Your Pit May Be Your Purpose

We read in Psalm 40:2-3, David writes about a symbolic pit, one that maybe you feel like you are in now.

Notice, that pit is not the end. It is not the final chapter of David’s story, nor is it the final chapter of your story.

  • It is only the beginning of the next chapter, where God hears your cry, just like God heard Jesus praying for Lazarus.
  • It’s where He lifts you out of the mud you are sinking in, just like Jeremiah.
  • It’s where He sets your feet on solid ground and steadies your steps as He did for Gideon and Benaiah.
  • It’s where He puts a new song in your heart, just like He did for Paul and Silas.
  • It’s where many will see what He has done and be amazed like Joseph’s brothers and King Nebuchadnezzar and Paul’s jailer.

And…it just may be where you find your purpose.

Portion of devotional: Purpose in the Pit

“…He to put a new song in my mouth; many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.”

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Slanders Goal Becomes Your Goal

Whether you slander your brother or sister in Christ secretly or publicly the end result is the same.

“Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will silence; the one who has a haughty look and a proud (arrogant) heart I will not tolerate. (6) My eyes will be on the faithful (honorable) of the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks blamelessly is the one who will minister to and serve me.(7) He who practices deceit will not dwell in my house; he who tells lies and half-truths will not continue [to remain] in my presence. (8) Morning after morning I will destroy all the wicked in the land, that I may cut off from the city of the Lord all those who do evil” (Psalm 101).

🌱 Is slander on your tongue and heart today? 🌱 Does your mind fester and brew in preparation for its next opportunity to slaughter your brother or sister in Christ? 🌱 Secret or public displays are from the pit of hell. Which one do you serve? 🌱 Slanders goal becomes your goal.

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Broken Cup

I read this excerpt from a devotional called, Broken Crayons Still Color, today. May it be an encouragement to your soul.


Growing up, I was really good at hiding my brokenness. I thought that if people knew who I really was on the inside, they would reject me. As a result, I felt a deep ache and an emptiness that nothing seemed to fill. No matter what I did, the ache would not go away. 

Eventually, God gave me an illustration of my life – I was a broken cup. 

Several tragedies in my life that represented cracks in my cup and the brokenness that came into my life. However, instead of bringing my broken cup, my pain and brokenness, to God for healing, I was trying to deal with it myself.

  • I was trying to fill my broken cup with water from several sources to fill the emptiness I felt inside.
  • No matter what I did, it did not satisfy because my “cup” was equipped to hold only one kind of water, the living water of Jesus. The kind of water I tried to fill it with would simply drain out over time. So although I would feel temporary satisfaction, it never lasted.

I sensed God saying to me, “Shelley, you have committed two sins: you have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and no matter what you do, you will never be satisfied apart from me. I want you to come to my spring of living water that never runs dry.” (paraphrase from Jeremiah 2:13)

I am sure some of you have felt the same way!

I walked through a season in my life when God asked me to surrender my brokenness, my broken cup, to Him for healing. It was a painful season as I began to face some deep wounds from my past. However, over time, as I surrendered my broken cup to God, He put all my broken pieces inside His cup, His cup that no longer had any cracks and was able to hold water. As I chose to come to Him each day for His living water, my emptiness was replaced with true satisfaction in Christ.

If you put a mug underneath a waterfall, what will happen? The cup will fill with water and then eventually overflow.

And that is what began to happen in my heart. As I was filled with Christ each day, I was not only satisfied in Christ but His Spirit in me began to overflow.

Instead of being needy and going to other people to feel good about myself, I actually had something to give to others. I had love to give. I had joy to give. I had encouragement to share.

Psalm 23:5 says, “My [brimming] cup overflows [runs over].

May today be your turning point. God can take your cup, your mess, and turn it into a masterpiece! Will you let Him?

  • From this devotional, Broken Crayons Still Color, you can download 7 hand-drawn printable scripture coloring pages as a PDF for FREE at www.brokencrayonsbook.com

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Psalms 139:14

Does your soul know it? It is!

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Three Men & Their Pit Called Furnace

Like Jeremiah, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego find themselves in a pit because they were obedient to God.

But their pit is a bit more extreme in that it has flames. Super stoked, fatally hot, unrelenting killer flames. Their pit was a furnace.

