Isaiah 6:8 "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? ' And I said 'Here am I, Send me!' "

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  • Ruth Didn’t Sit Around Waiting For A Man

    Ruth Didn’t Sit Around Waiting For A Man
    Over the past week I have felt led to talk about Ruth. A lot of young ladies are under the misconception that Ruth sat around waiting for Boaz to come and rescue her from her life. Many young women look to Ruth and Boaz as the ideal for what they want their love story to be like. If you ask a single woman “Is there anyone special in your life?” they will often reply “No, I’m still waiting for my Boaz.” This is often said with a twinge of longing and a melancholy sigh. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but Ruth was not “Waiting for her Boaz.” What do I mean by that? What I mean is, Ruth was working and she was living her life. Ruth wasn’t looking for a man when she ran into Boaz, she was living her life and trying to build a life. Boaz was a blessing given to her by God for her faithfulness to Him and to Naomi.

    Ruth’s Backstory
    Ruth was a Moabite woman living in Moab with her Jewish husband and in laws. Ruth’s husband, father in law, and brother in law all passed away at the same time due to illness leaving Ruth, her mother in law Naomi, and her sister in law without husbands. Naomi decided to return home and she told her daughter in laws to stay in Moab so that they may find husbands and remarry as Jews and Moabites typically did not marry nor did they like each other. There was nothing in Naomi’s home land (Bethlehem) for Ruth but she chose to go with her mother in law anyway. Choosing to abandon her god’s and her home land to serve Jehovah and help her mother in law Ruth went to Bethlehem with Naomi.

    An unmarried woman had a hard time earning a living in those times. Marriage was the ideal situation for a woman in those days, but Ruth didn’t go for ideal she went with faithfulness and obedience to God and Naomi. Ruth had to find a way to provide for herself and Naomi. Ruth did so as we see in Ruth 2 that Ruth had gone to glean in the fields to provide for herself and Naomi. The field she happened upon was that of Boaz. Boaz was a relative of Naomi’s on her husband’s side. Ruth worked hard a diligently most likely looking a mess with her hair all disheveled, dirt all over her skin and clothes, dirt underneath her fingernails, she was probably even a bit sweaty. Yet as she was working Boaz noticed her and inquired about her. Boaz liked what he heard and what he saw. A woman who abandoned all that was familiar and stayed faithful to her mother in law and to God. Working hard to provide a life for them both. Boaz found that insanely attractive and he showed Ruth favor. The key part of this is Boaz took notice of Ruth while she was working, while she was living her life, while she was focusing on the task at hand. While she was trusting God and being faithful. Ruth’s character and heart is what brought her favor in Boaz’s eyes. He admired her character, her faithfulness to her mother in law, her heart, her courage and her work ethic.
    Now that we’ve established Ruth and what Boaz found attractive about her we need to talk about how this applies to you. Just like Ruth as a Woman of God you must live your life abandoning what is comfortable to you and being faithful to God, seeking God’s will, allowing Him to help you provide for a household like a Proverbs 31 woman, allowing Him to build your character. A godly man seeking a godly wife wants a woman of great character who can take care of a home, someone he can build his life with, he can build a home with and raise a family with, and someone he can be proud to call his wife. Ruth found favor in Boaz’s sight because she proved by her character and work ethic that she could do those things and Boaz was highly attracted to her. A man doesn’t want an incapable woman for his wife.

    A man wants a help mate, not a helpless mate. A man wants someone who can assist him on this crazy journey called life. A life of marriage takes years of preparation that starts long before a wedding is even remotely close. Being married is hard work and a godly man needs a godly woman strong enough to handle that. My advice to all single women out there is: Don’t put your life on hold “waiting for your Boaz.” Make a life for yourself. Pursue a relationship with God and seek His will for your life, set goals, dream dreams, find out where and what god wants you to do, be faithful and grow spiritually and emotionally, work hard and learn to take care of a household, become the godly woman God created you to be. Go where He leads you to go and who knows? Maybe while you’re busy working you’ll find yourself in “Boaz’s field.” And if you’ve faithfully done what God has asked of you until that day than you will have a life your Boaz will be honored to be a part of and you’ll be a wife he is proud to have a part of his. Remember nothing is more attractive to a godly man than a godly woman who reflects Proverbs 31. Make sure that’s what you are when you finally meet him. Trust me when I say on this ending note that you will have a better idea of who you want to spend the rest of your life with when you already know who you are to be. You can only know that when you seek God because it is there you will find yourself.
    - Christine Sawyer
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  • Valor

