The Opportunity


I have pondered many things over the past several months; 2020 has allowed such time to ponder; the irony of it all is I haven’t had much to say, known how to write it, or simply watched.

I can say 2020 has flooded our minds with thoughts, opinions, reactions, anger, worry, fear, or spurred on an assurance that God hasn’t lost control.

I know, we have heard it all. We have seen it all. We have felt the effects — media confusion, articles that compel or disgust, arguments that frustrate, lives turned and our souls found in disarray, confusion, doubt, worry, and fear…and some have found themselves in sickness and/or death.

We wonder where truth has gone or what to believe? Where should we turn or go or how should we live? We don’t know what to do and we find ourselves restricted in what once was.

In July, I had the opportunity to be a sponsor at a camp in North Carolina with our two older children. Boy, I was ready! I had my week all planned out and I was ready to go.

Our trip was safe and the girls were settled into their cabins and enjoying life. I headed to my room.

I settled in. My room was nice, clean, and perfect for what I needed for the week, but I quickly found out that what I had planned was not the Lord plan.

I couldn’t believe it. Here I was ready to do my thing, close the world out and focus…focus on God (isn’t that a noble thing?), my business, and blog. Suddenly, sponsor life wasn’t what I thought it was going to be.

For three days, all my plans were up side down. I felt alone and aggravated that the internet was down. I kept asking different people on campus when and how to get internet, but every time I got no where, no answers. By day four, the Lord had done a work on my heart, mind and soul and what I thought was a wrecked week turned into what my soul really needed.

It forced me to sit. To be still. To read His Word. To write with a pen and paper…

Funny how after the Lord convicted my heart of its sin and self absorption He allowed the internet to work. Everything I was looking to do via the internet did get completed by the end of the week…now isn’t the Lord gracious!

He used those first three days to rip the layers of self, pride, and erase the noise that my soul was carrying. He knew what I needed that week and it wouldn’t be accomplished until my soul was silenced.

The past year (2020), the world has vied for our attention, creating combat decisions and warring for our very souls, churches, families and lives. We have listened long, we have listened hard, we have fought, we have grown tired and long for the “good old days” but we cannot forget to recognize that noise affects…even what seems good! It fills our minds, grabs for our attention, swamps our souls and takes over places in our heart that are only reserved for God Himself…and we have slipped into deafness.

Many of our churches have been either shut down, gone remote, or do both. Our Pastor’s and their wives have been thrown into situations and sudden changes that have both given awesome new opportunities along with many great sorrows. The life of God’s church is on a very slippery slope and will confirm spiritual death in the lives of the believers if we are not serious about worshipping God in the storm. I worry for the church. I fear the noise has filled us so much that we cannot see the affects…just like I didn’t!

We have forgotten how noise affects us? Have we forgotten to live Christ over everything — and in that everything we are to do everything to glorify God in that — even standing up for righteousness in our country, to its people, and for the next generation.

I told my husband the other day, hind sight 20/20, I didn’t realize how up tight or wound up I was or how distracted my soul really was until the Lord removed “the good, bad and the ugly” things from me and showed me what my soul looked like — sinful!

  • Are you distracted?
  • Have you forgotten God?
  • Are you filled with noise?
  • Do you live in fear?
  • Are you worshipping God?
  • Are you confused?
  • Do you find yourself filled with everything else, but God?

Let’s take that a step further — why don’t we turn the tide of 2020 by allowing 2021 to ignited us to obey God, to put God first above everything, to trust God, to walk by faith and not by sight, to actually step forward into God’s house and worship Him knowing that God is still on the Throne, able, alive, and calling us!

  • Why don’t we burn with passion to live life for God’s glory with compassion, integrity, rightness, godliness, obedience as the New Testament believers did?
  • Why do we not find ourselves bond to our brothers and sisters in Christ and put off our sinfulness natures and put on Christlikeness…and treat them accordingly?
  • Why don’t we find ourselves in the process of progressive sanctification and give the Light to those who are afraid, scared, and lost?
  • Only you can answer those questions.

Eternity is real. God is real.

Be what the world is not — Christ hasn’t changed in you.