They were thrown in simply because they refused to bow down and worship a statue of the king. This was a bold move at the time. Everyone else was doing it. But our three heroes refused to bow to peer pressure and bow to anything or anyone other than God.

The king gave them one more chance, warning them if they didn’t bow, they would be thrown in the furnace and even God couldn’t save them there. That sounds like a challenge.

“We won’t bow, ever, so go ahead and throw us in… our God can save us.. and even if he doesn’t, that’s ok too!” Even if He doesn’t?

What kind of faith is that?

It was actually pretty big faith. It was a faith that knew that God was not there to serve them, but they existed to serve and worship God. They existed because of God, and they trusted that no matter what happened, He was in control. It was a faith that knew that God’s purposes would prevail, even if it cost them something.

And it appears to have cost them everything. The king is so incensed at their “rebellion” that he demands the furnace to be stoked to seven times hotter than usual. So hot that when the soldiers threw the three men into the flames, the soldiers themselves died from the heat.

But what of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego? They were tied up! How could they survive?

As the king looked in the furnace he saw the men UNTIED, and walking around freely in the flames! But wait! There is someone else in there too And it looks like God!

So it was there, when things were at their bleakest, that the three men met God face to face. Not on some mountaintop, but rather in a pit of fire.

God could have delivered them before it got to that point, I’m sure. But that would have been at best, just an escape that would only have made the king more angry. Perhaps the furnace would have been stoked ten times hotter the next time.

No, this way, although the hard way, was the right way. Because the king saw that there was a God who could save them and in fact did save them. The king’s heart softened and he brought them out of the furnace decreeing that no one could ever talk bad about this God that saved these men. And he promoted the men to higher positions because the king saw God with these men.

  • As you go through the furnaces you may face, think about this, people are watching you.
  • People are wondering how you do it, and when they see how, when they see Jesus walking next to you, not removing the flames but walking with you through them, then that is the stuff that changes hearts and lives.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego went through a horrific experience. But they came out better for it, protected and promoted by the king, but really, protected and promoted by the KING!

Devotional: Purpose in the Pit

🗝️ Daniel 3:1-30
🗝️ Isaiah 43:2 “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
🗝️ 1 Peter 4:12-13 “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

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Your Pit

This is to good to not share. I read this in a devotional this morning. Maybe you are in a “pit” of some sort, maybe your pit is self-inflicted or maybe you simply stood up for righteousness, justice, Truth and it seems like it has cost you. Take courage. Be encouraged. God’s righteousness does prevail. God sees.


Jeremiah ended up in his pit for a most unlikely reason. He was obeying God. The Babylonians were coming to take the people of Jerusalem captive and Jeremiah knew that resistance would be futile. He had it on good authority, God Himself, that the people would be taken captive and he told them so.

This was not the inspiring message the powers that be wanted to hear, but it was the message God had given. As punishment for his “treason”, Jeremiah was lowered into a cistern where he sank deep in the mud, unable to even squirm his way out. His fate looked sealed. Without access to food and water, he would die, stuck in the mud, in the bottom of a pit. All because He spoke words God asked him to speak.

Jeremiah could have remained silent. This was not the first time obeying God had gotten him into trouble, and it wouldn’t be the last. But Jeremiah makes it clear that when God asks him to speak, he can’t stay silent (Jeremiah 20:9).

Your obedience to God may not result in the kind of life-threatening scenarios Jeremiah faced, but it can certainly feel that way sometimes.
Perhaps you lost friends because you wouldn’t engage in gossip. Or maybe you lost a job because you refused to lie for your boss. Perhaps a romantic interest broke up with you because you put God first.

Sometimes obeying God can feel a little bit like being in a pit, but the great news is that God will never leave you there.

In Jeremiah’s case, Ebed-Melech, an Ethiopian court official, was worried that Jeremiah was going to die in the pit and asked the king if he could help. And the king who gave permission to put Jeremiah in the pit now gave permission to rescue him. Ebed-Melech, took a team of 30 men and pulled Jeremiah out. It is speculated that the rescue was risky and that’s why it took 30 men. Some pulled Jeremiah out, while the others kept watch for the ones that originally put him in the pit. The rescue was also compassionate. They even thought to throw down rags to Jeremiah so he could protect his skin from the ropes. In the end, Ebed-Melech and Jeremiah got the same reward. God promised to rescue them and keep them safe.

