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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s Okay to Run

Sometimes you read something and instantly you know you gotta share it. When I read my friend Carol’s post on Facebook that is actually what happened. With her permission I share it with you now. Thank you Carol.


I was in my upper twenties, living in a southern state, hoping that this “single and satisfied” part of my life would soon be over. Things were looking very positive with my new boyfriend, Frank (not his real name). He was tall, nice looking, very smart, witty, funny, and a Christian. “A match made in heaven?” I wondered.

When my parents came to visit for several days I invited Frank over for a meal. While Mom and I were getting dinner on the table I kept one ear tuned to the conversation in the living room. I heard Dad ask a simple innocuous question followed by Frank’s sarcastic reply: “What a stupid question!” So much for making a good impression on my dad. That tainted the evening for sure and upset me greatly. A few days later I heard Frank go instantly from civil to ballistic while talking to his mom on the phone. That was my cue to exit the relationship with a heart of gratitude to God for allowing me to see Frank’s true colors.

Fast forward four years. I’m in my early 30s, still single, and now living on the east coast. A college-age girlfriend of mine was catching me up on her life. She had dropped out of college to work for a year back home in a western state. She began dating a guy from her church. She was excited when things got serious rather quickly, but then the verbal abuse started, followed by the physical abuse. She fled the relationship to go back to college. The more she told me, the more familiar it all sounded. You guessed it. She had been dating Frank! God had saved yet another girl from him.

I married my John after a storybook romance and my girlfriend married a godly man and has two fine sons. I don’t know what ever became of Frank.

Is there a lesson in this story?

Ladies, if you’re dating a guy who is unkind to his mother and other adults, RUN and don’t look back!!!


All to often the start of this story is far to common, but the end isn’t. Thank you Carol for this crucial reminder and for sharing your story with us! Your John and you are a precious testament of how God’s plan is the best plan; God’s way is the best way!

What I am about to say is easier said and much harder to be done (especially when one is in the midst of such a relationship), but we do well to understand the consequences are real nevertheless; it is better to be single than to marry the wrong person.

Whether abuse is verbal, mental, physical or emotional…it’s core is the very essence of opposite to who and what God is, therefore we will call it what it is SIN!

  • To those ladies who are dating such an individual, say NO! RUN!
    • Don’t accept the abuse.
    • To soften his sin is to accept his sinful behavior/character. Once you accept his behavior you have told him it is ‘okay’.
      • Maybe you have already told him it is okay…don’t think you cannot walk, run, or get away or end the relationship. You are free in Christ and not bond by his sinfulness…though he’d like you to think so. “You are bought with a price, let’s glorify God in our body and in our spirit — which are God’s (1 Corinthians 6:20)
    • He is not walking in fellowship with God (even if he says he is), therefore, is unable to love, cherish and lead you like the princess you are. You are worth more…God says so!
  • To those men who are dating such an individual, say NO! RUN!
    • Don’t accept the abuse.
    • To soften her sin is to accept her sinful behavior/character. Once you accept her behavior you have told her it is ‘okay’.
      • Maybe you have already told her it is okay…don’t think you cannot walk, run, or get away or end the relationship. You are free in Christ and not bond by her sinfulness…though a controller wills you to think so. “You are bought with a price, let’s glorify God in our body and in our spirit — which are God’s (1 Corinthians 6:20)
    • She is not walking in fellowship with God (even if she says she is), therefore, is unable to respect, love and follow you like the way you ought to be. You are worth more…God says so!

Jeremiah 29:11-14 tells us, “For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the LORD, ‘plans for peace and well–being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (12) Then you will call to Me and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear your voice and I will listen to you. (13) Then, with a deep longing, you will seek Me and require Me [as a vital necessity] and you will find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. (14) I will be found by you,’ says the LORD, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and I will free you and gather you…’

You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You — in both inclination and character], because he trusts and takes refuge in You with hope and confident expectation. (4) Trust in the LORD forever [He is your fortress, your shield, your banner], for the LORD God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages] (Isaiah 26:3–4).

>>>The core of any abuse is from the pit of hell. It is sin. It is against the will and word of God, therefore, at enmity with God therefore we must not accept it or practice it. Abuse isn’t an option. <<<

We are to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16). “No” is not a bad word. God wants the very best for you (Jeremiah 29:11-13).

Don’t underestimate the powerful love Christ has for YOU! What the Lord has intended for you is far greater, far deeper, far more beautiful that we could ever imagine or think (Jeremiah 33:3), but it comes with personal responsibility: 1) we must call (seek) Him 2) we must listen to Him 3) we must trust Him (His Word, His time, His plan) by choosing to walk in obedience knowing that God already settled your goodness because He is good. Settle on Christ, not second best!

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

Church on Fire!!!

Jesus said in Matthew 16:18, “…I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

The church is God’s body, not ours, lest we forget. The greatest victory for satan (devil) is a carnal christian, a lukewarm believer–one who lives like the world but calls themselves a “christian.”

  • The devil laughs at us believers when we act or live like the world because we have chosen to live in defeat rather than in victory (he knows it and laughs). In other words, in these cases, the devil “acted like your friend” and turned out to be your worst nightmare. You rejected the Truth (God) that could have set you free!
  • The Lord grieves when we act or live like the world when we are indeed His child. This is not what He died for. Unlike the devil, who is bent on our destruction, the Lord is looking and longing for our return back to Himself–restoration, redemption, relationship.

So, let me ask you a question. One is bent on your ultimate destruction and cares absolutely nothing about you; roars this world looking for whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). The another is bent on restoring a relationship that was broken in time past (Genesis 3) but through sending His only begotten Son, Christ Jesus (John 3:16) (see page “Eternity”: inchristiamshe.com/eternity) has made a way to restore mankind to Himself because His personal love for man is beyond our comprehension. A personal relationship with Christ is possible regardless of who you are, what you have done, or what your social status is. None of that matters to God. All that matters is you!

So church, God is on fire for you. Are you on fire for Him?

  • You are not your own, you have been bought with a price, so therefore glorify God in our body and in your spirit, which are God’s (1 Corinthians 6:20).
  • Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works , and glorify your Father which is in Heaven (Matthew 5:16).

Burn brightly my brothers and sisters in Christ for Him alone as a body of believers. May you be a vessel in the Master’s hands to the praise of His glory.

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