It’s Your Thinker

Yesterday, while reading my Bible, I came across this devotional in a app I have on my cell phone. It strikes my soul that while we are not able to take captive every single thought in every situation of every day, we can learn to take one thought captive, and when choosing so, that one choice affects every other thought to come.

We tend to think we have to conquer the whole mountain, all at once — it’s all or nothing. Yet so often we find ourselves crumbling under its weight and before “it” labels us “failure” we declare ourselves “failure” because it’s safer that way, isn’t it?

  • God never asked us to conquer the whole mountain by ourself; all at once.
  • God never asked us to go it alone; that some how the ‘lone–Christian’ is acceptable.
  • God asks we take one thought captive. One! It sure is better than conquering the whole mountain at once.
    • He leaves the choice up to us.
      • We can glorify God with that one choice, then repeat, or…
      • we could not and suffer the consequences.
    • One thought captive at a time.
    • One step of His will at a time.
    • One step of faith at a time.

After I finished reading this devotional light bulbs were bursting off in my head, my heart was inflamed with God’s Truth’s — YES! and encouragement filled my soul. I make it harder than it needs to be, but indeed, I must choose, and in each single choice creates all the difference in the world — either way you decide.

I am posting this because I hope it is that some challenge and encouragement to your soul as it was to mine. I pray in ignites your soul to choose well. We are already victors, it is time we live like it.

The below devotional was written by Jeannie Allen from “Get Out of Your Head”.


We Have a Choice

How we think directly affects how we live. This may sound terrifying, but, in fact, it’s exciting. Because while we may not be able to take every thought captive in every situation we face every day, we can learn to take one thought captive and, in doing so, affect every other thought to come. So what is the one thought that can successfully interrupt every negative thought pattern?

It’s this: I have a choice.

  • When we’re spiraling in noise or distractedness, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through stillness.
  • When we’re spiraling in isolation, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through community.
  • When we’re spiraling in anxiety, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through trust in His good and sovereign purposes.
  • When we’re spiraling in cynicism, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through worship.
  • When we’re spiraling in self-importance, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through humility.
  • When we’re spiraling into victimhood, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through gratitude.
  • When we’re spiraling in complacency, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God through serving Him and others.

If you have trusted in Jesus as your Savior, you have a God-given, God-empowered, God-redeemed ability to choose what you think about.

  • You have a choice regarding where you focus your energy.
  • You have a choice regarding what you live for.
  • You are not subject to your behaviors, genes, or circumstances.
  • You are not subject to your passions, lusts, or emotions.
  • You are not subject to your thoughts.

No fixation exists outside God’s long-armed reach. Because we are a “new creation,” we have a choice.

  • When we think new thoughts, we physically alter our brains.
  • When we think new thoughts, we make healthier neural connections.
  • When we think new thoughts, we blaze new trails.
  • When we think new thoughts, everything changes.

“God, I choose today to take every thought captive because I know You are more powerful than my thoughts, my circumstances, and my fears. Thank You for making me a new creation so that I can choose You! Amen.”


“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away: behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, ‘With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).


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

What Say You?

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Clinging to What I do Know, Not What I Don’t

What a reminder:

  • God is with me
  • God is in me
  • God is for me.

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Joshua 1:9 {Be}

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Dear Believer,

As a Christian, we are called to live in godliness and in Truth — God’s Truth. Regardless of what side of the fence you sit on, that doesn’t change the Truth in God’s Word. We are to be walking in the ways of our Lord and be actively obeying His Word in all things.

Ezekiel wrote, “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one” (22:30).

  • Believer, we are to be that “one” — those who stand in the gap, those who lift up their leaders (those within our church and those without) before the Throne of Grace; pleading before our Father, interceding for them, that God would continue to work in the midst for His glory.

It isn’t about what party you prefer. When you boil it down, it isn’t even about you or me. It is all about walking in obedience to the One we call, Abba Father, and actively do what He commands.

Our President has asked, once again, for prayer, for wisdom this week. Did you scoff at him? Did you laugh or complain because you know better? Or did you get on your knees? Did you take his name and his requests before the only One who can give such answers.

Did you pray for the man?

Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips.”

Don’t take my word for it:

  • 2 Chronicles 7:14
  • Job 12:23-25
  • Psalm 2:10-11
  • Proverbs 2:1-8
  • Proverbs 11:14
  • Proverbs 21:1
  • Jeremiah 29:7
  • Romans 13:1
  • 1 Timothy 2:1-2
  • 1 Peter 2:17

Remove the fence. We are commanded to pray for those in authority over us…whether they ask for it or not, whether we like them or not.

If you find yourself stiffly upright, unwillful to put calluses on your knees, we should be asking ourselves, “Why am I living in the land of rebellious disobedience to God?”

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

Don’t Try Harder!

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Want Victory?

“but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory [as conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ 1 Corinthians 15:57.

1 John 5:4 “For everyone born of God is victorious and overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has conquered and overcome the world—our [continuing, persistent] faith [in Jesus the Son of God].

What then shall we say to all these things? If God is for us, who can be [successful] against us? He who did not spare [even] His own Son, but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:31-32.

Want victory? Follow Christ’s example.

Truly, this man is the Son of God (Matthew 27:54).


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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.

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