Feeding Spiritually

  • If practiced, the outcome is profound!

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

Faith Trust

  • Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].
  • 1 Corinthians 2:5 “so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom and rhetoric of men, but on the power of God.
  • 2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

Psalm 27:13-14 “I would have despaired had I not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for and confidently expect the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord.”

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

Blindness Remedy

  • I came across this today and it stopped me in my tracks. Such blindness doesn’t happen over night. It is a progression of “no’s” (rejections of God’s tug on our hearts to do or not do), a decision made against the One we call, our Lord and Savior.
  • This is a warning to all of us who call Jesus, Lord.
    • To be careful.
    • To be wise.
    • Be vigilant because our advisory, the devil, is roaming this world seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).
  • Not to fear, Christ has a remedy as well:
    • Be cross-centered minded.
    • Be Christ-focused in every deed and word.
    • Be God-centered in this life, period.
    • To put on Christlikeness because we love Him so.
    • Colossians 3:17; Ephesians 5:1; 1 Corinthians 11:1; John 15:9-11; 1 Peter 2:21; Matthew 6:33.

Sin is sin. There is no getting around that. May today we choose Christ above everything. And tomorrow, choose all over again! And again. And again, until you and I see our Savior’s face in glory!

Til He comes again, have a blessed Christ-filled day, my friends!

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

Faith

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

Is ‘More’ Faith the Answer?

The Parable of the Mustard Seed is one of the shorter parables of Jesus. It appears in Matthew (13:31–32), Mark (4:30–32), and Luke (13:18–19).

In the accounts recounted in both Matthew and Luke, the disciples long for more faith. ‘Then‘ they could do great things for God. ‘Then‘ they could cast out demons. ‘Then’ they could forgive a brother or sister who’s especially annoying.

Jesus tells them they don’t need great faith; they need just a little faith. He clearly speaks of a small amount of faith and compares it to the mustard seed which was the smallest seed known in his day.

  • We’re prone to think if we just had more faith, ‘then’ God could do amazing things through us.
  • But Jesus tells us something quite astonishing. The issue isn’t whether we are full of faith but whether we have any faith.
  • If we have the smallest amount of faith, God works on our behalf. Jesus stops his disciples short and asks them: Do you believe in me at all? Do you trust God at all?

Why is Jesus’s answer encouraging? Because we don’t get caught in the morass of thinking about whether we have enough faith. When facing a given situation, we call out to God to give us faith—no matter how small.

A small amount of faith is sufficient because the focus is not on our faith but its object.

Why is it true that mustard seed faith can move mountains and uproot mulberry trees? Jesus plainly tells us. It isn’t because of the quantity of our faith but the object of our faith.

If our faith is in God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, then it has a great effect.

Our faith makes a difference not because it is so great but because God is so great, because He is the sovereign one who rules over all things. Our faith doesn’t thrive when we think about how much faith we have; it springs up when we behold our God—when we see Jesus as the One crucified and risen for us.

Still, we have questions about this verse? Does our mustard seed faith move mountains and uproot mulberry trees? Do we see this happen today? Are prosperity preachers right in saying that if we had more faith, we wouldn’t get sick and would enjoy the riches of this world?

  • It’s critical to note Jesus is using an illustration. He’s not literally talking about moving mountains and uprooting trees. There’s no example in Scripture of mountains disappearing because someone had faith.
  • Jesus is teaching that stunning things happen if we have faith. The question is, what kind of stunning things should we expect?

Here we must take into account the entire Bible. The old saying is correct: a verse without a context is a pretext. We can’t just pluck any verse in the Bible and apply to our lives without considering how it relates to the sweep of Scripture as a whole.

Excerpts taken from online by: Thomas Schreiner|thegospelcoalition.org|Faith that Encourages | 11.22.16


How’s your faith?

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

How’s Your Mustard Seed?

Question: “What does it mean to have mustard seed faith?

Answer: Faith is so vital to the Christian life that Scripture tells us that, without it, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Yet faith is such a powerful gift from God (Ephesians 2:8–9) Christ told His disciples that, with just a tiny measure of it, the size of a mustard seed, they could move mountains. So, what does it mean to have “mustard seed faith”?

We know that this statement about moving mountains and uprooting trees by faith is not to be taken literally. The key to understanding the passages is the nature of faith, which is a gift from God. The power of faith reflects the omnipotent nature of the God who bestows faith on His own. The mustard seed is one of the tiniest seeds found in the Middle East, so the conclusion is that the amount of faith needed to do great things is very small indeed. Just as in the parable of the mustard seed (Matthew 13:31–32), Jesus uses rhetorical hyperbole to make the point that little is much when it comes from God. The mustard seed in the parable grows to be a huge tree, representing the tiny beginnings of Christianity when just a few disciples began to preach and teach the gospel. Eventually, the kingdom grew to huge proportions, encompassing the entire world and spreading over centuries.

