I just wanted to take a moment or two to wish you a phenomenal “March 4th” weekend. This is our 2nd annual “March 4th” International Holiday. It is a time when we consciously make the effort to reflect on how we are marching forth and encourage others to march 4th as well.
Times continue to be challenging in the world around us. Often it seems as if things will never change… oh, but hold on! I believe it is time to celebrate! “Celebrate? Wendy, truly you are detached from reality!” Haha! Maybe, but my reality is not based upon the world’s reality. My reality is based upon what God says. I don’t know if you sense it or not, but there has been a shift. I encourage you to draw so close to God, seek Him, keep your expectations high, keep your head up, and keep speaking the word of God. The words that YOU speak will construct your world, just as in the beginning (Genesis 1) when God stepped into nothing and spoke, and the world was formed. No matter what things look like or feel like, speak positive. Speak your answers, not the problems. Speak life. Proverbs 18:21 reminds us that our tongue- our mouth has power because of the words that it speaks. Use it to create life and the life that you want.
My Dad and brother Wellsman were in the army. They would often tell about their army experience, including their marching drills. Often times, as they marched, soldiers sang or spoke cadences that were led by a Drill Sergeant. Whatever the Drill Sergeant said, they had to say. “♫ Ain’t no use in looking down, there’ s no discharge papers on the ground. Might as well keep marching on. Johnnie’s got your girl and gone! Sound off: 1, 2. Sound off: 3, 4. Sound off: 1, 2. 3, 4, 1, 2, … 3, 4! ♫” Haha…wow, how cruel… But, so it has to be as we march on. We have to get some words- God’s words in our mouth to encourage ourselves and others to keep marching! “♫ Not moved by the things I see. Gods working everything out for me! Won’t be fearful or look back. In my God there is no lack… sound off Romans 8:28! Sound off Psalm 34:9!♫ ” You get my point! We have to speak what God says just as those soldiers repeated their Drill Sergeant. Jeremiah 1:12 reminds us that God watches over His word to perform it!
Ephesians 5:19 reminds us to greet each other with psalms and hymns. Why-to encourage each other on our journey. It’s so easy to sit down with one another and talk about the challenges of the day, how the economy is in the toilet, or the bad news that is on the news, or how Johnnie ran off with Ricky’s girl,… but how often do we sit down and encourage one another or remind each other of who we are, whose we are, and what we have according to the Word of God?! What are the benefits to being a believer? Remind me and help me march 4th. We have to do it! Let’s not let each other fall away. March 4th!
So today and everyday make a conscious effort to encourage someone’s heart. Go the extra mile for a friend or even a stranger. Call someone on the phone (even if they appear to be doing fine) and let them know that they are going to make it! Spend time encouraging yourself. Spend some extra time in God’s presence so your thoughts will be focused in the right direction and so your words will be word of life.
Listen, if no one told you today, let me tell you that you are an amazing person. God created you that way. The world is better because you are in it! No matter what you may be going through, you’re going to make it! I’ve got your back! You were created to be a Victor!
God has your heart- be it broken, cold, soft, or hurting- in the palm of His hand. He has already put in you everything you need to overcome and excel. You were created to impact and influence the world for good- and you will! I believe in you but more importantly, God believes in you, though you may have fallen- you may have messed up- you may be perplexed or even afraid!
The word of God that you believe and speak will change your life. I can’t wait to see you walking, marching into your best days! March 4th.
Wendy M. Reynolds