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This morning...

So we all need encouragement and here is the place for that. Every week I will write a new blog with quotes, scriptures, sayings and really anything that can encourage you in your walk with God. Enjoy and be blessed! 

A prayer for you and for me. Feb. 19

I know I have been quiet and haven't sent out blog posts these past weeks.

 

Every so often, Travis and I take a 21-day hiatus with the Lord where we take time away for deep intercession and an open heart to receive God's instruction and directions.

 

During that time, I am "being fed" and refreshed in the Spirit and in the Word. But because that time is so precious, I write no weekly emails or weekly blog posts.

 

During that time, I felt very convicted. I am guilty of being "too busy"...a Martha Spirit where I am too work-driven and at times, I don't appreciate just the joys of sitting at the feet of Jesus:

 

The Bible Story of Mary and Martha comes from Chapter 10 of the Gospel of Luke. Mary and Martha, who are sisters, open their home to Jesus as he travels with his disciples. As Martha hurries to ensure the preparations, Mary simply sits at the feet of Jesus and listens to the wisdom of Christ. Martha then says to Jesus, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" Jesus replies, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."

 

So I want to do nothing else in this text but pray. Pray for you. Pray for me that we will just SIT and BE with the lover of our souls.

 

God, I invite you into this chaotic mess we've made! We've put other things first when we should be trusting you. We listen to our fears, our concerns, our anxieties when we should be receiving your peace, your love, your joy and your contentment. Help us in this, Lord. We are so ever-moving and ever-focused on the next assignment that we fail to realize that you are waiting for us to stop and spend time with you.

 

I am sorry that we are not making you a priority. I repent of thinking I need to get things done, of trying to complete my goals, of being too career-focused when my joy and my completeness revolves around dropping it all (all the balls I juggle in the air) and realizing what's most important. You, God, are what's most important and I need you more than anything else in this world.

 

I pray God that we will stop "feeding" others and be "fed" ourselves - let us focus on growing in our faith and maturing in you. I pray God that we will see and experience a different side of you. I want to see your heartbeat. I want to see your smile when I first wake up in the mornings. Like a good Daddy, I want to look at you when something goes right and when something goes wrong. I want to invite you into more of my life! I want this to be a partnership. I want to be able to listen to you and quickly obey. I don't ever want the distractions and busyness of life to get into the way of my relationship with you.

 

Thank you God for your understanding. Thank you God for your constant love and grace. Thank you God for being near us as we connect with you. Thank you God for teaching us how to have uninterrupted time with you every day where we can just sit at your feet, listen to you, talk to you and enjoy your company. Without you, I wouldn't be here. Let me open up this time to say, "Be my everything, Lord. With you, I have it all!"

 

I pray all of this in the name of Jesus Christ! 

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you! 

The Dread of Discouragement . Jan. 28

The Dread of Discouragement

By John Maxwell

 

Discouragement hurts our self-image

 

Discouragement causes us to see ourselves as less than we really are

 

Discouragement causes us to evade our responsibilities

 

Discouragement causes us to blame others for our predicament

 

Discouragement comes when we:

1. Feel that opportunity for success is gone

- The test of your character is seeing what it takes to stop you

 

2. Become selfish

- usually people who are discouraged are thinking mainly about one thing - themselves

 

3. Are not immediately successful in our attempts to do something

- We do not conquer through brilliance. We conquer through continuing.

 

4. Lack purpose and a plan

-When you are discouraged, you tend to withdraw. Many times discouragement comes right after a successful venture.

 

You may be totally discouraged, thinking there is little you can do to overcome those feelings of frustration and inadequacy.

 

But here are a few steps you can take:

1. Positive action

- Nothing delivers us from discouragement quicker than taking positive steps to solve the problem

 

2. Positive thinking

 

3. Positive example

 

4. Positive Persistence

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

A Code of Persistence. Jan. 21

 A Code of Persistence:

 

I will not give up so long as I know I am right.

 

I will believe that all things will work out for me if I hang on until the end.

 

I will be courageous and undismayed in the face of odds.

 

I will not permit anyone to intimidate me or deter me from my goals.

 

I will fight to overcome all physical handicaps and setbacks I will try again and again and yet again to accomplish what I desire.

 

I will take new faith and resolution from the knowledge that all successful men and women have had to fight defeat and adversity.

