God Does Miracles

I opened the box.

There have been many boxes opened, but this one. This one, has been specially wrapped and packaged.

For the very first time in over a month, it is sitting in front of me. Unwrapped. Opened. The keys under my fingertips. I hear the pitter-patter as my fingers touched the key pads, my eyes look into the glare of the screen. My laptop.

The urge has been simmering within. The longing growing. The availability of time has been slowly opening itself up in allowing more time to avail itself opportunities to think and write…and ponder.

You see, God has done a wonder in and for our family. One that I bow and fall in thanksgiving for night and day. The Lord has packed our family up and taken us from the Midwest and transplanted us back to the East, all to His glory. I sit here in awe…and yes, we see cardboard, which is all good!

  • Sometimes, I have wondered how it all happened to fall into place the way it did. Then I remember…when God is in it, His way is perfect…and it can makes your mind spin (all in a good way). There were so many details that needed to come together even before we left the Midwest, then there was the loading and unloading of moving trucks, to finally getting to our new God-place. The Lord laid all the details out so perfectly, reminding us along the way that only God could have orchestrated all these events, situations, people, places, etc, to come together for such a time as this. We saw it over and over and over again. Today, even today, we see God’s hand of wonderment working His plan out for His people and our family. There is much work to be done, we cannot sit on our laurels. No, we our His children and desire to be found faithful. Sure, the process of adjustment and getting accustomed to our new land is in motion, but we are at great peace and at no rush as we hang our pictures and empty our boxes, for God has been so good to us! God is never anything be good, all the time. Yet we cling to Christ, not ourselves, in our God-mission, for without Christ we can do nothing. May Jesus Christ be honored!

Thinking back into 2018, there were many blessings (I am thinking of some very special people & families) and yet there were some extremely difficult trials. Yet the Lord is always the same, faithful, steadfast, and true!

The Lord transplanted us for His glory, not our own. It certainly isn’t because we are somebody special, believe me, we are just an ordinary family who loves God and seeks to serve Him first (Matthew 6:33). Humanly speaking, there were times in 2018 where I thought I couldn’t go on or endure the trial another day, but again the Lord reminded me it is not my strength that wins the battle, that prevails, that carries me through…it is my weaknesses that God creates His strength in me. It is the same for all of us, that same power of Christ in you is only experienced when self is given up, relinquished, handed over.

In 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 Paul wrote about this very thing. He knew it too, “For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And He (God) said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

My soul, body, flesh, heart, screams YES! YES! YES! YES!!!!! For to be closer with God is worth more than anything in this world, even affliction. Yes, you heard me right. Did I like the affliction(s), that’s a BIG. FAT. NO!, but my Jesus was ever so much more deeper, real, divine, intimate, and our relationship grew like never before. The fire within me grew like wild fire that I will not turn back!

God has done this for our family. I sit here at my desk, in my room, at my laptop, in a lovely home, in a new beautiful, kind, loving state with people who are just the same and we have been swallowed up in this kindness and love…yet we are nobody special, but our God is!

God does miracles!

  • My friend, if you find yourself in a situation that seems endless, hard, terrible, or you feel like you have entered the “twilight zone” — you know what I mean when you live there or you are in an abusive relationship (this doesn’t have to be physically…if it is, this is another situation. Please seek help asap! You can get out! But did you know there are other forms of abuse as well like: verbal, mental, or emotional?) I am living proof that God is still in the business of miracles, of healing the scars of these abuses and the power of forgiveness. He can change your situation, but you have to be willing to change as well from the inside out. This can only happen through Jesus Christ! Don’t lose hope. Stand in Christ. God is listening to your tears and prayers! Listen and obey Him. Though you “feel” like you are alone, you are not alone; this the working of the devil. Isolation is the devil’s workshop. Run from it! Seek help from a trusted godly man or women, Pastor. Seek first God. There is freedom from the bondage through Jesus Christ. God’s Word is Truth. Write me if you’d like, I’d love to chat with you!!! You are free in Christ! Soar in Him!

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

Truth About a Lie

“We lie not only when we contradict the truth, but also when we mislead someone’s thinking. We lie when we pretend things are fine, when in reality we are angry or unhappy. We lie when we hide a problem with drinking or Internet pornography or other sin, making excuses and throwing up smokescreens that cover our tracks.

We even lie to ourselves when we make something bad look acceptable, or even desirable….Our culture is adept at using the power of language to mislead and warp perceptions. We call teacher-student sexual relations “affairs” instead of abuse of power. We call the brutal killing of a woman “a crime of passion” as the perpetrator sobs, “I loved her so much.”

Language is twisted to make our actions look less heinous, more acceptable. But the Bible warns us, “What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).

Lying is one of the most destructive things we can do when we’re confronted about something we’ve done wrong (Proverbs 26:18-19,28). I have witnessed marriage after marriage crumble because the person who has been challenged will not come clean through humble confession of the whole truth.”

  • The Emotionally Destructive Relationship by Leslie Vernick, page 34

My friends, regardless if you are married or single, young or old, a believer in Jesus Christ for decades or for just a few months — lies present in your relationships {whether you are the liar or you are being lied too} will bring destruction to all involved. Sin affects more than just yourself! The truth always comes out. To lie is to sin!

“A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin” (Proverbs 26:28).

“As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, So is the man that deceiveth his neighbor, and saith, Am not I in sport?” (Proverbs 26:18-19)

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

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

Reblogging 10.31.18 from the original post dated June 13, 2017; Colleen Woodruff; inchristiamshe.com

Who is worth more to you?

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

Truth about a Lie

“We lie not only when we contradict the truth, but also when we mislead someone’s thinking. We lie when we pretend things are fine, when in reality we are angry or unhappy. We lie when we hide a problem with drinking or Internet pornography or other sin, making excuses and throwing up smokescreens that cover our tracks.

We even lie to ourselves when we make something bad look acceptable, or even desirable….Our culture is adept at using the power of language to mislead and warp perceptions. We call teacher-student sexual relations “affairs” instead of abuse of power. We call the brutal killing of a woman “a crime of passion” as the perpetrator sobs, “I loved her so much.” Language is twisted to make our actions look less heinous, more acceptable. But the Bible warns us, “What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).

Lying is one of the most destructive things we can do when we’re confronted about something we’ve done wrong (Proverbs 26:18-19,28). I have witnessed marriage after marriage crumble because the person who has been challenged will not come clean through humble confession of the whole truth.”

  • The Emotionally Destructive Relationship by Leslie Vernick, page 34

My friends, regardless if you are married or single, young or old, a believer in Jesus Christ for decades or for just a few months — lies present in your relationships {whether you are the liar or you are being lied too} will bring destruction to all involved. Sin affects more than just yourself! The truth always comes out. To lie is to sin!

“A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin” (Proverbs 26:28).

“As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?” (Proverbs 26:18-19)

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).