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

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.

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

“It” Wears Many Hats

Exhaustion doesn’t even begin to describe how I have felt over the past four weeks; four weeks that turned into five this past Friday.

It began with a slight cough which developed quickly into a full blown, nonstop fit of raging coughs, sleepless nights, fatigue, and left me almost voiceless.

After the first week, I went to see my doctor. This time, I said to myself, “I wouldn’t wait” (similar thing happened in February). Sure enough my lungs and airways were inflamed with infection; irritation deep within and slight fluid in the ear. A shot of steroids was given to me to get me ‘moving along’ quicker this time around. We stopped bye the pharmacy to pick up the mountain of meds and I did what the doctor ordered. I was fully convinced that I would be well very soon…

Week two.

We came to the decision it was time to make another doctor appointment because my symptoms were getting worse, not better.

X-ray’s were order. Round two of medicines started. Doc said, “If you are not any better in two days, I will admit you to the hospital.”

Sleep was been little, the sofa became my home. Breathing more difficult. Side affects increasing.

I purposed to do what must be done, try what I can get done and leave the rest undone because there was no strength nor breathe to do anything else.

Week four done.

Week five has begun.

Third doc visit resulted in more x-rays, round three with a specialist appointment is in the near future. All this to say, last Friday I broke…

  • I broke down in exhaustion, in tears, and in pain, in discouragement.
  • ‘It’ broke me. I didn’t want it too, but…it did.
  • I was so physically worn that I can barely lift my feet off the floor to walk. My body filled with agony, torn muscles from coughing so long, so much and so hard.

I hit that wall and said, “I’m done!”

  • My soul was discouraged.
  • My body was discouraged.
  • My mind was discouraged.

I wept, cried out to the Lord for deliverance, “Lord please, please take this from me!“…”Lord, please I am so weary and worn!

➡ I do not share this for pity.
➡ I do not share this to have a self-pity party.

➡ I do share because maybe someone, maybe you, are in agony, weeping, struggling, worn, tried, exhausted, in pain and right now you need some encouragement…

Maybe “it” is a life situation or decision that must be made; maybe “it” is an illness that has struck your body or someone you love; maybe “it” has you worn to the last bone…I want you to know something, God is still there. He hears. He knows.

My friend, (preaching to myself here) we are so desperately human yet God knows that and loves us anyway. God heard Job’s cries. God saw Job’s pain. God answered Job’s prayers and God sees, knows, and hears us too (Job 41;42).

God takes our frailty, turns it on its head for His glory, gives us precisely what is needed and shows us Himself.

May sound like God is selfish, but He isn’t.
God deserves such grandeur, such attention, such praise, such worship and devotion. He is God. We are not. This doesn’t stop God from loving us.

  • It is enough that He would bring glory to Himself through us, but He also uses that source of glory to Himself for our perfection, for our molding, for our fashioning us into HIS likeness.

In the midst of vallies or while we stand on the mountaintop, God is using “it” to create in us a masterpiece within us…one that is more glorious than we can image. This is not selfish, this is love.

Last Friday was a really hard day — both physically and spiritually, but today, today is a new day with sickness included to become perfected into what God is leading me through at this time.

➡ God is perfecting you. Job saw with his spiritual eyes who God was/is.

➡ Job trusted God to be God; we must trust Him as well.

  • I want to grow in Christ.
  • I want to be healed spiritually and physically.
  • I want to say, “I know that You can do all things, and that no thought or purpose of Yours can be restrained. Therefore [I now see] I have [rashly] uttered that which I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. ‘Hear, please, and I will speak; I will ask You, and You instruct [and answer] me.’ I had heard of You [only] by the hearing of the ear, but now my [spiritual] eye sees You.” Job 42.

God loves you, friend! Remember, today is a new day with “it” included to become perfected into what God is leading, fashioning us to become through this time. Take courage.

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

Are you Distracted?

