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Have You Ever Had One of Those Days?

Have you ever had one of those days when everything went perfectly? A day of abundant living? A day when your heart is overflowing with joy?

Well let me tell you that I was blessed tremendously today. Rewind . . .

A few days earlier.  . .

I was feeling down, stagnant in my relationship with God. Things were going well. God was moving through me in a number of lives and I was blessed to watch Him and participate in His work.

Well this morning I awoke at 2:30am and laid there a couple minutes then started to pray. I don’t know when I fell back to sleep but when the alarm went off at 5am I just wanted to hit the snooze button. But, I didn’t.

This morning’s time with God was extra special. I can’t tell you why except that God was at work in me. My usual exalting of His Holy name. My confession of sin. Praying for family,  friends, Pastor, church and anyone God places on my heart. But I noticed that I remembered to pray for a couple people who needed prayer specifically for today. Sometimes I beat myself up because I forget. But not today!!!! My heart was so filled with joy that it was overflowing into praise and thankfulness after prayer that I could hardly contain myself.

As I headed out the door to go to my daughter’s a couple hours later my heart was still overflowing with joy and thankfulness. On my drive there, about 20 minutes, the Lord blesses me with minimal traffic and mostly green lights. Smooth sailing. The scenery was beyond beautiful as I thanked and praised God for the colorful changes in the trees on my drive and the blue skies. When on the freeway,  I turned on praise music and just sang uninhibited to my awesome, loving God who filled my heart with joy overflowing, thankfulness for His revealing His abounding love for me and for opening my eyes to see the beautiful day He was giving me.

The next six hours were spent with my daughter and three granddaughters enjoying their company filled with giggles, stories, snuggles, kisses, playing, exploring and a lot of fun. Speaking of God, singing songs about Jesus.

Then met up with Papa and explored Bass Pro looking at fish and animals. Pretty much exhausted we had dinner with all including Daddy and an uncle.

On the way home thinking over my day and thanking God for giving me such an awesome day and singing praises in worship again, I realize I am truly a very blessed wife, mother, mother-in-law, Gigi and child of God.

Thank You, God for being the beginning, middle and end of my perfect day.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Feast on Jesus

“Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.”
Jeremiah 15:16 NASB

Jesus is the word made flesh.

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 NASB

Jesus is the bread of life.

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. John 6:35 NASB

God calls us to grace and mercy found and granted by Him alone. Called unto salvation. Called to a loving relationship with Him. Called to obedience that exudes out of our love for Him.

Are you missing the joy and delight of the Lord? If so, could it be that you are starving yourself?

He said to me, “Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your body with this scroll which I am giving you.” Then I ate it, and it was sweet as honey in my mouth. Ezekiel 3:3 NASB

The word of God is important to our spiritual health. Without the word to nourish our souls we are walking a misdirected path in weakness and Ill health. Just as our physical bodies need nourishment so does our spiritual bodies.

Let us not neglect the importance of God’s word. Feed in it daily. Chew on it throughout the day.

God’s word keeps us on the straight and narrow.

“I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.
Job 23:12 NASB

“How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalms 119:103 NASB

Feast on His word everyday. Not only will they be sweet to the soul but you will get to know just how sweet our Lord is.

ūüĆĻ “O taste and see that the Lord is good;” Psalm 34:8

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

The Lord Be Magnified

Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; Let those who love Your salvation say continually, “The Lord be magnified!” Psalms 40:16 NASB

What is your “rejoice” manometer reading these days?

Pressure of everyday life can be overwhelming. Then thrown in there is disappointment, fear of the outcome of situations, uncertainties all around us because nothing is “normal” these days.

Where do you turn? What is it that you are seeking? In an uncertain world, there is only One who can give you peace from the pressures of life. Seek the Lord. Let Him be your joy and gladness. Seek and you will find.

In Christ alone is salvation. Are you assured of your salvation in Him? Are you grateful for it? If you love your salvation, make it known. Continually seek to magnify Him in words and actions for others to see and your heart will rejoice in God.

ūüĆĻThose who seek God can’t help but rejoice in Him and magnify Him to the world.

