Never Stop Producing

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8 NKJV

If you happen to watch the news or attend to the current reportings of those who do watch the news, you’ll be aware of a certain underlying fear around you. This seems to be a natural tendency to those who believe what they hear and see verses what they know in their heart to be true. Bear with me as I attempt to explain what I mean by that.

For those who trust in the Lord and believe what His Word says over their circumstances, it holds more truth than what is seen and heard around them. Trust isn’t something that just happens by chance, it’s something that’s grown by experiencing the surety of seeing time and time again as things come to pass as you wait.

When I’m being rattled by what’s happening around me, I begin to remember how God delivered me from the hand of the enemy time and time again. I recall situations that were impossible and how we prayed, believed and saw the salvation of the Lord. Those were the building blocks that supported our faith and the steel rods that caused our trust to become strong. Now that structure can take a whole lot of strong wind and waves and still remain standing.

It doesn’t mean it’s easy, it means that when the going gets tough, we run to the Rock, knowing that He will keep His covenant promises to us. There’s nothing that can come against us and win. Nothing.

So in the midst of your current drought, remember the verse above and may your leaf remain green, and may you not be anxious in these times. Never cease from yielding fruit!

I speak peace and increase over your day. Whatever you put your hand to, may it prosper and may you use that prosperity to help build the Kingdom of God.

Sandy G

I Bring You Hope Today

Lord, I cry out to you out of the depths of my despair! Hear my voice, O God! Answer this prayer and hear my plea for mercy. Lord, if you measured us and marked us with our sins, who would ever have their prayers answered? But your forgiving love is what makes you so wonderful. No wonder you are loved and worshiped! This is why I wait upon you, expecting your breakthrough, for your Word brings me hope. Psalm 130:1-5 The Passion Translation

As I read these verses this morning, I heard the Lord say, “So many are crying out to me in the depths of despair, hoping I will hear and answer them. I’m not hard of hearing. As soon as they cried out, I heard them and sent the answer their way. Tell them to hold on tight to their expected answer. I have never failed them and I won’t fail them now.”

Remember when Daniel prayed and the angel appeared to him? Daniel 10:12-Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.” Daniel came in humility and prayer and he was heard.

You are no less important or valuable to your Father. If He heard Daniel, He hears you. Go back and read that story and encourage yourself to know that your answer isn’t far off, it’s close at hand. Start rejoicing over your answer. Thank Him that He heard you. Be swept away with hope in His Word.

Sandy G

His Treasure

But you are God’s chosen treasure —priests who are kings, a spiritual “nation” set apart as God’s devoted ones. He called you out of darkness to experience His marvelous light, and now He claims you as His very own. He did this so that you would broadcast His glorious wonders throughout the world. For at one time you were not God’s people, but now you are. At one time you knew nothing of God’s mercy, because you hadn’t received it yet, but now you are drenched with it! 1 Peter 2:9-10 TPT

These verses thrill me and overwhelm me with the thought that I’m a treasure. I really hadn’t thought of myself as that. More like a challenge rather than a treasure. But not to my Father.

A priest who’s a king, set up to rule and reign with Him. He sent His Son to be an example so that we would understand our own role in the earth.

A couple days ago I mentioned a young lady who stayed with us who was in need of a rescue, who had lost her way and through some bizarre chain of events, ended up at our dining table where I led her to see her need for a Savior. The first thing I told her to do was to download a bible app on her phone and read the gospels to get to know her Brother, Jesus. He set the example how to live on the earth and He is the only way to know God.

If we don’t know Him, how will we ever understand these two verses that Peter, the ‘challenging’ disciple, wrote to us. How can one be freed from sin, set in the light of His glorious love and not broadcast it throughout the world? We cannot!

For once we’ve been drenched in that wonderful mercy that only our Father can give, can we genuinely want others to be baptized in it as well. If we don’t understand our position, we can’t convey it to others.

When you look in the mirror, tell yourself, “I am a treasure!” Repeat it until you believe it deep in yourself, than turn up your light and let the world see what you reflect–Fathers Love.

Sandy G

Don’t Turn Out Your Light

We can’t allow ourselves to get tired of living the right way. Certainly, each of us will receive ⌞everlasting life⌟ at the proper time, if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9 GW

If everyone around you is living wrong–live right. If everyone around you is complaining–be thankful. If everyone around you is hateful–love. Don’t become like them, be children of God and leave a glow in the darkness that surrounds them. Don’t allow your light to go out because it’s dark, be the light that draws them back to God.

