Category Archives: Thankfulness

10 Things God Wants You To Remember

 

In Joshua 4, God tells the Israelites to form a stone tower to remember how the Lord made a way for them to enter the Promised Land. This monument served as a reminder to them and their future generations of what God had done for them.

Today we still need reminders of God’s love and faithfulness. If you lose sight of the truth of God’s love and mercy during a trial or hardship, take the time to remember these 10 things. (I ‘m certain you would be able to add to this list.)

I will give you rest ~ Matthew 11:29  

I will strengthen you ~ Philippians 4:13

I will answer you ~ Mark 11:22

I believe in you ~ John 3:16

I will bless you ~ Matthew 5:8

 

I am for you ~ John 14:3

I will not fail you ~ Isaiah 58:11

I will provide for you ~ Genesis 45:11

I will be with you ~ Hebrews 13:5

                                                            I love you ~ John 13:34

 

Thank you, Lord,  for sharing your faithfulness to us each day!

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Memories are Contained in the Storehouse of Your Heart

Do you ever wonder what Mary treasured in her heart – was it the memory of when the angels spoke to her, or the sweet memories of holding baby Jesus for the first time, or the sight of Jesus sleeping peacefully?

Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19

… His Mother treasured all these things in her heart. Luke 2:51

God calls us to remember and to teach our children to put their confidence in God by remembering and sharing the good works of God. (Psalm 78:5-7).

God brought Moses and the children of Israel out of Egypt and then because of sin, they had to wander in the desert for 40 years. When God finally lead them into the Promised Land, He told each tribe to bring a stone from the Jordan and to build a stone tower. The Lord knew that their children would ask, “What do these stones mean?” They were to respond by sharing God’s faithfulness to bring them to the Promised Land. This monument served as a reminder to them and their future generations of what God has done. (Joshua 3 & 4).

We all have memories we treasure in our heart. There are times when God brings precious memories to mind. I am most grateful for these. When I question His plan or put my trust in worldly things, I often need to return to these treasures of my heart to remember God’s faithfulness to my family and me. God has given us the gift of our memories so we can return to those valuable thoughts when our lives begin to overwhelm us.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 6:19

Perhaps Mary remembered her treasured thoughts when Jesus was not welcome in his own hometown or even as he was being persecuted. Remembering her treasured thoughts provided her with the assurance that God was the same God who trusted her with the gift of being Jesus’ mother and that He could be trusted in all things.  (All Scripture verses are from the NIV). 

Thank you, Lord, for the treasured memories of your faithfulness.

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Do You Feel the Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side of the Fence?

sheep-680217_640How do you look at other people’s lives? The above cliche characterizes a state of discontentment. So many people wait for the day when they will have a bigger house or a newer car, when they have lost weight, when they are out of debt or have a promotion and so on… Then they think, ” I will be happy.”

But, do those things bring happiness? Longing for a change of circumstances may be warranted, but only if you find contentment in your present situation. Read God’s truth in 1 Timothy 6:6-7  Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.  

sheep-981881_640In our search for greener pastures, we may discover that looks can be deceiving. After what appears to be our breakthrough, we can find ourselves in more debt while chasing the shiny new must haves. Ask yourself now, “Was it worth it?” You find your new boss is very demanding and nothing like the old boss you left behind. Now you find yourself working longer hours just to have the corner office. Discontentment surrounds you and you long for the way things once were. But, it is too late now.

At times we all have jumped over the fence only to later regret a hasty alternative. It would be wise to seek the Lord before you make decisions. Hebrews 13:5  Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Now that is a picture of contentment! jumping sheep

 

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Thank you, Lord, for supplying all my needs. Give me a thankful and contented heart.

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Recipe for Thanksgiving

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Recipe for Thanksgiving                       (courtesy of The Tract League)

 

 

 

Two Teaspoons of Trust

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30

One Cup of Contentment

… for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. Philippians 4:11

Three Tablespoons of Gratitude

… giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:12-14

One Teaspoon of Faith

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16-17

Pray-ButtonThank you Lord for your many blessings. My heart is grateful for your redeeming love!

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Shame is not Welcome Here

shame Shame is a painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable, improper, or ridiculous; done by oneself or another. Often times shame is placed on someone by another person’s judgement of them. Shame no longer has a foothold when forgiveness is allowed to complete its restoring work. Shameful thoughts must flee when forgiveness comes in like a flood. 

Here’s some idioms about shame: perhaps, some of these have been directed towards you.  Shame on You (you should feel embarrassed by something you have done), Crying Shame (a very unfortunate situation), Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil (to tell the truth even though you have strong reasons for concealing it), Fool me Once, Shame on you; Fool me twice, Shame on me (after being tricked once, one should be wary, so that the person cannot trick you again).

dogs-dog-shaming1We laugh over dog shaming photos; why would we want to humiliate our furry friends? Yes, dogs do some foolish things, but don’t we all? Let us not let our judgements result in hurtful feelings for others.

 Judge not, that you be not judged. Matthew 7:1 (NJKV)

Whatever pain and shame you may be carrying, you can trust that the Lord is big enough to restore your soul. He will come in the midst of your mess and lovingly enlarge your heart to forgive those who hurt you and to give you strength to forgive yourself.

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There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1 (NKJV)

Prayer Father, thank you for your restoring love that sets me free from shame and condemnation. Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 (NJKV) Amen.

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There is Light in the Valley

Painting by Conni Togel – Sheep Incognito www.charisma-art.com

Last year I saw this painting at a craft fair. It is called Light in the Valley. Without hesitation, I picked it up and with a big hopeful grin on my face, I purchased it. It would serve as a reminder of where I have been and where I was going.

