Saturday, March 26, 2016

Thanks Living: Your Purposes

Psalm 5
Can you hear, O God, what I have to say? Do You feel something of what I feel this morning? 
I know, O God, that You are grieved by the selfishness of Your children.The world You created seems to be falling apart. Your creatures are living for themselves alone, proud and self-suffieient. They thing they don't need You any longer.I also know, O Lord, that I cannot exist without the assurance of Your eternal love. Thus I commit myself once more to You and Your purposes. Help me walk in Your path for this life.Give me grace to overcome the many obstacles. 
The philosophies that come out of our world bear little resemblance to the truth You revealed to us. These subtle, seductive world views lead people astray through forked tongues and suave soft-sell.  Enable us to recognize them for what they are: shallow, superficial, ultimately destructive. 
Those who follow You need not be dismayed.They can sing and dance in the joy of the Lord.You will continue to reveal Yourself to them and care for them and work out Your purposes in and through them. 
Psalms Now by Leslie Brandt 

Thanks Living remembering that God cares for me and is working out His purposes in and through me.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Thanks Living: Recounting in Celebration! Let's Review 2

On March 23, 2016 I posted: 

Thanks Living: Recount in Celebration (TOWDAH)

I'm taking time to RECOUNT in Celebration some of the wonderful blessings God has given me and remember some of the truths God has taught me over the past few years. So the next few days, I'm going to RECOUNT in Celebration and TOWDAH—thank God for what He hasn't done yet. 

Join me in RECOUNTING God's goodness! 

In June 1995, I bought a new car. My first NEW car. I think it had 13 miles on it when I bought it—a Ford Escort LX Hatchback. I was so excited to have a NEW car. Although "I bought the car", I knew that it was really God's car. For everything He supplies, belongs to Him; I'm just a steward of His property. 

A few weeks ago, I went to see my chiropractor, just as I do each week. Arriving in the town a little early, I stopped to get gas. I still had a few minutes, so decided to take the "scenic route" to his office. As I turned the corner up a side street I lost all power. The car died. I did manage to coast to the side of the road. I tried to start the car again—nothing. It was totally dead.

First, I called my chiropractor's office to let them know that I'd be late. Then I called my Emergency Road-side Service company for a tow. Then I called my good friend, Cathy, who is always ready to help,for a ride home.
The tow truck arrived, I made it to my chiropractor, and then Cathy brought me home. My car was taken to Roselle Tire & Auto—the "guys" have taken care of my car since I bought it. The problem included a few broken belts, water pump, and a couple of other necessary parts needed replacement.

When I arrived home, I was so confident I knew how I'd pay for this repair. I'd simply used one of my "credit card checks". The kind with a one-time fee and no interest for 6 months. That would provide some time to pay the repair bill. Well, I went to the file and got the credit card checks out—SURPRISE—they had all expired. Now what? I went through the budget and the money for this repair just wasn't there. 

Then I stopped and realized, that I was trying to take care of this bill on my own terms. Did I ask God what HE wanted me to do? It is after all HIS CAR, and He will take care of all the details, that includes repair bills. 

So, I stopped and did some talking with God.
 I decided that since God was now taking care of the repair bill, I'd do some straightening up around the apartment. With my  current pain level, I can only do a little cleaning at one time. I was just getting to a breaking point, and decided that I'd move one more small box of items. As I lifted the box—SURPRISE! There sat a set of credit card checks, good for another few weeks. 

How they ended up there, I have NO idea—well, okay I put them there—but why? I'm usually so very careful with those checks making sure they are in the file, or shredded. However, God used this "misplacement" to remind me that even if I think I know what He wants me to do, I have to stop and ask Him. 
Another example of: 
"What I'm trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God's giving. People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.  Matt 6:31-33 (The Message)

This experience reminded me that God doesn't always take care of me the same way each time. Just because in the past, I've used the credit card checks to pay for repair bills, doesn't mean that I don't have to consult God on a new bill. Yes, God did use the credit card check again. However, He had to make sure I knew that this was HIS way to pay for this bill, not mine. 

This was a great lesson to teach me to ALWAYS consult God in ALL matters.
 Whether it be a car repair bill or something more minor or yes, even something larger. I don't have to worry about missing out, I'll find that all my everyday human concerns will be met. 

Focusing on that truth will make a very positive day—don't you think?

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Thanks Living: Recounting in Celebration! Let's Review.

Yesterday's blog post focused on 

Thanks Living: Recount in Celebration (TOWDAH)

I thought it was time to RECOUNT in Celebration some of the wonderful blessings God has given me and remember some of the truths God has taught me over the past few years. So the next few days, I'm going to RECOUNT in Celebration and TOWDAH—thank God for what He hasn't done yet. 

Join me in RECOUNTING God's goodness! 

