Thursday, November 23, 2017

Just A Day, But A Day Of Thanks

Whatever your traditions. Whatever your beliefs. It's always good to be thankful.

It is so easy to grumble and complain. Sometimes we complain about finances, sometimes about people, or sometimes when we don't see eye to eye with someone. We even complain when our life is full of blessings.

So easy to do. We are all guilty.


I love Thanksgiving. Yes, it's true that we should always be grateful but what a great thing to have one day a year where everyone collectively pauses to say "thank you".

So whether you are surrounded by family or mourning a loss or alone, I pray you can find a glimmer of hope and joy today. So many verses come to mind but I will just share a couple passages with you all.

Philippians 4:4-7, " Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplicaiton with thanksgiving let your requests requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Colossians 1:3-12, "We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,...For this reason also, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light."


Monday, November 13, 2017

Intercession

Paul wrote many letters to people and churches in the New Testament. We love them for their instruction to us, for their words to live by and for their encouragement to move on with our lives.

In the book of Philemon he writes a personal letter to his friend Philemon. It is only 25 verses and less than 500 words. Yet the point he makes reaches all of our lives. We see a Paul who wants to plead with his friend to forgive someone who wronged him. Onesimus. A former slave who had stolen from Philemon. Paul interceded with Philemon on behalf of Onesimus, much like Christ interceeds on our behalf.


He doesn't totally let him off the hook. He must still humbly go to Philemon. As we also must go before God. Paul shows his heart in this letter he pens. He wants his dear friend to forgive his slave. He put action to his faith.

I believe we all have been on both sides of this coin. Maybe you have needed to forgive someone who has wronged you and that was difficult to do. Maybe you still need to forgive them. Or maybe you are the one who needs forgiveness and you need to go before someone and humbly ask forgiveness. It is amazing how we can feel so free once we open our heart to forgiveness. We need to be reconciled to God. Jesus paid our debt for us.


1 John 1:8-9, "If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Hebrews 7:25, "He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them."

Philemon verse 7, "For I have come to have much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother."

Friday, November 10, 2017

Its Not Meant To Be A Thriller

Such a journey I am on. Thrilled my book Not Really A Princess is up on Amazon for presale. Very exciting to see. Lots of pats on the back and words of encouragement.

Then four days later I receive my finished book trailer. And its SO not me. He did a nice job but now I have to write a very careful letter to him asking to change a few things. To his credit, he has not read the book and he does not know me. I think it is hard to truly have the same vision for something as someone else because we all see different aspects of the same thing. I am a very visual person and am constantly thinking. It would be impossible for someone to know exactly what I want.

I think the other part of the problem is that I don't particularly like showy things and never want to give the impression of woe is me. The book is full of hard times for the purpose of others seeing they can overcome their own struggles.


I guess I want people to see this book as more of a Hallmark movie that shows a happy ending and gives people encouragement rather than a suspense novel.


I hope all who read this book grasp the full meaning. That is my prayer and hope.

And if you watch my book trailer -- be understanding. ;)

"For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." Romans 15:4

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