Try this: Sit in total silence for 2 minutes – and where ever your mind drifts to – realign and focus on the goodness of JESUS. At the end of that 2 minutes – write me a note – here with the first thing that comes to your heart.
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God IS Love
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There was a time when I had no idea who I was. When I was with “them” – I acted like them. When I was with “y’all” – I acted like y’all. It was a miserable time from the age of 6 years old until 50 years old, I struggled with my true self.
What about you? Do you know who you are? Do you know why you were created? Do you know your purpose in life?
Share your journey with me and then hear all about mine – how God dealt with me running from HIM.
1 Peter 2:9 – But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Embrace who you were created to be! Beautiful!
I’ll Turn Every Blessing Into Praise
Jesus followers—and even people who are unsure of God—often respond to tragedy by first appealing to God for help and then questioning His intentions. Either way, difficulty has a way of making us aware of our dependence on God. In these moments when He is all we have, hopefully we can realize that He is all we need.
For Job of the Bible, this was no mental exercise. Job actually experienced the loss of everything he held most dear in life. How did he respond? His book is where we get the phrase, “blessed be the name of the Lord!”
In both trial and blessing, a grateful heart returns praise to God. When we fail to praise God for His blessings, we make fertile soil for poisonous seeds of pride in our hearts. Ideas like, “I deserve this, I earned this, and I did this,” begin to take root and overshadow God’s providential work in our lives. When we instead return God’s blessings as praise, we make fertile soil for God to do abundantly more than we could ever ask or imagine.
I Won’t Let What I Want Rob Me Of What I Have
Contentment and gratitude aren’t identical, but they sure are family. Contentment lives somewhere near the beginning of the path toward a more grateful perspective.
For instance, it’s difficult to have gratitude for something you’ve received when you’re at the same time wanting more of that very thing. Think of a toddler who says thank you for sweets because they’ve discovered that’s how to get more. Are they glad to have the sweets? Yes. But, are they content with what they’ve already received? Probably not. A grateful perspective realizes God gave us the good we have, responds with praise, and then believes His good is enough. Yet, we often come to God with a toddler-like, “Thank you. More, please.”
How do we keep discontentment from robbing us of the realization of God’s all-sufficient provision? We practice saying, “Thank You, God. You’re enough.” When we do, we’ll find gratitude turns what we have into enough.
Try this: Look around you and start thanking God for the things you see. Start a mental list today of the things He’s done for you. Share them in a discussion or post them on social media this week.
Every Good Thing Comes From God
Most of us agree with this idea that every good thing comes from God. But do our words and attitudes agree with it? One way to find out is to ask, “Is it obvious to others that I believe God is the provider of everything good in my life?”
Try this exercise whenever you need to strengthen your grateful perspective. Think of something or someone good you have. Now, work backwards until you find God as the source of that good thing.
Realizing God is the source of our good comes with many benefits. Not only do we become more grateful when we realize we’re not spinning up the good in our lives, but we become less anxious about loss, better at caretaking, more generous in giving, and less friendly to pride.
Pray: God, thank You for Your goodness. Not just for the good things, experiences, and people, but just for You. For who You are. Because, Lord, You are so good. Fill my heart and mind with gratitude for my relationship with You.
Be The One
Ten lepers were miraculously healed. This miracle not only cured a horrendous and painful disease, but it also freed these men to return to their families and rejoin their communities. Everything changed because of what Jesus did, but only one returned to thank Him.
It’s obvious to us Jesus literally gave these men their life back. So why wouldn’t all 10 return to lavishly thank Him? It’s easy to judge the nine, but maybe Jesus intended we focus on the one. You see, like the lepers, Jesus gave each of us brand-new life. Will you be the one who’s grateful? Will you grow your daily habit of gratitude on the realization of what Jesus has done for you?
Facing a trial in our lives can make us feel like someone has waged an all-out war against us. Nothing seems to go our way. We can’t even see a light at the end of the tunnel. It can be sickness, it can be marital problems, it can be financial crisis; it truly can be anything or everything at the same time! This isn’t necessarily good news (or new news), but there IS good news for us as believers.
We don’t have to look far to see that we aren’t the only followers of God who have encountered some extreme battles against our faith in Him. Over and over again throughout the Old Testament, the Jewish people faced exile and captivity. It must have seemed as though it would never end, but the prophet Isaiah had words of comfort for them.
He told them that their “warfare was over” and to remember that the One who “created all the stars” gives “power to the weak and strength to the powerless.” He encouraged a people who were faced with bondage and slavery that their God hadn’t misplaced a single star, and He wasn’t about to forget them either.
Just imagine that. Your warfare is OVER. Does it feel that way? Probably not. You probably have reminders of your battles every single day, but Isaiah wrote those words to a nation that was facing a Babylonian conquest which would end in their exile, and before it even began God was declaring through His prophet that it was already over!
Isn’t it amazing to think that our Creator has seen our end from the beginning? He knew what we would face and feel before we were ever born, and yet still He tells us that the victory is won in Christ Jesus! It’s this truth that we hold to. This is the “confident trust in the Lord” that Hebrews 10 tells us not to throw away, that we can patiently endure the storm KNOWING God has already secured the outcome. The fight is fixed! And YOU are the winner.
In Romans 15:13, Paul gives us this prayer he prayed for the church in Rome, and it’s a prayer I pray for you now. No matter WHAT you are facing, “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Remember that weeping may endure for a night, but JOY comes in the morning! Lift up your eyes and see, the sun is rising!