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Savor Every Moment

Live happily with the woman you love through all the meaningless days of life that God has given you under the sun. The wife God gives you is your reward for all your earthly toil. 10 Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave,[a] there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.

Savor Every Moment
Yesterday my daughter drove me to a doctor’s appointment. As I rode in the car the sunshine was beaming through the windows on my face, and it felt absolutely wonderful.  The weather was perfect!  It was about 78 degrees out, and it was just a glorious day.  Even though the air conditioner was on, I took a moment and rolled down my window just to breathe in the fresh air. I wanted to take it all in. I didn’t want to miss a single thing about yesterday.  A few of the trees have started to change colors here, and the timing is perfect because it was also the first day of Fall. Fall is absolutely by far, my favorite time of year.  I was careful to look at the gorgeous trees and the beautiful clear blue sky, as we drove by.   I enjoyed looking at what the Master Artist was creating.  When I see days like yesterday where the weather is just absolutely perfect, I see it totally as a gift from God. Of course, we know that every day is a gift from God, but I think days like that, are considered a special gift from God.

So after getting back from the doctor’s office and taking a short nap, I decided to continue my self-care time by resting in my comfy chair. While sitting there, I decided to scroll through Facebook to see what was going on.  And that’s when my day took a turn.  I saw that a friend that I had not spoken to within about three years, had passed away from pneumonia at only 46 years of age.  Needless to say, I was totally shocked!   Her husband is now left to raise their only child who is about 8 years of age.

Last night as I thought of her, and how she enjoyed traveling, decorating her home beautifully, going to concerts, riding motorcycles with her husband, and oh let’s not forget shopping for the most gorgeous of clothes for she and her daughter, I was happy that she had lived a very full life in her short 46 years.  I was happy that she had not put a thing on hold.  She absolutely loved being a mom and a wife. She loved cooking from scratch and trying new recipes.   She struggled with some health issues, so she always prepared very healthy meals, for her and her family. Her husband absolutely adored her, and the feeling was so mutual.

I thought of her most of the night.  I remember hearing that death is for the living, and I can truly say that an unexpected death gets our attention like nothing else. It causes us to go deep in thought and to reflect.  Last night as I laid in bed, I remember thanking God for my day.   After hearing such sad news about my friend, I was so glad that going to the doctor was not just another ride in the car, but I was truly glad that I had savored every moment of my ride. Going forward I want to really be present and alert as I go through my day.  I don’t want to just go through the motions, I want to enjoy each day that God gives me. I want to thank Him for allowing me to open my eyes to each new day. I want to savor every experience.   I want to be present in every moment.  Ladies I don’t want to miss a thing!

We all know that we will leave this earth one day. What we don’t know is when or how, and that’s one of the mysteries of death. But be clear, death is certain!  So I encourage you to live a full life starting today. Don’t put the things that you want to do on hold. Figure out a way to do the things that are important to you or that you are passionate about.  Don’t assume that you have time.  As you start this process, start with time with God each and every day. Pray for His divine favor over your life.  Ask Him to remind you to slow down and savor every moment.  Even when life is hard, and those days will come, trust God and try to savor your day anyway.  Don’t let the enemy steal your joy. Remember there is a blessing in every day, even the hard days.

Fresh Eggs

Fresh Eggs

Psalm 23:1
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

Philippians 4:19
19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 49:15
15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!

Lamentations 3:25-26
25 The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him.

26 So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.
Psalm 34:10
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

One morning about two weeks ago, I got a signal on my phone, letting me know that someone was at my front door.  When I looked at my phone I did not see anyone, so I decided to continue on with what I was already doing.

Shortly after that, my daughter was about to make breakfast when she realized that we were running low on eggs.  She asked me how many eggs did I want for breakfast, and I told her to just get what she wanted and I would take whatever was left in the carton.  When I finally got around to making my breakfast, I opened the egg carton and cracked the last 2 eggs in the house.  I remembered thinking that I needed to text my husband and ask him to bring some eggs home after work.

After I finished my breakfast I was about to return to my work when the Holy Spirit prompted me to check my front door.  I had already looked it out once on my phone,  so I didn’t see the need to check it again.  As I continued on my course, again the Holy Spirit prompted me, to check the front door.  Hesitantly, I went and opened my door, and initially, I saw nothing.  As I was about to close the door, I happened to look to the left of my porch, and tucked in a corner were three dozen eggs.  I remember saying God you are amazing!

About a week and a half prior to that, I was on the phone with a friend that sells eggs.  She said that she had an abundance of them, and wanted to know if I could use some. She said that she would be happy to bring some by.
However, several days had gone by after that, and I had not heard back from her.  I did not get concerned, because I knew that she had a lot going on at the time, and was super busy.  I figured that she would come by whenever things slowed down for her.   What I didn’t count on was God’s amazing timing.   I also didn’t count on, was God prompting her to bring the eggs by, on the same day that I would be running out of eggs.
  I do believe that God used this egg blessing to reveal to me that His timing is perfect.   I don’t know what you are praying for that God has not answered yet,
 but what I do know is that He has not forgotten you so keep trusting.
Luke 12:24
24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!

Matthew 7:11
11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in
heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Psalm 37:25
25 I was young and now I am old,  yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken

    or their children begging bread.
Matthew 6:31-32
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

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Psalm 95:2(KJV)
2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

Psalm 100:4 (KJV)
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Mirage

A few weeks ago I was asked to speak at an annual event that our Church family sponsors called the “Ruth Rally”.

This year’s theme was “MIRAGE” and our theme scripture was Colossians 2:8

Colossians 2:8
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces[a] of this world rather than on Christ.

Faith

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

A Healthy Heart

James 4:7-8
7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

On a Friday morning four weeks ago, my husband called me from a local store in our area where he had gone in to pick up a prescription for me. He said that he just didn’t feel well and that he was having a burning feeling in his chest like heartburn. He also said that he only felt the burning sensation when he was walking or moving. He told me he was on his way home and that he would see me soon.

A Time for Everything

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NIV)
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

Our God Provides

Matthew 6:25 – 34
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek 🙂 for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

From my friend John Gay

From my friend John Gay.

Inspirational and Motivation Thoughts

HUGS
In a wonderful and tender comic strip in the Houston Newspaper called Family Circus a father has one arm around his little daughter named Dollie who is sitting close to him. She says to him, “Sometimes when you hurt inside, the only medicine that’ll help is a great big hug.
When I first started preaching as a young man in churches of Christ (at least where I was) we never hugged one another, and certainly never gave someone a “holy kiss,” (Romans 16:16).

God’s Waiting Room

Psalms 37:7
7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him…..

Isaiah 40:28-31
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.