Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Blessed Be God

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But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me. Psalm 66:19-20 (ESV)

But truly God has listened

Have we ever had times when we KNEW God listened to our prayers? Didn’t we feel thankful for His acting on our requests?

he has attended to the voice of my prayer.

Have we realized that God pays attention to even the smallest prayer request we present to Him? No need we have is too small for God to act upon or too small to bother Him with. God also knows our tone of voice as we pray. He knows when we pray for a need out of duty or out of desire.

Blessed be God

When we pray God is pleased to hear us. Although He knows when we have needs; our prayers tell Him we know those needs, our prayers when we ask for forgiveness are especially precious to Him.

he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me.

When we who are His children pray, God listens and accepts those adorations, those confessions, those thanks, and those supplications. One of  God’s attributes is love. He loves each and every one of his created children. Because of this steadfast love, He waits patiently for each one to give his or her life to Him for that life to be used by Him to reach others.


Friday, November 15, 2019

David’s Song of Thanks

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Sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and he is to be feared above all gods.

Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and joy are in his place.
Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    bring an offering and come before him!
1 Chronicles 16:23-25,29-29 (ESV)

Sing to the Lord, all the earth!
 We sing hymns to God. We also sing praise choruses as we begin our corporate worship. It might be said that the birds sing to Him. One of my greatest memories is sitting on my couch early on spring mornings and hearing the birds sing. I knew that the day would be beautiful.

Tell of his salvation from day to day.
God wants us to tell others about Him and what He has done for us. Even if we think that we don’t have a testimony to share, each of us does.

Declare his glory among the nations,
We are not to be bashful about what He has done for us. Scripture says we are to be ready to share His love, “in season, out of season.” Whether we feel like it or not.

For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
We are to praise Him for the smallest things, those we don’t think of as important.

Splendor and majesty are before him;
He makes our world beautiful. The flowers in the spring and summer, the leaves in the fall yes, even the falling snow in the winter all have beauty.

Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
God expects us to give Him praise and thanks, each of us and those of the nations.

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
We are to give Him honor and the glory that belongs to Him.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Sound of His Praise

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Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept our soul among the living and has not let our feet slip. Psalm 66:8-9 (ESV)

Bless our God, O peoples
We are to bless God, the people of every nation and culture. For some time, I have been attending an ecumenical women’s group here in my city. The group is made up of women of two races. The singing and prayers are wonderful.

let the sound of his praise be heard
 We are to give praise aloud because He has granted us life. I heard an adage: Our lives are God’s gift to us. What we make of them is our gift to Him. When we live our life following His will and not ours, we can praise Him for even the most insignificant part of our lives.

and has not let our feet slip.

He tries to impress upon us the need to stay on the path he has chosen for us. However, He does give us free will to follow His leading. As we go about our lives, we can either accept Him or reject Him When we surrender our will to Him, we receive many blessings for which we are to praise Him. He will keep us safe.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Blessing the LORD

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I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also, my heart instructs me. I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Psalm 16:7-8 (ESV)                                
King David penned these words about the LORD. Let’s look at what he says.

I bless the LORD  

David blesses the LORD through his writings. If he had not written, we would not have a vast section of the book of Psalms.

How do we bless the LORD? Do we use the gifts He gives us to build His kingdom? Do we speak of His Name to others? Do we comfort people with His words?

We bless the LORD through praising Him.

who gives me counsel

Do we ask God to guide us through those tough or distasteful times? Or do we think, “I can handle this on my own.” In comforting others do we rush in and give them our opinion without consulting the LORD? We should consult God before we venture into someone else’s grief or circumstance.

We bless the LORD by asking Him for His wisdom and His guidance.

in the night also my heart instructs me.

As God’s children, we believe He guides us through each day. Do we also believe God is with us and guides us through every night?

We bless the LORD when we trust Him.

I have set the LORD always before me;
Do we look to God as the source of everything we have? Do we see Him as a refuge in rocky times?  Have we sometimes decided we can fend for ourselves?

