11 Chocolate Analogy

No one earns the right to make chocolate taste good.  Our good deeds have no affect on how it tastes.  However, simply looking at chocolate and thinking about does not mean we get to taste it.  We could put it on our foreheads and still not taste it.  We could praise it and not taste it.  We could believe chocolate is wonderful and extol it to everyone we know and still not taste it.  We could sing to the chocolate, but not experience it.  When we put it in our mouths–then we taste it!

We don’t philosophize about chocolate.  We eat it!

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.  Psalm 34:8

We do not change God’s character by our deeds.  We do nothing to affect how much He loves us.  He loves us more than we can imagine.  His love is everlasting and unchanging, powerful and infinite.  His love for us sent Jesus to the cross–that is how much He loves us.  We do nothing to earn or affect His love.  One thing we can do is receive His love.  “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”

Allow yourself desire for the Lord.  Give yourself permission to want Him.  This requires trust.  He loves you.  Trust in Him.  You are the only one who can keep yourself from the Lord.  His arms are open wide for you, and He wants you.  “My lover is mine and I am his.” (Song of Songs 2:16)

Theologize no more about God.  Rather, eat!  This may sound crazy but listen.  Jesus said, “I am the living Bread that came down from heaven.  If anyone eats of this Bread, he will live forever.  This Bread is My Flesh which I will give for the life of the world.” (John 6:51)  How do we eat?  By faith, we receive Him.  Open your heart to Him.  Communion is one picture of eating.  Jesus said to eat His flesh and drink His blood.  There are others; check out the rest of Psalm 34.

In the meantime, take a bite of Jesus.  He wants you to taste Him.

Enjoying the taste,

Noah Woodrich

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

     Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; reflecting the light we have received                                    so that others can better see.  Prayers needed.

Outline:  https://livingwithperfectionism.wordpress.com/



10 Faith

A story from someone I know:  Bob had double pneumonia and congestive heart failure and was close to the point of death.  His family and friends, prayed earnestly for healing.  He had a dramatic turn around and recovery.  That was years ago, and he is still alive.  At the time, even though they are not supposed to say this, a doctor said that it was a miracle!

It takes faith to believe in miracles, even after they occur.  Our tendency in the West is to try to explain them away– we, as Christians, even try to give them a rational/naturalistic explanation.  Supernatural intervention does not make sense to us.  We need to believe that God does intervene in the natural world in order to accept the existence of miracles.

Whether healing occurs instantly or with time, we need faith in order to believe that God caused the healing.  He created our bodies to heal with time.  Since He is not limited to time, He can speed up the processes of healing.  Think of when you got prayer and the healing process accelerated.  This shows the grace of an active and living God.

Let the following verses speak to your heart regarding faith.

He (Abraham) is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed – the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.  Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”  Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead – since he was about a hundred years old – and that Sarah’s womb was also dead.  Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promisedRomans 4:17-21

We need to exercise faith in God, as well as trust in Him, to find healing from perfectionism.  In faith, we can receive the good things that God has for us.  Doubt, the opposite of faith, leads us away from God and deeper into perfectionism.  You do not need to have Abraham’s level of faith.  Jesus talked about having a “mustard seed” sized faith (Matthew 17:20).

Believing in Him with you,

Noah Woodrich

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

     Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; reflecting the light we have received                                    so that others can better see.  Prayers needed.

Outline:  https://livingwithperfectionism.wordpress.com/

PS  Later, I heard of another healing example on u tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmuRGaybmUs



9 Being Vulnerable with God

God wants our hearts.  If He has this, He has the rest of us.  He wants our every hope, dream and longing.  He wants every fear, pain and secret.  He wants to hear from us everything that is in our hearts.  He will redeem every aspect of our lives.  He can reshape us in His image.  He loves us and wants to make us His forever.

Will we let Him?  Will we be vulnerable to God?

This may seem scary.  It is!  God wants to change us.  We are far from perfect.  When we know Him we are in the process of becoming more like Him day by day.  We are constantly dying to our old selves and being renewed in our new selves.  This process can hurt, but it is good.

I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him…”Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in My hand.”  Jeremiah 18:3-4, 6

We tend to resist change. Our old self tries to reassert itself, even though it is dead. Our old self seeks to promote its agenda over and against God’s will for us.

