Today’s Truth

Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.’

John 14:23

Friend to Friend

There is a feature on my cell phone that allows me to decline an incoming call. There are a thousand reasons why I might choose to hit the “decline” button when my phone rings. Sometimes I’m writing and have a deadline to make. Decline. Sometimes a call comes in when I’m mid-conversation with a friend or when I’m connecting with my family. Decline. At times, true confessions here, I decline a call simply because I don’t have the energy or desire to talk to the person who’s calling me at that moment. (Don’t even judge me. You do it too.)

Similarly, there are times in my life when I try to ignore the promptings of the Holy Spirit as if I were declining a cell phone call. Times when I just don’t feel like doing what I know God wants me to do. Times when I don’t want to hear the still small voice that whispers to my soul: “forgive him” – “release your anger” – “humble yourself and ask for forgiveness” or “focus on my plan for you … not on my plan for another person.”

One such time took place several years ago in Tennessee. It was after the final session of a three-day ministry event. I was focused and fervent, determined to head home to my husband and three children as quickly as possible. I busied myself wrapping microphone cords, loading products from my resource table, and prepping to leave. While I was mid-busy, a friendly thirty-something woman came up to me with her friend. I was courteous to them, but in a “see-you-later, girlfriend” kind of way.

Not getting my subtle clues, this woman inquired excitedly about the book I was in the middle of writing. I lifted my head with surprise as she announced, “I can’t wait to read your book! Your enthusiasm for the Lord is so contagious, and I just know you have an amazing testimony!”

Then she and her friend stood there expectantly. Decline.

Okay, feel my pain here. It was day three of a three-day event! I was exhausted. I was done. Yet this woman and her friend wanted to hear my testimony. So, I did what any normal fleshy woman would do. I told God, Not now, Lord. I’m going home. I’ve done what I came to do and now I’m going home to my family. I’m tired, slightly grumpy, definitely hungry, and done. I can’t tell these girls about my abortion right now! Nope. Not going to go there. Please don’t ask me to!

So I looked up at these two sweet women and, with a forced smile, said, “Yeah, I’ve got a doozy of a story, but don’t we all? Thank God for grace.”

There! Now they should leave me alone, I thought.

But God kept nudging my heart. Tell them, Gwen.

Before I had a chance to continue my dialog with the Lord, another couple of women came to join our conversation. I was so not amused.

God, are You kidding me? We are done here!

But He kept nudging.

So I finally conceded and shared my testimony with the six women who had gathered to speak to me. Within minutes, two of the six were crying. They’d had abortions as well and for years had lived under the weight of shame. We instantly became a bonded band of blubbering sisters. The story of my redemption from brokenness and the beauty of healing I found in Christ had become a tool in the hands of God that afternoon.

What had once been a wound became a weapon… but only because I accepted the call. (Even if it did take me a while to concede.)

Jesus told his disciples that if they loved Him, they would obey His commands and His teachings (John 14:15-27). A simple if-then statement. If you love me, then you will obey. He also told them that when He returned to the Father in heaven, He would send the Holy Spirit to teach, to guide in truth, to convict of sin and to remind believers of what Jesus taught (John 16:7-14). To help us. To empower us.

The Spirit of God lives within every Christ follower. He equips us for each task as we yield to His leading. When God prompts us to do something on His behalf, He is faithful to lead the way and to bless our obedience – for His own glory. It’s all about His glory. He simply wants our willingness and our obedience.

Friend, God’s plans need to be our plans … even if His plans seem to “interrupt” our plans. Let’s be women who accept His call. Are you willing today?

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, Please forgive me for the times when I’ve chosen my plan over Your plan. Align my will and heart to Yours. Help me to express my love for You by obeying your Word and by responding to the promptings of Your Spirit so that You can be glorified in and through me.

In Jesus’ Name,


Now It’s Your Turn
Is there something God is calling you to do today? Are you withholding forgiveness from someone? Are you aware of a need that God wants you to meet? Does He want you end a toxic relationship? Spend a few minutes in prayer about this.

