What the Wrong Side of the Bed Taught Me

I woke up on the wrong side of bed.

Tired.
Five hours was not enough.

  • My eyes were puffy.
  • My head hurt.
  • My mind was irritated.
  • My heart was complaining.

I prayed, “Lord help me. I don’t want to complain. I don’t want to gripe. I don’t want to compare, I’m tired.”

My pitiful attitude came out on those around me (not a proclamation I’m proud of).

I hadn’t had my devotions yet–I was trying. I was getting there. I was trying to get everyone else ready, being a supermom on non-supermom strength (that’s called: no God-strength), but I charged on.

All where safe in there spots.
Then I opened the Word.

  • HA!
  • God has a sense of humor.
  • Well, at least with me He does.

I didn’t notice where my devotions ended the day before, but this is where they begun today:

If I wasn’t convicted enough, and saw my sin, the Lord graciously sent me to,

“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples (John 15:5-8).

We can blame our kids, even our husbands, or just people, but let’s be honest with ourselves (I am speaking to myself here) we are just as needy as they are. We are no different. We need God just as much as a child needs or depends upon their parent. As much as we can grow weary, even with our blessings, God never does with us. And you know what, neither should we.

He loves us. We are His children. We are never a burden to Him. He loves us like we love our own children, despite our messiness, our pitiful, wrongful, sinful attitudes, and even when we break His heart. He loves us even more than we love our own children. God loves us because we are His.

This morning I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. It was not anyone else’s fault, but my own. I confessed my sin to the Lord, to my husband and to my children.

  • I didn’t start out right but I am praying through this day that I end well — in HIM, not through myself. Abiding in Him because as His child, I am engrafted into Christ who is my only source of life, strength, power, my everything and it is already there.
  • I chose to cut it off this morning with my foul attitude of self righteousness and pride in the disguise of “tiredness.” Shame on me!
  • I am complete in Christ, not complete in self! I am thankful for the power of His (life-changing) Word this morning! My soul is at rest.
  • How about YOU!

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

The Silence of God: My View has Changed.

  • I must be honest here, this post is selfishly for my reminder.
  • When I read this quote from C.S. Lewis, my heart stopped, for reasons to long to explain from life right now.
  • Don’t be mislead. I love my Savior! The Lord and I commune daily. I truly love His Word, love to get into my closet, love to journal and blog, love to help others and encourage them to be-do all God has intended of them, but this…this, has been my silent aching hearts cry. My soul, eyes, heart, mind (thoughts) needed to see this!
  • This is why, I’ve focused so intensely over the silence, poured my soul out to God in confession, repentance, obedience, faith and trust for so long and so intensely, that I’ve missed the answer all along…Him!
  • I’ve missed, HIM!
  • Oh Lord, I have been so blind, please forgive me.
  • It truly doesn’t matter what peace or war, sorrow or joy, mountain or valley we find ourselves in–if I have Him, if I am in Him, THAT IS EVERYTHING I NEED, everything! EVERYTHING!! I am in no lack or want even if God “seems” silent.
  • Silence does not equal God is not with me.
  • John 15:5-8

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

P.S. Thank you C.S. Lewis for walking with God and sharing it!

Whose Got Your Root System?

Much Fruit

“God isn‘t satisfied with temporary results. He‘s in the business of permanent change. He‘s not looking for a month, or a year or a decade, of you growing more like Jesus and pursuing the things He calls you to do. He‘s looking for a lifetime impact, a generational impact, and an eternal impact. Abundant, enduring fruitfulness is the mandate on your life. Ultimately, enduring fruitfulness in your life and the rest of the body of Christ is the key to seeing nations transformed, cities impacted, and culture shaped. But abundant, enduring fruitfulness will only happen, Jesus says, if you “remain in” Him.”
Rooted by Banning Liebscher


In John 15:5-8 it says, “I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken off] branch, and withers and dies; and they gather such branches and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you remain in Me and My words remain in you [that is, if we are vitally united and My message lives in your heart], ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified and honored by this, when you bear much fruit, and prove yourselves to be My [true] disciples.”

The new year is fast approaching. I cannot help but think of all those new resolutions that people will be making, promising to self, to others, and even to God stated they will “do better, be better, live better” in 2018. Are some well intentioned and truly kept, sure. Are many lost, unattainable through self or become a discouragement, they sure do!

So, here’s a few thoughts the Lord has been working in my own heart:

  • Maybe instead of promising earthly resolutions to self, others, or even to God, we should soulfully with prayer consider our spiritual state more highly over our earthly state for God sees us as eternal, and so should we.
  • God is looking for your lifetime, not your year resolution.
  • God is looking for your biblical generational impact for Him, not your “I had a good day” today impact.
  • God is looking to us to make an eternal impact starting from within spreading from without…with every person we come in contact with, with every family member, with every child we have in our home, with every soul!
  • God isn’t satisfied with temporal and neither should we.
  • Abundant, enduring fruitfulness is the mandate on your life.
  • Ultimately, God-fruitfulness lived out is key to seeing individuals, families, and nations transformed; seeing cities impacted, and culture shaped…and it begins with YOU! But abundant, enduring fruitfulness will only happen, Jesus says, if you “remain in” Him.”

So my friend, who are you remaining in?

  • Do you want your life to count for Christ or not? We cannot have it both ways.
  • The choice is up to you.
  • Choose wisely what you leave behind and what you leave for eternity count!

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