Truth Tuesday – Happy Thanksgiving

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Over the next few days, we will be busy with shopping, preparing meals, visiting with family, and maintaining traditions.

In all the hustle and bustle, let’s intentionally pause throughout our day and simply give thanks

to God for all He has done and continues to do in our lives.

~Happy Thanksgiving~

Truth Tuesday – Is Praise On Your Lips?

luke-17-15Are you familiar with the story of Jesus healing the 10 lepers.  The story can be found in Luke 17:11-19. In the story, you find ten men who have leprosy and are shunned from their homes and town because of their disease.  One day, these ten lepers meet Jesus and ask him to heal them.  All Jesus says to them is “go and show yourselves to the priests”.  They simply left to do as he said for they knew the meaning of this statement from Jesus.  It was customary for someone healed from a contagious disease to visit the priest, who could verify they were no longer able to pass the disease on to someone else. As they went to find the priest, they were healed.  Can you imagine the joy and excitement they must have felt?  They were heading home, no longer an outcast or shunned.  They could return to family and friends.

Out of the ten, only one returned to thank Jesus.  As I read this story, it made me think in my own life how quick I am to enjoy God’s gifts and slow to thank the Giver. I asked myself, how could I practice becoming more grateful in my life?  As I was considering this, I came across this statement – “Gratitude is born in the hearts of those that take time to count up past mercies”.  This got me thinking and putting a plan together that has worked very well in my own life.

Each day, as I read my Bible and pray, I thank God for something that either He shows me about Himself in Scripture, or I praise Him for one of His attributes from a list I keep in my prayer journal.  As I go through my week, I write out a list of things in my journal that I am thankful for each day – both the good and the bad things going on during the week.  On Saturday, I spend time thanking God for all the things on that list.  I don’t want this day to be about bringing my prayer request to God, just my thanks offering.

As you prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving in your home, consider how you can make gratefulness a daily expression to God.  How are you being intentional to have praise on your lips?

Because your love is better than life,

my lips will glorify you.

I will praise you as long as I live,

and in your name I will lift up my hands.

Psalm 63:3-4

 

Have a grace full week of finding all the ways you are grateful.

 

 

 

 

Truth Tuesday – Pour Out Your Praise

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When is the last time you paused to give God thanks….just thanks and nothing else?  Sometimes life’s demands can leave us feeling overwhelmed and discouraged to the point that defeat crowds out thankfulness in our hearts.  Sometimes we get so busy that we forget to be thankful. Sometimes, praise seems just the opposite of what we want to do.

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Truth Tuesday – Giving Thanks for His Beautiful Name

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This past Sunday in church, we sang a worship song that I had never heard before.  Since then, the words and tune have continued to play over and over in my mind.  Today, I thought I would  share the song with you and a couple of verses to encourage your heart about the powerful and precious name of Jesus.

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Jeremiah 10:6 – No one is like you, O Lord; you are great, and your name is mighty in power.

Philippians 2:9-11 – Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on hearth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Isaiah 9:6 – For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders.  And He will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of peace.

Proverbs 18:10 – The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

Romans 10:13 Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

 

As you read these verses and listen to this song, I pray that you will be take some time today to give Him thanks for His beautiful name.

For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things.  To Him be the glory forever! Amen.

Romans 11:36

 

 

 

 

Truth Tuesday – Promises of God

luke-1-45Last week, I encouraged you to lay your hurts, doubts, fears and “what ifs” down and claim the hundreds of rock solid promises in the Bible God has for you.  This week, I thought I would share with you a free downloadable manual that I found on www.desiringgod.org   It is written by Timothy Keller, a author, pastor and theologian.  You will find this manual to be a comprehensive list of scripture promises such as:

  • promises to help with prayer
  • promises of the Holy Spirit’s powerful ministry
  • promises to those who are afflicted
  • promises to give protection
  • promises to save our children and future children
  • promises to those who fear God
  • promises that God will be with us

There is a wealth of written promises in this manual…more than the bullet points I have listed above.  Although it is a lengthy manual, this is a wonderful resource to either download or copy and use it during your own prayer warrior time.

Timothy Keller writes this, “The fuel of an intercessor is the promises of God. We remind God in prayer of what he has said and call him to be faithful to his word. Attaching God’s promises to people and situations is the very backbone of all faith-filled praying.”

