Does God Smile?

  • So…does God smile when He sees you?
  • Does God smile when He thinks of you?

The awesome answer to both of those questions are a numberous times YES!!!! If you doubt it, take your Bible or a concordance, or go online and type in that search bar ‘Bible verses about God’s love’ or ‘Jesus Christ’s love’…anything to do with the love of the Father. Stick in a version if you want: I recommend the KJV, NKJV, NASB, and the AMP. Read, verse by verse, for yourself and see how much God has loved you, is loving you and will love you for all eternity.

Today we will look at Psalm 139. What a pure, goosebump, humbling, demonstrate of who and what God is: Omnipresence (all present) and Omniscience (all knowing). God is forever unchangeable; therefore, unable to form character flaws, misuse character traits, or do anything contrary against Himself. His is purity in all aspects. Let’s read some of Psalm 139.

“O Lord, you have searched me [thoroughly] and have known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up [my entire life, everything I do]; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, and You are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue [still unspoken], behold, O Lord, you know it all. You have enclosed me behind and before, and [You have] placed Your hand upon me. Such [infinite] knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high [above me], I cannot reach it. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? …Even the darkness is not dark to You and conceals nothing from You, but the night shines as bright as the day; darkness and light are alike to You. For You formed my innermost parts; You knit me [together] in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being formed in secret, and intricately and skillfully formed [as if embroidered with many colors] in the depths of the earth. Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were appointed for me. When as yet there was not one of them [even taking shape]. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I could count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You…Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart; Test me and know my anxious thoughts. And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.”

  • Never question God’s love for you, regardless of how you may feel or what others may say!
  • God’s love for you has always been and always will be.
  • Remember friend, when God sees you…YOU MAKE GOD SMILE!
  • Remember friend, when God thinks of you…YOU MAKE GOD SMILE!
  • YOU are His creation! God loves you!

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

It is Possible!

We doubt, don’t we?! Our lives are filled with self-effort, mine included, until we bow our stubborn and foolish hearts, forget “how can God?” and trust like a child who jumps off the edge of the pool into the arms of her Father. You too, regardless of age, have the same choice: Jump or Stay.

Though ‘to jump‘ is unknown, frightening, and fearful at times, JUMP into the arms of your Daddy…fearlessly live UP!

When we put “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” in context, we see Paul was saying, “I‘ve had seasons in life where I‘ve had nothing and seasons where I‘ve had everything. I‘ve developed the ability to thrive in both seasons by learning to access the resource that never changes, no matter the season, He is unchangeable, Christ‘s strength is sufficient. Christ is everything I need.”

For us to navigate the same range of circumstances and find God, our strength in every situation, we have to know where to look and how to continue to look there in the face of the enemy‘s distractions.

Typically, these distractions are going to try to get us to wish we were in someone else‘s process, resist the lessons God is trying to teach us in our circumstances, rush the process, or skip steps in the process. Falling for any of these will prevent us from thriving and will ultimately put us in dangerous places. Avoiding these will enable us to find our strength—God—and grow regardless of the season or circumstance.

“Not that I speak from [any personal] need, for I have learned to be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy] regardless of my circumstances. I know how to get along and live humbly [in difficult times], and I also know how to enjoy abundance and live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret [of facing life], whether well-fed or going hungry, whether having an abundance or being in need. I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose–I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]” Philippians 4:11-13

  • As a child of God, you are empowed by God Himself, thus equipped with everything you are in need of to fulfill His desired, well-intentioned, purposed-filled plan for you to accomplish.
  • Embrace your God-given destiny.
  • Trust in His power; you have the best caretaker possible.
  • Fulfill His will in you.

Start with today!

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

Hagar’s Room of Indecision by Jesusandgreentea

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My sister in Christ, who I meet through blogging, wrote this blog I am sharing with you now. There are times when you read something and you say to yourself, “I couldn’t have explained it any better. That was excellent!” As I read her blog post this morning, this was one of those moments…convicting, challenging, encouraging, and biblical. It is worth your time and read!

Thank you C.C. Brown aka Jesusandgreentea! May the Lord bless you.

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

Tolerance is Self-Based; Truth is God-Based

I saw this quote several weeks ago before leaving for vacation and was awe struck by it. There is no author, no credits, just a thought provoking statement:

“Examine what you tolerate” –WOW!

