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

Certainly, this is the Son of God

“Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man! When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him” John 19:5-6.

“And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man” Luke 23:44-47.

Certainly, this is the Son of God…

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

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

Love in Action

“Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee” (Matthew 26:31-32).

“And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again” (Mark 8:31).

“And Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal” (John 12:23-25).

We all know the “Easter” weekend is upon us. In our home we like to call it Resurrection Sunday. This week, I have settled into the four Gospels; reading through the accounts has been a glorious eye opener. I love when the Holy Spirit does that, don’t you?

We see, once again, a clear picture into Jesus’ heart and His love for His disciples. In the garden, he sweat drops of blood. When is the last time you or I did that because we were in such agony over our sin or a situation?

Despite the physical responses Christ’s body was going through, He still loved, cared, and taught the disciples. Even in His personal suffering, yes, we know He knew it was His God-mission, the weight of knowing what was about to happen was still present. Jesus knew it. God knew it. Sin is ugly!

In these verses above, we see Christ in love–action. Christ took the time to explain…to walk the disciples through what was about to happen. He continued to prepare them for that day, that night and for the tomorrow’s to come; for ultimately their fulfillment of their God-mission.

Did those disciples “get it” at that moment in time, or did they hear the words and not comprehend those spoken words? I think you know the answer to that question. But don’t we do and act the very same way? Yet, Jesus loved them…

Do you know He is just the same with you today.

  • He died.
  • He lives.
  • He loves….YOU!

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

9.5 Weeks That Changed My Life

Ten years ago today (01.28.2009-01.28.2019), we stepped into the doctors office filled with immense sorrow and great hope for the future.

Exactly a week before that visit, my sweet husband’s mother entered into Heaven’s gate. She was only 67 years old.

I remember that day well. I was pregnant, 9 weeks and caring for our two little ones while my husband was at the hospital with his siblings. The call came, it was 8:35 pm “I was reading in Psalms about entering heaven and Mom entered” my husband spoke quietly.

We lost greatly that day and in the tomorrow’s that followed, but heaven gained richness filled in a woman called Marguerite Ann.

That was Tuesday, January 20, 2009.

A day and a half later, I noticed some spotting. As the next days continued our concerns grew. We made the phone call. Being 7 hours away, Mom’s viewing and funeral that Friday and Saturday, we stayed. In silence between ourselves and God, we did a lot of praying, watching, resting, and giving it to the Lord in the midst of loss, dealing with extended family, and grief.

As we sat in that office (01.28.2009) we still clung to life. By this time, the spotting was lessening. Hoping against odds we never expected to hear the next words…

“There is no baby.”

“Wait. What?
What did you just say?
How can that possibly be?”

That is impossible!

  • I had felt this little one for weeks.
  • I had questioned if I was further along then we thought because of all the movements I had felt.
  • This was impossible.
  • There IS a baby!

Again, those words pierced through my soul…

“There is no baby.”

  • “Maybe you already miscarriaged, or maybe you will in the next day or two.” The words were so cold. So removed. So lifeless.

We walked out of that office with a scheduled appointment in two days.

Numb.
Shocked.
Grieving.
Filled with questions.

What took place in the following days, the Lord kept us in the palm of His protective hand.

The next day included an ER trip which we were told, “I see a sack.” Hope was restored which created more questions.

Later that evening, I did not feel well. I thought maybe a shower would help. In that process, severe pain struck my body like a torpedo exploding into a battle ship. The hit was so powerful that it paralyzed me. The struggle to breathe was intensive and my body turned into a board.

We called for a sitter.

By the time we left the house for the ER, my body had calm down enough that I was able to walk out of the house. When I took that first step down off the porch my body released itself from it’s grip and I was covered in blood, and my breathing became much easier. Later we found out why this happened.

The trip to the ER we spent in prayer giving our little one to the Lord and our lives into His hands. Praying for a miracle. Praying for strength to accept His will. Praying what words could not express or speak, but Jesus Christ was our advocate and we knew it.

We saw a cold, lifeless, removed doctor turn into a compassionate, caring, patient man because of Jesus Christ. They took every concern or every care we had for our baby, for my life, and doubled, tripled checked on our behalf. For this we are incredibly thankful for.

  • Through a exploratory surgery (01.29.2009), it was discovered that I had an ectopic pregnancy. My right fallopian tube ruptured sending blood all throughout the inside of my body causing the severe paralyzing pain and inability to breathe. We take comfort that by this time, our little one was already safe in the arms of Jesus.
  • Our little one spent almost 10 earthly weeks with us. Some find it hard to believe, we don’t question God’s time.
  • We thank the Lord for every week we had with baby Woodruff #3. God has given me the blessings of feeling, not sight, with this little one. For weeks, our little one was alive, alert, and very active in my right fallopian tube; this gift was from the Lord, a treasure I cherish.

