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.

Just Saying

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Thank You.

Thank you for praying for me as I preached last weekend. I know your prayers made a difference.

Thank you for taking a minute or two to read this blog.

Thank you for your love.

I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. (Philemon 1:4, 5 NIV)

Give. Live.

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Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. (Romans 12:1 NIV)

Any occasion to give is good. Giving thanks is how to give and live in God’s grace.

When giving thanks becomes a daily habit instead of an occasional event, life becomes rich with a perspective that invites joy.

Let’s begin this week by giving thanks to God for your body. When was the last time you did that?

Lately, the following has been my thanksgiving prayer to begin my day with. It has set me up with a new perspective and I have been so blessed by it:

“Thank you, Lord for this body. Thank you Lord that I do not serve my body but I use my body to serve you.

Use this body to work hard, reach out, touch with gentleness, embrace with faith and help others.

I am thankful for the body you have given me to live in. Bless it and may it and all I am glorify you today.”

Feel free to make it your own or make one of your own.

Give thanks. Live by His Grace.

Return To Rest

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Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. (Psalm 116:7 NIV)

The very best way restore rest for your soul is to cultivate your attitude of gratitude.

When the world crowds you and makes you feel claustrophobic with all the “things needed ASAP”, it is good to take a moment and remind yourself how the Lord has been good to you.

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

How has The Lord been good to you?

Praise and Power

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The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. (Psalm 28:7 NIV)

When I feel weak, I lean on his strength.

When I feel vulnerable and attacked, I hide behind his shield.

When my hope has been betrayed, my heart will trust in him.

When I cry out for help, he hears and responds.

When I realize I am not alone, I am not abandoned, I am loved and cared for by the Almighty God, my heart swells with thanksgiving.

I love because I am loved and there is no situation that is bigger than my God.

So no matter what I am facing, I can and will praise him.