Be A Doer

And he said to them, “As you go into all the world, preach openly the wonderful news of the gospel to the entire human race! Whoever believes the good news and is baptized will be saved, and whoever does not believe the good news will be condemned. And these miracle signs will accompany those who believe: They will drive out demons in the power of my name. They will speak in tongues. They will be supernaturally protected from snakes and from drinking anything poisonous. And they will lay hands on the sick and heal them.” Mark 16:15-18 TPT

It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from or your education level, God needs you! If you surrender to Him, He will use you in the weirdest places in the strangest ways. If you take on His nature of love, you will shine in the darkest places.

It’s time to put hands and feet to the Kingdom of God and be His witnesses in our work place, our community and homes. We all have talents and abilities, skills that God can use to show that famous Love.

You may ask, what can I do? Take an inventory of what you’re able to do and add Gods ability to it. He will use your little, multiply it and make much out of it.

Walt and I have always looked for ways to help those who have less or are going through a tough time. We take what little we have and bless them with it. Just a can of soup can make a meal. Just a smile and word of encouragement can give someone strength to take another step. Just praying God’s peace over someone may be enough to change their lives.

Change your ‘but I don’t’ to ‘I can do this’ and watch God give you opportunities to love. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

Father, I ask for divine opportunities to show Your love today. In the middle of my busyness and business, may I constantly be looking for ways to show others Your deep abiding grace and goodness. Its’ in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen

Be A Doer,

Sandy G

Set Right By Believing

And he believed! Believed God! God declared him “Set-Right-with-God.” Genesis 15:6 Message

This scripture reminded me of an old song we used to sing, Only Believe. I’m sure some of you remember the lyrics. It was a simple but repetitive chorus that stated; Only Believe. Only Believe. All things are possible. Only Believe. Only Believe. Only Believe. All things are possible. Only Believe.

It’s the key to everything, isn’t it? To believe. John 3:16-18 in the Message version gift wraps it for us:

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.”

There’s nothing forced here, it is always a choice with God. He holds in each hand, life and death, blessing and curses, ours to choose which way we’ll go. He didn’t say life would be easy. He didn’t say we wouldn’t have to go through lots of stuff. But He did say He’d accompany us on the journey and that we would be invited to have relationship with Him.

We’re so caught up in our own plans that we’ve forgotten that our life isn’t our own. We’ve been purchased with blood, a life for a life. I was given a second chance and I took it. I’m so thankful. I won’t forget the sacrifice. I won’t forget the freedom purchased for me by that blood. Every day I remember. Today, I get to do life with Jesus.

I choose to believe. My choice is a lasting one. On good days and bad days, when it rains or shines, I will believe. Each day I offer myself, my gifts and my messes to You Lord. Do with me according to Your will in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Believing Always,

Sandy G

You’re Not Alone

What’s God going to say to my questions? I’m braced for the worst. I’ll climb to the lookout tower and scan the horizon. I’ll wait to see what God says, how he’ll answer my complaint. And then God answered: “Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on its way. It will come right on time. Habakkuk 2:1-3 MSG

I’ve been given prophetic words in the past, words that I heard with my ears and received in my spirit, but felt as if they must be talking about someone else. Have you ever felt like that? You know you’re called to something much bigger than yourself. You have passion for God that others think is too radical. Things that you’ve read in the Word has expanded your thinking and you know God has included you but you have no idea how, where, what, why or when it’s going to happen.

In the process, you’ve learned Gods voice and stepped out in faith to obey instructions that made no sense in the natural. When someone asked why you did that, you shrug your shoulders and respond, “Because God asked me to.” You’ve seen eye rolling taken to a whole other level. You’ve heard the snickers of friends and family alike as they shake their head and say, “Guess they’ll just have to learn the hard way!” But you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you were obedient, even after your own thoughts scream in your ears, “You’re so stupid! When will you ever learn? God didn’t say that! You don’t hear His voice! He doesn’t speak like that anymore!” But you know! Regardless of what things look like or feel like or sound like, you know!

