Are We Having Fun Yet?

I [Jesus] came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows),” (John 10:10 Amplified Bible).

C.S. Lewis says that most Christians lack “merriment.” I like that word. “Merriment.” Just moving the words across my lips is fun. And I think Lewis is right. We lack merriment and we don’t expect it. Many Christians look like they’ve been weaned on a dill pickle. My goodness, if there is anyone who should exude merriment, it is a person who knows Jesus as Savior and Lord. We, above all people, have something to be merry about!

[tweetherder][/tweetherder]What God desires, not from you but for you, is life to the full (John 10:10). There’s nothing ho-hum about that.[tweetherder][/tweetherder] I read Jesus’ words in John 10:10 and I am famished for glory moments of life to the full. I want to see God, to experience His presence as I live and move and have my being in Him.

John wrote, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1). He didn’t simply use the word given, but lavished. Webster defines lavish this way: “given or provided with great generosity and abundance, to bestow with large generosity, profusion, a downpour.” Ponder those words separately.

Lavished.

Provided with great generosity.

Abundance.

Bestow with large generosity.

Profusion.

Downpour.

Do these words reflect your expectations in your relationship with Jesus?

C.S. Lewis said it well:

“We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” (C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory (New York: HarperCollins, 1949,1976,revised 1980), 26.)

The first statement in the Shorter Catechism of Westminster Confession of 1646 states that man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Enjoy Him! To enjoy God is to glorify Him. Just as He takes delight in you, He longs for you to take delight in Him. You simply can’t separate the two.

Are you enjoying God? As you live and move and have your being in Him, is there a smile on your face and a skip in your step? Do you expect the rich adventurous faith-filled life that you read about in the Bible? Do you expect to experience God’s glory today? If not, perhaps you need to raise your expectations of what your relationship with Jesus can be.

Once we’ve tasted the sweetness of His fruit, to settle for anything less than the bountiful orchard of His blessings will always disappoint. Oh yes, there are heavy-laden branches filled with low hanging fruit just waiting to be picked. If only we would reach up high enough, raise our expectations, and pluck them from the tree.

Let’s Pray

Jesus, forgive me for acting like I’m doing You a favor for following You. I know that you came to give me life to the full. Help me to stop walking around like I have life to the half-full. Today, I’m going to laugh, to smile, to enjoy being in Your presence. I am going to keep my eyes open for moments of sudden glory as You make Your presence known to me!
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

What do You Think?

Today’s assignment is going to be fun. As you go through your day, look in the mirror.

Are you smiling? Are you frowning?

I want you to do this at least 10 times today. No cheating. Don’t smile and then look. Look first.

Then tell me what you experienced. Did you smile more? Were you more aware of your countenance?

Let me know by leaving a comment below. I’m going to pick 10 random comments and give away a pocket mirror that says, “See yourself as God sees you…Beautiful.
2 Corinthians 5:17.”

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61 Responses to Are We Having Fun Yet?

  1. Silvana November 6, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    Praise and live with Jesus is all about fullfiling our existence meaning! that’s why we were created for! God bless you!

  2. Caroline Arcand November 6, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    I looked in the mirror this morning and saw the grey peeking through far beyond its intended state. I looked at my body and saw that the gym wasn’t doing it’s job. I saw a face that worries that I cannot provide the comfort, the right words or the gift of just being to a friend who is dying of cancer …. and know, this is one of those moments when I just have to be still within, and know that I am beautiful in God’s eyes … and He will provide the words my mouth needs to speak and the energy and warmth my arms need to give.

