March 12, 2018

Choosing Gratitude: Chapter 6

Welcome to the Choosing Gratitude study! If you’re not sure what this is all about, we’re studying through Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. See the Introduction for more details. How Can I Say Thanks? We're finally getting to the heart of having a gratitude attitude -- how can we make it happen? Here are some practical steps we can take to make it an actual lifestyle. 1. Speak Up Tell people when you're thankful for them, or for something they've done! If you don't voice it, they don't know. For example, thank your pastor when he preaches an exceptionally encouraging or convicting message -- he won't know it was effective, if you don't say anything. Or thank that neighbor [...Read More]

A Blended Psalm of Praise

  A Psalm. For giving grateful praise.   Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. SHOUT for JOY to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness, come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord, HE IS GOD! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD IS GOOD; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness continues [...Read More]

Still Giving Thanks?

Thanksgiving's over. But are you still giving thanks? You're probably mired in Christmas shopping, decorating, baking, and who-knows-how-many-other activities. Your kids are clamoring for toys. Your friends are pleading for your time. Your family wants more of you, more of stuff, and just more in general. And it's so easy to get overwhelmed with the rush of the holiday season. It's easy to start grumbling at your never-ending lists and never-full-enough bank account. It's easy to get discouraged and unhappy with what you have -- or perhaps with what you don't have. To feel like there's "never enough" time or resources. To feel like "everything goes wrong" when you most need it to go [...Read More]

Come Thou Fount (paraphrased)

Sometimes I like to write out hymns in my own words. Because, though I sing them every week at church (and sometimes in between), I don't always think about what I'm singing. I know the words, but I might not truly understand the message. So I write them in my own words. I personalize their depths of truth. I offer them as heartfelt prayers to my heavenly Father. Recently I did this with Come, Thou Fount, a well-known hymn penned by Robert Robinson in 1758. I discovered two lesser-known verses to the hymn, and included those in my paraphrase, simply because of the depths of praise in their words. So as you read through this, can I suggest that you offer it as your own prayer of praise? [...Read More]

I Am Wonderfully Made!

Raise your hand if you ever feel like whining or complaining about being sick. *waves hand wildly* I've been dealing with a chronic illness (for which there is treatment but no cure) for about five years now. And lately I've had a whole laundry list of "nuisance" problems to deal with as well. And I haven't felt the slightest bit like being cheerful in the midst of it all. Just ask my husband - I've complained. I've whined. I've felt sorry for myself. Don't we all do that? Whether you're dealing with a long-term illness or something as simple as springtime allergies, isn't it so easy to complain about it? To wonder why God is allowing you to feel so lousy? To be preoccupied and miserably [...Read More]