Today, and for the past ten years now, our little one walks on streets of gold because of Jesus Christ! The assurance of eternal life through Jesus Christ is a priceless, gracious, and merciful gift from our Lord. The hope we have in Him, that one glories day we shall see Christ, our child, Mom, and others –heaven is sweeter!

God is the author of life.

We were told that if we didn’t conceive within the next year are chances for future children would drop to 12%.

A year and eight months later, we were with child with baby #4. This didn’t come without fears or learning to trust God with this child. Her name means, “God has answered” because her two older sisters prayed every night for “a baby in Mama’s belly” for a year and eight months…and GOD ANSWERED!!

  • God hears.
  • God answers…in His time.
  • God hears the broken hearted.
  • God comforts & heals the grieving soul.
  • God never forsakes His own.

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

Be Careful What You Say

I’ve been doing a bit of pondering on the thought of “Thy Will” this week.

When I say “Thy Will” I am referring to “God’s Will” –lest I be confusing.

  • When I pray “Thy Will” –It is not to myself.
  • When I sing “Thy Will” –It is not to myself.

No, usually when a person states or sings “Thy Will” they are referring to the Creator of the Universe, God the Father. They are not speaking about themselves or referring to themselves.

This got me thinking.

Whenever I utter the words, “Thy Will,” (whether in word form or in song) or when these words formulate in my mind and heart what I am saying is this – no, what I should be realizing I am saying is this:

To do “Thy Will” (God’s Will) requires that I forfeit my will – there is no other way possible to accomplish both. One has to stay; one has to go.

If “my will” hasn’t left, meaning forfeited to God’s Will: surrendering my rights, desires, wants –then “Thy Will” hasn’t happened.

See, it really is either ALL God or no God.

  • You cannot serve two masters. We, even as believers, cannot serve ourselves and God at the same time (even if it ‘seems’ like good works); it just doesn’t work that way. No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (Matthew 6:24).
  • God doesn’t want our sacrifices, He wants our heart. Hosea wrote, For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings (6:6). Proverbs 21:3 says, To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.”

I have been challenged to be careful in what I say to the Lord. He is listening. He desires my “Thy Will,” but if it is tainted with me, He knows. In the end, I am the only one that is living fooled.

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

If you do not know Jesus — this is for you:

  • First, thank you for visiting this blog. I pray for you daily. I know we haven’t met but my heart longs for you and for your soul. Salvation in Jesus Christ is the most important decision you will ever make. One that I made many years ago that change the course of my life for eternity. God is real. Eternity is real. I want to see you in heaven, but more than me, God wants you to be His child. I left you a link (it is from my blog) called Eternity. I hope you read it. I am here if you have question about God. But more importantly, God is here if you call upon His name (Acts 16:31).
  • To conclude today’s blog: It isn’t that God is a tyrant, no, it’s quite the opposite. God, the Creator knows His creation from the inside-out and we need to look no further than ourselves –He made you! We could fill pages upon pages of His love for us –the Cross being His ultimate sacrifice for us! He desires to have a personal relationship with His creation, with you. The choice is yours.

Philippians 3:12-21

12 Not that I have already obtained it [this goal of being Christlike] or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on so that I may take hold of that [perfection] for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 All of us who are mature [pursuing spiritual perfection] should have this attitude. And if in any respect you have a different attitude, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us stay true to what we have already attained. 17 Brothers and sisters, together follow my example and observe those who live by the pattern we gave you. 18 For there are many, of whom I have often told you, and now tell you even with tears, who live as enemies of the cross of Christ [rejecting and opposing His way of salvation], 19 whose fate is destruction, whose god is their belly [their worldly appetite, their sensuality, their vanity], and whose glory is in their shame—who focus their mind on earthly and temporal things. 20 But [we are different, because] our citizenship is in heaven. And from there we eagerly await [the coming of] the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who, by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself, will [not only] transform [but completely refashion] our earthly bodies so that they will be like His glorious resurrected body.


My active choice to press–on is not selfish ambitious, but rather a deepening awareness that my citizenship lays elsewhere, in Heaven. Therefore, with this reckoning, I am different then this present world describes life to be lived. I should want to live different, living full in Christ.

A willing, obedient soul is being completely refashioned (transformed) from within. One glories day that soul will have it’s glorious resurrected body through Jesus Christ…what a day that will be! But until then, what a day it is to be complete in Christ walking with Him, being fueled through the engrafted work of Jesus Christ.

Are you being changed from the inside out or the outside in? There’s a difference. It’s easy to say, “I’m a Christian.”

2019 has begun. We have 365 days in front of us. 2019 needs nothing but Christ front and centered. In our life, in our goals, whatever it may be. As He remains front and centered, His plans will then begin to unfold and unravel keeping us in the center of His will…and that is the best place to be!