  3. Nancy Beneteau November 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    HI Sharon
    First thank you for your weekend blessing. It was a pretty tough one for me. Your blessing was my light to get me through. I’m in better spirits now. More accepting of being told I’m now a diabetic. With God walking with me and I with him, I can and will beat this.
    Anyway, I chuckled at your assignement today because I do my best on my facebook statuses to make everyone smile. I do it so well that even when I’m really not that happy, people think I”m on top of the world. It also helps me to stay focused on the blessings in every thing that goes worng. I don’t often look in the mirror but when I do make sure to smile. I’ve always remembered a line from the movie “Annie” “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” I tell my boys that after they get dressed every morning. I ask them if they are dressed and when they say yes but aren’t smiling I tell them they are still naked. They smile. Then I say now you are dressed. I find when people smile they leave their troubles aside even for a moment.I’m not perfect, I get down and lose it sometimes. But I always manage by the end of the day to look at myself, scold myself if I’ve done wrong and then smile cause you know what? No matter what bad has gone on through the day I’m still me and I still have God. Now that’s something to be happy about!
    Thanks Sharon

    • Karen C November 7, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

      Nancy:

      Thank you for sharing. I think I will post that Annie quote next to my mirror in the bathroom. 🙂

      Karen C

      • Nancy Beneteau November 8, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

        It’s become my one of my daily mantras. I say it to my sons as they are choosing their clothes to wear. Some times as they stand with no clothes on I joke with them and say” Oh you are smiling, then you are ready for school, off you go!” We have a great laugh.

        • Nancy Beneteau November 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

          haha looks like I said it twice. Oh well I’m sure someone is now laughing!

  4. Dawn Rostomily November 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    My dad is dying. It’s hard to smile when your heart if breaking – even when you have the hope of eternity!! But I will try to smile today.

    • Cathy November 6, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

      praying for you and your family, Dawn.

  5. Carol Werkema November 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    Dear Sharon,
    Thank you! This was such a good reminder. I love that He Lavished His love on us.
    This is a good reminder to enjoy God today and every day.

  6. Mary Beth Wenger November 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    Thank you, this election day is getting me down. Then I read this e-mail I need to remember that ultimately I am a child of God and this earth is not my permanent home. I just need to go about my day doing what I need to do with an attitude of merriment. It will perk me up and probably those around me. It may even prompt someone to ask why I am merry. What a great opening to talk about our Lord! Thank you Mary Beth

  7. Jenn Gardner November 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    LOVED today’s insight on living a full and joyful life! Just this morning, as my daughter Meredith and I were waiting in line to vote, she glanced at the photo on my license and stated in her 10-year-old-matter-of-fact-way: “You didn’t smile in your picture, Mom…you need to smile more!” Her message to me was reinforced by your message to me….echoing HIS message to me….Smile! Laugh! Enjoy Life Abundant! Thanks Sharon!

    • Elise Daly Parker November 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

      Oh we can always count on our kids, right?

      • Jenn Gardner November 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

        We sure can! Prayers for you as you smile your way through the NJ aftermath of Sandy…what a great perspective you have through the tragedy!

  8. Maritza November 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    I am constantly feeling that God is always so amazingly generous with me and so I always ask for very little. However, in His response, He always provides me with an overflowing cup! – He constantly reminds me to not minimize my requests of Him and to embrace the fact that He is forever-flowing love which provides and provides in great abundance! I’m still learning that lesson. Praise God!

  9. Sharla November 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    God has been speaking this message directly to me over and over in the last few days. Thank you for obeying him and writing on this topic. I AM SO LOVED AND ACCEPTED – NOTHING CAN EVER TAKE THAT AWAY!!!

  10. Alicia Roark November 6, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    As I stood in front of my mirror and smiled I heard the Holy Spirit whisper Fearfully and Wonderfully made! Ya know, parents put their kids photos and pictures on their refrigerators. It makes them smile when they see it.

    If God had a refrigerator He would put my picture on it. He doesn’t need one though, He sees me every day through His heavenly mirror! He sees me as His daughter, His Child, His creation and it makes Him smile! He’s my Father and He thinks I was to die for! Every time He looks at me in His heavenly mirror He sees fearfully and wonderfully made.

    I will go through this day smiling and with a song in my heart and on my lips. Basking in the goodness of my risen Lord and Savior all day long!

