Truth Tuesday – Am I a Worshipper or a Whiner?

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Sometimes it is necessary to paint a contrasting picture to help us step back, evaluate and ask ourselves the question: which most resembles my life?  In chapter 5 of the book Choosing Gratitude, Nancy Leigh DeMoss helps us to ascertain if we have the marks of a worshipper or whiner.  This is well worth our time to read and then personally assess!  I have included some really thought provoking quotes from this chapter.

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Truth Tuesday – Why Choose Gratitude?

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In the day to day struggles – out there where feelings of disappointment and entitlement can lead us down paths where whining begins – why choose gratitude?  In chapter 4 of Choosing Gratitude, Nancy Leigh DeMoss shares eight reasons to choose gratitude, stating that personalizing and internalizing these should be sufficient in outweighing whatever it is that is tempting us to whine about instead of worship.

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Truth Tuesday – Thank you for the Cross

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With the glorious Easter celebration just a few days away, I thought I would share with you this excerpt from chapter 2 in  Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss:

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Truth Tuesday – Where Does Gratitude Rank On Your List of Christian Virtues?

gratefulI recently read a book written by Nancy Leigh Demoss called Choosing Gratitude.  In the first chapter, she presents this question – “where does gratitude rank on your list of Christian virtues”? As I read the question, I stopped to consider whether or not I was practicing gratefulness.  Honestly, I wasn’t. The previous year had been very hard on our family with many illnesses, surgeries, job changes and hard struggles.  I had become weary and drained and I knew that being grateful was not regularly being practiced in my life.  The word that came to my mind was joyless.  As I sat in my chair, thinking about how joyless I had become, I went on to read this from Nancy Leigh Demoss – “Gratitude has a big job to do in us and in our hearts. And it is one of the chief ways that God infuses joy and resilience into the daily struggle of life“.  As I read this statement, I felt as if God was taking a highlighter and boldly pointing out these words to me.  It wasn’t the struggles that were creating my weariness and making me feel as if I was becoming less and less bendable, it was the lack of practicing and living out gratefulness in my life.

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Truth Tuesday – I Spy Something Lovely

Phil 4 8Does your life feel a little messy today?  Are there piles of laundry to do?  Kitchen in disarray?  Bills to pay?  A long list of to-do’s to accomplish?  An illness you didn’t expect?  A marriage that is broken?  Experiencing a time of difficulty?

We can easily get caught up in the moments that bring us stress and hurt, becoming fixated on them and allowing our thoughts to take a downward spiral.  Our emotions can lead us running to the point we are drowning in doubt, negativity, discouragement and anxiety.

In these moments, I have found that I have to change my perspective and do it quickly before I drown in a pity party of despair.  A game reminded me of one fun way to do this.

Have you ever played the game “I Spy”?  It is a game where one person picks out an object they see and give a hint about it to the other people playing the game.  Example – “I spy something blue.”  After the hint is given, people try to figure out the object the person spies.

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Truth Tuesday – Exchanging an Anxious Heart for a Joyful Heart

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Have you ever noticed how easy it is to focus all your energy and attention on a problem your are facing?  Do you find yourself gazing at the situation to the point that you are anxious or fearful?    I have been there quite a few times.  I keep these statements of faith handy and read them, along with the scriptures noted, to remind me to trust God.

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Truth Tuesday – Dare to Hope

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During the month of January each year,  I like to look back on the past year and reflect on all that the previous year entailed.  2016 was not an easy year for our family. Here is a brief recap:

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Truth Tuesday – A Prayer for 2017

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I have so appreciated your patience during the last several weeks as my blog has been silent.  My mother fractured her back just before Christmas, leaving my days filled, busy and needing to attend to her daily needs, all the while keeping up with the Christmas holiday and my usual schedule.  I am thankful to say that she is improving and was able to go to church this past Sunday.

Since we have started a new year, I thought I would share this prayer with you.  It is a prayer that I have tucked away in my prayer journal, expressing to God what I am desiring Him to do in my life this coming year.

