Sony’s Thoughts: God Has a Plan

This has been an interesting week. Not the one I would have chosen but I’m grateful when, during a difficult time, I can still see God’s hand at work. Mom and I are traveling and, to make a long story short, our car is in the shop out of state. Thankfully we did not have a seminar scheduled that evening but we had to keep heading to our next destination in order to not cancel our appointment yesterday. The first rental place was out of cars so we went to the next which only had two cars left. We chose one, loaded our books and luggage from our car to the rental and hit the road.

At one point, as we were in the mechanic’s waiting room, I felt like crying. I’d wanted to be at our next destination, putting my feet up and reading or catching up on emails. That wasn’t God’s plan, however, and I kept praying to find joy in the situation. As He always does, God brought songs and Scripture to mind to help remind me that He is in control.

I confess I still don’t know what God’s plan is but I know He has one. I pray that I will be faithful to trust Him and rejoice in Him even when things don’t go my way. I still don’t know how God is going to work everything out with our schedule this next week but I know He will do so. He is a faithful God, and I praise Him for that.

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Sony’s Thoughts: What Really Matters

I trust you and your family have had a great summer. Can you believe it’s almost over?! The older I get, the more quickly time flies which reminds me how short life on earth really is in the scheme of things. That realization makes me want to make every moment count. I think about that more on holiday weekends since, for me, a day out of the office is a day to catch up on other things that never take priority during the work week.

As I think about the things I want to accomplish, I’m reminded that, in the eternal scheme of things, my to-do list is pretty insignificant. Sure it needs done but it’s easy to be busy and miss out on what God truly desires of me. Taking time for others is more important than having a clean house. Spending time with God is more important than getting lots done. In fact, it’s usually the catalyst to getting lots done since, with His help, I can accomplish so much more.

Today is my day to rest, write, read and pray. Tomorrow is the day to try to accomplish a lot that I’ve needed to do for months. That’s my plan. However, if God has another plan for my day, I trust Him and will strive to rest in Him because He is the one I serve and, if I’m in His will, everything will get done that really needs to–even if it’s just playing Scrabble with my grandma or listening to someone who needs to talk.

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Sony’s Thoughts: God’s Presence is With You

I have a couple friends who are working today. I feel for those who have to work seven days a week but I’m grateful that God’s presence is not limited to church buildings. He walks with us as we rise up, as we go about our day, and as we lie down at night. I’m grateful He doesn’t stay home waiting for us to return but He’s willing to go anywhere we go, helping with whatever He’s called us to do.

Work can be tiring, no matter how much you enjoy what you do but Colossians 3:23 tells us, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men.” Your boss may be inconsiderate, he may not appreciate you but your responsibility is to continue to glorify God in whatever you do. If you are in His will, it’s a sin to complain. If you’re not in His will, you need to seek His face until you know where He wants you and then get there.

If you had the opportunity to worship God with other Believers this morning, praise God for that blessing. If you are one of those who are working today or if you’re ill and unable to gather with others, praise God where you’re at. God does not dwell in buildings; He dwells with each person who is surrendered to Him. If you can’t sing or pray out loud, do so from your heart. He will hear and draw near to you, and your mountains will not seem so tall.

I hope you all have a great week. I will be out of town the next couple weeks and not sure what my internet situation will be but I want you to know that I appreciate each one of you who continue to read my posts. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to share with you what God’s laid on my heart. May we all continue to grow closer to Him until the day He calls us Home.

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Sony’s Thoughts: Dining with the King

One of my favorite songs right now is Legacy Five’s “Living in the Palace.” It paints a beautiful picture of people who were looked at by the world as outcasts and misfits but God loved them and drew them to Himself. Now they’re living in the Palace and dining with the King.

I think of Mephibosheth who may have been an heir to the throne of Israel if his grandfather hadn’t rebelled against God. After his father and grandfather were killed, Mephibosheth’s nurse tripped while carrying him to safety which is what caused his lameness. I don’t know how many years passed before David was told that Jonathan’s son was still alive but I’m sure Mephibosheth must have felt alone and useless at times during those years. When David heard of him, however, he invited him to the palace and told him he would be eating all of his meals at the king’s table from now on (2 Samuel 9:7). What a change that must have been for him at a time when cripples were outcasts.

