More Thoughts From a Grateful Heart

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“…the joy of the LORD is your strength.”   Nehemiah 8:10b   I want to thank the LORD that His joy is my strength.  No matter what is going on in my life, tough or easy, His joy gives me strength to face the day.  His joy walks with me through the day and through the night.
Cyndie Patrick

I am thankful for the women in our church who are an example to me.  Thank you for your encouragement and for the way you honor God with your lives!
Connie Grosse

I am so very thankful for the forgiveness of God through Jesus Christ for sin!  His unfailing love is humbling and life-changing!  I’m just as thankful for my husband’s forgiveness and understanding of my failings and weaknesses, and that he prefers me and builds me up.  Without the love and graciousness of the LORD and family, I could not stand!  I’m forever thankful!
Beth Vincent

I am especially thankful for our family.  We are all experiencing good health, including our beautiful great granddaughter, Arya, 20 months old.  Thank you, Lord.
Patsy Farro

I am thankful for my salvation and that I have Jesus in my life.  I am thankful for God’s continued blessings and for His provisions.  I am thankful for my Godly husband and that we are blessed with 2 wonderful daughters , 7 loving grandchildren, and 1 adorable great grandson.
Sandy Brown

 

Thoughts From A Grateful Heart

give thanks“I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.  My soul will make its boast in the LORD; The humble will hear it and rejoice.  O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together.”  Psalm 34:1-3

I have so much to be grateful for this year and every year.  God has been with me through the happy and the sad times and, like everyone else on the planet, I have experienced  both through the years.  What amazes me is how God takes those sad times and turns them into blessings in some form or another.

I have been keeping a journal for several years and every so often I read through it and am reminded how God has stayed right by my side through it all.  I don’t always feel it at the time but when I look back, I can clearly see God’s fingerprints on each and every situation.  As I think about the past year, I am grateful for the many opportunities to be a part of life celebrations and life challenges that occur regularly when you are part of a large extended family such as mine.  There were milestone birthdays, marriages, births, travel, surgeries, and emotional distress, but God’s love has shone through as I turn my attention to Him in trust and faith.

I am grateful for my friends and the sweet fellowship we enjoy.  I am happy to be prayer support for several  lovely women as they experience the ups and downs of life.  I have appreciated all the prayers that have ascended on my behalf as well.  I thank God for giving me a grateful heart.
Suzanne Krugh

When I woke up early Sunday morning I was thankful it was Sunday because I got to go to church with my Christian brothers and sisters to sing praises and worship our Lord Jesus Christ.  I’m thankful for our worship team that was leading us and for the Holy Spirit using them to draw us into praise and worship.  It blesses me to worship with all the saints.  To say I am thankful and grateful doesn’t adequately describe my mindset but I am so very thankful.  I am blessed, we all are blessed.  May God continue to open our eyes to all He has for us.
I love, love, love my dear sisters in the Lord!
Susan Costa

Created In The Likeness Of God

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“…the word of the LORD is upright, and all His work is done in faithfulness.  He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the LORD.” Psalm 33:4-52

“…be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”  Ephesians 4:23b-24

“Reckon the old nature dead….”  “Created in the likeness of God….”  These Biblical admonitions have been weighing on my heart.

This past weekend I witnessed the joy of love and the bitterness of jealousy in the same room, one by presence and one by absence.  I was blessed to be part of a surprise 90th birthday celebration for a very dear lady.  She is the third of 4 sisters, ranging in age from 94 to 88 years.  Tears flowed as she slowly made her entrance to the banquet room assisted by her nephew.  As she neared the center of the room several women with glorious white hair that matched hers arose from their chairs (one from a wheelchair) and haltingly advanced toward her.

As the shock wore off and realization dawned, the sisters clutched each other and whispered private words of love and celebration.  For the next few hours all present were treated to humorously loving stories of the growing up years of these remarkable ladies.  Sons, daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren and cousins reacquainted themselves with each other.  The eldest sister had come from Nebraska, the youngest had come from Georgia and the rest of the family had come from parts in-between.  What a joyous evening of love and laughter.

Noticeably absent from the celebration was the one sister who lives nearby.  An old grudge of jealousy has turned to bitterness and isolated her from the love, joy and comfort of family.  All evening long I ached for what she was missing.  I thought about my own sister and the differences, sometimes battles, we had as children; I thought of how we were able to put those differences aside and grow in love for Jesus and for each other.  This past summer I was able to partake in my own scene of reunion as I surprised her at her birthday celebration in Wisconsin.  What I would have missed if I had held on to bitterness!

Today I am so thankful that God not only instructs us to put on the new nature, but He gives us the power, Jesus in us, to forgive, put off the deeds of the flesh and walk with Him in righteousness and holiness.

by Marilyn Allison

You’re So Good To Me

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“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High; to shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night.”  Psalm 92:1-2 

Are you familiar with Christian recording artist Terry Clark?  He has a very distinctive, melodious voice and his songs of worship just reel you in to singing praise to the LORD right along with him.  God has plunked this song into my brain for the past two days with the result that my heart is singing His praise…over and over again.  This song is on his album, We’ve Come to Worship.  Think on these words.  May they lift your spirits as they have mine.

God, You’re So Good To Me

God, You’re so good to me
You’ve always been so good to me
I’ll sing it through eternity
God, You’re so good

I want to sing Your praise
All night long and every day
I’ll stand and worship You
My whole life through

God You’re so good to me
You’ve always been so good to me
I’ll sing it through eternity
God You’re so good

God, You’re so merciful
You’ve always been so merciful
Your blessings are so bountiful
God, You’re so good.

I want to sing Your praise
All night long and every day
I’ll stand and worship You
My whole life through

God, You’re so good to me
You’ve always been so good to me
God, You’re so beautiful
You are so beautiful
Every day You’re faithful
God, You’re so good.

God, You are so good to me.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Joy Henderson

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