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4/17/10 11:15 P

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Thanks for sharing!

There ain't much fun in medicine, but there's a heck of a lot of medicine in fun.

- Josh Billings, 19th Century Humorist


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4/17/10 9:55 P

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I am thankful for this group. These devotional postings are a blessingl.
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4/17/10 10:48 A

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We are here to praise the Lord and to give Him Thanks, but sometimes it seems as though all we can do is say give me , give me, give me! It is wonderful to be reminded that we should be grateful for all the Father has done for us!
Thank Dear for another wonderful post!
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Romans 8:1
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.

May God richly bless you!

In Jesus Name
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4/16/10 11:33 P

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Great article, we do tend to say ,my,my,my, but its not mine, it is his, our Lords .He gives every thing to us on Loan. Oh how we do forget sometimes.Thank you Lord for all you have given to us. emoticon for reminding us. Caroline

Im starting to take control of my life today. I will take care of me, love my self., be good to my self, I am strong, i can do this.


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4/16/10 5:10 P

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Such wonderful posts. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and testimonies.

~Missy~

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4/16/10 4:19 P

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Once upon a time I lost a truckload of weight...and I was really fit, ran a marathon and leaped over buildings in a single bound. Ok, just kidding about that part. I came out of that year of dieting and fitness nutsiness with major eating disorder. Healthier physically, but a mess spiritually and emotionally! I now get that God looks at the WHOLE person. This is soooo important. I don't want to sacrifice one for the other. He wouldn't want that! :-)

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4/16/10 3:54 P

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Missy, thank you for the devotional. I definitely needed to be reminded.

And TRAINEDBYHORSES, thank you for your additional comments regarding the proper priority for 'my' weight, etc. I'm going to try focusing more on God and less on my body. Certainly it will be better for me spiritually and mentally, and I have to think that the weight will come off in God's timing - His perfect will is bound to include a healthy me. But what I'm trying to say is, I need to focus more on God and His will, and less on me and my wants.



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4/16/10 1:40 P

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Great topic. In fact, I have found that gratitude is *directly* related to my success releasing weight and in keeping it off. When I practice gratitude, it places me in a humble place and God in an exalted place. Right where it all should be! :-) When that happens, I am grateful for His presence, His provision, His power in the moment. I tend, then, to grab less for *my* will, *my* food, *my* way and insist less on things having to do with *my* body and *my* weight. It really is all about him. When I seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and not worry about what I will eat or drink or wear, all these things are added to me as well. Gratitude is huge. It has transformed my life. Thank you for the reminder today, too.

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4/16/10 1:39 P

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I'm thankful for you!

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105

The greatest thing in the world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

"We are not intersted in the possibilities of defeat"
Queen Victoria

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Thomas Alva Edison


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4/16/10 1:31 P

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Being thankful and appreciative of others and what they do for us is also a sign of their respect. Very good message, Missy. We benefit from the time you take to prepare these for us. emoticon emoticon -- Lou

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4/16/10 1:24 P

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PSALM 107:1 NKJ Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

It seems the more people have the less thankful they become. Today complaints are abundant, but thank you's are few.


COLOSSIANS 3:15 NKJ And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

Being thankful is not a choice for a Christian. If it was impossible, God would not have told us to do it.

So, why are people not thankful?

Gratitude is a mark of maturity. Ingratitude is a mark of immaturity. Babies are never thankful.

Neither are proud people thankful. Why? Because their mindset is that they deserve not just everything they have, but even better. "Why be thankful for something less than what you deserve?" describes their thinking.

A funny thing you will notice if you consider it: unthankful people are never happy. In fact, the more thankful a person is, the happier they are.

(This is an example of how acting on God's Word is for our benefit. God didn't invent commands just to be bossy.)

You will not be bothered with depression if you act on the Word of God and "be thankful." The cure for unhappiness is being thankful. Try it.

But how can you overcome the bad habit of ingratitude? Only by changing your core beliefs. As long as you believe you are getting a raw deal, or less than you deserve, you will never become a thankful person.

But if you realize that you deserved punishment and eternal separation from God -- yet in His mercy God instead gave you what He deserved, and EVERYTHING you have -- including every breath you breathe -- is a gift -- then you will become a thankful person.

SAY THIS: I give thanks to the Lord for He is good, and His mercy endures forever. I will be thankful for all God does for me.

From www.adevotion.org

~Missy~

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