Praise the Lord with the harp; Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy. For the word of the Lord is right, And all His work is done in truth. Psalms 33:2-4 NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You so much for this day. Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness in every day. Lord Jesus, it is in You alone we find comfort, security, and truth. Lord Jesus, it is only through You that we can be saved. Thank You for dieing on the cross and rising again to give us freedom from sin. Lord Jesus, please make Your ways seen, let even those who do not fear You, see and understand that You are God Almighty. Lord, please strengthen Your people. Let those who are called by Your name praise You wherever they are. Let them seek Your face and put off those things which are not honorable before You. Lord, let those called by Your name be filled with love, wisdom, and long suffering. Please make us more like You every day. Help us to shine Your truth to those who have yet to know You. Lord, please place Your Word in our mouths, Your will in our hearts, and Your perspective into our understanding. Thank You! Jesus, I lift up the poor, the weak, the sick, the broken, the lost, the prodigal, and the innocent before You. Lord, please reach through each one’s circumstances and touch, heal, mend, save, return, and protect. Lord, please put an end to violence and oppression of the helpless. Thank You that You love them more than life itself, that’s why You died. Thank You. We praise Your holy name. Amen.
I had required a rest after lunch, so Jase and I had resumed home school afterwards.
I wasn’t feeling amazingly well, so I was a bit slow on the uptake of what was happening.
Jase had just been reading aloud to me from his book when he stopped.
I looked up to see why, since he doesn’t like me to “look over his shoulder” while reading.
His face was serious and his eyes held something which I couldn’t place at first.
Then his voice:
“Mom, thank you for all your time helping me and teaching me things. Not just school work, but all the things you teach me.”
Nothing about his face or tone was sarcasm.
“I just realized I don’t think I’ve ever said, ‘Thank you’ before.”
I couldn’t speak.
I just gave him a big hug.
He was a little put off by the silent tears on my cheeks.
“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to make you cry.”
“No, buddy. It’s a good cry.”
And thus I received the nicest gift of gratitude I’ve ever gotten near Thanksgiving.
It’s one I will cherish a long time.
And it made me think.
If this is how my son can touch my heart how does my gratitude touch the heart of God?
I’m sure it’s beyond my understanding.
Especially since His love is so much greater than mine.
1 Chronicles 16:8 KJV — Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for this precious gift from our son. Thank You for giving us our son. Lord Jesus, thank You for loving us so much more than we can possibly understand. Lord, thank You for walking with us in all things. Truly, You are worthy of all honor, gratitude, and praise. May our hearts never tire of looking upon Your mighty works and worshipping Your holy name. I love You! Amen.
Psalm 100 is beautiful and we’ll worth reading as we celebrate.
I plan on having our family read it before we eat our Thanksgiving meal.
Hopefully, I will also have time to make place cards with the verse on it, but if not that’s okay too.
The point is Jesus and being thankful to Him for all things.
These last two months the Lord has been speaking with me about giving thanks for all while holding it lightly.
It began somewhere in September I believe.
I was walking around the house and thanking God for different things, especially the ability to have a tidy, functional, and clean house.
When the Lord asked me a question.
Would you give it all up if I asked you to?
I was surprised.
September was our “one year” in this house and the idea of giving it all up to move again wasn’t that appealing.
But I know better than to with hold anything from my Lord.
“Lord, I want to say yes without hindrance or regret. I’m not there, but I want to be. Please help me to be willing to give it all up.”
And so began weeks of different circumstances which gave me many opportunities to say, “Lord, it all belongs to You. Do with it as You see fit.”
Then it rippled out of things and into other areas.
Like my family, my personal “to do” list, and other such precious things.
Over and over the Lord gave me opportunity to give all to Him.
To speak the words both in my heart and with my mouth, that I give all to Jesus, He’s will be done.
And although I’m unsure of all the reasons He has taken me down this path again (not the first time and I’m certain it won’t be the last either) I find gratitude has bloomed anew.
There’s such thankfulness of heart when one realizes that the cherished things, family, love, blessings, are all gifts from God.
