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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  • 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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  • Give Thanks

    May you remember the sacrifice and Greatest act of Love in the whole world. That Jesus Christ, God’s only Son died on the cross for your sins taking the punishment that you deserved. Saving you from your sins and eternal separation from Him. In Jesus you are forgiven, healed, strengthened, victorious, and Loved. Praise and give thanks to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Who is worthy to be praised yesterday, today, and forever.
    Written By: Christine Sawyer
    #WomanOfGod #virtuevalorhumility #eshetchayil #givethanks #thanksgiving #donmoen #givethankstothelord #Jesusistheway

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  • Future Generations Life

    I am pro-life because I believe that every life is precious and every life has purpose to God. Every baby that was aborted had a call had a reason that God sent them and man decided that their plans were more important, decided that their plans were worth the cost of a baby’s life. It’s selfish and the price is too high. Every baby deserves the chance to be born, to live, to grow, to love. God is a pro creative God and abortion is anti-creation. It is wrong and it needs to be stopped. There are woman believing the lies of organizations like Planned Parenthood. These women need to be taught the truth and shown the evils of it. For the women who have already fallen into it and had an abortion they need to know of God’s forgiveness and the voice that they can have to stop abortion and save the future generations. We can’t change what happened already but we can change today and we can change the future. I believe in the future generations, I believe in life. There is a generation of babies that will not be because of the choices made yesterday, but if we take a stand for the babies today if we stand for their lives and their chance at life, we Will be the change. We will be the generation that chooses Life over death. We will be the generation that stops abortion. We can save the future generations. We are all God’s children the born and the unborn.

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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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  • Leadership by: Myles Munroe

    We all have the ability to lead. It’s a gift that God has given all of us. The extent of leadership may be different for each person but God can call any of us into leadership. Don’t be afraid to be the example for once, to stand up and direct people to where God wants them to go because it’s in you and He can draw it out. Have faith, stand strong, and follow God’s lead. God is the ultimate leader and He created us in His image. Be a leader by His strength today. Sometimes you lead people by just being you, by being an example. You never know what God is working on your behalf in the lives of others. God doesn’t want you to be afraid of this.
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  • Our Nation, Sight, Vision, Our Eyes

    Proverbs 29:18
    “Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.”

    This nation is suffering because of its lack of vision of Who God is. Our nation is losing itself because it’s losing sight of God. Why are we losing sight of God? Because we are too busy trying to figure out how far we can push the line before what we are doing is considered sin or wrong. Instead of focusing on the things we want to do or think we want to do we need to start focusing on what God is instructing us to do and what His Word says is right and just. We are losing sight of what our country was founded on and what we as a church are suppose to do to preserve it’s traditional values and morals. This nation was founded on God and until we give it back to Him it will continue to fall apart and fall into a downward spiral. We can be the change, but first we need to ask God for the vision. We need to see Him again and we can only do that y repenting and asking Him to reveal Himself to us once more. God wants us to be leaders, so let’s start leading. God wants this nation’s heart back.
    In Exodus 20:4-6 God says “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” This nation has put it’s list for sin over God and God doesn’t take it lightly. God wants our souls back and we need to ask for His forgiveness and ask for His sight back and when we do He will forgive us just as He has promised in
    1 John 1:19 where it says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Our nation can be saved but it starts with us and a repentant heart to our God and Saviour. Through Jesus we have hope and a future.image

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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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