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I Am So Grateful…

This morning as I was praying, I found myself expressing my gratitude to God for who He is and what He does. I am so grateful……

  • For the variety, intricate detail, and exquisite color of creation (Psalms 8).
  • For giving us the Bible, His inspired, living Word, so that I can study and more fully know him (II Timothy 3:16).
  • For not only forgiving me (Romans 10:9, 13) but also removing my sins as far as the east is from the west. We can plant our feet on the North and South Poles but we can never catch up with the east or west (Psalms 103:12).
  • For His faithfulness that is new every morning (Lamentations 3:22).
  • For His tender mercy and steadfast love (Lamentations 3:22).
  • For hearing and answering my prayers (Matthew 7:7-11 and James 5:15-16).
  • For being willing to give His only son, Jesus, as a sacrifice for my sins so that I can have forgiveness of sins and live in relationship with a Holy God (John 3:16).
  • For feeling my sorrow and grief (James 5:11).
  • For always walking beside me in my times of testing and walking through difficult times (fire & water). (Isaiah 43:1-3 & Psalms 66: 10-12).
  • For being my refuge and strength in times of trouble (Psalms 46:1).
  • For being my strength when I am weak (Isaiah 40:29).
  • For never tempting me but when I are tempted by the evil one, provides a way of escape (I Corinthians 10: 12-13, II Peter 2:9 and II Thessalonians 3:3).
  • For desiring a relationship with me as my Father (James 4:8).
  • For knowing me as a unique person, created by God himself (Psalms 33:13-15, Isaiah 43:1, 7).
  • For holding the hearts of kings in his hand (Psalms 33:10 and Proverbs 21:1).
  • For being my rock, my shield, my hiding place (Psalms 18:2).
  • For being with me in my darkest moments (Psalms 40:1-2)
  • For being my refuge and strength in times of trouble (Psalms 46:1)
  • For promising to be with me even in death (Psalms Psalms 23:4 and 48:14).
  • For being a God of peace and speaking peace to his people (Psalms 85:8).
  • For living in me in the form of the Holy Spirit (I John 4:13).
  • For providing angels to guard and protect me (Psalms 34:7).
  • For preparing a home in heaven for those who love you so that I can spend eternity with you (John 14: 1-4).
  • That one day you will say, “enough is enough” and crush the head of the serpent (Satan) and win triumphantly over evil (Revelations 11:15 and 12:9-12).

The message at church today focused on Psalms 91. “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty God”. The Hebrew word for Almighty is “El Shaddai” which means God-the enough.

What an amazing God we serve. He is Almighty God-the enough and I am so grateful.

Me

This was written when Lauren was just a little tyke. She recently had a birthday and I reminded her about this story. Happy 18th birthday to a sweet, helpful, caring young lady with a servant’s heart.

January 25, 2004

I have decided that precious, sweet, cute, adorable Lauren is basically selfish.  It seems her favorite word is “me” and if that isn’t enough emphasis for a given situation it is “me, me, me, ME!”  Me wants her share of cookies.   Me likes to play with the same toys as her big sister.  Me wiggles into “her” spot on Grandma’s lap even if it is full.  Me wants her book read first.  Me cherishes her share of attention.  Me is afraid she will be left behind.  Me pushes a chair up to the sink to be close beside Grandma while she works.  Me notices herself in pictures.  Me wants to help Grandpa feed Katie, the dog.

I, too, struggle with selfish motivations.  I take good care of my needs, wants, desires and rights.  Step on my turf, take what belongs to me, deny me my privileges, and see how I react!  Sometimes the picture is not too pretty. 

Scripture helps us to evaluate ourselves and teaches us how to develop Christ-like character.

  • Let nothing to done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interest, but also for the interest of others.  Philippians 2: 3-4
  • Love does not seek its own way.  I Corinthians 13: 5
  • Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  Ephesians 4: 1-3
  • For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.  Romans 12:3
  • Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.  Romans 12:10

Since the beginning of time when Eve yielded to the lust of the eye and ate of the fruit in direct disobedience to God, mankind has struggled with the temptation to sin.  The lure of wisdom and longevity snagged Eve even though it sounded like a reasonable and noteworthy aspiration.  But Eve was thinking only of her own wants, desires and rights, and in the process doomed us all to the struggle with sin. 

Paul understood this struggle.  He said, “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”  Paul also experienced sweet victory.  “…God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make a way of escape, that you will be able to bear it.”  I Corinthians 10:12-13

Jude 24-25 offers hope in this passionate benediction:

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever.  Amen”

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