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YOUR New Mercies

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.}

The View from the Other Half: Pastor Appreciation

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Pastor Appreciation Month

So, I know we are out a month from October, which many of you have celebrated Pastor Appreciation Month. My original blog was written back in September, but I never posted it. Actually, I thought of deleting it…but here we are. Even though the month has past I will share what the Lord is doing within my heart…

  • I grew up in a very large church.
  • I grew up in a healthy church.
  • I grew up with many wonderful pastors and pastor’s wives.
  • I grew up attending awesome youth groups, camps, and missions trips.
  • I grew up in a family that taught us to respect, honor, celebrate and give thanks for and to our pastors. 
  • I grew up loving, adoring, and wanting to be “just like them” (my pastor’s wives) when I grew up. They profoundly impacted my life for eternity – it is because of them and the working of Christ in my life that I find myself where I am today, serving alongside my husband/pastor.

Being in the ministry for all most two decades now, I still find myself struggling with the month of October — Pastor Appreciation Month. 

I have seen and experienced healthy churches; I have seen and experienced unhealthy churches. In every one I have had the same struggle.

My upbringing, my heart, my love, my God-given duty towards my pastor(s) drives me to want to shout, herald, celebrate — literally from the rooftops and I want everyone else to do the same.

But I can’t — people, the struggle is real! I feel awkward because well, I’m his wife. I am driven by God to support, cheer him on, love and follow his leadership at home and church. I praise him in front of others (he never asks for it) and at home, but this month leaves me with what to do.

  • I don’t want others to think that I am tooting my own horn. 
  • I don’t want others to surmise that I am somehow purposefully conniving to make something happen.
  • I don’t want selfish promotion.

Scripture is clear. Scripture in living. Scripture is real. We are to love our pastor and not muzzle the ox (1 Timothy 5:18; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Timothy 5:8; 1 Corinthians 9:11).

My husband is my husband, but he is also my pastor! I am growing under his godly leadership/shepherding. I love my pastor!

Healthy churches get it (praise God!). Unhealthy churches, if they remain unteachable, they don’t and therefore miss out on God’s blessings for them as a whole (a body of believers).

  • It is hard things to see, yet alone experience, when a body of believers do not want to walk according to Scripture. When they reject the Word and promote such living (yes, there are churches out there like this).
  • It is hard to live within a body of believers who do not want to see the spiritual gem they have been given by God for them (even though they voted for him).

I pondered these things. I have wondered over the years of ministry what God thinks. How it must break His heart when His love for them is so great. Some years, Pastor Appreciation Day has left me questioning what to say or how to respond. It has left me lacking for words (in joy and thanksgiving) and bewildered in sorrow, grieving in silence (I have learned to literally bite my tongue because my flesh is weak and I want to please God). 2020 was been no different. It came once again…  

But this year, something hit me:

Like I said, while growing up our pastors were celebrated — publicly and privately. We gave thanks, showed that thanks and simply it was a blessing. We loved showering them with gifts, money, love, surprises and we enjoyed every minutes of it. It was (is) good to be thankful and rejoice in God’s gift to us. It was good for our pastor(s) to know they were loved, cherished, and thankful for…they need encouragement too. Over the years we found was to be creative but the heart attitude and choice was rooted in Scripture, love and thanks. We also celebrated their anniversaries (wedding and the date/month our senior pastor became our pastor) plus their birthday. It was our highlight as a body of believers.

BUT what struck my heart most this year was this:

  • I’ve been blessed. Truly blessed!
  • I know what it is like to have such a blessings — a pastor and his wife (a godly team) — and reap those benefits.
  • I know that kind of blessing — not everyone does.
  • I’ve been given a gift to share, to tell, to show, to teach, that is biblical, godly, and right.
  • How can I keep it to myself? 

I am nothing special in and of myself, but I have been given this gift of experience, knowing what it is like to “appreciate” your pastor. Today, I am on the other side of that gift…I’m the other half.

