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Attitude of Gratitude

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

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It seems the custom of expressing thanks is slowly diminishing. In recent years I have sent any number of gifts to individuals for weddings, birthdays, graduations, etc. and have not received any sort of thanks. Even though the idea of sitting down and writing out a thank you now seems to be obsolete, the idea of saying thanks should never become outdated.

I have seen recent posts on social networking sites of individuals listing on a daily basis things they are thankful for. It is amazing the uniqueness of these posts in expressing thankfulness. I am sure as a person sits down and begins to list those people and things they are thankful for, their hearts swell up with an “attitude of gratitude”. Oh, how blessed we are!

That would be my challenge to you. Although it is not necessary to post it on line, begin to make a list of everything you are grateful for. I am sure after you only have a few items on your list, you will begin to realize the magnitude of your blessings. As the old hymn states, “Count your many blessings, name them one by one.”

Here is a link to the hymn, “Count Your Blessings” by Mia Padua

The scripture admonishes us to “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:181 Thessalonians 5:18
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18 in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus to you-ward.

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Calorie Free Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

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Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

thanksgiving turkeyThe centerpiece of Thanksgiving is a enormous meal, generally centered around a large roasted turkey and stuffing. Additionally, there are usually mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberries, salads and an endless assortment of desserts, including the most popular pumpkin pie and whipped cream. It is definitely not a day to be on a diet.

Did you know there are some things you can partake of on Thanksgiving Day that contains zero calories?

For appetizers: greetings and embraces. These can be shared and/or received. Warm greetings and embraces are always welcome. How great that makes us feel.

The main course should include table grace, warm companionship, sharing of memories, listening and gratitude. As you begin to share with others you realize you have many blessings.

And, finally, for dessert there is contentment of spending the day with loved ones and friends and realizing that you have so much to be thankful for. All of this  is free of calories.

Eph. 5:20Eph. 5:20
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20 giving thanks always for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;

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states, “always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father.” 

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Unclaimed Blessings

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

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My father passed away many years ago. A few months after his death he had some unclaimed property on the web site of his primary state of residence. I completed the necessary paperwork to stake claim to that property that was distributed equally between me and my siblings.

chestHave you ever lost your baggage after a flight or left an item at a motel which you recently visited? There are many types of unclaimed possessions. Sometimes it is a taxing process to get them returned to you. For example, there is a centralized location in the state of Alabama for unclaimed airline baggage. I am sure there is an extensive amount of paperwork required in order to get it returned to you.

Have you ever contemplated all the unclaimed blessings God has for you? James 4:2James 4:2
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2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and covet, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war; ye have not, because ye ask not.

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b states, “. . . You do not have because you do not ask.” Wow, what a promise! Have you asked in faith for all that God has for you? Have you left any blessings unclaimed?

“Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3Jeremiah 33:3
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3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and will show thee great things, and difficult, which thou knowest not.

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) If we call to God, He will answer us. The unclaimed blessings entail great and mighty things which we cannot even comprehend. closed bible

Mark 11:24Mark 11:24
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24 Therefore I say unto you, All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

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, “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” I want to believe that those things I ask for in faith will be granted.

Begin now to stake claim to God’s richest blessings. Don’t leave anything unclaimed!

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Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

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According to Wikipedia® “the comfort zone is a behavioral state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviors to deliver a steady level of performance, usually without a sense of risk.  A person’s personality can be described by his or her comfort zones. Highly successful persons may routinely step outside their comfort zones, to accomplish what they wish. A comfort zone is a type of mental conditioning that causes a person to create and operate mental boundaries. Such boundaries create an unfounded sense of security.”

“To step outside their comfort zone, a person must experiment with new and different behaviors, and then experience the new and different responses that occur within their environment.”

I think of one particular person in the Bible who dared to step out of his “comfort zone”. That was Abraham.

Genesis 12:1-4Genesis 12:1-4
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12 1 Now Jehovah said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto the land that I will show thee: 2 and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and be thou a blessing; 3 and I will bless them that bless thee, and him that curseth thee will I curse: and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 4 So Abram went, as Jehovah had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.

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states, “The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’ So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran”.

stepsBy faith Abraham took that first step out of his “comfort zone” and the Lord blessed him and made him famous. This obedience to God’s command led to Abraham being the father of a great nation. His age, possessions, family obligations or afflictions did not hinder him from doing God’s will.

Is God asking you to step out of your “comfort zone”? What is God asking you to do? Where is God asking you to go? What is God asking you to say? If you step out in faith, God will show you the way and provide the resources. Even a baby step can be the beginning of something great in your life. What stepping stones are in your way? After all, your security is in Christ!

