Sandy Redfearn

A fervent heart ~ for God's presence. A teacher ~ with an ear for God’s voice.
A woman of prayer ~ with a prophetic message.
A Coach ~ with a passionate heart to awaken purpose.

Be a Nightingale, my heart...Sing on!

Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again; REJOICE!
Philippians 4:4


Sing a little song of trust,
     O my heart!
Sing it just because you must,
     As leaves start;
As flowers push their way thru dust;
Sing my heart, because you must.
Wait not for an eager throng--
      Bird on bird;
      It's solitary song
          That is heard.
      Every voice at dawn will start,
      Be a nightingale, my heart!
      Sing across the winter snow,
          Pierce the cloud;
      Sing when mists are drooping low--
          Clear and loud;
      But sing sweetest in the dark;
      He who slumbers not will hark.

YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND?

 One might wonder what this article has to do with CHRISTMAS?
When considering all the wonderful options to write about during
this season of Hope, Promise, and Expectation, my thoughts were racing
to find “The” perfect WORD to deliver, to a generation that is searching for
relationship, security, significance, acceptance, and love.
As usual, God is so faithful to share His thoughts with a listening ear.

Why Are We So Hungry?

The Rolling Stones released a song in 1965, called "I Can't Get No
Satisfaction," that virtually put them on the top of the music charts in
America and England:

"I can't get no satisfaction, and I tried and I tried."

That song echoes the cry of a world hunger crisis, not unique to the poor,
uneducated, cultures, races or generations. World hunger exist in
every city, every neighborhood, and every nation.

The word "satisfy" is defined as: "the fulfillment or gratification of a
desire, need or appetite." Around every corner there is a lure to consume
things--food, pleasure, work, relationships, and accomplishments--a desire
to be satisfied. Yet hunger remains. And, like the song U2 sang, "I
still haven't found what I'm looking for."

A CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS....

"Come, let us return to the Lord;
That we may live in His sight.
Let us know,  Let us Pursue the knowledge of the Lord.
His going forth is established as the MORNING;
He will Come to us like the rain,
Like the latter and former rain to the earth."  Hosea 6:1-3

I caught just a few minutes of the news this morning,  as Hurricane Irene threatens to bring  winds and waves of devastating proportion to a city who never sleeps.  
Just a thought: IF we never sleep will we ever know the power found in the morning?

WOW! WHAT A RIDE!

Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it."
— Mother Teresa

 Could we go there for just a moment?  The writer of James asks this question:“For what is your life?  It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”   One translation says:  “Your life is but a wisp of vapor (a puff of smoke, a mist) that is visible for a little while and then disappears (into thin air).

ARE YOU WAITING TO LIVE?

How often have we said “I’m waiting for the day when…?   
One day I’m going to go back to school.  Just you wait, I’m going to write that book or follow my dream.  One day I’m going to be happy again.  I’m waiting for the day, when things are going to change in my life.  I’m waiting for that day when doors will open for me.  Just wait; someday, somehow, sometime my day is coming. “

The sum of a life, if calculated using the average life span of 70 years, figures about 25,550 days.  If we are not careful we will spend a lifetime of thousands of days waiting for one day.  

Can life really be lived out in One Day?    The writer of James once wrote,  “Our life is like a vapor it’s here today and gone tomorrow.”  Our days are numbered and none of us know if we will get to “one day.”  Wouldn’t it be a dreadful loss if we never started to live and died waiting for “one day?”

STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN



Do you remember the classic children's story,  “Jack And The Bean Stalk?” 
Jack and his mother found themselves in what we would call dire straits today.
Their provision had run out and all they had was a skinny old cow.

 Once upon a time there lived a poor widow who had an only son named Jack. She was very poor, for times had been hard, and Jack was too young to work. Almost all the furniture of the little cottage had been sold to buy bread, until at last there was nothing left worth selling. Only the good cow remained, and she gave milk every morning, which they took to market and sold. But one sad day the cow gave no milk, and then things looked bad indeed. 

NEW BEGINNINGS

I can’t imagine that anyone with sight would need a calendar to remind him or her spring has officially arrived.  The white blossoms of the pear trees, the magnolias and the red buds, adorned in all their glory, seem to be prophesying of a NEW Season, and a NEW Beginning!

All of creation is trumpeting, “the season has changed.”  The echo of those ancient words spoken by a prophet by the name of Isaiah resounds in my ears, “Behold I do a new thing.”  

Start living up to what GOD says about you.

This is the Day the Lord has made for us!  Today is a gift from the Almighty,  Amazing God of Glory!
In the journey of learning how to live everyday as a "New Day"..... here is my exhortation for today:
Stop living up to what man says about you and start living up to what God says about you!  
"If God be for you...who can be against you?"
Life will change as you learn to recognize and follow the voice of Father God.

Enjoy Today!
Sandy

"Is your life a yesterday warmed over?" A fresh approach to doing life.

                                                                                            
Recently I spoke at a “Women of A New Day” event, an introduced this question, 
“Is your life a “Yesterday” warmed over? “
Without us even realizing it, our life is the same old song and dance routines. 
If autopilot were optional, life could do it with out most of us.
Should we be alarmed that all we are doing is a ” warmed up yesterday” and calling it a new day? James 4:14 says “For what is your life?  For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”  Our life is a precious gift, wrapped with great purpose from God.