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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  • What I Imagined

    I remember when I was younger I knew exactly how my life was going to go. I was going to meet my future husband some time in high school, we’d be married by 23, have children by 25, I’d be a stay at home mom, and my husband and I would live across the street from my parents in a two story house with a nice yard and a dog. Yup, when I looked at my life in the future this is what it was going to look like. However I learned that life doesn’t always go the way we plan. When I was 13 I made a purity promise to wait for my husband and at 16 I picked out a purity ring I would wear. I spent a few weeks picking out the ring so I could get it for my 16th birthday.

    At the time while I put a lot of thought into the ring knowing this promise was very important to me, I didn’t think I’d be wearing it passed 23. As I said before I’d be married by 23 of course so the longest I’d be wearing it would be 7 years because who knows I could be married by 20 or even 21. At 16 years old I was told I could date, surely God was going to send me my knight in shining armor soon…however I didn’t end up dating, not just at 16 but years after. I just couldn’t seem to find anyone I could see myself marrying and I didn’t want to date just to date. Not to say I didn’t have crushes, there were guys I liked but the feelings never seemed to be mutual. As 23 approached I realized I would not be getting married by 23 and so I decided I should change my timeline a bit. Instead of being married by 23 I’d be married by 25 and therefore would have children by 27. Surely God would bring someone to me in that time….Lets fast forward a bit. Current day I am still living at home, I am not in a relationship, I am not married, I have no one in my life that I feel I would date and you guessed it… in four months I will be 27 years old.

    My life did not turn out so far anything like my younger self had imagined and while some might think this is a bad thing I have found that as per usual God knew and continues to know what He is doing. In the years that I imagined myself to be married I learned so much about myself and about God. I learned that the guys I thought I wanted to date were in fact not for me. We would have never worked in a relationship or a marriage with who I am today and even who some of them are today. I have grown as a person in so many ways. God has shown me the importance of trusting Him even when we can’t see what’s happening or when things don’t look like we think they should. I learned patience as well as life skills like budgeting and finances. I learned just how long I’m willing to wait for my future husband (as long as it takes) and what type of man I will need him to be so we can have a future together. I learned what type of woman God wants me to be and what I’ll need to be for my future husband. I learned that at 23 I wasn’t ready to be married and still at 25 not ready to be married and a parent. I learned that what we want sometimes and what we need are not always the same thing. I learned that the person God wants us to be to help others is not always what we would have chosen for ourselves but in the long run it is the best thing for ourselves and the people we meet.

    So what does my time of singleness look like? A bit like this….God has shown me the book of Ruth over and over. I’ve read it multiple times over the last year or so. Some of the things He showed me about Ruth was that Ruth wasn’t looking for a husband when she left her home. Ruth was serving God, helping her mother-in-law Naomi, and Ruth was working very hard. What we know of Ruth is that she was faithful, loyal, hard working, diligently serving God. We know that the person she became because of the circumstances in her life was far from the woman she was in Moab and it shaped her into the woman that Boaz would love and need by his side. The Bible says she happened upon a field that belonged to Boaz. She wasn’t looking for a man but for work and her faithfulness to God brought her to the place where she was ready for the blessing He had for her. Ruth’s life didn’t look like she planned I’m sure but it ended up being the best thing for her. I have learned in my time of singleness to trust God, to work hard, to help my family and to seek Him and grow in Him.

    I’ve been blessed in so many other ways over the years. I have been on adventures and grown so much. I have not given up on wanting to be married and have my own family. I pray for my future husband and ask God to guide him in his everyday life without me. Maybe one day God will allow me to happen upon my Boaz’s field maybe there isn’t one for me, I don’t know but what I do know is that God is faithful, His will is best for me, and He has given me a life that is truly blessed regardless of the fact that it looks different than I thought it would. I will not be married by 27 and most likely 28 and that’s ok. His timing is better than mine.

    If you are a younger woman or an older woman and you are waiting for your future husband and you are feeling discouraged that you haven’t met him yet I urge you to pray and seek God. Ask God what it is that He would have you do in this season of singleness. Ask God what His will is for your life and ask Him to help you stay strong in your promise to your future husband. I can’t promise you that God has someone for you and I can’t promise that if He does they will come into your life soon but I can promise you that God knows what He’s doing. God’s will is always better, He loves you and has great things for you. Never forget that.

