Thursday, June 28, 2012

Day 909 of Giving Thanks

Hello God,

It's me again... I pray You know my voice, the one that comes to You in confidence and expectantly. Thank You for yesterday's favor and accomplishments, there was nothing that was done yesterday that was not in Your strength. Today, I ask the same, let me remember that it is Your strength I need, and can always count on. Let me always remember to live for today, while using the reminders through Your Word and promises that You will always be here, never leave or forsake and carry all that I cannot. Thank You for the encouragement through others, I pray for them today. The ones who said exactly the right thing, and relayed all that was needed to push me through... today, I press in and lean on You once again. You are my awesome, beautiful and amazing Creator, for whom I am eternally grateful... Amen, in the mighty name of Jesus I am thankful and truly blessed.

Jesus gave us all an amazing gift, what a shame it is that so many will never accept it.

Oh Your works our God, they are uncountable, immeasurable and unending. Everything around us and about us are Your creation... oh how we praise You and all that You are. It is You LORD, You alone that made the heavens and all things above, the lush of the land and spenders of the seas. For life is from You, all life! (Psalm 104:24, Nehemiah 9:6)

Your glory LORD!

Always remember where love comes from, and how to share it with your spouse more deeply. Do everything you can to express your love.

"My dear children, let's not just talk about love; let's practice real love. This is the only way we'll know we're living truly, living in God's reality. It's also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves." ~1 John 3:18-20 (The Message)

For years I thought that I would never hear God. I never thought I would hear it audibly, but I thought maybe really big signs from heaven would appear and I would know immediately that God was trying to get my attention. Well the messages falling from the heavens never happened, but the signs are all around me and in me. The more I seek Him, the easier it is to know when He is He is calling if you can't hear Him, you are not listening. For me it all began with changing my thoughts... Let us watch our words. We do this by watching our thoughts.

"Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.” ~Isaiah 60:1 (New American Standard Bible)


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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Day 908 of Giving Thanks

LORD, I have spent too much time considering my challenges; complaining about things that I want to change in my life, and being heartbroken because of how others treat me. My prayer is to grow thicker skin when it comes to things I cannot control; to not grow weary and impatient with those I believe should change; really LORD, I want to be the change to those around me. I want to be the change that changes enough to start the change in others. Help me to see if this is a ‘right’ prayer, and one that should continue. Help me LORD to be the change, first, in the mirror.

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” ~Psalm 34:18  (New International Version)

A good day happens when you wake up realizing that it will be a great day. Bring it all on, I have a HUGE God who loves me into the perfection of eternity. Every day is counted as special, and every moment is in honor of Him. How can it not be a good day?

Let me consider all that is new, wonderful and You. 

“So don’t remember what happened in earlier times. Don’t think about what happened a long time ago, because I am doing something new! Now you will grow like a new plant. Surely you know this is true. I will even make a road in the desert, and rivers will flow through that dry land.” Isaiah 43:18-19 (Easy-to-Read Version)

Share Jesus, show someone love, compassion, while sharing the truth. Don't know what to do, ask the Holy Spirit for help and direction. There is much that can distract us from God and His will for our lives... make a list of those things and trade them in for wisdom that on.ly comes through the work of the Holy Spirit.

“Peace untold, regardless and beyond my circumstances”, this is my daily objective. His Word is the deliver and the confirmer. He is the source…

“The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.” ~Psalm 29:11 (Amplified Bible)

When we allow God to direct our steps, and we follow wholly His path for our life, we see many things unfold in amazing ways. For me, it is peace and comfort; for someone else it may be something completely different, but know this, God is the same for everyone – PERFECT AND TRUE!

I always try to S P R E A D
out the time with God.

Love when my moments turn into
M O M E N T S ...

How about you?





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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Day 907 of Giving Thanks

Today, I am grateful for all the encouragers in my life, which are many. I am grateful for the spoken word of hope and love through scripture, as well as those that come across my path. I am grateful to be directed in so many ways. I am grateful that in that moment, when I believe that a breaking point is impending and seems unstoppable, He encourages and the Holy Spirit moves me to move forward.

