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. Empowed.}

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 it’s 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 prayed 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. Empowed.}

Understanding God from God

You never asked me to be king
Build my tower up to the sky
So why do I try
You never asked me to be rich
Buy the things that gold can buy
So why do I try
All you ever wanted was my heart, my simple heart
To You that’s all that really matters
Why do I feel I have to reach
Believe I have to rise
When You never said I had to climb
These broken ladders
You never asked me to be complete
By myself, find all I need
So why do I try
You never asked me to stand alone
Face the struggles on my own
So why do I try
All you ever wanted was my heart, my simple heart
To You that’s all that really matters
Why do I feel I have to reach
Believe I have to rise
When You never said I had to climb
These broken ladders
‘Cause all they do is take My eyes off of You
Make me forget the Truth
All You ever wanted was my heart, my simple heart
To You that’s all that really matters
Why do I feel I have to reach
Believe I have to rise
When You never said I had to climb
You never said I had to climb
These broken ladders
Lyrics for Broken Ladders by Selah

Funny, isn’t it, how we “try” so hard in this life. We make life so much harder than it needs to be when all God wants is our heart, our simple heart. We find it so difficult to allow God to have our heart. We fight the very One who has given us everything we have, including our eternal life, and we choke when He asks for our heart –our life, when He’s already its keeper.

Maybe, just maybe, if our own way of life isn’t working out so well, we should reconsider and heed to God’s program –which is proven and flawless every time…it’s just a thought.

Have a blessed God-centered, Christ-focused day. Choose Him.

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

the Audience of One

“This my pray, Oh Lord, may it be; that my pursuits are deliberately soul-willingly for the audience of One, that my attentiveness would be deliberately focused wholeheartedly upon the audience of One, so that You my be glorified, and I transformed into thy likeness. Without you I am nothing. With You I am empowered, hope-filled, and saved by Your grace.”

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

Confession Time| not everything is at it seems to be on the surface | lesson 101

I was reminded of something, not everything seems as it is.

I read a good blog post the other day.
Someone had commented about that specific post, which not knowing the responder, I read their comment through my grid work. Outwardly, the repliers response was doctrinal wrong.

Being a tender spot on my heart biblically and having gone through the experience, I commented. I usually don’t, but this time I did.

The writer of this blog wrote back. Longer story shorter. Come to find out the person who left the comment was kidding around. He himself was a pastor teasing another pastor (the writer of the blog I read).

Who would have known? I didn’t. Anyone reading the comment left by the replier would have thought this guy was off his rocker, Biblically speaking.

I could beat myself up for not knowing either one of these gentlemen, writer of the blog or the commentor, but I am not going too.

What I do take from this lesson is this: not everything is at it seems to be on the surface. These guys seem to be two friends just razzing each other on this certain topic.

  • I could have asked the one gentleman who commented what he meant instead of assuming he had it all wrong.
  • I could have given him the benefit of the doubt and been patient in my own reply towards him.
  • Was I wrong. No. I was spot on Biblically.
  • Was I hasty in my reply. Yes, I was.

Are there things we know? Yes. Do we have experience in specific areas and in Christ? Yes. Has God taught us things? Yes. Is God teaching and molding us now? Yes.

All these things are wonderful indeed, but they never give us the option of not bring cautious or use carefulness to our speech, thoughts, or actions. God never give us license to use our knowledge, speech or gifts for our own purposes.

Even though my desire to comment was for Truth and justice it lacked patience and love. I am very thankful for this lesson my heart needed. Thankful for God’s passion for my soul, grace my soul needs, and His continued work in me. He’s not finished with me yet, but I desire to be willing and moldable to His will and way.

How about you?

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

this my plea; i shall not want

I Shall Not Want

From the love of my own comfort

From the fear of having nothing
From a life of worldly passions
Deliver me O God

From the need to be understood
And from a need to be accepted
From the fear of being lonely
Deliver me O God
Deliver me O God

And I shall not want, no, I shall not want
When I taste Your goodness, I shall not want
When I taste Your goodness, I shall not want

From the fear of serving other
Oh, and from the fear of death or trial
And from the fear of humility
Deliver me O God
Deliver me O God

And I shall not want, no, I shall not want
When I taste Your goodness I shall not want

No, I shall not want, no, I shall not want
When I taste Your goodness I shall not want

When I taste Your goodness I shall not want
I shall not want
I shall not want

Songwriters: Audrey Assad, Bryan Brown

How Do Your Eyes See?

