A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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God’s Word tells us that if we were to stop singing praises to Him, the stones would cry out. I’m not making that up – not really!

“Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They replied, “The Lord needs it.” They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” – Luke 19:30-40

This portion of Scripture reminds me of a line in a song from “Jesus Christ Superstar” and I believe it’s called “Hosanna”.  It’s on You Tube so go over there and watch it.  Anyway the lyrics go something like this:

Crowd
Hosanna Heysanna Sanna Sanna Ho
Sanna Hey Sanna Ho Sanna
Hey J C, J C won’t you smile at me?
Sanna Ho Sanna Hey Superstar

Caiaphas
Tell the rabble to be quiet
We anticipate a riot
This common crowd
Is much too loud
Tell the mob who sing your song
That they are fools and they are wrong
They are a curse
They should disperse

Crowd
Hosanna Heysanna Sanna Sanna Ho
Sanna Hey Sanna Ho Sanna
Hey J C, J C you’re alright by me
Sanna Ho Sanna Hey Superstar

Jesus
Why waste your breath moaning at the crowd?
Nothing can be done to stop the shouting
If ev’ry tongue was still the noise would still continue
The rocks and stones themselves would start to sing:

Crowd, with Jesus
Hosanna Heysanna Sanna Sanna Ho
Sanna Hey Sanna Ho Sanna
Hey J C, J C won’t you fight for me?
Sanna Ho Sanna Hey Superstar

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Hands up all who sing praise and worship songs in the car while you’re driving. Yeah, me too. It’s okay as long as you don’t close your eyes, ‘cuz I mean – you’re driving.

Don’t stop singing God’s praise! He’s worthy of praise and He inhabits the praises of His people. And when you praise God it helps you as well. Nothing can stomp out a bad mood better than singing praises to God. It gives you an attitude adjustment. If you need an attitude of gratitude, sing praises to God – gratitude will follow! 🙂

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THANKS LIVING DAY 39

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PRAYER ABOUT TREASURES

So if you reached into the treasure chest of God’s blessings, (which, by the way, never empties) how many blessings would you pull out? How many could you hold? Would you be shy and not want to take too many because you don’t want to appear selfish? Or, would you get a firm grip on every blessing you possibly could?

Well it’s Thanksgiving Day, and I pray for you every possible blessing from God’s endless bounty of blessings! Don’t be shy, step up and claim them from your Lord and humbly thank Him for His goodness to you! He wants only the best for His children. He loves us so much – we can’t even imagine.

The Psalmist, David, wrote this observation in God’s Holy Word, The Bible:

I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. – Psalm 37:25

Have faith today that God will meet all your needs. This Thanksgiving you have so much to be grateful for. I know you already know that, but I’m reminding you of the obvious.

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever. – 1 Chronicles 16:34

HAPPY THANKSGIVUKAH!!! Now… pass me that punkin’ pie!!!

I wrote this little Thanksgiving poem/prayer for my friend Meri. I want to give she and her wonderful family a special shout out this year! ❤

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THANKS LIVING DAY 38

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PRAYER ABOUT PETS

On this Thanksgiving Eve I am spending time with my family. Casey has over 100 toys in his toy box, but one is special. About five years ago, we took a trip to Minneapolis, MN to visit the Mall of America, the largest mall in the country. Of course both our jaws dropped when we walked in and took in the size of the place – it’s simply astounding!

There is a store at the mall that sells novelty items for pets. We found a unique toy for Casey – it’s a duck. When you squeeze it or drop it on the floor, it quacks – not just once but about three times in a row! Do you think we were crazy for buying it? Oh – probably, but it was for our Casey, so we had to get it!

I’ve kept scrapbooks for Casey like other moms keep scrapbooks for their children. Sometimes I joke around that this is actually Casey’s house and he’s just letting us hang around as part of his pack. He calls the shots and yes, I do believe he is just a little spoiled.

Every dog has their own unique personality and Casey is no exception. He knows how to push our buttons, that’s for sure. I hope we are blessed to have him around for a long time. We’ve had a couple of scares with cancer and some arthritis, but in people years he is over 80. I hope I’m doing as well as he is when I am 80+.

Thank You, Lord, for our Casey. He brings happiness into our lives. ❤

THANKS LIVING DAY 37

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PRAYER OF THANKS FOR SAFETY

How important is safety these days? When I was a kid we didn’t have to wear a helmet to ride a bike and we had bench seats in our car with a lap seatbelt. That was “safety” back then. I remember when mom or dad had to slam on the brakes, their right arm would automatically smack across me, bracing me! Some of you remember that too, don’t you?

We are so safety conscious these days. I can’t imagine using those car seats for kids! They look so complicated! No wonder I have to wait about ten minutes for that mom in the Wal-Mart parking lot to get her child strapped in before I can get to my car door to leave.