In this manual, you will be given ideas on how to use it during your personal devotional time, in writing encouraging notes and emails, family devotions, and several others.

My hope and prayer is that this manual will be one that becomes a treasure to you in your prayer time…that the Word of God would give you a clear vision of exactly who God is and His purposes for your life…and help you to pray with more faith.

Click here for Manual – scripture-promises-and-prayer

Have a grace full week taking God at His Word ~

Truth Tuesday – Let Your Heart Sing

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Whatever you might be facing today what if you just…

  • Lay your hurts down and praise God, knowing your tears are precious to the Lord
  • Lay your doubts down and go confidently forward for the Lord, because as long as you are in the middle of God’s will for your life, that is the most perfect place for you.
  • Lay your fears down and focus on an almighty God that adores you.
  • Lay your “what if’s” down and claim the hundreds of rock solid promises in the Bible for YOU.

….and remind yourself jut how amazing God is and all of the blessings, mercies and grace He pours out on your life each day.  How different might it be today if you just took time to be thankful and praise God for all these things?  How would it change you if you made this a daily habit?

Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it. ~ A. W. Tozer

Have a grace full week knowing you are loved by the King…so let your heart sing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Truth Tuesday – How Long Lord?

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How long, O Lord?  Will you forget me forever?

How long, will you hide your face from me?

How long must I wrestle with my thoughts

and day after day have sorrow in my heart?

How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look on me and answer, Lord my God.

Give light to my eyes or I will sleep in death,

and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him”,

and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

Psalm 13: 1-4

I can relate to the rawness of David’s heart cry to God.  I have been there.  I have asked questions of God like – “How long is this trial going to last?”  “How long before you answer this prayer?”   How about you?  Have you asked God “how long?”  Perhaps you asking Him this right now.  So what do we do when the wait is feeling like it is lasting longer than it should?  I believe David shares with us in the next two verses how we are to respond while we wait.

But I trust in your unfailing love;

my heart rejoices in your salvation.

I will sing the Lord’s praise,

 for he has been good to me.

Psalm 13:5-6

When we are discouraged and cry out, “How long Lord?” continue with this:

1  “But I trust in Your unfailing love.”  We are to remind ourselves that God’s love in never ending and unconditional.

2.  “But I will rejoice in all that You have done for me!”  His Son paid the price for all of our sins.  This alone is enough to rest and rejoice in!  But there is infinitely more!

3.  “But I will sing a song of praise to You.”  How can you be discouraged when singing songs about God’s riches and goodness?

None of us are immune from life’s difficulties and heartaches.  There will be times when you might wonder…God, do you care what’s happening to me?  The next time you ask God “how long”, remember to trust Him, count your blessings and sing His praise unending.

Truth Tuesday – He Will Deliver You

psalm-91-14-16Last week, I sat with my daughter in the emergency room at the hospital.  Her pain in her right side was increasing by the hour and tests were being done to determine the cause.   When the tests were complete, the doctor came into the room and announced she had a ruptured appendix!  My heart ran to fear, not only as a mom, but as a nurse I knew all the possible risks and complications involved.

Psalm 91 came to my mind.  I love this Psalm.  It is such a great reminder to me that no matter what I face in life, there are promises from God in this passage that give me hope.  The entire chapter is filled with the goodness and power of God…and great reminders that He faithfully works on behalf of those who love Him.  As the chapter comes to the end (Psalm 91:14-16), God gives 8 reasons of why we do not have to fear anything we face.

 

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Truth Tuesday – Fight Like A Warrior

Matt 6 6For years, I have kept a prayer journal and from time to time would add things I was praying for and cross off things that had been answered.  During my daily prayer time, the urgent needs came to my mind first and consumed the time I had to pray, leaving many areas in my life not covered in consistent and regular prayer.

A few months ago, I felt God was leading me to set aside more time to pray and to pray beyond just the urgent needs in my life.  I decided to put together a new prayer journal.  One that would let me concentrate on a specific area to pray over each day.  To get started, I purchased a 3-ring notebook, a package of 8 dividers and a package of lined paper.  Here’s how I set mine up:

Front of my journal – a list of God’s attributes.  I begin my prayer time by choosing one of God’s attributes and spend a few moments worshipping Him and giving thanks for who He is.  When I begin my prayer time with reverence and awe of God and with a vision of who He is, it is difficult to let my circumstances overwhelm me.  How I live, think and respond to pressure is changed as I trust Him.

