I recently celebrated a birthday. I am so thankful for another year. I received lots of birthday wishes on social media , text messages and phone calls. It was a good day but not an over the top kind of day. Not the kind of day where you feel extra special and loved on by everyone. There wasn’t a big party in my honor, no fancy restaurant to have dinner with friends. There were no party favors, but there was favor from God. There was no cake or ice cream but there was a sweet fellowship with God. I had love from God and plenty of reminders of it. I was reminded when I woke up that God loved me enough to let me see another day. I graciously received the gift of new mercy. I was reminded of how much God loved me. I received the gift of life by being in the presence of the Lord. Psalm 36:5-9 got me thinking of how to celebrate without a party. I was reminded of God’s steadfast love, how precious it is along with His faithfulness and His light. I was reminded of how much God delights. For this party of one to an audience of One it felt like a grand celebration. No fancy venue, no special dessert or large group of friends were needed. All I needed to celebrate another year of life was God’s love and His presence. Share with me how you celebrate your special days?
Sometimes my sunshine is gone, my moonlight gets dim and my clouds hang low over my own little world. When everything and everybody seems distant, so far away, out of reach or beyond what I can see, that’s when I must remember how close God is to me. God never drifts away. He never misses a call or an appointment. He is so close that every time we start to feel alone, outcast or far away we must cling to Him like the sun,
moon, clouds and stars cling to the sky.
I encourage you today to hold on.
Are you looking for work? Do you desire to work from home? Do you want flexible hours and good pay? Well, I’m here to tell you that there are many jobs available in the kingdom business. You have special gifts to be used for God’s glory. You have unique gifts that God gave you to use and share. Servants are needed everywhere. Can you believe it? There is so much work to do in just sharing the good news of Jesus. I was reminded through a sermon that kingdom work is good work. Being eager to go tell somebody Jesus loves them and He died for their sins seems simple enough right? It’s a job that pays, it satisfies and it is something you can do from anywhere. I’m still learning that one of best jobs I have is to tell others about Christ. God saved me and He can save others too. We must share our stories of faith, testify of God’s grace and let Him do the heavy lifting and major work on converting the soul. Who’s ready for their assignment to help spread the good news of Jesus Christ? Let’s go to work!
Romans 3:23-24 KJV For all have sinned come short of the glory of God. Being justified freely, by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2:8 KJV For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.
Today I have two simple words to share with you and they are:
“Never Forget ”
As we take time out to remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001, we pray for healing hearts and God’s eternal hope to abide. Thank God , because of Him we can look back even when it’s difficult and say Jesus I’ll never forget what you’ve done for me.
Zero balance are two words that I love to hear when it comes to my credit card account. It’s a great feeling to know I have some freedom, I owe nothing and my account is in good standing. Zero balance is not necessarily what I want to hear when it comes to my prayer life’s bank account. No prayer, no power is what my former pastor used to say. It’s hard to experience any spiritual growth without making deposits and balancing things out daily. Some days you may feel you have lots of time and other days you don’t have as much, so we all have to make choices in our balancing acts. I am here to let you know, you can do it. You can keep an active lifestyle and maintain a healthy balance in prayer and devotion to God. Take five minutes today and make a deposit.
Thought: Today I choose to meditate and pray. I will be like a rock and just sit still.
Ecclesiastes 4:6 Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind.
As I sit on dry land today and reflect on a great weekend I can’t help but think of family and friends in Houston, TX who are dealing with floods and rain. My Monday morning worship is all about prayer today. I am praying for everyone’s safety and that God will protect and keep them. God is in full control. Let’s all continue to pray for our nation, those who are in the midst of this hurricane and for the salvation of the lost. Keep praying for others. Now that’s what I call living on pitch.
I’m glad it’s almost time for the weekend. I have had a busy week and I’m often told I am such a busy person. I realize being busy a lot has its ups and downs, which makes me think sometimes about how busy I am but God isn’t. God isn’t trying to get it all done in a week or even 24 hours. It’s already done. God isn’t trying to meet deadlines or deal with crunch time on a project like me. He is not limited by time. One day is as a thousand years to God.
God isn’t trying to make up his mind about what to do first. Priorities are never an issue. He’s the same God yesterday, today and forever.
God isn’t waiting to see what the future holds because He holds the future in His hands. I can cast all my cares on Him.
God isn’t busy being too concerned about financial freedom or watching what happens in the stock market. He’s already invested in me. I am free because He is my Provider and the Supplier of all my needs.
God isn’t busy saving up for rainy days. He controls both the windfall and the rainfall of my life.
God isn’t busy in the sense of how I see myself being too busy or others may see me. This daily walk with God has shown me God is busy working on me and He is always at work in my life.
One thing I’ve learned is this, God always takes care of business as He takes care of us.