Oh, to be Found Delighting

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

The Lord has a Funny Sense of Humor

Sometimes in ministry you have some let downs. I had such a one recently. I was determined to not allow it to steal my obedience, love, and faithfulness to my Heavenly Father, but it was a challenge at times.

This morning, as I opened my Bible I was thinking about a passage someone shared with me the other day. They explained how the Lord had used it in their life and how the Lord gave them strength and spiritual encouragement through it. I was trying to remember the chapter. I thought it was Hebrews 15.

Well if you know your Bible you know there is no chapter 15 in Hebrews. I shrugged it off thinking I just heard the wrong chapter number.

Instead of going back to the book of the Bible I have been reading, I picked Hebrews 13.

I read the first verse and literally laughed out loud!

God has such a sense of humor. He knew exactly what I needed to hear.

Let love of your fellow believers continue. Do not neglect to extend hospitality to strangers [especially among the family of believers—being friendly, cordial, and gracious, sharing the comforts of your home and doing your part generously], for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as if you were their fellow prisoner, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body [and subject to physical suffering]” Hebrews 13:1-3 {AMP}.

If you are discouraged or struggling with a let down — whether in the midst of the body of Christ or your sphere of those around you…know the Lord is with you and He sees. Run to Him in prayer. Run to His Word. Run and remember.

“Thank you Lord I am greatly humbled, shake in knowing You see me, You care for me in such great detail. You felt and understood my hearts ache. Oh Lord, thank you! Thank you for making me laugh and reminding me to remember; to shift my eyes to where they need to be….on YOU!”

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

Living Inside Our Means = Freedom

Times of both plenty and want mark our lives, but wisdom tells us to pay our debts, live with what we have, don’t spend what we don’t have, and make room for generosity.

Tiffany Bluhm
  • Our culture attempts (and does a good job at it) to convince us “we need it” “we deserve it” “we have got it have it“.
  • They also say that debt is an acceptable way to live because our hunt for the latest gadget and gizmo is deserved (not warning the consumer that they are the ones who suffer when swallowed in payments/debts they can barely pay).
  • But if a debt is building then our savings and our means of giving opportunity dwindles, it is time we take stock of what our checkbook and monthly Visa statements look like.
  • Take a hard look to see what kind of purchases fill your registers.is wisdom, to not it to live foolishly.
  • What you see will reveal your heart’s passion. Be honest with yourself! You just may need to confess and ask God to forgive your love of want.

It’s easy to slip into a pool of jealousy over what others around us have, but it never pleases God, never. And if you didn’t know, the one who losses in this jealous is you!

Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law” (Romans 13:7‭-‬8).

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

Excerpts of today’s thoughts come from a devotional called, ‘Flourish: 21 Ways to Thrive Before 45’ by Tiffany Bluhm which is available on the YouVersion app. The Bible version used today is the ESV. May God be glorified and our hearts turned to Him.

When God Uses Your Kids to Remind You of Himself.

While having family devotions the other night one of our children said…

More than we’d like to admit, we often forget when a child becomes a daughter or son of God they are indwelt by the Holy Spirit instantly.

The Holy Spirit doesn’t gradually increase as they grow older in age or in spiritual understanding; they are indwelt with all of the Holy Spirit exactly like the moment we called upon the name of the Lord to be saved.

We would all agree, a new born babe isn’t eating meat, but rather drinking milk. The level of spiritual knowledge increases as our children (and ourselves) walk with Christ. He is the developer. He is the one who matures a soul. It is when we become more intimate with His that our application of God’s Word is obeyed; loved. As our children are nurtured their walk with Christ flourishes. The ‘amount‘ of Holy Spirit for a child or adult is actually the same upon the day of salvation.

I love when God uses our children to remind us of Himself. The Lord uses the smallest people in our lives to show us Himself through these timeless, effective, and wisdom filled words or actions to convict us, encourage us, remind us that the power of the Holy Spirit is among us; including our children.

God doesn’t save us to leave us.

What a powerful statement. Why is this such a bullseye to the soul? Well, let’s see:

  • God is purposeful. You are His creation, His workmanship, His poem, His masterpiece. You are created in the image of God. You are an heir to the throne of the King of Kings; lest we forgot no one or nothing can change that or take that away (Ephesians 2:10; John 10:28-30). In His purposeful plan He fills it with specific tailored details, a course of action set for you alone by God Himself with a love that is indescribable, unfathomable and gracious.
  • God cannot voilate Himself. This is beyond comfort. We can trust God because His very character is trustworthy.
    • What God says He does. Period.
    • When God says it will be or not be. We are guaranteed it will come to pass.
    • How God says it will be or not be…we know this too shall come to pass.
    • Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5 tell us “He will never leave us nor forsake us…be strong, be courageous, be content and do not fear.” Those are guaranteed words! Those are comforting words. Those are life giving words. Those are life sustaining words to continue in assurance in His will. Those are words spoken from a Father to His child…YOU!

God doesn’t save us to leave us.

You are already victorious. You have already won the battle because of Christ. The million dollar question is: Are we going to live accordingly?

