With my Whole Heart | Psalm 9:1

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He is Good!!!

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Feeding Spiritually

  • If practiced, the outcome is profound!

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Hebrews 4:12

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God Loves to Hear From You…

…are you talking?

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It’s Better Inside Than Out…Trust God!

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Release

  • It was for this freedom that Christ set us free [completely liberating us]; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery [which you once removed] (Galatians 5:1).
  • Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert (Isaiah 43:18-19).
  • For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? (1 John 5:4-5).

There are so many more verses we could look at today. There are probably some floating around in your mind and heart as well right now too. Feast on them!

Take time today to mediate on what you have in Christ, because of Christ.

Look these passages up, Google “deliverance, obedience, freedom in Christ” (to start with) and jot down verses that catch your attention…then go back through with your Bible, reread, highlight, circle, doodle…whatever you need to do to grow in Christ! Journal down what God is opening your heart and eyes too about Himself and His Word.

  • If you are having a difficult time — meaning there isn’t anything spiritually coming, don’t stop, but stop. Do this: Take the time to just mediate (think about) and reread the verse(s) and pray. Create a Post-It note or 3×5 card with your choice verse(s) on them, place them in areas you know you will see them regularly, then ask the Lord to open your heart and mind to see Him clearly, to understand Him, to know Him, to help you understand His Word. You ask…He will show (Jer. 33:3, Matt. 6:33, Matt. 7:7-14). Don’t grow frustrated. God will reveal Himself to those who seek Him. It is not a mind game! God wants you to know Him and His will.
  • Enjoy your relationship with God today!
  • Enjoy God’s Word today!
  • Enjoy obeying God today!
  • Enjoy the freedom in obedience to Christ today!

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a Prayer

“God, You are so good. You’d think I’d learn, but I still catch myself in doubt, fear, growing weary in going well; yet precious Lord, you are always and forever unchangeably good. You are Almighty God. You are, have always been and always will be thee answer, the author and finisher of my faith! You are steadfast, unmoveable in your rightness. Oh Lord, help my unbelief. I don’t like it there, yet it rears its ugly head from time to time. Please forgive this doubt in me; when I choose to see “it” bigger than You. I know…I know I am weak in myself and strong in You, please help me to get out of the way so that I may trust only You, walk by faith, live in love, and serve you without bondage. I love You, Lord!”

Your daughter, Colleen

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Last Friday’s Night News…

Friday evening while checking WordPress, I was notified there have been 1,000 post likes on In Christ I am SHE. Truly friends, my heart melted in gratitude and thanks! God is so good and you folks are just awesome! This is an honor and I am humbled. Thank you, friends! May Jesus Christ be praised!

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Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer Psalm 19:14.

Because I Have Now…

Because I have now…my lips will praise You; because I am not promised the next.

“Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches” Psalm 63:3-6.

Hope you have a Christcentered day,

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Rise Up! or Have You Aborted?

  • Yester-years are precious memories when filled with Christ but never an excuse to not obey God’s Word today.
  • The great commission is now, not yesterday, it is not tomorrow…it is right now!
  • Obedience to Jesus Christ is now, not yesterday, not tomorrow or when I fulfill my fun…it is now.
  • There is not one of us who can stand here in complete surety guaranteeing their next breathe, yet much more guaranteeing their next day of life; we have but now.

Soul, ARISE!
Church, ARISE!
Today is the mission!!

  • May we be consumed with the praise, honor, and glory of Jesus Christ alone and not ourselves.
  • May we lift Him up and let the world know all about our great God!!!
  • Rise up, oh man of God!
  • Rise up, oh woman of God!
  • Rise up, oh teen of God!
  • Rise up, oh child of God!
  • What is done for eternity…that is what will stand.

What’s your mission look like?

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a thought to consider…

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Light & Truth: It’s Real!

There are many situations that present themselves in this life that leave us in doubt or wonder, even scared to step forward, but in God’s gracious love, once again, He displays His love through His Word and shows us who He is; Light and Truth; always and forever leaving us knowing His truest intent and plan. There is no darkness, ill will, selfishness, or deceit in God himself, but rather light, truth, life, honest well-intention which is for our best. This also includes those times when we don’t understand His wise and loving plan, but it doesn’t change Him; His way is perfect because He is perfect! Truly, this is of great comfort.

Today, take time to delight in God.

  • Thank Him for being Him, for being the Light that breaks through all darkness and the Truth in the midst of great confusion.
  • Thank Him for His wise instructions to you…and take time to stop. Listen. As a human child we all go through the learning process of obedience, submission, and following instructions, but we forget it doesn’t stop there, it continues our whole life through in God’s eyes! If our obedience, submission, or instruction isn’t from and towards God, it is to and for someone (self included) or something else. We all submit, the question is to who or what? We be wise to evaluate?

God loves you.

  • How much do you love God?
  • Can God see or experience your love, your praise, your thanks, your devotion towards Himself?
  • Does He know how much you love Him?
  • If not, why not child of God?*

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*Friend, if you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. I’d love to share with you how you can know Him. This link will take you to a page called Eternity. If you have any questions, I’d love to chat with you. Here’s the link: https://inchristiamshe.com/eternity/. Praying for you, Colleen

Listen

The voice of God will never contradict the Word of God.

