365 days 

365 days. On this end of the year, it seems so far ahead, but in reality 365 days will be here before we know it and 2019 will suddenly be approaching. Each day we have is an individual blessing, a gift from God Himself to us. May we see each one as just that and be thankful, grateful, useful, purposefully with each one giving Him all glory.

I’d love to see what God does in you, through you, and because of you through Him in 365 days!

Now go write your God-purposed-story and fulfill 2018 for Christ!

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

Whose Got Your Root System?

Much Fruit

“God isn‘t satisfied with temporary results. He‘s in the business of permanent change. He‘s not looking for a month, or a year or a decade, of you growing more like Jesus and pursuing the things He calls you to do. He‘s looking for a lifetime impact, a generational impact, and an eternal impact. Abundant, enduring fruitfulness is the mandate on your life. Ultimately, enduring fruitfulness in your life and the rest of the body of Christ is the key to seeing nations transformed, cities impacted, and culture shaped. But abundant, enduring fruitfulness will only happen, Jesus says, if you “remain in” Him.”
Rooted by Banning Liebscher


In John 15:5-8 it says, “I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken off] branch, and withers and dies; and they gather such branches and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you remain in Me and My words remain in you [that is, if we are vitally united and My message lives in your heart], ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified and honored by this, when you bear much fruit, and prove yourselves to be My [true] disciples.”

The new year is fast approaching. I cannot help but think of all those new resolutions that people will be making, promising to self, to others, and even to God stated they will “do better, be better, live better” in 2018. Are some well intentioned and truly kept, sure. Are many lost, unattainable through self or become a discouragement, they sure do!

So, here’s a few thoughts the Lord has been working in my own heart:

  • Maybe instead of promising earthly resolutions to self, others, or even to God, we should soulfully with prayer consider our spiritual state more highly over our earthly state for God sees us as eternal, and so should we.
  • God is looking for your lifetime, not your year resolution.
  • God is looking for your biblical generational impact for Him, not your “I had a good day” today impact.
  • God is looking to us to make an eternal impact starting from within spreading from without…with every person we come in contact with, with every family member, with every child we have in our home, with every soul!
  • God isn’t satisfied with temporal and neither should we.
  • Abundant, enduring fruitfulness is the mandate on your life.
  • Ultimately, God-fruitfulness lived out is key to seeing individuals, families, and nations transformed; seeing cities impacted, and culture shaped…and it begins with YOU! But abundant, enduring fruitfulness will only happen, Jesus says, if you “remain in” Him.”

So my friend, who are you remaining in?

  • Do you want your life to count for Christ or not? We cannot have it both ways.
  • The choice is up to you.
  • Choose wisely what you leave behind and what you leave for eternity count!

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

Soul Account: Are you Ready?  

This one verse alone could give the shivers of fear and rebuke down one’s spine because they know God isn’t first in their life; or it brings a comforting sigh of relief knowing that one day it will all be made right, because God sees. God knows.

  • Which one are you?
  • Are you preparing? Are you investing, shaping, inhaling, breathing, vibrating, mediating, giving, proclaiming, testifying in God? If so, praise the LORD, my friend! Keep that faith. Keep up a God-centered, Christ-focused heart, mind, and soul my brothers and sisters in Christ! I know you’d be the first to admit, but…”I’m not perfect!” that’s right, we aren’t, but you are willing and obedient–and God is pleased and SMILING when He sees you!

Let me ask the question again…Which one are you? Because if you are not the above my friend, why not? I ask seriously, why not?.

  • There is nothing longer than eternity.
  • Go ahead. Try it. Start counting, I dare you.
  • You will never reach it….and that is where your soul’s destination will be for all eternity either one of two places: the lake of fire or Heaven.

If you do not know where your eternal state lies, you can have that assurance today! Please do not hestitate. Eternity is longer than the here and now. Stop reading this blog and go to Eternity page to find out more about God’s eternal gift for you. If you would like, you may email me at thewoodruff5@yahoo.com concerning salvation.

If you are reading on…I can only presume that you are a child of God, but I must ask the question once again.

  • Which one are you?
  • Are you preparing? If not, why not?
  • What is hindering you?
  • What is taking or has taken the place of God in your life?
  • The need is just as great for YOU as it is for those who need Christ, and for those who are already walking in Christ…because that’s just it: We NEED Christ!
  • Let me explain. You are a child of God. That is fabulous and I praise the Lord that you are. But being a lukewarm Christian is not fabulous nor is it something that is pleasing to God. Just read Revelations 3.
  • There is something you will need to do to turn the tide off self and back onto Christ. To not walk in obedience, submission, willfulness, and love to/for the Father (God) is to live in rebellion (sin) against Him. You must:
  1. Get on your knees before your Heavenly Father. Ask Him to forgive you.
  2. Confess to the Lord those things you have allowed to enter in that have become more important than your walk with God,
  3. Confess to the Lord those things you have allowed or even used as excuses to take you away from serving and worshiping your God,
  4. Confess to the Lord those things you have placed above, loved, or desired more than loving your God,
  5. Confess to the Lord those things you have allowed to enter in that have hindered your testimony, the cause of Christ, His name and reputation,
  6. Plead with the Lord to create in you a clean heart and to renew a right spirit within you. To restore joy of your salvation (Psalm 51:10, 12; Isaiah 29:15-16),
  7. Ask the Lord to forgive you for putting things or people (including self) over Himself. You will never regret His love, forgiveness, or restoration!
  • You can start afresh today in your commitment to Christ.
  • Choose whom you will serve TODAY to begin laying your treasures in Heaven rather than here on earth (Joshua 24:14-15; Matthew 6:19-21). Eternity is worth it all for Christ is worth it all!

