“You are not your own…” 1 Corinthians 6:19 Good morning sweetie. I pray that you have a magnificent day today. Unbuttoning the pants. Most of us, after we finish eating our Thanksgiving meal, have to take a seat on the couch, unbutton our pants, and take quite a few deep breaths to try to let all of the food that we just consumed settle into our digestive systems. Sometimes life’s hurt can also become so gigantic and unsettling that our hearts come undone and our good thoughts turn negative and our hopes and joys for the future and even tomorrow are ripped away from us. God is still with us and it is then that we need to be willing to open our hearts to let Him work. Yesterday for me was just like that. The good person that I thought I had always been was ripped right from my heart and my hopes and joys for even the moment, no longer existed. As we made the long drive home to Virginia I cried and cried as I felt the heaviness in my heart, but I had learned over my years not to ask God, “why?”, but instead to learn to say, “ok God, what would you like to do with this.” I sobbed and sobbed some more and I tried to listen and as I chose to take a seat, unbutton my heart and take some deep breaths God began speaking by showing me a billboard along the side of the highway with a large photo of Jesus hanging on the cross and it read, “This is how much your life matters.” From there I kept listening and I kept my shattered heart open to my Father’s words. Have a beautiful day today. Love Ma 🙂
“The one who guards the fig tree will eats its fruit…” Proverbs 27:18
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a beautiful and blessed day today. When we guard our hearts so that we let God and Jesus come first in our hearts, eating the fruits will be sweet peace, joy, strength, hope, faith and love. When we allow our hearts to become so consumed with worshipping or idolatry towards the things we feel are much more important than God and Jesus then we lose sight of what matters most and the consumption of these things we now worship can rob us of our sweet peace, joy, strength, hope, faith and love. When we strip away our layers we have completely wrapped ourselves up in to create our identities, we come to find that we are all created in the image of God and we were all meant to keep our God first, not tucked behind all those things that we think matters most. Let us choose to guard the most important part of who we are, our hearts which should belong to God first and let us guard our identities in who God says we are not who the world says we are or are not. When we know our identities in our hearts and we know peace, strength, love, peace, hope and faith then we can share the fruits we eat and produce with a world very much in need.
Love San 🤗
“The one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.” Proverbs 19:8
Good evening ya’ll. I pray that you have a splendid day today. Friday was an extremely emotional and upsetting day for me because of a not so pleasant work environment. I spent the majority of my day either stewing in frustration over the issue or complaining to others about the issue, mean while I missed the grieving that too many broken hearted loved ones were suddenly facing in Texas following another high school shooting. This matters and I completely understand that, but I let my frustrations get the best of me to the point that I completely turned my focus inward and missed spending more time in prayer and in mourning with those who lost their loved ones so suddenly and tragically. How my heart breaks for them all and how I so wish that my prayers could return all those who were killed back to their families. To prosper from gaining understanding is more than just monetary provisions. It is prospering in our hearts so that we don’t miss what matters most because we are so focused on the minute and insignificant things which in a little while will be forgotten, but those lives lost yesterday will never be forgotten. Just like me last night at bedtime and first thing this morning, ask God for help in understanding better so that He can help us see what truly matters most.
Love San ☺
“For your ways are in full view of the Lord, and He examines all your paths.” Proverbs 5:21
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a splendid day today. I wanted to keep all 31 days of Proverbs going even through the weekend. Most of Proverbs chapter 5 provides the excellent advise on faithfulness and the pains that unfaithfulness can lead to, but this part of the scripture is definitely an eye opening one for all of us. For even when we think that we are getting away with something because no one else saw, God has seen it. And it’s much like that comment that we say when we’ve seen something we wish that we hadn’t. Once He has seen us do what we think no one has seen us do, He can’t unsee it. Much like the husband and wife who sold all of their possessions then brought the offering that they had gotten to the alter, but they lied at the alter trying to hide from God that they had kept some aside for themselves. They met a very untimely ending because even though their intentions were good at first, their views became clouded when they saw the money they were about to leave at the alter. But it was never about giving all that they had that angered God, it was the fact that they weren’t truthful and they tried to hide the truth from God. We can’t hide who we really are from God no matter how well we may hide it from the world, and it would be wise for us to remember that God knows our hearts, our intentions and our reasons far better than even we do. So let’s choose to keep it real with our Heavenly Father always.