  • What a joy to know! God is God; thee Almighty, unchangeable God.
  • Want Truth? Want trustworthiness? God can never contradict Himself. It’s all in His Word of who He is.

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The Blessedness of the Fear of the Lord

Psalm 128

Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in His ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord. The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel.


The Word of God is so precious. While reading this Psalm in family devotions several things pricked my heart. I am no theologian, but I am so thankful how the Lord has used Psalm 128 on this heart of mine.

  1. The fear of the Lord is not fearful. My fear is man-made….made from within my own heart due to my conscious choice to walk in disobedience and unpure, tainted worship towards God. This may sound strong, critical, or even harsh, but when I get real with myself, this is the root of my fear. When a person chooses to walk in surrendered obedience, worship of God, and walks in His ways and lives out His Word accordingly—blessed, happy, sheltered by God’s grace is that person who fears the Lord.
  2. If you are married, husband’s listen up (those who live the Word) you are blessed BUT NOT ONLY YOU, BUT YOUR WIFE as well. Now ladies, I don’t know about you, but this gives me goosebumps. How precious it is to obey the Word…and obey the Word of God together as ONE –as a team! I love this!
  3. Children–when I read verse three I can see little ones around the table chattering, giggling and snacking in lace and pearls. When our little ones were younger we called them OT1, OT2 OT3 = Olive Tree 1, Olive Tree 2, Olive Tree 3 (it was our code until they figured it out…ūüėČ). Side note: What do you do when you want “Olive Trees” running around in your home but it doesn’t seem to happen, or it isn’t going to happen? I could write a whole blog or more on this subject (because it is dear to my heart), but if I could write one statement to your struggling or hurting heart, it would be this. “God loves you. Child or not. I know the struggle for real, because we have been told “you can’t have any”…then, “it will be next to impossible”…but, we did. Had OT1 & OT2, then lost one through a tubal pregnancy that ended up rupturing, and the process started all over again. This time it was OT1 & OT2 nighty prayer for “a baby in Mama’s belly” that took almost two years, but our “God has answered” (OT3…that is what her name means) was spotted. Praise God indeed, but fear abounded in new levels. (That is another story.) All this to say, you and your honey are one…you are a family. It is dangerous ground to allow our God-given desire become “mine” –an all-consuming-selfish desire. This will ruin your oneness with your spouse and God, who is the author of life. I don’t have the answer to why some of us “can never” or why some of us “loss and grieve beyond words” or why some of us are “overflowing“. But this I do know: God love us (just look at the Cross) and whatever state we are in, we are to be content? Ouch, I know! Yes, easier said than done, but aren’t all things possible with to those who love God? Love you sisters and brothers. The struggle is real, but God is too! My prayers are with you.
  4. Okay, my “side note” was a long note. ūüėė
  5. Let’s just read verse four to six: “Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord. The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel.What is done today affects tomorrow and literally our generations to come. We can do nothing without Christ in us–well, things of eternal value! As Paul exhorted Timothy, stick to the Word! Be in it daily! Feast on it, mediate on it, allow it transform you. Allow Christ be your life! Christ gave His life for us on Calvary (if you do not know Christ personally. I encourage you to click on this link given; it will explain much more: https://inchristiamshe.com/eternity/).

    How can we not give Christ are all?
    We claim this life as our own, but is it really?

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

How do Your Lips Move?

Psalm 130

“Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than the watchmen for the morning; Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning. O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is lovingkindness, and with Him is abundant redemption. And He will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.


You cannot walk in holiness and lie or should we say, you cannot habitually live a lifestyle of lying and claim holiness.

God wants Truth.

God knows the heart of man, but we do well to examine our own heart before Him.

Lest I be unclear, people (those saved or unsaved) do not get away with lying lips or heart. God will deal with the deceitful and lying lips.

Walking in God’s Truth is a demonstration of our love, our commitment to God. Guard against lying lips.

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

Because Laughter is Good for the Soul

Found this (above picture) today while scrolling through Facebook and laughed. Oh, how laughter is good for the soul!

  • Proverbs 17:22A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken
    spirit dries up the bones.
  • Job 8:21He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your
    lips with shouting.
  • Psalm 126:2Then our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with joyful shouting; then they said among the nations, ‚ÄúThe Lord has done great things for them.‚ÄĚ
  • Proverbs 15:15All the days of the afflicted are bad, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
  • Matthew 25:21His master said to him, ‚ÄėWell done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.‚Äô


Friends, I don’t know what your yesterday looked like, what your today has been like or what tomorrow holds for you. You may be filled with glorious hope or filled with total uncertainty, but this we do know, HE (God) loves us beyond our wildest imagination. His compassion fail not. He is never not in control. He is always trustworthy and He holds our future in the palm of His hand. Remember God is not “human” He is God. Trust Him. Trust His Word….and today, laugh! Laugh my friend! It’s good medicine for our souls! Take JOY! Blessings to you dear friends!