Have you ever been out-of-town and lost? My daddy used to tell me I could get lost in my own back yard because I am so directionally impaired – but I digress. Being lost is the most helpless feeling in the world, especially in unfamiliar territory. No one likes to be lost.

I’m not perfect – there, I said it. I won’t say it again – I didn’t stutter. Perfection is not something that will be everyone’s lasting memory of me. I’m bold and I jump in and sometimes I make a great big mess of things! I can’t tell you how many times I have “rushed” God’s timing. I do rush in – but I’m a work in progress. God is working on me and teaching me that it is always best to seek His advice before just moving on with something.

When you rush God there are consequences. God forgives the root sin when you ask Him to – but there are still consequences for the actions – and sometimes those consequences are long-term. Trust me when I tell you sin will take you further than you ever wanted to go – in the wrong direction. An old hymn comes to mind:

But I have good news. God is patient and He is waiting to help you. He knows you are not perfect but He wants to help you learn how to trust His timing instead of acting and then saying, “Okay God – now bless what I’ve already done.” It doesn’t work out so good that way. Wait on Him. Wait on His timing.

Today – I’m thankful that God always allows U-turns on His road. If you are traveling the wrong direction, just make a U-turn and start relying on God and His perfect timing. ❤

THANKS LIVING DAY 36

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PRAYER TO GOD WHO OWNS ALL THINGS

There is something very freeing about knowing that the stuff you have is temporary. I know we all “know” that, but to really come to the end conclusion that it’s only stuff and will one day turn to rust – well, that gives you a brand new attitude toward life!

God is letting us borrow the things we have. He knows we have need of certain things while we live here on earth. He’s more than willing to supply all our needs (and our wants). He blesses beyond measure.

I was driving my car last Friday and heard on the radio that there are already people living out of tents in front of stores! It seems to get more crazy every year, doesn’t it? Pretty soon the “Black Friday” sales will begin in June or something! I was alone in my car – and actually laughed out loud when the D.J. said that! I thought, “How very ironic that is! Can you imagine having Thanksgiving dinner in a tent – giving thanks to God for all your bounty and adding on a little tag to your prayer – something like ‘And Lord, please let us be the first ones in the door on Black Friday.’ It’s crazy – simply insane!!!”

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Maybe I’ll watch this DVD today! I think it’s what they used to call “screwball comedy” – anyway, it makes me laugh!

Our household will have a very quiet Thanksgiving. We will be thankful and will continue to be thankful on Friday as well. No shopping and no pushing and shoving at the mall. No thank you! 🙂

Thanks Living Day 35

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SIFT
Today I am thankful for God’s Holy Spirit.  He helps me choose wise words and checks me when I make questionable choices along life’s way.

What happens when flour gets sifted?  Why do we do that?  It makes it lighter and fluffy.  When our thoughts and motives are sifted through the Holy Spirit sifter, it’s the same outcome.  We become lighter and less burdened!

God’s Holy Spirit is essential for sifting in my life – it’s what makes what I do and say much better than it would be otherwise!

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Today the old hymn BE THOU MY VISION is running through my mind.  If you have a hymnal handy or want to look it up online, take a moment to read the words slowly and deliberately.  Take some time today to thank God for His wonderful helper, comforter, guide – His Holy Spirit!  ❤

THANKS LIVING DAY 34

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PRAYER ABOUT ANIMALS

If you have 5 good friends in the course of your life, that’s a good thing! People will come and go and not all of them will stay – and not all of them are keepers. When I am a friend, I try to be a good one. I pray for my friends and help as much as I can. I take friendship very seriously and expect nothing less from my friend.

Friends are the family we would choose for ourselves if we could. They are the people who are honest with us when no one else is. They are the ones who tell us when we have a price tag hanging from that new Christmas sweater at church (yes, that really happened – sigh).

I feel free to share nearly anything with my best friends. I ask questions of them that I would not ask anyone else. When I’m crying, they cry with me. When I’m laughing, they laugh too! We don’t hide emotions. There are no masks between me and my best friends. If I hurt them – they forgive quickly. If they hurt me, I forgive quickly. We work it out; then we move on.

Sometimes friends get called away for mission service or God has another place for them to serve. It’s painful to lose friends but with Skype and other technology, it’s easier to let them go, and of course we know that God has a great work for them to do.

The reality check I need comes from my best friends. They keep me grounded when I think too much of myself or my abilities. They encourage my spirit when I feel lower than a snake’s belly. Sometimes it cuts like a knife to hear the truth from them, but I know they tell the truth and I love them for it.

Iron sharpens iron… I believe in my friends and they believe in me. We all believe in GOD and that makes all the difference! ❤