Believing the Promises of God - in His Word

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed… Without weakening in his faith… Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised. ~ Romans 4 [selected 18-21]

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The GIFT of the DAY is...

Hebrews 3:12-14
12 See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.
Acts 17:24-28 [Paul speaking]
24 "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. 25 And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27 God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. 28 'For in Him we live and move and have our being.' [emphasis added]

As I awoke this morning the LORD spoke these words to me, "Get up, this is the most important day of your life." I jumped out of bed thinking that something great was going to happen and that God would reveal it very soon! I went about my day and its normal routines. About mid-day I had cut out a tiny blue gift box 'symbol' from an envelope that came in the mail – much like the large blue gift box in this photo... one that means lot to me. As I went throughout my day I realized, in time, that what the LORD wanted to show me and teach me in that statement He made was that...
was the GIFT in the box!

Today - each day – is always a gift from the LORD. So often we look for great things to happen – and sometimes we ponder the awful things that "might happen"... dangerous "what ifs" ... ideas that creep into our minds and seek to paralyze us for the day.

But to live and breathe and have our being is a true gift from the Lord that we must not take for granted on any given day! So in good times - and difficult times let us learn to be thankful for the gift of TODAY - no matter what it brings! May we search to know what He desires to teach us throughout that day.
Over my mantel is a large sign that reads:
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass
- it's about learning to find joy in the rain!
As my "journal title" says: STANDING on the THRESHOLD = Dancing in the Rain [God chose it earlier this month]... He continues to teach me about all that it means! TODAY was just another gift!
Choosing JOY, Stephanie


Alleluiabelle said...

My Sweet Friend,

I love this posting as it speaks to me directly as well. Yes..."Today - each day – is always a gift from the LORD."

I have certainly learned not to ever take life or another day for granted. Before I go to bed each night and when I wake up in the morning I thank the Lord for the blessings that he will bestow upon me for that day and also thank him for the precious gift of life that He has given to me and to my family and friends.

You have filled my heart with Joy Dear Stephanie. This is a wonderful post for all to embrace.

I love you dear friend.


Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

Today is such a fabulous gift and I think too many times we forget that!

I need to learn more to treasure today. To bask in the now and not worry about the tomorrows.

Love you Stephanie!

Runner Mom said...

Love this! This day is a gift and if we don't open it first thing in the morning, it's over, and we've lost the blessings that God had intended for us to enjoy. Thank you for this beautiful reminder.

I love my Christmas card! Thank you so much, sweet friend!! You are so thoughtful. I have not begun mine yet! I'm looking at the unopened boxes now!!!

Have a great weekend and stay warm!

Wylie said...

I just love how the Lord speaks to you & hearing about the blessed journey!

Denise Hughes said...

Every day IS a gift. It's so important to be reminded of this truth. Thank you for the thoughtful verses you chose to include. Very apropos.

I enjoyed reading some of your blog. I'll be back! :)

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

You're absolutely right! Today is the gift. Now, what in the world does Yuni do?


Violeta said...

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please read the blog – My heart His words – at archive blog please look at November - Humbled and Convicted-

, my friend Tammy Nischan wrote them the story and some pictures of some hungryes poors kids , what we try to help them for Christmas .Our LORD will be so proud of us if we will do something! Many kids dont have food ,or Christmas tree becouse theu are so poors ! I fight so much to help this kids but i cant alone ~ if anyoane wants to know much more or wish to help in anyway you can please let me know email me at :
I love you blog,
sweet blessings and MERRY CHRISTMAS!