My Pursuit of Forgiveness {Inspiring Women}

Hi friends! For the months of May/June, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan.

In Colossians 3, we are reminded of the glorious hope found in Jesus Christ. We are made spiritually alive, through our Risen Savior. There is excitement in our new life, but we can become hesitant on topics like “forgiving others”. We are kind of like the Israelites in that sense, learning we can’t take our old life habits with us.

Be gentle and ready to forgive; never hold grudges. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others (vv. 13, TLB).

Why We Forgive

This isn’t something we can dance around. Forgiving others is an important struggle to endure, especially as we look to Christ who is our Source of hope. God has forgiven us of so much. He has gone through unimaginable pain to fix the relationship we have with Him. This is such a gift, friends.

We are given the opportunity to experience God’s power as we trust and obey Him in forgiving others.

While the world teaches us to hold a grudge, God has a very different take on forgiveness. We are commanded to forgive others, even when they have badly hurt us. God’s way is much different than how we likely used to think. God urges us to forgive and even tells us that “our heavenly Father won’t forgive us, if we don’t forgive others.”

The forgiveness we have received through Christ, should prompt us to forgive others. How can we experience the tender mercy of God, but not share it with others? A changed heart is what happens, as we experience the Gospel.

Friends: Keep fighting to honor God in your relationships. As we obey God by forgiving those who hurt us, we are choosing to put our faith in Jesus Christ before our pride (or emotions). In the Bible, God teaches us how to handle difficult relationships – which brings many blessings with it.

My Story

As I look back at relational conflicts, I am reminded of the heartache and pressing need to obey God by choosing forgiveness.

If we want God’s blessing and protection over our relationships, we have to be willing to obey His Word.

Partnership with God is what made the difference in my life. Things can get so messed up, but God is the One who restores as we continue following Jesus in the hard things. Forgiving others isn’t something I can do, but is made possible with Jesus Christ. He is the One who forgives and shows us how to really love others – with His strength.

God has responded to me in forgiveness – at the moment when I needed it the most. God’s grace isn’t based on our actions, but the heart of God that lovingly pursues us no matter how far we run. This is why we can forgive, with the help of the Holy Spirit.


Communing with the Father {{Week 1}}

Welcome to our first session of Gleaning From The Heart of Jesus! This is going to be 9 weeks of shear amazingness! I guarantee you, that your relationship with Jesus Christ – will be strengthened, challenged, stretched, and grown. There is no way that we can approach a study like this one, and not come out of this study – changed. transformed. closer to Jesus than we were before. (The same is true for our Ephesians and Isaiah 40 studies, that we focused on this summer)

You’re Invited!

I want to invite you to get your hands on the Gracefully Overcoming *official* journal, if you haven’t done so yet. We will be using our journals, throughout the study! Open up your journal to day 1. We will be looking at Matt. 4:1-4; Heb. 4:15; Mark 1:35.

 Led Out by the Holy Spirit

There is such a force of life, as I read Matthew 4:1. Jesus is led out by the Spirit of God. Jesus does not go out on His own, but He is seeking after the will of the Father. I have been thinking about the act of communing with God. 

Communing with the Father

As I picture, Jesus beginning this lonely walk to the wilderness. I think, it was a time of absolute community and wholeness. Jesus is going to the wilderness, where He will have an intense 40 days (no doubt about that!), but look at how He is approaching the wilderness. Hand-in-hand (or shoulder-and-shoulder with the awesome Father). Jesus is not going out on His own. This part of the passage just awakens a passion in me to commune with my heavenly Father.


As Jesus makes this walk to the wilderness, by the Holy Spirit, there is some serious strengthening going on.

Jesus faced an intense experience and conquered the enemy, because of the strength the Father provided!

God wants to give us that same kind of strength, my friends! God wants to strengthen and equip us, for every single thing we face in our lives (see 2 Peter 1:3). God’s Word confirms this truth, that He wants to equip and strengthen us.

We don’t have to go through temptations on our own.

We need to allow the Father to equip us with His strength, as we spend time with Him!

We don’t have to go through temptations on our own. We have Jesus! (Click-to-Tweet)

What kind of quality time are we spending with our heavenly Father? This is a hard question to answer, but we are given hope as we realize the place we are in. Because we can grow in our quiet time with the Lord.


Jesus’ temptations were a direct attack on Him, by the Devil. See, the Devil knew who Jesus was. He already knew Jesus was, is, and will always be the very Son of God. The Devil wanted to poke at His identity. If the Devil could get Jesus to question His identity, then, he had him.

If the Devil can get us to question our identity in Christ (as heirs and children of God), then we are right where he wants us.

But, we can be victorous over our enemy!

Jesus Christ has overcome death, and defeated the Devil. Jesus Christ has proved who He is (and will always be). (Click-to-Tweet)

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Be Not Deceived {{Trials & Temptation}}

“God cannot be the author of temptation, which thus leads to sin and death, because all good and perfect gifts, and these only, come from him (Pulpit Commentary).”


In James 1:16-18, we are reminded that God is a good God. Quite bluntly, James tells us – “Don’t be deceived, my brothers and sisters (vv. 16).”

