So, sometimes we need help. I asked a sister in Christ for help today. I generally just ask God for help. Today I was led to ask a sister in Christ for advice and received an encouraging true answer back in response. And it turns out my prayer has been ineffectual because I have been praying the wrong prayer. I thought it was one thing and it was something else. (I hate to be vague, but it is very personal but still want to share the praise.) In addition, she gave me great advice and actions to take aling with my prayer and fasting prayers. So I am over the top encouraged and am up for the long haul of a new prayer and action plan. And this is why we have a kingdom/church of heaven and not just individuals. Sometimes we need each other. Everyone has different gifts. And praise God for obedience in us and contrite hearts in us so we may do what He designed us to do and help each other out. Praise God Almighty!!! His design is perfect!!!😄❤❤❤
The longer I live and the closer I get to the Lord, the more sins He exposes in me so I can get them cleaned up and right/forgiven/confess/repent before I face Him in eternity. It is very kind of Him to show me the error of my ways. And it is humbling. For that I am thankful and truly feel loved. But I wanted to share in case anyone else needs help seeing it in themselves.
I always thought of myself as funny- don’t judge me lol. I also am thr most positive and optimistic person I know. However, in all my “funny”, I have a strong tendency to sarcasm, which is a disguised spirit of griping. Think about it. I have made almost a science of pointing out what was wrong in a flippant but real way and having fun at their expense. I have been a griper. “Venting” is another area I have been guilty of griping and criticising. And I was convicted how guilty I was. And I read in the Bible that God hates this practice. In fact, He had the ground swallow a good chunk of Israelites who were grumbling in the desert after being rescued from slavery in Egypt. That tells me grumbling is sin and is hated by God. And this makes sense because it is the opposite of thankfulness and praise.
So, I have had a major re-adjustment, yet another come to Jesus moment. And I am now working aggressively on a spirit of appreciation and praise, an obedience God will love in me, an act of worship to the precious God who made and saved me. And I am so very thankful to grow and change and see another fault within me to work on for God’s glory. Praise God!!!❤❤❤
So we finished “30-Day Praise Challenge” in my Sunday school class (which was amazingly good) and now we are growing more together with a larger class and we are starting “Attitude is Your Paintbrush: It Colors Every Situation” by James W. Moore. And the reading for this week (the first chapter) is about the attitude of gratitude.
I like what the book says. It says that we are born ungrateful (and rather selfish) and giving thanks is a learned behavior. Some of us take longer to learn that lesson but a sign of spiritual maturity is when gratitude is automatic.
I detest that horrible song that was popular in the 90’s, “What Have You Done for Me Lately?” I cringe even now when I hear that. It is the epitome of selfishness and our natural coarsest impulse. And those of us who really love the Lord will always resist that inclination and instead dwell on our gratefulness for every situation. That is entirely our choice and a sign of growth and spiritual development and maturity.
As made creatures in a made world, we truly need to be thankful for everything, our breath, the good, the bad, all of it. As made creatures, God loves us despite our lowly state of being made, where He has always been and always will be. We should be thankful for all of it then, that the God who made us provides all we need and even many wants out of love for us. It is truly amazing and we should thank Him consistently with an attitude of gratitude. ❤
Just kidding, we live baseball. My son loves playing, I love watching, my daughter loves playing with her friends and now Blue loves everyone and everyone loves him. And we had a great time and I am exhausted. It was good to catch up with a bunch of people we know from seasons past. And I am thankful for the sport and loved playing when I was younger. I feel so American and such a strong sense of community at my kid’s baseball games. And it is lovely. The kids learn teamwork and get exercise. The parents converse and share information. The youngers make friends. Good stuff. Not a Christian post really as I generally blog, but I am really thankful for baseball and wanted to voice that. Yes, it makes us busier, but this is a fun, worthy busy and I am thankful for it.❤
Here are 15 reasons to be thankful, no matter what you are going through:
1. It is God’s will.
2. God commanded it in the Bible.
3. We are breathing and alive.
4. We have the Bible/truth to read.
5. We have 24/7 access to the powerful Creator God of the universe via humble prayer.
6. You live in a house/shelter. So nice to be out of the rain.
7. There is potential in every day to learn, grow, teach, read, serve, try something new.
8. Family is a bond. There is someone good in your family to connect with.
9. Friends are available to make and have and love.
10. We are able to meet with other believers and encourage each other in faith.
12. There is transportation available to get places.
13. I am able to write a blog and thus journal and share my thoughts and ideas with a friend like you.
14. We have clothes to keep warm.
15. There are hundreds of blessings from God on a given day and therefore I could list many many more reasons to be thankful.❤