Friday, August 29, 2014

Coffee and Forgiveness

A blanket of fog on the runway had caused a three-hour delay. I boarded the plane and settled wearily into my seat. How good it would be to get back to home and loved ones!

Midway through the flight, I was engrossed in conversation with a fellow passenger named Robert, when a young woman passed by in the aisle, swinging her purse behind her. It knocked my cup of coffee right into my lap, splashing my jacket and running down the legs of my jeans. I grabbed as many tissues and napkins as I could find, mopped up what I could, and resigned myself to the fact that the rest of the mess would remain until I got home. Only then did I glance down the aisle at the girl responsible for the mishap. She was waiting outside the toilet, oblivious to the minor catastrophe she had caused in seat 25C.

Robert had been telling me about how hard it was for him to forgive someone who had hurt his family. His account was laced with anger and bitterness, and I searched for words that would help him.

“You know, that girl who spilled my coffee all over me didn’t see what she did,” I said, “so I guess I can’t expect an apology. But now I have the choice to let this incident ruin the rest of my trip, or move on and not let it dominate my thoughts and emotions. Either way, it’s not going to be easy living with the ramifications of what happened until I get home, shower, and change clothes, but God can help me rise above these circumstances if I ask Him to. So that’s what I’ll do.”

Robert nodded. “That’s a fitting illustration,” he said sheepishly.

The happy ending of this story is that Robert prayed and accepted Jesus as his Savior. Now he has Jesus’ presence in his life, and Jesus will help him have more love, mercy, and understanding for others. For Robert, the road to freedom from bitterness began with one step—receiving Jesus. The wonderful truth is that Jesus offers the same to anyone who asks.

Matthew 6:14-15 NIV - For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Matthew 18: 21-22 NIV – Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times? “Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

2 Corinthians 2:5-8 NIV – If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you to some extent—not to put it too severely. The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient. Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him.

Sharp-End Christianity

Iraq is steeped in history. It is the site of the Garden of Eden, of the Great Flood and the birthplace of Abraham. Tread lightly there.’ With these words, Colonel Tim Collins sent the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment into battle in 2003. Eleven bloody years later, some parts of the cradle of civilisation are struggling to retain civility.

Earlier this month, Canon Andrew White, the Vicar of Baghdad, appeared on 'Newsnight' to describe the plight of minorities in the north of the country. He told viewers that his church was regularly a centre of worship, relief and medical care to a range of minorities - Sunni, Mandaeans, Yazidis and Christians. He also said that he and his co-religionists were in the north of Iraq to help those suffering at the hands of Islamist extremists. ‘Despite us being Christian, we are there for everybody. Everybody is being massacred and slaughtered,’ he said. ‘What they are experiencing is worse than you can imagine.’

Just days later, Canon White reported via Twitter that a five-year-old Christian boy was slaughtered during an attack by the Islamic State on the Christian town of Qara Qosh. ‘I’ve just had somebody in my room whose little child was cut in half,’ he said. ‘I baptised his child in my church in Baghdad. This little boy, they named him after me - he was called Andrew.’

In the comfort of Andrew White’s English homeland, where the only bombardment faced is of news reports and images, it is easy to feel helpless. It is easy to give up - mentally to abandon these people and others like them in the world’s troubled regions.

We can, though, give money to humanitarian relief efforts. And we can pray. Andrew White says that he and his congregation pray for protection, provision and perseverance. 'The War Cry' invites readers to join in those prayers.

UK & Ireland War Cry August 2014

Ruth 2 --- Naomi and her daughter-in-law, Ruth, return to Bethlehem.

Read Ruth 2

- V1&3, was this coincidence, or do you think this was all part of God’s plan? Is it possible that some apparent coincidences may actually be a part of God’s plan, and yet we will never be aware of that fact?

- V12, to what extent might this verse summarise the story of Ruth?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Teaching Children to Control Negative Feelings

Raising children is no easy task, and there are no shortcuts. The ever-shifting ocean of emotions that children go through at various ages and stages poses one of the greatest challenges to parents. Here are a few things that I have found helpful in teaching my children to deal with the negative emotions they experience.

