He Can Do Far More Abundantly

He Can Do Far More Abundantly

Have you ever been overwhelmed? To the point where you felt paralyzed and you didn’t know what to do next? Are you going through something like that right now perhaps? Is your anxiety increasing? Keep reading…

The other day this happened to me. With what felt literally like a million things to do quickly overwhelmed me, I could tell my body and mind was shutting down, and things were starting to get really bad.

I kept replaying in my head all the things that needed to get done over and over again where my mind would just not stop going crazy, when all of a sudden I realized I was being attacked. We have a real enemy in our midst…one who at all times wants to steal, kill, destroy. I realized I needed to respond because he was not going to stop pressing into me.

Have you ever felt this way? Maybe you’re dealing with this right now? Let me encourage you.

I decided to call an audible on my day. I stopped everything I was doing, put my phone on do not disturb, put on my headphones, turned on some music, parked my car, got out, and just started walking while listening and reading Scripture. At the same time my friend texted me the exact Scripture that was needed for this moment…

Resources For Spending Time With Jesus

Resources For Spending Time With Jesus

Whether it’s the beginning of a new year or a new season in your life, one thing is for sure…spending time with Jesus must be crucial for you. Really, spending time with Jesus is crucial for all of us because He is everything.

I’m convinced that’s where the real battle is for all of us and for good reason. If it’s such a battle to spend time with Jesus on a daily basis, don’t you think there’s a reason for this? There’s a reason that we get so easily distracted every single day and oftentimes forget to spend time with God. I know that happens to me over and over again.

For followers of Jesus, everything is centered around our time with Him. It’s time with Him that will remind us we are forgiven, forever. It’s time with Him that will remind us what our purpose is. It’s time with Him that will comfort us, give us strength, show us truth, and more.

Regardless of wherever you are and whatever you’re going through, you can just start today. Make a commitment today before God to spend time with him on a daily basis. Here are some great resources and what I’m using for spending time with Jesus:

Celebrating Before The Cross With 1,000,000 Views

Celebrating Before The Cross

We are very excited to announce that we now have over 1,000,000 views at Before The Cross! We wanted to celebrate and let you hear from our team and share the top 25 posts of all time below! Praise God for giving us such a tremendous opportunity to glorify Him by sharing the love of Christ. Here’s what our team wanted to share:

Erica Boutwell

As the newest member of the Before The Cross family, I am so grateful for the opportunity to flesh life out alongside such a great tribe of readers and supporters. There is something about the online community of Before The Cross that makes you feel a little less alone in your struggles and a little more cheered on in your victories.

My hope as I continue finding my place here at Before The Cross is that the Lord would keep my eyes open to those moments in life, big or small, that someone else might benefit from reading about. The great miracles and significant events are certainly compelling material for readers to take in. But sometimes it’s those everyday life lessons that carry the most weight in the life of another person. Knowing that others around you are walking the same roads, wrestling over the same questions, and searching for the same answers is comforting and can even get you through to the next day.

As a writer for Before The Cross, this season has been a time of great personal growth. The Word has become alive in a fresh way and God is revealing pieces of His character that I’ve not gotten to experience first-hand. I’ve been sweetly reminded to never put Him in a box because as soon as you do, He blows that box to bits.

Thank you for those who have read, liked, shared, and commented on my handful of contributions thus far. I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for us moving forward.

Chris Howard

Thank you to everyone taking the time to read Before The Cross. With all the content taking up server space in this digital universe, it’s a honor to know people are reading, sharing and interacting with each post. One of the many reasons I like writing for Before The Cross is the potential reach it has. To know God can allow Before the Cross writers to wrestle with an idea, write on it and then post it to the world with the capacity to reach our neighbors down the street or across the world is still mind-blowing and proof of our creative God.

I hope Before the Cross will serve as a beacon to those who feel they are about to be shipwrecked by life, drawing them toward safe harbor found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. I hope Before The Cross will continue to encourage believers, letting them know they are not alone when it comes to doubt and failure, however, always able to draw upon the Lord in any situation and circumstance. I hope Before the Cross reaches more people, providing the best content in the best form as we grow together.

One cool thing that has happened to me during my time writing for Before The Cross . . .  I’ve been encouraged to dive deeper into my own salvation story, one that I thought was somewhat boring, and discover how broad God’s grace was and is over me, covering a chasm I didn’t comprehend at the time and can scarcely comprehend now.

I’m sure my fellow writers would agree, Before the Cross has been an exercise in refreshing our soul. Thank you for supporting us!

Mike Mobley

I don’t even know what to say when it comes to Before The Cross and celebrating over 1,000,000 views. What started off as obedience to journaling, quickly grew to including others to contribute what they felt The Lord was doing in their life and then sharing it to more and more people over the years. I would have never dreamed of BTC being at the point where it is now and I’m incredibly excited that I have no idea what God will do with it in the future! My only hope is that we glorify God by sharing the love of Christ and if even 1 person is impacted, then it’s all worth it.

