Psalms of a Woman

Parting of the Red Sea

PASSOVER PRAYER

You brought us out of Egypt

Yet sin is in us still

Cleanse us now from secret faults

And help us search Your will

 

For You delivered us from sin

A price was sorely paid

Your only Son You sacrificed

Our stripes were on Him laid

 

Help us now to not look back

On Egypt to desire

The worldly ways that call to us

Each day that does transpire

 

Help us be like Miriam

Who sang a joyful song

When the sea was driven back

You led the mighty throng

 

So, help us now to not look back

To run the race You’ve given

Forward as we travel on

For grace has now been given

~ April 2014

Miriam Singing For Joy

 “Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults.”

~ Psalms 19:12

“But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.”

~ Romans 7:23

“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”

~ Revelation 18:4

“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

~ James 4:4

 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

~ 1 John 2:15

“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”

~ Matthew 6:10

 “He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.”

~ Matthew 26:42

“And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.”

Exodus 15:20

“And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.”

Exodus 15:21

 “Therefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”

~ Hebrews 12:1

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

~ Hebrews 12:2

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The Passover ~ When We Can’t Forgive Ourselves

Perfectionist Depression

Women who are perfectionists, even for the most noble of reasons, that of pleasing God, can often fall into discouragement and even depression because they have a hard time forgiving themselves for mistakes made.  I know.  I was one of them.  We have a checklist each day.  We check it twice.  We check it more than twice.  How about all day long? We have our daily checklist of what the perfect woman, wife, mother, serving member of a church, and/or good neighbor is, and when we slip up….. Well, if they could invent an invisible flog only to be felt by ourselves, I think we would be one of the first ones to run out and purchase one.

Not being able to forgive oneself for mistakes can literally cripple your joy and make life miserable.  The simple truth is, my dear daughters in Christ, WE CAN’T! That’s what Christ’s sacrifice is for.  We’re simply not big enough or powerful enough to do it.  ALL have sinned.  We ALL are growing.  We’re God’s children, and when we put forth our best effort, though not perfect, God is pleased. Remember the verse “He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” I might add here, “not who are diligently perfect in everything.” Somehow, we tend to forget that verse and concentrate on our flaws and imperfections.

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” 

~ Hebrews 11:6

I’d like to consider my recent post on Abraham’s wife Sarah.  She was faithful enough to be written in the Hall of Fame in the faith chapter in Hebrews 11, considered a mother of faith, even though she suffered from many human weaknesses.

Yes, we can forget that it is faith in God’s ability to forgive that frees us from guilt. When Passover season comes around, many women who constantly question their worth, also tend to come to the Passover services with their heads hanging down, feeling that we have too much baggage to be forgiven.  God, however, says otherwise.  Passover is a time to remember that He, the Creator of all living, Creator of the entire universe is looking down on us with eyes that seek to willingly forgive us. If we come to Him with a humble attitude He is quick to praise us for jobs well done.

I have a feeling that David had this same propensity to be a perfectionist, to flog himself for every wrong thought.  When David wrote Psalms 51, I think he probably felt as we do at times.  We too need to have God restore us to the joy of His salvation.  Let’s look at the words of David:

“Create in me a clean heart, oh God, and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not thy Holy Spirit from me.  RESTORE unto me the JOY of thy salvation.  Then will I teach transgressors thy ways and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”

Psalm 51:11-13

Ahhhh.  I love that Psalm.  I meditate on it when I catch myself in the middle of flogging myself mentally.  I stop and remember these words and instead of beating myself up, go to God in prayer.  This helps to free us from the bondage we put ourselves under. God is the only one who can forgive our sins, and He is much greater and more powerful than you or I, and He willingly with gladness will give us grace in time of need if we’re repentant and our hearts are desiring to please Him.

Yes, the Passover is a solemn time, but it is also a joyous time.  He has given us eternal life willingly.  He didn’t have to.  He deeply desires to forgive us to give us hope and give us peace and joy.

Let’s look at the very Passover service Christ performed before He gave Himself on His own accord for us at His crucifixion.  He reminds us of the peace that He desires to give us.

Here are the some of the words that He wanted to leave with us right before his death…..

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  

“Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.”

~ John 14:27-28

Yes, the Father indeed greater and bigger than our capabilities and willingly gave His Son to be our intercessor. Our Father, the great and powerful Almighty God is willing and able to forgive….even when we can’t.  Let’s remember this during this Holy Day season.  It is a season of thankfulness, a season of praise to the great God who loves us so much and deeply desires a relationship with us.

Yes, when we can’t forgive ourselves.  Don’t worry.  God can.  Be joyful for His perpetual grace!