If Christ is not ashamed to indwell me: a flesh, self-centered, sinned-filled human, why am I afraid to be indwelled by Him, a sinless, sacrificial, all-knowing, all-powerful, Creator, spirit-God; who has an undescribable love desire for His creation that is unfathomable to our human minds to comprehend. It is so intimately in depth that He came, took our place on our cross, paid our sins penalty, and is now preparing a forever mansion for us in Heaven for whoever believeth on Him (John 3:16). All this, plus He has given us His Spirit as his child because of His intense love restoration for us…for all mankind.

It is a mind blower, yes. It is also rebuking. Rebuking because the rejection of God doesn’t come from God, it comes from man. A person enters the lake of fire for eternity because of their personal choice to reject God (His way of salvation), and what He has personally done out of love for them.

To those of who have accepted Christ as Saviour, which I include myself, I find this statement or question rebuking as His child. Why?

  • How many times in our life do we take back the reigns of life? Way to many times each of us wants to count! How this choice must break the heart of Jesus, after He has given and done so much for us. When He has indwelt us and we choose to reject Him, His leading, His rebuke, His warnings and live for self–while claiming Christ.
  • How it breaks my heart when I stop to think that I do this to my Saviour! It is pride. Selfishness. Arrogant. This thought stops me and makes me think twice, the next time I consider taking control of a situation, before I go ahead of God, before I make that decision before God says so…stop myself and ask, “Is this God talking/deciding/leading or me? Who’s sitting on the throne of my life right now–God or me?” If the answer isn’t God, be warned, don’t do, act, or react. It is not worth it.

Truly, this is the Son of God!

Truly, I am forever grateful to be called a child of God; forever to live this life for only One, God! There is nothing else worth it.

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

As you live today, for Christ, live it as the new creature you are, not as the old self you were.

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

  • As you live today, for Christ, live it as the new creature you are, not as the old self you were. Fight the good fight of faith, my friends!

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

Cooperating with God

Psalm 127:1-2 says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrow; for so He gives His beloved sleep.”

Think about it. If we would cooperated with God, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), how much more we would enjoy His blessings and benefits that He has richly in store for each of us, which are truly out of this world!

I ask myself the same question I ask you, “why do we fight against the Lord so?”

  • Is it because we love the power of control? (Ouch! I know, I just said it, out loud didn’t I, but it must be said. You know deep down inside the struggle that you battle for control. We all do, thanks to Adam. The question is, will we be honest enough with ourselves? We may never say it out loud, share it with a friend or our spouse, but the proof is in the pudding — OUR LIFE! We are living proof of our actions: that includes to control or not to control…even over God.)
  • Is it because we think we are better than God or somehow believe we can handle life or understand our human nature better than God Himself knows us? (We usually don’t consciously think we are better than God, but actions speak louder than words. Our natural (human or flesh) tendency is to think that we are pretty good or that we at least have the upper hand on things. This is not spirit-lead living. I am sure most of us would never imagine telling God “I’ve got this” or “I’ve got a handle on this Lord” yet we do silently through our actions, but God is not fooled. He sees our mistrust that we placed within ourselves, He sees our own ability we trust over His, He knows where our assurances lie, He sees our disobedient and willful heart, our lies. Maybe we start off with well intended intentions but our heart issue is rebellion. But does this stop God from loving us? NO! Our actions deceive us whether we own them or not; God’s actions reveal His — you don’t have to look very far. Our outward actions reveal our inward heart (whether right or wrong) that we live so boldly. Questioning? Stop right now. Take inventory of your own actions (or lack of them) and you shall see! What’s inside will come out. When we are not immersed in the Spirit we will naturally respond in the flesh, there is no other way.)
  • It is because of fear? Are we afraid of letting go of our grip and letting God take the reigns of our life? Have you lumped ‘people’ and ‘God’ into one category? (It is huge [HUGE] to understand that ‘people’ are just that “people” — they are NOT God! God will never harm you or do unto you what sinful people will, can or do to you; it is an impossibility! If you have been offended, abused, or hurt by ‘people/ or a person’ truly my heart aches for you friend, but you must understand something…GOD IS GOD! God is not your abuser! God is not your offender! God does not lie! God does not rip into you emotionally, physically, or mentally! God is your healer! God is your freedom! God is your releaser of pain, addiction, sorrow. God is your healer — regardless of how we may feel or what you think! God’s Word stands firm and unshakable. God cannot change. God cannot violate His own character. It is impossible for God to do so regardless of what we think, do, or say! So will you trust Him??
  • Is it because we think we don’t need God? (“After all, isn’t God just a crutch? Can’t you make your own decisions, make up your own mind?” Say what you will, but you wouldn’t be here (or alive) if is wasn’t for God. Do, think, or say as you like. God is not a crutch. God is life itself. God is the oxygen our soul needs to breathe, to live. God is the very source of our existence and the very reason why we need Him, the very reason why He deserves all of our worship and praise. It is impossible for God not to love you. The only rejection comes from mankind himself.)

