a Walk of Peace

I just wanted to share with you the beauty God has placed my family and I in…all I have to do is walk outside and look.

As I walked around my camera was clicking away. After about a half hour I stopped to sit under the willow tree on our bench.

I couldn’t help but be in awe. The breeze was blowing my hair everywhere and I noticed the sky. I couldn’t help myself — I found my eyes “looking up.”

I began walking again, but this time my gaze was up. Here I was, in the middle of such peaceful beauty while just beyond the trees lie a world in such turmoil: some fighting for their lives while others fear for their lives. And others in exhaustion yet freely giving of themselves with no regard of their life, while some display sheer selfishness. And more have entered into the gates of eternity.

It was such a contrast. There I stood, looking up into that vast blue sky powerless yet awefilled with thankfulness that God is infinitely powerful.

All I could do was pray.

So today, in the midst of whatever you are walking through — enjoy His handiwork.

From our backyard to yours.

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

Photographer: Colleen Woodruff

How’s Your Walk?

…for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]—2 Corinthians 5:7.


We’ve all been there.

At time we know actually what the Lord desires or wants of us. We see and understand His will and it is easier to accept.

But when there is no light at the end of the tunnel, when there is no human understanding, when there is no answer does that change 2 Corinthians 5:7?

The answer is no.

What is faith?

To walk by faith we need to know what faith is. What is looks like. How is works. We find the answers in His Word.

Does faith require our understanding? No, but it does require our choice of action to obey Him.

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

You’ve Got the Power!

“Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God” Philippians 4:6 (amp)

You’re got the power. Are you using it?

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

Security Belongs to the One Who Trusts in the Lord.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand].
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!”
3 For He will save you from the trap of the fowler, and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you and completely protect you with His pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and a wall.5 You will not be afraid of the terror of night, nor of the arrow that flies by day,

6 Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction (sudden death) that lays waste at noon.
7 A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But danger will not come near you.
8 You will only [be a spectator as you] look on with your eyes and witness the [divine] repayment of the wicked [as you watch safely from the shelter of the Most High].
9 Because you have made the Lord, [who is] my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil will befall you, nor will any plague come near your tent.

11 For He will command His angels in regard to you, to protect and defend and guard you in all your ways [of obedience and service].

12 They will lift you up in their hands,
So that you do not [even] strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread upon the lion and cobra; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

14 “Because he set his love on Me, therefore I will save him;
I will set him [securely] on high, because he knows My name [he confidently trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never abandon him, no, never].
15 “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.
16 “With a long life I will satisfy him
And I will let him see My salvation.”

Psalm 91 (AMP)

There is much happening globally and nationally right now as you are well aware of.

  • We do well to heed to wise counsel, use caution and act prudently during this time.
  • Taking proper measures doesn’t mean lack of faith, but putting our trust in them, does!

We must not forget who our trust should be in. No amount of hand sanitizer or isolation will supercede the protection, power or will of God Almighty.

So today, I challenge you to purposely nurture your soul.

  • Turn the news off
  • Turn the notifications off
  • Turn the radio off
  • Turn off the things that distract you from God and purposely spend extra time at the feet of Jesus.
  • Fill your soul with the One who can heal, provide, and protect you.

No virus is bigger than God. In a word He could eradicate whatsoever He wills, it is our responsibility to trust Him and obey Him.

  • Want security?
  • Want protection?
  • Want answers?
  • Scared?
  • Fearful?
  • Don’t know what to do?

Psalm 91 is a good start.

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

P.S. There is a wonderful promise in this chapter. It is given abundantly to those who are dependent upon the conditions stated in the first two verses. Just is case you wondered…♥️

Be Holy by Coffee & Prayer

This morning in my devotional time,
I was reading an online study called “It’s Time to Reset” by coffeeandprayeruk. May it be a blessing to your soul as it was to mine.


As much as we are to grow in the understanding of God’s love for us, we must also be in pursuit of holiness.

To be holy means to be set apart or separate from sin and evil.

Holiness is not a message we hear often these days but it’s an essential part of our walk with God. Without holiness, we are unable to see God.

