“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you…” 3 John 1:2
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a magnificent day today.
The tablecloth. For one special holiday meal most of us will drape the regular dinner or dining room table with a beautiful or colorful tablecloth. This usually dresses up the table to remind us that the coming meal and gathering is something special. When Jesus died for us it is often said that His blood washed us clean and covered all of our sins. Just like the tablecloth covers the ordinary and even worn out or flawed dinner table so too does the blood of Jesus cover our pasts, our sins, our shortcomings and our downfalls to present to the world and to our Heavenly Father a new and celebrated spirit. And just the same way that the tablecloth drapes the table and indicates that something special is about to come, our spirits covered by Jesus’ death for us, indicates something special coming for us in eternity-a place for each of us at our Father’s table. Thanks be to God.
Have an amazing day today.
Love San 😁
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“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all to God’s glory.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a fantastic day today. Let’s talk Turkey! The Turkey, for most families at Thanksgiving, is the center of the meal. Many people bake it low and slow basting often, while others choose to fry the turkey and enjoy its juicy flavor. However we choose to cook our turkey, we all usually see it as the center of our Thanksgiving meal. Much the same way, we all tend to find ways to obey and praise and honor God for all that He has done for us in different ways. Some of us spend lots of time in prayer talking to God to let Him know we appreciate all of the ways He has blessed us. Some of us love to sing our praises out loud to Him to let Him know that we love Him and we are grateful. Some of us reach out to others to spread God’s love as a way to honor God. There are many ways that we all choose to honor God in our lives, but what it comes down to is that we all see God as the center of our lives and hearts and that we live our lives to show the world that God is at the center of our lives. Much like every one gathers around the table with the delicious turkey in the middle and we give thanks for our many blessings, let us come together as one to show the world that God is the center of our hearts and that our lives are centered on serving and honoring our God who loves us and blesses us so richly every day.
Have a spectacular day today.
Love San 😁
“but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often.” Luke 2:19
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a beautiful day today. Enjoying the holiday season. It’s easy to get so caught up in the lists of Christmas wants and needs. Gifts to buy and goodies to bake and cards to send. We plan and shop and prepare and mail until before we know it the holiday season is over and we scratch our heads wondering where it went and how we missed the true joy of the season. Last year I asked God to help me enjoy each day of the holiday season because I didn’t want to see yet another holiday season come and go without me truly enjoying it. And do you know what, He answered my prayer and I didn’t feel like the season flew by at all. This year I am absolutely hopeful for the same. The holiday season, to me, begins with Thanksgiving and goes through the new year and I do believe in Christmas miracles and in the magic of Christmas and in the endless possibilities that can come to us all at Christmas. Just as Mary took in all that was happening at and near the time that her baby boy, Jesus, was born and she kept those things in her heart, so too may we enjoy every day of the holiday season and treasure every wonderful memory made during each new holiday season. Amen!
Have a great, great day today.
Love San ☺
(Photo courtesy of Choosak Wonggaew)
“The elimination diet: Remove anger, regret, worry, resentment, guilt, and blame. Then watch your health and life improve.” Charles F. Glassman
“And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.” Acts 22:16
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a wonderful day today. Lots of people will begin a diet or at least talk about starting a diet after finishing their Thanksgiving meal. It’s understandable as to why. Most of is tend to eat to full capacity and beyond over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Trust me, I get it. I understand that after eating all of the food what we would like to do is simply go lay back in a comfy recliner with our feet up and nap, then magically wake up thin and made new. Our spirits and hearts are no different. We would like to simply shed ourselves of our pasts that we may not be proud of or of our hurts which still grip us so deeply or of our mistakes which the enemy often refers our minds to so that we feel like we have failed. Jesus paid the price for all of us to shed ourselves of all these things for good. We aren’t supposed to beat ourselves up over our pasts or dwell on our downfalls or pains or our worries. We are meant to lay back in the recliner with our feet up, pray and offer all of these things to God and let Him help us. He will be quick to remind us that all of these things that we are stressing and worrying and wearing ourselves out over have already been removed from us. We have so much reason to rejoice and give thanks. Jesus sacrificed Himself for us so that we may live free and filled with joy and hope. Let us live with renewed hope and joy and let us pass these good blessings on to others every day of every season. Amen!