So the question truly lies here —–> Are you going to cooperate with God or not?

Without Christ we are nothing, without Him we can do nothing; in Christ we are everything, in Christ we can do anything!

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

Not Your Obvious Choice

Rooted: Not Your Obvious Choice

In the Bible, you will notice a pattern to the people God chooses. He chooses people who are not obvious choices, from a human perspective, to do the jobs He wants them to do.

  • David wasn‘t the obvious choice to be king.
  • Gideon wasn‘t the obvious choice to fight the Midianites.
  • Rahab wasn’t the obvious role model for girls.
  • The disciples weren‘t the obvious choices to be world-changing leaders.

There‘s a reason God chooses the way He does. God chooses those in whom He can develop a strong root system. And it’s actually to His advantage to choose those who don‘t feel qualified for the job, because they are less likely to think they can rely on themselves to make anything happen.

(Excerpts taken from Rooted but Banning Liebscher)

Hang on a minute!!!!???

  • Does this mean we need to live or feel defeated to hope someday we will be used of God in some way??????
  • You better say “NO!” 😉 Seriously, though the answer is no, but with that being said, let’s take a deeper look into what is being said.

What God desires, what this author is describing, what I concur, is this…it boils down to the heart! It is a heart issue!

  • You cannot be filled with yourself and filled with God at the same time.
  • You cannot be filled with yourself and think that you are somehow usable in God’s service. The two are like oil and water. Flesh and Spirit. You cannot serve two masters. It is impossible!

Does this mean we have to be ‘perfect’ to be God-usable? I should be hearing another loud, “NO!” When you hear a statement like that, know this, that it is an excuse…it is a heart issue.

  • In our sinful state, we are just that, fallen.
  • But through Jesus Christ we have victory through the Cross! We are saved by His love and grace. He has made a way for redemption! Restoration! (Praise GOD!)
  • On this side on Glory (Heaven) we will fail, mess up, let someone down, there are no doubts about it. But this too, includes our flesh will let God down as well. BUT the story doesn’t have to end there…that is where we continue and blossom, where being a child of God changes everything. Because of Christ we have a way of repentance, we have forgiveness, we have reconciliation — to ask, to give, to receive. Through Christ’s empowerment and hope we can continue to grow in Him, put on Christlikeness, and be personally molded by the Master’s hands, and be usable! Glory, Hallelujah!
  1. Don’t beat yourself up. (fyi: did you know that this is a form of self-pride…don’t do it, it is not worth it! God forgives you –isn’t that good enough?)
  2. Don’t be filled with yourself. (fyi: this too, is pride.)

There is a balance; that balance is established in Christ alone!

I Corinthians 1:26-31 “For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should Glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God–and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him Glory in the Lord.”

  • One last thought…

…they are truly wiser than they know, but God knew that all along!

Sound like anyone you know?

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

Who’s Holding Your Faith?

Rooted: Greater Faith & Rest

It‘s important to know there are two different kinds of pressures you will encounter in this growth process. One kind is from God and the other is not [pretty simple, right?]

You can recognize these two pressures by the direction in which they push you.
1. God is always going to be inviting, nudging, and challenging you to step into greater faith and rest.
2. ‎The Enemy, however, is going to push you to step into fear and ungodly striving by trying to make things happen in your timing, through your own wisdom and effort rather than God‘s.

Faith is found in rest, and the Enemy will do anything to get you to buy into his pressure so you will be taken out of that God-rest. Learning to resist this pressure, [that is not from God], is key to faithful stewardship.

Psalm 4:8 says, “In peace [and with a tranquil heart] I will both like down and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety and confident trust.”

(excerpts taken from Rooted by Banning Liebscher)

Knowing, trusting, then acting in faith = My God’s got it, therefore, through Him, I can rest in peace, safety, assurance and even sleep!

Now that’s a contrast from a worry-filled-selfish life, isn’t it!?!?

  • Who’s holding your faith, friend?
  • We cannot serve two master. It never works.



Faith: It is Never to Late to Prep!

  • If I were to gather you all in a room, then ask you this question, “Does Scripture tell us we ought to walk by faith and not by sight?” I would most likely hear a hearty Amen! To some degree we, those who believe in Jesus Christ, walk accordingly to 2 Corinthians to some extent.
  • But I would also submit to our little gathering tis statement, “It is easier to follow or walk by faith when that road is easy on our end.” Once again I submit to you, this time, our responses would be a bit slowly to react due to the fact of our flesh and spirit colliding against one another and our intense reality check inwardly and outwardly.

