The Wait

When it comes to waiting on God

you can either wait with your hands on your hips

or you can wait with your hands outstretched in worship


Which do you think is the wise way

to wait on Almighty God?


Rest in His agenda


– Susie Stewart


At the end of the four hundred and thirty years, to that very day, all the hosts of the Lord [gathered into tribal armies] left the land of Egypt.

– Exodus 12:41 (AMP)


I would have despaired had I not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
Wait for and confidently expect the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord.

– Psalm 27:13, 14 (AMP)


But as for me, I trust [confidently] in You and Your greatness, O Lord;
I said, “You are my God.”
My times are in Your hands…

– Psalm 31:14, 15 (AMP)


One caution:  When we bring our questions to God, we need to wait for His answer.  We must not throw our questions at Him and then go to a friend and complain, “I can’t understand what God is doing to me.”  Such actions constitute unbelief.  So after you bring God your questions, hold your ground, even if you are still in the dark about why you are waiting or about how long you will wait.

– Linda Dillow


Photo by Susie Stewart

Know It All

I like to be right


It feels good to be right,

at least that’s what I used to tell myself


I wanted to win every argument

no matter what


And just like God’s Word says,

it caused strife in my relationships


After all, who wants to be around someone

who always thinks they’re right?


The Lord had to humble me

to teach me

that listening to others

is vital



Even as I type this

I don’t want to type it

because I want to be right


But humbling ourselves

is part of His plan


He knows that pride

creates strife


Always having to be right

negates learning and growing


Wisdom is found

in those who listen to others


in heeding advice

and constructive criticism


Listening thoughtfully

to another perspective,

is godly


Where you find humility

there you will find wisdom


And we would do well to heed

God’s advice


Or are we too prideful

to even listen to Him?


There truly is joy

in listening more than we speak


– Susie Stewart


Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise.

– Proverbs 13:10 (NLT)


Arrogant know-it-alls stir up discord, but wise men and women listen to each other’s counsel.

– Proverbs 13:10 (MSG)


God treats the arrogant as they treat others, mocking the mockers, scorning the scornful, but He pours out His grace on the humble.

– Proverbs 3:34 (VOICE)


My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.

– James 1:19 (NIV)


Photo by Nicole Stewart





Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore He instructs sinners in His ways.
He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them His way.
All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
toward those who keep the demands of His covenant.
For the sake of your name, Lord,
forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?
He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.
They will spend their days in prosperity,
and their descendants will inherit the land.
The Lord confides in those who fear Him;
He makes His covenant known to them.

– Psalm 25:8-14 (NIV)


You, God,

Instruct sinners listening and not


You guide the humble

and teach them Your ways


You show love and faithfulness

to those who follow You


You Instruct the choices

of those who are faithful


And You confide

in those who fear You


You make Your beautiful covenant

known to them


And who are we

to receive Your favor?


Who are we to receive Your









We are not worthy, God


But You are,

and You choose this for us


And it makes us want to choose






Before You

All the more


– Susie Stewart


But me He caught—reached all the way from sky to sea; He pulled me out Of that ocean of hate, that enemy chaos, the void in which I was drowning. They hit me when I was down, but God stuck by me. He stood me up on a wide-open field; I stood there saved—surprised to be loved!

– Psalm 18:15-17 (MSG)


His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us.

– Acts 17:27 (NLT)


Photo by Susie Stewart






God’s Child

“He reacted like it was the best news he’d ever heard!”


I listened as my friend Carol

recounted one of her interactions in Uganda…


As she taught village children about God’s Word

and encouraged them to memorize the precious words,


She led some in a prayer of surrender

to Truth


And told a young one,

“You are now a child of God!”



The boy reacted with sheer

uninhibited excitement


With elation

inside and out


It was the best news

he had




No one could curb his enthusiasm

over the unbelievable message


And a life was changed that day


Because a young one

embraced His Father


And God’s grace

and love

and forgiveness

enveloped the child


He was grafted into the family

he longed for


An orphan’s hope,

to be adopted by God


– Susie Stewart


But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God.

– John 1:2 (NLT)


Jesus called a little child to Him and put the child among them. Then He said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.

– Matthew 18:2-4 (NLT)


One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so He could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering Him.

When Jesus saw what was happening, He was angry with His disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to Me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Then He took the children in His arms and placed His hands on their heads and blessed them.

– Mark 10:13-16 (NLT)


You are all God’s children by believing in Christ Jesus.

– Galatians 3:26 (NLT)


“I will not leave you orphaned. I’m coming back. In just a little while the world will no longer see me, but you’re going to see me because I am alive and you’re about to come alive. At that moment you will know absolutely that I’m in my Father, and you’re in me, and I’m in you.

– John 14:17-19 (MSG)


Photo by Susie Stewart



If you were a sign

what would you say?



Indulge me here


What is the loudest thing about you?


What does your life shout?


If you were a sign

where would you point?


What do your words

and your actions

direct people to?


Is your life sign solid?


Or is it falling apart and undecipherable?


Let your sign be clear

Let your life be loud


Point to Jesus,

worthy is He


the perfect destination


– Susie Stewart


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I can’t impress this on you too strongly. God is looking over your shoulder. Christ Himself is the Judge, with the final say on everyone, living and dead. He is about to break into the open with His rule, so proclaim the Message with intensity; keep on your watch. Challenge, warn, and urge your people. Don’t ever quit. Just keep it simple.

