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A Note From A Reader

A Note From A Reader

A writer loves to hear from their readers, and I’m no exception.

When I was at the Christian Writers Conference in Fort Scott recently, I met a new friend, Maranatha. She bought one of my God’s Little Miracle Books to use as a devotional to start the day with her homeschooled kids.

I received an email from her recently which read:

Dear Sally,

I just wanted to pop in and say your first book on miracles is proving to be a real blessing to our little homeschool.  We are only on page 30, but the length and content of these little gems are priceless to the developing faith of our young ones!  Thanks so much for making it available!

In Him,
Maranatha

Notes like these make all the long hours of solitary work worth it. Do you know someone who could use an Amazon review of their book, or a note of encouragement?

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A Birthday Present

A Birthday Present

OLD GLORY

Look to me and remember well
the days gone by and those who fell,
giving their lives for freedom’s sake
knowing their sacrifice was no mistake.

Look to me and remember the present.
Pray for each and every resident
who lives in this great land of ours
that by God’s grace we’ll be empowered.

Look to me; remember those yet to come
who’ll stand in our stead and march to the drum
0f a land established for God’s glory;
a place of freedom to share His story.

In 1997 I attended my first critique group at Colonial Presbyterian Church in Kansas City led by Dan Quisenberry. He served as a great pitcher for the KC Royals and was also an accomplished poet.

A few months later someone asked him in the entry hall after church to write a poem for the dedication of our new flag pole in the church’s front yard.

Without hesitation, he turned to me and said, “Sally can do it for you.”

I’d written poetry for years, but kept it tightly hidden under the bed. Could I pull this off? Dan thought so, so I’d give it a try. The above poem is the result.

Now, twenty years later, my work has appeared in many publications and ten books carry my name on the cover. Who would’a thunk it?

Can you think of someone you could encourage in some way? Why not give our nation a birthday present by sharing a good word with another person. Let us hear about your adventure.

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Money Matters

Money Matters

 

Hebrews 13:5
Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”

We each one have a choice. We can love God or we can love money and what it can buy. Money and goods are temporary, fleeting. Money can be here today and gone tomorrow. Things can burn in a fire or thieves can steal them.

When we make money our goal, there is never enough. It never brings lasting contentment. Someone always has something a little better or a little more.

When God is our goal, our supply never lacks. He promises never to leave us (to send back, to let sink). He promises to never forsake us (to abandon, leave in straits, leave helpless, to leave behind).

In Jesus, there is a contentment that all the money in the world can’t buy, and the lack of money can’t diminish. He is sufficient in all things.

Lord Jesus, thank You for Your presence and peace
which only You can give, and money can’t buy.
Thank You for Your precious promises
that never grow old nor fail.

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Holy Spirit Coaching

Holy Spirit Coaching

 

Job 39:22
(God said) “He laughs at fear and is not dismayed; and he does not turn back from the sword.”

Here God tells Job how He has made the horse a very powerful animal, and yet, after training, a very useful instrument for specific purposes.

The one spoken of here must be a war horse. He has been taught not to fear. When he sees and hears a battle, he is not terrified. He doesn’t turn tail and run. He is ever at the ready.

We would do well to take lessons from the horse. If we will yield to the Holy Spirit’s coaching, He will teach us to do spiritual warfare, trusting in God’s strength and the power of Jesus’ name. His name is far superior to any other name named in this age or in the one to come (Ephesians 1:18-22).

Then we will be like the war horse when we face the enemy of our souls. We will laugh mockingly at terror. We shall not be terrified. We will know how to conduct victorious battles against those sent out against us.

Lord Jesus, teach us and train us
so we may be as fearless
and effective in battle
as the war horse
bringing glory to Your name.

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God’s Promise

God’s Promise

Bright Future

Isaiah 60:15
Whereas you have been forsaken and hated with no one passing through, I will make you an everlasting pride, a joy from generation to generation.

Have you ever felt God has abandoned you? That He has forgotten your name? That you no longer matter to Him?

If so, take heart. This scripture is for you. Even from the first word, “whereas” this is meant to encourage you. “Whereas” carries a meaning of “being burdened, oppressed, in subjection or conquered; under the hand of.”

“You have been,” means “continue, be finished, be gone.” “Forsaken” is “to let alone, neglect, deserted.” Ever felt like that?

Good news! God promises to set in place a perpetual exaltation and rejoicing for you and your generations—for eternity. What a future to look forward to!

