Hello Monday

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Hello Monday. I think we’re gonna enjoy each other today. It is just a frame of mind, right? I think of Monday as a new beginning to a new week. Fresh, new, it will be a day that God presents Himself evident in my life once again. Opportunities to show love to others, to be an instrument of grace to the world.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1 was the equivalent of God’s Monday. Look at all He did on that first day. I believe that as His son’s and daughter’s, we should also be creating.

With our words, let’s create a good work environment for those we work with and those who happen by. Put a smile on their faces as they start their day. Tell them how nice they look, how much you appreciate what they do. Let them know they are special. It doesn’t cost anything to be kind.

Imagine a world where we get our heads out of our devices and actually participate in conversations with those around us. What a novel thought! How about spending some time with a loved one, a shut-in, helping your children with their homework or just listening to how their day went.

Let’s work on our beginning day so that the end of our day will be satisfying. A day that stands out for others is a good day! I believe that focusing on others is the best way to improve your own day.

 

Fridays Praise

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“Lord! I’m bursting with joy over what you’ve done for me! My lips are full of perpetual praise.  I’m boasting of you and all your works, so let all who are discouraged take heart. Join me, everyone! Let’s praise the Lord together. Let’s make him famous! Let’s make his name glorious to all. Listen to my testimony: I cried to God in my distress and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears!  

“Gaze upon him, join your life with his, and joy will come. Your faces will glisten with glory. You’ll never wear that shame-face again. When I had nothing, desperate and defeated, I cried out to the Lord and he heard me, bringing his miracle-deliverance when I needed it most. The angel of the Lord stooped down to listen as I prayed, encircling me, empowering me, and showing me how to escape. He will do this for everyone who fears God.  

“Drink deeply of the pleasures of this God. Experience for yourself the joyous mercies he gives to all who turn to hide themselves in him.  Worship in awe and wonder, all you who’ve been made holy! For all who fear him will feast with plenty.” Psalm 34:1-9 TPT

Like David, let’s make the name of the Lord famous today. Let’s brag on His goodness and tell about how His great love rescued us from the storms of life and set us on the Solid Rock.

When people look at us, may they see a smile spread from ear to ear and when they ask why we’re smiling, let’s tell them how good God has been to us. Because God is simply a good God and to serve Him is a pleasure.

Have a great weekend!

Sandy G

 

Read The Instructions

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“Don’t worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks for what you have. And because you belong to Christ Jesus, God’s peace will stand guard over all your thoughts and feelings. His peace can do this far better than our human minds.” Philippians 4:6-7 ERV.

What a mouthful of instruction right there. Don’t you worry bout a thing! Just look, He said to pray and ask God for EVERYTHING you need but the key is “always giving thanks for what you have.”

In all the stories in the Old Testament, whenever the children of Israel fought in a battle, they gave God praise first. Why do you think that’s important? Because it exalted God over the enemy they faced. 

Right now, in the middle of the mayhem, think about His goodness. Thats right. Think back to THAT day when he saved you and lavished His great love on you. Think back to THAT day, you know, the day you deserved to be fired but got forgiveness instead. Think back to THAT day when the doctor told you it wasn’t possible, but God in the great mercy He’s known for, showed you what He did to take care of that.

Remember when your children went after the things of the world? Remember the day they came back to God? What rejoicing. Now look at them, serving God in all His glory!

And the last part of that verse says that because we belong to Jesus, Gods peace stands guard over all our thoughts and feelings. LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT! Lets sum it up then; Don’t worry. Ask. Give thanks. Peace.

Thank you for this, Lord. That I can cast it all on You because You care for me. There’s no sense in both of us carrying around all this stuff thats going on when Your shoulders are big enough to carry it for me. You are a great and mighty God and I love You!

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Choose Your Words Well

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You are snared with the words of your lips, you are caught by the speech of your mouth. Proverbs 6:2

What do you talk about more than anything else? Have you ever listened, I mean really listened to what comes out of your mouth? I challenge you to take a day and measure your words.

Psalm 20:7 Amp says, “Some trust in and boast of chariots and some of horses, but we will trust in and boast of the name of the Lord our God.” What does that mean? I believe it’s to remember and talk about the goodness of the Lord.

Do you know that when you’re talking about Gods goodness in your past and present, you spend less time talking and thinking about the problems you’re facing in the now? I still remember Philippians 4:8-9 because it tells us WHAT to think about. How easy is that, right?

It’s like God is giving us a choice of what’s behind door number 1, 2 or 3 and saying, choose door number 1-it has the good stuff! I mean, who wouldn’t choose door 1? I’ll tell you who, it’s those who have a Bible sitting on their table but don’t open it, even when they’re facing life size problems. They seek out others who have a quick answer, a feel good word, who’ve already spent time with God, it’s just easier.

My precious friend, that’s just not right! You can’t KNOW God through someone else and reap all the benefits of that friendship. II Timothy 2:15 “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

What does that mean? Don’t just take someone else’s interpretation of the Word without studying it for yourself. You read it and ask God to lead you into deeper understanding and relationship with Him.

