Making Your Days Count

I received some heartbreaking news this morning regarding an older lady whom I loved dearly. From my understanding, COVID had taken a toll on her body and God called her home to be with Him. I grew up under her wings and have so many fond memories of her. I stayed at her house as if I lived there and she treated me like her very own. Death is inevitable and will happen to all of us; however, it is easy to get caught up in living life is such a way that we become blind to the unexpected. Both my parents are alive and healthy and I am so grateful for this. I make it a part of my day to make sure they are okay but most importantly, I do my best in making sure that my days count in the eyes of God. Some days are more trying than others but eventually, I get there. I often have to redirect my thoughts and actions to “what God wants me to do and say” rather than “Stacy Lynn’s emotions and feelings.” God has blessed us with the gift of life. He wants us to use this gift wisely and find ways to appreciate and share it. The unexpected can happen to any of us at any moment. Unexpected or expected – we will all encounter Jesus when we leave this earth and He will ask you if you made your days here on earth truly count and if so, how did you make them count. So today, I ask all of you, “Are you simply counting your days or are you making your days count?”

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

When You Have to Wait Awhile

On some days, I could literally punch my computer in the screen! It tends to freeze when I am in the process of registering and scheduling patients. I become frustrated because it slows me down. I had been restarting my computer before the IT Team advised me to just wait awhile, and the computer will unfreeze itself and start to function properly again. The point I am trying to make here is that being impatient can cause you to make hasty decision that will push you into a wall of frustration. Frustration can cause you to lose your hope and joy. Sometimes, my brothers and sisters, you just have to wait awhile. When you enter the “waiting room” of life, make sure you are sit on God’s side and rest assured that He knows your needs and desires.. Marriage. A new job. A new home. A new vehicle. A child to get on the right path of life. When it is “your” time, He will call your name loud and clear! In the meantime, indulge in reading His Word and encourage others who are also in the “waiting” room. “When the time is right, I, the Lord, will make it happen” (Isaiah 60:22).

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

Choose Your Battles Wisely

This morning, my van was scheduled for servicing at the dealership for 7:30am. I had arranged to be picked up by a coworker last night and arrived at the dealership at 7:05am this morning. My coworker pulled up at 7:20M. I seen several individuals who also seen me but no one cared to say, “Good Morning” nor did they inquire of my appointment. After my coworker got out and accompanied me to the service door, the lady let me in but only to find out that they couldn’t get my vehicle serviced today. Feeling bad that I had asked her to pick me up, I told her that she could go ahead and go to work. At that point, I had a choice – I could have grew horns and walked in demanding that my vehicle be serviced or I could go in with kindness and understanding. I chose to go in with kindness and understanding. After I did so, I found out that some of the workers had been exposed to COVID19 and were out being tested, and one worker had a death in the family. Had I came in with a nasty attitude and found out all of this, I would have been so embarrassed. I am glad that I “thought” before I “acted.” When you are tempted to take on a battle, stop and think. Don’t take on battles with emotions and arguments that can cause you stress. Choose your battles wisely. Don’t go to war when there are no profits. “If you follow this advice, and if God commands you to do so, then you will be able to endure the pressures, and all these people will go home in peace” (Exodus 18:23).

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

Handling Disappointments

Disappointments in this life will come. If you haven’t encountered any yet, keep living. I was so terrible at handling disappointments. I would cry, whine, complain and shut out the entire world other than my children. I would write long soliloquies about how disappointed I was and would let the pain linger for, not days, but months and years. I did this because I had not only shut out the world, I had shut out the Lord. I went to church and went through the motions but as soon as I would get home, I would shut out the Lord. Today, I want to testify that I handle the disappointments in this life very well! Why? Because I let the Lord in. As a matter of fact, I let Him take control. How you handle disappointments in this life is determined by who or what you are handling it with. If you are attempting to go at it alone, you may get lost, it will get very dark, you won’t be able to see or think clearly, doubt will whisper to you and fear will consume you. Oh, but if you allow the Lord to come in and talk to you, walk with you, comfort you and guide you! He gave us life so He is the one who can help us with the disappointments of life. Somebody may be disappointed on today. Somebody may be trying to process pain on their own today. I encourage you to read John 11 on today. Take heed to Verse 22 that says “But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” Invite God to your disappointment on today. He is an EVER PRESENT HELP in the times of trouble.

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

Write It Down

I heard a lady say that sometimes at night, she makes a list of all the things she is thankful for. When she looks back over that list, it outweighs any anxiety, fear and worry she has. And she goes to sleep with the things she is thankful for on her mind. What a great way to tell anxiety, fear and worry to get back! I bring forth a challenge for you tonight to get out a journal or any kind of piece of paper and write down the things you are thankful for. If you can grab your phone or grab your remote, surely you can grab a pencil or pen and write down this list. Sometimes, you have to remind yourself that you have so much to be thankful for. Write it down. Look at it over and over again. Embed it into your memory and let it ooze into your heart and pour out into your actions.

