be a huge tree, representing the tiny beginnings of Christianity when just a few disciples began to preach and teach the gospel. Eventually, the kingdom grew to huge proportions, encompassing the entire world and spreading over centuries.

So, too, does the tiniest bit of faith, when it is true faith from God, grow to immense proportions in the lives of believers and spreading out to influence all they come into contact with.

One has only to read histories of the great men of the faith, such as Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, to know that superhuman feats were performed by those whose faith was, at one time, only the size of a mustard seed.

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Graphics: Colleen Woodruff

Sometimes our faith is tested, it seems, to extremes measures. Measures in which our faith, trust, reliance, obedience to God, even our personhood is stretched in ways it either grow us or we crumble under its weight.

I don’t know what you are facing today. What your week or month has been like. I know for us, it has been just this very challenge. Our weeks, months, have been sincerely consumed with seeking God in much prayer, fasting, numberable tears, and acts of submission before the Almighty God (the best place possible). It has even cost us thousands of dollars because of walking by faith and not by sight. Our minds are trying to catch up with what we have seen, heard, life’s turn of events, and the incredible God-power of prayer.

I still cannot get over the power of prayer we have seen…it is like God made visible right before our eyes.

Honestly, I don’t get the whole picture. I don’t fully understand the turn of events or what God has done and is doing in my own heart and those around me, but I am extremely thankful God is working on me!

This I have seen, even when life’s trials ‘seem’ so hard, so dark, to long, when our flesh and spirit grow utterly exhausted, when silence is what you hear or perhaps that great whisper to a roar, whether your prayerful requests are answered or not, or you are simply besides yourself in turmoil in what to do —God never leaves us nor does He forsake us (Hebrews 13:5 & Deuteronomy 31:6). If we seek first the kingdom of God with a purest human heart possible —God will answer. He shows those who seek Him first (Matthew 6:33), but be warned:

  • God does not follow our time table –we bow to His!
  • God is not to be demanded of –He owes us nothing, but through His love, He choices to answers and guide. Be patient.
  • God hasn’t forsaken us –let us not forsake Him! God is good in the valley as well as the mountaintop.
  • God is in control –not you, it is just that simple.

This leads us to a decision we all must make daily —will I submit to God’s plan or not?

  • May our unleashed faith, our eyes, our soul see the incalculable power of God!
  • I have a mustard seed, and I am not afraid to use it!
  • Keep the faith, friend, keep the faith!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

An Outward Display of the Inward Self

Never underestimate the power of standing in righteousness. This has nothing to do with self-righteousness, but rather choosing to stand in God’s program. Living an active life of ‘choice’ to live in accordance with God’s Word, His way, His will, therefore, by faith in trust walking in it bearing righteousness (God’s rightness), an outward display of the inward self.

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the Truth” 3 John 1:4.

“Make me know Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths” Psalm 25:4.

Today, will you join me in choosing to walk in God’s Truth?

  • To not lean to the right or lean to the left, but stand firm in God alone (Proverbs 4:27).
  • To put God’s program first and lay ourselves aside for His glory.
  • To ask the Lord to teach us.

Let it not be said, “You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the Truth?” (Galatians 5:7), rather, “holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain” (Philippians 2:16). “Press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” Philippians 3:14.

Let it be said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;” (2 Timothy 4:7), because in the scope of eternity, this is what matters!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

So, what did you do this weekend?

He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” Mark 6:31

Rest is becoming a lost art in our modern culture. We’ve exchanged its old-fashioned value for a hectic, fast-paced, breakneck speed of life, which has slowly disintegrated our fervor and passion while simultaneously elevating our blood pressure. Packed within each twenty-four-hour time span is an unsustainable number of tasks we’ve placed upon ourselves, as well as demands we’ve allowed others to deem urgent enough to place upon us as well.

And based on our fatigue and frustration, we’d give anything to offload the burden.

But rest doesn’t seem like a viable option anymore. Have we forever passed up any kind of reality that dares to include rest as part of a typical day? Or week? Or . . . month? (Or . . . year?)