We bless God when we depend upon Him.

because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

When we have God with us, we can face anything that life throws at us. I recently experienced a time of intense sadness. Some time ago a person told me something that did not play out the way that person said. Other people made choices that were not mine. With some help, I realized that I felt betrayed. Just realizing that I have been able to share with those close to me how I felt. God led me to get some help and for that, I give Him praise.

We bless the Lord when we admit we need His guidance.


Friday, November 1, 2019

Praise Songs for Our Month of Praise

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At our church, we have a new Praise Band. The director of this band is the band director of our city’s high school. He was a Sunday school student of our pastor’s wife in his hometown. As a youth, he was involved in the Youth Group there and his two leaders were our present pastor and his wife.
November is the month we seem to share our blessings and share what we are thankful for. As I see it, we should always express our thanks to God through praise.  God has been good to me. He guided me to find a solution to a health issue that seemed to recur in my life.

These are the three songs they led us in as we began to worship this past Sunday.

Living Hope; Jesus is our living hope.

God Of This City; The words of this song almost describes what happens when a person comes to Jesus.

This Is Amazing Grace; I had this song running through my mind most of this week.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

OCTOBER REFLECTIONS

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In the early part of this month, I attended the women’s circle I belong to. We have had an ongoing project to collect supplies for a local retirement home. This retirement community is unique in that it is locally owned by a corporation of local faith groups in our town.


                                
 
The ecumenical women’s group I attend met at our church for this month. My friend Martha and a few of us from our church provided the lite breakfast for those in attendance.




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 I met ladies from my high school graduating class for lunch. We had some new ladies and some ladies couldn’t make it. I am finding that I enjoy seeing these girls. I am the last lady on the left.





We only had three of us for our Friends luncheon. We may not meet in November. My friend that tries to arrange these has been involved in teaching a class for about eight sessions. Those sessions have not been in consecutive weeks.


About the middle of the month, I was able to act as the worship leader. I was uneasy and I did make a few mistakes. Everyone who has done it told me I did well.

I haven’t done much writing lately. I have not been up to it. Just copying thoughts about Philippians for the Bible Study I am leading at that retirement community and some short blog posts.

I have been trying to find the time and energy to get out and take some pictures.
Here are two that I snapped:

       

                            This tree sits at the front corner of our neighbor’s front yard.



                   
 I went out the front door to rollup car windows when I looked up and saw these two trees. The leaves caught the sunlight in such a way that the looked brilliant red instead of yellow.

A cousin surprised me with a gift. He lives in northern Indiana and I don't get to see him that often. He's one of my Facebook friends and I believe he got some sort of message about my personal beliefs. Here's what he sent me.

                                                   
               
                                           A pro-life tee-shirt. I was humbled by his action.

I had been considering purchasing a new digital camera. I finally did it.  I was having a bad day, nothing really went right or as I thought it should go.  I decided to go ahead and order it. I like the camera on my cell phone but it doesn't bring objects closer. I should receive it and the other supplies in two days from when I placed the order. 


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Faith and Peace



Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1-2 (ESV)

Paul explains in chapter 4 of Romans that Abraham believed God and, because of that, he was justified before God.

He concludes that because of our faith, we, also, receive peace with the Lord God through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Our trust in Jesus is because of what He did for us at Calvary. He took away our sins and placed them on Himself. Those big ones that we’d rather no one know about and those ‘little’ ones that we tend to commit every day. Even those ones we feel we do because we are “tired”, “angry”, or “right in doing it.”

Our faith should grow as we grow in the LORD. It grows as we face trials in our lives. Each of us learns something new about God and ourselves as we await the outcome of each difficult circumstance in our lives.

Each of God’s children desires to have peace in their lives. The kind of peace God offers His children is true and everlasting peace.  The peace the world offers lasts until the next misunderstood statement is uttered, the next hostile act is done, or the next act of terrorism happens.

Don’t you think God’s peace is better?

 

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