Sunday, August 31, 2014

Thank you for your love LORD

 Thank you for your love for us LORD.  For your specific love.   I love that old song that speaks of how great your love is for mankind.  Loving us so much He gave his life to pay for our sins.  Totally undeserved, unmerited and unearned - but given . 

He paid a debt he did not owe,
I owed a debt I could not pay.
I needed someone to wash my                         sins a-way.
And now I sing a brand new                         song,
"Amazing Grace" all day long,
Christ Jesus paid a debt that 
I could never pay.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Thank YOU LORD for who you are,

Psalm 145:8-9  (ESV)

The LORD is gracious and
slow to anger, and
 abounding in steadfast love
The LORD is good to all, 
and his mercy is
 over all that he has made.

     Thank you LORD for your proactive goodness to your creation.  
     You know how often I get disgruntled and forget these truths. How often you are merciful when I have lived my own life and gone my own way without remembering all I have and am is because of you.   
     I have become aware that I have casually accepted the good things in my life as my right or even called it "My good LUCK"   Luck is attributing good given by some chance that the universe arbitrarily hands out. 
    God does nothing by chance.  He deliberately gives us his LOVE,MERCY and great GOODNESS.  
Thank you LORD God.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thank you for your Grace

Ephesians 2:4-9  But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ - by grace you have been saved - and raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For, by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Thank you LORD God, for GRACE.  You didn't wait for us to wake up and decide we needed or wanted a life with you, but you came to us and made us alive who were dead.  Life for eternity, life lived in the presence of God. 

     Your grace is given us not because we were good, impressed you with our talent and good works, our beauty, charm and great personality but because you created us before the foundation of the world, you love us and came to us with hope and life found in your grace.
    When I first heard that you chose us, loved us and gave us life I struggled with the thought that I wasn't in the group of those you chose.   I could not be a recipient of your Grace.  But, I praise you LORD that all whom you have given life to, are loved  - no exceptions.  Your gift of life is difficult for us to understand how we can respond when we are dead.  But this I know is that in our being dead in our sins, we are given the choice.  It is yes, I accept your life, or a no, I want to live my life my way.   God, in his great mercy will keep knocking, offering his grace until our last breathe.      
     Thank you LORD

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Thank you LORD I have a place in you.

Thank you LORD for your very personal presence in my life and all those who have trusted in you. Thank you that you have made a place for me in you.

Psalm 144: 1-2  (Just using key words in these two verses.)

Blessed be the LORD
my rock
(A secure footing)
my steadfast love
(A love that is there even when I fair him or sin.  His love is securely tied to me)
my fortress
(My place of strength, when in warfare or when I need rest)
my stronghold
(A place within the fortress that is invincible)
my deliverer
(Whom I can lean on for safety in all things)
my shield
(He shields me from the ravages of those who seek to destroy me)
He in whom I take refuge

I stand fully protected and provided for in HIM

Monday, August 25, 2014

Thank you for The mind you have given us.  The ability to think, to express thoughts, emotion, the ability to learn, to create.  What an incredible gift.  Thank you.LORD.   

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Thank you that in all my life You LORD, are there.

Thank you for Psalm 139 - assuring me of your divine involvement in my life.  

The knowledge that in all that I do and say, and where I go, and what I plan, you are there is my comfort.  

You don't prevent me from my decisions, choices or words but you know and care and are available to me in every moment of my life.  Thank you.  LORD Jesus!

Psalm 139:1-18  ESV  
Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
    behold, O Lordyou know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
    and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
    it is high; I cannot attain it.
Where shall I go from your Spirit?
    Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
    If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
    and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
    and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
    and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
    the night is bright as the day,
    for darkness is as light with you.
13 For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
    I awake, and I am still with you.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Thank you for inborn gifts

Each gift is in play when I walked here - the sight, the smell, the taste of barries on the wayside, , touch and hearing
Thank You  LORD, for the gifts we are born with.  The gift of sight, smell, hearing, tasting and feeling.   All of which add deep pleasures to our lives, and in their function add safety as well.  

I thank you for the stories I've heard by those great men and women who suffered the loss of one or sometimes more of these gifts.   Those who don't have all these gifts and then overcome that lack mightily and in that inspire others.  

Thank you LORD for making these gifts a part of your creative package.  Gifts I enjoy and rejoice in every second of my life.  THANK YOU

Friday, August 22, 2014

Additional reasons for thanks on forgiveness

Further comments regarding forgiveness. Forgiveness  is not saying, it's okay, nothing to worry about.  

It isn't God looking the other way or winking at your "misdeed".  

It is about sin.  Our sin.

For our sin there is a cost.  Death. God hates sin so much he cannot over look it. He then did the unthinkable.  Immanuel (God with us), became human, lived without sin, and died the death we deserve and offered his death for our sin.  

He paid our price.   

That is his gift to all who make Him their LORD.   Thank you LORD.  I am in awe of your great grace, mercy and loving-kindness.  

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thank you that I live

Thank you that I live and  move and have my being in you.   I am yours.

Acts 17:28 
 For, "In him we live and move and have our being;..."

Yes, this is a quote from a Poet of Paul's day, not culled from scripture - but Paul is showing here that it is a truth.   All that we are and have come from God.   He gives us life.  All we have and can do comes from him.  I rejoice that even before I knew Him, he knew me and has drawn me unto him - giving me eternal life and HOPE in Him.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thank you for your plans

Thank you that you control my life. Your plans will be fulfilled and they are all for my good and your glory.

They may be fulfilled the hard way if I fight to have my own way, or the easy way if I will trust you.   Thank you LORD.

Jeremiah 29:11  ESV   
For I know the plans I have for you, 
declares the LORD, 
plans for peace and not for evil,
 to give you a future and a hope.

Yes this was given in the first place to the nation of Israel, but I believe we can apply the essence of the verse to our lives in Christ.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Thank You

Thank you LORD Jesus Christ for forgiveness of my sins

 Psalm 130:4   But with you (LORD) there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.]

Colossians 1: 13-14  He  (The Father) has delivered us from the domain of darkness and TRANSFERRED  US  to the KINGDOM  of his beloved Son in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sings