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).

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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!

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Got Mistakes?

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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.

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Wise or Fool?

Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands” (Proverbs 14:1).

Every wise woman buildeth her house— By her care, industry: diligence, and prudent management, she improves, and raises her family and estate (Psalm 127:1). He speaks of the woman, not exclusively of the man, of whom this is no less true, but because the women, especially in those times, were very industrious in managing their husbands’ estates. But the foolish plucketh it down with her hands — By her negligence, idleness, ill management, or want of economy, she lays it low, and wastes all that had been gotten by the care of others (Benson Commentary).

1. A woman who has no fear of God, who is wilful and wasteful, and indulges her ease, will as certainly ruin her family, as if she plucked her house down.
2. Here are grace and sin in their true colours. Those that despise God’s precepts and promises, despise God and all his power and mercy.
3. Pride grows from that root of bitterness which is in the heart. The root must be plucked up, or we cannot conquer this branch. The prudent words of wise men get them out of difficulties.
4. There can be no advantage without something which, though of little moment, will affright the indolent.
5. A conscientious witness will not dare to represent anything otherwise than according to his knowledge.
6. A scorner treats Divine things with contempt. He that feels his ignorance and unworthiness will search the Scriptures in a humble spirit.
7. We discover a wicked man if there is no savour of piety in his discourse.
8. We are travellers, whose concern is, not to spy out wonders, but to get to their journey’s end; to understand the rules we are to walk by, also the ends we are to walk toward. The bad man cheats himself, and goes on in his mistake.
9. Foolish and profane men consider sin a mere trifle, to be made light of rather than mourned over. Fools mock at the sin-offering; but those that make light of sin, make light of Christ.
10. We do not know what stings of conscience, or consuming passions, torment the prosperous sinner. Nor does the world know the peace of mind a serious Christian enjoys, even in poverty and sickness.
11. Sin ruins many great families; whilst righteousness often raises and strengthens even mean families.
12. The ways of carelessness, of worldliness, and of sensuality, seem right to those that walk in them; but self-deceivers prove self-destroyers. See the vanity of carnal mirth.
13. Of all sinners backsliders will have the most terror when they reflect on their own ways.
14. Eager readiness to believe what others say, has ever proved mischievous. The whole world was thus ruined at first. The man who is spiritually wise, depends on the Saviour alone for acceptance. He is watchful against the enemies of his salvation, by taking heed to God’s word.
15. Holy fear guards against every thing unholy.
16. An angry man is to be pitied as well as blamed; but the revengeful is more hateful. (Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary)

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Go Deeper!

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(All quote rights and credit go to: Beyond Suffering.)

This is Good…

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Just in Case You Wondered, I Noticed.

I noticed today.

I noticed the pew you usually sit in was, empty.

I noticed.

I couldn’t help myself but look at that empty seat. I was so excited to see you. I asked around. I thought to myself: maybe you were sick or maybe it was vacation. Maybe you had to work…I had to ask.

I waited for you. Hoping to see you walk through that door.

But…you never came.

The pew stayed emptied.

The service began at its normal time. You know the drill: welcome & announcements, the choir sings, congregational joins in – all pointing us to worship and praise God. It was glorious, yet I found myselg distracted.

I had to look one. more. time!

  • Maybe I missed you.
  • Maybe you slid in the back.
  • Maybe you were running late – hey, that happens to all of us. I understand!

I scanned the crowd; your presence was simply, gone

The ack I felt inside was well, awful. Singing, prayer, music filled my ears yet my mind struggled to stop the distractions…the internal noise. “Focus” I told myself. “Come on…refocus yourself!” “Lord” I asked, “please help me! My heart is grieving.”

Whether you realize it or not, your absence leaves a whole within our body of Christ. It leaves an emptiness inside me. We are family. 

  • You see, you are not alone.
  • Matter of fact, I am not alone.
  • We are never “alone.”
  • We influence.
  • We impact.
  • The question is doing are we doing in that influencing and impacting?

I want to be clear about something before I go on, my need to refocus was my problem this morning — I needed to take before the Lord. But there is something that you need to know — when you are not here, I notice. Others notice too.  Can I tell you why?

  • You may not think you impact.
  • You may think your presence is insufficient.
  • You may think no one cares.
  • You may think God doesn’t care — or notice.
  • You may have every perfect excuse to why.

