Friday November 27, 2015 Confident

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God has given both His promise and His oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to Him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. Hebrews 6:18

When I am feeling confident in myself, I never see problems, just opportunities. Jesus promised His disciples that God would deliver them from this messy life and passed on to them confidence through the Holy Spirit’s indwelling. This allowed Peter to preach on Pentecost to the 5000 when he just a few hours earlier he was cowering inside the Upper Room. Each time, I stand below the cross at Church and look at the wounds of my Savior, I realize just how strong is the gift of the Spirit. To inspire Jesus and the martyrs to accept suffering, to withstand such pain and torture, there must be a deep and abiding trust in the promises of God.

God cannot lie… this is a truth that inspires Confidence each moment of my life. He invites me to seek refuge in Him knowing that He will be present in my life and gives me the hope of everlasting grace. God’s DNA is made of truth and that fact prepares the whole world to eventually fall in line. At the great reckoning there will be a moment where the Lord will demonstrate His Kingship. I am grateful to have been introduced to my King early in life. I humbly share the Good News confident that everyone needs to be aware of God’s awesome gift of salvation. I don’t want anyone to miss the joy of having God call them into heaven to join in the everlasting hymn of praise.

My job is to trust in You Lord! Help me to put myself behind my faith and to lean into who You are calling me to be. You know me and will use me when I say YES! Help me to be willing to trust You always!

Wednesday November 25, 2015 Advocate

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I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever. John 14:16

Jesus promised His disciples that He would send an “Advocate” to be a lasting support for them. Through trials, times of want and persecution and in the good times too, so that they would have someone to celebrate with. Today and advocate means the same thing… someone who knows the way and guides through the difficult passages. I think of children in abuse cases who are given a Guardian ad Litem to only watch out for their welfare. Everyone else has a dog in the fight so it is imperative that they have someone protecting their rights.

There are so many cases where the Holy Spirit has been my advocate. I seem to be able to get into trouble just standing still… He is there always to help and protect me, show me the way to go and the way to be. I forget that He is with me especially when things are going along comfortably. I wrestle with my own tendency to flit from situation to situation without stopping to really assess the ramifications of my actions. The Paraclete gives me the “Pause” to evaluate my circumstances and give glory and praise to God even when the immediate outcome may not be favorable in my way of thinking. When I can realize that all things work together for GOOD, then and only then am I truly living the WAY!

As November closes and this year draws to an end… I pray that the Advocate will help me keep the difficulties and stresses in perspective. Open my eyes to the way God is using my trials and challenges to help me be a better follower of Christ. I know that God is regenerating me and helping me grow into a new creation. One that is formed and focused on Him.

Lord, Thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit who walks beside me and creates in me a new heart. Help me to let go of my vision of “Good and Bad” and allow me to realize that everything works together for GOOD in You. I praise You and Thank You today and always.

Tuesday November 24, 2015 Enough

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“My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
God provides… enough. When I worry about money, it never fails that I am blessed with an answer to my concerns. When I was growing up this happened time and time again for my mom as well. Extra things would invariably pop up like a car repair or tuition increases for school. A check would arrive in the mail from a rebate for overpayment, a gift from Grandma or an opportunity for some overtime. She would always say… “In God there is always ENOUGH!”

I know that my redeemer lives and provides for me. This week of Thanksgiving it is so important to remember and give glory to God that He is always enough!
I may not be able to be with my family on this holiday, but I am blessed to be able to Skype with them. I am so fortunate to be living in a home with ample food and an opportunity to work. I can move all be it more slowly than in years past but in spite of the aches, I can still accomplish what I need to do.

I always wonder at that word… NEED! To quote my young grandsons… they NEED a new game or toy because their friend has one. My daughter wisely corrects them and explains the difference between NEED and WANT! That is indeed important counsel for everyone. Understanding that God provides for my needs. It certainly puts things in perspective when I use the right terminology. God’s ability to supply my needs is an amazing gift that I can never take for granted. Choosing to live my life with an attitude of abundance instead of scarcity is where the rubber meets the road. When I look at the glass as half empty, I can never be satisfied.

Lord, Thank You for being the God of Enough. I am truly grateful for Your gifts to me and seek to spread Your joy whenever I can share my abundance with others. An attitude of Gratitude helps me to always see my plate as overflowing. You supply all that I need.

Monday November 23, 2015 Calm

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By waiting and by calm you shall be saved, in quiet and in trust your strength lies. Isaiah 30:15
The Lord Himself will fight for you; you have only to keep still. Exodus 14:14

Gary and I face an IRS audit today. These verses are speaking volumes to me after a sleepless night of anxious prayer. God comforts His children and promises to be alongside in times of distress. No matter what the situation, God supplies the answer if I can just stop my crazy “what ifs” and be calm and let Him lead.

I am honest to a fault… I have driven back to a store who gave me too much change. Having worked in retail, I knew the cashier would be held accountable for the shortage and did not want her to agonize or worse lose her job. Knowing this, I am not worried that I falsely claimed anything… but errors happen and since I did the taxes, I feel the angst of explaining what I did in completing the forms.