If you are questioning your salvation, seek out a strong Christian who can guide, mentor, and pray with you and for you.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Today’s Encouragement

I will bless the Lord who has counseled me;
Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.
8 I have set the Lord continually before me;
Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will dwell securely.
10 For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol;
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.
11 You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

— Psalm 16:7-11

A little encouragement and hope for your day.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Exulting Joy

 But let all who take refuge in You be glad,
Let them ever sing for joy;
And may You shelter them,
That those who¬†love Your name may exult in You. — Psalm 5:11

Sometimes we just need to be reminded to run to the Lord. Thankful that God’s Word is there to lead us. When we’re down and our heart is heavy, no matter the reason, we can take refuge in the Lord. It is there that we find gladness, joy that makes our heart sing and the realization that in Him we can rejoice.

Do you love the Lord? Seek His shelter and you will delight, glory and revel in His name.

To God be the glory! For in our despair He brings joy as we dwell on Him.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Spread The Word

 For so the Lord has commanded us,

‚ÄėI¬†have placed You as a¬†light for the Gentiles,
That You may¬†bring salvation to the end of the earth.‚Äô‚ÄĚ

When the Gentiles heard this, they¬†began¬†rejoicing and glorifying¬†the word of¬†the Lord; and as many as¬†had been appointed to eternal life believed.¬†And¬†the word of the Lord was being spread through the whole region. — Acts 13:47-49

Oh that we would be so excited about the Word of God! So excited as to rejoice and glorify His Word. So excited and joyful in our salvation that comes by the hearing of the Word. Are you hearing the Word proclaimed today?

As we hear the Word it will spread. Interesting that within the word “spread” is the word “read”. Today many gather to hear the Word proclaimed but tomorrow will you be reading the Word? What about the rest of the week?

Read daily and let the power of God’s Word spread through you to others that they may rejoice and glorify the Word, Jesus Christ.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

The Christmas Gift

Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that¬†through¬†Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,¬†and¬†through Him¬†everyone who believes is¬†freed¬†from all things, from which you could not be¬†freed¬†through the Law of Moses. — Acts 13:38-39

Free. What a wonderful word for this season. Amazing that Christmas time is so filled with”hustle and bustle”, stress, over indulging, lack of sleep, “bah humbug” and the like. Could it be we have turned Christmas into something it isn’t?

Christmas. What a wonderful word. Christ fulfilled. Salvation. Forgiveness. Hope. Love. Joy. Peace. Freedom. Good News!

Come let us adore Him!!! Celebrate the real Christmas. Christ Himself.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Prayer Answered

When Peter¬†came¬†to himself, he said, ‚ÄúNow I know for sure that¬†the Lord has sent forth His angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all¬†that the Jewish people were expecting.‚Ä̬†And when he realized¬†this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of¬†John who was also called Mark, where many were gathered together and¬†were praying.¬†When he knocked at the door of the gate,¬†a servant-girl named Rhoda came to answer.¬†When she recognized Peter‚Äôs voice,¬†because of her joy she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter was standing in front of the gate.¬†They said to her, ‚ÄúYou are out of your mind!‚ÄĚ But she kept insisting that it was so. They kept saying, ‚ÄúIt is¬†his angel.‚Ä̬†But Peter continued knocking; and when they had opened¬†the door, they saw him and were amazed.¬†But¬†motioning to them with his hand to be silent, he described to them how the Lord had led him out of the prison. And he said, ‚ÄúReport these things to¬†James and¬†the brethren.‚ÄĚ Then he left and went to another place. — Acts 12:11-17

I have always found this comical. Here is a group of Christians praying for Peter and when he shows up at the door they are so amazed that he is left standing at the door.

Is our prayer life like that? We pray but don’t expect to be answered?¬†We pray and are amazed at the power of God?¬†

God is amazing and powerful! He can answer any prayer. Maybe we need to pray more with anticipation at how God will answer our prayers instead of expectation of whether He will answer. God will always answer so we shouldn’t be surprised but we should anticipate His answer to bring glory unto Himself.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon