We should always be quick to thank God for everything He has given us. We
must be thankful in this present time for the abundance of blessings that
God has graciously bestowed upon our lives. We shouldn't take anything in
life for granted because we never know when we might lose any of these
precious gifts. Imagine your life without the ability to see. How many
obstacles would be presented in your path if your vision was gone? Give
thanks for your eyes. How much more difficult would it be if you could no
longer hear. Give thanks for your ears. You don't have to think hard to
find your blessings. They are right in front of you. You simply have to
realize that they are there in order for you to give thanks and show your
appreciation to the Lord. The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In
every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus
concerning you.” (Psalm 92:1) (James 4:14) (Psalm 34:1-3) (Psalm 37:3-6)
I hope this simple message ministers to your heart to be appreciative for
everything God has given you and even if you have lost something precious,
you still have the ability to give thanks for all that remains in your life.
“Feel like driving a car today?” I asked my son on the telephone.
Several minutes earlier, one of the local car dealers had telephoned and
asked if I might pick up a new car in Vidalia and bring it back to Brunswick.
“Always use a little extra Christmas money,” replied Roger Junior. “Let me
change clothes and I'll be over in a few minutes,” he said.
It was about 6:30 in the morning when we made our way onto the 95
interstate freeway, heading northbound.
As we traveled along, it was suggested that I buy breakfast for the two of
us. Being a little hungry, I agreed and pulled off at the next exit.
Very carefully, I pulled into a parking space located right next to a
handicap spot. I smiled back as one of the two women said “Good morning” to
us, as they were unloading a wheelchair from the side of a large white van.
Sitting in the wheelchair was a gentleman dressed in a military uniform. I
looked down and noticed that both his pant legs were folded beneath his
knees. I also noticed officer's bars on his uniform.
“Good morning, Captain,” I said as I saluted him.
“And a good morning to you, sir,” he replied back.
The five of us traveled up the narrow walkway to the door of the small
restaurant. Not thinking, I stepped up a three inch cement curb and opened
the door for the Captain and the two women.
“There's a wheelchair ramp located on the other side of the building,” said
a large man, with a name tag, who came walking very quickly out the front
“In the last two years I've scaled walls higher than this building, ran up
and down rubble piles higher than three of my vans piled atop one another.
I think I can make it over his curb,” said the officer.
“I'm sure you can, sir,” said the man, as he also saluted the Captain.
Roger Jr. and I grabbed hold of the wheelchair handles and as the soldier
pushed forward on the wheels of his chair, Roger and I pushed forward. Up
and over the cement hump he went, with no difficulty, whatsoever.
As one of the women pushed him through the doorway of the restaurant, the
large man wearing a name tag snatched a small sign down, which had been
taped to the glass door.
“I saw that,” said the Captain, as he laughed.
“This sign was never meant to include heroes,” said the manager, as he hid
the sign behind himself. “In fact this sign will never appear in this
doorway, ever again,” he continued, as he wadded up the piece of paper.
“I am a writer. May I have that, please?” I asked the man.
Slowly, he handed me the wadded up piece of paper, which I stuck into my
The sign read: “No Shoes - No Shirt - No Service”
By Roger Dean Kiser
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 34:4-8 “I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from
all my fears. They looked unto Him, and were lightened: and their faces
were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved
him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encampeth round about
them that fear Him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the LORD is
good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.”
Psalm 56:9-11 “When I cry unto Thee, then shall mine enemies turn back:
this I know; for God is for me. In God will I praise His word: in the LORD
will I praise His word. In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid
what man can do unto me.”
Psalm 37:23-27 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He
delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:
for the LORD upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young, and now am
old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging
bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. Depart
from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.”
Psalm 139:14-16 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully
made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My
substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously
wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance,
yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written&, which in
continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: BE THANKFUL
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Today’s Selected Testimony: DON'T DOUBT GOD'S POWER
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony148.htm
In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry