The Guestbook

“You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody,”  (2 Corinthians 3:2 NIV).

 Just before leaving our rented condominium after a week of sun, sand, and surf, at Hilton Head Island, SC, we found a treasure tucked under some old magazines on the coffee table. It was a 6 X 8 inch white guest book, signed by previous vacationers who had also shared a relaxing week away from home.

Feeling somewhat like a “peeping Tom” craning to peer into someone’s window, we cracked open the book and stole a glimpse into the personalities of our fellow travelers.  With each entry, we visualized what the guests looked like, decided if we would like to invite them over for dinner, and surmised whether they had an enjoyable vacation together.

Have a look for yourself and decide with whom you would like to share a cup of coffee or would like to have as your neighbor:

  • “Thank you very much for the use of your condo. We thoroughly enjoyed our first, but not last visit to S.C.”
  • “Had a great time. Enjoyed your villa very much! However, you need to have the springs in the couch repaired. Very uncomfortable to sit on. Thank you.”
  • “We have decided that this is where we’d love to live. It’s a golfer’s dream. Your courses are beautiful. The girls loved the beach, parasailing, bike rides, horseback riding, shopping! I love my tan. We will be back to visit! If you are ever in Arkansas, come to Stuttgart. We are 50 miles east of Little Rock. Stuttgart hosts the World Championship Duck Calling Contest every year during Thanksgiving weekend. We are known as the “Rice and Duck Capital of the World.” Riceland Rice comes from our little town and the ducks feed off of the rice fields during the winter after harvest.  It is some of the best duck hunting anywhere. Thank you for the use of your condo.  We’ve had a great week here.”
  • “We really enjoyed your villa, but we won’t be staying here again. We just booked another villa at Colonnade for next year a couple of doors down for almost $300 less.”
  • “Hello.  My name is Amanda and I got here yesterday. So far we are having a good time. I’m eleven-years-old and I came here with my mother,  grandmother, and my Aunt Loretta. She got here at the same time we did, but she is leaving tomorrow. We came all the way from Lake Wylie, S. C. I love it here and might be back next year.
  • “It has been a fabulous time. This villa is bigger than our home!  My niece is sure she saw a whale at the Old Oyster Factory, but we are sure she saw a buoy. Greg and Dad played golf together and we all played mini-golf. We went bike riding and “gator chasing.” The ocean is breathtaking. I’ve never seen it before, so I’m still in awe!
  •  “”When we first came, the keys wouldn’t fit, you forgot to give us a pass, and we almost ran over a biker. Get better service! Two grandmas were with us! Sixth time here – never happened before.”

The Bible tells us that we are simply visitors here on earth (1 Chronicles 29:15).  The words we speak are also our entries in the Guestbook of Life.

What entries am I writing with my attitudes, actions and words for all the world to see?  Will they think that I was a crabby old lady who wanted better service? Will they think I savored each day here with my wonderful family? Will they think that I would have preferred another life just a few doors down? Or will they think that I so enjoyed my time here that I wanted to share it with anyone and everyone who was passing through?

Do you want to know what we wrote in the Guestbook before we left?

“Thank you for the use of your beach home. July fourth is a time to celebrate our great country with its many freedoms. Our hope for all who follow us here is that you will know the freedom which comes from knowing the Truth that sets us all free (John 8:32).”
Steve, Sharon and Steven Jaynes – Matthews, NC

 Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father, Your Word tells me that I am a letter being read by everyone. I pray that I won’t be junk mail today. I pray that I won’t be like a bill making people feel like they owe me. I pray that I will be a love letter, a thank you note, and an invitation to celebrate life.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Now It’s Your Turn

What are you leaving in the guestbook of life for all to read?

What would you like to be leaving in the guestbook of life for all to read?

Go ahead, write it down?

Now, live this day as if you were a walking, talking letter from God to everyone you come in contact with!

Here’s your chance to start today. Leave a comment about one thing you enjoyed about yesterday or this day.

 Want More?

We are walking, talking letters to the world, telling them and showing them about what Jesus is like. Yikes! The Bible calls us Ambassadors. If you need to improve the quality of your letter, you might want to read The Power of a Woman’s Words to learn about the people we impact, the power we possess, and the potential to change. Just click on the link or go to the bookstore page at www.localhost/sjold .

87 Responses to The Guestbook

  1. Fiona Bannister July 3, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    My grandson was born at 24 weeks old. I thank God that he is still surviving each day which is a miracle – I also hope when people look at me they see an extremely concerned nana who loves her family very much but whose faith in God is getting her through one of the most difficult times in her life. As a family we are all in God’s hands-there is no safer place to be! Thank you

    • Tonja July 4, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

      Hi Fiona, we have a lot in common. My grandson Emmit was also born at 24 weeks. He is now almost seven. His birthday is Aug. 1. I also am called Nana. I thought I was reading a comment that I made. It was so much like my life. God is awesome and He took care of Emmit. Emmit is a little slow, due to his oxygen being cut off when he was born. They had to bag him two times before he came back to us. He was in the hospital for three months. But I love him to death. He is still really small for his age. But I know he is going to be okay.

  2. MARY ELLEN July 3, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    I STARTED READING YOUR BLOG 2 WEEKS AGO…I LOVED THE STORY OF THE EAGLE AND HOW IT MUST CHANGE TO SURVIVE. i SENT IT TO MY SON IN PRISON WE ARE PRAYIN FOR PAROLE SO HE WILL BE FREED IN DEC 2012. HIS TIME IN PRISON 2 YEARS HAS CHANGED HIM JUST LIKE THE EAGLE.
    ANYWAY RE: THE GUESTBOOK…YESTERDAY WAS SUNDAY. T WAS HOT LIKE IT SHOULD BE IN SUMMER AND MY ABOVE GROUND POOL MUST HAVE BEEN 80 DEGREES…IT WAS SO DELITEFUL TO FEEL THAT WATER. I NOTICED ALL THE BIRDS IN THE TREES AND THE CLOUDS I WAS SO AWARE OF ALL THE BEAUTY GOD CREATED.

  3. Lisa M July 3, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    One thing I enjoyed about yesterday is admiring the maturity and responsibility of my 18 year old daughter as she sent thank you notes for her graduation gifts, went to get her transcripts from a local community college and manages her bank account saving for college. She is a joy to be around as she is sunny, loving and grateful everyday. She reminds me of Jesus in his interactions with people, affecting them with a smile, and a kind word. I aspire to be like like Jesus, and am in awe with how he resonates through my daughter.

  4. Lisa Larson July 3, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    Sharon, thank you for the reminder that we are all visitors here. Yesterday, after a weekend of entertaining, I took my time getting into the office. I did my daily devotional, went for a run and swim and spent time talking with my husband and seventeen year old daughter. After work I was so tired but my seven year old wanted to swim. My husband and I swam with her for about an hour. When I went to bed last night I smiled at what a wonderful day I had been given. Even in the ordinary days we can get creative to make them extraordinary. God bless you and yor family, thank you for the encouragement.

    Lisa Larson
    Hudson, Wisconsin

    • Sharon July 3, 2012 at 11:58 am #

      Just passing through!

  5. susan miles July 3, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    I am thankful for my family. I am also thankful for the joy put into my heart by following Jesus Christ. I am learning to be the light 🙂

  6. Lisa July 3, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    Yesterday, I took time to sit with my two children and really listen to them. We laughed and it reminded me to slow down. My focus needed to shift from the “Got to…” to I’ve “got TWO” amazing children who need my time and attention.

    Thank you for your devotionals.

  7. Marlyn Hutchins July 3, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    There are so many wonderful things that Our Father has created, that make’s me thankful everday to be alive. God’s grace has saved me, His blood has cleanse me, and my Joy is complete in Him. Thank you Daddy for the many blessings you have given. The test and trials have been many, but you have loved me through it all. Thank you !

  8. patti gearhart July 3, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    I am recovery from a terrible fall. It has taken and will continue to take some time before I am feeling “like myself ” again. Yesterday I shared a time with my daughter and a very good friend, . Simply things , that I took so much for granted, I now see as real blessings. I am so thankful for just normal times. The sunshine, a quiet talk w/ my husband, the laughter of my grandchildren the closeness of my family and friends. . All of these things that I rushed through before, God has given me the ability to truly see how special they are. . I am blessed.

    • Sharon July 3, 2012 at 11:58 am #

      Praise God for “normal” days!

  9. Christa July 3, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    Yesterday was a wonderful day that I was Blessed to spend with my children and a very good friend. We enjoyed the sun and pool and each others company. Then we came home and had dinner with my husband. So thankful for my family and friends. I realize more and more every day how blessed I am to have a husband that loves me and our children, that we have our health. Each day is precious!!

    • Sharon July 3, 2012 at 11:57 am #

      I am sooooo thankful too! I’ll get to see my son this weekend. It’s been 4 months!

