Drifting away,

aimless and directionless


It’s where you will be

unless you actively seek Christ


And on the waves of this life,

the ups and downs


We don’t want to be drifters


We ought to be active in those waves


Seeking Truth on purpose

Loving God on purpose

Caring for people on purpose

Walking in integrity on purpose

Sharing Christ on purpose

Avoiding sin on purpose

Living out our faith on purpose




It’s a word that God

keeps bringing me back to lately


As if maybe He’s doing it

on purpose?


– Susie Stewart


Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.

– Luke 10:27 (NIV)


That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.

– Luke 10:27 (MSG)


Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.

– Romans 12:2 (NIV)


…pray continually…

– 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV)


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Beyond Me


I’m thinking today

about the beyond


The beyond of what you did, Jesus,

from what I read about You


For the Bible says that the world

wouldn’t be able to contain


all the books written


if they were filled

with everything you did


And I long to glimpse

into that beyond


To see all the lives touched

all the words said

all the love given

the mercy

the miracles


I just want to know more of You


And I long to dive

into all those books that weren’t written


The beyond is unknown


But I am blessed


With a God who continues

to make Yourself known to me


In countless ways


And You’ve given us all the written Words

that are needed


for now


But one day I’ll know in glory

about that beyond



– Susie Stewart


Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.

– John 21:25 (NLT)


By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence.

– 2 Peter 1:3 (NLT)


Don’t suppose for a minute that I have come to demolish the Scriptures—either God’s Law or the Prophets. I’m not here to demolish but to complete. I am going to put it all together, pull it all together in a vast panorama. God’s Law is more real and lasting than the stars in the sky and the ground at your feet. Long after stars burn out and earth wears out, God’s Law will be alive and working.

– Matthew 5:17, 18 (MSG)


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Live Today

Life is a choice

for you today


Blessings are a choice

for you today


For you can choose a death day

or a life day


And I think you know what I mean


For truly living

is a choice


Blessings toward others

are a choice



“Come follow Me,”

Jesus says


And following Him today

will open your eyes


to His goodness

His blessings

His love

His plans for you


this day


Choose to follow

and choose to LIVE


For a daily death is a slow

and sad

way to exist


Choose to Live


And look Up


to find the beauty

and the reason to truly live


– Susie Stewart


I call Heaven and Earth to witness against you today: I place before you Life and Death, Blessing and Curse. Choose life so that you and your children will live. And love God, your God, listening obediently to Him, firmly embracing Him. Oh yes, He is life itself, a long life settled on the soil that God, your God, promised to give your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

– Deuteronomy 30:19 (MSG)


Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth. Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy.

– Philippians 4:8 (VOICE)


…choose today whom you will serve.

– Joshua 24:15 (NLT)


As a prisoner of the Lord, I urge you: Live a life that is worthy of the calling He has graciously extended to you.

– Ephesians 4:1 (VOICE)


…I came to give life with joy and abundance.

– John 10:10 (VOICE)


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Eyes on those children



A mama’s heart

I’ll always have


Cherishing them

as small


And cherishing them

as grown


Ever my treasures

ever my longing sigh


And we parents,

we understand the pull


to children small or grown

born to us, or entrusted to us


Their essence a gift

a glory


And when I hear that Your eyes, God,

are ever on me


It touches me deeply


For I get it


My eyes

my heart

my longing

is ever for my children


chosen by God for me


And You are the One

who chose me for Yourself


Your parental love

is pure


and it longs for me,

for connection with me


And I reach to You,

my Abba


Your beloved child

I will ever be


– Susie Stewart


This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who He is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance!

– Romans 8:15-17 (MSG)


What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who He is or what he’s up to.

But friends, that’s exactly who we are: children of God. And that’s only the beginning. Who knows how we’ll end up! What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we’ll see Him—and in seeing Him, become like Him. All of us who look forward to His Coming stay ready, with the glistening purity of Jesus’ life as a model for our own.

– 1 John 3:1-3 (MSG)


Listen, the eye of the Eternal is upon those who live in awe of Him, those who hope in His steadfast love,

– Psalm 33:18 (VOICE)


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Live Like It

Lord Jesus,

May those of us who know You

as the Way

the Truth


the Life


Live like it


May those of us who know Your




unconditional love


Live like it


May those of us who know Your






Live like it


The difference You’ve made,


should be detectable

by those we interact with


What we believe

should permeate how we live


The difference should be

beautifully plain to see


The gospel of peace

in its power

spills over

into all our interactions


for a life poured out


A revolutionary faith

will not be ignored


– Susie Stewart



Every time your name comes up in my prayers, I say, “Oh, thank you, God!” I keep hearing of the love and faith you have for the Master Jesus, which brims over to other believers. And I keep praying that this faith we hold in common keeps showing up in the good things we do, and that people recognize Christ in all of it. Friend, you have no idea how good your love makes me feel, doubly so when I see your hospitality to fellow believers.

– Philemon 4-7 (MSG)


Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good?  But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats. Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way…

– 1 Peter 3:14-16 (NLT)


Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing.

– 2 Corinthians 2:15 (NLT)


The hallmark of Christians in the first century was not their wealth.  They had none.  It was not their theology either.  Their beliefs were so odd, religious people couldn’t understand them.  What gave them leverage was their inexplicable compassion and generosity.  They had little, but they gave.   They received little compassion, but they were willing to extend what they had to other people.  They were hard to ignore.