God was speaking to me.  I was so excited at the prospect of leaving the depths of the valley and living in the lush green pastures where He was waiting for me.

I know God was with me in the valley. He was my strength and a very present help in my time of need. I just did not want to stay there. It had been two years of sickness and surgeries. My body was weak, but my faith was strong. I needed the Good Shepherd to pull me out of the valley and bring me into the light of His love and grace.

Perhaps, today you may find yourself in a valley of sorrow. Reach out for the Shepherd’s hand, He will restore your soul, He will bring you comfort and rest. God is my Shepherd

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.

leaping lambsPrayer Lord, thank you for being my Savior and the Good Shepherd in my life. Your unfailing love gives me a place to rest in time of sorrow. I know Jesus, you are leading me to safe pastures.  Amen.

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God’s Scrapbook of Love

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.       Matthew 6:21  (NKJV)photo albums

Our photos are important – they act as a reminder of the people we love; family and friends, special occasions, vacations, houses we called home, pets and all the important moments of life. Creating a scrapbook of all those beautiful, meaningful moments is a treasured keepsake for present and future generations to enjoy.

For years, I taught scrapbooking classes. There were times of laughter, tears and joy as I shared in the memories of my fellow scrapbookers. We’ve all heard the expression, “a picture is worth a thousand words”. But is it really…don’t we need the photo journaling to go along with the picture? Without some description, the priceless photo can become a nameless snapshot.

In a scrapbook we have a wonderful opportunity to share in the goodness of God; birthday photos that signify another year of God’s blessings, scenic photos that share God’s magnificent creation, family photos showing God’s love and faithfulness – just to name a few. O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth!  Psalm 8:9

If God had a scrapbook about you, His love and blessings would appear in abundance through the pages of your book. It would look something like this:

Baby photosFor You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.  Psalm 139:13

Parenting photosYou shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.                              Deuteronomy 6:7

Birthday photosThe Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

Family photosBut Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.  Luke 2:19

Friend photosThe righteous should choose his friends carefully.          Proverbs 12:26

Scenic photosIn the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Genesis 1:1

Christmas photosNow after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.  Matthew 2:1-2

Graduation photosFor I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11

Celebrating You photosFor we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.  Ephesians 2:10

Remembrance photos I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.  Philippians 1:3

wallet with heart“If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If God had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning. He could live anywhere in the universe and He chose your heart.”   Mark Stibbe

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Open the Door of Your Heart to the Goodness of God

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Psalm 34:8 (NKJV)

The goodness of God is a life-transforming truth. He is our foundation of goodness. Our goodness comes from God. The more we know God’s goodness, the more we can put our trust in Him. The more we trust Him, the easier it is for us to put our confidence in Him to provide good things for us according to His perfect plan.

heart keyWhat encouragement this brings to a weary heart! God’s goodness draws us to Him. Look around and you will see the goodness of God in your live.

I can still remember the hymns we sang in Sunday School;  Count your blessings, see what God hath done! (Johnson Oatman, Jr. 1897) and God is so good; He’s so good to me! (Velna A. Ledin, 1933).

The Lord is our perfect role model of goodness. Because of His love we can strive to show the goodness of God to others. There are many waiting for you to show His love to be steadfast and true.

What a promise:  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever. Psalm 23:6 (NKJV)

Let God love you, give Him your love in return, and share His love with others. Because of His goodness, He provided salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. Now that’s good news!

LOVE

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A First Aid Kit of Compassion

first aid kitAn act of kindness can have a lifetime impact. We all experience times of weakness in our lives. When someone comes alongside of us with a heart of compassion, the power in that act of benevolence reassures our heart. It is a reminder of God’s love for us.

When I first met Reni she was a young nursing student. I was alone and brokenhearted in a hospital bed in Baton Rouge. Having been a victim in a violent gang war, I was suffering from two gunshot wounds. While completely restrained in a body cast, I was hoping my shattered bones would repair. I had been transferred from Texas to Louisiana, and I did not know a soul until a nurse with a reassuring smile entered my life.

Thirty-six years later, I am so grateful for her many acts of kindness towards me. Reni quickly became my friend. She took care of my personal needs; clean hair does wonders for the soul! She stayed with me through painful physical therapy sessions, and when I awoke from yet another surgery, she was there with words of encouragement. Selflessly, she gave her time to me. We only spent a couple of months together, yet we remained friends through the years.

Stop and look, and you’ll find hurting people all around you. They are longing for someone to bring goodness and kindness to them. Could you be the one to make a difference in someone’s life? What will be in your first aid kit of compassion? Here’s some suggestions:

• Lifesaver – a reminder that the LORD is there to help. Psalm 46:1
• Candy Kiss – a reminder that LOVE should be a part of everyday. 1 John 4:7
• Pen – a reminder to count your BLESSINGS daily. Ephesians 1:3
• Rubber Band – a reminder to be flexible. GOD has it under control.                       Romans 8:28
• Toothpick – a reminder to pick out the GOOD in others. Matthew 7:1
• Eraser – a reminder that everyone makes mistakes. Through Jesus there is  FORGIVENESS of sins. Acts 13:38
• Salt – a reminder that God wants us to be the salt of the earth and ENCOURAGE one another. Matthew 5:13
• Cross – a reminder of God’s love for you in JESUS. Hebrews 12:2
• Tissues – a reminder to those who sow in TEARS shall reap in joy. Psalm 126:5
• Band Aids – a reminder that Jesus heals the brokenhearted and binds up their WOUNDS. Psalm 147:3

Heart with BandaidFinally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted. 1 Peter 3:8 (NJKV)

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