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Focused on the can

With the “self help” and “positive mental power” and many other ideas out there, one can tend to lean on their own abilities to control circumstances.

Truth is we can do nothing.

On our own we are completely unable to even be.

God created each and every one of us.

(Genesis 1:27 KJV — So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.)

He sustains us.

(Psalm 55:22 KJV — Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.)

Not unlike a toddler, whose every need is met by their parents, we are often unsatisfied.

It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the “I want!” or “I can’t…!”.

When those things which have been denied us is all we focus on life gets wearisome.

Instead, focus on the can.

“I can breathe today. Praise the Lord!”

“I can find comfort in… Praise God!”

“I can find joy in… Praise You, Jesus!”

For the follower of Christ Jesus it is an attitude of thanksgiving.

Colossians 3:15 KJV — And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Focusing on the can.

Today, can be a day of thanksgiving!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for sustaining me today and every day. Thank You for providing for me and teaching me an attitude of thanksgiving. Please continue to shine Your truths into my heart and mind. Lord, let my life be a reflection of You.

Thankful praise

It’s meant to be as natural as our breath.

Gratitude should be as common as inhaling and exhaling.

But our flesh rankles against such.

Our pain stings us into discontent.

Therefore with purpose and persistence one can gain the art of gratitude.

Thankful daily praise.

Psalm 7:17 NKJV “I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.”

Even in the names of God we can find praise.

“And He said, ‘Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.'” Mark 14:36 NKJV

Here we see Jesus using the name Abba.

This is a partial quote from Easton Bible Dictionary from the Blue Letter Bible App.

This Syriac or Chaldee word is found three times in the New Testament, and in each case is followed by its Greek equivalent, which is translated “father.” It is a term expressing warm affection and filial confidence.

We can thank God for being a Father to us.

In Exodus we gain another point of gratitude.

And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”
Exodus 3:14 NKJV

The very security of Who God is shall always be worthy of our praise.

And this is only the beginning.

Psalm 19:1 KJV — To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

Let us join with the host of heaven and declare the glory of God.

Let our hearts be lifted in worship.

Let our words be praise and thanksgiving to God Most High.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for being worthy of all our praise. Please help gratitude and thankfulness to become as common as breathing. Lord Jesus, let it replace fear and stress and worry. Thank You for all You have done, all You are doing and all You will do. May my heart ever praise You!

Praise and Thanksgiving

picture by K. Wolfe, used with permission.

Scripture is the wisdom we seek.

It’s the comfort we need.

God’s Holy Word is bread to our soul.

In it one can find solace for every circumstance, compassion for every emotion.

In it’s pages are life.

True perspective comes from knowledge of God.

No matter the tragedy, struggle, pain, or strife one can find God worthy of praise.

When all personal opinion is placed to the side, the heart can see the love, compassion, and amazing gift of Jesus to a world lost in sin.

With the knowledge of God, the Creator, coupled with the Savior Jesus, His Son, there is reason for praise and thanksgiving.

Where better to find words of such, than Scripture?

“I will give You thanks in the great assembly; I will praise You among many people.” Psalm 35:18 NKJV

Psalm 30:4 NKJV — Sing praise to the LORD, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.

Psalm 106:1 NKJV — Praise the LORD! Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” Hebrews 13:15 NKJV

Let Scripture bring us to a place of praise and thanksgiving!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for every gift and everything You provide, even those things I ignore or misunderstand. Jesus, I want to give You the praise and thanksgiving You deserve, help my heart to find thankfulness and praise in every circumstance. Thank You for being God Almighty! May my lips and heart praise You!

Twice a day

Some things are easy to praise God for.

The beauty of creation is indescribable and often it draws out my praise.

Recently Scripture brought to mind a different plan for praise.

“…to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD, and likewise at evening;…” 1 Chronicles 23:30a NKJV

It is underlined in my Bible.

To purposely choose to schedule praise and thankfulness twice a day struck me.

And from other places in Scripture it is clear God doesn’t want routine religion, He wants relationship.

These twice a day praise and thanksgivings were scheduled, but the purpose was to give heartfelt thanks and praise.

No matter the circumstances.

No matter the feelings or emotions.

All because God deserves it.

I had never before thought of scheduling a time to praise and thank God at the beginning and end of my day.

Of course God deserves praise and thankfulness throughout the day and night.

But am I purposefully about hemming my day with it?

I’m going to try to be.

No, I am not sure exactly how.

Nor do I ever want to do something simply because it’s expected.

God doesn’t want that kind of love, and I never want our relationship to grow stale to the point of God being a part of my “To Do” list.

Yet, I’m looking forward to pursuing a new way to deepen my love for Jesus.

What better way than being purposeful about praise and thankgiving?

Especially twice a day.

“Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word and opening my mind to another opportunity to grow closer to You. Please help me to understand the true meaning of thankfulness and praise. Jesus, You are so worthy of all praise, honor, and thanksgiving! May today be the beginning of a new part of my walk with You. Thank You!”

I’m writing a play


Extra reading
Consider the actors
Consider the audience

That is what I am doing.


Because we decided Thanksgiving is a lot more than “Turkey Day”.

Because we want our kids to realize what founding a nation cost.

Because walking in someone else’s shoes can teach in ways studying never does.

So I am writing a play.

I want it to be fun, educational, and real.

Yes, we will only have a cardboard boat.

Yes, we will have paper feathers and all the “Indians” (Native Americans) will be in jeans and T-shirts.

Our ocean will only be blue fabric.

But prayerfully,
the students will learn,
the parents and teachers present will be blessed,
and God will be glorified.

For the story of the pilgrims can’t be read without understanding that God had guided and provided for them.

There was loss and death but there was also provision and life.

The words of those men speak for themselves.

“Good Friend:
    As we cannot but account it an extraordinary blessing of God in directing our course for these parts, after we came out of our native country,  for that we had comforts we received by the benefit of one of the most healthful, and most fruitful parts of the world;” Mourt’s Relation

It was apparent to them God was in control.

Our children need to realize God will provide.

He provided for the Israelites,
fourty years in the desert.

He provided for the pilgrims,
carving a livelihood from the wilderness.

He will provide for them as well.

Like the Israelites were depending on Him to give them bread, water, and a new home;

Like the pilgrims were depending on Him to guide them to the land they could cultivate and build on;

I want our children to know they can and should seek the Lord’s will for their lives and then depend wholly on Him to provide all their needs.

Thank you!

leavesTo those who enjoyed a feast and family

I hope you were able to give thanks.

Not just to the cook

or the one who welcomed you in

or to the nation that reminds us to celebrate

but to


The One who made us and who deserves all thanks.

The One who called a group of people to leave their land, their families, and sail west.

The One who provided for that same group of people in many ways.

The One who has preserved our nation through war, terrorism, and corruption.

But more importantly the One who sent HIs son to die on the cross.

Our Savior, who stands beside the throne of heaven and intercedes for us.

I hope you were able to give thanks to God Most HIgh, and His son Jesus Christ.

“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 made us, and not ourselves;

We are His people and the sheep of His pasture,

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving

And 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.”

Ps. 100

With all my heart I can say:

“Thank you LORD, for all You have done

from the beginning until now and on into eternity!”