  11. Ruth November 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    Well my first look into the mirror probably didn’t have a smile ’cause I was lookiing worse than being weaned on a dill pickle but I know my last look in the mirror I was laughing before I saw myself. I generally wake up my older son ( who is very difficult to wake up) with either a crazy improvised singing rhyme or me doing some form of crazy aerobics to the the loud tunes of his radio – starts the day off fun! Today was no exception, I decided to don his Halloween costume and proceed with my usual antics and just had to have a look in the mirror! Thank you Sharon for this challenge and encouragement. We are living through difficult times, my husband dying of cancer, children with disablities, one to the point I’m constantly faced with the reality I probably won’t be able to handle him once my husband is gone and daily life is so challenged -it’s hard to be Merry! But God Is so good and is meeting our needs in ways we could never have imagined. You’re right, I need to be enjoing God more on a daily basis and not let my thoughts of the future weigh me down.,I’m sure I’ll be smiling in the mirror more today…I’ll be thinking of Gods goodness and dill pickles!

  12. Karine November 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    As I was reading today’s assignment, I thought of my 6 year old granddaughter whom I had the privilege of leading to the Lord a couple of months ago. She lives in our home and this morning as I was preparing for work she came to see me before getting ready for school. I told her to have a good day and she said “mmm, maybe . . .” and I asked her why she might have a good day. She told me that a lot of kids are being mean to her so she wasn’t looking forward to going to school. I gave her a BIG hug and once again had an awesome privilege to share God’s love with her and remind her that she has the Holy Spirit/Jesus living in her so when she feels like she doesn’t have any friends and no one to talk to, Jesus is always with her – He is her best friend (and he LOVES her) and she can talk to Him. When those kids are mean she shouldn’t be mean back to them but be nice to them and show them Jesus’ love living in her heart. She has so much love in her heart and simply wants to share it, however, it’s so hard to do when others around you don’t have that love, don’t know how to receive it, and don’t know how to give it. – especially at such an impressionable age and grade (kindergarten). She gives me so much love and makes me smile all the time (my heart swells with love for her) I can’t help but smile when I picture her face or simply think of her. And the scripture, “See yourself as God sees you…Beautiful. 2 Corinthians 5:17.” is a perfect reminder for her that God sees her so differently than all those “mean” kids at school . . . He thinks she’s Beautiful and He loves her . . . Thank you for sharing your heart, Sharon, and giving us opportunities to share ours.

  13. Diane November 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

    I could feel my face light up as I read today’s devotional. I smiled just knowing that God has LAVISHED his love on me! Also reminded me of this time last year when I climbed a grapefruit tree to get the riper fruits. Did you know they have THORNS? lol! Now I must tell you I am 54 years old, and my younger sister laughed at me and my silliness! But she said I inspired her. Our dad was facing surgery for the removal of a cancerous kidney at the time, and it was necessary to find joy wherever we could.

    Now we find ourselves facing yet another battle as our dad’s most recent tests confirmed he has cancer again. I rejoice that I was able to spend time with my parents and sister last Saturday. They live so far away, and I can’t be with my dad as much as I would like, but I am confident our Lord will never leave his side.

    • Elise Daly Parker November 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

      So interesting about the grapefruit! I am inspired…you won’t find me at the same age climbing grapefruit trees, but Sharon shows us today the higher fruit is worth reaching! Praying for your family as you deal with your beloved Dad’s cancer. Blessings.

      • Sharon November 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

        Love that. The higher fruit is worth reaching for!

  14. Deanna Pope November 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    Lavished Love indeed! That alone should make us smile! I love the word Lavished. And I love that scripture, you are right he didnt just “give” His love he LAVISHED! Amen sister. And just thinking and reading your devotion made me smile and have Joy. We need to smile. Great one today!!!

  15. Deanna Pope November 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    Great Devotion today!!! I love the word Lavished and that you state He didnt just Give us His Love he Lavished it. That alone made me smile. We are all guilty of not having joy in Life the life that God gave us. Today, I am smiling much more thanks to your reminder!!! How great is His love indeed.

