6 Ways to Develop Thankfulness in Our Heart

6 Ways to Develop Thankfulness in Our Heart

Are you finding yourself not so thankful these days? I completely understand how you feel, I’ve been there myself. We’re all facing different problems whether it be within our families, our finances, or just life in general. But you know, no matter what, we need to keep our focus on being thankful during those times.

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A New Beginning We Can Look Forward To

A New Beginning We Can Look Forward To

I’ll be happy when this day (month, year) is over,” are words many of us have spoken. With social media up in our faces you possibly have friends and family who've said them last recently. But you know, we don’t need to wait for a new year or a new month for a new beginning we can look forward to.  Each day, each hour, and each minute is a new beginning.

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5 Pages from My Journal: the Book of Psalms

5 Pages from My Journal: the Book of Psalms

In the autumn of 2012, I started journaling what touched my heart while reading the Bible during my morning devotions. I began this for two reasons: I wanted a way to remember special nuggets I found and for my son and future generations to learn a little something about me through my thoughts on what stood out to me. Since all of my journals except for one are stored away, I’m sharing 5 pages from my journal from the book of Psalms.

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When We Pray, Things Happen {Thankful Thursdays}

The power of prayer is real. I have seen many prayers answered within our family the past ten years; I believe in prayer. But our prayers cannot be a once and done thing. We need to get serious when praying for God to move in ways we have not seen. Sometimes we need to go to God continuously for an answer, and some of those times the answer is not always what we want. When we pray things happen. This time next week we will have a new president-elect. That person may or may not be the one you voted for but they are the one who God allowed in that position. From before the earth was created, God had a plan. He planned for this person and He knew about all of their beliefs and the innermost part of their heart. He is (will not) be surprised!

Frog's Lilypad: When We Pray, Things Happen

America is in a crisis. We have terrorism, angry citizens, loss of moral standards, the slow leak of losing our religious freedoms, and many more problems. But with all these problems I still believe we live in the greatest nation of all. It’s not too late to pray for our nation, the candidates, and the voters who have yet to vote. It’s not too late to get serious in our praying.

When We Pray, Things Happen

For some Christians, they've been led to fast over this election. I have not, at least not at the moment of this writing. If you are led to fast and are not following through with it, why? Fasting is a sign of seriousness while God doesn’t lead everyone to fast, He works through it. If you are fasting, I’ve prayed for you. I’ve prayed the Lord gives you the strength to complete it and that He will answer your prayers.

Isaiah 58:6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

Joel 2:12-13 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

Ezra 8:21-23  Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance. For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.  So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us."

I’m praying for several areas for our nation and I hope you’ll join me.

The Bible never one time has taught us to follow our heart regardless of what others say. We've gotten away from seeking the Lord’s direction in our daily life and this has brought about the messes we can’t find our way out. I’m praying voters will use the wisdom only God gives before they mark the ballot. While both candidates have shown their fruits, I believe there is one less evil than the other.

Proverbs 3:5-7 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil."

Pastors and preachers of today have changed a lot from those in our past. While many are preaching the old time Gospel, the ones looking for numbers and left the biblical truths outweigh them. I’m praying the Lord will raise up more churches that are on fire for God.

Habakkuk 3:2 O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy."

Good things will not happen in us until our hearts are changed. I can’t pray for a change in others until I do a thorough search of my heart and clean up any sin. I’m praying the Lord will show me where I need to change, so then I can pray for a change in others.

Job 13:23 How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin.

Lamentations 3:40-42 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD. Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens. We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned.

Ezekiel 18:27-28 Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die."

Heavenly Father, may we first seek through our own hearts and work to remove any sin. Give us the clarity we need when praying for ourselves and others around us. Help us find You, for You are the One in control of everything. Tender our hearts for the souls and minds of those who are leading our nation. Help us to be a light in this dark world and give us the strength to carry on until Your return. In Jesus' name, amen.

2 Chronicles 7:14 - If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

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