"When God opens an opportunity to serve Him, it might start with just one person. Don't miss that opportunity, and don't underestimate how God can multiply your efforts through that one for whom He gave you the burden." ~Dr. David Jeremiah

Pressing in today... didn't even know I could do that today, but the LORD is so good. Your strength LORD... I am waiting for Your strength.

Thank You LORD.

The ringing in my heart says, "Do not be concerned with what others are telling me, and that will keep me out of danger". He will tell us what to do if we listen, pay attention and adhere to His guidance. We have the power to use thought. I cannot allow what others say to interfere with what God is telling me. Concentrate where God wants me. Nobody in my life controls my future – only God holds that.

I have to do what God will have me do and God wills.

I am reminded greatly that no matter what my day holds, my God holds me and held me first.

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]” ~Matthew 11:28 (Amplified Bible)

I am grateful that I can count on the LORD. I am told that I can come to the LORD over and over and over. Yet, my heart does not forgive once at times. How is that right? LORD, help me see all that I am to do that is right. Help me to see Your choices for me before me at all times. Let me be the Jesus that others see continually.


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Monday, June 25, 2012

Day 906 of Giving Thanks

I am told that I can come to the LORD over and over and over. Yet, my heart does not forgive even once at times. How is that right? LORD, help me see all that I am to do that is right. Help me to see Your choices for me before me at all times. Let me be the Jesus that others see continually.

Every change we make to our lives is hard - but the Holy Spirit will help if you are sincere and want to change your life. Jesus expects us to turn from doing things that don't please Him to living for Him.

We can't change who we are, but we can change how we respond to the world. God is the change in all of us. We change when we truly understand who we are with God, who he created us to be. There are many who have changed by allowing God to step in – that happens with other questions, then “Will God forgive me if I keep doing what I am doing” – which by the way, is always asked when someone is in disobedience.

Does God love you? Yes, absolutely He does! He created you, wonderfully and in His image. There are several things that form us after we are formed in the womb, environment, and following after desires of the flesh, sex, food, as well as other indulgences. We all have to change, and let Him do the changing. It's not about "what we do", it's about Jesus dying on the cross and resurrecting and US KNOWING WE NEED HIS WORK.

Let me ask,  do you believe that you are a sinner, that sin leads to death and separation from God eternally? And, do you believe that Jesus is the answer for us so we can be with God eternally? Meaning, that Jesus lived the perfect life, suffered before and on the cross, died, then rose and defeated death?

If yes, than I pray the LORD will work on your heart and give you strength to do the right thing. Many blessings.

Beautiful, wonderful, amazing and perfect God... I love You. My life is everything because of You heavenly Father.

Trust Him... Trust His plan... Trust especially when all things are completely stacked against the task-at-hand or road ahead.

Love, love, love, love and love even more... Love in the strength of the Holy Spirit, because His love is perfect and unending.

Discouraged?
Disheartened?
Disgruntled?
Dismissed?

These are all things the enemy works hard to keep you feeling. What do you do when you are in the doldrums? How can you climb out of the pit of despair?

If you are having a challenge with another believer, are you addressing it or running away? Who is this other person? What kind of power do they have over you? How can the situation or discontent be remedied?

I do not have the answer. I am asking myself the same questions with a current circumstance. And, when I really think about it, the answer is already there, I just have to see it…

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]” ~Matthew 11:28 (Amplified Bible)

Father, I am truly overwhelmed in emotion and tasks. I cannot see what is before me; and I cannot know what will unfold, but I can be sure that You are here, and even if I mess up, You will be there to hold me steady or lift me back up. This I am sure of… and grateful for.

The answer is Jesus! Simply Jesus.



