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Word For You Today

THANK GOD!

 



If you're chatting with a good mate, there's an ease in your conversation because you know who you're talking to. You know the person is taking in your words. You feel safe that what you say won't be taken the wrong way.



Talking to God is sometimes less easy when you're first getting to know Him because it can feel like talking to a blank canvas (maybe you remember that, or you're going through it now). Who is He? What does He want to hear? What does He want me to say? Or even if He seems to have gone quiet with you, or was never 'loud' - how do you get into a place where you can even begin to learn to hear His voice?



This is why so many of Christian traditional prayers start with thanks. When we start our prayers with gratefulness we are doing what's right (giving God His due for everything He's given) and we're starting to get a sense of the person we're talking to: the Giver of all good gifts. When we're thanking Him, we're starting to learn His character.



Author Ann Voskamp says, 'Giving thanks in all things is how to pray continually [1 Thessalonians 5:17-18]... This is the way to do God's will for you right now. Thanks to God is what calms the wild heart.' So, praise Him! Lots! Then listen out...



So what now? Phew. Big topic. Go treat yourself to a cup of tea. And while you're at it, consider this: what if quietly thanking God throughout the day could be the way of getting to know Him that you're looking for?

Soulfood : 2 Chr 25-28, Lk 17:11-19, Ps 119:129-136, Prov 22:8-10

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THANK GOD!

 



If you're chatting with a good mate, there's an ease in your conversation because you know who you're talking to. You know the person is taking in your words. You feel safe that what you say won't be taken the wrong way.



Talking to God is sometimes less easy when you're first getting to know Him because it can feel like talking to a blank canvas (maybe you remember that, or you're going through it now). Who is He? What does He want to hear? What does He want me to say? Or even if He seems to have gone quiet with you, or was never 'loud' - how do you get into a place where you can even begin to learn to hear His voice?



This is why so many of Christian traditional prayers start with thanks. When we start our prayers with gratefulness we are doing what's right (giving God His due for everything He's given) and we're starting to get a sense of the person we're talking to: the Giver of all good gifts. When we're thanking Him, we're starting to learn His character.



Author Ann Voskamp says, 'Giving thanks in all things is how to pray continually [1 Thessalonians 5:17-18]... This is the way to do God's will for you right now. Thanks to God is what calms the wild heart.' So, praise Him! Lots! Then listen out...



So what now? Phew. Big topic. Go treat yourself to a cup of tea. And while you're at it, consider this: what if quietly thanking God throughout the day could be the way of getting to know Him that you're looking for?

Soulfood : 2 Chr 25-28, Lk 17:11-19, Ps 119:129-136, Prov 22:8-10

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BRING IT (2)

There's a part of Florida covered with wiry trees called Caribbean Pines. They thrive in really deadly environments. They hold their own against drought, fire and hurricanes. If trees were super heroes these guys would have 20 sequels. In fact, if you plant them in the sort of setting trees should love, they're so hardcore they just shrivel and die rather than live on like a normal tree.

God led the children of Israel through the wilderness: 'to prove [their] character, and... find out whether or not [they] would obey His commandments'. They could choose to give up and shrivel up there, or trust Him to bring them safely to the Promised Land.

When things get too comfortable, your faith actually shrivels. The odd blast of wilderness can be genuinely good for it. Sometimes, then, God allows the fiery draught of very difficult times in order for us to see what's in our faith (is it made of the good, solid stuff that trusts in God?), and to mature it, to chip away at the raw material of our life to get to the true and better person inside. God leads you through the wilderness to prove your character. That also means that He's in control. Your 'wilderness', if you've given your life to God, is both for a purpose (the best there can be: His loving plan for you) and it's safe - in His hands.

So when rough times look like they're about to sweep in, bring it on!

So what now? What hard times have you been brought through lately? What good things have come from them that couldn't have happened otherwise?

Soulfood : Jn 10:1-18, Rev 7:13-17, Ps 23, Lk 15:1-7

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BRING IT (2)

 



There's a part of Florida covered with wiry trees called Caribbean Pines. They thrive in really deadly environments. They hold their own against drought, fire and hurricanes. If trees were super heroes these guys would have 20 sequels. In fact, if you plant them in the sort of setting trees should love, they're so hardcore they just shrivel and die rather than live on like a normal tree.



God led the children of Israel through the wilderness: 'to prove [their] character, and... find out whether or not [they] would obey His commandments'. They could choose to give up and shrivel up there, or trust Him to bring them safely to the Promised Land.



