Sony’s Thoughts: Where He Leads Me, I Will Follow

Do you ever feel like you’re in limbo, seeking God for direction but not receiving it? Lately I find myself telling God that, if I heard His voice so that I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was Him leading, I would follow. Then I wonder if He’s not speaking or if I’m too busy to hear Him or refusing to hear Him because I want something else.

Last evening as I was drawing near to God and asking Him for wisdom, my heart started singing the hymn, “Where He leads me, I will follow.” Although I didn’t get instant revelation, a peace came over my Spirit and I felt like God spoke to my heart, “You are My precious daughter. Stay close to Me and I will take care of you.” What joy to know the Father feels that way. I may be in a holding pattern right now but He hasn’t left me. He still cares. He just desires me to spend this time seeking Him and being faithful where He has me until He chooses to move me on. What a blessed assurance that is!

If you’re needing to hear His voice, don’t give up. If you seek Him, you will find Him if you seek with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13). Sometimes His answer is Wait. We need to learn to be patient. Our timing is not always His but I know from experience that He always rewards faithfulness. Feel His embrace as He gently whispers, “Child, your answer is coming in due time. For now, keep pressing on, running the race with endurance. I will be by your side giving you strength with every step. I love you.”

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Sony’s Thoughts: Blessed to be a Blessing

Back in the 1980s Scott Wesley Brown sang a song titled “Blessed to be a Blessing.” That title has stuck with me. Do I realize just how blessed I am and am I faithful to be s blessing to others because of the blessings I’ve received? 

I hope my life radiates with God’s love. I truly have been given much and I need to give back to God what He requires of me. He is faithful. May I be faithful in return. 

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Sony’s Thoughts: Beautifully Broken

Canaan’s Crossing sings a song titled “Beautiful Broken.” As I listened to it yesterday, I thought about what it means to be “beautifully broken, willingly wasted, lovingly lavished here at Your feet.” When we think of things being broken, it’s a sad thing, not joyous in the least. However, when it comes to people, it’s when we are broken that God is refining us, turning us into something beautiful.

Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” yet I never see people rejoice about the fact that they are poor in anything. Our society has made us believe that riches and happiness are success. Wrong again. If Jesus is the love of your life, no matter where you find yourself in life, you can be truly grateful. Don’t measure your success by the world’s standards. Read the Word and see what Jesus says truly matters. Then count your blessings.

Whether you are on top of the mountain or broken today, go out and shine for Jesus. He has you right where you are for His purposes. He loves you so much. He has not left you. Cling to Him, praise Him, and thank Him for making you beautiful in His sight. After all, that’s the only thing that really matters.

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Happy Resurrection Day!

I think it fitting that we celebrate Easter in the Spring, as new life is springing up all over the place. Unfortunately, I see so many people who aren’t registering that new life but look as miserable as (or maybe more than) they are. In thinking of Jesus today, He came to give us life and that more abundantly. Why don’t we reflect that? Too often, I can’t tell the Believers from the unbelievers when I’m out and about.

As we think about Christ and everything He did for us, we should be constantly rejoicing. Greater love has no man than that he lay down his life for a friend. Christ did that for us in the most painful way you could imagine. How do you think He feels when the people He died to save act as if they have no reason to smile?

I hope today finds you praising God in so many ways. He is so worthy. If He never did another thing for me, He’s already done so much more than I deserve. Praise His Name!

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Sony’s Thoughts: Trust and Obey

“When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word, what a glory He shines on our way. As we do His good will, He abides with us still and with all who will trust and obey.”

If you’re a parent, there’s probably nothing you desire from your children more than perfect trust and obedience. This is also how the Heavenly Father feels about His children. There is such a freedom and lightness of heart when we serve the Lord wholeheartedly but, oh, the inner turmoil when we decide we don’t need Him. Maybe we would never say that out loud or even admit to ourselves that this is what is in our hearts but how many times do we move forward on what we think is a great idea before taking time to talk to the Father and receive His guidance? Sometimes, when we do ask and He guides us in another direction, we tend to think He doesn’t understand and off we go to show Him that we were right. WRONG!

I’ve heard parents explain to their child that parents know better because they’ve lived a lot longer than the child yet we think we know better than the One who has always been?!

If you’re running from God or moving in a direction that you do not feel His leading in, take time to redirect your focus and find out what He desires you to do. You will never “be happy in Jesus” until you do so and I’d like to see you living in all the joy and victory God desires for you. Trust Him today!

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Sony’s Thoughts: Do Christ’s Work

Have you ever noticed how the world at times grasps truths that Christians don’t seem to get? I often wonder if that’s why we don’t see more people come to know the Lord. They look at the way professed Christians treat each other and decide they live a better life than “Christians” so why should they give their life to Christ and miss out on the “fun” they’re enjoying while still living a “good life”? In a way, they have a point.

