Go: Give Thanks! Tell What the Lord Has Done

Good day friends! November is Thanksgiving month. Ready, Set, Go! Go! Over the past two weeks we readied and set our hearts and minds on giving thanks for the daily blessings in our lives and the blessing of being reunited with our Heavenly Father through all that Jesus accomplished on our behalf. As we continue to ponder and give thanks throughout this week, let us go and tell others of all the wonderful things he has done for us and for everyone!

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south. Psalm 107

As God’s redeemed children, we know, through faith, that our heavenly home is waiting for us because of Jesus. Because of God’s love for us – you and me- we can rejoice in our salvation and give thanks to God, no matter what our day holds. But his love and grace doesn’t stop at the cross. Although he conquered our most serious enemies  through his death and resurrection, he continues to care for us, bless us, and answer our prayers. 

Over the past few weeks, You have consciously made note of the ways he blesses you throughout each and every day. You may have stories of how God answered your prayers. God is active in your life. God is present in your life. So share your stories with others. Let others join in rejoicing and giving thanks. Your stories may open their eyes to seeing God working in their lives too. And above all, share with others the peace and joy as a forgiven sinner, redeemed by Jesus’ blood, so that they too can rejoice in Christ’s redeeming love for themselves.

God’s continued blessings be yours this week, my friend! Brenda

Get Set to Give Thanks Now and For Eternity

Good day friends! November is Thanksgiving month. Ready, Set, Go! Last week we pondered God’s blessings in our life and took time to give Him thanks and praise each day for them. Let us continue to ponder this week as well. Also, let us set our hearts on the one from whom we’ve received the greatest blessing and deserves our unending thanks. 

Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter. I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.The Lord has done it this very day;  let us rejoice today and be glad. Psalm 118: 19-24

“Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:5

Everything this world has will pass away. We came into this world with nothing and we will leave everything of this world behind. But this world is not the be all and end all. Thanks be to God for his love for us – you and me – that brought us back into his presence, now and for eternity.

Our sin separates us from Him and there is nothing we can do about it. On our own, we are destined to Hell – our eternal separation from God Almighty. But praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love, he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. (Ephesians 1:3-8)

In Christ all of humankind’s sin has been redeemed. God has done it because of his love for us – for you and me. In faith and gratitude, give all glory, praise and thanksgiving to our most Gracious God. Thank you Lord for Jesus! God’s continued blessings be yours this week, my friend! Brenda

Get Ready to Give Thanks

Good day friends! November is Thanksgiving month. Ready, Set, Go! This week, let us ready our hearts and minds to see God’s blessings in our lives and give our gracious God proper thanks.

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” Revelation 4:11

Together, let us ready our hearts and minds to see God’s creation and blessings in our lives, and give Him proper thanks.

Look around at our own life and at all of creation. Ponder what you are thankful for. Consider what strikes awe in your heart.

Each day this week, think of  five (5) things to give thanks for. Then take time to thank your Heavenly Father for each of them. Begin each prayer with the above verse. By the end of the week you should have a list of at least 35 things you are thankful for. If you wish, attach a picture or word of one or many of your blessings to the comment field of the devotion.

May God open your heart and mind this week to see and acknowledge just how much he has blessed you, and how worthy he is of your honour, praise and thanksgiving in all things.

God’s continued blessings be yours this week, my friend! Brenda

Thanksgiving

David’s Prayer

David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, 

“Praise be to you, Lord, . . . from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to. Now, [my] God, [I] give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.

 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”  1 Chronicles 29:10-14

Canadians recently celebrated their national day of Thanksgiving, and Americans will be preparing for theirs in a few short weeks. Therefore, it only seems fitting that November be our month of Thanksgiving. 

How did you, or how are you, or how do you celebrate Thanksgiving Day? 

Of course, it goes without saying that there will be a feast of goodies, especially recently harvested foods. The table will be filled with colours and textures and all sorts of fabulous things. Then there is family and friends. Lots of family and friends laughing, playing, and talking. Times are spent reminiscing, and sharing, and walking through the paths of colourful fallen leaves under a canopy of reds and golds, (at least in the northern regions).

Does this sound at all like your Thanksgiving Day?

Well what about those who don’t have food in abundance or those with no family or friends to share in the honoured day? Is their Thanksgiving a dud? Are they exempt from such joyous celebrations?

