“Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2. Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a phenomenal day today. Sometimes the world and the things created by the world can become far more appealing than chasing after God. I get it completely. Afterall there are bills to be paid, errands to run, children to tend to and jobs to do, and anything that can ease our busy, hectic lives can often times draw our attention much quicker than the idea of attending a weekly bible study or spending quite time alone reading the bible or going to church on Sunday morning. Still, this scripture reminds us that if we want to stand firmly on our Father God, our rock, we can begin our climb onto the rock by setting our minds on the things of God and of Heaven more so than on earthly things. When we can begin to make a habit of setting time aside to spend in God’s perfect presence whether in our rooms in quiet prayer or while taking a walk and listening to a sermon on our phones, we then can be provided the gift of peace for a moment. The blessing of knowing that in that time with God our every word spoken is heard, our cares, worries and fears are no longer ours but His, and our minds can rest and find restoration in hearing that God is fighting our battles for us and winning even long before we asked Him to help us. When we set our minds on the things above we can know that we will find peace, hope, joy and victory in our thinking which will spill over into our lives and into our words and interactions with others. The same goes with the things of this world. When we set our minds on the negative, the worries, the past failures or the fears this also can spill over into how we live, think, and influence others. Let’s choose to set our minds on the awesome, powerful and victorious Kingdom above so that when others see us they see our hope, joy and peace, and may our mind set be contagious.
Have a great day today
Love San 😊
“Still other seeds fell on good soil where it produced a crop…” Matthew 13:8
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a terrific day today. In this parable which Jesus tells to His disciples, we learn how we can be like the different kinds of seeds through different seasons in our lives. What I recently took notice of (thank you God) was how even the good seed which fell on the good soil to produce an abundant crop, had start small as a seed, had to be nurtured and supported as it grew and it had to push through the dirt in order to create the harvest. The same goes for us. Sometimes life can leave us feeling just as tiny and as insignificant as the seed before it is placed in the ground. But remember, just as the seed takes root and grows thanks to the support and nurturing care of the sower, so to can we be rooted in our God, nurtured by His loving embrace and fed by His wisdom never ending, as we push through our own dirt to multiply, just like the seeds, to produce an abundant harvest which can feed many. And just as the one tiny seed planted, nurtured, broken through the dirt and producing the harvest which feeds many we are also, like the harvest, producing new seeds in our abundant harvest which will also one day themselves be planted, take root, be nurtured and break through their own dirt to produce an even greater harvest. Just as one tiny seed may seem small in insignificant to some, we know that just as God has a greater plan for that tiny seed, God also has a greater plan for us as we are planted and take root in Him to push through our own dirt to produce abundant harvests in our lives and in the lives of others! Amen!
Have a spectacular day today.
Love San 😀
(Photo courtesy of Choosak Wonggaew)
“As for God, His way is perfect…” Psalm 18:30
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a magnificent day today. New beginnings take place all over the world every day, whether we know about them or not. These new beginnings are truly a gift, but with this gift can still come nervousness, anxiousness, doubts, fears, and uncertainties. After all, the likelihood is that we’ve all had new beginnings more than once in our lives and chances are we had to go through some changes and even a few endings to get to our new beginnings. “Closing time, every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end.” This line from the song “Closing time” by Semisonic used to always make me feel a little sad when I’d hear this song because I knew that while the new beginnings were exciting for some, the beginnings which had to come to an end surely meant heartbreak for others. That was certainly all too familiar to me. To get to our new beginnings oftentimes we have to make it through the closings of old things, some we are more than ready to see go, others we don’t ever want to let go of, nevertheless, we will have to face the closings and endings no matter how hard they may be to face, in order to see our new beginnings take shape. Through the endings and the beginnings we will always find that the best way for us to handle either one is to keep our hearts and our eyes firmly focused on our steady rock, our Father God almighty! For through every change that we face, He will always remain our steady and solid rock. He will always stay right by our sides whether grieving an ending or celebrating a new beginning. Amen!
Have a tremendously blessed day today.