  16. Lori Beebe November 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    Dear Sharon,
    Thank you for reminding us that God thinks were Beautiful!!! We have been studiing this in my ladies class, it has been great learning for us. Sometimes we only see our faults but like your challenge says, that we should smile more, laugh, & enjoy the Blessings that God gave us because he thinks were Beautiful!! Thank you , for sharing your post with us today.

  17. Lori Bagley November 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    Sharon, I met you at my first women’s retreat this past May in IN where you were speaking on the Power of a Woman’s Words. I went with the intention of finding direction from God as to where to go next that my children are in college. I also was recovering from depression and alcoholism. My life has been an interesting journey. When I read your Scars are Beautiful to God book that I purchased that weekend, it was, Really? I have done most of that stuff! Lol
    I have always believed in God! That is one thing I can thank my family for, introducing me to Jesus at a young age because I sure needed Him throughout my life:)! But, because of life and the situations I experienced, I was always asking for help or guidance after the fact! He never let me down, knowing that it is His will and not mine:) I went through some pretty crazy experiences and He would just take my hand and walk me out, most of the time without me knowing:)
    So, throughout the weekend at my first ever Women’s Retreat that wasn’t for scrapbooking, I gathered bits and pieces about me from the women that shared a table. Keeping an open mind, if I took anything personally, I thought it about later during my quiet time with the Lord! When you don’t take offense with what is being said, you can learn much about yourself, good and bad. Makes it easier to improve on both! It is Sunday morning and we were ready to begin the last session. I thanked the Lord for the experience, I understood I have to be patient and at least I got something out it besides the excellent fellowship and entertainment. Which honestly would have been plenty, but I came for answers! Ha, if you know anything about the Lord, He will tell you when he is done! By the way, He is never done:)
    This is how my Sunday morning played out:
    A woman at our table had the same type of childhood I had as far as being raised in a Christian school. We memorized all of the scriptures put before us along with creeds, prayers and all of the great stories from the Bible. She sat next to me and introduced me to the Jesus Calling app by Sarah Young. The date was May 6, 2012, you can look it up but the theme was “Do not Search for Security”! Ok, this was good, now I am really going places:) Last was listening to you speak with the woman that brought me to the retreat after the session. When you said, how can I do this, I don’t know everything…light bulb!!
    I live one day at a time and I speak continually with Jesus, it is so awesome. I have become the positive page you can visit on FB and am making new friends daily. Not sure what the future will be for me. I have Faith it will be incredible because I am following now instead of deciding on my own first, one day at a time!
    Keep doing what you are doing, you help so many that can then help others. Paying it forward with the love of Jesus!

    • Sharon November 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

      Thank you soooooooooo much for sharing this with me. The hardest thing about speaking at retreats is not knowing what happens in hearts once I leave. I am praising God today for YOU!

  18. Dorothy November 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    It seemed like every time I looked in the mirror I was frowning but alot during the morning I noticed that every time I thought of the devotional I was smiling and thanking God for all the wonderful things He has done in my life. Anyway I realized that I was smiling more. Thank you.

  19. Elise Daly Parker November 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    I will definitely do this today! Remember the expression, “Smile, Jesus loves you?” I’m going to carry that with me today and extend that smile to others around me. Joy does seem to be contagious.
    We are here in NJ in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Our power lines have been out and it’s getting a little chilly…I shared about choosing to count my complaints or my blessings on my website. We are also featuring a review of your excellent book THE POWER OF A WOMAN’S WORDS on our site right now. Would love you to check it out…www.CirclesOfFaith.org. Blessings!

  20. Betty-Jo November 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    Love today’s post. I sure needed that. I am going to walk through my day with a smile and a spring in my step. Been having trouble doing that for the past week or two. Have a blessed day!

