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,



Keeping Promises {Inspiring Women}

Starting Monday, July 24, the Facebook page for Gracefully Overcoming will begin reading and studying Psalm 119.

(Psst: This blog post is part of our series – Inspiring Women using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries.)

Psalm 119:1 reminds us of the truth that God’s people are called blessed (happy, fortunate, favored) when we enter a relationship with our risen Lord Jesus Christ and follow in His ways.

How happy (or blessed) are those whose way is blameless, who walk according to the Lord’s instruction! (CSB)

The Blameless

The blameless walk with personal integrity. As we consider and walk in an exclusive relationship with our heavenly Father through His Son Jesus Christ, let us continue to think about how we live. Let us remember Ephesians 5, where we are reminded to follow the example of our risen Lord Jesus Christ.


In Psalm 15, we are given specific examples of living in a blameless way.

O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does. . . (Ps. 15:1-2a, ESV).

It is within this specific Psalm, where we find out what one who wholeheartedly follows the Lord does. For the “Inspiring Women” series, we are pointed to verse 4.

Let’s create our working definition for the “blameless” believer. It is a person who clings to and follows Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord over their life, and strives to allow God to be proclaimed in the private and public aspect of their life.

in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord; who swears to his own hurt and does not change (ESV).

Friends, sisters, the life of inspiring others is seen as we hold to what we know about our risen Lord Jesus Christ and the life – to which we have been called.

The Transformation Life

While we are a work in progress until Christ’s return (see Phil. 1:6), let us strive to allow God to define what is right and wrong. Our moral compass isn’t determined by society or how likable the girl down the street is. Even when we are pressured to compromise, we need to hold onto what God says is right and wrong.

May we “keep [our] promises even when it hurts (NLT).”

Let’s choose today to remain faithful to our risen Lord, and remember His Word stands as absolute truth. Even if everyone is against the Bible and God’s truth, it has not changed. It will still be true and be our instructions for how to live.

Friends, our best way to inspire – comes from honoring what is right in God’s own eyes and exposing the lies we are confronted with.

Our risen Lord Jesus Christ – is what matters. It is the Bible and our own faith in Christ, that determines how we live. Let’s be Jesus girls who choose to trust and diligently obey Him, because we know He is worthy!

Image by Pete Bellis.

In Christ,


The Ring I Wear {On This Mother’s Day}

I began this Mother’s Day, with a choice. And, I have thought about it – as I continue to walk through this day.

I wear a ring. It is a special kind of ring. I don’t wear it for fashion or accessory purposes, but as a specific reminder. It is a reminder that I allow my faith to be of greater importance than anything else.

Just as people of other faiths allow their appearance to alert others that they are of this or that religion, this is my reminder that God is greater than my desire for other things.

While I may not be a mother at this specific point in my life, I am someone who is choosing to put God above her own human nature. I am choosing Jesus and allowing my faith to impact the kind of friends I pick, whom (or if) I date, and how I allow my body to be used.

I wear a “True Love Waits” ring on my left hand, as a reminder that I am pursuing something and it is for God. I am reminded that I am choosing to walk faithfully with my God (which is something Enoch did). I am choosing to walk closely with my God – instead of the world.

On Mother’s Day, it is easy to feel like I don’t measure up. On Mother’s Day, there are a lot of greetings geared toward women that come with an expectation. An expectation that every woman is a mother. In those moments, it is rather easy to feel defective. It’s then that we are reminded of what we are not.

. . . But, that is not my story today.

I am more rooted in Jesus Christ, as my Anchor and Hope. I spend more moments engaging in the struggle, versus trying to “size up”. In the past, I struggled immensely with this day – because of such expectations.

Today, I am a different person than I was – last year.

A year can change a person in a lot of ways.

I firmly believe God can do a great transformative work, which isn’t limited by any time frame.

This time last year, I was without a couple diagnoses. The biggest one is PCOS, which is the number one cause of infertility. Last year, I wasn’t aware I had it. While there has been a great amount of wrestling with it, I am becoming more secure in who God has made me to be.

Yes my ovaries (and various other parts of my body) don’t work as though they should, but I am still wholeheartedly approved and loved by God. I am growing secure in my identity as a woman who is intensely loved by God.

This awareness and growing process is aided particularly through our “Inspiring Women” Bible study (which I need to try and be more faithful to, which will become easier after Wednesday)

Let’s celebrate who we are as women dearly loved and celebrated by our great God. We are dearly loved so fiercely, and our womb doesn’t have any effect on who we are as women or how loved we are by God!

The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17; AMPC).

We know that God has chosen you, dear brothers, much beloved of God. For when we brought you the Good News, it was not just meaningless chatter to you; no, you listened with great interest. What we told you produced a powerful effect upon you, for the Holy Spirit gave you great and full assurance that what we said was true. And you know how our very lives were further proof to you of the truth of our message (1 Thessalonians 1:4-5, TLB).


The Change Within {{Week 3}}

Welcome, friends!

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The Scriptures – Matthew 5:8 and Psalm 24:3-4, 6

God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God (Matthew 5:8 – NLT).