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Why Being God-Proactive Matters @ Home and Church.

  • The devil is at war.
  • He sees you, a saved soul, as target, bait, to aim and destroy, to distract.
  • He sees God as his number one enemy and will get to him through you at any cost.

Beware believer!

  • Don’t be deceived by the devil’s tactics, lures, deceptions, or temptations. It is not greener on his side…regardless of the glorious picture he displays.
  • Don’t be saved from fire, be saved by grace through faith that not of ourselves it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).
  • Christ died that we may have life in Him; life lived abundantly, free through Christ Jesus.

Walk in Him. Fight the flesh. Obey the Word. Don’t be a pawn in the deceiver’s hand.

The devil may laud your praises, claim or profess his allegiance to your pleasures, wants, or desires, but remember he is not your friend. His end goal is to seek and to destory (1 Peter 5:8).

You, my friend, are empowered through Jesus Christ…now go! Live in Him!

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

God Said it, BUT…

God said it. Written words printed in red and black.

Life giving words.

But, does that settle it?

  • We say these words so flippedly but often we mean, “God said it, but I’ll pick what I what to follow from the Bible.”
  • Or “God said it, but I have a better answer or opinion God.”

➡Proverbs 23:6-8 says, “Do not eat the bread of a selfish man, or desire his delicacies; for as he thinks within himself, so he is. He says to you, “Eat and drink!” but his heart is not with you. You will vomit up the morsel you have eaten, and waste your compliments.” (nasb)

  • This “wicked man” also means, evil man or stingy; for he/she is like one who is inwardly calculating (Prov. 28:22).
  • As “he thinks…so he is” has the meaning of reckoning in his soul; his/her behavior, one who manipulates.
  • Not with you” means this person (the wicked man/women) is begrudging the cost.
  • Compliments” = don’t waste your pleasant words.

➡Psalm 114:4 says, “Do not incline my heart [consent to or tolerate] any evil thing, or to practice deeds of wickedness with men who plan and do evil; and let me not eat of their delicacies [be tempted by their gain].” (amp)

➡Proverbs 26:24-28 states,

Here are two over versions for our study:

CEB– Hateful people mislead with their lips,

  • keeping their deception within. Though they speak graciously, don’t believe them, for seven horrible things are in their heart. They may cover their hatred with trickery, but their evil will be revealed in public. Those who dig a pit will fall in it; those who roll a stone will have it turn back on them. A lying tongue hates those it crushes; a flattering mouth causes destruction.
  • AMP– He who hates, disguises it with his lips, but he stores up deceit in his heart. When he speaks graciously and kindly [to conceal his malice], do not trust him, For seven abominations are in his heart. Though his hatred covers itself with guile and deceit, His malevolence will be revealed openly before the assembly. Whoever digs a pit [for another man’s feet] will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone [up a hill to do mischief], it will come back on him. A lying tongue hates those it wounds and crushes, And a flattering mouth works ruin.

Either you are this man/woman or not.

  • We could make the arguments that we all struggle with sin; that we are on this side of Glory, but are we not to be entering into His rest NOW?
  • Are we not to be becoming “holy for He is holy” NOW?
  • Are we not to transformed into newness of life, NOW?
  • Weren’t we transformed into a new creature the second we accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior?

Jesus Christ isn’t fire insurance. Jesus Christ is this life NOW and in the life to come!

  • My friend, if you are a Child of God, saved by His undeserving grace yet freely given His amazing loving grace called salvation, we are NOT to be this “wicked one.”
  • We ought not to be reigning (living) in our flesh and glorying it. This is contrary to God’s perfect law, will.

How are you doing today, believer? Who is sitting on the throne of your life? Who reigns? God has much bigger plans for you. Stop. Turn to Him and repent. Live the full life in Christ He has planned for you!

You will never regret the choice of Christ!

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

Who is worth more to you?

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

The Power Within You, Child of God…

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