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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

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  • Vision And The Holy Spirit

    Matthew 13:9-16
    “9 He who has ears, let him hear.” 10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” 11 He replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. 14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: ” ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. 15 For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ 16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.”

    Vision does not come from the eyes but through the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit man has no vision. Without the Holy Spirit man is spiritually blind. In order to see the life God has for us we must first receive the Holy Spirit and allow Him to open our eyes to His will. It’s the same with our hearing Jesus said “He who has ears to hear let him hear.” Without the Holy Spirit we cannot hear what God is saying to us and in turn a man without guidance will wander aimlessly until he surrenders to The Spirit of God.
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  • A Man With A Dream and A Woman With Vision

    One of the biggest make or breaks for many Godly men in the Bible was a woman. An unGodly woman brought the man to ruin, but the Godly woman brought him honor and great support. God created the woman to be the helper. Ladies please be a Godly woman for your husband. There’s only two beings he’ll share his dreams with God and you. He’ll take you at your word, don’t be the reason he fails or fails to try. When making a decision that God has instructed him for his family he’ll need all the respect and support you can give. Cause you have the power to make or break him with your words and actions.
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  • Culture, Same Sex Marriage, and God’s Word

    Isaiah 40:6-8 (NIV)
    6 A voice says, “Cry out.”
    And I said, “What shall I cry?”
    “All people are like grass,
    and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.
    7 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    because the breath of the Lord blows on them.
    Surely the people are grass.
    8 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    but the word of our God endures forever.”

    No matter what it is, God does not change based on the culture. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His Word stands forever and His Truth surpasses the horizons.
    Sin is still sin, it doesn’t matter how you mask it. Whether we are talking about same sex marriage, lying, stealing, coveting, gluttony, etc. we all sin and it’s all wrong to God. Just because a culture says it’s not changes nothing. It’s like saying that a door made completely of wood is not made out of wood. You can say it all you want, you can believe it all you want, but it doesn’t change the fact that the door is still made of wood. It’s like saying a push door is not a push door. The sign says push and all evidence points to it being a push door, but you say it’s a pull door. You can say it’s a pull door, you can wish it’s a pull door, you can believe it’s a pull door, you can try to change the sign and pull with all your might declaring it is a pull door but at the end of the day you can not change the fact that it is a push door.
    It will never pull in it will only ever push out.

    The same with our culture, sin, and God’s Word. The culture can say that God’s Word is wrong, it can say that sin is not sin, it can change it’s laws, and disobey but it can not change what God’s Word says is sin into a socially acceptable norm with no repercussions.

    If society says “Stealing is ok. I mean some people have an urge to steal, some people really want something without paying for it therefore they should have the right to just take it.” If society changed the law to make stealing legal would that really make it ok? No, it changes nothing. It’s still wrong and still hurtful to yourself and to others.

    The point is that while we do not have the right to say who goes to heaven and who goes to hell God did give us guidance in His Word to direct us from the things that can harm us. God corrects us for our own good. As Christians we can not deny these Truths, they are for our own good. Like I said we all sin and we all have things to work on but we can not let our culture go down the tubes by staying silent. We must resolve within ourselves that God’s Word is Truth and stand in our beliefs and let no one sway us.

    God loves everybody, God loves me. Yet God never tippy toes around telling me when I’m messing up. God corrects me when I’m wrong because He loves me. If He didn’t love me He’d let me continue down a destructive path. God loves me enough to tell me the truth, even if it offends me. Trust me when I’m in the wrong state of mind God will correct me and in my rebellious state I sometimes get offended but in the end I realize I was wrong and God’s correction is for my own good. The Truth is offensive but it’s Life giving and Life saving.

    At some point we must all come to the place of Joshua 24:14-15 (NIV)
    14 “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

    Jesus is the only way and His way is freedom, His way is life. Leaders do not change this, nations do not change this, cultures do not change this.

    At the end of the day we can not sacrifice Truth at the Altar of offense.
    – Christine Sawyer
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  • Nail Scarred Hands

    Scars can be a reminder of a painful past or a symbol of a glorious future victory. It all depends on how you look at it. Jesus’ nail scarred hands remind me of the victory I have in Him. The victory I have because of the pain He endured at the cross. Jesus’ painful time leading up to and at the cross left scars on the hands of the Saviour of the world and it is in those scars that I can overcome.
    Because Jesus told us He wouldn’t take us out of the world but that He would give us the strength to overcome it. We experience pain but the pain is but a moment before the victory. My scars remind me of all He’s given me victory over.

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  • A Man Of Noble Character

    “A man of noble character cannot exist without the presence of God. Who is The Author of nobility and the One in whose image the man was created.”
    -Christine Sawyer
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