Who’s In Charge Here?

Lord, You’ve been convicting me

and I’ve only had one ear open


But You’ve got my attention

this morning


What You require is hard

for me


In this relationship You and I have

I seem to knowingly

and unknowingly

try to take the lead


It can be so subtle

or it can be blatant


I say that I’m following YOU

and yet I seem to find myself

making the rules


You taking the lead

means bowing my will

my time

my desires

my selfishness


It means that I actually seek You first,

not my own lists


Oh, the never ending to-do lists…


It means pursuing my God,

my Love,

with determination


to see what You are saying

where You are leading


When to be silent

when to speak


When to act

when to stay still


Bowing my will


YOU are my perfect leader

in this relationship we have


A lot of the time I know when I’m following

and when I’m trying to lead


My control of Almighty God is a facade


Forgive me, God


Lead on


– Susie Stewart


We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God’s purpose prevails.

– Proverbs 19:21 (MSG)


For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Eternal, “plans for peace, not evil, to give you a future and hope—never forget that.

– Jeremiah 29:11 (VOICE)


I know, God, that mere mortals
    can’t run their own lives,
That men and women
    don’t have what it takes to take charge of life.
So correct us, God, as You see best.

– Jeremiah 10:23,24 (MSG)


Photo by Susie Stewart

I have a Complaint About Complaining


is worthless


Words reeking of self

and ungratefulness


Of no benefit

to those who hear



come out

and hang in the air stagnant








– they are needed when tempted

by dissatisfaction



is an outward expression

of a heart in need of joy


And joy is found in Jesus,

the One who should have had the most

to complain about


but didn’t


– Susie Stewart



Don’t let even one rotten word seep out of your mouths. Instead, offer only fresh words that build others up when they need it most. That way your good words will communicate grace to those who hear them.

– Ephesians 4:29 (VOICE)


Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.

– Philippians 2:14-16 (NLT)


Do everything readily and cheerfully—no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night so I’ll have good cause to be proud of you on the day that Christ returns. You’ll be living proof that I didn’t go to all this work for nothing.

– Philippians 2:14-16 (MSG)


Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

– James 1:2-4 (NIV)


Photo by Susie Stewart



Find Me True

For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him….

– 2 Chronicles 16:9 (NIV)


Every day we make



Too many to count



about how we spend our time

how we treat people

what we will eat


how we will respond,

or react


where we will go

what we will think about


Who or what we worship


And, Lord,

my deepest desire


is for You to find me faithful,

for You to see me

seeking You


and that the choices I make

are directed by You


Your eyes roam the earth

to find the faithful

the committed

the wise


and that’s who I want to be


one of the few

who seeks You wholeheartedly


and makes choices

in Your strength

and with Your wisdom


eyes on You

as You find me true


– Susie Stewart


God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.

– Psalm 53:2 (NIV)


God has looked down from heaven upon the children of men To see if there is anyone who understands, Who seeks after God [who requires Him, who longs for Him as essential to life].

– Psalm 53:2 (AMP) 


God sticks His head out of heaven. He looks around. He’s looking for someone not stupid— one man, even, God-expectant, just one God-ready woman.

– Psalm 53:2 (MSG)


From heaven the True God examines the earth to see if any understand the big picture, if any seek to know the True God.

– Psalm 53:2 (VOICE)



Photo by Susie Stewart

A Free Prisoner

I am

Your prisoner, Lord


and what a freedom I have found

in this captivity!


Captivated by Your Love

and surrendered to Your will


I am free

when I bow myself

to You



and completely


My heart

My life

My marriage

My posessions

My family

My future




I am Your prisoner, Lord




I am Yours


– Susie Stewart


For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles…

– Ephesians 3:1 (NIV)


This Lord is the Spirit. Wherever the Lord’s Spirit is, there is freedom.

– 2 Corinthians 3:17 (GW)


Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face! They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.

– 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (MSG)


He went on a little farther and fell to the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting Him might pass Him by. “Abba, Father,” He cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from Me. Yet I want Your will to be done, not Mine.”

– Mark 14:35-36 (NLT)


It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

– Galatians 5:1 (NIV)


Photo by Susie Stewart





Death Underfoot

You walked right out!


Out of that dark





You were laid there

by those who thought you were gone for good


but Joseph’s tomb

was only borrowed


You rolled the heavy stone away,

it could not keep You from us


And You walked right out!


You conquered

You defeated

You smashed




Sin’s curse

Death’s grip

Oppression’s hold


are finished



walked right out

of darkness


My Savior is alive!


– Susie Stewart


For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was His plan from before the beginning of time—to show us His grace through Christ Jesus. And now He has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News.

– 2 Timothy 1:9,10 (NLT)


Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could He die, and only by dying could He break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could He set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.

– Hebrews 2:14,15 (NLT)


When I saw Him, I fell at is feet as if I were dead. But He laid His right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. I am the living One. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.”

– Revelation 1:17,18 (NLT)


God promised this Good News long ago through His prophets in the holy Scriptures. The Good News is about His Son. In His earthly life He was born into King David’s family line, and He was shown to be the Son of God when He was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.

– Romans 1:2-4 (NLT) 

Divine Silence



Deafening silence


And your heart is heavy

and grief-striken


How can one hope

in such circumstances?


When God is silent?


He left

and despair is overwhelming


But fight your despair,


for even when there is death,

there is hope


for the true follower

of Jesus


All may be silent

for a time


But dawn will come



And you will see

that what was dead


will be alive!