Love San 😋
“The Lord blesses His people with peace.” Psalm 29:11
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a phenomenal day today. Breathing a sigh of relief! Life can sometimes grip us and get us so caught up in the whirlwind of the many happenings going on around us that we can often lose our identity in the whirlwind and we can forget the things and the people which are most important to us. When we ask God to help us, when we ask Him to provide us peace and rest from life’s whirlwind we have to be strong enough to trust Him and follow His peace. And can I tell you a secret? Sometimes following God’s peace isn’t the worlds most popular choice. Sometimes it goes against everything the world will tell us we are supposed to do and against everything society thinks everyone should look like. Sometimes following God’s peace means you might look like you have lost your mind, but that’s ok, because you will know the true rest and joy and restoration and renewal and peace that can only come from choosing to exit the whirlwind, jump into God’s hands, let Him take the wheel, and you can breathe a sigh of relief. And all the people said, “Amen!”
Have a fantastic day today.
Love San 😁
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a safe and blessed day today. In the midst of the storm it is so very easy to take our eyes off of what’s most important and become too zoned into the problems that we are facing. I have recently myself dealt with this in a big career transition I am making. I had begun to focus so much on the negative aspects of the reasons I was leaving one place that I had truly started to lose my excitement about starting my new job even though this new job was such a gift from God. I have seen it in many different places, many different instances and many different people. A spouse who at first adored a husband’s cute little habits 20 years later starts to cut their eyes in their spouses direction when they still practice those once thought cute habits. A child who just received the best birthday party with gifts and affection they’d so looked forward to then only 3 weeks later those gifts become simply things that are taking up too much space and those people who loved on the child are now just people who work the child’s nerves. When we forget to focus on the positive, on the joy, on the hope and on the blessings of our lives we can easily be sucked into the lies the enemy tells us that our lives are filled with only negative and we are never going to see the positive. That’s not how this works though. It’s when we choose to seek out, find and praise God for the positive in our lives even throughout the storms life brings us, that we can then see how truly blessed we really are. Then suddenly the list of negatives we used to focus on gets so much smaller and the many great positive blessings, which we now see and can thank God for, can become much more clear to us. Thank God!
Have an amazing day today
Love San 😃
“…there arose a great storm on the sea.” Matthew 8:24
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a wonderful day today. A storm is coming! As hurricane Florence grows in strength and intensity she leaves us sitting in fascinated awe in front of television screens as the various news medias tell us what we could possibly expect to see with this storm. Many heed the warnings, board up and leave their homes behind to head to safer and higher ground while many others opt to stay close to home and bed down at local shelters still others of us choose to stay at home to ride out the storm and we pray that we have made the right choice and we pray that God will be with us all and keep everyone safe. When the chaos of overly busy gas stations and endless lines at grocery stores that presented us with mostly empty shelves, has died down and the storm nears the coast comes the calm before the storm. The place where we know that only God’s hand can move the storm back out to sea or weaken it more before it makes landfall. The calm before any storm is the place where we truly find ourselves feeling our most vulnerable and understanding truly what absolute trust and faith in God is. We know that the storms we face can leave us shaken, shattered, broken and bruised, but it’s when we choose to cling to our Rock, our Father, and trust Him to truly give us new strength, that we can truly find the strength to rise up again and begin moving forward, even if we are only taking tiny steps at first, we know that we are moving in the right direction. Towards our God’s awesome perfect path for our lives.
Have a great day today.
Please stay safe everyone.
Love San 🤗
“…there arose a great storm.” Matthew 8:24
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a terrific day today. On the evening of Monday September 10, 2001 most people in America went to bed just as normal as you and I went to bed last night. Tucking in little ones after ensuring that baths were done and homework was completed, kissing spouses goodnight and wishing them a good day tomorrow, mailing out bill payments and praying that they would have enough money in the bank to cover them all. We all went to bed with different various things on our hearts and on our minds much as we did just last night. Then, the morning of Tuesday September 11, 2001 happened and most of us that night went to bed with the same gigantic weight upon our hearts and minds, “What had we just witnessed? How could any of it have possibly been real? How can we ever feel safe again? And most of all could our tiny individual whispers of prayer to God ever heal the shattered hearts and lives of those who lost their loved ones on that tragic day?” We clung to the cross that day and for many, many, many days, months and even years as we tried to help where we could, pray as hard as we could, and find the strength and faith to step foot outside of our homes to try to live again.