Grateful Woman

Prayer: “Thank you Father for the continual grace you bestow on your children.  I know that I’m imperfect, but you are perfect.  I thank You for willingly giving Your Son as a sacrifice that washes  us clean and takes our sin away from us as far as east is from the west.  Help us to truly come to believe that, and help us to embrace it. Help us to remember that you promise to give us peace, a peace that the world cannot know.  We stand on your promises, dear God.  Help this day to be a day of joy and peace because of the great sacrifice we have in your Son that we are especially reminded of this time of year.  Help us to hold that promise close to our hearts as we walk with you each and every day throughout the year. We thank you.  We love and praise you. In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.”

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Rubies ~ Are We Willing To Take The Pressure?

Virtuous Woman Proverbs 31:10

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” ~ Proverbs 31:10

At times, do trials seem to increase right before Passover season? This seems to be a constant theme for many people as this season approaches.  It would seem Satan does not appreciate this holyday, as it pictures Christ’s sacrifice, and he being defeated.  Christ now gives us the power over death, as we will be resurrected and become spirit-born children of God at His return.

“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.”

~ Hebrews 2:14

Hebrew scholars have correlated the New Testament Passover services with the betrothal of Christ to the church.  Satan knows this, and this season, I believe, reminds him that in the end Christ wins, we are victorious, and he is utterly defeated.   He does not want us at Christ’s wedding supper at His return.

As we see in Revelation, it speaks of Satan going after the church because Satan is angry because he has very little time left, but once again, our Savior steps in and protects His people, His bride. (Revelation 12)

What does this have to do with the Proverbs 31 woman?  The Lord says:

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.”

~ Proverbs 31:10

If we are striving to live the Proverbs 31 mandate, you can be sure that Satan is going to come out and try to attack those attributes to bring us down in our walk with God; but, “greater is He that is in us then he that is in the world.”

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

~ 1 John 4:4

1 John 4:4

We need to be on guard and vigilant, watching those areas with prayer and thankfulness because we have our Captain, Jesus Christ our Betrothed that goes before us.  With His help, we can look at those characteristics of the Proverbs 31 woman and strive, especially now with zeal to live them each and everyday and God will bless us and our families because of our faith and trust in Him. He has shown His faithfulness to us time and time again, and we need to remind ourselves of His constant care when trials beset us.

But what do trials have to do with rubies?

Because God compares the Proverbs 31 woman to rubies, I would like share what this precious gem has to do with some of the heavy trials we face at times in our lives and how God is forming in us beautiful spiritual qualities.

“Diamonds may get all the attention, but rubies and sapphires are the first choice of kings and the affluent because of their extreme rarity. Only special conditions, initiated by the Flood, could have produced these rare beauties.” 1

…but those little gems have had to go through a considerable amount of heat and pressure to form…then be cut and polished to appear in jewelry or be a part of Aaron’s breastplate of judgement.

“Rubies are formed beneath severe heat as well as pressure in the Earth’s crust. The elevated pressure as well as the temperature roots the elements accountable for the formation of rubies to become molten.” 1

Similarly, sometimes in our lives we feel as if we just can’t take the pressure, take the heat? There may be circumstances that are out of our control or trials that have gone on for extended periods of time.  We may become weary and burdened and wonder where God is in all of it, and perhaps even want to give up.  “Lord, it’s just not worth it,” you may ponder if the burden becomes too heavy to bear.  As stated above, rubies, like diamonds are created under intense heat and pressure deep inside the earth.  God also uses our trials to create these masterpieces, precious gems, that will eventually be mined, polished, and treasured.

If we, however, are willing to endure, to consciously make a determined effort…a choice to accept God’s sovereignty in our lives, and to lean on Him, the burden seems so much lighter and easier to bear.

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations, knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

~ James 1:2-4

There have been many women in the Bible who have gone before us, determining that they were “willing” to endure, giving them a vision….that of becoming beautiful rubies. The Proverbs 31 women exhibited the Godly character traits we need to work on throughout our lives, and especially during trials if we are to be formed into this rare gem. It isn’t  easy to do, but it is necessary in the process to create  such a beautiful gem.

Proverbs 31 Woman

This we know for certain, if we allow God to manifest His workmanship in us now during this lifetime, we will used by God in His soon coming Kingdom to serve others, be a crown to our husband (Proverbs 12:4), and a blessing to our children.  (Proverbs 31:28)

Are we willing to take the pressure now?

It’s our choice.