– Andy Stanley


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Do Not Grieve Him

It hurts my heart,

Spirit of God,

that I would ever grieve You


And those times

throughout my life

that my words have cut


and were not of You


I long to breathe them

back in


Angry words

Gossip words

Rage words

Bitter words

Malice words

Slander words


And I know I’m not alone

in this


But what it comes down to, Holy Spirit,

is You and me

and no one else


We are in relationship,

You dwelling within me


And there is no one closer

than You


No one


So You are the last One

I would want to grieve


Especially since You speak

such goodness


and light

into me


Thank you for changing me,


over these years


You are at work in my heart


And showing me

how to put a check

on my words


Sometimes I fail You


and yet


You are so loving

that You keep showing me

how not to grieve You


And You always love


I want to be like You

who dwells inside of me,

always loving

and watching my words

my attitude

my walk


with You


– Susie Stewart


Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

– Ephesians 4:29-32 (NIV)


With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?

– James 3:9-11 (NIV)


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Show me, God,

how it looks

to seek first

the Kingdom of God


Show me

how to lay aside

anything that distracts


Show me

how to live here

and seek You there


Show me

how to be about

what You are about


Show me

how to be disciplined

and to be free

in this pursuit


Show me

how to keep my gaze

on YOU

above all else


Show me, God,

Your Kingdom here on earth


– Susie Stewart


But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

– Matthew 6:33 (NIV)


So don’t worry and don’t keep saying, “What shall we eat, what shall we drink or what shall we wear?!” That is what pagans are always looking for; your Heavenly Father knows that you need them all. Set your heart on the kingdom and His goodness, and all these things will come to you as a matter of course.

– Matthew 6:32-34 (AMP)


But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.

– Matthew 6:33 (AMP)


What you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what He wants you to do. Then He will give you all these other things you need.

– Matthew 6:33 (ERV)


But first, be concerned about His kingdom and what has His approval. Then all these things will be provided for you.

– Matthew 6:33 (GW)


If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think He’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do His best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way He works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how He works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.Matthew 6:32-34 (MSG)


Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.

– Matthew 6:33 (NLT)


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feeling you have


It’s not meant

to send you into a panic


It is meant

to drive you to God


Stand still

before Him

in your spirit


– Susie Stewart


Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you….

That’s right. Because I, your God, have a firm grip on you and I’m not letting go. I’m telling you, “Don’t panic. I’m right here to help you.”

– Isaiah 41:10, 13  (MSG)


Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.

– Philippians 4:6 (AMP)


Be still, be calm, see, and understand I am the True God.

– Psalm 46:10 (VOICE)


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if you got

that bigger house

that nicer car

that thinner body

those better roommates

that more compatible spouse


that thing that you really hope for


Then would you be content?


Or would you, like me,

find another reason to be discontent

once you got it?


Honestly, it would never be enough


So what do we do with our discontent hearts,

our longing for more

of what we don’t have?


We take our discontent thoughts captive

putting them in check


We develop more gratitude


And we live in the moment,

in the mess (sometimes)


and we tell ourselves

“This is enough”


And we find that it is enough


Christ is our enough


He fulfills our need


Everything else

will fade

pass away

fall apart


But God’s Word STANDS

when all else falls away


And His Word says,

the secret to being content



I can do ALL THINGS through Christ

who strengthens me


And that means


that I can live in the here and now

with all it’s annoyances and problems


And I can BE content

in Christ


– Susie Stewart


Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

– Philippians 4:11-13 (NLT)


Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” we can boldly quote,

God is there, ready to help;
I’m fearless no matter what.
Who or what can get to me?

– Hebrews 13:5,6 (MSG)


Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.

– 1 Timothy 6:6-8 (NLT)


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we are not meant

to just get through it


to suck it up until it’s over


We are not called to

grit our teeth

and just endure until it’s done




We are meant to THRIVE

to thrive!


And believe it or not

this means


whatever the circumstances


Because no matter what’s going on

on the outside


Your spirit can truly thrive

and grow

and burst light!


When you came to know Jesus

you were placed positionally

next to Him on His throne in heaven


Your inheritance was made secure

your spirit set free


And there are many things earthly

that want to weigh your free spirit down


But because of your position on high

you don’t have to be weighted


You can soar!


You can THRIVE

because of whose you are


– Susie Stewart


Even though you intended to harm me, God intended it only for good, and through me, He preserved the lives of countless people, as He is still doing today.

 – Genesis 50:20 (VOICE)


But God, with the unfathomable richness of His love and mercy focused on us, united us with the Anointed One and infused our lifeless souls with life—even though we were buried under mountains of sin—and saved us by His grace. He raised us up with Him and seated us in the heavenly realms with our beloved Jesus the Anointed, the Liberating King.

– Ephesians 2:4-6 (VOICE)


We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan.

– Romans 8:28 (VOICE)


…in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

– 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (AMP)


So we have no reason to despair. Despite the fact that our outer humanity is falling apart and decaying, our inner humanity is breathing in new life every day.

– 1 Corinthians 4:16 (VOICE)


But those who trust in the Eternal One will regain their strength.
They will soar on wings as eagles.
They will run—never winded, never weary.
They will walk—never tired, never faint.

– Isaiah 40:31 (VOICE)


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