Tuesday, May 17, 2022

A Building of God

                                                                

             Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain   ~ Psalm 127:1a

After retirement, we moved to a new community and built a new house. When the foundation and framework appeared, I saw a blessing from God that I wanted to acknowledge. Using a marker, I inscribed cement bases and wood studs with these Bible verses:

• Doorpost—As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. (Joshua 24:15c)

• Living Room—Show hospitality. (Romans 12:13)

• Kitchen—Give us this day our daily bread. (Matthew 6:11)

• Pantry—My food is to do the will of the one who sent me. (John 4:34)

• Dining Room—Taste and see that the LORD is good. (Psalm 34:8a)

• Laundry Room—If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

• Sunroom—The sun of righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. (Malachi 4:2)

• Bedrooms—Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

• Baths—Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (Psalm 51:7b)

• Stairway—Let us . . .keep in step with the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25)

• Study—Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding. (Proverbs 3:13)

After the house was finished, I kept a copy of the verses tucked in my Bible. When I re-read them, I am overcome with gratitude for the home God provided. More so, I am grateful for the house He is building in me through the construction by the Holy Spirit and I look forward to the room He has reserved for me in a heavenly mansion.

Can you think of verses that show God’s has built where you reside or in you?

Saturday, April 30, 2022

 



“Getting our Heart’s Desire”

Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

~ Psalm 37:4

When we put coins in a vending machine, select a product and receive the one we choose, we are satisfied with the transaction. Our expectations are met. The motive behind our actions is the fulfillment of our desire because of what we gave to get it fulfilled.

Perhaps we get the same idea when we read Psalm 37:4. It may seem as if, when we praise God and delight in Him, He will give us whatever we want. Do we believe it to mean that our prayers and our wants are going to be fulfilled in exchange for our simply delighting in Him? Sounds reasonable (and delightful), but we should think about it. Are we treating His promises and blessings as vending machine products, dispensed to us because we earned them?

The promise for us to receive our heart’s desire is based on the object of our delight. If it is for the LORD Himself, will He not give Himself to us? What greater delight could there be? As the psalmist wrote, “The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup.” (Psalm 16:5a) and as He tells us in Psalm 23, our cup overflows with Him (v.5).

God does promise to give us the desires of our heart when we delight in Him. We find joy in His presence and fulfillment beyond measure as we exalt in Him for who He is, our LORD and our delight.

Do you “delight” in God and take joy in knowing Him as your loving heavenly Father? Tell Him.


Excerpt from "Faithbook Messages - Devotions to Like and Share" available on Amazon or directly from me. 

Friday, December 31, 2021

Time to turn the calendar to a New Year! What better way to start each day or week than by reading a Faithbook message? Take a look at them in the book, "My Faithbook Messages - Devotions to Like and Share." Order a copy from Amazon or directly from me at:

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Here is the first entry for the New Year:

    “From New Year to Eternity”

 

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart.

~ Ecclesiastes 3:11a

Standing at an airport gate, one witnesses the many emotions of “hellos” and “goodbyes.” We glow at joyful smiles of greeting and happy embraces for arrivals; we sadden at the long kisses and tearful hugs of those departing. Life is hello. . .life is goodbye. It’s the constant tension of casting on and letting go. King Solomon put it this way in chapter three of Ecclesiastes: “everything has its season. . .a time to plant and a time to pluck up. . .a time to embrace and a time to refrain.” (v. 3:1, 2b, 5b)

As we turn the page to a new year, we have a choice—to greet it with hope and joy, letting go the past, or to keep standing at the gate, hanging on to regrets. As Time begins to write in our New Year’s blank book, let us look to embrace one word: opportunity. Let us seek it on days when clouds veil its appearance and let us greet it on days when it arrives skipping in the sunshine. Let us meet it as God’s way of allowing us to discover all the possibilities it holds. Solomon recognizes God’s offering to do his part when he says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11a) Talk about possibilities!

Somehow, as Time records our earthly journey, we sense there is a place of timelessness, a place of only “hellos,” a place the wise King says God has put in our hearts, a place called eternity, our home in heaven forever as adopted children of God through Christ. Until then, we can appreciate all the prospects any passing moment offers as God-given.

How do you view the future? With anticipation, hope, or fear? How can placing your trust in God help you view it from His perspective?

 Happy 2022!



Saturday, October 30, 2021

 So here it is - the reason I've not been posting much - my latest book just in time for Christmas! Take a look at "EVERY DAY is CHRISTMAS" - stories to warm heart and soul.




I have been writing Christmas stories over the years and when I considered compiling them into a book, I knew I needed to have them illustrated so they might come alive. I am blessed to have Becky Guinn as the illustrator for this book. Not only is she a Christ follower too, she has an extraordinary talent for "seeing" the characters in the story and rendering how they look and feel. 

Becky's artistic talents were challenged when she went into the hospital for surgery in 2002. As a result of an allergic reaction to medication, all four of her limbs were amputated. Through determination, faith, and the support of family and friends, she began painting again with mechanical hands. You can read more of her story in the book. 

Becky Guinn

The book is available on Amazon or directly from me by going to this site where you will find my other books:

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Saturday, August 21, 2021

 


“Learning to ask Who not Why”

. . .Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. . .therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes ~ Job 42:3b, 6 NIV

No life in this world is without trials and troubles. Sometimes they come in small unrelenting jabs and other times like a tsunami wave. As believers we are told to expect them, yet like Job we question God’s purpose in allowing them. We ask why, hoping if we could understand we could make sense of them and accept them. After studying the book of Job, I learned that God never answered Job’s questioning, even after God forgave him his presumptiveness, restored his losses, and honored him for his faithfulness.

Job had his audience with God and appealed to Him to give an answer for his miseries—loss of family, wealth, and health. Instead, God asked Job over seventy questions to which he had no answer. He realized God was God, sovereign over all things and that He owes no one an explanation.

Rather than asking “why” when we don’t understand what’s happening, we should consider “WHO” is behind it all, whether by His permissive or sovereign will.  “Why” ends in the letter “y” which could stand for “you,” indicating it’s all about “you.” If we consider “WHO” instead, “o” represents the “One” and “Only”—God Almighty. Is anyone qualified to question God about anything? When we see God as He is and ourselves as we are, like Job, we should repent of our “presumptive” sin and trust His sovereignty and trustworthiness.

Heavenly Father, thank you for working everything together to those who love You—for our good and Your Glory.

Sandra is a FaithWriters Platinum member, author of “My Faithbook Messages” which can be found HERE.