    Man seldom recognizes the need for adversity. Few have eyes to see its worth. For out of the ashes of adversity arises a man of valor. The noblest of men, putting forth a valiant effort to achieve great deeds. Boldly he presses on to obtain all he was once told he could not. A man tested by fire, wearing his scars like a badge of honor. It is for the betterment of mankind he deems his struggles worth it. It is his recognition of this that makes him great. Humility graces his head like a crown, radiant as the sun. For what good is it for a man to succeed if he is not made a better man than yesterday? And what good is it for a man’s perception of himself to be clouded by undeserved merits? No, it is a man’s character that outweighs them all. A man is only made great by the measure of his character, and adversity is the first stepping stone because it is here a man decides where he will go.

    - Christine Sawyer

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  • The Ten Plagues and Their Meaning

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    Here is a short piece to an article I’ve been studying and working on for awhile but haven’t gotten to fully write about too much further than a post I did a few years ago.
    *Please note* I have only studied what I could find and Egyptian gods are extensive so this is only in part this study. I could only go by what I could find and dig up.

    In the Bible in the book of Exodus it talks about the plagues of Egypt where God strikes Egypt with ten plagues. At one point in my life I was told that there is a significance to each plague. This made me want to study further to see what each plague represented. The research I did brought me to the beginning when Moses and Aaron first go before Pharaoh. God told Moses before him (Moses) and Aaron went to Pharaoh that when Pharaoh asks them to perform a miracle that Aaron is to throw down the staff and it would become a snake, some translations say a serpent. I wanted to know why God would turn the staff into a serpent. As we know the serpent is a cursed creature in scripture and God’s people were not to be apart of it. This is why I wanted to know the significance of this first sign to Pharaoh in Exodus. In Egypt the serpent was a big part of their gods. Pharaoh is often depicted with a cobra around his headpiece. The serpent or cobra was associated with the goddess wadjet who was supposed to be the protector of the southern region of Egypt as well as the protector of the Nile. Wadjet was considered the serpent goddess. There are other “serpent goddesses” in Egyptian mythology but wadjet is supposedly one of the earliest to mention. The headpiece with the cobra Pharaoh wore is known as the uraeus and was worn by Pharaoh as a symbol of protection over Pharaoh and over Egypt and the Nile by wadjet. It was also believed that Pharaoh was a manifestation of the sun god Ra and that when Pharaoh wore the uraeus Ra would protect the Egyptians by spitting fire on their enemies through the eyes of the uraeus. I’m sure already a few plagues have come to mind. Some of the symbolism of the plagues have already started to be shown just from this little bit.
    Getting back the initial point I was getting to. The reason why God turned Aaron’s staff into a serpent was a sign to Pharaoh that wadjet and Pharaoh himself (Egyptians considered Pharaoh a god as well) were not gods but that He (Jehovah) is God. So when Aaron threw the staff on the ground it turned into a serpent. Pharaoh’s magicians also turned their staffs into serpents but Aaron’s serpent swallowed the magician’s serpents up. This was a symbol and sign to Pharaoh that wadjet was not going to be able to protect him from what was coming and that Egypt was subject to God’s hands not wadjet’s, not ra’s, not pharoah’s, not any other Egyptian god’s. Every Egyptian false god was about to get torn down one by one. It was the start to ten plagues that were going to prove to the Egyptian people that Jehovah is God, the only God and He is God of all. Another sign to Pharaoh was when he asked who sent Moses and the reply to him was “I Am sent me.” Meaning I Am God. This was the message to Pharaoh. In exodus 7:5 says “And the Egyptians will know that I am Lord when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.” This wasn’t just about setting the Israelites free, it was also about showing one of the strongest regions at that time who was God. This has been part one of a writing I had started.