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  • The Soul

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    When I was a kid I went to a private school that was started by a church. Every Tuesday we would go to the Sanctuary for Bible study. In the Sanctuary was a banner that had Mark 8:36 on it. Every Tuesday when I would enter the chapel I would read that banner. So much that it didn’t take long for me to be able to recite it without looking at it. At the time I understood that it was a big question but I don’t think it was until adulthood that I realized the weight of the question. The older I get the more and more I see what a life outside of God does to people. When we choose to give our lives to anything or anyone but God we are forfeiting our soul to a cruel and unmerciful enemy whose ultimate goal is to destroy us. What in this life is worth more than your soul? Is anything really when you truly think about it? When you weigh what your choices will do to you and the people you love you start to realize how much the world and all of its ideas and opinions and empty promises don’t matter.

    Is anything in this life worth more than your soul? That is a question that God has been pressing on my heart to share with people. Whether they listen or not this world and the enemy are constantly trying to steal the souls of people through ideas and philosophies and material things because he knows that if he gets you to forfeit your soul than he’s got everything in you that’s worth anything.

    Satan got Adam and Eve to trade their souls in exchange for “the knowledge of good and evil” and for “power”. He told them they would be equal with God because they would know what God knows and so they traded their souls for an empty lie and thus the fall of man. Instead of being like God they lost communion with God, they lost the garden, and they lost their right standing with God.

    The enemy attacked Jesus in this way and so it would be unwise for us to think we will not be tested and tempted. In the Bible it tells us that there was a time when Satan tried to get Jesus to forfeit his soul in the desert just as he did to Adam and Eve in the garden. Jesus had fasted and prayed and the enemy came at him with every weakness he could think of: food, power, kingdoms of the world, he even tried to get Jesus to kill himself to prove the angels would protect him. He knew if he could get Jesus to forfeit his soul for any one of those temptations than Jesus could not defeat him. Jesus overcame and defeated the enemy. It makes the enemy angry that when we come and give our lives to Jesus and walk in him that he can’t have our souls. Everyday when the enemy tries to get you to forfeit your soul remind him that Jesus already has it and you’re not about to give it to him.

    To my brothers and sisters in Christ do not give up. Stand strong and do not fear.
    Do not trade your soul for anything this world has to offer. It’s not worth it. Today I want you to think about something around you that has tried to steal your soul and I want you to pray and ask God to give you the strength to help you overcome it just as Jesus did in the desert. Without God we can not overcome these temptations but with Him we can. Pray and ask for His strength today.

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  • Ten Years

    My name is Christine, I am 25 years old in a few weeks I will be turning 26 and I am a single woman of God. When I was 16 I made a promise before God and my family to live a chaste life as I waited for my future husband and that I would not date just to date but would date with the intent to marry. I made this promise so that I may live according to God’s will and for the protection of both myself and my future husband. My parents gave me for my 16th birthday a purity ring that I have worn ever since I made my promise.

    As the 10 year anniversary of that promise approaches in the next few weeks I have reflected on what it has meant in my life as well as how different my life could have been had I not made that promise. I personally feel that my promise to God and my future husband has helped me grow as a person as well as kept me from relationships or dating that could have pushed me off course of what God wanted for my life thus far.

    Once in my life I had prayed that God would keep any man who wasn’t meant to be my future husband away from me. I promise you He has kept to that prayer over the years when I was younger and as I got older He gave me the discernment to recognize who was not. I have been asked out on many dates since I made that promise and I have turned down many dates. Not because they were bad men or dangerous in any way but because I knew they were not my future husband.

    I have grown in so many ways as a person and child of God. I have grown in ways I might not have if I had been dating different men or had just been in a relationship in general. I have come to a peace in my singleness and I have found that praying for my future husband while we are a part as well as praying for our future for when we are together has helped me have a peace about who I am and where God has me in my life right now. I believe prayer is powerful and I pray for him, that he becomes all that God created him to be. I wouldn’t change a thing about where I am right now. I have found over and over again fulfillment in serving God, it is what I live for and it brings me joy and hope and happiness like no other. I have found a joy in my singleness and all that I have been able to do because of it.