Originally Posted: Friday, September 14, 2012

But let me run loose and free, 
celebrating God’s great work, 
every bone in my body laughing, singing,
“God, there’s no one like you."
Psalm 35:9, 10 (MSG)

Today did not go as I had planned.
However, it was not a surprise to God.
And He knew that I'd needed a special blessing today!

Today, during a treatment for my pain, we hit a nerve, literally, and it flared up my sciatic pain quite severely. We changed treatments to help settle down the flare. This is not what I had planned for today. I was trying to keep my pain level as low as possible, so that I would be the "best I can be" for Sunday's activity. 
However, we did learn something today when we "hit the nerve", it allowed us to pinpoint where a majority of my pain is generating. And that could prove to be very helpful for the treatment I'm receiving on Monday. God's timing is perfect. 

Although, I was "pleased" with the new information, that didn't help with the intense pain. I arrived home, checking my mail as I made my way to my apartment. I tossed the mail on the shelf, the mail would wait until later... looked like junk mail anyway. As I lay on the Daybed trying my tricks to lower my pain, I had to stop and take comfort that this was not a surprise to God. After resting for a bit, I got up and decided to read through the mail. Opened one envelope and found a check for $14.22. At first, I thought it was junk....then I read the letter and started laughing! 

God knew that I needed a GOOD LAUGH today! And I had to stop and think of God's great sense of humor. The check is LEGITIMATE. Come to learn, a company was reviewing what I had paid for my pain medications and I had overpaid. But what I thought was so funny was the DATE I had overpaid the $14.22.... was November 27, 2007... YES, FIVE years ago!! 

I laughed. God continues to supply my needs in the MOST creative ways. And once again, I was reminded that God is not limited by TIME! On a day I was feeling a bit low, God knew that I needed to laugh. So, He sent me a gift via a FIVE year old overpayment. God does have a great sense of humor!

Creating a positive day can be done even on the "not so good days" when I take the time to accept God's blessings...especially when He sends them in very creative and unconventional ways! 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Thanks Living: Recount in Celebration (TOWDAH)

Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing. Psalm 107:21, 22
Give thanks: praise
Goodness: covenant loyalty, lovingkindness in redemption from enemies and troubles
Wonderful works: to be surpassing or extraordinary

Sacrifice: denotes worship or adoration
Thanksgiving: Towdah (todah), thanking God for “things not yet received" as well as things already at hand.
Declare: intensively, to recount, celebrate
Rejoicing: gladness, joy, proclamation, rejoicing, triumph; shout of joy

God is loyal and faithful.
He has done mighty and beyond extraordinary things.
He more than deserves our worship and adoration.
Because God is faithful, He deserves our thanks for past, present, and future blessings. 
His loving acts and kindness should be counted and recounted in celebration of who God is! 
And in doing each of these, the heart should be overflowing with joy—causing one to shout in triumph and joy!

Thanks Living, TOWDAH. Recount in celebration God's faithfulness! 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Thanks Living: Promote Proudly (TOWDAH)

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30
Praise: be boastful, celebrate, to shine
Song: in worship
Magnify: To be, make, large in estate or honor, also in pride; promote, proudly
Thanksgiving: Towdah (or todah), thanking God for “things not yet received" as well as things already at hand.

Promote proudly.
We wear shirts, shoes, jerseys and we carry travel mugs, backpacks, etc all showing our favorite sports team/player. We do it proudly. 
Right now March Madness is happening. People have changed their Facebook profile to proudly promote their team. 

How do I promote God Almighty? 
The way which is one that can be done by all—is to praise and give thanks to God. Be boastful in my speech, and words. Promote God by thanking Him for all He's done and all He's going to do. 
Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. Hebrews 13:15
Thanks Living—promote proudly with TOWDAH, my great and awesome God! 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Thanks Living: TOWDAH

Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; Psalm 50:14

Offer to God thanksgiving. 

Offer: Sacrifice
Thanksgiving: TOWDAH

Thanking God for “things not yet received"
as well as things already at hand.

Do I thank God for "things not yet received"? 

When I stop and remember all the blessings that God has given me—WOW! I can't imagine what He has in store. But then I remember that HE is GOD—He has unlimited resources, and He is very creative, and He loves me—so it should be a joy to give thanksgiving to God for things not yet received! 

Today's Sunday School lesson is on Joshua 3 and 4. God told the Israelites to set up a memorial stones to remember what God had done. Too often we forget what God has done — and forget that God can do it again, or something totally different, to meet our needs and take care of us—all to accomplish His will and bring Him glory and honor. 

Thanking God for “things not yet received"
as well as things already at hand.

True Thanks Living is TOWDAH. Knowing with full confidence that God will continue to accomplish His will, in His way, in His time—because I know who God is, and remember what He has done. TOWDAH—thanking God!