Joshua 24:15 | My House

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

Isaiah 41:20

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

Galatians 6:9

Refusal is an active choice.

Refusing the lure or temptation to grow weary or become discouraged in our walk with Jesus Christ is also a personal choice. One that is made daily.

Are there times when it seems easier to just throw in the towel spiritually than continue on? Sure, but it doesn’t make us right or righteous!

When we give into spiritual weariness or discouragement it displays where our human eyesight and heart are focused on…and it is not Christ. Our focus could be on people, self, things, or even the very thing we are “doing good” but it is not on Christ. Be watchful!

So, my friends, don’t grow weary or discouraged in serving your wonderful Savior. He has done so much for you –just look where you will be spending eternity! We don’t deserve it, yet He loves us anyway. How can we not serve Him with our life? Your proper time of reaping will come, if you do not give in.

Keep the faith.

Remember who you are serving; God, not man.

Who is your trust in?

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

Isaiah 41:13

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

“I will be Found” saith the Lord (pt. 2)*

On Thursday’s (12.27.2018) blog entitled, “I will be Found, saith the Lord,” we talked about Jeremiah 29:13-14a. Now let’s talk about some practical ways we can put into practice what we discussed:

How do we seek God? Here are just a few ways to get you started:

1. Read His Word. You cannot know God or seek His will if you are not in His Word. This means you must spend time daily in the Word of God. He cannot speak to you if you are not within His manual.

  • There is a warning here. To know God, to understand His will or plan for your life, to begin to comprehend who God is and what He desires of us doesn’t come from another’s interpretation of the Bible, ideas, or (yes, I going to say it) self-help book written about the Bible — it comes from God’s Word alone. Now don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of fabulous writers out there who truly love God and it is displayed and seen throughout the pages they have written. I love reading books like that, looking up different translations, reading devotionals, but nothing —NOTHING–can or should take the place of God’s Word. That includes reading it. God’s Word is the final word.
  • 2 Peter 3:18, Hebrews 6:1, Luke 17:5, Luke 8:14-15, Colossians 2:6-7, Romans 5:20-21, 2 Peter 1:5-8, Ephesians 4:20-24, 1 Timothy 4:11-15.

2. Purposefully set, schedule, and become a faithful intertwined part of a Bible, believing, preaching the whole council of God, church. A church where God’s principles are valued first, practiced first and above man’s. That man’s traditions do not supersede God’s law. Where expository preaching is it’s main staple (the breaking down of verse by verse with biblical explanations of that passage). This doesn’t mean topical, narratives, or dramas, etc, are wrong, on the contrary, they have there place and purpose, but expository preaching is where you will grow spiritually!

  • Church is not for our own selfish pleasure or gratification. Church is the place where we have been given opportunity to come together as the body of Christ to worship, praise, glorify God (as He rightfully deserves), as a corporate unified body of believers. It is a place where we are given the opportunity to use our God-given spiritual gift(s) for Christ for His glory and to be a blessing and minister to others.
  • Serve God by using your God given talent(s). If you question your spiritual gift(s), there is one to find out –start serving.
  • God’s gift to you is to be used within His church. It is not for ourself, for our own usage but to give back to God and minister to others. Do you know what your spiritual gift is? If so, are you using it for Christ?
  • Hebrews 10:24-25, Matthew 18:20, Ephesians 4:11-13, Romans 10:17, Matthew 16:18, Acts 9:31-32.

3. Pray. The power of prayer is so underrated, degraded, misused, and unloved. Most often, we find that prayer is not worth our time –whether at home or prayer meetings at church. Prayer is our telephone line to God, our life line is to the God of the universe. It is our opportunity to intercede on the behalf of others. Prayer is no small weapon in the face of adversity, it is your weapon. It is also a comfort when we don’t have the words to speak and Christ intercedes for us to the Father. Prayer is power. Prayer is strength. Prayer is wisdom is action. Prayer is not for weaklings.

  • Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Colossians 4:2, Jeremiah 29:12, Psalm 145:18, Jeremiah 33:3, Hebrews 4:16, John 14:13, James 1:6, Matthew 6:6, Psalm 18:6, James 5:16.