  10. Kathy July 3, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    What a blessing yesterday was. I went home after work to a loving and sweet husband, a great teenage son, my precious little girl who is always full of hugs and kisses, and my nephew whom we all adore. I cherish every moment with my precious family and am so grateful for each moment spent with them. It was a glorious day – hot but with a cool mountain breeze so the boys were able to play basketball after a great dinner. The boys ganged up on me and smothered me with hugs (said I needed love) and my heart swells with joy whenever I think of my kids. Thank you Father for your many blessings upon my life. I thank you and praise you Father!

    • Sharon July 3, 2012 at 11:56 am #

      This sounds like a home I would love to visit!

  11. Monique Pierce July 3, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    Good Morning!! Blessings to you from Evansville. IN.
    What I enjoyed about yesterday & this day already is the peace of God surrounding me during the storm! I have a busy schedule with work which requires me to be on the road & preparing for another college semester. My car is down right now however God has & is showing his faithfulness by providing transportation for me everywhere that I need to go! People have been so willing to help me and I’m thankful & eternally grateful for it! God keeps his word and through this challenge, I’ve been able to get out, do the things that I like to & have fun with family & friends..

    God Bless you all,
    Monique Pierce

  12. Debra July 3, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    Thank you , Sharon. What a wonderful devotion today. My family and I have enjoyed a great week here in the Outer Banks of NC. As I write this, I’m sitting on the picnic table in our campsite looking out at the ocean. I’m convinced that campers are the friendliest people you’ll ever find. I’m so thankful for the opportunity my family has to travel and see all the beautiful things His hands have made. I love sharing them with our children and hope to instill this same love and appreciation in them. May God bless each of you sisters today!
    Debra from Brownstown, IN

    • Sharon July 3, 2012 at 11:56 am #

      I love the Outer Banks. We went there on our honeymoon in 1980!

  13. Becky July 3, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    A very special friend several years older than me has always shared this thought every day since I have known her whether it was sunshine, rain or whatever circumstance around her. “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” And she does and I try to do the same.

  14. Lynne July 3, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    We are enjoying air conditioning! We lost power in the thunderstorms that hit the DC area on Friday night and we haven’t had power since, Over the past few days, we have stayed with friends or family, or in hotels, and we have enjoyed people’s graciousness, and also the comfort of air that we take for granted.

  15. Lynda July 3, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    It was a beautiful day here in northeastern Washington yesterday. I am thankful for the health God has given me to be outside enjoying His creation. Who knew weeding could be so fun! My older sister lives with me and her health isn’t very good. It has made me realize how blessed I am.

  16. Allison Bartoy July 3, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    I love this! I love reading GIG devotions every morning. I always learn something new about serving God! Thank you so much for all you ladies share!! It is so awesome to serve such a magnificent Lord and Savior! God bless you and I look forward to reading and studying more! Sincerely, Allison Bartoy

  17. Veronica July 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    Yesterday was a joyful day. I was able to spend time with family and with friends making memories to have when children are gone and friends and loved ones have either moved on or passed away. God is forever loving to allow us to have love and show love daily. I am glad to be a child of God with all His benefits and Blessings. God Bless…

  18. Kim Urban July 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    Yesterday, I enjoyed my children at the lake. My youngest had her arm in a cast which was removed last Friday, now wearing a brace we can remove for bathing. I kept her close and we were able to enjoy the water too! It was such a blessing to sit back and watch them play in the sand, all 5 of them. Most time I’m so busy with ‘life’ I’m grateful I was able to ‘enjoy’ the moment. 🙂

  19. Donna July 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    Dear Sharon,
    I sit here looking out my window and thinking about all the blessings that I have to be thankful for. It is sometimes hard to narrow down to one or two but yesterday, even in the middle of the frustration of a “check engine” light and the diagnosis for that along with the financial disaster from this recession I have family, both blood and church. I live in the US where I can speak of my faith openly and am totally blessed with the bounty of this country. I am surrounded by God’s beauty and His love, although this is only a temporary home it is filled with many blessings! I can’t seem to narrow it down to one or two! 🙂

  20. Kera July 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    Yesterday I enjoyed encouragement from my husband in the form or an unexpected text that simply said “I appreciate everything you do around the house”. Simple, but made me feel loved.

  21. Nancy-Dru Flowers July 3, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    This morning as I was walking to the bus stop to get to work, I was enjoying the beauty of the sun coming up. I was wearing my special red, white, and blue vest to celebrate July 4th Independence Day. All of a sudden, I started singing the National Anthem, or at least, a version of it… it came out this way: (sung to to the tune of God Bless America)
    America bless God, Land that He loves, Stand beside Him, and let Him guide us, through the night with the Light from above. From the mountains, to the prairies, the the oceans, white with foam, America bless God, in your Home Sweet Home.
    I felt like rejoicing! I felt like we would finally get it right when we recognize that we need to thank God and bless God for what HE did for our nation, since He has already blessed us, in so many ways.
    Many are discouraged because we are not the country that we used to be. Perhaps we are not the people we used to be. People who stopped to thank and bless God for all He has done for us. This year, I chose to sing “America Bless God”, because He is Worthy! Praise God Forever! (Thanks for letting me share!)

