PRAYERS & WISHES FOR THANKSGIVING

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Can adversity ever be a good thing?  It’s obviously unpleasant and no fun at all, but when God tests our faith, it can make us stronger and help us to learn lessons that make us better people.  The Bible talks about how we will be refined like gold and silver – and sometimes that heat gets mighty HOT.

Those are the times when we are tempted to stop believing, stop praying and stop reading the Bible.  We just want to throw our hands up and quit.  If we do that it certainly does not give God glory and it makes Him sad because we’ve lost faith and trust in Him.

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On the other side of that coin, we know that God is long-suffering.  In other words, He’s patient with us because He knows we are human and can’t see what’s down the road like He can.  God is not standing in front of us with a bat, ready to smack us if we begin to act a bit human.  He knows we’re human because He created us!  He created angels too – but He made them with absolutely no faith whatsoever because they don’t need it – humans need faith because we’ve not seen God or Heaven or any of what lies beyond what our eyes see.

So…  God works with us when we’re in the midst of a trial.  He wants us to be successful in the end.  He doesn’t want anyone to fail or miss Heaven.  Let’s say a prayer of thanks for God’s guidance through trials:a-prayer-poem-for-thanksgiving

I know some people will think it’s odd to be thankful for the trials that come our way, but it’s God’s way of working in our lives.  If only wonderful things happened in life, would we grow and learn to depend on God more?  I don’t think so.  praising-god-during-difficult-times

The next time you are in the midst of a trial, remember that it’s God’s way to bring you back to Him.  Our God is a jealous God and wants first place in our lives.  Aren’t we thankful that God has given us the privilege of praying to Him?

It’s my wish that you’ll be drawn closer to God through adversity in life.  Although we as human beings don’t understand why things have to go wrong, we have to acknowledge God’s hand in all things.  We raise our hands and praise Him no matter what.  🙂

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LUKE 6:27-28 ON 6/27 & 6/28

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 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.  – Luke 6:27-28

Do you have enemies?  Do some people hate you?  Does anyone curse you?  Have you ever been despitefully used?  What is the natural response to any of these situations?  Fighting, backbiting, back stabbing, blackballing, revenge – wrapped up in a lot of emotional baggage including anger, sadness, feelings of rejection and hurt – big time hurt.

Doesn’t the natural response to this sound…  well – draining?  It sounds like it would take a huge toll on you not only physically, but emotionally and mentally as well.  God wants us to love enemies, do good to the ones who hate us, bless the ones who curse us and pray for the ones who despitefully use us.  God’s way is the best way.  He wants us to give it all to HIM and let it go.  Put it in His capable hands because He is able to deal with a person’s heart and soul.  He can discern motives and speak to them without interjecting emotions into the mix.  The sooner we turn those individuals over to God and pour all sorts of good out on them (which, trust me, will confuse them – it’s funny to watch), the sooner we will be free on all levels – physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally.  Freedom is what our faith is all about – and forgiveness.  You can’t experience God’s freedom without forgiveness.  Once we make a practice of handing all of that stuff over to God, we’ll find true happiness in our journey! 

THE BAGGAGE CARRIERGod is so smart – He wants to help us through life by carrying our burdens for us.  I’d definitely call a person who hates me a burden, wouldn’t you?  God knows that not everyone in life is going to be a fan of ours – or His.  Sometimes we make enemies because of our faith in God through Christ.  Sometimes we are hated because of our way of life, morals and values.  Our beliefs are not popular, to say the least…  some people don’t understand where we’re coming from.  We really don’t want to make that misunderstanding even worse by reacting to them in a way that doesn’t please our Lord, do we?  It’s not easy, but we need to remember that through Christ, we can do anything!  We won’t get it right every time, but God really wants us to do our very best.  🙂