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We the Sheep

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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.}

Enemy Alert

“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” 1 Peter 5:8.

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.}

A Lesson from the Mom in E.T.

Friends, enjoy your Savior! Have a blessed weekend and a glorious day in His House!

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

Whose Power?

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

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. Empowered.}

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. Empowered.}

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

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

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. Empowered.}

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. Empowered.}

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. Empowered.}

Just in Case You Forgot…


Just is case you forgot…YOU ARE EMPOWERED!

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

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.