So many of us were once like Mephibosheth. Maybe we weren’t lame physically but we were cast out, forgotten, looked down on by those around us … until the day the King came by, saw our pitiful state, had compassion on us, and said, “Follow me. You don’t have to be alone. I love you and I will care for you. And, when I finish the mansion I’m preparing for you, you can join me in my Home and dine at my table for ever.” I don’t know about you but gratitude wells up in my heart at the thought that a King would love me so much. I look forward to the day when I’m “Living in the Palace, dining with the King, joining the angels as they sing, ‘Holy is our God.'”

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Sony’s Thoughts: A Renewed Resolve

Last evening, my nephew stopped by so I enlisted him to help me with the dishes. As we worked, we listened to the Cathedrals and sang as I danced around the kitchen. I used to sing and dance around while doing dishes all the time but I’ve not done that in a few years and it was such a blessing to do so once again. The last few years have been full of trials but I was reminded of the truth I tell people all the time. No matter what is going on in your life, you still have so much to be thankful for. Last evening, I was thankful for the time I was able to spend with my nephew, I’m thankful that I can still sing and dance, and I’m thankful my nephew enjoys good music. 🙂

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Honestly, I’m hoping that my season of trials is over for a while but, even if it’s not, I pray I will be faithful to count my blessings. I pray I will continually look past my circumstances to see my Father’s face because I’m sure I will still see eyes of love. His thoughts toward me do not change just because life doesn’t always go the way I want it to but He does desire me to draw near to Him so that He can bring me through the fire unharmed.

Last evening, as I prayed, I felt God’s presence stronger than I have for a while, and it renewed my desire to stay close to Him. I wish I had not allowed myself to let the cares of life get me down as much as they have but praise God His mercies are new every morning (and evening)! I know I will continue to be tested but I pray that I will stay close to God and allow Him to fight the battles for me. Fighting on my own, I get weary really quickly but, if I lean on God, I will receive His strength.

If you’re going through a difficult time, no matter how fierce the battle, cling to the One who will never leave you nor forsake you. Rest in Him and find His peace. Please don’t fight the battle by yourself. We’re in this fight together, and it’s together with God’s help that we will win!

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Sony’s Thoughts: If You’ll Move Over

Last week, I came across a song on YouTube that I’d not heard in years. The song was “If You’ll Move Over” by the Greenes. I didn’t realize at the time how timely it was that I found it but I’ve been playing it a lot lately.

We live in a world where many are bearing heavy loads and would probably welcome a friend who would help them bear that load, yet because they’ve been hurt by others, they find a way to position just right so they can somewhat get through life but the burden is still on their back weighing them down. Church, we need to be willing to help lift the load off of the lonely and hurting. When you see someone who looks like the weight of the world is on his or her shoulders, couldn’t you take a few minutes to say a kind word or see if there’s some practical way you could help? When you see someone who looks like they have everything together, if you take time to listen, you may find that they too have burdens they are struggling with.

Ultimately, we need to be “casting all our cares on Him” and giving our burdens to the Lord but I think sometimes we need our Brothers and Sisters to remind us to do so. We need to receive love and care from our Brothers and Sisters to remember how much God loves and cares for us. The world doesn’t care about our well being but Family should.

Today, ask God to show you someone who is carrying a heavy burden. Then go put your arm around them and gently say, “If you’ll move over just a little bit, I’ll help you carry your load.” That may be the perfect encouragement they need and may instantly make their load feel lighter.

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Sony’s Thoughts: Enter God’s House With Purpose

“I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us go unto the house of the Lord'” (Psalm 122:1).

Last evening, as I returned to my hotel room after a convention, I turned on “Heaven in the House” by the Greenes. I instantly felt the presence of God and an anticipation for what God is going to do in our presence this morning. I don’t know when you’ll read this but the next time you enter the Lord’s house, don’t go planning to be a spectator and critique the pastor’s sermon. Worship God with your whole heart. Ask God what He desires to speak to you. Ask Him to show you someone who is hurting and could use a kind word or a hug. The Body was not made just to sit. It was made to live and move and reflect the One who made it.

