Do it Anyways!

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Have you ever been invited to a party and just didn’t feel like partying? For whatever reason, everything in you just didn’t want to people that day. I’ve been there!

A month ago, Walt and I found ourselves in an unfamiliar place, facing unfamiliar things. It was on our birthday and I’d spent most of the day at the hospital with him. I had taken him his favorite breakfast, but he wouldn’t eat it. He seemed to be stuck in a weird place where I couldn’t rouse him from.

Around 2pm, the doctor came in and she began to ask him questions that he had problems responding to. Finally I couldn’t be quiet anymore. “Please take him off these pain medications. He’s not used to taking any and I believe they’re really messing him up. This man is not my husband! He’s unresponsive to the therapists, he can’t function, heck, before this all happened, he worked 40 hours. Take him off these narcotics! He doesn’t need them! He doesn’t take anything but ibuprofen at home!”

She listened and gave the orders to the nurses. I helped him back into bed, gave him a kiss and told him I was headed home. The truth was, I couldn’t take it anymore. It had been 10 days and the more I stayed and watched him, the more discouraged and hopeless I was becoming.

I drove through the carwash and called a friend and began to sob. I explained what was going on and she began to encourage me to play some worship music and worship. I’m not going to lie–even though I’m a worshipper, there are times I just don’t feel like it and this was one of those times.

I went home, fell on my bed, curled into a fetal position and just let myself cry. It was the first time since the fall that I’d even allowed myself to go there. I called out, “Jesus! I need you! I can’t do this without you! Help me!”

Just then my phone rang, it was my pastor. He began to speak into me and pray for me. I felt the breath of God infuse me with strength and felt that this was going to be a pivotal day for Walt and I. Guess what, it was!

I jumped into the shower to get ready to go to a dinner party a sweet friend put on for our birthday. I didn’t feel like going, but I knew I needed to. Even though I didn’t feel like worshipping, I began to sing songs of love to the Lord and I thanked Him that His hand was on us and as always, He was providing for us and watching over us. As always, I sensed His Spirit coursing through my body and began to proclaim His Word.

Tomorrow, I will continue the story, but for now let me encourage you by saying, it doesn’t matter if you feel like it. Do what you know to do and God will meet you there.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Conformity vs Morality

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Don’t be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” 1 Corinthians 15:33

What if someone gave you a glass of water to drink and just as you’re about to chug it down they say, “By the way, there’s a little bit of poopoo in it, but what’s a little in such a big glass!” Would you drink it? Yet we think nothing of putting corrupt things in our minds thinking it’s only a little bit, how badly can it affect me?

What’s wrong with saying that? What’s so bad about doing that? You’re just old fashioned! Everybody is doing it this way. We’ve all heard it, some of us have even said it, but just because the masses are doing it, does it make it right?

I remember when my girls were growing up and they’d beg to go alone to the mall to hang out with friends and I’d say no. In typical teen fashion, they’d get in a huff, beg and beg, hoping I’d cave to the pressure. They would say, “All our friends are going. We’ll be the only ones that can’t go.” I’d come back with, “Just because everyone is doing it doesn’t make it right. Besides I’m pretty sure there are a lot of parents who aren’t letting their kids go. Even so, you’re not going!”

When I was about 9 or 10, there was a new family that moved in down the road from us. She was a little risk taker and being with her was fun. There was just one problem, she liked to lie. Before I knew it, I began repeating the same behavior and my dad tanned my hide for it. Then he asked me who I’d been hanging around with. When I told him, he forbid me from playing with her again. I didn’t get it at the time. I thought he was just being mean, but I’m pretty sure he was passing on a lesson I’d never forget.

Parents, if you question the behavior of your child’s friends, protect them from bad choices while you still maintain some semblance of control. Teach them the difference between right and wrong so that they will recognize it in the future. It doesn’t mean they won’t make mistakes, but do what you can while you can.