Encouraging positive traits such as kindness, appreciation, gratefulness, integrity, and unselfishness at an early age will help prepare them to deal with negative situations they will encounter later.

Reading or watching classics that show the rewards of being positive and solution oriented—Pollyanna and Heidi, for example—impart important life lessons in an enjoyable, memorable way.

Being a friend and confidante in good times makes it easier to discuss and find solutions together when problems arise.

Older children can be shown the futility of giving in to negative emotions. Balance reasoning with lots of encouragement, as well as humor when appropriate.

When I notice negative trends in my children, I first ask myself if they are a reflection of what they see in me. If so, we talk about it from that angle and agree to work on it together. For instance, I’m prone to stress and the negativity it can lead to, but explaining that has helped us avoid problem situations. They understand now that it triggers a negative reaction when they stay up too late or don’t clean their rooms, so they give me more cooperation at those critical times.

When I feel overwhelmed, I stop and pray. That has at least four good effects: It releases frustration, puts things in perspective, gives God an opportunity to straighten out my mess, and serves as a lesson to my children on crisis management.

My husband and I try to not be too quick to provide our children with solutions to the problems and frustrations that cause them to get negative, but rather to help them define the problem and find their own solutions. Games that teach problem solving are also helpful.

There are upsides to most negative situations. When children are discouraged or become negative over something that has happened, try to steer their thinking toward the positive aspects. Again, if they can reach these conclusions themselves, it’s usually more effective than you providing the answers for them.

Proverbs 4:23 ESV - Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

Isaiah 26:3 ESV - You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

Philippians 4:8-9 ESV – Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Ruth 1 --- Naomi and her daughter-in-law, Ruth, return to Bethlehem.

Read Ruth 1

- V15, What do you make of Naomi saying this about the Moabite gods? Do you think she mentioned them to try and attract Ruth into going back to her own home, or was she simply stating a matter of fact about Orpah?

- V21, Do you think the Lord really had brought this upon Naomi, or that this was merely the way she felt about it? Which would be better?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Rage Route

According to research, nine out of ten motorists admit to having experienced road rage to one degree or another, from excessive honking and abusive gestures to physical attack. Aggressive driving contributes to a third of motor accidents. When the Old Testament prophet Nahum saw a vision—about 2,600 years ago—of “chariots raging in the streets, jostling one another in the broad roads,” he could well have been seeing this modern phenomenon.

Anger is, of course, neither a new condition nor limited to driving. Everyone has experienced how a minor nuisance can easily grow into an irritation, then an annoyance, and finally cause us to erupt in fury. When that happens, the consequences are not usually very happy for us or for those around us.

There is an interesting example in the Bible of a man who lost a lot through anger. After Moses had led the Israelites out of Egypt, they were forced to survive for years in the wilderness. On one occasion when they were desperately in need of water, God instructed Moses to speak to a rock, promising him that water would come out. However, Moses had lost patience with the people’s incessant complaining, despite all the miracles God had already done to protect and supply for them, so instead of simply saying the words that he had been instructed to, Moses struck the rock in frustration. Water came gushing out, as God had said it would, and everyone’s thirst was quenched. However, this display of temper cost Moses dearly. God told him, “Because you did not believe Me”—Moses’ impatience showed that he didn’t believe things would work out if he simply did what God had told him to do—“therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.” In the end, Moses was only allowed to see the Promised Land from a nearby mountaintop before he died. As Roman emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius wrote, “Our anger and impatience often prove much more mischievous than the things about which we are angry or impatient.” Besides the strain on our relationships with others, medical research shows that negative emotions can damage our blood vessels, increase the likelihood of heart attacks, and reduce our resistance to infections, among other problems.

The good news is that we don’t have to keep traveling on the rage route. Peace of mind is within our reach if we will only pause, pray, and remain positive.

