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.

The Key

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Sometimes it is good to be reminded that the most powerful weapon in your spiritual armory is thanksgiving.

It will destroy negativity,
shut the mouth of the enemy,
banish fear and anxiety and
fill your heart with joy.

It adjusts your perspective and let’s faith in.

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good.

His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.” (Psalms 100:4, 5 NLT)

You have the key in your hands.

What are you thankful for today?

Living Large

Oprah has trumpeted the virtues of keeping a “gratitude journal” for years. I don’t have one and probably should start one (…yea, that is not going to happen). However, I do need a way to remind myself to begin with gratitude. Make it my starting place and the launching pad. I came across this verse today and it just blossomed inside like a beautiful rare flower:

“Thank you! Everything in me says “Thank you!” Angels listen as I sing my thanks. I kneel in worship facing your holy temple and say it again: “Thank you!” Thank you for your love, thank you for your faithfulness; Most holy is your name, most holy is your Word. The moment I called out, you stepped in; you made my life large with strength.” Psalm 138:1-3 MSG

This is the true secret of “living large”. It isn’t about outside income, it is about inside strength. Strength that comes from worship, the word and unique joy thank comes from beginning with gratitude. It makes room in your heart for faith. Gratitude pushes aside the doubt that lingers and changes your perspective to that of abundance instead of lack. It opens your eyes to see the possibilities instead of the problems. Where worry constricts your heart, worship expands it.

I was perusing through my mailbox this morning and I came across a post from one of my favorite blogs, Live to Write. A line that Diane Mackinnon(one of it’s authors ) wrote in her post about living your writing dreams caught my attention:

“Start by wanting what you already have.”

Isn’t that beautiful? Diane suggests making a list of things you want in your life and starting it with things you already have. She always starts her list with “a good cup of coffee.” (I like her already)

1. I want a good cup of coffee ( I have coffee!)
2. I want …

“Start by wanting what you already have”.

What a great way to start ….everything. It is simple. It is so simple that we often overlook it. We skip it like we skip breakfast and move right on to worry and doubt like it is our job.

It is amazing how freeing it is to open your heart with worship, to open your soul with thanksgiving. It is more than amazing, actually, it is vital for your life.

Start living large, my friend… You were made for it.