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Friday, June 22, 2012

Day 905 of Giving Thanks

Yes, the verse of the week has been James 1:5, "If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking." (New Living Translation)


This week, like so many others, I have needed direction. It seems the more I seek God, the more I realize I cannot be rightly guided without Him. It is a wonderful thing to know that the CREATOR (our Creator) of the universe, resides in me, as my helper, counselor and lover of my soul.

It was a very busy and very humbling week, to say the least. I spent much of my prayer time seeking a new and improved perspective.

Many words came flowing through my heart and through some tears and I sought His refuge and wisdom, and He was faithful at every need and through every heartbeat. I realize daily that my thoughts form my days. I am learning that my days cannot direct my thoughts. It is not just the words you say, it is the heart that God sees and hears. Make me new daily LORD.

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” ~2 Corinthians 5:17 (New Living Translation)

Another day LORD that I am grateful to remember greatly who I work for. Sometimes just heading to work is more of a chore than it should be... I pray for a change of heart (quickly) Father. My heart hurts, my body is resistant and there is such a big part of me (the flesh) that just wants to run away. Thank You LORD that through all this, my faith grows, my heart heals and my mind is strengthened. I will stand firm. I will fight and the flesh will lose, and the Spirit has already won.

Trust Him... Trust His plan... Trust especially when all things are completely stacked against the task at hand or road ahead.

In the middle of being overwhelmed, place Him before you and all else behind Him.

This is what I am doing today. The tasks ahead are towering, but God is even bigger than the biggest towers and mountains.

Give me Your eyes to see the plan in all this LORD... let me see what You see for me. Let me never dwell in my perspective of flesh.

I found myself repeating this often this week, "Enemy. Get out of my head!!!"

Dear God, it's been a rough few days - help me to ignore the incoming words and perceptions and help me to remember that I am to listen to Your heavenly perspective in all things.

Our brokenness comes from many places, but the healing comes from only One. I find myself often bringing the same thoughts of the past to God – I wonder “why”, rather than “Praising the accomplishment of healing already supplied.

So, I keep pressing in, pushing out the wrong thoughts and hold on greatly to all that is “right and good”, which is His plan - His purpose - His work on the cross for me - His promises for me.

“So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” ~2 Corinthians 5:20-21 (New Living Translation)



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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Day 904 of Giving Thanks

“But anyone who needs wisdom should ask God, whose very nature is to give to everyone without a second thought, without keeping score. Wisdom will certainly be given to those who ask.” ~ James 1:5 (Common English Bible)

Today I find myself needing encouragement. Trying to figure out which to do more of, “Wait on God” or “Take mighty action”, and I believe the answer is yes on both accounts. I have been dealing with a situation; emotions are “a bit raw” to say the least. I trust You LORD, it’s trusting me to see all that You have for me that I am struggling with. The surrounding details, obstacles and influences are all around me, LOUD and Unruly at times and my heart is overwhelmed with the pain that has built up and the daily impact of still living right in the middle of it, “And the list goes on”, as my heart feels about ready to explode… 

As I come quietly before the LORD, pleading for wisdom, clarity and direction, and once again LORD, I am crying for help. Once again, LORD I am trusting Your plan for me. Once again, LORD I realize where my focus is and know where it needs to be. “None of self and all of thee…” plays over and over in my head.

O The Bitter Shame and Sorrow (song) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2z9OL7T88A

I have gone back to these verses all week (Day 901), for me today, there are no better words than His. 

Today’s reminders, but truly for every day. 

"The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent.” ~Exodus 14:14 (New American Standard Bible)


“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” ~ Proverbs 3:5-6 (New International Version)

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”” ~Matthew 19:26 (New International Version)

“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” ~Psalm 37:7 (New International Version)

"Offer God a sacrifice of thanksgiving! Fulfill the promises you made to the Most High! Cry out to me whenever you are in trouble; I will deliver you, then you will honor me.” ~Psalm 50:14-15 (Common English Bible)

Father, I thank You for Your presence in my life. Today, I ask that You give me what I need and that what I need is what my heart desires. If this is not the case Father, correct me quickly and wholly. I pray for strength as I head out to do what is necessary and what is right. I pray for wisdom like I have never received before pertaining to “what next”, as my heart cries out, “how do I continue through the exhaustion?” The overload is so much Father, physically, mentally and emotionally. Help me keep all these at bay, help me keep my focus on You, ALL OF YOU LORD, all of You. In the mighty and perfect name and work of Jesus, I pray. Amen. 