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Blessings and Beyond

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

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The beginning of a new year is a wonderful time to reflect back on the blessings God has given us throughout the previous year as well as to set goals, re-evaluate our priorities and make plans for the future. Our prior year’s calendar is a way to gauge in capsule form our effectiveness and involvement with our family, church and community.

Of course, one of the first things we do is to organize our calendars for the upcoming year. Whether it is a visible calendar placed on a wall, table or desk or some sort of electronic scheduler, we all live by the clock and calendar. In other words, we are constantly looking beyond.

The launch of a new year is a good time to reflect on our personal ministries. A person’s daily activities should always reveal the love of God to others. Not only should we minister to our family but also find ways to be involved in the care and concern of others. In other words, how can I be a blessing? This will assist us in becoming more aware not only of the “blessings” we receive but to see “beyond” to the needs of our fellow man.

God’s blessings to us are innumerable; however, we need to look beyond as to how we can minister to others. Then, as we share through our ministry, we will be truly blessed. Thus . . . blessings and beyond!

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A Week of Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

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Colossians 4:2Colossians 4:2
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2 Continue stedfastly in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiving;

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states, “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.” This verse admonishes us to always be in a thankful attitude.

I once read an article by an unknown author about giving thanks. It stressed the importance of giving thanks every day of the week as well as some of things you can give thanks for. I would admonish each of us to do the same thing this year.

Someone has defined gratitude as “learning to recognize and express appreciation for the benefit which we have received from God and others.” Begin by choosing a particular week around Thanksgiving and do the following:

Day 1:    Read the following verses from Colossians on thankfulness – 1:3, 1:12, 2:7, 3:15, 3:17 and 4:2.

Day 2:   Make a list of all the material and spiritual blessings you can think of that you have received from the Lord. Then stop and thank God for each item on the list.

Day 3:    Make a list of each member of your family. Next to each name write one quality about their life for which you are grateful and then thank God for that family member.

Day 4:    Make a list of other individuals who have blessed or touched your life in some way.

Day 5:    Call or write three people on the list you made yesterday.

Day 6:    Paul instructed the Ephesians to “give thanks always for all things. . .” Ephesians 5:20Ephesians 5:20
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20 giving thanks always for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;

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– As you go through the day, try to consciously take note of all things and thank God.

Day 7:    Make a list of past or present circumstances, events, trials or relationships for which you may never have given thanks. Then, as an expression of faith and an exercise of obedience, say, “Lord, I choose to give you thanks for_____________________ and _________________________, which you may never give me privilege of understanding.”

Of course, this list only gives us some ideas of things to be thankful for. God may bring other ideas into your mind of ways to give thanks.

Let’s begin to have an attitude of thankfulness and have a “Week of Thanksgiving.” Then, let’s keep the thankfulness alive for every 365 days of the year.

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Have You Thanked God Today?

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

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As Christians we have a great number of reasons for being thankful.  There is a wonderful old hymn, “Count Your Many Blessings.” If you really begin to count your many blessings and name them one by one and mentally jot them down or actually list them on a piece of paper, you will soon discover God has blessed us in so many ways.

Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name. Psalm 18:49Psalm 18:49
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49 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Jehovah, among the nations, And will sing praises unto thy name.

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After you have given praise to God for your material possessions, you should also be thankful for the following:

T   ransforming power - Psalm 40:2Psalm 40:2
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2 He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay; And he set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

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H   is holiness - Revelation 4:8Revelation 4:8
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8 and the four living creatures, having each one of them six wings, are full of eyes round about and within: and they have no rest day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, [is] the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.

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A   present salvation - Romans 10:10Romans 10:10
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10 for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

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N   ew life - II Corinthians 5:17
K   eeping power - John 10:26John 10:26
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26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep.

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S   helter from the stormy blast - Psalm 61:3Psalm 61:3
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3 For thou hast been a refuge for me, A strong tower from the enemy.

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G   ift of His Son - II Corinthians 9:15
I   nner peace - John 14:27John 14:27
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27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.

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V   ictory - I Corinthians 15:57
I   nheritance - Colossians 1:12Colossians 1:12
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12 giving thanks unto the Father, who made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light;

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N   earness for the alien - Colossians 1:12Colossians 1:12
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12 giving thanks unto the Father, who made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light;

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G   od's goodness - I Corinthians 16:34

May you have a wonderful time of praising God during this blessed Thanksgiving season not only for what he does for you but who He is. He has given us so much.

Our THANKS to God, who keeps on giving!


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