I don’t know about you, but this strikes a cord in my heart.

  • Maybe it runs deeps because of the land we have lived in on a daily basis, or because of the people we are surrounded by, or because in God providence He has seen fit to place us among a mindset of ‘tolerance’ to stretch us in ways we’d never image drawings us through personal, daily, God-armor ware in reliance on our Commander and Chief alone; having battle plans drawn up through the Scripture and not self.
  • In all honesty, there are days it hasn’t been all that easy! But this I must add, GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!

There is a pressure to ‘tolerate’ even among Christians, especially those of a luke-warm temperature.

  • To go against such ‘tolerance’ is to be seen as a the opponent.
  • To embrace such ‘tolerance’ breeds self-justified-rebellion, the rejection of authority, disobedience to God, a self-proclaimed individual who purposefully determines to destroy his/her opponents personal character or personhood to unsure their personal protection to conceal their true identity for the love of self, power, sin and control; thus their relationship to God (who they ‘claim’) is revealed.

How often are we pressured to accept “tolerance” or “acceptance” or to live in the land of “compliancy” from those whose subtle non-truths of opinions, statements, comments, and accusations are unbiblical?

When reality is given a check, those claiming the “lack of tolerance” or “lighten up, you need to be more complainant in your walk with Christ” are far from the Truth they claim to proclaim to you and others.

Are we any better?

If we say nothing, do nothing in Christ’s name or for His testimony, are we any different? What change(s) for Christ have we made? None!

  • In no way I am saying we should be spiteful, legalistic, mean, harsh, unloving or uncaring and spiritually beat-up people with our words or actions and claim holier than thou; for this would not be of Christ, nor would He be pleased with us. All the above characteristics are operating out the flesh, against the very One in whom we are to be putting on!
  • What I am saying is this: when we are more concerned about tolerance or acceptance rather than standing on or for God and His Truth that is when we have a serious problem on our hands as individual, as a society, and as a church.
  • Tolerance is self-based; Truth is God-based.

Doubt the Truth? Start reading the book of John, I John, II John, III John, read the In Christ I am SHE page called Eternity.

You can know the Truth and the TRUTH will set you free. (John 8:32)

It is not about us; it is all about HIM.

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

“I don’t have time,” said no one in Heaven.

Embrace your Hidden Place

Time. It’s a precious commodity. We value it. We use it–regardless of how profitable we are with it. We demand of it. We long for more of it. We even complain about it. Yet we have absolutely no control over it for we are its recipients, yet a steward.

Earth is time bound. Time happens, one tick-tock after another. Try as you may to stop it, slow it down, speed it up, time itself does not change. 24 hours is 24 hours. Time is a gift from the Creator Himself.

Maybe it’s just me, but have you ever gone through a day where you’ve wondered, “What in the world is going on?” It seems like everything is  coming unglued…you included. For me it is usually certain stressers or the pressure of time (we’ve gotta go…sort of thing), those are my triggers. 

  • What are yours?
  • Do you know your triggers?
  • If not, seriously pray about it and ask God to reveal them to you.
  • Why?? How can you fight a battle when you don’t know who or what the enemy is? 

For me like I said, those pressured times or just being stressed (stressing myself out is more like it…dumb, I know!) that is when my true colors come out, therefore, revealing how my relationship with God is going.

When I am stressing out or feeling that pressure from time constraints, my patient and loving husband asks me just one simple ‘stop-me-in-my-tracks’ question, “Have you had your devotions today?” 

Usually in those states of mind, my answer is sadly, “NO, not yet!” Then he lovingly says to me, “Go. Go and have your devotions, I’ve got this (whatever I am doing at that time).” 

We must learn to love, desire, long for, and see our own need for our own secret place above all for out of that ‘closet’ produces a life that can respond, thus live in Him, through any issue of life…any!

If we love the spotlight more than our secret place, if we think we can do or perform without Him, if we think ‘I’ll get to you later God’ heart attitude, were in trouble because it means we care more about pleasing people than pleasing God. 

We call this an idolatrous heart in action. 

Want to thrive? Embrace Christ.

Embrace your hidden place.

