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I Choose Joy!

Posted on: December 1st, 2016 by Sandi A No Comments

But the fruit of the spirit is unconditional … joy … – Galatians 5:28 (the Voice)

Joy is very different from happiness. In simple terms, happiness is fleeting and temporary. One hour you can be happy about something great that’s happened, and then the next hour something goes wrong and all of a sudden moods change. That was me yesterday – I was so happy all day at a friend’s wedding. And as soon as it was all over, my environment changed and I allowed myself to be preoccupied with different {somewhat challenging} situations. And voila, happy Sandra was no more there.

See joy is different. Joy is the deep inner-knowing that no matter what is going around you, God is still in control. It is the deep-seated assurance and the quiet confidence that everything is going to be alright because God has not abandoned you. It is the determined choice to praise God in every situation.

Looking back over the past few hours, I had a choice to allow my mind to be preoccupied with the circumstances around me, or I could choose joy. I could have chosen to be grateful which would definitely have helped to put things into perspective.

But now I know. 

In any and every situation we encounter in life we always have a choice. We can either choose joy, or as I would sometimes say, we can also choose to be a moody cow.

I don’t say this without any empathy for the circumstances surrounding you. But I do say that God has given us the free will to choose. As Christians, we are called to be believers and not feelers. Sometimes we need to be reminded that we have to stand up and opt to believe the truth. We have to believe that God is in control of the grand and miniscule details of our lives. We have to choose to believe that He has not abandoned us. We have to choose to praise Him.

So friend, I encourage you to choose joy this week. You can do it!

And if you think you can’t, just listen to this song ‘I choose to be dancing by Donnie McClurkin (this man can saaaaang)!

Keep smiling =)

I thank God for you

Posted on: March 7th, 2016 by Sandi A No Comments
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Photo Credit: Tumblr

Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God – Philippians 1:3

I love this Bible verse. It is one I have used several times to encourage someone who has had some sort of impact in my life. It is important to appreciate those in our lives. That could be a parent, a sibling, a friend or a colleague.

Is there anyone who when you think of, you burst out in joy and gladness and are grateful?

The Voice Bible version puts the same verse this way:

“Whenever you cross my mind, I thank God for you and for the gift of knowing you

Whoever it is that comes into your mind now, I encourage you to offer up a prayer for them and let them know how much they mean to you.

Bless You!

Hello there!

Posted on: February 17th, 2016 by Sandi A No Comments
Photo Credit: Google Images

Photo Credit: Google Images

It’s been a while … a very long while.

I have no real reason why I haven’t been blogging. I could say I have been busy, but then, so have a lot of people.

I could say I had no time, but then, every body in the world gets 24 hours a day to do what they need.

I could provide you with a myriad of excuses to defend my position, but then, that wouldn’t really be me being real with you.

The truth is, I did allow apathy to set in. I allowed myself to ignore the voice within me telling me ‘you need to blog‘.

And for that I do regret.

But now, I am back. I will try my best not to allow apathy to set in. I recently read somewhere that it is too early to allow yourself to get into a pity party.

And that my friend is the RAW truth.

So what do  I do? I own my mistake, apologise (and repent if need be) and do the right thing. 

For all of you who were wondering where the latest Heavens Nuggets posts have gone, I am sorry for letting you down. I am now back and I do promise to continue updating the blog regularly.