With the many blessings that surround us, we are to be thankful and rejoice
at the favour and goodness of the Lord. Many times we do not pay attention
to the good that is all around us, but rather we focus our attention on the
bad that does not come close in comparison. We are to appreciate and enjoy
the blessings that God has given us and remember to give thanks in the good
times as well as the bad. The Bible declares in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 "In
every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus
concerning you." Be encouraged to appreciate the gifts that surround you
and learn to elevate the God who created you rather than the temporary
situation that may have you worried. (Psalm 34:1-9) (Psalm 105:1-11)
I hope you are encouraged and inspired by today's message.
HOW ARE YOU?
Every Day I am asked "How are you?" My response is always, "Fine, thank
you" But what I would really like to say is, "Yes...I am O.K."
I Have My Sight...although not perfect, I can still see the glorious
sunsets, the antics of a puppy, the smile of a child, and the most
important...I can see if there are any bugs in my food.
I Have My Hearing...even though impaired I can hear the music that takes
the wrinkles out of my day. I can hear others tell me they love me! And
every morning I can hear the snap, crackle, and pop...even if it isn't the
I Have My sense Of Smell...although marred with allergies I could tell if
the house is on fire, or the baby needs changing. Oh and isn't it heavenly
to smell that first cup of coffee in the morning?
I Still Have My Sense Of Taste...I can tell when something has gone bad or
sour, even though I have to wonder about my own cooking sometimes.
I Still Have My sense Of Touch...even though some people say I am really
touched...The joy of touching another, loving another, petting your cat,
makes you feel you are not alone...
I am O.K. you see.
I can walk, even though I may stumble --
I can talk, sometimes without stopping --
I can laugh, even when nothing is funny --
and I can cry, anytime I want to....
In fact, I think I am better than just Okay!
How about you my friend?
If we take a moment to think about the positives in our life, I believe
they will stack much higher than the negatives that sometimes keep our
attention longer. I encourage you today to think more of the blessings
that are all around you and in doing so you will see that you are much more
favored than you thought beforehand. (James 1:16-18) (3 John 2) (Eph. 1:3-6)
Be encouraged to be thankful and let God know that you do appreciate all
that you have even though you may sometimes forget. Even though God is all
knowing, I'm sure He will be pleased with your heartfelt thanks unto Him.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Hebrews 13:15-16 "By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to
God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.
But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God
is well pleased."
Psalm 30:10-12 "Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me: LORD, be Thou my
helper. Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: Thou hast put
off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may
sing praise to Thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks
unto Thee for ever."
Psalm 103:1-5 "Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless
His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who
redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness
and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that
thy youth is renewed like the eagle's."
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: THE BRIGHTEST STAR
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Today's Selected Testimony: WHO WILL DELIVER ME?
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony112.htm
In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry