Saturday, November 5, 2011

Another Annoucement

As I write for God, I want to find different avenues to spread His word and His kingdom to a hurting world.
I'm blessed to announce that Following My King has been accepted for inclusion at the Fellowship of Devotional Bloggers.

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Friday, November 4, 2011

How Do We Thank God?

Enter into His gates with Thanksgiving

and into his courts with praise.

Psalm 100:4 (NKJV)

Often I wonder if we give thanks to God in ways acceptable to Him. Do we say thank you to Him as we prepare to do or say something else?

You know the scene, “Thank you, God for the nice day-Oops, gotta be somewhere in three minutes.

Sometimes, we say the words but don’t mean it in our hearts. We see others do this in our world, but might we also do it to God? Our words are what we believe God wants us to say but inside we aren’t thrilled with the outcome. We shouldn’t have even tried to voice out ‘phony’ thanks because God already knows what we really think. Our thankfulness is supposed to be an overflow of what’s in our heart.

We don’t mean to be unthankful. Our schedules get too busy. We forget we have to rest, to eat or take care of ourselves. Some of us bring this busyness upon ourselves because we don’t establish priorities in our lives.

Two of my closest friends have chosen to make their families especially their husbands a priority in their plans. In each instance the husband has had health crises that could have taken them from this earth. Both these women are thankful for their husband’s recovery; they show their thankfulness by their obedience to God.

Several years ago, a dear Christian lady had to become almost homebound herself because her husband had a severe stroke. She also had her own health issues to deal with during this time. She moved herself and her husband back to their home state in order to be near her brothers. This was hard on her but she felt it was what she needed to do. She got better care for him after they moved. God was in this. She also displayed thankfulness to God by being obedient.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Are We Truly Thankful?

For the bounty which are to receive, we thank you, Oh God.
  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything,

by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,

present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

We sometimes accept a gift from God and just keep on going. When we do this we grieve His Spirit. After we know Him through  worship, our desire is to please Him.

Parents teach young children by modeling the practice of saying ‘Thank you’ to them and to each other. When the parents know the child has learned to respond with the right words, they start the process over with the phrase, ‘You’re welcome.’ About the same time, when someone gives the child something, the parents remind the child to thank the person by asking, “What do you say?”

When our son was a toddler, Hubby took him to a local racetrack to watch the qualifications for an annual event. They were sitting in the grandstand behind a couple of women. The two made over our son. One asked to give him a cookie. Hubby gave the okay and our little guy took it and said, “Thank you; I welcome.” The woman who offered it said, “Yes, honey, you sure are.”

We should give thanks for the small things, as well as the large things God does for us. Our thanks should come as soon as we recognize that God has done something for us.

Are we thankful for the small things?

Do we thank God for the rainy, damp and dismal days?

Do we thank Him when we feel discouraged?


For another's thoughts on Thanksgiving go to Beneath The Surface:Breath Of Faith

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