  • When Jesus sent His disciples off on a specific ministry assignment in Mark 6:7–11, He didn’t shield them from the fact that their journey would not be particularly easy. People would refuse to listen to them, much less give them hospitality. Any cause for excitement would be counterbalanced by any number of legitimate reasons for quitting and discouragement. They would be empowered to preach, heal, and spread the news of the kingdom, yes, but would also be exhausted on every front— physically, emotionally, and spiritually. And even after finally coming back home from their tiring journey, people would still be “coming and going,” enough that the disciples “did not even have time to eat” (v. 31).
  • So as their first order of business upon returning, Jesus greeted them with clear instructions: “Come . . . rest a while.”
  • It wasn’t a request. It wasn’t a friendly suggestion. It was Jesus’ command. Here’s what you’re going to do, guys. They’d been through a lot. And much more remained to be done. But for now . . . rest . . . come and rest. At least for a little while.

Do you ever feel guilty for taking time away to regroup and recharge? Are you saddled with a sense of wasted opportunity if every space on your calendar is not filled? Are you afraid your world would stop turning if you disengaged for even a few moments? Are you concerned about losing your competitive advantage if you’re not converting every moment into maximum achievement and efficiency?

Then hear the voice of your Savior welcoming you into a place where grace flows, where the Spirit refuels, and where mercy fixes what’s been strained and stressed by the accumulation of life’s pressures. This is the space where priorities and relationships that have been pushed out of alignment and are in need of repair get patched up and recalibrated.

  • Quiet time is not an excuse for the lazy but a wise investment for the diligent. It is for those who are committed to being active servants and followers of Jesus Christ instead of slaves to the tyranny of urgent busyness and activity. By prioritizing rest for ourselves and those we love, we may just rediscover the joy we thought had been lost forever.

And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.) Mark 6:31.

Awaken | ‘Come and Rest’ by Priscilla Shirer

Friends, when reading this excerpt today, I must confess “rest” doesn’t happen very often in my life. In our lives. I’m busy. We are busy.

  • Busy with caring and loving my family.
  • Busy homeschooling.
  • Busy with church, Bible studies, and counseling.
  • Busy internally with my thoughts and cares of this world.
  • Busy with writing, reading, and planning.
  • Busy, all good busy, but nevertheless, busy.

Busy with all wonderful good things, that’s great! But leaving “rest awhile” undone is not walking in full obedience to my Saviour.

I don’t know about you, but I usually don’t ‘stop’ until I’m utterly exhausted, overwhelmed, and stressed out…and I look like it too! (hahaha)

Jesus is saying, “Colleen, stop and rest awhile? Come to ME. I want to refresh you. Your soul needs it.”

How about you? Are you guilty too?

  • Have you slated time aside this week to rest awhile?
  • Maybe you can’t this week, but what about this coming weekend? Plan for next week.
  • The point is this –Do it! Allot the time. Schedule it in. If we don’t it will not happen.
  • Allotted time to rest: meaning, to spend uninterrupted, quiet time with God, to rest physically, mentally, emotionally –to detox your soul. To rest as a family, sending time making memories together and serving Christ together.
  • To refresh spiritually: are you planning already to be in God’s house this Sunday to spend time with your Lord in giving Him the worship, praise and obedience He rightfully deserves? If not, why not? He has given us everything.

Yes, I do believe, Lord willing, in the next couple of days I will be spending some time alone in specific prayer asking the Lord to show me how and when I can ‘rest awhile?‘ I want to obey Him first and foremost, but I desire to be a better wife, mother, servant of God, and testimony for Christ…I cannot do these things in myself.

Jesus commanded His disciples to ‘rest awhile’ because He knew their souls needed it, He knew their bodies needed, He knew they needed it mentally as well.

We are no different. God’s words still stand true today.

The question is: will we put our fear, self-will, and pride aside and will we obey God?

  • Will you enter into His rest for awhile this week?
  • He is waiting for us!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

the Principles of the Path

In Lysa TerKeurst book ‘the Best Yes’, she quotes Andy Stanley from his book ‘The Principles of the Path’. It reads as follows:

“The direction you are currently traveling–relationally, financially, spiritually, and the list goes on and on–will determine where you end up in each of those respective arenas. This is true regardless of your goals, your dreams, your wishes, or your wants. The principle of the path trumps all those things.

Your current direction will determine your destination. And like every principle, you can leverage this one to your advantage or ignore it to your disadvantage. Just as these are paths that have led us to places we never intended to be, there are paths that lead us away from those places as well.”

Is there ever a place within our “path” that God is not present? I say NOT, but God doesn’t stop there. It may be a reality that many do not care for, but its truth holds: we are responsible do our part. God is not our genie-in-a-bottle nor is He to be treated so. God created mankind with an intellect, emotion, and will; therefore, let’s use it for His glory and honor. God holds us accountable.