Rather, God calls us to lay down our lives and seek His kingdom.  We like to hear about a God Who loves us.  When we focus on His love, we can forget about His holiness.  He is Love and He is holy which means He will not leave us ‘as is’.  We might think to ourselves, “He is love, after all; He should just accept us as is”.  We realize the error of this when we say it aloud, but rarely do we say this thought so directly.  The old self hides itself and subtly seeks to undermine God’s work in us. The old self hides because its discovery brings it into the light where God puts it to death with Christ on the cross (Romans 6). Our old self is holding on for dear life!

We can resist God or cooperate with Him in this process of change or sanctification.  We can hold tightly or let go of the old self.  In the matter of sanctification, “resistance is futile”.  We may as well let go.  We gave Him our hearts, and He is cleansing them.  He seeks the best for us, even if the best does not feel good at the time.

Let’s be vulnerable to Him.  This will lead to our ultimate joy and satisfaction.

Being molded by the hand of the Master Potter,

Noah Woodrich

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; reflecting the light we have received so that others can better see.  We have a dream & need support and prayers.

Outline:  https://livingwithperfectionism.wordpress.com/


6 The Gospel is Really True

Last time I talked about perfectionism which is living in denial, at least partially, of the fact that we sin.  We inherit this propensity to sin from Adam and Eve (Romans 5:12).  We sin, therefore, we are dead.  God is holy, pure and clean.  He cannot allow anything impure into His presence.  Yet, He still loves us.  He makes a way for us to come into His presence by Jesus’ redeeming blood which makes us holy, pure and clean.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life… But God demonstrates His own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners Christ died for us…In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace John 3:16,  Romans 5:8, Ephesians 1:7

Imagine actually believing that the Gospel is true.  Imagine not worrying about feeling guilty, not wondering if God really loves you or not even having to make any excuses.  Every time we sin, we simply asked for God’s forgiveness, and He forgives us.  Imagine living as if God has taken care of our every need.  We did not have to do anything to merit His blessings.  Imagine not worrying about what God thinks of you because you are living in His love.

We who believe in Jesus are rich.  We have our needs met for eternity!  The God of the universe has promised us His favor and blessing for time without end.  You have a retirement account that will never end!

God does not promise to instantly remove all our problems, but He does promise to be with us in the journey.  The Gospel really is true!

Trusting in His goodness for us who believe,

Noah Woodrich

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; reflecting the light we have received so that others can better see.  We have a dream & need support and prayers.

Outline:  https://livingwithperfectionism.wordpress.com/


5 Perfectionism

I love this thought from a reader:  “[Developing trust] come[s] down to abiding in Him and His love, that is the only way that trust is born… if He makes it alive in us and we abide in Him.”

Perfectionism afflicts many of us as we try to please God or make ourselves righteous by our own effort.  We find those efforts never succeed.  We try harder and harder but the goal gets higher and higher.  At each level we tell ourselves, “That’s not good enough”.  Quite frankly, our works are never good enough!  We cannot make ourselves righteous or pleasing to God.  Our righteousness is found in the blood of Jesus Christ, alone.  Jesus said, “No one is good, except God, alone.” (Luke 18:19)

I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.  I do not understand what I do.  For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. Romans 7:14-15

Yes, we are given a heart of flesh to replace the heart of stone (Ezekiel 36:26), and yet, we are continually beset by our sin nature!  We will not be totally free until Heaven.  In the meantime, our redeemed spirit is in battle with our flesh and vice versa.  We want to please God!  We want to live righteously, but we often fall short of the mark.

We are pulled into this struggle with our sin nature, thinking that we can somehow win – that we will someday find the final secret of how to overcome all our temptations and weaknesses.  This is self-deception.  Be deceived no more!  The final answer is Heaven!  Until then, Romans 7:14-15 still applies to us.

This may sound like bad news.  For those of us who have given ourselves over to perfectionism, we may absolutely hate the concept that we are not perfect.  However, the truth will win out.  What do you hear God telling you about your efforts to please Him?

Struggling with you,

Noah Woodrich

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; reflecting the light we have received so that others can better see.  We have a dream & need support and prayers.

Outline:  https://livingwithperfectionism.wordpress.com/


4 Holding Loosely

Previously, we discussed prayer.  We will eventually get to discussing perfectionism.  Before that, however, we will be discussing a key concept through which to filter the ideas to follow.  I call it “holding loosely”.

The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.  Job 1:21

Job “was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil”.  He was rich, he had it made, and he had ‘arrived’.  His life was ideal.  In an instant, it was all gone.  He learned through four messengers coming one right after another that his possessions, children, everything had been destroyed.   Bad news.

Job mourned and worshiped.  Then he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart.  The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised”.