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  • Christina Grimmie

    June 10th made one year since Christina Grimmie passed away. Her passing was a tragedy and I’ll never forget when I found out what had happened. I met Christina on March 8th 2016 at a Rachel Platten concert. After the show Christina was signing autographs with her brother Marcus. I had gotten a ride to the concert and my ride was circling outside until I came out to get picked up because the show was in the city so there was no parking. I remember looking at the long line and looking at the merch table with Christina’s signature bass and treble clef sign. I thought to myself, I’ll meet her when she comes back around on tour. I finally decided that this was a great opportunity to meet her so I called my ride and asked them to circle around. They were so kind as to do so. I got in line and before I knew it, it was my turn to meet Christina. Christina was so nice to me and made me feel more like a friend than a fan. I remember after meeting her as I walked away I thought to myself “I’m definitely going to see her show when she comes back around on tour.” A few short months later Christina Grimmie was murdered at her concert in Florida while signing autographs. I remember when I found out, I didn’t believe it. It almost didn’t seem real. The same girl whom I had met and spoke to and took a picture with was gone. I remember when it hit me that it was real, I cried. I cried at the thought of a young girl with a whole life ahead of her having been taken home way too soon. Christina’s passing was tragic, she had so much life to live and sadly at the age of 22 was taken. I remember thinking back to what I had thought when I was debating meeting her, that I would meet her next time. It hit me that if I hadn’t met her when I did there wouldn’t have been a next time. It showed me how fragile and valuable life is and how tomorrow is not guaranteed. We never know what is going to happen. We must live in such a way that no matter what happens the ones we love know we love them and the ones who mean the most are shown. Christina left a legacy that will not be forgotten.
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    #ripchristina #gonetoosoon #christinagrimmie

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  • My thoughts On Singleness in a Relationship Obsessed World

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    As a single at 25 years of age I’ve spent years hearing people say things like “why are you still single?” “That person would be great for you” “oh, you’ll find the right one someday” and the list of quotes goes on. So these are my thoughts on being single in a relationship obsessed society. While a relationship can be a blessing being single is very much a blessing too. It’s something that would be recognized as such and a whole lot easier if society didn’t teach relationship=happiness and pressure singles to “find somebody”. This causes singles to run out and try to find anybody who is willing to date them in an attempt to attain this happiness and get out from the judgemental “why are you still single” questions. The problem is a relationship doesn’t equal happiness. I would say a relationship=frustration and sorrow. The real equation would be a relationship with the right person = joy, laughter, sorrow, tears and everything in between. The key word is the Right person. The right person will compliment you not complete you and if happiness is what you are seeking and it’s something you don’t already have than you most likely think a significant other will complete you. The only one who can complete you is God and without Him this completion you seek will never be obtained. Another person can’t complete you, only God can do that. If you find you feel an empty place in your heart and you’ve tried to fill it with other things finding no peace or joy than you need to give your life to Jesus. You won’t regret it and He will heal your heart and bring you more joy than you can imagine. Until you allow God to change your heart and mind you will always be searching for fulfillment in the wrong things. Relationships being one of those things most likely. Singleness is a time to be celebrated, there is so much to be thankful for, so much time to grow and learn, to travel and make big decision, to seek God and find out who you are in Him, to serve God and bring the world to cometo know Him. Maybe one day He will bless you with a significant other to share your life with but until then seek God and rejoice in your time of singleness. There’s so much to be thankful for and to rejoice over. Consider my advice it doesn’t come without lesson on my part. After years of waiting for “Mr. right” I’ve come to the conclusion that God is the only one who can complete me and I will no longer put my life on hold for “Mr. Right” to show up (after all there’s so much life to live why waste it) if he comes he comes and if not I’ll have lived a life not missing or on what God has for me. I hope this article has helped some of my fellow single people out there. Live your life, serve God and if He has someone for you they will be in your life when He says it’s time, not before, so don’t try and force it.

    Love and God bless,

    Christine Sawyer

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  • Reading From Isaiah

    Reading from Isaiah
    Do not fear what the people of the world fear. God is our refuge and strength. I’m Him we find rest and protection. In Christ we find sanctity. We are His and He is our Saviour, our God. Do not fear and do not fall for the devils snares, lies and traps. You are an overcomer and it doesn’t matter what the majority says it’s what God says that has the final say. Be the remnant, be His people, do not stray from His teachings. God is still God no matter what man says or society says. Last time I checked society is not the author of life and time itself. I choose to trust Jehovah, my God and His words alone. What do you choose? -Christine
    #scripture #isaiah #god #jehovah #saviour #biblestudy #lunchbreak #worship
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  • Trials Build Character

