Thank~less or Thank~Full?

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“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns.

But, I am thankful that thorns have roses!”

~ unknown

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God has already blessed this day!

The Bible says, This is the day that He has made! …{Psalm 118:24}…

That we are to be glad, rejoice and be thankful for this fresh, new day!

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Let’s decide to keep on praising God and living for His glory!

Let’s take this day…each day…and remember He has given it to you and to me for a purpose!

Today, let’s keep looking at Him and know that HE is good!

Growing in Grace,
Melissa

What if…

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Dear Lord,

What if I did not have the ability to speak?

I imagine I would dream of all the sweet and wonderful things I would say!

I would long to tell my husband, my children, and everyone You put in my path

good things, encouraging things, important, meaningful things.

I would not think of wasting my words on lesser things.

Or what if I were only given a maximum number of words per day?!

I wouldn’t dare waste them away…the way I now so foolishly do

Since I never think of not having this liberty…

The liberty to speak whatever, whenever, however, and as much as I please.

O, Lord, may I be wise,

May I only use words to minister grace, bless, edify, encourage,

and admonish with great care and love.

Purify my heart to spill over with gratitude in everything,

So love and joy ~ You will supernaturally overflow from all of me.

You Can Turn Your Whine into Worship

It is sinful, human nature to gripe about things. But, it is dangerous. Whining and complaining is like a nasty disease that will spread quickly and violently if it’s not treated right away! And we all know that once we have developed a bad habit it is not easy to turn it around! The sooner we can catch that nasty habit, and do something about it, the better!

Children seem to be especially prone to whining, and sadly many never outgrow it. Parents have to train them that they do not get what they want by whining but by being grateful and we have to train them to look for and see their blessings. At our house, with the Lord’s help, we’ve tried to think of ways we can discipline ourselves to worship instead of whine. Here are some new habits we are developing in our family.

*** Every time we pray before we ask the Lord for anything we first thank Him for something! This is a great way to train ourselves to see our blessings and praise the Lord for all He has done! God inhabits the praises of His people! That is where He lives, and dwells! And, it’s wonderful how gratitude always radically changes our outlook, our perspective…an added blessing!

*** When any of us is griping, or grumbling about anything, such as, their sister, their friend, their food, cleaning their room, putting their laundry away, loading the dishwasher, their schoolwork, their hair, their toys, not feeling well, the many chores of homemaking and motherhood, or whatever it is, then we stop and say “Do not complain about your blessings!”. When we look at what’s bothering us in a different light then we realize that we are really complaining about our blessings.

What if something happened to that precious sister, family member or friend!

What if we only had beans and rice as our one and only meal of the day or what if we had no food at all! What if we couldn’t make that trip to the grocery store with all those heavy bags to unload into the trunk then unload them again into the house then unload them again into the pantry? It’s all a blessing!!!

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Some children would love to have a bedroom to clean with a bed of soft, warm covers and a pillow to make up, and clothes, shoes, toys and games to pick up and put away! And what a blessing that we are healthy enough to do these tasks!

What a blessing to have soap and hot water to wash dishes and an added blessing to have a machine that cleans them for us! And by the way, we have a machine for just about anything…we have machines that wash and dry the clothes, wash and dry the dishes, cook the food when and how we tell it to, sweep the floors! And when there are dishes to wash and a kitchen to clean that’s a sure reminder that there was food to eat and family or friends to share and enjoy a meal with!!!

There are children in the world that long to go to school and learn! There are children and adults who only dream of having shelves full of books to read anytime they want, school supplies and workbooks and pencils and paper and crayons and computers! My goodness! And what else? Eyes to see, ears to hear, hands and fingers to write, a mind to think.

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And most of the time whatever we are going through, whatever illness or condition, we can always be so thankful it is not worse than it is.

On and on we can go, because our blessings are so rich and bountiful when we think about how much we don’t do without and the multitude of annoyances, trials or horrors we do not have to endure!!! We have nothing to complain about and much, much, much to be thankful for!!!

*** Lastly, the newest habit we are implementing is this. As soon as one of us starts whining we stop them and immediately they must say, “A blessing I am thankful for is______________.” This turns our whine into worship right away!

It’s so good to share new ideas for living out God’s Word in a real way! What are ways that you have turned whine into worship? Has it become a way of life for you, for your family?

Walking with Jesus &
Growing in grace,

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Magnify the Lord With Me!

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When we use a magnifying glass to view an object it becomes easier to see. The object appears large to us so we may see it better, more vividly, in detail…bringing it into clear view, or near.

That’s how I want to live for The Lord! I want my life to magnify GOD! You and I can be women who live lives like that, you know. Our life, our choices, our countenance, our manner, our speech, our behavious, our habits can all make The LORD appear larger to everyone who sees us! We can magnify Him with our life; bring Him into clear view, plain sight!

Psalm 30 says, I will extol Thee, O LORD. I love the definition and synonyms I found for extol!

Praise highly!
Celebrate!
Bless!
Exalt!
Laud!
Glorify!
Magnify!

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Now look with me at “glorify“…

To bestow honor, praise, admiration!
Elevate to celestial glory!
Light up brilliantly!
Represent as glorious!

I want to share how a couple of these definitions have encouraged me. This one, light up brilliantly, especially inspires me! Wow! Do my habits, does my character, brilliantly light up The LORD!?! How about my attitude in every situation? Does it brilliantly bring light to Jesus?

Next, does my life accurately represent our glorious God? He is holy. He is good. He is wise. He is kind. He is merciful and faithful. Ouch! Help me, Lord, truthfully represent You!

Oh what a great proclamation in verse 12 as Psalm 30 closes…

To the end that my glory (translated, my soul) may sing praise to Thee,

And not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto Thee for ever!

Growing in grace,

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Choosing Gratitude ~ Week 6

Good morning GIG ladies!

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Resurrection Day! We had a very nice Easter Sunday service, didn’t we?! We are looking forward to gathering together again Sunday morning continuing our Bible study, Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

This Sunday our lesson will cover Chapter 6, “How Can I Say Thanks?”.

Throughout this week in our devotional journals we will be on

Day 16: Sing and Give Thanks ~ Psalm 30
Day 17: Happiness Is… ~ Proverbs 3:13-18
Day 18: The High Cost of Gratitude ~ I Cor 10:1-13

I will bring a brief lesson and invite everyone to share a little something from your own quiet times this week. Let’s remember to pray for each another, pray for our time together in class this Sunday, pray for all of our Sunday School classes at Hope, our church family, ministries, missionaries, and our Pastors, staff and their families. And, this week, let’s invite someone to come to Sunday School with us!

Have a day filled with blessings!

Growing in grace,
Melissa
II Cor 9:8

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