Nothing I have done has earned these things.
But I can enjoy them all the more and praise God I each.
Especially when I’m holding them lightly.
There’s something so precious about understanding the gifts and blessings of the now may or may not be those of tomorrow.
When I cherish today, my heart finds such thankfulness waiting.
Yes, some days are easier to cherish than others, but each is a gift and I want to praise God for every one.
This Thanksgiving, I hope you are able to relinquish expectation and simply praise God for another day.
His gift to you.
His gift to me.
Praise the Lord!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for helping me relinquish all things back into Your hands. Lord, there are still many things I do not understand and circumstances which are concerning, but I choose to place each one in Your hand. To reach up and wrap my heart around Your goodness and cling to You through it all. For nothing and no one can separate me from Your love. That in itself is something to be thankful for! I praise and worship You this day. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for a day to simply be grateful. I love You, Jesus. Amen.
Make a joyful shout to the Lord , all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord , He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations. Psalms 100:1-5 NKJV
I know it’s a bit early, but I just wanted to reach out and say:
This has always been a time of year I look forward to.
Thanksgiving is an opportunity to praise God.
It’s a moment to remember the heritage and sacrifice of the Pilgrims and their families.
It’s an opportunity to praise God for the way He brought together both the Pilgrims and the Native Americans in the first Thanksgiving.
A holiday where we simply stop and say “thank you” to God.
Yes, we enjoy a fancy meal and normally play at least one board game.
But we also read the Pilgrim’s story (Thanksgiving, A Time To Remember by Barbara Rainey) and sometimes I read from their published journal.
This year, I’m going to be encouraging our children to write at least one letter of gratitude to someone.
It’s an idea I read in a blog and I love it.
Because it’s never too soon to tell someone thank you for their touch upon your life.
And gratitude should never be an empty cup.
For God’s blessings are all around us each and every day.
Truly, there is no end to His goodness.
Thus, there should be no end to our gratitude.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for all Your blessings. Lord, I could spend a lifetime just writing down all Your wonderous works and never reach the end. Lord, during this week, please help us to look at Your goodness and find so many reasons to rejoice. Lord, let our hearts be filled with gratitude and please grant us opportunity to thank those You have used in our lives. Thank You for a holiday simply set aside to praise, thank, and honor You for all Your blessings! I love You, Jesus. Thank You for first loving me. Amen.
For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. Therefore I also have lent him to the Lord ; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the Lord .” So they worshiped the Lord there. I Samuel 1:27-28 NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your faithfulness! Lord, I love the heart of Hannah, how she asked of You and gave her son to You. I love how he became a godly man, serving You all his days. Lord, as a mother, I have given the children You have placed in our home back to You. I know they belong to You and You love them more than I can possibly imagine. Lord Jesus, please let each one follow and serve You their whole lives. Please let their faith spread to those around them, that they might be testimonies to You. Lord, please help me to be diligent in my life, that I might know how to pray for them, how to encourage them, how to confront them, how to be the mother they need most. Lord Jesus, please help me to be the wife who loves and supports her husband, an example for my daughters and a blessing to my husband. Lord Jesus, for those who are in different circumstances than mine, please guide and direct them. Please teach them how to pray, how to listen for Your Word. Lord Jesus, please hold them in Your hand and guide their hearts with Your Word. Lord, You alone are worthy of all praise, all honor, all glory. You save the lost. You return the prodigal. You heal the sick, the hurting, the broken. You protect the innocent. You feed the hungry. May the world understand Who You are and what You have done, that Your name might be glorified! Thank You, Jesus! Amen.
Beginning with me coughing a good deal (don’t worry it’s my asthma, nothing else).
Changes in weather can have an affect on my health and it’s turned cold here.
I’d gotten up late.
I told Anne I felt like I was moving in slow motion.
God carried me through the morning and afternoon, which I was very thankful for.
But I’d really been looking forward to just resting on the couch after dinner.
Life sometimes disappoints, due to our expectations.
That’s what I was feeling.
