“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son; so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but shall have eternal life.” John 3:16
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a tremendously blessed day today.
Have you ever felt unlovable? Have you ever felt like you just aren’t good enough and you never could be? If you answered yes to either of those questions then you are in good company. We have all felt that way at one time or another in our lives. Now, can I tell you the best news ever. You are now and you always have been and always will be loved more than you could ever imagine by the King of Kings, the creator of Heaven and earth, our Most precious Heavenly Father. Even when we have felt (or do feel) our most unworthy and unlovable, God has always loved us and He always will love us. The love of God doesn’t have to be earned or chased down, it’s been there for us all from the beginning of time and it will never end. When we try to earn God’s love and grace it’s like a child at a birthday party trying to find a way to “earn” every gift that was given to him. God’s love for us is simply a gift that He wants us to have and not just to have, but to soar to new and greater heights with and to truly enjoy our lives. God has shown us how great His love for us is by sending Jesus our Savior to this earth. Jesus showed us love greater than any love we could ever know on earth, by giving His own life up so that we could live an amazing and abundant life. Today as you read this message and start your day I pray that you will find renewed hope and joy in knowing that you are so loved, so very abundantly loved and that love will never end. No human being on earth could love you with the passion and fierceness that God loves you and no where on this earth could we ever find a title any greater than the title God’s love gives us-children of the most high King. Amen!
Have a spectacular day today
Love San 😄
“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that your day is peaceful and joyful. The scripture above, I have it memorized in my head. I can hear it sung in a song everytime I recite it because when I use to teach weekly bible club we would sing it with the children often. I recall hearing this scripture and for the longest time it spoke to me, but I couldn’t quite grasp what it meant to me. Then one day it hit me, Jesus is telling us, just as He was telling His disciples, to not concern ourselves with striving and seeking after the earthly things, but to first seek and strive earnestly after better knowing God and God’s word. This has made such a profound difference in my life ever since I began to understand what this meant. When I wake up everyday if I choose to go out into the world seeking to satisfy only me and seeking only the things of this world then I am bound to be disappointed and let down, because the things of this earth were never meant to truly fulfill us, but when I go out into the world seeking God first, seeking His wisdom first and His plans first, then I will find true fulfillment and true joy. This is because God’s goodness, His presence, wisdom and love were created to fulfill us in ways no things here on earth ever could. If we think we have found perfect fulfillment here on earth without knowing God or Christ or God’s word, then we will never be truly fulfilled, but when we know that knowing God better will bring us our greatest joy then we can truly understand Matthew 6:33 and we can find our greatest happiness in seeking God first in our lives in every way, trusting God to add all the blessings He has in store for us as He knows is best for us.
Have an amazing day today.
Love San 🤗
“For I Am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13. Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a wonderful day today. Have you ever walked through a haunted house? Oh it’s scary! It’ll get your adrenaline pumping that’s for certain. When we find ourselves scared kind of like that all to quickly we can forget that our God is still with us even as we scream in fear and yell out for help. Fear is a tool of the enemy which we easily find ourselves justifying. We have fears for what the future might bring, fear of rejection, fear of the dark, of water, of heights, of creepy, crawly, stinging things. We all have legit fears which can easily leave us feeling helpless and sometimes hopeless. Here God assures us that He is going to be with us always and that we do not need to fear. The truth is life in general can be scary and we can tend to find ways to cower in our corners and not even want to face life on a daily basis. God wants to tell us to face everyday in faith and with hope trusting that God will bring us through our every day in victory and through every trial and storm He will be with us keeping our spirits strong and holding our hearts and our hands as we face our different fears in life. Today, look to God, thank Him that He never leaves you, not on the good days and not on the bad days. And let’s choose to trust in our Heavenly Father everyday to bring us goodness, joy, love and blessings in abundance for ourselves and all who we love. Afterall, the bible tells us that, “life and death are in the power of the tongue.” (Proverbs 18:21) Let us speak goodness into existence for our own lives and as many lives as we can with true love and true joy in our hearts to spread the love and goodness of Jesus Christ our Savior everywhere that we go. For by doing this fear becomes less and hope and faith can grow in abundance.
Have a magnificent day today.
