Designated Place {POTF // Verse}

Diving-Into-CorinthiansMy beloved reader,

How are you doing today? I hope you are well, not experiencing pain or fatigue, and are feeling the joy of drawing near to our risen Lord Jesus Christ. Today, I am facing another day of a Trigeminal Neuralgia flare up. So while I do have many words to share with you about the hope we find in our Savior Jesus, much speaking is held on hold until said flare ends (I see a new primary tomorrow).

Announcement to share –

I am in the process of setting up a blog study schedule for our newest journal. It is called “Diving Into The Corinthians”. It is only $7, which is a fantastic price for the length of study. It is in a different format than previous journals. If you enjoy manuscript studies, this is right up your alley! If you aren’t familiar with this method of study, don’t worry – I will share more soon!

Now for today’s heart sharing:

Even though it is difficult to write, I don’t want to delay in sharing our weekly focus verse – which will be 2 Timothy 2:22. Honestly, it has been hard to memorize these verses. However, maybe, I can just choose to fix my eyes upon the Lord Jesus (and focus) through these verses. So, that’s my goal.

Flee from youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart (WEB).

Any words of wisdom to share with today’s verse? Not exactly, but I thought my notes on this passage might be encouraging to share. It includes questions I want or need to ask myself.

There are a lot of questions for me to ask myself, but I need to remember in the middle of my asking that I am His (John 1:12). According to the Bible, I am a child of the Most High God through faith in Jesus Christ. God is my heavenly Father, and I am His much loved and cared for daughter. He passionately loves me and pursues me. I want my relationship with my heavenly Father to be strengthened.

Now for my notes, for 2 Timothy 2:20-22

I am His! I am not someone who has to roam from place to place. I have a Designated Place, where I belong. My home is found in God alone! He is the Place, where my heart and soul belongs.

Which kind of vessel am I being? Used for honor or dishonor?

In my habits, am I choosing to honor my heavenly Father?

I can be someone who willfully chooses honor, sanctification, and to be useful to my Master (our great God).

How am I allowing myself to be prepared for every good work?

How am I choosing to live, so I can function (emotionally, physically, etc) and be at my best for the Lord?

Let’s zoom into our focus verse, as we learn how to draw nearer to the Lord. Let’s focus on how we can authentically come before the Lord and intimately know Him. 

Am I choosing and prayerfully fleeing youthful lust?

How am I choosing righteousness, instead?

What about faith, love, peace, and to be with His people who are seeking Him alone?

Hopefully, it won’t be a week until my next post. I cherish our time together.

In Him,



MMS – Wave

MMSFor the month of October, I am joining many bloggers in a challenge to write every single day for 31 days. I learned about this challenge through another challenge I participate in most weeks. The “Five Minute Friday” challenge is going to expand to last the whole month! Each entry, will be five minutes unedited of writing on a particular theme – found on Kate’s blog.Today’s theme is “wave.”

All he saw was the waves crashing. Lots of waves crashing. What Peter didn’t know, was that God would use an absolutely terrifying moment – to experience the supernatural in a whole new way. We may not get it, but God knows what He is doing.

Like Peter

… I have my own utterly terrifying moments. Moments that are designed to

  • Strengthen
  • Encourage
  • Reveal the heart of my forever God

In these moments, we are reminded of this truth:

Eternal One: But you, My servant, Israel,
        Jacob whom I have chosen and descendant of My friend, Abraham,
     I have reached to wherever you are in the farthest corners of earth,
        and the most hidden places therein.
    I have called to you and said, “You are my servant.
        I have chosen you, not thrown you away!”
     So don’t be afraid. I am here, with you;
        don’t be dismayed, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you, help you.
        I am here with My right hand to make right and to hold you up (Isaiah 41:8-10, VOICE).

God has chosen us!

God is for us. He is not against us.

God is given us assurance we don’t need to be afraid.

God is our forever God. He is good. He is present.

He is all powerful.

He is coming to our aid, and working miracles all the while.

In Me…

In those utterly terrifying, I would rather walk in the wilderness for forty years, kind of moments, your focus gets kinda messed up. In those moment, it is as though we momentarily forget some stuff – but remember the very important stuff that we know about God.

While everything in our lives is in one big pile, we can sort through it. We can sort and make two piles of treasures and trash. On that special day, Jesus would reveal to Him through the terror just who He is. Peter would walk on water. Peter and his friends would defy the odds, when the mighty storm should have wiped them off the earth.


… our trials and circumstances can do this. Through the rough storms of life, we can:

— discover God in His Word
— experience God more fully
— have a testimony of how God sustains us
— learn what it means to trust God

God can do a lot when there is a mighty storm placed in our lives. God doesn’t waste anything.

As it says in Romans 8:28, He works everything out for those who love God.

Further Reading: Peter walks on water on a stormy night.

MMS – Capture

MMSFor the month of October, I am joining many bloggers in a challenge to write every single day for 31 days. I learned about this challenge through another challenge I participate in most weeks. The “Five Minute Friday” challenge is going to expand to last the whole month! Each entry, will be five minutes unedited of writing on a particular theme – found on Kate’s blog.Today’s theme is “capture.”

I feel like my family has been captured.

My family is being held prisoner.

All Because of me.

To capture means just that, to hold someone prisoner. My health has done this very thing. Today, a Sunday at the time of writing this, I am ware of this very thing: I am causing my family to be captured.

Destruction Brought On by a Loved One’s Health Issues

My family is in the process of being destroyed.

Not with yelling or unhealthy words.

But, it faces great adversity – due to my declining health.

The easiest note on this, is how often we have been able to make it to church the last several months. Summer reeks havoc on my body. It’s unavoidable. I get that. But, I wish those closest to me weren’t affected. I wish those around me, could live life to the fullest, even though I can’t.

There is a better, eternal form of the word – capture (or captive) – that I wish defined my family.

Captivated by God.

Captivated by a love, desire, and action to be wherever He is at work.

On Sundays, that should be church.

On Sundays, that should be His house.

Captive for Christ

Captive is the best term possible, for how we should be able to define our spiritual life – for our walk with Jesus Christ.

  • Are we captivated by Christ?
  • Earnestly seeking Him?
  • Making a way to get closer to Him?

For me, I can testify that it is a struggle.

To get close to Him.

Not just on Sundays, but everyday.

None can make the choice for me, but I must find ways to be captivated by my Savior Jesus – instead of being taken captive by this world or even faltering health.

Paul became familiar with being captured in his circumstances, but he let himself be known as one who has been captivated by the love of Jesus. I encourage you to take the time to read the full account of what Paul has endured with God as his strength. See 2 Cor. 11.

The Kind of Prisoner We Become

“… I have … been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again (2 Cor. 11:23, NIV).”

Despite what he faced, consider what he has allowed himself to be known by:

“Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus… (see Philemon 1:1)”

The Reformation Study Bible points out the recognition of knowing to whom he belonged… “Paul knows that he belongs to Christ, and if he is in prison it is by Christ’s permission (Phil. 1:7).”

How captivated are we allowing ourselves by our Lord Jesus?


How can you… How can I… become people who are captivated by Christ, versus becoming captured by a circumstance or anything else (other than Jesus)?

In Closing…

Rest, beloved, in knowing to whom you belong – to Christ Jesus! May we be captivated versus taken captured…. – Stacey