Thankfulness

James 1.pngEvery good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change life shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.   James 1:17-18

This week we will be celebrating Thanksgiving here in America are we can take the time to remember the history behind the first Thanksgiving celebrate with the Pilgrims and Indians years ago. However, as you think of that time we learn in school do you also take the time to celebrate the many blessings that comes from our Heavenly Father, our Creator, the “Great I Am” I truly believe that too many times we as humans take for granted our blessings that we do have. Take the time to take a walk to see all the beauty that our land has to offer, the beauty that God has created for all of to enjoy. Everything that we have, everything that we own truly are God’s bless to all of his children. Try to think for a moment just imagine you standing in the presence of God, the “Great I Am” the Alpha and Omega, our Creator. His very name at times my soul shakes because I am unworthy to look into his eyes because I am a sinner. I am standing in His presence and I take my shoes off because I am standing on Holy Ground with My Great Redeemer. I can hardly breathe or simply say a word for I am totally amaze as I look into his eyes. His love for me his child, can I simply and honestly  put it into words within my heart, what I am truly feeling at this very moment at this very second.  I stand in the presence of the “Great I Am”, in His embrace, I loose all sense of time and all my problems I may have brought to him in this place as all but disappear for I am in His presence. Whenever I feel tempted to grumble I will simply go to you and simply talk it over with you. As I open up to you my Lord, give me your peace to calm my spirit down, so that all the cares of the world simply fall away. Help me to trust you by opening up to you each and everyday. I can’t wait until I become so discourage I just need to come to you with all of my concerns. As I talk it over with you, I will remember to thank you for all that you have done, for all the prayers that have been answered and the ones that will be answer in your time. My gratitude will provide a helpful framework for the things that concerns me. As you and I talk about everything, I think of looking into your face with all of its beauty and amazing light and my worries simply disappear forever. When I spend this time with you my Lord I will come away with joy and peace spending the time with you and this world that I have come to know can never rob me of that anymore.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

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Giving Thanks

1 Chronicles 16.pngLet the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!” Let the sea resound and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them! Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love endures forever. Cry out, “Save us, God our Savior, gather is and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise.” Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Then all the people said, “Amen” and “Praise the Lord.”                                                       1 Chronicles 16:31-36

Every time you and I take the time to thank the Lord, we acknowledge that he is our Lord and Provider. And every time you receive with thanksgiving, we demonstrate our kinship with God.  Yet even thro we are his children and we know we are suppose to give thanks in all circumstances, sometimes our words ring hollow. We can say them without feeling the least bit thankful. It’s especially hard for either you or me to be grateful in the midst of a difficult time in our lives, when everything seems to be going wrong. God knows what goes on in our hearts far better than we do. He knows when we feel thankful, and when we don’t. However, God can also see in the depths of our heart, a desire to please him by offering thanks even when we truly don’t feel like it. When we struggle to be grateful, we need to stop and remember who he is God, our Creator, and the “Great I Am”, and he is the author of our lives and of our faith. We are utterly dependent on him for everything, including our next breath. Every good gift comes from above. When we thank God during a difficult day or a period in our lives, we are assuming the proper stance for a child of God. If we persevere in this thankfulness, resisting the temptation to grumble, we can find joy and peace in the midst of our struggles.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Talking With The King!

Ephesians 6Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or more gather in my name, there am I with them.                                                     Matthew 18:19-20

In the same way, the Spirit helps is in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.                         Romans 8:26-27

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.                Philippians 4:6

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.                           Mark 1:35

Thru out the Scriptures we see how important prayer truly is, and yet we as humans seem to lack in, as we continue to journey with the Lord. The great prophets also knew how important it is to prayer, first off to thank God for every kind of blessings he has given to you, and of course your concerns. Yes it is true that God knows everything about of including any concerns that is weighing heavy on our hearts, however what God wants is you and me to have a relationship with us and one way is thru our prayer life everyday. For myself anytime that something or someone is laying heavy on my heart I reach out to my prayer warriors and ask others to pray for the situation. The book of Psalm is filled with many prayers in which some was written by King David himself, and believe me whatever the problem or even joy you may have in your heart the words in the book of Psalm will and can ring true to your own journey.

