Your Life is a Result of Your Thinking

My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen to my words. Never let them get away from you. Remember them and keep them in your heart. They will give life and health to anyone who understands them. Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts. Proverbs 4:20-23

How many know that when you continually think a certain way, it forms habits that are hard to break? This can work for both good things and bad things. Sin isn’t something that happens overnight. No, it’s something you’ve thought about.

God was very clear about our thought life. I can quote so many verses that talk about this very thing; “As a man thinks, so is he.” “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” “Fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable.”

Part of Gods instruction to Joshua was; Be sure that the book of the Law is always read in your worship. Study it day and night, and make sure that you obey everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8 GNT

I will make my way prosperous and successful! How, by filling my mind with Gods Word. By thinking on His Word constantly. I call it ‘super-infused’ with the Word. I will only have available to my mouth, the things I put in my heart. I can pray for wisdom till I’m blue in the face, but until I renew my mind, nothing will change.

If you want to know why your life is a mess, go to the Word for a check-up. If your body isn’t lining up with the Word, ask yourself what you’re thinking on. If you’re constantly fearful, begin finding scripture on the peace of God and type them up, read them every day until your mind is renewed and your confidence in God is secure.

God has done everything He will ever do for us to guarantee our success in life. If you’re looking for your life to change dramatically, begin by reading the Word. Make it the focus of your attention. Make it a priority and watch how things shift in your thinker.

Always Thinking,

Sandy G

Welcome Home

But Stephen, overtaken with great faith,  was full of the Holy Spirit. He fixed his gaze into the heavenly realm and saw the glory and splendor of God—and Jesus, who stood up at the right hand of God.

“Look!” Stephen said. “I can see the heavens opening and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God to welcome me home!” 

His accusers covered their ears with their hands and screamed at the top of their lungs to drown out his voice. Then they pounced on him and threw him outside the city walls to stone him. His accusers, one by one, placed their outer garments at the feet of a young man named Saul of Tarsus. 

As they hurled stone after stone at him, Stephen prayed, “Our Lord Jesus, accept my spirit into your presence.” He crumpled to his knees and shouted in a loud voice, “Our Lord, don’t hold this sin against them.”  And then he died. Acts 7:55-60 TPT

Stephen was what we call a martyr, one of the first to die due to his steadfast faith in Jesus. He had just finished cataloging the scriptures from Gods covenant with Abraham all the way through Solomon and the prophets that followed. The religious leaders of the day were so angry, they took him outside the city and stoned him to death.

I believe the words that Stephen spoke that day, remained forever in the minds of those who heard them. They couldn’t escape the echos in their dreams no more than they could escape the sound of the thud of stones as they struck his flesh. That would never go away. Never. No matter how much they tried to justify their actions, the words he spoke was forever hanging in space, dropping like rain upon their heads.

How silly of us to be angry when people make fun of our stance for Christ. How vain to think that it’s all about us when in actuality, it’s Jesus they’re laughing at and hating. Remember when we were children and our response to mean words was, “I’m rubber, you’re glue, bounces off me and sticks to you!” I hear Jesus saying, “Let it stick to me! I will gladly take it on so that they can know my love through you.”

Someday we will all stand before God and answer to Him for what we’ve done or not done with the assignment He’s given to us. Even as I type these words, I’m weighing my own measure, wondering if the investment I’ve made has added value to others or simply fallen to the ground, buried in a safe grave so I can give back only what’s been given.

I’m not responsible for anything but giving a part of my gift to whoever God prompts me to give it to. I cannot keep hidden what He compels me to give. If you were thirsty and I had water to give, I would give it to you out of simple kindness. Why would I not offer you hope? Why would I not offer you encouragement? Why would I not speak up and bear witness of what I know? How could I experience this gift of salvation and not offer it to others regardless of the cost to my own flesh. He took upon Himself every sin, past, present and future so that I could walk in freedom.

Everything I’ve experienced in my entire life, good or bad was not sent by God. There is a real evil in the world and it’s plan is to destroy me, to keep me quiet, hopeless and stuck in my past. But if I allow those experiences to fine tune me, God will take what Satan meant for evil and will use it for His good, to draw all men and women, boy and girl to Him.

I will not stop! I will continue to spur you on, my remnant friend. Until we both receive our welcome home from our Father. What a glorious day that will be.

Sandy G

We Are His Lovely Sanctuaries

God of Heaven’s Armies, you find so much beauty in your people! They’re like lovely sanctuaries of your presence. Deep within me are these lovesick longings, desires and daydreams of living in union with you. When I’m near you, my heart and my soul will sing and worship with my joyful songs of you, my true source and spring of life! Psalm 84:1-2 TPT

“However, the Most High God does not live in temples made by human hands, as the prophet said: ‘Heaven is my throne room and the earth is but a footstool for my feet. How could you possibly build a house that could contain me?’ says the Lord Yahweh.‘And where could you find a place where I could live? Don’t you know that it is my hands that have built my house, not yours?’ Acts 7:48-50 TPT

He finds such beauty in us that He chose to dwell within us by sending us His Holy Spirit. His Spirit has joined with ours to birth His Kingdom in the earth. I love this concept. He chose us. Imperfect, but made perfect. Simple, yet complex. Ordinary, yet special.

