Fridays Finale

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Remember the prophecy God gave in Hosea:

“To those who were rejected and not my people, I will say to them: ‘You are mine.’
And to those who were unloved I will say: ‘You are my darling.’ ”

And: “In the place where they were told, ‘You are nobody,’ this will be the very place where they will be renamed ‘Children of the living God.’ ” Romans 9:25-26 TPT

Oh Father, my Father, I’m so thankful You redeemed me and called me Your own. It wasn’t for nothing that You gave Your only son to purchase me out of a life of slavery into the Kingdom of Your dear Son. I will never feel worthy yet You call me worthy. I will never understand Your plan, yet You have one that includes me.

I owe You so much and all I have to offer You is my life. Not a part of me, but all of me. I give You my hands to help give to others. I give You my arms to hold and hug others for You. I give You my feet so that I can go where You direct me. I give You my heart so that I can love others as You love me. I give you my voice so I can sing Your praises and talk of Your goodness wherever I go.

Thank You for this week and for changing my perspective so that I can see others through Your lenses. I pray for each person who comes across these posts. May they be encouraged and strengthened to run the race You’ve set before them and to finish well so that they can hear You say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of the Lord.”

It’s in Jesus’ precious name, Amen

Until Monday,

Sandy G

Anyone Anytime

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Then he added, “Now you should go and study the meaning of the verse:

I want you to show mercy, not just offer me a sacrifice.

For I have come to invite the outcasts of society and sinners, not those who think they are already on the right path.” Matthew 9:13 TPT

I love how God uses anyone at anytime if we’re willing. Last weekend I attended a womans conference where I volunteered to help with the registration table. During a lull, a resident in her 90’s approached the table. She had what appeared to be a cleft pallet and very few teeth in the front of her mouth. My first thought was, “Oh, I bet she’s going to be hard to understand.”

But she wasn’t really. You could tell she’d worked hard on her speech so people could understand her. It became immediately evident how much she loved her Savior. It truly made it impossible not to listen. She began to tell how 30 years ago she showed up at this Christian Retreat Center and they took her in, cleaned her up and gave her a job. By the time she got to the part where her ex-con husband put her face through a plate glass window, her facial trama became clear.

She never complained or asked for money. She never let her present scars or handicap stop her. She still had vision as she shared her desire to find a way to go into womens prisons and speak out of experience to a field ripe for harvest. An evangelist at 93 still burning with passion for Jesus.

When she finished I had a sobering thought; here was a woman at least 30 years my senior, unafraid and unashamed of her past or present circumstances. She was the woman at the well, whose life was so transformed by Jesus and she couldn’t stop telling about him.

It jarred me awake from my slumber. It was as if God Himself blew on the dying embers of my tired heart and said, wake up! Souls are hanging in the balance. As I’ve blown on you, breathe on others. There’s work to be done.

Be surrendered and willing to be used of God anywhere and anytime. At your worst, your best and anything in between. Go and be His disciples in your market place, your jobs and tell them you met a man who changed your life forever.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Wordless Sighs & Aching Groans

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Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. Romans 8:26-28 MSG

We’ve all been there, the place where words escape us and all we can do is cry or sit silently in a quiet room trying to make sense of what just happened. Disappointment, regret, grief, fear all sweeping through us like a wrecking ball, leaving rubble and dust clouds in our space.

We can no longer see clearly. We check our pulse to see if we’re still alive. We cry out, “Father! I feel so alone yet I know You are with me. What just happened here? My picture perfect dreams just shattered before my eyes. I don’t get it but I know You do and according to Your Word, everything will work out for my good and Your glory. I choose to trust You in this mess.”

For you it could be a death, a broken marriage, the loss of a loved one, a miscarriage, a betrayal, loss of a job, your inability to meet your bills. Whatever it is today, remind God of His promises and ask Him for a new song. Worship Him in the middle of what you’re facing and watch things shift.

Surrender it to Him and watch as He rebuilds your loss into something more beautiful than you could imagine. He understands your confusion. He has felt your pain. He understands your grief and He wants to take the mess and change it into something new. Will you trust Him?

“I surrender all. I surrender all. All to thee my blessed Savior, I surrender all.”

Until Tomorrow

Sandy G

Pregnant With Promise

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All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy. Romans 8:22-25 MSG

I sense in my spirit that there are many people all around the world who are pregnant with promises. Don’t abort your promise just because you’re tired of waiting. Don’t be discouraged or down-hearted because it’s taking so long! Don’t let your mind convince you that you heard wrong because you haven’t delivered yet.

I was recently thinking of my own discomfort in pregnancy. I’ve never been so sick for so long. It wasn’t just in the morning, it was all day long. I wasn’t just sick for 3 months, I was heaving on the delivery table. It was so bad at one point that I began vomiting blood at which point the doctor told my husband to count how many times in the next half hour and call him back. 37 times in 30 minutes. I was too weak to get off the bathroom floor.

But when I delivered my promise and held that beautiful black haired girl in my arms, all of the misery of my pregnancy fell to the background and I entered into my new role as mother. What I had carried on the inside, I now carried on the outside for everyone to see.

I heard the Spirit whisper, “It’s time. You heard me as I told you to get ready. You listened as I instructed you and poured into you what you needed to fulfill your assignment. It’s time for delivery of the message I’ve placed inside of you. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.”