    • Sharon July 3, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

      I can just picture you in your vest! What a wonderful day!

  22. Jessica July 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    What a pleasant reminder! I’ve only been awake a little over 2 hours but have already had enough love and blessings to keep me smiling all day. My sweet baby girl was so precious this morning and reminded me that I have one thousand reasons to be the happiest girl in the world!

  23. vera July 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    yesterday, I enjoyed sitting out in the evening, listening to The Air Force Heartland Band at our ampitheatre, at sunset. Beautiful night and beautiful sunset. thank you LOrd. Today has just begun and am looking forward to what God has in store for us.

  24. Fay Greory July 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    I thank God that I woke up this morning with no aches and pains and clothed in my right mind. I thank God that my sisters and brothers are well. That He took my mother and father before they suffered from cancer pain. Even though I miss them dearly, I would rather they be with God than here suffering with me. I thank God that he gave me two beautiful children to share with my sister who does not have any. I thank God that he loved me so much that He gave his only Son to die on the cross for my sins. I thank God!!!

  25. Melissa July 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    I am enjoying a beautiful summer morning with my precious 8 week old daughter; one of the last before returning to work. Leaving her is going to be the hardest thing I have ever had to do and I am struggling daily with thoughts of it. Your devotional today has reminded me that there is so much to be thankful for and that is what I am to reflect on. I am thankful that my employer has allowed me to have 9 weeks of maternity leave; thankful for the sweetest, most beautiful baby girl; thankful for a happy home to share with her and a husband who loves both of us with all his heart; thankful that if I had none of these gifts that I still have God and the promise of an eternity with Him.

  26. Monica July 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Yesterday I have to say that I really enjoyed spending time with my best friend. Even though we attend the same university it’s so hard during the school year to spend quality time together and this summer we have been doing just that. I’m also enjoying the new friendships that I’m forming with new individuals in my life. I’m such a reserved person but each and everyday GOD shows me how to trust new people and not be so socially awkward L.O.L

    Everyday is a blessing, can’t frown about that.

    Monica

    P.S. love the blog, I receive confirmation just about everyday by reading it.

  27. Braley July 3, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    The best thing about yesterday was reflecting on how much God has done in my life, the freedom I now experience from difficult bondage, and my children whom are a gift from God.

  28. Carla M. July 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    I was blessed to be able to spend time with my husband. We are finally able to talk with one another again after 9 long years of being apart. God works miracles every day in our lives.

  29. Amanda Carol CHapman July 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    To whom ever is reading this,

    Yesterday I struggled alot…cried mostly. I am still struggling with forgiving my fiance for cheating on me..lusting over another woman…and women…online. I have had trouble sleeping and letting go of hurt from this experience. I think I have showed outsiders that I am human through this pain, but stilll have faith that God will pull me through. I make mistakes daily but in the end always run back to my loving Father..who is always opening his arms out to me..no matter how I have behaved…or felt. I ask those who are reading this to pray for my healing, and for my fiance as well..I hope one day he will come to know God as closely as I have…and perhaps..then..our future marriage will have hope..of a better future than our past. thank you.

  30. Hilda July 3, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Yesterday I spent time with my family, including our married daughter and her son (our first grandson!). His laughter and energy give me such a lift. God is so gracious even when I know I don’t deserve it. That’s the wonderful thing about God’s love & forgiveness, He gives it freely to all upon request.
    Today I will spend some time pulling weeds. A job that will remind me to let go of weed-like things in my own life. Thank you Lord for allowing me to also spend time with my Aunt today. She is such an encouragement to those around her. I can learn from her as we work together.
    Thanks, Sharon for this devotional and the reminder to use our words wisely.

  31. Helen July 3, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    I am so thankful for my daily emails from Girlfriends.
    It is a blessing that I look forward too! May God continue to
    Bless you.

  32. Lajuana July 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    Yesterday I enjoyed my family, that my family circle had not been broken. We had bad storms here in North Carolina on Sunday and I am so thankful GOD watched over us all. We were without power for a few hours, but were still blessed no matter what.

