I want to thank the Lord for sight. I have been blessed for the greater part of my life with very good eyesight. As i have become older the eyes have become less sharp and I wear glasses. But I still am able to see the awesome beauty of God’s creation. I see the wonders of nature, the beauty of the stars at night, the glorious colors of the sunrise, the multitudes of breathtaking flowers. I also see the faces of the ones I love, I see the smiles and the depth of Christ within their eyes. I also see the creation of life within others around me, their faces, their actions. I love looking into the faces of the elderly lined with history, the hands that have seen so many hours of work and struggle still holding on to those of a lifelong partner by their side. These eyes have seen so many beautiful and amazing things, as well as sadness, the loss of loved ones and the passing of time. I have tasted and “Seen” that the Lord is good and I thank Him so much for the great creation of sight. May I praise Him each day for the wonders that still are ahead that i may look upon and give glory to His name.
Morning Everyone! This is Another Day that the Lord has made, Let us rejoice and be glad in it. I started out being thankful to the Lord for the ability to see. A very important ability we have that I think most of the time we don’t think about until we have an issue with our eyes. Today I want to say thank you Lord for the ability to hear. We absorb so many sounds in our lifetime. Some wonderful sounds, some not so wonderful. I love the mornings in the country to listen to the beautiful songs of the birds and their creative voices to give praise to God. I love hearing the sound of rain, the sounds of the winds through the trees. I love the sounds of children laughing, the sounds of a kitten purring, the sounds of people lifting their voices to sing praises to God for His wonderful deeds, giving thanks for all that He is. Just as with our eyes, we choose the things we see, what we ingest, what things go into our minds by way of these abilities. We choose the things we hear, things we ponder about, things that affect our spirit. May we be thankful for our hearing, and be cautious about taking all of the things we hear as truth. Do those things draw us to a closer relationship with God? Do the things we hear lift others up or create doubts and hatred? Do the things we hear help us to be more useful for God’s purposes or take us away from Him? May we start each day with a prayer for God to help us with using His sensitivity to filter all the things we see and hear. To give us wisdom and direction, Love and forgiveness. May we hear His voice, in the midst of all the sounds, the chaos, the grumbling, the anger, the sounds of sadness and frustration. May we hear His still small voice that says Come to Me, All who are weak and weary and I will Give you Rest. May we listen to His voice and be Thankful that he Speaks to Us. Let us hear and say Yes Lord, here I am.
This morning’s Thank You is brought to you by the Letter “C”! Communication and Creativity. I am so very thankful for our ability to have Communication with God. He has supplied us with the blessing of prayer where we can talk with Him, ask questions, ask help in direction, ask for healing and numerous other things not only for ourselves but for others as well. It is an amazing thing He has blessed us with. When we begin our day with a conversation and thanksgiving to God, placing all of the day’s directions, needs, desires, family situations, we start with a sound foothold based on God’s strength and purpose for us. We increase our faith and hope and decrease our stresses and frustrations. Yes they do still come out of nowhere at us at times, but we have a much more stable and God centered approach to what we will face as we go through our days. Not only is our Communication with God so important, it also inspires us to stay in contact with those we love. To continue, during this non social time, speaking with our friends and family with encouragement, hope, love, laughter and other ways to help touch them and reassure them that God is still with them and loves them dearly. Find new and Creative ways to reach out to those we love. Contact them by phone, FaceTime, through snail mail with a letter or just a postcard (yep they still make those) to encourage them and let them know they are loved. Ask God to spark the creativity in you for your family and friends. What new ways can you spend wonderful time with your families and friends. What new ways can you create to share God’s love and hope during these times? God Loves to hear from us, our Friends and Family love to hear from us. Let them know they are loved, they are needed and they are an important part of our lives. God’s Peace be With All of Your Lives Today