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

Don’t Give Up

Since the pandemic emerged, many children are participating in distant learning. I have three children that I have to come home to after work and oversee their learning. Some days, I just want to come home, shower and go to bed because I am mentally and physically drained or I want to give up because impatience creeps up on me. If I give up, my children will fall behind or fail. So I persevere with every ounce of energy that remains in me. My walk with the Lord is similar. I get weary. I get tired. I get impatient. I even get frustrated. But I don’t quit! I can’t quit because I will fall to the waistside. But I can rest. Jesus even rested. So I tell you on tonight, the journey may become weary and you may feel pulled down. Rest if you must but don’t you quit. Keep persevering in what is right.

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

God’s Love and Security

When my children were small, I often played a game on the bed with them where they would sit on the edge of the bed, fall back and I would catch them. When the game would be longer over with and I would be steps from the bed, they would still fall back. Why do you think they did this? Well, they KNEW that Mommy would catch them. Why? They KNEW Mommy loved them and Mommy’s love would protect them. They KNEW Mommy’s love was security. That love and security that came from me made them some brave children! God’s love and security should make us all brave children. He watches over us day and night.. We can run to Him at any time. His arms are like the 7-Eleven stores – they are always open! We must come to a place where we KNOW that God loves us and KNOW that there is security in His love for us.

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

Change

When it comes to change, make sure you are doing it for yourself. There is really no need to boast about it verbally or boast about it on social media. If change is something that you are truly pursuing, I doubt that social media will even get most of your time. The thing about change is that you should be doing it for yourself and not others. Architects have a set design that they follow in order to build homes and businesses. Without that design, things can go wrong. Well, in order for you to build positive change in your life, you should follow God’s design. It’s a design that is stable and strong. It won’t be blown down by the wind of people’s opinion. It’s a design that will shine brightly so there will be no need to even boast about it. If you need to make a change, don’t waste time saying you are about to do it and listing details every step of the way. Sometimes, God wants to deal with you one on one. Let Him Everybody don’t need to know what your plans are. Just as there are those who pray for your success, there are those who pray for your downfall.

Get Right or Get Left

Allow me to take you to Exodus 15:26 which says, “He said, ‘If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.'” God made a promise to the people of Israel that they would never suffer any diseases if they obeyed Him. But what did they do? Yep, they did not obey Him just as the world does today. Because of their rejection to God and the laws of His love, people suffer instead of prospering and living a healthy, abundant life. God doesn’t take pleasure in seeing any of His people suffer but it is all a part of His plan to teach us the necessity of obeying His law. God will allow diseases and other afflictions to affect people to the point of repentance. God is not destroying the world extensively; He is punishing the world in both love and measure so that we can turn from the wrong and go right. The coronavirus along with other plagues and/or diseases is only a small part of God’s Plan. The worst hasn’t taken place yet and we will be caught up in it if we don’t repent. Angelic spirits are already in position to perform the tasks that God has assigned them to do and it is all to prepare for the Great Tribulation, the Day of the Lord and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Let’s get RIGHT or get LEFT!!!

Give Them Jesus

I can remember my mom taking me to my kindergarten graduation. She took me to cheerleading dance events at high school. She took me to all of my honor banquets. She and my dad took me on trips out of the state, swimming at my favorite lake several times during the summer, and numerous family cookouts. More importantly, my mom ALWAYS took to me to church. Out of all the places I have gone, I am more grateful for my mom taking me to church. Now that I am older with children, I understand why. She allowed God’s Word to plant a seed inside of me at a young age. I rebelled for so many years. But because of the seed of God’s Word that was planted inside of me when I was young, I couldn’t stay away. God kept tugging on my heart in so many situations and experiences. I knew where my True Help came from. So like the prodigal son, I returned. Today, I am grateful for my mom always taking me to church when I was younger. I am grateful for those early morning Sunday School classes, Wednesday night bible studies, summer vacation bible schools, and every other church event that I attended. Psalm 23 was embedded in my spirit at a young age and now that I am older and understand it clearly – I am thankful that the Lord is My Shepherd. That seed that was planted in me has now grown into strength and beauty. Because the Lord is My Shepherd, I endured and persevered through so much. It is so important to plant the seed of God’s Word in your children when they are young. They may not understand it then, oh but later, they will! It’s good to give your children money and take them shopping. It’s good to make sure they are involved in every extracurricular activity and/or sporting events. It’s good to take them on vacations around the world. But it is FAR GREATER to take them to church! It is FAR GREATER to give them JESUS!