  33. nyambura July 3, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    This is amazing. I was writing into an institutions guest book, and for sure I also peeped on waht others wrote. Then, I decide to read mail from GIG and get a similar story. what is it that God wants to tell me. Very amazing! You are a blessing

  34. Tracy July 3, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    One thing that I enjoyed about yesterday was seeing just how amazing God truly is. I am a divorced woman with two children that have two different fathers and the split from either of them wasn’t very pleasant. As a matter of fact it has been strained so badly that my son learned how to use our ack of communication against us for 15years.

    Saying that is to show you what God can and will do in His time. Because relations had been strained for so long one of my prayers was that as a family, as disfunctional as we are, was to sit down and learn how to eat, laugh, and talk as a family and when my son turned 18 this past November was one of many times to come that we would break bread with one another as a family. New spouses and old alike. Seeing how happy it made my son added even more joy to my heart and spirit.

    Yesterday was the first time that I can actually remember my sons father and i sitting down and speaking to our child and all being on one accord without a bunch of unnecessar comments made. We were finally able to come together as a family to work things out like a family is supposed to.

    Thank you Jesus, I know I had been rather impatient about this time coming, but I am oh so glad that it is here and that you showed me what patients looks like and how it can work. I love you very much.

    • Sharon July 3, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

      I’m praising God with you. I’m sure that will warm your heart for years to come!

  35. Patty July 3, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    Yesterday I arrived home from a trip which filled my heart and soul with pure JOY. I am a member of the Order of the Daughters of the King. Hundreds of Daughters from all over the world met in Indy for an International Triennial Conference. Our call is for prayer, service, and evangelism. I met Daughters from India, Haiti, Malawi, Nigeria, Trinidad, Dominican Republic, Brazil, and our newest chapter, Israel. Our world is filled with differing beliefs, but for five, beautiful days, women from all over the world joined together and loved one another through Christ. God is Good, All the Time. All the Time, God is Good!

  36. Tanisha Taylor July 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    Thanks for your encouragin words Sharon!
    One thing I love about yesterday, is that God conmtinued to use me for his glory DESPITE mistakes I made along the way. The fact that I’m here today with brand new mercies makes today an EVEN BETTER DAY!
    God Bless!

  37. Vicki July 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    Thank you that yesterday was a good day for my mom. She is having lots of memory problems with severe depression. But yesterday she had a good day and we enjoyed a nice dinner and talk together:). Thank you God for the good moments.

  38. Kaye Morris July 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    I am making a life change this week. I started a program to lose 100lbs. When thinking about changing my diet and adding exercise to my day, I started thinking about how I need to also change my mindset in my relationship with Jesus Christ. I started a morning devotional and when I came across Girlfriends in God at crosswalk.com. Your powerful message about the Guestbook really spoke to me this morning. Thank you for the work you do and the encouragement you give. I just thought you should know how you are touching the hearts of your readers. May the Lord bless your ministry. – Kaye

  39. Taña July 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    I enjoyed getting out last night and meeting a wonderful group of women in Celebrate Recovery at church! I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn from them, lean on them and share the experience, strength and hope God has blessed me with through the trials of this life.

  40. Tina July 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    Yesterday at church we celebrated the freedom we have not only in the country but
    as children of GOD…this celebration had a double effect for me
    because after 14 years of being the woman with the issue of blood this month I will be set free!
    It is an answered prayer, and I thank GOD for HE knew
    where we would be, who would be there and when it would happen.
    I will go in for surgery this month….and I am rejoicing!!
    Thank you LORD!!
    Tina

  41. Jane Engebretson July 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    I enjoyed a nice trail run this morning with my College age
    daughter. I hope to be an encouragement to her and love to praise my LORD in the beauty of HIS holiness…….

  42. Diana July 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

    I’m in Victoria BC visiting my mom for her 75 birthday. My big sister is here and the three of us spent the day together with a great dinner out to finish a fun day of laughter and love.
    Mom doesn’t know the freedom in the love and knowledge of Christ Jesus. Her birthday is July 4 and my desire is that I would be an invitation for her to come another step closer to His open arms.

  43. Louisa July 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    Today, I simply thank God for who He is. He knows how broken I am and I know He can heal me. Thank you Jesus that even when I don’t feel your presence, I know your promise to never leave us nor forsake us, and I believe that you fulfil every single one of your promises. Thank you for being such a merciful and loving heavenly Father.

  44. Mindie Gilliland July 3, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    Yesterday (and today) I was so thankful for my faithful husband and my cute little boy. We have gone through ups and downs over the last 9 years of marriage, but I wouldn’t change any of it for anything. God has truly blessed me, more than I will ever deserve.

