Psalm 119:145-152

“I cried with all my heart; answer me, O Lord! I will observe Your statutes. I cried to You; save me and I shall keep Your testimonies. I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words. My eyes anticipate the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word. Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness; revive me, O Lord, according to Your ordinances. Those who follow after wickedness draw near; they are far from Your law. You are near, O Lord, and all Your commandments are truth. Of old I have known from Your testimonies that You have founded them forever.”

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

Sinning & Praying: both active choices

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9.5 Weeks That Changed My Life

Ten years ago today (01.28.2009-01.28.2019), we stepped into the doctors office filled with immense sorrow and great hope for the future.

Exactly a week before that visit, my sweet husband’s mother entered into Heaven’s gate. She was only 67 years old.

I remember that day well. I was pregnant, 9 weeks and caring for our two little ones while my husband was at the hospital with his siblings. The call came, it was 8:35 pm “I was reading in Psalms about entering heaven and Mom entered” my husband spoke quietly.

We lost greatly that day and in the tomorrow’s that followed, but heaven gained richness filled in a woman called Marguerite Ann.

That was Tuesday, January 20, 2009.

A day and a half later, I noticed some spotting. As the next days continued our concerns grew. We made the phone call. Being 7 hours away, Mom’s viewing and funeral that Friday and Saturday, we stayed. In silence between ourselves and God, we did a lot of praying, watching, resting, and giving it to the Lord in the midst of loss, dealing with extended family, and grief.

As we sat in that office (01.28.2009) we still clung to life. By this time, the spotting was lessening. Hoping against odds we never expected to hear the next words…

“There is no baby.”

“Wait. What?
What did you just say?
How can that possibly be?”

That is impossible!

  • I had felt this little one for weeks.
  • I had questioned if I was further along then we thought because of all the movements I had felt.
  • This was impossible.
  • There IS a baby!

Again, those words pierced through my soul…

“There is no baby.”

  • “Maybe you already miscarriaged, or maybe you will in the next day or two.” The words were so cold. So removed. So lifeless.

We walked out of that office with a scheduled appointment in two days.

Numb.
Shocked.
Grieving.
Filled with questions.

What took place in the following days, the Lord kept us in the palm of His protective hand.

The next day included an ER trip which we were told, “I see a sack.” Hope was restored which created more questions.

Later that evening, I did not feel well. I thought maybe a shower would help. In that process, severe pain struck my body like a torpedo exploding into a battle ship. The hit was so powerful that it paralyzed me. The struggle to breathe was intensive and my body turned into a board.

We called for a sitter.

By the time we left the house for the ER, my body had calm down enough that I was able to walk out of the house. When I took that first step down off the porch my body released itself from it’s grip and I was covered in blood, and my breathing became much easier. Later we found out why this happened.

The trip to the ER we spent in prayer giving our little one to the Lord and our lives into His hands. Praying for a miracle. Praying for strength to accept His will. Praying what words could not express or speak, but Jesus Christ was our advocate and we knew it.

We saw a cold, lifeless, removed doctor turn into a compassionate, caring, patient man because of Jesus Christ. They took every concern or every care we had for our baby, for my life, and doubled, tripled checked on our behalf. For this we are incredibly thankful for.

  • Through a exploratory surgery (01.29.2009), it was discovered that I had an ectopic pregnancy. My right fallopian tube ruptured sending blood all throughout the inside of my body causing the severe paralyzing pain and inability to breathe. We take comfort that by this time, our little one was already safe in the arms of Jesus.
  • Our little one spent almost 10 earthly weeks with us. Some find it hard to believe, we don’t question God’s time.
  • We thank the Lord for every week we had with baby Woodruff #3. God has given me the blessings of feeling, not sight, with this little one. For weeks, our little one was alive, alert, and very active in my right fallopian tube; this gift was from the Lord, a treasure I cherish.

Today, and for the past ten years now, our little one walks on streets of gold because of Jesus Christ! The assurance of eternal life through Jesus Christ is a priceless, gracious, and merciful gift from our Lord. The hope we have in Him, that one glories day we shall see Christ, our child, Mom, and others –heaven is sweeter!

God is the author of life.

We were told that if we didn’t conceive within the next year are chances for future children would drop to 12%.

A year and eight months later, we were with child with baby #4. This didn’t come without fears or learning to trust God with this child. Her name means, “God has answered” because her two older sisters prayed every night for “a baby in Mama’s belly” for a year and eight months…and GOD ANSWERED!!

  • God hears.
  • God answers…in His time.
  • God hears the broken hearted.
  • God comforts & heals the grieving soul.
  • God never forsakes His own.

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

Pro-Life: It’s More Than 9 Months

This is written by: Hannah Sibert Schopmeyer

As I scroll through my social media and see all the posts about the abortion law that was just passed in NY, I am flooded with the same emotions that I had at a recent pregnancy resource dinner I attended.

As I looked around the room at the hundreds of people who were applauding and cheering for the many babies that the pregnancy center had saved, I could not help but wonder what happened to those babies that were rescued?

What happened to the little baby boy that we pleaded with his alcoholic mother to not abort 7 years ago who now has severe fetal alcohol syndrome? Where were we when the birth Mother lost custody of this child? No loving home would take him, so he was placed in a low income foster home because they needed some drug money. He now spends every evening locked in a cold bedroom with several other foster children with no one caring for them.