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
    And who shall stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
    who does not lift up his soul to what is false
    and does not swear deceitfully.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
    who seek the face of the God of Jacob (Psalm 24:3-4, 6 – ESV).


There is no doubt or hesitation. Those who position themselves to be purified in their deeds and heart by the blood of Jesus Christ, are the ones who will see and experience God.

Often times, we just worry about behavior motivation. In today’s world, that seems like what we pursue often times. I actually took a class on it, when I was younger. It becomes about finding “reinforcements” that cause us to change the way we do things. When we do this, we completely miss solving our heart problem.

Genuine purity points us to worship, which means we will see and experience God. (Click-to-Tweet)

Jesus cuts to the chase right here – True purity points us to worship, which means we will see and experience God. We can’t settle for the counterfeit things. He knows the difference. If we don’t put our hearts in our relationship with Jesus, He will notice. Not only does He notice, it actually holds us back. It locks us to a chain, preventing us from going further. Purity must begin in our hearts, for that’s God looks at.

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart (1 Samuel 16:7 – ESV).”

While we may think “if I just do the right things,” we get messed up in our focus. While man looks at doing the right things, God looks at having the right kind of heart. Let’s just seek Him, giving Him our hearts today – friends!

God looks at having the right kind of heart, that leads us to Him! (Click-to-Tweet)

Scripture shares something with us – In order to see and experience God, we need to worry about our heart. What do we have going on in our spirit? To meet with God, we need to be far more concerned about he internal – for it matters more than the outward appearance and good deeds.

Lord, I want to see You. Help me to concern myself with my inward appearance. There is no fooling You. I need to allow the transformation to start with my thought life. Thank You, Lord! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


Seeking Holiness: Pursuing Purity (Part 1)

Seeking Holiness - A Study on 1 Thess 4

“God wants you to be holy, so don’t be immoral in matters of sex. Respect and honor your wife
(1 Thess. 4:3, CEV).”

What is Sexual Immortality?

The Greek word, porneia, is how we get the word “porn”. The Greek word shows us what exactly it means, so we can avoid it at all costs. Its definitions include three areas we would be wise to stay away from: Adultery (sex outside the confines of marriage), incest (see Lev. 18:6), and idolatry. Knowing its intended meaning will help us keep from any misunderstanding as to what God’s Word is talking about.

Before we begin, I want to share a commentator’s thoughts on the passage to help frame our perspective as we walk through this difficult – yet important subject.

“God’s will is to have a holy people in contrast to the unregenerate Gentiles. This means that sexual immorality has no place whatsoever in the life of any believer. Adultery and lustful passion is out. To reject this clean and holy teaching is to reject God and His Holy Spirit (The Bible Panorama).”

Jesus on Adultery

In Matthew 5, we are reminded that adultery can even be lusting after a woman (or man).

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart (vv. 27-28, ESV).”

Jesus is expounding on the commandment that we have all heard. We know we must not commit adultery, but Jesus takes us a step further. Why? Jesus, the Messiah, knows our hearts. Our hearts are evil. We attempt at seeing how far we get before we cross “the line”. Our Lord knows this. This is exactly why we are taught that if we even crave after a man, we are committing adultery in our hearts. Ouch! Hard truth to handle? Yes, it is. This is what makes this topic of such great importance.

How have you lusted after another in your heart?

Choosing Sanctification

It’s important to remember why we want to honor God in word and deed. We need to remember that the Lord is holy! He knows what is best for us. Like the song says, “He is a good, good Father. It’s who He is!”

Sanctification is this process of choosing God over our own desires, knowing that we will become more Christ-like. We will resemble Him to the world, and glorify God as a result.

How are you choosing God over your own desires, emotions, and will?

So when we choose sanctification (God’s way, God’s will), we are choosing to stay away from this world’s approach to sex. We are choosing the better way, but it causes us to wait for the right time to engage in this better gift to bless our marriage bed!

Marriage bed? Hold that thought.

“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous (Heb. 13:4, ESV) .”

What is the best way to honor our marriage before it even starts? To save sex for marriage. God designed sex to be enjoyed between a man and his wife. When we choose not to wait, this gift gets misused and becomes a curse instead of the blessing God intended it to be!

The Study –

  • Write out 1 Thessalonians 4:3 in the Amplified translation.
  • How has God called you to be separate?
  • How is He calling to separate yourself from the way the world devalues sex?
  • In the Bible, God reminds us that sex is this beautiful gift between a man and his bride. He reminds us that it is well worth the wait. Regardless of our marital status, purity is something we need to seek. Not only in our sex lives, we need to seek purity in all areas of our lives. How is God calling you to understand the truth of purity?
  • How would you define God desire for purity?
  • What does 2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1 (The Voice) teach you about God’s design for your life?
  • Where are you in developing (or receiving) a desire for purity?
  • Take some time to spend in Matthew 15:1-20. In this passage, Jesus recounts the truths that there is a deeper problem to be dealt with. Sexual immortality points to a heart problem.