A place where His Spirit dwells, that’s who we are. His sanctuary. Precious in His eyes. Surrendered to His plans and purposes. Not our own but bought with a price. Glorifying Him in all we do and say. Talking unashamedly about His faithfulness and goodness. Honoring Him daily. Giving to Him first of all that we have. Spending more time in His presence than in our own pleasures.

Be the sanctuary that carries His presence today.

Sandy G

He’s Way Ahead of You

“Don’t let this throw you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust me. There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get a room ready for you? And if I’m on my way to get your room ready, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live. And you already know the road I’m taking.” John 14:1-4 MSG

Whatever you’re facing, God has it! He’s way ahead of you! He not only knows the problem, He has also provided the answer. It’s like an open book exam, they don’t put a question on the test if the answer isn’t in the book, you just have to take hold of the book, open it and read.

The Lord answered, “I myself will go with you. I will lead you.” This is what God said to the Israelites as they traveled to the promised land. If He led them, don’t you think He will also lead you?

You may not see Him, but He’s there and you will find Him when you seek Him with all your heart. David said, “He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul!” You, my friend are every bit as special to God as David. Find a quiet place and allow God to restore your soul.

Father, we your children expect that today will be the day You lead us to our promise. A day of wonder and miracles where You show Yourself strong on behalf of Your children. I expect a miracle everyday, You will make a way out of no way! I believe it and receive it today, and I will constantly bless Your name as I look to You the author and finisher of my faith. Until Your return for me, I will set myself to do what You’ve commanded me to do, and I will do it well. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Sandy G

Who Do You Trust In?

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God. I will praise him again—my Savior and my God! Psalm 42:5 NLT

Everyday things are changing around us. Weather patterns, economy, health care and life in general. Questions arise like, will we have the same job next year? Will we have the same home? The things that used to make us feel secure are quickly being yanked from our grasp.

Who do you trust in? Where is your hope?

Sometimes you just have to turn from what you see and turn towards what you don’t see. Stop spending so much time trying to fix what you can’t and spend more time in the Word, setting your confidence in the only one who can.

My thought is this: God loves me so much that He sent His only son to die for my sins, that’s a lot of love. If He did that for me, He won’t leave me with no hope, no peace, no promise. Everything He did to deliver His people long ago, He will do it for me. He doesn’t withhold any good thing from me. Now that is something to think about. That will never change. Gods love is a forever thing and I will keep my heart set on that.

So when you become overwhelmed (and you will), quickly turn your eyes back to those great promises of Love. Let His peace consume you today. May your dark days become bright days and may you always remember He keeps His promises!

Sandy G

They Are Mine

Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened attentively and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and esteem His name. “And they will be Mine,” says the Lord of armies, “on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will have compassion for them just as a man has compassion for his own son who serves him.” So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him. Malachi 3:16‭-‬18 NASB2020

Then those whose lives honored God got together and talked it over. God saw what they were doing and listened in. A book was opened in God’s presence and minutes were taken of the meeting, with the names of the God-fearers written down, all the names of those who honored God’s name.

God-of-the-Angel-Armies said, “They’re mine, all mine. They’ll get special treatment when I go into action. I treat them with the same consideration and kindness that parents give the child who honors them. Once more you’ll see the difference it makes between being a person who does the right thing and one who doesn’t, between serving God and not serving him.” Malachi 3:16-18 Message Translation

I always like to personalize it just a little bit by saying it like this:

Sandy and her friends got together often and talked about God and all He’s done for them. Story after story of His goodness and mercy and how He always chases them down with blessings. Each time they met, they were eager to tell of His faithfulness in good times and in bad times. They encouraged one another and honored God.

As God always sees and knows all, He listened in on their conversation and a book was opened and minutes of the meeting were taken. Names were written down of all who attended and spoke honorably of His great Name. Every word was recorded and the God-of-the-Angel-Armies said, “They’re mine, all mine. They’ll get special treatment when I go into action. I treat them with the same consideration and kindness that parents give the child who honors them. Once more you’ll see the difference it makes between being a person who does the right thing and one who doesn’t, between serving God and not serving Him.”

Put your own name and add the names of your friends and know that you are Gods own. When the day of honor approaches, He will remember.

