Attitude Of Gratitude

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:15-16

Nothing promotes health of body and soul more than a spirit of gratitude and praise. It is a positive duty to resist melancholy, discontented thoughts and feelings; as much a duty as it is to pray. If we are heaven-bound, how can we go as a band of mourners, groaning and complaining all along the way to our Father’s house?

Do you have an attitude of gratitude? Do you remember to say thank you to God whenever He does something for you; answering a prayer, sending a friend to comfort you, helping you solve a problem creatively, or granting you wisdom? Naturally it isn’t difficult to give thanks when blessings are being showered on us. But the Bible says to give thanks in everything. How do we give thanks when trouble is overwhelming us? Hebrews 13 discusses giving a “sacrifice of praise.” Praise becomes a sacrifice when we thank God in times of trouble.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:5-7

Gratitude goes deeper than thanksgiving. It says that I have my priorities in order. That I love the One who blesses me even more than His blessings. When you are depressed, make a list of your blessings; it will change your focus. Choose to fill your mind and thoughts with your blessings. Feeling an appreciation for those blessings can change the way you feel and brighten your spirit during difficult times. Having a grateful heart during tough times is a tremendous testimony to others of God’s grace. As believers we always have something to be thankful for. Through the gift of His Son, Jesus, we have a loving relationship with God that will last forever. His mercies are new every morning, and we have the assurance of knowing we are never alone.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love is eternal.” Psalm 136:1

Ask God how He can use you to make a difference in the lives of others. Although our needs may have multiplied, there are many who lack even the basic necessities. Our God will guide and provide if we are willing to serve. There are life-lifting benefits of an “Attitude of Gratitude. So with hearts filled with gratitude and contentment, let’s not forget the gracious gifts of the Most High God.

“Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it.”

Dear Father, thank you for all the many blessings you give to me every day here on earth. Please give me a thankful heart and may I remember your Word that reminds me to give thanks in all circumstances. Gratefully in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Sweet Blessings

RSVP Heaven


By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” Revelation 19:9

Some of the happiest moments of our lives are spent around a banquet table. Milestones are celebrated there, friendships grow deeper, and relationships are renewed. Could this be why Jesus so frequently used this image to describe heaven? God is planning the ultimate party called the Bridal Feast of the Lamb. It’s the celebration of the union of Jesus Christ and the church, everyone who have believed in Jesus while on earth. It has been a longtime in the planning and the experience of it will be unequaled!

“Hearing this, a man sitting at the table with Jesus exclaimed, ‘What a privilege it would be to have a share in the Kingdom of God!” Luke 14:15

If you have been putting off your response, your RSVP, or if you presume that you can enter heaven without responding to Christ’s invitation, one day you will deeply regret it. You need to turn away from all your offenses so that sin will not be your downfall. Take responsibility for your sin and commit to change those wrong actions and attitudes because the Lord has set a day to judge all people. The joy and happiness of that banquet are worth the sacrifice of any worldly priority. Have you said yes to Christ’s invitation to join Him at the wedding feast and spend eternity with Him in His House? If so, you have reason to rejoice, Heaven’s Gates will be opened to you.

“Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them, they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be there God.” Revelation 21:3

Heaven is a real place. It’s where Jesus lives and waits for those He loves to come to Him. It’s a place of joy and love and hope, a place where all of God’s children, young and old, will stay and be happy forever. Our Lord is preparing a resurrection feast, celebrating the conquering of Satan, sin, death and hell, through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ on the cross. The invitation to come into our Father’s House has been extended to everyone through Jesus Christ at the Cross. If you refuse, the door to Heaven will be closed. Have you ‘RSVP’ your invitation yet?

“Oh God, Thank You for inviting us to a share in Your Kingdom. Give us the courage to say ‘yes’ to Your Invitation and ‘no’ to excuses that would hinder us from the feast You’ve prepared for us. Amen.

Sweet Blessings

Writing God’s Word In Your Heart

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua 1:8

One of the difficult things about aging or even having such busy lives is that we often have a harder time remembering things. Most of us have a ‘to do’ list just so we can remember to do all the things that we deem important to our daily living. Sometimes forgetting where we put the list! Have you ever had someone come up to you in a store and start talking to you like they were your very best friend? ‘Blank’ then you go home and spend several days…and nights trying to remember where you knew them from. Not to worry! These are normal progressions of life. However…‘what if we forget God’s word’!

“and it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites.” Deuteronomy 17:18

In Deuteronomy 17:18 God tells the King; “he shall write a copy of this law”. God is telling him to write the laws in a book so he would remember them. That’s exactly what we need to do with the scripture. We need to write down every scripture that we receive from the Holy Spirit so that we will be able to remember it always. There is a direct link to what we remember and what we absorb. When we take the time to write scriptures down we are absorbing it into our heart. We not only remember it but we live it.

“And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them.” Deuteronomy 17:19

Psalms 119:18 says that “the word is full of wondrous things” Challenge yourself to write the word on paper everyday and meditate on it, then you will begin to live the word. Truly live it! Write it on paper so you can remember it in your heart. It will give you peace when you heart is broken, strength when you fail, comfort when you hurt and shelter in your storms. When you read the Bible, you read a message from God Himself and then you will be blessed by a closer relationship with Him.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105

Sweet Blessings

Give Thanks for Everything

by Kim McDougal

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” -Philippians 4:6 (NLT)

Can we really thank God for everything? I’m not just talking here about the blessings of God upon our lives, I’m talking about the conflicts and trials we go through as well. Can we really thank God for those too? I believe so. Let me explain. In our humanness, we wouldn’t want to go through sickness, depression, anxiety, financial woes, relationship problems, fear, betrayal, job problems, etc. We would want to avoid all these things and yet we cannot. However, the trials and tribulations we go through have a purpose and sometimes God is the only one who knows and understands that purpose. We are merely asked to trust Him and thank Him anyway. In my own life, we went through a 4-year battle with our income and health. We lost 80% of our clients, hubby got injured and couldn’t work, and we got behind on every bill. We nearly lost our livelihood many times during that period. Fear, anxiety, depression, frustration, and anger were sitting and having dinner with us every night. We prayed so much and so hard. This trial affected us in many ways that I wouldn’t want anyone to go through. Yet, after coming through all that still standing, and with the victory of having a more meager lifestyle that we are able to better afford, I realized something. I’m not afraid of poverty anymore.