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

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

Living Defeated or Victorious: That Decision was Given to You to Make.

This devotional clip was written by David Bowden author of When God Isn’t There. You can read more of this devotional through YouVersion titled Rewire Your Heart (I have inserted a few thoughts as well throughout this devotional; they are italicized in brackets).



When times get really hard it becomes so much easier to sin. (The temptations seem to pull stronger, the lure more frequent.) Psalm 37 is about how to persevere during a really hard time.

The Psalmist, David, writes that wicked people are doing terrible things. How should David and the people respond? David says we should respond with stillness, patience, and faith.

  • But how is that even possible?
  • How can we just sit there and take it?
  • How can we be still when everything is swirling around us?
  • How can we be patient when everything is going wrong?
  • How can we have faith when all hope seems to be lost?

(God has filled the pages of Scripture for us to see, learn, taste in the goodness of Him in the land of the living (Psalm 27), but for today we will only look into one powerful verse. Psalm 37:4 is one of the most beautiful, helpful, and we encouraging passages I know.)

Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

This verse is so helpful for two main reasons.

1) Perseverance and fighting sin don’t have to be a sad affair. We are called to find delight! But where are we to find this delight in such bleak circumstances? We can’t find them in our surroundings. We can’t find them just by looking on the bright side.

We find (true, real) delight in the LORD…when we delight ourselves in Him.

For us as Christians, (one of) the best ways to do this is by repeating (remembering) the Good News of the Gospel to yourself. Jesus has saved you from sin and death (don’t even forget that). He has taken your punishment…(your rightful place on that cross.) You have been reconciled to the Father (forgiven of it all, justified, redeemed). You’ve been made a temple of the living God (an heir). Delight yourself in all God has done for you (praise Him)!

2) The second reason this verse is so helpful is because we get something (isn’t God so good, not only does He forgive us, cleanse us, make us His child, He also lavishes upon us good things). Not only do we not have to be sad, but…we get the desires of our hearts.

What are these desires in our hearts that we will be given in times of trouble? Well, it is the very thing we have been delighting in.

We will get God!

  • No matter the circumstance.
  • No matter the sin.
  • If you delight yourself in the God of the Gospel you will get the God of the Gospel.
  • Revel in Jesus.
  • Jesus will reveal himself to you.

That is how you fight sin in difficult times. Engage your heart in the fight. Delight yourself in God.


There are so many more verses in Scripture that we could comb through today, but this devotional has been such a good reminder that…

  1. We are not defeated for we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us so (Romans 8:37).
  2. God is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
  3. When we draw near to God, He will draw near to us (James 4:8).

Engage your heart in the fight. Delight yourself in God…He delights in you!

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

What Does God Want?

This devotional clip was written by David Bowden author of When God Isn’t There. You can read more of this devotional through YouVersion titled Rewire Your Heart.


What is God after? What does He want from us? Is He after a song on Sunday or a really good prayer at night? I think we all know the answer is no.

God is after our hearts.

One of the clearest moments in the Bible where we learn this truth is in Isaiah. God is describing through his prophet a siege that is coming upon Jerusalem.

However, no matter how much the people hear of Isaiah’s words and God’s revelation, they will not really listen. They will be like a person who is given a book but cannot open it and like one who is given a book but cannot read (29:11-12).

So why this coming punishment? And why can’t the people understand the visions and warnings from God?

Here is where we get our clear picture of what God is after. Here is the reason.

“Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me” (29:13).

  • God is punishing and blinding His people because they are putting on a show of religion, but their hearts are not in it.
  • They come to God and give Him praise and say all the right words, but God does not have their innermost selves — their hearts.

God wants your heart, not your lips. He wants your affections, passions, desires, and longings. God wants your wants. And he will not be satisfied until he has them.

Why? Because He knows that only when you desire Him will you be desiring something good. And not only will you be desiring something good, in fact the only good, but also the best good. God wants your wants because He wants your good.

And how will He get your heart? Well, how did He plan to get the hearts of His wayward people in Isaiah’s day?

He will do wonderful things (29:14). But these wonderful things aren’t pretty. These are things that bring wonder. Things like punishment and mighty acts of judgement. The reason why people were drawing near to God with their lips but not their hearts was because their fear of God was fake. It was a “commandment taught by men” (29:13).

So God would instill true fear in their hearts. This may sound harsh, but God wanted their hearts. So He would reveal Himself to them in the only way that would change them.

God changes hearts the same way today. He shows himself to us in wonderful ways. And the most wonderful way He has revealed Himself to us is also in judgement and punishment. But this time, the judgement and punishment did not come upon us who deserved it. God’s wrath came upon Jesus, who bore our punishment even though he did not deserve it.

  • Is your heart far from God even though your lips are close to Him?
  • Do you want to change that?
  • Behold Jesus!
  • See how God has revealed Himself to you in Christ!
  • Let the fear and love of God pierce your heart by peering deeply into the truth of the Gospel.

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

The Power of John 14

Do not let (allow) your heart be troubled; that is to say do not be afraid or become cowardly. Instead, believe confidently in God. Put everything you got in trusting in only Him.

