Be Encouraged, Be Blessed

Yesterday morning I got up early to get to the grocery store before the big weekend crowd. I made my purchases and returned to my car. After unloading the groceries, I jumped into the car and put the key into the ignition but stopped. Just before turning the key I glanced up at the entrance of the store and saw a police officer walking out of the grocery store with a small grocery bag. As I watched him, I could tell he was going to walk right past my car. When he got close enough to my car so that he could hear me, I rolled down my window and gave him a thumbs-up, and I said, “Hey, I support you guys out there.” He gave me a big smile and said, “Thank you very much!” I asked, “May I pray for you?” He said, “Absolutely, I would love that. “ I prayed for him and he said thank you very much and headed to his car smiling. As he walked away, I thanked the Lord for allowing me to pray for this man. And I said to the Lord, I hope that this man was encouraged today. I said, I hope he tells others in his unit and his family so they would be encouraged as well.

Today I got up to prepare for my morning walk. While getting dressed I listened to worship music, and once I sat down to eat, I flipped through a couple of Christian channels until I found one, I wanted to watch. I stopped and listened as a man started preaching about encouragement. I thought, hmmm, that is interesting. He talked about the importance of encouraging others, and how encouraging others would be a blessing to us. I thought again about what happened yesterday and thanked the Lord. After eating I headed to the park to walk. While walking, to my surprise, I looked up ahead of me on the path and saw two police officers, one male, and one female, on horses riding towards me. As I watched I thought about how I had been walking in that park for about 20 years and had never seen police officers, let alone on horseback. I also thought about the sermon I had heard before I left. Immediately, I knew it wasn’t a coincidence. I knew the Lord wanted me to pray for them. As they got closer, I gave them a thumbs up and I said, “Hey, I support you guys out there.” They said, “Thank you!” I then asked them if I could pray for them. They both had big smiles on their faces and said, “Yes.” As I ended the prayer, they had grins as wide as an ocean.

As they rode off, I thought to myself, the Lord placed three police officers in my path over two days. I could only assume this was his way of encouraging them.  I also thought about the pastor’s sermon when he said that by encouraging others, we are also blessing ourselves. I was so full of joy when I walked away it felt more like they had prayed for me instead of me praying for them.

I encourage you today to let the Lord use you to bless others. Who knows, it might be less about you blessing them, and more about you receiving a blessing.

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. “ 1Thessalonians 5:11



Drop to your Knees!

You know how someone can say something to you and you really don’t pay much attention to them, but then someone else can say the same thing, and suddenly you think it’s a great idea. 

Yesterday I was walking in the park and I was listening to an audiobook. In this book, the author was talking about what it takes to be a strong prayer warrior. He said it was necessary to renounce our will before prayer and accept the will of the Lord. He said we should start prayer just like Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane. He suggested that we develop the habit of being sure that we’re praying His will and not our own.

Though this is my practice yesterday when he said it, it touched my heart differently. So, when the author spoke a short prayer, I repeated it. As I prayed, I felt the presence of the Lord come over me. Then as soon as I finished, I heard a voice say, “Come to the throne on your knees.” 

I thought, really? I didn’t believe it was the Lord. “That’s not you”, I said. “That’s just me and my mind going crazy! My spooky-spiritual mind making up stuff.” And I continued to walk. But then I had a frightening thought. What if it really was Him and my brain was rejecting this thought because I did not want to get down on my knees in the middle of a bridge, next to a river, on a busy walking path, in the park, in the middle of the day. Maybe this was my will and not His! As I walked, I kept thinking about it. Could I walk off that bridge without dropping to my knees? What if it isn’t Him and I make a fool out of myself. But what if it is, could I really do what he asked? Both scenarios were tough. It would be tough to do it, and tough not to do it.

Thank goodness the bridge was long because I pondered the question for a few minutes. Come on Sandra, I thought, what’s the big deal? It’s not like He is asking you to be tortured, or to go to jail or to pack up and move to a foreign country and start a ministry in enemy territory.  He is asking you to drop to your knees for Him, right now! So, after careful thought, I made the decision that I would drop to my knees. If I didn’t, I knew I would never have peace.

So, I took a deep breath, looked around me, just to be sure I wasn’t in the path of those that might be walking or bike riding. Well, that’s partially true. I kind of wanted to see who was looking at me. OK, so I’m not perfect! Anyway, I dropped to my knees in the middle of a bridge, next to a river, on a busy walking path, in the park, in the middle of the day and prayed for His will in all that I do. I felt so relieved as I got up.

Funny thing though, as I got up and continued my walk there was a certain part of me that wished that someone had seen me. Maybe that would inspire them in some way. I pray that you drop to your knees when you’re called as well!

42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” Luke 22:42



Nook and Cranny

Yesterday I sat down to fill my pillbox for the week. While I was in the process of filling the box, I dropped one of my pills. Since I was sitting on a cloth sofa and the floor was carpet, I didn’t see or hear where it fell. I got off of the sofa and looked everywhere. I looked on the floor, under the cushions, and around the end tables, but the pill was nowhere to be found.

The more I looked without success the more I began to feel a little anxious. I wanted to find the pill because I didn’t want it to be found by a child. Leave it to a child to find that one thing that you’ve been looking for-for six months. After looking in every nook and cranny without success, I lifted my hands to the Lord and prayed that he would show me where the pill fell. After I prayed, I went about my normal activities for the rest of the day.

The next day after I returned from church I changed clothes. I put on a pair of sweatpants, a sweatshirt and a pair of winter boot style slippers. We had some unseasonably cold weather so yesterday and today I reverted to my heavy winter slippers. When I put my foot in the right slipper, I felt something under my foot. I took the slipper off and put my hand inside, to pull out what I found. It was the pill! The pill had fallen from my hands and fell inside of a boot slipper that I only wear in the winter months. I said, oh my goodness! I couldn’t believe it! All I could do was shake my head with unbelief and say thank you, Jesus!

“A woman has ten valuable silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and look in every corner of the house and sweep every nook and cranny until she finds it?” Luke 15:8