And you, it’s ok to guard yourself from bad influences as well. If you’re asked to compromise your standards or values because everyone else is, walk away! Set a new trend by walking in a different direction than the rest of the world around you. I’d much rather enter heaven alone than to enter hell with millions of followers.

Stand Strong,

Sandy G

Time For Change

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I’ve never been one to keep things the same. In fact, doing my weekday morning blogs to encourage believers is a real stretch for me. Routine has it’s place in the shower, but in the presence of God, the only thing routine is that we actually go in. How often we go and how we enter is never the same.

I know David said that we are to enter into His presence with thanksgiving and His courts with praise, but isn’t that what we do when we enter into any Kings presence? Don’t we always come with utmost reverence, respect and bearing gifts?

Here’s a suggestion; mix things up a little bit. There are times all I do is play and sing worship songs, allowing the presence of God to permeate my space and course through His temple. At other times, I read verse after verse, chapter after chapter, allowing His Word to breathe fresh into me.

At times He speaks softly with a thought, a truth or an answer to a question I posed yesterday. At times it’s while listening to someone teach or a short video I feel impressed to pull up and watch. Whatever I feed into my spirit, the hunger for truth is satisfied and I’m amazed once again at His deep, abiding love.

So while there is so much forced change in the world today, in how we shop, greet one another and gather together, remember to change the way you approach Father God. He’s not a far away God who shakes a disapproving finger at you when you step on a crack. No, He’s a loving God who has no limits or boundaries.

He said, “You will seek me an you will find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13) Does that sound like a far off God? He just wants you to come after Him, so come. Any way you want!

In your pajamas, laying in your bed, with bed-head and holes in your stockings. Unkempt and unclean, depressed and afraid, just come. His Spirit will wrap around your spirit and breathe into you peace and joy. He’ll wipe away your tears, your doubts and fears, simply because you came.

Enjoy The Presence,

Sandy G

 

What Has You Stressed?

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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6

Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell Him every detail of your life. Philippians 4:6 TPT

When pressures come at you from every angle and your needs become greater than your source, you’re staring at the problem again, even though you tell yourself, ‘God is bigger! He has this!’ the battle wages for control of your thoughts. ‘Is God really going to do that?’ ‘Did He really say that to you?’

Sound familiar? Trust me, we’re all under attack in the same way because satan is on assignment to deceive! He did it to Eve in the garden, “Did God really say that?” But James 4:7 says it like this: “So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.”

So I encourage you, child of God! Yes thats right, you are His child with full access to HIS treasure and resources, stand your ground! Don’t give an inch! When the devil pushes you, push him back! God has trained us to stand against those giants in our lives, so lets all band together as a mighty army, praying for one another.

I speak strength into you my friend. Put on your armor, gather your weapons (the Word) and lets quench us some fiery darts today! Be strong in the Lord!

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Friday’s Agreement

 

I wanted to begin my post this morning with a reminder of the blessings of the Lord. Our agreement with His Word is our Amen or ‘So be it’. Things change dramatically when we cast our vote with the Lord. Regardless of how things look, He is for you and your children and their children.

I’ve been listening to this song a lot lately because things have been so crazy around us. I believe it’s super important to stay focused on His Kingdom, His way of doing and being and call that into the earth. We are God’s children, His sons and daughters, speakers of His Word in the earth. If we’re not in agreement with that, what is there?

Our hope is in Him. Our faith is in Him. Our trust must remain in Him. Regardless of how  things look in this earth, don’t displace your hope, faith and trust. Don’t let your foundation turn to rubble simply because you’ve stepped out from under His covering and protection.

Like the old song, “On Christ the Solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand.” Placing your trust in doctors-shifting sand. Placing your trust in God-solid foundation. Placing your trust in employers-shifting sand. Placing your trust in God-solid foundation.

There are many of us who have had our trust in the wrong things for so long and now that things look bad, we’re trying to scramble back up on the Rock before we’re washed out to sea. But beloved, the first thing we need to do is to repent. Repent for unbelief. Repent for not trusting Him before there was ever a need.