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1 http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v5/n2/rubies

2 http://www.ask.com/question/how-are-rubies-formed

Coming Soon ~ Women’s Book Study

The Remarkable Women of the Bible

“The Remarkable Women of the Bible ~ And Their Message For Your Life Today”

by Elizabeth George.

  I’ve decided to do a women’s book study that I feel you will find both encouraging and motivating. There are 15 short chapters and a message for you and I as women of God that I think you will find edifying and thought provoking.  I will be posting the main focus of each chapter and my thoughts on each of the chapters each Wednesday, beginning March 29.  Let’s spring forward together and enrich our lives with the examples of courage, faith, and promise of some of the most unique women of the Bible.

From the introduction:

“If you are like me, your life resembles one long obstacle course.  Every day is filled with challenges of singleness, married life, and child raising. They know about going without, about loss, old age, death and dying.  All of the pain, sorrow, confusion, and the difficulties under the sun have touched their hearts; and now they live in God’s Word to instruct us as we cope with our lives today.”

“Beloved, these women are gifts of God to you and to me.  Whether or not you have a  mother or a friend or a mentor who is available, you have the remarkable women of the Bible.  Let them share with you.  Let them encourage you.  Let them counsel you.  Let them show you the best way – God’s way to handle everyday and every difficulty.” Pg 7-8

We will sit down together and discuss their remarkable stories just as we would sit together in your kitchen and let the Bible teach us the lessons that many young women may have never been taught while growing up, but God our Father is a living Father, and He is always available and our best instructor.

Here are the women we will be looking at:

Eve – Remarkable Creation

Sarah – Remarkable Faith

Rebekhah – Remarkable Journey

Jochebed – Remarkable Mother

Miriam – Remarkable Leader

Rahab – Remarkable Grace

Deborah – Remarkable Wisdom

Ruth and Naomi – Remarkable Devotion

Hannah – Remarkable Sacrifice

Esther – Remarkable Courage

Elizabeth – Remarkable Walk

Mary – Remarkable Life

Mary and Martha – Remarkable Love

Dorcus, Lydia, Priscilla, Phoebe – Remarkable Servants

I hope you can join us as we journey with them and find the hidden treasures God has had written down for our learning and instruction.

There is also a study guide to go along with this, “The Remarkable Women of the Bible Growth and Study Guide:  And Their Message for Your Life Today (Growth and Study Guides)”, but this isn’t necessary.

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The Anxious Mind ~ Lessons From Solitaire

Solitaire

When I woke up this morning, my mind was already racing.  What if this happens?  What if that happens? What if, what if, what if?  Do you ever have those kinds of mornings?

I sometimes will run to my Solitaire game to soothe the racing thoughts.  This morning, I felt particularly anxious and went to play a few games to settle my mind.  I found that I had left my Bible program running and forgot to close it down the night before.  So, I closed my Bible program down and turned on one of my calm-me-down avenues, Solitaire.

Do you ever have this continuing feeling when playing Solitaire that you are beginning to win and then all of the sudden get stuck? “There’s nowhere else to turn!”  This is my first game mind you.  “Okay, so this is how it’s going to go today,” I mumble to myself.  Normally, I quickly go to the next game.  This time I didn’t.  Stop! What if I’m a little more patient for once and try moving some upper hand cards to the lower hand and patiently move around a few more, patience, patience….and more patience.  But this takes time! “I don’t have all day!,” I’m thinking to myself; but I continue to try something new, being patient instead of my normal let’s move on, maybe something might work.

After about five minutes, the cards fell into place and I won the game.  Usually at the end of the game if all the cards are used, I quickly go to the next game, before finishing to place all the cards on top the Aces; but this time I waited.  Just to test my patience, one by one I placed the cards one on top of the other on their matching Aces.  Wow, that took patience on my part. I couldn’t believe how impatient I was when I took a good look at my attitude.

Victory in Solitaire

Then comes the glory celebration where all the cards start bouncing around joyfully until every card haa their say.  Once again, I didn’t want to wait, but go on to a new game, not celebrating in my victory, but this time….

I sat there and waited and pondered…

Is this the way I play out my life, so impatient? Do I take the time to stop when I’m frustrated, wait with patience and see if I can slowly work through some issues, not giving up before I go on to the next game in life, opportunity, or relationship?  And when I do win, i.e.,  life situations do work out, do I sit back and relax and enjoy the victory?

Wow, what an eye opener! What I really needed that morning was to first go to the Bible program I had left open the night before and check out some important verses about patience, longsuffering, faith and hope. These are a few things I’d like to hone in on.

