I Did Not Drown

There were times this week when I thought I would drown. I thought the depth of my office work would drown me, and I thought the depth of my personal life would drown me. The enemy really knows how to whip the waves up in my life. But, this week, I did not drown. Sure, I swallowed some water, but I did not drown. Wanna know why?

Let me tell you anyway. (smile). I did not drown because of my Anchor. There is a song that says “my soul has been anchored in the Lord.” So, while it has indeed been a rough week, I’ve been able to cling to Jesus. Every time the trouble in my life would swell into a wall of a wave, Jesus covered me and let the waves splash down on Him so that I would be protected. Now, I know what it’s like to say that I’ve been in the safety of the Lord. He has watched over me and protected me all week long (and of course every day of my life but you get me right? – this week, I’ve really had to notice because I know that I was not sufficient in my own strength to keep myself sane to get through everything that has happened.) I’ve seen the hand of the enemy this week as he has attempted to kill my spirit but I’m still here. I’m still here to the glory of God!!!

I don’t know what your week has been like, but I hope that you will take some time to give God the praise. Good week? Praise Him! Bad week? Praise Him! I know I’m praising Him – I DID NOT DROWN! He kept me! Hallelujah!!!

Have a blessed weekend,
Sanya

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Fear Does Not Exist Near God

Let’s talk about fear – briefly. We could write and discuss this at length, but for the purposes I have this morning, let’s just give it a light dusting of a talk. Agreed?

The Bible is littered with scriptures that discuss fear. We are to fear the Lord but not to fear each other or our enemy. That says to me, that we are to worship God and have a humble reverence for Him and yet we are to turn to that same God with confidence knowing that He alone is able to protect us.

I thank God that He loves us like that. He’s better than a great parent, but He’s showing us the proper order of things. We are not to live our lives fearful of the situations that seek to rob us of our peace – no matter what they are – but instead, we are to cling to Him (like a dryer sheet does to your clothes). When we are that close to Him, we don’t fear anything. Why, because we are in the safety of our loving God and He does not fear anything. So, if you fear, it is a good indication that you are not close enough to God today. Draw nigh to Him and He’ll do the same.

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Insurmountable Problems

The enemy loves for difficult issue to become roadblocks in your life. I can see him in my imagination with his construction hat on building up that issue in your life to make it seem insurmountable. Yet, as long as we have the Lord with us, as long as we can call on our Father, no issue in our lives is insurmountable. Not a single one. I don’t care what it is. We can have the victory over the issues in our lives when we yield them up to God. Yet, some personal and difficult work must be done on our part in order to achieve the victory.

I liken it to training for an Olympic event. This training is more intense and rigorous because it will be played out on a world stage. Folks from everywhere will be watching. So, you have to be more intentional about your training to increase your chances of winning. For the Christian, that means being more intentional about prayer, Bible study, worship, fasting etc.

It breaks my heart when Christians do not fight for peace in their lives. I know that sounds strange but since your adversary loves to try to rob you of your peace with every chance he gets, you’ve got to step in to try to stop him. Fight for your peace. You do this with prayer and constant communication and communion with God. He’ll keep you in perfect peace when you have your mind stayed on him. Which brings me back to my topic. Nothing is insurmountable with God. Yes, at times, God will tell you “no” to something but you can have the victory by accepting that answer and praising God for responding. He knows what is best for you.

Don’t let the enemy keep you from moving forward in your life. Establish that intentional relationship with God and work at it like training for an Olympic event. And, when the enemy tries to block your path, know that you can leap over his roadblock and keep on moving to the glory of God!

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Eva’s Heart and Mine

Eva Kor is a survivor of the Jewish Holocaust. I came to learn about Eva from my friend Kathy. Eva was a twin used in medical experiments. Nazi doctors valued twins so that they could test and monitor results between the two. There were times when Eva thought she would die, but she fought to hold on to life. She knew that if she died, her sister would be killed. The Nazi doctors would kill the surviving twin as they were rendered useless for experiments as an individual.

What I find most amazing is Eva’s unselfishness. It would have been easier and perhaps more preferable to die than to continue to endure the torture of those medical experiments. Yet, she didn’t give up – she didn’t give in.

And it would have been easy to hold a serious grudge against her persecutors for the rest of her life. But, she has not. Eva Kor publicly forgave the doctors and privately forgave her parents, for not being able to protect her. She is a woman with a beautiful heart.

I know that I’ve never experienced anything as horrific as the Jewish Holocaust. Yet, I know that there is hurt in my heart and scars from the past. Today, I am going to examine my heart to see just who I need to forgive. Will you do the same?

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Thanks Angela for the Blog Award!

Oooh weee! I got a blog award! I’m super excited. My friend Angela at Refresh My Soul has given this blog to me as well as a few other women whose blogs are sure to be fantastic.