No name, no face, no life should be forgotten of the thousands of lives lost that day, everyone of them mattered, not just to their loved ones here on earth, but most of all to their Heavenly Father and their Risen Savior who greeted them to welcome them home that day. We cling to the cross of Christ and stand on the Solid Rock our God to represent the unending love which should always flow from our hearts so that with open arms we can embrace all who face the difficult storms life brings their way whether it’s September 10th, September 11th, or September 12th. We will love as Christ has loved us every day.
Have a blessed day today .
Love San 🙂
“My times are in your hands…” Psalm 31:15
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a magnificent day today. A red heifer was born! What does that mean to us? Well, last night I was reading a little bit about this red heifer and it’s biblical meaning. From my reading I learned that the red heifer born in Isreal where the 3rd temple is to be built was the sign of the coming of Christ. In further reading this I also learned that there was a man who had been strategically breeding cows with the intent of bringing forth the birth of the prophesied red heifer. It made me think of how we as humans are often quite impatient beings and we want to bring about the outcomes that we want in the timeframes that we desire. Life changes and occurrences can leave us clinging to the cross praying and begging for God to bring about the positive turn around we are seeking as soon as possible. Too often we begin to feel like we are only on our knees praying to the same 4 walls which always surround us, instead of trusting in God’s timing and plan. As much as we may want to, we can not bring about God’s plan any sooner than God intended for us. Whether we are trying to rush bringing about biblical prophecies or whether we are trying to find our way out of a place we no longer want to be, we walk by faith when we know that praying continually is not fruitless and trusting our times in our flawless Father’s hands will always bring us peace and grow our faith. Always!
Have an amazing day today.
Love San 😋
“Do not be anxious about anything instead pray about everything.” Philippians 4:6
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a phenomenal day today. Yesterday I read a few news articles while searching for any updates on possible hurricanes in the Atlantic. One article told of threats being made by Russia against US troops in Syria as another blared the headline telling how teens these days face alarmingly high instances of bullying and violence in school. This just after hearing how a mother in Florida had killed her own 2 year old son. As we, I myself being extremely guilty of this, tend to mope and complain about our daily grind of life, others are facing grief and fear and anxiety and worry like some of us may never have known and may never know. We can quickly forget about the world around us when we become too focused on ourselves then when we do hear of the world around us we immediately wish that we could turn away and retreat back into ourselves. These moments can leave us feeling like we are clinging to the cross as some giant, unseen hand is trying to shake our grip loose. “Pray about everything.” We are told by Paul in Philippians. “But how can my simple prayers make any difference?” We ask, but God knows that our prayers are never left unheard and are never left unanswered. When you begin to feel anxiety taking you over, stop, breathe, surrender to God and pray about it all. God is listening and He will answer your prayers and He will set your feet back on the solid Rock. Always He will. Amen!
Have a magnificent day today.
Love San 😀
“Trust in God with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a spectacular day today. Close your eyes and picture them all…the hard-working husband barely holding himself together behind a perfectly crafted facad that is crumbling uncontrollably before him, a lonely old lady living alone with no relatives to come see about her desperate for the affection of even one caring person, the mother who cries great shaking sobs over the hospital bed of her sick child, the devoted sister who spends hours on her knees beside her bed praying for her drug addicted brother to leave the drugs behind him and choose the clean life, the husband and wife just happy to see each other at the end of a back breaking work day even if they can’t afford to put food on the table to share an evening meal. We may know all or one or two of these kind of people, but whether we know one or all we are all always left asking God the same question, “Why?” As Christian’s we do not want to see another hurting in any way and we want to fix the world with our own two hands even when we know we are limited. This is where trusting the plan of God comes so importantly into play in our lives. While it breaks our hearts to see these people this is exactly why we are meant to see them or know of them, because these are the very same scenes which breaks God’s heart. We are meant to pray and meant to help where we can and how we can. We may not be able to save the entire world, but as committed Christ followers, we can know that when we have reached out and helped even one of these people we have made a greater and more widely heard impact than we may ever know. If it breaks your heart, ask God how He is calling you to help. He will most certainly show you.
Thanks be to God.
Have a magnificent day today
Love San 😁