I see so many in the world that are like the ones in Noah’s day. They were warned this day was coming, they were told Jesus is coming soon and the days are on us when you’ll need to know how to trust and have faith in God. They ignored the warnings, thinking they had all the time in the world. Their trust was in the world and it’s systems and now they don’t know what to do.

Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go. Don’t think for a moment that you know it all, for wisdom comes when you adore him with undivided devotion and avoid everything that’s wrong. Then you will find the healing refreshment your body and spirit long for. Glorify God with all your wealth,
honoring him with your very best, with every increase that comes to you. Then every dimension of your life will overflow with blessings from an uncontainable source of inner joy! Proverbs 3:5-10 TPT
Until Next Time,
Sandy G

Got Hope?

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We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:3-5

What a mouth full of hope in these verses. I can’t say I’ve always rejoiced when I’ve run into problems & trials. Some of them were so big, I kept running into them and I looked like I’d been in a train wreck. How many can relate to that?

Over the years and through some serious recovery time, I’ve learned that instead of tripping over those obstacles, placing them together created building blocks that enabled me to climb to such great heights where the views were breathtaking. Seeing them from Gods vantage point put the circumstance in true perspective.

He’s always bigger, always greater than any problem we can or cannot see. Its not what you see that makes the difference, it’s how you see it. What you see shouldn’t overwhelm you when you know who is in control, we are! Ask God how to pray, what to speak and do it. He gave us authority over all the power of the enemy.

Have I lost some of you right there? Do you remember that what Adam lost, Jesus took back and gave us our authority back? It is by His shed blood that we have power over the plans and schemes of the enemy. The Spirit of God lives on the inside of us, therefore everything we need to overcome is already available to us. 

No sickness or disease is greater than the power in you. No virus is greater than the power in you. No lack is greater than the power in you. Nothing, absolutely nothing has power greater than the power in you. It’s only possible when you believe, because Jesus said, nothing, absolutely nothing is impossible to those who believe.

Come on up and share the view! Spending time in His presence brings the needed perspective to not just get you through, but to give others hope too.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G

Liberating Truth

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Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” Mark 9:23-24

I’ve struggled with this scripture for years. How can you believe and have unbelief at the same time? Because our mind is where the devil plays. He plays out movies of the most horrendous accident with your children in the car. He plants doubt: “Others may get their healing, but you won’t”. So even though this father came to Jesus for his sons healing knowing that Jesus COULD heal him, I believe the unbelief part was, WOULD He?

Satan is constantly trying to convince us that we’re not good enough, holy enough, ‘Christian’ enough, but the grace to heal doesn’t come by our works, it’s a gift and there’s only one way to get a gift, just receive it.

Walking around sick doesn’t glorify God, walking in health does. Walking in fear doesn’t glory God, peace does. No wonder satan tries so desperately to keep us sick & broke with words that reflect our thought life. 

My mom used to say, “If you can’t find something good to say, don’t say anything at all.” Speaking what you see isn’t faith, speaking things that be not as though they are, that is faith. Jesus said to SAY to impossible things (virus’s), “Be gone!” and don’t doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say is done and it will happen. (Mark 11:23)

We say it, then we doubt, thats being double minded and James 1:8 says we’re unstable in everything. So how do I win over my thought life? Be renewing my mind in the Word of God. Bringing my thoughts under subjection of the Word.

The Lord showed me that if I measure all my thoughts with the Word, I will know which ones to keep and which to throw away. See why it’s so important to know the Word? John 8:32 says, “You shall know the TRUTH and the TRUTH shall make you free.” There is nothing more true than the Word of God.

Lord, I purpose to keep my thoughts in check. Philippians 4:8 NLT “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Remember this: We serve a ‘more than enough’ God, not a ‘just enough’ God, and he’s no respecter of persons.

Until Tomorrow,

Sandy G