You ask how can this be? I will tell you how this can be:

  • Believe (eternity).
  • Have faith.
  • Hold onto Christ.
  • Rely on Him.
  • Rely on His Word.
  • Keep believing in Jesus Christ.

Why? Why do this? Why believe in what seems invisible, abstract when I can see, smell, taste, hear everything right here, right now? What is the point in trust? I’ve seen more people use the crutch called God.

This is why. Jesus said!

When Jesus saith, mark eternity, His Words will come to pass. It is bound to happen…people will fail, but it is an impossibility for Him to fail. When God speaks, it is, because He is, and that is guaranteed! Nothing, no one, not even yourself could redirect, change, or deter what God hath spoken. We are human, God is not. We do well to not place Him among ourselves and degrade Him for there is no one more than you could trust.

People form ‘crutches’ God doesn’t.

Jesus continues, “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places (mansions). If this wasn’t true, I wouldn’t be telling you so. That is where I am today — I am in process, I am in construction mode preparing your specific homestead just for you. I am overwhelmed with love for you I can not help but build.

Don’t loss hope, one day I am coming back; coming back for each one of you who did not allow your heart to be troubled. Who fought the fearfulness and kick cowardness out of their heart’s door. Who believed in Me confidently. Who trusted Me regardless of themselves, surrounding circumstances, or people because holding onto faith, onto Christ, onto His Word was found more priceless than anything this physical life offered. To you, I will take you home. I will welcome you home and for eternity we shall be together.

Don’t confuse yourself in what I am telling you right now. You know the way because I AM the way. The question is are you going to trust Me or trust yourself? (John 14:1-4)

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

Are you the best version of you?

I saw this highlighted paragraph picture several months ago while I was laying in bed with Covid. Last night, I was flipping through my cell phone pictures and was challenged once again…the author is spot on.

(all credit to the author of this book)

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

Make Known: YOUR Blessings

Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon His name; make known His deeds amount the people! (Psalm 105:1)

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

Are you Available to God?

[All rights and credits of quote/pic go to Jennie Allen; Faith, Farming and Family] Thank you.

If there were a hundred people in a room and the question was asked, “What does surrender mean?” I think we’d all agree that we would hear a many different views.

Wikipedia says, “to surrender in spirituality and religion means that a believer completely gives up his own will and subjects his thoughts, ideas, and deeds to the will and teachings of a higher power (God). It may also be contrasted with submission. Surrender is willful acceptance and yielding to a dominating force and their will“.

It continues to say, “in Christianity, the first main principle of surrender is “dying to self” or “the carrying of your cross.” Let’s take this a step further, “allowing Christ to reign and rule in His order of  events” illustrated in the following passages:

  • Then said Jesus unto his disciples, if any [man] will come after me let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” — Matthew 16:24.
  • Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” — John 15:13.
  • And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us and offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour” — Ephesians 5:2.

Another central principle to the Christian concept of surrender is the surrendering oneself to God’s will. Surrendering entails surrender of one’s own will and to God’s. Trusting in His sovereignty over all things in which His ways of operating and thinking prevails over my humanity and satan’s deception. Secondarily, the surrender of one’s will is evidenced by the acknowledgement of God’s will for our personal lives even in the smallest decision. This is done through the putting off of personal desire in favor of God’s perfect will for our life. This includes the reality of an acceptance to His calling and purpose. The precipice or essentiality of this personal surrender is obedience. Obedience to God is an indication of bringing about His will. Which, having lasting effects through generations, in kingdoms, in nations is often associated with earthly and heavenly blessings.

The ultimate example of surrender is of Christ Himself who fully submitted His will to God’s divine plan. We see this in Christ’s birth, His prayers in Gethsemane and His crucifixion. The coming into the world as God incarnate and then the surrender to the Cross is the act of sacrificial atonement, breaking the curse of sin and death from the Fall — for us! For you! For me!

This is evidenced in the following:

  • “But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” — Phil. 2:7-8.
  • “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done” — Luke 22:42.

Surrender is also noted in Christian doctrine as one of the three columns of victorious living, or Christian victory: the blood of the Lamb [Christ], their testimony of the Word of God [Scriptures] and their lives, and loving not their own lives to death; that Christ’s life may be shown.

Ok, I am pretty impressed by Wikipedia’s thought and definition, but we aren’t going to just leave it to Wikipedia.

Let’s take another look. This time let’s look at the Blue Letter Bible. More specifically, Andrew Murray’s thoughts regarding “surrender.” Though it’s a bit lengthy, it is worth the read. Take it in sections, I did.


Andrew Murray: Absolute Surrender

“And Ben-hadad the king of Syria gathered all his host together: and there were thirty and two kings with him, and horses, and chariots: and he went up and besieged Samaria, and warred against it. And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel into the city, and said unto him, Thus saith Ben-hadad, thy silver and thy gold is mine; thy wives also and thy children, even the goodliest, are mine. And the king of Israel answered and said, My lord, O king, according to thy saying, I am thine and all that I have” (1 Kings 20: 1-4).

What Ben-Hadad asked was absolute surrender; and what Ahab gave was what was asked of him — absolute surrender.

