It’s Time For Discovery

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For if you choose self-sacrifice, giving up your lives for my glory, you will embark on a discovery of more and more of true life. But if you choose to keep your lives for yourselves, you will lose what you try to keep. Luke 9:24 TPT.

I’m reminded this morning that discovery takes place by looking for new things where you’ve not looked before. This can take place in different ways, but I’d like to share one experience where it happened to me.

I’ve always been the ‘designated’ driver. When Walt and I were dating, it quickly became obvious that driving made him tired. This was long before he’d been diagnosed with sleep apnea or began sleeping with a bi-pap machine. So I inserted myself behind the steering wheel anytime we went for a long drive anywhere.

In doing so, I was so focused on the road and driving, that I wasn’t always aware of things along the way. If someone else would be driving, I had to re-train myself to take my eyes off the road and look at the scenery. It was there that I began to discover places I wanted to visit or restaurants I’d like to try.

I get so focused on my destination that I forget to look for new things. When I read this verse, I heard the Lord say, “Let me drive so you can enjoy the scenery. There are things I want to show you today. Things that have been there all along, but your mind has been on other things. Don’t focus so much on the road you’re on that you miss what I’m trying to do in and through you on your journey.”

So I’m paying closer attention today. I’m watching for things I may have missed, locations, people, things God is trying to show me. I want to discover the plans and purposes of God, not for 5 years down the road, but for today alone.

I’m discovering that to be in control is just an illusion. Real control is complete surrender. Allowing God to insert Himself behind my steering wheel so that I can pay attention to opportunities He has for me, that is true discovery.

Enjoying the Ride,

Sandy G

My All On The Altar

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At each and every sunrise you will hear my voice as I prepare my sacrifice of prayer to you.  Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on the altar and wait for your fire to fall upon my heart. Psalm 5:3 TPT

Every morning when I rise, my spirit reaches up to touch the heart of Father. Sweet kisses! Good morning Holy Spirit. What’s up for today? I yield my plans, desires and agenda into Your hands. May I please You at every turn and be an overflow of Your presence onto every person I meet.

When I lay my head at night, it’s a big thanks for guiding and keeping me, my husband, my children and grandchildren. You’ve covered me and I’m grateful. Sweet sleep is ours tonight and may we dream of times in Your presence. Perfect are Your ways and all of our steps are ordered. Such a wonderful Father. So excited for what awaits me again tomorrow. Tonight I lay down my cares into Your capable hands.

I love how David lay out the pieces of his life on the altar of his heart and waited for the fire of God to fall and consume his sacrifice. It’s not always easy to lay it all down, but it’s so necessary. For if we carry what we weren’t meant to carry, our hands will be too full to carry what we need to.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Covered By Glory

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King David’s song when he was forced to flee from Absalom, his own son

The Humbling of a King

Lord, I have so many enemies, so many who are against me.
Listen to how they whisper their slander against me, saying:
“Look! He’s hopeless! Even God can’t save him from this!”
Pause in his presence

The Help of God

But in the depths of my heart I truly know
that you, Yahweh, have become my Shield;
You take me and surround me with yourself.
Your glory covers me continually.
You lift high my head when I bow low in shame.
I have cried out to you, Yahweh, from your holy presence.
You send me a Father’s help.
Pause in his presence

The Song of Safety

So now I’ll lie down and sleep like a baby—
then I’ll awake in safety, for you surround me with your glory.

Psalm 3:1-5 TPT

Those who cry out in the middle of their test will end up with a testimony. Those who focus on their test will continue being tested. I don’t know about you, but I want to focus on the one who covers and cares for me. Regardless of how many enemies came against David, it was his sincere magnification of His God that saved him every time.

It’s so easy to get our focus wrong. I’m not saying to ignore the problem, but it can’t consume you either. Paul tells us in Ephesians 6 that when you’ve done all you can do, stand. Stand in the knowledge of the truth of God’s Word. Stand in the stillness of His presence. Stand in the power of of His glory. Let Him cover you.

My friend, you may be facing the biggest giant you’ve ever seen. Perhaps you’re not sure how to conquer your fear and the intimidation it brings, but let me assure you, God is bigger and He has you covered. It’s at times like this we all need a Savior and Jesus, He is that for us. He’s your glory and the lifter of your head.

I hear the words to the old hymn, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” There’s so much truth in that song. When we focus on Jesus and all He’s done, we realize that nothing is impossible if we believe.

What about you? Where does your mind go and how long will it stay there before you realize you’re thinking on the wrong things? The One who covers you, holds you in the palm of His hand. He never leaves you or forsakes you. He has plans for you and a future like you can’t imagine. Keep your eyes on Him. You can’t do it, but He’s got you covered.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

The Ripping Affect

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“And who would mend worn-out clothing with new fabric? When the new cloth shrinks, it will rip, making the tear worse than before.  And who would pour fresh, new wine into an old wineskin? Eventually the wine will ferment and make the wineskin burst, losing everything—the wine will be spilled and the wineskin ruined. Instead, new wine is always poured into new wineskins.” Mark 2:21-22

Rip! Thats the sound that comes from placing new wine in old wineskins. We ask God for more of Him, more of His Spirit, more of His presence, but we fail to understand that the old mindset can’t handle what the Spirit of God is doing.

We keep looking for the old, the old time revival, the old rugged cross, the way it used to be. Those things had value for what they accomplished in their day, but our focus can’t be there anymore. Luke 5:39, Jesus said, “No one who drinks the old wine seems to want the new wine. ‘The old is just fine!’, they say.”

I cannot tell you how many churches have remained in a state of limbo because they refuse to change out the old with the new. It’s sad to see people my age and older who are content with what was. They refuse to get out of the comfort of their pews in search of new music, new worship, new wine.

