(Photo courtesy of my son, Stephen Crook)
“The Lord will make you the head and not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God…and carefully follow them, you will always be on top, never at the bottom.” Deuteronomy 28:13
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a fantastic day today. In response to some things that some special people in my life have been dealing with, as I prayed for them I heard God bring this scripture into my spirit. “You are the head not the tail; on top not at the bottom.” For someone like myself it’s a bit tough to believe when I have often been told since childhood, both by occurrences and by people, that I would never be good enough, that I would never measure up. God wants us to know, receive and come into agreement with this scripture because He knows that He created us to be on top, yet often our own fears and feelings of inadequacy leave us feeling “on the bottom”. It’s not easy to see ourselves as the head and not the tail especially in a world that is more and more reminding us that everything and everyone has more than we do or is more successful than we are. Still the true definition of success is not how much wealth we have or how high on the career ladder we have climbed, it’s about the joy and the praise that we find in the many awesome blessings we have been given, and that’s where being the head and not the tail begins. It begins by seeing God’s goodness all around us and being thankful every day for all of the good blessings He has given to us and we grow closer to the top when we can learn to be thankful of our many blessings and successes of our own no matter who or what may be trying to make us feel unworthy or inadequate. For whatever you are facing speak to it and say, “I am already victorious! I am the head! I am already on top! By my powerful and amazing Father’s hands! Amen!”
Have a glorious day today.
Love San 😄
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, so that He might lift you up in due time.” 1 Peter 5:6
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a splendid day today. “In due time!” To many of us we tend to see this as the time frame that we want it to be and we aren’t terribly found of any other timing. I love how we are told here in this scripture that first, we must humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand. When I thought about this scripture many times yesterday I thought about my job and how to those who are in management positions now only view me as a wee little work horse simply getting the job done. Yet at the same time I am reminded of the story of Joseph whose jealous brothers thought that they had gotten rid of their wee little brother when they had left him in the well, but God’s plans lifted Joseph from the well and eventually to a seat among royalty. We may not be too keen on the job that we do day in and day out and we may not see how we could ever be elevated to the heights of others we see who seem to be living as royalty, but what we don’t see is what God’s mighty hands are already preparing for us above while we are willing to humble ourselves beneath His mighty hand. His plans and His timing our perfect, and when we see His blessings show up for us we will know that they are blessings only our mighty Father could provide and we will know to stay humble even among the great blessings our Father loves us enough to give to us.
Have a beautiful and blessed day today.
Love San ☺
(Photo of sign with a great quote on a church in Middletown, Ct.)
“Who do you say that I am?” Mark 8:29
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a wonderful day today. This question popped into my head last night. Jesus posed this very same question to His disciples as He tried to get them to say what they truly believed in their hearts. Not what others opinions of who they thought Jesus was, but what deep in their hearts they believed. One of His disciples, Peter, answered without hesitation or doubt, “You are the Messiah”. As we face our own challenges, obstacles and woes, are we quite so quick to answer without hesitation or doubt? I heard this scripture last night after a trying day at work and news that my son had faced another health obstacle. “Who do you say I am, Sandra?”
In other words, “What does your heart truly believe?” Looking up the definitions of Messiah I found the meaning of Messiah to be “the promised deliverer”; “a savior”; “the expected king”. Amid the trials, the uncertainties, the angst and the worries, I believe that God is my Saviour, my deliverer and my king through Jesus Christ everyday of my life. I believe that His promises to me are true and that His plans for me, for my children, family and loved ones are for good, even when the here and now doesn’t seem the indicate that possibility anywhere in the near future. Who do I say He is? He is my God, yesterday, today, tomorrow and always! Amen!
Have a great day.
