Togetherness

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You must catch the troubling foxes, those sly little foxes that hinder our relationship. For they raid our budding vineyard of love to ruin what I’ve planted within you. Will you catch them and remove them for me? We will do it together. Song of Songs 2:16 TPT

Just another verse that proves how God loves to do life with us. He knew there would be little troubling things that would try to creep in and hinder our relationship. They raid the vineyard of love to ruin what I’ve planted in you.

What is hindering your togetherness? Personally, I get easily distracted. My mind goes at a rate of speed that I can’t even keep up with at times. I know I’m not alone in this so let me share this with you, I have taught myself how to ‘be still’ in Gods presence. It was not easy and it took time and discipline. It continues to prove difficult. If it were easy, everyone would do it.

How did I do it?

  1. I made a decision to do it. I knew it would cost me sleep, so I started going to bed early so that when I woke up, I would be alert.
  2. I kept a clock in the room so I wouldn’t be late in getting ready for work
  3. The only thing I took was my bible, my journal and my pen.
  4. I would read, sit and think about what I read and ask questions.
  5. I wrote down my verse and questions and as the answer came or the Lord began to speak to me, I wrote what I heard.

Why did I do it?

  1. I wanted Him to know that I value my time with Him as much as He values my time with Him.
  2. I wasn’t satisfied with what I got from a man or woman on Sunday morning. I knew God longed for relationship with me and I wanted to know who lived in me.
  3. I understood that Christ in me is my hope of glory. That word glory means power and I was tired of being a powerless Christian when He said I would do greater works then He did.
  4. Psalm 27:8 TPT says why for me: Lord, when you said to me, “Seek my face,” my inner being responded, “I’m seeking your face with all my heart.”
  5. I want to know His Word in such a way that no one push me off that rock or steal the Word from my heart.

The promise that we will do it together is the most beautiful promise made. I don’t want to do life alone, and with God, I’m never alone. He won’t leave me or forsake me. His heart is so toward me that when I call on Him He answers me. I’ve never come out of His presence where He hasn’t changed something in my life. He said He would show me things I don’t know and He never disappoints.

You too can experience life together with God. He longs for you. Read the verse again, He wants nothing to hinder your relationship that you will do together with Him. Make the decision to know Him, to seek Him with all your heart.

It’s going to be a great journey together!

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy

 

 

 

Fridays Prayer

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Forever I will lift up my soul into your presence, Lord.
Be there for me, God, for I keep trusting in you.
Don’t allow my foes to gloat over me or
the shame of defeat to overtake me.
For how could anyone be disgraced
when he has entwined his heart with you?
But they will all be defeated and ashamed
when they harm the innocent.
Lord, direct me throughout my journey
so I can experience your plans for my life.
Reveal the life-paths that are pleasing to you.
Escort me along the way; take me by the hand and teach me.
For you are the God of my increasing salvation;
I have wrapped my heart into yours! Psalm 25:1-5 TPT

Every word, Lord. It’s as if David stepped into my time, grabbed my thoughts and penned them so that I could once again read and remember. Because You are with me and will never leave or forsake me, You are indeed my escort on this journey of life.

Forgive me for the moments I thought it was all about me. Sometimes the un-renewed portion of my mind seems to think it can still control me. I submit and surrender even that to You. I don’t ever want a second to pass that I’m not fully aware of You and be available for You to use me to help someone else.

I have wrapped my heart into Yours forever!

It’s with all my love,

Sandy

Lovers Of His Spirit

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So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose. Romans 8:28 TPT

I keep reading this over and over and over again. There’s something soothing about this verse just knowing we are His lovers, called to fulfill His designed purpose. Each detail fitting together to complete a masterpiece.

Here are a few highlights that came to me this morning:

  1. Convinced. To be completely certain about something; firm in ones belief with regard to a particular cause or issue. No room for doubt.
  2. Detail. Assign to undertake a particular task.
  3. Woven. Make (a complex story or pattern) from a number of interconnected elements.
  4. Fulfill. Bring to completion or reality, achieve or realize (something desired, promised or predicted).
  5. Purpose. Have as one’s intention or objective.

I don’t pretend to know what Gods plans are for my future, but I know He has already seen it, for He goes before me. I may not see the completed bride of Christ but I know it’s in process and I’m a very small cell in a very large bride.

I can rest in the assurance that every tiny detail is something God’s already made a place for in my life. It’s a part of the process I’m in for He who began a good work in me is faithful to complete it.

Because He loves me I can trust Him. Because He knows the plan, I will simply wait to hear His directions and be excited to see the finished project. My spirit connected to His Spirit, surrendered to His plan. Resting in the arms of my lover.

Sweet Holy Spirit. Sweet Heavenly Dove. Stay right here with me, filling me with Your love. And for these blessings, I lift my heart in praise. Without a doubt I know that I have been revived when I leave this place. But I’m not really leaving, for where I am, there You are.

What’s In It For Me?

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‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3

I just get down right excited when I get a glimpse of a deeper revelation of a word I thought I knew all about. When I’m just reading along, minding my own business and my teacher says, “Go back and read that again.” I know that when I show up to class with expectations, I’m always guaranteed to learn something new.