    Singleness is a blessing and I think people need to start teaching it as one. To all my single sisters in Christ: you have a great gift. Being single gives you an opportunity to serve others, to grow in God, to accomplish goals and make dreams come true. You have family and friends who love you and a God who made your life with purpose. Don’t settle for anything less than God’s best for you. You are worth so much more than you could ever imagine. Allow God to grow you into the person He created you to be. I can’t promise you when He will bring your husband into your life or if it’s even His will that you have one. All I can promise you is that God has an amazing plan for your life and it doesn’t begin when you get married it began the day you are born and it will continue until He calls you home. Don’t waste your life waiting for a man to come into your life. Live and if God has a man who can compliment your life than you will know who that man is when the time is right.

    Ten years may seem like a long time but to me it’s been worth every moment of serving God and seeing where He is going to bring me next. Every season I’ve grown, I’ve learned and I’ve become better. I would wait forever if it meant that I could give my husband the joy of knowing that no matter who tried to come into my life, my love and heart was only ever for him.
    I really hope this has encouraged any of my single Woman of God women out there. Never forget how valuable you are to God, He loves you and He has a plan.

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  • The Word of God Inside You

    To the girl out there who feels unloved, to the girl who feels alone or lost, to the girl who doesn’t feel beautiful or smart or strong or worthy, to the girl who feels discouraged or tired or forgotten or left behind I want to tell you that God loves you and that you are not alone. I’m here to tell you that God has not forgotten you and that He created you with a purpose, one that only you can do. I’m here to tell you that there is someone out there who needs you to be who God created you to be.

    The enemy wants you to believe that you are alone, that God does not have a life for you that is far greater than anything you could hope for or imagine. The enemy wants you to believe that the stress or confusion or heartache in this life is stronger than God but the enemy is a liar. The enemy is defeated in Jesus’ name. God sees you, He hears you and He loves you and His will for your life is extraordinary. The enemy will constantly come to you with lies because he knows that once you know who God created you to be that he will no longer have that stronghold over you. The only way to combat the enemy’s lies is by seeing what God says about you in His Word. Without God’s Word we can not combat the enemy’s lies because God’s Word is Truth and without knowing Truth you can not expose a lie. Take some time to read in God’s Word what He says about you, read what He says about Jesus and His love for you and the sacrifice He made for your life. God loves you today and forever and I pray you never forget that❤️
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    4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
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  • The Power of Choices

    A few weeks ago I was on my break at work listening to worship music and praying. While I was worshiping I felt God showing me the power of choice. While I was worshiping God said to me “I gave my own Son a choice. What makes you think I wouldn’t give you one too?”
    What God was saying to me was that when Jesus was in the garden of Gethesemane Jesus had a choice: a choice to go to the cross, suffering a pain and punishment like no man had experienced before for the redemption of all mankind or to walk away from the punishment He didn’t deserve. Jesus chose to go to the cross and in three days He rose again redeeming all of mankind. From this part of what God was showing me, He expounded. God showed me how Lucifer was given a choice. Lucifer was head of all of the worship in Heaven until one day he decided that he wanted to try to exalt himself above God. God gave Lucifer a choice and He gave the angels an opportunity to choose. 1/3 of the angels went with Lucifer. Now Lucifer is known as Satan, the enemy of man, but because of Jesus’ choice to go to the cross Satan is also known as defeated.
    So if God allowed Jesus to choose and He allowed Lucifer to choose what makes us think that He won’t allow us to choose.

    People get angry at God because bad things happen, the same people that say they are mad that God allows bad things say they don’t want to serve Him because He doesn’t give you a choice, He doesn’t let you do what you want to do. It’s like no matter what God were to do they wouldn’t be happy. If He allows man to choose bad things can and will happen if man is not in God when making the decision, but if He were to not give them a choice than they would be mad.