So, too, does the tiniest bit of faith, when it is true faith from God, grow to immense proportions in the lives of believers and spreading out to influence all they come into contact with.

One has only to read histories of the great men of the faith, such as Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, to know that superhuman feats were performed by those whose faith was, at one time, only the size of a mustard seed.

Above written source: gotquestions.com

Graphics: Colleen Woodruff


Sometimes our faith is tested, it seems, to extremes measures. Measures in which our faith, trust, reliance, obedience to God, even our personhood is stretched in ways it either grow us or we crumble under its weight.

I don’t know what you are facing today. What your week or month has been like. I know for us, it has been just this very challenge. Our weeks, months, have been sincerely consumed with seeking God in much prayer, fasting, numberable tears, and acts of submission before the Almighty God (the best place possible). It has even cost us thousands of dollars because of walking by faith and not by sight. Our minds are trying to catch up with what we have seen, heard, life’s turn of events, and the incredible God-power of prayer.

I still cannot get over the power of prayer we have seen…it is like God made visible right before our eyes.

Honestly, I don’t get the whole picture. I don’t fully understand the turn of events or what God has done and is doing in my own heart and those around me, but I am extremely thankful God is working on me!

This I have seen, even when life’s trials ‘seem’ so hard, so dark, to long, when our flesh and spirit grow utterly exhausted, when silence is what you hear or perhaps that great whisper to a roar, whether your prayerful requests are answered or not, or you are simply besides yourself in turmoil in what to do —God never leaves us nor does He forsake us (Hebrews 13:5 & Deuteronomy 31:6). If we seek first the kingdom of God with a purest human heart possible —God will answer. He shows those who seek Him first (Matthew 6:33), but be warned:

  • God does not follow our time table –we bow to His!
  • God is not to be demanded of –He owes us nothing, but through His love, He choices to answers and guide. Be patient.
  • God hasn’t forsaken us –let us not forsake Him! God is good in the valley as well as the mountaintop.
  • God is in control –not you, it is just that simple.

This leads us to a decision we all must make daily —will I submit to God’s plan or not?

  • May our unleashed faith, our eyes, our soul see the incalculable power of God!
  • I have a mustard seed, and I am not afraid to use it!
  • Keep the faith, friend, keep the faith!

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

Who’s Holding Your Faith?

Rooted: Greater Faith & Rest

It‘s important to know there are two different kinds of pressures you will encounter in this growth process. One kind is from God and the other is not [pretty simple, right?]

You can recognize these two pressures by the direction in which they push you.
1. God is always going to be inviting, nudging, and challenging you to step into greater faith and rest.
2. ‎The Enemy, however, is going to push you to step into fear and ungodly striving by trying to make things happen in your timing, through your own wisdom and effort rather than God‘s.

Faith is found in rest, and the Enemy will do anything to get you to buy into his pressure so you will be taken out of that God-rest. Learning to resist this pressure, [that is not from God], is key to faithful stewardship.

Psalm 4:8 says, “In peace [and with a tranquil heart] I will both like down and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety and confident trust.”

(excerpts taken from Rooted by Banning Liebscher)

Knowing, trusting, then acting in faith = My God’s got it, therefore, through Him, I can rest in peace, safety, assurance and even sleep!

Now that’s a contrast from a worry-filled-selfish life, isn’t it!?!?

  • Who’s holding your faith, friend?
  • We cannot serve two master. It never works.

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Faith: It is Never to Late to Prep!

  • If I were to gather you all in a room, then ask you this question, “Does Scripture tell us we ought to walk by faith and not by sight?” I would most likely hear a hearty Amen! To some degree we, those who believe in Jesus Christ, walk accordingly to 2 Corinthians to some extent.
  • But I would also submit to our little gathering tis statement, “It is easier to follow or walk by faith when that road is easy on our end.” Once again I submit to you, this time, our responses would be a bit slowly to react due to the fact of our flesh and spirit colliding against one another and our intense reality check inwardly and outwardly.

When your faith is tested, how do you walk?

  • Is your walk the same or different? Do you see spiritual growth?
  • What does your sight see when testing services arise? Does your vision change? Do you see the waves? Do you see, believe, trust, and cling to your Anchor?
  • When your faith is tested, Is God still faithful? Is He still true? Or does God change?

I don’t know what you are going through today, but God does. This I do know, God is the same yesterday, TODAY, and forever (Heb. 13:8). Ecclesiastes 3:11 says God makes everything beautiful in His time, therefore, because He is unchangeable (Malachi 3:6) He is trustworthy, and that, my friends, increases our human weaknesses because in Christ we can!! It sets our soul’s faith on fire to fulfill His individual and corporate mission with power within us for we are empowered by Him! It gives us security–because God cannot violate Himself.