  • Matthew 6:6 “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into the closet, and when thou hast shut the door, pray to the Father which is in secret; and they Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”
  • 2 Kings 4:33 “So he entered and shut the door behind them both and prayed to the LORD.”
  • Matthew 26:36 “At that time Jesus went with His disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and He told them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”
  • Psalm 91:1-2 “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.”
  • Psalm 34:15 “The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their cry.”
  • Daniel 9:18 “O my God, inline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and look at our desolations and the city which is called by your name; for we are not presenting our supplications before You because of our own merits and righteousness, but because of your great mercy and compassion.”

We do not make requests of God because we are some how righteous, but we are able through God’s greatness and mercy. Daniel knew this all to well. His life was a walking display of such God-mercy inwardly and outwardly, even being a captive. Daniel valued God. Daniel valued his time with God. Daniel valued prayer. It was oxygen. God was life to Daniel.

Unlike Daniel, we stand here today in 2018, having been washed, cleansed, forgiven, and empowered through the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary, filled with boundless hope. We have redemption through His blood. How are you living today? Would Daniel, or for that matter God, be appalled? Would they or others see a difference in you from the world?

God desires the same deep intimate relationship He had with Daniel, with you. Just like Daniel, this requires a commitment on your end. Relationships just don’t happen. They take time, energy, resources, and communication! We must remember, God is the Creator, the Potter; we are the creation, the clay. God owes us nothing. We owe Him everything! When God answers a prayer it is because of His love, His mercy, and His undescribable goodness towards us. What a awesome God we serve!

Embrace Christ!

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

Do My Roots Matter?

Enduring Fruit: Rooted in Christ

Your heart is your point of connection with Jesus— the place where you become rooted in your relationship with Him. Where Jesus wants to develop His heart-to-heart connection with you to the point where you become fully united with Him; where you think like He thinks, want what He wants, speak like He speaks, and do what he does.

This is what it means to remain in Him.

It is only when you remain in Him will you produce fruit that lasts. 

For you to bear abundant, enduring fruit, God needs to make you bigger on the inside than you are on the outside. You have to let Him build your root system in secret before He leads you into making a visible impact in the world.

E.M. Bounds said, “The man— God’s Man {or woman} is made in the closet.” His life and his profoundest convictions are born in his secret communion with God— {ie: solitude prayer}.

John 15:16 says,

“You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and

I have appointed and purposefully planted you, so that you

would go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that

your fruit will remain and be lasting, so that whatever you ask

of the Father in My name [as My representative]

He may give to you.”


Friends, how is your secret God-time going?

Matthew 6:6 says, “…when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when those hast shut thy door, pray to they Father which is in secret; and they Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”

Key word here is WHENThat ‘when’ is up to you.

Any relationship takes work. They take time, thought, energy, forgiveness, lack of self, and this daily thing we call ‘communication’ to flourish. Doesn’t it? Without it your relationship would suffer drastically, would it?

My friend, there is absolutely no difference in our relationship with our heavenly Father. If we choose not to ‘communicate’ with God, what will happen in our relationship with Him? You know the answer!

  • Be careful if you say ‘ I love God’ but your actions display another love.
  • Be aware, you can change that action!  
  • So, get into that closet of yours!
  • Commune with your God. 2055656_s-1286564758.jpg
  • Allow God to make you bigger on the inside so that you can be usable on the outside for Him.
  • Fear not, my friend.
  • Allowing your roots to sink deeper into the source of life itself, God, will bring His wondering working power in you! You cannot get any better than that!

Blessings to you sweet friends,

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

[Thank you Banning Leibscher; above breakline excerpt taken from Rooted.]

 

The Silence of God: My View has Changed.

  • I must be honest here, this post is selfishly for my reminder.
  • When I read this quote from C.S. Lewis, my heart stopped, for reasons to long to explain from life right now.
  • Don’t be mislead. I love my Savior! The Lord and I commune daily. I truly love His Word, love to get into my closet, love to journal and blog, love to help others and encourage them to be-do all God has intended of them, but this…this, has been my silent acking hearts cry. My soul, eyes, heart, mind (thoughts) needed to see this!
  • This is why, I’ve focused so intensely over the silence, poured my soul out to God in confession, repentance, obedience, faith and trust for so long and so intensely, that I’ve missed the answer all along…Him! 
  • I’ve missed, HIM!
  • Oh Lord, I have been so blind, please forgive me.
  • It truly doesn’t matter what peace or war, sorrow or joy, mountian or valley we find ourselves in–if I have Him, if I am in Him, THAT IS EVERYTHING I NEED, everything! EVERYTHING!! I am in no lack or want even if God “seems” silent.
  • Silence does not equal God is not with me.
  • John 15:5-8

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

P.S. Thank you C.S. Lewis for walking with God and sharing it!