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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Day 903 of Giving thanks

My room in our house is the farthest back, lowest ceiling, minimal light and small and interesting room in the house. It's not my bedroom, it's my shop. The room where I write, create and ponder... I have spent all evening in here, reading, exploring and playing with color. I love this room. It is where I can always be with God - no interruptions and nothing but beauty all around me, even in the darkest room of the house. Just wanted to share.

Focus is a great thing, but miss-directed focus can be a disaster. Keeping my focus on God, and all things of God will keep me on track, AVOIDING DISASTER. My strength only comes from the LORD, everything else is just faking it.

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." ~Galatians 6:9  
"Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret - it only leads to evil." ~Psalm 37:8(New International Version)


Today’s reminders, but truly for every day. 



  • Keep going to His Word. 
  • Keep pondering His promises. 
  • Keep praying for clarity and wisdom for your life. 
  • Keep obeying Him and seeking His will.


Grateful that although my vessel is cracked and quite a mess, my God still pours into me all that I need; amazingly enough, His living water is completely sustainable because of the healing strength and wrapping of the Holy Spirit.... wonderful news, ehy?

I believe in miracles. I believe in all things of God. I believe that change is necessary and God is the perfect changer.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.  But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” ~James 1:2-6 (New International Version)

I hear often in the deepest of thoughts,
“Be engaged... 
Get involved...
Be available...
Get uncomfortable...
Be obedient at all costs for the LORD, for He already paid the biggest of costs for you.”

I hear You Father, and thank You Jesus for all You have done, do daily and will do for eternity’s sake – thank You, I am grateful beyond words. And because of this I see miracles in my life; I am comforted in very incomfortable times; I see amazing things in the darkness; and I know love like never before and can love much more deeply.

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Day 902 of Giving Thanks

Today, once again, I am grateful for prayer… prayer and even more prayer. I am also thankful for the many reminders in my life right now that show me prayer works, and is so greatly required. I really feel that is a deep desire of our God for all of us, but I truly sense it as a priority for my life.  It is a wonderful gift He has given us and to share that with others, while helping them realize who they are, while He reveals to them who HE is - is amazing.

God speaks or we hear God in many things, sometimes we are nudged toward God by the "spoken" word but it comes through an ungodly messenger. Sometimes it's music, a story, a movie or someone in the coffee house. Whatever the words spoken are that "move your Spirit", we must remember that it is through God's word we gain wisdom and strength. With this said, yes, there are many good quotes, good songs and people who will relay a message or even a confirmation to us, however, we must continue and seek God's word to continue in that growth and knowledge.

I have learned a nudge is not knowledge - it's only the beginning of learning. I pray for much learning and growth.

Holy Spirit, how do I see this more clearly, do this more precisely and in the power, strength and perfection of God's will for my life. I know that I cannot do what needs to be done until I release all of my own will to You LORD; I love You, and I am trusting Your guidance, Your clarity and Your provision as I seek to be free of this circumstance and free of all things that are not Yours or worthy to ponder. Thank You LORD for all Your assurances and promises. Help me to be cognizant of them daily through the good and the bad and the easy and tough. In the strength of the Holy Spirit... Amen.

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]” ~Matthew 11:28 (Amplified Bible)

Today Father, my burdens seem so many, yet my ability to stand upright is little. I need You today so I can stand firm, see more clearly and hear all tings according to Your will. Help me Father to know the right "DOs" and avoid the right "Don'ts"; let me stand confidently in all my actions today, I ask for the removal of all thoughts that are not edifying to You or encouraging to me, as when I am not hearing Your promises and encouragement, I am hearing the lies of the enemy. Help me be energized and motivated even when, AND especially when, I don't feel like it. I am asking that I move past me today LORD and come completely in You and to recognize the strength already in me, the discernment already available to me, the hope that is embedded in me...

