by Pastor Jana Cox
This last Sunday, my granddaughter Victoria shared the message at church. As a Grammy, I couldn’t have been more proud of her. However, the wonderful thing about her sharing was her heart in the message, and also the great content she shared. As she spoke my ears were open and my heart intent on receiving what she had to say. I would like to share some of it with you to encourage you as well.
Victoria spoke about some of the books she had been reading that had spoken to her heart and encouraged her with her walk with God.
She talked about “are we really living?” To live, remain alive, an exciting or fulfilling life. Many of us are only existing as we go through our day, but God desires for us to “live.”
Another important point that she made was the importance of the words we speak. Words are used to communicate, but also paint pictures, a form of expression. She asked the question, “if the words that you speak were written on the outside of your skin would you want them to show.?” This is where we are really challenged in our lives. Does my speech edify or tear down? How do I treat myself with words and what kind of picture am I painting of myself for others to see? Words really make a difference in how we feel about ourselves and what we portray to others.
Another point that she made that I would like to share is the power of waiting. She shared that there are 91 verses that mention wait or waiting. The society in which we live does not like to wait, we don’t like to be inconvenienced by waiting, but the Lord teaches us that waiting is good for us. The waiting period is a learning period. Are you willing to wait for God’s perfect timing in your life? Or are you impatiently trying to make things happen on your own?
There were many other things she taught but I would like to leave you with this one other point she made. Victoria spoke to us about celebrating. Many of us like to celebrate the good things that have happened in our lives, which we should do. But she brought the point out that we also need to “celebrate” the bad things, the difficult things as well. When she first said that I thought why would I want to do that? But she pointed out that difficult, hard, and bad things turn around and bring us to good things. God has so many ways to teach us.
I would encourage you to go to the website and listen to her sermon as this is only a portion of it. I believe you will be challenged and uplifted as you open your heart up to this wonderful message.