Have a great day today.
Love San 😃
“The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter til the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness, they do not know what makes them stumble.” Proverbs 4:18-19
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a fantastic day today. Choose to walk in the way of the wicked and we are guaranteed to stumble and fall everytime. I watched a movie recently, and in the movie a mother who had lived her entire life committed to God had lost her sight and was going through dementia. Her son, who was an ill hearted and wicked person sat across from her and asked, “why?” He said, “Why would God allow a woman who has been so faithful a devoted to Him all of her life to lose her sight and her mind while He would allow me (her son) to have such blessings and success?” To which the mother answered simply, “The devil will allow his followers to have an easy life.” Choosing the path committed to God and following His wisdom will help to illuminate our paths before us so that we can face each new season, whether it’s a season of trial or celebration, with clarity because we can know that God has us in His loving hands and we know that God’s purpose and plan is at work in our lives. However, the wicked they can not see God’s plan. They can not see really even 10 feet in front of them because they can only see the here and now and they only operate on the level of the world. We see through eyes of faith, we trust with our whole hearts our God who has always promised us good and we know that there is Heaven where our true and greatest treasures await us. While the path of the wicked may appear easy and unchallenged, do not be fooled. For they may never know the joy and happiness and fulfillment that we know as God’s children and they may never rejoice in God’s kingdom as we one day will. Let the light of God’s wisdom remind us to be thankful for who God made us to be everyday.
Have a spectacular day today
Love San 😊
“Do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgement and discretion. They will be life to you…” Proverbs 3:21-22
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a terrific day today. As I read Proverbs agsin and again at different times in my life I often come to find that there is never any shortage of excellent advise which I can find there and I also find that each different piece of wisdom truly speaks to me at just the right season I am in. Recently I have been pondering what my next steps in my life should be. I have found that my job has felt quite disheartening with recent reprimands and poor decisions which only seem to negatively affect the honest, hard working individuals, but then I remember that God brought me to this job and I am extremely grateful to have it. Facing times like this it’s easy to see where keeping wisdom and understanding in our sight can provide us all such a huge advantage. When we refuse to seek God’s wisdom first and we simply begin making choices or reacting we can tend to make very bad choices, but when we keep wisdom and understanding before us, and when we look to God for the answers we are always guaranteed to make the more sound and peaceful and lasting good choices. Even when our answer from God is to wait it is good to keep His wisdom always in sight to keep our feet grounded, our hearts and minds focused on what’s good and right and our spirits filled with hope and expectations for all the very best. Always!
Have an amazing day today.
Love San 😊
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth comes wisdom and understanding…wisdom will save you…” Proverbs 2:6 & 12
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a wonderful day today. Wisdom is one of our most powerful gifts given freely to us from God which we somehow tend to frequently overlook in our daily lives. “Wisdom will save you!” That line alone really speaks to me. When we ask God for wisdom He is more than happy to give us the wisdom that we seek. He is our Father and He wants to see us succeed and be happy. Throughout Proverbs there are frequent comparisons on how the foolish person will act and how the wise person will act. We can begin here with this scripture which can apply to so many places in our lives: wisdom will save you…from making poor decisions, from hurting others or ourselves, from making poor financial choices, from hanging out with the wrong people, from speaking too soon or reacting harshly…there are so many more situations we can place behind that powerful statement. Wisdom will save us, but that can only happen when we wisely seek God’s wisdom, listen and obey. If we aren’t able or willing to begin there we will easily see what our outcomes will be as we continue to read the book of Proverbs.
Have a tremendously blessed day today.
