Archives for the month of: November, 2011

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Thanksgiving – an American holiday – reminding us that we escaped tyranny to embrace freedom –

One of the major freedoms we wished to embrace – freedom of religion –

At our family thanksgiving dinner we went around the table and gave thanks for . . . the recurring themes were . . .

Family – coming together to enjoy each other’s company.

Freedom – several of us mentioned the freedom we have in our country . . . there were also thanks to the men and women who stand watch (and those who have stood watch in the past) over us so that we can enjoy our freedom.

Salvation – at our table we are all children of God . . . having accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior.  Which brings us back to freedom . . . we are able to freely practice our love for Christ by freely meeting in public, sharing with others, corporate worship without fear of persecution.

I hope that you took time to reflect on what you are thankful for . . .

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In Psalm 8, it says that God has ordained praise from the lips of children and infants because of His enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

 

We talk of thanks giving, at least many of us have looked closely at thanks giving lately. 

 

Have we (that would be me) ever thought about how when we are praising God it silences those voices in our hearts and our heads that Satan brings about.  I know this to be true but, as in so many truths that I know, today in reading Psalm 8, it truly came to me. 

 

Yes, thanksgiving reminds me how much God has blessed me and I long to be thankful always.

 

However, praise . . . now praise is a different matter.  Praise reminds me – God is God, the almighty, all powerful, awesome, God of All creation.  Praise is to an incredible God.

 

Let me always remember thankfully, yes.

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Let me always give praise, YES!

 

Do Not Fear, Grandma

What a treat I received today. Our grandson is four years old and goes to a 4K program at a Christian School. At the beginning of the school year, they have a Grandparent’s Day. I got to attend today! What a treat it was.

Apparently, the school chooses a verse to use, all year, for the children to learn, this year they have chosen :

2 Timothy 1:7 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

This is a good verse and interestingly enough one dealing with fear; a subject that many bloggers and speakers I have read and heard lately have focused on many times. This is in fact a subject near to my heart, for I live in fear(s). There are so many things I am afraid of: loss of loved ones, recurrence of cancer, financial concerns, etc. The list could go on and on but this is sufficient for you to know what I mean. So when the children on stage recited 2 Timothy 1:7 it was as if God was telling me – if they can learn this verse so can you. So, I am writing this verse on a card and memorizing it.

As if this was not good enough, I looked up 2 Timothy 1:7 in “The Message.” As you may know, sometimes the message goes out and “grabs” other verses to create a smooth transition.

2 Timothy 1:7 The Message (MSG)
5-7That precious memory triggers another: your honest faith-and what a rich faith it is, handed down from your grandmother Lois to your mother Eunice, and now to you! And the special gift of ministry you received when I laid hands on you and prayed-keep that ablaze! God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.

In this case, this was wonderful, and I felt that it was God’s way of reinforcing what He had said earlier with the first translation. Now He is including Timothy’s Mom and Grandma . . . why that was today. Grandma, Mom, and Grandson all included in God’s message.

What a blessing! Doesn’t God just rock our world!

Freedom to Praise means that I also have freedom to not praise.  Such has been the last couple of days.  I have missed by usual Bible study and prayer time.  Well, or have I skipped my usual Bible Study and prayer time. 

 

I have been busy – but more like I have been busy at the usual time that I like to spend in study and prayer.  I had to make a couple of trips to town and they were for important stuff and it takes several hours to accomplish such.  So these trips were interrupting the time I like to take for study and prayer. 

 

However, I could have done prayer and study at a later time, at a different time.  Isn’t that one of the things about “freedom” – not being locked in to a time and place. 

 

I didn’t though.  Since I missed it on my schedule, well, I just “didn’t feel like it”, “it didn’t feel right” at another time.  Now, here it is with a few days missed and I feel lost.  I told my husband earlier that I feel like I am in a “dark” place.  Well, I am in a dark place . . . I have moved away from my Lord. 

 

I read this morning about considering that Jesus is waiting on us . . . waiting for His time with us.  Well, I let Him down this week.  I didn’t show up, not only at the “usual” time but at a later time either. 

 

I have “freedom to praise”.  I also have “freedom to not praise”.  I want to praise.  Right now, sit down, thank Him for showing up even when I don’t.   Thanking Him for taking care of my family even when I don’t.  Thanking Him for loving me even when I don’t.  Yes, I am going to exercise my “freedom to praise” right now.