I want to use these words: “My lord, O king, according to thy saying, I am thine, and all that I have,” as the words of absolute surrender with which every child of God ought to yield himself to his Father. We have heard it before, but we need to hear it very definitely — the condition of God’s blessing is absolute surrender of all into His hands. Praise God!

If our hearts are willing, there is no end to what God will do for us, and to the blessing God will bestow.

Absolute surrender — let me tell you where I got those words. I used them myself often, and you have heard them numberless times. But in Scotland once I was in a company where we were talking about the condition of Christ’s Church, and what the great need of the Church and of believers is; and there was in our company a godly worker who has much to do in training workers, and I asked him what he would say was the great need of the Church, and the message that ought to be preached. He answered very quietly and simply and determinedly:

Absolute surrender to God is the one thing.

The words struck me as never before. And that man began to tell how, in the workers with whom he had to deal, he finds that if they are sound on that point, even though they be backward, they are willing to be taught and helped, and they always improve; whereas others who are not sound there very often go back and leave the work. The condition for obtaining God’s full blessing is absolute surrender to Him.

And now, I desire by God’s grace to give to you this message — that your God in Heaven answers the prayers which you have offered for blessing on yourselves and for blessing on those around you by this one demand:

Are you willing to surrender yourselves absolutely into His hands?

What is our answer to be? God knows there are hundreds of hearts who have said it, and there are hundreds more who long to say it but hardly dare to do so. And there are hearts who have said it, but who have yet miserably failed, and who feel themselves condemned because they did not find the secret of the power to live that life. May God have a word for all!

Let me say, first of all, that God claims it from us.

(1) God expects your surrender!

Yes, it has its foundation in the very nature of God; God cannot do otherwise.

Who is God?

  • He is the Fountain of life, the only Source of existence and power and goodness, and throughout the universe there is nothing good but what God works, God has created the sun, and the moon, and the stars, and the flowers, and the trees, and the grass; and are they not all absolutely surrendered to God? Do they not allow God to work in them just what He pleases? When God clothes the lily with its beauty, is it not yielded up, surrendered, given over to God as He works in it its beauty?

And God’s redeemed children, oh, can you think that God can work His work if there is only half or a part of them surrendered?

  • God cannot do it.
  • God is life, and love, and blessing, and power, and infinite beauty, and God delights to communicate Himself to every child who is prepared to receive Him; but ah! this one lack of absolute surrender is just the thing that hinders God. And now He comes, and as God, He claims it.

You know in daily life what absolute surrender is. You know that everything has to be given up to its special, definite object and service.

  • I have a pen in my pocket, and that pen is absolutely surrendered to the one work of writing, and that pen must be absolutely surrendered to my hand if I am to write properly with it. If another holds it partly, I cannot write properly.
  • This coat is absolutely given up to me to, cover my body.
  • This building is entirely given up to religious services.
  • And now, do you expect that in your immortal being, in the divine nature that you have received by regeneration, God can work His work, every day and every hour, unless you are entirely given up to Him? God cannot.

The Temple of Solomon was absolutely surrendered to God when it was dedicated to Him.

And every one of us is a temple of God, in which God will dwell and work mightily on one condition — absolute surrender to Him. God claims it, God is worthy of it, and without it God cannot work His blessed work in us.

God not only claims it, but God will work it Himself.

(2) God Accomplishes Your Surrender

I am sure there is many a heart that says: “Ah, but that absolute surrender implies so much!” Someone says: “Oh, I have passed through so much trial and suffering, and there is so much of the self-life still remaining, and I dare not face the entire giving of it up, because I know it will cause so much trouble and agony.”

  • Alas! alas! that God’s children have such thoughts of Him, such cruel thoughts.
  • Oh, I come to you with a message, fearful and anxious one.
  • God does not ask you to give the perfect surrender in your strength, or by the power of your will; God is willing to work it in you. Do we not read: “It is God that worketh in us, both to will and to do of his good pleasure“? And that is what we should seek for –to go on our faces before God, until our hearts learn to believe that the everlasting God Himself will come in to turn out what is wrong, to conquer what is evil, and to work what is well-pleasing in His blessed sight. God Himself will work it in you.

Look at the men in the Old Testament, like Abraham. Do you think it was by accident that God found that man, the father of the faithful and the friend of God, and that it was Abraham himself, apart from God, who had such faith and such obedience and such devotion? You know it is not so. God raised him up and prepared him as an instrument for His glory.

Did not God say to Pharaoh: “For this cause have I raised thee up, for to show in thee my power“?

And if God said that of him, will not God say it far more of every child of His?

Oh, I want to encourage you, and I want you to cast away every fear.

Come with that feeble desire; and if there is the fear which says: “Oh, my desire is not strong enough, I am not willing for everything that may come, I do not feel bold enough to say I can conquer everything”– I pray you, learn to know and trust your God now.

Say: “My God, I am willing that Thou shouldst make me willing.” If there is anything holding you back, or any sacrifice you are afraid of making, come to God now, and prove how gracious your God is, and be not afraid that He will command from you what He will not bestow.