4. Memorize the Word of God. To memorize is to have another God-tool, like prayer. In the peace times of life, taking the time to fill up (memorize) on God’s Word for the battle times of life that will come. A wise man for sees the future…meaning prepares…fills up before battle so when the battle comes, he/she is ready.

  • Psalm 119:11, Colossians 3:16, Psalm 37:31, John 15:2&7, Joshua 1:8, John 15:4-9, John 8:31, Galatians 2:20, Colossians 2:6, Galatians 5:22-23, Ephesians 3:17-19, 1 John 4:13.

To think you will fill up when the battle is raging, think again.

Our United States soldier prepares for battle. Our military prepares with trainings, exercises, even mock battles in specific situations to help prepare for the real deal. They prepare. They take to prepare. Preparation is vital.

They are ready for battle.

Are you preparing for your real deal (2 Corinthians 9:6-10, James 1:22)?

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

*I do apologize. This post was prescheduled but I wasn’t completely finished. We lost internet connection for while and this blog post launched out as scheduled. Since then I have added Scripture verses and a picture. Thank you so much for your patience! Lord bless!

Be Careful What You Say

I’ve been doing a bit of pondering on the thought of “Thy Will” this week.

When I say “Thy Will” I am referring to “God’s Will” –lest I be confusing.

  • When I pray “Thy Will” –It is not to myself.
  • When I sing “Thy Will” –It is not to myself.

No, usually when a person states or sings “Thy Will” they are referring to the Creator of the Universe, God the Father. They are not speaking about themselves or referring to themselves.

This got me thinking.

Whenever I utter the words, “Thy Will,” (whether in word form or in song) or when these words formulate in my mind and heart what I am saying is this – no, what I should be realizing I am saying is this:

To do “Thy Will” (God’s Will) requires that I forfeit my will – there is no other way possible to accomplish both. One has to stay; one has to go.

If “my will” hasn’t left, meaning forfeited to God’s Will: surrendering my rights, desires, wants –then “Thy Will” hasn’t happened.

See, it really is either ALL God or no God.

  • You cannot serve two masters. We, even as believers, cannot serve ourselves and God at the same time (even if it ‘seems’ like good works); it just doesn’t work that way. No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (Matthew 6:24).
  • God doesn’t want our sacrifices, He wants our heart. Hosea wrote, For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings (6:6). Proverbs 21:3 says, To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.”

I have been challenged to be careful in what I say to the Lord. He is listening. He desires my “Thy Will,” but if it is tainted with me, He knows. In the end, I am the only one that is living fooled.

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

If you do not know Jesus — this is for you:

  • First, thank you for visiting this blog. I pray for you daily. I know we haven’t met but my heart longs for you and for your soul. Salvation in Jesus Christ is the most important decision you will ever make. One that I made many years ago that change the course of my life for eternity. God is real. Eternity is real. I want to see you in heaven, but more than me, God wants you to be His child. I left you a link (it is from my blog) called Eternity. I hope you read it. I am here if you have question about God. But more importantly, God is here if you call upon His name (Acts 16:31).
  • To conclude today’s blog: It isn’t that God is a tyrant, no, it’s quite the opposite. God, the Creator knows His creation from the inside-out and we need to look no further than ourselves –He made you! We could fill pages upon pages of His love for us –the Cross being His ultimate sacrifice for us! He desires to have a personal relationship with His creation, with you. The choice is yours.

a Tribute to My Mom

I think of my Mother today.

January 10th marks 65 years on this earth for her. She has been through a whirlwind of trials and joys, blessings and sorrows throughout her sixty-five years, but it hasn’t been until the past two that I personally have seen the woman that she is.

Sure, I know my mom. I could tell you funny-crazy stories of growing up in our house. I could share with you when she wasn’t happy with me when I disappointed her, or when she cried with me, when she taught me how to cook or make monkey bread, or when she protected me from the world or certain people, or when she called me by my nickname in the middle of church as a teenager, or when she…the list goes on.

But over the past two years, though it hasn’t been easy by a long shot, Mom has shone the brightest when it has been the darkest for her. You see, the love of her earthly-life, my Dad, passed away unexpectedly, suddenly one evening while serving his Lord and Savior. No one knew God was longing for his return home and on July 30, 2016, God said, “Come home, Claude.”