  21. Bcaprichos November 6, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    “Jesus, forgive me for acting like I’m doing You a favor for following You.” Now, let’s just keep it REAL here!!! Yep, that’s how we do. I desperately needed this. Times have been sparse and there is way more month than money. But somehow, some way God is gonna make it happen, just like He usually does. Can’t wait to see what He’s gonna do this time. In the meantime, I’ll just SMILE…

  22. Vicki C. M> November 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    To all who read this, if you knew about just my past year ( 2012), you may wonder why I am so full of fun, laughter, joy, gratefufness, and merriment for I have had 4 major surgeries since March 20th. Three were in my abdomen in the same incision, then one via my mouth trying to take out large stones in my perotid (salivary) glands, which was not successful. After my first surgery, I contracted MRSA in the incision and had to have another emergency surgery. The wound had to be left open and I had to wear a wound vac to continually vacuum out my wound of this poison for 6 weeks at home, with a nurse coming in 3 times a week to change everything out. What a struggle. Then came the mouth surgery, which was unsuccessful. I am now facing another surgery (facial this time). After that, I developed a large hole in my abdomen and my insides were poking out through the hole, so another major operation occurred. That was about 9 weeks ago. I have cried, prayed, loved, been left alone to cope all by myself through all this, because I live alone. Friends let me down; you name it. My point is that I have never loved my Lord more than I do today. I am filled full of joy and love. You see, He was there to bring me through all this, and to Him I am so grateful. Without Him, where would I be? He gave me the strength to endure all I went through and come out smelling like a rose. I suffered so many setbacks, but He never left me alone for even one minute. I love Him so much and am so grateful to Him. I never asked “why me?” It wasn’t in me. I just knew He’d pull me through. So today I walk around with a joyful smile on my face for all to see. I’d love to have that mirror, because I have doubted my own beauty and significance in this world. Thank you, Sharon, I’ve seen you in person and really enjoyed your talk. Thank you also for your faith and weekly e-mails.

    • Sharon November 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

      You are such a blessing!

    • Bcaprichos November 6, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

      May the Lord bless you, and keep holding your hand and hugging you and making you smile!

  23. Louella Alvarez November 6, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    Hi Sharon, your post is the first news letter I received after deciding to have a great devotion via biblegateway. I love it, your post moved me to live life in abundance according to Jesus glorious riches especially when the word “lavish” is defined, provided with great generosity is the first prayer that I thank God for.

    I want to enjoy my walk with God and smile more 🙂

    After looking to the mirror 10x, all I can say is, oh no frowning made me so unpretty, and then caught my self smiling with my best effort wanting to feel and look like enjoying this pretty face that God designed me.

    Thank you so much for your smiling post with a prayer, I am blessed.

    God bless you Sharon!

    Love,
    Ella Alvarez

  24. Jacqueline Cortez November 6, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    Thank you for your encouraging words given daily – its a blessing. I have been filled with the joy of the Lord. Am always smiling even when things don’t go right for me. There was a time in my life when just to smile was the hardest thing to do. Jesus saved me and now I smile or giggle a lot. Just thinking of Him makes me smile. But those days when am to serious God makes sure something funny happens to me like I will say something not making since and my coworker will look at me funny. I will just laugh and restate what I wad suppose to say. Overall God is awesome and just writing makes me smile.

  25. Sarah November 6, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    I love your point that He didn’t come to give us life to the half-full, but how easy to settle for that. People even recommend that we do sometimes because they don’t want us to be hurt, but it feels so much better when you’re dreaming bigger.

  26. Cathy November 7, 2012 at 12:02 am #

    Yes, we are having fun! It has been a long time since I had that much fun Grocery shopping with someone who understands “tight budget” ! I got a breath of fresh air! First I voted, went out to eat then Grocery shopping! I am zonked, but happier than I have been in a long time! Nobody better even try to pop my bubble at all! Thanks, God!

  27. Inga November 7, 2012 at 12:19 am #

    Thank you so much for the reminder. In the busyness of life we forget what’s important. This changed my attitude and looked forward to looking at myself in the mirror with a smile on my face. Turns out, people around me became light-hearted, too. Smile – it’s contagious. Blessings!

  28. Lina November 7, 2012 at 1:46 am #

    Thank you… I took the challenge and set up my mirror on my desk at work. Funny as I don’t usually use a mirror unless necessary. I keep it there to check if I have anything stuck in my teeth. =) Today, each time I looked in it I was reminded to smile, to think about God’s goodness and not be stressed as the tone on my face looked….
    I am generally a smiley-giggly-laughing person but this was a great reminder that God wants me to be someone who enjoys life.. so Thanks!!