“And God's peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:7 (Amplified Bible)



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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Day 901 of Giving Thanks

Yesterday I posted, “Pray. Pray. Pray... 
Have you talked to God today? 
Have you asked Him for help?”

And, today, I wonder, “Am I really doing this? Asking for help?”

So today, as I ready to “be still”, “trust the LORD your God”, know that “All things are possible” and all I have to do is, “Call on Him”, I ask for the boldness I need to pursue

Truly it has been a tough six months at work. I have had a continual exercise of faith. And, although I have not handled things well as often as I could have, I know that I have seen and known God's presence during my challenges.

Truly, I know there has been a mismatch in so many areas, on several levels, however I have learned much about seeking God in all things.

Truly, I have so much more to learn.

Truly LORD, You hold all things, and because of that I can trust all things when I seek You, trust You, obey You and know that You are always with me.

Truly, all things are possible, NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE.
(Philippians 4:13)

The other day as I looked at all the blooms in our front yard and I had the thought, “Only God could create something this beautiful and this surprising... Yesterday, it was nothing, and today, it explodes in amazing color and beauty.” Today, I feel barren, a little used up and in great need of His encouragement! His assurances! His comfort and confirmation!

Today’s reminders, but truly for every day. 

"The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent.” ~Exodus 14:14 (New American Standard Bible)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” ~ Proverbs 3:5-6 (New International Version)
“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”” ~Matthew 19:26 (New International Version)
“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” ~Psalm 37:7 (New International Version)
"Offer God a sacrifice of thanksgiving! Fulfill the promises you made to the Most High! Cry out to me whenever you are in trouble; I will deliver you, then you will honor me.” ~Psalm 50:14-15 (Common English Bible)

LORD, I am crying out... Help!


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Monday, June 11, 2012

Day 900 of Giving Thanks

It’s funny, as I began to write and looked at the number 900, I thought, “Wow, that is a lot of days writing and so many words.” These words that only come because I love His Word and the amazing work of the Holy Spirit! And, it has been my pleasure to write every word, even the ones that God had to pry out of my heart.

I heard a teaching this morning on Moses… and the burning bush, and all the excuses that Moses gave not to be used by God, yet, God used Him greatly. I have come to a point in my life that doubt is rare, but only because (ONLY BECAUSE) God is greater in all circumstances than I will ever be, and He is who I count on greatly. I never really had a problem with being used by God, but I did figure that someone better might be out there. This past year, I have evaluated, probed, pondered and waited to hear the instructions of my heavenly Father the direction I am to go.

As I realize that tomorrow will be the third day of the week, I know that the rest of this week's accomplishments will depend solely on God's efforts in my life. And, my focus must remain the same… share with others, what He has so gracefully given, sacrificially given and through death and resurrection given.

“You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on top of a lampstand, and it shines on all who are in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.” ~ Matthew 5:14-16 (Common English Bible)

Father, as I come to You, I know that with so much to do, only You can tell me what is essential and crucial for my growth. I am asking for boldness and courage as I try to break free from physical challenges, and old mental hang-ups... I pray for the removal of all things not Yours, LORD and strength to BE BOLD... even though my flesh is not. ;-)

My study time has been a little all over the place. I have been in Hebrews, in lessons from church, Matthew 24 daily so I can hear God more clearly regarding relaying truth in all times, but especially these times; and going between Matthew, Luke and Mark – Lord, honing in and focusing is good, learning all that You have for me is best… Help me Father, in the daily strength of the Holy Spirit to glean the best for my circumstances, the best to be shared and the best You have daily for me, so I can have laser beam focus of Your will for my life.

Are you a flashlight or a laser beam? Hmmmm

Here's the illustration. You are running around in the dark with a flashlight, shining all over the place, but NOT KNOWING what you are shining at or on. Or, you have a laser beam, pointed in one direction (God)... focusing all your attention to that one thing...