Whether you know it or not, you will; life is a vapor (James 4:14).

  • At times, it is still hard to comprehend the reality of the milliseconds of life that occurred — here, on Earth, then standing face to face with Jesus Christ.
  • I don’t claim to get it, as a family though, we live it.

(Dad & Mom: the pics just shows you their love for one another)

Dad was 64 years, 1 months and 3 days old. Today, I rejoice that Mom is 65 years, 0 months, and 0 days! I am thankful she is here, but even more, I am proud of my Mom.

I know she has had some mighty tough days, made some pretty hard decisions, cried many nights to sleep; but she has also chosen to remain in Christ.

She didn’t then nor does she know as to why Dad passed away, other than it was his God-time. But she made a choice: a choice to cling. Cling to Christ, not to self, to people, or things, but to God’s loving control for her whether she understood Him completely or not.

I have seen her walk with Christ, talk with Christ, and allowed Him to fill, strengthen, carry, uplift, hold, soothe, triumph, comfort, and win battles for her. And if that isn’t enough, in her pain, she helps others walk through their valley.

Death, no, for Dad lives. Sure we had other plans, but because we have hope, eternal life, have we a glorious reunion awaiting.

So Mom, this is really for you. Don’t cry. It is like Proverbs 31:28 says, “Her children rise up, and call her blessed. Thank you for putting Christ first even when nothing made sense and when it did make sense. Thank you for trusting Christ first before your own self and resting, then waiting in Him even when it took humanly –way too long. Your example shines as the candles on your cake today! 😊

Happy 65th Birthday!

We love you!

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

Sometimes the Word of God Gives Me Shivers

Sometimes the Word of God givers me shivers. This is one of those times.

The shock wave that rippled throughout my soul was the Lord’s graciousness, power, mighty act of control and compassionate grace to me this morning, to this world, in the next, and in the lives of others that it has brought me to a sobbing feast.

Sobs…that God has seen. God has heard. God will take care of it. God is taking care of it. God loves me, those who have been affected, and those I call family, because God is just. Thank you God! I think I had lost hope in that and I am truly sorry, please forgive me.

God is in control. There are some horrendous, sorrowful and wicked things that happen here on Earth; to the saved and to the unsaved, committed by the saved and the unsaved alike. One ought never to be (that is another topic) while the other –without Christ you live as such.

Believer, don’t give up hope in God. Keep the faith. Stand strong in His mighty power and strength even when you ‘feel’ like you cannot take it one more day, because ‘you’ can’t, but in Christ you can!

  • Walk in obedience to Christ –even when you don’t understand what God is doing or not doing.
  • Do right (God’s rightness) –even when it is hard or when it costs you something; for to do God’s rightness far outweighs any other fleshly compensation you may receive.
  • Trust — God is not man. God is God, therefore, when He says, He will never leave you nor forsake you (Heb. 13;5), he it is that doth go with thee; (Deut. 31:6) it is Truth. God will never treat you as you have known man to do. God will take care of you. You may wonder, wonder no more! If God is first and foremost in your life, He will take care of you! He has not forgotten –you or anyone else (Jeremiah 20:11)!

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

“Establish Your Word to Your servant, as that which produces reverence for You.”

Psalm 119:33-48*

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33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I shall observe it to the end.

34 Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law and keep it with all my heart.

35 Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it.

36 Incline my heart to Your testimonies and not to dishonest gain.

37 Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, and revive me in Your ways.

38 Establish Your word to Your servant, as that which produces reverence for You.

39 Turn away my reproach which I dread, for Your ordinances are good.

40 Behold, I long for Your precepts; revive me through Your righteousness.

Vav.

