Gratitude is an Attitude 

“The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!”

~Ephesians 5:20

I need to cherish every blessing I have. Here are a few things I’m grateful for today: 

1. Heat-it’s winter in Indiana and baby, it’s cold outside! 

2. The fact that my oldest son is able to attend college. 

3. I have a lot of laundry to do today. But I’m okay with that. I get to do it in the comfort of my own home, I have plenty of cleaning supplies to get the job done, and the fact that I have clothes to wash says a lot. 

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Smile

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12

I almost let the devil win. I have been spiritually, mentally and physically bogged down by a trial that I am going through and that it is showing on my face. 

I’ve lost my smile. I felt like if I smiled that I was content with the situation. 

But this morning I practiced smiling. It felt strange at first and then it felt so good! Hallelujah! Trouble doesn’t last always so I’m counting it all joy. 

Bible Art

I’m loving my journaling Bible. Though I’m not an artist, I am enjoying being creative. You can pretty much do anything within the space provided. 
Today I took notes. 

I have also written key points of rembrance from the scripture. 

And important words. I’m really trying to imprint His Word in my brain. 

The Garment of Praise

“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” ~Isaiah 61:3

Sometimes my life is so heavy that I find it hard to see the light of the Son at the end of the tunnel. I know we are instructed to put on our praise dresses when this spirit consumes us. So I just want to praise God with the hopes that my spirit may be lifted.

Father God, I thank you for everything awesome that You are. There is nobody greater than You-the Great I Am, the Author and Finisher of our faith, Jehovah Jireh-You are literally all that and then some.

Thank you for breathing the breath of life into me this morning which means no matter what is going on around me; You still have a purpose for me.

I sing praises that glorify Your holy name. Your goodness is immeasurable. Your love everlasting. Mercy you dish freely. Grace flows from the core of Your being. Your ways and thoughts are unlike mine-O omnipotent, omniscient One. I stand in awe of You. My mind truly cannot comprehend the sum of You. The Calm in the midst of the storm, the Commander of waves, the Stream in desert moments, and the Table in the wilderness.

I feel honored and humbled that You my Lord, my Creator, my Savior, loves me and adopted me into Your holy family. A perfect You loves an imperfect me.  Amazing.

It is a blessing to praise Your greatness, mighty King of kings and Lord of Lords.  Hallelujah!

Faith and Fashion

My church had an awesome women’s conference over the weekend called “Healing for Your Soul”with speakers Kelly Price and Pastor Kim Burrell and it opened with a fashion show in which I was a part of. 

Elan Furs was gracious enough to allow us to model their beautiful coats. I loved mine so much that I had to buy it, lol. 

We walked down the “runway” to Walking by Mary, Mary which was perfect. It was great fun and a wonderful opportunity to fellowship with the ladies. 

The Prayer Project

“The LORD restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the LORD increased all that Job had twofold.” ~Job 42:10

  
I have some friends that “stick closer than a brother” and I am so thankful. I will be participating in this challenge for them. 

Intentional 

Yesterday I received yet another medical bill in the mail. I could feel my tension rising. It’s one thing to go through an unexpected illness and more stress is added to it all when you have to help cover the cost even with the aid of insurance. 

I thought surely God is taking me through this for a reason because ALL things are working for my good. Then of course I tried to figure out how a myriad of constant medical bills could produce any good in my life. Is He trying to teach me how to stretch my money? Does he want me to learn to be thankful that I am able to keep up with bills? My inquiring, human mind wanted to know. 

I finally stopped when I realized that I don’t know the reason why but He does and that’s enough. In the words of Travis Green, “He’s intentional/Never failing.” I couldn’t agree more. 

The Missing Pieces

“I will put My trust in Him.” ~Hebrews 2:13

It feels so good to trust in the Lord and lean not to my own understanding. 

I often liken life to a billion piece jiggle saw puzzle. Each event, experience, trial, blessing, etc. in our life represents one piece-thus it rarely makes sense to us. 

But God…literally and figuratively speaking, the Creator of the puzzle, has already put it together and can see the big picture. Trust Him my friends. 

  

Testimony

 “It seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders that the Most High God has done for me.” Daniel 4:2

We all have a story to tell that would glorify God and serve to bring others to Christ. You never know just who is in need of your  edifying words. A testimony can provide hope for the hurting and broken-hearted.  Importantly, it is expected of us Christians to encourage others “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had.” Romans 15:5 Through the reading of the Word, we are capable of encouraging others, “The Sovereign LORD has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.” Isaiah 50:4

However, exactly how do you go about sharing your story with others? Testifying requires transparency and truth. You have to be willing to expose your inadequacies and flaws to the world without fear of judgment. Your motive for testifying must be pure as well-least you make a mockery of God. You can’t be vague and noncommittal in your sharing. How could that possibly give God the credit for your victory? You shouldn’t leave any listener with a doubt or question about who did what for you. 

God will even supply you with what to say. He has done this countless times for others throughout the Bible. Jeremiah: “Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me “I have put my words in your mouth.” Jeremiah 1:19…Moses: “You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him.” Exodus 4:15-16 …Disciples: “But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” Matthew 10:20 

Others may not like your testimony or even have an issue with it though you can’t concern yourself with their opinions. Jesus tells us in Luke 21:14-15 “But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 

Testifying is indeed a vulnerable thing but very necessary. We simply have to count it all joy.  So I’d like to encourage anyone who is afraid to share their testimony with the following verses: James 5:10 says “As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.” And 1 Peter 3:14 “But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed and do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled.” 1 Peter 3:14 …but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name.” 1 Corinthians 4:10 “We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are prudent in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong ; you are distinguished, but we are without honor.”  Lastly, “For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.” 2 Corinthian 4:5. 

May your glory be to God and God alone!