    Here is the thing: God gives everyone a choice but God also gives us the better option and warns us what will happen if we don’t choose correctly. In man having a choice it leaves us open to make the wrong choices. Because of our fallen nature our ability to see is clouded. Adam and Eve had a choice in the garden and they chose wrong. God gave them a choice: life or death, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, or to live in the garden walking with God. Adam and Eve forfeited the garden for one piece of fruit.
    Although everything fell there is something that didn’t change in the garden and that is the power of a man’s choice. Man still has a choice and man’s choices can still make a huge impact but our fallen nature allows us to choose incorrectly. Satan clouds our judgement making our ability to see the right choices clouded. Jesus is the only one Who can redeem our choices and help us see the right things to do. It is through Jesus man’s decision making is redeemed.

    Every choice that you make impacts everyone around you, not just yourself. Lucifer chose hell, Adam and Eve chose to listen to the serpent causing all of mankind to live under the curse, Jesus chose the cross and redemption for all mankind. If God gave each and every one of them a choice whether it be good or bad what makes us think we are exempt. Our choices are powerful, they can change everything. Every choice impacts more than just you. Never forget that there is great power in your choices.

    God allows all to choose. God knows true love is chosen not forced. So you can choose not to serve Him but in doing so you open yourself up to the consequences that go along with not doing so and that means bad things will come out of it. In God’s Word it says that the penalty of sin is death. So if you choose not to serve God you will be headed straight towards that penalty. Ultimately serving God is your choice but you have to ask yourself if you want to reap the consequences of not choosing Him. God has His promises written in His Word for those who follow Him. God will uphold His people those who have chosen Him. The enemy is a lie and he has been deceiving people since the garden but God’s Words are true. When making decisions it is important to seek God. Every being in existence has a choice make sure you make the right ones.

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  • The Men and Women of Scripture

    I think people are under the common misconception that the people in Scripture are extraordinary people who are much greater than they are. That for the people of Scripture greatness and perfection was the core of who they were. I’m here to tell you that anyone under that assumption couldn’t be more wrong. With the exception of Jesus Christ no one in Scripture was any better or any holier human beings than you and I.

    The people of the Bible were just as messed up and dysfunctional as the rest of us. Jacob was a deceiver, David was an adulterer, Moses was a murderer, and Solomon was the wisest fool on the earth, Jonah acted as a child in regards to being sent to Nineveh, Paul (formerly known as Saul) had been a vengeful man killing Christians everywhere he went, even people like John the Baptist and Mary were only human. All of these people despite their different mess ups and struggles all have something in common and that is that God chose to use them for His perfect will anyway.

    That is why we serve God is it not? None of us are worthy to be a part of God’s perfect and beautiful will and yet He lets us be a part of it. God still uses His people to bring about His will. That is how powerful our God is, He can take broken things and make something beautiful out of it. God takes brokenness, He takes all the pieces and makes a beautiful mosaic out of it, and He makes it one big picture again. That is what we see in the Scriptures. We see people who are broken, people who are messed up, people who are struggling being picked up and the broken pieces of their lives being put together to create the family line that would bring Jesus into the world so that we could be redeemed. I am glad that God didn’t wait around for perfect people to bring about His will, because if that were the case Jesus wouldn’t have come because the family line wouldn’t have been set up and we would not be redeemed. God works in spite of our human frailty and that is the true Testament of Who He is. Scripture says that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. Nothing can stop God’s will not satan and not us. There was no man in Scripture that could stand in God’s way. Just as Pharaoh tried to kill Moses Herod tried to kill Jesus and God didn’t allow either one to happen.

    The Scriptures are an account of all that God has done and it is an account of what He still can and will do. We are no different than the people of the Bible. The Bible is a reminder that God can use messed up crazy sinners like you and me to do great and mighty things. Not because of who we are but because of Who He is. This is why as believers we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we recognize our sin and human frailty. We realize that we need our Saviour because on our own we are wicked and sinful people but through the precious blood of Jesus we are redeemed. It is in our weakness that God is glorified because it is here His strength is made known.

    So the next time that you are reading the Scriptures and you feel like God can’t use you because you are not good enough, not special enough, not worthy remember that despite the odds God will prevail, that imperfect people can be used as vessels to bring about God’s perfect will and that greatness is not for us to obtain. If greatness is what we wish to obtain for ourselves than we have missed it. Greatness is for God and by God always, because greatness is too much a burden for us to bear but God can carry it because He is great. Let God be great and let us be humble. God deserves the glory now and forever for all that he has done and all that He will do but most importantly because of Who He is.