So in this place

of silence and mourning,




The end of the story

has not yet come


And our Divine Jesus

will not remain silent


– Susie Stewart


Late in the afternoon a wealthy man from Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus, arrived. His name was Joseph. He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Pilate granted his request. Joseph took the body and wrapped it in clean linens, put it in his own tomb, a new tomb only recently cut into the rock, and rolled a large stone across the entrance. Then he went off. But Mary Magdalene and the other Mary stayed, sitting in plain view of the tomb.

After sundown, the high priests and Pharisees arranged a meeting with Pilate. They said, “Sir, we just remembered that that liar announced while He was still alive, ‘After three days I will be raised.’ We’ve got to get that tomb sealed until the third day. There’s a good chance His disciples will come and steal the corpse and then go around saying, ‘He’s risen from the dead.’ Then we’ll be worse off than before, the final deceit surpassing the first.”

Pilate told them, “You will have a guard. Go ahead and secure it the best you can.” So they went out and secured the tomb, sealing the stone and posting guards.

– Matthew 27:57-66 (MSG)


Even in the unending shadows of death’s darkness, I am not overcome by fear. Because You are with me in those dark moments, near with Your protection and guidance, I am comforted.

– Psalm 23:4 (VOICE)


Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up. Expect God to get here soon.

– Psalm 31:24 (MSG)


You descended into darkness

for Me




You were covered in it


Light of the World,

You chose the dark


of torture

of death

of condemnation

of sin


of the tomb


for me


And if You hadn’t,

I would be floundering and suffering


in darkness



and alone


So thank You,

sweet Savior


for clothing Yourself in darkness

so I could be clothed in Your Light


– Susie Stewart


Then Pilate took Jesus and had Him flogged.  The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head. They clothed Him in a purple robe and went up to Him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped Him in the face.

Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews gathered there, “Look, I am bringing Him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against Him.”  When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”

As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw Him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!”

But Pilate answered, “You take Him and crucify Him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against Him.”

The Jewish leaders insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law He must die, because He claimed to be the Son of God.”

When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”

Jesus answered, “You would have no power over Me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed Me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”

From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jewish leaders kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.”

When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha).  It was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about noon.

“Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews.

But they shouted, “Take Him away! Take Him away! Crucify Him!”

“Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked.

“We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered.

Finally Pilate handed Him over to them to be crucified.
So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying His own cross, He went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified Him, and with Him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: Jesus of nazareth, the king of the jews. Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.”

Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took His clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

“Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.”

This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said,

“They divided My clothes among them
and cast lots for My garment.”
So this is what the soldiers did.

Near the cross of Jesus stood His mother, His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw His mother there, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When He had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, He bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,” and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the One they have pierced.”
Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

– John 19:19 (NIV)


God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

– 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)


“No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again.”

– John 10:18 (NLT)


As I watched the vision unfold, thrones were set in place, And the Ancient of Days took His throne above all. His clothes were the purest white, as white as snow, and the hair of His head was like the finest wool. His throne was a flaming fire, set on wheels that blazed like the sun.

– Daniel 7:9 (VOICE)



What’s your story

of His grace

in your life?



I’d love to hear it


What’s your story

of His love?


What’s your story

of His mercy toward you?


What’s your story

of His hope?


I would love to hear it all


And I want to encourage you,

my brother,

my sister,


to share that story


For you are called

to speak as a WITNESS

for your Savior



is what people need to hear


You are not asked

to bear witness

to complicated theological facts


but to the difference

our great

and gracious God

has made in your life


And people are dying to hear it….


So let it flow


just as you would speak with joy

about the people you love


For there has been no greater LOVE

than the story of the One

who laid down His life

for you


– Susie Stewart


Here’s the knowledge you need: you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. And you will be My witnesses, first here in Jerusalem, then beyond to Judea and Samaria, and finally to the farthest places on earth.

– Acts 1:8 (VOICE)


Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts;
let them proclaim Your power.
I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor
and your wonderful miracles.
Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue;
I will proclaim Your greatness.
Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness;
they will sing with joy about Your righteousness.

– Psalm 145:407 (NLT)


I will tell everyone about Your righteousness.
All day long I will proclaim Your saving power,
though I am not skilled with words.

– Psalm 71:15 (NLT)


Photo by Amy O’Neil


Heart <3

Into your heart

you accepted your God


and with your heart

you hear His voice


His words are digested

with your heart


and He asks that you love Him

with all of your heart


You love people as He does

with your heart


and you walk in step with Him

with your heart


Religosity walks only

by intellect


But God calls us close


He searches intently

to see if your heart


is lit up

with Him


– Susie Stewart



Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

– Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)


Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to Him,
and He will make your paths straight.

– Proverbs 3:5,6 (NIV)


Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.

Psalm 51:10 (NLT)



His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

– Philippians 4:7 (NLT)


I’m thanking you, God, from a full heart, I’m writing the book on your wonders. I’m whistling, laughing, and jumping for joy; I’m singing Your song, High God.

– Psalm 9:1,2 (MSG)


Photo by Susie Stewart


I Don’t Want To Miss It


Let me not miss

Your heart

for my day


Quicken my spirit

to Your Spirit



Let me not

be distracted

from Your purposes


from adoration of You


Let me see people

the way You see them


and let me not

put distractions

over love


Let me not

miss Your heart

for today


– Susie Stewart


And hope will never fail to satisfy our deepest need because the Holy Spirit that was given to us has flooded our hearts with God’s love.

– Romans 5:5 (VOICE)


Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

– Ephesians 5:1,2 (NIV)


Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. It’s a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ.

Wake up from your sleep,
Climb out of your coffins;
Christ will show you the light!
So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times!

Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants.

– Ephesians 5:15-17 (MSG)


Photo by Susie Stewart