A Time for Thanksgiving

Thank you for the bountiful blessings.

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.

Psalm 95:1-3

As we come together on Thanksgiving Day, gathering with family and friends, let us remember that each day is a day of thanksgiving.

Since the day Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins, we have plenty to be grateful for. We have been forgiven of much for our past iniquities, no longer bound by our past transgressions. For our confession of faith in Jesus, we have been made new. The past is behind us. We are free to walk with pride, for we are a child of God, worthy to be loved by the most High.

God is with us always and we have been given much by His love for us. And, we shall receive bountifully by our love of Him.

The following video titled “Thank You” is a beautiful song that speaks of the wonderful blessings we have received from God. I think you will enjoy it.

Happy Thanksgiving! May you receive many blessings this day and forever.

GUEST POST: LEARNING TO SAY “NO”

The message in this blog post blessed me by helping me realize that I need to slow down a little by saying no more often. I hope it blesses you too.

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The chaos or the unsettling feelings of situations in our lives sometimes come so that God can show us what it’s like to live in His freedom – it becomes a matter of having to BOLDLY choose to create that space in our days. When we make space for God, we follow, we connect, we experience Him in all spaces (all of it) that He becomes part of our lives. We run to Him over anything else, even when that might not be so easy. He specifically tells, ask us “Come to me”

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Our Defender

Strength comes from God, our Defender.

God is our strength… our Defender!

How I love you, Lord! You are my defender. The Lord is my protector; he is my strong fortress. My God is my protection, and with him I am safe. He protects me like a shield; he defends me and keeps me safe. I call to the Lord, and he saves me from my enemies. Praise the Lord!

Psalm 18: 1-3

Psalm 18 is about gratitude for deliverance and victory. When we are surrounded by evil, we should call upon the Lord. He will be with us, giving us strength to overcome the evil forces of our enemies.

Today’s song: Defender, Copyrights: 2015 Gateway Create Publishing, Kindred Joy Music, Bethel Music Publishing. Performed by Upper Room.

Defender performed by Upper Room

Come to Me All Who Are Weary

A sultry sunset. One of God’s many gifts.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and My burden is light.

Matthew 11:28-30

This world we live in can get us down, and it is easy to let weariness sink in to the point that it bogs us down with exhaustion, fear, anxiety, and loss of hope. But, the Lord asks us to take our burdens to Him and He will receive them from us, giving us the rest and peace we need to go on living in this life on earth and forever with Him in heaven.

I like today’s song because it is a good reminder that when I feel tired and can hardly find a way to come out of a slump, I simply need to bend my knee in prayer and lift up all of my troubles to the Lord, and when I do that, He will deliver comfort to me.

Song: Come to Me by Christopher Grundy

Refuge and Strength

When you are feeling down and out, scripture and music can help bring you back to life.

Sometimes, when I am in a place where I am feeling down and out – when I am feeling like there is no hope, I reach out to God. In reaching out to God, I turn to scriptures because I know that scriptures are the words that hold messages from God, and when I read these messages, suddenly I begin to feel better. Suddenly, I begin to feel covered and comforted by the loving hands of the Holy Spirit.

My favorite verse to read is…

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psalm 46:1

Listening to worship music is another thing I do to comfort and quiet my soul. A song I enjoy listening to is a song by Lauren Daigle. It is called, “Rescue.”

I encourage you to listen to the lyrics of this song on those days when you feel like life is beating you down and on those days when you feel like you have nothing to gain.

As you listen to the lyrics of this song and as you are comforted by the instrumentation, melody, and soothing voice of Lauren Daigle, you will come to know that our Lord loves you more than you could ever imagine.

He suffered and died on a cross for all of us, so that our sins could be washed away… so that we could be forgiven… so that our souls could be cleansed, and so that we could be worthy of all the blessings He has to offer to us.

So, the next time you are feeling down and out, look to our Father to lift you up. He is your source of refuge and strength.

May the Lord bless you always.