  45. Mandi July 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    My husband worked during the day yesterday and today and I spent the day caring for my rambunctious 11 month old son. As tiring as it is, and as fussy as he can get, I savor every moment I spend with him. While he laid on my chest today, I thought about how it won’t be but a few more years before he’ll be too squirmy, too tough, too mature, or too old to do that. And I also just thought about his unconditional love for me, how no matter what I looked like this morning, or how mad I made him by taking away something he shouldn’t have, he always comes crawling back up to my lap and always wants me right by his side. What a precious gift God has given me while I spend time on His earth!

  46. Lisa Deerman July 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    Today, I played in the pool with my grandson Christian and we had the best time being by ourselves and laughing and enjoying those times together. He is 2 by the way, will be 3 in October, 2012. Love that baby to death.

  47. Ellen Lukens July 3, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    Dear Sharon,

    First of all I want to start out, and say thank you for GIG its been so wonderful to study the devotionals each day I have learned so much. What I’m really thankful for is that how much God loves us that we as sinners can have freedom from sin. And also, have enternal life forever and ever. God is so good. I may not have alot of money but what I do have is riches from the Lord he supplies our every need. My life I want to be a shinging light to other people who are not saved so that they see me for Christs love through me.

    I love the Lord more and more each day Life is grand we to grasp it and live fully because we do not know when we could be taken from this Earth. Have a Blessed day with the Lord…

  48. Ann July 3, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    Hi Sharon! I LOVED your blog post today… it spoke to me so deeply as I have through a long period of stress, drifted into a more negative outlook which shows up in my behaviors. I have been working on this over the past year. Your prayer “I pray that I won’t be junk mail today. I pray that I won’t be like a bill making people feel like they owe me”, spoke to me so vividly. In fact, I took a piece of junk mail and put in on my cabinet door with the message “I DON’T WANT TO BE JUNK MAIL” written across it in black Sharpie marker. I am thankful today for your words which God used to continue to encourage me as examine myself and strive to grow in the Spirit.

  49. Susan Robinson July 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    I am enjoying listening to the birds chirping outside right now. I love the peace and quiet and the beauty of God’s creation.

  50. Pam H. July 3, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

    Our beautiful almost two year old granddaughter spent the night and we’ve had the best time. I am a mother of five daughters and Grammy to JoLee. I love the time we spend as a family. This morning JoLee was eating her pancake while holding her blanket and pillow pet (Grammy let’s her bring her special things to the table.) She climbed down from the table, dragging her previous items, walked to me and gave me the sweetest kiss, syrup and all! I love these special times with family. They are priceless! I pray I always take the time to cherish each special moment God gives us.

  51. Olga M. Acosta July 3, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    Yesterday was a wonderful day for me. I did many things, such as read the Word of God to help me in my spiritual walk. I then went to work out in the YMCA to keep my physical body in shape. The organization I volunteer for, Youth Challenge of CT, just received a donation from one of our local dealerships so that was a real blessing from the Lord. My husband and I were involved in the receipt of the donation along with our Pastor, Executive Director and Director of the Ministry as well as some graduates and current students in the program. In the evenining our middle son came to visit with his two sons, my grandkids. We ate dinner together and threw frisbee and played ball outside with my husband and youngest son. What really blessed me the most was when my three and a half year old grandson said to me. Hey, what’s your name Aba?, please help me eat. Aba is what he calls me. I thought that was so cute and I have been reminded of it often today. God is so good to me and my family.

  52. Corinne July 3, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    Two years ago today my son was born!!! It was a stormy evening that night…and today, I woke up to the sound of rain outside of my window…just a friendly reminder of that wonderful day that I will surely NEVER forget. 🙂

    • Sharon July 3, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

      That is a good day! The day my son was born was one of the hap-hap-happiest days of my life!

  53. Barb July 4, 2012 at 12:24 am #

    Today I am praising God for being able to pay my bills before they are due and spending time with family and my puppy Roscoe, today and everyday since God showed me the way I am grateful for everything his lessons teach me, I am happy to be able to share God’s love with people even when they resist it, I am a witness to the miracles He has done in my life and other people have noticed, I pray they will follow the Lord, all I can do is my best to show His love, In Jesus name I pray, Amen.. Thank you Sharon for your awesome blogs, God Bless

  54. Cindi R July 4, 2012 at 12:29 am #

    The best part of my day is, spending time with my Father Jesus, and husband. and every moment after that God gives me is icing on the cake.

  55. Jacinta July 4, 2012 at 1:32 am #

    Please pray that even I am very shy and going to a long period of anxiety and depression, at least I smile at people that I encounter. Now I would not be a good letter.

