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Would You Drop Everything?

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My son and I were nearly killed this morning in traffic. Our lives were spared at the last moment when I felt something physically take my hand on the steering wheel and jerk us quickly to safety in the lane next to us. It was divine intervention. I had my own plans (braking and honking). The Lord had different plans. He saw what I couldn’t see with my own eyes. He saw our lives were in jeopardy and intervened. Some may say, “No, Sarah, those were your reflexes.” I can assure you, there were no reflexes involved. I encounter these situations daily, I wasn’t phased by what was happening (someone running a light and turning in front of me). I was calm and doing what I normally do. It was the Lord who moved us.

I’ve been contemplating the situation all day (as well as a few other situations). Why were we spared? People die everyday. No one person more deserving than the next. What was the Lord trying to show me? I could’ve lost my son. My son could’ve lost me. Our family could’ve lost both of us.

I figured I wasn’t spared so I could sit on the couch and watch tv. ;0) So I decided to get up and get my cleaning done.

While cleaning the bathrooms, I was praying. Who doesn’t! Wait is it just me who does that? :0) Anyway, I wasn’t praying anything in particular, not an organized prayer by any means, no words. More just an open heart to the Holy Spirit..letting Him flow into my heart, soul and mind without barriers. That’s my favorite kind of “prayer”. More of an invitation for His input, I suppose.

I heard Him say these words to my spirit, “If you had to lose everyone and everything dear to you in order to follow Me, would you?”

My first thought was instinctively, “Yes, Lord.”

Then I saw snippets of everyone I love in my life, every thing I have that I hold dear. Every sunny day. Every healthy breath. My family. My best friends. My car. My home. My bed. My dogs. My mind. My abilities.

Again, I hear, “If you had to lose everyone and everything dear to you in order to follow Me, would you?”

Again, with a lump in my throat, “Yes, Father. Even if I have to lose everything, I choose You.”

I ache to my core to think of losing people in order to follow Christ and His will. But if it means He is pleased in me, if it means I get to spend eternity with Him, I will. He is my first love.

I want to encourage you to stay on the path. To keep Him first, even when it hurts. Even when your flesh cries out in anguish and you can’t understand why His way is best. One day it will all make perfect sense, but it doesn’t have to make sense now. We have to be like Simon and Andrew. We need to drop everything, and follow.

When we are standing face to face with the Almighty God, it will all make perfect sense.

I think we were spared today because I needed a reminder that everything here on earth fades, it can be gone in an instant, but He remains.

He’s asking for us to go deeper. To let go of the things we have a death grip on, and refocus our attention on Him. It’s not our agenda that matters, it’s His. We need to make His agenda our agenda.

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Mark 1:18The Voice (VOICE)

18 Simon and Andrew left their nets and followed Jesus at once.

Blessings,

Sarah

Update!

I don’t have much time this morning to give you a proper update, but Matt will have surgery again today. Please be prayin! Things are looking up, friends! God is so, SO good!

Until later…

Sarah

Take That Snake by the Tail

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Well, hello!

We had a great vacation, and enjoyed our time as a family. I hope you’ve been doing well, also!

I read this devotional by Pastor Prince and really liked his interpretation of the scripture. Be blessed today as you cast your natural things on the ground, and then pick them back up by the tail. Allowing The Lord to take hold of the head, making your natural things SUPERnatural! When He is allowed to have the head (control), great things happen.

With Him, life is anything but dull – Enjoy the journey! 🙂

– Sarah

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Today’s devo selection:

Take The Snake By Its Tail
By Joseph Prince

Exodus 4:2–3
2So the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A rod.”3And He said, “Cast it on the ground.” So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it.

God wants to take the natural things in your life and make them supernaturally blessed. He does this by asking you to give Him what you already have in the natural, and He will do the supernatural.

That is why the Lord told Moses to cast his rod on the ground. And when Moses cast his rod on the ground, which represents him giving the rod to the Lord, that same rod became the rod of God. With that rod, the Red Sea was opened. (Exodus 14:16) And when that rod was used to hit a rock, water flowed out of the rock. (Exodus 17:5–6) It was no longer a natural rod, but the supernatural rod of God!

But why did the rod become a serpent when Moses cast it to the ground?

Moses never realized that there was a “snake” in his rod. You see, because of the fall of man, there is a touch of the curse — a snake — in every natural thing, including your career, natural strength, talents and ministry.

So how do you deal with the “snake” that is in all the natural things in your life?

