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Ten Reasons to be Grateful

New MerciesThe steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
Here are ten reasons we must be grateful for each new day.
Number One: GOD WOKE US UP.
Number Two: GOD WOKE US UP.
Number Three: GOD WOKE US UP.
Number Four: GOD WOKE US UP.
Number Five: GOD WOKE US UP.
Number Six: GOD WOKE US UP.
Number Seven: GOD WOKE US UP.
Number Eight: GOD WOKE US UP.
Number Nine: GOD WOKE US UP.
Number Ten: GOD WOKE US UP.
These words closed the celebration of our Church’s Annual Spring Revival. They are powerful reasons to rest assured our LIVES truly have MEANING, PURPOSE AND PROMISE. Let us thank and praise God EVERY morning for God’s FAITHFULNESS and new MERCIES. God has a plan for EVERY life.

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Living in the “NOW”

1969235_10152284783763352_42321053_n“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.”  Matthew 6:25-34 (KJV)

I awakened this morning keenly aware of the value of time and how precious every second.  I sensed an urgency in my spirit that revealed, but for that very moment I might never have another chance to live, move and have being. I completely understood that time must be lived in the NOW because NOW is really the only instant we have. In the NOW it becomes increasingly clear that we have no control over anyone or anything—no–not even due dates, deadlines, schedules or plans. No wonder Jesus taught His Disciples to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.”  NOW does not negate the past nor fantasize the future—it simply acknowledges the present and immediate moment. There is no room in the NOW for distractions from purpose. It demands complete focus on truly important matters–it is sacred and blessed space. It affirms the omnipresence of God and God’s promise to never leave nor forsake us. Living in the NOW eliminates stress, anxiety and worry.10431457_316356748528741_8170358568464679864_n

What a gift is NOW. What a blessing to awaken to the beauty of a new day. How wonderful to witness the beauty of God’s great creation one more time! I regret that it took me so long to understand and appreciate the time I have been given. But as someone has said “when you know better— you do better.” That is true for me because I have known better for some time, but it is only today—right NOW that I resolve to do better with this life that God has given me. I make neither apologies nor promises, I simply acknowledge this moment that reminded me — NOW is all the time I have, but with God, Now is all the time I need.

I leave you with these words of Writer, Ira Stanphill that perfectly capture my thoughts this morning:

I don’t know about tomorrow;
I just live from day-to-day.
I don’t borrow from its sunshine
for its skies may turn to grey.

I don’t worry o’er the future,
For I know what Jesus said.
And today I’ll walk beside Him;
For He knows what lies ahead.

Many things about tomorrow
I don’t seem to understand
but I know who holds tomorrow
and I know who holds my hand.

PRAYER: Father, help us to understand that “living in the NOW,” is simply living one day at a time to our fullest potential.  May we do so with grace and joy to the Glory of God. In Jesus’ Name we pray, AMEN.

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Gratitude

24655_516287395095902_922501145_nBless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits (Psalm 103:2)

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for YOUR WORD. Thank you for hope. Thank you for joy. Thank you for peace. Thank you for love. Thank you for health. Thank you for my finances. Thank you for lack of finances. Thank you for my children. Thank you for their children. Thank you for life. Thank you for an abundant life. Thank you for my home. Thank you for transportation. Thank you for my immediate Family. Thank you for my extended Family. Thank you for my Church Family. Thank you for my Pastor. Thank you for your loving care. Thank you for the Holy Spirit. Thank you for the Gifts of the Spirit. Thank you for the Fruits of the Spirit. Thank you for my Dogs. Thank you for their health.

1382194_10153445803750548_1750605497_nThank you I am in my “right mind.” Thank you for a pure heart. Thank you for a right spirit. Thank you for sight. Thank you I live, move and have my being. Thank you for employment. Thank you for providing for me. Thank you for sustaining me. Thank you for maintaining me. Thank you for burdens. Thank you for Blessings. Thank you for good days. Thank you for bad days. Thank you for being with me always. Thank you for keeping me in all my ways. Thank you for ordering my steps. Thank you for loving me just as I am. Thank you for forgiving me. Thank you for this season of Thanks. Thank you for reasons to be thankful. Thank you for losses, gains, and all I have left. Thank you for things being well. Thank you for things being well as they are. Thank you for every precious day, moment, and second.

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Beloveds, in the midst of my thanksgiving, I remember the ONE who on the very night HE was betrayed, offered THANKS even for that which would wound, crush and break Him. How can I help but say with a heart of Thanksgiving and a mouth full of praise, THANK YOU AWESOME LORD. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

 HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE   

REMEMBER, EVERY DAY IS A DAY OF THANKSGIVING

WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR?

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Positively Blessed

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. — G.K. Chesterton

This Thanksgiving, I was visibly moved by the testimonies and attitudes of several citizens of Long Branch, New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Many who had lost everything but their lives, were questioned by a reporter about what they were thankful for this year (2012).

One by one, with unquestionable sincerity and gratitude, they gave surprising reasons for gratitude as they stood in front of storm– ravaged homes watching their prized possessions and life memories being moved to dumpsters and piled on garbage heaps. I was literally brought to tears as  one woman, seemingly without a second thought, said, “I’m grateful  that my husband and I are alive and safe.” She said, I don’t know where our next meal will come from. I’m just grateful we can share it together.” Another said , “It’s my daughter’s first birthday, then simply smiled and walked away. A firefighter whose home and local firehouse had been completely demolished said, he and his family would celebrate with their “sister” firehouse that had already become their second home. He added, “those guys are better cooks anyway.”  And, a restaurant owner whose Long Branch site was destroyed, invited everyone to celebrate at another of his locations.

Watching these brave citizens helped me realize how truly Blessed I am simply to be alive and that whatever I am going through pales in comparison.  I saw what it truly means to give thanks in ALL things and how to be “content in whatever state we find ourselves.”  Yes, I am positively Blessed.

Hard times and struggle seems to bring out the best in us. We tend to set aside our differences and to stand firmly on the common ground of simply being human–a beautiful sight, I might add. I don’t know why it takes the worst to bring out our best or why the threat of death causes us to appreciate life. Nor do I understand why many times, we must lose everything in order to gain an appreciation for anything. But here’s what I know: Life has a way of humbling us and bringing us to our knees. Poverty helps one appreciate prosperity. Opportunities to grow in love knock at the doors of chaos. And on a very personal note, I know that God’s Grace is sufficient for whatever we must endure.”

We have in us to withstand whatever life is able to do to us. Nothing can touch us except God allows it to be so. In fact, we don’t really know what we can endure until all hell breaks loose in our lives and we can say as did these citizens of Long Branch, New Jersey, “through hell and high water, we’re still here. We may be burdened, but nevertheless we are still positively Blessed. Even in the most difficult of times, if we do not give up, we will discover no matter how bad life seems, GOD is still positively GOOD.  HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!!!

PRAYER:  Thank you Father, for this pause to reflect on how positively Blessed I am in the face of the suffering of others. I “thank you for your power. It has resurrected me, over painful circumstances that my poor soul could not flee.” 

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