God comes and offers to work this absolute surrender in you. All these searchings and hungerings and longings that are in your heart, I tell you they are the drawings of the divine magnet, Christ Jesus. He lived a life of absolute surrender, He has possession of you; He is living in your heart by His Holy Spirit. You have hindered and hindered Him terribly, but He desires to help you to get hold of Him entirely. And He comes and draws you now by His message and words. Will you not come and trust God to work in you that absolute surrender to Himself? Yes, blessed be God, He can do it, and He will do it.

God not only claims it and works it, but God accepts it when we bring it to Him.

(3) God Accepts Your Surrender

God works it in the secret of our heart, God urges us by the hidden power of His Holy Spirit to come and speak it out, and we have to bring and to yield to Him that absolute surrender. But remember, when you come and bring God that absolute surrender, it may, as far as your feelings or your consciousness go, be a thing of great imperfection, and you may doubt and hesitate and say:

“Is it absolute?”

But, oh, remember there was once a man to whom Christ had said: “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” And his heart was afraid, and he cried out: “Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief.

That was a faith that triumphed over the devil, and the evil spirit was cast out. And if you come and say: “Lord, I yield myself in absolute surrender to my God,” even though it be with a trembling heart and with the consciousness: “I do not feel the power, I do not feel the determination, I do not feel the assurance,” it will succeed. Be not afraid, but come just as you are, and even in the midst of your trembling the power of the Holy Ghost will work.

Have you never yet learned the lesson that the Holy Ghost works with mighty power, while on the human side everything appears feeble?

Look at the Lord Jesus Christ in Gethsemane. We read that He, “through the eternal Spirit,” offered Himself a sacrifice unto God. The Almighty Spirit of God was enabling Him to do it. And yet what agony and fear and exceeding sorrow came over Him, and how He prayed! Externally, you can see no sign of the mighty power of the Spirit, but the Spirit of God was there. And even so, while you are feeble and fighting and trembling, in faith in the hidden work of God’s Spirit do not fear, but yield yourself.

And when you do yield yourself in absolute surrender, let it be in the faith that God does now accept of it.

That is the great point, and that is what we so often miss — that believers should be thus occupied with God in this matter of surrender. I pray you, be occupied with God. We want to get help, every one of us, so that in our daily life God shall be clearer to us, God shall have the right place, and be “all in all.” And if we are to have that through life, let us begin now and look away from ourselves, and look up to God. Let each believe — while I, a poor worm on earth and a trembling child of God, full of failure and sin and fear, bow here, and no one knows what passes through my heart, and while I in simplicity say, O God, I accept Thy terms; I have pleaded for blessing on myself and others, I have accepted Thy terms of absolute surrender — while your heart says that in deep silence, remember there is a God present that takes note of it, and writes it down in His book, and there is a God present who at that very moment takes possession of you. You may not feel it, you may not realize it, but God takes possession if you will trust Him..

God not only claims it, and works it, and accepts it when I bring it, but God maintains it.

(4) God Maintains Your Surrender

That is the great difficulty with many. People say: “I have often been stirred at a meeting, or at a convention, and I have consecrated myself to God, but it has passed away. I know it may last for a week or for a month, but away it fades, and after a time it is all gone.”

  • But listen! It is because you do not believe what I am now going to tell you and remind you of. When God has begun the work of absolute surrender in you, and when God has accepted your surrender, then God holds Himself bound to care for it and to keep it.
  • Will you believe that?

In this matter of surrender there are two: God and I — I a worm, God the everlasting and omnipotent Jehovah. Worm, will you be afraid to trust yourself to this mighty God now? God is willing. Do you not believe that He can keep you continually, day by day, and moment by moment?

Moment by moment I’m kept in His love; moment by moment I’ve life from above.

  • If God allows the sun to shine upon you moment by moment, without intermission, will not God let His life shine upon you every moment?
  • And why have you not experienced it? Because you have not trusted God for it, and you do not surrender yourself absolutely to God in that trust.

A life of absolute surrender has its difficulties. I do not deny that. Yes, it has something far more than difficulties: it is a life that with men is absolutely impossible. But by the grace of God, by the power of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, it is a life to which we are destined, and a life that is possible for us, praise God! Let us believe that God will maintain it.

Some of you have read the words of that aged saint who, on his ninetieth birthday, told of all God’s goodness to him — I mean George Muller. What did he say he believed to be the secret of his happiness, and of all the blessing which God had given him? He said he believed there were two reasons. The one was that he had been enabled by grace to maintain a good conscience before God day by day; the other was, that he was a lover of God’s Word. Ah, yes, a good conscience is complete obedience to God day by day, and fellowship with God every day in His Word, and prayer-that is a life of absolute surrender..

Such a life has two sides — on the one side, absolute surrender to work what God wants you to do; on the other side, to let God work what He wants to do.

First, to do what God wants you to do.

  • Give up yourselves absolutely to the will of God.
  • You know something of that will; not enough, far from all.
  • But say absolutely to the Lord God: “By Thy grace I desire to do Thy will in everything, every moment of every day.” Say: “Lord God, not a word upon my tongue but for Thy glory, not a movement of my temper but for Thy glory, not an affection of love or hate in my heart but for Thy glory, and according to Thy blessed will.

