God Is Mindful Of You

Happy Monday friends!

This morning’s music Monday devotional is a reminder many of us need, that God is mindful of YOU.

“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?”
Psalm 8:4

No one care more about your life than God. No man, no woman, not even yourself! That’s why it is important to acknowledge God who acknowledges us. God is always thinking about you and thinking about what is best for you. His intentions will never be unclear, or selfish like man because God loves you perfectly. Some of us can even say we didn’t know he was all we needed until he was all we had.

Whatever concerns you, concerns God. Whatever you’re worried about, whatever you’re afraid of, whatever you’re anxious about, God is there. He feels your pain. He has your best interest at mind because he is mindful of you.

To be mindful is to be alert, focused, attentive. When God is mindful of you he notices everything about your life. Matthew 10:19-30 says not even a sparrow can fall to the ground without God noticing. He even number every hair on your head. That’s how close God pays attention to you. To each and every one of us, not one of us is invisible to him.

How many of us can attest to the fact that when everyone else left us God remained?

Let us show him that we also are mindful of him through prayer, praise and devotion.

Amen ❤

 

This week’s song is Mindful by Brian Courtney Wilson

Lyrics:
All that I hope
Is to be closer, I want to be where you are
My desire
Is to be closer, I need to be where you are
You’re the lover of my soul
I will be mindful to say
That I love you
Because you first loved me
And I thank you
For your Grace

All that I want
Is to be closer, I want to be where you are
My desire
Is to be closer, I need to be where you are
You’re the lover of my soul
And I will be mindful to say

That I love you
Because you first loved me
And I thank you
For your Grace
For your Grace

I love you
Because you first loved me
And I thank you
For your Grace

I didn’t know you were all I needed
Until you were all I had
And now I know all I have in you
Is more than enough
More than enough (repeat)

I love you
Because you first loved me
And I thank you
For your Grace
And I’ll be mindful

You’re Going To Be OK

**I want to apologize for my absence. To say I needed some time of reflection would be an understatement. I had all but given up, desperate for a sign from God. Something good, something kind, bringing peace to every corner of my mind – then a friend suggested Psalms 20 and here I am. I’m back and I’m ready to tell my story until my Saviour returns.

The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;
Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion;
Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.
Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.
We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the Lord fulfil all thy petitions.
Now know I that the Lord saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.
Save, Lord: let the king hear us when we call.” 

I understand today is Family Day, a day set aside for a time with your family members and loved ones, but not all of us are fortunate with that opportunity. There are some reading who don’t have a blood-related family or don’t get that feeling of peace, comfort, and love usually associated with the family. But, there’s a truth your heart needs to hear and that is, “you’re going to be okay” – whether surrounded with family or in a room all alone (with God).

Have you ever watched a dream die or felt angry because life isn’t going the way you expected? Or maybe it’s a fight just to keep it together. Sometimes it feels like life’s falling apart. Sometimes you’re completely worn out by stresses that never seems to end.

Whether times are good or bad, the Lord says you can be joyful, resilient, and strong! Let’s discover how to guard our hearts against despair together, how to look to the future with confidence, and trust that God will accomplish his plan for you. This begins when you learn to love even when you don’t feel loved. Today’s heartfelt message is about hope–you really are going to be okay.

I know many of the reasons our relationships with our families and I’ll extend this to friends and intimate relationships suffer is because of the lack of love. The problem we have is if we don’t feel it, we believe it isn’t authentic, and thus not real. We begin to question love. This is usually where we leave the relationship(s). This, combined with the definition that love is almost exclusively a warm feeling found deep within us, makes the notion that we aren’t loved. As a result of not feeling loved, we forget to display love.

We live in a “wait until you feel love” world. The main problem with a wait until you feel it love is that it comes more from the world than the Word. It fundamentally undermines the two greatest commandments Jesus gave. The command to love God with everything, and others as ourselves, often assaults this kind of love, oppresses our natural cravings, and inconveniences our self-actualization but it is the Biblical way to love.

If you find yourself alone and loveless because you never really felt loved from those around I have good news. God IS love. God is the supreme example of love. If you want to know what love looks like, look to God. From His sacrifice to his Word we are given a template of how to love. And yes, God loves even those he doesn’t feel love from. So, remember, you are going to be okay if you recognize that while you don’t feel loved by some you are loved by the Most High and that’s all the love you need for a lifetime.

When you don’t feel loved, God still loves. You are not alone, with God you are going to be okay.