  29. cindy November 7, 2012 at 3:48 am #

    part of my day was smiles and some parts of it were not. but i will try to smile more it does make me feel better. and feel more positive about cicumstances around me that i can and cannot control.it’ .just being a widow now for 5yrs,at age of 48yrs old,I still don’t know what to do with my life,depression,angxiety getting better most days,pray god will help me not to fear my future alone without my husband,no doubt god has helped me make it this far and my family,just still scared i have no career,i was a homemaker our whole marriage.but praise god I have a grandaughter 7 months old,she really makes me smile when i get to visit with her and my son,daughterinlaw. .please pray for god to guide me in life that brings joy and happiness and smiles and blessings,I so am ready to be happy again.I love reading your posts and hope to get your books someday. I love to read books by christian authors beth moore,stormie omartin and others something in your writings is awakening hope in me.Thank You.

  30. Tiffany November 7, 2012 at 3:57 am #

    I normally read these devotions at night so I can’t say what happened when I looked in the mirror today… But today I ended up smiling at everyone and thinking I should do that more often… These devotions always seem to line up with whatever I’m thinking about. Thanks!

  31. stephanie November 7, 2012 at 4:25 am #

    I just got back from a womens Christian retreat. I was so happy to be there and felt my relationship with Christ strengthen. When I got back for the work week I realized how much I have to deal with and the hard times I currently face. This assignment was difficult. I hardly smiled today. I am realizing that I am mostly happy when I am praising Him, worshiping and spending time with other believers. God and all His glory, is what puts a smile on my face. I need to remember this at all times. Blessed be the name of the Lord!

  32. Jodie Ann November 7, 2012 at 7:35 am #

    I found myself smiling more today =) Thanks for sharing this blog =)

  33. Karen C November 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    I’m trying to make it a practice to smile more. It is getting easier and easier because I am realizing everyday that I belong to God and that He loves me with an everlasting love. Psalm 15: 30 says: “The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat”. I believe my smile will rejoice the heart of others. 🙂

  34. Norma November 7, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    God has been trying to get through me for some time now to smile more (yes, with the help of Godly advice from others also) and to experience His joy and life! Reading this devotion was just the right reminder that I needed! I will give the excercise a try, but maybe I really won’t need it now – I was already smiling as I copied the prayer that I will print out in bold beautiful lettering to see on my wall near my computer. Letting the truth of God’s love sink even deeper into the heart making the heart smile can only surface up to the face! Not only does it smooth out and brighten the face, but taking on the tasks of our daily trials feels smoother and brighter also!
    Thank you for the reminder!

  35. Kim Z November 8, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    Morning! While enroute to Boston yesterday during the NE first nor’easter I prayed for the pilot, flight and landing – which is my least favorite part of any flight! I was singing and praising God for who He is and that He is in control. When the pilot touched down it was one of the smoothest and easiest landings I’ve ever experienced. God is so good! He was right there with me, comforting, providing and watching over me His child!

  36. Lynda Osborn November 8, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    Good Morning! This morning my granddaughter expressed a concern for one of her teachers on our drive to school. My Madi has decided that there is no God & is following her dad, my son, in his athiesm. Her favorite teacher was teaching about the historical Jesus in her history class and she felt he crossed the line and shared too much Christianity. She loves him & thingks he is a gifted and awesome teacher and is only concerned that someone might complain & he would lose his job. After our conversation about it where I affirmed her and her concerns, rather than defending the teacher, I told her that Jesus loved her anyway! Then, as I pondered this incident, I began to see how Holy Spirit is reaching out to her, even at school. I praise God for her “glory moments” that she is unaware of and that are leading her to her own faith in Christ. I pray for God’s protection around that dear teacher who risked so much to tell these high school kids the Truth.
    Lynda Osborn, Texas Grandmother

  37. shelley saffer November 8, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    This is what I put on my blog today (http://hermana-shelley.blogspot.com/) – it’s bilingual so I can communicate with friends in Peru

    A Sudden Glory – Una Gloria Repentina
    I receive a devotional online from Girlfriends in God, and today it gave the challenge to see God moving TODAY, because God IS always moving, Christ IS always at work in our lives.
    Recibo una devocional por internet, de Amigas en Dios, y hoy se daba el desafio de ver que Dios esta moviendo HOY MISMO, porque Dios SI esta moviendo siempre, Cristo Si siempre obra en nuestras vidas.

