You were pushed to your breaking point,

weren’t you?


It was just too much to take

and you had to give in


to temptation


No one could withstand

that much temptation


….except they could


Except YOU could…


God is faithful to you

and He will not let you


be tempted


beyond what you can bear


And if God is the One

Who causes you to bear it


then you don’t need to fail


His faithfulness

gives you what you need


and there is no excuse that stands

against His promise


Take your rightful position


against temptation


– Susie Stewart


No temptation [regardless of its source] has overtaken or enticed you that is not common to human experience [nor is any temptation unusual or beyond human resistance]; but God is faithful [to His word—He is compassionate and trustworthy], and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability [to resist], but along with the temptation He [has in the past and is now and] will [always] provide the way out as well, so that you will be able to endure it [without yielding, and will overcome temptation with joy].

– 1 Corinthians 10:13 (AMP)


So let God work His will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and He’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.

– James 4:6-8 (MSG)


Because Jesus experienced temptation when He suffered, He is able to help others when they are tempted.

– Hebrews 2:18 (GW)


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

Chocolate Truffles & Bacon

Chocolate truffles and bacon


That’s all it took


for me to fall into the ditch

from my higher road


Resolved to eat better,

I was on my way


less sweets

less carbs

more exercise


The usual song and dance

for many a New Year enthusiast


only 13 days in…


But it had been a rough day

and I really wanted to eat bacon

and I really wanted to eat truffles


and I jumped in

with both feet


Not just a little


but a lot


and man it tasted good!



the after…


the feeling crummy

the regret

the guilt

the sigh


Isn’t it that way with sin?


Without vigilance

we can find ourselves

up to our necks in it


Sin can be so tasty


But there is always the after


and in Jesus

we are free from those chains!


Sin reigns no more in us

because of Christ!


So when we choose to sin

it’s like bacon and chocolate truffles


It is blatant


it’s because we haven’t taken up our armor


Something is slipping


and I have left myself exposed

without a piece of my armor


Flesh exposed


And I’m not just talking

about the supposed “biggies” of sin


How often do we know

the Holy Spirit is pricking our hearts

when we start to speak gossip about another?


And we know we should stop

but we’ve already started

so we jump in deeper

because we’re already there


Run from sin’s snare!


Christ will fight for us

We need to surrender to Him


Don’t be burdened with slavery

free Warrior


– Susie Stewart



Version 2


The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

– Exodus 14:14 (NIV)


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)


Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.  For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.  Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.  For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.  In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.  Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

– Ephesians 6:10-18 (NLT)


Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.

– Romans 6:12-14 (NLT)




Photos taken by Susie Stewart and Arik Stewart