First, cast it to the Lord. Then, do what the Lord told Moses next: “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail”. (Exodus 4:4)

Now, it could be fatal to take a snake by its tail because it can easily turn its head around and bite you. So why did God say that?

When you take it by the tail, God will take the head! He wants you to let Him handle the head, and not grab it or hold on to it tightly in fear or self-effort. That is how you see your career, strength, talents and ministry supernaturally blessed.

Beloved, there is a snake, a touch of the curse, in everything in the natural. But give what is natural to the Lord and see the touch of the curse replaced with the supernatural touch of God!

Thought For The Day:
Give what is natural to the Lord and He will make it supernaturally blessed.

Scripture:
So the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A rod.” And He said, “Cast it on the ground.” So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. (Exodus 4:2, 3 NKJV)

Letting Go Of Archie Bunker

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God can do anything with a willing heart. Are you willing to allow Him to work in your life, and change you from the inside out? Or would you rather stay the way you are today, forfeiting growth?

Archie Bunker, for those of you who never saw All in the Family, was a cranky, stubborn (among many other despicable things) man who was set in his ways, unwilling to change. No matter how much we disliked Archie, we can’t in good conscience say that we haven’t shared his stubbornness at times. Maybe not in the same areas, but stubborn none the less.

In my life, there have been times where I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my sin and I would have loved to live in that sin forever. But, there came a point where I had to choose..what do I love more? My own fleshly desires, or The Lord and His will for my life? In realizing that His plan for me is so much better than the life I had planned, I was able to surrender fully to the change I knew needed to take place.

He takes the ashes of our lives, and gives us beauty in return. The joy I thought I had found when I was choosing sin over Him is so completely dim compared to the joy I now have living in His will. Everyday, I have to choose (in some capacity), will I be willing to let Him change me even more today, or will I choose to stunt my growth by staying set in MY ways.

Just like we talked awhile back how bitterness is a form of pride, so is stubbornness (or being unwilling to change). When we are not willing to let go of our stuff, we are telling God, “My way is better than Yours. I am my God now.”

Let’s stop trying to be someone we aren’t. Let’s surrender to being His sheep, instead of continuing the doomed pursuit of taking the Shepherd’s job. Surrender today, be willing to allow Him to work in and through you. You will never be sorry that you did.

Willingness = Surrender

We’ll chat more tomorrow,

Sarah

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Today’s prayer devo selection:

Prayer for Willingness

I AM willing to change!

I AM willing to change my mind!

I AM willing to change my heart!

I AM willing to change the perception
of myself and the world around me!

I AM willing to change what I do and
how I do it!

I AM willing to know change, to be changed and see the miraculous change that change
brings!

I know that I of myself can do nothing,
therefore, I AM willing to allow the Holy
Spirit to heal and change me at the soul
level, that I may be all that God created me to be.

I AM willing to be transformed!

. . . to have my true mind restored,

. . . to have my heart renewed,

. . . according to God’s perfect plan.

Rev. Dr. Iyanla Vanzant

Choose Joy!

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Sometimes situations in life don’t seem to warrant a whole lot of joy. But in His word, it says, “Count it all joy when you are tried and tested, for the trying of your faith will bring patience to your soul.” To me, if He says to count it all joy, He’s letting us know that it’s a choice we make that brings joy and results in newfound patience. His Word also says, “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” So, if you need patience today: choose joy. If you need strength today: choose joy. If you need JOY today: choose it! In Him, we find all we need, and them some.

-Sarah

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Today’s devo prayer selection:

Joy: Just Open Yourself

Holy Spirit I open myself to You.

I allow JOY to move through me in this moment.

I align with all that You are and all that You have ever been.
I know that JOY is here when I just open myself to all that life has to offer.

When I just open myself to having fun with my friends and family, I feel JOY.

When I just open myself to working with passion, I am JOYOUS.

When I just open myself to service and acts of kindness, I experience JOY.

When I just open myself to being silly and playful, when I don’t take things to seriously and when I open myself to creativity, I know JOY is here.

God, I know that I do not have to go anywhere or acquire anything, I just open myself to Your Magnificence and Grace and JOY is here.

JOY is my natural state.

I confess that I sometimes get so overwhelmed with trying to do everything and please everybody and be perfect, that I block my JOY.

I know that in an instant I can experience JOY.

I just open myself to You God and thank You for moving through me in a mighty way.

Thank You for the JOY that is present right now, here in this moment because I choose YOU.

I let it be so and so it is.

Minister Matt Cartwright

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