 

I will never surrender to discouragement or despair no matter what seeming obstacles may confront me.

 

- Taken from the book: "How to turn your failure into Success"

By: Harold Sherman

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Slowly. Gradually. Jan. 14

I love the quote: "How do you eat an elephant? One bit at a time."

Because it's so true!

 

You may have a dream that's TOO big for you and you're wondering...How?? But it just takes one step. And another. And another.

 

I remember when I started with one book and 30 social media followers. I didn't know what I was doing; I was new to the writing industry. Years later, I have four books and hundreds and thousands of followers on social media.

 

One step. And another. And another.

 

You won't be able to get everything right away. But you will be able to get everything you want if you refuse to give up.

 

You plant a seed in the dirt and for the longest time, you don't see any results. But what you don't see is that seed is doing plenty under the surface! It's cracking open, expanding, growing, digging. Don't stop now! The growth is happening. One day at a time.

 

This is a bad example: I am a very natural person. I don't dye, color or highlight my hair. My hair color is whatever it decides to be at the time. But I live in Florida and I am active outside, so I started putting lemon juice in my dark tresses to bring out it's lighter texture. At first, nothing. I still looked like a brunette. (I am naturally a blonde). But the more I continued, the more I gradually started seeing results. I thought it was just me until my co-workers noticed and asked about the new 'do.

 

My point of all this is: It will take a while. One step after another. One foot in front of the other. You may not see any results for a while. Maybe for a very long while. But trust the effort and take heart in the dedication. Soon you'll start seeing the results that you've been longing for! Take it from me!

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

When You're staring at the closed door that won't open. Jan. 7

I know completely how it feels. You are staring at a closed door that refuses to budge. Oh, you've prayed, begged, pleaded that this door will open and...nothing changes. I know that feeling all too well. The hurt. the frustration. The temptation to just knock down the door yourself! "I'll get there one way or another!" You scream!

 

If you're in this spot, I encourage you...to walk away. I know I know. You've walked away...only to come back to the same spot. I'm talking about  getting  out of this hallway in front of this locked door. If it doesn't want to open, it's not going open. At least not right now.

 

You've  got to do something else. Anything else. Take your mind off it. Go for a road trip. You're too zoomed in and focused on something that is bothering you. Zoom out to all the things that you are missing...all the things that make you smile! Be adventurous. Take a walk. Go somewhere. Anywhere. Get your mind re-focused and in control of what you can handle and what you can do!

 

If you can't think of the next step, get creative. What you can you be doing with your time instead of wasting it on some opportunity  that's not making the time for you? Don't go there. Don't be that person. Move on. There is more for you. There is more life to live. Find those doors that will open and never again think about those opportunities or people that didn't  work. They weren't meant for you  in the first place. Of course, you already knew that. You knew that closed  door wasn't for you. You just had to zoom out a little bit to remember what works and what doesn't.

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

Lick your wounds: How do you handle disappointment? Jan. 6

 

There are different levels  of disappointment. Which one are you facing?

 

1. When you have a bad day and things just did NOT go your way... there is nothing a bowl of ice cream and a  good movie can fix. I sometimes come  home after a long and exhaustive day and feel worthless and beat, but I can regain my energy by taking my eyes away from the issues of the day and relaxing a little. I'm a sucker for positive quotes, so a "shoot for the moon" and "never give up" and "keep reaching for the stars" come out of my mouth like a affirming robot. This kind of disappointment can come in a variety of settings: not getting the job promotion, things not working out in your favor, prayers not being answered, slightly bad news coming your way, problems on the job, etc. "Brush yourself off and get back in the game."

 

2. When something you've wanted to work out doesn't: when the bills need to be paid and you don't have the money. When you're running out of time and resources and there's isn't enough on the table to meet your demands....that's a disappointment that takes me to my prayer closet. This type of disappointment will take me to my knees where I need to hear from God NOW. Give me some time with the Savior and I'll start to feel better. I will relish on His promises, remind myself that He's in charge, that He's got my back and that everything is going to be okay. Finding the right passages in the Bible definitely are necessities  for these types of disappointments.

