Hi Everybody!

I hope everyone is doing well and continuing to check up on each other. I just wanted to share a couple of thoughts that I’ve had recently.

The first one was during my prayer time on Monday morning. I was just praying “Lord, You know …” and I got stuck right there.

I was just impacted by how much God knows everything. He is not restricted to time as we are. He is all-knowing. Couple that with how much He loves us – He has redeemed us by sending His Son for us. He’s given us the position of sons and daughters through Jesus and revealed His great love for us through His Word and His Spirit. What a place of confidence and strength we have in Him! Wow!  I’ve been continuing to think about this all week.

John 3:16-18 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Psalm 147:5 – Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.

1 John 3:20 – in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things.

Psalm 139:4 – Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O Lord, You know it all.

Matt. 6:8  – So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

The second thought is the ongoing one of being thankful every day.

This came into focus for me again as I was taking the dog around Van Tuyl. Nothing special, just an ordinary day, but I just loved it! I loved watching her enjoy so many things, I loved the feel of the air, the sunshine, even the wind. It all felt so alive and wonderful to me and I was impacted by how much I enjoyed that little time, what a feeling of joy and satisfaction it gave to me. I realized what a gift from God it is to “enjoy” things. It starts with us looking at Him and knowing Him, being thankful and He “gifts” us with the ability to live in the moment and be filled with joy and appreciation.

What a key to having a satisfying joy-filled life!  What a mistake to not enjoy and appreciate each moment while we wait for “something.” Wait for “something” to end, or “something” to come, or “something” to change. Always “something” in the future. What a trap! Enjoy right now, this moment. Let the Holy Spirit teach you about this and remind you, He will do it! What a difference it will make in the quality of your life. Enjoy the journey, enjoy what relationships you do have right now. Sow into them, find places and ways to give to others. In your job, be a source of life to fellow workers, your boss, your customers, and your family. You have an infinite supply of love, mercy, and grace because of your relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ.

I love you guys and hope this is a reminder and encouragement to you!