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

Pauses in Life…How Do you React?

In the “have it your way-right away” world we live in ” pauses” aren’t usually a welcomed site to behold, are they?

But pauses in life are indeed places meant to strengthen our vertical resolve, not weaken our faith.

So my friend, when your next pause comes…welcome it! For that “pause” just may be your next victorious battle won in Christ. Embrace!

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

What say ye?

Agree or Disagree?

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What’s your absorbate rate?

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Merry Christ-filled Christmas 

From our hearts to yours, we pray that this day, December 25th, and the upcoming celebrations to follow with family and friends, would be centered around thee fulfillment — Jesus Christ Himself. For without Him we wouldn’t be celebrating.

  • To those who are struggling this season especially due to loss, our hearts break for you. Please know that someone is taking you before the Throne of Grace; you are in our prayers.
  • In the achings deep within the heart.
  • In the brokenness that seems unbearable.
  • In the silence of your soul that doesn’t know how, why, where, when, if.
  • Even in your deepest cavern, may you find that God is with you, Emmanuel, and that you find fulfilment in Christ that reaches beyond what you know of Christ.
  • He too is touched by our grief, our sorrow, for He — like us, knows death. He too, also knows the victory that proceeds death. “Oh death where is the string? We are more than conquerors through Him…who loves us so!”

The prophet Isaiah’s eyes must have experienced the wonders of all wonders. A beyond glorious sights to behold…then to write about. Can you hear Isaiah say with bowed heart and body, “Who am I!” Oh to know, to see Israel’s destruction must have inflicted deep sorrow in the heart of God, yet He tells Isaiah of that Light, Jesus Christ, who is to come — who will come!

  • God’s ultimate gracious love gift, Jesus Christ comes to fulfill His Father’s master plan of redemption, love, graciousness, compassion, and salvation to all mankind…no wonder Isaiah said, “Woe is me, for I am a man undone!” in chapter six verse five.

So even in the midst of our deepest darkness, there is Light…that Light is Jesus Christ our Lord! We are hopeful because of Christ.
This Christmas, whatever circumstances surround you, know this, God is with us, Emmanuel, and that Light is with us!

Merry Christ-filled Christmas!

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

“The Sweetest Gift”| Comfort for Those Left Behind

I came across this song tonight and had to share. May it be a comfort to your soul.


“The Sweetest Gift” written by Craig Aven

I’m not going to lie.
Christmas really hurts this time
Cause you’re not here to celebrate with me.
Tears fill my eyes.
And memories flood my mind,
As I place your ornament upon our tree.
Although this year I have a broken heart,
It gives me hope and joy as I remember where you are.

Chorus:
You’re with the Son of God.
You’re with the Prince of Peace.
You’re with the one we’re celebrating
And that thought amazes me.
Sometimes I still break down,
Grieving that we’re apart,
But the sweetest gift is knowing where you are.
You’re with the Son of God.

Got your picture in a frame
And a stocking with your name.
Oh God knows it’s been hard letting go.
And I can’t bring you back,
But I’ll see you again.
And oh, that thought is healing to my soul.
I’ll miss making angels with you in the snow.
I guess instead you will be singing with them
All around God’s throne.

Chorus

And I know the Christmas season
Was your favorite time of year.
You loved to help us decorate our tree.
But now that you’re with Jesus,
I can’t imagine how you feel
Cause He’s the one who bled and died
Upon the tree for you and me.

Chorus

Credits:
“The Sweetest Gift” written by Craig Aven
Produced by Jon Schmidt and Chuck E. Myers “sea”
Arranged by Jon Schmidt, Chuck Myers, Al van der Beek & Steven Sharp Nelson
Craig Aven: Vocals
Jon Schmidt: Piano
Steven Sharp Nelson: Cello
Piano and vocals recorded by Jake Bowen at Big Idea Studios
Cello recorded by Al van der Beek at TPG Studios
Mastered by Al van der Beek

Video Produced and Filmed by Paul Anderson & Shaye Scott
Video Edited by Shaye Scott & Paul Anderson


The link below should send you to the youtube video.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0yFXfAGl17M


“I would have despaired had I not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for and confidently expect the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord” Psalm 27:13-14 (amp).

We truly do have alive Hope all because of Christ. Oh, thank you Lord for this sweetest gift…JESUS CHRIST!

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

How are you doing Innkeeper?

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Who do you think you are?!

“And in Him you have been made complete [achieving spiritual stature through Christ], and He is the head over all rule and authority [of every angelic and earthly power]” Colossians 2:10.

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

the Truly Wise One 

Oh Lord increase my faith…

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

Personal Adjustments 101

To whom or what are we adjusting our life to or around?

Watch, gauge your response. It may be a better clue into your answer than you think!


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