I would have loved to be in the room as the disciples began to write the things they remembered that Jesus said. To watch the ‘light’ come on as they saw prophesy after prophesy from the old testament come to pass through what He said and did in the earth.

I’m learning that there were times in my life where I’d experienced things that I thought were a mistake, yet years down the road the Holy Spirit would reveal the significance it had and how He used it to get me to the place I ended up today.

I have began asking God, “What’s in it for me? What’s in this promise? What’s in this verse? What’s in this trial? Help me get through this well, to finish well so that I can help others with it.” I’m not asking for selfish reasons. I truly want to know what He has purposed for me in this.

Instead of focusing on the problem you’re going through, I challenge you to do the same. “Father, I want to learn through this, I want my faith to grow stronger. Deepen my trust in You. Let me gain Your perspective in this situation. Help my light to shine so that it may show others the way to You.”

To Him who has all the answers and waits for us to ask, be glory and honor forever, Amen.

 

 

 

Over The Top

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A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything in abundance,  more than you expectlife in its fullness until you overflow! John 10:10

There are so many times I’ve expected something, and been disappointed because the thing that happened, didn’t happen the way I thought it would. I see hands going up everywhere, “Tha’ts me! That’s me!” Well my friend, you are NOT alone!

It’s like stopping at a fast food drive thru, place your order, pick it up, only to get to work and find they had given you the wrong thing. Your mouth was watering in anticipation only to find they missed the mark!

Let me just give you a bit of encouragement today; Jesus never misses the mark! In fact if you think you received something from the Lord and it didn’t spill over, somebody’s been double dipping! Remember what Jesus said in John 10:10 that a thief does? Steals, slaughters and destroys. So if part of your blessing is missing or seems a bit off, recognize who’s responsible and demand your stuff back!

God is Provider, not according to our riches, but according to His. When you think of God you must not think with your tiny thinking.

Isaiah 55:8-9 says it as only God can; “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Don’t settle for what you think is a blessing. Be thankful and expect more, because if it’s not overflowing, it’s not God. Don’t be tricked into accepting the little when God is an over the top kind of God. He’s opulent. He’s magnificent. His gifts are beyond amazing. They don’t satisfy for a minute, they satisfy eternally.

Until Tomorrow!

Sandy

 

Making Right Choices

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Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 TPT

So many of us carry things we shouldn’t be. Some of as parents carry the deep concern for our children and the decisions they are making. Some of us carry the weight of a confidence of a friend. Some are simply stressed because of their job or lack thereof.

Studies show that carrying stress can take years from your life. There have been times when I was carrying way too much stress and could feel the effects of it. I’m sure you’ve been in the same condition yourself. This verse is the reminder you need today to pour it all out on Jesus and leave them there.

A while ago during a particular stressful season I heard the Lord say, “Don’t allow anyone to take your peace.” I had to think about that for awhile. I didn’t realize I was at the time, but as I thought about it again, I realized I did. Each time I got emotionally involved in someone else’s problems, or took personal the cruel things someone said, I allowed it to take my peace as well.

So I’ve been practicing this pouring out thing. Every time I listen to someone vent or spill over on me, I listen detached and when I walk away, I lay it as an offering at His feet. “Thank You for taking care of this, Lord. I know you have plans for all this mess and I trust You with it!” Then I go on my way looking for ways to encourage someone else or be a good listener. But never again will I allow anyone to take my peace with them. They will have to find their own.

So I will pray for you and encourage you, but I refuse to take your problems and make them mine. It’s not healthy for me or you. Got to lay it down, my friend! Lay it down and leave it there, then trust that He will take care of it as only He can.

Have a carefree Monday!

Much love,

Sandy

Fridays Forgiveness

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“Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight.” Romans 4:7

Ever been forgiven? A few years back, I discovered a mistake I made that cost the company almost $1000. It wasn’t intentional, I just missed something. Needless to say, I was hard on myself!

I took a deep breath, went back to the owner and told what happened, accepted responsibility and waited for the wrath. I could tell he was upset, but kept his cool, asked me to appeal the denial which I had already done. Before he walked out the door for lunch, he casually said these words, “Just make me lots of money, all is forgiven!”

I stood there stunned and it took me a few minutes for it to register. I couldn’t believe what just happened. I thought for sure he would take that money out of my paycheck. My mind had already taken me to the worst case scenario when I heard the Spirit say, “You’ve been forgiven, let it go! Why is it so hard for my people to just receive it. After all the forgiveness you’ve sown, don’t you thing you should reap the same? Why are my people so sin conscious when I’ve washed all sin away? Why do they think on what they’ve done when I don’t even remember it anymore.”

Forgiveness means never bringing it up again, removing it from your thoughts. It’s hard sometimes to do that, especially when we’ve been hurt so deeply. Our minds keep it alive like blowing on the dying embers of a fire. But Paul instructs us in Ephesians 4:32, “Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”

When I chose to believe in Jesus, I chose to believe in everything He did for me and everything He provided for me. He qualified me. His single sacrifice qualified me for complete and total forgiveness. Anything I did in my past, gone! Anything I do today, gone! Anything I do in my future, gone! He doesn’t stand with a clipboard keeping tally. I am forgiven.

Enjoy your weekend and remember to practice what you’ve learned in the Word this week.

Sandy