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”Philippians 4:13
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a terrific day today. Many of you may know that early this year, in February, I dedicated myself to working out more consistently, drinking more water and cutting back on how much I eat. I did this envisioning that by now I would be down by at least 10 maybe even 15 pounds. I had, after all, really committed myself whole heartedly to this endeavor. Yesterday, I went to see the endocrinologist that I work for who surprisingly informed me that I have Hashimotos thyroiditis. Essentially my immune system attacks my thyroid as if it were a bad thing thereby causing my thyroid to not function properly. Can you guess how much weight I have lost in relation to this diagnosis? 0 pounds! In fact, since starting this I have even gained a few pounds. This could easily leave me feeling like perhaps I can’t do all things through Christ who gives me strength. But then I remember what I have accomplished not only in this most recent journey-I can walk longer and farther than I did when I started, I can Zumba like a pro, I can feel proud that I make the time to work out everyday, but also in my life. Perhaps the weight loss won’t come, perhaps it will, but no matter which I can find peace and true joy in knowing I CAN do all things through Christ who gives me strength especially when those things align with who God has created me to be.
Have a spectacular day today.
Love San 😊
“The Lord himself will fight for you, you need only stay still.” Exodus 14:14
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have an amazing day today. This scripture easily provides our spirits with a sense of “ahhhh!” To know that we don’t have to fight. We don’t have to struggle and struggle to win the battles that we face, our God has the victory already in His hand for us, that can provide us all a sense of radiant hope. And do you know what I love the most about this scripture? The fact that it tells us we need only to be still. Do you know why we need only be still and what we gain from being still? We gain more wisdom from being still because we were willing to let God fight and win our battles and we remained at peace throughout the battle and during our stillness we were better able to listen to God speak to us. I find it interesting that we were all created with the innate “fight or flight response” yet we are advised in this scripture to be still and to let God fight and win our battles. The “fight or flight” response helps us to know whether we should retreat or stay and fight. I have found that in those situations where many would run away or shy away from doing anything to help another I have the gift of getting in there and helping out. It’s just who God created me to be, but over the years I have learned that “getting in there” in an attempt to win every battle isn’t the correct response for me everytime. Sometimes it is best for me to be still, be quiet, lift my hands, heart and eyes to God and let Him fight and win my battles for me. If you are in doubt about your battles, look to God. He will let you know exactly how you can leave your battles to Him and what gifts and wisdom you can gain by simply being still and trusting Him completely.
Have a marvelous day today.
Love San 😊
“If God is for us who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a fantastic day today. As summer knocks on our door I thought a month’s worth of refreshing scripture would really hit the spot for all of us. I hope that these messages leave us all feeling refreshed and renewed in our hearts and spirits. “If God is for us who can be against us?” The answer is that many who are not aware of just how great our God is can plot and plan against us. They can even act upon those plots and plans to try to hurt us, harm us or even destroy us, but what they don’t know is that their plans for harm against us, even if they should succeed, is God’s plan to increase us, to elevate us, to bring us the greatest good. My own experiences have brought me through a lot in my life. Many things in my life, including a few people, have meant to do me harm, but God knew that His plans were always for good for me. His plans were and are always for His children to be victorious and to be successful. Looking back at your lives, can you see where God’s plan for good has overcome the plots and plans that were meant to bring you harm? Can you see where God has been faithful in bringing you through what seemed like hopeless times to exalt you higher than you ever imagined you could go. Like in the movie “Baby’s Day Out” where the three kidnappers intended to harm the innocent baby, yet everytime the baby managed to get away from his captures leaving them to find harm until he was able to return back home to his loving parents. We too are always being watched over and protected by the greatest body guard and hero of all time-God! And He will always be for us even to the day when He comes to take us back home. Thank you God for that.
Have an amazing day today.
“When it snows she has no fear for her household…” Proverbs 31:21 Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a beautiful and peaceful day today. This is one of my all time favorite Proverbs. Much of 31 Proverbs describes the Godly, righteous woman. I have learned much over the years about being the steady and strong righteous woman in my life, my home, as a mom, sister, aunt, daughter and friend. If you’ve never taken the time to read what a Proverbs 31 woman is like, I highly recommend reading the entire chapter more than once to help you understand. This particular scripture from 31 Proverbs stood out to me because as a single mom there were many times when I found myself wondering just how I was going to make the next payment or how was I going to hold onto our house or how could I ever afford to buy my children Christmas or birthday presents, but everytime I look back and think of those times I never cease to be amazed at the great and unexpected ways that God provided. As my children got older and I grew closer in my walk with God I knew that God was with us all even through my years of doubt and He was with my boys as they were becoming young men, and that He would always be with all of us throughout every season that we would face. It takes experiencing those trying times to help us find the strength, faith, courage, and hope to have no fear during the cold and barren seasons of life. For if we never experienced those trying times we would never learn to look to God for our provisions. We would always be fooled into believing that we have complete control of our lives and that we will never need God. When the snow comes to your family, have no fear, for the Godly, righteous woman takes refuge and finds her comfort and strength in knowing that her God is always with her and her family and loved ones, and she can delight at knowing that in every season of life her God will never let her down or leave her side.