Sandy G

Radical Faith=Extreme Blessings

We have the same Spirit of faith that is described in the Scriptures when it says, “First I believed, then I spoke in faith.” So we also first believe then speak in faith. 2 Corinthians 4:13 TPT

Anyone can believe something, but it isn’t solidified until it’s spoken out loud. Just as God created the heavens and the earth, He first thought it, than He spoke it and substance came out of what He said. That’s why the Word is alive, powerful, sharper than a two edged sword. That’s why when God speaks it, it happens everytime.

If you’re unwilling to speak in faith, you’ll never see anything manifest. You can hope for it, wait for it and anticipate it’s arrival. But until it’s spoken out, nothing will happen.

Faith is that moment you step off the edge of your firm ground into the air and find the hand of God was there all the time. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s missing. He’s just waiting for you to step out and trust Him. If you feel the Lord is calling you off the edge, close your eyes and go for it. There’s a whole new life on the other side of the ground you’re standing on. If you always play it safe, you’ll never open yourself up for crazy blessings.

It will come to pass if you believe God, He will not disappoint.

Sandy G

Love Your Gift

In a palace you find many kinds of containers and tableware for many different uses. Some are beautifully inlaid with gold or silver, but some are made of wood or earthenware; some of them are used for banquets and special occasions, and some for everyday use. 2 Timothy 2:20 Passion Translation

I heard someone singing with such a beautiful voice and I wondered why her gift wasn’t being used. What a shame, I thought, my voice sounds like fingers on a chalkboard compared to hers.

Then I heard a voice say, “The deceiver comes to convince people that they have no gift, that their gift isn’t good enough, pretty enough. He even convinces them they have no talent at all until they place the gift upon a shelf or only use it for themselves.

“He makes them ‘shy’ so they say, ‘Oh no thank you, I’m not good enough.’ They refuse out of fear, self deprivation and just plain selfishness. I gave them a gift so that My plans and purposes could come in the earth. When you bless Me with your gift by using it as an offering, even if it’s not perfect in your ears, it is perfect in Mine.”

Don’t let Satan steal your gift. The world needs what you have inside of you. If it’s dancing, dance. If it’s singing, sing. If it’s laughing, laugh. If it’s cooking, cook. If it’s writing, write. We’re all part of His palace and each one of us has our uses. I can’t be you and you can’t be me, but we need each other.

Father, I humbly offer my old gift to you. May it be sweet to Your ears and bring glory to You. For all the other gifts I hold, may I not discount them based on my abilities, but Yours. It’s faith in You that allows me to be successful in all I do. As I discover these gifts, may I open them up and ask you for instructions so they may bless you and others. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Love Your Gift!

Sandy G

Happy Thanksgiving

You can pass through His open gates with the password of praise. Come right into His presence with thanksgiving. Come bring your thank offering to Him and affectionately bless His beautiful name! Psalm 100:4 Passion Translation

If your home is anything like mine, it’s going to be busy! We’re having the remnant of our Florida family together for dinner at our house. There are a few missing faces around the table, but instead of focusing on what is no longer there, we’ve invited a couple who have been staying with us this month.

Our lives are to be lived to the full, till it overflows. That can only be done in the now so that we don’t miss opportunities to welcome others who don’t have family close by.

Don’t get me wrong, Peggy and my mom will be missed deeply. We won’t ever forget them, but they’re enjoying a greater community in Heaven and I’m thankful for the season they were a part of our lives.

Keep looking for opportunities to be thankful and bless His Name. He’s good all the time and is always looking for ways to bless us.

Have a Wonderful Day,

Sandy G

Make Shopping Fun Again

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then He will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine. Proverbs 3:9-10

Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed. Proverbs 28:27

Let’s remember this as we enter this Christmas season. Always put God first in all you do and you’ll never lack for any good thing. Instead of buying for those who already have, find a family who have lost part of their income and make it a good Christmas for them.

Adopt several families as a church and give them gift cards to local grocery stores so they can get what they truly need.

While you’re doing your grocery shopping, watch the faces of those around you. It’s easy to see the telltale signs of worry, those who pick up packages of meat and put them down because the price is too high. Allow your heart to be softened to the needs around you.

Ask God for discernment and a new sensitivity. We must stop thinking of ‘me and mine’ and think about those in need we pass by everyday. Make shopping a fun thing this year.

Have fun being a blessing!

Sandy G

Bring Honor To God

All patience and encouragement come from God. And I pray that God will help you all agree with each other, as Christ Jesus wants. Then you will all be joined together. And all together you will give glory to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ accepted you, so you should accept each other. This will bring honor to God. Romans 15:5-7

And there you go! Let’s speak well of one another, even if we don’t agree on some things. Satan always spreads chaos, distraction and disunity. His goal is to keep us divided in every way possible, but God wants us to be one. Let’s work on that today.

Let’s pray together, Kingdom of God, come on the earth. Your will that we walk in love, be in us deeply. May we be a reflection of You in the earth. In Jesus’ name, Amen!