Smile – It’s becoming on you…

10 Apr
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Grand Haven, MI Rob making me smile:)

Ahhhhh…the slight up turn of the corners of your mouth begins, the laugh lines show as your eyes close, then the set of pearly whites are on full display as an hearty laugh erupts – the smile has arrived:).

What makes you smile?  Your kids?  Your furry babies?  Bloopers on TV? Your spouse’s jokes? Even yourself? Or, maybe nothing right now.

What about your joy in the Lord?  Does that even exist, you ask?

Well, it either does, or it can if you don’t feel as if you’re experiencing it! “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11

We must first trust in Him!  “For our heart is glad in Him, because we trust in His holy name.” Psalm 33:21

Our joy is not based on any one thing happening in our lives making it so.  Our joy is not based on any one person making it so.  No, it is because “…my heart rejoices in God my Savior…”! Luke 1:47

When HE, the only one we seek, is alive in our lives, we can then smile with abandon and say, “May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!”” Psalm 70:4

I know a lot of hurting people…some in a short season of sadness and some in a long season.

If you haven’t seen in your smile, nor those around you lately, ask the Lord to “restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit”. Psalm 51:12  Soon, “He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting.” Job 8:21

If, “The Lord your God is in your mist, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17), then let that smile, that grin, that laughter loose!!!  You have nothing to lose, and only joy to gain!:)

May you smile BIG! Love, Sarah

 

 

The Lord’s Hand Reaches Thru All…

4 Apr
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Grand Haven Snow, April

Job was hurting.  Job had been thru it all. Loss of children. Loss of home. Loss of possessions. Illness. Questioned by friends over his lot in life as it all seemed to fall apart.

Yet, thru this Job says to the Lord, “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” Job 42:2

What a statement from a man who was currently in a state of suffering!

I find myself asking, “Do I trust in the Lord enough to say that in the trials I face, big or small, “Lord, I know your hand is in my life. You see all that goes on and I trust you to lead me thru each day?” Hmmmm…sometimes, I don’t “give the Lord enough credit”. Pretty embarrassing, right?

I think we all fall into that trap of believing He cannot be thwarted, but when it comes to the details we want to step in and take control. As Steve Brown (Key Life) says that’s not believing in His sovereignty (I paraphrase.)

So, as you tackle life, muddle thru it at times, or sail thru it without a care, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”, 1 Thessalonians 5:18, and nothing can stop the Lord from doing the absolute best for you in your life – “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

The Lord’s will cannot be overcome by anyone or anything. Hallelujah!!:) Remember, “For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?” Isaiah 14:27

And, whether you think your in control or you are fearful of others control/influence/affect in your life, remember this too, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21

May your day be bright, Sarah Marie:)

Always Looking Up…

30 Mar

 

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The Lord’s light always shines thru the clouds. Grand Haven, MI

It can be tiresome to hear daily, “When circumstances are grim…look up!”  So many around have one thing or another affecting the peace in their lives.  It’s every where.  In the world.  In our nation.  In our own personal lives.  This is not say good isn’t around because it is!  It really is.  But, sometimes the good seems like that dim light at the end of the tunnel.  Barely there.  Sometimes just a ray of light.

The question then is, “How do I feel the warmth of that light?”.

“How do I see the fullness of that light?”.

That is when I say, “Look up!”  Look to Jesus.  Look to the cross.

I do not say this lightly (no pun intended:)).

It is a simple saying.  Yet, one harder to do unless YOU DO IT!

See, Jesus, never promised us from struggle.  He promised us freedom IN Jesus.

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 
2 Corinthians 3:17

Who comes into our lives and circumstances around us are what they are.  We can set boundaries, but we cannot control their actions.  As we give those individuals and the circumstances to the Lord He promises, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

How encouraging to know if we give our troubles to Him, HE then lifts us up. “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22

See, others can do their best to cause chaos, but HE reigns. “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation.  But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Now, can I get an AMEN on that?:)

So, now!  Look up!  For, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”  Isaiah 26:3

As you go through the day, “Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way.  The Lord be with you all.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16

May your day be brighter, Sarah Marie:)

Another Year History

30 Dec

As we start to close 2015, smile at the good, learn from the rough spots, pray for those who hurt you, cherish those who love you, thank Jesus for His ever present help in all you do, and SMILE at 2016! It’s coming whether you want it to or not:)
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Will be blogging more in 2016…:)

Worship Rock Star!

16 Jan
In my mind (when I'm in my car) I feel like a rock star when I belt out the tunes:).

In my mind (when I’m in my car) I feel like a rock star belting out the tunes:).

Man, when I’m driving down the road, and I technically can’t hear my own voice (thank goodness) because of the music,
I feel like the world should hear my voice…lol…I mean who wouldn’t want to hear this angel singing?  lol
Ok…no one would want to hear my voice:).
I really can’t carry a tune.

BUT, to the Lord’s ears my voice singing praises to Him is precious.
He delights in hearing us thank Him through song.
He delights in hearing us surrender to Him through song.
He delights in hearing us pray through song.

I found recently that singing songs over my myself and for my family is powerful.
The Lord hears my awful screeching and turns it into beautiful worship!
Yea, I know…prettteeee incredible!
So, when you get in your car this week…
crank up your prayer through praise!
dial up the Lord through song!
You will be blessed!

Be Raw!

8 Jan
These facial masks feel so good!  This one feels cooling on your face...a little mini-spa experience does a body good:).

These facial masks feel so good! This one feels cooling on your face…a little mini-spa experience does a body good:).

Don’t be afraid to show your “raw” side.
(Sometimes looking like a Smurf feels good:).)
Smile at yourself and never feel like you have to put on a show for those around you.
My personality is pretty open regarding this as you can see above…lol…it is what is.
I like people, and you can see the good, the bad, and the ugly with me.
It’s freeing.

Women, don’t subconsciously be competing with other women around you, and in turn, be jealous or envious.
If another woman has reached out to help you in good faith – then accept their help.
It’s ok to let your walls down.
Why not build on the help of others?
You shouldn’t want to “do it all on your own” unless you want the “woe is me” attention.

Men, don’t subconsciously puff up your feathers and be “one-uppers” with the men around you.
If another man has more than you, be happy for them.
Look at the blessings you already have in your life, and celebrate with those around you.

I think the below verse says it all.

Philippians 2:2-4
“Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (ESV)

Offended?

5 Jan

Sarah Verse

We were reminded at church yesterday that humility is an action.
It’s something we do just as Jesus did when he washed the disciple’s feet.
I mean who should have been washing who’s feet in that scenario, right?!

When someone offends you with words…
When they insult you with words…
When they use passive aggressive behavior towards you…
Heck, when they use plain aggressive behavior towards you…
…and whether they do it in a way where they actually feel “right” and “justified”…or don’t even “get it”…
DON’T BE OFFENDED.

Yea.

Don’t be.

We don’t have to be doormats of course, but…
…show compassion by speaking kindly to them.
We don’t have to agree with them, but in humility pray for them.
We don’t have to jump on their bandwagon, so, be patient with them – (they’ll fall off eventually).

It’s hard doing these things with just our human nature,
but when we clothe ourselves with what the verse states above
WITH the help of our loving Savior, Jesus Christ,
you begin to see the heart of those who are hurting you.

You see their insecurities, their brokenness, their anger, and a life they are not happy with.

When you see that through the eyes of compassion you can pray for them…
…you can speak kindly but firmly to them…
…you can stand with Jesus through all their insults and offensiveness…
…because He will never leave your side and will see you through the end.

Look up when others try to tear you down.
It’s not easy, but it is possible.

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