    Trials cause us to dig deep into our faith and the promises of God and to acknowledge that we can not do it on our own but with God’s help we can overcome. They reveal our strengths and weaknesses. They draw our weaknesses to the surface so we can see them as they are, once exposed we can hand them over to God to strengthen us. As I look back on my life I see that every trial every tribulation I have experienced God has used to shape me into the person He has called me to be. And while we wish that we didn’t have to endure any sort of discomfort, pain, or suffering we will find that God will take all things meant for evil and use them for the good of all those who serve Him just as He promised. I’ve seen it in my own life time and time again. God is faithful to His children and He has a plan for each and everyone of them. While we live on this earth we will endure many trials and tribulations but in every single one we can be sure of this that in Jesus we can overcome them, because that is God’s promise to us, that is what Jesus won at the cross and resurrection. We have victory in Jesus over every obstacle. Trust in that today. That God knows what He’s doing and He will be faithful to His promises and to His children. You might not understand what’s happening now but in due season you will. Don’t be afraid.
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  • God Is Faithful: A Journal Entry

    This is a first for christinesawyer.net but I thought I’d take a moment to post an article that is more of a journal entry than an actual article. The past few weeks have been very crazy but I have been trusting God to take care of the things I don’t understand. In the past two weeks I have had to seek God for an answer to a life decision that I was unsure of, I’ve been looking for a car, trying to get through each day of work as it comes, I’ve been working on two separate writing projects and I’ve been trying to split my time equally amongst my various obligations. Overall at 24 years old the realities of being an adult have been hitting hard this year and I was worried it would be too stressful for me but God has been faithful to me the whole time keeping me afloat and giving me perspective. I’ve been learning to trust Him with everything, the big, the small and everything in between. While on twitter one day I read a tweet that said “Allow God to reveal and show Himself to be faithful” and over the past few weeks I’ve been trying to seek God and trust His will, will be done in my life. This is how it went:

    As I prayed for the answer to that big life decision awaiting an answer for over a week (that I felt like I already knew what the answer would be but wanted to be patient and wait for confirmation) God reminded me that He was listening and sent the confirmation through a family friend who called me up out of nowhere to tell me something they felt God wanted me to know. This phone call confirmed what I felt God wanted me to do in regards to this decision and thus I received my confirmation. It also confirmed the season I felt God was leading me to. I had a peace about the decision and I’m grateful to God for keeping His promise from Matthew 7:7 when Jesus said “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” I sought the Lord and He answered me. It took a while but in the waiting He taught me the importance of patience and faith, that you need both to serve God.

    Since then I have been in search of a car and seem to be coming up with dead ends everywhere I turn. I was getting discouraged because I felt that I couldn’t afford anything I was finding and anything I could afford had some problems with the gears or the transmission etc. I was starting to feel a bit hopeless, then I talked to a friend and he reminded me that God is faithful. I laid in bed one night and said to God “If You want me to have a car You’re going to have to provide for me because I can’t do this on what I’m making working right now.” A few days later I received my yearly review at work. Not only did I get a really good review but I received a more than generous raise. While I still haven’t found a car in my searching I truly believe that God will provide a car when the time is right. Not a crazy expensive car but a modest one that will get me back and forth to work. God is a provider so when He says it’s time for me to have one He will provide it. I’m not going to sweat it but I’m going to trust. God will take care of me. While for a few days I was discouraged about the outcome of my search, I realize that God knows what I need and when I need it and so I don’t need to force what God has not blessed. I will keep looking and keep praying and one day I will have my own car.
    Matthew 6:25-34
    “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”

    The next part probably won’t seem like it fits in this post but it will. I was on twitter after the initial tweet about God showing Himself to be faithful and I saw a tweet by a very well known youtube singer/songwriter that some of you may know as Tyler Ward. (*I do not know Tyler Ward personally nor is he affiliated with this page) Tyler had posed the question “If you could know only one thing about your future, what would you choose to know? OR…would you prefer not to know?” I generally don’t tweet people who are popular on twitter because I know they are busy and don’t have time to respond but Tyler seems like someone who tries to acknowledge his fans to the best of his abilities. So I posted response to his tweet saying “as cool as it’d be to know about the future I think there is a beauty in the not knowing because that’s where faith comes in.” A few hours later I received a response from Tyler Ward. It was short and as I mentioned earlier Tyler and I do not know each other but it was an answer. I don’t know the reason why Tyler asked that question on twitter but what I do know and what he may not have realized when asking this question was that his question posed was the answer to my own questions. That we may not always know what’s going to happen in our lives whether it be good or bad the beauty of the not knowing is in the fact that God does and that’s where faith comes in. It got me thinking about the beauty of faith and the not knowing. It says in Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Without hope we can not have faith, the two work hand in hand. The not knowing teaches us to trust God and have hope in Him and when we have that we have faith. While things don’t always go the way we’d like them to we can rest in knowing that God is indeed faithful and God is indeed looking out for us and taking care of us.