My friend, we are nothing more than carriers of the oil of the Holy Spirit. As He fills us up, He will cause what is in us to spill over onto others. Some of us have been bursting at the seams. We’ve been enlarged to the point of overflow, but soon what you carry on the inside will be evident on the outside. Get ready for signs, wonders and miracles to follow you as this next great move of God comes from His pregnant people.

 

Get Ready For New

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See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19

This verse holds so much excitement and promise, but it also raises questions; Is this it? Where do I go from here? The uncertainty sometimes leaves us wondering if somehow, someway we missed it.

This word uncertain means to be unsure of something. Also, uncertain things are undecided, unknown, or doubtful in some way.  If you’re certain of something, you’re sure of it. When you’re uncertain, you just don’t know.

But the one thing God says is this; See, I am doing a new thing! That tells me I will see it. But here’s one place I won’t see it; in the old. I can never expect the new thing to look like the old thing. When God says see, He intends for me to look for it, expect it, perceive it.

When I read a verse, I ask God to show me new things that I didn’t know before. Guess what? If you ask, you will receive it. Don’t ever look at scripture as you always have, ask God for new eyes that lead you into a deeper desire for intimacy and knowledge of His nature.

And my dear sweet friends who are always asking for the old, STOP! God wants to expose the power that’s in you to the world. He wants to reveal His true sons and daughters, those who have allowed His Spirit free access to walk in power and demonstration. Just as Jesus was, so will we be in the world.

New things surprise us. New things make us smile, they’re exciting, they’re amazing. God wants to lavish His gifts on us so that we in turn can be a conduit to the lost. When He said, “I will pour out blessings you don’t have room to receive!” He really meant that.

Imagine yourself sitting at the feet of Jesus as He tells you what’s in store for you. Wouldn’t you want it all? You wouldn’t settle for just His love-although that in itself is overwhelming. But He has so much more for you! Don’t walk away with a taste when He has a table prepared for you that contains everything you’ll ever need and more.

Sweet, sweet Father. You never disappoint! When I’m weary, You give me strength. When I’m sad, You give me joy. When I’m in the middle of turmoil, You bring me peace. There is nothing I could ever face where You are not beside me, leading and guiding, pouring out blessings I don’t have room for. I’m so excited. I watching for the new because I perceive it’s just around the next corner. It’s in Jesus’ name and always for Your glory, Amen.

Fridays Finale

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Long enough, God
    you’ve ignored me long enough.
I’ve looked at the back of your head
    long enough. Long enough
I’ve carried this ton of trouble,
    lived with a stomach full of pain.
Long enough my arrogant enemies
    have looked down their noses at me.

Take a good look at me, God, my God;
    I want to look life in the eye,
So no enemy can get the best of me
    or laugh when I fall on my face.

I’ve thrown myself headlong into your arms—
    I’m celebrating your rescue.
I’m singing at the top of my lungs,
    I’m so full of answered prayers. Psalm 13 MSG

There are times when we just cry out, lash out even, trying with everything in us to get Gods attention because we haven’t heard an answer. But He always answers! His Word says that if we call on Him, He will answer us and show us things we don’t know.

My favorite portion of this Psalm/prayer of Davids is the end;

I’ve thrown myself headlong into your arms—
    I’m celebrating your rescue.
I’m singing at the top of my lungs,
    I’m so full of answered prayers.

It’s the defining moment when David shifted his focus from the problem to the answer. When his anguish became a proclamation of victory. Total surrender. A child running to their father to fix the broken thing or kiss the booboo. The confident approach knowing there’s nothing He can’t do.

So my friend, as Friday is upon us and the struggle has been real all week long, run headlong into His arms and let Him hold you and give you the assurances you need to hear in your spirit today.

In my spirit I hear my mom singing, “Oh yes the answers on the way this I know. Jesus said it, I believe it and it’s so. Our Heavenly Father knows our need before we pray, and we can rest assured, the answers on the way.”

Have a blest week my friends!

Until Monday,

Sandy G

Chill Child!

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“I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work.” God’s Decree. “For as the sky soars high above earth, so the way I work surpasses the way you work, and the way I think is beyond the way you think. Just as rain and snow descend from the skies and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth, Doing their work of making things grow and blossom, producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry, So will the words that come out of my mouth not come back empty-handed. They’ll do the work I sent them to do, they’ll complete the assignment I gave them.” Isaiah 55:8-11

I guess this is the theme for the week because God just won’t leave it alone. It’s almost as though He’s trying to convince someone not to give up hope or quit believing. Whoever you are, you may want to read my last two blogs because they seem to be for you!

Please understand that in your attempt to try to figure everything out, you’re only going to frustrate yourself. To try to understand what God’s up to is futile. His thoughts are bigger, He just works differently than you do. It will only make sense when you stand on your mountaintop and look down at the trail you took to get there. It will make sense when you see the final masterpiece.

It reminds me of when I was a child riding in the backseat as dad drove us to a certain destination. All my asking, “How much longer?” only got me, “You’ll know when we get there!” I didn’t understand time. I didn’t understand distance. I just had to trust we would get there at some time and until that time, chill!

Just stay in His presence. Keep worshipping, communing with Him, asking questions, but trust that you’ll know when you get there and it will be far better than anything you could ever imagine or dream of.

I speak peace to you today. Peace to your storm. Peace to your turmoil. Peace to your stress. Peace to your doubts and fears. God loves you in ways you can’t fathom and He has good plans for you. Each time you’re tempted to move away from that trust, chill. Pull His blanket of love around yourself and bask in His embrace. Take a nap in His lap cause it will make the time go by so much faster.

Until Tomorrow-Chill

Sandy G