Thirsty Thursdays – Thanksgiving

Our most gracious, merciful, loving Heavenly Father, I come to you today in praise and thanksgiving.

I am so grateful for the bountiful blessings you have chosen to bestow upon me. Please forgive me when I take these for granted but today, Lord, I want to give you thanks for things that may seem strange in this world.

Thank you Lord for the times when I was afraid for they taught me that you are my strength and are faithful to hold me up with your righteous right hand.

Thank you Lord for the difficult people in my life, for they have taught me how wonderful your grace is towards me.

Thank you Lord for the times I have felt defeated, for they have taught me that you are my shield and the lifter of my head.

Thank you Lord for the times my heart has been broken, otherwise I may have never felt your sweet healing and experienced restoration in my soul.

Thank you Lord for the times I have felt lonely, for I have known your loving presence and felt the shelter of your strong arms.

Thank you Lord for failed crops, for where I planted the wrong seeds at the wrong times, you have shown me mercy.

Thank you Lord for the rain, for now I can fully appreciate the comfort of basking in your sun.

Thank you for the times I have felt weak, for your mighty strength has sustained me.

Thank you Lord for my trials, for they have refined my faith.

This day and always, I desire to give you all praise, honor and glory and to give you thanks in all things.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Giveaway!

We’re giving away TWO gifts for Thanksgiving! We’ll randomly choose from TWO people who comment below and share who they’re having Thanksgiving with and what your favorite Thanksgiving food is that you’re planning to have.

I plan to be at my grandparents house with aunts and uncles in Sanford, NC. I LOVE my Granny’s Irish mashed potatoes and my mom’s homemade pumpkin pie. (Oh and I do love cranberry sauce – not the fancy kind, just the kind from the can! :) )

Happy Thanksgiving!

(I’ll post the winners of the giveaway December 2nd here on the blog)

Here’s one giveawayScreen Shot 2014-11-25 at 11.15.15 PM

And the other is a “Keep Christ in Christmas” wall plaque.

(You must be able to pick up at our Bible study location in Anderson during one of the Bible study times)

Prayer Monday

Psalm 103

1 Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

I am praying for renewed hearts and lives this holiday season.  I pray you are reminded through your blessings to praise HIS holy name (Yahweh)!!  We are forgiven by his grace! I pray you find a time of repentance.  HE is full of love and compassion and I pray you are reminded of HIS great love for you !! I am praying you are reminded of all the many blessings you have been given during this thankful time of year.  May you continue to give thanks all year long!! Praise HIS holy and mighty name!! Our Yahweh, our prince of peace, our Savior, our Redeemer, JESUS!!! Amen!!

Thirsty Thursdays – Food for thought

I don’t know exactly where I got this but when I was a little girl I used to imagine a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other.  Simple but accurate to some degree. I now know that the devil is not just a figment of my imagination and represents my fleshly desires. I also know that non-believers can have a conscious, the angel so to speak, but it is more than that for the believer. It is the Holy Spirit’s conviction.

There is and always will be that constant battle between that old devil and our angel.This illustration may help.
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”  The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”  The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Consider who you are feeding. The devil? If so, you are in sin. Think you are getting by with it? Sin always has consequences. ALWAYS. It is ALWAYS dangerous to be in a state of disobedience. Mocking God is never a good thing. We are clearly told we will suffer the consequences. Or maybe even worse, someone else will have to pay for our sins.
Galatians 6:7-8 ESV Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

What can we do if we have been feeding that devil? Stop. Ask God to forgive you. Go and sin no more.  Then feed the angel by feasting on God’s word.
Jeremiah 15:16 Living Bible  Your words are what sustain me; they are food to my hungry soul. They bring joy to my sorrowing heart and delight me. How proud I am to bear your name, O Lord.
1 Corinthians 5:8 Living Bible  So let us feast upon him and grow strong in the Christian life, leaving entirely behind us the cancerous old life with all its hatreds and wickedness. Let us feast instead upon the pure bread of honor and sincerity and truth.

 Thanksgiving, a holiday centered around food, will be here soon. Even after a big holiday meal, my body will be hungry again sooner or later.  It doesn’t have to be that way with my soul.  John 6:35 (ESV) Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”

Let’s feed our souls and starve that old devil.

 

Prayer Monday

Ways to Pray When You Have a Hard Time Praying!!

Pray Anyway.