I am thanking The Lord today for all the wonderful Christians I have been blessed to know and have known in my life. What an influential group they are to me. They have helped me grow in my faith, they encourage my walk every day and just knowing that they hold strong and fast to our faith gives me the continued strength to press on to the mark of the high calling of God. We are surrounded by this great cloud of witnesses which help to prove that God is able to meet our needs, help us face any and all circumstances and become witnesses to spark change and hope in the lives of those who are lost. Don’t loose hope, don’t let the thoughts of abandonment take away your fight because there are so many fighting right alongside to show you that you are not on your own, there are many other warriors in the world. God bless God’s children with the strength of His Joy, the power of His might. Prayers for all believers and followers, the faithful who stand strong and shine as a light in the darkness. WE ARE NOT ALONE IN THIS WORLD
Hello Everyone This morning I am thankful for the knowledge that God, and all that He represents, is Unchanging. Hebrews 13:8 Says Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever. In the past few months we have seen some drastic changes in our everyday life. Changes in being around each other, about jobs, about shopping, about getting together in churches, about wearing masks everywhere we go…and the list goes on with more changes to come. All of the changes can be overwhelming to so many, yet in the midst of it all God does not change. His words of life, hope, encouragement, peace, truth, healing, direction, strength, love and purpose is the same. I Am thankful that I have a foundation that is built on and is secured in the unchanging God of creation. I can seek and find Him, I can boldly come into His presence and find answers and peace. Everyday may change for us but within the outward changes we find hope that within is the ability that we can do all things in Christ who strengthens us. Our Rock, our ever present help in time of need, He is unshaken and resilient. Unchanged by outward change.
Hey there how are ya? As my Granddaughter would say.. “ How your day was?” Today’s Thank You is for something we have to start and direct our every day! All Day! I am thankful for Scripture, The Holy Bible, God’s Living Word. It holds such value for our lives, so much depth, history, promises, encouragement, direction and the portrait of God’s vision for our lives. I love how you can read scripture over and over and God can bring something new out of words you have read a hundred times. You can find new explanations or points that are exactly what you need for a situation that you are currently going through. That shows it’s living and fluid heart because God wants us to see that He is always active and concerned about every moment and every situation that touches us. If you haven’t read it in a while, pray over it as you start reading, that God will open your heart and mind to His words. That they have meaning and life for your spirit is His desire. 2 Timothy 3:16–17 (LEB): All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness, 17 in order that the person of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. Today is a good day for us to produce some “Good Work” in our world.
I am Thankful to see another sunrise and another Lord’s Morning. Through all of our COVID quarantine our church times together have certainly changed and I miss that. There is a wonderful feeling that you have when you are together with others focused on lifting up God, singing praises to His name, listening to His word and greeting others, who have the same purpose as you, with handshakes and hugs. That feeling of God’s presence is hard to explain to those who don’t know Him. Scripture tells us that where two or three are gathered in His name that He is there in their midst. We can have God’s presence in our homes, in our yard, in our car, in our work place, in the quiet, in the storm, in the hospital room, in the prison, on the mountain, or in the valley. I am Thankful that no matter the time or place, wherever we are and no matter the circumstances, God’s presence is there. Close your eyes, breath deep and know that He is here! Have a blessed Sunday Everyone
Afternoon Today’s Thank You is For Super Sweet and Squeezable Granddaughters A busy morning with these Two That I wouldn’t Trade For ANYTHING How God somehow packs so much love into such small packages is amazing Psalms 127:3 Look, children are the heritage of Yahweh; the fruit of the womb is a reward. 4. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them. I am truly blessed with wonderful children and grandchildren. To be around them renews my joy and gives strength to my heart. If you are blessed with children, give thanks to the Lord for them. And you are doubly blessed with having grandchildren. They are a blessing on these old grey hairs of mine. Love you…Love One Another!!