  • Be the love instead of the blackmail.
  • Be the personal sacrifice instead of the extortion.
  • Be the kindness instead of the hoarder.
  • Be the time and care because isolation kills.
  • Be the light in the midst of the darkness rather than complain and act like the world.

The Lord has laid in our laps a fantastic opportunity to grow in Him, live like Him in human form to each other and the world.

Are you living?

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

The Change of God’s Grace

Today’s devotional from New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp was on the topic of change. Funny how timely this is with 2021 right around the corner. Over the years, I have read numerous articles on the topic of “New Year resolutions” – you know the do’s and the don’ts and the how-to’s, but so often that is actually what they are – a list. Now don’t get me wrong, it is not that “lists” are bad – I create them weekly to help me stay focused and accomplish tasks throughout the week – the problem is an unchanged heart. Our root problem isn’t lists, it is my unchanged heart issues. If my heart lingers in the unchanged, no list will help me…or you.

Here are some thoughts about “change” from today’s devotional. I hope it is an encouragement to you as it was a conviction for me.

CHANGE IS POSSIBLE – not because you have wisdom and strength, but because you have been blessed with the grace of Jesus. (Isn’t this comforting?)

Oh, how we cling – rapidly cling to the ideas, thoughts, beliefs that we are stuck; that our lives have hit the “dead end” and there is no hope. We encase ourselves in concrete and choose to live in the impossible. But change is possible. Change is possible even in the places where change seems most hopeless. Why? Because the Giver of transformative grace has made you and me the place where He dwells. Let me say that again, the Giver of transformative grace has made YOU and ME THE PLACE WHERE HE DWELLS! If you need to read that again, do so until you get it. You are His dwelling place – change is possible, my friends!

#1 – There is that work of personal growth in our lives (change) that we call progressive sanctification. This is God’s life—long commitment to actually make you and I what He declares, justified. Did you hear that — God’s life–long commitment. God is committed to you for life, for eternity!

We are declared righteous. Think about it – God is taking every situation, every location, every relationship, everything…EVERYTHING in our life and employs every situation, every location, every relationship, everything as His tools for our transformation by His grace.

  • He is relentlessly working to change me in all that His grace makes it possible for me to be – and He does the same for YOU!
  • He will work by grace until I am finally and totally free of sin, that is, molded into the image of His perfectly righteous Son.

#2 – This same zealous Savior, who is full of grace and work, is also a dissatisfied Creator. He is not content to leave this world in its present sin—scarred condition. He will return His world to the condition it was before sin left its destruction. Change really is the zeal, the heart, of our Redeemer. How?

  • Through personal change (Titus 2:11—14)
  • Through environmental change (Revelation 21:1—5)

When you become…disappointed in yourself, when you are grieved at the sin in your relationships, or within yourself; when you are upset with the conditions of your world and you cry out for change…you are crying for something that hits right at the center of the zeal of your Savior’s grace! Christlikeness is taking root.

  • Change doesn’t mean God will give us what we want, when we want, how we want.
  • Change doesn’t mean God will turn the hearts of people around us into who we want them to be.
  • Change doesn’t mean God will make our lives easier, wealthier, or more pleasurable.

Change, the grace of Jesus, isn’t selfish.

Where real change is needed – God will pour out His grace to those who believe it only comes from Him; He will then take, do, accomplish, use what He needs to accomplish – complete His work in YOU!

That is God’s grace!

Read Colossians 3:1—17.

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


YOUR New Mercies

…because it is worth sharing again.

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

Don’t forget friend that today is NEW! God’s mercies are new every single day…with YOU in mind, which means today is fresh. It is a beginning. A fresh clean slate. Endless possibilities given to you by God Himself that you didn’t have yesterday.

Today, you have been given a gift…a day; a day in which you have 24-hours to unpack, find, fulfil, and know God’s will, blessing, help, care, love, and live your God-given ability and possibility…if we grab onto it. This gives me goosebumps! Child of God, you are more than a conqueror because of Christ in you!

Happy NEW day!

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

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When Nations Die: Is America Next?

The link given above is worth your read. The full article is provided for you, I encourage you to read it. Your time will not be wasted. Click the link.

