One-Focus

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Oh Lord, may the focus of my soul, heart, and mind be to the audience of One, You! And through this One-focus may you create in me your likeness to be what you have ordained (predetermined) me to become, and live. May your spirit supercede my own.

To God be the glory and your servant, Colleen Woodruff

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

a Glass of Ice Water

One of our children went with her Daddy on a visitation call couple days ago. When she came home one of the first things she said to me was this, “Mama, do you know what Mrs. ______ gave me?” Not knowing, I said, “What?” Her reply was one of the most genuine, sweetest, truliest (if that is not a word it is now) of joyful glees, a glass of ICE water!” She was in sheer delight that this woman gave her such a treasure.

It made me think of the verse in Mark “For whosoever shall give you a cup of water in my name because ye belong to Christ, verily I say to you, he shall not lose his reward” (9:41). Matthew says, “And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward” (10:42). But the heart of the matter is “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:34-40).

When is the last time you gave a cup of ice cubed filled water to someone in the love of Jesus Christ?

Our child’s response, who is not a child but is a pre-teen, is rebuking to her mother (me). Her sheer delight is such a pure gift. It is an expression of Christ that I am both proud of yet strickened with rebuke.

  • Do I delight in a cup of iced water?

See, it is not about the glass of ice water, but the inward heart expressed in thanksgiving over that glass of iced water.

  • What a joy this child is to our home.
  • What a heart lesson to behold.

This dear saint left an indelible mark on our child that day, but it also left one on me too; one in which she may never know until heaven, but I’m thankful she served that iced filled glass of water.


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

Ephesians 6:12

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

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