 

3. The worst kind of disappointments are the ones that shake us to the core: a death in the family. An unexpected accident. Terribly hard decisions that none of us should make. An eviction notice. A pink slip. Anything and everything that can completely crush your spirit. The positive affirmations are no good here. A little "find the rainbow through the  storm" makes you want to hit the wall with anger. You try to spend time in prayer and all you muster up is a grieving sigh. You find a scripture but you can't read it between tears. This is a defining moment. What do you do when you don't know what to do? This is when I am put the test. This is when I'm thankful to have a relationship with the Almighty. This is when I just let myself cry and be held. And I whisper to the Lord, "At least you're with me. I'm not in this by myself." Though I see no sudden fix to the issue at hand, I am relieved that there is a God who I can come to. At that moment, I can't cite scripture or say anything positive, I just need Him to hold me and to just feel the love of a Savior. Help is on the way and there is a solution to my crisis, but for now, give me a minute....

 

Are you dealing with a disappointment?

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

while I'm waiting Dec. 24

So the wait is long. And no end in sight. You are desperate for a dream come true, but so far you're days are more like settling for this dreadful reality.

 

I was watching the movie, "What to expect when you're expecting" and Wendy and her husband Gary have been trying to have a baby for two years. You can tell Wendy is anxious for her dream to come true; even having her phone set an alarm to when she's ovulating.

But let's stop there.

Though her passion is to have a baby, she wasn't just sitting around and doing nothing, waiting for her dream to manifest. She was the owner of a children's store. She wrote a children's book. She took her passion of all-things-baby and made a career out of it. Though she couldn't have her dream come true at the moment, she still focused her energies on her passion and didn't let what she didn't have stop her from helping other moms coming into her store.

 

I want to share one more story, this one from the Bible.

 

In Genesis 8:6-7. Noah and his family and ALL the animals were stuck in an ark together for a total of one year and ten days. Can you imagine? I'm sure he was desperate to leave! He released a dove to see if it were a sign he could exit the ark. And he waited seven days before the dove came back with a olive leaf to indicate the flood waters had subsided. Noah waited one more week before releasing a dove and this time, it never came back, indicating that the dove has found dry land. The raven and the dove were released over a period of 21 days after the mountaintops became visible (Genesis 8:10-12).

 

Now, let's pause here.

After such a long time in that ark, what was Noah  doing while he was waiting? You can just imagine his dream to leave that ark and be on dry land. But he had to keep his thoughts and energies active. I can just imagine Noah  and his family took care of business inside the ark, taking care of the animals and being with each other. I'm sure there was a lot to focus on in that ark!

 

We celebrate when one person reaches success, but we don't realize the hardships they faced before reaching that point. Don't be envious of what others have that you still don't. Don't wonder why your dream hasn't come yet. Focus on your daily responsibilities and what you can do while you wait. The moment will come when you least expect it and soon you too will walk out on dry land and celebrate the goodness of God.One day.

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

Going Fishing. Dec. 17

  I know that seasoned fishermen know how to catch the best fish. They know when to go out by the water, what to use as bait, where to sit and where to wait.

 

But I'm sure even the best  fishermen come home empty-handed once in a while. I'm sure, even after hours of waiting, of shifting, or doing everything they can, there is still no catch. And they will just shrug their shoulders, call it a day and try again tomorrow.

 

It's the way it is.

The lack of fish doesn't get them down.

Sometimes it's not even about catching the fish.

Sometimes its about the possibilities of...the conversations throughout...the company you are with...and the relaxation of the day.

 

I am not a seasoned fisherman, but I can learn a lot from them! I am someone who wants results, especially after putting in tireless hours, money investments and all the preparation beforehand...I want to catch that fish! I want to come home with something in my hand. And if I don't, I feel like a failure. And even worse, I question if it was worth it.

 

But the inner fisherman will tell me...it's all about the seasons. If its a certain season, the fish aren't around. If you are using the wrong bait, you won't catch anything. And if you are impatient, the fish won't bite.

 

Let us remember that God has His divine timing for what happens through your efforts. It may not be today that your promises get fulfilled. it may not be tomorrow, either. But let us be faithful to keep going out there expecting to return home with a big fish in our hands! If you need prayer for anything, let me know. i would love to pray for you!

Fuel the Flame. Dec. 10

 There's a scene in the Disney movie Ralph Breaks the Internet  where the message is clear: Don't read the comments people write about you.

 

So true!

