I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. – Psalm 9:1
No, this is not November and it’s not a Thanksgiving post… but – in 2017 I do want a thankful heart. I will thank God – with my whole heart, and tell of all His wonderful deeds. I hope and pray I have done that here on my blog every day.
When I think of what I’m thankful for, it doesn’t seem to be a particular thing that comes to mind, but I am so thankful to God for finding me a family when my birth mother gave me up for adoption. I could have been adopted by awful people, but God saw to it that I was placed in a very good family. My parents raised me in church and taught me Christian values and morals. I’m thankful for my upbringing.
A general sense of gratitude to God for the way my life has gone – that is how I’d describe it. That’s what it means to have a grateful heart. Have you given thought to what God has done in your life? Have you thanked Him for it?
My friend Terri Boggs Rowe posted a poem she wrote on facebook. She has graciously given me permission to share it with you on today’s post.
I acknowledge God’s role in my life – He has seen to it that I was raised well – by God-fearing parents. He’s protected me and for that I am so very thankful.
Lucinda is thankful for the way God answers.
A thankful heart is a happy heart. I’m grateful for the way His plan works and for the way it continues to work for my good. There is always ALWAYS something to be thankful for. We have no right to boast about any of the good we enjoy. It’s only because of God’s grace we have all the good in our lives. 🙂
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. – Ephesians 4:32
August 25-31 is BE KIND TO HUMANKIND WEEK! If ever we needed to extend kindness and quite frankly, receive it… it is NOW! Can I get an AMEN???
A mom said YES when her daughter asked if she could wear her mermaid outfit to church. How kind of her! How many others were touched as a result?
Can a tree be kind? If so, the humble Sycamore was kind to ol’ Zach that day when Jesus was in town! Kind trees, and people, are more interested in the wellbeing of others in their realm of influence than they are in themselves. After Zacchaeus climbed down from the tree, did you see it recorded in God’s Word that the tree began to boast and brag about its part of the story? Did the Sycamore demand to be given a medal of valor? No… the humble little Sycamore just stayed rooted right there and felt grateful to be used by Father God in the story.Kind people are sensitive souls, but it’s better than having a hard heart. Humble bees don’t wear their Christianity in an obvious way, but those around them know where they stand and what they believe. They live their life quietly and walk humbly with the LORD.
Kind folks keep lists. Now, as they get older, those lists may get misplaced from time to time, but there’s always a list of tasks to do. There’s always someone who needs to receive a call or letter – and certainly someone who needs a prayer said for them!Kindness means accepting everyone where they are. God sees us and knows where we are and where we need to be heading. He doesn’t point a crooked finger at us and start nagging – so why should we?Being kind encompasses encouragement. It’s easy to say nice things to those we are comfortable around and are friends with, but what about people that you would not normally reach out to? I challenge you to encourage someone you would not normally speak to, let alone encourage.This is the most difficult of all things… know that God has forgiven you, and now… forgive yourself. Don’t let the devil rob you of the joy God wants you to have. He will try to tell you that God didn’t really forgive you – because you can still remember what you did. Well, yes – there are consequences for sin to be sure, but that does not mean that God didn’t forgive the sinful act. Once you have forgiven yourself, you can be a more kind person to others. That weight will be lifted and life will be so much better!Don’t be afraid to take the risk… we’ve all hidden in the ivy vine at one time or the other! Sometimes the experience is enough to make you think, “That’s IT – I’m never going to try to be nice to anyone ever again!” Well, just know that it’s not an attitude that comes from God. When people stomp your heart and misunderstand your intentions, just back off and go home. Have a good cry and pray to God for answers. He will help you get your act together so you can get over the trauma of rejection and hurt feelings – and try again. Folks in the world would say… GET OVER IT AND GET ON WITH IT.
Keep living a simple life and walk humbly with your God. Be genuine. Be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit this week. If you ask Him to bring others across your path, He will answer that prayer. Be the person God wants you to be. Put on the full armor of God, then pray and wait… see what God has in store for you this week.
My friend, Terri Boggs Rowe, not only spoke these words, but took the photo! Is she talented, or what??? This is her husband and their daughter dancing. Awe… The first time I saw this picture, I have to tell you, tears came to my eyes. How many fathers take the time to dance with their daughters? The message here is, even in your own family…
Be ye kind. If being kind works out for you all week long, why not make it a permanent lifestyle change? Just a thought. 🙂
Now Jesus[a] was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” 2 And he said to them, “When you pray, say:
“Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. 3 Give us each day our daily bread,[b] 4 and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”
5 And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves,6 for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’;7 and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’?8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence[c] he will rise and give him whatever he needs.9 And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.11 What father among you, if his son asks for[d] a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent;12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Jesus and Beelzebul
14 Now he was casting out a demon that was mute. When the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke, and the people marveled.15 But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons,”16 while others, to test him, kept seeking from him a sign from heaven.17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls.18 And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul.19 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges.20 But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe;22 but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil.23 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
Return of an Unclean Spirit
24 “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’25 And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order.26 Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there. And the last state of that person is worse than the first.”
27 As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!”28 But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”
The Sign of Jonah
29 When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation. It seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.30 For as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be to this generation.31 The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.32 The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.
The Light in You
33 “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness.35 Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness.36 If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.”
Woes to the Pharisees and Lawyers
37 While Jesus[e] was speaking, a Pharisee asked him to dine with him, so he went in and reclined at table.38 The Pharisee was astonished to see that he did not first wash before dinner.39 And the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.40 You fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside also?41 But give as alms those things that are within, and behold, everything is clean for you.
42 “But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.43 Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seat in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.44 Woe to you! For you are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without knowing it.”
45 One of the lawyers answered him, “Teacher, in saying these things you insult us also.”46 And he said, “Woe to you lawyers also! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.47 Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets whom your fathers killed.48 So you are witnesses and you consent to the deeds of your fathers, for they killed them, and you build their tombs.49 Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,’50 so that the blood of all the prophets, shed from the foundation of the world, may be charged against this generation,51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be required of this generation.52 Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering.”
53 As he went away from there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to press him hard and to provoke him to speak about many things,54 lying in wait for him, to catch him in something he might say. – Luke 11
How should we pray for America? The first prayer is one filled with love, praise to God through His Son, Christ Jesus, and brimming with thanksgiving! We can never out-love, out-give or out-thank our Lord. He inhabits our praises. Let’s pray:
Dear Heavenly Father, we humbly bow before you today to ask for nothing but Your presence to remain with us. We thank You for blessings that are too many to count. You have seen us through dark days and we thank You. You are oxygen to our weary souls and we need You every moment of every day. Thank You for providing for us in every way and leading us in the way we should go. Our hands are raised in praise and surrender to You today and every day. We acknowledge You in our everyday lives and know we are nothing without You. We love You for Who You are and for what You’ve done. Please keep America safe in the palm of Your mighty hand. Thank You in advance for what You will do. It’s in the precious Name of Jesus we pray, Amen.