2019 isn’t about us, neither was 2018 for that matter, it’s about Christ, Christ in us, the wonder working power of what Christ can do and will do in a life of a willing soul.

Are you willing? He is!

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

Wonderment & Ugliness

  • The wonder of it all is that Jesus died for me and for you! His love had no boundary then nor does it today. His love is unchangeable. His love is the pinnacle, example of what true love is. His love for mankind: to restore fellowship between man (creation) and Himself (Creator).
  • This is only the beginning. We can never experience God fully until we untaintedly see how disgusting, filthy and repulsing our sin is to thee righteous and holy God — my sin separates me from God! It is not God’s lack of love or kindness, but my sin.
  • When we begin to understand how incredibly ugly our sin is we start to fathom the depths of our salvation through Jesus Christ. We begin to have sight into how deeply we need God, His salvation. Our eyes are opened to our incredible need for salvation through Jesus Christ and we ask (https://inchristiamshe.com/eternity/).
  • “No one can truly know the unimaginable wonder of salvation until they have truly felt the unbearable weight of their sin.”
  • Stand in awe and wonder! Live fully in Jesus Christ (John 10:10). Salvation is only the beginning of the journey!
  • Have you thanked Him?

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


Special thank you to Joe Henson III for allowing me to use his quote! May the Lord bless you!

“I will be found” saith the Lord.

We could talk about the various reasons why this passage would be offensive or encouraging to someone, but we are not traveling down that road today.

We are going to focus on the passage…on God and not ourselves.

There is great release, triumphant victory through God’s power and righteousness. He is God alone! None shall over take Him, command Him, defeat Him or become Him. God is God. Yet even in His awesomeness, grandness, vast greatness and power, God desires to have a personal and intimate relationship with mankind…with you!

  • But, mankind has to ask Him.
  • You have to personally ask Him!
  • You have to personally seek Him!

It may sound hard, but in reality it isn’t because the Lord said, “I will be found” the hardest part is getting past ourselves.

First, we must realize it is our sin that separates us from God, not God’s lack of love for mankind…not God’s lack of love for you. He demonstrated that love while we were yet sinners. If you have more questions on this, please read https://inchristiamshe.com/eternity/, it will help.

It is free, but our innermost being (our soul; who we really are) must desire Him more than ourself, more than our own sin. When this begins to sprout are ability to seek, ask, call begins to happen. It is a process, remember it won’t happen overnight, but guaranteed, you will find Him! God never plays shell games with us. What He says in His Word, who His character is — He cannot violate Himself (His Word); He always the same yesterday, today, and forever. God is God!

Second, God is in the business of answering. He deeply desires a deep, intimate, one-on-one, personal relationship with each human being…that includes you!

Because of His great love for you and I, we become especially reminded this season, but God is not bound by seasons or holidays.

  • How’s your God & man process going?
  • Is it dead? Nothing happening?
  • Is it suffering? Or do you only go to Him when you need or want something?
  • Is it alive? Is it in a process of striving to seek and search, call and hear? The process of calling, going, following, becoming, obeying (submission), walking with the One and true God, Jesus Christ our Lord, is beyond anything this world could offer us…now or in own eternal state.

Where you are today, God hasn’t change. He is waiting for you! The choice is yours.

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

Nothing is More Real

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

Light & Truth: It’s Real!

There are many situations that present themselves in this life that leave us in doubt or wonder, even scared to step forward, but in God’s gracious love, once again, He displays His love through His Word and shows us who He is; Light and Truth; always and forever leaving us knowing His truest intent and plan. There is no darkness, ill will, selfishness, or deceit in God himself, but rather light, truth, life, honest well-intention which is for our best. This also includes those times when we don’t understand His wise and loving plan, but it doesn’t change Him; His way is perfect because He is perfect! Truly, this is of great comfort.

Today, take time to delight in God.

  • Thank Him for being Him, for being the Light that breaks through all darkness and the Truth in the midst of great confusion.
  • Thank Him for His wise instructions to you…and take time to stop. Listen. As a human child we all go through the learning process of obedience, submission, and following instructions, but we forget it doesn’t stop there, it continues our whole life through in God’s eyes! If our obedience, submission, or instruction isn’t from and towards God, it is to and for someone (self included) or something else. We all submit, the question is to who or what? We be wise to evaluate?

God loves you.

  • How much do you love God?
  • Can God see or experience your love, your praise, your thanks, your devotion towards Himself?
  • Does He know how much you love Him?
  • If not, why not child of God?*

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


*Friend, if you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. I’d love to share with you how you can know Him. This link will take you to a page called Eternity. If you have any questions, I’d love to chat with you. Here’s the link: https://inchristiamshe.com/eternity/. Praying for you, Colleen