So again I ask, are you a flashlight or a laser beam?

We do not know the day or the hour, He can come at any time… let us not run out of oil, or be caught sleeping.  “You must be on the alert then, for you do not know when your master is coming. You can be sure of this, however, that if the householder had known what time of night the burglar would arrive, he would have been ready for him and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. That is why you must always be ready, for you do not know what time the Son of Man will arrive.” ~Matthew 24:42-44 (J.B. Phillips New Testament ) – read all of Matthew 24-28 and be blessed and see the light upon His work.




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Friday, June 8, 2012

Day 899 of Giving Thanks

An amazing day. Completely full of all the right things. Time with the LORD, work (successfully executed) and home on time. Thank You Father for a wonderful time through all my moments today.

Father, in the moments that I live, I am able to see You... I am able to dwell on so many of Your promises... thank You. Through my days, as I head into challenges, and experience circumstances that are unpleasant or unexplainable, I am amazed by Your grace and favor. Thank You Father for giving me, Your child hope in knowing where I will reside in eternity. Lord Jesus, for giving all so I can live in this hope is more than my mind can comprehend. I pray daily for wisdom, discernment and correction and live in the gratitude that all these things are already accomplished for me. In the mighty name of Jesus, may all who read this be blessed with the same knowledge and hope. May they too know joy that is un-ending. Amen.

“You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the LORD will be with you.” ~2 Chronicles 20:17 (English Standard Version)

"All this the Lord made me understand by the writing by His hand upon me, all the work to be done according to the plan."Also David told Solomon his son, Be strong and courageous, and do it. Fear not, be not dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail or forsake you until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord." 1 Chronicles 28:19-20 (Amplified)

I don't want to ponder, "I wish I had done ____ differently". So, I will be grateful for the lessons and continue to ask for wisdom, clarity and perfection through the work of the Holy Spirit. And, do what He directs. And prayer is a major component daily. That is the best I can do. God did not compromise when it came to what was needed for us to be saved, why do we keep trying to negotiate with God and belittle His work by trying to give Him less of us?

It's truly one word daily...

Pray!

“And here is the staggering thing—that in all which will one day belong to him we have been promised a share (since we were long ago destined for this by the one who achieves his purposes by his sovereign will), so that we, as the first to put our confidence in Christ, may bring praise to his glory! And you too trusted him, when you heard the message of truth, the Gospel of your salvation. And after you gave your confidence to him you were, so to speak, stamped with the promised Holy Spirit as a guarantee of purchase, until the day when God completes the redemption of what he has paid for as his own; and that will again be to the praise of his glory.” ~Ephesians 1:11-14 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)

We come from many places, and the most common is brokenness and the more we realize that all we are is Him, the more we will discover greatness in ourselves - the Holy Spirit in us gives us power beyond measure and grace, mercy and favor.

For those hurting, I pray your tears turn to many moments of strength in the LORD... that through all your supplications for husband, you will see the LORD meeting you because He is already waiting for you to step to where He is...

Standing in the wake of life, and knowing I am in the safety of the boat. Thank You Jesus for keeping the storms at bay, and Your protection about me when I step into the storm.

“I have much more to tell you but you cannot bear it now. Yet when that one I have spoken to you about comes—the Spirit of truth—he will guide you into everything that is true. For he will not be speaking of his own accord but exactly as he hears, and he will inform you about what is to come. He will bring glory to me for he will draw on my truth and reveal it to you. Whatever the Father possesses is also mine; that is why I tell you that he will draw on my truth and will show it to you.” ~John 16:13 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)

Tonight as you go to sleep, remember that the Holy Spirit is here to work for you. Leave all your worries and concerns "at the door", so to speak, and let only the good in. Focus on Him, as He is attentive to you.





