Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving

"Oh how abundant is Your goodness!" Psalm 31:19

How great is the Lord! Let us give Him thanks!   
"Consider what great things He has done for you." 1 Samuel 12:24


"I hope you’ll take time today to wholeheartedly thank the Lord for all He’s done in your life, and even if your eyes are filled with tears, to lift your eyes up to Him and give Him thanks for His faithfulness and His covenant-keeping love."
-Nancy Leigh DeMoss


Allison

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanking God When it's Difficult

One of the most difficult times to give thanks is when things are hard. Sorrowful and painful circumstances can steal our joy in the Lord and our response can be one of anger and bitterness instead of thanksgiving. But look at what Hudson Taylor, missionary to China, said in response to his wife’s death:

“What shall I say of the Lord’s dealings with me and mine? I know not! My heart is overwhelmed with gratitude and praise. My eyes flow with tears of mingled joy and sorrow. When I think of my loss, my heart—nigh to breaking—rises in thankfulness to Him who has spared her much sorrow and made her so unspeakably happy.” Hudson Taylor

What would it be like if we had such a response to our less-than-desirable circumstances?
Allison

Monday, November 12, 2012

How to be Thankful

“The more absorbed I am in the gospel, the more grateful I become in the midst of my circumstances, whatever they may be…When I look at any circumstance that God apportions me, I am first grateful for the wrath I am not receiving in that moment…Secondly I am grateful for the blessings that are given to me instead of His wrath. This two-layered gratitude disposes my heart to give thanks in all things and it also lends a certain intensity to my giving of thanks.” Milton Vincent

Sometimes we simply need to change our perspective in order that we might see how many things there truly are for us to be thankful for.



Allison

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day Prayer

“Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the LORD my God and made confession, saying, “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules….To us, O LORD, belongs open shame, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you. To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him…

“O Lord, according to all your righteous acts, let your anger and your wrath turn away from your city Jerusalem, your holy hill, because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people have become a byword among all who are around us. Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate. O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy.  O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.”
Daniel 9:3-5, 8-9, 16-19

We need to pray for repentance and revival in our nation. But not because we want things better for ourselves (more freedoms, less abortions, sanctity of marriage, lower taxes, less government control…) but because we desire God’s Name to be honored, to be reverenced, to be glorified. It’s all for His name’s sake. In the big scheme of things, it doesn’t matter so much what happens to us, but our overwhelming desire ought to be to make God’s name great, to magnify His name, amongst our nation and world (Daniel 9:17,19).

Amidst today’s election, is our number 1 concern the glory of God’s name? Do we pray for this and desire results that will honor God? Do we pray for a spiritual awakening, in order that the hearts of people might be turned to God and that He might be glorified?


Allison