Since my last post on Mother’s Day, I’ve been trying to learn digitizing photos for embroidery. I bought a program and struggled with installing it. But God worked those details out for me. Praise Him. Hallelujah. He shows me something new every single day.
I’ve spent most of my time lately praying over and over. Once I finish one prayer with “Amen,” I begin another one soon after that. My emotional state has been another roller coaster ride lately. Struggling with negativity from others again. I was just about to cry one day, and I caught the tail-end of Jackie from Spirit FM talking about the anointing from God. She made a statement that really caught my attention. “God’s anointing will change everything.” Halleluiah. And while singing along with the next few songs, the sun started shining brightly through the dusty skylight right above my work area. “Thank you, Lord, for your beautiful light.” Amen.
During the week of the 4th of July holiday, I had some extra days off. I must admit that the time off was just what I needed. All this self-training and God’s directions are really turning things around and I am grateful.
Sometimes, God puts things into someone else’s heart to pass a message along to you. I heard this message on Sunday, July 21, 2019 during church services at Life House Church in my hometown. The message was about being complacent for too long. You cannot expect good things by sitting idle too long. You must put in the work to see the results you want to see. And you must trust Jesus. Psalm 46:10 NIV – He says, “ Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” I have been too still, sitting idle and praying and trusting Jesus. But I haven’t been writing. I haven’t really been living. Fighting the devil away from your life is an ongoing struggle. But I choose to trust Jesus. I choose to pray about it AND put in the work. This morning’s OBS on First 5 app was 1 Thessalonians 1. Verse 3 “….remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” The messages are so loud and clear lately. I praise you Lord.
There have been two separate messages on the church billboard that I pass on the way to work. “Do not be anxious about your life but trust in Jesus.” “ With the Lord, begin your task. Jesus will direct it.” Hallelujah! Praise the Lord for everything. I see what God has done for me and my family lately. I thank Him for answered and unanswered prayers. Every little thing. The good and the bad. I praise Him.
As promised, I want to share songs of praise with you. Today, I choose Day One by Matthew West. The lyrics begin with the following testimony:
“Well, I wish I had a short term memory Wish the only thing my eyes could see Was the future burning bright right in front of me But I can't stop looking back
Yeah, I wish I was a perfect picture of Somebody who's never not good enough I try to measure up but I mess it up And I wish I wasn't like that
I wish I wasn't wishing anymore Wish I could remember that nobody's keeping score I'm tired of throwing pennies in a well I gotta do something Here goes nothin'
It's day one of the rest of my life It's day one of the best of my life I'm marching on to the beat of a brand new drum Yeah, here I come The future has begun Day one”
From an interview at https://www.newreleasetoday.com/article.php?article_id=1537, Kevin Davis asks Matthew West about his personal story with the song. Matthew states in the beginning of the interview, “One of my favorite Bible passages is Lamentations 3:22-23 which says, "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His Mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning." In those words there is a promise for everybody to remember that each morning God re-sets His mercy for us. It's like hitting refresh on your computer every once in a while. I get that image when I think about that passage. Every single morning with the rising of the sun, His mercy is new. The faithful love of the Lord never ceases.” (You can check out the full interview by clicking the highlighted text above.)
Today I leave you with Jeremiah 29:12-12 – “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me with all your heart.” #BeBlessedToday