"What came to me was - I am having a spiritual and emotional makeover. The Holy Spirit is my "life coach". I have had attitudes, actions and thoughts transformed. I have had, and am having, new interests introduced into my life, or former interests restored in a new way. I cannot change myself in my own power, strength and ability. I can only lean on God; submit myself to God; trust in God and obey God. Then God will change me; God has been changing me. This work is in areas that had deep-rooted strongholds; areas that were holdouts - not submitted or surrendered to God, but rather under my control. In reality these areas had control of me or direct influence. The major area that God has been working on is self-reliance. I cannot rely on myself any longer. I am totally dependent upon God. I know that I am also reaping the benefits - a closer walk with God; better relationships with others; a deeper satisfaction in who I am."
"Some things God impressed upon me:
- I am not to identify my life by negatives; who I am not, but rather who I am in Christ.
- I am not to look at external, temporary placements, but rather where I am already eternally - seated with Christ in the heavenlies.
- I am content because I am found in Jesus, not having my own righteousness, but having the righteousness of Christ.
- I am not to look to others for their approval, but rather I am to look unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of my faith."