It’s not meant be be easy, it’s meant to be our focus to keep us from being affected by the world, but to affect the world with light. Shining like the stars in the heavens causes people to find direction. That’s why we’re here, to show the way back to relationship with God.

Not everyone will appreciate your shine. More will probably persecute you and harrass you, it’s ok, you don’t have to do anything to convince them, that is the Holy Spirit’s job. Your job is merely to shine.

I’m shining with you,

Sandy G

Enjoy The Blessings

Then the Lord spoke his word to Elijah: “Get up, go to Zarephath (which belongs to Sidon), and stay there. I’ve commanded a widow there to feed you.”

He got up and went to Zarephath. As he came to the town’s entrance, a widow was gathering wood. He called to her, “Please bring me a drink of water.” As she was going to get it, he called to her again, “Please bring me a piece of bread too.”

She said, “I solemnly swear, as the Lord your God lives, I didn’t bake any bread. I have one handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I’m gathering wood. I’m going to prepare something for myself and my son so that we can eat it and then die.”

Then Elijah told her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home, and do as you’ve said. But first make a small loaf and bring it to me. Then prepare something for yourself and your son. This is what the Lord God of Israel says: Until the Lord sends rain on the land, the jar of flour will never be empty and the jug will always contain oil.”

She did what Elijah had told her. So she, Elijah, and her family had food for a long time. The jar of flour never became empty, and the jug always contained olive oil, as the Lord had promised through Elijah. 1 Kings 17:8-16 GW

I cannot read this story without wondering how she felt, the widow. The water was easy, she went directly to quench his thirst. But when he asked for a piece of bread too, that was just too much. Her response was a cry of desperation that God had heard long before she said those words to the prophet.

Why is it God always asks from us the things that are hard to give. Our last bit of coin, our last bit of food, a boys two piece fish dinner? Is it that He’s had a plan to provide all along?

We share a room in our home to supplement our income. It’s been a season of drought as no one has rented for some time. Things have been tight and the struggle is real. I’m sure everyone can relate. With the costs going up and the income staying the same, there have been things we’ve just done without so that we can pay our bills on time.

I recently lowered my rates just so I could get something to help and got a hit. A woman showed up with a friend who was from out of state and down for the week. I gladly showed her the room and how to unlock the electronic locks. She asked if she could take a shower and I told her where the towels were.

It was obvious from the black eye she sported that something had happened. When I saw her on Sunday morning, I asked if she was in trouble and needed to talk, I was always available, she didn’t need to be afraid, she was in a safe place. Monday morning, instead of staying in my office, I heard the Lord nudge me to the dining room table. 10 minutes later she came out of her room, I fixed her breakfast and led into a loving relationship with Jesus.

I shared what I had and the day after she left I got a booking at full price for 8 days. God always wants to bless us, but He expects us to give first where we can.

Sandy G

And I Wait

In the morning, O LORD, hear my voice. In the morning I lay my needs in front of you, and I wait. Psalm 5:3 GW

When I read this verse, I thought of the past few weeks when I did just this. I had a need, a desperate need, and I came before the Lord just as David did. I lay it all down in front of Him for the sake of His covenant promises that He made with me. His Words, not mine. Promises of provision, of healing, of help in time of trouble.

And I waited. Trying not to pick up those needs I had placed in front of Him. It’s what I typically do though. If I don’t see God moving fast enough, I try to figure out what I can do. Do you do that?

But those who allow the process to work itself out, those who trust in the Lord with their whole heart and don’t lean on their own wisdom, but acknowledge that He is well able to keep what is committed to Him, those are the ones He rewards.

You don’t need to look for another job, just look to Him. If He wants to bless you with a better job, He will lead you down that path. Just trust Him.

You don’t need to constantly wonder how He’s going to do it, letting those scenarios constantly loop through your mind. Place them there before Him and wait.

Don’t just wait drumming your fingers on the table. Don’t just wait stressing and worrying about what’s taking so long. Worship while waiting. Exalt Him as the God He is, ever faithful, always watching over you, your children and your grandchildren. Tell Him you’re thankful for His always keeping His Word to you.

When the answer comes, it will be doubly good because you waited well.