Have a lovely day today.
Love San 😃
“…and before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” Revelation 7:9-10
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a terrific day today. Mashed Potatoes! Mmmm-mmmm. Easily mashed potatoes has always been one of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes. Especially since during the year outside of the Thanksgiving holiday, other than at Christmas, usually getting made from scratch mashed potatoes didn’t happen much. This delicious side dish can turn out a bit bland and boring if not made correctly. You have to be sure to add the right amount of butter, milk and seasoning to flavor your potatoes and you have to know just the right consistency to mash them to, otherwise you can inadvertently make unflavored potato soup. Much the same way that potatoes can become bland and boring so to can our lives become bland and boring if not for the many awesome people God has placed in our lives. Every day we should give thanks to God for each and every wonderful person that He has placed in our lives as well as for the many wonderful people who He still has in store for our lives and family. Each person brings their own unique and creative gifts and talents to our lives which helps make our hearts that much more colorful and fulfilled and which brings joy to our lives in so many wonderful ways. Father thank you for the many amazing people that you have blessed us all to share our lives with. May we always remember to give You thanks for all of them and may we never forget to let them know how much they all mean to us. Amen!
Have a beautiful and blessed day today.
I love you and I am so thankful for you all every day.
Love San 😃
“In 1621, the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians gathered at Plymouth for an autumn harvest celebration, this celebration became better known as the first Thanksgiving.” (Cited History Channel)
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a wonderful day today. I can hardly believe we have already arrived at November. This year has flown by. I wanted to write this month’s messages with delicious food and glad celebrations in mind as we look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with our families and loved ones and friends. The first Thanksgiving was merely a celebration of the fall harvest which would be repeated annually to this day. On that day 397 years ago two completely different types of people came together as one to celebrate, feast and get to know one another. Today we still come together one Thursday in November to celebrate our blessings,to share delicious food and some of us, to plan out our Christmas shopping. In a time in history these days it’s not difficult to notice so many divisions and so many people disliking and even hating others based on differences between one another. Do you know what I find interesting though, if you look at a beautiful plate of food you won’t find a plate made of all one color or all one flavor. The most beautiful and most tasty plate of food will have a beautiful mixture of colors and flavors, and when food is placed on tables somehow all hostilities are laid aside so that a meal can be enjoyed. November is a time when we come together to celebrate our blessings. Let’s remember to see our blessings not just in our own lives and families, but also to be so blessed as to live in a country where we can all come together as one to embrace our similarities and our differences all with one heart made for celebrating Jesus, our amazing Lord and Savior. Amen!
Have a magnificent day today.
Love San 🤗
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.” 1 John 4:18
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Franklin Roosevelt.
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a magnificent day today. This scripture really hit me when I read it, especially in light of the terrible events that have taken place lately. I found myself wondering how much different could the world be if we all chose to let love, true love, drive out fear like the scripture is so plainly telling us. So many people come at us quoting us scripture to prove to us that tattoos are unacceptable, that homosexuality is a sin, that divorce is frowned upon, but what about this scripture? The one that tells us that love drives out fear, fear which can lead to punishment. I’m going to keep the message today short by asking what fears of the unknown or misunderstood are we letting stand between us and others whom we could truly show love to if only we chose to see past the definitions we know and simply see the hearts of the faces we encounter?
What would Jesus say to those we don’t know or understand? What would His love for them look like? We may not be Jesus himself, but we are called to be His hands and His feet each and every day.
God please help our hearts see and love others past the surfaces that we tend to see and define so that we can see them through their hearts and love them with our hearts sending fears fleeing and replacing punishment and hate with hope, peace and love, true love. Amen!
