Fridays Reach

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He then reached down from heaven, all the way from the sky to the sea. He reached down into my darkness to rescue me! He took me out of my calamity and chaos and drew me to himself, taking me from the depths of my despair! Psalm 18:16 TPT

This morning as I read this verse, I saw someone floating alone in an ocean, crying out for help and ready to give up. I have good news for you, God sees you and He’s reaching.

I see a mom alone in bed reaching for her alarm to snooze it one more time before facing the wave of responsibility once again. Three little ones to get ready before you go to work. I have good news for you, God sees you and He’s reaching.

I see a man sitting at the table in front of a pile of bills. You’re not currently working for whatever reason and you’re asking God, “What should I do? I need Your help today!” I have good news for you, God sees you and He’s reaching.

I see a couple holding hands and looking into each others eyes. You’ve been given a bad report by the doctor and are trying to make sense of it. You’ve been asking what you should do next and who to turn to for advise. I have good news for you, God hears and sees you and He’s reaching.

Lift your hands to the sky and hear the words of Isaiah 59:1, Listen! The Lord’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call. 

If your despair is sucking you down into the deep, reach! Close your eyes and reach! Tell the Father, “I’m desperate for You. I’m hungry for You. I’m in need of a Savior and You’re who I’m reaching for. I believe You are mighty to save, mighty to deliver me from this immense sea that’s attempting to swallow me up. I place my hope and trust in You alone. You are well able to rescue me so I reach for You.”

I come into agreement with you my friend. Today I’m reaching with you. I’m pressing toward the finish line with you. You are not alone because God is reaching toward you. Get ready to see everything turn around.

Have a great weekend. Until next week,

Sandy G

The Faithfulness of God

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Every gift God freely gives us is good and perfect, streaming down from the Father of lights, who shines from the heavens with no hidden shadow or darkness and is never subject to change. James 1:17 TPT

I absolutely love hearing and telling stories of Gods faithfulness. I love seeing it in our lives and the lives of our friends and loved ones. He is a wonderfully faithful God and I’m so thankful that He is.

I was thinking of the meaning of that word, faithful and found this: true to ones word, dependable, loyal, steadfast fidelity. Isn’t It great to know that the God who created you is also true to His Word? That He’s dependable and loyal to you even when you’re not to Him?

Did you know that God has connections? He can bring people together to meet a specific need in someones life, give a perfect word of encouragement at just the right moment, it doesn’t matter where you are, He is forever faithful. He will use anyone at anytime.

I remember living in Haiti and being down to our last bit of food. We did what we always did, we prayed. Soon there was a knock on the door and a little old Haitian farmer stood with a basket of food for the only whites in the village who had made his wife well.

There was the time we needed a specific amount of money to continue building the orphanage and a letter arrived from the States, written 3 months earlier, with a check for the exact amount we needed.

Whether you live in a remote region or a crowded metropolis, God is faithful. Sometimes when we’re down to our last dollar and aren’t sure if we’re going to make it to the next paycheck (come on somebody!), God will show us a need and we’ll go through our own pantry to scrape together enough to plant a seed in someone else. When we see the smiles on their faces and tears of joy and know we were a part of that God connection, it makes it all worth it somehow.

God, use our seed today to meet a need somewhere. You don’t ask us at convenient times, but You always ask and we’re always willing. Time and time again You’ve been faithful. We want to be faithful to You today, Lord. Faithful to give, to sow good words, good deeds, a smile or a touch. Use us for Your good pleasure. We choose to be faithful!

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Afterwards

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So why would I fear the future? For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life. Then afterward, when my life is through, I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you! Psalm 23:6 TPT

Afterwards? After what? When my life is over and I’ve drawn my last breath, I will return to His presence and be forever with Him. That sure sounds good, doesn’t it? I simply breathe deeply and smile because that my friend, is how it ends for us.

So David ends this famous Psalm with the words, “So why would I fear the future?” Indeed! If we truly believe Gods Word, we know that He’s planned out our lives from the beginning, He never leaves us, He always provides for us, He watches over us and protects us, and He’s prepared a place for us so that when the time comes, we’ll be with Him forever.

I think I could stop right there and end this blog because that says it all.

When fear rams into us on our journey today, let’s respond as David did, “Why should I fear?” This too shall pass! This is only a speed bump, maybe we should slow down a bit so we don’t bottom out! Who is this giant that stands before me? He is tiny compared to the God who fights for me!

What’s the absolute worst thing that could happen to me today that God hasn’t already planned a way of escape for. My job, stay in His presence, keep my peace, listen to His direction for He will work all things out for good to those who love Him.