Think what you will, but clarification needs to happen. You are a child of God, you belongs to this body of believers, you are part of the family of God and your local body of Christ, your church – suffers when you are not present. Do you know how VITAL you are? *

It isn’t just four walls we call church — this is being part of the body of Christ. How can the foot say to the hand, “I have no need of thee?”

  • It doesn’t stop there – collectively we worship our Lord within these four walls, we serve and use our God-given spiritual gifts together within His church, but it doesn’t stop tere — we minister together outside these four walls.
  • Christ is not a ‘Sunday thing.’
  • Your life is a 24/7 vitual expression of Christ.

You see, I can’t fulfill my God-given responsiblity (or do it well) to God when you are not fulfilling what you are suppose to be doing in Christ’s church. The ripple efforts are felt. Christ said He will built His church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18).  

  • You are our Sister-in-Christ.
  • You are our Brother-in-Christ.
  • Together we are Christ’s body – jointly knitted together by God Himself.

When one doesn’t fulfill their part, the body cannot fulfill its God-mission as a whole. That makes you VITAL!

So, just in case you wondered…I noticed!

  • I longed for your presence.
  • I longed to worship and serve God alongside my Sister-in-Christ.
  • I longed to worship and serve God alongside my Brother-in-Christ.
  • I longed to grow and repent alongside you.

But that didn’t happen. Only you know why…

  • The next time you decide your presence won’t be noticed…
  • The next time you think your worship or service to God will not be missed…
  • The next time you think God will not observe that you played church—hooky and did something else instead of worship Him…

Be assured, “noticed” happened.

“Noticed” happened not from a judgmental or critical spirit (though we all knwo there are a few out there, but this is not me). We are knitted together through the bonds of Jesus Christ…that is love. More importantly than me…

  • God is in love with you!
  • God adores you!
  • God I love you!
  • This body of believers loves you!
  • Your God-gifts are just that…yours…and no one can replace yours. Only you can use them or fulfill with them. No one can fill your shoes. No one wants to fill your shoes. Your shoes are yours — that’s how God designed it!
  • So, don’t play church—hooky! Go fulfill.

1 Corinthians 12:12-28a

12 For as the body is one and has many parts, and all the many parts of that one body are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body, whether we are Jews or Gentiles, whether we are slaves or free, and we have all been made to drink of one Spirit. 14 The body is not one part, but many. 15 If the foot says, “Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear says, “Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But now God has established the parts, every one of them, in the body as it has pleased Him. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 So there are many parts, yet one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 No, those parts of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those parts of the body which we think are less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor. And our less respectable parts are treated with much more respect, 24 whereas our more respectable parts have no need of this. But God has composed the body, having given more abundant honor to that part which lacks it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that the parts should have the same care for one another. 26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts rejoice with it. 27 Now you are the body of Christ and members individually. 28 God has put these in the church:

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*Yes, I hear it already, “But Colleen, you don’t know my church story.”

My friend, I could write a book on churches–from both sides of the fence. I have spoken to numerous women who have quoted the very same statement you are thinking.

May I ask you a question?

Does the sinfulness of others give us the right, or an excuse, to disobey God’s Word?

  • The answer, my friend, is No!

Excuses will hold no sure ground when God asks you, “Why didn’t you obey My Word(s)?” His Word changes not. To say, “Well God, I didn’t obey you because of those church people (those hyprocrites) over there on 2nd Street. You know what they said about me and what they did to me.”

Those hyprocites. Be careful — it is always best to look in the mirror first. You are responsible for your obedience and your disobedience to God. Excuses won’t work.

The question that should pierce our soul is this, now what?

Do we remain as we are or do we begin to see our sinfulness before a righteous God and confess. Repent. Turn from living our own way to God’s way?

  • Are you going to obey God?
  • Are you going to trust God?
  • Are you going to walk by faith and not by sight?
  • Are you going to deliberately live in biblical application of God’s Word in your life?
  • Are you going to ask God to help rid the “stuff” — the “people” or the “disappointments” of life and cleanse us, free us from the bondage of bitterness or hatred? Or continue to allow our flesh, our spirit be eaten away from the inside out? Bitterness is self-canabalism.

Freedom is possible but only through Christ.  