How this information was brought to my attention was through our Pastor  several Wednesdays ago. He shared Scripture after Scripture along side with historical facts which began the process of shedding light upon my building questions since the outbreak of Covid-19, media coverage wars, politics, false news, real news, and most of all the despicable actions fellow Americans have committed upon fellow Americans.

I love my America. I am proud to be an America. I admit, 2020 has left me bewildered about much. I long for pre-covid days in and outside the church. But I know who holds the future.

I am thankful for a Pastor who stays the course and preaches the Word of God. That Wednesday night was a water shed event and I have been burning to share it with you. I know you too have had questions and seen things over the past year…I hope it helps.

That Wednesday night also spurred within me that complacency in the Christian life is an oxymoron. We need to call it what it is, sin….or even possibly a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

It is impossible for a child of God to live such a life when they know what they have been forgiven from.

We also know that this world is not our home…we are suppose to be passing though, right? A child of God knows their homeland, but many do no know where home is…and we must tell them!

Scripture clearly shows how nations raise and fall. We clare able to understand mankind and his rejection of God. History backs it…we see if history is not learned history will repeat herself. History reveals the “why” and “how” our amazing county began; how it ever changes and what will happen IF we do not understand, grip reality, take action and apply biblical Truths to our lives and our country.

This article was written 18 years ago; 18! That still shocks me. We have been warned over and over again throughout history and throughout the Word of God yet we find ourselves entering the lions den.

Click that link this is America today.

I find myself asking, “will you sit idly bye complaining and do nothing? Will you be the one to take action and do something — both spiritually as well as an American citizen?”

What about you?

“The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution.”

–Thomas Jefferson

“The greatest danger to any civilizations freedom is a people that ignore the Word of God.”

–Colleen Woodruff

In Jim Nelson Black’s book When Nations Die, he lists three aspects of decay:

1) Social Decay: there are three important trends that demonstrate social decay. They are “the crisis of lawlessness,” the “loss of economic discipline,” and “rising bureaucracy.”

2) Cultural Decay: there are four important trends that demonstrate cultural decay. They are the “decline of education,” the “weakening of cultural foundations,” the “loss of respect for tradition,” and the “increase in materialism.”

3) Moral Decay: there are three important trends that demonstrate moral decay. They are the “rise in immorality,” the “decay of religious belief,” and the “devaluing of human life.”

Stop and think about which ones you have seen…

  • As a child of God, we are privy to certain specific things because the Bible tells us so.
  • God wins! Period. End of story. This is the theme of the book of Revelations. If you doubt my statement, read Revelations.
  • We know we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us so. The cross proves that and the Spirit within us fulfills that!
  • We know God cannot violate Himself, therefore, what He says, He does. What He wills it, it becomes. Therefore, God can never not be in control…He reigns, period. God’s reign never rides on us. He is — whether we accept that or not. One thing God cannot do is sin. He reigns in righteousness.
  • God’s kingdom will never end, never fail, therefore, righteousness will prevail. Justice will be served and all glory will be given to Him.

BUT this does not give us license to rest on our laurels and grow complacent in our relationship with Christ. We are commanded to Go. Tell. Fulfill the great commission. We are ambassadors, therefore, we must obey; to rebel is to disobey.

Our nation was sought and founded upon biblical principles and thought, we, Americans, should have never taken what was given to us, what was fought, what was died for and disgrace it, try to rewrite it, dehumanize or seek franchise for personal power. We need to get real with God and repent.

Stand on Truth, my friend! Live Truth! The parallels to our own nation are bone-chilling. The article humanly scares me, but spiritually reminds me “A man of God in the will of God is immortal until his work on earth is done” (Dr. David Jeremiah). Your work isn’t done until your feet walk the streets of gold.  I pray the spur in your saddle is just as great as it has became in mine.

God is greater! May we be faithful!

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

It’s Okay to Run

Sometimes you read something and instantly you know you gotta share it. When I read my friend Carol’s post on Facebook that is actually what happened. With her permission I share it with you now. Thank you Carol.

I was in my upper twenties, living in a southern state, hoping that this “single and satisfied” part of my life would soon be over. Things were looking very positive with my new boyfriend, Frank (not his real name). He was tall, nice looking, very smart, witty, funny, and a Christian. “A match made in heaven?” I wondered.

