Ruined + Link Up

I’m ruined are you? Ruined for Jesus, that is. My life is centered around living ruined. I was introduced to this idea at a workshop lead by author Rick Lawerence.  To be ruined for Jesus means we spend time chasing after Him and the desires He has for us. It means choosing to sacrifice money and living with more time for relationships than “stuff”. It means pursuing His goals, giving up careers when He calls. It means leaving family and friends when He says this way.


To live like this looks crazy, seems crazy, but I can’t do anything else. Jesus has sought me and won me, so nothing else tastes as sweet. I know I’m not alone, I know the disciples were ruined and I’m certain their friends found them a little nuts!

Everyone’s ruined looks different lived out. I think of a boy from Africa I heard about. When he decided to live for Jesus he packed a bag and left his life, village, family everything because he was no longer accepted. I know I’m so blessed to live in the bible belt and to live out loud for Jesus looks less crazy than in some places of the world.

Yet I still am thought to be “out there” I’m sure. I left a business in hopes of serving in vocal ministry. When the door to ministry slammed closed I was confused to say the least. Then in my Jesus focused line of vision I caught a glimpse of wait – I’m not finished – wait I have something better for you. I’m still waiting as glimpses are still being revealed but the Lord is so good I know He is higher, He is planning the perfect path for me.


Me, Coffee and Jesus

Part of living ruined for Jesus is listening to His voice. Not ours or of the enemy, but His, the one of Truth. I find this the hardest part even as I type this the voice of ugly is whispering, talking loudly, screaming, yeah that’s the word. Screaming all the ugly I’ve done, created, the messes I’ve been apart of. How could I be successful in any type of vocal ministry?


This voice tells me people already have certain opinions of me, based on speculation, although I know and my close circle know the truth, it doesn’t speak as loud as the speculation. This voice shows me other women who are far more qualified to teach and share the gospel. Lets me know that I have no degree to back up my calling. I don’t say any of this so you feels sorry for me or offer me words of praise. I say all of this to point it back to Jesus. I have always been a people pleaser, it’s part of who I am. I believe the Lord is using this as a thorn in my side.

Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:7-8 talks about being given a thorn to prevent him from becoming proud. He asked the Lord to remove it on multiple occasions.  But the Lord’s response comes in verse 8.


“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”

Me, Coffee and Jesus

This is my thorn in this season of life. I trust Him, so I will continue placing one foot in front of the next because it’s not my strength, it is His. Because I promise even with all my strength, on the best hair day with my power outfit on do I have enough strength to live Jesus out loud. My strength finds frustration with my children, grumps with my spouse, no time to spend with the Lord. My strength only leads to hot messes! His strength looks like following Him when chaos reins, kindness in response to children driving me to the brink, smiles at the husband who likes to pick on me in fun. His strength looks like finding time to spend with Him in the everyday.


featured on #wordswithwinter link up


Be sure to check out Rebecca at Mary and Martha’s House as this weeks featured blogger. She shared the importance of making the most out of each of our days in honor of her cousins passing.


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  1. Living a life centered on God always looks different- so crazy and filled with hope for the unseen. Thanks for hosting!

  2. I feel like you, ruined for Jesus. thanks for sharing.

  3. Thank you so much for the feature. I have enjoyed your Link Up and all the great bloggers and post here sooo much. It is great to read all the encouraging and uplifting posts. With all the bad news that we are bombarded with everyday it is so uplifting to read things that turn our thoughts to look up higher. I appreciate you hosting this Link Up to allow all of us to get together !!! Blessings.

  4. Ruined for Jesus. And nothing else will compare to His Truth in my life! Keeping our eyes on Him is like keeping the light on in the darkness! You are so right in this!

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. I hear ya on this one! Knowing Jesus has wrecked me and redeemed me in the best of ways. Thanks for hosting!

  6. Winter,
    Such great scripture verses, and a good reminder that He is all we need to witness the miracles in this life.
    Blessings to you!

  7. We all look a little crazy sometimes racing after the Lord. I’m glad you’re right there racing beside me 🙂 .

  8. Hello, Winter. This is my first time visiting your blog and so glad I ended up here. I have goosebumps reading this post because it mirrors what I wrote about today– especially the first paragraph of your post. I love this concept of being “ruined by Jesus”. Simply love it and what it means.

  9. I really relate to Paul’s words about being foolish for Christ. Following Him so often does not make sense. It’s sometimes embarrassing, often uncomfortable. But I can’t imagine anything else.

    Thanks for being another woman ruined for Jesus. I appreciate the sisterhood of your words.

  10. Great post! I’m your neighbor today at #TellHisStory.

    I’ve never heard it put quite that way but now I’m glad to be ruined for Jesus! Thanks for sharing some great truth here!


  11. Thanks Winter for sharing such inspiration and for hosting the link up. I love hearing from you and from the community you have here.


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  12. Winter, your words point a way to the “lies” I tend to believe about myself when I know they are not true. I am also “ruined” and would not change that for anything. ANYTHING!!! Jesus knows my faults and we…WE…are working on and through them to be His reflection to this world. It is hard to be that when I fall prey to the devil. He is a liar and that is all there is to that!!
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

  13. Thanks for sharing,encouraging and hosting! I’m visiting you from Woman 2 Woman.


  14. What a free way to live. I’m working on that, but not there yet. God will keep bringing me along. Linking with you at Coffee For Your Heart.

  15. Yep – Jesus wrecked my life, in the best kind of way. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this at #ThreeWordWednesday.

  16. Hi Winter, I found your blog and link-up on the ‘Blessings Counter’ link-up. I’ve added your site to my link-up page and have linked up! Thanks so much for the opportunity. : )

  17. I’m ruined too – in the best way possible, by Christ. And YES – we feel our inadequacies, but what He has called us to do we must follow and stay the course, because he’s not only working in us for others, He is working in us for Him. Good words you’ve shared.
    Thanks for sharing on Dance with Jesus link up today!

  18. Debbie @ Bible Fun For Kids says:

    Thanks so much for hosting!

  19. I love this thank you for sharing. I too am ruined.

  20. Winter,

    I just found you through Coffee for Your Heart and am so glad I did! There is no better way than to be ruined for Jesus!!! Love this post and your blog!

    Thank you, also, for hosting this link-up!

    Blessings and smiles,

  21. Loved “Ruined”! Such a great reminder that it’s ok to ruined:) I really enjoyed this post..keep them coming!


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