I don’t know if I’ve ever told her, but Angela is one of the reasons that I started blogging. I went to her blog after the She Speaks Conference and really felt a connection to her through her writings. I, in turn, wanted to personally connect with others as well. That reason amidst others propelled me to write. I’ve gotten more consistent as time has progressed and more of you are asking me/prompting me to write daily. That’s encouraging to me. One thing I’ve learned is that you cannot always look at how many comments you get to determine the readership of your blog. I used to do that and would get discouraged. But, I have since gotten site statistics and see that I have a pretty good flow of traffic coming to the site. I pray that as time moves on that my readers will feel comfortable responding on a consistent basis to let me know their thoughts on what I’ve written. That will help me improve and it will encourage me to write more!

Angela, and my other She Speaks sister Kathy are faithful in their encouragement to me. For that, I say a hearty THANK YOU. You should check out their blogs too. Angela is here. Kathy is here.

Well, like the awards show last night, I hear the music playing. My acceptance speech is done. Much love to you all. Peace and God Bless!

Oh – and I must also send you over to my other friend’s blog – Pastor Thabiti in Grand Cayman. Check him out – I’m sure you’ll be inspired there too – he really blogs with purpose!

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Friday Chuckles

It’s soooooo Friday! YES! Not that I live for the weekends or anything, but I’m just ready for a little break from the day-to-day action. So much so that I thought I would share this funny video with you. Take the time to listen and I betcha you’ll get a chuckle. It’s clean christian comedy.

BTW – I can definately relate to the sampling at Costco. My family didn’t do it but I recently did! My friend got a Costco Card and invited me to go along. I am a Sam’s Club member but I was curious as to what the differences were at one store vs. the other. He sampled nothing. I sampled nearly everything – and yes, I was full by the time I left the store!


Anyway, Happy Friday and enjoy the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lx3igZ7VcY

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Lemons – Think Twice

Last night, I went out with a friend. I overindulged in cool, tasty, lemonade – the Minute Maid brand. Yup – I like it that much. As I squeezed the fresh lemons into my drink, one by one, imagine my horror when today, I say this video. Jump on over to this link and check it out for yourself. It makes you think twice about adding that slice of lemon to your drink.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeye8wnBJoU

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Grace! Grace! Grace!

You just would not believe it. Remember a few posts back that I commented on the troubles I’ve been having with my toilet. Well, I’m having problems yet again! For two consecutive nights, its cup runneth over onto my bathroom floor – in the back part (reservoir portion) – unannounced – no warning. Now, I’m about the throw my hands up in the air!

I’ve got a wonderful plumber and hopefully he will be able to resolve this issue fully this time. Just when I was beginning to feel really agitated and irritated and other “-ateds” (smile), I decided to employ something that I learned at a Proverbs 31 conference a few years back. It’s simple and you can do it too – trust me, I was doing it in the direction of my toilet – extend your hands (as if to say stop) but then flash them (open/close/open/close) and say verbally “Grace! Grace! Grace!” Trust me, you’ll feel better. I sure did.

The plumber will come and fix the problem I’m sure. And, with this extra measure of God’s grace, it is my prayer that everything will be resolved to His good pleasure.

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No Partiality

I’m beginning research on the Jewish Holocaust of WWII for a school paper. I am to relate the suffering the Jewish people encountered and endured to the Christian view of suffering. That’s going to be a tough assignment for me. I read over some of the history of the Holocaust last night. It made me want to cry. I cannot imagine how one person or group of persons could get to the point where they thought it feasible to exterminate other humans at will. The suffering – the senselessness – why?

What was more alarming was that nothing was done about it for such a long period of time. Refugees on ships were turned away and eventually ended up back in Germany – and ultimately killed. I can only think that fear governed the times. And then there is the debate that say that this never really happened – 6 million people slaughtered – no way. I say, yes, way. It happened. When evil rules without opposition, even something so horrid as this can happen.

I know that this is not the typical message that I post, but I think it merits consideration. I think we need to remember. Let’s do an attitude check. Who is it that we think we’re superior to? The homeless? The less-fortunate? I believe that if we look within, we can find an answer. And, when we do, we can – no, we must, exterminate that attitude of superiority. We are all God’s children – and He is no respecter of persons. (Acts 10:34) He doesn’t show us partiality. He shows us all His love.

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The Value of Communication

I was speaking with a good friend of mine last night. He said something that you don’t hear much from guys – he spoke about the value of communication. I listened while he spoke at length on this topic and had a number of great points. And now, I want to share with you some of the highlights from our little chat – reworded of course, ‘cause I’m wordy….

  1. It is never too late to express how you feel – yet, when you do express yourself, choose your words carefully.
  2. If you cannot express how you feel, and be heard, then that’s a red flag. Sometimes when you talk and the other person doesn’t care about what you have to say, all they hear is blah blah blah (imagine the parents on Charlie Brown cartoons).
  3. Listen to the Lord and be true to yourself. Don’t hide behind excuses. God will give you clarity and in so doing, give you the peace that you need to be able to speak your position in a way that glorifies Him.

That was the gist of our talk. I hope that it encourages someone in some way today.

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