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

the proof: for our human hearts

  • Psalm 18:1 “I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.”¬†
  • Zephaniah 3:17 “The LORD thy God in the midst of thee¬†is¬†mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.”
  • Jeremiah 31:3 “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me,¬†saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
  • John 15:9 “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.”
  • Isaiah 41:13 “For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.”
  • Isaiah 43:1-5a “But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called¬†thee¬†by thy name; thou¬†art¬†mine. When¬†thou passest through the waters, I¬†will be¬†with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For¬†I¬†am¬†the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour:¬†Since¬†thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life. Fear not: for I¬†am¬†with thee:…”
  • Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
  • Ephesians 2:4-10 “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,¬†Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)¬†And hath raised¬†us¬†up together, and made¬†us¬†sit together in heavenly¬†places¬†in Christ Jesus:¬†That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in¬†his¬†kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.¬†For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:¬†it is¬†the gift of God:¬†Not of works, lest any man should boast.¬†For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
  • Romans 8:35-39 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?¬†shall¬†tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As¬†it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For¬†I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor¬†height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”¬†
  • Ephesians 3:17-20 “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May¬†be able to comprehend with all saints what¬†is¬†the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;¬† And¬†to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. Now¬†unto him, that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,¬†Unto him¬†be glory¬†in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”
  • I John 4:4,8b,9,17-19 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.¬†God is love.¬†In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.¬†Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.¬†There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We¬†love him, because he first loved us.”
  • …and there are so many more verses, demonstrations of God’s love for us. Think of the Cross.¬†

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

Reblogging 11.04.18 from the original post dated July 14, 2017; Colleen Woodruff; inchristiamshe.com

 

The Battle of Thought

Truly the mind and thought are a battlefield that war against one another:¬†the flesh, the spirit and even against themselves. It shouldn’t but it does, it reminds me of that commercial years ago of¬†a gentleman with a mini-sized white¬†dressed angel on one shoulder and on the other he had a¬†mini-sized red dressed devil.¬†They both were¬†whispering in his ear¬†telling him what to do — one was sly in words¬†(the devil) and the other was¬†truthful in words (God), but the¬†man was confused in which way to turn. He went nuts!

So, it is true today, though there is no such thing as a mini-sized white dressed¬†angel or a mini-sized red dressed devil sitting on our shoulder whispering in our ear telling us what we should or shouldn’t do.¬†But¬†if we are honest with ourselves, our mind (and our thoughts) battle for attention, direction, and desires¬†that frankly¬†conflict more often then we care to admit. The war of what we know, what is right, wrong, and/or¬†Biblical (meaning, squaring up with the Word of God: the Scriptures) and the daily choice of Colossians 3 — living the Word of God out with a heavenly mindset. We drive ourselves “nuts” like the man in the commercial when we do it our way and not God’s way.

Why do this to ourselves?

Today, I would love to share with you something I have been personally working on myself and hope it will be an encouragement to you in your walk with Christ as well as in your heart and thought process of taking out the toxic and replacing it with GOD! Because our thoughts matter, because HE matters!

First, I am going to give you all three points, then we will go back and revisit each one briefly.

  • To battle against our toxic thoughts {which are sinful} we first must 1) IDENTIFY THEM.¬†This my friends takes honesty¬†— from within and with God. Remember He already knows you from the inside out, so don’t be shy with your Lord. You need¬†to be honest with yourself for you will go nowhere in this journey without it. There is also a possibility that you¬†may¬†need to be honest with others in this stage as well. Be on your knees before your King and ask¬†Him to show you. Don’t forget Jeremiah 33:3.
  • 2) REJECT IT. This battle is like none other. It is not physical, though at times it may feel like it, rather it is¬†a spiritual battle that requires God’s help in fighting. You cannot identify or reject without God’s enabling power working within you. You are unable to complete this task in and of ourselves for we¬†cannot fight or win this battle alone, but rather through Him we are more than conquerors (Rom. 8:37).
  • 3) REPLACE IT. I cannot tell you how incredibly important this part of the puzzle is to rid yourself of toxic thoughts. If we do not replace that lie, falsehood, whatever it is in your life that is contrary to God, Himself, His Word, His Truth’s (promises, His character) and who He says you are in Christ¬†— (I don’t write this to scare you into anything, but to help you understand the grave importance of this) it will¬†return in some form or another but worst than the first time around! Guaranteed! (for example: if someone says that you are worthless, no good, the scum, etc, but uses you for their sexual pleasure — tell me my friend, where is the GOD-TRUTH in those statements? Tell me where the GOD-TRUTH is in the BIBLE!!!! Tell me which one LOVES YOU!!!!) CLING TO THE WORD!
  • You must replace what you are striving to take out! Don’t lose hope — God will never leave you nor forsake you (Heb. 13:5; Deut. 31:6).
  • Choose to trust God’s Truth even if you do not fully understand God’s wise and loving plan. God can never be unloving; He cannot go against Himself, NEVER!

Praying for you today as you seek first the kingdom of God and identify, reject and replace. Enjoy your walk with Jesus! Stick to the Word!

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

Reblogging 11.03.18 from the original post dated July 18,2017; Colleen Woodruff; inchristiamshe.com