Sandy G

Friday’s Shout

Shout happily to God, all the earth! Make music to praise the glory of His name. Make His praise glorious. Say to God, “How awe-inspiring are Your deeds! Your power is so great that Your enemies will cringe in front of You. The whole earth will worship You. It will make music to praise You. It will make music to praise Your name.” Psalm 66:1-4 GW

Friday’s deserve a shout! It’s typically the last day of the work week, and it’s especially sweet when it’s a payday week. But although I worship and praise God everyday, Friday is my shout day.

This is what this morning held: HEY FATHER! I’M GIVING YOU A SHOUT OUT, LETTING YOU KNOW HOW THANKFUL I AM. I COULDN’T HAVE MADE IT THROUGH THIS WEEK WITHOUT YOU. IT’S EXCITING TO SERVE YOU, TO BE AVAILABLE FOR YOU TO WORK THROUGH. MAY YOUR PRESENCE CHASE AFTER ME INTO THE WEEKEND SO I WILL BE FRESH AND NEW WHEN MONDAY RETURNS.

I made up a corny sounding song which I sang to Him. I giggled when I sang it and I think I heard Him giggle too. He loves it when I do that. Not for anyone but Him. Ever catch a glimpse of someone looking weird while driving down the road? That’s someone who no longer cares what the world thinks.

Go ahead! Lose yourself on purpose and give a shout out to the Father.

Sandy G

You’ve Got To Move It Move It

Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. Genesis 12:1

If you’ve read this story, you’ll be familiar with the fact that God didn’t give Abram a map to guide him to the land He was sending him to. No, God said to get up and go to a place I will show you. God requires our action first, before we get His reaction.

God is a motion sensitive God. When we move, He moves. When we seek Him, we find Him. When we give, its given back to us. When we raise our hands and praise Him, He responds by coming into our midst. That’s why they sent singers into battle first, because they knew it would evoke the presence of God and assure the victory.

He expects us to do what He asks. Go figure! Just like we expect our children to do what we ask when we ask. We tend to get frustrated when they don’t. It’s a wonder He doesn’t get frustrated with us! We need to move it, move it!

And when we’re still, we get His direction. Don’t move without it!

Oh Astounding God, if I stand, you’re there. When I’m asleep, You watch over me. When I move, You direct my steps. Is anything too hard for You?

So I will wait in Your presence until I’m clear in Your direction and move till You show me where to stop.

Sandy G

A Place I Hide

But the Lord will be the Savior of all who love Him. Even in their time of trouble, God will live in them as strength. Because of their faith in Him, their daily portion will be a Father’s help and deliverance from evil. This is true for all who turn to hide themselves in Him! Psalm 37:39-40 TPT

I’m thankful that the Lord is my Savior. He is my strength in my time of weakness and in times of trouble, I can run and take refuge in Him.

When I feel I’m a target for the enemy and feel his arrows whizzing by my head, I can call out to God, “Father, hide me!” and just as quick as that, I feel myself being pulled aside in the shelter of a Rock, hidden from persistent pursuit of evil forces. I see them pass by, but they are no longer a threat to my safety and peace.

Turn aside today. Sit with Father and allow His arms to hold you in what you’re facing today. Whatever you need Him to be, He is. Healer. Provider. Deliverer. Strength. Help. Call out to Him, “Here I am, I need You to be that for me.”

He is.

Sandy G

Intentional Prayers

“The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].” James 5:16b AMPC

That word, earnest is defined as serious and zealous in intention, purpose, or effort; showing depth or sincerity of feeling; seriously important, demanding or receiving serious attention.

Did you also know that if you are a believer, you are made righteous not by what you do, but because of what Christ did. You are in right standing with God because of the sacrifice Jesus made for you.

So I like to say it like this; Because I’m in right standing with my Father, when I pray intentional prayers with passion and zeal, I know my prayers are powerful and effective. Because the Spirit of God lives within me, He bears witness and intensifies the words that come out of my mouth and causes those things that I say to come to pass.

I can only pray passionately when I believe in what I’m praying. I believe the Word of God, so when I pray the Word, I know it’s still as alive and powerful as when it was first spoken. I can count on God to keep His Word because He cannot and will not ever lie.

Never think for a moment God doesn’t listen to the cries of His people. He hears & answers.
Your prayers are heard! Don’t quit now!!!