God calls each of us to be witnesses of His hope. Right before He ascended into heaven, Jesus said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8, emphasis added.) That call—that commission—will look different for each of us.

Friend, what does this look like for you today? Let’s talk about it and pray for each other on my blog. Leave a comment, prayer need, or thought on my wall and let’s take this discussion deeper.

More from the Girlfriends

Portions of today’s devotion are excerpts from Gwen’s book, Broken Into Beautiful, which features her testimony, along with Scriptural truths and stories of how God brings restoration to the hearts of those wounded by painful life experiences. Explore God’s healing and hope for your life today as you read Broken Into Beautiful. To order the book, go to Amazon, your favorite Christian bookstore, or for a signed copy, order from Gwen’s web store.

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10 Responses to “Why Your Redemption Story Isn’t Yours”

  1. Shimere says:

    I love the transparency and honesty of all the GiG daily excerpts. It’s what attracted me to join and read everyday or cram two or three in a day when I need to catch up. Gwen this is awesome and being part flesh we’ve all felt this and have done this or will. Thank God for his grace and mercy and knowing us so well to push us beyond our flesh for his glory

    • Lisa says:

      I have read many of your daily emails. I am struggling with many demons at the moment and I feel so lost and alone. I suffer from chronic mental illness and I fight for my life everyday for my husband and children but lately I’ve been losing that battle. It’s created a place inside my head where the devil has taken over and moved in. Gods voice is lost in the chronic mocking of the devil’s screams. Please say a prayer for myself and my family so that healing can take place over the devils scars.

  2. kathi says:

    Obeying Him at 65 and 59 years of “Salvation.” Probably have 30 years of ministry left in me. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak at times…. I choose to obey, Lord. Your Grace IS sufficient….

  3. Michelle says:

    Ok, girlfriends (I really feel in this wireless abyss we have a kindred spirit), the devo reminded me of something we all know. Gwen reminded me that so often we hear the Spirit of the Lord in our lives, but we cover our spiritual ears and sing “LA-la-la-la, I don’t hear you, God”
    There is that one person who grates on my nerves. I cringe when my husband speaks his name. My loving husband is a much better person than I am, because he sees him differently than I do. He has PTSD and some apparent minor mental issues. In my view, I just see a rude, crass person. However, I am learning to see him as just another man that God loves. The Holy Spirit is always working in my life to make me more like him. Thank you!

  4. Kathy M says:

    Thank you for sharing this today. My problem is usually fear. Often when God asks me to do something or say something to another person I have a physical reaction. My heart starts beating more quickly, I have a hot flash and I start shaking. I am learning to work through the fear. It is a process. Thank you for sharing your heart ❤️

  5. Kimberly S says:

    Just like a cup of coffee – daily devotions from GiG are an essential start to my day. I enjoy the quiet time to read, reflect, and pray. My husband and I belong to a ministry in which we are sometimes questioned – and challenged by people who do not believe in God’s word and His love. I have learned to be brave in my faith and feel compelled to tell my own story. I may not change someone’s opinion however I can perhaps plant a tiny seed. And considering what is happening in our world right now – we need God’s direction more than ever. Thank you for your ministry and the work that you do!

  6. Beckie says:


    Thanks for the reminder to obey the Lord’s command even at “inconvenient” moments. God is awesome! At inconvenient moments, one person or more can receive New Life in Jesus or life encouragement when we open our mouth to speak or send a text message or post to a website. I’ve been going through uneasy times these past five months due to my mom’s illness and recuperation. Today, God showed me that regardless how how tired or unfit I may feel, I can still be a blessing by speaking of His Faithfulness.

    A few years ago, a friend forwarded a devotional from Girlfriends In God, but only recently did I sunscribe to receive your emails. Keep up the good work!

    Thanks for speaking, thanks for writing even during those “inconvenient” moments!

    God bless you!!!

  7. ana says:

    Thank you for the transparency in your post. .

  8. Mandy says:

    Thank you Gwen, for this personal and powerful devotion.

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