Oh, how we have been deceived! The world we live in, tries its hardest to convince us that God is out to hurt us. This is why most of us seldom think before asking “If God is so good, then, why is this happening to me?”

All the Devil has to do is get us to ask the wrong question. We have no answer, because we often ask the wrong question.

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In Genesis

… we find Eve in a dialogue with the temper himself (the Devil). It is important to note that he is “crafty beyond any other wild animal God has made” (Gen. 3:1). The Devil entered with a question. A question is posed to Eve, and there it starts.

Sin is born from giving into temptation.

In Our Lives

How can we, as God’s people, cling to His truth – even when our desires are for something else (maybe even sin)?

Knowing God’s Word in these moments are so crucial. As we face our own heavy trials (and accompanied temptations), we need to remember what God teaches us through James 1:16-18.

“So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course. Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures (The Message).”

Trials alone can throw us off-course in our faith walk with King Jesus. But when we add in the temptation to sin, we can doubly enter trouble we have never imagined before. We are urged, my brethren, to not be deceived. Let’s not underestimate the power of Jesus working on our behalf – as we draw near and resolve to know the truth!

In our trials, we need to stand guard. This is where victory in Jesus is found. He wants to help us in our circumstances.

God is good and does good. God will equip us. God will carry us through the storm, even when it feels like we are losing. That’s why we can place our hope in Jesus Christ and hold onto His truth, friends.

Running to Victory

I want to suggest three ways to put today’s message into action, which are as follows –

  1. Deepen your walk with Jesus Christ, by making your relationship with Him a priority, through time in the Word and prayer.
  2. Focus on your fellowship with God.
  3. Remove stumbling blocks that take your eyes off of Christ.

Jesus resisted the Devil, by being totally prepared. How can you begin to prepare yourself to resist the Devil? 

Read Matthew 4:1-11; James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:7-9; Joshua 1:8-10;  1 Corinthians 15:58


Fervent (A NetGalley Review)

ferventFervent is a new book by the wonderful Priscilla Shirer, on prayer that can radically alter the way we look at prayer and our circumstances. It puts our focus on remembering the one who is really to blame for the things that goes on in our lives and relationships – versus our family, friends, coworkers, and anyone who is near enough for us to point our finger toward. We need to understand our spiritual battle that lies in front of us, and begin to take purposeful action against the Satanic attacks we face. In order to face our spiritual battle, we need to learn how to use our God-given weapon – prayer.

“[I]f he (the real enemy – the Devil) wants to keep pulling this stuff, then we’re pulling the gloves off. And putting the armor on.”


Are you ready? It is time for us to gear up, and learn how to combat the enemy’s strategies and efforts to bring us down! This book is one that has the potential to help us rev up our prayer lives. It has the potential to be used to be a tool of revival in our lives. A tool – that can only be used if we will…

  • Read it slowly and deliberately
  • Apply its principles to our lives.
  • Focused on our relationship with God that is made possible through His Son Jesus Christ!

These points aren’t in any particular order. It is not about our own strength, but the power of God that is made readily available to us through prayer and our dependence upon our Creator.


This book is pointing me back to the truth. The enemy, my adversary, is the Devil and he is out to interfere in my walk with Christ and try to thwart God’s plans for my life. Anything he can do to interfere, that’s his goal. This book is teaching me strategies to combat the enemy using prayer and focusing not on my weakness, but God’s strength that is readily available to me.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Net Galley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


Galatians Challenge: Week 2

The What If Scripture Challenge Gal 5Recap: Last week, I felt led to focus intently on Galatians 5:16-26 for the next several weeks. This week was all about Galatians 5:16. “So I say to you, walk by the Spirit – then you will not gratify the desires of your sinful nature.”

I ended up switching the Bible translation for the sake of remembering what I read. This way, I can focus better on the words and be able to meditate on it  without my Bible sitting in front of me. It has worked out well so far. It is complimented by searching the Scriptures for God’s grace… Scriptures that fixate on the very grace of God.

Week 2: Galatians 5:17

“For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.”

InterVarsity Commentary:

“In verse 17 Paul explains the basis of his confidence in the Spirit. He describes the war between the flesh and the Spirit and the result of that war. The Spirit and the sinful nature are two hostile forces opposed to each other: the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other. So walking by the Spirit (v. 16) means fighting in a war between the Spirit and the sinful nature (v. 17). The connection between verse 16 and verse 17 indicates that those who live by the Spirit are not neutral in this war. They are committed to fight on the side of the Spirit against the desires of the sinful nature…

This is the conflict of a thoroughly committed Christian who is choosing each day to “walk by the Spirit.” Each day the Christian who chooses to walk by the Spirit is engaged in a fierce battle between the Spirit and the sinful nature. It is important to stress this point, because many Christians feel ashamed to admit that they are experiencing such a conflict. They feel that mature Christians should somehow be above this kind of struggle. They imagine that the great saints were surely too spiritual to feel the desires of the flesh. But Paul flatly contradicts such images of superspirituality.”