You may be like Jeremiah, in a pit for no other reason than you were obedient. Or you may be like Ebed-Melech, filled with compassion for someone who has been unjustly treated. Know that God sees you and God will reward you.

Devotional: Purpose In The Pit

Friend, I hope this has been a encouragement to you.

  • Jeremiah walked with God even when it didn’t make sense. He couldn’t help but tell God’s message.
  • God didn’t reward Jeremiah because he was Jeremiah. God rewarded Jeremiah because he obeyed the Word of the Lord, faithfully walked God’s path, and spoke God’s Truths.

Jeremiah actively choose obedience over self-knowledge or feelings; it didn’t matter that he didn’t understand, it matter because God said so.

Jeremiah actively choose to stand for Truth (God’s Truth) even when he was alone. Can we say the same?

God rewards those who choose to faithfully walk by faith and not by sight. God over everything else.

  • Seek God’s Truth.
  • Obey God’s Truth.
  • Proclaim God’s Truth.

You will never go wrong! Remember, God sees. God rewards. Keep the faith. Stand strong. (Jeremiah 38:1-13; 39:15-18)

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Today…I will! {pt 4}

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Today…I will! {pt 3}


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Today…I will! {pt2}


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Today…I will!


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Be a Joseph


God had purposeful plans for Joseph. His calling was certain, no doubt about that, but God wasn’t finished preparing him for his task; and that is where we read and watch his character mature to the place where God said, “It is time.”

  • We know the story, his brothers sold him into slavery before Reuben had time to rescue him out of that pit as planned.
  • We read of the trials that followed him from place to place it seemed — brotherly rivalry to a pit, prison, then second to the Pharaoh himself. But Joseph didn’t know his end, we do. We read it in Scripture.

Not knowing the end doesn’t constitute a sinful response. Joseph didn’t let his circumstances stop him from responding correctly to what the will of the Father was. He chose to surrender, yield, submit in obedience by keeping God first above all…even when it didn’t make sense, or when it was hard.

We can see small glimpses into who Joseph was…

1. Joseph didn’t feel sorry for himself. He sure could of, but he didn’t allow himself to go there. We too have this choice.

2. Joseph used the unfair trials to bring glory to God while learning to trust Him more along the way. God doesn’t waste hurt. God doesn’t waste period. Everything He does or allows is purposeful. Joseph trusted God’s plan.

3. Joseph remembered. He remember what God did in the past and trusted Him for the future.

I am reminded of Psalms 105:19, Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character.”

In God’s perfect time, we see Joseph’s God-given dreams come true; His response, forgiveness.

Just as God used every trial, every struggle, every joy with purpose in Joseph’s life, He too will do the same in ours. God knows your end goal — the question we should be asking ourselves is this, “Do I trust God to get me there? Do I trust Him?” Joseph did!

  • Someone once said, Sometimes what “feels” like a pit is really our training ground for what is next.” How true…if we see it that way.Take heart, God sees. God knows. God’s got your back — will you trust Him even when it doesn’t make sense?

Take heart, God sees. God knows. God’s got your back — will you trust Him even when it doesn’t make sense?

  • Keep your eyes on Christ! It’s the only way to get there.

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Stay Faithful!

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God’s Got Your Back

“God’s Got Your Back”

The problem for those who battle anxiety is there isn’t a physical weapon big enough to defend us from every fear we face in life. But, thankfully, we have a Shepherd who has pledged to defend us.

Every shepherd in the time of David had a rod, a formidable staff carved out of the center of the lower part of a tree trunk. With that rod the shepherd could fight off the lion, the cougar, the wolf, or the bear. With the staff it would guide the sheep, but with the rod it would pulverize anything that tried to snatch one away.

To put an “X” through your anxiety you are going to have to see Jesus as your defender. So often when we feel under attack, vulnerable or stressed we look for someone who will take up our cause no matter what. Someone, as we say, who has our back!

Some time ago when I was coming through a challenging season I traveled to speak at a conference in another country. Before the session started a large group of leaders and conference organizers gathered for prayer in an upstairs room behind the stage.