We who claim to be sons and daughters of God are to be setting the standard. It’s up to us to show the world the joy, peace and love that only Christ gives. Yet we walk around with frowns on our faces, complaining about our lot in life just like everyone else. When our Brother or Sister stumbles, instead of helping to lift them up, we’re often the first to throw stones and distance ourselves, deciding they’re not our problem. What happened to “Bear ye one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ” or “Love one another as I have loved you”? If “the greatest of these is love,” why is that the hardest thing to do?

True love will take the time for our Brothers and Sisters. I know life is hectic but we were put on earth for a purpose. Too many lose sight of that as they get caught up in busyness. It’s great to be busy–I live a very hectic life–but I also know how easy it is to become too busy and have no time to do the work that GOD has called us to do.

If we are walking in the Spirit, there will be times God will ask us to do things that our flesh may not prefer to do but our spirit will rise to the challenge because it is no longer us who live but Christ who lives in us. Christ in us wants to minister to the world around us. However, we cannot reach a lost world if we don’t first learn to reach out to our Brothers and Sisters who need love and encouragement.

Make sure as you go through each day that you are accomplishing Christ’s purposes. Ask Him each morning to show you the people He desires to minister to. Then go out in the strength of the Lord and thank Him for using you. He will continue the work He’s begun in you if you allow Him to. I, for one, am so grateful. Thank You, Father, that You are still at work in the lives of your people.

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Sony’s Thoughts: Do You Feel Unappreciated?

Last week at church, the pastor preached on Luke  17. One of the points he made was how a servant isn’t thanked for the work he does but he does it because it’s his duty to do so. I admit I struggle with that. No matter how much I tell myself I’m working for God, at the end of the day, I want someone to appreciate the work that I do. 

I think of Jesus and how He took on the form of a servant. No one appreciated the work that He did. They mocked Him and eventually killed Him. Yet I’m hurt if someone doesn’t notice or appreciate what I do? As the old song says, “I would be like Jesus.” That means I must follow Him no matter what anyone else thinks. May I be faithful to do just that. 

If you’re struggling with work or family, thank God for the opportunity to serve anyway. People may not notice but He does. You will receive your reward in due time.

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Sony’s Thoughts: Two Are Better Than One

“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falls; for he has not another to help him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).

Too many people are trying to make it through life alone. Even if you know God, it can be lonely without Brothers and Sisters to help you along this journey we call life. For some, they are alone by choice. Maybe they think they can do it on their own or maybe they’ve been hurt so much they’ve decided not to trust anyone else. For others, they would like to not be alone but everyone they know is too busy to really take time to be the friend that they need.

If you are alone today and feeling the loneliness that comes from that, draw near to God. He can comfort you in a way that no other can. I’d also encourage you to pray that He would provide someone who can be there for you in person too.

For those of you who have people in your life to uplift and encourage you, thank God for those people and take time to let them know what a blessing they have been to you. Then ask God to show you people you know who don’t have that. Depression and suicide are rampant today, and I believe that, much of the time, it is due to people not really feeling loved or feeling like they matter. If you see someone who looks like they’re hurting or alone, take time to reach out to them and show them the love of Jesus. It may be through you that they get to know Him like never before.

God bless you all. Have a great week!

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Sony’s Thoughts: Praying for Tracy Stuffle

I’ve been sick the last couple days and away from Internet so I’ve been unable to keep up with the updates on Tracy Stuffle but I have been praying. I know how easy it can be as we begin to get positive reports to slack off on praying and breathe a sigh of relief but I want to encourage everyone not to do that. We need to continue interceding until God brings the complete healing that we’re asking for. As I pray, I ask for healing for Tracy and strength for Libbi and that God’s presence will be obvious. He’s always there but sometimes, in the midst of storms, we fail to recognize Him. 

Father, I pray for a special touch on Tracy right now. I pray that he will feel Your presence. I pray that he will feel Your strength. I pray that You will heal his body and receive the glory that You deserve. God, we know that everything happens for a reason. I pray that Your purposes will be fulfilled through this. Thank You for the privilege of bringing our requests to You. Thank You that You hear our requests. Thank You for Your love and care. You are a rewarder of those who diligently seek You and we are diligently seeking You now, Father. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

 

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Sony’s Thoughts: Closer to Jesus

“I wanna get so close to Him that it’s no big change on that day that Jesus calls my name.”

“Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed, Lord, to the cross where Thou hast died. Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, to Thy precious bleeding side.”

“Closer to You, Lord, closer I pray. Help me draw closer to Your will today. It doesn’t matter what others may do. I want to draw closer to you.”

Can one get too close to Jesus? Absolutely not! I pray this year finds me drawing ever closer to my Savior on a daily basis. I want to be so close to Him that it is no big change on the day He calls my name. I told someone last night that, how close we are to Jesus is how much strength we will have to face persecution if it comes. We can’t afford not to be close to Him.

I think of Enoch who walked so close to God that he eventually walked into Heaven. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful feeling?! May this be all of our prayers. “It doesn’t matter what others may do. I want to draw closer to You.” Amen!

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