We are made holy through the finished work of Christ [His death, burial and resurrection] (Hebrews 10:10). However, we are also called to live a life that is holy. So, God calls us holy but still commands us to be holy.

Our ability to be holy is not a way to earn salvation because salvation is a gift from God, which we receive by faith. (Ephesians 2:8)

Holiness has to be continuously followed, put on and lived out in our daily lives. It is a work of God in us through the Holy Spirit, that enables us to demonstrate holiness outwardly.

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” – Philippians 2:13

Ephesians 4:24 encourages us to put on our new self, this involves effort and choice.

Yes, we are still vulnerable to sin, however we also have to choose and make an effort not to sin because of our new nature in Christ.

How much effort are you making to live a holy life?

Prayer Points

  • Ask God to help you to live a life that is honourable to Him.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the areas in your relationships/character/conversations, that do not honour the Father.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to convict you of sin and lead you into all truth.
  • Ask God to work in you by way of His Spirit, so that you can bare fruit of His Spirit.

  • Ephesians 1:4-7
  • 1 Peter 1:15-16
  • 1 Peter 2:9-12
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5
  • Ephesians 4:24
  • Romans 6:22-23

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You Soul.

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Yes, You!

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What is Your Greatest Fear?

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There is no Middle Road

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Psalm 139:23

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Embrace His Strength

Philippians 4:13 tells us, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.”

I don’t know what is holding you back, what fills your mind and soul, or clouds your vision but know this, as a child of God, you are complete. You are equipped. You are empowered. You are filled with hope. You can in Him.

I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose — I am self sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.] Phil. 4:13 (AMP)

Friend, be encouraged and look for someone to encourage. We all need this reminder.

When we begin to embrace or be strengthened by Christ’s power rather than fight it, we will see the result of reliance on Him. Change is not a bad word when Christ is center stage.

  • Enjoy your Christ-strengthening.
  • And don’t forget to give God the glory for His great and marvelous works in your life (Jeremiah 33:3).

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

“Do you love ME?”

Our church has a women’s group called ‘Rooted’ taken from Colossians 2:6-7.

“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the LORD, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”

It is our desire to walk this earthly life Rooted in Christ because without Him we can do nothing — nothing of eternal value.

I have provided you with a link to that entire Bible Study (via Sway). Just click here on the link: “Do You love ME?”

Below is an excerpt from that lesson.

Apostle Peter 1


Jesus asked Peter a question. “Do you love Me?”

Lovest thou me more than these?

  • Not once.
  • Not twice.
  • But THREE times Jesus asked Peter DO. YOU. LOVE. ME?

Turn to John 21:15—17

  • Jesus physically feed Peter (breakfast).
  • Jesus asked Peter three times – “Do. You. Love. Me? – “Lovest thou me more than these?”
  • We see Jesus was patient with Peter allowing him to respond.
    • This allowed Peter to get to his heart matter.
      • To be honest – with God and self.
    • Jesus listened without interruption.
      • Jesus wanted Peter to get it – Christ above everything.
      • Jesus wanted Peter to own it – to make it his daily life.
      • Jesus wanted Peter to live (do) it – to have Christ his root source; then fulfill.

Heart Hands

…So, what is Phileo?

When Jesus talked about Phileo love it referred to a love as in a friendship, or deep personal affection for a close friend.

Agape love refers to a love that carried the meaning of intense, complete, devoted, sacrificial love or total commitment.

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…the question begs to be answered: Do you love Christ?

Being obsessed with something or someone usually comes with a negative connotation.

What does it mean to be obsessed? To have the mind excessively preoccupied with a single emotion or topic.

  1. Our obsession(s) – whether right or wrong – dictate our lifestyle.
    • Questioning this –
      • Look at what you place value on [or in].
      • Look at where you spend your time.
        • Time doesn’t lie.
      • Look how or what you spend your money
        • The bank account doesn’t replenish itself.
      • Listen to what you talk about – or don’t talk about.
        • The ears that “hear” you – hear what you love.