Morning guys and gals This morning I am thankful for Joy and Laughter. So many serious things flood into our lives on a daily basis that push out the joy and happiness that is ours. Yes there are constant “ not so fun” things that demand our attention, yes there is sadness and overwhelming feelings of despair that can suck the life from us. Yet, deep within our soul, our spirit finds hope in Christ our savior with all He has given and provides for us “You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence” (Acts 2:28). Just like that “Peace that passes all understanding” ruling our hearts and minds, “the joy of the Lord is my strength” (Nehemiah 8:10) when we remember what God has done for us and provides for us. Simple things can give to us joy and laughter again. They can remind us of our blessings. Playing with my granddaughter yesterday we were trying to catch frogs but of course the frogs had other ideas. We had a big frog in a bucket and he would jump out then we would catch him again and he wouldn’t stay long but would jump out and into another bucket. We were both laughing and when she told her mom about it she said “Mom we would laugh and laugh it was so funny”. May your day be filled with joy and laughter brought to you by God’s underlying provisions of all salvation brings. Resting in His hope for us. May our laughter bring praises of thanksgiving into His presence
Today’s Thank You is for the beauty of Rain. One of my all time favorite nature moments is when it rains. I love the smell of approaching rain, the feel of the coolness it brings, I love the sounds of rain and calmness I feel as it’s falling. Growing up my dad was very afraid of storms and he built a storm cellar for that reason. Countless times he woke us during the night with these words..” Jump up and get your clothes on we’re going to the cellar!” We then would, sometimes for hours, sit in a little covered building that housed the cellar, it’s door propped open in case we needed to quickly take shelter inside. As we sat there in the flickering glow of a hurricane lamp, my father would stand in the doorway watching the night skies. He stood silhouetted by the flashes of lightning or the single dimness of his cigarette’s embers, I knew he was there to watch over us and keep us as safe as he possibly could. God is our protector who provides a place of shelter from life’s storm, standing watch over us always. I will always love the rain and Thank God for the refreshing and life giving properties it brings. May God’s refreshing rain of peace, rest and comfort be yours today. Father God send your Holy rain of life through Christ upon your people to renew this strength in you
I thank you Lord for another day of life and all of the things that it may hold. When I was young I couldn’t imagine anything beyond about 25 years and here we are at 68. Reading in Hebrews this morning I was thinking of how many great people of scripture did amazing things in the later years of their lives. In today’s world the older folks are often disregarded and treated as no longer useful. I believe that God’s vision and usefulness is not limited by anything, including age. Every day is a blessing, every year another opportunity to live His life as an example. I have many older friends whose bodies are struggling because of health and with that their spirit weakens often times. Let us pray for the elderly that the brightness of God’s light in them would stay strong, that their witness would be greater than when they were young, that their dreams would be accomplished and that their examples would lead more to God through the witness of what they have been through in their lifetime. “ For the young men shall see visions and the old men dream dreams” Keep dreaming my friends God is with you
I am very thankful for God providing Rest for those who follow Him. Before Christ came and died for our sins there was a constant sacrifice made by priests for sins of all the people. It’s hard to imagine daily and yearly sacrifices for all of the Israelites, so many people, so many animals non stop! I know the priests had to be worn out! When Jesus died, once for all, His sacrifice gave a rest from that struggle. No more worry if we are good enough to have the promise of eternal life, no more having to do things to earn it. All have sinned and fallen short, Yet God so loved ALL of us, that He gave His Son that whoever believes in Him will NOT perish But Have Eternal Life I am so thankful that we have that fact to Rest in, it makes so much difference in how our lives can operate in Hope.
