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Seeing God In Every Day

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Today I saw God at work in these ways…

  • An incredible  sermon which challenged me to let go of anything that is not of or from Him.
  • Amazing professors dedicated to Christ-centered learning.
  • The beauty of true friendships among the body of Christ.  How amazing it is that the Lord has provided people to walk alongside and lift us up when we cannot ourselves.
  • My daily food and water provided.
  • Clothing and shelter.
  • Watching junior highers write notes to encourage a friend having surgery.  20 personal notes were written to one girl going into a difficult surgery tomorrow.

Do you see God at work around you? What is He doing in your life? How has He blessed you?

A sermon I heard recently discussed how God has given us what we need for each day, food, water and Himself.  Everything else is a blessing.

So what are your blessings?

Leave a comment and tell me about them.

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Friends

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I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ Jesus, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ-to the glory and praise of God.

Philippians 1:3-9

What an opening to a letter! Can you imagine receiving that in the mail?  Some of my favorite passages to read in scripture are the letters of Paul to the early church.  I love reading how he encourages them in their faith, challenges them to grow and to pursue God, and rebukes them when they have fallen astray. I can hear the passion and emotion that he writes with, urging his brothers and sisters in the faith to pursue Christ above all earthly things.

Paul often mentions specific friends by name in his letters and includes a special message for or about them.  He writes to each church with urgency and a knowledge of their struggles.  He continually encourages his brothers and sisters in the faith, in spite of what they are going through, to press on.

We need friends like Paul.  Friends who challenge us in our faith and hold us accountable for our actions.  Friends who can encourage us in every day life.  Friends who will walk with us through suffering.  Friends who can rejoice with us in our successes.  Friends who are not afraid to speak Biblical truth in a world that is often preaching the opposite.

Who are those people in your life?  Have you taken some time to encourage them lately?  Have you told them how much you appreciate them?  Are you aware of what is going on in their life?  Take some time to catch up or write them a little note to say how much you appreciate them.

How Awesome is Our God

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Who among the gods is like you O Lord? Who is like you–majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders

Exodus 15:11

This week has tested me in many ways, especially in the area of how much I am trusting and relying on God.  I found myself stressed out about paying for school this year, and overwhelmed by unexpected costs totaling close to 100 dollars that arose this week.  I felt anxious and tired and my mind was filled with scheming plans about how many hours I would need to work to pay for the rest of school and these added expenses.

In spite of these financial stresses each day was filled with challenging chapel messages about the definition of faith, the importance of setting our minds on Christ, and finally today a wonderful chapel by the senior class where the chaplain spoke about the importance of faith again.  During his message he quoted our campus pastor who has the belief of only using the word “awesome” when it pertains to God.

That struck me today. I thought about how very many other things that I have labeled “awesome.”  Let me tell you today that nothing is as deserving of this label as the Holy God.

Today, that reality hit me in full force.

I was stressed making sure a form got signed which would cost me 50 dollars if it wasn’t turned in today.  After countless hours of worry, the form was signed, turned in, and 50 dollars of the original unexpected 100 dollars that arose this week was eliminated.  I walked out of the office praising God, thrilled and relieved that a huge portion of money was taken care of.

As I left the office, I happened to look towards my mailbox.  I love checking my mail.  I usually check in the morning and after lunch.  I had already done that today and had no real reason to think anything was in there.  But an envelope caught my eye.  I walked over to the mailbox expecting a bill or a letter.

Inside was a envelope with my name and box number.  Inside the envelope was 300 dollars.

I was and still am in awe of our God.  Not only did He alleviate my major financial stress of the week when the form was turned in, He richly blessed me with finances that will cover a significant amount of what I have left to pay for school this year and eliminated an enormous amount of stress and tension.

You know, it is funny how much we can scheme and plan.  How much we think we are in control when God had it all figured out all along.

I cannot attribute this story to anything else but the AWESOMENESS of our God.

Who richly blessed me beyond what I could have ever imagined.

I hope this encourages you today that God is still doing miracles.  He is still very much alive and at work in this world.  He hasn’t forgotten you.  He isn’t leaving you to fend for yourself in this world.  He will provide.  He loves you with an everlasting love.

Our God is Awesome!!

Thank You, God

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So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Colossians 2:6-7

God is good.

He has given us…

  1. Food
  2. Water
  3. Nature
  4. Friends
  5. Family
  6. Jobs
  7. Meaningful work
  8. Ministry opportunities
  9. Music
  10. Creativity
  11. A new day
  12. Forgiveness
  13. Mercy
  14. Grace
  15. Compassion
  16. Butterflies
  17. Flowers
  18. Homes
  19. Rain
  20. Crops
  21. Exercise
  22. Finances
  23. The ability to think and reason
  24. His word
  25. Unfailing love
  26. Animals
  27. Different kinds of fruit
  28. Hilariously shaped clouds
  29. Laughter
  30. Joints and muscles that move
  31. Brains
  32. The five senses
  33. Math
  34. Rainbows
  35. Snow
  36. Waterfalls
  37. Icicles
  38. Smiles
  39. Hugs
  40. The feeling of hot and cold
  41. Cultures
  42. Languages
  43. Continents
  44. Oceans
  45. Planets
  46. Stars
  47. A soul
  48. Snow
  49. Color
  50. Light
  51. Darkness
  52. Gardens
  53. Rivers
  54. Mountains
  55. Frogs
  56. The praying mantis
  57. Starfish
  58. Second chances
  59. Ability to chose Him
  60. Salvation
  61. Redemption
  62. Righteousness
  63. Faith
  64. Spiritual gifts
  65. Unique strengths
  66. Galaxies
  67. A limitation in our knowledge
  68. The atmosphere
  69. The Body of Christ
  70. Justice
  71. No reason to ever be bored
  72. His one and only Son who died for us
  73. Prayer
  74. A way out of temptation
  75. Reconciliation
  76. Encouragement
  77. Children
  78. Older generations
  79. Wisdom
  80. Discernment
  81. Knowledge
  82. Understanding
  83. Patience
  84. Peace
  85. Direction
  86. Answers
  87. Dance
  88. Joy
  89. Excitement
  90. Watermelon
  91. Deliverance
  92. Sleep
  93. Beauty out of pain
  94. Companionship in brokenness
  95. Freedom
  96. Mentors
  97. Life
  98. Passions
  99. Dreams
  100. Adventures

And so many more.

And for these gifts…tonight…I am so very thankful.