The question I have found myself asking is:

“How can I not share?” How can I keep this to myself?” How can I help others grow in Christ, love the brethren so that we can rejoice TOGETHER in the gift God has given to us called “Pastor and Mrs. Pastor, his family” (because they are a team).”

God has given me fantastic preachers in my lifetime and today I celebrate the one the Lord has given to me and to us as a church – today and in the tomorrows to come!

Thank you, Lord for the gift of my pastor. May I be a blessing to him today and throughout this coming new year.

Sincerely, his wife 

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

5 Tips to Help Your Kids Handle the Disappointments of 2020

Today, I came across this article. It was truly a blessing to my heart and encouraged me as a mother. It is filled with helpful tools on parenting our children’s disappointments.

Just an FYI, it is not a long read, but worth your time to read…especially if you have children, care for children or have grandchildren.

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https://forthefamily.org/5-tips-to-help-your-kids-handle-the-disappointments-of-2020/

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We have had similar conversations and discouragements in our home as well this past year. I am sure we are not alone.

  • Keep the faith, my friend!
  • Stand in the Word.
  • Keep those lines of communication open.
  • Don’t forget: be looking for ways the Lord desires to use you because of Covid-19 (for your personal growth as well as for His glory). Over the past 11 months, we never dreamed this year would become as it is, BUT God has also handed us, given to us, and placed opportunities, and has allowed us to do beyond our dreams…because it was His plan.
  • Enjoy fulfilling God’s plan for your life and see how God fulfills in your children’s lives.
  • May God bless you!

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

Defeating Despair with Purpose

Viktor Emil Frankl was a physician and psychiatrist. He survived the World War II Holocaust. His Nazi concentration camp experiences led him to wonder how any human being could maintain hope under such extreme conditions.

He came to believe that our survival depends upon finding meaning, even in desperate circumstances. Frankl proposed that we have free will to choose our attitudes, even about torture, death, and dying.

He observed that those human beings whose core spirits chose to have faith in the future and who find meaning in the moment, often found the strength and the courage to face the most difficult problems.

“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way” (Victor Frankl. Man’s Search for Meaning, 1946).

It is when we find the “why” we want to live that we can endure almost any “how.” The “why” is our purpose.

Frankl found that people with a high purpose can find meaning even in the worst circumstances. In other words, once we have a high calling we will find a way to deal with the suffering that comes our way. If, as Frankl saw, someone decides his or her reason to live is to comfort others, then even in a concentration camp he or she will still have a reason for living.

When we lose our sense of purpose, we lose a sense that our lives mean anything; and we lose hope in the future, for there seems to be nothing worth living for.

What causes us to lose our sense of purpose?

  1. When our purpose is too small and too self-focused.
  2. When we experience suffering and/or inhumanity that is outside our image of how the world should work.
  3. When we commit acts or have thoughts that fracture the image we have of ourselves as being good, kind, and caring human beings under all circumstances.

There is, however, good news. Although we sometimes lose our sense of purpose, we can be restored to a larger sense of purpose. The Bible teaches us that we can be renewed in a life-giving purpose in the following ways:

  1. Make a confession: God calls us to see ourselves as we really are, not as we would like to be.
  2. Make a commitment to turn around: We are called not to wallow in guilt or be stuck in despair, but to step into the future with a commitment to find and live by a higher purpose.
  3. Make a connection to God, to others, and to ourselves: Our higher calling, our higher purpose is to be a part of the community of the faithful, choosing to live and serve as God leads us.

Devotional by: Armed Services Ministry
http://www.armedservicesministry.org


In Psalm 51:10-12 David prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right and steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit.

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

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.”

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

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.

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

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

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

Psalms 139:14

Does your soul know it? It is!

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

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.

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

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)

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

Today…I will! {pt 4}

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

Today…I will! {pt 3}


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

Today…I will! {pt2}


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

Today…I will!


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

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.

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

Stay Faithful!

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

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. ⬆️


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

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)