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Thankful Thursday

I’m thankful that I am on my way out the door (I can walk) to go (I can drive) to a Beth Moore Bible Study (I’m so thankful for Beth’s studies) on Daniel (thanks to a very special friend, neighbor and co-blogger). This has been such an awesome study and in the next few days, I want to share something I read this morning doing my last minute homework!

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Not by Might

Music has always been a part of my life. I love lots of different styles but praise and worship music is my absolute favorite! I don’t often listen to any kind but that or contemporary Christian. Yesterday, at bible study, we sang a song that I’d never heard before and I love it. Here are the words:

Not By Might

No not by might
Nor even power
But by Your Spirit, O Lord

Healer of hearts, binder of wounds
Lives that are lost restored
Flow through this land
‘Til every man praises Your name once more.

It’s from the CD Days of Elijah-Worship Songs of Robin Mark. If you’ve never heard it, please get it. I pray it will minister to your spirit as it did mine.

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Many years ago when I first became a Christian, a very dear friend told me that she was thankful she could go to the bathroom. This week I want to share my thanks for my five senses…and several other things.

Taste: Psm. 34:8 – “O taste and see that the LORD is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” God has provided a bounty of food for us to taste.

Sight: 2 Cor. 5:7 – “for we walk by faith, not by sight–“
and Matt. 5:8 – “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” and by the blood of Jesus, my Lord and Savior, I am made pure in heart! Although I wear glasses, I so thankful for my eyes.

Smell: Gen. 27:27 – in reference to Jacob stealing Esau’s blessing, Isaac says – “…is like the smell of a field which the LORD has blessed;” With Spring approaching, we’ll soon be able to smell God’s creations

Hear: Matt. 10:27 – “What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops.” Whispered in your ear…I can hear God’s whisper!!! And I can hear our granddaughter when she’s unhappy.
John 8:47 – “He who is of God hears the words of God…”

Feel/Touch: Mark 10:13 – “And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them;”
1 John 5:18 (Amplified) – “We know [absolutely] that anyone born of God does not [deliberately and knowingly] practice committing sin, but the One Who was begotten of God carefully watches over and protects him [Christ’s divine presence within him preserves him against the evil], and the wicked one does not lay hold (get a grip) on him or touch [him].” WOW! To hold my husband tight and feel his arms around me is such a huge blessing!

I’m also thankful for BibleGateway for offering a Bible reference toolbar I could install on my browser. Although I have several Bibles on my desk, it’s so easy just to go up to the toolbar and type in a word or scripture reference, and … there it is!

Again, I’m thankful to Christine for my new blog look.

Have a blessed day!

If you want to join us in being thankful, visit Sting My Heart.

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We have been set FREE!

In our Sunday School class, we are studying Dr. Luke. Our teacher is truly “in tune with God.” He spends much time in the Word and prayer and the Lord reveals many things to him. This past Sunday, we looked at these verses in Luke 4:17-19

17And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written,
18“THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME,
BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR.
HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES,
AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND,
TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED,
19TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.”

Do you know what it meant to be a captive during that time in history? It’s not a pretty sight! Imagine having a ring through your nose and being joined to other captives by a rope through that ring! If you gave the jailers trouble or tried to escape, they would put salve in your eyes so you couldn’t see where you were going and/or they would put mortar in your ears so you couldn’t hear anything.

When Jesus was using this example to speak of captives, it makes it easier for me to understand exactly HOW free believers are! God saw us (captives) as having a ring through our noses, salve in our eyes and mortar in our ears and truly set us free! We weren’t captives in that sense of the word, but we were captives or slaves to sin and that wasn’t a pretty sight to God.

“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36

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Thankful Thursday

I am thankful for God’s Holy Spirit given to us upon our rebirth!

So many times in my Christian walk, I’ve felt like I wasn’t a Christian. That because I didn’t feel very spiritual or happy, it must not be true. Yesterday I read a devotional by Charles Stanley and in it he said:

There are certain important points to understand about joy. This gift to every believer in Christ has a spiritual source — the Holy Spirit — and is produced from within by Him. Being supernatural in nature, divine joy exists independently of our circumstances. Happiness, on the other hand, comes from external causes, is earthly in character, and increases or decreases as events change. The success of a sports team, recognition by others, or completion of a project all represent sources of earthly happiness.

Notice the words “independently of our circumstances.” That’s been a hard one for me to learn. I know this, but the enemy wants me to forget. I’m so thankful that our Father has given us His Spirit and I don’t have to feel happy or joyful all the time. I can have joy even when I’m sad.

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It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Thy name, O Most High.” Psm. 92:1

Today, I want to share my thankfulness for my Hubby. We’ve been married 23.8 yrs. and I love him more today than ever! Reasons I’m thankful…

  • He loves the Lord and seeks to do God’s will always.
  • He loves me unconditionally even when I frustrate him.
  • He loves our children unconditionally.
  • He’s crazy about our granddaughter.
  • He helps me around the house even when I’ve been procrastinating.
  • He can fix almost anything that gets broken ~ but he doesn’t like plumbing!
  • He cuts wood and hauls it home for the woodstove ~ our sole source of heat.
  • He works hard at his job to provide for his family.
  • He always asks me what I want to do when we have time to spend together.
  • He doesn’t mind going shopping :0))
  • He always asks me if I want to go along on his errands, even if he’s going to haul away the trash.
  • HE NEVER COMPLAINS!!!!

What are you thankful for?

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