Thank you!

Thank you for your response to the launch of “Choose Joy”. Your encouragement and support has been overwhelming and humbling. I’m delighted to tell you that most of you should be receiving your copies in the next few days.

Again, thank you for your support. I appreciate you more than I can say.

Sandra


The introductory offer for “Choose Joy” has expired but you can still save on “Choose Joy” (and other studies) with code SAVE10 at check out.

Go to the Book Corner to order your copy today.

Why?

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)

LogoIts hard for us to understand many of the things that happen in this life.

Man’s great question continues to haunt us – Why?

  • Why is one healthy but another suffers?
  • Why do some have plenty while others go without?
  • Why does one heart accept Christ but another rejects?

The more we try to understand it seems the more our understanding fails – yet another “why”?  For this “why”, God has given us the answer.  Are you ready?  We don’t really want to understand.  We just want things to be different.  We want things to conform to our own mind set. We want God to think like us.  To put it in our modern terms, we try to “dummy down” God’s word to fit our thoughts and our ways rather than raising our thoughts and ways to His.

Take heart.  Jesus did not leave us without a Helper.  For those of us who are in Christ, and who are willing to accept, the Holy Spirit will reveal to us all truth and give us all understanding.  Look what Paul writes:

“For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him? “But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16)

Does that mean we will never again ask why?  No, of course not.  We are still trapped in our human bodies and limited by our human minds.  Does the knowledge make it easier to accept?  No.  Suffering continues, our hearts still break, our strength still fails. But even so, we do not become discouraged because we have our hope in the promise of that better day to come.

Final thought.  Let us thank God that His ways and thoughts are higher than ours.  Imagine if you will what this world would be like if our thoughts and ways were higher than God’s!

Sandra

 

Confident

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)

Words of grace.  Words of anti-discouragement.  Words that defeat Satan’s lies.

Two cups of coffee on the table in the gardenThoughts of defeat, fear of failure, a sense of unworthiness. These are the the lies that the enemy whispers into your ear. Don’t listen.  When the devil comes at you with his lies, remember-

God is not slack – He fulfills all His promises.

God is persistent – He is not willing that any should perish.

God is good – All His works are good.

God is not a quitter – He is long-suffering in His love for His children.

From the moment you committed your life to Jesus, the Lord began His good work in you.  You can be sure that until the end of your days on this earth, He will continue to do and to perfect all that is in you, for it is all to His glory.

Sandra 

DailyBread

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. (John 21:12)

Sharing a meal is such an intimate thing.

Since our bodies are sustained by the food we eat, when we break bread together, we are, in effect, sharing life.  In the gospels Jesus talks about food often, both literally and figuratively; both physically and spiritually.  Jesus spoke –  “…open the door and I will come in and dine with you”,  “I am the bread of life”, “take, eat, this is my body”, “feed my sheep”, “come, have breakfast” (that I have prepared for you).

When we pray “give us this day our daily bread”, we are saying “feed me Lord with the Bread of Life.  Sustain and nourish my soul with the meal you have prepared for me.”

David wrote in Psalms 34:8, “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!”  As you begin your day, take time to sit at the Lord’s table, enjoy the feast has prepared for you.

Sandra

The Comeback

Were You Gone?

In case you haven’t noticed, a few months ago I took some time off from blogging so I could focus on my current book.  These past months have been busy, with everything BUT writing!  Well, I’ve done some writing, but not nearly as much as I had hoped.  As life would have it, some pretty big things came along and totally confused my plans.  Somewhere around mid March I came to understand the true meaning of James 4:13.

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”–

So, that’s where I’ve been these past 3 plus months and now its time to look ahead.

What Next?

When I created this blog, it was primarily with the intent of promoting my writing.  Over the years my intent has changed but the site hasn’t. Consequently, I fear the blog has become  tired and not nearly as effective as it could be.  My word for 2016 is “intentional”.  Unfortunately, I haven’t been very intentional about being intentional. (???)  With all that said, please know that my heart now and always has been to share Jesus with other women through encouragement, the study of His word, and  discipleship; in that, there has never been any wavering.

What’s New?

I’m really excited about the direction  the Lord is leading me in ministry.  Even as we speak, I am working on a new look for SandraBivensSmith.com.  If all goes well, in just a few weeks the site will be back with a new look and a new format.

A new focus:  As stated above, one of the purposes of this ministry is to encourage. Going forward, the posts will be with that purpose in mind – words to encourage you while you’re on your way.  While the official name of the site won’t change, you will still find me at SandraBivensSmith.com, the site title will be “Morning Moments”.

A new look:  Y’all are probably tired of being met by  some dusty old books when you come to the site, I sure am.  While I haven’t made a final decision, I can tell you that the new look will be fresh, inviting and exciting.

A new schedule:  This is where my greatest blogging challenge lies.  I’m just being honest here, I really want to post daily but when I consider what’s required, I hesitate.  My thoughts keep going back to the warnings of Jesus to “count the cost” (Luke 14:28).  On the other hand, where is my faith?  On this point I have given and continue to give  much prayer.  For the time being, I plan to post three times weekly – on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  As time goes by, and as the Lord leads, that may change.  (Please pray for God to give me direction in this.).

If you are a regular (or even an occasional) visitor to the blog, please go ahead and become a follower.  It’s very easy, just go to any page on the site and where indicated enter your email and click “follow” .  As a follower, you will receive an email each time there is a new post or other updates to the blog.  And, while I’m asking for favors, won’t you share the site with friends either directly or through your social media page?

Let me close by saying “THANK YOU” to everyone who has given me support and encouragement over the years.  So many times I’ve thought to quit.  So many times the enemy has taunted me with doubt.  But then, someone tells me that what I’ve shared was a special blessing to them, or was a word they needed just at that time.  I’m not a professional writer, nor a theologian; I make no claims to any authority of my own.  All I am is a woman who the Lord Jesus loves even though I am unlovable, a woman He died for even though I was undeserving.  A woman who  is blessed everyday by the amazing love and grace of Jesus Christ.  There was a time when I was in such great darkness and someone brought the light of Christ  into my life, my despair turned to hope.  That is what I pray the Lord will use me to do in the life of another woman.

See you soon,

Sandra Bivens Smith