If this is you and you’re in the span of time between obedience to what you heard and the manifestation of promise, let me take a moment to encourage you. Hang on because there’s a rumbling going on. I hear the Spirit of the Lord say, “I’m pulling them together, my remnant, my bride. You’re not in this alone, for there are many more like you. Don’t be discouraged or downhearted. Don’t give up and quit! You’re not running this race alone.

“Just as Elijah stood exhausted from the good fight in the cave at Horeb where I told him he was not alone, but there were 7000 others who had not bowed to the god of this world, so you my sons and daughters are also not alone. And just as a body is linked together by cells, blood, tissue and bone, so are you linked with others for my purposes.

“The rumbling you hear, is the dry bones coming together to form a mighty army of men and women all around the world. Every nation, every tribe and tongue, who are filled with my Spirit and are willing to obey my voice, these are those who I will use in this last day. My timing. My Kingdom coming, my will being done on this earth as it is in Heaven.”

In my wildest dreams, I couldn’t imagine being included on anything of this magnitude. It’s mind bending, scary and cool all at the same time. I’m awaiting instructions and am confident that He who began a good work in me is faithful to complete it. I’ll continue to run this race that is before me, looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith.

So be it!

Sandy G

Be That Reminder

in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the Lord, and when they raised their voices accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other musical instruments, and when they praised the Lord saying, “He indeed is good for His kindness is everlasting,” then the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not rise to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God. 2 Chronicles 5:13-14 NASB

At times, I will read something in the Word as an answer to something that I’ve been asking the Lord to explain to me. If you’ll indulge me, I’d like to share something I’ve noticed happening to me personally over the past several months. Something I’ve experienced throughout my life, but could never put into words.

I’ll be in conversation with someone and begin to mention what an awesome and mighty God we serve and suddenly, I feel goose bumps coursing over my flesh in waves as if the Spirit of God who lives in me, is moved by the words I’m speaking. Crazy, right? Yet it’s happening more and more frequently.

Last week while at work, a particular patient came up to the window to check in. As always, I exchanged pleasant conversation with her, accompanied by my normal smile. She made a comment about how good God is and it ignited the fire inside of me. I begin to sing the song, “If God has been so good to you, you ought to praise Him. If God has been so good to you, you ought to praise Him. If God has been so good to you, (jumping to my feet) you ought to stand up on your feet and praise and magnify the Lord for He’s the one who set you free. Praise Him! Praise Him!”

She clapped her hands together with tears in her eyes she said, “Oh my dear, thank you for the reminder! I’d become so consumed with my problems I’d forgotten just how good God has been to me.”

Last night I carried Walt’s suitcase down through the corridor of the hospital where he’s been in rehab for the past 2 weeks. There in the hall was a man I had seen several times, part of the housekeeping crew who always smiles and nods. Some distance away he called out, “Going home today?”

“Tomorrow,” I replied. “Just taking this home tonight.”

His voice rang out in the hall, “God is good!” and I responded, “Always! He’s always good! Forever faithful, even if we’re not. His mercies are new each and every morning.”

I could see it in his eyes and feel it in my spirit, the tangible glory of God coming over us in that moment as we took the time to acknowledge His goodness. Just as the singers and musicians in unity began to proclaim Gods goodness and it ushered in His presence so that the priests and ministers couldn’t stand.

It’s the ‘new’ thing God is doing in the earth. He’s igniting the passion that burns in us all so that each time we open our mouths to magnify His name, He fills His temple, the one not made by hands, with His glory. It’s out of that reminder that true revival breaks forth, not in a building made by hands and not by one man as in times past, but a mighty outpouring through those willing to be bold wherever they are. Walking in a hospital, walking on a bridge, working out in a gym, doing your job, eating your lunch, wherever you happen to be, fanning the flames to create a roaring fire.

