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Choose to Be Thankful

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good;  his mercy is everlasting;  and his truth endures to all generations.   Psalm 100:4-5

John MacArthur writes, “Thanksgiving grabs our attention, shakes the cobwebs loose and reminds us of all God’s most precious gifts.”

We plod through life, mostly oblivious. We don’t appreciate the vigor of youth until we lose it. We don’t celebrate the blessing of good health until illness strikes.  As humans we find it easier to mourn what we don’t have rather than celebrate the multitude of blessings we take for granted.

Let’s join Mr. MacArthur in shaking those cobwebs loose and being thankful.  Start with the basics.  Thank God for your life, for clean air to breathe and water to drink.  Be thankful for nourishing food, jobs and warm houses. Celebrate your friends and family. Consider those wonderful blessings that fill your life. The psalmist says a wise man heeds these very things.

Whoever is wise, let him heed these things and consider the great love of the Lord.  Psalm 107:43 NIV

 

Just Because You Don’t See It, Doesn’t Mean it isn’t There by Guest Contributor, Joni Ames

Thanks to Joni Ames for these insightful comments.  For more about Joni, see http://www.JoniAmes.org

 

One day recently when I was watching the kid movie, “Epic,” with my granddaughter , one of the characters said, “Just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.” – Amen! – That really struck a chord with me because there are several things I had begun to feel discouraged about because I haven’t yet seen them come to pass. But we need to remember that, as The Word says, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

I feel like there are some things God has promised each of us that we each are waiting for, and we need to remember to encourage each other to hold fast to His promises and not give up. Even though we can’t yet see them with our natural eyes, let’s keep our spiritual eyes fixed on the prize of the finished product. For as it says a little further into that chapter (in verse 3), “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” – It is in believing that we WILL see them!

It seems lately that I’ve come across many people that the enemy is trying to harass and discourage regarding life itself. Even to threatening them that their life will be taken before they get to see God’s promises come to pass. In that, as I was sitting in church this past Sunday morning, the Lord spoke to me to tell folks, “Stop worrying about what you might die from and get on with what you were born to LIVE for, through the power of the name, blood, and broken body of Jesus Christ!” Yes! Not by might, not by power, but by Your Spirit, oh Lord! We need to PRESS towards the mark and not listen to the lies of the enemy! Speak out loud and tell those things “NO! I refuse that discouraging thought, in Jesus name!!” Then begin to speak out thanks to God – in advance – for the fulfillment of His promises.

Prayer for a Broken Dream

Dear God,

If today I lose my hope,

please remind me that your plans

are better than my dreams.

Amen

 

Looking for Miracles

But I was lowered in a basket from a window in the wall and slipped through his hands.   2 Cor 11:33 NIV

 Paul was trapped by his enemies and fleeing for his life.  Imagine how he viewed the wicker basket that would lower him over the wall of the city and allow his escape.  Watchmen guarded the wall. People were looking for him.  He must have felt most helpless as others lowered him over the wall, in full view of anyone who might be watching.

His deliverance came in an unexpected package.  It must have felt like a wild scheme.

Mostly our deliverances come wrapped in the ordinary.  We pray for healing and yet make the appointment with the surgeon.  We pray that we can keep our jobs and stay in our homes, and then check the want ads and put our house on the market.  We arrange and rearrange our schedules to allow the steps needed to solve problems. We negotiate and renegotiate, work hard to pay the bills, and keep moving forward one baby step at a time. Though we long for the spectacular, miraculous intervention, we usually find it wrapped in the ordinary, mundane details of living.

We all could use a miracle or two in our lives.  Let’s do what we can to improve the situation but yet keep our eyes open for that unexpected, wicker basket.  Maybe God will bring our miracles wrapped in unexpected packages.

 

 

While We’re Not Looking

He moves mountains without their knowing it.  Job 9:5a NIV

Lately I’ve experienced several answered prayers.  I had grown weary praying for the situations, and had almost given up.  It seemed God was doing nothing, and that He hadn’t listened to me.  Then suddenly the last number of the combination lock clicked, and the padlock holding back the answer opened. 

 It was nothing I did.  As I said, I had about given up.  God not only had been listening, but had been working behind the scenes to make it happen at exactly the right time. 

 You’d think I would have noticed the mountain moving.  I didn’t.  It happened quietly and without fanfare.  I love when that happens!

 You may have similar situations in your life.  Don’t give up.  He may be moving a mountain without your notice.

He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.  Job 9:10-11  NIV