We don’t need to wait for Heaven to worship God and serve others. In fact, if you’re not doing those things here, you may not need to worry about doing them there. This morning, as I enter the Lord’s presence (which will be before I enter the doors of a church building), I pray that I will be a blessing to each person I encounter. I pray that God will fill me with His Spirit and that His love will flow through me. I pray that that love will flow first to my family as we get ready and as we’re driving and then that God will use us collectively. When Jesus comes, I want Him to find me ready, serving and living the life He desires for me. I’ve got a ways to go but that is my desire. How about you?

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Happy Father’s Day, God!

It’s Father’s Day once again and I’m thinking of those who don’t have a father to celebrate with. For some, that can be a lonely feeling but I pray that God comforts your heart. As I was thinking about this in the wee hours of the morning, I wrote the following poem. Regardless of whether or not your earthly father is still living or involved in your life, don’t forget to give thanks to the greatest Father a person could ever ask for and, if you will be celebrating with your father today, thank God for that blessing.

Happy Father’s Day, God, it’s Your daughter again
So thankful for what a good Father You’ve been
In good times and bad times, You’ve always been there
Walking beside me and proving you care
None can compare to You, Father above
There’s nothing on earth that comes close to Your love
And so with these thoughts, I just wanted to say
God, I hope You have a great Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day, everyone! May your day, your week, and your life be blessed as you serve your Heavenly Father. He’s truly been such a great Father to me.

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Sony’s Thoughts: Moving Forward in the Midst of Grief

Yesterday was a sad day as some friends of ours watched their 16-month-old son leave their arms to arrive in the arms of Jesus. I can only imagine the intense grief they’re going through but, as I scanned their Facebook page and saw the pages of notes, pictures, Scriptures, etc., I praised God for His Family. During a tragedy like this, I don’t always know what to say but God knows how to minister to people and He gives words when needed. Sometimes He simply provides a hug for those who are hurting. Even people who didn’t know this family took time to leave a note to say they were praying. What a blessing!

Friends, that’s how the Family of God should be. So often, we get wrapped up in our own little worlds, our worlds of self-pity, but there are many going through tragedies worse than yours. That realization doesn’t make the pain lessen but sometimes it’s helpful to put things into perspective. If you are hurting today, cling to God’s grace. Ask Him to help you to move forward so that you can minister to others who are hurting. Don’t allow your grief to render you ineffective. God desires to use you. Simply take His hand and allow Him to lead you. Once you surrender to Him, He will lead you past your past and past your present to the glorious future He has in store for you. Once you begin following Him, you will never be the same.

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Sony’s Thoughts: Remember Your Creator

First of all, I didn’t realize it’s been almost a month since my last blog post! There were a couple weeks that I was on the road and then last week, I forgot. I must be getting old or something. Oh well. I do have something to share with you this week.

Yesterday, I was pondering Ecclesiastes 12:1: “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw near, when you shall say, I have no pleasure in them.” Most of you reading this may be past the days of your youth but, if you are, you know the importance of beginning while you’re young to follow the Lord. So many have regrets for the way they lived their lives when they were younger but it’s never too late to change and to make your life count for God.

As I get older, I’m very grateful that I have not wasted my life but I pray that doesn’t change. I pray that every time I’m tempted to fulfill selfish desires, that God will bring back to my mind the importance of focusing on Him. I don’t want to ever retire spiritually. God has a work for each of us to do and, as long as we’re on this earth, our job is to fulfill that task.

When you’re gone and people are reminiscing about your life, what will stick out in their minds? Will they talk about how selfish and uncaring you were, or will they comment on how kind, generous and thoughtful you were and how, when they looked at you, they saw the love of Jesus. For myself, I hope people see the latter. I want to be known as someone who followed Christ no matter the opposition or lack of popularity there may have been. I want to be an example to the young people following me, that they will understand the importance of remembering their Creator while they’re young so they don’t forget Him when they’re old.

In the midst of family get togethers and barbecues, don’t forget that Christ should be at the center of everything we say and do. Just as we cannot afford a spiritual retirement, we cannot afford spiritual vacations either. Have a blessed week!

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