  • So, how is your faith? I didn’t ask you how was your faith, but how is your faith? Not yesterday, not last week, not last month, but right now! 2 Corinthians 5:7 “to walk by faith and not by sight.”
  • Sister, brother are you being tested? If so, what are you doing about it? Choose Christ! Choose to cling to Him, even if you don’t see, understand, or even hear Him right now! He is there, working His plan out in and for you, for your best good! Trust Him! (Prov. 3:5-6; Eph. 2:10-18)
  • What are you doing to prepare for your future? The testing(s) will come! Don’t wait until they arrive, prepare now!

If you are in need and would like someone to walk with you and carry your yoke in prayer, I will! I know what it is like to have your faith tested to levels unthinkable–where you think you’d crumble physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Message me, send a comment, or comment below–send your prayer request and I will pray with you and for you!


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

Psalm 147:1-6

Thank you Lord for this encouragement, hope, strength, renewal, and empowerment. Thank you for being for us, with us, and indwelling us. Praise ye the LORD! PRAISE THE LORD! Praise, praise ye the LORD! 

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

Aside

deliberate faith

Live intentionally intent by walking through faith deliberately fixed on God and who He is no matter what circumstance you find yourself in or how you may feel will result in divine sight.

  • “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever” Hebrews 14:8.
  • …”walk by faith, and not by sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7.

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

Thy Will Be Done: You are God & I am Not

Thy will be done. Though I may never understand why my broken heart is apart of your plan; though my mind and heart may not agree; though my circumstances around me may scream otherwise; though my flesh may fail me and my spirit challenged beyond words, may my heart, soul, mind, thoughts, actions pray…THY WILL be done for YOU are GOD and I am NOT!



THY WILL

written by: Hillary Scott; The Scott Family

(1) I’m so confused
I know I heard you loud and clear
So, I followed through
Somehow I ended up here
I don’t wanna think
I may never understand
That my broken heart is a part of your plan
When I try to pray
All I’ve got is hurt and these four words

Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will be done

(2) I know you’re good
But this don’t feel good right now
And I know you think Of things,
I could never think about, It’s hard to count it all joy, Distracted by the noise, Just trying to make sense, Of all your promises
Sometimes I gotta stop
Remember that you’re God
And I am not
So…
Thy will be done, Thy will be done, Thy will be done

(Refrain) Like a child on my knees all that comes to me is
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will…

I know you see me
I know you hear me, Lord
Your plans are for me
Goodness you have in store
I know you hear me
I know you see me, Lord
Your plans are for me
Good news you have in store

So, thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Like a child on my knees all that comes to me is
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
I know you see me
I know you hear me, Lord

Songwriters: BERNIE HERMS, HILLARY SCOTT, EMILY LYNN WEISBAND© Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

“Where is Your Faith?”

Have you ever been fearful?

The kind of fearful that grabs the very core of your being so hard that you found yourself paralyzed which in return begins a series of after-effects that causes you to doubt your faith?

As a believer in Jesus Christ there tends to be a taboo, if you will – I like to call it a lack of honesty to self and with others, where one doesn’t discuss or share such matters. Sadly, we place more importance on what other’s think, what we think,, rather than being consumed with God thinks.

Please do not miss understand me, too live by faith and not by sight, trust and obey our gracious and glorious God, and live out our faith without waver is truly this girls desire, but more importantly God’s desire for each one of us. God in His mercy is so incredibly good to us for we do not deserve His mercies. We are consumed by His goodness, but let’s be finite honest here:

Have you not been fear-gripped to your soul in the midst of a storm?

You, I, and others (whether owned up to it or not) have at one point had their faith challenged or stretched to new levels; their faith wavered to some extent; struggled during a trial where we might have asked, “Lord what are you doing?” or may have even uttered the word, “Why” (yes, I wrote it!) because we don’t understand yet truly want too. God knows you better than you know you. God knows me better than I know me.

Let’s live in the land of God-Truth over façade.  

When you live in an area that is prone to horrific weather, you built safeguards. Your home is built on a firm foundation, and you have a plan. It is just the standard of life and no one questions your motives in planning, organizing or building. The risk is possible. The storm may come. You take action. You prepare. Your life, the life of your family depends on it.

I have been God-challenged yet extremely God-rebuked in the area of my personal foundation building on/in my Savior. Over the past year and a half, my foundation has been shakened, challenged to measures I knew not of, confused, fearful, doubtful, scary, yet it has seen the hand of God rebuild in me foundations on Christ through His conferring and solidifying wondering working power. I know it sounds crazy, it has been a whirlwind that has not been easy.