Today’s Thank You to God is for Food. I don’t eat a lot but I do require some to keep the body going. And I am thankful that God provides the income for buying food and for actually providing the availability to buy it when I need it, so there are several Thank Yous’ rolled into one. We are so blessed to have food compared to many areas where it is very scarce and also more expensive than the people can afford. When we have so much food in front of us let us lift up in prayer those who do not have and are in need for their lives. May God meet their needs, may we be touched to do what we can to help support and provide for those who are desperate for any meal. I am also thankful for the spiritual food God provides which nourishes our soul and mind. When we spend time in God’s word and in prayer we are filled and strengthened to continue our walk and service for God. Without physical food we can grow weak and become ill, without spiritual food our souls become weak and ill as well. Now is a time when our souls need all of their strength and energy to continue in wisdom and power. .(John 6:50) “This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” Everyday we need strength, both physically and spiritually, God will provide us all we need. Trust your life into His hands because He cares for you
Thank you Lord for the freedom of Worship, the act of Worship Worship has many forms. I love the form of singing to The Lord from our heart, to touch His heart with our voices. To close our eyes and focus on the words we sing and how they praise Him for what He has done for us and what He means to us. There is Worship in the form of service to God, helping others, giving of our time, energy and resources. There is Worship in the form of financial giving, to the Church as an organization and giving to the Church as to individual needs. Worship can take place anywhere. In your yard, in the kitchen, doing laundry or mowing grass. It can be in the office, the garage, the factory, at the beach, or on a mountain trail. Wherever we are we can Worship because wherever we are, whatever we are doing God is there. Let us Worship God in all ways with our whole life. Thank you Lord that I might give Praise to You
Today I thank The Lord for encouragement. God blesses us with encouragement in so many ways. He uses our friends and family, He uses situations, He uses people we don’t even know, He uses nature all around us, He uses His word, He uses music, He uses a smile, a hug (a virtual one or elbow bump), He uses laughter and even tears. He also encourages us by way of us being an encouragement to others. I have found that when I am down or lacking something, if I look around at the needs of others and reach out to touch them, showing grace and love, my need is filled. Acts 20:35 : 35. I have shown you with respect to all things that by working hard in this way it is necessary to help those who are in need, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus that he himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Give encouragement to someone today, build them up, love them, speak life to their souls, lift up hope and dreams within them. It will bring blessings to generations to come. Love you all
Today’s Thank You Lord is for Family What blessings God created when He introduced families into the world. I know that those close to us can often bring trouble and sadness, disappointment and anger, struggles, sleepless nights and hours and years of prayers for them. Yet, families are God’s reflection of His desire for Deep Constant Love. Our families are our defenders, encouragers, supporters, providers, emotional shoulders to cry upon, those who listen to our dreams, they see our tears, they hold us, believe in us and help us to carry on for another day. Our families, though rough sometimes, are what give us that image of God. I thank Him for all of my family, the close ones, the cousins, aunts, uncles, distant ones scattered around the country and world. God has placed us within families to learn sharing, giving, listening, obeying, patience, defending and so much more. Love them with all your heart, pray for them with all your faith, hold them within your arms and your heart. Never give up on them, never let go of them, never turn away from their needs, always forgive them. You are God’s family and He will always, in every way, be there for you.
Thank you Lord for Forgiveness Waking up and knowing that God has forgiven me of all my sins, my attitudes, my actions, my words, my thoughts is an amazing feeling. Not just my past is forgiven, but being a continual work in progress, the future dumb things I do I can be forgiven for. When I have a repentant heart. And I have an advocate with the Father God in the form of Jesus. When satan bombards God with all of the continued failures of our lives, pointing fingers, saying why bother with this loser? God sees what Christ has done and we are covered by His sacrifice through His blood. Psalm 103:12 says..12. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. In Micah 7:19 He shows us again..19. He will again have compassion on us; He will vanquish our iniquities. You will cast out all our sins into the depths of the sea. Forgiveness is mentioned all through scripture to keep us reminded of God’s desire to forgive us. Don’t waste your days feeling like you have no hope or that you have done so many awful things that God couldn’t forgive you, He is always there, when we approach with true brokenness asking for forgiveness, He is more than ready to give that to you. Today you can have that everlasting peace through Christ’s forgiveness. Great is our God for He cares for you