Reflections on the route back from rage

1. Pause and put things in perspective.

We’ve all experienced the feeling of being rejected or hurt by someone’s words or actions. Depending on how close you are to that person, there are varying degrees of how painful it is or how much it affects you. When it’s a pretty serious hurt, it’s often hard to think rationally. It’s natural to become hardened or bitter or resentful, or to be overwhelmingly discouraged or despondent, or to get angry with the person, or to retaliate. The problem is, because you’re hurt, you often don’t have a very clear perspective on the situation, yet the way you handle it at the time has a great bearing on the long-term outcome.—Maria Fontaine

When you have been pushed to the point that you’re about to scream, step back from the situation for a few minutes. Breathe deeply. Try to see things in perspective. Then face the world again.—Mottos for Success

Put time into proper perspective. Every difficult experience you may be dealing with now, circumstances that tend to make you angry and bitter, will in time pass away.—Jim Henry

The greatest remedy for anger is delay.—Seneca the Younger

2. Ask God for help.

At the end of every day, take stock. If anger or any other negative emotion is in your heart, ask God to take it away. He will.—Mottos for Success

Do you sometimes feel that you are in a deep hole? And what’s more, do you feel that somebody just keeps throwing dirt on you? You can turn the bad to good by looking up and seeing that Jesus is there through it all. Take His hand. Ask Him to pull you up and to help you see His purpose in it all. He can help you see the events around you from His perspective. He can give you His calm and stop the panic. And then He can help you find solutions that will enable you to step triumphantly out of that deep well and onto the path of a brighter tomorrow.—Chloe West

Relax and let go of everything as you enter into God’s presence. You can relax and let go of everything, precisely because God is present. In His presence nothing [else] really matters; all things are in His hands. Tension, anxiety, worry,frustration all melt away before Him, as snow before the sun.—James Borst

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.—Isaiah 26:3

3. Make an effort to adopt a positive thought pattern.

May I forget what ought to be forgotten; and recall, unfailing, all that ought to be recalled, each kindly thing, forgetting what might sting.—Mary Carolyn Davies

When I forgive, I am not to carry any bullets forward on the journey. I am to empty out all my explosives, all my ammunition of anger and revenge. I am not to “bear any grudge.”

I cannot meet this demand. It is altogether beyond me. I might utter words of forgiveness, but I cannot reveal a clear, bright, blue sky without a touch of storm brewing anywhere.

But the Lord of grace can do it for me. He can change my weather. He can create a new climate. He can “renew a right spirit within me,” and in that new atmosphere nothing shall live which seeks to poison and destroy. Grudges shall die and revenge shall give place to goodwill, the strong genial presence which makes its home in the new heart.—J. H. Jowett

The battlefield is the mind. The Bible says, “As [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he.”  People who emphasize positive thinking or the power of the mind can go a long way with that, but they won’t go as far as they could unless they also ask God to change them within through His miracle-working power. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”—Maria Fontaine

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.—Ephesians 4:31–32

4. Turn good thoughts into good actions.

There is a strong connection between thinking the right thoughts and doing the right things. You must act on the victory, live the victory, and let the change be manifested in your actions, not just your thoughts. If you’ve prayed against anger, for example, then you have to accept the victory by not only entertaining positive thoughts, but also by acting on those thoughts. Even if it would have been impossible to do such things before, if you’ll exercise your faith by trying, you’ll see Jesus come through for you. What you weren’t able to do before will be possible, because He will have changed you. As you do what He shows you day by day to live your victory, you’ll see it manifested more and more in your reactions, actions, and daily life.

Positive thoughts are not enough. They must become action. They must translate into positive deeds. As you combine your new thought patterns and reactions with behavior that reflects the victory Jesus has given you, you will go from strength to strength.—Maria Fontaine

If you know all this, blessed are you if you act accordingly.—John 13:17 WEY

Psalm 37:8 ESV - Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.

