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Thursday, February 25 2021

God has your best interest!

By Susan Gahan

I don't have a spare minute, and I blame it on everyone but myself. God is working on me in different areas, and this is one of them. I am a giving person, which is not bad unless you give so much you are exhausted. If you ask me to help you with something, I will be there. It doesn't matter if I have worked a long day and I am worn out. I have always believed in doing the right thing. If someone needs me, I am there because it is the right thing to do. I wonder, does God want me worn out? How can He use me for His kingdom if I am so tired that I cannot keep my eyes open? Those times when I don't have a spare minute, I blame it on everyone but myself. Finger-pointing, judging? Nah!

Recently, I have been pressed to get my priorities straight. I need to be kind but learn to say no more often. Should I be on the computer (social media, cruising the net), or should I be reading my Bible, which can help transform my thinking? Should I be out with friends or at home talking to God? If it is not in your best interest, then the answer is no.

This world is going through some tough times. Marriages are falling apart. Businesses are closing. Money is tight, but you can rise above it all with God. It is time to say no to anything that is coming between you and God. To repair marriages and money issues, you need to put aside everything stealing your time, and pray. God (always) wants what is best for you. Before you make big plans, pray about it first, not second or third, and be willing to accept the answer and outcome.

There have been times in my life when it has just been easier to say yes. Still, I am finding out that when I put on the brakes, if possible, and wait to pray about doing anything (everything!), it all goes much smoother. I feel more confident that I am doing the right thing.

Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”

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Friday, February 19 2021

Me, Me and Me!

By Susan Gahan

I want to share something with you all. I have had a "me" problem. I had a revelation from God last week, and He was talking directly to me. God is sick of hearing me, me, and me. I found as I would pray that everything went back to poor me. It was either about me at work, me at home, or plain me. He said that I need to get "the me" out of my prayers, and I did. I do plead the blood over myself, but that is it. There is no more help me with this or help me do that. It is not that I was praying just for myself. I prayed for others but to tell you the truth, a lot of it was about me. Since I stopped praying the "me prayers," things have changed. I have seen God move! I can see where I was stopping God's hands in different matters. He gets all the glory in my book.

Also, sometimes you cannot help the "me people." I think that they have to help themselves. I have prayed repeatedly for someone very dear to me that cannot let go of herself. I believe that you know that kind of person. It isn't that they are spoiled, but everything is about them. When something happens to them, it is everyone else's fault. Those types of people want and want. Life is never fair to those people. I have given and given. I have listened and listened, but I cannot take it anymore. I have prayed and prayed, but sometimes you have to let them go. You need to leave them in God's hands. They can literally bring you down. I have sobbed and sobbed over it. She cannot see beyond what is happening to her. I also feel that she doesn't care beyond herself for anyone else's burdens. It is such a heartbreaking thing for me. I realize I cannot do anything about it. I have surrendered her to the Lord, and I am going to go on for now. The worst part of it all is that I probably contributed to this, and it tears me apart. Even though we walk and talk to Jesus, we are human. We think that we know what is best. We know all the answers. We want to make everyone happy. I pray that God can straighten out the mess that I have made. She is so wonderful when the "me" light is not flashing. Oh, Lord, help her!

Instead of me, I really feel it should be Him, Him. Do we remember that He is the one who died to set us free from our sins? It is so easy to put that out of our minds. We were freed from corruption but look at us all now. It is so easy to point the finger at someone else. If you are not going to point the finger at yourself where it belongs, point it at heaven and pray for God to help you. Keep your eyes on Him. Times are tough, and they will get tougher until Jesus comes AGAIN. Oh, Jesus, my heart hurts right now for your sacrifice! Please forgive me!

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Friday, February 05 2021

By Susan Gahan

CHOO-CHOO

Last night as I lay in bed, I thought about how my life is full of lessons. I often wonder if God is tired of being my teacher. I have a lot of things to re-do according to His will. He probably is up in heaven just shaking His head. I bet He says, "Will she never learn?"

Life is a Lesson

I have learned in the past few months that I need to get my life straight. How many times do we rehash what we need to do? For instance, I should pick up my Bible more. Why don't I? I don't have an answer, but I can tell you one thing, I need to figure it out. God has shown me that life is very precious and short. Many people say it but honestly, unless it happens to you...it really doesn't have much impact. You cannot even grasp the magnitude of how precious life truly is.

Making a List

I decided that I need to make a list. Let's face it. We are all busy, and you cannot even remember what you need to do until you make a list, let alone even to do it. So my goal is to make a list this week of things that I need to do. I want to incorporate it into my life, taking out things that really are worthless and non-beneficial. Staring at my IPAD or something ridiculous on TV needs to be dealt with. Incorporating more Bible studying, helping others, doing more for the ministry, and going into areas that God wants me to go in needs to be front and center.

Getting my Priorities Straight

We all need direction, and first and foremost, we need to pray about it. So I need to make sure that before my two big feet hit the floor, I give my attention first to God. It truly makes my day so much better. I am scurrying around the house so many times that I get ready for work or running somewhere that I forget to give the most important person center stage. Of course, I repent for it, and it is over. It is easy to move on and put it behind me, but I know better seriously. We all do. How many times have I been told, "Put Him first." Priority number one...God is First. Everything else will fall into place after that. Now everyone will have to figure out what the rest of their priorities are, but I know that it refreshes my soul, knowing that I am pleasing God.

Staying on Track

Once I have made my list and gotten my priorities straight, I will have some peace. I feel like I have let God down at times. I cannot go back and change things, though. I cannot go back and redo life to make things right. My heart hurts knowing that I could have done more, but all that I have left in my portfolio is that I Love God, and I know that He loves me. Otherwise, I would have been just sand running through His fingers. He could have walked away and never looked back at all, but He didn't. He is still with me, and I owe it to Him to get back on the God train and stay on track.

So CHOO CHOO! Let's board the God train and stay on the RIGHT track.

I don't need any more detours or delays.

Matthew 6:33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."

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