It's All Grace

Amazing things can happen when you allow the Lord to work in your life.

It’s Great to Be Back!

Looking forward to another great year of seeing what all the Lord has in store.  Many things are happening in the world today and encouragement is scarce.  My desire is to be an encouragement to you, a light in a dark place, a voice of hope to those in despair, and possibly a moment of laughter to start or complete your day.

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White Dog or Black Dog?

Which one will you feed? “I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD” (Psalm 116:17).

A new day awaits in front of you, but already your restless mind is walking you through the countless problems and chores left over from yesterday. You feel the negativity crawling up your back like an impending viral cold. Once again, you face the choice of feeding the white dog – hopeful expectations and thankfulness or the black dog – despair and complaining. Which dog will you choose to feed with your thoughts?

To feed the white dog of thankfulness is really a choice each of us will make. After all, doesn’t everyone have issues to deal with in life? Maybe the issues involve wayward children, a lack of finances, hurt feelings, or the loss of a loved one. Whatever the problem, God asks us to continue to look to Him and express a heart of thankfulness. “In EVERY THING give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

There were ten lepers in Luke 17:13 who needed healing and cried out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” Yet, why was there ONLY ONE who came back to thank Christ when He healed them of their dreaded disease? Apparently nine of them hadn’t yet learned the lesson of feeding the white dog of thankfulness. Selfishly, they went on their way enjoying their good fortune. However, one leper UNDERSTOOD like Job that it was God who gives us everything we have: “The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD” (Job 1:21b).

How about you? Which dog is barking at you the loudest today? Will you choose to feed the white dog with thankful thoughts for your children, home, and other blessings, or will you feed the black dog with your thoughts of frustration, failure, and anxieties over what you do not have? Both dogs want to grow stronger in your life.

Which will you feed?

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Recognizing Giants

Can you recognize the giant of “selective memory”?  Even the children of Israel could remember “how it was” in Egypt, but could NOT remember the miracles God did for them “DAILY”!

How about the giant of “perception”?  Israel took 40 years to travel what could have taken them 11 days had their perspective been different.  40 years in the dessert was a result of what they perceived!

Can you recognize the giant of “murmuring” in your life?  Israel murmured and complained about everything – what God DID do as well as what God DIDN’T do!  This kept them from truly seeing the goodness of the Lord.

Can you recognize the giant of “depression, discouragement & despair” in your life?  Do you have a “woe is me” attitude or outlook on all that occurs in your life?  Do you view your glass as 1/2 empty opposed to 1/2 full?  We all get down and discouraged at times, but we must choose NOT TO STAY THERE.  Anything that hinders you from being close to the Lord, is a GIANT!

If you are NOT able to recognize your giants, you will never be able to put them to death.

 

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