What ever happened to the baby boy who we the Church, convinced his Birth mom that her baby was precious and deserved to live, who is now a 12 year old boy, full of hate and now sits in a juvenile delinquent home because he has already been in 15 foster homes and never felt love in any of them. He’s been Neglected, abused, and never once had anyone who cared or believed in him. Where are we now?

And then there was that beautiful mom who came in crying because she feared that her abusive boyfriend would hurt her soon to be baby girl? We cheered because we rescued that baby as well! Today that little girl is now 14 and was just found in a sex trafficking ring which her foster parents were running. Did you know Most Americans who are victims of sex trafficking come out of our own foster system? So where are we now for this little girl and the thousands of other little girls who are trafficked each night in the foster system?

As I think about all of the thousands of foster children in America who are currently without beds or in homes where they are being abused, neglected, forgotten or sex trafficked, I ask myself over and over, “Why?” Why are we not stepping up and helping these children? Why are we not giving them a voice? The years of pain these children are experiencing are far more worse than the few seconds of pain these unborn babies feel.

I ask myself how we the church can stand up and fight for the unborn, but be so unwilling to sacrifice to give these children the loving homes they deserve?

The answers I hear are:
“It would disrupt our perfect family.”
“We are just too busy with life.”
“It’s just not a desire I have.”
“It would be too hard.”
“I could not be a good parent to them.”
“It would disrupt our future plans.”
“My spouse is not on board”
“I’m afraid of how hard it might be”

…the list goes on. (Feel free to add your reason to this list)

What I have realized is that all the excuses we might have to not chose these children are the reasons a birth mother who wanted to abort her children would give! If it’s an excuse for us, wouldn’t it be an excuse for her as well? The answer is NO! Every child deserves to live and to be loved!

We desperately try to talk those mothers out of aborting their babies, but when they cannot take care of them, we ourselves are not willing to take care of them.

So yes, I believe all the mothers that abort those unwanted babies are going to have to answer for that one day. And I know this might seem harsh, but I also believe that we as Christians have all been called to care for these babies that were saved and are not being taken care of. And we, too, will be held accountable for these precious children that we have chosen to neglect and allowed to be abused.

Every single one of us can make a difference in one of these children’s lives!
If every single one of my Facebook friends would help one foster child, that would be be able to touch so many foster children in our country!
Maybe you can’t take one into your home, but you can visit them. You can show them that they are loved, you can be that one adult in their lives that made a difference!

So friends, yes, it is a very sad time that we Americans have allowed this new abortion law to pass. But may we also realize that we the church have chosen to abort the fully born.

May we support life beyond the first 9 months. If we say we choose life, then let’s put aside our fears, excuses, and self and truely save a life!


Dear Friends,

My heart has been challenged through Hannah’s words. Though Hannah and I have never personally meet she has sweetly given permission to me to share what she wrote. I first saw her post on Facebook through another mutual friend. Thank you Hannah for helping us see that pro-life is not just 9 months, it’s a lifetime.

Loving others as Christ.

  • This article reminds me of how the Christian walk of discipleship should be. We desire our friend or neighbor to come to know Jesus as Savior (a good thing) then when they do, we rejoice, and gradually leave them to fend for their own spiritual growth.
  • We drop the ball of the great commission, of discipleship.

Let’s not drop the ball physically or spiritually. Let’s make this one life count for Christ!

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends John 15:13.

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

Sin Doesn’t Change God

  • For I am the Lord, I change not…(Malachi 3:6).
  • Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever (Hebrews 13:8).

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

Do You Use Your Missile?

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the Baby Leaped…

Wednesday I had finished up the book of Isaiah in my personal devotions; Thursday afternoon the Lord redirected me to Luke. I wasn’t sure why at first, but I started reading. Then I came to verse 41 and my eyes read it in a new light.

…”when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb…”

I froze.

I guess because my senses are on high alert with New York’s announcement of celebration to their new law of freedom to murder innocent babies.

  • Now the state of Vermont has their own “zero limitation” bill which they’re seeking to pass into law (as of 1.24.2019 not passed).

Here, young pregnant Mary (the mother of Jesus) enters into the house of Zacharias and Elisabeth. As Mary opens her mouth to greet Elisabeth, the baby within Elisabeth’s womb leaps.

  • A baby within the womb can hear — it can hear its mother and those around him or her outside of the womb.
  • A baby within the womb responds — it leaped! A baby within the womb hears and responses to touch.

Mary and Elisabeth converse.

In verse 44 we are specifically told again:

…”as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

  • “Sounded in mine ears” — a mother and child are bonded together. Abortion doesn’t just kill a child it kills the mother from the inside out. Psalm 139 tells us how God sees how we are knitted and fashioned together. How we are wonderfully made…in the image of God.
  • For JOY…a baby within the womb feels — a baby has emotions. Feeling also includes pain and love.

Later in the day, I came across a statement that said something to this affect (author unknown):


39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah; 40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. 41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: 42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord (Luke 1).

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

Micah 7:7 | A Choice, His Response

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Revival Within

  • If the revival within is not alive, the revival without is dead.
  • Fulfulling the great commission (Matthew 28) is a matter of personal obedience before God; to disregard His command results in disobedience.

How’s the revival within?

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

Does God See or Hear You?

Every day you wake up, God has given you a day to live.

What do you give Him back?

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

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*

He.

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.}