I Won The Jackpot!!

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I bought my ticket yesterday and was thinking and dreaming with my hubby of all the things we would do with the winnings… First and foremost we would have taken the cash offer and left the country! Not even kidding. Just long enough to where the hype died down and people forgot you won (if that ever really happens??) and then come back and live a quiet quaint little life on some property with like a bazillion dogs! (I love dogs!!) I would love to help people in 3rd and 5th world countries too! Get them access to fresh water and help them with sanitation/sewage. Wowza. $1.5 billion?! The possibilities are endless! With that much money what COULDN’T you do?! But here’s thing. I won alright, but not the winnings you’re probably thinking of! My ‘jackpot’ is in Christ Jesus himself! Jesus is my winning ticket! Of course if I’m honest though, it’s hard to be this uplifted and super positive about not winning the actual money jackpot (especially when one of the winners lives in a city where the median household income is $96k…… Need I say more?!) and don’t get me wrong I would have loved for the winnings to go to someone down on their luck who maybe really needed it. Or shoot what if the lottery just gave everyone in America a piece of the winnings? Does one person really need that much money?! Gah! Stop!! Hold the phone. Let me get back on track. With all this talk about money and slight feelings of disappointment or even the dreaded “why me” or even ” why NOT me” I think the Lord spoke ever so kindly to my heart this morning.

I try to read a chapter in Proverbs everyday. Today is the 14th, so I read Proverbs 14, and oh how I stopped in my tracks when I came across verse 30. It says “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” (NIV) Ick. Rot. When I think of that word I think of oooey-gooey, icky, stinky, yuck! Decay even. Gross!!! Ok enough talk about that, you get the idea! But ‘rots the bones’. Ewww. I don’t want my bones to rot. I want absolutely nothing to do with rot! I don’t even like talking about rot! But I believe that’s a nice little warning –caution– from our loving Father in heaven! Reminding us, hey I have you EXACTLY where I want you. I created you, I made you, trust me. I know what’s best for you. Put your joy and hope in me! I mean think about it like this. You buy a car and completely blow off the owners manual and everything in it. Nah, I don’t need to put oil in it. I don’t like oil, I don’t want to pay for oil, NOOOOOPE! No oil for me! So you go on and drive your new car never ever changing your oil. Umm. That wouldn’t be so good after a while. Eventually if the oil is not changed, the entire engine will shut down and have to be replaced! No bueno! So why would we want to ignore our car owners manual and not change the oil? We wouldn’t. Well, the Bible is OUR owners manual for our lives! We need to listen up and pay attention to what God has to say to us. He made us and created us so I’m pretty sure He knows what’s best for us! 😉

So I may have not won the cash money, but like I said in the beginning of this post, I did win! I won big! The biggest prize there ever was and ever will be, Jesus! But wait a minute. Let’s change that word prize to gift! A prize is something you have to do AND then win to receive. A gift is something willingly given! See the significant difference? I don’t have to do a darn thing but confess with my mouth, and believe in my heart and then BAM! I’m saved! (Check out Romans 10:9-10 for the non-paraphrased version) I have my hope, my trust, my life in Jesus’ hands! He came and died for me! Little old sinful, rotting (ick!) bones ME! Not just me either, but US! All of us! That sure brings a huge smile to my face and redirects my heart, shifting my focus back on Jesus! Jesus my joy! The one who will help my rotting bones, give me peace, fill me and make me whole! Who needs a jackpot prize when we have the greatest and most precious gift of all time!!

Blessings 💛 Sarah

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Interlude

FaithfulnessDeuteronomy 31:6 – Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (NIV)


Talk about faithfulness. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Wow. That verse leaves me simply in awe, especially considering the sinful state of humanity. There are so many people in this world who not only leave us, but also forsake us. The heart wrenching thing too is it’s not just necessarily our enemies who do that, most often it’s close friends or family members. Those people we thought would never do that to us, did. They do. I am so thankful that our Lord and savior will NEVER do that to us though. No matter what happens in this life, no matter who leaves us or forsakes us, our Abba Father never will forsake us or leave us. When we so often very much deserve him to do so. That right there is what I call total and complete faithfulness.

Blessings 💛 Sarah

Interlude

1 Thessalonians 1 Thessalonians 5:24 – The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. (NIV)


I came across this verse yesterday in my through the bible reading plan and I’ve been thinking about it pretty much all night and even into today. It’s so short and simple and yet so powerful at the same time. He is faithful and he will do it. Do what you say? I’m not sure exactly, but the verse prior to this one (vs 23) does say at the end, …at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. So, at the minimum, I believe it’s expressing to us that He is faithful about coming back. Ah. That just fills me with such joy! I’m sure there is so much more to this verse because that’s just like the Bible. It’s like a huge onion where you just keep peeling back layer upon layer. If God is only faithful in this one thing (which I know he is faithful in SO much more) I am certainly thankful for it. He is coming back! He is faithful! And I am forever thankful that he is faithful.

Blessings 💛 Sarah

I Want A Good Ending

GoodnessI love me a happy ending. That warm fuzzy feeling you get or that ‘feel good’ feeling after a great movie or book. Maybe it’s just me though. Living in a strange make believe world where I want it to all work out and for everything to be happy and simply wonderful! I want a good ending!