A relationship with God simply cannot grow when idols of the heart are manufacturing: when money, sin, activities, favorite “things”, addictions, or commitments pile on top of God.

David Goetz writes, “Too much of the good life ends up being toxic, deforming us spiritually.” A lot of things are good by themselves, but all of it together keeps is from living healthy, fruitful lives for God.

  • Be cautious: Do not assume you are good soil.
  • Be cautious: Do not assume you love God.

Check out the link above for the entire lesson.

May our souls continue to be refresh and renewed in the Spirit day by day. Please feel free to share or comment.

I’d be amiss if I didn’t share a link on the subject of Eternity. If you have any questions please ask. Your eternity depends on it!

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

This Weekend’s Beauty

Stopping to smell the snow this weekend. With the barometer changing, this week has been difficult via migraines, but when I look outside, it reminds me of God. We have so much to be thankful for. His strength is perfect. His creation is perfect.

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I just want to tell you that God really loves you…

The little boy put on his clothes for the cold and then told his father, “Ok Dad I’m ready.”

His Dad, the pastor, said, “Ready for what?”

“Dad, it’s time to go outside and distribute our flyers.”

Dad replied, “Son, it’s very cold outside and it’s drizzling.”

The child looked surprised at his father and said, “But Dad, people need to know about God even on rainy days.”

Dad replied, “Son, I’m not going outside in this weather.”

With despair the child said, “Dad, can I go alone? Please!”

His father waited for a moment and then said, “Son, you can go. Here’s the flyers, be careful.”

“Thank you, Dad!”

And with this, the son went out into the rain. The 11-year-old walked all the streets of the village, handing out the flyers to the people he saw.

After 2 hours walking in the rain and in the cold and with his last flyer in his hand, he stopped in a corner to see if he saw someone to give the flyer too, but the streets were totally deserted. Then he turned to the first house he saw, walked to the front door, touched the bell several times and waited, but no one came out.

Finally, the boy turned to leave, but something stopped him. The child turned back to the door and began to touch the bell and pound the door strongly with his knuckles. He kept waiting.

Finally, the door was opened gently.

A lady came out with a very sad look and gently asked, “What can I do for you, son?

With radiant eyes and a bright smile the child said, “Lady, I’m sorry if I upset you, but I just want to tell you that God really loves you and that I came to give you my last flyer, which talks about God and His great love.

The boy then gave her the flyer.

She just said, “Thank you, son, God bless you!”

Well, next Sunday morning, the Pastor was in the pulpit and when the service began he asked, “Someone has a testimony or something they want to share?”

Gently, in the back row of the church, an older lady stood up. When she started talking, a radiant and glorious look sprouted from her eyes, “Nobody in this church knows me. I have never been here, even last Sunday I was not Christian. My husband died a while ago leaving me totally alone in this world. Last Sunday was a particularly cold and rainy day, and it was also in my heart; on that day I came to the end of the road, since I had no hope and didn’t want to live anymore. Then I took a chair and a rope and went up to the attic of my house. I tied one end of the rope to the rafters of the roof; then I climbed onto the chair and put the other end of the rope around my neck. I then stood on the chair, so alone and heartbroken, I was about to throw myself off the chair, when suddenly I heard the loud sound of the door being knocked.”

So I thought, “I’ll wait for a minute and whoever it is will go.” I waited and waited, but the door knocking was getting louder and louder every time. It got so loud that I couldn’t ignore it anymore.

So I wondered, “Who could it be? No one ever comes close to my door or come to visit me!”

I released the rope from my neck and went to the door, while the bell was still ringing and the door was still being knocked on.

When I opened the door, I couldn’t believe what my eyes saw, in front of my door was the most radiant and angelic child I’ve ever seen.

He’s smile, ohhh, I can never describe it! The words that came out of his mouth made my heart, dead so long ago, come back to life, when he said with the VOICE OF CHERUB, “Lady, I just want to tell you that God really loves you.

When the little angel disappeared between the cold and the rain, I closed my door and read every word of the flyer. Then I went to the attic to remove the chair and rope.

I didn’t need them anymore, as you see. Now, I am a happy daughter of the King.