  56. Vanessa July 4, 2012 at 1:46 am #

    I spend a lot of time searching the Internet and other resources with intentions to better my life from the information I receive. Today I was searching “life numbers”. I have always been interested in the concept of numbers mysteriously having a strong impact on on our life paths. As I was searching I found myself poundering the frequent thought: “God/holy spirit/Jesus please send me the answers I need to be more like you. I’m listening I just don’t know how to hear you. To me this makes perfect sense BTW :0) and I’m sure there are many of you who thInk similar thoughts. I read your (Sharon’s page) home page content, it moved me in a wonderful way. Thank you Sharon I will be see’n ya around :0) God Bless

  57. Lindsey July 4, 2012 at 2:20 am #

    I enjoyed swimming with my bestfriend in my sister’s pool! 🙂
    Thank you so much for the devotionals. You have true wisdom, and I’m thankful that you care to share it with all of us. God Bless you! Have a blessed Independence day!

  58. Amy Jo July 4, 2012 at 2:31 am #

    Today two of our five children were home with me and being very helpful around the house. I am blessed to have talked to my husband, who is a truck driver and gone monday through friday. Loving that my husband took our 12 year old daughter with him this week, quality time for them! Thanking God for a great family and friends. Feeling like I am growing closer to God than I have been in a long time. Thank you for your blog!

  59. Sarah July 4, 2012 at 4:31 am #

    My middle son and husband just returned from scout camp today. I’m so grateful that my boys have a daddy that’s willing to brave the 100 degree heat for 3 days just to show them how loved they are!

  60. Kelly July 4, 2012 at 5:26 am #

    Today I went with my husband to Starbucks early in the morning to meet with our pastor. (They meet every other week – I get in on it sometimes when I’m off school). It was a joy to see a group of about 10 young people (high school/ college) come in with their Bibles and notebooks in hand. They greeted each other (some were obviously new to the group) and crowded around a table to study the Word together. Awesome!

  61. Annette July 4, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    What a treasure this is!! Thank you Sharon for your reminder that what I say is my entry in life. May God continue to wrap His arms around you!!

  62. Celeste July 4, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    My (21 year old) daughter invited me to go to the movies. We screamed, hid our eyes and laughed together while sharing a bag of popcorn watching Spiderman. Complete delight!

  63. Tonja July 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    I enjoyed yesterday, spending time with my daughter at the grocery store. Imagine that, of all places. She is my second child, out of five. She and her children live with me and my husband, due to divorce. I see myself in her, sometimes I find that hard. But other times I delight in that. She is a very naive person. She trusts alot and doesn’t understand a lot of things. But I truly enjoy spending time with her.

  64. Natalie July 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    Yesterday I enjoyed being with my husband and son at the beach. I thank God everyday for blessing me with my son and pray for his health and well-being everyday. I pray for God to always guide me in the right direction and as I work on my relationship with him, I would like to let him take control and have faith that everything that I go through is a test from him, but as long as you have faith in him, he will help you make the right decisions! Thank you God for yesterday and today. I love you!

  65. hattie irving July 5, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    I would like for my letter to read that i love God and all that he has created also let my life by a living testimony to others.

  66. Dawn July 5, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    Yesterday I enjoyed wonderful peaceful fellowship with some awesome old friends. I am trying to change some things in my life and find hope and acceptance through special Christian friemds God has given me. I am also in recovery and battle everyday with that. I have mo contact with my children right now..but through my God and readings such as yours..o am finding hope.God can restore..in his time..thanks again.

  67. Andrea July 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    I went to celebrate the best 4th of July with my 5 year old daughter yesterday at the water park, sun, water, her company ice cream music and fireworks. And the means, and money to do it all. It was a wonderful day. Thank you GOD for yesterday. Thank you Sharon for your daily devotionals they are a tremendous way to renew my connection with GOD and I learn so much from what you write. Thank you for helping me to grow in my walk with GOD.

  68. Susan July 5, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    Yesterday I got to share the beautiful sunset, along with a spectacular moon-rise with my 82 year old mother, my brother and one of my granddaughters. As is God’s “fireworks” weren’t awesome enough, we then capped the night with the firework show from Ocean City, NJ, while sitting on the beach. On the drive home, God decided to show me more fireworks with a dazzling array of lightening….so beautiful! I thanked Him several times for the freedoms He has given me and the people I share them with!

