Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Give Thanks - Psalm 106:1

Psalm 106:1 -- “Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.”

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Simply because we believe in the power of Christ does not mean that our days will be without trouble. And it does not mean that we will live our lives without doubt. Our goal should always be to imitate Christ: to be kinder, to be gentler, to have self-control, to live in peace and joy and to always love God and our neighbor. However, we are human. I am human. You are human. And we are bound to fall short sooner or later.

With the upcoming holidays comes greater stress but it also brings greater joy. If you are like me, you are juggling family visits, grocery lists, the extra costs of that family and grocery list, more events happening in the church and community, and a running list of “I want this for Christmas!” Well maybe you have it more together than I do, perhaps more organized. But this is the reality of the holiday season for me.

Before I get consumed by the chaos, I hear God whispering “Be still.” I take a deep breath. “And know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

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This time of year can be great joy, but it can also be great sorrow for some. It can be a time of peace and chaos in the same moment. Cherish every moment! Give thanks to the Lord for all He has done. Even though times of struggle occur, God is still watching over you, guarding and guiding you along your way.

Our God is good. Look around you. That family that is driving you crazy is a blessing. Even when they are loud and fighting, they are God’s children that you have the privilege to know, grow with and love no matter what, just as God loves us.

When we feel drained, worn out, stressed out and overwhelmed. God is still working. He is still covering us with His love. And He still whispers “Be still and know I am God.” He has it all under control, even the things that feel out of our control. He is good and His faithful love endures forever. So let’s give thanks to God for the peaceful chaos of the season and for all the many blessings He provides each of us.

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