 

First Divider – Monday:  My husband and our marriage

Second Divider – Tuesday: Friends I do life with and others that come across my path

Third Divider – Wednesday:  My children (and soon to be grandbaby!)

Fourth Divider – Thursday:  Relatives and neighbors

Fifth Divider – Friday:  Me – personal needs and desires, spiritual growth, areas I struggle in, etc.

Sixth Divider – Saturday:  Praise – a look back on the week, thanking God specifically for what He has done, both the  hard things and the blessings.

Seventh Divider – Sunday:  Our church, pastors, leaders, ministries, missions, etc.

Eighth Divider:  a list of scriptures to read and pray concerning various needs/concerns.

I placed lined paper after each divider.  I use the line paper to write down specific prayer requests regarding that day’s prayer topic.  I date each prayer request and leave some space by it to include, at a later date, a description of how God answered the prayer request.  When it is answered, I write down the date, a note describing the answer and then I highlight the request with a bright color highlighting marker.  This is a beautiful visual of God answering prayer and His faithfulness in my life.

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I am still discovering wonderful things about using this “new-to-me” prayer journal method, but here is what I am noticing:

  1.  I am not always focusing on praying for only the most urgent needs/concerns at the moment.
  2.  I am covering a wide area of prayer needs.
  3.  My prayer life is stronger and deeper than it has ever been.
  4.  Because I am covering such a wide area of personal interests, I am seeing God answer prayer beyond the urgent in my life.
  5.  Because I am covering such a wide area of personal interest, my heart is more peaceful and still.
  6.  I feel stronger in my faith.
  7.  Because I am expectantly filled with hope for God’s answers, my eyes are seeing more of what He is doing.
  8.  My Saturday praise day is truly a day of worship and my heart is incredibly full.

It is so easy, with all of life’s daily demands, to forget that this world is a battlefield.  Day by day…hour by hour…we face a spiritual war and an enemy who is real and wants nothing more than to defeat, steal, kill and destroy our faith.  1 Peter 5:8 tells us “Be alert!  Watch out for your great enemy, the devil.  He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”  This is why we are told in Ephesians 6:10-18 that we are to put on the full armor of God and “pray in the Spirit on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests and with this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying“. (Eph 6:18)

Are you putting on the full armor of God by reading and living out His Word and praying each day? He gives us all we need to stand strong in this life.  What have you done today to be equipped to fight and resist the enemy?  Are you busy racing through your day, ill-equipped, unprepared or simply not aware of what you are up against or who the real enemy is?  Or, are you alert and ready? Are you on your knees fighting like a warrior?

Truth Tuesday – Choose Faith Over Worry

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Are you a worrier?  I can be.  I believe it is a part of my personality.  Although I trust God and know He is in control, the human side of me can easily run to the thought pattern of worrying. There are a couple things that I do when I start to worry.  The first thing I do is to ask myself this question – “Do you really trust God?”  I once read a statement by Ann Voskamp that resonated deep in my heart.  She said, “Worry is faith gone wrong, because we don’t believe God will get it right.”  Worry unveils something very true within our hearts – a lack of belief in a Sovereign God’s ability.  Ouch!…but so true!!

The next thing I do is to read Scripture or quote verses that I have memorized over the years.  I have some go-to verses that are kept in my prayer journal that I refer to when I find myself worrying.  These scriptures  give me the proper vision I need during times when it seems my “eye-sight” is a wee bit (or a whole lot!) clouded by Satan and his plan to consume me with worrisome thoughts.

 

 

Here is a copy of what is in my prayer journal:

40 Scriptures to read when you are worried

I have found that these verses are a mighty weapon against worry and anxiousness.  Things that concern us are going to happen in our day to day lives.  We must equip ourselves with the Truth that protects our hearts and minds.  When we do this, God’s powerful words (Hebrews 4:12) become a soothing balm for our anxious souls.  Confidence replaces doubt and peace replaces worry.  We can exhale and we find sweet rest because instead of relying on our strength to carry us, we rely on the promises found in Christ Jesus.

Have a grace full week choosing faith over worry ~