Just marvel at the wonder of it all being able to have a relationship with the “King of Kings”, the “Great I Am” “Jesus Christ. Do not take this awesome prayer-privilege for granted! Don’t let foolish arrogance step in either, making you act as if you are doing Jesus a favor by spending time talking with him. The best thing is to remember such foolishness is recognizing it and repenting it. Prayer is a two way conversation it is not us doing all of the talking, you need to take the time to “Be Still and Know He is God” (Psalm 46:10) it is true that time of silent we can come to know and understand what God is calling us to do with our own lives and for him. Jesus is our shepherd, tenderly leading you and me step by step through out own lives, which is so wonderful for us to remember. Jesus wants you and me to know how precious we truly are to him, he wants to hear it all, no hiding from anything because believe me he already knows all about each and everyone of us. And when those times come during your prayer time just focus your eyes upon the King and Kings, just spending time with him will bring you the peace your heart longs for.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

 

 

You Are Worthy of My Praise

Exodus 15.jpgShout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness, come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his, we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise, give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever, his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalm 100

These are beautiful words from the book of Psalm in which I memorize as a child in Sunday School one of the different places that I always love going, and believe me that my parents never had to force me to go I was always willing to. When I was growing up I also had the incredible opportunity to see the Shroud of Turin, the burial cloth of Jesus.

shroud-turin.jpgThe cloth was in a glass case, you can see that the man was a tall and thin built, and on the top of his head you can see where the Crown of Thorns laid upon, and you can see drops of blood that has gone down his face. You can see the holes that were in his writs (since having the nails in the hands would of torn his flesh)and feet, you can also see where the sword had pierce his side of his body. You look on the back of this cloth as my eyes swell up with tears knowing what my Lord suffer in my place. As the book of Isaiah 53:4-6 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace and by his stripes we are healed. My friend Jesus took your place and he took my place on the cross, he could of refuse to do it but instead he was willing so that we would no longer be separated from God because of our sins, that is how much he loves you and me. I had forgotten all about what I had witness until a few years ago while I was search the scriptures for a short sermon that I would shared with others, that I began to have this dream over and over again. At first I thought I had made it all up but I didn’t, and now I can not remain silent no longer, I need to share all what I remember and what I have learn with my studies to all who will listen.  In the book of Matthew chapter 28 which is know as the Great Commission, Jesus tells his disciples as well as you and me these words: All authority is heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:18-20 I say to My Lord, Send Me, I am willing to go and make disciples. Here is a song where the words were change to the Hallelujah

kelly mooney easter version of hallelujah

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Insomnia

Psalm 4.jpgFor all of us at one time of another we seem to have trouble with sleeping thru the night, rather it is because of a dear one who is sick, being worried over bills, or the outcome of any situation, we just cannot sleep peacefully at night. For me when those times have come into my own life, I simply open the word of God and begin to read the following words in order to have a restful night.

In peace I will lie down and sleep for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 4:8

Yes, my soul, find rest in God, my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation, he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God, he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him for God is our refuge.                      Psalm 62:6–8

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give your rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.       Matthew 11:28-30

He will cover you with feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge, his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.                          Psalm 91:1-4

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.                                         Psalm 42:5

Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.         Hebrews 3:1

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, will surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.

Philippians 4:6-7

Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that hovers over its young, He spread His wings and caught them. He carried them on His aloft                        Deuteronomy 32:11

You are His Beloved. Although you experience many difficulties in your life, he shields you all day long. You cannot imagine what your life would be like if God was not protecting you continually. The adversity he does allow you to experience is ultimately for your good and His Glory. You can rest secure by trusting that God protective Presence is with you always, no matter what trials you may be enduring. You must be clear about one thing above all else: You are most assuredly the one that the Lord loves! In fact, He loves you so much that he carries  you through your toughest times. Beloved, you can rest between His shoulders like a lamb tenderly carried by its shepherd.

Sleep well God’s little children

Grace and Peace to You My Friends