Friday, November 26, 2010
“Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.”
1 Chronicles 16:8
Thank You, God, for who You are-our Lord, our Savior, our King.
Thank You, Lord, for Your works in our lives our salvation, our talents,
and our skills.
Thank You, Father, for what You have given us our families, our friends, our occupations, our homes, our very lives.
Thank You, Lord, for our health and well-being, our safety.
Thank You, Father, for our nation, wherever we live.
Thank You, God, for Your guidance and direction as we go through this life.
Thank You, Lord, for being there with us what ever we face in this life.
Thank You, Jesus for Your presence in our lives.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
“Come let us sing for joy to the Lord,
let us shout aloud to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.” Psalm 95: 1-2
When we receive an invitation to a gathering how do we react? Are we happy, indifferent, or blasé? This passage is an invitation to praise the Lord our God.
In this passage we are asked to praise Him by singing for joy, by shouting an ‘amen’ or ‘praise the Lord’ or ‘Hallelujah’ When we praise God in worship we become a participant in the honoring of Who He Is.
What would happen if we each chose to worship our God with vigor? Would He be pleased? I believe so.
At the bottom of our church’s bulletin is the statement, “This service is subject to change by the leading of the Holy Spirit.” It does happen.
What would our personal lives look like if we were to praise God in our daily lives? Would we have difficult times as often in our homes? Would we be as subject to stress induced disorders? I think these conditions would lessen.
Monday, November 22, 2010
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord,
continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him,
strengthened in the faith you were taught and overflowing
in thankfulness” Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV)
Paul tells the church at Colosse to stay in Christ- to live stable lives, to add to them His teachings, and to become fortified by the faith they were taught, saturated to the maximum with thanksgiving.
The apostle speaks to us, as well. When we invite Christ into our hearts, we are tp to live for Him. Our lives become showcases for others to see Jesus.
Our extra time, beyond working and caring for our families, should be spent studying God’s Word. We would see our faith grow if we practiced this daily. And our hearts would be full, completely full and overflowing with thanksgiving and praise.
Thanksgiving comes from a heart full of His love and blessings. We should spend time in thanking Him for His kindness toward us.
In my writing for Him, I try to communicate that there is always something for which to give thanks, no matter how I feel physically or emotionally.
1.) Sunshine 6.) God will be with me.
2.) Fall Foliage 7.) He will guide me.
3.) God’s presence 8.) He will keep me safe.
4.) Praying People 9.) He answers prayer.
5.) Close Friends 10.) He provides for us.
I have to practice this overflowing with thanksgiving in my daily life as well as in my writing.
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