James 1:20 ESV – For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Proverbs 15:1 ESV – A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Judges 16 --- Samson falls for Delilah, and the Philistine temple falls on Samson

Read Judges 16

- V4, Why do you think we are introduced to Delilah by name, and yet we are not told the name of Samson’s chosen wife, nor his mother?

- V4-6, We are told that Samson fell in love with Delilah. Do you think she loved him? Do you think she loved him BUT loved her fellow Philistines more?...Or do you think she was driven by the money?

- V7, Does Samson’s response reveal his lack of trust in Delilah?

- V7-14, numerous times it must have been clear that Delilah was trying to trap Samson. Do you think his love had blinded him of this, or did he enjoy the challenge/mockery of the Philistines?

- V16-17, What eventually made Samson cave in to Delilah’s request, and how could he have avoided this?

- V20, How was the Lord’s presence linked to his hair cut?

- V23, How would this reflect on the Name of the Almighty God?

- V25-30, What message would this send to the rest of the Philistines about their god?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Living with Praise

Merlin Carothers has held both distinguished and dishonorable titles in his 85 years: AWOL soldier, black marketer, demolition expert, presidential bodyguard, master parachutist, Methodist pastor, army chaplain, civil air patrol pilot. He served in the U.S. Army in Europe, Korea, Vietnam, and the Dominican Republic.

He has jumped out of an airplane 90 times. And yet, he says that discovering the power of praise-filled prayer has been one of the most exciting experiences of his life. He has written over a dozen books that recount hundreds of cases where illnesses have been healed, mental health has been restored, broken relationships have been mended, and other “impossible” situations have resulted in miracles—all through the power of God released through praise to God.

I sat down with Merlin in his San Diego, California, office to discuss his experiences.

Julia Kelly: After you found Jesus, how did you find what you believed God wanted you to do with your life?

Merlin Carothers: I knew the moment I became a Christian that I was called to spread the word—to tell others about God’s love and power. I had no idea how or where or when, but I knew that was what I was supposed to do.

Was there ever a time when it seemed praise wasn’t paying off, but God surprised you?
My wife Mary and I had been pastors of a church in California for four years when circumstances forced us to leave. I struggled over that. Why had the Lord led us to work there and then taken it away? How could that have been God’s will? Just a couple of weeks later I got a call from a man who ran a television station in Los Angeles. He said he wanted to do some programs on praise, and he would do them for free. After the first 10 programs, he wanted to do more, until finally we had done 200. I could never have afforded to produce those on my own. God had taken a “bad” situation and worked another of His marvels.

Has your relationship with the Lord changed much as you’ve grown older?
I’ve come to realize the grace of God more and more. I always believed, of course, that God forgives, but I didn’t understand how, when we fail Him, that doesn’t cause Him to love us any less. If a wife hurts her husband, he may say he forgives her and truly mean it, but what she did will still be in his mind and he will probably worry that she might do it again. God isn’t like that. When He forgives, He forgets.

How long did it take to learn to put these praise principles into practice?
Learning to praise is a lifelong process. I’ve been at it for so many years that it comes a bit more naturally now, but it wasn’t easy at first, because it was such a foreign concept. I had studied the Bible all of my Christian life, but it took me a long time to understand how God kept emphasizing: “Trust that I am working for your good. Don’t ever doubt that or be afraid, and I’ll do above and beyond all you could ask or hope for.” (Romans 8:28; Deuteronomy 31:8; Ephesians 3:20) And He always has!

How have you spent your time since retiring?
I’ve retired from being a pastor, but I believe I’m supposed to work for the Lord until the day I die. My hero, John Wesley [1703–1791], did that, and he was nearly 88 when he died. He was up at four o’clock every morning for prayer, then he got on his horse and went out to preach. Now I mainly write. The Lord speaks to me about some topic and says, “This is troubling people, so write about it.” Some of the things I write seem ultra-simple, but those are often the things that touch people the most. Mary says I’ll be writing on the way to the morgue.