41 May Your lovingkindnesses also come to me, O Lord, your salvation according to Your word;

42 So I will have an answer for him who reproaches me, for I trust in Your word.

43 And do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for I wait for Your ordinances.

44 So I will keep Your law continually, forever and ever.

45 And I will walk at liberty, for I seek Your precepts.

46 I will also speak of Your testimonies before kings and shall not be ashamed.

47 I shall delight in Your commandments, which I love.

48 And I shall lift up my hands to Your commandments, which I love; and I will meditate on Your statutes.


May the power of the Words of God be an encouragement, challenge, and your source of strength today to do His will. May this our prayer be…

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


*Scripture translation used: NASB

What the Wrong Side of the Bed Taught Me

I woke up on the wrong side of bed.

Tired.
Five hours was not enough.

  • My eyes were puffy.
  • My head hurt.
  • My mind was irritated.
  • My heart was complaining.

I prayed, “Lord help me. I don’t want to complain. I don’t want to gripe. I don’t want to compare, I’m tired.”

My pitiful attitude came out on those around me (not a proclamation I’m proud of).

I hadn’t had my devotions yet–I was trying. I was getting there. I was trying to get everyone else ready, being a supermom on non-supermom strength (that’s called: no God-strength), but I charged on.

All where safe in there spots.
Then I opened the Word.

  • HA!
  • God has a sense of humor.
  • Well, at least with me He does.

I didn’t notice where my devotions ended the day before, but this is where they begun today:

If I wasn’t convicted enough, and saw my sin, the Lord graciously sent me to,

“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples (John 15:5-8).

We can blame our kids, even our husbands, or just people, but let’s be honest with ourselves (I am speaking to myself here) we are just as needy as they are. We are no different. We need God just as much as a child needs or depends upon their parent. As much as we can grow weary, even with our blessings, God never does with us. And you know what, neither should we.

He loves us. We are His children. We are never a burden to Him. He loves us like we love our own children, despite our messiness, our pitiful, wrongful, sinful attitudes, and even when we break His heart. He loves us even more than we love our own children. God loves us because we are His.

This morning I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. It was not anyone else’s fault, but my own. I confessed my sin to the Lord, to my husband and to my children.

  • I didn’t start out right but I am praying through this day that I end well — in HIM, not through myself. Abiding in Him because as His child, I am engrafted into Christ who is my only source of life, strength, power, my everything and it is already there.
  • I chose to cut it off this morning with my foul attitude of self righteousness and pride in the disguise of “tiredness.” Shame on me!
  • I am complete in Christ, not complete in self! I am thankful for the power of His (life-changing) Word this morning! My soul is at rest.
  • How about YOU!

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

God Does Miracles

I opened the box.

There have been many boxes opened, but this one. This one, has been specially wrapped and packaged.

For the very first time in over a month, it is sitting in front of me. Unwrapped. Opened. The keys under my fingertips. I hear the pitter-patter as my fingers touched the key pads, my eyes look into the glare of the screen. My laptop.

The urge has been simmering within. The longing growing. The availability of time has been slowly opening itself up in allowing more time to avail itself opportunities to think and write…and ponder.

You see, God has done a wonder in and for our family. One that I bow and fall in thanksgiving for night and day. The Lord has packed our family up and taken us from the Midwest and transplanted us back to the East, all to His glory. I sit here in awe…and yes, we see cardboard, which is all good!

  • Sometimes, I have wondered how it all happened to fall into place the way it did. Then I remember…when God is in it, His way is perfect…and it can makes your mind spin (all in a good way). There were so many details that needed to come together even before we left the Midwest, then there was the loading and unloading of moving trucks, to finally getting to our new God-place. The Lord laid all the details out so perfectly, reminding us along the way that only God could have orchestrated all these events, situations, people, places, etc, to come together for such a time as this. We saw it over and over and over again. Today, even today, we see God’s hand of wonderment working His plan out for His people and our family. There is much work to be done, we cannot sit on our laurels. No, we our His children and desire to be found faithful. Sure, the process of adjustment and getting accustomed to our new land is in motion, but we are at great peace and at no rush as we hang our pictures and empty our boxes, for God has been so good to us! God is never anything be good, all the time. Yet we cling to Christ, not ourselves, in our God-mission, for without Christ we can do nothing. May Jesus Christ be honored!

Thinking back into 2018, there were many blessings (I am thinking of some very special people & families) and yet there were some extremely difficult trials. Yet the Lord is always the same, faithful, steadfast, and true!