Love San 😊
“For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have tremendously blessed and beautiful day today. The other night I had a dream about a man who I recently befriended. In this dream I came home and he was just hanging out with my family. This was shocking to see, but fine at first as I figured he must have needed some friends. But as I began declaring to my family how good God is this man stood, angry as He said, “so I see you still believe in all that make believe.” Ooohhh…was my response filled with the fire of the holy spirit. In response I said to him, “My God is not make believe. He is as real as you and I and He is alive and well. I believe in a God who took my place and suffered and died for my sins. And I believe in Jesus and His infinite love for you and for me and for us all.” This did not go over well with the man who promptly left. I was angry at the man for being so stubborn against letting God into his heart. How could anyone truly believe that God is “make believe”? I love that my dream revealed to me my complete dedication to God and to Jesus and to my beliefs. I want more than ever to share this with the world. And I love how at the end of my dream I, along with my family, were happily ringing out large bells to let others hear that we believe in God and that God is real, alive and well and He loves us all. And with God all things are indeed possible. For I am living proof of this great scripture everyday. Amen!
Have an amazing day today.
Love San 😄
“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a magnificent day today. Yesterday my mom and I drove home from Connecticut after having spent a week there with my oldest son for his emergency surgery. As we drove home we passed an old abandoned seafood restaurant with an old abandoned fishing boat attached to it. I wanted to turn back around and take a few pictures of the hauntingly beautiful sight, but I didn’t want to make us get home any later than we already anticipated getting home. Seeing the photos of other old and abandoned places like that really speak to me and I think it’s because I can let my mind run free imagining what once was in these old places. It’s like my own life especially when it comes to my children. Time feels like it simply flew by as my children grew up leaving me here so very proud of the young men they have become while at the same time longing to be able to just hang out with the two of them, small and happy go lucky, on our couch watching our favorite movies. Still where I am now, seeing them all grown up and knowing that before long they will have their own families helps me to see how God does make everything beautiful in its time. My memories of my children are beautifully etched into my heart and mind while my joy for who they are now and who they are still to become overflows my heart. Where we think we can see only blank canvases or longing memories let us allow God to reveal to us His great beauty in it all. Then we can be reminded that God is the perfect creator and perfecter, always!
Have a spectacular day today.
Love San 😊
“Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Ephesians 5:17
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a terrific day today. The other day while trying to drive to see Bubba in the hospital my GPS kept telling us to get off of the freeway and turn left. Myself and my mom both kept trying to ignore the instructions the GPS kept giving us convinced that we were already going in the right direction and that the GPS was wrong. Turns out we WERE wrong all along, even though we felt certain that we knew better and even though we kept questioning the GPS whether it was correct or not. Aren’t we so very much the exact same way when it comes to listening to God’s instruction and following God’s good plan for us. We tend to question Him as if He didn’t already know what His very best plan for us is. All along the route we drove once the GPS placed us in the right direction, things didn’t look familiar to us and we still questioned whether we were headed in the right direction or not. When God changes the direction of our lives often times the scenery we find ourselves in can look and feel like unfamiliar territory. This can make us feel even more justified in questioning God and whether He is still leading us in the right direction. The GPS, “she” got us right to the hospital with ease as soon as we stopped questioning her and we chose to listen to her and trust her. The same is true of God with the greatest of blessings and rewards ahead of us on our journey when we choose to listen and obey even when our surroundings feel unfamiliar. God has our best interests in mind for us, we just have to trust that He is always leading us in the right direction even when we feel like that direction is completely wrong.
Have a magnificent day today.
Love San 😁
“And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?” Romans 10:14-15
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a wonderful day today. Remember a few weeks ago when I confessed that I felt like my burning passion for being a Christian had become luke warm. Well, God has wasted no time placing me in new life situations which are further growing my faith and teaching me to trust in Him more and reigniting my fire for Christ, for God and for sharing His love, His truth, His messages with as many people as I can. I have teetered back and forth with the idea of going back to school to get a degree as a counselor or even a pastor, then about 2 weeks ago or so I heard God speak to me and say, “But not one of the chosen disciples had to earn a degree first. First they had to follow and second they had to listen, next they had to obey and go out into the world to share what they had learned. Why should you require any different?” In fact, why should any of us require any different. If we were called to hear and learn then let’s be willing to find some excellent sermons and listen. And if we were called to preach, then let us start by following God and Jesus first then listening and learning, then comes the really hard part…obeying. Do you believe you were called to be preached to and to become more familiar with God’s word, promises and truths? Then find some good sermons and listen to them. I promise you will be inspired, uplifted and encouraged. Do you believe that you are called by God to be the one to do the preaching? Then follow, listen, learn and obey. Let us be brave enough and bold enough to go where God has called us, to live as God designed us to and to share His good, life giving, heart changing truth and promises with as many as God sends our way. Remember we are His first chosen ones and now, we are being sent by Him into a world so much in need. Amen!
