The Lion & The Lamb

The Lion of Judah


The Lamb of God


are One



and thunderous



and Meek


Your power is perfect

in Your whispered voice


Your humility is evident

in Your boldness


You are quiet

and You are loud


and I ask You, God,

to make me more like You


Bold as my Lion

Gentle as my Lamb


Evidence of You


– Susie Stewart


For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.

– Revelation 7:17 (NLT)


Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!”

– Revelation 5:11, 12 (NIV)


Whenever this happens, my heart stops—
I’m stunned, I can’t catch my breath.
Listen to it! Listen to His thunder,
the rolling, rumbling thunder of His voice.
He lets loose His lightnings from horizon to horizon,
lighting up the earth from pole to pole.
In their wake, the thunder echoes His voice,
powerful and majestic.
He lets out all the stops, He holds nothing back.
No one can mistake that voice—
His word thundering so wondrously,
His mighty acts staggering our understanding.

– Job 37:1-5 (MSG)


Put My yoke upon your shoulders—it might appear heavy at first, but it is perfectly fitted to your curves. Learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble of heart. When you are yoked to Me, your weary souls will find rest.

– Matthew 11:29 (VOICE)


Photo by Susie Stewart


Jesus First

Take note

of what distracts you

from Jesus


We say

“Love the Lord your God

with all your heart

and all your soul

and all your strength

and all your mind.”


and then we start the day

without talking to Him


we ignore His prodding

to love people practically


and we end the day

soaking in more distractions


with a token prayer at bedtime,

if that


Lord, I want to love You

with everything I have!


as a brand new lover

who can think of little else


Jesus, You saved me

with Your love!


with Your love…


I want You to know

that I recognize that and I’m grateful


and I see this

as a reciprocal relationship


I want to love You


each day


and I want people to see

that You



in me


I  want You to know

without a doubt

that I love You


– 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)


One of the religion scholars came up. Hearing the lively exchanges of question and answer and seeing how sharp Jesus was in His answers, he put in his question: “Which is most important of all the commandments?”

Jesus said, “The first in importance is, ‘Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.’ And here is the second: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment that ranks with these.”

– Mark 28:27-31 (MSG)


So I am not the one living now—it is Christ living in me. I still live in my body, but I live by faith in the Son of God. He is the one who loved me and gave Himself to save me.

– Galatians 2:20 (ERV)


For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.

– Zephaniah 3:17 (NLT)


– Photo by Susie Stewart


Love Obedience



what is your motive?


Don’t you know it’s impossible

to please God without faith?


Fruitless are the actions

of religious law-abiding


Righteousness is not righteousness

by adherence to the rules


Righteousness is imparted

to the humbled and surrendered


Jesus’ perfection

rubbing off on His children


The righteous live by faith,

not the flesh


Faithless obedience

is only religion





Live by faith

in the Son of God


and obey out of love

and true conviction


Obey out of love

and faith


– Susie Stewart


And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.

– Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)


What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity.

– Matthew 23:27 (NIV)


Jesus said to His disciples: If you love Me, you will do as I command.

– John 14:15 (CEV)


The test of the genuineness of our love for God’s family lies in this question—do we love God Himself and do we obey His commands? For loving God means obeying His commands, and these commands of His are not burdensome, for God’s “heredity” within us will always conquer the world outside us. In fact, this faith of ours is the only way in which the world has been conquered. For who could ever be said to conquer the world, in the true sense, except the man who really believes that Jesus is God’s Son?

– 1 John 5:204 (PHILLIPS)


Photo by Susie Stewart






Is Your Truth Relative To Your Culture?

Is your morality

a hodgepodge

of your own autonomous ideas?


Does your truth change?


Many people today

are picking and choosing

their own “truth”


They are like ships

tossed about

by the waves of societal trends


They embrace relativism

like trying to grasp an ever-moving object

in a culture going downhill


How confusing it must be

to choose your own truth


But you don’t have to!


