And God Said…..

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And God Said….
I think we can all relate to how some bible stories become so familiar to us that we find ourselves reading it, but we often fail to see new insights into it. When we do this, we can miss some priceless treasures from the Word.
I had one of these moments recently when I was reading through the creation story. One phrase stood out to me – “And God said…” I began to ponder on the days of creation and how they happened. Not once did God yell or scream for something to come forth in those days. He is so powerful and majestic that all He needed to do was whisper, and an entire universe was created!
As I was contemplating this, I began to think back to key moments in my life – like when I was facing a grueling trial, or dealing with the devastation of losing a baby through miscarriage, or when I was facing a crisis and needed clear wisdom and direction. In every single one of those trying times, the Lord spoke so clearly to me. And you know what? It wasn’t through yelling at me! It was through a whisper, but that whisper hit my spirit with a mighty blow. I knew without a doubt it was His whisper, and what a glorious sound it was! Those whispers from His voice were life-changing moments for me.
God’s gentle whispers – They have the power to create a universe and to change lives!
© 2017, Stacy R. Miller


Let Your Light Shine

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Let Your Light Shine

I recently had a conversation with a coworker where we were discussing how dark the times are these days. She made a comment which really resonated with me: “A light shines the brightest in the darkness.” What a powerful insight she had!

It reminded me of the annual Christmas Eve candlelight service at church. When every light in the sanctuary has been turned out, the pastor lights a single, tiny candle. In the darkness, every eye is drawn to that one minuscule light. We can be like that tiny candle – shining brightly where others will be drawn to us.

In telling us to be the light of the world, I believe Jesus wants us to behave in a way where others will see in us a genuine kindness and compassion, a deep purity, sincere love, and a joy which radiates through us, even in the worst of times. These are characteristics which aren’t commonplace in today’s society. As we draw nearer to the time of our Lord’s return, this world is going to get much darker. It is imperative for us to let our light shine brightly in the darkness so people will be drawn to the light of Christ in us.

© 2017, Stacy R. Miller

God’s Faithfulness

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God’s Faithfulness
As I headed out to work early one morning, I looked up to see an awesome display of stars filling the sky. There is something so majestic about a dark, starry sky.
Other times, I have seen stunningly beautiful sunrises on the way to work. In those times when I am able to view God’s exquisite handiwork, I can’t help but audibly exclaim, “Lord, it is beautiful!”
Seeing His glorious creation reminds me of His faithfulness; for even on those cloudy days, we know the sun is still there – we just can’t see it. And that sun never fails to rise or set.
We all have seasons of life where we struggle. It may be due to an arduous trial, or perhaps a struggle with our own faith. We even have times when we feel like our prayers fall on deaf ears because we aren’t hearing the voice of God or seeing any changes to our circumstances.
It’s in those times when I begin to reflect on the ‘constants’ of creation. When I remind myself of how that sun rises and sets every single day, I remember God’s faithfulness to His children. He is there. He remains faithful to us, even when we can’t see Him – much like we can’t see the sun on those cloudy days.
© 2017, Stacy R. Miller



Renewing My Spirit

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Renewing my Spirit
I remember a video of music I used to play for my daughter when she was a toddler. One of them had the song, “Oh Be Careful Little Eyes.” It was such a simple little song, but it had such powerful truth to it! And that truth isn’t just for young children; it is for all of us!
I know that if I find myself ‘vegging’ on Netflix, my spirit will dry out very quickly. If I’m watching the news for very long, I become anxious and stressed out. There are times when I notice the effects of it on my sleep because I start having nightmares.
I have also noticed that if I spend too much time on social media, I begin to feel irritated, angry, and emotionally drained.
I have learned through the years to be very cautious in what I allow my eyes to see and my ears to hear. The difference is amazing! When I take a more positive approach by spending free time reading the Word or listening to praise music while going about my daily tasks, I feel joy and peace, which energizes me.
© 2017, Stacy R. Miller


Our Daily Bread

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My friend, Kathy, had an insightful thought on Matthew 6:11.

Matthew 6:11 “Give us this day our daily bread.”

It’s saying more than “Give me my needs,” and we proceed with a Santa-sized list of stuff for God to provide. Now that in itself isn’t necessarily bad because we need to ask for our needs to be met, but I think this goes deeper.
We should be asking for more of Jesus who just happens to call himself the Bread of Life. If we ask for that what more is there?
Give us (provide for us) this day (right now) our daily (our portion) bread (of Jesus).



Purified by Leonard Ravenhill

This 7-minute clip is fabulous!


Transformed Thoughts

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Transformed Thoughts
Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us that God’s thoughts and ways are not our ways. I have found this scripture to be so true in my own life. If I neglect the Word and refuse to hide it in my heart, my attitude becomes very negative, and thus, my thoughts are not the true, honest, just, and pure thoughts mentioned in Philippians 4:8. And because my heart is negatively affected, what comes out of my mouth is often less than godly. (Luke 6:45)
However, when I take the time to be in the Lord’s presence, whether it be through praying or reading and meditating upon His Word, I find my thoughts are transformed into His thoughts. I hate to admit this, but it’s the honest truth. I started cussing when I was in third grade, and I’m now in my fifties. Though I’ve been saved for over thirty years, cussing is a nasty habit that has remained a struggle for me. Yet I have noticed a huge change when I remain faithful in reading the Word – I am transformed from one who frequently cusses to one who sees things through the filter of the Word of God. It changes my entire outlook, my heart, and thus, my words. Things that used to set me off lose their power when I’m daily living in the power of His Spirit within me.
I have noticed that when I’m spending quality time in the Word, really digesting it, the nightly news doesn’t cause me to become depressed. Rather, I see it through the lens of scripture. I turn to the Lord and pray when I see something distressing, such as the cruel death of two teenagers in a county near me. When I see wickedness abounding, it saddens me, but at the same time, I know that this must happen before our Lord returns. Knowing that, I can rejoice that His coming is even nearer.
When we spend that quality and quantity time with the Lord, we will find it easier to hear His voice speaking to us in the midst of the busy daily grind, in the middle of our trials, and above the noise which tries to drown out the gentle sound of His voice.
Most everyone I speak with these days believes we are in the last days. If that is true, why would we not want to spend time with our gracious Lord, who alone can prepare us for what may come our way?
© 2017, Stacy R. Miller


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