When your faith is tested, how do you walk?

  • Is your walk the same or different? Do you see spiritual growth?
  • What does your sight see when testing services arise? Does your vision change? Do you see the waves? Do you see, believe, trust, and cling to your Anchor?
  • When your faith is tested, Is God still faithful? Is He still true? Or does God change?

I don’t know what you are going through today, but God does. This I do know, God is the same yesterday, TODAY, and forever (Heb. 13:8). Ecclesiastes 3:11 says God makes everything beautiful in His time, therefore, because He is unchangeable (Malachi 3:6) He is trustworthy, and that, my friends, increases our human weaknesses because in Christ we can!! It sets our soul’s faith on fire to fulfill His individual and corporate mission with power within us for we are empowered by Him! It gives us security–because God cannot violate Himself.

  • So, how is your faith? I didn’t ask you how was your faith, but how is your faith? Not yesterday, not last week, not last month, but right now! 2 Corinthians 5:7 “to walk by faith and not by sight.”
  • Sister, brother are you being tested? If so, what are you doing about it? Choose Christ! Choose to cling to Him, even if you don’t see, understand, or even hear Him right now! He is there, working His plan out in and for you, for your best good! Trust Him! (Prov. 3:5-6; Eph. 2:10-18)
  • What are you doing to prepare for your future? The testing(s) will come! Don’t wait until they arrive, prepare now!

If you are in need and would like someone to walk with you and carry your yoke in prayer, I will! I know what it is like to have your faith tested to levels unthinkable–where you think you’d crumble physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Message me, send a comment, or comment below–send your prayer request and I will pray with you and for you!

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

Silence: It Isn’t a Bad Word

Never question where God is.

  • Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
  • Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said,”I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
  • Malachi 3:6 “For I am the Lord, I change not;”

For some of you, your past makes you cringe when “silence” is present because silence was used as a weapon of choice in abuse.

Before we continue, let me tell you this. I am so sorry you have been treated this way and this has happened to you, but you must know something…THIS WAS WRONG! This wasn’t your fault, but the person’s choice of abuse in handling their life and people around them.

But KNOW THIS, whether you are male or female, God will never [NEVER] treat you this way!

Silence doesn’t have to be a bad word. You can, Christ in you, conquer the affects ‘silence’ has had in you from your past or present! In our family we like to say, “the buck stops here” meaning the ‘cycle’ stops with us. It will not, by God’s grace, continue on to the next generation.

  • God is unchangeable, therefore, what He says He is, He is.
  • What He says He will do, He does.
  • What He says He cannot, He will not.
  • God cannot lie or go against Himself. It is an impossiblity.

This may sound trite, but we seem to fail in rememberance that:

  • Men are not God, so therefore, we must not put men in the place of God.
  • God is not man, so therefore, we must not put God in the place of man.

The two shall never be equal. God is God. God is the Creator. Man is the creation. Man is created in the image of God, not created in the image of man. Man is the sinner, not God. We live in this fallen world, not God. Yet by God’s grace and powerful love, He desires a deep, intimate, one-on-one relationship with each of us.

You can trust and rely on God with your whole being! So, if you find your ‘teacher’ silent…know without a shadow of a doubt, God is right there with you…while you are taking your test!

  • Do well, my friend! Do well!
  • You will never regret the choice of God first above all…never!

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

Rooted in God-Trust: It’s a Personal Decision

If you want to build unshakable trust in God and pass your trust tests, you have to let Him teach you intimacy and dependence. These are the roots God is establishing in your life.

Intimacy and dependence come only through personal knowledge and encounter. Knowing God‘s name means knowing Him personally and knowing His nature.

There are plenty of people who use the name of God, and maybe they know a lot about Him, but it‘s clear they don‘t really know Him, because they don‘t trust Him and they don‘t seek Him.

God doesn‘t expect us to build trust in Him blindly, without knowing His character. He doesn‘t expect us to build trust just on what we‘ve heard about Him. He wants us to build trust on personal knowledge. That‘s the only way to have true intimacy and dependence.

[excerpt taken from Rooted: Building Trust by Banning Liebscher]

“And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You” Psalm 9:10

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

It’s a Scary Word: Trust

Has God ever asked you to trust Him?

If not, let’s ask ourselves ‘why not?’ Maybe you have never taken that step of faith in trusting what Jesus Christ did on the Cross of Calvary? You can make Him your personal Lord and Savior right now! Would you like too?

