Posts Tagged ‘blessings’

Are Those Gifts Mine? Can’t Be..

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What if you got up this morning and saw all of these gifts in your living room? Would you open them? Or would you ignore them, figuring they weren’t for you? Would you walk away and forget them? Would you get mad and call them clutter? Would you be angry because they were small boxes? Or wrapped with red paper instead of green paper? Or because you thought your neighbor’s gifts were prettier?

The Lord’s piled up the blessings in your life waaaaay higher and wider than the stack in this picture. When will you start opening them?

Receive them, enjoy them! You know..you don’t have to deserve, or be good enough, for gifts. Gifts are just another word for blessings. Gifts and blessings both involve grace. His grace is a gift. His blessings are a gift. His love is a gift. They’re yours, always. But that doesn’t mean you have to accept them. You can let them pile up if you want. You can ignore them. You can determine to believe they aren’t yours. It’s completely up to you.

I encourage you to stop and look around today. Are there gifts you’ve left unopened? Are there any gifts you’ve refused to accept because you didn’t feel worthy?

Change that today!

You have been accepted into the family of Grace. Your name is allllll over those gifts, friend! So reach out, grab them, open them, claim them as yours, and give thanks!

He loves you! Don’t leave His gifts for you, His precious child, unopened anymore.

Blessings,

Sarah

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Thank You for Being You

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This is a picture of us (being silly) in a big group hug with our sweet, beloved, Missa last night at her going away party – she left for her first year of college this morning. Anyway, I’m missing Missa something fierce already. I’m a little emotional about her leaving, and then I also heard from my brother, Matt, today that he was having a rough few days physically. So, I was needing a pick-me-up. I felt led to check out the new happenings here on WordPress, so I logged in.

I have to say..

I seriously love coming “home” to blogville and visiting with you all!! Your posts lift me up and remind me of such beautiful Truths. Coming here feels like entering into a big ol’ love filled group hug like the one in the picture above.

Thank you for being so diligent in spreading the gospel. I appreciate you! I also love the art that gets posted, the funny stories, the project ideas, the poems, the successes, failures learned from, and hopes for a better tomorrow.

You may feel that you don’t really matter. That you’re not making a difference. But you’re wrong. You have a ministry, every single one of you. You’re all life changers! I’m blessed to know you, and to have a sneak peek into your lives and minds.

So thank you! Thank you for having the courage to post things for the whole world to see. Thank you for being open, raw, and vulnerable. Thank you for taking that risk..the risk of laying it all out there and hoping people will accept you.

I accept you, whoever you are, and I love you. You are a person of great value, your truth matters. You are a blessing!

Here’s a passage of scripture that I love and want to share with you. It’s beautiful – of course – in all translations, but I feel that The Message version is awesome for this passage because it’s in common everyday language, just as a letter between friends should be!

Philippians 1:3-11
The Message (MSG)
A Love That Will Grow

3-6 Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.

7-8 It’s not at all fanciful for me to think this way about you. My prayers and hopes have deep roots in reality. You have, after all, stuck with me all the way from the time I was thrown in jail, put on trial, and came out of it in one piece. All along you have experienced with me the most generous help from God. He knows how much I love and miss you these days. Sometimes I think I feel as strongly about you as Christ does!

9-11 So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.

We’ll chat again soon, friend..

-Sarah

Angry With God?

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There’s not much more I can add to the words this author, Kent Crockett, has written. He’s said it beautifully. I guess the only thing I can offer is this..Can God take our anger? Absolutely. But does He deserve our anger? Never.

Blessings to all of you, I pray you have a beautiful weekend. That you take many opportunities to grow, even when it’s not easy. That you are choosing joy, and blessing others with your words and actions as you go. Believe me, I know it’s easier said than done sometimes. But it’s worth it.

– Sarah

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Today’s devo selection:

Are You Angry at God?
By: http://www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com/

Jonah had gone up and down the streets of Nineveh preaching that God would destroy them in 40 days (Jonah 3:4). When the people of Nineveh repented, God decided that He wouldn’t destroy the city because their hearts had changed. How did Jonah respond? “But it greatly displeased Jonah and he became angry” (Jonah 4:1). The Hebrew word for angry means “furious.” Jonah was burning with anger against God because he thought He had made a mistake.

Do you understand why you get angry? We get angry because someone is doing something that we don’t want them to do, or they are not doing something we want them to do. Someone is not meeting our expectations! We get angry at God for the same reason. We’re mad at God because we think He has made a mistake. We want Him to do something for us, but He isn’t obeying our wishes. He hasn’t answered our prayers by our deadline. He’s not meeting our expectations.

How can we stop being angry at God?

First, realize we don’t have all the information that He has. Dt. 29:29 says, “The secret things belong to the Lord”… and He’s not obligated to tell us. If we knew that He knows, we would sheepishly say, “Oooooohhh, that’s why!” When we stand before Him, He will answer all our questions, but until then, we must continue to trust Him.

Second, we’ve got to stop blaming God. God gets blamed for so many things He doesn’t do. Just read Job 1-2 to see how Satan likes to cause destruction and then pin the blame on God.

Third, we must lower our expectations. We get angry because we want God to meet our demands. That’s pride, and we know that “God resists the proud but give grace to the humble” (James 4:6). It could be that your anger at God is actually keeping you from being blessed. Humble yourself and ask God’s forgiveness. If you will, you’ll find that your anger will vanish.

Mothers Come in Many Forms

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To the Moms.
To the kids who have had to be the Mom.
To the men who fulfill the Mom and Dad role.
To the grandmas who are now the Mom to the grandkids.
To the friends/aunts/uncles/cousins/godparents who are now the Mom to kids all over.
To the women who scoop babies up out of orphanages/foster care and love them as their own.
To Moms of furry animal kiddos.
To any woman who’s lost a child.
To any woman who has ever shown the love of a mother to someone else.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!!

You are world changers, and I appreciate you! Be blessed, today, and always.

~ Sarah

One Step Away

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When we let go of ourselves and grab hold of Him we can get through anything. We are never alone, He’s just one step away. Will you take that step into His arms today? Or are you determined to survive on your own?

Live the blessing,

Sarah

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Devotion: The Gain From the Loss, Finding Blessings From The Journey of Illness
By Lisa Buffalo

“Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:25-26).

In the late 90′s, I stayed active, moving, running, and playing. There was so much to do, so many places to go, people to see, fun things to accomplish.

Then illness hit, and life stopped.

Too weak and ill to move, I was relegated to the bed or recliner. Even watching television or reading was too taxing. The things that once gave confidence–my strength and my abilities, slipped from my feeble fingers. I could do… nothing.

And yet in the stillness, in the complete stop of life, I found abundance. Through illness, I gained far more than I could imagine. Getting “me” out of the way, resulted in a closer walk and deeper faith in God. During the quiet journey, God blessed me with internal healing as I faced things long hidden in my past. New friendships were formed, and new opportunities opened for writing and speaking to share God’s goodness. What I had lost was found in new God-given gains.

God became the source for strength and unending abilities. I went from self-confidence to God confidence. And in His confidence, whether running, walking, or crawling, our God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we can ask or imagine.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me not to focus on what illness has taken, but on what You have given. Help me to let go of what holds me to the earth, so I may fly free with You. Help me to hold onto nothing but You, because with You all things are possible.

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