Just in case you need it…

  • We are more than conquerors through Him (Rom. 8:37).
  • We can do all things through Christ, because He strengths us (Phil. 4:13).
  • We are forgiven and justified (Col. 1:13-14 & Rom. 5:1).
  • We  are complete in Christ (Col. 2:10).
  • We are free from bondage (John 8:36).
  • We are an heir to eternal life (I John 5:11-12).

Now GO and FULFILL this GOD-GIVEN day you have been given THROUGH Him, IN Him, and FOR Him! He is with you all the way! See what great and mighty things you know that of, because of trusting, walking, and being obedient in Him (Jer. 33:3).  

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

Maybe We Should Rethink Prayer?

In real life, healthy communication doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It just doesn’t happen on its own, it is learned. It is practiced. Simply put, it takes an active decision on one’s part to stop oneself, listen intently, wholeheartedly, without selfish ambition when spoken too; when speaking, our goal is to speak so clearly and articulately that your hearer(s) can repeat the very words you just spoke to them with your intent in mind. Communication, it takes time. It takes effort on both speaker and listener.

It’s work, but when done Biblically (which is God way thus honoring to Him), it brings forth some pretty awesome results! (Side note: if you’ve never tired it, you should!)

So it is with God yet times millions upon trillions! In spiritual life, healthy spiritual communication (prayer) doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It just doesn’t happen on its own, it is learned. It is practiced.

Simply put,

  1. It takes an active decision to come to the foot of the Throne of Grace.
  2. It takes an active decision to stop and place oneself at the feet of Jesus.
  3. It takes an active decision to listen intently to the Holy Spirit’s wooing (speaking) in your soul.
  4. It takes an active decision to be still. To listen.
  5. It takes an active decision to open your heart and mouth wholeheartedly without reservation, without selfish ambition and speak to Jesus Christ, our Savior.

I will not lie to you, it baffles me that He loves us to such extent; that He desires to have such an intimate relationship with His Creation. It is so incredibly beautiful, yet it makes me quake inside knowing my sinful state and knowing His love state for me. The Creation talking to it’s Creator, “Yes, YES!!!!, God says, “that’s exactly how I wants it!”

If you do not pray, I will be very frank. You are the one missing out! God is waiting for you to speak to Him. He has spoken to you, answer Him. God wants you. God desires you to come, sit, and chat awhile, but you have said ‘no’ for whatever reason. You have gained nothing, my friend. You are the one who losses out, and sadly, you are the one who has no clue you are the one who is missing out on the coolest, most greatest, intense, intimate resource ever made available to you through Jesus Christ, our Lord, God, THEE most powerful Creator who ever was, is, or ever will be, who we call Father.

Maybe we should rethink prayer!

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

365 days 

365 days. On this end of the year, it seems so far ahead, but in reality 365 days will be here before we know it and 2019 will suddenly be approaching. Each day we have is an individual blessing, a gift from God Himself to us. May we see each one as just that and be thankful, grateful, useful, purposefully with each one giving Him all glory.

I’d love to see what God does in you, through you, and because of you through Him in 365 days! 

Now go write your God-purposed-story and fulfill 2018 for Christ!

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

Whose Got Your Root System?

Much Fruit 

“God isn‘t satisfied with temporary results. He‘s in the business of permanent change. He‘s not looking for a month, or a year or a decade, of you growing more like Jesus and pursuing the things He calls you to do. He‘s looking for a lifetime impact, a generational impact, and an eternal impact. Abundant, enduring fruitfulness is the mandate on your life. Ultimately, enduring fruitfulness in your life and the rest of the body of Christ is the key to seeing nations transformed, cities impacted, and culture shaped. But abundant, enduring fruitfulness will only happen, Jesus says, if you “remain in” Him.”
Rooted by Banning Leibscher


In John 15:5-8 it says, “I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken off] branch, and withers and dies; and they gather such branches and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you remain in Me and My words remain in you [that is, if we are vitally united and My message lives in your heart], ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified and honored by this, when you bear much fruit, and prove yourselves to be My [true] disciples.”