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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Challenge to Give Thanks Daily - Jasinski Family

Approximately two years ago (when GTD was somewhere under the 300 mark, anyway), we had been meeting as a small home group for about a year. One evening, instead of teaching a typical lesson, Tom handed each of us a stack of papers he had printed out. "Read this", he said, "and notice how her voice changes as the days go by." Turns out he had been following the Giving Thanks Daily Page since it's beginning, and he was fascinated by the difference he was seeing in the tone and approach that Shawn had as the days went by. After we read the pages, Tom put a challenge out to all of us: start our own daily journal of thankfulness. All of the good-intentioned adults dutifully began the undertaking, excited to experience the same kind of refreshing change in our perspective. We all made it a few weeks, but our individual commitment levels didn't hold up. To the extent we participated, we were blessed, but the real surprise was our kids. We have four children, and each of them took the assignment to heart from day 1. They even took their journals on vacation with them, faithful to the daily discipline of writing down something they were thankful for.


Our youngest, who was nine at the time, lasted the longest. After our house was destroyed by the tornado, she was in a panic because she couldn't find her thankfulness journal. We did end up finding it buried under some debris, and she kept on writing every day. It is so humbling to go back and read some of her simple, powerful entries from that time. "Day 103-Today I am thankful that we were safe in the bathtub during the tornado." Day 125-"Today I am thankful that Mom found some of my Webkinz at our destroyed house and washed them for me." Somewhere along the crazy journey of this past year, she finally tapered off as well. But we all grew and changed by giving thanks daily!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Day 898 of Giving Thanks

You are my God... daily I ask to die to myself and live for You... Today my freedoms and ability to pray in public or private are secure, so I pray for those who do not have liberties or freedoms to worship freely -- we pray for them. That they too will die to self daily and be wholly Yours.

What do I want?

I want a Jesus filled, Christ-like husband.
I want to be confirmed, encouraged and edified.
I want to help others be loved and encouraged when are not doing it.
I want a totally transformed and fulfilled life.
I want to know love and true adoration through the Spirit.

How can this happen?
God! Nothing more, nothing less... God!

I need to follow God's lead, get disciplined and stay connected.

"Do not let your heart be troubled...", came into my mind as I poured back through an old journal and read such an encouraging word... these are the words I hear often from the Holy Spirit.

"Do not let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me." John 14:1 (Amplified Bible)

And, just a few lines down, we are reminded of His assurances.

"Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]" ~John 14:27 (Amplified Bible)


From my journal, Sept. 10, 2010, a time when my marriage was in struggle, and my heart was ready to let go... but God did not let me go. And today, my marriage is restored, my heart is whole. In all this, my heart said no, but through my hurt, God said yes.

Father, thank You for chances over and over. Thank You that Your love is everything I need. I praise all my challenges. I come to You LORD with low energy, pain in my heart and so much to be filtered. I do not know what I am suppose to feel -- but I know what my assurances are – I am loved. 
I WILL SPEND ETERNITY with YOU.

God brings an eternal calm to an external calm. I have learned much - sometimes we believe we should "vent", when actually we should act. So, in venting to God, we are filled with how to act.

Question of the millennium, “Who's the first call, God?”

I expect God to do great things in me. I expect a great life. I expect to change.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” ~Ephesians 6:10 (New International Version)

… with God in the lead, I cannot fail.


Today, I am thankful for this type of looking back. We serve an amazing God... there is no doubt in my heart or mind. Grateful for His assurances and favor.

It's all about relationships. The first and most important is the one with our heavenly Father, then our spouse, then our children and our family. Remember our family are those fellow believers as well. Build your relationships wisely, and through the counsel of the Holy Spirit. Stay in the zone... praying zone, believing zone, trusting zone... knowing who the battle belongs to and what our role is – wait on God, love others and trust that He will always go before you.

“You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the LORD will be with you.” ~2 Chronicles 20:17 (English Standard Version)
"All this the Lord made me understand by the writing by His hand upon me, all the work to be done according to the plan. Also David told Solomon his son, Be strong and courageous, and do it. Fear not, be not dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail or forsake you until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord." 1 Chronicles 28:19-20 (Amplified Bible)

Love the LORD with all your heart and soul... 