I am reminded of a “path-choice” that my husband and I had to make many years ago. Oh, the agony of that choice was incredibly hard. That choice result had a life or death possibility for me and/or our baby, and let me tell you it was not an easy decision to make. I cannot begin to calculate how much time we spent in prayer over this decision –to “do” or “not to do.” We fasted over those weeks pleading with God to show us His will regardless of our fears.

Finally, the answer came. We made our decision. I would have the needed surgery. We placed our full trust in the Lord’s timing, His will, and His plan for our first born’s life and mine. She and I were just beginning our second trimester. I will not lie to you, my husband and I were scared, nervous, yet at peace all at the same time with our God-decision-path; this surgery couldn’t wait til she was born. Our lives were in danger, yet the ‘path’ we choose was to cling onto thus trusting in God’s promises.

The surgery happened. Today, that child will be entering her teen years in just fourteen days. God’s hand was all over that surgery that day and the days that followed. He kept our baby safe inside me while the doctors did their job to keep us both alive. Peace abounded.

As we looked back (then and today), we are truly grateful for the wisdom and knowledge of those doctors. Thankful we stopped our thinking, our rationalization of the matter, and even giving up our concerns to choose to bask each one in prayer, fasting, then putting the Lord first with our whole hearts in this situation –on this path. I am thankful that we obeyed God’s leading, trusted God’s foreknowledge because He knew the whole story and we did not. I am thankful.

  • I could share another ‘path’ with you that our family has faced, but that will have to wait til another day. This I will say, because some of you are thinking, “Ya, but my story or path has been much different than your happy ending.” This path was met with the same intense prayers brought before the Throne of Grace, the same fasting and pleads but the earthly outcome was much, much different. It was filled with incredible loss, the deepest depths of sorrow we have ever felt in our lives. The grief was so intense that I was unable to speak for weeks. So don’t be so quick to judge, but as you will see further down this post…God is still good, because I believe in HIM (Psalm 27:13).

Friends, I don’t know where you are today. Maybe you are seriously struggling. You just don’t know what to do. You may even be praying your heart out but hearing nothing.

If I may be honest with you –I am right there with you. Yes, me too! My heart is struggling right now over certain things that are happening in our lives. It’s hard. It’s really really hard. I get the struggle. It is real. So real that last night I cried myself to sleep. So believe me friend, I get it.

There’s also a few other things my soul ‘gets’ because of the healing power of Christ alone. He has been with us all the way. Over the past several years, we have met trials, heard silence, experienced joys and great sorrow, but it has only solidified the love of Christ, the power of God, and how much I need Him:

  • This I do know, that God is good –He is good all the time because He is unchangeable. God cannot nor will not violate His own character, therefore, He is trustworthy, reliable, and consistent –when I am not. This brings incredible comfort, stability, regardless of how I ‘feel’.
  • This I do know, that God loves me — and He loves you too. God has never once given up on us. We need only look to the Cross for that, yet there are million other ways He demonstrates His love towards us daily. Do you see them?
  • This I do know, that God is in control. I may not see it, I may never understand His timing, and may wrestle with it, but God is in control. Period.
  • This I do know, that God has my best interest in mind. Whatever He does, allows, gives, or takes He has one goal in mind, my best spirit-state. Notice I didn’t say, my best life-state, but my best spirit-state. His focus is my soul! His focus is your soul!
  • This I do know, that God is God. May sound trite, but it isn’t. We can say “God is God” but once one lives “God is God” there is a gigantic realizations that occurs. First and foremost, you realize who you are before the Almighty God…dust, clay, a sinner who has been miraclously saved by God’s grace through the blood of Jesus.
  • This I do know, that God has a earthly-life plan for me to fulfill, therefore, I only have one life to live. So do you! I want my life to count for Christ above all things.

My friends, take courage, take hope, take refuge, take assurance, take your salvation and cling to it…but share it! Yes, can life be difficult, it sure can, but when we seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, all these things will be added unto you (Matt. 6:33).

  • God never breaks His promise, just remember He chooses the timing to give those promises and blessings to us. Keep the faith!

“The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgements of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward” (Psalm 19:7-11).

From my heart to yours, may it encourage your walk with Christ,

Colleen M. Woodruff, a servant of the Lord, blessed to be used of God to author and pen In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}


Hebrews 13:14 “For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.”

1 John 2:15-17 “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world –the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and the pride in possessions –is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with it’s desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}