Someone says: “Do you think that possible?”

I ask, What has God promised you, and what can God do to fill a vessel absolutely surrendered to Him? Oh, God wants to bless you in a way beyond what you expect. From the beginning, ear hath not heard, neither hath the eye seen, what God hath prepared for them that wait for Him. God has prepared unheard-of-things, blessings much more wonderful than you can imagine, more mighty than you can conceive. They are divine blessings. Oh, say now: “I give myself absolutely to God, to His will, to do only what God wants.

It is God who will enable you to carry out the surrender.

And, on the other side, come and say: “I give myself absolutely to God, to let Him work in me to will and to do of His good pleasure, as He has promised to do.

Yes, the living God wants to work in His children in a way that we cannot understand, but that God’s Word has revealed, and He wants to work in us every moment of the day. God is willing to maintain our life. Only let our absolute surrender be one of simple, childlike, and unbounded trust.

(5) God Blesses When You Surrender

This absolute surrender to God will wonderfully bless.

What Ahab said to his enemy, King Ben-hadad — “My lord, O king, according to thy word I am thine, and all that I have“– shall we not say to our God and loving Father? If we do say it, God’s blessing will come upon us. God wants us to be separate from the world; we are called to come out from the world that hates God. Come out for God, and say: “Lord, anything for Thee.” If you say that with prayer, and speak that into God’s ear, He will accept it, and He will teach you what it means.s.

I say again, God will bless you. You have been praying for blessing. But do remember, there must be absolute surrender. At every tea–table you see it. Why is tea poured into that cup? Because it is empty, and given up for the tea. But put ink, or vinegar, or wine into it, and will they pour the tea into the vessel? And can God fill you, can God bless you if you are not absolutely surrendered to Him? He cannot. Let us believe God has wonderful blessings for us, if we will but stand up for God, and say, be it with a trembling will, yet with a believing heart:

O God, I accept Thy demands. I am thine and all that I have. Absolute surrender is what my soul yields to Thee by divine grace.

  • You may not have such strong and clear feelings of deliverances as you would desire to have, but humble yourselves in His sight, and acknowledge that you have grieved the Holy Spirit by your self-will, self-confidence, and self-effort.
  • Bow humbly before him in the confession of that, and ask him to break the heart and to bring you into the dust before Him.
  • Then, as you bow before Him, just accept God’s teaching that in your flesh “there dwelleth no good thing,” and that nothing will help you except another life which must come in.
  • You must deny self once for all.
  • Denying self must every moment be the power of your life, and then Christ will come in and take possession of you.

When was Peter delivered? When was the change accomplished? The change began with Peter weeping, and the Holy Ghost came down and filled his heart.

  • God the Father loves to give us the power of the Spirit.
  • We have the Spirit of God dwelling within us.
  • We come to God confessing that, and praising God for it, and yet confessing how we have grieved the Spirit.
  • And then we bow our knees to the Father to ask that He would strengthen us with all might by the Spirit in the inner man, and that He would fill us with His mighty power.
  • And as the Spirit reveals Christ to us, Christ comes to live in our hearts forever, and the self-life is cast out.

Let us bow before God in humility, and in that humility confess before Him the state of the whole Church.

  • No words can tell the sad state of the Church of Christ on earth. I wish I had words to speak what I sometimes feel about it.
  • Just think of the Christians around you.
  • I do not speak of nominal Christians, or of professing Christians, but I speak of hundreds and thousands of honest, earnest Christians who are not living a life in the power of God or to His glory.
  • So little power, so little devotion or consecration to God, so little perception of the truth that a Christian is a man utterly surrendered to God’s will!

Oh, we want to confess the sins of God’s people around us, and to humble ourselves.

  • We are members of that sickly body, and the sickliness of the body will hinder us, and break us down, unless we come to God, and in confession separate ourselves from partnership with worldliness, with coldness toward each other, unless we give up ourselves to be entirely and wholly for God.

How much Christian work is being done in the spirit of the flesh and in the power of self!

How much work, day by day, in which human energy — our will and our thoughts about the work — is continually manifested, and in which there is but little of waiting upon God, and upon the power of the Holy Ghost!

Let us make confession.

  • But as we confess the state of the Church and the feebleness and sinfulness of work for God among us, let us come back to ourselves. Who is there who truly longs to be delivered from the power of the self-life, who truly acknowledges that it is the power of self and the flesh, and who is willing to cast all at the feet of Christ? There is deliverance.

I heard of one who had been an earnest Christian, and who spoke about the “cruel” thought of separation and death. But you do not think that, do you? What are we to think of separation and death?

This: death was the path to glory for Christ. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross. The cross was the birthplace of His everlasting glory.

  • Do you love Christ?
  • Do you long to be in Christ, and not like Him?
  • Let death be to you the most desirable thing on earth — death to self, and fellowship with Christ.
  • Separation — do you think it a hard thing to be called to be entirely free from the world, and by that separation to be united to God and His love, by separation to become prepared for living and walking with God every day? Surely one ought to say:

“Anything to bring me to separation, to death, for a life of full fellowship with God and Christ.”