Be The Reminder,

Sandy G

A Prayer For Favor

“Lord, let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of this Your servant and to the prayer of Your servants who delight in revering Your name. Give Your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” Nehemiah 1:11

“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us-yes, establish the work of our hands.” Ps 90:17

Both Nehemiah and David had no problem with asking God for favor. Dictionary.com defines favor as excessive kindness or unfair partiality; preferential treatment. It’s not something we deserve or can earn, it’s the unearned, undeserved favor of God. It’s similar to when you buy your children gifts out of your generous nature. When you see something you know they’d enjoy, you just buy it for them for the mere pleasure of seeing the smile on their face.

Jesus said that if we ask, we would receive so ask big! Ask because He’s your Father and He loves you. Ask because it’s His pleasure to give you the Kingdom. Ask and expect what you ask for because if you ask for bread, He won’t give you a stone.

Father, I ask that at every turn, wherever I go, whatever I do, may I have divine connections and the favor of the Lord. Be with our pastors, parents, employers; our children, grandchildren & siblings. I ask not just for myself, but that your favor would be upon them all. In Jesus’ Name and for YOUR glory, Lord, that your Kingdom would come upon the earth.

Let His Favor Overwhelm You,

Sandy G

When Trust Rules

“I say this because I know the plans that I have for you.” This message is from the LORD. “I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future. Then you will call my name. You will come to me and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will search for me, and when you search for me with all your heart, you will find me.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 ERV

Trust. Thats what I feel the Lord is speaking to me this morning. The word trust is defined: reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of (GOD) a person or thing; confidence.

Notice how I slipped God in that definition. I just added His name and look how your confidence level changed. You see, God never intended for us to trust in what we see, but in what is unseen. For it’s the unseen that changes the seen in any situation, not the other way around.

Don’t try to humanize God by bringing Him down to the level of your need. Bring your need to the level of your God. It’s not even fair to your need because God is WAY bigger and you can trust Him.

Close your eyes and compare your problem to your God. No contest! It’s time to lift up the things you’ve been trying to carry to the God who has GOOD plans for you. He’s not hiding from you, but you have to close your eyes to see Him. Love you my friends.

Like a vacuum, may He suck you into Himself and show you what He’s capable of.

Trusting,

Sandy G

Banishing Fear

God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love. I John 4:17-18 Message

I just looked up the definition of the word ‘banish’ and this is what it says: to expel from or relegate to a country or place by authoritative decree; condemn to exile; to compel to depart; send, drive, or put away. Do you see what love does to fear? Love gives you the authority to ban fear from operating in your life. It doesn’t allow your fears of failure, defeat or loss to dictate the outcomes of your future.

Love at its finest is God. Do you see that? Surrendering to that kind of love is life changing. It’s empowering. On it’s wings comes peace and assurance. Trying to control things you weren’t meant to is where fear comes from. Surrender to God puts trust where it belongs, in Him.

Ephesians 3:14-20 says it like this:
My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

Gods purpose isn’t to control us and make us do things, it’s in surrendering to the depths of His love that we experience freedom. As Paul said in Galatians 2:20; I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Banish fear and plant yourself in Love today. Watch the fruit become evident in every area you come in contact with.

Fridays Prayer Time

In my distress I called upon the Lord, yes, I called out to my God; and from His temple He heard my voice, and my cry for help came into His ears. 2 Samuel 22:7 NASB

As I begin my prayer this morning, many of my friends come to mind. Friends who have been hit by events that have left them reeling. As a storm sometimes appears out of nowhere and creates tornados and hurricanes, leaving destruction in the aftermath, so has their lives been turned upside down by the things they’ve recently faced.

It’s not been an easy year for us either. We’ve endured several falls, fractures, open heart surgery, back surgery and recently been slammed by another horrible diagnosis. How do we get through it? We lay it at the feet of Jesus who took all of our infirmities on himself so that we could walk in healing. We cried, we laughed and than, we worshipped. We worshipped our way into a place of peace and trust. We fell down at His feet and gave ourselves over to whatever He needs for us to do for Him.

