Sweet Blessings from God
The following are special reminders from God that are near and dear to my heart.
Christmas happened because God always keeps his promises. Do not let what didn’t happen yesterday make you live like it couldn’t happen today.
*from the book Behold a Christmas Advent Journey
Being still does not mean to do nothing. It means to do the work that God has put before you this day while you choose NOT to manipulate or try to control the circumstance that has you hurting, worrying over and bound up. Be still in your heart before Him as you go about your day. Pray, bringing your requests before Him and then choosing to trust Him for the very best outcome. His way will always be for our good and His glory. He loves us lavishly! He wants to give us our hearts desires, but He is also after the core of our hearts. Trusting in His sovereignty in our lives ~ that is where we find peace. 💞
Running the Race
How sweet is it that we are given this beautiful life to live, glorifying Jesus and having Him as an example to run this race.
No matter what you are facing today, may you run with endurance knowing God is behind, before and right beside you.
Hebrews 12: 1-2
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God."
I had the privilege of having my grandson two days this week and I will have my granddaughter with me for the weekend.
As I was playing with Jackson, cuddling him as I was putting him down for a nap and just simply delighting in him (as I do with my granddaughter) I was praising God for family. I am blessed with an incredible relationship with my husband, children, their spouses and my grandbabies.
This got me thinking about different types of families: my close relationship with my sister and her family, my and my husband’s fathers, who faithfully pray for us every morning. We are blessed that we are close with our kid’s spouse’s families. I have a family at work that I adore, my church family. Close friends that I think of as family. I am blessed indeed!
As I was pondering all of this and thanking God for these sweet blessings in my life, I came across this verse: Romans 8:15-17 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. (ESV)
Lest you think that all of my relationships are perfect, let me assure you that I have had many hard relationships, many heartbreaks, many times left wondering if it is worth it to put my heart on the line. If you find yourself in a relationship that is tender, hurting. If you have been hurt by people who are supposed to love you, I pray today that you would be encouraged by these verses.
We are children of God! We have an Abba Father ~ Daddy! I pray for you today that no matter how sweet or hard the relationships in your life, that you will know that you have a Daddy that you can cry out to, depend on, rest in and rejoice with!
As dear and sweet my earthy families are to me, the One I delight in most is my Heavenly Father and I pray that you will find Him to be the One who you can find comfort, peace and delight!
He will never leave you
Tomorrow my nephew is entering the hospital because he has been battling leukemia for a year now and finally can have a bone marrow transplant. Today my daughter in law had to go into the hospital to have surgery for a wound that hasn’t healed after 5 weeks from a farm accident and this morning I found out that my dad had a heart attack.
My sweet blessing for today is that God is with us, behind us, before us in the storms of life and no matter what I am facing, He is faithful to draw me closer to Him through these trials.
Whatever you are facing today, I am praying that you find sweetness in Jesus in the midst of it. In the words of my Pastor to me, I pass them to you: “Life is unfolding under God's sovereign will, these events are not directed towards you. But through this He will deepen your trust in Him”
May God greatly bless you and deepen your walk with Him in whatever you are facing today. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6
II Corinthians 1:21-22 tells us that: “It is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put His seal on us and given us His Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee”
These words, anointed, sealed, guarantee ~ they have great meaning in and of themselves but in relation to our faith; these words are richer and deeper than we can ever imagine!! To be anointed is to be set apart, Ephesians 2:10 tells us we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. We are anointed and gifted by God to carry out the perfect plans He has laid on our lives!
His seal marks us, He owns us! And we have the Holy Spirit as a down payment living in our hearts as a guarantee that Jesus is coming back for us!
When you are wondering who you are in Christ, remember that you are HIS! Anointed, sealed and you have an incredible guarantee of eternal life in Him!
Praying blessings on you as you go through your week remembering what He has done for you.
God is with us
I have a sweet plaque hanging in my home that says: "God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow nor sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way"
I cannot tell you how many times I have sat in a chair by that plaque with tears running down my face, bible in my lap needing to feel His presence. Through finding out something devastating happened to one of my children to wrestling with demons from my past, through satan's lies about who I am.
I have also sat in that same chair praising God for healing from all those things, praising Him for strength and comfort and light which He gives freely, abundantly, lavishly!
God is with you today. In your past, in your future, right beside you. Always. I pray that you would feel His strength, find comfort in your tears and that you would seek His light for your path no matter what you are facing.
Matthew 1:23 says: "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call Him name Immanuel (which means, God with us)
God with us...... there is nothing sweeter.
When I rise, you are there!
Psalm 5:3 says: O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
Rising and seeking Jesus first thing in the morning calibrates our hearts to Him from the moment we wake up. By doing this we allow Him to guide all of our decisions, to protect our hearts from whatever the day may bring and to bring to Him our hearts desires. We leave our lives in His capable hands trusting the He is in the details of and has a plan for each of those details. It's the sweetest way to start our busy days. Yes, Lord, in the morning when I rise, give me You! 💓
Don't you just love the summer?
Walking in the early morning hearing the birds chirping, seeing the squirrels scampering. Feeling the warmth just before the day gives way to the sizzling heat. And just when you think you can't stand it any longer, the sun goes down, and God continues to show Himself in the brightness of the stars and coolness of the night.
In the busyness of our lives, my prayer is that we don't miss God's creation, that we don't miss the opportunity to praise Him though His beautiful creation!
Psalm 150:6 "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!