I’ve been humbled and have had many tears when thinking of so many that have emailed me, commented on posts, and shared their struggles of how Jesus has impacted them and what they have learned, and how they have changed their lives going forward.

I personally have grown in my own walk with The Lord by writing as well. I’ve seen passions God has developed within me, similar struggles that seem to creep up over and over again, and compassion grow for so many people out there looking for help.

It’s incredible to see how many people Google what is really on their mind and the fact that something from BTC might come up as a result to help provide an answer to their question is very exciting to me.


We all look forward to the future with anticipation that God will continue to impact people right where they are at through Before The Cross. Please let us know if there are ways we can help you and give us feedback if you’ve been impacted at all by BTC, we’d love to hear from you!

Here are the top 25 posts of all time since we’ve started at Before The Cross:

The Struggle Is Real

The Struggle Is Real

There’s this wood art piece (art may be stretching it) I made years ago, hanging over our front door that was inspired by a song penned by a man named David Parker. David was my boss at 121 Community Church for 12 years, but will forever be one of my dearest friends and inspirations. He wrote this song called You Are God, You Are Good back in September of 2010. I remember the time so clearly because the second verse of that song, he told me, was greatly influenced by a situation going on in our family at the time. The words to that verse are:

There’s a mountain here,

And I know this mountain must be climbed,

What awaits brings fear,

But I know You will provide,

I know You will provide

David and his wife, Diana (along with other friends and family) were walking with us through a series of evaluations we were having done on Bishop, our oldest son who was 3 years old at the time, to determine if some concerns we had been having were valid. The day had come for Bishop’s screening at the Early Learning Center where the entire trajectory of our family’s life was altered. See, for about a year up to that point, we had been noticing some things that were red flags, but I was trying to find the balance between living in denial and being that alarmist mom who assumes the worst all the time. Nevertheless, here we were at his initial screening for a developmental delay. They took him off to another room to do his screening while I paced the lobby. After about 20 minutes, they brought him back to me, smiling his chubby little head off, completely unaware that the words that were about to come out of his new friend’s mouth would be like a knife to the gut. She proceeded to explain that they did notice a pretty severe language delay (okay, no surprise there, moving on) and that they think he would benefit from their services called P.P.C.D. (Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities). Then she said with her sweet, nurturing voice “… and just so you know, we did notice a number of indicators of Autism.” Now what she said immediately after that is a complete blur because the room began to go dark and my head started spinning. My fears had been confirmed. That’s not what was supposed to happen today.

Welcome Erica Boutwell

Welcome Erica Boutwell

Before The Cross brings the image of man on his knees in worship before a Holy and Loving God who has demonstrated His love for us through the Cross.

It is only through the perfect life of Jesus Christ, His death on the Cross, and His resurrection, that we can have a relationship with Him. It is ultimately Before The Cross where we surrender our will for His Will and with joy choose to follow Him for the rest of our lives. Everything is about Jesus and He is the reason we can have a relationship with God.

That’s what BTC is all about and with that being said, we want to welcome Erica Boutwell to the Before The Cross team!

We couldn’t be more excited to have Erica join us who is an incredible wife to her husband, mom to her children, and leader to the next generation and to women!

That Gift You Never Asked For

That Gift You Never Asked For

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been in this situation. It’s Christmas and you’re with your family. It comes time to exchange presents and you get one from that distant relative that you see maybe once a year. You know, that one who you’re pretty sure has 2 kids and lives somewhere in Nebraska, but you probably couldn’t pick her out of a line-up if your life depended on it. You start tearing the paper off the package with a genuine smile on your face, anxious to see what they’ve picked out just for you. You open the box and suddenly you’re using every muscle in your body to keep your smile painted on and not go bug-eyed. You pull out the gift, hold it up for all to see, and with what little will to live you have left, you muster up a “Thank you so much! I love it!” We’ve all been there!

And right now, this is where I’m at with the Lord! A few months ago, He started my little family on a journey that would take us through a roller coaster of emotions, and test our faith to the nth degree. It involves us leaving behind the place we’ve called home for 12 years and relocating to the Nashville area. With much excitement, we began making our plans. We got our house ready to sell and put it on the market, I began looking for new career possibilities, my husband began working out details to work remotely with his job, and then I took what I thought was going to be the final major faith step before He would release us to make our move. I quit my job. In case you missed that . . . I quit my job! MY JOB!!!

The job that has been a source of joy and purpose for me for 12 years. The job that allowed me to tap into all of my different giftings. The job that had been tailor made just for me. I quit it. I gave them a date and everything, just knowing that things with the sale of our house were going to go quickly and we’d need to be freed up from anything tying us down here in Texas in time for that. Fast forward to right now. I’ve transitioned to life unemployed and our house has been sitting on the market for almost 2 months, waiting for an offer. And only God knows how much longer we might sit here. Surely He realizes that we now only have 1 income, right? Surely he knows that what tiny bit of savings we do have will deplete in record time if something doesn’t happen soon. Surely He understands that there really aren’t any other steps of faith we can take to show Him that we’re serious about being willing to make this move. So what is He waiting for?