Have a marvelous day today.
Love San 😄
“Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.” Proverbs 30:8
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a wonderful day today. Ever since taking the train to NY city last weekend I can’t get the vision of the hundreds upon hundreds of tall stone apartment buildings that housed so many people most of them barely making enough money to live where they do. I wondered how many of them were perfectly content to live like that just so that they could live in N.Y. city? Or how many of them see this as their daily bread and see that they are blessed just to have a place to call home. We all have different definitions of what our daily bread should look like, but what it comes down to is us being thankful for the blessings we have every day. We might not own the fanciest car on the block and we might not live in the biggest house in the neighborhood, but looking around us how richly are we already blessed? Yesterday I was hit with some news which could possibly shake up my credit score. For a few moments just knowing this made me feel a tad bit hopeless. Afterall I had worked hard to get my credit score up to where it was, but now it was about to become wrecked again. Then my mom reminded me, “Sandra, what do you always say? You say, ‘God’s will be done!'” She had me, she was right. My daily bread sometimes may include a wrecked credit score, but that does not define me and my daily bread. The family that I have supporting me, my awesome children-all of them! The home we share, the bills that are paid, the miracles of new babies on the way, the blessing of laughter shared and memories made, these are the great gifts that compile my daily bread. No amount of riches could ever measure up to that and no poverty can rob me of these great blessings. Indeed our God is always good!
Have a tremendously blessed day today.
Love San 🤗🤗
“An angry person stirs up conflict…” Proverbs 29:22
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a terrific day today. Anger is an emotion which seems like it simply can not be controlled, but then I think to a sermon I heard nearly a year ago where the pastor quoted, “nothing is out of control that is under God’s control.” When we ask God He will not leave us without the help or the answer that we seek. “Seek and you will find…” Matthew 7:7. We all tend to get angry from time to time, whether with a family member, spouse, loved one, a friend, a co-worker, or even a stranger or a situation in our lives, the anger rears its ugly head, that is when we immediately need to speak to God. Even if all we can manage to say is, “God help me.” It counts! He can hear you. He can calm you. He can change your angered spirit and provide peace where you never expected it to show up. We are created in the image of God, but as faithfully flawed humans and sometimes the anger will come. The important part is that we immediately recognize the anger, take deep breaths, talk to God and let His peace wash over you and don’t let the anger take root or take action. For in a moment of anger acted on without thinking lives can be instantly and permanently changed in terrible ways and those angry, enraged actions can not be taken back. Anger is but a momentary feeling that will pass, do not act and make permanent choices based on temporary feelings. God is always with you, He never leaves you or forsakes you and He will immediately interceed when you need Him there to help you. Just ask and do not let anger get the best of you ever again.
Have a spectacular day today.
Love San 😊
“But when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.” Proverbs 28:12
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a magnificent day today. Just this past weekend my family and I took a trip to Boston. While there one of the last places we saw was the Holocaust memorial. Etched into the glass surroundings of about 5 tall elevator like towers were thousands upon thousands of numbers, each number representing a life taken when Hitler and his regime came in and captured and killed innocent men, women and children. This was a wicked time in history which should never again be repeated, even though in other countries this very same concept of genocide has been committed. Evil is around us all everyday and with little regard for the precious life God’s hands have created, evil simply robs people of their family members, loved ones and friends without so much as a second glance back. The only way to overcome evil is with the good of God and the only way to illuminate darkness is to shine the brilliant light of Christ that lives within us. Let us all be a shining beacon of light to help illuminate our paths and help others to illuminate their paths, so that we can turn away from evil and say to it, “My God is so much bigger and so much wiser than you.” Let us call on the name of our beloved Savior Jesus Christ to drown out the darkness and flood our spirits and our surrounding with the light of Christ. It is our light that evil will at first try to steal, once it can’t be stolen because we stand firm in God, in Christ, it will flee from our doorsteps, but not without a fight. Everyday let us find our strength and faith in God to fight the good fight to keep evil from rising to power in our own hearts, lives and families. For where evil can not take root it certainly can not stand a chance to flourish and rise to power, ever. Amen!
Have a great day today.
Love San 😊