Today I am thankful for Hope Hope is like Christmas as a kid (and even now) you see things you would love to have and you make suggestions or drop hints to your parents of what you want, waiting until that special day when presents are under the tree. Scripture says that faith is like that, it is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Right now there are a lot of hopes and dreams that have come to a halt because of the conditions of our nation and the world. When we lose hope depression comes in, worthlessness comes in, sadness and desperation follows close behind. Yet there is an indestructible Hope that is a foundation to keep us strong and going forward, that Hope is in God the unchanging, always concerned, always loving, always leading, always strengthening constant within our surroundings. Hebrews 10:35 Encourages us with these words.. “Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, in order that after you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. 37 For yet a very, very little while, and the one who is coming will come and will not delay. “ Hope in God’s ability to keep you through what is going on today. Hope in His strength, His love, His peace, His future, His provision and His presence. Be strong in The Lord and the power of His might. Put on the armor of God and fight the good fight. May His hope be a shinning light for your heart and a light of encouragement to everyone around you. We are not Hopeless but Alive and Pressing on to the Prize of the High Calling of God in Christ
Today I am thankful that God is my refuge, my place of safety, my hiding place. King David wrote in Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. I woke up with this song on my mind this morning, one by Hillsong, a favorite of theirs.. … “When the oceans rise and thunders roar I will soar with you above the storm Father you are king over the flood I will be still and know you are God” When we were little we found safety in the arms of our mother or father, we believed that no matter what was going on, if we were in their arms everything would be ok. When we became adults and parents ourselves, we became that place of refuge and safety for our children. God, our Heavenly Father, is our place of safety, refuge, a very present help in time of need. May we run to His arms, to be still within His protection and love, to know He is with us no matter what we face. Yes we will face hard things in our lives, questions we can’t answer, pain that seems unbearable, yet our God is present to hold us, to help us make sense of it all. He does not leave in our hard times but draws even closer. Be still and know that He is God. May His presence be more alive and real to you today, that you may know beyond any doubt that He is With you and will not leave. Today you can soar above the storm, for He is King over The Flood
Thank you Lord for even the smallest of victories I don’t know about you but life can be so full of stuff we have to get accomplished, that we feel like nothing is getting done. Things pile up on top of other stuff which is already piled on top of other stuff and it’s easy to get frustrated. When I used to have big projects I would have a list of things I wanted to get done during an 8 or 10 hour day and sometimes (more often than not as it turned out) only a fraction of those would get done and I would be soooo frustrated. After a while of seeing less done than more, the Lord helped me understand that any steps forward toward a goal are steps in the right direction. When we have children not every day with them feels like we are history’s most wonderful parents, most of the time we feel quite the opposite. We learn to choose our battles, we understand the importance of some things and the flexibility of others. And we pray for a wonderful outcome, putting it all into God’s hands. It’s that way with friends and family we love and want to see become closer to God. We so often don’t see immediate changes, we feel our words and actions fall so short, yet we press on. In all cases we can never give up. Though changes won’t come, our words often weak, our progress frustratingly slow, God encourages us to keep up the good fight and give thanks for even the smallest of victories. Your actions, your word, your love and your prayers are making a difference.
Thank you today Lord for believing in usTo know in our heart, that the creator of all things believes in us, is an amazing thing to grasp. Psalms 8:3-4 puts us in perspective with God’s great creations..3. When I behold Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, 4. what is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You care for him? To understand that God gave to us His word, gave us His love and compassion, gave to us His courage, His creativity, all those things to spread the gospel, heal the sick, ecouage others, raise up generations to know and serve Him is an awesome responsibility that He knew we could do. We so, sooo often forget how much worth He places on us. So much worth that His only son died for our sin. Our worth and purpose is not determined by what others say we are. Or worth is what God says it is. Scripture reminds us that if God is for us Who can be against us. God gives to us the job of reflecting His person, the truth, the light, the way. We are His hands and feet, we are His love, we are His strength for those who are weak to lift up the weary, the broken the forgotten. We are possibly someone’s last defense in this life. Father help us to believe in who you have made us to be, the light to shine in darkness, the shoulder to cry on, the ears to listen, the arms to hold the weak and hurting. Thank you for believing in us, help us to remember who we are in you
Thank you Lord for Restoration and Rebuilding. I’m very thankful that God can restore what satan has tried to destroy, that He can rebuild and make new the old. When we rebuild something in most cases we have to take it all apart, make a huge mess, replace the old parts and then clean up all of the debris that’s left behind before we can see the beautiful finished product. Sometimes our lives can be decayed, broken down, condemned and unlivable, yet God sees the beautiful, original design and is not worried about making a new mess out of our old mess on the way to a new and beautiful soul. If you are looking at the mess of your life don’t be overwhelmed by the chaos and debris, remember that God looks ahead at the Beauty that can be and is very familiar with the cost of restoration because He has already paid the price for your repairs.