This week’s song is You’re Gonna Be Ok by Bethel Music ft. Brian and Jenn Johnson

Lyrics:
[Verse 1]
I know it’s all you’ve got to just, be strong
And it’s a fight just to keep it together, together
I know you think, that you are too far gone
But hope is never lost
Hope is never lost

[Pre-Chorus]
Hold on, don’t let go
Hold on, don’t let go

[Chorus]
Just take, one step, closer
Put one foot in front of the other
You’ll, get through this
Just follow the light in the darkness
You’re gonna be ok

[Verse 2]
I know your heart is heavy from those nights
Just remember that you’re a fighter, a fighter
You never know just what tomorrow holds
And you’re stronger than you know
Stronger than you know

[Pre-Chorus]
Hold on, don’t let go
Hold on, don’t let go

[Chorus]
Just take, one step, closer
Put one foot in front of the other
You’ll, get through this
Just follow the light in the darkness

One step, closer
Put one foot in front of the other
You’ll, get through this
Just follow the light in the darkness
You’re gonna be ok

[Bridge]
And when the night, is closing in
Don’t give up, and don’t give in
This won’t last, it’s not the end, it’s not the end
You’re gonna be ok

When the night, is closing in
Don’t give up, and don’t give in
This won’t last, it’s not the end, it’s not the end
You’re gonna be ok

Brokenness Aside

I want to warn you all from sitting at the table of brokenness.

By brokenness I am not talking about being shattered because there’s a differences between being shattered and being broken. Divorce will shatter you but you can get married again. Loosing your job can shatter you but you can be employed again. Being shattered means you can be fixed but to be broken means God’s got to humble you.

I got on my knees last night and asked God for strength. Strength over the complicated living situations I am in. I asked God to keep my body strong and to give me what I need in this effort. I asked God to put his hands on me that I might lead his people without distractions. Instead, God put more on me today. I didn’t ask for that. I asked for grace. I asked for strength. I asked God to give me more power than he had last year. Instead, he gave me pain.

Through the abundance of things God has already done for me to keep my feet on the ground, to draw me closer to him he gave me something that I’ve got to depend on him more than I ever had. He says “If I let you do all that you planned to do without me you are going to take glory that does not belong to you. So to keep you humble, to break you, to mold you, to shape you I’ve got to make you dependant on me. Because Mother’s not there, Dad’s not there, sister’s are not there. Late in the midnight hour you need somebody who’s grace is sufficient.”

Paul shares the depth of the dilemma he’s in because he uses the word ‘thorn.’ It’s not a light prick but it is a wooden stick that impales you.

I want to speak to someone who has every had a thorn, or you’re currently feeling this throne. Sweet little church sayings or antidotes won’t get rid of that thorn.

Your pain may have been carried to you by Satan, but it was conceived by God. God won’t let anything happen to his child that catches him off guard. If you haven’t been through anything skip this post. But, if you’ve been through your own storm. If you’ve had a thorn jug you every time you thought you were about to turn the corner or every time you thought you were feeling better it jugs you again then there’s help. Whatever your thorn is there’s good news. Paul said “I went to the Lord and asked him to remove it.”

I went to the Lord and I asked him to remove my thorn, but like Paul I heard him say “my grace is sufficient.”

His grace is sufficient friends. Believe it.

His grace woke you up this morning. His grace started you on your way. His grace is standing you up right now. His grace will keep you all the year long.

So, when brokenness gives you an invite to sit at its table, decline. For brokenness allows God to mold you and change you but if you are content with dwelling in a state of brokenness a change won’t ever come. Set brokenness aside and keep God in mind.

This week’s song is Brokenness Aside by All Sons and Daughters

Lyrics:
Will your grace run out
If I let you down
‘Cause all I know
Is how to run

‘Cause I am a sinner
If it’s not one thing it’s another
Caught up in words
Tangled in lies
But You are a Savior
And You take brokenness aside
And make it beautiful
Beautiful

Will You call me child
When I tell you lies
‘Cause all I know
Is how to cry

‘Cause I am a sinner
If it’s not one thing it’s another
Caught up in words
Tangled in lies
But You are a Savior
And You take brokenness aside
And make it beautiful
Beautiful

You make it beautiful
You make it beautiful
[x2]

The Amazing God That We Serve

 

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind but now I see.

  • God’s amazing grace is sufficient to save us from our sins

Paul is a prime example of God’s amazing grace. He was gloriously saved by God’s grace and he did not wish to keep it to himself. Paul wrote more about grace than any other person in the Bible.

The Free Gift of Grace
Romans 3:24 “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”

Paul spreads the good news that we serve an amazing God who gives the gift of grace, freely to all who call on him.

We Don’t Earn Grace
Romans 3:20 “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight…”

Paul had to learn that he couldn’t earn his way to heaven. It was only by God’s amazing grace could he be justified and declared righteous in the sight of God.

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

All of us have sinned. All of us have had things in our lives that were sinful and displeasing to God. Yet through God’s amazing grace, there is a way for us to be forgiven.

Steps to Receiving God’s Amazing Grace
Romans 10:13 “Whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13)

Receiving Jesus Christ as your saviour today or for his grace is as easy as ABC
(A) – Admit that you are sinful and in need of forgiveness
(B) – Believe that Jesus died for your sins
(C) – Call upon His name and ask Him for His forgiveness

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind but now I see.

This week’s song is Amazing Grace by John Newton

 

Lyrics:
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now I’m found,
Was blind, but now I see.

’twas Grace that taught,
my heart to fear.
And grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear,
the hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come.
’tis grace that brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead us home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
as long as life endures.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise,
than when we first begun.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.