Well, if our observance of Thanksgiving Day is merely a focus on the food and people we can bring together, then perhaps for those who cannot gather in such a setting, it may seem a dreary day. However, if we stop and consider who we are to be thanking, and spending time with -our Most Gracious and Awesome God and Saviour- then it doesn’t matter what else fills our day. He is the One with whom we need to spend our time, to whom we need to lift our praises to and sing our hearts out in grateful praises and thanksgiving. Especially on Thanksgiving day, first and foremost, we need to stop and consider all His blessings, starting first with His blessing of redemption. Thanks be to God for his love shown to us through his Son, our Saviour, Jesus, who won the victory over sin and death. So even those who are at the end of their earthly path, they to can proclaim with assurance and thanksgiving God’s glorious majesty and give him honour and praise.

No in the grand scheme of things, it’s not the stuff and the people that is to be our focus of thanksgiving, but God our Lord, the giver of all good things, and we can put our family and all our good stuff in their proper place.

Ultimately, the people with nothing except the Lord on their mind to whom they give their thanksgiving and praise, have celebrated with a higher honour, than the richest person with their house filled with people and a table overflowing with tasty foods, but who did not acknowledge the Lord at all. Therefore, in plenty or in want, praise and honour to God is what makes our Thanksgiving  day, and every day, the most glorious of celebrations. So, in closing, please proclaim with me the words of David, as stated above.

Go Regret Free as You Trust in the Lord

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Psalms 62:1-2 

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,which cannot be shaken but endures forever. Psalms 125:11 

October is TRUST month. Ready, Set, Go!

Last week I shared the importance of setting our sights on Trusting Jesus, no matter what. This is our final week focusing our hearts on what it means to trust our Lord. So, let’s look at what it means to our lives when we fully Trust in Him.

 When we take all our concerns and requests to the Lord in humble repentance and submission, we know God will guide us according to his good and perfect will. It doesn’t mean everything will go the way we think it will. But no matter the outcome, we can rest assured that the outcome is the best possible outcome. 

It doesn’t then become something we need to question down the road. It remains the God given answer always, and whatever happens down the road, we can lift our lives up to the Lord as we are guided elsewhere. 

No, you may not understand the outcome at times. You may even question if God heard your prayer. But in all things, as you truly take them to the Lord, you can live a life built on the solid assurance that God is guiding you, as you follow his lead. You are exactly where he desires you to be. There is no question. There is no shaky ground. You are standing on the solid assurance of God’s loving guidance and you will not be shaken. In this confidence, you can go through each day and each decision regret free, standing strong and tall, on solid ground.

Set Your Eyes on Trusting Him

Good day friends!

October is TRUST month. Ready, Set, Go!

Last week I shared the importance of a regular prayer life with your Lord and Saviour as you readied yourself to Trust in Him for your needs and answer to prayer. This week we will look at the importance of SETTING our sights on Trusting Him, no matter what.

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

As mentioned last week, God’s ways are the best ways for our lives and our loved ones. So, as you continue to grow in your personal prayer time with Him, take all your situations, your concerns, and your choices to the Lord and trust him to guide you. If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11

Then trust the outcome of the situation. It may not be what you had expected, but trust it to be what is best for your life and the lives of your loved ones, at that point in time. Trust God and his plan for you as you seek him in your life and he will remove the stumbling blocks that have been barriers for you. He will make your path straight. It may mean submitting to another outcome, but even in that, you can trust that it is the right outcome, and he will get you through it, as you continue to depend and trust in Him and his saving love through your Saviour, Jesus!. Then, be prepared to see miracles along the way.

Is there something you’re struggling with: a job, a health issue, a relationship? This week and following, seek the Lord in prayer and in his Word. Ask Him for his guidance for those specific concerns. Then listen and be alert as you live for him. Do not give into your fears, or the unknowns, but trust him for the best outcome, always.  As we live with our eyes focussed on him, seeking him, he will be faithful to answer our pleas, and we can proclaim with David: “My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare.” Psalm 25:15

God be with you this week, my friend. Brenda

Ready Yourself to Trust Him

Good day friends! October is TRUST month. Ready, Set, Go!

This week we will be looking at what we can do to ready ourselves as we come to trust in our awesome God’s faithfulness to answer our requests. If you haven’t yet, read last week’s devotion A Voice You Can Trust which kicked off our month of focussing and preparing ourselves to TRUST in God’s faithfulness and love for each of us and all that is going on in our lives. Let’s begin…

Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. Psalms 20:6-7

Our Heavenly Father desires to bless us, and his ways are the best ways for our lives and our loved ones. But God, with his blessings, is not meant to be viewed like a good luck charm. We don’t go to him just when we want something, trusting that we are going to get exactly what we ask. 