I tell you from personal experiecne — Christ frees the bondaged soul. Christ sets the captive free. You cannot soar when you are living in chains. Soaring can only happen, when through the working power of Christ in you, forgiveness is unleashed. I know, my chains fell off!

Because of Christ, Colleen Woodruff | inchristiamshe.com

Are You a Slough?

So, I looked up the word ‘slough’ — here is what I found.

VERB

  1. Slough something off.
    shed or remove (a layer of dead skin).
    “a snake sloughs off its old skin” “exfoliate once a week to slough off any dry skin”
    • get rid of (something undesirable or no longer required).
      synonyms:
      dispose of, disgard, throw away, throw out, get rid of, toss out, shed, jettison, scrap, cast aside/off, repudiate, abandon, relinquish, drop, dispense with, have done with, reject, shrug off, throw on the scrapheap, chuck (away/out), fling away, dump, ditch, axe, bin, junk, trash, forsake.
      antonyms:
      keep, acquire
    • slough off
      (of dead skin) drop off; be shed.
      synonyms: (same as above)
      antonyms: (same as above)
    • slough away/down
      (of soil or rock) collapse or slide into a hole or depression.
NOUN
  1. the dropping off of dead tissue from living flesh.
    “the drugs can cause blistering and slough”

Truly something to evaluate.

D.A. Carson said, “…we slough toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.”

We deceive ourselves when the Truth is not in us (1 John 1:8). So, be careful before you cast judgement or fluff off God’s warning.

Should the verb ‘sloughing’ — which is the present act — ever be active/thriving/apart of the daily life, characterization, or decision process of a child of God? I could answer my own question, but time and time again the wrongful answer is revealed when one chooses to little steps of saying “no” to God in our life.

When a child of God ceases to forsake the keeping, acquiring, feasting, conforming, desiring, obeying, living for the cause of Christ, or stops actively putting on Christ — their decision is clear. There active choice states their inward heart’s intent: to live a sloughing life….to shed, remove, dispose of, disgard, throw away, throw out, get rid of, toss out, shed, jettison, scrap, cast aside/off, repudiate, abandon, relinquish, drop, dispense with, have done with, reject, shrug off, throw on the scrapheap, chuck (away/out), fling away, dump, ditch, axe, bin, junk, trash, forsake the very One who gave them His free gift of eternal life, salvation from sin, and a personal relationship with the Creator.

Could this decision be revoked? It sure could. But only through the forgiveness of Jesus Christ along with a willful heart that acknowledges ones sin(s) of the rejection of Christ. A life change, an about–face must happen, inwardly and outwardly. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever — His love for you hasn’t changed. He is calling. He is waiting. He is desiring you — to walk intimately and freely together. He wants to bless you. He is a giver of good things.

So, why slough?

  • Has God become something that is undesirable?
  • Has God ceased to preform for you so you no longer require His services — His quarter ran out?
When we concoct our own idea(s) of God without the involvement of God — meaning our ideals are not anchored in the Word of God — we will be our own leader of deception and the Truth is not in us.
  • Want liberation?
  • Come to Jesus! There is no other way.
  • Holiness doesn’t happen by osmosis.
  • It takes labor — there is profit in all labor (Proverbs 14:23) — but HE is worth every effort, every church service, every verse read, every prayer spoken, every step of obedience, every choice made to glorify Him, every step of faith!
So, are you a ‘slougher’ or not?

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Proverbs 14:9

Fools mock sin as if they conquered. Sin doesn’t see it that way…the fool is its object of mockery.
There is another way, it is called upright. The end result is favor and the blessing of God.

{Proverbs 14:9}

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Keeping is Active

  • Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.
  • Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip.
  • Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions.
  • Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you.
  • Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust. (Proverbs 4:23‭-‬27 MSG)

Living out the Words of God require actively pursuing with all intensity to obey the One and only; having only one audience in this life.

It is not shying away from the work of the Words, but rather having a heart of gratitude that says, “I can” for God, not “I have too.”

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…if it be received with thanksgiving [1 Timothy 4:4]

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Isaiah 58:11

What an encouragement from the Word of God.

What God says, He does.

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I Have Redeemed You

“…I have redeemed you.”

  • Isn’t that powerful?