    God over the past few weeks has shown Himself to be faithful even though things didn’t completely work out the way I had thought they would. As I’ve trusted God the past few weeks He has proven Himself faithful just as the twitter page had encouraged me to trust. The more I’ve trusted, the more I’ve sought, the more I’ve trusted, the more that He has inspired me to write and to extend myself in other areas of my life. I looked for a car, talked to dealers and inquired about a loan. I didn’t get a car but I learned a lot about myself and I grew a little bit more as a person. All these things that made me nervous and a bit timid before I have pursued. I received confirmation from God through a family friend, encouragement from another friend and extended myself on twitter and received an answer. On this end note God is faithful and He knows what He’s doing. I’m grateful for the past few weeks because God used all different situations to teach me a lot. Sometimes we have to fight to remember what we already know and over the past few weeks God has shown Himself to me and has reminded me of those things through many different circumstances and people. It’s amazing how God speaks to us if we would only listen. So the next time you feel hopeless or are lacking in faith remember, God is always faithful: He keeps His promises to those who serve and seek Him, if you seek God with all of your heart you will find God (Jeremiah 29:13) and God speaks to us all differently and it’s important to never forget to listen when asking for the answers: you never know what, when where and through whom He will speak.
    Love and God Bless,
    Christine

    Oh and this was the tweet I was talking about: *Note Tyler Ward and myself do not know each other personally and Tyler Ward is not affiliated with this page.

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  • The Attitude of the Heart

    The attitude of the heart is so important. The Bible talks about the heart in Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Everyday what you say and do flows from your heart and it flows without a sensor most of the time. If your attitude is bad it will be seen if your attitude is good it will be seen. What we say and do can affect others as well. You have the power to make someone’s day better by being a light, by being kind, by loving. Everyday I make it a point to show the Love of Jesus to everyone I come in contact with. As Mother Theresa said “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” That is my challenge for you today. Who’s day can you make better by being a Light? What can you do to help others? What is God calling you to do? God has a calling for each and everyone of us and the first part of that calling is to Love one another. But in order to do that you must first ask Him to remove anything in your heart that is hindering you from being able to do this. It’s something you can only overcome with God’s help. Without Him it will always be there anger, bitterness, etc. but God can take all of those things and replace it with His unfailing Love.
    Philippians 2:3-5
    Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
    #WomanOfGod #virtuevalorhumility #eshetchayil #womanofvalor #speaklife #Godslove #Jesus #philippians

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  • God Has Shown Himself Faithful

    Psalm 34:4 NIV
    “I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”

    God has shown Himself to be faithful in my life over and over again. There is not one situation that I’ve gone through that God has not been there and hasn’t brought me out a victor in some way. I’m so thankful for all God has done for me in the past year. And if I could say one thing I would say: Turn to God. He is the only one who can take your broken heart and fix it, He is the only one who can Love you the way you need to be loved. God is the only One who can save you and if you ever try to say otherwise you will be sadly disappointed. There is nothing out there in this world for you, there is nothing that can fill you and satisfy the longing in your heart except Jesus. Jesus is the only Way and only He can make you whole again. The void you feel in your heart is there because you won’t let God fill it. Things won’t make you happy, people won’t make you happy, but God gives a joy that can not be explained with words. A joy that is there even when everything is falling apart. God has a purpose for your life and He wants you to live the wonderful life He has for you. All you have to do is give it to Him and you shall have what He has for you. God is faithful to keep His promises and I love Him with all of my heart.
    Written By: Christine Sawyer

    #WomanOfGod #virtuevalorhumility #womanofvalor #eshetchayil #thelordisfaithful #greatisthyfaithfulness
    #righteous #myrockandmysalvation #myhelp #mysavior #jesus

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