  • Come and cast this self-life and flesh-life at the feet of Jesus.
  • Then trust Him.
  • Do not worry yourselves with trying to understand all about it, but come in the living faith that Christ will come into you with the power of His death and the power of His life; and then the Holy Spirit will bring the whole Christ-Christ crucified and risen and living in glory-into your heart.

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Whatever view you take on the word “surrender” we do well to not be so flippant before we prejudge, speak, accept or reject.

Words are easily spoken; just a roll off the tongue without thought seemingly unaware of the power one has through speech.

So as a man thinketh, so is he…

  • Do I trust God with my whole being? Or do you have secret departments?
  • Are you giving up the preconceived reigns of self-control and self-power to God?
  • Does God have full access to you?
  • Are you moldable, teachable?
  • Are you listening for God to speak?
  • Are you obeying God willingly or do you give Him a run for His money?
  • Are you rebellious at heart — say the right this, but deep within, you rebel?

Are you God-surrendered? Only you know within the recesses of your mind and heart.

Not sure where you stand with God? Ask yourself this…
1. Am I willfully fulfilling the will of the Father through my personal obedience and action for Christ? Is it real or an act? 2. Have I “surrendered” to God on my terms and conditions or His?

May you experience the abundant life the Lord has planned for you!

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

Life: Live it Like Christ

There is no other consideration in the mind of God — ALL LIFE MATTERS. There isn’t a day, an hour, a situation that could change His intense love He has for mankind, the very creation He formed. Because God cannot deny himself…He is love — love is God. As life matters so immensely to God, so it should with us. This Sunday, January 17th is “a day” set aside on our calendar to remember, to take action, to promote or proclaim the Sanctity of Life, (etc.). May it matter just as much on January 18th, 19th, 20th…and throughout the coming year(s).

There just may be a life that is changed forever because YOU chose to live Christ’s love out in physical form. Be that God-change! Live Christ out!

For your information here is the link to the WORLDOMETER — specifically for abortion in 2021 alone. In the time I wrote this blog over 600+ babies died. That is humbling and something worth thinking about.

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

Where is Courage?

“For the believer, fear is always God—fearful. If God is sovereign and His rule is complete, wise, righteous, and good, why would you fear?”

Paul David Tripp*

Hezekiah, king of Judah, knew in moments like these (Judah’s invasion by Assyria) God’s people were often given to fear; he knew where that fear came from.

Often in moments of challenge the people of God panic because they possess what we call “identity amnesias’. Today, really is no different. We too often forget who we are as children of God and we forget who God is in all His almighty power and glory.

We must not forget Hezekiah’s challenge to his people – listen!

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or dismayed before the king of Assyria and all the horde that is with him…with him is an arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God, to help and to fight our battles

(2 Chronicles 32:7—8).

We may not have the army of Assyria knocking on our door, but we all have an “Assyria” in our life…maybe two!

There will be a moment when you will ask, ‘Where is courage to be found to face what I am facing?

Hezekiah gives us the answer – “Look up and remember YOUR God.” As God’s child, you are never left to battle on your own!

12 I, even I, am He that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; 13 And forgettest the Lord thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor? 14 The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail. 15  But I am the Lord thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The Lord of hosts is His name. 16 And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people. 17 Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem…” (Isaiah 51: 12–16 & 17).

*A special thank you to Paul David Tripp for walking in the spirit of God and sharing that walk with thousands. In this blog post there have been excerpts from his devotional called: New Morning Mercies (January 9). If you do not have this book I highly recommend that you purchase it. It has been an extreme blessing to my soul and you will be glad you did (he didn’t tell me to say that).

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

Share Your Story!

What has God done for you?
Share your story!

“Joshua called for all the Israelite tribes at Shechem and summoned the elders, clan heads, judges, and officials of Israel. They presented themselves before God. 2 Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: Long ago your fathers—Terah father of Abraham and Nahor—lived beyond the Euphrates[a] and served other gods. 3 I took your father Abraham from beyond the Euphrates,[b] brought him through all the land of Canaan, and gave him many descendants. To him I gave Isaac. 4 To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau, and to Esau I gave Mount Seir for his inheritance, but Jacob and his descendants went down into Egypt. 5 “I sent Moses and Aaron, I struck Egypt down with all I did in their midst, and afterward I brought you out. 6 I brought your fathers out of Egypt, then you came to the sea. The Egyptians pursued your fathers with chariots and horsemen to the Red Sea. 7 Your fathers cried out to the Lord, and He placed darkness between you and the Egyptians. He made the sea come upon them and cover them. Your own eyes saw what I did to Egypt, and you lived in the wilderness a long time. 8 “I brought you to the land of the Amorites who lived on the other side of the Jordan. They waged war against you, but I gave them into your hand so that you might inherit their land, and I destroyed them before you. 9 Then Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and waged war against Israel. He called for Balaam son of Beor to curse you, 10 but I refused to listen to Balaam. Therefore he blessed you still, and I delivered you out of his hand. 11 “You crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho. The leaders of Jericho, along with the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites, and Jebusites, waged war against you, but I gave them into your hand. 12 I sent the hornet and drove out the two Amorite kings from before you, but not with your sword or your bow. 13 I gave you a land for which you did not work, and cities that you did not build. You live in them, and you are eating from the produce of vineyards and olive groves you did not plant. 14 “Now fear the Lord, and serve Him with sincerity and faithfulness. Put away the gods your fathers served beyond the River[c] and in Egypt. Serve the Lord. 15 If it is displeasing to you to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve, if it should be the gods your fathers served beyond the River[d] or the gods of the Amorites’ land where you are now living. Yet as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:1-15 mev).


