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  • Writer's pictureJoni

Day 5: God Is Now


My hubby and I just returned from a last minute trip,

that was the best last minute trip.

because we didn't PLAN it.

Oh how GOD is so full of surprises,

because of all that HE had PLANNED.

Oh how BLESSED we were

as we went with

GOD EXPECTATIONS

because we had no real PLAN

so we were living in the MOMENT.

And wow,

when you rid yourself of your

EXPECTATIONS,

you get to experience

GOD EVERYWHERE,

because

GOD'S PLANS are HIS APPOINTMENTS

because you know that there is no way

you could have PLANNED what you EXPERIENCE.

GOD placed people in our path,

who we met for the first time (yet it feels as if a lifetime),

that it had to be HIM.

People who are also lovers of JESUS!

From praying in the streets in the Rome,

with our new friends whose names are also Jones.

From on a golf course with a precious woman

who shared her story of her praying with her father on his death bed,

who received JESUS the moment before GOD took HIM home.

To making pasta at a cooking class in Tuscany,

and my asking if it was okay to pray before we ate,

at a table with total strangers,

and then to find that they too love our JESUS.

Oh these are just a few.

Perfect strangers who are all now our

FOREVER

brothers and sisters in CHRIST.

Was Italy awesome?

Oh yes, coming from this Italian woman.

But what made it so awesome were all the

GOD APPOINTMENTS

that never stopped.

I am still in awe and overwhelmed.

I would have missed these BLESSINGS

if I wasn't STILL enough to RECEIVE.

Oh to be STILL enough to STOP.

To become just like a little child

on Christmas morning

with the

GREAT EXPECTATION

for the gifts that are awaiting.

Because

GOD is SO GOOD

whether in the best of times or the worst of times.

Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?

If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your

FATHER in heaven give the HOLY SPIRIT to those who ask HIM!"

(Luke 11:11-13).

For what did I learn.

GOD is EVERYWHERE.

Sounds very elementary,

but I want you to grasp it.

GOD is EVERYWHERE.

HE never takes HIS eyes off of you.

GOD so desires for you to

SEE HIS BLESSINGS EVERYWHERE,

because it is all about HIM,

when you make it all about HIM.

For GOD isn't a GOD of coincidences,

for it wasn't a coincidence that

JESUS showed up to be nailed on a CROSS.

Today is the day you will SEE GOD EVERYWHERE.

You will SEE HIM in a smile from someone you don't even know

You will SEE HIM when someone does the unexpected for you,

just because they wanted to.

You will SEE HIM right now because you are ALIVE.

GOD IS EVERYWHERE.

I am still digesting all that I experienced on this trip,

as I will be sharing with you as the days progress,

but right now as I am listening to the ringing in my ears

and feeling the tears filling up in my eyes,

I am overwhelmed by GOD.

Oh how I don't want to miss HIM anymore.

HE is in your NOW.

NOW is the time to

BE STILL & KNOW

because time keeps ticking

and you don't want to miss HIM.

For HE is in every second of your life,

because HE doesn't want to miss you.

Will you do me a favor today and

BE STILL while

you are doing what you do,

and going where you go,

by taking notice of GOD.

Give HIM a high five and HE will return it.

I don't want to leave this moment right now,

for I have never felt so empty of myself,

yet so full of GOD,

for my GOD got my attention big time

to make me

BE STILL & KNOW

so that HE and I

could get so close

that I never want to miss HIM.

For

"HOW CAN YOU NOT SEE GOD"

(listen to the song below)



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