    What can I see from here in my assigned room at school? I’m on the computer most of the time…or writing letters…
    Que puedo ver desde aqui en el cuarto adscrito a la escuela? Estoy a la computadora la mayoria del tiempo…o escribiendo cartas…

    Well, I’ve been “Sparking” more, because I want to get my weight down for health’s sake so I can serve the Lord more effectively, and in the process I was reading different “Spark Blogs” and leaving comments (5 max per day), and the very last one was from a gal who was slowly coming out of depression. Hmm…How to leave an encouraging comment – mentioning the Lord – without coming across as a Bible thumper? Gently, gently…Anyway, there it was, I planted a seed, and she has MY Spark info so she can get back to me, whether to snarl or to ask for more information.
    Bueno, he estado “Chispeando” mas, porque quiero bajar el peso para la salud para que pueda servir al Señor efectivamente, y en el proceso estaba leyendo varios blogues de “Spark” y dejando comentarios ( maximo de 5 por dia), y el ultimo era de una chica que salia poco a poco de su depresion. Hmmm…Como dejar un comentario de animo – mencionando al Señor – sin parecerle un “Bible thumper”, (alguien que golpea su Biblia a los incredulos, dictaminandolos)? Suavemente, suavemente…Pues, ahi estaba, sembre una semilla, y ella tiene la informacion del Spark MIO para que pueda responderme, o para gruñir o para pedir mas informacion.

    So…God moved today to reach out towards a young lady who’s been bound in darkness. And He used ME!
    Pues…Dios movia hoy para extender la mano a una mujercita que ha estado atada en las tinieblas…Y utilizaba a MI!

  38. Wanda November 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    For so many years my brothers and I had been astrained. It was as if life itself had taken a mallot to us and caused such a separation between us. I mean everything was separated. We grew up in church but had never learned the meaning of unity, family, or sibling love. Both parents are deceased and we have now, for awhile had no one but God and ourselves on which to rely. I realized yesterday just how much our God in Christ Jesus has healed so much of our brokeness. We now call one another consistently, love each other dearly, and that is totally due to the move of God in our lives, individually and as a whole. We truely can do all things through Christ that strenghens us.

  39. Beth November 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    Oh, PRAISE GOD, there are so many! But this morning, as my sister and I were sitting at the kitchen counter doing our homework for the Beth Moore Bible Study on Believing God, my blood ran HOT as something was revealed to me!!! I was covered with chicken (chill) bumps and tears burned my eyes!

    A couple of months ago, my youngest daughter, Ava, who is 3 y/o and doesn’t sleep well at night, was having a particularly restless night. She cried almost constantly in her sleep with a pained look in her face; something was terrorizing her. I sat up most of the night in the recliner holding her and trying to console her! In my mind (so as not to wake her with my words), I commanded Satan to take his demons and leave my house and leave my babies alone in Jesus’ name! IMMEDIATELY (I mean, the words had no longer left my mind), she calmed and her breathing steadied and she slept peacefully! Well, I was so proud of myself! In my mind’s-eye, I was standing there with my hands on my hips thinking, “HA! I showed you!” This week’s lesson of our Bible Study is about how God’s Word is alive and active in me, and in the video session, Beth told us that Satan cannot read our minds, but can use the words that we say to get into our heads and lives. Still not getting it, this morning our focus was on Isaiah 6:1-8, and I cannot remember what I read that shined the light on my realization, but ladies, it knocked the wind out of me!!!