God has laid the foundation

in His Word


He never changes

and His Words to us never change


Solid Truth



is what you feel

when your foundation for Truth is secure



You will never feel secure

when your finite and fallible brain

gets to decide


I stand on Biblical truth


– Susie Stewart


Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

– Hebrews 13:8 (NLT)


The grass withers, the flower fades; nothing lasts except the word of our God. It will stand forever.

– Isaiah 40:8 (VOICE)


What you say goes, God, and stays, as permanent as the heavens. Your truth never goes out of fashion; it’s as up-to-date as the earth when the sun comes up. Your Word and truth are dependable as ever; that’s what You ordered—You set the earth going. If Your revelation hadn’t delighted me so, I would have given up when the hard times came. But I’ll never forget the advice You gave me; You saved my life with those wise words. Save me! I’m all Yours. I look high and low for Your words of wisdom. The wicked lie in ambush to destroy me, but I’m only concerned with Your plans for me. I see the limits to everything human, but the horizons can’t contain Your commands!

– Psalm 119:89-96 (MSG)


Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your teachings are reliable.

– Psalm 119:142 (GW)


“My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”
by Edward Mote, 1797-1874
1. My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

2. When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

3. His oath, His covenant, and blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When every earthly prop gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

4. When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found,
Clothed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne!
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.


Photo by Susie Stewart

Truest Love



In this life

there will never be

a truer love


than Jesus’ love

for you


You may have an attentive sweetheart

You may not



Jesus is matchless

in the way He focuses


on your life

on your heart

on your ways


His love surpasses

all others


Vast beyond measure

Deep calling to deep



On purpose

Romancer of your spirit



the truest

of Loves


– Susie Stewart


Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.

– Psalm 36:5 (NLT)


God’s love is meteoric,
his loyalty astronomic,
His purpose titanic,
his verdicts oceanic.
Yet in his largeness
nothing gets lost;
Not a man, not a mouse,
slips through the cracks.

– Psalm 36:5,6 (MSG)


Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.

– Psalm 42:7 (NIV)


Photo by Susie Stewart


I’m So Sorry

I’m sorry, friend,

that you’ve felt the heavy weight

of an evangelical’s judgment


I’m sorry that Jesus’ followers

have made you feel less-than

and turned their backs on you


They’ve treated you rudely,

they’ve elevated themselves


and all you wanted to do

was run away from them


I’m sorry, friend,

that you were not welcomed

by the ones who accept God’s grace as their own


I’m sorry that when you entered church

you were made to feel excluded

from their sickeningly righteous club


I’m just so sorry…


As a follower of Christ

as an evangelical

as a Christian

let me say a collective “Please forgive us”


It’s not the way it’s supposed to be

It’s not what God would want


He would have reached out to you


to YOU!


and would have had harsh words

for the piously off-putting


those who are religiously clean on the outside

but dead and rotting on the inside


There was a time

when I didn’t get it either


I didn’t “get” grace


I was saved by it

but I didn’t get it


I looked down my nose at Christians and non

without even realizing I was doing it


I thought I needed to set everyone straight


But then Jesus lovingly and straightforwardly

showed me

my self-righteous hypocrisy


Realizing my attitude

I started to change through His Spirit


and to put thoughts of condemnation for others

out of my mind


replacing them

with Holy Spirit led love

for each and every one







I don’t want to point out

and think about

all the flaws people have


I just want to point them to Jesus

the One who will welcome them







I believe that when you start to understand grace

you realize that everyone is in the same boat


all of us need it

and need to be lifted out of our mess

by a gracious God


Judgment of another person

shows hardness of heart


an arrogance


The one who is forgiven

and saved by grace freely given


has no room

to look down

on a single soul


but should stand solidly on Truth

hold tightly to our relational God

and extend the love and grace

extended to him


Grace –






given to us

and extended through us


– Susie Stewart


**I am thankful to say that I am part of a church where people are welcomed and treated with grace.  I have, though, experienced churches where this was not the case.  And I don’t like hearing about people who are not used to going to church being treated badly by those in the church.


Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.

– Matthew 7:1-5 (MSG)


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.

– Ephesians 2:8,9 (NLT)


As He was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.

“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

They were trying to trap Him into saying something they could use against Him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with His finger. They kept demanding an answer, so He stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then He stooped down again and wrote in the dust.

When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”

1“No, Lord,” she said.

And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

– John 8:3-11 (NLT)


You’re hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You’re like manicured grave plots, grass clipped and the flowers bright, but six feet down it’s all rotting bones and worm-eaten flesh. People look at you and think you’re saints, but beneath the skin you’re total frauds.

– Matthew 23:27,28  (MSG)



This Man

How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your Word.

– Psalm 119:9 (ESV)


I knew a young man

who loved Jesus


He sought to ground his life

on biblical truth


He was unique from others,

different from those who followed the crowd


A young man to be respected

because of his integrity


So I married this young man


He wasn’t perfect

but was set apart







A man after God’s heart


Every morning I would find him

with his breakfast and his Bible


And when we had our first child

a son to call our own


I was grateful that my man was a man

my boy could be proud of


and was a support to the boys

who didn’t have that example


As our young boy grew to be a young man

I saw in him his father







Every morning he had seen his dad

breakfast and Bible before him


It made an impression


For that had been

and would continue to be

the foundation of my man’s day


The foundation of his life


Living according to God’s Word


How does a young man

and his dad keep their way pure?


By living according to God’s Word


– Susie Stewart


…do everything you can to present yourself to God as a man who is fully genuine, a worker unashamed of your mission, a guide capable of leading others along the correct path defined by the word of truth.

– 2 Timothy 2:15 (VOICE)














Photos by Todd Versaw, Bob Karraker, and Susie Stewart

Pride’s Barb

When it comes to pride

there are two sides

to the coin


One side

is arrogant




The other side

is self-depricating




BOTH are centered on SELF


And when it comes to God’s grace

freely given to all


Pride sets itself up

against it


You either think

you don’t need God

and rely on who you think you are


Or you see yourself

as a worthless failure

never able to approach Him


Both reject grace


missing the point of it



and walk away

from God’s extended hand.


This need not be


Grace draws in

those who would humble themselves


before God’s divine,

sacrificial love


Grace is free

but you must lay down your pride

and accept it


– Susie Stewart


Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].

– Hebrews 4:16 (AMP)


Now God has us where He wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all His idea, and all His work. All we do is trust Him enough to let Him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join Him in the work He does, the good work He has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.

– Ephesians 2:7-10 (MSG)


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)


And He gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

– James 4:6 (NLT)


Photo by Arik Stewart


My beautiful




Sometimes I long

to see Your face


and Your invisibility

appears as a barrier


between You and me


But it doesn’t have to be

that way


There really is

no barrier


Only Jesus,

as the Way


Invisible God

You see me


right through to my core



Invisible God,

you see the invisible people

among us


None escape Your sight


And while I still long

to see You,



It doesn’t need to be a barrier


For You have made a Way


Communication with You

Creation Divine and serene

Your Word powerful and life-changing

Relationships beautiful

Love overwhelming


Life abundant


They show me You,

my invisible God   ❤


– Susie Stewart


We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, He organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body.

– Colossians 1:15-18 (MSG)


We all live off His generous bounty,
gift after gift after gift.
We got the basics from Moses,
and then this exuberant giving and receiving,
This endless knowing and understanding—
all this came through Jesus, the Messiah.
No one has ever seen God,
not so much as a glimpse.
This one-of-a-kind God-Expression,
who exists at the very heart of the Father,
has made Him plain as day.

– John 1:16-18 (MSG)


But you may not look directly at My face, for no one may see Me and live.

– Exodus 33:20 (NLT)


Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

– 1 Timothy 1:17 (NIV)


No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and His love is brought to full expression in us.

– 1 John 4:12 (NLT)


For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

– Romans 1:20 (NLT)


Photo by Susie Stewart