God has provided for Gary and I during the 30 years of our marriage and He will do so now. The ability to quietly trust that He will not abandon us in this newest challenge gives me hope and confidence. I do know that He will fight for us! The keeping still part is a challenge for me but I am praying for wisdom and the gift to hold my tongue. Being the external processor that I am, is not necessarily the best way to approach a situation like this. I am praying for God to give me the words to speak and the discernment to help me keep still when that is appropriate.

I seek His strength and in the quiet of my soul long to be His servant. I am willing and able to serve Him in all ways, this is just another scenario to witness my faith in a God much greater than Uncle Sam.

Lord, I am thankful that You will be with me through this day. Help me to be calm and quiet and let YOU do the talking! Yours are the words of everlasting life.

Friday November 20, 2015 Approval

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Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10

Wow… this convicts me and is music to my ears… I know how important it is to me to be well thought of and have always been an approval seeker… Getting mom and Dad to say, GOOD JOB was my sole purpose in life as a child. I often say YES to a project when I know in my heart it would be better for me to say NO just because I don’t want to displease or alienate.

I do believe God asks things of me through others but a wise priest taught me to respond, let me pray about that rather than agreeing right away to do something that someone else is asking me to do. Truly bringing a task before the Lord and asking for a sign from Him about this or that service allows me to commune with Him and put my trust in His discernment.

Galatian Church was being torn apart by people putting pressure on the new Christians to follow Jewish traditions. People were saying they must conform to food and washing rituals, be circumcised and there was push back. Paul was adamant in his defense of the fact that this community of believers needed to follow Jesus and Him alone. What would my life look like if I did the same? God’s approval is really not hard to get… Love Him and my neighbor. What is easy to do in this life is also easy “NOT to do”. It takes a moment by moment decision about who do I follow. I choose to be a servant of Christ.

Lord help me always to keep my focus on You. To serve You is my highest calling and greatest joy! Help me to discern always the reason I say YES and to whom I give that precious gift for my time is my most valuable gift of all.



Thursday November 19, 2015 Peace

Posted November 19, 2015 by bgovanus
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As Jesus drew near Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes”. Luke 19:41

In the midst of tragedy in the world… Paris, 9/11, tsunami or tornado, personal loss of home and hearth or death of a loved one would Jesus weep? I believe He would be sobbing because so many don’t know His Peace. I met a man last week who is losing his wife to terminal cancer. They have 4 small children. I was surprised when he said… “We are at peace. We would love a miracle and ask God each day to allow her to live but we know it is in His hands”.
I am keeping them in prayer not only for a cure but for God’s peace to continue to surround their family.

What would our world look like if we could set this planet on a peace filled plane? I truly believe that God has a plan and when the unforeseen or tragic happens, God will bring something good from it. As much as I would like it to be all smooth sailing, I know that evil will upset the flow… that selfishness and greed will stretch their claws into men. My taking revenge or living in anger does not ever return to me that which has been lost. When illness or age prevent me from achieving what I want to do, I know that God can and will fill in the blanks with the talents of others. He is the force that causes what is right in the world to be. He does not need me to make the world go round. I believe Jesus wept because the people of Jerusalem were not in tune with His Father and spent their days focused on things of this earth… buying and selling, eating and drinking, the emphasis and focus of their lives was on their own gratification.

Peace only comes from living in the PRESENT moment. Resting in God’s ultimate care for me and acting right now as if this moment would be my last. I cannot unmake a hurtful statement. I cannot take back a slap or calm a storm of controversy that gossip starts. I can only live in Christ Right NOW! Trusting that He will provide the true peace to deal with the difficulties that the evil of the world purport.

Lord help me to seek You when I am struggling. I know Your peace is beyond human understanding! Your power alone can right the wrongs in this world. Help me to put my trust in You, always!

Wednesday November 18, 2015 Networking

Posted November 18, 2015 by bgovanus
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Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2
I was privileged to speak with a group of graduating people who have attended a Jobs Partnership Class last night on Networking. My approach to this very necessary part of business is to live out this verse. Approaching each situation I am in with the belief that strangers very well could be angels for me and my business. When I am kind and put them at ease… when I am sincerely interested in them and their needs, they will often bless me with the help I need too. It is not usually a quid pro quo but I call it bread on the water, when you share the love, everyone eats.

The trick or hidden treasure to networking is that you never know who you will meet. Indeed, I really believe that strangers are friends I have not met YET! If I could, I would meet everyone and figure out a way to help them all be successful. I want to be the angel in their life who helps them get that new job, meet the right person to fix their issue or problem, open the door to their next level of success in their business. When I approach every encounter with a stranger in this way, indeed it is easy to meet people and help them be successful. What is funny is that then they want to help me as well.

I encouraged the people in the room last night to never meet a stranger, for they will meet angels and if they are prepared with a ready smile and a firm desire to be of assistance they too can be an angel. God gives that opportunity to be a servant to all.

Lord, help me to approach each day ready to reflect Your love and generosity. When I meet someone who I can help, let me respond to them as You would. Open my mind, my heart and my soul to be an angel for those I meet and help me to ask specifically for what I want and need so I will allow others to be my angels.


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