Afterward, a woman approached me with a word of encouragement. I had never met her before and she knew nothing about my personal life. But her words shot through me that night. She said, “I just wanted to encourage you…I sense someone’s trying to trip you up, but God’s got your back.”

What she didn’t know was that I was spending a lot of sleepless nights trying to watch my back.

I don’t need to know your situation to pass that encouragement on to you. I don’t know for sure what you’re afraid of right now, but I want to remind you, God’s got your back.

As a child of God in Christ, God Almighty has your back. No evil plan, no attack, no fear can stand up to your Shepherd, Jesus. And even while you are sleeping, He watches over you. He doesn’t just send you into the dark valley, he leads you through it with a rod in one hand and a staff in the other.

  • Call out to Jesus right now and thank him for promising to protect your life. Tell Him you are depending on Him to guard your life and those you care about. Because He is with you, you can close your eyes at night and know that He is watching every side, every angle.

    • In fact, He sees your circumstances coming before you do. He protects you in ways you don’t even realize. Jesus is for you. He loves you. And He’s got your back.

The above devotional is called: Putting an X Through Anxiety: a seven day journey w/ Louie Giglio.


Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; set me securely on an inaccessibly high place away from those who rise up against me” Psalm 59:1.

Even though I walk through the [sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort and console me” Psalm 23:4.

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

How to Resize Your Gaint

Resizing Your Giant

One of the many things the Devil lies about is the size of your giant. For David, Goliath wasn’t a shrimp of a guy. He was over nine feet tall and towered over the best of Israel’s fighting men. It’s likely your anxiety looks a lot bigger and more powerful than you, too.

The Enemy might be telling you right now that reading through this journey “thing” is not going to work either. He’s saying, Don’t get your hopes up, friend. Things are never going to change for you.

But, you must remember that when the Devil speaks he never leads us to the truth.

Your giant may be big, but your giant is not bigger than Jesus.

Today, Jesus wants to break the power of the lie that says otherwise, and tell you again that He is bigger than whatever you are up against.

The question today is which voice will you choose—the liar or the One who speaks truth.

  • You have the power, no matter how helpless or broken-down you feel, to choose what you set before you today.

  • You can fix your eyes on the giant, or you can lift your eyes higher to the God of heaven and earth. With the Almighty in view, your giant will be resized by God’s greatness.
  • You can fix your eyes on the giant, or you can lift your eyes higher to the God of heaven and earth. With the Almighty in view, your giant will be resized by God’s greatness.

When Moses led the people of God out of bondage in Egypt, God brought them toward the land of promise. Once they were close, Moses sent twelve men to spy out the land and assess the situation. They returned to report that the land was, in fact, amazing, filled with bounty and provision just as God had said.

But, warriors filled the fortressed cities. These giants made them say, “We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” (Numbers 13:33 NIV)

The issue wasn’t the size of the giants that inhabited the land. The problem was that they failed to remember the size of their God.

  • We forget about the powerful work of Jesus on the cross to defeat every giant, destroying once and for all the power of sin, death, and the grave.

    • We forget that He created the universe with just a word and sustains all things by His mighty power.

  • We forget that He created the universe with just a word and sustains all things by His mighty power.
  • We forget that He created the universe with just a word and sustains all things by His mighty power.
  • We forget that He has promised to lead us through the valley and to fulfill His purpose for our life.
  • We forget that He created the universe with just a word and sustains all things by His mighty power.
  • We forget that He has promised to lead us through the valley and to fulfill His purpose for our life.

So, do whatever you must today to move Jesus into view; to remember His work on the cross. Put Him in front of your anxiety, depression, panic or worry. Let Him stand in front of them all. And when He is there, worship Him for who He is.


⬆️ The above devotional is called: Putting an X Through Anxiety: a seven day journey

w/ Louie Giglio. ⬆️


“I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at

my right hand, I will not be shaken (Psalm 16:8).

I will not die, but live, and tell of the works of the Lord (Psalm 118:17).


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

You’re Not Crazy

You will never win.

You are in this alone.

You are going crazy.

The Enemy wants you to believe these lies. He wants you to feel like you are the only person who is in this bubble of darkness. He wants you to believe there’s no way out…no end to this misery. He’s trying to convince you right now that you will never be normal again. That you are in fact crazy.

