a Contradicting Christian

  • If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? (1 John 4:20)
  • By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another (John 13:35).
  • If we say we have fellowship with Him yet walk in darkness,a we lie and do not practice the Truth (1 John 1:6).


A born again child of God and unloving* are an oxymoron. (*Unloving doesn’t mean becoming a doormat or not using the word “no.” It is when one chooses to act UN-Christ like to those around them in word and/or deed.)

When you see or experience the two together something is amiss — Christ!

  • As a child of God, Christ is our example.
  • So walk ye in Him! (Ephesians 5:1)

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

So, what did you do this weekend?

He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” Mark 6:31

Rest is becoming a lost art in our modern culture. We’ve exchanged its old-fashioned value for a hectic, fast-paced, breakneck speed of life, which has slowly disintegrated our fervor and passion while simultaneously elevating our blood pressure. Packed within each twenty-four-hour time span is an unsustainable number of tasks we’ve placed upon ourselves, as well as demands we’ve allowed others to deem urgent enough to place upon us as well.

And based on our fatigue and frustration, we’d give anything to offload the burden.

But rest doesn’t seem like a viable option anymore. Have we forever passed up any kind of reality that dares to include rest as part of a typical day? Or week? Or . . . month? (Or . . . year?)

  • When Jesus sent His disciples off on a specific ministry assignment in Mark 6:7–11, He didn’t shield them from the fact that their journey would not be particularly easy. People would refuse to listen to them, much less give them hospitality. Any cause for excitement would be counterbalanced by any number of legitimate reasons for quitting and discouragement. They would be empowered to preach, heal, and spread the news of the kingdom, yes, but would also be exhausted on every front— physically, emotionally, and spiritually. And even after finally coming back home from their tiring journey, people would still be “coming and going,” enough that the disciples “did not even have time to eat” (v. 31).
  • So as their first order of business upon returning, Jesus greeted them with clear instructions: “Come . . . rest a while.”
  • It wasn’t a request. It wasn’t a friendly suggestion. It was Jesus’ command. Here’s what you’re going to do, guys. They’d been through a lot. And much more remained to be done. But for now . . . rest . . . come and rest. At least for a little while.

Do you ever feel guilty for taking time away to regroup and recharge? Are you saddled with a sense of wasted opportunity if every space on your calendar is not filled? Are you afraid your world would stop turning if you disengaged for even a few moments? Are you concerned about losing your competitive advantage if you’re not converting every moment into maximum achievement and efficiency?

Then hear the voice of your Savior welcoming you into a place where grace flows, where the Spirit refuels, and where mercy fixes what’s been strained and stressed by the accumulation of life’s pressures. This is the space where priorities and relationships that have been pushed out of alignment and are in need of repair get patched up and recalibrated.

  • Quiet time is not an excuse for the lazy but a wise investment for the diligent. It is for those who are committed to being active servants and followers of Jesus Christ instead of slaves to the tyranny of urgent busyness and activity. By prioritizing rest for ourselves and those we love, we may just rediscover the joy we thought had been lost forever.

And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.) Mark 6:31.

Awaken | ‘Come and Rest’ by Priscilla Shirer


Friends, when reading this excerpt today, I must confess “rest” doesn’t happen very often in my life. In our lives. I’m busy. We are busy.

  • Busy with caring and loving my family.
  • Busy homeschooling.
  • Busy with church, Bible studies, and counseling.
  • Busy internally with my thoughts and cares of this world.
  • Busy with writing, reading, and planning.
  • Busy, all good busy, but nevertheless, busy.

Busy with all wonderful good things, that’s great! But leaving “rest awhile” undone is not walking in full obedience to my Saviour.

I don’t know about you, but I usually don’t ‘stop’ until I’m utterly exhausted, overwhelmed, and stressed out…and I look like it too! (hahaha)

Jesus is saying, “Colleen, stop and rest awhile? Come to ME. I want to refresh you. Your soul needs it.”

How about you? Are you guilty too?

  • Have you slated time aside this week to rest awhile?
  • Maybe you can’t this week, but what about this coming weekend? Plan for next week.
  • The point is this –Do it! Allot the time. Schedule it in. If we don’t it will not happen.
  • Allotted time to rest: meaning, to spend uninterrupted, quiet time with God, to rest physically, mentally, emotionally –to detox your soul. To rest as a family, sending time making memories together and serving Christ together.
  • To refresh spiritually: are you planning already to be in God’s house this Sunday to spend time with your Lord in giving Him the worship, praise and obedience He rightfully deserves? If not, why not? He has given us everything.

Yes, I do believe, Lord willing, in the next couple of days I will be spending some time alone in specific prayer asking the Lord to show me how and when I can ‘rest awhile?‘ I want to obey Him first and foremost, but I desire to be a better wife, mother, servant of God, and testimony for Christ…I cannot do these things in myself.

Jesus commanded His disciples to ‘rest awhile’ because He knew their souls needed it, He knew their bodies needed, He knew they needed it mentally as well.

We are no different. God’s words still stand true today.

The question is: will we put our fear, self-will, and pride aside and will we obey God?

  • Will you enter into His rest for awhile this week?
  • He is waiting for us!

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

Church…we ARE Plan A there is no Plan B

3 Simple Reasons why Church is God’s Plan A.

Here are three simple reasons why “church” is GOD’S plan A and there is no plan B in God’s book. Why we must stop kicking and screaming and questioning God’s plan. It is He that is in change. It is HIS salvation gift to us. It is His death that paid the price…NOT OURS!