(pause moment) As a family, we look back and could tell you numerous ways how we have seen the very hand of God work miracles in our lives through His blessings, trials, and testing’s that truthfully make our heads spin (to God’s glory!!), but this storm…ummm, this storm has rocked my boat in more ways than I ever before.

Our Christ foundation is one that stands the test of time for He IS faithful. It is one that is built firmly on the Word of God for His Word is Truth and will not lead nor direct in any wrong way – He is trustworthy. God hasn’t changed.

As we have been in this lengthy storm, I have questioned my soul’s preparation. It is so easy to spit the words out in the good times that we trust God; it is so easy to trust and thank God when we get what we want, but when the desires of your heart turn to hope that is sickened, despaired, sorrow-filled, and there ‘seems’ to be no end in sight of relief, that stirs your soul in ways that are hard to swallow sometime. But should that change our trust and thanks to God? Should it look different? Should it be given differently? No, it shouldn’t. He is still the same God!

I think back to before this storm began and wonder, “Did I safeguard?” knowing full well that storms will come.

  • Do we spiritually plan?
  • Do we spiritually strategies, seek, and prepare for that storm like we would if we lived in “that” part of the country?

It is inevitable, the storms of life will come. It is easy to say that you are unshakable when all is well.

Maybe you are in one, just like I am!

So, what do we do?

  • In Luke 8, Jesus said, “Let’s go over to the other side.” So, Jesus is out on a boat with His disciples on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus decides to take a nap – some R & R time from one side to the next. Suddenly, without warning, a huge storm takes over the sea, water begins to fill their boat. The threat, within each disciple fear begins to take hold for the storm is pulling them under and sinking their boat. Remember what Jesus is doing? Napping. I find this so interesting. Here Jesus is at complete peace while the disciples are in complete fear for their lives – a storm to test their faith.

There were no meteorologists warning them of a storm, and frankly, were there any warning signs in the sky that day that the disciples saw to prepare them before setting sail? I don’t think so, we are talking about experienced fishermen on a lake that they knew all too well!

In 2004, my husband and I had the incredible privilege to go to Israel. The trip of a lifetime and one I would take again in a heartbeat. One of those days we were there we got to sail on a boat across the Sea of Galilee, the very same place where Jesus and His disciples sailed. The same sea that Jesus calmed (very humbling!). Before sailing on the Sea of Galilee, I had my ideas of what the Sea of Galilee looked like but to my surprise it is quite small. You can see from one side to the other.

This confirms, this storm really did catch these men off guard because they wouldn’t have sailed out had it been bad weather.

“Where’s your faith?”, Jesus asked them when they woke him up trembling with fear. Ouch! I don’t know about you, but this grips the core of my heart!

  • We too are often asked this very question by our Lord, “Where’s your faith?”.
  • Have you not heard Him whispered this very phrase in your ear and heart?

We walk this life – no, we all too often own this life as if it were our own. We enjoy the countless God-blessings He gives (we don’t reject those), then question God when a storm comes. When that “BAM” hits. Out of nowhere something rips into our faith – something that rips our faith away or challenges it to levels we never knew existed –and we say, “Lord, I cannot handle this!” “Is this a dream…am I in the twilight zone?” “Rescue me, Lord!” and Jesus replies, “Where’s your faith?”.

Where is my faith when this storm hit?

  • I haven’t prepared.

  • I didn’t prepare.

Are you thinking – wow, where is the love of God in all this? Colleen, you are being too harsh on yourself. No, my friend, it is not about me, none of this is about me. This is the hand of God working in this soul’s heart showing me that I am so SO incapable without Him and HE IS GOD!

{{{the story isn’t finished}}}

God’s love is woven before, in, and through each storm we have gone through, are going through, and will ever go through as His child – Jeremiah 31:3; Matthew 28:20.

Luke 8 (NASB).

[22] Now on one of those (love this – one of those days…) days Jesus and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they launched out (no questions asked; no worries). [23] But as they were sailing along He (Jesus) fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on the lake (Sea of Galilee), and they began to be swamped and to be in danger. [24] They (the disciples) came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And He (Jesus) got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm (that same power, that same authority – is the same yesterday, today and FOREVER!). [25] And He (Jesus) said to them, “Where is your faith?” They (the disciples) were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?”

There is only one way through the storm of life:

  • Standing firm the Word of God – His Word is Truth!

  • Standing firm in the beautiful Truth that Christ has already conquered them all – the victory is already won!

  • We can stand fearless in our storms even when we humanly ‘feel’ like we are unable because of Christ in us!

What a comfort!

  • There is a decision that must be made on the part of each individual – I will stand firm of the TRUTH of GOD’S WORD alone or I will not!

  • The same Jesus that calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee is the SAME Jesus! That same power, that same authority is the same yesterday (for the disciples), today (for us) and forever (for all)!

where is your faith

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