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God’s Gift of Grace

God’s Gift of Grace

A long red envelope — subtle enough for a hundred-dollar bill to feel extravagant, but extravagant enough for even a single dollar bill to feel elevated. If you’ve ever received one, you know. It’s a thing of elegance and expectation. The red envelope’s edges are crisp and, if adorned, exquisite. The flap is sealed, and

It’s a One-Woman Job

Finding the Courage to Choose May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. — Romans 15:13 Let’s begin by acknowledging I am probably going to hurt someone’s feelings with what I am

Grateful Even When Bad Gets Worse

Though the fig tree does not bud and there is no fruit on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet… I will rejoice in the God of my salvation! — Habakkuk 3:17-18 Habakkuk described

Gratitude is a dialysis of sorts. It flushes the self-pity out of our systems. What if gratitude had won the day? Suppose an unbedazzled Adam and Eve had scoffed at the snake’s suggestion. “Are you kidding? Begrudge what we cannot eat? Have you seen this place? Strawberry patches. Melon fields. Orange groves. Blueberry bushes. Let us take you on a tour, snake. We will show you what God has given to us.” Had they chosen gratitude, would the world be different?

Thanks, Just the Word Lifts the Spirit

  I’m thankful for… Andy. He’s the dog Denalyn rescued from the shelter. Rangy as a coyote when we got him. He’s chubby now. He jumps into bed with us every morning and scampers through the yard like a deer in the pasture when we come home. Bald spots. I was standing in line at

What are you grateful for during this Advent season? Family? A place to live? Church friends? All that sparkles and brings joy during a tough year? Let’s remember to worship Jesus and thank Him for His generous gifts to us. He is worthy to be praised!

He Is Worthy of Your Praise

  Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! For He has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your children within you. He makes peace in your borders, and fills you with the finest wheat. — Psalm 147:12-14 Several years ago, as I traveled through New York, I came upon

One Thousand Gifts OBS Week 2 — Grace in the Moment

Pick up a pen and count gifts. It keeps your eyes good. It offers you the definite gift of greater joy. It draws open the curtains right when the sun in going down. When loss threatens to bury us. ~ Ann Voskamp The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,

My wife, Pat, and I were spending Thanksgiving week at our son’s home. Soon after we arrived, we talked about where we would go for Thanksgiving dinner. Johnny said, “What I would really like is for Mom to cook the things we’ve always had on Thanksgiving and eat here at my place.” Pat said she would, and it sounded great to me.

Guideposts for Thanksgiving

  The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. — Ecclesiastes 7:8 NIV I want to completely declutter the basement before Thanksgiving,” my wife, Pat, said while we were out for a walk. “I have a lot of stuff going on…. Why do we need to do

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The Dance of Grief and Gratitude

  Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. — Psalm 10:4 NIV Deep in the heart of November, I received two e-mails from women who were each fighting fierce battles, one losing her husband to ALS, the other losing her husband to an addiction

What if you wake up tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for today? When I first stumbled across that question, it stopped me in my tracks. Would I wake up with anything? It’s a humbling and provocative idea.

5 Gratitude Devotions You Just Might Need This Week

  Editor’s note: What a week we’re about to embark on! We thought you could use a few quick devotions to get your mornings started. Despite the chaos surrounding us right now, let’s remind ourselves that it is the season of thankfulness. We hope this season will be the catalyst into a life of thankfulness.

God is good! Not only does He protect, defend, care for, heal, lead, guide, direct, inspire, and on and on, He is also our great Provider! What are you thankful for?

When Jesus Gave Thanks

To everyone who is thirsty, he gives something to drink; to everyone who is hungry, he gives good things to eat. — Psalm 107:9 CEV Roughly half of Jesus’ public prayers in the four Gospels are prayers of thanksgiving for food. He thanked God for five loaves and two fish while feeding the five thousand.

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