Dear God,

Thank you that you make all things new. Thank you for all that you’ve allowed into my life this past year, the good along with the hard things, which have reminded me how much I need you and rely on your presence filling me every single day.

I pray for your Spirit to lead me each step of this New Year. I ask that you will guide my decisions and turn my heart to deeply desire you above all else.  I ask that you will open doors needing to be opened and close the ones needing to be shut tight. I ask that you would help me release my grip on the things to which you’ve said “no,” “not yet,” or “wait.” I ask for help to pursue you first, above every dream and desire you’ve put within my heart.

I ask for your wisdom, for your strength and power to be constantly present within me. I pray you would make me strong and courageous for the road ahead. Give me ability beyond what I feel able, let your gifts flow freely through me, so that you would be honored by my life, and others would be drawn to you.

I pray that you’d keep me far from the snares and traps of temptations. That you would whisper in my ear when I need to run, and whisper in my heart when I need to stand my ground.

I pray for your protection over my family and friends. I ask for your hand to cover me and keep me distanced from the evil intent of the enemy; that you would be a barrier to surround me, keeping me safe in your hands.  I pray that you would give me discernment and insight to understand your will, hear your voice, and know your ways.

I ask that you would keep my footsteps firm, on solid ground, helping me to be consistent and faithful. Give me supernatural endurance to stay the course, not swerving to the right or to the left, or being too easily distracted by other things that would seek to call me away from a close walk with you.

Forgive me for the times I have worked so hard to be self-sufficient, forgetting my need for you, living independent of your spirit. Forgive me for letting fear and worry control my mind, and for allowing pride and selfishness wreak havoc over my life. Forgive me for not following your ways and for living distant from your presence.

I confess my need for you…fresh…new…again.  I ask that you make all things new, in my heart, in my mind, in my life, for this coming year. I pray for your refreshing over me.

Keep your words of truth planted firm within me, help me to keep focused on what is pure and right, give me the power to be obedient to your word. And when the enemy reminds me where I’ve been, hissing his lies and attacking my way, I trust that your voice speaks louder and stronger, as you remind me I am safe with you and your purposes and plans will not fail.  I ask that you will be my defense and rear guard, keeping my way clear, removing the obstacles, and covering the pitfalls. Lord, lead me on your level ground.

I ask that you would provide for my needs.  I ask for your grace and favor. I pray for your blessings to cover me. I pray that you would help me to prosper and make every plan that you have birthed in my heart to succeed. I pray that others will take notice of your goodness and can’t help but to say, “This is one that the Lord has blessed.”

Help me to be known as a great giver.  Help me to be generous and kind.  Help me to look to the needs of others and not be consumed by only my own.

May I be a lover of truth, may the fruits of your spirit be evident in my life – your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Shine your light in me, through me, over me. May I make a difference in this world, for your glory and purposes. Set you way before me.  May all your plans succeed. May I reflect your peace and hope to a world that so desperately needs your presence and healing.

To you be glory and honor, in this New Year, and forever.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

I pray that you will join me this year in making this your own prayer.  May your eyes be opened in a fresh new way to all the ways God crowns you with His goodness and abundantly blesses you.  May we seek Him above all things and be satisfied in Him alone.

Have a grace full week ~

Truth Tuesday – Bringing Him an Offering of Praise

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With the Christmas tree lights sparkling and a warm cup of coffee in hand, I sat quietly, seeking God’s presence as I read these words in Isaiah 9:6:

For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given,

and the government will be on shoulders.

And he will be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father

Prince of Peace.

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Truth Tuesday – O Come, Let Us Adore Him

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I unpacked my Willow Tree Nativity set this past weekend.  It was a lovely gift to me from a group of women that I mentored for several years.  I can’t help but think of each one of them as I set it up each year.  I also think about the stories of Christ birth as I pull out each piece from the storage box…Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus…the shepherd and the lambs…the wise men and camel.

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