Job held loosely.  He recognized he could not keep possessions or his children.  He mourned and he worshiped.  He chose to let go and went immediately to God.

Perhaps Job’s example is really too good, too grandiose for us to emulate.  If I had lost everything I had, I am not even sure that I would worship God so quickly!  Would I say, that same day, “May the name of the Lord be praised”?  Could I even say that in the next year?  We tend to hold on to things tightly!  Still, Job’s example gives us a picture from which to learn.

Holding loosely is about not finding life in things, people, or even ideas, but rather in God.  “Holding loosely” is about lifting everything we have up to God and allowing Him to decide what we keep and what we discard.  It is not as if we can stop Him, but rather we choose to cooperate with Him instead of resisting Him.  God knows what is best for us.  We need to believe He loves us and is trustworthy.  He does provide.  Matthew 6:33 gives another perspective on holding loosely, “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you, as well”.

I tend to grasp ideas as if they are mine. In reality, God gave me the ideas in the first place. I am learning to hold ideas loosely.  Finding others who are saying the same thing is humbling.  Yet it is necessary.

For instance, we saw a cloud and took the attached picture.  Brilliantly lit up, the cloud pointed north.

This giant pointing north captured our interested; Marguex Googled ‘go north’.  We found the following document from Gary and Lisa Heim who use the term “Going North” for what I call holding loosely.   It was astounding.  Here it is. http://www.truenorthministries.net/docs/true_north_summary.pdf

God truly is the gift Giver (James 1:17).  He is our source of life.

Noah Woodrich

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; reflecting the light we have received so that others can better see.  We have a dream & need support and prayers.

Outline:  https://livingwithperfectionism.wordpress.com/


3 Crying out to God

Regarding the first two posts, one person replied that writing prayers down in a journal, then later looking at which reminds him of his prayers and also of God’s answers.  He noted that God does not sometimes answer in way he wants.  Also, God’s answers can be “yes”, “no” and “wait”.  Another reader responded:  “We all are sitting in a GREAT place…Sitting in the quiet that we may hear the whisper of God.  He does speak and will speak more.”

Now let’s go to on the parable in which Jesus encourages his followers to “always pray and not give up”, He talks about the widow and the unjust judge.  He followed the parable with this:

Will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night?  Will He keep putting them off?  Luke 18:7

Crying out to God and telling Him exactly what we feel engages our hearts with His heart.  He wants this intimate relationship.  Intimacy (into-me-see) involves actively sharing our self with Him.  It also requires a deep trust in Him.  We need to hear His resounding “Yes, I do care about you.  I see and know every bit of you, even better than you know yourself.”  We need to decide to trust Him or not.  More to the point, we need to ask, “Is God real?”

However, we cannot manufacture trust by sheer will power.  If we are just unable to sense much of any trust in God, we need to focus on Him and His goodness.  Know that He is in control and for our GOOD.  We need to set aside our own issues (for a time) and think about God, Who He is and what He is like. Worship Him, read about Him, and fellowship with other Christians.  These things can help us learn to trust Him.

Psalm 34, especially verse 18 is a place to start, or you may have other favorite verses to focus on and be reminded of Who He is.

Crying out and trusting in His faithfulness with you,

Noah Woodrich

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; reflecting the light we have received so that others can better see.  We have a dream & need support and prayers.

Outline:  https://livingwithperfectionism.wordpress.com/


1 Being Still

I get letters and e-mails from many ministries. In my rush I do not read some and quickly scan others, all the time realizing that “busyness” wars against experiencing life with God. Life feels like a race from which I can’t run away.

Perhaps you are in a rush right now. Take a moment to slow down, relax, and meditate on this verse:

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations. Psalm 46:10

God will help us if we let Him. We put ourselves in the race everyday when we keep expecting more and more out of ourselves. God wants us to learn humble dependence on Him, trusting Him to take care of us. Part of the Good News is that we can stop our striving. God has our back! He will provide for us.

I have spent years writing a book. Having completed the first stage of writing the rough draft, I realize that I am far from done.  Since many people have expressed an interest in reading the book, I am hopeful that these ideas will benefit many, especially those healing from perfectionism, shame and performance. I feel called to write a blog to start sharing what God has been showing me (and us as a married couple).

With warm regards and hopes that you experience God’s presence in your stillness,

Noah Woodrich

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; reflecting the light we have received so that others can better see.  We have a dream & need support and prayers.

Outline:  https://livingwithperfectionism.wordpress.com/