Compare Not

Let God tell you

who you are


Comparing yourself

to your brothers and sisters in Christ


will only make you feel superior

or inferior


Leave it up to God


Be your absolutely unique


and give yourself grace


to grow in Christ

without pride

or condemnation


The most important thing


is not


to be more like this person here

or that person there


It is to be like Christ!


Compare yourself with others



Know your Father’s delight

in created



– Susie Stewart


We’re not, understand, putting ourselves in a league with those who boast that they’re our superiors. We wouldn’t dare do that. But in all this comparing and grading and competing, they quite miss the point.

– 2 Corinthians 10:12 (MSG)


Am I now trying to win the favor and approval of men, or of God? Or am I seeking to please someone? If I were still trying to be popular with men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.

– Galatians 1:10 (AMP)


But each one must carefully scrutinize his own work [examining his actions, attitudes, and behavior], and then he can have the personal satisfaction and inner joy of doing something commendable without comparing himself to another.

– Galatians 6:4 (AMP)


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Bear It No More




weight of weights





Soul burdened

with wrong-doing weight


And I ask you,

Why do you bear it?


Why do you carry the shame

the guilt

the burden

of sins past?


It is all

nailed to the cross


Bear it no more


For Jesus carried the heavy

for you


He died to take your shame


To take away your sin


And you do Him an injustice

by trying to carry the weight

that He already bore


His sacrifice should bring you freedom

Not burden


You have accepted your Savior

Have you accepted grace?


– Susie Stewart


Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean!

– Micah 7:19 (NLT)


So now you need to rethink everything and turn to God so your sins will be forgiven and a new day can dawn, days of refreshing times flowing from the Lord.

– Acts 3:19 (VOICE)


This is how much God loved the world: He gave His Son, His one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in Him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending His Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in Him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust Him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to Him.

– John 3:16-18 (MSG)



Photo by Susie Stewart


God, Your grace

it is so far-reaching


It touches all that I have done wrong

and all that I will do wrong


It covers all of life

and breath


All is grace


For even my faith

is because of Your grace


And thankfully

it can’t be nullified


Even on my less than stellar days

Even when I fall on my face


Grace is still grace


If it weren’t,

it would be dependent on me


And it isn’t


Grace is not a teamwork thing

with me and You, God


It’s all You


Let me never think that Your grace

is earned by me


For Your grace is a gift,

never earned


Only gratefully received by me


– Susie Stewart


* These thoughts came from my friend Nicole Rowell in a study on Ephesians.  I just re-worded a bit.  Nicole, thank you for your insight into God’s Word and His amazing grace!


But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For He raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of His grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all He has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.

God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.

– Ephesians 2:4-10 (NLT)


And since it is through God’s kindness, then it is not by their good works. For in that case, God’s grace would not be what it really is—free and undeserved.

– Romans 11:6 (NLT)


For out of His fullness [the superabundance of His grace and truth] we have all received grace upon grace [spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, favor upon favor, and gift heaped upon gift].

– John 1:16 (AMP)


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Slow It Down

Slow it down


Slow down your prayer


Think carefully about what you are saying






Memorized phrases

and empty words of habit


Don’t form deeper connection


Choose your words deliberately

and let them be


Love expressed

Worship embodied

Confession deep

Adoration clear


Words of meaning


– Susie Stewart


But when you talk to God, go into your room and shut the door. Then talk to your Father in secret. Your Father sees secret things and He will reward you.

And when you talk to God, do not say words that mean nothing, over and over again. People who do not believe in God do that. They think their god will hear them because they say many words.

Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

– Matthew 6:6-8 (WE)


Never stop praying.

– 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NLT)


Eternal One: Call to Me, and I will answer you. I will tell you of great things, things beyond what you can imagine, things you could never have known.

– Jeremiah 33:3 (VOICE)


Photo by Susie Stewart



To know that YOU

delight in me


Is almost too much

for me to fathom



In me?


And I choose to believe You

and not overthink it


For delight is not demanding perfection


And You smile

at me


I am undone

by my Beloved


For I delight in You too

my Father

my Jesus

my Holy Spirit


My Love


And where there is mutual delight

there is an understanding


A heart-deep smile

A stirring


For in each of our heart’s,



and mine,


there is a special place

that only the other can fill


No one else


– Susie Stewart


The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in His love He will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.

– Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)


the Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love.

– Psalm 147:11 (NIV)


Take delight in the Lord…

– Psalm 37:4 (NLT)


Then I will go to God’s altar with nothing to hide. I will go to God, my rapture; I will sing praises to You and play my strings, unloading my cares, unleashing my joys, to You, God, my God.