Thank you Lord that you create in us and give us strength to have determination ! Here are a few scriptures that help us to see the importance of having determination in our lives.
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. – James 1:12
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. – 1 Corinthians 16:13
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. – Romans 12:11-12
You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you. – 2 Chronicles 20:17
My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. – Psalm 119:28
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. – 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. – 2 Corinthians 12:10
Stand firm, and you will win life. – Luke 21:19
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. – 2 Timothy 4:7
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10
Some really great words from God about standing strong, being encouraged by Him to continue the fight, to press on even when we are tired and feeling alone, He goes with us. He strengthens us, He tells us we are not fighting alone, Go out and face the day and it’s battles because The Lord is with us. Determine in your heart that no matter the obstacles, no matter the doubts, no matter the negatives thrown around that make you feel discouraged, press on, lift up your head and your heart because God is with you. Luke 21:19 May be a short verse but it carries so much weight and truth to be remembered…”Stand firm, and you will win Life”
Thank you Lord, this morning, for a wonderful cool start to the day. To have a cool morning in August is rare and feels AHHMAZING. Thank you Lord that I can start my day talking with you and seeking you for direction and grace for whatever comes along. And also to learn from the day. God encourages us to seek Him early, to place all that we face in His hands, to find strength and hope before the battle begins.
Psalm 90:14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Mark 1:35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he (Jesus) departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.
Psalm 5:1-3 Give ear to my words O Lord, consider my meditation. Harken unto the voice of my cry, my King and my God. For unto thee will I pray, my voice shalt though hear in the morning. O Lord in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee and will look up!
Placing the Day in the Lord’s hands, every word, thought, action, project, job, relationship and request puts us on a solid path to bring glory to God with stability and life and hope to others. This day can be a wonderful gift when we unwrap it early in God’s presence. Have a blessed day
I thank The Lord today for purpose. The main purpose for all of us is to worship, live for and know God. The way we go about that purpose is ever changing though. Like seasons of life we grow, change, move, adjust, always learning and using God’s gifts and talents to continue living a Christ like set of values. As we change, because of the situations in our life changing, God gives us new dreams, new plans, new possibilities and always gives us the direction and tools to carry on in His plan. Sometimes change is hard and can be sad. Yet it doesn’t mean we forget the past blessings of those seasons, we build upon those, we grow stronger for what we have experienced and we give praise to God for what is ahead. I know all of us have been blessed by great friends, family and memories and we can see more of those blessings as we travel on to new adventures in Christ the maker and keeper of our souls. God give you a clear and present purpose today that you can sink your teeth into (or dentures) Love You All
I thank The Lord today for Comfort. All of us experience sadness at some point in our lives. Sometimes that sadness stays with us for a very long time and we can’t seem to escape it. It comes in many forms. There is sadness due to the death of a family member, a mother or father, a husband or wife, the deep sadness in the loss of a child. We have sadness from the loss of home, job, finances, friends and even direction or dreams. Yet even in the depth of sadness God offers comfort that goes deep into our hearts and our spirits. 2 Corinthians 1:3 speaks of God’s comfort in this way…Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. There is a comfort in God that not only heals our hurt, but also is used to heal the hurt that others are experiencing by way of our example. When we find the help we need in God, during every trouble, problem or sadness, we can honestly say to others, when they go through hard times, that God’s comfort does work because we know it first hand. My prayers today are for friends and family who have lost those they love this week. May God’s comfort, love, strength and peace be yours. He is able, I know because I have felt Him there in my losses and struggles. A light in darkness, a peace beyond understanding, a hope that will not die, a strength when we are at our weakest. He Is There for You
I thank the Lord today for His calming spirit that has helped me through so many anxious times in my life. I have, more times than I can count, gone into situations that have made me nervous and unsure of myself. I have been very anxious and in need of God’s peace and calm to get me through and He has always been there for me. Some situations needed much more prayer and trust than others but His calm and reassuring spirit has always come.