Oh Lord God! Thank You for Your promises
which are always in effect, and never go out of date.
They are the only constant truth to be had.
I rejoice in Your kindness and encouragement
which never fails and is new every morning.

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When in High Waves

When in High Waves

Jesus walking on water

Matthew 14:27
But immediately Jesus spoke to them saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”

Jesus directed His disciples to row across the Sea of Galilee at sundown while He stayed behind to pray. After they had rowed for many hours in contrary winds they were worn ragged. Between three and six in the morning, they saw something coming toward them and were terrified. They thought it was a ghost. Jesus called to them to take courage; that it was only He and not to be afraid.

Aren’t we the same? When adverse circumstances beat on us like waves against our small boat, do we feel as though God has forgotten us? That we will never make it through to the other side? That we will go down to the depths alone?

Jesus is waiting for us to notice Him there, near us—as close as the whisper of His name. He hasn’t forgotten us. He is only waiting for our desperate cry.

Lord Jesus, Lord of land and sea
and all that is in them,
I call to You, my Lord,
my Savior. Help me!
Deliver me! Save me
lest I sink in these deep waters.

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My place of Safety

My place of Safety

Safe place

Psalm 27:1
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread?

The Lord is my light, my instruction. He rescues me. He is my place of safety, my victory. The existing One, the God who created the universe, is for me. I have no reason to be in dread of anything.

He delivers me. He is my protector, my stronghold, my safe harbor. He takes a personal interest in everything that concerns me. He cares for me.

He is all-powerful and sees all. Nothing escapes His notice. He is for me. I am His and He is mine.

He has overcome the enemy. Nothing can happen to me that has not gone through His hand first. Even when bad things happen, He has allowed those things to work for His glory. I rejoice in His constant care.

Lord Jesus, who am I to receive such tender care
and steady watchfulness?
Thank You for Your merciful heart
and guiding light, shed on my path
night and day.

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Our Unique God

Our Unique God

Risen Jesus

Isaiah 64:4
For from of old they have not heard nor perceived by ear, neither has the eye seen a God besides Thee, who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.

Of all the world religions of all the ages, there is no God who forgives sins, who came to earth to tell us of the One True God, who offered His own self on a cross as payment for our sins, and then died. But there is more. Then He arose from death, appeared to multitudes of people, rose into the sky, and will come again.

In the meantime He sent His own Spirit to live inside us to give us His wisdom and counsel, His guidance and direction, His presence and peace to those who will adhere to, long for, and wait for Him.

God is truly a magnificent friend who never leaves us or forsakes us.

Lord Jesus, who are we that You would stoop to save,
to heal, and console us?
I bow my heart before You in humility and gratitude
my Lord, my Savior, my God.

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Trust in the Lord

Trust in the Lord

person in God hands

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Have you ever been brought to a place or circumstance that you were at a loss to know what to do or say? As if you were up against a brick wall and you were stuck in forward gear? Everything in you screams, “There is no way out! We’re going down!”

Stop. Remember you are not alone. The One who promised to never leave you or forsake you it is here. He’s waiting for you to call out to Him. “Jesus!”

Trust in Him and His ability to carry you through this. He is the always-existing, Almighty One who never slumbers nor sleeps. Lay down in His arms. Know you are safe there. Know He has your best interest at heart. Know that He has a way where there seems to be no way.

Stop trying to think of a way out. He’ll make a way. Take courage. He has your situation covered. Listen for His instructions. Then be ready to do what He says.

Almighty God, giver of all wisdom,
I lean my full weight on You today.
Guide my steps. Author my thoughts.
Do Your will in and through me
to Your good pleasure.
Thank You for Your very present help
at all times.

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God’s Dynamite

God’s Dynamite

dynamite

II Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.

Another word for “timidity” is “cowardice” or “fearfulness.” God gives us holy boldness.

This word “power” is “dynamis” from which we derive our word “dynamite.” It refers to strength and ability, a power which resides within itself.

God gives us His power to perform miracles and to have moral power and excellence of soul. It’s that kind of power which rests upon armies.

In addition, He gives us His love, His affection, His benevolence, to love other people as He does.

The last on the list here is “discipline.” This can also be translated “sound judgment.” It refers to a calling of a sound mind, moderation, and self-control.

Lord Jesus, may we be filled with Your Holy Spirit
fearless in whatever You desire to be accomplished.
May we carry each task out with Your power,
in Your love, guided by Your sound judgment
so You may be glorified in all things.

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