You see God used that experience to rid me of my fear that we would be homeless. Not having gone through the financial strains, I might still have a lot of fear in my life. God had a purpose for that. So, though I don’t like problems….I know that when they come God has a purpose and a plan. I can thank Him for being with me through my troubles. I can thank Him in advance for hearing my concerns and taking care of the situation for me. I can thank Him for the many past trials that He won on my behalf. I can thank Him for taking care of me many times when I had no idea of how much He did for me that I couldn’t see. The enemy would have loved to take me out, BUT GOD wouldn’t let me be destroyed. My troubles brought me to my knees in prayer bringing me closer to my Savior so yes I can thank God for even the trials and tribulations. You can too.

Our God Reigns

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith.”
Hebrews 10:19–22

Easter is the day we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ rising from the grave. It is the most important day on the Christian calendar. In a world often devoid of hope, the resurrection offers abundant hope for the living. This is the event that conquered sin… it conquered death… and it made it possible for you and me to have a personal relationship with God! Because of Jesus sacrifice, you and I don’t have to be chained with the shackles of sin. We are free to live the life God intended for us to have.

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live.” John 11:25

Jesus looked beyond all his suffering, shame and death that he knew was to come and focused on the joy that would come from his sacrifice. What a wonderful God we serve who honors sinners like us. He rejoices when we respond to him through repentance, love, and good works that bring honor and glory to him. Our risen Lord will give us a new heart and put a new spirit within us. He will give us new knowledge, new comfort, new peace, and a new life in Him.

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him, endured the cross, scorning its shame, and set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

It’s been such a long time since the resurrection of Christ but it’s the one thing that gives us hope. The one thing that makes our Christian life worth living. Everything about Christianity hinges on that one event in time. I pray that I always remember to tell others about what Christ did for me. God calls us to share the joy and victory of the resurrection of Christ with others. If you have put your faith in Christ, then Easter means that you will live forever in the presence of God.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16

Wishing you a blessed Easter

Loving Who You Are…

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

 

‘Mirror, Mirror On The Wall’ Have you ever looked in a mirror and felt like you were ugly? I think, as women we tend to be very critical of ourselves. Why then is it so easy to look at other women and see the beauty in them? Maybe that can be explained because we don’t love ourselves. So many of us have had a terrible childhood and grew up feeling unworthy of loving anyone, including ourselves… This is a lie of Satan! 
 
If a child grows up in an environment of criticism, the child will learn to be critical. We can’t love others if we disrespect ourselves. What does God teach us about loving ourselves and others? “For no man ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and carefully protects and cherishes it.” Ephesians 5:29
 
In order to love those around us, we must first learn how to love ourselves. Satan wants us to dislike ourselves so we wont be able to love others. We have to learn how to create feelings of self worth, approval, acceptance and trust. Then we will be able to love who we are and love other people that surrounds us. The whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself”. Galatians 5:14
 
I suggest that we practice looking into our mirrors everyday and saying this prayer… ‘Lord Jesus, give me an overwhelming love and acceptance for myself. Help me to see the beauty in me that you see. Please help me to love myself so that I may show your love to others.Thank you for creating me so perfect in your image.’
 
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.” Psalms 139:13
 
                                                                Sweet Blessings

Why Do We Worship Him?

by Sis. Kim McDougal

“Day after day and night after night they keep on saying, ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty—the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.”’ – Revelation 4:8 (NLT)

Worshipping God goes so much further than thanking Him. Oh, nothing wrong at all with, “thank you Father for the food I eat”, “thank you Father for a place to stay.” But worship is “Father, I love you because you’re Holy, you are an awesome God, I lift your name on high, you are ever present with us, thank you God for your Holy Spirit that’s inside me…” Even singing praises to Him for He is holy…all is worship. During worship, we’re not bringing a long list of concerns before Him. We’re expressing our deep love for who He is and what He’s done by becoming our beloved Savior. I love to worship Him and not just in Sunday morning service, but when I’m at home or driving in the car. I love to sing songs to Him for He has done more for me anyone ever could. He literally snatched me out of the darkness and put me in His light and now I am truly free to live. No longer and I’m bound in drugs, heavy metal music, lovers who never intended to give their life to the Lord, self-destructive habits, suicide, depression, and anger. I am free from these horrible habits and I can worship the Lord forever.

What has the Lord done for you? Worship Him. If you feel like He hasn’t done anything for you…look around then…you’re alive to see the sun or the rain. You can hear the birds chirping, you can walk today, you can talk to someone today, you can give God thanks for protecting you throughout the night. There are things God does we’re not even aware of sometimes. Thank Him for loving you. He does love you. Life may not be fair and God never promised it would be, but what He did promise was He would with you even to the end of the age. That’s more than enough for me to worship Him. One day we’ll get to see Him for ourselves, the Holy One, the Prince of Peace.