“Rest in the LORD and wait patiently….” ~ Psalms 37:7

Have you ever found yourself in situations in life when you worried unnecessarily and things actually turned out for the better?  How many days have we wasted in our lives in worst case scenario thinking, when all the time God had things worked out for us concerning our difficulties or for those we love, preparing their hearts for a deeper relationship with Him?   Remember God knows the heart of men and has a plan for each and every man.  Trusting in ourselves to work out every situation in our lives is pretty prideful when it comes down to it.  After all, can’t stop the rain from falling or add one cubit to our stature, can we?

Just a little more patience….when we think we can’t endure any longer, then many things work out even better without our efforts.  Why? Because God still hears our prayers.  He, however, has a timetable that we cannot see.  He desires to build in us longsuffering and patience, to learn to wait on Him.  Those are the treasures of heaven, the spiritual aspects of love that He desires most to give to us, His children.

Also, when God does work out situations we think are impossible, do we then take the time to thank Him and rejoice? Or do we quickly go on to the next game, the next worry ASAP, like as in my Solitaire game? There are many things for me to ponder this morning after this short game of Solitaire.

Here are some verses I think about to help me when I get into a “I have to do it myself, and if I worry hard enough and long enough, I can make it happen,” attitude:

“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” ~ Psalm 27:17

“I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints.” ~ Psalm 52:91

“Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.”  ~ Proverbs 20:22

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”  ~ Psalms 84:11

“O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.” Psalm 34:9

“The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.” Psalms 34:10

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” ~ Psalms 46:10

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”  ~ Romans 8:28

My brethren, count it all joy when you have various trials, knowing this; that the trying of your faith produces patience.  But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, lacking nothing.  ~ James 1:2-4

Sometimes it seems impossible to fix the trials we are faced with or have the solutions to help someone else with theirs, but how difficult is it for God?

“And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” ~ Mark 4:39

When difficulties encompass us and we fill like we are surrounded by situations over which we have no control, i.e., storms of life, and we become filled with anxiety, let’s remember that we need not go through it alone if we call on God.  We need not let fear and anxiety overwhelm us. We don’t have to play the game of Solitaire.  We need not be all alone.  We have the Bible program continually running in our minds, which contain precious and true promises.  It’s our choice.  He is continually with us if we include Him in our life to give us strong, firm, faithful promises to calm our anxious minds.

Tempest Painting

If He can say to the wind, “Be still,” He can also calm our hearts and do wonders in our life and in other people that we love. We have to remember He did allow the waves to engulf the ship before He spoke these words, as sometimes circumstances in life feel out of control; but let us wait patiently on Him.  Be still and let Him do His work. Then we can remember to rejoice in the victory God will give to us!

Calm Sea

Prayer:  “Dear Father, We know there are things in our lives we have no control over and sometimes cause us to become anxious and lose faith in Your goodness to help.  Please help us to bring to mind the words which You have given for us to comfort us in these times.  Help us to know that You Who have created all things will work everything out for our good and those we love if I only we wait on You.  Please open our eyes to see the treasures You may be creating in us or those we love, that of patience and longsuffering while we wait on You. Help us to remember to not forget to be grateful to those who help us gain the victories in this life, especially you Father.  We thank You for this day and we ask You to please fill us with Your spirit of faith and trust in You.   In Jesus name we pray.  Amen”

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Published in: on January 9, 2014 at 7:15 pm  Comments (1)  

1,000 Things To Be Thankful For

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#33 Autumn Colors

Riding my bike this morning, I couldn’t help but notice the edges of the trees turning their beautiful fall colors, orange, yellow, and that spectacular red! It’s as if the sky becomes ablaze with color this time of year.  There are so many lessons one can glean from the gorgeous fall colors.  It’s amazing that from the death of a leaf comes beauty.

At this time of year, as I meander through this vivid display, I recall just how as the leaves of the trees wither and die in the autumn, our lives sometimes have their trials.  At times they may seem to make no sense at all, and we can feel as if life’s trials are causing us to wither emotionally.  If, however, we are close to God, those trials can produce beauty, just as the fall colors are an awesome display of God’s design.  Sometimes, we have to frequently come before God during these trials and ask Him to open our eyes to the joy, the resultant beauty that God promises below.

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into various trials; knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience.  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” ~ James 1:2-4

Entire, wanting nothing! That’s a pretty spectacular promise!

So, my sisters, remember the next time your eyes happen upon these beautiful fall colors, remember one of the lessons God designed through it to bring us comfort.  For that I am very thankful! 🙂

Each week, I join in with hundreds of other bloggers to add to my list of One Thousand Gifts. Ann Voskamp, who started the Gratitude Community, has recently written a book called One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. Please, if you can, get your hands on your own copy of this book. Ann offers much food for thought in this beautifully written book.

