In This Minute 


A.M. Reflection: In this minute, I celebrate the fact that I have a God who loves me. He loves me with a greater love than any other I have ever known. He loves me when I am down and when I am up. He loves me when I stumble and when I succeed. He loves me when I choose the road less traveled and when I select the road that is well worn. He makes time for me in every moment. He never wavers with His steady presence or with His abundant grace. His heart for me is true, pure, and wholly committed. He sees me. He hears me. He is aware of my every need. He never turns away from me. I am in awe of Him. In all the world, there is nothing that compares to my God. 

Encouragement: Go back and read my reflection again. Apply it to your own life. Find yourself in the experience. 

Question: What is your In This Minute praise? 

Challenge:  Over the next seven days, choose seven random moments to stop and write down your #gratefulheart thoughts. Share them with at least one other person via a blog post, an email, a phone call, an Instagram or Facebook post, a tweet, a direct conversation, or a personal letter or note. Watch what happens!

In This Minute is a #gratefulheart campaign meant to encourage others to look very closely at their relationship with God and identify what makes it special. It affords each individual with a moment in time to pause and praise. 

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It Is In This Moment

A Remembrance Journal Entry|June 2016   
 
It is in this moment that I realize…

My first breath of the day is a gift. Whom shall I praise? 

The moment before I open my eyes upon fully waking is a treasure. Whom shall I honor?

The quiet stillness that greets me at first light is a blessing. Whom shall I thank?

The unique experiences that have been set for my day are indeed purposed. Whom shall I trust? 

The challenges, obstacles and problems of yesterday, yesteryear, and tomorrow can be easily surrendered and resolved. Whom shall I believe?

Every moment is another opportunity to taste and see the majesty and goodness of my LORD. Whom shall I revere?

The beautiful rhythm that my heart is beating is centered at a most excellent foundation – the Most High. Whom shall I love? 

Scripture Reflection: Psalm 145

Listen & Learn|Feel It by Toby Mac

A Listen & Learn Recommendation…

Phone Tree Review: Toby Mac’s songs always seem to speak so well. This song, in particular, resonated with me. I love it! The first time I heard it, the lyrics completely got my attention. The line that captured my heart focus was…

“You take our brokenness and make us beautiful…”

Rating: 5/5 *****
Recommend: Yes
Audience: All
Status: Christian Music
Listen & Learn Message: Yes
Share: Yes

The Upside of Being Down

Is there an upside to being down? Can something positive be found even in that which is seemingly negative? Does good come, in any capacity, to that which is bad?

These were some of the thoughts that I had this morning. As I was considering the Bible and my present study emphasis, I could not help but think about the various people that were touched and influenced by Jesus. He was a vessel of love and hope to so many people. He showed compassion to all, not just to some. There was no person too low for Him to reach and teach. There is a lesson in that for us all.

As I continued to reflect on what I call the upside of being down, three words stayed with me — hope, deliverance, and promise.

By definition…

Hope: To trust in, wait for, look for, or desire something or someone; or to expect something beneficial in the future.

Deliverance: Deliverance is defined as “a rescue from bondage or danger.” Deliverance in the Bible relates to the acts of God, whereby He rescues His people from peril.

Promise: In the Bible, the promise of God is the declaration or assurance which God has given in His Word of bestowing blessings on His people. Such assurance resting on the perfect justice, power, benevolence and immutable veracity of God, cannot fail of performance.

Encouragement for the Day: In any case, situation, or event, Jesus Christ is and will always be the upside for those who are down. He is the messenger of hope. We can trust Him to bring to pass that which is most beneficial for each one of us. He is the means of deliverance for all. He has the power to free us from any and every stronghold that binds us. He is the agent by which the promise has been fulfilled. Salvation comes through no one other than the Son of God. Remember these things when you are going through your next storm or challenging experience. The simple truth is that there is an upside to being down.

Psalm of Reflection: Psalm 121

GOD is BIGGER! (Encouragement for Moms)

Morning meditation time and meeting up with my God produced quite a list of mom-uhhs or should I say mom-ahs…

What is God bigger than?

– God is bigger than your worst tantrum.

– God is bigger than your nastiest look.

– God is bigger than the attitude you display to those whom you are trying to teach.

– God is bigger than the lie the devil is trying to use to create doubt within you. 

– God is bigger than the fiery dart that landed right on your tender spot.

– God is bigger than the judgmental remarks hurled at you by well-meaning family, friends and fellow saints.

– God is bigger than the wisest fool who stares back at you on one of those rare, “bad” days.

– God is bigger than that messy ____________ (fill in the blank).

– God is bigger than your fear of failing.

– God is bigger than…

What would you add to the list?   

  

To listen to a song of encouragement, follow the link (http://youtu.be/cktnpgryDu8).

During the month of May, the Phone Tree will be featuring a number of mom-related posts. #mommotivation #mommoments #umm…mom #supermommadness

When You Hear These Words

When you hear these words, what immediately comes to mind…

What is it that you do upon waking up in the mornings?

What’s the very first thought that pops into your head?

Do you think about how the LORD woke you up, granting you yet another day to experience His glory, or do you focus on the thought that, “It’s time to make the doughnuts?”

Do you think about where you might be able to see God, hear God, and know God in your day, or do you instead think about all the responsibilities that you have?

Do you praise God for delivering you from your yesterdays, or do you perseverate on what went wrong everyday of your life so far?

Do you excitedly look forward to spending time studying the Word of God, or do you make excuses about why you “just don’t have any time” to get into the Bible?

Do you spend time praying, or do you spend time complaining?

Do you awake with a smile on your face and in your heart because of what Jesus did for you and for all, or do you grimace, thinking only of how much you have sacrificed, given up for others, lost, etc.?

When you hear these words, what immediately comes to mind? 

Spiritual Life Fitness Challenge:  Let’s all make an effort to change our perspectives. Let us, each one of us, concentrate on the holy and allow the grace of God to transform our thinking and our stance. Let’s approach the days we are given with awe, thanksgiving, and love.

A #TRUTH15 Message for My OneWord Journey

In the Stillness (Appreciating Your Time with God)

In the stillness, there is quiet, there is peace, there is calm. There is beauty and the fullness of God’s presence. There, in that place of stillness, there is a soothing grace that reaches out, connecting the Divine heart to the life heart of the pilgrim saint.

As you draw each breath in, begin to appreciate each moment that you have been given. Look at it – the moment – as a place of worship. See it as a place for praise. Be still. Be motionless in spirit. Be free.

Live in the stillness that brings forth a holy awareness and awe.

Young Woman Enjoying the View

A.M. Scripture Reflection: Psalm 46:10

Spiritual Life Fitness Principles to Live By:

1) Strive to see God in all things.

2) Surrender to God all things.

3) Seek to hear God’s voice (His Word) before all things.