If you are a child of God–for any length of time, living on His Words for life, communication is happening between the two of you, then at some point in time God has asked you, “Do you trust Me?” or maybe He has told you, “Trust Me.”

How did it go?

We must understand that our trust is the main thing God is pursuing as He develops our root system. Trust is what God is building through the process, and trust is what will get us through the process.

Trust has two basic elements:

  1. Intimacy
  2. Dependence

Intimacy and dependence are what Jesus was talking about when He told us to remain in Him just as He remained in the Father. He wants us to develop the ability to walk in deep, unbroken intimacy with Him and to depend on Him as He trains and empowers us to become trustworthy partners in His work on earth.

The only way He can build this root system of abiding connection is by taking us through a process that asks again and again, “Do you trust Me?”

  • Every time we say, “I trust You,” our root system grows.
  • That’s how we thrive as He prepares us to bear lasting fruit.

[excerpt taken from Rooted by Banning Liebscher]

Trust doesn’t seem so scary any more when God is asking, does it?

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

Does God Smile?

  • So…does God smile when He sees you?
  • Does God smile when He thinks of you?

The awesome answer to both of those questions are a numberous times YES!!!! If you doubt it, take your Bible or a concordance, or go online and type in that search bar ‘Bible verses about God’s love’ or ‘Jesus Christ’s love’…anything to do with the love of the Father. Stick in a version if you want: I recommend the KJV, NKJV, NASB, and the AMP. Read, verse by verse, for yourself and see how much God has loved you, is loving you and will love you for all eternity.

Today we will look at Psalm 139. What a pure, goosebump, humbling, demonstrate of who and what God is: Omnipresence (all present) and Omniscience (all knowing). God is forever unchangeable; therefore, unable to form character flaws, misuse character traits, or do anything contrary against Himself. His is purity in all aspects. Let’s read some of Psalm 139.

“O Lord, you have searched me [thoroughly] and have known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up [my entire life, everything I do]; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, and You are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue [still unspoken], behold, O Lord, you know it all. You have enclosed me behind and before, and [You have] placed Your hand upon me. Such [infinite] knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high [above me], I cannot reach it. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? …Even the darkness is not dark to You and conceals nothing from You, but the night shines as bright as the day; darkness and light are alike to You. For You formed my innermost parts; You knit me [together] in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being formed in secret, and intricately and skillfully formed [as if embroidered with many colors] in the depths of the earth. Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were appointed for me. When as yet there was not one of them [even taking shape]. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I could count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You…Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart; Test me and know my anxious thoughts. And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.”

  • Never question God’s love for you, regardless of how you may feel or what others may say!
  • God’s love for you has always been and always will be.
  • Remember friend, when God sees you…YOU MAKE GOD SMILE!
  • Remember friend, when God thinks of you…YOU MAKE GOD SMILE!
  • YOU are His creation! God loves you!

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

It is Possible!

We doubt, don’t we?! Our lives are filled with self-effort, mine included, until we bow our stubborn and foolish hearts, forget “how can God?” and trust like a child who jumps off the edge of the pool into the arms of her Father. You too, regardless of age, have the same choice: Jump or Stay.

Though ‘to jump‘ is unknown, frightening, and fearful at times, JUMP into the arms of your Daddy…fearlessly live UP!

When we put “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” in context, we see Paul was saying, “I‘ve had seasons in life where I‘ve had nothing and seasons where I‘ve had everything. I‘ve developed the ability to thrive in both seasons by learning to access the resource that never changes, no matter the season, He is unchangeable, Christ‘s strength is sufficient. Christ is everything I need.”

For us to navigate the same range of circumstances and find God, our strength in every situation, we have to know where to look and how to continue to look there in the face of the enemy‘s distractions.

Typically, these distractions are going to try to get us to wish we were in someone else‘s process, resist the lessons God is trying to teach us in our circumstances, rush the process, or skip steps in the process. Falling for any of these will prevent us from thriving and will ultimately put us in dangerous places. Avoiding these will enable us to find our strength—God—and grow regardless of the season or circumstance.

“Not that I speak from [any personal] need, for I have learned to be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy] regardless of my circumstances. I know how to get along and live humbly [in difficult times], and I also know how to enjoy abundance and live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret [of facing life], whether well-fed or going hungry, whether having an abundance or being in need. I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose–I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]” Philippians 4:11-13

  • As a child of God, you are empowed by God Himself, thus equipped with everything you are in need of to fulfill His desired, well-intentioned, purposed-filled plan for you to accomplish.
  • Embrace your God-given destiny.
  • Trust in His power; you have the best caretaker possible.
  • Fulfill His will in you.

Start with today!

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