Father, I want to know You for myself. Be my friend. Not through my pastor, my worship leader or someone who has a deep relationship with you. I want to know you for me, because each friend I have brings something unique into our relationship, I want to be unique to You. Help me to remember to measure my words today and speak of Your goodness to everyone I meet. There is no one like You, Lord. Your goodness is from everlasting to everlasting.

God Alone Gives Favor

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“God gives you favor, you don’t need to scheme to get it and you won’t have to owe or thank anyone for it. God is going to make sure that He is the one who bestows favor.” Bill Winston

I love it when the favor of God hits your life. You can’t turn it off like you can a faucet, it just keeps coming. Almost like you’ve lost your capability to turn it off. Thats whats been happening to me lately.

I was recently reminded of July, 2013 when I had my appendix removed. I was told by the hospital administrator, that my portion of my one night stay for my appendix would be $1080 and if I paid it that day, she would discount it 20%, to which I laughed and said, “My paycheck doesn’t come till Friday and I’m pretty sure it’s spoken for already, but thanks anyways!”

My mind began to go into freak out mode as I tried to figure out how I would cover THAT expense. I’ve done insurance billing for longer then some of you have been alive and I know how to negotiate, so I thought, I’ll call them and see if they’ll take 50% and I know God will supply.

I felt a check in my spirit and knew that it wasn’t the right time so I waited and just focused on Him. Each time it would come to my mind, I would dismiss it into His hand and could hear Him say, “I’ve got this, don’t do a thing. You won’t have to fight this battle, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.” I didn’t forget about it, I just chose not to dwell on it! I just kept reminding myself of His promises and went back to focusing on Him and His Word.

Friday night after getting home from dinner with Shannon and Llana, I pulled the mail out of the mailbox and in it was a bill from the hospital. I didn’t have my glasses on, but knew it didn’t say $1000 so I asked Shannon to double check the balance. $397.94. I thought, THATS doable, and again heard the Lord say to me, I’m not done yet. Wait and see what I will do for you.

It wasn’t long and through an unexpected source, the entire amount was paid in full. Listen and obey, thats my part. Seek His face, thats my part. Provision…thats HIS part. I have learned that if I will allow Him to, He will show himself strong on my behalf and if he’ll do it for me, He will definitely do it for you.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

You’re My Beautiful Strength

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Yes! Look how you’ve made all your lovers to flourish like palm trees, each one growing in victory, standing with strength! You’ve transplanted them into your heavenly courtyard, where they are thriving before you. For in your presence they will still overflow and be anointed. Even in their old age they will stay fresh, bearing luscious fruit and abiding faithfully.  Listen to them! With pleasure they still proclaim: “You’re so good! You’re my beautiful strength! You’ve never made a mistake with me.” Psalm 92:12-15

As I’ve already entered the latter half of my life, my vision has changed physically, but more importantly, my spiritual vision has become much clearer. Which makes me so love what David said: Even in their old age they will stay fresh, bearing luscious fruit and abiding faithfully.

I always want to stay fresh, never stale. Just as I partake of His fresh manna each day and ask for new revelation, so that I will always have a Word in season for someone along the way.

I also want to bear luscious fruit for Jesus. What are the fruits of the Spirit? Galatians 5:22-23 in The Passion Translation says it like this:

But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions: joy that overflows, peace that subdues, patience that endures, kindness in action, a life full of virtue, faith that prevails, gentleness of heart, and strength of spirit. Never set the law above these qualities, for they are meant to be limitless.

So today as you go your way, remember that God is your beautiful strength and rely on that strength to get you through the day. Allow Him to fill you up with fresh bread so that it will make you strong enough to stand against the enemies attack on your life, finances and family. Allow HIM to be what you cannot be for yourself.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Friday’s Praise

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It’s so enjoyable to come before you with uncontainable praises spilling from our hearts! How we love to sing our praises over and over to you, to the matchless God, high and exalted over all! At each and every sunrise we will be thanking you for your kindness and your love. As the sun sets and all through the night, we will keep proclaiming, “You are so faithful!”  Melodies of praise will fill the air as every musical instrument, joined with every heart, overflows with worship. No wonder I’m so glad; I can’t keep it in! Lord, I’m shouting with glee over all you’ve done, for all you’ve done for me! Psalm 92:1-4 TPT

Faithful! You’re always faithful! My soul sings out my worship this morning. You’re forever my God and forever faithful to me. Your mercies are new each morning and I just want to bathe in it today.

Each and every care, I place it in Your capable hands for You are well able to deliver me from every trap the enemy would set for me. You’re my Healer, Strong Tower, Mighty Fortress, Deliverer and Your grace is like compounded interest on my account with You.

You constantly play the strings of my heart like a harp, allowing me to sing songs to You as I sleep and awake with a melody on my lips. You have gathered all of my tears and bottled them up to be poured out before You a sweet incense. May You delight in me today oh Great Lover of my soul.

I stand before you robed in Your righteousness and clothed in Your glory and strength. I’m a yielded and ready warrior, ready to carry out Your orders for me today. I delight in serving You with my whole heart, for You are mine and I am Yours. May my steps be ordered and everything I do reflect Your great Love. It’s in Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.