When things get too comfortable, your faith actually shrivels. The odd blast of wilderness can be genuinely good for it. Sometimes, then, God allows the fiery draught of very difficult times in order for us to see what's in our faith (is it made of the good, solid stuff that trusts in God?), and to mature it, to chip away at the raw material of our life to get to the true and better person inside. God leads you through the wilderness to prove your character. That also means that He's in control. Your 'wilderness', if you've given your life to God, is both for a purpose (the best there can be: His loving plan for you) and it's safe - in His hands.



So when rough times look like they're about to sweep in, bring it on!



So what now? What hard times have you been brought through lately? What good things have come from them that couldn't have happened otherwise?

Soulfood : Jn 10:1-18, Rev 7:13-17, Ps 23, Lk 15:1-7

Read more...

BRING IT (2)

 



There's a part of Florida covered with wiry trees called Caribbean Pines. They thrive in really deadly environments. They hold their own against drought, fire and hurricanes. If trees were super heroes these guys would have 20 sequels. In fact, if you plant them in the sort of setting trees should love, they're so hardcore they just shrivel and die rather than live on like a normal tree.



God led the children of Israel through the wilderness: 'to prove [their] character, and... find out whether or not [they] would obey His commandments'. They could choose to give up and shrivel up there, or trust Him to bring them safely to the Promised Land.



When things get too comfortable, your faith actually shrivels. The odd blast of wilderness can be genuinely good for it. Sometimes, then, God allows the fiery draught of very difficult times in order for us to see what's in our faith (is it made of the good, solid stuff that trusts in God?), and to mature it, to chip away at the raw material of our life to get to the true and better person inside. God leads you through the wilderness to prove your character. That also means that He's in control. Your 'wilderness', if you've given your life to God, is both for a purpose (the best there can be: His loving plan for you) and it's safe - in His hands.



So when rough times look like they're about to sweep in, bring it on!



So what now? What hard times have you been brought through lately? What good things have come from them that couldn't have happened otherwise?

Soulfood : Jn 10:1-18, Rev 7:13-17, Ps 23, Lk 15:1-7

Read more...

BRING IT (2)

 



There's a part of Florida covered with wiry trees called Caribbean Pines. They thrive in really deadly environments. They hold their own against drought, fire and hurricanes. If trees were super heroes these guys would have 20 sequels. In fact, if you plant them in the sort of setting trees should love, they're so hardcore they just shrivel and die rather than live on like a normal tree.



God led the children of Israel through the wilderness: 'to prove [their] character, and... find out whether or not [they] would obey His commandments'. They could choose to give up and shrivel up there, or trust Him to bring them safely to the Promised Land.



When things get too comfortable, your faith actually shrivels. The odd blast of wilderness can be genuinely good for it. Sometimes, then, God allows the fiery draught of very difficult times in order for us to see what's in our faith (is it made of the good, solid stuff that trusts in God?), and to mature it, to chip away at the raw material of our life to get to the true and better person inside. God leads you through the wilderness to prove your character. That also means that He's in control. Your 'wilderness', if you've given your life to God, is both for a purpose (the best there can be: His loving plan for you) and it's safe - in His hands.



So when rough times look like they're about to sweep in, bring it on!



So what now? What hard times have you been brought through lately? What good things have come from them that couldn't have happened otherwise?

Soulfood : Jn 10:1-18, Rev 7:13-17, Ps 23, Lk 15:1-7

Read more...

BRING IT (2)

 



There's a part of Florida covered with wiry trees called Caribbean Pines. They thrive in really deadly environments. They hold their own against drought, fire and hurricanes. If trees were super heroes these guys would have 20 sequels. In fact, if you plant them in the sort of setting trees should love, they're so hardcore they just shrivel and die rather than live on like a normal tree.



God led the children of Israel through the wilderness: 'to prove [their] character, and... find out whether or not [they] would obey His commandments'. They could choose to give up and shrivel up there, or trust Him to bring them safely to the Promised Land.



When things get too comfortable, your faith actually shrivels. The odd blast of wilderness can be genuinely good for it. Sometimes, then, God allows the fiery draught of very difficult times in order for us to see what's in our faith (is it made of the good, solid stuff that trusts in God?), and to mature it, to chip away at the raw material of our life to get to the true and better person inside. God leads you through the wilderness to prove your character. That also means that He's in control. Your 'wilderness', if you've given your life to God, is both for a purpose (the best there can be: His loving plan for you) and it's safe - in His hands.



So when rough times look like they're about to sweep in, bring it on!



So what now? What hard times have you been brought through lately? What good things have come from them that couldn't have happened otherwise?

Soulfood : Jn 10:1-18, Rev 7:13-17, Ps 23, Lk 15:1-7

Read more...
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