Last week’s sermon was on God’s faithfulness shown to us through His Word and his testimonies…
Accept my FREEWILL OFFERINGS of praise, O LORD, and teach me your rules.
A sacrifice of praise. Which means it isn’t easy, but is a choice, a SACRIFICE, given in thanks. Because:
111 Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.
This week’s sermon coming up is on persevering in prayer, something I constantly struggle with, but yearn to improve on.
And the days in between? Filled with news of people losing little ones unborn, little ones already joined to their families in life; homes up in flames, entire cities burning; loved ones dying who do not know the Lord; jobs lost and families torn apart.
But God – YOU ARE EVER FAITHFUL.
I am severely afflicted; give me life, O LORD, according to your WORD!
There is life, found in Christ, and in the word of God. Are you turning there in the midst of your trials? Are you offering up your sacrifice of praise to the One who has proven faithful through any circumstances – even if we can’t see the big picture; the lamp to our feet and the light to our path is meant only to light the way just in front of us.
We can’t live our lives in a bubble- God is much bigger than that, and we need to trust him.
So as things come tumbling down around me, I am encouraged by the people turning to God – on their knees in prayer. Where there is sorrow, there is also joy. And I am challenged – not to fear for my own little one yet unborn, but to trust the one who holds all our lives in his hand. Not to despair at lives turned from God, but to remember how long Augustine’s mother prayed for him to follow Christ. To praise him in the storm, to pray for his Holy Spirit to rain down on those lives and homes going through the fiery trials. And to give thanks for all his faithfulness.
Counting to 1,000 Gifts
3 Gifts that are Difficult
437. All day sickness during pregnancy
438. Raising a family to follow the Lord
439. Asking forgiveness
3 Gifts Found Around a Table
440. Laughter at a birthday party
441. Little ones’ “funny” jokes :D
442. Family devos and sharing the days’ events
3 Gifts found in
water – 443. Blowing bubbles at the park
words – 444. “Thanks mom for taking us to the park”
white – 445. White pages waiting to be drawn on
3 Gifts Today in Someone Older Than You
446. Wisdom, prayers and love from my dad
447. Encouragement from blogging friends
448. Admonition to be gentle in speech
3 Gifts in Fabric
449. Handmade quilts
450. Baby doll clothes
451. Snuggling on blankets, reading books
3 Gifts Framed by a Frame
452. The love of my life! Almost 8 1/2 years later :0)
453. My 3 kiddos
454. #4 on the way!
3 Gifts Eaten
455. Picnic lunches at the park
456. English muffins freshly baked
457. Fresh picked strawberries
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