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:)

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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.

Happy New Year’s Eve!

31 Dec

Nothing beats Skyline Chili:)

Nothing beats Skyline Chili:)  Splurge and Splurge Big…lol:)

As we end the year today, I say ENJOY this last day!
This day counts.
I think of the below verse:

Romans 5:5
“And hope does not disappoint us,
because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit,
whom he has given us.”

Look towards tomorrow with renewed hope from the Lord.
A hope for a new start.
A hope to finish what you started.
A hope for healing.
A hope for not giving up.
A hope for taking on a challenge.
A hope to love those who are not easy to love.

Pray for your friends, family and enemies –
that they too may enter the New Year with the hope that only the Lord provides.

Don’t think you can do this life on your own.
Rest in the arms of Jesus.
Latch onto the love of the Lord.
Seek Him continually with every decision.
Seek Him continually in how you react with every person you come in contact with.

Go BIG or Go Home!
Tell others about His Grace today, tomorrow, and the next.
Jesus loves you – in a major way.
Happy New Year’s Eve!
Love, Sarah

God Moves!

30 Dec
I am so glad Rob's mom and step-dad let me play on their toys:)

I am so glad Rob’s mom and step-dad let me play on their toys:)

As I reflect on the past year, I know one solid for sure thing.
God moves.
He moves in BIG ways.
He moves in small ways.
Just like the equipment above can move earth so easily-with seamless effort,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
moves obstacles in our lives…
He moves hearts…
He changes hearts.
He changes lives!
If you have only one thing to look back on in 2014 –
I hope you see the Lord’s love in your life (even in the dark or sad times).
As you look towards 2015 –
I hope you feel His love with you now going into the New Year.
Ephesians 3:16-19
16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”