– Psalm 43:4 (VOICE)


Photo by Susie Stewart


No Fear

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

– John 14:27 (NIV)


You have a will

over your fears


It is possible to not


your heart be troubled


It is possible to choose


to be afraid


And God is there

to strengthen

and enable

and affirm you


in your not-fearing

and your resolute mind


Giving you what you need

as you do battle with fear


His Spirit will bring you

the courage you need


– Susie Stewart


When struck by fear, I let go, depending securely upon You alone.

– Psalm 56:3 (VOICE)


You see, God did not give us a cowardly spirit but a powerful, loving, and disciplined spirit.

– 2 Timothy 1:7 (VOICE)


Photo by Arik Stewart



Eye Contact

When you see someone you love

in a crowded room


Your eyes light up

your spirit smiles


You make eye contact,

and all is in black and white


Except for the one you love


I see Abiding in Christ

that way


In the eternity cracks

of my every day life


I make eye contact with God,

the One I love most


I can’t see Him,

but my spirit does


The eyes of my heart

focus on Him


And I may not say a word

but I know that He knows

I “see” Him


There are many ways I abide in Him


Through reading or thinking about His Words

Through calling out to Him

By listening for Him

By talking about Him

By trusting Him

and more…


And in those times,

I see my beloved

and He sees me


Across my crowded life,

that would be black and white

without Him


– Susie Stewart


I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be My disciples. As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Abide in My love.  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.  These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

– John 15:1-11 (ESV)


I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people…

– Ephesians 1:18 (NLT)


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I don’t want

a circumstantial faith


I want a solid faith


Up & Down

Up & Down

Down & Up


That wavering

is a rollercoaster

I don’t want to be on


Jesus, help me

keep my eyes on You

and on Your promises


In the storm

In the desert

In the fire

In the parties

of life


And let my confidence

be unshaken


For circumstances

don’t change who You are







– Susie Stewart


If our definition of success is solely based on outcome, we’ll live like we’re on a never-ending bungee jump.  We’re up.  We’re down.  We’re swayed by failure or buoyed by success.  We’re left hanging until someone reels us in with a word of praise.

– Suzanne Eller


So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

– Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)


…for the Lord is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.

– Proverbs 3:26 (NLT)


But the Master, God, has something to say to this: “Watch closely. I’m laying a foundation in Zion, a solid granite foundation, squared and true. And this is the meaning of the stone: A TRUSTING LIFE WON’T TOPPLE.

I’ll make justice the measuring stick and righteousness the plumb line for the building. A hailstorm will knock down the shantytown of lies, and a flash flood will wash out the rubble.

– Isaiah 28:16,17 (MSG)


Photo by Susie Stewart




We have the great privilege

of coming to God with our requests


We ask Him for what we want

and He chooses to answer the way He wants


And we get into a dangerous place

when we only see Him as good


When He answers the way we think He should


The fact is,

we either trust His sovereignty

His wisdom

and His omniscience


Or we don’t


When we meet God’s “No”

with the stomp of our foot


We in essence are showing a lack of trust

and a sense of entitlement


Santa Jesus would hand us whatever we ask for

and therein we would develop no faith


We would have no need of an all-knowing God,

for whenever we exercised our will of asking


Santa Jesus would give us

whatever we want


This is not what we should expect


May our prayers be ones of great faith

and trust


In our great God

who knows best


– Susie Stewart


He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. God knew what He was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love Him along the same lines as the life of His Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity He restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in Him. After God made that decision of what His children should be like, He followed it up by calling people by name. After He called them by name, He set them on a solid basis with Himself. And then, after getting them established, He stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what He had begun.

– Romans 8:27-30 (MSG)


Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding…

– Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)


But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”

– Mark 5:36 (NLT)


They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

– Psalm 112:7 NIV)


Photo by Andy Stewart



My responsibility to you as a friend

is not

to always be the one you need


It is to point you

to the One

who can come closer to you like no one else


My aim

as a friend

is to point you to Jesus


I want you

to really know Him


My desire

is that you hear His voice

more and more


That you receive godly wisdom


and discernment


I long for you to know

the love

that God lavishes on you


And the hope

that goes beyond this life


What I want

even more than to be close to you

is for you to be close to God


And that you


the glory to which He has called you


That is what being a true friend

is all about


– Susie Stewart


For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength He exerted when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way.

– Ephesians 1:15-23 (NIV)


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