Philippians 4:6-7 (6) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (7) and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Anxiety comes in so many forms, from worrying over little things, to mountainous issues. In every case God says, talk to me, give thanks to me for being here to listen and to help you! Tell me what you need to overcome, I will give calm to your mind and your heart and assure you that it will be fine. You are not alone in your struggles, you don’t have to let those things affect your mind and your physical wellbeing, I will give you rest. Thank you Lord for peace and calm, help me be reminded that no matter what I have to deal with, you’re the answer and the confidence that is always with me
Beautiful Son-day Everyone Today I am thankful for the blessings of Teachers! I have always been amazed at those who have the ability to capture the attention of others and bring knowledge and learning into our lives. I pray for all of the school teachers who are going back to classrooms, facing a different learning environment with even more challenges and restrictions. God’s extra special strength, creativity, patience, love and peace through all that will be in front of you. Special blessings on all of the people who have been called by God to teach His Word, what an inspired and wonderful thing that is. I’m thankful that these people take seriously the opportunity they have been given and spend hours of time in study, prayer, research and also sitting under the teaching of other great ministers to hear from God and pass that on to us. Whether they are young, middle aged, or old, they inspire us, remind us, helping us to see in ways we never have before, to stir up the hunger for more of God within us. Blessed are those who bring the Good News of the Gospel, for they bring life to our bones and light into our spirit. Father Bless Them that they may continue and not stumble having you as their guide always
Thank you Lord today for memories. Thankful that God created within us a mind that is amazing, one that records and stores moments to be played back and thought upon at any given time. Wonderful memories, times in our lives that were monumental, times of hope and promise, times of successes and failures, times of laughter and sadness, all of the times throughout our long or short lives that show God’s presence and touch on our lives. I have wonderful memories of so many great times in my life and they constantly bring a smile and joy in my heart. Those moments I choose to think on, to praise God for, to hold on to. A lot of hurting people around our world focus only on the bad times in their lives, the sad and lonely times, the times of anger and unrest. Living in darkness, satan has them bound by their memories, yet God wants to heal their past, the losses, the sadness, the hurting, and replace those memories with hope, healing, love, comfort, truth and purpose.
Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Psalm 23:3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake
Psalm 30:11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
Psalm 34:18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
May God refresh your memories of His blessings and love in your heart. May He heal your hurt, bind up your crushed spirit and turn your mourning into dancing. May He restore your soul and lead you in His ways.
Today’s Thank You is for another awesome creation, the Stars. I love being in the country at night and seeing the beauty of the night skies. Countless small specks of light, scattered larger stars and planets, shooting stars, comets and meteors. Amazing to think of God creating so many wonderful things that are placed within the heavens.
Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing.
I think about the distance between those stars and me, light years away, yet God is present there as well as He is here. I can imagine that He puts one hand upon a star and His other upon me to let me know that no matter what distance I imagine is between us, He assures me that He is as near as a heartbeat, as close as a breath and never so busy so far away that He doesn’t hear and come when I am in need.
Psalm 145: 18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.
Thank you Lord for the greatness of your creations, and the closeness of your presence that we feel. God is not so vast and powerful that He cannot be touched by our needs. He is a God who made the earth, and created man upon it. He stretched out the heavens with His hands and ordained all their host. Isaiah 45:12 God is near to you always. Look for Him and you will find Him there looking for you.