The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation. (Psalm 118:14)
We recently celebrated a very special time of year where we all had a reason to express just how Thankful we are. In your time of giving thanks, did you remember to Thank Your, My and Our Father for the greatest gift that has ever been given to this world?
Yes, Thanksgiving is a great time to spend with the ones you that love and give thanks for all the blessings received. This holiday is also followed by a holiday where many gifts are given in honor of the ultimate gift/sacrifice that was given to us so many years ago.
While sitting around the Thanksgiving or dinner table did you or do you picture who in your family, including yourself, that you might give as a sacrifice if it meant saving the entire world from sin? Could you imagine this choice being one of your children? While I may only have what the world considers “fur children” I couldn’t imagine having to make this decision.
Fortunately, we have a Father who LOVES US so much that he gave a gift greater than anything that can be purchased at some ultimate Black Friday sale. Long ago, His Perfect Son, Our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ, was born to :
Rescue us from the dominion of darkness and transfer us into the kingdom of the Son He loves. (Colossians 1:13)
So, as you continue to celebrate during the holiday season, no matter what gifts you give, remember the ultimate gift that was born, died and was raised from the dead in order to give you eternal life, peace and love from HIM WHO LOVES US MOST!
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy and loving-kindness. (Psalm 103:8)
If you read last week’s blog post, you know that our Loving Father loves us enough for us to cast each of our worries/cares on him. I guess that he had more to say on this subject because he gave me the perfect example at the end of last week that I thought might give readers a clearer picture of just how much he cares for each of us.
I am the mom of two beagle puppies, who makes her primary income from freelance writing. I knew that I had a bill or two as well as some household shopping to do last weekend and had budgeted for such, including a check that I had received from an outlet that I write for. I had intended to take this check to the bank and pay a vet bill that I had. When I got to the bank last Friday I realized that I had left this check at home. When I went home to find it, I certainly did, but it was shredded into many little pieces all over the living room floor courtesy of my fur children.
Although the solution to this is simple, I had a couple of difficult trial days prior to this and I have to admit that I melted into the floor wondering how I was going to rebudget all the items that I needed to pay for?
Fortunately, my father heard the prayers that I said while on the floor and both kept my finances stable and assured that I received a replacement check within a few days. I also had some other family-related concerns come up over the last couple of weeks and he is continuing to resolve these. He sure loves us, doesn’t he?
THANK YOU FATHER!!!!
Present your request to God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phillippians 4: 6-7)
Who do you turn to when you are struggling with a problem? Your family? Friends? Or even a co-worker? When you do so, do you often find the perfect solution that brings you peace or do you still find questions or worries in your mind about whose advice to take?
To be completely honest, I have often taken each of these routes – depending upon the issue at hand. Fortunately, as time has gone on I have often learned that I over complicate each situation by doing just this.
Recently, God reminded me of this while listening to a Joyce Meyer CD on letting go of Worry (https://store.joycemeyer.org/p-54-the-cause-cure-for-worry.aspx) . While listening to Him remind me of how much he Cares for Me & You, I realized once again that HE loves us all enough to “cast all of our cares”!
As it says in Phillippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything , but in everything, by prayer and petition, with Thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.”
So, the next time you have any issue or problem that is delving up worry and anxiety, remember to turn the one who LOVES YOU MOST. He is always listening and caring!!