Wednesday, November 27, 2013
O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalms 107
Heavenly Father, on Thanksgiving Day
We bow our hearts to You and pray.
We give You thanks for all You've done
Especially for the gift of Jesus, Your Son.
For beauty in nature, Your glory we see
For joy and health, friends and family,
For daily provision, Your mercy and care
These are the blessings You graciously share.
So today we offer this response of praise
With a promise to follow You all of our days.
A Thanksgiving Day Prayer
Lord, so often times, as any other day
When we sit down to our meal and pray
We hurry along and make fast the blessing
Thanks, amen. Now please pass the dressing
We're slaves to the olfactory overload
We must rush our prayer before the food gets cold
But Lord, I'd like to take a few minute more
To really give thanks to what I'm thankful for
For my family, my health, a nice soft bed
My friends, my freedom, a roof over my head
I'm thankful right now to be surrounded by those
Whose lives touch me more than they'll ever possibly know
Thankful Lord, that You've blessed me beyond measure
Thankful that in my heart lives life's greatest treasure
That You, dear Jesus, reside in that place
And I'm ever so grateful for Your unending grace
So please, heavenly Father, bless this food You've provided
And bless each and every person invited
Thursday, October 17, 2013
I wanted to share a bit about why I am so grateful for my spark family and to ask you to keep me in your prayers
Thankfulness and a heart of gratitude to GOD who really means every word he has given us in His Bible. Through the very darkest moments, days, weeks and years :He is the stability and faithfulness that has held me together even in the most crushing emotional times, His love and tender care have brought me healing one step at a time. I can testify in my life and truly offer Him praise and thankfulness.
Two years ago in November and again the following August he spared my own desire and plans to end my life, he reached through to my mind and heart that was so lost in grief, despair and hopelessness.
The Word of God brought life and hope and peace and joy to me in the midst of that oppression. And he has given me wonderful family and friends that never fail to pray for me. I am so blessed and grateful for each of them in my life.
By God’s mercy and grace he is revealing his truth to my heart and mind daily. God is directing my steps to healing my emotions and building my spiritual strength.
Steven and I are working on many issues, and I am so proud to say he has really worked hard to make the changes in his life. Anyone facing all those challenges has to rely on his relationship with the Lord. He has recognized and admitted his need for help , he has taken the steps to move forward with treatment and daily making progress in battling OCD, Bipolar, hearing and sight disabilities.
At the same time I am learning recovery steps from codependency, depression, and anxiety disorder. Along with battling many chronic illnesses, Lupus SLE is just one of them. Steven and I have decided to remain separated while we are working on our own issues , living in the same neighborhood and then working on restoration of our marriage so that in all we do it will glorify God in His will and plan of our lives.
Family and friends that know and understand do support our choices and believe this will be accomplished and are keeping us in their prayers.
So this thanks giving and praise belongs to Jesus our savior.
It is exciting that we can always know God's love and compassion toward us meets us with His grace and mercy.
Sunday, October 06, 2013
MEDITATE ON THESE THINGS
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-----meditate on these things. PHILIPPIANS 4:8
What you think about in your unguarded moments reflects what your mind dwells upon. What you speak about when your guard is down is a good gauge of what is in your heart (Matt. 12:34). Your mind needs exercise just as your physical body does.
To keep your body healthy, you must be careful what you put into it, and you must exercise regularly. To keep your thoughts pure, you must guard what goes into your mind. To exercise your mind, you must contemplate things that are noble and truths that stretch your mind.
Some Christians allow the world to fill their minds with ungodly thinking. Some people seem drawn to concentrate on the negative, choosing to be pessimistic about everything. Some remain satisfied with thinking of the mundane.
Others fail to intentionally place Scripture in their thoughts, choosing instead to adopt human reasoning. Others, however, choose to expose their minds to the truths of God - to that which is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and good.
The things you allow your mind to dwell on will be revealed by the way you live. If you focus on negative things, you will inevitably be a negative person. If you allow unholy thoughts to fill your mind, ungodliness will become common in your life. If you fill your mind with thoughts of Christ, you will become Christ like.
What you fill your mind with is a matter of choice. Choose to concentrate on the magnificent truths of God, and they will create in you a noble character that brings glory to God.
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