Choose to Listen.

Just say HIS Name.

Pray a Prayer of Praise.

Pray for Someone Else.

Pray for a Heart of Prayer.

Have Someone Pray for You.

Pray Different Prayers in Your Bible.

Pray Scripture Daily.

 

Seminary Lite

Thirsty Thursdays – Happy Holidays?

Happy Thanksgiving. Merry Christmas. With happy and merry as descriptive adjectives, these holidays are obviously a joyous time to celebrate all that we have to be thankful including the birth of Jesus Christ.  I know however, from personal experience, it’s not always the happy, merry time we would like.

A survey I found listed some causes of holiday depression:

  • Unfulfilled or unrealistic expectations.  I certainly have expected or hoped for a certain gift under the tree only to be disappointed when it wasn’t there.
  • Glorified advertising of dreamlike celebrations.  I don’t know about y’all but those sweet family scenes in those Publix commercials look like there is so much peace and tranquility around the Thanksgiving table.  Just never happened quite that way at my house.
  • Overexertion.  Who hasn’t overbooked themselves at Christmas, fought traffic, battled long lines and crowds and exhausted (and frustrated) themselves trying to put up all the decorations?
  • Added financial pressures. Seriously, has anyone ever underspent during the holidays?
  • Memories of lost loved ones.  No one is exempt from this. Holidays have a way of triggering memories and making grief fresh.
  • Loneliness. Even in the hustle and bustle of crowds, we can sometimes feel lonely. Isn’t that odd?
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder – Who else has experienced the effect of not enough sunlight? Not a fan of these shorter days.

Does any of that describe you? Are you feeling hopeful, happy, merry, joyful or as we head into this season are you being filled with a sense of dread? I suspect that even if we are feeling happy about the approaching holidays, most of us will experience some type of anxiety during this season.

Here’s a great quote by Lysa TerKeurst from her book Unglued:  “Feelings are indicators, not dictators. They can indicate where your heart is in the moment, but that doesn’t mean they have the right to dictate your behavior and boss you around. You are more than the sum total of your feelings and perfectly capable of that little gift . . . called self-control.”

“that little gift… called self-control” WOW. That means that we can take charge of our feelings.  What a great gift to unwrap before Christmas. It’s a gift we can give the guy who cuts us off in traffic or the lady who shoves ahead of us in line.  It’s a gift we can give our loved ones. It’s a gift that we can give to our own hearts.  In the midst of our loneliness, or grief or weariness or stress, we don’t have to let our emotions be our master.

Let’s be different this holiday season. There is no room for sadness when we are filled with thanksgiving for God’s perfect gift.  Anxieties and loneliness can only melt away when we feed on the perfect truth of God’s word and focus on the glad tidings of Jesus’ birth and the good news of our salvation. Feast on the joy of this season. Gobble up God’s goodness.  Stuff ourselves with cheer and not downheartedness.  Choose to have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas.

Proverbs 25:28 (ESV) A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.

Our Prayer Life

Thanksgiving Challenge Week 2

So today’s thanksgiving challenge is a little more involved. I’m wondering who will find things throughout their day to be thankful for that correspond with every letter of the alphabet. (And no, I don’t mean apples, balloons, cats, etc. :) )

Keep it in mind all day and see if you can come up with specific things that apply to your life for every letter. Would love to hear your results in the comments! Post even if you didn’t come up with every letter in the alphabet!

I’ll be on the lookout today too. I can’t wait to see your answers!

Prayer Monday

Prayer for Wisdom

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5

Have you ever struggled with a decision?? How did you go about finding a solution ?? Did you ask your spouse, your friends, co-workers, or parents ?? What about God? Are you going straight to the source for wisdom ?? Or are you seeking advice elsewhere?? We need to be wise and seek wisdom by praying and seeking God directly as well as reading Gods word and seeking wisdom from scriptures!  I am currently praying for wisdom on how to be a more supportive spouse.  God has shown me a few scriptures and ways for this to happen!  I am thankful for a faith and a God who provides me with wisdom when I seek and ask Him!!! I am Praying for you to have wisdom in your heart and life as you seek to follow Christ in all of your decisions!! I would be glad to pray specifically for you if you would like, just leave a comment below.

Prayer reminders:  Pray for Deanna, Meredith, Life guides, Finances, Sisterhood, December Link Event, and Our 2015 plan for WLF.