Of course, if I’d prayed about God’s plan for my evening, I wouldn’t have been disappointed.
So, as it became more and more evident I wasn’t going to be able to rest, I found myself falling into pity, self-pity.
A short phone call was the last straw for me.
I knew what needed to happen: time-out!
I picked up my crocheting and headed to my prayer closet.
“Lord, my attitude stinks. I’m a mess.”
Let it go.
“Lord, I don’t want to. I’m tired, I feel miserable, I just wanted to rest.”
“Lord, it’s that I’m afraid. If I push it, I’ll be worse tomorrow and I have so much that needs to be done. I’m just scared…”
Sometimes the spoiled child within needs a severe spanking, because they just keep screaming, “I don’t want to!”.
I was determined not to leave time-out until my heart was completely surrendered to Jesus.
“Lord, please help me. I’m really struggling with letting go.”
My coughing wouldn’t allow me to sing, but I knew that wasn’t required.
I found a YouTube video which always leads my heart into worship and hit play.
The spoiled child quieted.
Fear relinquished it’s hold, unable to withstand the truth of God’s goodness.
It was exactly what I needed.
Later, when my husband got home and had eaten the supper our son had cooked, he pulled out his guitar.
He played Christmas songs and we all enjoyed it so much.
Then I got on the piano and played a few Christmas songs.
Afterwards, our son got out the Christmas decorations and my husband set up the tree.
It turned out to be a wonderful evening, far better than my selfish plans of a Jane Austen movie and crocheting.
I’m so thankful to the Lord for His mercy and patience with me and my stubborn heart.
I’m so glad He showed me what was occurring inside me and took me to time-out.
I’m so very blessed, that He showed me not only the thing I was wrestling with, but also the way to let Jesus beat it.
How great and awesome is He!
How full of compassion and love and a desire for our good!
How wonderful is His unending care and tireless polishing of the heart!
Psalm 48:1 KJV — A Song and Psalm for the sons of Korah. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for Your patience with me. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for Your truth. Lord, it is embarrassing to see my sin, but so freeing to see how You walked me away from it. Please continue to guide and hone my heart. Lord, I don’t want to sin against You. Please help me to see the warning, before I end up needing to go into time-out, but I thank You for time-out. Lord, thank You for correcting me and not allowing me to continue in sin. Lord Jesus, please do not allow my poor behavior to harm my family, they don’t deserve it. Instead, please help me to speak words of apology and to turn away from future temptation. Thank You, Lord for saving me. Thank You for loving me. I love You. Amen.
Psalm 28:7 KJV — The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your love. Thank You for Your care. Lord, thank You for watching over us and giving us so much. Lord Jesus, thank You for guiding our lives and allowing those things we do not like to teach us. Lord, thank You for revealing those things which are hidden. Lord, thank You for loving us so much that You allow things which are hard to stretch and grow us. Lord, thank You for teaching us compassion and humility. Thank You for showing us how dependant we are upon You for all things. Lord, I love You, thank You for first loving me. Lord, I trust You, thank You for being so faithful. Lord, I worship You, thank You for being worthy of all praise and honor. May Your name be known throughout the world. Amen.
But I have plenty of memories of driving on a muddy country road, across the hillside or across a wet field and the back of the four-wheeler or farm truck started to slide sideways.
It’s not a fun feeling.
It was never something I was trying to do, but always a circumstance which resulted in causing me some fear.
Experience taught me how to avoid such in future and how to remain calm through the moment.
As a teen and young adult, I didn’t realize what valuable lessons those were.
Because life sometimes starts to slide sideways.
When things go wrong, stuff goes missing, people are sick or hurting, accidents happen, and all the plans of a day become “putting out fires”.
When life slides sideways it’s important to stay calm, to pray for God’s guidance, and to deal with the immediate need.
Most importantly: don’t panic.
It can lead to total loss of control and major damage, even death.
The same is true for life.
Panic leads to rash behavior, poor execution of duties, and at times total loss if control.
In my twenties if someone was to say, “Don’t panic,” I’d immediately come back with, “I’m not, just stressed”.
