Forgiven By The One Whose Opinion Matters

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

If we claim Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, then we are forgiven by the one whose opinion matters. Although that is a true statement of fact, sometimes we allow people and things in our lives to make us wonder. Make us doubt. Make us question if we truly are forgiven for our sins. You know … the REALLY big ones we don’t want anyone to know about.

Sometimes we allow Satan to step into our minds and tell us we are guilty; we will never be forgiven. We listen to the accuser’s condemnation and feel unworthy and forget we are God’s Beloved purchased at a costly expense.

All of Satan’s lies and accusations are hogwash. Pure and simple. And we need to stop listening to him. We need to listen to the truth of who we are in Jesus. We are redeemed and forgiven by the only one whose opinion matters.

Jesus knows us inside and out. He knows each and every single time we sin. He knows when we truly repent. Jesus is the only one qualified to judge us, and he tells us we are no longer condemned because he took our guilt, our shame, our very sin upon his perfect sinless self.

God’s only son, Jesus, paid the debt we owed but could never repay with his precious blood on the cross of Calvary. Through Christ’s sacrifice we are forgiven. End of argument.

If we are forgiven by the only one whose opinion matters, the Supreme Judge, then we are forgiven, indeed.

Is there a special go-to Bible verse you use to counter Satan when he tries to speak words of condemnation into you?

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Jesus raised up again and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one judged you guilty?”

She answered, “No one, sir.”

Then Jesus said, “I also don’t judge you guilty. You may go now, but don’t sin anymore.” John 8:10-11 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Gluten-free Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole Recipe

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Here is an easy gluten-free sausage and egg breakfast casserole recipe you can make ahead of time.

Serves 12

  • 2 (12 oz) pkg bulk pork sausage
  • 1 C chopped bell pepper
  • 1/2 C chopped onion
  • 3 C frozen hash brown potatoes
  • 2 C shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 C Gluten-free Bisquick mix
  • 2 C milk
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 4 eggs

Heat oven to 400 degree F. Cook sausage, bell pepper and onion over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Drain. Combine sausage mixture, potatoes and 1 1/2 cup cheese in greased 13X9 baking dish.

Stir Bisquick mix, milk, pepper and eggs together. Pour into baking dish.

Bake uncovered 40-45 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 1-2 minutes until melted.

Enjoy!

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — What Kind of Example Are We?

By Sandy Kirby Quandt

What kind of example are we? Christians are called to a higher standard than the world. We are called to set a Christ-like example because we are in the world and not of it.

That means we resist the temptation to respond to situations and events when those around us respond with hatred and malice. That means we consider the impact of what we say and how we represent ourselves as Christians to those in the world who are watching us. That means we do all we can to be good representatives of the Savior who died for us.

That means we show the love of Christ to others by being a servant instead of expecting to be served. That means we are courteous and treat others with respect even if they are disagreeable. That means we are quick to forgive and slow to hold onto our anger.

As Christians, our job is not to judge others. That’s God’s job. We are called to build each other up, not tear each other to shreds. We are to be encouragers and pray for one another.

God wants us to be his ambassadors to bring others to a close relationship with him. We are to reflect Jesus in our words and actions. We are to conduct ourselves admirably because we represent the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Is it always easy? Absolutely not. Are you kidding me? I fall short way too often.

Satan works hard to remind us of all the times we’ve tried and failed to be who God created us to be. It’s during those times, I believe, we must keep our eyes on Jesus and rely on the Holy Spirit’s power to shut our ears to the deceiver’s lies.

Easy or not, we are called to be an example of light to a world that is in darkness. So I ask again, what kind of example are we?

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Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for the believers in your speech, your conduct, your love, faith, and purity. 1 Timothy 4:12 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Pause for Poetry – As We Await Easter

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Welcome to Pause for Poetry featuring a poem written by my writer-friend, Frances Gregory Pasch.

As We Await Easter

As we await Easter,

let us prepare our hearts

to welcome our Savior.

Let us thank Christ

for His gift of redemption.

Let us share with others

what He has done for us.

Let us contemplate with awe

the true meaning

of Christ’s death

and resurrection.

Frances Gregory Pasch’s devotions and poems have been published hundreds of times in devotional booklets, magazines, and Sunday school papers since 1985. Her writing has also appeared in several dozen compilations. Her book, Double Vision: Seeing God in Everyday Life Through Devotions and Poetry is available on Amazon. Frances has been leading a women’s Christian writers group since 1991 and makes her own holiday greeting cards incorporating her poetry. She and her husband, Jim, have been married since 1958. They have five sons and nine grandchildren. Contact her at www.francesgregorypasch.com.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

The older I get the less I sweat the small stuff. You know what I mean? I get less irritated by things that used to really annoy me. I’m not saying small stuff doesn’t still get to me, especially when I’m tired or fatigued, just that it doesn’t bother me as often, and not to the same degree it used to.

I doubt anyone who knows my Kirby family would say we were a patient lot. (Just ask our spouses. 🙂 ) Nope. Quite the contrary. Our “Irish temper” is one excuse that has been given for our impatience. But that’s just an excuse, not a fact. The fact is we have a bent toward impatience, Irish or not.

Here are some of the things I found associated with an Irish temper. After you read them, I believe you will be able to see some of these same traits in people who aren’t necessarily “Irish”.

  • You can hold a grudge
  •  You wish bad luck on people
  •  You take stubborn to a new level
  •  Short fuse
  •  Passion steers the wheel
  •  You’re a fighter

As a follower of Christ, a Christian, we are to have a mind, a temper, like Christ. We are to daily strive to become more and more like our Savior. He is our role model, after all. Once we accept Jesus as our Savior, his Holy Spirit comes to dwell – to live – in us. The Holy Spirit can help us control our Irish temper, or any other kind of temper. He can help us let go of grudges. He can help us desire good for others, not harm.

With the Holy Spirit’s help we can tame our short fuse and become more patient. He can help us turn our passion to the things of God, and toward advancing God’s Kingdom here on earth. The Holy Spirit can take our fighting spirit and turn it for good to love mercy, seek justice, and right the wrongs we see.

Would you say you have an Irish Temper, or are you under the Holy Spirit’s control developing the Fruit of the Spirit in you?

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God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways. Galatians 5:22-23 (CEV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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25th Wedding Anniversary

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Today is Pilot and my wedding anniversary.

Twenty-five years ago Pilot and I said “I do” to a life together full of unknowns and promises. And am I ever glad we did.

Years have a funny way of slipping away, and before we know it, they’re gone. Children grow up. We grow older. Notice I said older, not old. 😉 Time moves on.

So, here’s to Pilot, the love of my life. Thanks for the past twenty-five years. Here’s to many more years of adventure and exploration for as long as God gives us breath.

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It is better to eat soup with someone you love than steak with someone you hate. Proverbs 15:17 (NLT)

We can make our plans, but the final outcome is in God’s hands. Proverbs 16:1 (NLT)

It is better to live in the corner of an attic than with a crabby woman (or man-addition mine) in a lovely home. Proverbs 21:9 (NLT)

A mirror reflects a man’s face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses. Proverbs 27:19 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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