Stand firm... know that as His, all you have to do is call to Him in sincerity and gratitude and He will be there.



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Monday, June 4, 2012

Day 897 of Giving Thanks

When we go through our daily trials with an eternal perspective, they will always turn into blessings... I know this to be true, because I ask God to help me do this daily.

Today, as in every new day, I am thankful for what I have been given, and what I foresee, and every day I get to live out in faith.

Daily, we are to lay down our concerns and our worries and pick up hope that comes from our eternal resting place with the LORD. Today, as I reflect on the week, that is what I am doing... knowing that the past is the past, and the future is amazing.

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” ~Romans 12:12 (English Standard Version)

From the depth of my soul, I desire to be in Your will LORD.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” ~Romans 8:28 (New Living Translation)

Love is the key to every relationship... and by the way, love is a choice, not a feeling. Choose well.

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.” ~James 1:12 (English Standard Version)

As I head out every morning, my greeting is, “Hello world...” and the message to my day, every day is, “…there is nothing that you hold that I desire greater than I desire pleasing my Father in heaven...” so today, I step out under the shelter of the Most High. It is going to be a great day.

While in the midst of your crisis, try lifting someone else in prayer and focusing on their needs; and watch answers unfold. They may not be anything like you expected, but what you get is greater than anything you could expect anyway. There are so many areas people need help... but the answer is always (ALWAYS) with God; in the wisdom of the Holy Spirit and because Jesus says so.

“The LORD is my solid rock, my fortress, my rescuer. My God is my rock—I take refuge in Him!—He’s my shield, my salvation’s strength, my place of safety.” ~Psalm 18:2 (Common English Bible)




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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Day 896 of Giving Thanks

“Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.” ~Psalm 95:1 (New King James Version)

We often come to You LORD in our brokenness and our pain asking for Your healing, restoration and hope to flood over us. Tonight I would like to come differently, in hope with joy in my heart for all that You have done, for all that You reveal to us. I pray for those who are broken and in great need tonight, but I also boldly come to You in hopes that many will come in sincere gratitude. I pray for hearts of rejoicing, and hearts that are open to the blessings that are all around us and ready to be accepted. Jesus, thank You... in the power of the Holy Spirit let us all be transformed into children of gratitude and disciples of faith. Amen.

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted  and saves those who are crushed in spirit. ~Psalm 34:18 (New International Version)

Triumphant... Victorious! That's our life as children of God.

You have to love God first, in order to love yourself… this is not pride or ego, it’s honoring God for His creation; you. Gratitude is truly a habit, one I would recommend getting into. And I am very grateful for this habit.

LORD, thank You for drawing me near - through all the good and the bad, through our disobedience and sin. Thank You for forgiveness that is so undeserving. I love You Father. Thank You that I no longer rate my days by the pain levels... that is definitely a God thing.

You have to love God first, in order to love yourself… this is not pride or ego, it’s honoring God for His creation; you.

I do come before the LORD daily, but I am His wholly because I am His. Yet, even more to be grateful for. And, today, I ponder amazing Word in the process.

“Shout triumphantly to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with celebration! Come before him with shouts of joy!Know that the LORD is God—He made us; we belong to Him. We are His people,  the sheep of His own pasture.Enter his gates with thanks; enter his courtyards with praise! Thank him! Bless his name!Because the LORD is good, His loyal love lasts forever; His faithfulness lasts generation after generation.” ~Psalm 100:1-5 (Common English Bible)
What does the LORD require?‘With what should I approach the LORD and bow down before God on high? Should I come before him with entirely burned offerings, with year-old calves?Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams,with many torrents of oil?Should I give my oldest child for my crime; the fruit of my body for the sin of my spirit?He has told you, human one, what is good and what the LORD requires from you: to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God.” ~Micah 6:6-8 (Common English Bible)

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