  69. Sharyn July 10, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    The inspirational message for today on my e mail touched me so much. There are still tears inh my eyes. It is so overwhelming to me how he forgave this woman found in adultery. Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more. For years I had carried around a sin I felt couldn’t be forgiven. When I first heard these worrds I felt a healing in my soul. What precious precious words. I love the Lord with all my heart. He has set me free. Sharyn July 10,2012

  70. Cindy July 10, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    This devo has touched my heart in a place that has been held hostage for over 5 years. I was that stone throwing Pharisee and even though at the time I knew I shouldnt cast that stone I allowed myself to be convinced that it was the right thing to do. The verse I was concentrating on was John 8:12 and had prayed and prayed for insight into how to handle a situation, IF ONLY I had taken the advice I usually give and read the passage before and after that verse the outcome would have been different. Instead I have been on a 5 year journey of self-condemnation ( which I realize doesnt come from God) but it has been a conviction to my soul to turn away from condemnation of others to encouragement in the midst of trouble. I am a slow learner and have seen this devo many times before, but today it truly sunk in. Thank you Jesus, for opening my eyes and thank you Sharon for allowing God to work through you each and every day!

    • Sharon July 10, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

      I’m so glad you’ve dropped the stone. They get heavy after a while, don’t they.

  71. Sandra Wilson July 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    Today I have discovered your website through girlfriends with God. What treasure to find. I have ordered 2 books, one for me and one for a friend. I love to share books, read them together and then revisit them over coffee. I can’t wait to share this one! I have been blessed with some very special and strong women friends and we will have a blessed time reading together and learning the strength that God has designed for us.

    • Sharon July 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

      I’m so glad you’re here! I wish I could sit down with coffee and share with you and your friend.

  72. Becky July 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    Your teachings and devotionals are so practical and true to scripture. Satan tries any way he can to discourage us and make us feel unworthy. We still sin even after we are saved ( it is our “old sin nature”), but thanks to Jesus we have forgiveness. He is more wonderful every day.
    God bless you and your ministry.

  73. Christine July 11, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    Thank you for enlightening me on condemnation.Why am I carrying this weight when Jesus already tipped the scale. My fight is to sin no more! Glory Hallelujah.

  74. Colleen July 11, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    What I really like about today is the sunshine and the warmth. I hope it showed on my face as I went throughout my day. God walks with us and if we relax in Him, He will shine through us to others who do not know Him. There is always something we can find that is good about today. Take a look at the bright side! 🙂

  75. sandra August 12, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    My name is Sandra sources from Florida. I never believed in love spells
    or magic until i met this spell caster once when i went to Africa in
    February this year on a business summit. I meant a man who’s name is
    DR.EDOBOR he is really powerful and could help cast spells to bring
    Back one’s gone, lost, misbehaving lover and magic money spell or spell
    For a good job or luck spell .I’m now happy & a living testimony cos
    The man i had wanted to marry left me 3 weeks before our wedding and my
    Life was upside down cos our relationship has been on for 2years. I
    Really loved him, but his mother was against us and he had no good
    Paying job. So when i met this spell caster, i told him what happened
    And explained the situation of things to him. At first i was undecided,
    Skeptical and doubtful, but i just gave it a try. And in 7 days when i
    Returned to Canada, my boyfriend (now husband) called me by himself and
    Came to me apologizing that everything had been settled with his mom
    And family and he got a new job interview so we should get married. I
    Didn’t believe it cos the spell caster only asked for my name and my
    Boyfriends name and all I wanted him to do. Well we are happily married
    Now and we are expecting our little kid, and my husband also got the
    New job and our lives became much better. His email is
    edoborspelltemple@yahoo.com

  76. John Boyle August 12, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    My name is John Boyle My lover and I separated Last year ; I will agree I wasn’t true to myself and him. But I did all I could let her have a good life I did put all my energy into our little family as we have 2 beautiful kids. Because I worked as a waiter he didn’t really like that for a career, he thought I didn’t want to do well in my life. Last year as the harsh finance situation hit as we’ve been suffering with our finance for a while he decided to end our marriage. Which i was very devastated!! to lose the love of my life, but a month after separation i went to France for 10days to clear my head. when i got back he wanted me back but he didn’t want romantic side of it a month after new year he told me again that he cant do it anymore as our finance was at lowest. Then we made a decision to end it to sort our lives out…but my prayer everyday for her to realize that i am not a loser all i wanted is to do what i could to put food on the table and roof over their head. since the second separation i am qualified football coach and fitness instructor and doing more toward my career but I don’t want to get into a relationship with another man when my love and I suffered all of this years when my career takes of he is not there to enjoy it with me. I really want him back in my life so i contacted this spell caster Dr gbojoro who now help me to bring him back, we now have a happy family together with my lover. If you want his help you reach him via email at gbojorotemple1@yahoo.com

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