What advice would you give to those facing hardships such as job loss, who fear the future?
It’s very difficult to talk to people who are in the throes of financial distress. I don’t ever tell them, “I want you to thank the Lord for your distress,” because that would turn anybody off. What I tell them is to first pray that God will take care of them, and then I try to help them believe that He will. Some have asked me if this principle of praise isn’t just another way to talk about the power of positive thinking. Far from it. Praising God for every circumstance does not mean we close our eyes to the difficulties. When we praise God, we thank Him for our situation, not in spite of it. We are not trying to avoid our dilemmas. Rather, Jesus is showing us a way to overcome them.—Merlin Carothers, Prison to Praise

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Psalm 147:1-2 ESV – Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.

Psalm 136:1-2 ESV – Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever;

Psalms 96:1 KJV – O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.

Judges 15 --- Samson and the Philistines trade blows

Read Judges 15

- V1-2, It would seem that Samson’s actions toward his wife and best man had been misinterpreted. Have your actions or words ever been misinterpreted? How did this make you feel, and what, if anything, can be done to avoid it?

- V3-17, this story appears to be a recurring round of revenge, and counter-revenge. What are we to make of this?

Monday, August 25, 2014

“This Is Good!”

An African folktale

The story is told of an African king and his close friend, who had grown up together. The king’s friend had a habit of looking at every situation positively and remarking, “This is good!”

One day the king went on a hunting expedition, and he gave his friend the job of loading his guns and handing them to him. Apparently the friend did something wrong at some point, because one gun misfired and blew the king’s thumb off.

“This is good!” the king’s friend remarked as usual.

“No, this is not good!” the king replied, and he sent his friend to jail.

About a year later, the king was hunting in an area that he shouldn’t have ventured into. Cannibals captured him and took him to their village. They tied his hands, bound him to a stake in the ground, and stacked firewood around his feet. However, just as they were about to set fire to the wood, they noticed that the king was missing a thumb. The cannibals had a superstition that forbad them from eating anyone who was less than whole, so they untied the king and sent him on his way.

As the king traveled home, he was reminded of the event that had taken his thumb, and he regretted the way he had treated his friend. He went straight to the jail and released his friend.

“You were right,” the king said. “It was good that my thumb was blown off.” And he proceeded to tell his friend about his brush with death. “I am sorry for sending you to jail for so long,” he said. “That was very bad of me!”

“No,” his friend replied, “this is good!”

“What do you mean, ‘This is good’? How could it be good that I sent my friend to jail for a year?”

“If I had not been in jail,” the king’s friend replied, “I would have been with you.”

Romans 12:21 ESV - Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Psalm 37:3 ESV - Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.

Hebrews 13:16 ESV - Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Judges 14 --- Samson takes on a lion, gets married, and tells a riddle

Read Judges 14

- V1-4, After the message from the Lord, and their careful upbringing of Samson, how difficult must it have been for the parents when asked to secure him a Philistine wife?

- V4, Do we sometimes struggle to see God’s will in events which occur today?

- How can we decipher between what God makes happen, and what He allows to happen?

- Does His will remain ‘on course’ no matter what we do?

- If so, what difference does obedience to His will make?

- Is obedience to God more about developing our own character than helping God’s will to be achieved?

- V20, Samson’s wife had tricked him, but only to save the lives of her family from fire!...So why do you think Samson gave her to his best man instead?...How important is trust within a marriage?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Sun Still Shines

As far back as I can remember, I didn’t like cloudy days, especially in wintertime. They seemed endless and without hope, chilling both body and soul.

Still, they are a part of life, so I decided to learn to like them—and now I do. My secret? Actually I have several.

Sometimes I take advantage of those days to bake a cake, cookies, or some other treat to enjoy with my coffee. The entire house smells of freshly brewed coffee and homemade goodies, and that creates a warm, satisfied feeling.

I’ve also learned that I can help brighten the day by what I wear, like a favorite brightly colored sweater or a little extra jewelry.

