a Jesus Example

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

Savoring Jesus

When Paul wrote to the Colossians to clarify the Person of Jesus for them, he did not use weak language. Everything has been made by, through, and for Jesus to this end: that Jesus would be preeminent in all things. Meaning this: Jesus over everything. As Charles Spurgeon put it, “If Christ be anything, He must be everything.”

This means Jesus is meant to have supremacy over every nation, every government, every cultural persuasion, every thought you think, every dream you dream, every emotion you feel, and everything in between. As we see Jesus rightly, we savor Jesus accordingly. You see, it isn’t about us, it’s all about Him.

  • This means we obey Him when it defies culture.
  • We choose Him when we want something else.
  • We submit to Him when our emotions try to pull us away from the straight and narrow road that leads to life.

This means a choice: Christ or not! As much as we like to pretend there are other choices, there are none. It’s God or self.

  • Psalm 2:7-8
  • Ephesians 1:18
  • Colossians 1:15-19

May this our prayer be:

“Jesus, You are better than everything else, better than life itself. Help my heart believe what my eyes cannot see. Help my mind be so deeply rooted in You that my heart is not lead astray, but naturally acts in accordance to You. Though my flesh is weak, my spirit willing, I pray that You conquer within me what needs be done so that I may be Your lighthouse of proclamation; because You are everything!”

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

this Jesus

Jesus said we’d know we were starting to make an impact when people started insulting, persecuting, and defaming us because of Him. He even says that we should be happy about it. (Ever think that sometimes Jesus has WAY different ideas about what leads to happiness?)

  • Jesus is simply not intimidated by confrontation and conflict.
  • He is not moved or motivated by unfair critique or misplaced abuse.
  • It’s impossible to force Jesus to capitulate on the truth—He cannot be pressured into compromising his integrity.

Consider what this says about Jesus’ character.

  • He cannot be swayed unlike other leaders or celebrities or self-claimed “saviors.”
  • He doesn’t flip-flop or back down.
  • He’s someone we can trust; someone we can follow into a storm.
  • He cannot violate Himself –His own character.

Spend a minute or two acknowledging these unique and rare qualities about Jesus, and thank him for his uncompromising nature. Ask the Holy Spirit to increase these qualities in you today. You are filled with the Spirit aren’t you? The Spirit is the same yesterday, today and forever.

(Excerpts taken from devotional Paying Ridiculous Attention to Jesus)


“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you” Matthew 5:10-12.


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

Jesus & Prayer

In this scene from Matthew 26:36-46, Jesus is praying not once but in three sessions throughout the night, and petitioning his disciples to pray with him.

From this story, and others throughout Matthew,

  1. we can observe that Jesus spent more time praying than speaking.
  2. His dependent relationship with his Father fueled everything he said and did.
  3. He honored the intimacy of his one-on-one relationship with his Father above his teaching, his ministry of healing, and his miracle-working.

Within our busy schedules and pressing demands, it’s easy to focus on what we can do (or not do) for Jesus during our day. But if we’re paying attention to Jesus’ priorities here, we learn that talking and listening to him is at the heart of what he wants from us.

Before you transition onto the next thing in your day, pause and ask the Holy Spirit to show you how you can add more moments of prayer into your daily routine, and for his help to call you away–if only for a few minutes–from your tasks and to-do’s to connect with him.

Excerpt taken from devotional Paying Ridiculous Attention to Jesus.


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

Power of the Thought

Our thoughts matter.

  • I’ve been doing much thought-searching lately. The deeper the dig goes, the more Scripture that is unfolded, the more revealing the revelation becomes…our thoughts are incredibly powerful. 
  • Sure, most of us would agree, this is no new grand discovery. But do we stop ourselves and take the time to think of the repercussions of even one thought we allow ourselves to dwell upon? Oh those ‘good’ ones are easy, but what about the ‘wrong’ ones we let slip out and then we justify by saying things like “We are having a bad day” or “I’m tired or stressed out right now.” Does this stand before our righteous and holy God? You know what excuses you use.

