Sunday, March 22, 2009

A new "sign" for my board...

For many years I had bulletin board with signs—different sayings that help me keep focused, on track, make me laugh... things that helped me get through. I don't always have a physical board going these days but I still see many of the signs in my mind.

Well, today I went to church and heard some powerful teaching and preaching and
I have to share this with you. Three points just really hit home for me
today—one think to think on and two visuals to help me focus:
1) God has forgiven my sins of the past. If I can't get past my past, then it is
my own voice I'm listening to, not the voice/word of God... just get over it.

2) God wants to give us grace abudantly... Romans 5:17: "For if, by the trespass
of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who
receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign
in life through the one man, Jesus Christ."
Each day he will give us the grace we need in abundance, all we need and more. If we need a bucket of grace, he will give us a bushel; if we need a truck-load, he will give us a houseful. We just have to be open to receive it. Matthew 6:34 "Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself..."
3) John 10:28-29 "I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, Who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand." Here is the visual reminder that's going up on my board:
I write my name on a number 10 envelope [I can drop it, tear it, burn it, shred get the picture].
Now I put that in a manilla envelope, seal it and write "Jesus" on it... "no one can snatch them out of my hand." Now I am protected... it's sealed, "I" won't fall out. Even better, it was a bubble-wrap envelope, symbolizing the protection I get when I am in Jesus.
Next step, I stopped by the Post Office and picked up one of the Express Mail envelopes. I put the manilla envelope inside the express envelope and wrote "God" on the outside... "No one can snatch them out of my Father's hand." ... I am on the express line to God, and it's a Tyvek envelope—no one can tear it; I am safe enclosed in Him.
I never thought I would be witnessing in the blog but I just have to share this because it spoke so strongly to my heart... thank you, Pastor Tommy for these great words!
God bless all who took the time to read this message.


  1. Thank you and may God Bless you as well.

    You seem like a dear Lady with beautiful grandchildren.
    Take care.

  2. Preach it sister! I especially like the wording "no one can snatch them out of my hand" because I often remember that Satan is out there "prowling and looking for those he can devour". Devour and snatch go hand in hand. I am so thankful for God's protection over me! No one can snatch me away from God.

  3. Thank you! This was a first for me and I was really apprehensive about putting it out there but I couldn't not do it. Guess I just have to break out of my comfort zone!

    Are you familiar with Nicole C. Mullen? Very out of my norm but her music speaks to me. I am asking permission to play her "Sometimes" as my blog "theme song". My favorite is verse two:
    "Sometimes I feel so good I can hardly stand it;
    Everything goes like I planned it--
    Hold that thought while I get candid:
    Sometimes I jump out of the pan into the fire,
    My feet caught up in the Mire..."

    That's not exact but I just love it... definitely covered my day today!
    God bless you, your family and your endeavors.