    Satan cannot hear my thoughts or read my mind, so he did not hear me banish him in Jesus’ name! God knew that I didn’t know that, and sent Jesus into my house to fight Satan out of my house! And it was about 3 a.m. DURING THE 4TH WATCH!!! Praise God that he answers prayers and fights the evil forces that try to turn us from Him!!!

  40. Sue November 8, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

    Thanks, I needed that today!

  41. Wanda Smith November 9, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    This morning on the way to work, I turned on Joy FM (local Christian station) I Will Rise came on and the Glory of the Lord was all in my car, I raised my hand toward heaven and thanked God for protecting my family. My grown son is in Texas working for a few months and I have been praying for his protection daily. I praised God for what I call my Glory moment this morning. Thank you for the devotion today! Love your girlfriend in God!

  42. jehrica November 9, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    Thank you PRAISE GOD ALMIGHTY HALLELUJAH that you trusted and obeyed OUR HEAVENLY LORD’S Calling to write this message GOD has been trying get it through to me and you are one of HIS mightiest cradled 🙂

    Yesterday, of the sudden glory moments God blessed me graciously with_it was the
    fact that HE showed me a picture of a sunset that amazingly looked like a cross!
    THANK GOD ALMIGHTY!!! 🙂

  43. JOAN November 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    HI SHARON, A WEEK AGO ON THE WAY TO TOWN MY HUSBAND WAS DRIVING AND I LOOKED IN THE MIRROR TO CHECK MY MAKE UP AND SAW THE WOMAN GOD CREATED. I SAID GOD MADE ME PRETTY. WOW! I NEVER SAID IT OUT LOUD BEFORE. XOX JOAN

    ‘, GOD MADE ME PRETTY”

    • Sharon November 10, 2012 at 4:08 am #

      That is soooo cool:)

  44. Linda November 10, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    I saw Jesus’ work today in my life today by the simple fact of my family member helping to wash dirty dishes without beingasked.This may seem like a small thing, but to me it was a huge step in the right direction.Thank you God!!

  45. giulia c marrapodi November 12, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    Song! “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full into His face, + the things of this world will grow strangely dim, in the light of His mercy ‘n grace”
    Ro 8:18 Our sufferings are nothing compared to the Future glory that is waiting 4 us. Let’s ‘join our faces’ and smile upwards, let’s prepare our faces to come up higher. God is so creative, it’s special to just hang back and watch Him pull us through what we want to fix. In my life, God’s USED the enemy’s plans and turned them 4 my good. My prayers 4 all the believers who are heart broken and aching, that He is faithful, and He chuckles at when we turn to Him. Isn’t this worth smiling ‘n chuckling about?

  46. Mary Adele November 12, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    I used to think that my happiness was to be contributed to by those around me. Specifically, my husband was supposed to be a companion to me to help make me smile. He didn’t.
    But, one day while riding with him in his truck, I was sitting in the front passenger seat looking out the side window when I caught sight of my unsmiling face in the side view mirror. What a sourpuss I saw! At that moment, what enlightenment filled me!
    If he shared my line of thinking, then it was I who was doing nothing to contribute to helping him smile. I became guilty of the very thing of which I was silently accusing him. I was the party contributing to a PAIR of sourpusses. I smiled at myself in the mirror, then I turned and smiled at him.
    “Whaaat,” he said, half smiling. “Whaaat, nothing,” I smiled back at him.
    Even when times are difficult, I’ve learned, ‘Smile, it makes them wonder what you’ve been up to.”
    When I think I have nothing to smile about, I think of what a friend Jesus is to me. Now I’ve been known to smile even when doing dishes!

  47. Fay Gregory November 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    I already use biblegateway.com. When I study the bible I use bible gateway because it helps me to read the passage in many different versions to get a better understanding. I have the amplified bible and a concordence (I think I spelled that correctly) at home, but I like to browse other translastions like the New King James and others.

  48. Marlene G November 21, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    Just found this site and so far love it. Will return and also signed up for her regular emails. Exciting.

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