Have a great day today.
Love San 😊
“But you are a chosen people…God’s special possession…” 1 Peter 2:9
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a tremendously blessed day today. Have you ever been the last one chosen when team leaders were appointed to build their team? Can I tell you a secret? I was one of those last chosen kids. I was always over weight and athleticism was never my strong suit, so naturally that made me the last resort choice for my classmates. Can I tell you the best truth? God never chose any of us last. He created us and chose us long before our time on this earth even began. God is the team captain and He is building His team here on earth just as He is in Heaven. God is the ultimate team leader because He already knows what the outcome will be. If the circumstances of our lives lead us to question whether we will one day see victory, just remember those who were chosen first by their classmate team leaders were expected to perform well and they were expected to give their best to help lead their team to victory. We are the “chosen” ones, we are special to God, this means that He loves us so very much, and He expects us to perform well and He expects us to be victorious. Do you know? Do you expect to be victorious over your situations? If you struggle, like too often I can find myself doing (remember I grew up the “last one chosen” so I wasn’t expected to do much or be victorious), then lets remind ourselves that God has chosen us, He cherishes us and He knows that our outcomes will lead us to victory. He even made us this promise in Jeremiah 29:11. We will be victorious in our mighty Savior Jesus Christ.
Have a wonderful day today
Love San 🤗
“He alone is my rock and my salvation. He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 62:6
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a magnificent day today. Pictured above is a beautiful apartment building built in 1919. You don’t find architecture quite like that anymore. I love old, historic buildings like this. The stories and history held within their walls could write just endless page turning novels and these buildings were made to last. They have withstood the test of time. Sound familiar? We can try to crutch ourselves on the things of this world to bring us through the trials that we face. We can find comfort in talking to a loved one or in spending time with a good friend. We may find solace in escaping reality in a good book or in the escapades of a favorite video game or in indulging in a comforting food or drink, but these comfort measures, while wonderful blessings, were not meant to sustain us the way only God can. We know that He is the author and His perfect will is always what is meant to take place in our lives so when we read this scripture we can know, find comfort and believe that God is, always has been and always will be our refuge and our rock through every trial, storm, and trouble. Where the things and people we see and know and even rely on may let us down, God allows this to happen to remind us that He will never leave us and will never let us down. And after the past few days I have experienced and believe this scripture with all of my heart.
Have a spectacular day today
Love San 😊
“…that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a fantastic day today. Do we believe this scripture? It’s funny, most of us do. We believe and we trust God with our eternal souls. We trust and believe this scripture and we tell ourselves we are good to go because we have been saved and we are now Christians, but how we do struggle with trusting and believing God for our everyday circumstances or with our finances or with those things we just don’t want to give up control of in our lives. Today my youngest son is going to the oral surgeon to have 4 teeth taken out while at the same time my oldest son is trying to get better in a hospital in Connecticut. Do you know what I have no control over? This is where yesterday’s scripture of having God’s Spirit of power within me comes in to play. The truth is we truly have control of nothing at all in our lives until we fully surrender and we allow God to have His full control. We trust God with our eternal souls, no problem, now let’s choose to truly trust God with our most precious blessings and with our most uncertain circumstances. He’s got all of this under control, and if we find ourselves doubting that then we might want to stop calling Him God.
Have a fabulous day today.
Love San ☺