 

Recently I was given two reviews over my book "After You: A Demon is Always Lurking Nearby." One was a rave! She loved it and couldn't speak enough praises about it. I felt so good reading over it. Wow! I have accomplished something great!

 

Then I read the other, and it was a very long review about how bad my book is, how it missed the mark, how he wouldn't recommend it. Wow! I have completely failed as an author.

 

I immediately felt like someone punched me in the gut. It wasn't emotional pain, it was almost embarrassment. Like...I'm sorry I even started this in the first place. And why did I even start writing? And I am indeed a failure.

 

Throughout the day, God reminded me that I was fueling the wrong flame. I was giving more attention to the bad when I could be giving that same attention to the good. Why was I putting more focus on the bad review? Why was I letting it shape my identity as an author?

 

I made the decision to "wash my hands" of that bad review. It won't the last one; there will be plenty others for sure. But I can't let the voice of a stranger get me distracted. And praise God for the voice of the cheerleaders !

 

I would encourage you to focus on the good parts of your day, your week, your life. The bad will be there. it will always be there. But you don't need to give weight to it. Put more emphasis on the good and less on the bad and you'll find yourself happier, more able and more willing to keep going.

 

  If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

Risk. Dec. 3

 It's going to be difficult.

Overwhelming.

There's no one in your corner.

The emotions you feel

will be the weight you carry.

All you have is a hope.

Risk for your dream, even now.

 

You count the cost 

sparing change you don't have

time you can't afford to lose

sleep deprived

lacking energy and strength

risk for your dream, even now.

 

It's an uphill battle.

One mountain after another

No victory yet.

still climbing.

feet sore. back hurting.

No one is applauding your efforts.

Risk for your dream, even now.

 

You follow that small glimmer of hope

you tell yourself just a few more steps

You focus on the vision at hand

you remember the excitement when you first started

and the thrill of the chase

though you are currently empty-handed.

Risk for your dream, even now.

 

Even if you don't see it..yet

Even if its just a smoky image of a prior goal

even if you're nowhere close

Even if you're straining for a reason to continue

Risk for your dream, even now.

 

Because the day you arrive

and you WILL arrive

…is the day you will say…

I'm glad I risked it all

for this moment of glory!

What you Call it. Nov. 26

So at work, the Viva Gaia street band performs every hour on the hour at Disney's Animal Kingdom. And one announcer says to the guests passing by, "Come join us here at the Viva Gaia dance floor!"

 

What was once just a pathway going towards Dinoland is immediately the Viva Gaia dance floor once the performers come out!

 

I was watching this and I thought about this concept: *it is what you call it*

 

Moses was in the far side of the wilderness tending his flock when God said to him in Exodus 3:5 that where he was standing was holy ground. A place where I'm sure many people have stepped on and wandered to before now had a significant impact on Moses because God came on the scene and declared something different than what it normally is.

 

I would challenge you to look at your life and your situation differently.

*It's what you call it*

 

Is it just a marriage? or is it an unending love?

Are they just your kids? Or are they miracles from Heaven?

Is it just a job? Or is it a place where you can find another source of joy?

Are you just cleaning the kitchen? Or are you maintaining a Kingdom?

 

*It's what you call it!*

 

Bring some greatness to your 'good.' Realize its better than what it is.

Your life is nothing ordinary - - - it's something out -of-this -world!

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Keep walking. Nov. 19

So I work at a 3D show in Walt Disney World and at the end of the show, the guests are supposed to drop their 3D glasses in a bin outside the theater. There are signs to indicate the bins and the guests also told where to put their glasses YET somehow they seem to always turn to me with a confused look on their faces when the show is over: "Where do we put the glasses??" as they try to hand them to me.

 

I point outside and tell them to keep walking.

 

They will discover what they are looking for with just a few  steps forward. It's may seem confusing now, but keep walking and they will see what we are telling them. 

 

Isn't that like life?

 

You're walking and suddenly you don't know what to do or where to go. God seems to be silent. Did you miss the exit signs? Were you just not paying attention? What's the next step?

 

If you feel like that, I would encourage you to keep walking...step by step. Keep going forward, even if you don't know what to do next. Just keep doing what you have been doing. Do what you know to do. And the solution will come. The answer will be in full view.

 

Until then, pray and ask for guidance. Be cautious of God's voice and don't  be too distracted to hear His verbal instructions.