How much difference is there between the two?
Both are dangerous.
I have learned to do things differently.
When I feel life sliding sideways I find it helpful to praise God.
While dealing with the immediate, while asking for guidance, I remind myself who is in control of it all by worshipping God.
It’s not always easy to do when I feel afraid, but it always helps.
Because it gets my eyes off the circumstances and on the Savior.
I’m writing all this, because I got to walk in it this morning.
I woke up feeling tired, Anne wasn’t feeling good, some issues with a project which needs to be done, the house needing to be cleaned, laundry is overflowing, some things missing I need, I unwisely left a pan on the stove and it nearly caught fire while filling the kitchen with smoke,…you get the picture.
My husband came to the rescue and both kids jumped in to help with different things.
The immediate was sorted, so I looked up a verse.
Psalm 7:17 KJV — I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.
I will praise the Lord!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for walking with me and my family this morning. Thank You for keeping my poor choice from starting a fire. Lord, thank You for using all my circumstances to remind me of what’s important. Lord Jesus, no matter how much needs to be done, nor what things go wrong I know You are using it all. Please continue to help me surrender my day, my expectations, and my desires before You. Lord, thank You so much for my family who love and support me. Thank You for my husband whose so loving and supportive. Lord, thank You for being all I ever needed. I love You. Amen.
Isaiah 42:8 NKJV — I am the LORD, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images.
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your Word. Thank You, for You are the One and only God. Your ways are right. Your judgement true. You stand in for the helpless and the persecuted. You defend the fatherless and the widow. You bring rain and water the ground. You feed the wild animals and the needy. Your hands are full of good and there is no evil around You. Lord, You deserve all praise, all honor, all glory. For You made the Sun and Moon. You placed the stars and set everything in order. You gave breath to all mankind. Let Your glory be known and Your goodness be revealed. Please let the hearts of the people be drawn to You. Thank You, Lord, for salvation. Thank You for life. I praise You this day, Jesus. Amen.
“When we walk with the Lord In the light of His Word, What a glory He sheds on our way; While we do His good will, He abides with us still, And with all who will trust and obey”
These words are like a warm blanket wrapped around my heart.
My love of hymns was planted as a young child, sitting in wooden pews and singing beside my parents.
But the truth is where my heart finds comfort.
“Trust and obey, For there’s no other way To be happy in Jesus, But to trust and obey.”
As an adult, my journey has taught me to trust and obey.
Trust comes first.
Without a personal relationship with Jesus, I can’t understand what He is asking me to do.
Therefore the obedience is marred before I even begin.
But when my entire life is centered upon the salvation of the cross, I can learn His will for me.
I can obey.
“Not a burden we bear, Not a sorrow we share, But our toil He doth richly repay; Not a grief or a loss, Not a frown or a cross, But is blest if we trust and obey”
As trials or difficulties come, He uses them in my life to teach, to hone, to humble.
He shines and polishes my character through adversity.
Although it’s uncomfortable, I’m always thankful for the outcome.
Truly, He brings so much treasure from these things.
“Then in fellowship sweet We will sit at His feet, Or we’ll walk by His side in the way; What He says we will do; Where He sends, we will go, Never fear, only trust and obey.”
It’s so true.
The more I trust Him,
the more I walk in obedience to His will,
the more I find myself at His footstool or in His Word or walking forward in His truth.
It’s a beautiful, vibrant, inspiring thing to trust and obey.
2 Samuel 22:3 NKJV — The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, My stronghold and my refuge; My Savior, You save me from violence.
Psalm 62:8 NKJV — Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah
Hebrews 5:9 NKJV — And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for truth. Thank You for this beautiful old hymn. Lord Jesus, no matter what happens today, tomorrow, or next year I trust You. Thank You for walking with me each and every day. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for salvation. Lord, thank You for guiding, directing, and providing. Jesus, there is no friend like You. What a blessing it is to walk with You in all things. May those who call upon Your name find comfort and encouragement. May Your name be glorified throughout the whole Earth. Amen.