All My Wealth is in The Cross

For me, finances lately have been tight.  I find myself having to take on a job after not working for four years since my retirement.  Ugh. I am not able right now to give as I love to do.  I have been disappointed in myself and have felt that the Lord is disappointed with me also.  Just at the right time, my pastor spoke on  2 Corinthians 9: 6-15 which says that each one must give as he has decided in his heart to give.  Well, initially this confirmed my guilty feelings.  But, wait!! He went on to say that these verses are not about money.  The word heart here means understanding grace.  The Lord doesn't care about how much money I make....He cares about my heart and understanding the grace He has blessed me with. Instead of feeling guilty, I need to be thanking that He has given me a job, for however long I need it, to make ends meet.  Where is the guilt coming from? Certainly not from the Lord.  Jesus wants me to understand that my wealth does not come from money, but in fully understanding that all my wealth is in the Cross.  Amen to that!!!

~ Susan B.

Real Joy

A friend recently asked me if I thought I had lost my joy, I guess because life has been difficult for me for awhile.  I thought about it and replied "no, not my joy but perhaps a bit of my happiness".  You see, happiness depends on my circumstances, joy depends on my relationship with Jesus Christ. I recently read an article in Just Between Us magazine. It spoke of kickstarting one's joy. I Thessalonians 5: 16-18 states to rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances because this is God's will for us in Jesus Christ.

So, I made a conscience decision to do this.  I sing out loud, listen to the Bible on my Wonder Bible, tell others about what God is doing in my life, and journal about what He has done in my life in the past, His goodness, grace and faithfulness.  I marvel at His timing, making this article available  to me at just the right time, with its awesome suggestions. Is God real? Yes, He is. Does He care about our joy? Yes, He does. Happiness is fleeting, joy is not if we put our trust in Jesus Christ.

Susan B.


In this ever-changing world, it is difficult to put one's trust in anything. In my opinion, our society has become one of entitlement, selfishness, and "me first".  How did we get to where we are? I have seen the changes come slowly, as our family structures have broken down, greed has taken over, and road rage is prevalent because "my stuff" is more important than yours. How sad. How it must grieve the heart of God.  For those of us who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, He has called us to something different. We are to exhibit the love of Christ, reach out to those who don't know Him, show grace and forgiveness, and most of all, put our total trust in the One who has shown reckless love in pursuing us.  Malachi 3:6 says, "For I the Lord do not change".  Even though the world around us is changing, we can rest and trust in the fact that He never does. How wonderful!

Susan B.


Each new year brings with it, for me, a time of self-evaluation and goal setting.  As I have evaluated last year, I find I am not happy with some areas.  One such area is my spiritual growth and walk with Jesus.  I have found myself trying to fool my closest friends, loved ones, myself and Jesus.  How silly, trying to fool Jesus.  I imagine Him looking at me and saying, "now Susan, what are you doing?"  This year I have been broken and sometimes briefly lost my hope and joy.  Life brings hardships and challenges.  How we face these makes all the difference between a life of anger, resentment, weariness, fear, or thankfulness, joy and a realization that Jesus is in control and nothing touches me except those things that have passed through His nail-scarred hands.  Jesus can fix the messes I find I am in.  I learned a long time ago that I don't need a voice of thunder for me to believe He is there.  My goal for this year is to come to a more complete vision of Jesus, who He is and what He has in store for me.  Quite the challenge, right?  To accomplish this means, for me, to surrender to Him, asking for help, and marvel at His faithfulness. I am looking forward to this, knowing that all I need is Jesus.  

Susan B.

The Fight

My dad loved watching boxing.  Me? Guess I never saw the benefit of beating up another person.  However, now that I box with my trainer, I love it.  I can use my boxing gloves for a useful purpose, getting out aggression towards life challenges.  As I write this, I am listening to a song that states we must fight for ourselves and each other.  What does this mean?  How about wearing our boxing gloves (mine are pink for breast cancer) and fighting the battle?  For ourselves.  For others.  For violence. For God's forgiveness for our nation's sin. For mine and your sin.  Whoever said life would be easy?  Certainly not Jesus.  He promises to be right alongside us during the trials and tribulations brought our way. He does not promise life will be easy.  So, put on your boxing gloves and get ready for life!  ~ Susan B.

The Dark Side of the Moon

The other night, walking to my apartment in the darkness of the night, I could actually see where I was walking.  Didn't give it much thought until I looked up and saw the moon.  What a beautiful sight it was.  I could see the outline of it, part dark and part so bright that it lit my path.  It brought tears to my eyes and spoke to me of my present life situation, darkness and light.  So much of it right now is in the dark.  However, there are glimpses of light showing me that the path I am walking will lead me on the way.  

"Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.  For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise".(Hebrews 10: 35-36)

I need to fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of my faith. When my burdens are heavy and don't understand life situations, I need to run the race before me with perseverance, seeing the dark side but knowing there is light there too.  

Here We Stand

Have you ever thought you missed an opportunity to share Jesus with someone because of your fear and insecurity?  I know I have.  The fear of rejection or judgment from others as being "fanatical" overrode what I knew the Holy Spirit was telling me what to do.  I guess I have grown tired of asking the Lord for forgiveness for this and asking Him to give me either another opportunity to speak to them or to send someone else to cover it.  I have seen Him do both.  What happens to me in these situations?  I end up ashamed of myself for a missed opportunity. Now I try, working through the initial wanting to run, to be bold, keeping my eyes and ears open for opportunities around me.

I have been reminded once again to speak life with boldness, truth and compassion, being gentle, respectful and loving.

Romans 1:16 says, "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes". 

Speak we stand!!

Susan B.


Sola - The foundation Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone) - The Bible is God's Word and the final authority for belief and practice. 

Sola Gratia - The central message of the Bible is all about the love, grace and mercy of Jesus.

Sola Fide - Salvation is received only through faith, which is itself the gift of God.       

Pastor Rob Mrosko, sermon Salvation.  

What a concept.  One that boggles my mind.  How can a holy, just God offer this to me?  I don't claim to understand and I believe I never will.  I just know it's true because God says it is in Scripture.  Ok.  So how do I get there?  Through faith ALONE.  Do I just want to get there?  For me, the answer is NO.  I want to give my all in service and faithfulness to what I know is the truth.  I don't want to just run the race, I want to run the race for the prize.    (I Corinthians 9:24)

By Susan B.

Inside Out

It it is the unseen and the spiritual in people that determines the outward and actual. ~           Oswald Chambers

The other day someone told me that she wished everyone was like me.  Her friend agreed.  I was shocked.  I'm not exactly sure who they know, but I surely felt it wasn't me.  After all, I know myself and often times feel like my witness, the words I speak and my expressions toward others is less than perfect or desired by the Lord. I thanked them for their kind words and walked away.  Oh oh....immediate conviction.  I had forgotten to give credit where credit was due.  I returned to them and said that I could not leave without telling them who they were seeing, who was Jesus Christ in me.  Much to my surprise, it was well received.  Their comment?  Keep it up, it shows.  I am so thankful Jesus Christ dwells in me and that people are drawn to what's inside of me and not my outward actions.  ~ Susan B.


Humbled Before You

When my hands, soul and heart are tired of trusting those who let me down, Jesus I give You everything. When I see what a hypocrite I am, how lost I feel, and I fail to go in the direction You have called me to, please bring me down to where I need to Your feet.   Take all my passion for things and all my lies about who I think I am because I never knew what freedom was until you rescued me from the prison I was in. I'll keep on because without You there is no rhythm or reason to life. ~ Susan B.