Most of all I’ve learned to thank God for those days. I’m still not crazy about them, but I have a warm house that doesn’t leak, a cozy bed, food on the table, and someone to enjoy my blessings with.

Not too long ago, I was out on one of those gloomy days. Although it was overcast, I didn’t expect it to actually rain, so hadn’t taken an umbrella. Mid-morning I was 25 blocks from home when I was caught in a downpour. By the time I got home, I was sure I had more water in my clothes and hair than was left in the clouds. A hot shower and lunch put it all behind me, though, and I felt much better.

When I had been caught in the rain, I had prayed for all the people who were at that moment victims of some disaster. Not a disaster like burning the chicken or having their hair dye turn out wrong—I mean a real disaster like being left homeless by an earthquake, with no hot shower, dry clothes, and warm meal to set things right.

When bad weather or some other circumstance has you down, praying for others who have it worse puts things in perspective and does the soul good, like a hot shower warms the body after getting caught in the rain, or the smell of homemade cake lifts the gloom of a dark day. When we remember that we have a very big God who sees and knows everything, who loves us dearly, and who will never let us be tested beyond what He knows we can handle with His help, this lifts the spirit, like the aroma of freshly brewed coffee.

Even when the sky is overcast, the sun is still shining above the clouds. That’s a fact. The clouds might keep us from seeing it, but it’s there, just as round and bright as on any other day. When darkness closes in around us, the sunshine of God’s love is still there, as constant as ever, waiting for just the right moment to dissipate the clouds and warm our souls once again.

Romans 15:13 ESV – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Romans 8:24 ESV - For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?

Jeremiah 17:7 ESV - Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.

Prayer Points

1. Please pray for Bro Jerry and Sis Margaret

2. Please pray for one another in your prayer - Spiritual Growth, Challenges in Life, School, etc, especially those that are not feeling well. Encouraging one another in Christ likeness.

3. Please pray for various ministry that going well bring forward fruitful result

4. Please pray for Penang Children's Home Open Day

• Pray for our Territorial leaders, Cols Lyndon & Bronywn, Lt Cols Paul & Evelyn, as they direct and lead God's Army in this Territory

• Stand in the gap for Majors Bo & Christina as they settle and begin their new appointment in Myanmar.

• Capt Ken and Neva will be pioneering work in Thailand. Ask God to strengthen them and seek Lord for His will for this startup.


Old Testament 150 Reading Challenge within 7 months, reading just 5 chapters per week: Look out for it at the Church website.

Territorial Music and Arts School: Date: 15th - 20th September 2014, Age group: 13-30 yrs. Fees: RM100.00, Venue: Kin Tick Orchard Village Bukit Bentong

BOUNDLESS, THE WHOLE WORLD PRAYING Date: 24th Aug 2014 Time: 5-6:00pm Venue: Your convenient location

24 hours praying Date: 23th Aug 2014 Time: 12 mid - 12 mid Venue: Community Hall

Penang Open Day Date: 18th Oct 2014 Time: 8am - 2pm Venue: Penang Children's Home. Help needed to sell coupons, please look for Lt. Fiona

Saturday, August 23, 2014

That’s Life!

A prayer of thanksgiving

Jesus, thank You for life and all it involves. When something goes wrong, we often say, “That’s life!” But life is so much more than the little things that don’t turn out the way we wish they had.

Waking up each morning with eyes that see and ears that hear—that’s life!

Talking with a child and catching a glimpse of the world through those innocent eyes—that’s life!

Pausing in the middle of a hectic day to watch a bird soar or a butterfly flit among the flowers—that’s life!

Chatting with an old friend and remembering just how special that friendship is—that’s life!

Receiving an unexpected word of encouragement—that’s life!

Holding a newborn baby and catching his first smile—that’s life!

Walking in nature, taking in its sights and sounds, and breathing that fresh air—that’s life!

Lying down to sleep at night and thanking God for all the blessings that the day brought—that’s life!

1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV – Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Psalm 7:17 ESV - I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

Psalm 107:1 ESV - Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!