When my parents came to visit for several days I invited Frank over for a meal. While Mom and I were getting dinner on the table I kept one ear tuned to the conversation in the living room. I heard Dad ask a simple innocuous question followed by Frank’s sarcastic reply: “What a stupid question!” So much for making a good impression on my dad. That tainted the evening for sure and upset me greatly. A few days later I heard Frank go instantly from civil to ballistic while talking to his mom on the phone. That was my cue to exit the relationship with a heart of gratitude to God for allowing me to see Frank’s true colors.

Fast forward four years. I’m in my early 30s, still single, and now living on the east coast. A college-age girlfriend of mine was catching me up on her life. She had dropped out of college to work for a year back home in a western state. She began dating a guy from her church. She was excited when things got serious rather quickly, but then the verbal abuse started, followed by the physical abuse. She fled the relationship to go back to college. The more she told me, the more familiar it all sounded. You guessed it. She had been dating Frank! God had saved yet another girl from him.

I married my John after a storybook romance and my girlfriend married a godly man and has two fine sons. I don’t know what ever became of Frank.

Is there a lesson in this story?

Ladies, if you’re dating a guy who is unkind to his mother and other adults, RUN and don’t look back!!!

All to often the start of this story is far to common, but the end isn’t. Thank you Carol for this crucial reminder and for sharing your story with us! Your John and you are a precious testament of how God’s plan is the best plan; God’s way is the best way!

What I am about to say is easier said and much harder to be done (especially when one is in the midst of such a relationship), but we do well to understand the consequences are real nevertheless; it is better to be single than to marry the wrong person.

Whether abuse is verbal, mental, physical or emotional…it’s core is the very essence of opposite to who and what God is, therefore we will call it what it is SIN!

  • To those ladies who are dating such an individual, say NO! RUN!
    • Don’t accept the abuse.
    • To soften his sin is to accept his sinful behavior/character. Once you accept his behavior you have told him it is ‘okay’.
      • Maybe you have already told him it is okay…don’t think you cannot walk, run, or get away or end the relationship. You are free in Christ and not bond by his sinfulness…though he’d like you to think so. “You are bought with a price, let’s glorify God in our body and in our spirit — which are God’s (1 Corinthians 6:20)
    • He is not walking in fellowship with God (even if he says he is), therefore, is unable to love, cherish and lead you like the princess you are. You are worth more…God says so!
  • To those men who are dating such an individual, say NO! RUN!
    • Don’t accept the abuse.
    • To soften her sin is to accept her sinful behavior/character. Once you accept her behavior you have told her it is ‘okay’.
      • Maybe you have already told her it is okay…don’t think you cannot walk, run, or get away or end the relationship. You are free in Christ and not bond by her sinfulness…though a controller wills you to think so. “You are bought with a price, let’s glorify God in our body and in our spirit — which are God’s (1 Corinthians 6:20)
    • She is not walking in fellowship with God (even if she says she is), therefore, is unable to respect, love and follow you like the way you ought to be. You are worth more…God says so!

Jeremiah 29:11-14 tells us, “For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the LORD, ‘plans for peace and well–being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (12) Then you will call to Me and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear your voice and I will listen to you. (13) Then, with a deep longing, you will seek Me and require Me [as a vital necessity] and you will find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. (14) I will be found by you,’ says the LORD, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and I will free you and gather you…’

You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You — in both inclination and character], because he trusts and takes refuge in You with hope and confident expectation. (4) Trust in the LORD forever [He is your fortress, your shield, your banner], for the LORD God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages] (Isaiah 26:3–4).

>>>The core of any abuse is from the pit of hell. It is sin. It is against the will and word of God, therefore, at enmity with God therefore we must not accept it or practice it. Abuse isn’t an option. <<<

We are to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16). “No” is not a bad word. God wants the very best for you (Jeremiah 29:11-13).

Don’t underestimate the powerful love Christ has for YOU! What the Lord has intended for you is far greater, far deeper, far more beautiful that we could ever imagine or think (Jeremiah 33:3), but it comes with personal responsibility: 1) we must call (seek) Him 2) we must listen to Him 3) we must trust Him (His Word, His time, His plan) by choosing to walk in obedience knowing that God already settled your goodness because He is good. Settle on Christ, not second best!

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