Defeating Despair with Purpose

Viktor Emil Frankl was a physician and psychiatrist. He survived the World War II Holocaust. His Nazi concentration camp experiences led him to wonder how any human being could maintain hope under such extreme conditions.

He came to believe that our survival depends upon finding meaning, even in desperate circumstances. Frankl proposed that we have free will to choose our attitudes, even about torture, death, and dying.

He observed that those human beings whose core spirits chose to have faith in the future and who find meaning in the moment, often found the strength and the courage to face the most difficult problems.

“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way” (Victor Frankl. Man’s Search for Meaning, 1946).

It is when we find the “why” we want to live that we can endure almost any “how.” The “why” is our purpose.

Frankl found that people with a high purpose can find meaning even in the worst circumstances. In other words, once we have a high calling we will find a way to deal with the suffering that comes our way. If, as Frankl saw, someone decides his or her reason to live is to comfort others, then even in a concentration camp he or she will still have a reason for living.

When we lose our sense of purpose, we lose a sense that our lives mean anything; and we lose hope in the future, for there seems to be nothing worth living for.

What causes us to lose our sense of purpose?

  1. When our purpose is too small and too self-focused.
  2. When we experience suffering and/or inhumanity that is outside our image of how the world should work.
  3. When we commit acts or have thoughts that fracture the image we have of ourselves as being good, kind, and caring human beings under all circumstances.

There is, however, good news. Although we sometimes lose our sense of purpose, we can be restored to a larger sense of purpose. The Bible teaches us that we can be renewed in a life-giving purpose in the following ways:

  1. Make a confession: God calls us to see ourselves as we really are, not as we would like to be.
  2. Make a commitment to turn around: We are called not to wallow in guilt or be stuck in despair, but to step into the future with a commitment to find and live by a higher purpose.
  3. Make a connection to God, to others, and to ourselves: Our higher calling, our higher purpose is to be a part of the community of the faithful, choosing to live and serve as God leads us.

Devotional by: Armed Services Ministry
http://www.armedservicesministry.org


In Psalm 51:10-12 David prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right and steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit.

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

How to Resize Your Gaint

Resizing Your Giant

One of the many things the Devil lies about is the size of your giant. For David, Goliath wasn’t a shrimp of a guy. He was over nine feet tall and towered over the best of Israel’s fighting men. It’s likely your anxiety looks a lot bigger and more powerful than you, too.

The Enemy might be telling you right now that reading through this journey “thing” is not going to work either. He’s saying, Don’t get your hopes up, friend. Things are never going to change for you.

But, you must remember that when the Devil speaks he never leads us to the truth.

Your giant may be big, but your giant is not bigger than Jesus.

Today, Jesus wants to break the power of the lie that says otherwise, and tell you again that He is bigger than whatever you are up against.

The question today is which voice will you choose—the liar or the One who speaks truth.

  • You have the power, no matter how helpless or broken-down you feel, to choose what you set before you today.

  • You can fix your eyes on the giant, or you can lift your eyes higher to the God of heaven and earth. With the Almighty in view, your giant will be resized by God’s greatness.
  • You can fix your eyes on the giant, or you can lift your eyes higher to the God of heaven and earth. With the Almighty in view, your giant will be resized by God’s greatness.

When Moses led the people of God out of bondage in Egypt, God brought them toward the land of promise. Once they were close, Moses sent twelve men to spy out the land and assess the situation. They returned to report that the land was, in fact, amazing, filled with bounty and provision just as God had said.

But, warriors filled the fortressed cities. These giants made them say, “We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” (Numbers 13:33 NIV)

The issue wasn’t the size of the giants that inhabited the land. The problem was that they failed to remember the size of their God.

  • We forget about the powerful work of Jesus on the cross to defeat every giant, destroying once and for all the power of sin, death, and the grave.

    • We forget that He created the universe with just a word and sustains all things by His mighty power.

  • We forget that He created the universe with just a word and sustains all things by His mighty power.
  • We forget that He created the universe with just a word and sustains all things by His mighty power.
  • We forget that He has promised to lead us through the valley and to fulfill His purpose for our life.
  • We forget that He created the universe with just a word and sustains all things by His mighty power.
  • We forget that He has promised to lead us through the valley and to fulfill His purpose for our life.

So, do whatever you must today to move Jesus into view; to remember His work on the cross. Put Him in front of your anxiety, depression, panic or worry. Let Him stand in front of them all. And when He is there, worship Him for who He is.


⬆️ The above devotional is called: Putting an X Through Anxiety: a seven day journey

w/ Louie Giglio. ⬆️


“I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at

my right hand, I will not be shaken (Psalm 16:8).

I will not die, but live, and tell of the works of the Lord (Psalm 118:17).


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

How Are You Doing?

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

How’s it Looking for YOU?!

…what are you giving back to Him?

  • They say, you know where a person’s heart is when you look through their checkbook register.
  • The same it is with God…where our heart lies that is where our heart resides. (Matthew 6:21; Luke 12:34)
  • It is a wise individual who looks into these things!

How’s it looking for you?

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

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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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