If you want know more about the book, you should visit the website called (in)courage. Their book club has been featuring videos of Ann discussing each chapter of her of her book. You can watch the videos HERE.

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Below are some articles and videos I have found helpful in regard to the positive aspects of trials in our life:

http://www.ucg.org/christian-living/trials-and-tribulations-gods-people/

http://www.ucg.org/sermon/spiritual-power-encouragement/

http://www.ucg.org/christian-living/perseverance-staying-it-end/

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Whatsoever Things Are Lovely ~ Think On These Things

 

I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend.  He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning to the end.

 

He noted that first came the date of her birth

And spoke the following date with tears,

But he said what mattered most of all

Was the dash between those years.

 

For that dash represents all the time

That she spent alive on earth.

And now only those who loved her

Know what that little line is worth.

 

For it matters not how much we own:

The cars, the house, the cash,

What matters is how we live and love

And how we spend our dash.

 

So think about this long and hard

Are there things you’d like to change?

For you never know how much time is left,

That can still be rearranged.

 

If we could just slow down enough

To consider what’s true and real

And always try to understand

The way other people feel.

 

And be less quick to anger,

And show appreciation more,

And love the people in our lives

Like we’ve never loved before.

 

If we treat each other with respect,

And more often wear a smile

Remembering that this special dash

Might only last a little while.

 

So, when your eulogy is being read

With your life’s actions to rehash,

Would you be proud of the things they say

About how you spent your dash?

 

~ Linda Ellis

 

Colossians 4:5  Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Psalms 103:16 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

Psalms 103:16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

Ecclesiastes 7:1  A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.

Eccleiastes 7:2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.

 

 

 

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1000 Things To Be Thankful For

22.  The ability to cry, not only for the touching things in life, but also for all the pain that is in the world. It is a horrendous sadness to see the suffering of this world, but not to cry is much more horrendous.

Matt 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

23.  The tremendous encouragement I get when I see parents with such great a love, sacrificing so much for their handicapped child.

24.  The finish line in this life God sets before us, waiting with open arms and with tears of joy. As I get older, the more thankful I am that God is the coach in this marathon.

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

25.  Ears that can hear the call of spring around the corner physically and spiritually, reminding me that through God who created the seasons, he has also promised to renew in me a clean heart.

26.  The knowledge that there is a God and that He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

27.  The sunrise and sunset.  This is a reminder everyday for me that God’s words are as sure as the rising and setting of the sun and therefore are all His promises to me as sure.

Jeremiah 33:20-22 Thus saith the LORD; If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season; then may also my covenant be broken

 

Each week, I join in with hundreds of other bloggers to add to my list of One Thousand Gifts. Ann Voskamp, who started the Gratitude Community, has recently written a book called One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. Please, if you can, get your hands on your own copy of this book. Ann offers much food for thought in this beautifully written book.

If you want know more about the book, you should visit the website called (in)courage. Their book club has been featuring videos of Ann discussing each chapter of her book. You can watch the videos HERE.

Published in: on March 7, 2011 at 3:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

1000 Things To Be Thankful For

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 Col 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful..

19.  A deep and wonderful relationship I have built with my spiritual Father because of God’s great mercy to me in times of  trouble.  He alone has reached down and held my hand and brought me through fear and depression to a joy, faith and peace that I never ever thought I’d have.  He has bound up my emotional wounds and given me a hope that I am able to share with others to encourage them.  What a precious precious gift!

20.  Thankful for other brothers and sisters, God’s children that I hope to encourage and give them a glimpse of God’s beautiful, wholehearted compassion and mercy and boundless love!

 Php 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

If you are experiencing that hopelessness and struggling to understand our spiritual Father and Brother Jesus Christ, come on my journey with me —  come and see that God is good!

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1000 Things To Be Thankful For

 

11.  Food to eat, not only my daily bread physically but spiritually.

12.  Snow, that each one is different from the other.  There are no two alike.  It reminds me that concerning God’s children, no two people are exactly the same, but just as beautiful in God’s eyes.

13.  Emotions, even if they are misguided at times.  I’m learning to appreciate God’s love through them.

14.  Time.  God has given us time enough to build in us valuable lessons not learned any other way.

15.  Faith.  I thank God for this faith that I learned through my car accident.  It sharpened my focus that I’m never alone, that I can be here to type this thankful list.

16.  Little children living in the moment.  They really have a joy about them no matter what circumstance they are in,  not waiting for the perfect situation.

17. A Father in heaven who hears.     

18. This country, where I can practice my religious beliefs of my choosing without fear.

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