I Will Give Thanks

Salvation.

Redemption.

A new life here on earth.

The gift of eternal life in Heaven.

Forgiveness.

Unfailing love.

Guidance.

Assurance.

Peace.

 

 

 

 

I will give thanks to You, Lord, with all my heart;
    I will tell of all Your wonderful deeds.

—Psalm 9:1

 

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A Clean Heart

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I want to let go when I am supposed to let go.

I want to hang on when I am supposed to hang on.

I want to stay when I am supposed to stay.

I want to move when I am supposed to move.

I want to speak when I am supposed to speak.

I want to love when I am supposed to love.

And I want to do it all with a clean heart—a renewed heart.

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Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

—Psalm 51:10

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Declare His Glory

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There is a small market near my son’s apartment in a nearby town.

Quaint and eclectic, it is a delightful place to visit.

Out in front of the store, a cart with flowers for sale brightens the corner.

As each plant is sold, beauty goes out from that place and spreads to another.

Psalm 96:3 reads,

“Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples!”

As we learn of God’s marvelous works and experience His glory, we then may go out and share what we have found to others.

We declare our faith and what God has done to those we are in contact with.

Each time we tell of God’s great love and forgiveness, we spread the beauty of the gospel.

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Gathering Sticks

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Do you believe in miracles?

In the Old Testament, the prophet Elijah was told by God to go to a place called Zarephath. There was a drought and God told Elijah that a widow living there would give him food.

What do you think Elijah did? God had spoken—–

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So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?”  As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”

 “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”

 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son.  For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”

 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family.  For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.

—1 Kings 17:10-16

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Praise Him, Sun and Moon

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The sky was clear last night and the moon was bright and almost nearly overhead.

Braving the mosquitoes, I stood in my driveway, trying to get a good shot.

I really enjoy looking at the night sky and seeing a small part of the vastness in space that God has created.

Each time the moon rises, its very presence praises God who made it….

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Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord from the heavens;
    praise Him in the heights above.
 Praise Him, all His angels;
    praise Him, all His heavenly hosts.
 Praise Him, sun and moon;
    praise Him, all you shining stars.
 Praise Him, you highest heavens
    and you waters above the skies.

 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for at His command they were created,
 and He established them for ever and ever—
    He issued a decree that will never pass away.

—Psalm 148:1-6

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Save the World

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It was quite by accident that I saw it.

There was something I had just passed down the highway that I wanted to photograph.

While turning into a new housing development area, there was quite a bit of acreage with wild grasses and trees.

It was a lovely scene, made even more interesting by its contrasting centerpiece–an abandoned construction machine.

This type of equipment is quite costly and very specialized.

Why was this one left behind?

As it rusts in the harsh sun each day, the moments that it was once in use become more of a remnant of times gone by.

It appeared useless and condemned.

I suppose that if the right person came along, this big piece of machinery could be restored.

Like machinery rusting out in the elements, people need to be restored.

Not just some people—all people.

The rust and corrosion of sin affects everyone.

There is only one remedy.

Only one redemption.

Jesus came to save us.

When He died on the cross and rose from the dead, He paid the penalty for our sin.

God doesn’t want us to be lost and separated from Him forever.

He doesn’t want us to be in a condition of condemnation.

Instead, He wants us to be restored—to be made right with Him.

To be forgiven, whole and well.

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For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.

–John 3:17

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I Am Doing a New Thing!

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On my way to church this morning, I noticed a group of purple flowers on the side of the road.

They were growing in an arch out among tall grass and weeds.

I made a mental note to stop and photograph them when I returned toward home later in the day.

Having lived in the same neighborhood for several years, I am surprised that I had not noticed these wildflowers before.

Could it be possible that this is the first year they have bloomed in this area?

Upon closer inspection, I am guessing that the winding plant with purple flowers is a type of climbing wild potato vine.

I didn’t plant it there.

In fact, I’m not sure anyone did.

However the seed was planted, it is God that has been making it grow.

Before the purple blooms appeared, I had not noticed what God was bringing about at all.

The vine was there, though, growing steadily each day.

There are so many concerns that I am praying about.

Could it be that God is answering my prayers—even now—yet I am not noticing it yet?

Could it be that God is at work changing and bringing something to life that will bloom in the beauty of His divine purpose very soon?

My heart swells with joy when I think about the moments I will perceive His answers to prayer, decorating my journey of faith with vibrant assurance of His presence and love.

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See, I am doing a new thing!

Now it springs up;

do you not perceive it?

I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

—Isaiah 43:19

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What a Wonderful Inheritance!

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The Lord Himself is my inheritance, my prize.

He is my food and drink, my highest joy!

He guards all that is mine.

He sees that I am given pleasant brooks and meadows as my share!

What a wonderful inheritance!

I will bless the Lord who counsels me;

He gives me wisdom in the night.

He tells me what to do.

I am always thinking of the Lord;

and because He is so near,

I never need to stumble or fall.

–Psalm 16:5-8

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Showers of Blessing

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I will send down

showers in season;

there will be

showers of blessing.

—from Ezekiel 34:26

God gives a message to the Israelites in the book of Ezekiel in chapter 34.

Part of this message mentions “showers of blessing.”

My husband and I went to a nearby city to take care of some details for a family member who has been in the hospital for a few weeks.

Arriving at our destination, I got out of my car, even as it was lightly raining, to get a few photographs of a glorious rainbow that had appeared. My husband had gone inside the building.

After returning to the car and making a couple of phone calls, we found out that our family member may be well enough to come home in just a couple of days!

Showers of water were falling on us in the parking lot.

Showers of blessing were falling, too….

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