Yesterday morning I awoke to a snapshot of a state map with all the highways and cities and the Lord spoke this to me: “You become so consumed with the journey that you forget your destination.” Don’t get so hung up on the journey to heaven that you forget what the journey should be about. Keep your focus on Jesus, the author and finisher of our race.

We’ve been blood bought, yet we live our lives as if we owe no one. Busy doing our own thing, going after our own goals and dreams. We buy because we want not because we need. We don’t seek the Lord because we don’t really want to do what He asks of us. We are the rich young ruler who turns away sadly because the Lord has asked too much of Him and revealed where his love really was.

Have mercy on me oh God! My life is not about me! My old life has been ripped from me. Thankfully! If it hadn’t been, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Was it painful? Every tear, every rip! If I’m not willing to let God rip the old from me, I will never have room to contain the new that He wants to put in me. My agenda doesn’t matter. I must surrender and not look back.

I’ve surrendered my marriage for a new and better one. I’ve surrendered my children so that God could do the same in them as He has in me. I’ve surrendered my old church, my old friends, my old job, my old home because I realized that unless I leave the old, I won’t be ready for the new.

“Never going back! Never going back! Never going back to the way it was!” Let me be empty and poured out, made new, when the ripping is over, may I stand in Your presence ready to be filled with the new wine of your Spirit and the new plans You daily map out for me.

Until Next Time,

Sandy G

One Day

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For just one day of intimacy with you is like a thousand days of joy rolled into one! I’d rather stand at the threshold in front of the Gate Beautiful, ready to go in and worship my God, than to live my life without you in the most beautiful palace of the wicked. Psalm 84:10 TPT

Just one day. One day in the presence of the Lord is indescribable to those who’ve never experienced intimacy with Him. But David penned it so well, “like a thousand days of joy rolled into one!” It’s better than the feelings I had on my wedding day. Better than the intimacy we shared on our first night together. More thrilling than the sound of our baby’s heartbeat or the first glimpse of her as she made her way into the world.

I’d rather sit on His lap and be wrapped in His arms than to be introduced to kings and queens on this earth. I’d rather feel His sweet breath on my neck than the warm embrace of my lover in our marriage bed. I’d rather hear His voice than the voice of accolades or praises from something I said or did to someone.

I’m ready to go into His presence and lay at His feet. Ready to give my offering, as pitiful as it may be, I know how lovely it is to Him. He takes my little and makes it much. He takes my tears and kisses them away. No one can do that like Jesus. No one!

What will you do with your day? Will you place your hand in His and allow Him to lead you down a strange path, an unfamiliar street? Will you choose His way or yours? Better is one day in His presence than a thousand days of doing my own thing, living my way. As He places His hands on your shoulders, will you allow Him to lead? Will you trust Him with your one day?

My heart belongs to You oh Lord. Nothing can take Your place or satisfy me as You do. I submit and surrender my plans for Yours. Lead me and guide me for I place my trust in You. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Stretching Pains

Do you think you can explain the mystery of God? Do you think you can diagram God Almighty? God is far higher than you can imagine, far deeper than you can comprehend. Stretching farther than earth’s horizons, far wider than the endless ocean. If he happens along, throws you in jail then hauls you into court, can you do anything about it? He sees through vain pertensions, spots evil a long way off–no one pulls the wool over his eyes! Hollow men, hollow women, will wise up about the same time mules learn to talk. Job 11-7-12

I don’t use the Message bible often, but this made me laugh. It reminds me of the old sitcom, Mels Diner and the tall waitress with the southern drawl who was constantly saying, “When donkey’s fly!”

We think we’re so smart, we have it all figured out just as God takes a hard right. Hey wait a minute God! Are you sure we should go this way? I like the scenery over there better than the scenery here. Can’t we spend a little more time just resting here by the brook?

I feel God stretching me today. He’s stretching my faith, my ability to hear and obey. There are days I feel like Gumby and my arms simply won’t stretch any further, but once again, He proves me wrong and stretches me some more.

Father, I will not doubt your ability to take dead things and bring them to life. I will not doubt that the seeds I planted are merely dormant for a season, but in due time you will breathe on it and cause those seeds to live.

Thank You for stretching me beyond my limitations. Each moment spent in Your presence brings me fullness of joy and at Your right hand, pleaures forever more. It’s in Your great name and for Your glory, Amen

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

My Way or the Highway

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For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9 NLT

Sometimes I’ll be dreaming up ways that God could answer a prayer or concern I have. I feel His eyes on me, smiling. “I’m doing it again, aren’t I? I’m trying to figure everything out. Seems I’d learn by now. There is absolutely no way I will ever figure out how You’re going to do it, but I trust that You will and I’m going to rest now!”

There are times I’ll just be talking with the Lord about some concerns I have, before I know it, He answers me in such a unique and special way that I just know it’s Him. I hadn’t told anyone else, so I know it could be no one else.

I talked a little bit about expectations and trusting the Lord, but let me tell you that until you step out on that limb and know that God is able to keep the limb up even when the rest of the tree falls, you’ll never know true trust. If you’re willing to believe, all things are possible to those who believe.

Either trust God or not but don’t hang on that fence any longer. Either believe His Word to be true or not but don’t hang out in the middle to just watch. I believe that my steps are ordered by the Lord! That means that regardless of what happens, whether or not it makes sense, it’s all a part of a plan that is larger then I am. I mean seriously, people! Look what He has to work with!

Don’t blame God when you’re the one who took the easy or logical way. I believe we are standing under a sky black with the promise of rain. We can run to shelter or get drenched, our choice.

Sometimes doing the safe thing isn’t always the right thing. Remember that David chose to run toward the giant when he could have run away. Don’t run from your destiny, run toward it & just trust God.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G