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5 Reasons To Be Thankful This Thanksgiving

What a crazy world we live in. If you aren’t careful you can get swept away in all the violence, discord, political rhetoric, horror, and grief that is the world today. With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us you may find it hard to be truly thankful for anything. But there are a few things you should consider being thankful for this year.

(1) You or your family doesn’t have EBOLA – Thats a pretty big one considering all the hype the news media has thrown in our face for days and weeks on end. I was almost afraid to leave my house or even send my grandkids to school because someone may have traveled to Africa and brought EBOLA back to Dade City FL. But thankfully, all are safe from the horrible threat. BE THANKFUL!

(2) You have a roof over your head and food to eat. – Even though our economy has been flourishing, inflation has pushed many of us to the brink personal financial crisis. If you aren’t struggling, BE THANKFUL. For those of us who are, we are still better off than over 75% of the worlds population. BE THANKFUL!

(3) Your daughter is not a Kardashian – Need I say more? BE THANKFUL!

(4) You don’t live in Ferguson MO. – Considering all the media attention again given to this one single incident I am glad that my family does not live anywhere near Ferguson. Of course, what happened there could happen in any small town/suburb in the US. (aka – Trevon Martin) So remember, it COULD have been in your neighborhood. BE THANKFUL!

(5) You are free to worship God or any other entity you so choose in our great country. Or, you can choose to worship all the things of this earth: Money, music, celebrities, sports, yourself,etc.- The God I worship, the one TRUE God, gave us “FREE WILL” at birth. You can choose to believe and trust in God, or not. – BE THANKFUL!

I myself am thankful for my family, the blessings God has given me of a decent home and a place for my family to live. Mainly I am thankful that I have the freedom to worship my God and freely express myself just as I am in this post.

Please take moment to post what you are thankful for in the comment box. If all you have are negative comments they will not be posted. (I’m thankful I have the right to do that). BE THANKFUL!

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New Beginnings

Tonight marks a new chapter for me in my walk with Christ. After being involved with the same church for several years in different capacities, including leading worship, I begin serving with the worship team at our new church. It is exciting, yet it is also a little scary.

I will be meeting all the members formally tonight for the first time. And I will also be doing a short testimony and devotional time prior to their rehearsal. This is not something that is new to me. However, with everything that has taken place over the past few weeks, and with this being the first new church for me in about 8 years, it creates some anxiety.

The good news though is that at this juncture in my life I know without a doubt that God is on control. By trusting in him everything I say and do from this point forward will be guided by his hand. God does not fail.

Psalm 34:1-3

(1) I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. (2) My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. (3) Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.

How can there be fear in talking about what God has done and is doing in our lives? It is our purpose as Christians to serve the master in this was as often as we possibly can. I have studied, prayed, and spent the time to learn how to properly praise and worship the Lord our God. It is time for me to share that with others. And as I put that into the proper prospective, and pray over it as the time soon approaches, the anxiety turns to excitement.

Yes, I am excited to share what God has given me. I want the world to understand more about how to have a relationship with him. I pray he uses me in a mighty way today as I share with this group of young people.

 

Struggling With The Season

Ok, I know it has been a while since I vented to the world. But with Christmas time upon us I am feeling the need to let go of some “stuff”. This has been a tough year for me personally. For the first time in a long while I have had to fight my old demon depression to keep myself going. Then of course, every time I have stepped out of my comfort zone in an attempt to help other people I have gotten the crap kicked out of me. Somedays it doesn’t pay to get out of bed.

Discerning God’s will from ours can be tough. I realize that many people make decisions in their lives based off of their spiritual life, or the lack thereof. I pray daily and constantly ask God to help me separate my will from his, and to help me accept his will. But often after doing so I get blindsided by someone who disagrees with the plan or the thoughts I express. Telling them that “this is God’s will” normally doesn’t serve as a good answer to them.

So right here and right now, let me make this bold confession. I am not perfect. No, I know that is hard to believe. But it is true. I am a little short of perfection. But I seek the perfect one to be in relationship with. I seek his will and acceptance of it.

This Christmas I want the world to be at Peace. Big ask! I also want my church family to be at peace. Bigger ask! Finally, I want to be at peace. God grant me peace!

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