I’m on a #ThankfulMission

1 Chronicles 16:34Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!

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Did you say thank you today?  At some point in your day today, did the words thank you come out of your mouth?  I’m guessing if you interacted with a person at any point in your day, you probably did. At least you uttered a half-hearted “thanks” no matter how you were feeling… no matter how bad things seemed.  Right?

Why don’t we do that with God? Why do we forget to say “thank you” or even utter a half-hearted “thanks” when He does something in our lives? Because everything in our lives is from Him. The air we breathe. The ground we walk on. The house we live in. The car we drive. The food we eat. The ill-timed red light… Everything in our day is a gift from God. So, why do we forget to say thanks? Is it because we don’t see a physical person in front of us? Is it because we think these gifts are from us and our doing? Is it because we take His gifts for granted?  Would you allow your kid to get a gift from someone and then not at least mumble a thank you? I’m guessing not.

But, here I sit, I went through my entire day and I can’t recall a single time I said Thank You God for… and as I read this verse, it made me sad. I remembered to thank the person who opened the door for me, or made time for a phone call for me, or sent me the file I needed… but God who gives me everything, I didn’t say thank you to once today. #Bummer

So, I am on a mission… it’s a #ThankfulMission. I want to not only live a life of gratitude to those around me, but also to God. I want to stop overlooking Him. Stop taking Him for granted. He deserves more than that. Do you agree?

That’s #MyThoughtForToday
What’s yours?
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Go with the flow…

My reflection on Daniel 1:

Today I began reading the book of Daniel. In chapter 1, Daniel and 3 friends are captured and taken to Babylon. In the scriptures it says that God allowed all this to happen. It was the “flow”, Gods flow, that was taking place in their lives. These men had a choice, they could either go with the flow, or fight against the flow. They chose to go with the flow and honor God all the way. They went where God led them and they did what God led them to do, according to what they had been taught.

This past week while vacationing in Myrtle Beach, 2 men, a father and son, we’re doing what you do at the beach. They were swimming in the ocean. They were in chest deep water when out of nowhere they were caught in a rip tide. In the moment they had to decide, fight against it or let it take them out to sea. They chose to fight. In the end, the father, 68 years old, and his son were both overtaken by the water and both went under. They were both pulled from the water by rescuers and in the end,  the son was revived but the father was not.

God’s plan for our lives is a lot like that rip current. It is strong. Way stronger than we are and when faced with this current, we have to choose, fight against it, or go with the flow.  If we fight, we are eventually going to tire out and go under. We may survive it, or we may not.  However, if we float along the current to the destination we are destined to get to,eventually the strong current will end and then we can swim back to shore, peacefully and safely, with God by our side, cheering us on all the way.

So, I choose to go with the flow, God’s flow and see where it takes me.  It’s far safer, and less tiring, than fighting against it.

*** Please pray for the family who lost their Grandfather and father in this incident at Myrtle Beach. They woke up that day, just as Daniel, thinking its just another day at the beach. By 3pm, life as they knew it was changed forever. They lost someone they loved dearly.  My thoughts and prayers are with them.***

Follow In My Footsteps – Jeremiah 35

I am currently reading in Jeremiah and today I read chapter 35. The piece that is really striking me is verses 5-11. The Recabites were told many years ago how to live, and shown by theirfarther how to live, and they have lived that way. On a daily basis, I TELL my kids many do’s and don’ts. But do I do them? Not all the time.

 

I want to be a good role model for my kids and for people around me. I want to wear the aroma of Christ everywhere I go. I want people to smell that sweet aroma and want it too. So, that means I need to become more and more like Him. I want to reach with world with Gods own heart, but I have to learn more about it. Yes, I am in the Word daily, but it is more than that. I need to read and apply the Word daily. Now, I think I do, but I don’t do it all the time. I allow myself,to get caught up in my day and forget what I studied that morning. So I need to really reflect on what I read in the morning then actively seek it throughout my day. I want to be more like the Recabites – their loyalty, sense of obedience.

And, of course, throughdoing this, I want to impact my family. I want my kids to want to follow in my footsteps. Not because that is what kids are supposed to do, but because I have the sweet aroma of Christ on me and they want to smell like me. Have you ever noticed that when youhang out with someone, you begin to smell like them? Well I want to hang out with Christ more so I can smell like Him. Then hang out with my friends and family more so they can smell like me – which is like Him!

A Man After God’s Own Heart

Reaching the World with God's Own HeartThis is how David is described many times in the Bible.  1 Samuel 13:14 and Acts 13:22 are a couple of examples.  Yet, we read in 2 Samuel how David sinned with Bathsheba, got her pregnant then had her husband killed so he could marry her and cover up the incident.  So, how is HE (David) a man after God’s own heart?

Simple! He was forgiven.  And so am I. And so are you. God loves us in such an unconditional way, it is amazing that we forget it.  We can do these horrible things, but God loves us so much He forgives us.  When I think about the miracle in that, it humbles me to the pit of my stomach. It amazes me.  I find it hard to forgive someone for making a statement about my hair, or my weight. But, we humans do things like murder, steal, cheat, lie and God can forgive us without even a second glance. He doesn’t think twice about it, He just does it.  How amazing is that.

So, my challenge to you today is to head out into this world of brokeness, meanness and all around ugliness, and be the man or woman after God’s own heart.  The cool thing about this is when you are that man or woman, you will not only be seeking God’s heart, but you will also be “Reaching the World with God’s Own Heart”.  That is my mission for 2011.  Will you join me?