1. Church is plan A because God tells us NOT to forsake the gathering of ourselves together as believers. This is one of those hot buttons of the day and yes, I am going to talk about it! First, I’d like to say that I am truly sorry if you have been hurt, offended, or even abused in any form by the church as a whole. This is WRONG!! This is not pleasing, honoring, or glorifying to the Lord nor is it not His plan for His church.

But may I ask you a question? Have you ever bought something from a store, like meat, and got home to find out that it was bad? Did it stop you from buying meat for the rest of your life? 

Have you ever had food poisoning from a restaurant? Did that stop you from ever eating out again? Most likely NOT! 

SO…why is it when something “bad” at church happens we lump them all together and vow the mother of all vows that ALL Christians are hypocrites, ALL churches are filled with liars, cheaters, hypocrites, and rotten filthy sinners and we are never going back. 

I want to stop right here. I understand, I know I talk with ladies who have physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually been abused by family members, unbelievers as well as believers. None are right. None should have happened (mine included), but we live in a sin-filled world and we have a choice. Yes, we have a choice even in the midst of our greatest pain, sorrow and trial. Will I use this situation to grow closer to my Heavenly Father or will I take it and grow bitter by the the day.

So often, I see “church” used as an excuse and see bitterness grow by the day and the choice to live in disobedience to God spiral from that one choice! 

The bitterness will take you farther than you ever excepted to go. 

Regardless of what enters of life, we are accountable before Christ. When we use people as an excuses to not obey Christ, we justify our own actions and guilt to make ourselves feel better. 

I have another question to ask you. I am assuming you got over your food poisoning or got over that purchase of “bad meat.” If I opened your refrigerator door, I would find it full or at least part-way full and would come to find out that you have feasted on many meals “outside” of your home. You didn’t grow bitter at the “bad” meat. You didn’t call the store a hypocrite. You didn’t hold a grudge. You didn’t allow bitterness, people, or excuses from stopping you from shopping or eating, did you??!!

So why the double standard? Using people, excuses, our own bitterness and unforgiveness to NOT obey God is sin. If you are a child of God, you are part of plan A…you are not doing your part. You are needed, but you are choicing to missing out on God’s plan A. 

Because Matthew 18 wasn’t practiced like it should have been when the offense happened, sadly, you are hurting yourself, the church, fellow believers, unbelievers, and you are hurting the cause of Christ…for what “bad meat?” That didn’t stop you before!

Reconcile that “bad meat” even if the other party doesn’t want too! Make it right before God on YOUR end!! Go and confront that offense! Seek and be ye reconciled. Forgive.

I speak from experience! I have “abuse” in my background. What kind I will not speak of at this time, but believe me when I tell you, I know! I know what I feels like, how it hurts, the anger, bitterness, the confusion, the spiral effects. But I also know the healing power of God in ones heart and life. I know the comfort and release of walking in obedience to the Father and it is worth it all! I would do it a thousand times over!

It is one of the hardest things you will ever do, but it is one of the most spirit-freeing (bondage releasing) God+you experience you will ever do, because when you walk in trust and obedience, God blesses! You NEVER go wrong walking in obedience to Christ….NEVER!

Hebrews 10:25

2. The very second you accepted Christ as your personal Savior, He gave you at least one spiritual gift, at least one. You may have more! Do you know your spiritual gift or gifts? Do you know God wants that gift or gifts to be used? Yeppers, you guessed it! For Him, for His Glory in His Church! 

I hear the question already, can you use your God-given gift in other places? Sure! But the primary place is where He wants, within His Church. Again, this is not our plan or trying to make our plan work…this is God’s plan. We either obey and do or not!

I Peter 4:10-11

3. Church is Plan A because it is the only plan! We are to be proclaiming, mouthpieces, ambassadors, of what and who God is and what He has done for us to everyone soul we come in contact with. To fail to accomplish the great commission is to live in disobedience to Christ. 

Matthew 28:18-20

  • The bottom line is this: God’s Word is clear. The choice is in your hands…your heart.
  • How will you choose to walk before the very God who gave you your eternal life? 

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

the strength to obey

Obedience.

This word means many things to different people: for some it is a scary or dirty word, while others totally disregard it in any form, while others struggle with it but do sincerely try. 

Obedience isn’t to be feared if it is given, asked, taken, followed, submitted too under the guidelines of Scripture. Obedience is one of the foundational virtues that Jesus forms in those he calls. He gives us the strength to obey as we make the choice to obey.

Obedience is one of the chief ways we demonstrate our love for God. Not singing Christian songs. Not going to church services. Not having quiet times. Not taking mission trips or doing loving things for others. Yes, yes, yes, all of these are fabulous things — you should be singing to your Lord for that is one way you can give Him worship. You should be active in your local church, for that is where you use your God-given talent(s). You should be having daily quiet time alone with your Lord, for without that time with Him how will you grow? Taking missions trips will change your life forever (spiritually and mentally for you see more than yourself, your needs, your world, and you see God, his people and souls that need Him! We should be loving others — to our brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as loving souls so much that we tell them about our incredible Savior so that they may know Him too! But do you hear what Jesus said: 

“If you love me, keep my commands” 

(John 14:15).

Don’t you see? If you love HIM first and foremost all those other things fall into place. (the list above for just a few small examples)

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added into you” (Matt. 6:33).

Our list isn’t finished yet…

There are some who have choose to accept, believe, and trust wholeheartedly what biblical obedience is, what it looks like, and how it is to be asked and given. Not because they are super spiritual but because they have chosen before God that despite what their flesh tells them, despite what they were falsely taught (unknowingly and knowing), how they feel, or what has happened to them in the past, God’s way is the best way. God knows what He is talking about, God is God, therefore, I will obey Him and trust in His Words. 

Obedience to Him brings freedom.

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