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Today’s Truth

[Jesus said] “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working”

(John 5:17 NIV)

Friend to Friend

Bob told me about a visit to Vietnam where he met with a leader of an underground Christian church. This leader, who had spent a large part of his life in prison for his faith, told Bob many stories of the growth of Christians. Approximately 1 million believers met in hidden huddles all around the country. “What everybody wants is to see God move,” the pastor explained.

And isn’t that the desire of your heart…to see God move in your life and in the lives of those you love? Jesus reminds us, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working” (John 5:17). Always at His work. Always. And yet, do we expect to see it? Are you and I willing to raise our expectations and anticipate seeing God’s glory through His work in our lives today? Are we willing to raise our expectations to experience moments of sudden glory where God makes His presence known?

I sat in a Sunday School room with a group of fellow Baby Boomers as Bob shared about his experience with this Vietnamese pastor. And at the close of the lesson, Bob opened up the floor for the class members to tell of a time when they experienced God moving in their lives.

“When I was sixteen…” one began.

“When I was twenty-seven…” another chimed in.

“Several years ago…” still another shared.

I was struck. We should have all been waving our hands and excited to begin with these words… “Yesterday God showed me…” “This morning God revealed to me…”

Why do we have to go so far back into the archives of our lives to look for that one time we recognized God moving in our lives? I dare say that we miss the glory moments that flash before us and even linger around us because we don’t expect them to be there.

I want to challenge you to make a list. Get a notebook or a journal and write A Sudden Glory across the top. Then begin chronicling how God makes Himself known to you today…and tomorrow…and the next day.

David wrote:

“I will exalt you, my God the King;

I will praise your name forever and ever.

Every day I will praise you and extol your name forever and ever.

Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;

his greatness no one can fathom.

One generation will commend your words to another;

they will tell of your mighty acts.

They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty,

and I will meditate on your wonderful works.

They will tell of the power of your awesome works,

and I will proclaim your great deeds.

They will celebrate your abundant goodness

and joyfully sing of your righteousness. (Psalm 145:1-7 TNIV)

That is a party I’d like to attend! David recognized what God was doing in his own life. He listened to what God was doing in other people’s lives. And then he invited all to join together and tell about the glory moments in a grand celebration. Merriment at its best. “Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story!” (Psalm 107:2 TNIV).

And I would love to hear yours!

Let’s Pray

Dear Father, open my eyes, my ears, my heart. Help me to see You working in my life today. Please don’t let me get so involved with the busyness of life that I miss the Source of Life. I’m looking. I’m listening. I’m paying attention.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Today, I want you to pay attention. Look for God working in your life.

Then click over to my Facebook page tell me how you saw God today.

More from the Girlfriends

My book, A Sudden Glory: God’s Lavish Response to Your Ache for Something More, is all about raising your expectations to experience the full, abundant life that Jesus came to give. If you’ve settled for a ho-hum, so-so Christian life, it is time to start enjoying the abundant life Jesus came to give. God wants you to experience His presence every day through moments of sudden glory where He makes His presence known. Ready to get started? Download a free sample chapter or watch the videos on my website! The book also includes a Bible Study Guide in the back that is perfect for groups!

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3 Responses to “The Day God Showed Up”

  1. Christy says:

    I see God’s glory in the brilliant foliage day after day, I experience the wonder of His glory in music, and I get to show His love to someone each day, even if it’s just to me!!
    Thank you for your messages.

  2. Darlene pope says:

    My granddaughter Katelyn made a appointment for depression, she has isolated herself from life, depression has opened a door for help,today, a new journey for her has begun,she is in her 20’s, with my granddaughter, she announced to all she has finally tired of her life being depressed, and walking away from everyone. A open door for healing, my gift today I am praising God for a open door, a crack that is a hard walk, but through that crack is a hurting girl, to see something good, hope, which we all need.

  3. Desouree says:

    This touched my hart and I thought, I had no heat in the house but was on my way to church one Sunday in the cold winter early morning service. I was standing in the downstair hall waiting for my ride. I cried out “ why but then I was not to question god to as why this was , I pleated, please please help me to get out of this cold place my feet were like ice and so were my hands” but with a smile on my face I greeted my friends and went on to church. Little did I know that 3mis. Later my daughter called me, she was having a hard pregnancy with her second child and said mom I need you. So in March of 2017 I left my cold home and went to her Where the weather was not cold but inbetween with occasional rainy days. My husband followed.
    I could go on but I feel his spirit and blessings everyday and I find myself saying on several spontaneous moments “GOD’S GRACE IS WHAT SUSTAINS ME “
    He may not show up when we as right away but he hears us and he will ALWAYS come through. It’s his will not ours.

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