Time for a BOG

Before you feel the need to correct my misspelling of Blog, keep reading, grammar experts.

 

I need to tell you about the day I have had… well, it’s actually been going on for a week, but oh it crescendo-ed into a beautiful symphony of amazing moments God did today.

Today – the day I woke at 4am, after 4 days with a total of 10 hours of sleep because my doctor gave me Prednisone to fight an allergic reaction to hair dye (On Becoming a Unicorn ) , throwing me into a terrible fight with insomnia, only sleeping by taking 2 Benadryl at night, only for even that to lose to the curiously strong Steroids (not Altoids), waking again after only a couple of hours of sleep. I had to leave my house at 7:30, drive to Atlanta, catch a flight to Charlotte, NC., then to Dallas, next to Waco, where I would pick up my rental and drive to Temple, Texas. I am training a new employee and I couldn’t have been more unprepared.

[This is the short version – because this is about the BOG. Let’s just say, when a company grows as fast as ours has been, but doesn’t grow each department accordingly, one person’s workload *hint, it’s me* is too great to stop and write her training plan.]

Needless to say, this could have been the day that brought me down. But instead, I have been on a spiritual high that you just cannot make up. (Nor can you give credit to something as awful as steroids – Don’t do it, kids; these are awful!)

No, God gets all the credit for what has been transpiring and with that, I introduce to you what God told me to start during my quiet time with Him this morning (Shout out to all those completing the In Dependence Challenge) :

A BOG.

Brag on God post.

BOG Time

(See, English majors. It’s okay. I just know my Marketing majors are all disturbed by my simple image, but hey, let’s blame THAT on the steroids.)

The truth is, we are not bragging on Him enough. And His Word says that we overcome the enemy by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony! (Rev 12:11) Today, all you hear are divisive words, political rants, fake news, and anything negative that paints the “other side” as the enemy. No! We do not wrestle against flesh and blood – each other – our fight is against

the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm.                              Ephesians 6:12 NIV

God let me talk to so many different people today during this whirlwind of connecting flights, de-boarding and re-boarding, wrong SkyLinks, and terrible turbulence over Alabama, that would not have happened if I wasn’t acknowledging Him in all my ways.

There it is – that’s my brag.

The Holy Spirit WILL lead you in every step of your day if you just stop and ask Him to be your guide. God wants to lead you beside still waters (not flooding rivers that push you to strive for more — He is enough!) He wants to lead your conversations and your actions.

Something I have been doing at work this year, due to my ever-increasing workload, is going through my e-mails first thing in the morning and plotting my tasks on my calendar. If it doesn’t make today’s calendar, it goes on tomorrow’s, etcetera. Doing that, my email program sends me reminders and lets me know what I haven’t done (and yes, I hit snooze on that thing more than an adolescent hits the alarm clock during school!), so I don’t drop things.

Here’s what else it does, though. It gives me perspective on what “asks” are priority and what can be pushed to the right. As a one-woman team for the last 6 months, I can honestly say I have managed more workload that (I believe) should not be possible.

That’s a brag on God, not me. There is just no way I could do this. He gets all the credit!

Each morning, do the same thing with your day. Don’t start anything until you’ve acknowledged God and asked Him to guide you. Give Him your ear, sheep, and He will shepherd you. Give Him your hands, and He’ll spread love through you. Give Him your attention, and He will put on a display of the choreography of His ability to make chance encounters turn into multiple blessings, all in a day’s work because you followed Him, not your agenda or To-Do list.

God is awesome and wants to show Himself strong through you.

Open your eyes, let Him show you, and let’s Brag on God!

Blessings and shalom,

Yvy

 

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Sanctimony

Sanctimony, Sanctimony!

I have traveled in and out of different churches due to my husband’s job. We have attended different denominations, different cultures and varying levels of spirituality. All the while I have noticed the same thing in each church. There is always a degree of sanctimony in some of the members.

Why?

Because there will always be people in the church that are fakes. When you are faking something, most of the time you either fall short of representing it or you over exaggerate the character. People who are not very close to God either show it in their lives or they become sanctimonious in their actions.

Just from observations alone I have come up with a list of sanctimonious characteristics and actions:

            Very loud about what they are doing. Whether it is praying, singing, giving, helping, serving or teaching- they tend to do so in a manner where others know that they’re doing it.

                        ~ “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have your reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself rewards you.”   Matthew 6:1-4

            Judgmental. Sanctimonious people are very judgmental. They will point out the faults of others, ignoring their own. “Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Many times the things we see in others as wrong are the very things that we do ourselves but justify.

                        “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” Matthew 7:1-2

            Prideful. A person who is sanctimonious is said to be “disapproving.” When we disapprove of someone’s actions, it’s usually because we have our own idea of what they should be doing. (Judging them) Pride says that I’m wrong, you’re wrong. Sanctimony involves an idea that you’re morally superior to someone else. That’s pride in a nutshell.

                        “Pride comes before a fall.”

Chances are that if you’re sanctimonious then you’ll either fall to find out or you’ll repent before it happens. Either way- it will be brought to light what you are doing. At that time you will have a decision to make: either repent and turn from your sanctimony; or keep at it and fall.