The new year is fast approaching. I cannot help but think of all those new resolutions that people will be making, promising to self, to others, and even to God stated they will “do better, be better, live better” in 2018. Are some well intentioned and truly kept, sure. Are many lost, unattainable through self or become a discouragement, they sure do!

So, here’s a few thoughts the Lord has been working in my own heart:

  • Maybe instead of promising earthly resolutions to self, others, or even to God, we should soulfully with prayer consider our spiritual state more highly over our earthly state for God sees us as eternal, and so should we.
  • God is looking for your lifetime, not your year resolution.
  • God is looking for your biblical generational impact for Him, not your “I had a good day” today impact.
  • God is looking to us to make an eternal impact starting from within spreading from without…with every person we come in contact with, with every family member, with every child we have in our home, with every soul!
  • God isn’t satisfied with temporal and neither should we.
  • Abundant, enduring fruitfulness is the mandate on your life.
  • Ultimately, God-fruitfulness lived out is key to seeing individuals, families, and nations transformed; seeing cities impacted, and culture shaped…and it begins with YOU! But abundant, enduring fruitfulness will only happen, Jesus says, if you “remain in” Him.”

So my friend, who are you remaining in?

  • Do you want your life to count for Christ or not? We cannot have it both ways.
  • The choice is up to you.
  • Choose wisely what you leave behind and what you leave for eternity count!

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

Soul Account: Are you Ready?  

This one verse alone could give the shivers of fear and rebuke down one’s spine because they know God isn’t first in their life; or it brings a comforting sigh of relief knowing that one day it will all be made right, because God sees. God knows.

  • Which one are you?
  • Are you preparing? Are you investing, shaping, inhaling, breathing, vibrating, mediating, giving, proclaiming, testifying in God? If so, praise the LORD, my friend! Keep that faith. Keep up a God-centered, Christ-focused heart, mind, and soul my brothers and sisters in Christ! I know you’d be the first to admit, but…”I’m not perfect!” that’s right, we aren’t, but you are willing and obedient–and God is pleased and SMILING when He sees you!

Let me ask the question again…Which one are you? Because if you are not the above my friend, why not? I ask seriously, why not?.

  • There is nothing longer than eternity.
  • Go ahead. Try it. Start counting, I dare you.
  • You will never reach it….and that is where your soul’s destination will be for all eternity either one of two places: the lake of fire or Heaven.

If you do not know where your eternal state lies, you can have that assurance today! Please do not hestitate. Eternity is longer than the here and now. Stop reading this blog and go to Eternity page to find out more about God’s eternal gift for you. If you would like, you may email me at thewoodruff5@yahoo.com concerning salvation.

If you are reading on…I can only presume that you are a child of God, but I must ask the question once again.

  • Which one are you?
  • Are you preparing? If not, why not?
  • What is hindering you?
  • What is taking or has taken the place of God in your life?
  • The need is just as great for YOU as it is for those who need Christ, and for those who are already walking in Christ…because that’s just it: We NEED Christ!
  • Let me explain. You are a child of God. That is fabulous and I praise the Lord that you are. But being a lukewarm Christian is not fabulous nor is it something that is pleasing to God. Just read Revelations 3.
  • There is something you will need to do to turn the tide off self and back onto Christ. To not walk in obedience, submission, willfulness, and love to/for the Father (God) is to live in rebellion (sin) against Him. You must:
  1. Get on your knees before your Heavenly Father. Ask Him to forgive you.
  2. Confess to the Lord those things you have allowed to enter in that have become more important than your walk with God,
  3. Confess to the Lord those things you have allowed or even used as excuses to take you away from serving and worshiping your God,
  4. Confess to the Lord those things you have placed above, loved, or desired more than loving your God,
  5. Confess to the Lord those things you have allowed to enter in that have hindered your testimony, the cause of Christ, His name and reputation,
  6. Plead with the Lord to create in you a clean heart and to renew a right spirit within you. To restore joy of your salvation (Psalm 51:10, 12; Isaiah 29:15-16),
  7. Ask the Lord to forgive you for putting things or people (including self) over Himself. You will never regret His love, forgiveness, or restoration!
  • You can start afresh today in your commitment to Christ.
  • Choose whom you will serve TODAY to begin laying your treasures in Heaven rather than here on earth (Joshua 24:14-15; Matthew 6:19-21). Eternity is worth it all for Christ is worth it all!

