Your Present Moment

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

Our omnipresent God dwells everywhere at all times but He dwells in our present moment and the key to knowing God’s “Perfect Peace” is to live in that present moment with Him, trusting His goodness for right now, this minute. To trust that God is good, and that all He does is good for you right now!!! Although He had a plan, even in our past, He doesn’t dwell there and nor should we.  If we let our minds carry us back to that place of reruns, we tend to focus on negatives with its pain, failure, fear and discouragement.  It’s a place of bondage and there’s no freedom there! It’s where we live if we harbor an unforgiving spirit ~ “in the past”, replaying the same old offense, and the same old hurt, over and over and over again. We won’t find God’s peace there in that bitter place because bitterness and anger bring about despair and a feelings of resentment, hopelessness and ruin.  There’s no peace present there.

Yeah ~ we can savor its warm memories of good times and glean a few valuable nuggets of wisdom from past experiences and God desires that, but then His call on our lives is to move on with Him one step at a time into His new graces, mercies and faithfulness. We can trust God and experience His perfect peace in our present moment, but if our thoughts wander with fearful imaginations and worry into the future~ well, there’s no peace there either. A fearful imagination full of anxiety and worry, doesn’t see an omnipresent, all-powerful, all sovereign God and His peace is absent from the mind, the heart and that precious soul of yours in the anxious moments. Trust and fear, peace and bitterness ~ well, they can’t dwell together. They mix like oil and water ~ they don’t mix at all!

So ~ beautiful soul, live for now, for this sweet and precious moment of life! Breathe in the grace of the moment, even if it involves pain, sorrow or difficulty. Friend, if He holds the song sparrow in its delicate flight, He’s got you and He holds you when you rise and when you fall. You never slip too far for grace to find you! When the mind is steadfast on Christ, His peace will embrace you and fill you ~ His grace will catch you, sustain you and carry you because He is good and He is just and you can trust Him for that.  That’s what He does!  I love how He does it.

Step Into Peace And Grace Today
Step Into Peace And Grace Today

“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”

2 Peter 1 – 2

Pie In The Sky

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

So yeah, sometimes it just seems like all the talk about answered prayer is just sweet, fairy tale “Pie in the sky” talk that all sounds good in words but in reality it’s not reality at all. Answers don’t come and the brick wall is thick and cold. How much more? Mentally, emotionally and physically you feel spent and nothing has changed. You’ve prayed long and hard with no answers ~ only so many questions ~ Oh so many! It appears that that “Pie in the sky” spiritual talk is nothing but a mud pie!

Just Wait When You Can Do Nothing Else
Just Wait When You Can Do Nothing Else

So where does it end? Your faith is exhausted and that light at the end of the tunnel? Well, it’s gone out! Sometimes answers come so quickly and yet, other times it’s literally a full out battle ending only when disappointment crashes in on the tale end of what you thought was enough faith and belief in a God who cared.. Well ~ beautiful soul, hang in there with your faith and belief because God’s got you and when the light at the end of the tunnel dims and goes out, you can be sure He will light a lamp brighter than the candle before because that’s what He does. His mercies are new every morning and His compassion fails not ~ not even for a second! When things don’t turn out right remember, things aren’t always as they appear and even when you least expect it God is bringing details together that you know nothing of. His credentials are awesome and His mastermind brilliant. The Creator of all things has your problem and your best interest is held securely and firmly in the imprint of His nail scarred hands. You’re so right about the pie in the sky ~ it’s not reality ~ not at all, because God is so much more than a Santa Claus and life is not “happily-ever-after” fairy tale endings but amazing “God stories” and “miracle endings” are in store for those who keep the faith. So ~ chin up now, beautiful you, and face the music of another day with God’s perfect timing and perfect peace resting in your soul. He has your day, your back and your problem. He has your week from now ~ your month from now and your year from now. Wait patiently for the lamp to light!

Isaiah 42: 14a, 15, 16
“He will say ‘I have long been silent…..but now I will lead the blind Israel down a new path guiding them along an unfamiliar way. I will brighten the darkness before them and smooth out the road ahead of them. Yes, I will do these things and I will not forsake them.’ ”

Lamentations 3:22
“The LORD’S loving kindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.”

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Spend Grace Freely

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

So let’s begin another new day by accepting God’s grace to begin again! While we’re at it, let’s stuff our souls and our hearts and our pockets with excess to lavishly spend on others throughout the days ahead.

It’s so daily isn’t it ~ This giving of grace? So all the time and so everywhere and on everyone? The wrong thing said, the rude remark, the uncaring soul, the friend that didn’t care ~ and the list goes on and on and on, and then we take a look at our inside selves to see just as much “uncalled for” behavior from ‘self’ and we know that we need grace as much as they! Remember for all the misbehaved offenses, that come there is an accuser of the brethren, a father of lies and the instigator, who messes things all up with chaos and confusion. He twists our arms and our minds into thinking it’s the person causing the grief and takes great delight when we hurt and pin the blame on others rather than himself. So, when the pain sears and rips through your heart like a knife, turn it over to God and allow His mercy to find you and strengthen you. Allow His grace to mellow you and empty your beautiful soul of bitterness, anger and grief only to fill it with more of Him and His care, His healing and His sweet, unconditional love. Find a solace there in His rest and a peace there in His protection. Ahh, now you can empty your pockets of all that redemptive grace that you’ve stored away just for this special moment. Lavishly spend it on that poor soul in need and let them go. Ah ~ that’s where your blessing hides ~ right there in your freedom from the entanglement of it all. So ~ sweet and beautiful soul ~ Let it go and begin another week of freedom, walking with A God who truly cares.

Matthew 6: 14 & 15
“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Ephesians 4: 32
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

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A Lifetime Warranty

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

Psalm 139: 13, 14
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

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David expresses his complete confidence in his all powerful, all knowing, God of the universe. There is nothing hidden from His brilliant creator. He had complete assurance that God knew him as he was. Inside and out I guess we can say. As God knew David’s heart, He knows ours ~ what makes us tick, what riles us and what we find delight in. We’re His creation! He made us to be who we are: faults, weaknesses, strengths and all. He saw everything He made and it was good!! You are made in His image! You are made well and according to God’s standards of excellence, you have His stamp of approval and a life – time warranty for your allotted years on this earth and a glorious life eternal with your Savior.

Ok then ~ What do we do when life throws it’s left hooks at us? When it cuts us off at the pass and sideswipes us off our feet? What do we do when we find ourselves in the pit of despair, in bondage to sin, addictions, depression, discouragement, anger, fear, worry or pain?

When something breaks we call on the manufacturer, the one who put it together and knows it’s intricate workings from the inside out. Someone who can assess and evaluate what needs attention and then gets right to the heart of the problem. Friends, when we are broken, down cast, fearful, sad, remorseful and running on empty, we have a maker ~ a manufacturer who knows us from the ground level up. He formed us, He knows, knows, knows us and every detail affecting us. He can get right to the ‘heart’ of the problem. His life-time warranty is our confidence that He can fix it, no strings attached, if we but take ourselves to Him. He will make it work out for our good and His glory, under His skillful hand!

Like David let’s find our assurance in our brilliant creator. The one who made us, can heal us, cleanse us, forgive us, fix us and bless us. ❤ ❤ ❤

Our God is brilliant and even in our greatest thoughts of Him, He is greater still. His works are wonderful!! We can know that full well.