 

I have learned in the faith journey to take the focus off myself and serve, promote and bless others. Sometimes the next step and the next plan will reveal itself when we are not even looking for it. It will be a clear and obvious sign right in front of you to tell you what to do next.

 

If you need prayer, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

TLC. Nov 12

So I bought a used car that had a few issues with it. And while  I was sitting at the mechanic, I thought of the owner who had this car last and how this car now ended up in my hands.

 

It brought me to this realization: if you can't take care of it, you can't have it.

 

If you can't dedicate time for your spouse, you can't have a great marriage. If you won't give attention to  your kids, you won't have them in your life. If you don't take care of your house, you cannot collect on its value. If you don't handle your finances responsibly, you won't be debt free.

 

The failures or successes in your life may depend on how much you are investing into it.

 

So I pay the mechanic and my car is all good to go. It's been acting fine ever since. My car's previous owner wasn't able to keep and drive this car and gave it up.

 

What blessings do you have now that you are just "giving up" without working for it or fighting for it? Are you leading your current blessings somewhere else, away from you, to someone who can take care of it better? What are you not putting in your time, your energy, your focus, your love... that you should be? What are you neglecting to take care of?

 

Stop the blame. Take responsibility for your actions and decisions, Decide what you really want to have and to hold, to keep and to cherish, and don't let any expensive price-tag of your finances, your energy, your love and your time keep you from having (and keeping!) what is truly yours!

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Withered dreams. Nov. 5

So I am not a gardener, but I bought a few flowers and planted them in our front yard. I wanted to spruce up the front entrance with bright colors of yellow and gold. But before I knew it, my not-so-green thumb was kicking in…and no matter how many times I watered my new flowers and "fed" them with Miracle Grow…they wilted.

 

Have you ever felt like that in life?

It seems that no matter what you are doing…nothing is working!

You are hopeful! You take all the steps you feel you need to take and doing things necessary only to be met with crushed hopes and broken dreams.

 

So I see these now-brown flowers and every part of me just wants to rip them from the soil and trash the whole thing.

Why did I even bother??

 

Before I could do that, God whispered to me, " Do you see the tiny bulbs? Those green barely-specks that haven't blossomed yet? Keep nurturing this plant..for them. They need a chance to live."

 

I was reminded in my spirit for all those possibilities and dreams that need to be released…for all the goals I have in my heart…for all those desires that are mine and mine alone…that haven't "blossomed to the surface yet" - - - keep doing what you are doing for them.

 

Nurture your seeds of hope for the future of tomorrow looks bright. Just because you see some disintegration in your plans today doesn't mean that a beauty of a dream won't come into full bloom tomorrow! Keep planting your Harvest!

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Who are you doing this for? Oct. 29

If you were the last one on this Earth and there was no one else around, would you continue doing what you are doing? Would you continue being creative?

 

Basically, its a question of..are you doing this because you love it?

Or for  the applause of other people?

 

I have to stop and think.

I write for readers.

I write so people can read and enjoy my words and feel closer to God.

I mean, what good are my books if there is no one to read them?

And my philosophy is that if just ONE person gets closer to God, than it's worth it ALL this hassle, time, money and energy.

And I felt guilty for thinking that the basis of my writing career comes from what other people think, say, read and buy.

 

But I then remember my own journey. I would have to rewind a ways back... when I was in elementary school. When I started keeping a journal at eight years old. When English class was the only subject that came easy for me. Back in school, when I would rather write a 10page essay than take an exam with multiple choice test questions.

And that's when my love of writing started.

 

So if I was the last person on this Earth, I would probably keep writing in my journal…I would probably still write about my love of God…and even if my writings brought ME closer to God, well, then it would be worth it!

 

I wanted to share a piece about working for the applause of man:

 

From the 2001 article titled: "Does it Matter What Others think?" by John Piper:

"The litmus test of Christ in our lives…is not the opinion of others. We want them to see Christ in us and love him…but we know they may be blind to Christ and resistant to Christ. So they may think of us just what they thought of him…Jesus wanted men to admire him and trust him. But he did not change who he was in order to win their approval. Nor can we. Yes, we want people to see us with approval when we are displaying that Jesus is infinitely valuable to us, but we dare not make the opinion of others the measure of our faithfulness. They may be blind and resistant to truth. Then the reproach we bear is no sign of our unfaithfulness or lack of love."

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.