Monday, March 7, 2016

Thanks Living: Joy in Thankfulness

The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad. Psalm 126:3
Glad: as adjective joyful, showing joy in thankfulness
We shook our heads. All of us were stunned—the Eternal has done remarkable things for us. We were beyond happy, beyond joyful. Psalm 126:3 (VOICE)
The Lord has done spectacular things for us. We are overjoyed. Psalm 126:3 (GW)
The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Psalm 126:3 (NIV)
Showing joy in thankfulness. 
When the heart is full of joy, it always allows its joy to escape. It is like the fountain in the marketplace; whenever it is full it runs away in streams, and so soon as it ceases to overflow, you may be quite sure that it has ceased to be full. The only full heart is the overflowing heart.
Charles Spurgeon, "The Sympathy of the Two Worlds, Sermon, Luke 15:10"
Showing joy in thankfulness. 

The Lord has done great things for us. Our hearts should be overflowing with joy in thankfulness. Thanks Living is expressing that overflowing joy always simply because of who God is, and all that He has done. Showing joy in thankfulness—that's true Thanks Living. 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Thanks Living: Fact. Experience.

There is a difference between knowledge and experience. Knowing a fact is a good place to start, but there is something said for experiencing something. Knowing that God CAN do something is a great assurance, but EXPERIENCING God DOING something on your behalf is a blessing that exceeds explanation. (R.Sawtelle) 
Today, my Sunday School lesson is on "When faith fails. . ." from Numbers 13 and 14. As I was thinking about my life and the times when I faced situations that seemed totally impossible—and God proved Himself faithful. 

So many times, when I thought there was absolutely no possible way something could happen—God stepped in to prove, what was impossible to me, was very possible to Him. 

Remember. It's key to take time to remember what God has done, so that as new situations arise, we KNOW based on fact and experience, that God is fully able to accomplish His purpose. 

Fact. God is faithful. 
Experience. God is faithful. 
Thanks living is remembering who God is and what He is capable of—no matter the situation.