Reach for God

Storms make trees take deeper roots. —————Dolly Parton

When things happen to rock my world I tend to reach out for God. Each storm moves me further into his arms and brings me closer to him. I am grateful that this is my response. Sometimes bad things can make us turn away from God. We that happens we miss the solace of being held in loving arms.

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Loving God, thank you for your care for us and help us to reach for you in all the storms of this life. AMEN

God bless God

This morning I went to the church I used to work for. The Pastor told this story: (my words) A little girl was saying her prayers. God bless mommy and daddy, keep them safe. God bless me and keep me safe and God bless God because if God gets messed up we are all in trouble.”

How often do we spend time thanking God. Our prayers are frequently a want list. We may pray for others and for good things but we don’t take the time to thank him. He is the author of all good things. We could at least spend some time thanking him for our lives, for the earth, for everything. Do it!

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Loving God, you have given us so much. Help us to remember to thank you each and every day. AMEN

We turn to God

Human misery is too great for men to do without faith.————–Heinrich Heine

I have often wondered what people do who have no faith to support them. What do they turn to for help with terrible things happen? I cannot imagine life without God as my support..can you?

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Gracious God, thank you for all the love and care you have given us. Let us remember each day to thank you. AMEN

Blessings

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. —-Abraham Lincoln

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How we see thing is everything. Some say that people see the glass as half full or half empty. I think that we can learn to see it half full. We don’t take time to see the blessings that we have. We are so busy doing things or watching TV or using electronic devices. It is time to look at our blessings.

Generous God, you have gifted us with so many things. Help us to see them and give thanks. AMEN

Homework: for the next week write down at least five blessings you have.

Live joy

Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
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Have you met Christians who think that God expects us to be somber in all that we do. Oh no! God created a beautiful world and he expects us to see the joy in it. He does want us to share of our abundance so that others may also have good things. Don’t go around with a sad face and a gloomy disposition. This will make others think that is our way. Let them see joyful Christians who thank God always for his love and abundance.
Gracious Lord, you have given us so much. Let us show the joy that living in you brings us. AMEN

Forgiveness

Real human progress depends upon a good conscience. ———-Albert Einstein

We are not perfect….so we can’t always do everything right. This means that we will make mistakes and do things that we are not proud of. Thankfully, God has granted us a way to continue to have a good conscience. It is called forgiveness. All we have to do is see the error of our ways and ask forgiveness.

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Loving God, you never stop forgiving us. Thank you, thank you. AMEN

Thank you

Can’t we, when we are working and drop something, instead of getting mad about it, say thank you God for giving me the strength to pick this up? –———–Re. Earl H. Merritt

We spend a lot of time asking God for things. We beg for healing, money, friends. How much time do we spend thanking him? We are so blessed. Having lived in a third world country, I know just how much more we have than most people. Yet we are always asking for more. Give thanks every day for the things you have.

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Thank you, God, for all the gifts you have given us. Forgive us when we forget to see the bounties of this life. AMEN

Be thankful

Who is wise? He that learns from everyone.

Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. 

Who is rich? He that is content. 

Who is that? Nobody. ————————Benjamin Franklin

How content are we? Franklin says that no one is content and he may be right. How grateful are we for everything that we have? Do we appreciate the things we have instead of longing for what we don’t have?

We have to spend time thanking God for all the gifts of this life. Make a list and thank God each day. Use the list for your prayers.

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Giving God, we are so blessed but we don’t take time to give thanks. Remind us of all the good in our lives and help us to be thankful. AMEN