    - Christine Sawyer

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  • The Little Things

    The little things are most often the best things in life. Laughter with friends and family, getting a card in the mail unexpectedly, a smile from a friend, witnessing a random act of kindness from a stranger, watching the sunrise and set, finding a french fry at the bottom of the McDonald’s bag when you thought you had eaten them all, getting a parking spot close to the store when it’s raining, reminiscing about a time long since past because you found something while cleaning that brought back the memory, reading a good book, taking a walk on a spring day, having your favorite song come on the radio while driving in the car, having a memorable conversation and the list goes on and on. Yes it is the little things, the small blessings that make up the story of our lives. Sure we have the monumental moments: graduations, weddings, new jobs, birthdays, promotions, etc. but so often the little things get overlooked and yet they shouldn’t because these are the things that make life beautiful. Every moment both big and small make up your life. These small moments are like God’s love notes to His children. Reminding us that He cares very much of the details and of us. Take some time to reflect on the little moments of your life. You just might be surprised just how big those moments really were.
    – Christine Sawyer

    “It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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  • No Man Can Serve Two Masters

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    So I recently took a 31 day break from all social media. On October 3rd I felt like God had laid on my heart that I needed to fast and take some time to pray and seek Him. At the time I was spending way more time on social media than necessary and there were things in my life I needed to surrender and things I needed to learn. There were things God was trying to show me that I wasn’t seeing because I didn’t “have time” to spend listening to Him, so on October 4th I started my 31 day fast as instructed by the Lord.

    I’m not going to lie the first two weeks were a bit of a struggle. I would wonder if anyone messaged me or tagged me in something, if someone posted a photo I should see. It proved very tempting to pick up my phone to check any form of social media. Even though it was tempting I prayed through and slowly started to see how much it was ruling my life. I remember when I hit the middle of the second week. I was praying and during my time of prayer I heard God speak to my heart and say “Christine, no man can serve two masters” so I looked up where in Scripture that verse was. In the Scripture Jesus was referring to money but what masters our lives can be anything. I knew right then and there what God was saying to me. I knew what things in my life had to change. It explained what the fast was even for. There were things that needed to break in my life and in order for that to happen I had to surrender any form of self and allow God to help me bring it in to submission. How could I say that I was serving God if I spent more time on social media than I did with Him? How could I say that I was a servant of God when the thing mastering my life was social media? It was plain as day to me that if I wanted to have what God wanted for me I had to let go of what I thought was important and replace it with what He said was important.

    I spent 31 days praying to God and in that time I learned how to pray in more depth, I learned how to pray about others and I also learned how to pray about myself. I learned there are different kinds of prayer. It was very very freeing to do this. The longer I was away from social media the more free I felt. My mind wasn’t always somewhere else, my prayer life and spiritual life were growing. I was becoming more communicative with God, my family and my friends. I started doing things I hadn’t done in a long time because I had forgotten that I loved doing them so much. I watched movies I had been meaning to see, I read books I had meant to read, I prayed prayers that were long overdue, I spent more uninterrupted time with my family and with my friends. I grew in my relationship with God, I grew in my relationship with my family members and I grew in my friendships.
    I also got to analyze things in my life I was blind to because I was living in my phone.

    Ultimately the internet is a place many go to escape their lives, a place they can bend reality and make something as simple as getting coffee seem like the most amazing experience in the world when it really wasn’t. I highly recommend to any follower of Jesus who has neglected their time with God to really take a step back from social media and spend some time with Him. You will learn as I did to see the beauty in the reality of your life. There may be some not so beautiful parts too but God will show you how it all blends together to make a beautiful painting that is your life. Go out and live your life, you only get one and wasting it on social media is not what you want to do. Trust me, you will feel more refreshed and have more fun going out and living. God showed me so much about mine and I was very blessed by it all.
    Remember no man can serve two masters so please choose wisely.
    – Christine Sawyer
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  • Ruth Didn’t Sit Around Waiting For A Man

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    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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