A big breakthrough in my journey to freedom from anxiety was when I learned I was not alone. A friend told me about a pastor I very much respected who had shared a message about his battle with depression. At the time, I had never heard of anyone who was dealing with a situation like mine. When I realized this other pastor had similar initial symptoms to mine (“crazy” physical symptoms), a layer of hope was deposited into my heart. Though things didn’t change instantly, I was comforted by knowing someone had survived to tell about it.

I didn’t have an instant turn-around. But I did come out of the night and into the light of day. My bout was incapacitating for months and afterwards my anxiety didn’t permanently go away. In fact, to be transparent, some days that lingering sense of anxiety still lurks over my left shoulder about sixty miles behind me. The difference now is I know what it is and I know it’s not going to take me out.

And I believe, by the power of Jesus’ name, it’s not going to take you out either. The Devil may be prowling around, seeking someone to devour. But Jesus is a roaring lion King, and He is with you in the valley called the shadow of death.

  • Call out to Jesus even now.
  • Call on His mighty name.
  • Thank Him that He is with you.
  • Tell Him you believe He can lead you to the light again.

If you would allow me, I’d like to speak that over your life today through this prayer:

“Father, I lift up my friend who is reading this right now, especially the one who feels like there is nowhere else to turn. I speak the powerful name of Jesus of Nazareth over their situation. Please shine truth into the cobwebs of despair and allow them to see You right there with them in the midst of the darkness. I thank You that You promise to lead them to the other side if they will put their trust in You. Jesus, You are greater than whatever is trying to take them out. Preserve. Protect. Awaken. Restore. For Your Great Glory, Amen.”


⬆️ The above devotional is called: Putting an X Through Anxiety: a seven day journey w/ Louie Giglio. ⬆️


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My Giant Slayer


Say Hello to My Giant Slayer

Each person’s anxiety is complex and unique. But all of us have the same hope today—God is fighting for us.

Walking free from panic attacks, depression, fear, and worry is a process, one with many steps and turns. But the key to living untangled from anxiety is not a plan, but a person.

Your hope is in Jesus, the Great Shepherd of the sheep. He is the way, the truth, and the life. And he is inviting you to allow Him to lead you through whatever you are facing in this world.

God understands that we get stressed in life. Dozens of places in Scripture speak directly to anxiety, and hundreds more to fear and worry. Why? Because people have always been anxious.

Arguably the best-known text in the Bible is Psalm 23. At the core of this Psalm is an extraordinary offer from God—that He will lead and guide us through every season. Specifically, God promises to lead us through the valley of the shadow of death, that dark place where we doubt everything good and fear every possible negative outcome.

As David writes Psalm 23, he is facing life-threatening danger, but he is confident in his Shepherd. He describes it like this, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (v.4 ESV)

  • Do you know a valley like that?
  • Do you feel isolated and alone, as if no one understands the crushing load you are under, nor the enemy you fear?
  • Or is your valley less defined—a hard to describe cloud of doom that descends on your best thoughts, turning life into a shadowy mist of confusion?

If so, God is offering to walk with you through this valley. He does not lead you to the valley, but He promises to lead you THROUGH it. This current place of struggle will not be the end of you. Your hope is in Jesus.

This may sound simplistic or elementary. But, in a world that has quick-fixes at every turn, we have the God of Heaven standing in front of us, offering to be our shepherd in whatever valley we find ourselves in.

Jesus is offering to lead, provide, protect, and preserve you through the darkest valleys and most imposing nights. I invite you to call on Him right now, out loud.

You may feel like God is a billion miles away. You may believe your voice won’t even get past the walls of the room you are in if you were to call on Him. But, the name of Jesus is power. Call on Him now. Tell Him you can’t see Him, but you have heard He is near. Ask Him to stop and consider the pit of depression you are in. Tell Him you want Him to lead you through the valley of anxiety. Be honest with Him and ask Him to shine light into your darkness.

You may not know how He’s going to do it, but in faith tell Him you know He can.

⬆️ Above devotional called: Putting an X Through Anxiety: a seven day journey with Louie Giglio.⬆️


Remembering our key to living untangled in this life is not our plan, a plan, or someone else’s plan, but in the loving power of Jesus Christ. He only gives us the victory.

In Christ I am SHE (Saved. Hopeful. Empowered)

About Face

It has been hard to get in the Word.