And I do! So Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Feast in the Fight

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You become my delicious feast even when my enemies dare to fight. You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit; you give me all I can drink of you until my heart overflows. Psalm 23:5 TPT

I love the symbolism in this verse. Nothing like sitting down to a feast at the table of the Lord when there’s warfare all around you. I don’t know about you, but that right there is right where I’ve been.

Turmoil and strife on every side. Drama from this person, and that person. A phone call. A bad report from the doctor. Death knocking loudly. An empty bank account with a pile of unpaid bills.

Then you take a break, open your bible and read the verse above and instantly you think of another.

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. Psalm 34:8 TPT

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Psalm 34:8 NKJV

And quickly you smile because you’re partaking of the food He’s provided and your heart is stilled. Your trust is re-established and your hope renewed. Suddenly a sweet fragrance fills the room as the Holy Spirit anoints you and the worship flows from your heart.

Like a bubbling brook, your joy finds it’s way to my mouth and laughter heals my body and strengthens my mind. I will remain here with You until everything is touched by Your presence. Debt must bow. Sickness must bow. Stress must bow. Drama must bow. Death has been defeated and fear has lost it’s grip.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Don’t Be Fearful

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Lord, even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have! You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of your love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for you are near. Psalm 23:4 TPT

Have you ever been in a cave with no light? I have and believe me when I say that I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face! They turned the lights off for affect because most of us have never been in a place that dark before.

As I read this verse I thought about that moment of total darkness and realized that even in the darkest times of my life, I could always close my eyes and see the light of Gods love. You see, hidden deep within each of us is the light of His love. When He said that we are the light of the world, a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden, it was His light in us He was speaking of.

Without God, we are in total darkness. Just like the millions of souls on this planet that live in a cave where the light has been extinguished and they wander aimlessly from place to place looking for something to fill the void.

As believers, this verse was written to remind us that fear will never conquer us because He already has. Give that same hope to someone else today. Let the light that Jesus placed in you, lead someone else to find the hope and love that you walk in every day.

Tell them that the comfort of His love takes fear away. You’d be amazed at how many want what you have. That they’ll never be alone because once they choose to follow Jesus, He will always be there with them. They’ll never do life alone again.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Best Friend Friday

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The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd.  I always have more than enough. He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love. His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss. That’s where he restores and revives my life. He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness so that I can bring honor to his name. Psalm 23:1-3 TPT

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog this week. Each of you, your comments and words of encouragement are read and appreciated more than you’ll ever know. I share this particular passage because your best friend asked me to. He wanted to remind you that He’s accompanied you throughout your week and has enjoyed spending time with you.

I hope you find the tracks He’s left you so that it leads to His oasis of peace and His quiet brook of bliss. You know you don’t have to go to a remote island to find that, right? It doesn’t cost you a thing to shut yourself away with Him and allow His love to revive and refresh you.

Make this weekend about Him and you, before you fill it up with events and activities. An hour alone with Him will make you more productive in everything else you do if you only put Him first. You’ll be a better father, mother, wife, husband, daughter, son and friend.

You see, relationship with God must be a priority, not a nod as you hurriedly pass by. Every relationship must come 2nd to Him so that you can bring honor to His name. Nothing else will satisfy the longing of your heart.

So today, as you look in the mirror of yesterday and take in what’s behind you, ask yourself how much of that was about you and how much was about Him. Then determine that today, you’ll start out with Jesus. Let Him ride with you to work and pour your heart out to Him. Lavish Him with love and let Him know you’ve found His footsteps.

Until Next Week,

Sandy G

Bride of Action

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When Hathach told Mordecai what Esther had said, Mordecai sent her this message: “Don’t think that just because you live in the king’s house you’re the one Jew who will get out of this alive. If you persist in staying silent at a time like this, help and deliverance will arrive for the Jews from someplace else; but you and your family will be wiped out. Who knows? Maybe you were made queen for just such a time as this.” Esther 4:12-14 Message Bible

I was recently telling a friend the story of Esther and the way God had placed her in the palace to rescue His people from certain annihilation. While I told the story, I became acutely aware of the grand plans God has for each of us and how each of us play a very special part in those plans.

Lately I’ve been hearing, “I know the plans I have for you! Trust me! It may not make sense to you but it does to me. I know the plan. I made the plan. Listen to my Spirit deep inside of you for I will surely direct your steps.”

“Maybe you were made queen for just such a time as this.” A reminder of our value and the role we play. It wasn’t for nothing that you were born with your name at this time in history. It wasn’t for your plans or dreams but God’s plans to complete His gift of a Bride for His Son.

We are a perfect fit into that body. Each of us a cell. Each one a carrier of the Oil that’s been poured out upon us. So be the bride! His bride of purpose and action.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G