– 2 Timothy 4:1-3 (MSG)






My brothers and sisters, I pray constantly to God for the salvation of my people; it is the deep desire of my heart.

– Romans 10:1 (VOICE)  



Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.

– John 14:6 (NLT)


We get to be God’s plan for the whole world by pointing people toward Him.

– Bob Goff


Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

– Matthew 5:15-17 (MSG)









Less & More

Can we speak of God’s power only after we’ve been healed or after we survive the struggle we find ourselves in?  Why are testimonies of how awesome God is typically announced after the fact?  Is there not testimony of His saving grace in the midst of my crumbling?  Can I only proclaim His goodness in the absence of disease?  Doesn’t He speak of who He IS in the agony of my brokenness?  Is He less when I am less?  NO.  He is my ALL in ALL.  I have to stand on the solid rock of Jesus.  He is my Sustainer and Redeemer in my weakness.  He knows what it is like to be broken.  He alone understands why I can’t stand up.  I know nothing, save His power.  Maybe that is how I glorify Him:  recognizing I need nothings else, not even my health.

– Valerie (last name unknown), suffering from ongoing, debilitating physical pain


My Less Than

never diminishes

Your Greater Than


My weakness

and failures

and instability


Do not reflect You


In fact,

Your power is made


in my weakness


I realize how much I need You

in these less than places


And that is where I need to be


Dependent on my

Greater Than God


– Susie Stewart


A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.

– C.S. Lewis


Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me, My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.

– 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (MSG)


Photo by Susie Stewart


Thy Will Be Done


“In all things,

our family says,

‘Thy will be done'”


I looked up at her on her porch

from my trailside fence position


My friend Becky

had just gone to see her brother


Stage 4 cancer

and things looking bleak


I told her I was sorry

and she gave a small smile

with the reply,


“In all things our family says,

‘Thy will be done'”


It wasn’t a typical response

to looming death


It wasn’t what I expected to hear

from grieving sister


And it impacted me

right down to the dirt I was standing on


It made me think

about You, Jesus,


Bowing Your will

to the plan of Your Father


Bowing Your fears

Bowing Your wants


In the face of pain

and death


“Not my will, but Yours be done”


May that be the simple sentence

that permeates my life


For there are times

when Your will

does not match mine


But I bow


to You


Thy will be done


– Susie Stewart



“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from Me; yet not my will, but Yours be done.”

– Matthew 22:42 (NIV)


…Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

– Matthew 6:10 (NIV)


Our God is in the heavens, and He does as He wishes.

– Psalm 115:3 (NIV)


Now may the God of peace—
who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great Shepherd of the sheep,
and ratified an eternal covenant with His blood—
may He equip you with all you need
for doing His will.
May He produce in you,
through the power of Jesus Christ,
every good thing that is pleasing to Him.
All glory to Him forever and ever! Amen.

– Hebrews 13:20,21 (NLT)


Photo by Arik Stewart




can tempt you


It can entice you

to embrace the complete loss

of hope


And you feel yourself slipping

into its clutches


But then you remember


You know that despair

is not an option


for one

deep in hope


And you remember

to cast your cares

your anxieties

your pain

your agony

your confusion


on Him

for He cares for you


And the slippery slope of despair

develops footholds

to climb right out


into the wide open space

of hope


– Susie Stewart


The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
He delivers them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all;
He protects all his bones,
not one of them will be broken.

– Psalm 34:17-20 (NIV)


If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!

– 2 Corinthians 4:8-12 (MSG)


Since God cares for you, let Him carry all your burdens and worries.

– 1 Peter 5:7 (VOICE)


I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

– Romans 15:13 (NLT)


Photo by Arik Stewart



It’s a hard commodity to come by

these days


It is cheapened

and disrespected

and soiled


And it’s hard to decipher


because of the lack of it


Jesus is Truth

He stands for Truth

He brings Truth


And He tells us

that if we are willing to listen to Him


bring the Truth to us


He will speak it

into our lives

into our hearts

into our minds


Listen for Truth


Be the Truth

in this world


– Susie Stewart


Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to Me.

– John 18:37 (NIV)


Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

– John 14:6 (NIV)


Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.”

– John 8:31-32 (MSG)


Photo by Susie Stewart


God has provided a way out for you

He always does


Temptation is NOT your master



it can be

if God is not truly your Master


We are all tempted


What you experience is nothing new


But the Lord’s faithfulness

will not allow

more temptation than you can stand


He will show you your exit

from that which will pull you down


He was tempted

and understands


Don’t be ruled by something

that will lead you away from Him

and only end in death


Let His Spirit lead you



– Susie Stewart


If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

– 1 Corinthians 10:12,13 (NLT)


Here’s my instruction: walk in the Spirit, and let the Spirit bring order to your life. If you do, you will never give in to your selfish and sinful cravings.

– Galatians 5:16 (VOICE)


Because He himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.

– Hebrews 2:18 (NIV)


A man must not say when he is tempted, “God is tempting me.” For God has no dealings with evil, and does not himself tempt anyone. No, a man’s temptation is due to the pull of his own inward desires, which can be enormously attractive. His own desire takes hold of him, and that produces sin. And sin in the long run means death—make no mistake about that, brothers of mine!

– James 1:13-16 (PHILLIPS)


Photo by Susie Stewart