Yep. I said it…out load! These past several weeks I have struggle to sit, to think, to blog, to write, to listen, to even journal. It is just not there.

I have counseled enough people, read enough books, and have been challenged myself over the years to know what the root problem is, my flesh.

But I gotta tell you, the noise within me has been louder than the peace of God lately.

This world is screaming with all kinds of noises. Scenes across our globe are disturbing even enraging that lead to more thoughts that create more noise. 

We are at war – we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against spiritual forces: darkness, wickedness (Ephesians 6:12).

Even though “noise” is seen, heard or felt, it does not excuse my responsibility before an Almighty God; to walk humbly before Him. To allow “noise” to separate me from the God is sin.

I have tried if you wondered. I have wanted to sit, to read, to sup long, but the struggle has been real and few are far in between as of late.

  • How does one remove external or internal noise?
  • How does one sit at the feet of Jesus while the storm around them rages in both action and word?
  • How does one hear the voice of God while their flesh is disoriented, confused, and distracted?

God.

I know. I can hear you say, “…but Colleen, you just said the struggle been real; to step into that quietness of soul before the Lord has been a struggle of the flesh…and here you answer, God.” Yes! The very thing my flesh has been warring against is the very thing my soul needs the most — God; that is why there is a war going on within.

I need an “about face” — an active choice of turning from to turning to; turning to the only One who can.

You heard right, but hear me out…

I am preaching to myself here…

I know it sounds too simple, but God is unable to violate Himself. He cannot lie, therefore, what He says He will do He does. What He promises He gives or takes away. When God speaks — it is.

Warning alert: it is harder for us to act upon (to live) than say, but there is hope.

  • Only God can remove my distractions.
  • Only God can replace the noise with peace.
  • Only God can still my soul and fill it with focus and clarity. Only God can renew, energize, or strengthen me.
  • Only God can take a storm and calm the sea, but I have, you have, a responsibility (your part) to step out of the way, walk by faith, trusting in His perfect work in you. I need to trust Him through releasing my grip on those “things” which I hold dearer than Him.

You see, my flesh has been trying hard; I have been losing. God has been waiting for me to see that my effects will never win…but with Him they do.

It makes no difference who you are, what your place in life is, what you do or how old you are…human flesh is just that, flesh. God is not a respecter of persons. God sees souls (Acts 10:34).

We had a family stay with us last weekend. God has called them to Columbia to be missionaries. If you know anything about Columbia, your heart just skipped a beat or two.

A couple of words display who this young family is: God-focused. Christ-centered. Godly marriage. Living our Deuteronomy 6 with their children. Integrity. Surrender. Faith and trust. Plus, they have a great sense of humor. They are gems!

It was a sweet couple of days with them. What strikes me most is their knowledge of the danger before them (and yes, they have had conversation with the Lord about this) but they choose to walk in simplified trust in God’s calling. This calling compels them and grows in longing; they see God and souls.

This is actually what God sees…souls. God sees no color, there are just souls. Souls that He created in the image of Himself that He longs to be reunited with.

When you stop to think about what you think about and how far off it is from the vision of God…you begin to see your flesh at its best…most miserable.

  • I began to ask myself, what am I looking at?
  • What have I been focusing on?
  • What have I allowed in my life to cause distraction?
    • What do your eyes see?

God is not distracted by our noise.

God is not distracted by the world’s noise.

God is not distracted or surprised by our lack or inability, but it doesn’t stop Him from accomplishing His great commission… souls!

God is in the business of redemption – restoring what once was – an intimate relationship with His creation, mankind.

God sees souls. God sees your soul. God sees my soul.

Here I am – struggling to just sit, listen and be still – while God only sees me, longing for me to come. Does God care about our externals, sure, but He cares more about what lies within our hearts than what lies without. His focal point is eternal. Is mine?

I am at fault for allowing such distractions to plagued me for weeks, not God. I have allow “it” to scream louder than the loving voice of God calling me to come, to sit, to sup, and be still with Him while He loves me and directs me.

Does today’s events concern me, yes. Do I wonder about the future of our children or grandchildren, if the Lord tarries, yes. BUT…there is a fine line between temporal and eternal. We cannot allow distractions or the noise of this life to stop us, to prevent us from doing the will of the Father. We must not give way to the storm(s) within that cause destruction. We are more than conquerors. The devil would love us to think we lost; isn’t that just what the he wants.