No, we go to him because we know that he loves us. Think about it. He willingly died for us, and there is nothing we could ask that would cost him as much. We go to him like a child to a parent, in the good and the not so good times; when we need help but also when we want to rejoice. 

Infact, in order to begin being assured without a doubt that God is for you and that he is trustworthy, you need to begin a habit of calling on him. Taking everything to God in prayer, and then watch, listen, and experience as he answers you. He is faithful. Therefore, to begin this monthly journey of trusting God with your life and your situations, commit to spending time in prayer each day this week, if you do not already do so. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)

God be with you this week, my friend! Brenda

A Voice You Can TRUST

…a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Matthew 17:5

My husband has a distinct and very loud whistle – and some might say ear piercing. However, it is a sound our family loves to hear because it is a sound our children and I know we can trust. As children, when our kids heard the whistle, they knew Dad was calling.

I remember one occasion. We were attending our daughter’s college graduation. Off in the distance, in a massive auditorium, we could see all the graduates begin filing into their seats. Together my husband and I looked intently for our daughter. Thankfully she has beautiful long red hair which a great feature to have in situations like this- you can’t miss the red-headed ant – at least that what they looked like from our seats.  Once we picked her out in the ocean of black gowns, my husband gave out one whistle and her gaze turned immediately in our direction. Within seconds she spotted us waving frantically and she knew we were there cheering her on. 

There were, of course, numerous other times when the whistle was needed in moments of fear. When a member of our family got separated from the pack, my husband’s whistle would sound, and within moments, the lost would find his or her way back to the safety of Mama’s arms. Even when he and I would get separated in a crowd, I’d just listen for the whistle, and it always sounded.

Yes, over the years that whistle was the sound that always let our children, and now grandchildren, know that my husband was close by and that we were all safe. It was the sound we could trust and which we followed, even if we couldn’t quite see him. 

In the same way, we can trust the voice of Jesus, our Good Shepherd. Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me and I lay down my life for the sheep. They will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.” John 10:14-15,16b

 Yes, Jesus calls to us, you and me, and we can trust that his voice will speak truth and lead us to safety. His voice is heard through his word and in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. His voice directs us to repentance and forgiveness. It speaks love and guidance, and draws us to safety and protection. 

It is the voice we can truly trust always, now and when we walk the path from this world into eternity. So, wherever you are right now in your life’s journey, take time to stop, dig into his precious word and listen, and you will hear the Good Shepherd calling you to himself where you will find safety in his loving arms.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, my Good Shepherd, thank you for always calling out for me to stay close to you. Help me to always trust your voice and to not be afraid. In your name I pray. AMEN!

GO Boast In Your Eternal HOPE

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Romans 4: 9-11

Over this month, I hope and pray that you have taken the time to be convinced of the assuredness of all that Christ has done for you, for us – you and me. The depth of God’s love and his determined desire to call his beloved creation back to himself. To remove the distance that existed between him and humankind because of the sin that Adam and Eve brought into this world. This reunion is the most intimate steadfast relationship that any person can have, even right now and then into eternity. This eternal hope is only hope on this side of heaven and it is a hope that we can rest in, we can rejoice in, and that guides all we say, do, and think. In all things, may your life be guided by the peace of your eternal hope of all that Christ has done for you and your faith in him. Therefore, by your actions and your words, let your whole being boast in this eternal hope that you are living in right now, that others may see and be drawn to live in it as well.

Set Your Mind – HOPE

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 4:1-5

Cling to these words which will prove to strengthen you in your salvation. Even in suffering there’s no need to question your eternal hope or God’s presence. But persevere and hold fast to the Lord. You may not like what you are going through, and you may never understand why you must experience certain trials. It may take everything in you. Cling to him. And be sure of this- trials will come your way- it is simply sin in this world. Yes, you will be required to persevere through them. And when they end, you will most likely be changed by them. You will be required to live a new normal, a new you. But in all the trials and all the changes, the one constant, the one hope, is Jesus. With your eyes focussed on him through it all, you will stand even more firm in the end.

Are you enduring suffering of any sort right now? Take it to the Lord in prayer. Ask him to give you strength to persevere, the ability to grow in his wisdom through it, and then give thanks for his ever present help and the assured hope of life with him no matter what, now and for eternity. 

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