“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.” – Goethe.
As you might expect, the blog theme for November is thankfulness and gratitude. While the topic is traditional, I am hopeful that the path I plan to lead you down will be fresh and new.
My foremost desire is for those I know and love to come to know and love Jesus personally. The personal and intimate Jesus that shows up in the lives of those who earnestly seek, submit and surrender to Him. I pray that God will give you a fresh revelation of His love for you as we set out on a quest to discover and appreciate the treasure of His presence in every part of our daily lives.
Expressing our gratitude and thanks for the LORD’S Mercies.
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none * of His benefits; 3 Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; 4 Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; 5 Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle. ~ Psalm 103:1-5
Psalm 103 is a beautiful soliloquy in which King David expresses heartfelt praise and sincere gratitude of the soul for the goodness of God. The Hebrew word for “soul” in the first verse, nephesh, refers to the inner being of a man; the seat of emotions and passion; the activity of the mind and will. From his opening words, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name,” David declares that he is “all in.” He has personally experienced the goodness of God in every area of his life, and lip service just won’t do.
God is our anchor in the winds of change
The focus of my gratitude this week is on change. Specifically, I am thankful that God can transform our lives and change our circumstances yet, He never changes. In Hebrews 6:16-19 we learn that it is impossible for God to lie, He is immutable. God’s promises are unchanging and trustworthy because He is unchanging and trustworthy. So, when the world around us begins to change, and the wind throws us into a storm that nearly turns us back into dust, we can rest assured that God is with us. Our hope is secure when God and His Word is our anchor. Because we know He works all things together for good to those, who love Him and are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)
Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. ~ Romans 26-28 The Message
Like a thread in a tapestry, I can see this Truth woven consistently throughout my life. In virtually every hardship or painful experience, the Lord has used the winds of change to propel me forward, into something new, something better. Hindsight often reveals the most difficult changes have the most transforming power in our lives. Therefore, we can be thankful for the uncomfortable, unexpected and at the time, unwanted changes that occur. When we align our will with the will of God, these changes are essential in the growth of our faith and pursuit of our divine purpose.
Sending peace, love, and happiness to all!