Thanks & Glory

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There are two things that will keep your thinking clear and your hearts filled with God’s divine love: giving God glory and giving God thanks.

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Romans‬ ‭1‬:‭21‬ NIV

When you make thanksgiving and worship a daily necessity you are fortifying your spiritual life and strengthening your mental one.

It is the difference between enduring and embracing your life.

Jesus died and rose again so that you could have life and have it to the full. John 10:10 NIV

What are you thankful for today?

How will you worship Jesus today?

It’s the Holidays

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As we head into Thanksgiving Week and then Christmas right after, I want to remind you that the holidays can be wonderful and terrible at the same time.
As much as they create opportunities for new memories, they also bring reminders of old ones. Moments of joy and thanksgiving are often mixed with sadness and loss.
Jesus allowed himself to feel emotions, all of them. He mourned. He loved. He was thankful. He knew that there was time for all of them and that they often overlap.
Jesus knew that there is:
“a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,”
‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬
This year, give yourself permission to feel all the emotions this time brings. Walk with Jesus through them, acknowledge them, embrace them. Grieve if you need to.
When you take time to mourn, you make room in your heart.  Ungrieved losses of the past must be processed so that you can fully experience the moments of joy in the present.
Being a Christian doesn’t mean that you are always happy or only feel “good” emotions. It means that you choose to walk with Jesus through all the emotions that this time in your life brings.
Walking with Jesus during this time means you are more fully present in it than you have ever been before.
May you fully embrace and be fully embraced by Jesus as you experience this holiday season with Him by your side.

Chill

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Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.”

Psalm 116:7 NIV

Don’t let a bad attitude rob you of a good opportunity to be used by God today.

The very best way to to change your attitude is reminding yourself who God is and who you are in Christ.

When the world crowds you and makes you feel claustrophobic with all the “things needed ASAP”, it is good to take a moment to chill and remember that God is good and has been good to you.

It resets your perspective and returns your internal state from “fret” to “rest”.

Unwind your worry.

Reset your soul to rest.

God has called you to be a change maker where you are.

He will give you everything you need to do it including reminding you to get out of the way.

Let go of all the things you can’t control today and reset the one thing you can- your attitude.

 

What does re-setting your soul to rest in Jesus look like for you today?

Thanks and Glory

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There are two things that will keep your thinking clear and your hearts filled with God’s divine light: giving God glory and giving God thanks.

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Romans‬ ‭1‬:‭21‬ NIV

When you make thanksgiving and worship a daily necessity you are fortifying your spiritual life and strengthening your mental one.

It is the difference between enduring and embracing your life.

What are you thankful for today?

Daily Bread

““Give us today our daily bread.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Lord, give me what I need for today.

Not what I needed yesterday.

Not what I will need for tomorrow.

What I need today.

Today’s strength.

Today’s sustenance.

Today’s vision.

Today’s peace that passes understanding.

It might look different than I expect it to but it will do the job nonetheless.

You are amazing like that.

Thank you, Lord, for today’s provision, for today’s daily bread.

In Jesus Name, amen.

Enjoy Today

  

Some days are easy to enjoy.

Some days are not.

As a child of God, redeemed and being recreated in Him – the day doesn’t get to choose if it is enjoyable or not- you do.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭4‬ NIV)

The “always” is there because you won’t always feel like rejoicing.

Some days test your patience, challenge your sanity and make you want to say bad words.

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭5-6‬ NIV)

Instead of blowing up, ask for help.

God is close- so close, you can lean on Him, talk to Him and ask for His help.

And instead of focusing on what is driving you crazy, focus on asking God to help you find something to be thankful for (even if it is that the day will be over).

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭7‬ NIV)

The peace of God does not depend on outward circumstances, other people’s choices or mistakes. It comes from God and transcends all human understanding.

You can have the peace of God within you as the world goes crazy around you.

You don’t have to understand it to receive it.

Rejoice is the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice.

Enjoy today.

Grace Giving

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I am most thankful for grace.

Undeserved.
Unwarranted.
Un-earn-able.

Paid for by Christ, received by me and the only reason I can have a relationship with God at all.

May you give grace today as freely as you have received it,
to those who don’t deserve it,
don’t warrant it and
have not earned it.

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

Freely you have received; freely give. (‭Matthew‬ ‭10‬:‭8‬ NIV)

Have a wonderful grace-filled Thanksgiving day.