One of my New Year resolutions was to read more. I’m not a reader. I never have been and if we’re being honest here, I really don’t enjoy it. So when I heard about this challenge of reading 26 books in 2015 (You can check out the challenge here: 26 Books) I thought I’d give it a shot. Why not! Maybe it’ll make me enjoy reading more. Not likely, but you just never know! 😉

I just recently finished the Divergent Trilogy. If you look at my About section, you’ll see it was listed as one of my current favorites. I wrote that before I had finished the last book and quite frankly I want to take it back! *Spoiler alert* that was an awful ending! My heart was crushed and I never thought I would have got into a book as much as I did those three. Like I said, I’m no reader and I’m certainly not a writer but in my nice little fuzzy bunny, rainbowy, sunshiny world, that ending stunk. Sorry but it did. I felt awful inside like something died and I was frantically finishing up the last chapters to see if what I just read wasn’t true, maybe there was some twist – where is the happy ending?! My husband on the other hand, had a totally different perspective on the ending. He thought it was heroic that she “sacrificed herself” – when quite frankly, it should have been her brother. Tris and Tobias should have peaced out, leaving the city to start their new lives together! Come on now! – Alas to my dismay that wasn’t the case. The ending was what it was and I thought it was terrible. Terribly sad.

Now if you ask me, the Bible doesn’t have a much better ending. It’s filled with disaster and sadness, weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth. Total and utter darkness. That’s even worse than the Divergent ending! Man oh man, I thought I was writing about goodness today and after all this, I just feel so….not good. Sad. So yah, um, let’s get on to the goodness, and a good ending – that’s where I was originally heading.

The beautiful thing about the ending in the Bible is that it doesn’t have to be that way. Your ending doesn’t have to be filled with weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. Total and utter darkness. Jesus paid the price, he bore the shame and endured the cross so that WE (every single one of us) could get our happy ending – heaven. 💜  The only way we won’t end up in heaven and end up in hell, is if we reject the work of the cross. If we reject Jesus. Step over his dead, bruised, beaten up, torn apart body and say “I don’t need your sacrifice I’ll get to heaven on my own.” My dear friends no. It doesn’t work that way. There is only one way to heaven and that’s through Jesus and his work on the cross. (John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.)

Now that’s my kind of happy ending! The work is done! It is finished! We don’t have to work our way into heaven (Ephesians 2:8-9) we just have to accept the work Jesus did for us and believe on him (Romans 10:9-10). That’s it. That’s really how easy it is. What Jesus did for us and his sacrifice was not easy by any means. He died the most brutal and painful, awful, wretched death there ever was or ever will be, but praises be to God because of what was done and the ease of what we have to do. Believe. Confess. Accept. Accept God’s goodness. Accept the free gift of salvation. Get your happy ending today. I can guarantee you, you won’t regret it.

Blessings 💛 Sarah

Interlude

Keep onPhilippians 3:12-14 – Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (NIV)


You can’t move forward if you keep looking backwards. Think about. If you’re running you’ll slow down (or even fall) if you keep looking behind you. It’s a crazy cycle we get on, or at least I do. Trying to move on, but still dwelling in the past. Past hurts, failures, sins, anything negative, we seem to dwell on. Rather than continuously looking behind, let’s strive to look ahead. Keep on pressing on. It wont be easy, but with God ALL things are possible (Matthew 19:26). Lord help us press on and strain towards what is ahead and help us to forget what is behind.

Blessings 💛 Sarah

I Need A Peace Of That

PeaceHave you ever had one of those moments where you just know God is speaking to you? Not audibly, but through the Word, a devotional, or maybe even something you see on Pinterest or Facebook? Yes, as strange as that may sound I think God uses many resources to speak to us and I’m pretty sure he’s doing that to me now.

It’s the first Monday of 2015 (2015!!?) and all I keep thinking is where in the world did December go?! It came and went in a flash! Was there even a December? 😜 Between my moms birthday, going out of town, having company in town, dinners, a concert, THEN Christmas followed by New Years!! 😪 Few! I’m exhausted just typing all that. During all that hustle and bustle of the holiday season there was (and still is) a word that I just keep coming across. Peace. I think God is telling me I need some peace.

Peace. What exactly is peace? Relaxing? Taking some time for yourself? Maybe sneaking in a nap? Whatever you think of when you hear “peace”, it’s probably not the same as what the Word tells us. John 14:27 (NIV) says “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Is that why we (or is it just me?) don’t understand the concept of peace? We are looking for it in all the wrong places or should I say the wrong person? We need to be looking to Jesus for our peace. The peace we are craving during all the busyness of life. The peace we need when we have no idea why things are happening the way the are. The peace we need even when things are going just right. Any time, any situation we need the peace Jesus gives.

I was reading up on this verse and I love pastor Jon Courson’s (of Applegate Christian Fellowship) commentary on it, I just have to share! “Even though I might not understand what’s going on, I have a peace that bypasses my brain and permeates my heart. I might not know why things aren’t working out, or why things are coming down. But in the midst of it all, Jesus offers me his peace.” Jesus. That’s peace right there. Bypassing my brain, not understanding why I feel so calm during a trial or just the busyness of life, and then peace coming in and permeating my heart. I just love that. That’s what I want. That’s what I need.

Blessings and peace 💛 Sarah

Interlude

1 John1 John 4:10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. (NLT)


What a beautiful scripture and truth. God is love. ❤️ Another week over (basically over) and another interlude for you to enjoy. Happy Thursday, and a very Happy Birthday to my momma! 💜🎈🎉

Blessings 💛 Sarah