As the direction of the boy, when he left, was to this church, I came personally to say thank you to that little angel of God who came just in time and, in fact, to rescue my life from an eternity in hell; replaced it with an eternity in God’s presence.

Everyone cried in the church.

The Pastor came down from the pulpit to the first bench of the front, where the little angel was sitting; he took his son in his arms and cried uncontrollably.

Remember, God’s message makes a big difference in someone’s life, never be afraid to spread it.


I read this online. The author is unknown to my knowledge, but this is so worth the sharing.

Don’t let this message die of cold; after reading it, pass it on to others. You never know who will read it and change their direction.


Hope & Eternity questions? Click here. There IS hope!

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

Out of the Mouth of Babes: Don’t Underestimate Them.

This week, during a history lesson, one of my students looked at me and said, “Sin never brings freedom.”

I don’t know what spurred her on to tell me, but I was taken back by the power of conviction in her soul and understanding consequences do come from sin; that to choose sin brings forth nothing fruitful. Her voice was firm yet introspective.

Out of the mouths of babes, I thought, they surely bring wonderous moments at times, don’t they!?

To see biblical Truth come alive within a heart, soul and mind is priceless…no matter what age.

I had to share this nugget of truth that was shared to me this week. May we remember sin has its pleasure for a moment, but the end brings forth death (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25). God never lies; He knows it is not worth it — may we trust the One who knows. His warning is for our good.

Remember, His Word is Truth.

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

It’s Been a Good Day.

Have you ever come to the end of your day and say to yourself, “It’s. Been. A. Good. Day.”

It doesn’t mean your day was free of trials, or lacked testing, what it does mean –the presence of God was presently working in your life and you can testify to it. Throughout the day you saw God, you experienced God, you saw His working hand in your life turning your sinful heart into His masterpiece. You may even asked for forgiveness, confessed a fault, or gave thanks…but the evidence was clear. God had spoken and you heard.

I wish I had more days like this, but sadly, I get in the way. I worry. I fret. I pout. I plan. I….

My flesh demands attention. I become consumed or derailed by people, situations, and even myself that honestly, it sucks me dry. I find myself weary, discouraged, and fulfilling nothing for the kingdom of God.

This is not of God!

If it is not of God, there is only one other option —  it comes from the pit of hell. The devil glories on days when believers choose failure over victory. A defeated Christian is the devil’s masterpiece; his work flourishes while God’s derails.

God’s purpose is victorious. I forget I have already won the battle. Who am I to place myself defeated in Christ’s victory? Who am I to degrade a temple of the Holy Spirit — whether myself or another believer? Who am I to think I am greater than my Master?

Beware of tainted eyesight.

God is always present, lest I forget.

Today’s been good.

Practicing the presence of God in life changes you. When we seek first after God (the things of His kingdom) and His rightness…that’s when you catch yourself saying, “It’s. Been. A. Good. Day.” (Matthew 6:33).

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

How do you wear your humility?

Jesus wore his humility around his waist, not his sleeve.

How do you wear yours?


Thankful for my Pastor, Richard Woodruff, who preaches the Word faithfully — and demonstrates it too. This video was taken on Sunday morning, January 5, 2020


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It Wasn’t Brute Force, but Love…

I would like to share with you my Pastor. This is a quote spoken and written by him; his heartbeat from this past Sunday mornings message — one I need to take more time to stop and ponder over.

When I consider the angel’s message to the shepherds, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11) I am humbled with awe that our Savior brought our greatest need for deliverance through love and humility. His triumph at the cross was not with brute force but His lovewhat a Savior we have.

May we know Christ through Himself!

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

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[All quote credit to original writer. Thank you!]

The Power of Questioning…Beware!

I do not know who said this first, but it stopped me dead in my tracks when I read it (above quote).

Questioning God comes easy, especially if we are not closely walking, living, or obeying the Lord through His Word daily.

🔹The devil deceived Adam and Eve — lest we forget, we are human too. Be careful who you distrust or question. God will not be mocked.

🔹Let’s choose to walk in the Word and not in our own flesh.

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