If you could see me now, I have this smiley smirk on my face that I cannot get rid of. This passage just tickles my soul. As I read through these 15 verses, I cannot help but think…we too have a story to share. Just as Joshua rehearsed Israel’s life up to that point, we need to rehearse ours. Remember, we have been bought with a price therefore we must give Him all the glory (1 Corinthians 6:20).

The same God that was at work in Israel’s life is the same God that works in our lives today.

Israel made a choice that day. They proclaimed to Joshua, “It is the Lord our God we will serve, and His voice that we will obey” (verse 24).

  • Will you choose this day for God?
  • Will you choose what has been given to you by God and bring Him glory?
  • Will you share your God-given story? You know, there is only one you…so there is only one of your story. If you don’t share no one will know.
  • Will you declare this day that you too will proclaim God’s work in you as good?
  • Will you join thousands who have said and lived, “I will serve the Lord, and obey His voice?”

Your story is just that…yours. No one can fulfill, no one can proclaim, no one can decide whether you serve or love; or whether God is obeyed. We have only one life to offer…and yes, it is that seriously grand!

Maybe, just maybe one will join with Joshua and the Israelites and it be said of us, “___________ (insert your name here), served the Lord all the days of his/her life…and others knew of all the deeds that the Lord had done for him/her because of what he/she proclaimed” (read verse 31).

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

Live Courageously, Strong, and Bravely Free

Truly, this alone can One fulfill, that is God. I am bewildered at such great love, such affection for mankind — His children; such care and gentleness our Lord showers deliberately upon us. Purposeful. It leaves me speechless.

What a God of all comforters, giver of strength, hope, courage, leadership, direction and source of all resources…if only we believe, if only we trust. He cannot lie, therefore, we read truth.

To think, God, the encourager of my soul and giver of true life…desires this for us! Read Deuteronomy 31:6 again.

As wonderful and gracious as God is, we have been given the freedom to choose. The freedom to accept His strength, leadership, bravery, courage, We have been given the freedom to choose to trust and rely on Him rather than ourselves or others, therefore, we choose our outcome.

This greatness is within our grasp…the question is will I latch onto it or choose rejection and then continue to live in fear and be afraid?

To realize who we are, what we are, and understand the gravity of who God is…is priceless not demeaning.

This isn’t license to degrade, belittle or bemoan who we are or fester in what we’ve been though, but rather see ourselves with or without God placed in first place; at the helm.

It is true, without God we live defeated, fearfulness grows and takes root. We live alone, afraid, accepting intimation, doubts, and sin as the only way possible.

Today, will you trust in God’s best for you? Will you choose to live bravely, courageously, actively because you have taken the mightiest source available…God’s hand.

Today, will you trust God even against what your flesh commands your mind to think? Will you take the hardest step, the first step, and believe the God of gods, the King of kings, the Lord of lords and give Him your hand, your heart, your mind, your soul, your life?

We choose how we live…it is as simple as that.

Today, I consciously make the decision to trust in the One who gives courage, who gives strength, who gives insight, who gives life, resources and ability. I trust in the One who gives wisdom, bravery even when I don’t feel very brave or courageous. I trust in the One who gives true freedom.

Today, I choose to be courageous, strong and brave because I know He is the only One that can accomplish that in me…that isn’t weakness but strength.

Will you join me brothers and sisters in Christ? I would love to know: follow our WordPress page, like us on FB, write a comments…who is with me? Who is for God?

You are not alone. I am not alone. Let’s stand together in CHRIST!

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

I AM THE GOD WHO SEES

It doesn’t matter how much we question. It doesn’t matter how much we doubt. It doesn’t matter how much we wonder. God sees! Trust that!

  • Hagar
  • Ruth
  • David
  • Jesus
  • Mary Magdala

Click Play. Listen & Be encouraged!

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

January 1, 2021 = Your Blank Page

Thank you Lord for another opportunity, another year, another month, another week, another day, another hour.
May we fight the urge to grow lacks and set our goals eyesight to only be found faithful til the last page is written.

May this my prayer shall be. I love you, Lord. Yours, Colleen

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

The Opportunity

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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 NOT RESTING!
  • HE DOES NOT LEAVE THE WORK OF HIS HANDS.
  • HE TAKES NO BREAKS.
  • 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 NOT BE CONTENT FOR ME TO BE A LITTLE BIT BETTER.
  • 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.}

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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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