The Lord transplanted us for His glory, not our own. It certainly isn’t because we are somebody special, believe me, we are just an ordinary family who loves God and seeks to serve Him first (Matthew 6:33). Humanly speaking, there were times in 2018 where I thought I couldn’t go on or endure the trial another day, but again the Lord reminded me it is not my strength that wins the battle, that prevails, that carries me through…it is my weaknesses that God creates His strength in me. It is the same for all of us, that same power of Christ in you is only experienced when self is given up, relinquished, handed over.

In 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 Paul wrote about this very thing. He knew it too, “For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And He (God) said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

My soul, body, flesh, heart, screams YES! YES! YES! YES!!!!! For to be closer with God is worth more than anything in this world, even affliction. Yes, you heard me right. Did I like the affliction(s), that’s a BIG. FAT. NO!, but my Jesus was ever so much more deeper, real, divine, intimate, and our relationship grew like never before. The fire within me grew like wild fire that I will not turn back!

God has done this for our family. I sit here at my desk, in my room, at my laptop, in a lovely home, in a new beautiful, kind, loving state with people who are just the same and we have been swallowed up in this kindness and love…yet we are nobody special, but our God is!

God does miracles!

  • My friend, if you find yourself in a situation that seems endless, hard, terrible, or you feel like you have entered the “twilight zone” — you know what I mean when you live there or you are in an abusive relationship (this doesn’t have to be physically…if it is, this is another situation. Please seek help asap! You can get out! But did you know there are other forms of abuse as well like: verbal, mental, or emotional?) I am living proof that God is still in the business of miracles, of healing the scars of these abuses and the power of forgiveness. He can change your situation, but you have to be willing to change as well from the inside out. This can only happen through Jesus Christ! Don’t lose hope. Stand in Christ. God is listening to your tears and prayers! Listen and obey Him. Though you “feel” like you are alone, you are not alone; this the working of the devil. Isolation is the devil’s workshop. Run from it! Seek help from a trusted godly man or women, Pastor. Seek first God. There is freedom from the bondage through Jesus Christ. God’s Word is Truth. Write me if you’d like, I’d love to chat with you!!! You are free in Christ! Soar in Him!

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

God Over

“I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:” Isaiah 45:5.

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

Philippians 3:12-21

12 Not that I have already obtained it [this goal of being Christlike] or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on so that I may take hold of that [perfection] for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 All of us who are mature [pursuing spiritual perfection] should have this attitude. And if in any respect you have a different attitude, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us stay true to what we have already attained. 17 Brothers and sisters, together follow my example and observe those who live by the pattern we gave you. 18 For there are many, of whom I have often told you, and now tell you even with tears, who live as enemies of the cross of Christ [rejecting and opposing His way of salvation], 19 whose fate is destruction, whose god is their belly [their worldly appetite, their sensuality, their vanity], and whose glory is in their shame—who focus their mind on earthly and temporal things. 20 But [we are different, because] our citizenship is in heaven. And from there we eagerly await [the coming of] the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who, by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself, will [not only] transform [but completely refashion] our earthly bodies so that they will be like His glorious resurrected body.


My active choice to press–on is not selfish ambitious, but rather a deepening awareness that my citizenship lays elsewhere, in Heaven. Therefore, with this reckoning, I am different then this present world describes life to be lived. I should want to live different, living full in Christ.

A willing, obedient soul is being completely refashioned (transformed) from within. One glories day that soul will have it’s glorious resurrected body through Jesus Christ…what a day that will be! But until then, what a day it is to be complete in Christ walking with Him, being fueled through the engrafted work of Jesus Christ.

Are you being changed from the inside out or the outside in? There’s a difference. It’s easy to say, “I’m a Christian.”

2019 has begun. We have 365 days in front of us. 2019 needs nothing but Christ front and centered. In our life, in our goals, whatever it may be. As He remains front and centered, His plans will then begin to unfold and unravel keeping us in the center of His will…and that is the best place to be!

2019 isn’t about us, neither was 2018 for that matter, it’s about Christ, Christ in us, the wonder working power of what Christ can do and will do in a life of a willing soul.

Are you willing? He is!

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