Song: Rescue – by Lauren Daigle, Jason Ingram, and Paul Mabury
(c) 2018 CentricSongs, See You At The Pub, Fellow Ships Music, Flychild Publishing, So Essential Tunes

No Need to Worry

Winding road

We all have those days when we are so exhausted that we don’t even know if we will be able to get through the day. We burn the candle at both ends, we work hard, getting up early and going to bed late, trying to stuff 36 hours of tasks, errands, a social life, and recreation into a 24 hour day. At some point we begin to wonder what life is all about. Doubt and fear begin to etch their way into our minds. We feel tugged in too many directions and have a difficult time figuring out which way to go. We lose focus as we chase after the fame and fortune we so desire. We lose focus as we try to make it happen.

Whenever we find ourselves wandering and floundering through life, worrying if this or that will happen, it is time to stop. Take a break. Take a step back.

Refocus.

Change your goal. Change your direction. Change your thought process so that, instead of focusing on your goals, you are now focusing on our Heavenly Father. Seek His wisdom and guidance for what He wants you to do each day. Start each day and each task with a prayer asking our Father what He would have you do. Trust in the answer. Trust in the results.

Trust in the direction our Father takes you. When you abide in Him, you will see that you struggle less in life because you have given your life’s direction over a God who loves you unconditionally and wants only what is best for you. There is no better direction to go than that.

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Psalm 68:19 (NIV)

Trust in God Alone

When the Truth Hurts

When the truth hurts, don’t run from it. Run toward the truth and learn to live in that truth.

My pastor is a spirit-led pastor. His sermons are based strictly on the word of God, and when he preaches, the congregation is sure to hear and feel the Holy Spirit directing them.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Speaking of the Truth

I enjoy every sermon that my pastor delivers. I appreciate that I am being led by a man of God, a man who seeks wisdom from the word of God as it is written in the Bible. At the same time, I must tell you that there were times early on when the pastor would say something that smacked me right in the middle of the face. And, I would sit quietly in the pew, listening but agitated that the pastor would give reprimands from the pulpit.

Now, let me make it clear about one thing. The pastor never called me out by name; in fact, the ultimate truth is that the pastor never actually directed any of his sermons toward me. What I was hearing was the Holy Spirit convicting me through the pastor’s sermon.

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

One time after one of the pastor’s sermons, I was feeling rather rebuked; I arrived home with my husband and finally told him that I didn’t like what the pastor had to say about such and such. I told him that I didn’t want to go back to a church where the pastor felt free to chastise from the pulpit.

I was surprised at my husband’s response because he said the same thing that someone had said to me many years ago when I was a very young girl. He looked me squarely in the eyes and said,

“Well, when the truth hurts, maybe you should examine your head and your heart. Because, if the pastor is delivering the word, then he is delivering the truth and if the truth hurts, you need to see what it is about the way you think or the way you feel about that subject.”

Bah bam! Hit in the face again!

My husband was right. He didn’t hold back any punches when he reminded me that when the truth hurts, I need to examine myself and determine what it is about me that I need to change. Running to another church to try to find a pastor whose “truth” doesn’t hurt would not solve the problem. And, not going to church at all would be the worse decision of all.

I listened to my husband who is uncannily wise about many things. I calmed down and realized I needed to learn what to do to change those things in me that kept me from being the wholesome Christian I desperately wanted to be. I needed to keep going to church and stay seated and continue to listen to the messages my pastor delivered until the change in me occurred. I needed to stay and hear every message until the truth didn’t hurt anymore.

Thankfully, my attitude changed; my heart changed; and I came to appreciate what the pastor says about everything. I trust his messages because I know his messages are messages that are directed from the Holy Spirit.

The Truth Will Set You Free

Yes, sometimes the truth hurts. But, sometimes it takes being hurt for us to realize we need to make a change in the way we think, the way we feel, and the things we do.

The truth will set you free from the bondage of a life filled with false hope. When the truth hurts, don’t run from it. Run toward the truth and learn to live in that truth. When we live a life based on truth, we live a life that is pleasing to our Lord. The truth will deliver a life filled with love as only our Heavenly Father can deliver.

May you live in truth.

Song of Hope

The following song is inspired by John 14. It is a song that relates to the fact that the Spirit of Truth lives inside of us, guiding us.

Title: Spirit of Truth
By:
Phil J. Riegler
©
Phil J Riegler Music June 26, 2014

The Spirit of Truth lives inside of us.