If you’re in distress today, let me help you retrain your focus this morning. Begin by remembering that we are His children and that He loves us more than we can even imagine. Let these words become your own as you lay it all down before Him.

Father, my Father, Your love for me is overwhelming. I receive all that You have for me this morning and I want you to know that I trust You. I trust Your plans to be good and not evil, to give me a future and a hope, to satisfy me with good life and show me Your salvation. Regardless of what my eyes may see or my ears may hear, I set myself to trust in what I don’t yet see with my physical eyes or hear with my physical ears.

That same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in me via the Holy Spirit. It’s enough. It’s always enough. I tap into that power this morning, knowing that it will change dark to light as I go through my day. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Until Next Time,

Sandy G

Thought Watchers



One of my many favorite verses is found in Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”

I can have the end result, perfect peace, IF and WHEN I stay focused on God and trust Him. I think thats pretty straight forward, don’t you? But HOW? How do I stay focused on Him?

I truly believe that it’s how you train yourself to respond to things. You either allow your thoughts to control you or you control your thoughts.

I used to daydream all the time. I could imagine the most awful things and end up crying. I decided I didn’t like that feeling so I put a stop to it. I began by thinking differently and praying in my prayer language more. When my mind would wander, I would grab the bible and begin reading.

The weapons we use in our fight are not the world’s weapons but God’s powerful weapons, which we use to destroy strongholds. We destroy false arguments; we pull down every proud obstacle that is raised against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 GNT

My focus can’t remain on the storms of life or I would be no use to others. When thoughts creep up and try to capture my attention, I cast them down. It’s not always easy, but it’s something I train myself to do. You can too! If you’re going to think, think on the good in people instead of the bad.

Peace comes when I train my mind to constantly think on God and His promises, even when bad storms come into my life and I don’t understand whats happening. Creating habits, good or bad, comes by repeating the same behavior over and over again. I will keep bringing my mind back to what God said and rest in His promises.

Father, I struggle every day with an overactive imagination! But I will rather use it to imagine You in all Your glory. I will close my eyes and think on Your majesty and power, Your awesome wonder. You will keep me in perfect peace as I think on You because I trust You. Amen

Thinking On Him,

Sandy G

Unwavering

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s family. Go to the land I will show you.

“I will make you into a great nation.
    And I will bless you.
I will make your name great.
    You will be a blessing to others.
I will bless those who bless you.
    I will put a curse on anyone who puts a curse on you.
All nations on earth
    will be blessed because of you.”

So Abram went, just as the Lord had told him. Lot went with him. Abram was 75 years old when he left Harran. Genesis 12:1-4 NIRV

Abraham left his family and country to pursue the promise of a God he had only just met. Noah built a giant sized boat on the Word of an unseen God who said it would rain in a land that had never known rain. For 120 years he endured ridicule. David was anointed king but was hunted for years before he took the throne.

Who does that? People whose focus remains intentionally unwavering regardless of the time involved in the process.

We live in a society where waiting 3 minutes at a stoplight causes anxiety attacks and heaven help us if the drive thru window attendant is too friendly to the person in front of us.

When what God has promised doesn’t manifest in the time we’ve allowed Him, we tend to toss our faith away and assume God could care less. We couldn’t be more mistaken! He is more then faithful to a faithless generation.

There is NOTHING impossible to those who believe. Absolutely nothing! Don’t throw away your confidence just because it doesn’t show up when and how you think it should. Every story in the bible began with a promise. The length of time is determined by unwavering faith regardless of the odds and unchanging words.

Abraham got his son. Noah got his rain. David took his throne. You too will have what you’re willing to wait for. Just keep pursuing the presence of God and continue doing what He says.

Holding My Ground,

Sandy G