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My dear dear friend was fussing up a storm  She was overwhelmed.  She had taken upon herself (or so she thought) a mighty task.  A dead end had opened up for her and she did not realize it because she was in the middle of it!  That happens to so many of us…but sometimes we just need a simple nudge from a friend who understands.

 

I reminded my friend very gently that it wasn’t she who was doing the work, but God.  She agreed and I know it gave her peace in the place that she needs it.

 

So many of us have not passed the GIVING THANKS TEST! 

It’s the one bridge over a great gulf of emotions that every believer has to cross and the passage is required daily.  Our best perspective is to pack up our picnic basket, get the blankets and the pillows ready and every morning prepare ourselves for a picnic with God.    What a mighty plan that He has for us!  He deserves our Thanks and He deserves our praise…even the people who may not agree with whatever doctrine we follow know that they cannot navigate themselves through this planet without the Help of Him.

 

Psalm 28:7
7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.
My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.

 

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Too often, we forget to give thanks…before we see and answer….while we are waiting for an answer…after our answer comes.  Let’s be on out THANKFUL posts at all times!

 

 

I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.   Psalm 118: 21

Romans 1:4-5
And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit. Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.

Acts 20:24 (#2 of 18 Bible Verses about Grace)
24However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me-the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.

Lamentations 3:22-24
The unfailing love of the LORD never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”

AHAPPYNEWYEAR'S

I will not cease to Thank God.  He is good.  He lovewes me unconditionally.  There is not one in the earth or the span of time that compares to Him.    This is the start of a fresh new year.  It’s an opportunity to get things right and we Thank God in advance for that. 

 

Use these scriptures to meditate upon and today…make a vow to stay close to and before God you will never regret it:

Ruth 2:12
May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done. (NLT)

2 Samuel 2:6
May the LORD now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this. (NIV)

Romans 1:8
… I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you … (NLT)

1 Corinthians 1:4
I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. (NIV)

2 Corinthians 9:13-14
Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. (NIV)

2 Timothy 1:3
… I thank God for you—the God I serve with a clear conscience, just as my ancestors did. Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. (NLT)

Numbers 6:24-26
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace. (NKJV)

 

 

Isaiah 9: 6  For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Years and years ago, a child was born in a small town called Bethlehem.  That child grew up and fulfilled the prophecy expressed by the prophet Isaiah years and years before that.  Because of his faith, his obedience and his love…we who have accepted him as our Lord and Savior…will live eternally just like he does…it’s his promise to us and he keeps his promises.

As far as this believer is concerned…it’s a Day of GREAT THANKSGIVING!  It is my sincerest aim that today you will merge Thanksgiving into your heart, your words, your prayers, in all that you do!

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Yes, I was one of those people for a while.  We only gave praise in church. It wasn’t necessarily from being grateful all of the time…it was because everybody else was.  That’s religion.  Following the traditions of men. 

God   knows the difference.  Because He is so full of mercy and compassion He has a way out for those that are “trapped” in that.  He encourages us to get to know Him.  To have a personal relationship with Him.  For when we do that…the false stuff leaves.

 

I used to be one of  “them.”   People who were uncomfortable with giving thanks and praising. I want to tell you that there are a lot of “them.”

 

They are that way for several reasons and I do not know them all.  I do know that I came from a little church of another denomination; and praise was serious but it was quiet.  I do not ever remember my pastor saying anything about giving thanks to God a lot, but I’ll bet he did.  I was just a kid and I didn’t know much.  Looking back,  I am thankful  for those people that kept that little church going.  They changed my life!    They were Germans surrounded by a huge African American population,  They ran out and embraced the  two neighborhoods that surrounded the church.  Souls were snatched back from the pit of hell!  They were rejected much…but they persisted!    I am so thankful for that!   Thankful to God Almighty!

As  a small child, every time that I had a problem or my family had a problem…I went to God.  He always answered.  I am forever thankful.

God brought me  through some calamities, protected me from certain danger and in my darkest moments…He sent light!

I ask you to take a moment and examine your life; I am certain that you have had moments when only God could intervene.  And he did…and you were grateful…but did you forget?  You see all of those times that God stepped in and saved or spared any of us…should be part of the core of our praise.  Another part of the core of that is our awareness of the great love that He has for us.

So…we all have the very roots necessary to be able to sing and shout and praise him.  There are more reasons than there are stars in the sky!

Psalm 28:7 –The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

Psalm 69:30  I will praise the name of God with song, And shall magnify Him with thanksgiving.

Psalm 95:1-6 – O Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, And a great King above all gods, In whose hand are the depths of the earth; The peaks of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for it was He who made it; And His hands formed the dry land. Come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.