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

Pauses in Life…How Do you React?

In the “have it your way-right away” world we live in ” pauses” aren’t usually a welcomed site to behold, are they?

But pauses in life are indeed places meant to strengthen our vertical resolve, not weaken our faith.

So my friend, when your next pause comes…welcome it! For that “pause” just may be your next victorious battle won in Christ. Embrace!

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

Merry Christ-filled Christmas 

From our hearts to yours, we pray that this day, December 25th, and the upcoming celebrations to follow with family and friends, would be centered around thee fulfillment — Jesus Christ Himself. For without Him we wouldn’t be celebrating.

  • To those who are struggling this season especially due to loss, our hearts break for you. Please know that someone is taking you before the Throne of Grace; you are in our prayers. 
  • In the achings deep within the heart.
  • In the brokenness that seems unbearable.
  • In the silence of your soul that doesn’t know how, why, where, when, if.
  • Even in your deepest cavern, may you find that God is with you, Emmanuel, and that you find fulfilment in Christ that reaches beyond what you know of Christ.
  • He too is touched by our grief, our sorrow, for He — like us, knows death. He too, also knows the victory that proceeds death. “Oh death where is the string? We are more than conquerors through Him…who loves us so!”

The prophet Isaiah’s eyes must have experienced the wonders of all wonders. A beyond glorious sights to behold…then to write about. Can you hear Isaiah say with bowed heart and body, “Who am I!” Oh to know, to see Israel’s destruction must have inflicted deep sorrow in the heart of God, yet He tells Isaiah of that Light, Jesus Christ, who is to come — who will come! 

  • God’s ultimate gracious love gift, Jesus Christ comes to fulfill His Father’s master plan of redemption, love, graciousness, compassion, and salvation to all mankind…no wonder Isaiah said, “Woe is me, for I am a man undone!” in chapter six verse five.

So even in the midst of our deepest darkness, there is Light…that Light is Jesus Christ our Lord! We are hopeful because of Christ. 

This Christmas, whatever circumstances surround you, know this, God is with us, Emmanuel, and that Light is with us! 

Merry Christ-filled Christmas!

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

“The Sweetest Gift”| Comfort for Those Left Behind

I came across this song tonight and had to share. May it be a comfort to your soul.


“The Sweetest Gift” written by Craig Aven

I’m not going to lie.
Christmas really hurts this time
Cause you’re not here to celebrate with me.
Tears fill my eyes.
And memories flood my mind,
As I place your ornament upon our tree.
Although this year I have a broken heart,
It gives me hope and joy as I remember where you are.

Chorus:
You’re with the Son of God.
You’re with the Prince of Peace.
You’re with the one we’re celebrating
And that thought amazes me.
Sometimes I still break down,
Grieving that we’re apart,
But the sweetest gift is knowing where you are.
You’re with the Son of God.

Got your picture in a frame
And a stocking with your name.
Oh God knows it’s been hard letting go.
And I can’t bring you back,
But I’ll see you again.
And oh, that thought is healing to my soul.
I’ll miss making angels with you in the snow.
I guess instead you will be singing with them
All around God’s throne.

Chorus

And I know the Christmas season
Was your favorite time of year.
You loved to help us decorate our tree.
But now that you’re with Jesus,
I can’t imagine how you feel
Cause He’s the one who bled and died
Upon the tree for you and me.

Chorus

Credits:
“The Sweetest Gift” written by Craig Aven
Produced by Jon Schmidt and Chuck E. Myers “sea”
Arranged by Jon Schmidt, Chuck Myers, Al van der Beek & Steven Sharp Nelson
Craig Aven: Vocals
Jon Schmidt: Piano
Steven Sharp Nelson: Cello
Piano and vocals recorded by Jake Bowen at Big Idea Studios
Cello recorded by Al van der Beek at TPG Studios
Mastered by Al van der Beek

Video Produced and Filmed by Paul Anderson & Shaye Scott
Video Edited by Shaye Scott & Paul Anderson


The link below should send you to the youtube video.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0yFXfAGl17M


“I would have despaired had I not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for and confidently expect the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord” Psalm 27:13-14 (amp).

We truly do have alive Hope all because of Christ. Oh, thank you Lord for this sweetest gift…JESUS CHRIST!

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