Sometimes we read the Word of God and it doesn’t grip our soul as it rightfully should; guilty here!

Today, let’s stop, re-read and ponder, “I have redeemed you.

1. Who said it?

The Infinite, Creator God redeemed you. It is mind-blowing to rationalize. We really don’t comprehend the vastness of God’s love for us, but it is so.

  • The reality is humanity (mankind) doesn’t deserve the righteous redemption of God. Adam sinned which brought forth death (sin) into the world and death passed upon all men…that’s you and I. We are separated from God because we have sin.
  • God dealt with Adam and Eve, yet in His mercy and love He didn’t just leave us to rot and die. God hasn’t put the period at the end of the sentence for mankind…yet.

He deemed it so “I have redeemed you.” His actions display His ultimately love on the cross of Calvary. We were given a way back to Himself. We were given a way to redemption, it is called salvation which is through Jesus Christ. We were given a way to commune with God through the power of prayer and reading His Word.

  • Because of Jesus Christ all mankind’s sin can be individually blotted out — one by one, but you must confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised He from the dead. You must call upon the name of the Lord and you will be saved. It is His gift is free, but you must ask by placing your faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone to get to heaven.
  • Just as sin separated Adam from God, our sin separates us from God. Christ made a way.

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Matthew 5:6

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Psalm 139:3

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Angels Unaware | a Tribute

This verse is so true!

What a joy to be reminded of this Truth today while spending time reading God’s Word together with my husband.

I remember the days when we lived in Jackson Hole, WY. Shortly after we moved to Wyoming from Pennsylvania, we found an awesome church to attend and became members of.

One service a man walked in our church, befriended our family and others and just became a part of the family of God — part of my family. He too, had “moved to town”.

Every Sunday as a child, I couldn’t wait to see Mr. Walt Saint! He became my spiritual leader, my adopted grandfather figure. He had white flowing hair and a beard to match. He was not excessively wordy yet when he spoke it came forth with a gentle powerfulness of Truth and it gripped my soul. He was extremely kindhearted, soft spoken, faithful, drove a cute little old car and every Sunday gave me a piece of pink gum.

Now as a kid, with very long hair, gum wasn’t something my parents bought us. Gum in long hair is no fun, but I was allowed to have my weekly Sunday piece from Mr. Saint.

I have no idea where he lived, what he did or even where he came from…but this I knew he loved me and cared deeply for my soul.

With the gum came God’s words…but never spoken like anyone else I had ever heard before. He spoke with such reality, power yet with gentleness, and had a depth of desire for my soul that blew me away, like he could see my soul…and tilted it while he planted God-seeds.

  • He made me want Christ more.
  • He made me see Christ more.
  • He made me desire Christ more.
  • I am eternally thankful for his godlike influence on my young heart.

When we moved back to Pennsylvania, which was a hard decision, leaving Mr. Saint was extremely hard for me. I didn’t want the influence to stop…I needed that influence, I wanted more. I loved that piece of weekly gum and our chat while I received it. I needed to keep growing…but he told me this, “It is time for you to go. You must obey, honor and love your parents. It will be okay, we will see each other again, someday.” He gave me another piece of gum, hugged me, never said “goodbye” and smiled from ear to ear. Tears were in his eyes, as well as mine, and that was the last day I saw my Mr. Saint.

Months later, we found out that Mr. Saint was gone. No one heard from him, no one had seen him, he was just simply, gone.

Whatever day Mr. Saint “left” Jackson Hole, it might have been physically but to those who were impacted by him…he never left us. I don’t know how many more people had the privilege of knowing Mr. Saint like I did, but after all these years I can hear his soft voice, see his face and clothes, feel the heat when the car door opened to get a piece of gum, I can see that bushy beard and soft flowing hair in the wind. I can taste that pink gum and feel the power of the Word spoken to me with love unguarded.

  • Was Mr. Walt Saint an angel?
  • To me, he was. He is.
  • Could I be wrong, maybe…

Years have passed seen those days, I have long to see him again, ask him were he went and why…but then again, sometimes things are just to wonderful that we just need to stay planted in the basking of what God has done or given.

So, that’s where I leave my Mr. Saint.

…that’s my angel story.

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It’s a Command | Romans 12:10

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Our Action(s) Testify What’s Within | Hebrews 12

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