Have a spectacular day today
Love San 😊
(Photo courtesy of Bubba Ratcliff)
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119: 11
“It is impossible to build a solid foundation on the sand of the unknown.” Richard Paul Evans “A Winter’s Dream”
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a wonderful day today. The other night I was watching a show about abandoned places-a subject I find strangely fascinating-when I heard a few historians tell of the possible structural reasons why a massive concrete dam might have given way a collapsed causing a devastating flood. The historians talked about how halfway through the build of this dam the owners of the dam began using lesser quality products than what they had started off with in order to save money and cut costs. These cheaper materials were then later sabotaged when enemies of the area decided to plant bombs to blow up the gigantic structure. Just as the builders of this massive dam began with the best of intentions to create a sturdy and sure structure to supply the residents with much needed water while also keeping them safe, their good intentions may have become blinded and murky against the prospect of possibly having more money back in their pockets. We can often be the same way. Where we began with good intentions, but we lost sight of those things which God created us to do to bring joy to others while praying for their safety and health. Our good intentions may get blurry and distance in comparison to simply barreling through a busy day and missing those in need around us or in comparison to making sure the bills are paid, the dinners are made and the family is safe, healthy and in bed on time. Let us ask God to help us keep our hearts centered on Him, on Jesus and on doing the good and right things which He has created us for. Life can become hectic and crazy pulling out attention in every direction, but we need only whisper one word to God to let Him know that we need His help and He will come running.
Have a great day today
Love San 😊
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it, ‘love your neighbor as yourself.'” Matthew 22:37-39
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” Yoda “Star Wars The Phantom Menace”.
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a wonderful day today. Today is Halloween and fear hangs heavy in the atmosphere all around. Fear and fright are inevitable on a night such as this one, but the fear that we are focused on today is the fear of not being willing to accept and follow the 2 greatest commandments that we were given. Love the Lord with all that we are, sounds easy enough, but the truth is we all have places where we are lacking in loving our Lord with all that we are. Part of that stems from us learning to love ourselves-God’s great creation by the way. We have to choose to fully love and embrace who we are so that we can learn to love God better. And, we don’t all like our “neighbors” let alone love them. Yet that is the commandment plain and clear. Notice how Jesus didn’t even put these two important commandments into one of His well known parable stories, He just spits out the truth with ease like a well rehearsed rap artist spits the rhymes then drops the mic. “These are your two greatest and most important commandments. Don’t get this twisted or turn it around to mean something it is not.” Jesus is saying, “LOVE. YOUR. NEIGHBOR.” Where that love can be allowed to take root and grow it will in time choke out the existence of the hatred and strife which all too often leads to heartbreaking outcomes.
Have a spectacular day today.
Love San 😁
“For we live by Faith not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7
“Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.” Mary Shelley “Frankenstein. Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a terrific day today. They are rebuilding the Titanic!
I read this article in absolute awe as the online article presented a video of the many different levels that the gigantic ship will be comprised of. If you have seen the movie “Titanic” you know that the passengers marveled at not just the sheer size of the cruise ship, but also the opulence of the grand staircase and the details that went into creating the original Titanic. The same kind of details will be seen in this replica of the Titanic, but in today’s day and age there will be more advanced technology which will help drive and run the massive replica ship. I read a few different places, however, that the hull-the watertight part that allows the ship to float-is the most important part of any ship. The comment which I found to be the most inspiring though is that truly the most important part of the ship is it’s crew. When trained and rehearsed correctly they run the ship together like a well oiled machine and without the crew a ship, no matter how massive or exquisite, will only float tied up to a pier, never venturing into open waters. The same goes for us as followers of Christ. We are called to work together, to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the world to create positive, peaceful, loving change. If we can’t work together supporting and encouraging one another we will also simply float tied up to our piers never venturing out into the world to make the positive change, to speak the love and truth of Jesus Christ. Let’s show the world every day, by how we live, that we are the most important part of the ship mapped out towards Heaven and the more people we can work together to venture out and inspire, the more powerful and victorious our crew for Christ will be, and no doubt plenty of people will marvel over that.
Have a phenomenal day today.
Love San 🙂