The best Christian is a defeated Christian in the eyes of the devil.

  • I am convicted.
  • I have repented.
  • That is why I write.
  • I am thankful.
  • I am restored.
  • That is why I write.
  • I know I am not the only one to find this battle.
  • That is why I write…to share, to encourage you…YOU CAN IN CHRIST!
  • We would be consumed if it wasn’t for the grace of God who loves us and gave himself for us (Lamentations 3:22-23).
  • How can we not give Him our personhood?  

How are you doing, friend?

  • Is your soul struggling and flesh winning out?
  • Have you stopped spending time with God?
  • Have your eyes, soul, and heart become distracted?
    • Remember…only God can remove your distractions.
    • Only God can replace your noise with peace.
    • Only God can still your soul and fill it with focus and clarity.
    • Only God can renew, energize, or strengthen you.
    • Only God can take your storm and calm your sea.

Yesterday, was my “about face.” How about you? Make today your “about face” and leave whatever it is that has you anchored down and turn from it and run to God. Come home.

We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:10). Humbly His servant and your friend,

Colleen Woodruff: In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}     

Set Your Gaze

Anxiety. This looming giant in a deep valley threatens, taunts, intimidates, incapacitates, and paralyzes. This giant is real. And it can be deadly.

Anxiety and its cousins—panic, worry, fear and dread—is complex. There are spiritual, mental, physical, emotional, genetic, and circumstantial factors that can cause us to fall into the grip of depression, pulling us away from those we love and shuttering our ability to deal with everyday life. To underestimate the problem, or blow it off with a, hey, shrug it off and bounce back mentality, is a mistake.

I know this because I have suffered defeat in this valley in years past. Yet, I also know there is a way to overcome anxiety. I know first hand that you can emerge on the other side of depression and dread, and live to tell about someone who is more powerful than whatever has a grip on you. I am not offering a quick fix, nor a promise that you will escape the fight. But I’d like to tell you about a champion, a giant-slayer, who is on your side in the battle.

I have heard stories of others struggling with anxiety that sound similar to mine, yet every person’s battle is different and every experience is unique. A “one-size-fits-all” approach isn’t going to be helpful here.

But coming to terms with the formidable size of this giant in no way diminishes the promise of God—you can live free from the demoralizing grip of anxiety.

It’s imperative for you to know that you are not standing helplessly alone in your valley. God Almighty is with you and he is fighting for you. In fact, he’s already taken on every “Goliath” and won!


⬆️ Above devotional called: Putting an X Through Anxiety: a seven day journey with Louie Giglio.⬆️


Friend,

the world around us seems to grow crazier by the hour. I don’t know what your future holds, what struggles weigh your soul or if the storm of depression, anxiety or even thoughts of contemplating suicide rage within. But this I do know, I know who holds your future.

Let’s choose today, right now, together to set our gaze on HIM: not ourselves, not the circumstance, not this world…but Him.

We will not ignore the behemoth beast called fear, worry, panic, or anxiety that has gripped our soul, but we will choose to lift our eyes and see someone bigger and more powerful—someone who loves us unconditionally and has plans to lead us in this life…God.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 says, “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. Then you will call on Me and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear [your voice] and I will listen to you. 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.

I am praying for you,

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

America & My Soul

“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:31-32).

“O Lord, You are truly the One who has made America great and the One who has sustained her. Your Word provides the answers to our need for civility, yet a godless society has neither knowledge of nor care for Your Word. We who know the Truth have been too complacent and too overly concerned with our own pursuits of the American dream. While not all will turn to You, we have drifted from the commitment to do all we can to reach as many as we can.

Lord, we pray for revival in America thinking that the revival is for the other person when in reality it not revival that is needed: it is repentance that is needed. Repentance for our own lack of commitment, for our own carelessness in living out Your Word, for our own hardness of heart that has so easily dismissed the spiritual needs of our fellow countrymen.

We pray that you would bring those who have committed the criminal acts of these last days to justice. We pray you would restore peace and civility. We pray you would forgive our complacency. We pray that you would put a burning passion in our soul for the lost and an effectiveness for reaching them as we passionately pursue You.

In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen!”


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