What we think, no, what we choose to dwell on will determine what we become. This is not “think happy thoughts and happy things will happen” but rather the holding captive thoughts that are toxic in form {ungodly} rather than focusing {which is a personal choice} our thoughts on God’s Truth and choosing to cling onto God’s Truth then live those Truths out which produce God-honoring-pleasing thoughts.

  • Today, why not begin to replace your toxic, sinful thoughts with the only Truth that can set you truly free and bring true freedom (John 8:32). 
  • What toxic thoughts negativity affect your life and relationships?
  • Choose to replace them with God’s Truth – it’s worth it! 

the Armor of God: Prayer [Really???]

What is the armor of God and truthfully, do we really need it?

Have you ever wondered why we need to fight or for that matter ‘wear’ such spiritual garments? Why we must do this so-called fighting that quite frankly we do not even ‘see’ – or do we?

I believe we all would say that we have fought a battle or two in our life time whether it was with our kids, our in-laws, our parents, possibly our spouse, or maybe even God.

But one of the most troubling battles we face [more than we care to realize] are not the things that we ‘perceive’ with our five sense – but rather everything else that is unseen. Don’t get me wrong, we certainly wrestle here on earth and it’s directly related to the visible and invisible, but we must not forget that the invisible is REAL – much more than we care to reckon. So before we disregard its presence, let’s take a little look.

My Pastor, who is also my husband, said a few months ago in a Sunday morning worship service, “Remember who your REAL enemy is! It is not those sitting next to you here at church; it is not those who live in your home or extended family members; it is not the workplace, the store, that slow driver in front of you that is ‘making you late’; it is not people; it is not God – it is the DEVIL. Your real enemy is the devil!” [Pastor Richard Woodruff] We must remember who the real enemy is!

The devil (aka: satan – who is the great deceiver) wants you to ignore the spiritual reality behind your physical reality. Why? It is to his best interest and your greatest destruction; for he knows that as long as you are focused on what you physically ‘see’ with your eyes, he can continue his dirty deeds and run rampant underneath the surface. This only happens when we are personally distracted, unfocused, (mind, heart, spirit) on the things that do not matter most.

Isn’t that so wicked – oh wait a minute…he is wickedness, he is not our friend…he is the greatest deceiver! Following me, yet?!

My friends, it is not for us to live in fear over the devil, but rather live in wisdom, knowledge and understanding of who and what our enemy is and capable of – but more importantly resting in the power of knowing who our God is and who we are through Jesus Christ.

Remember we have already won the battle, but don’t live foolishly – the enemy may be invisible, but he is not fictional. He is present. Real. He wants to destroy you! He is persistent. Consistent.

Do not think for one moment that because you are a believer in Jesus Christ you have immunity; quite frankly you have a bulls-eye on your forehead. You are the target. Don’t allow this to scare you but rather remember WHO resides within you? GOD! This means you are fully loaded; fully empowered; 100% equipped, power-filled by the Father Himself [now if that doesn’t give you goosebumps] to defend anything and everything, even when we don’t understand — yet we trust. [what God-love. God-grace. God-comfort!]

So, how does one defend, reload, and stand strong?

  1. PRAY! [Yep] Pray! You may be laughing at me right now, but it is true. You may be thinking “how in the world does praying help you win the battle?” For starters, read Ephesians. Paul highlights one of the most important [yet most overlooked aspects] spiritual armor – PRAYER! Without communicating with God over the battles – you’re done! Without His inward strength coming through us from time spend in prayer and in His Word – you’re done! Prayer brings His plan. His vision. At times His purpose. We cannot do what He wants if we do not know what He requires. Communication! Paul esteemed prayer so critical to the victory over satan’s power in our lives/during these battles – maybe we should take note, just maybe! [what do you think?]
  2. Study out the armor of God – allow it to become you!
  3. You want to see personal victories – PRAY – for there is victory in spiritual warfare when prayer is practiced. Don’t be afraid of it – just do it!

    “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, [19] and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might [20] which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, [21] far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come”

    Ephesians 1:18-21.