Love San 😄
“Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.” Proverbs 1:5
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a terrific day today. This month with its 31 days we will again visit the book of Proverbs. Proverbs is a book in the bible one can never read too many times because there is always more knowledge and wisdom we can take away from it. This scripture found right away in Proverbs, tells us that when we are wise and we listen we will add to our wisdom, and when we look to God for discernment, His wisdom will provide us guidance. Lately I have craved getting to this month’s messages because I can feel that I need to be filled with the wisdom God has provided us in Proverbs. We all face times in our lives when we’re just not sure which turn to make, which roads to travel, whether we should stay or whether we should go. We need God’s guidance and wisdom to light the paths before us so that we don’t end up making wrong turns and so that we don’t take our steps too quickly and without thought leading us to step into quicksand and sink. My hope for the messages this month is that we will all be able to keep these bits of God’s good wisdom close to our hearts, and that we will be able to refer to them when we are unsure of how to react, how to face certain seasons in our lives, how to make the right choices and when to move in a different direction and when to stay. Most people know that my favorite response whenever I am talking with someone and they aren’t sure what to do, I tell them to pray about it. That’s because God will always provide us the answers, we just need to be willing to listen and obey. The book of Proverbs is a great gift from our Father in Heaven providing us the wisdom we can use and live by to take us through our lives victoriously.
We would be wise to look to God’s wisdom everyday.
Have a spectacular day today.
Love San 😊
“Pray continually!” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Good morning ya’ll. I pray that you have a marvelous day today.
A prayer to cherish time with God.
“Dear Father, so quickly after we lay our heads down on the pillow for a restful nights sleep our alarm clocks are screaming at us rudely ripping us from our peaceful slumber to get up and begin a new day. We rush out of our beds often times like sprinters at the starting line when the starting gun fires and we are off, not giving You much thought. Lord, help us all to see our time with You, whether that be in the morning before we rush off to begin our day or at night before we go to sleep, is the most important time of our days and help us please to truly cherish this time with You. We face so, so much from day to day and to think that we can simply overlook this important time with You will not negatively affect us is foolish thinking. Father, even yesterday after I began my day by hearing a good sermon online and spending time in prayer with You I still lost my temper briefly in my day. It was then that I knew I needed to spend more time with You and that I needed to be honest with You not attempt to hide any part of me from You as if You don’t already know me through and through. Father, help us all to seek out time to spend in Your loving, strengthening, supportive and life giving spirit and help us to truly cherish this time spent in prayer with You and digging deeper into Your good word. For we know that You will always be our greatest and best portion, always. Amen! In Jesus most sweet name I do pray. Amen!”
Have an awesome day today.
Love San 🤗
“Pray continually!” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Good morning y’all. I pray that you have a fantastic day today.
A prayer for caring hearts.
“Dear Father. Yesterday I heard of awful things that had happened to some people and concerning things that had happened to others then I heard stories of those who had reason to celebrate. Lord, in all of those people I don’t want to overlook that everyone of them are Your children and they need our prayers to lift them up to You. Lord, I pray that you would help us all to look beyond our own lives and circumstances to really hear the people around us who in their own ways they are telling us that they need us to pray for them. Father, help us to listen with our whole hearts and help us to really lift those people who need You up to You in prayer. Father, some people are facing unimaginable and heartbreaking circumstances in their lives. Help us to keep our hearts open to really hear their stories and help us please to not be so concerned with ourselves that we miss the opportunity we have to pray for those people and even sometimes to be able to pray with them as well. We may think that we haven’t done much just by praying, but the truth is we have given those people the very best help they could ever need when we lift them up to You in prayer. For only You know best what they need at just the right time, and only You can provide them the hope, help, wisdom, strength, healing and restoration that they need. Lord, please keep our hearts open and softened so that we don’t just shrug our shoulders and say, “oh that’s too bad.” But that we would open our hearts, embrace them with truly caring hearts and pray, pray, pray for each and everyone You send along our paths. In Jesus sweet name I do pray. Amen!”
Have a terrific day today.
Love San 😄