What Shall I do, Lord? By Song of Joy

“What shall I do? What steps should I take? What moves should I make? Oh, Lord, what shall I do?

About two years ago, the Lord allowed me to become acquainted with a family  which were having hard times.  The mom had become a member of the church body and immediately cried out for “HELP.”  Stop, right there! Judge not that ye be not judged (Matthew 7:1). Well, isn’t that one of the reasons God has established the Church – to help?

Back to the story…The dad was on disability and the mom was unemployed.  They were going through many troublesome situations. There was car trouble, house trouble, furniture trouble, refrigerator trouble, food trouble, clothing trouble, money trouble, etc. Trouble.

 

The Lord placed me in the position to get the car out of the shop, get a refrigerator, find furniture, purchase food, be instrumental in getting a small job and the list could go on and on.  My desires for the family, which were shared with them, were to thank the Lord for making a way for them, husband and children attend Church, and that the wife would stay in fellowship with our church body.  Promises were made, but very few were kept.  In fact, most of the time, there was never any fellowship at the church, unless there was a need or we were giving away things.  The job didn’t last but for a very, very short time.  My desires never came to pass.

 

Request for prayers were being asked, along with money and material items, but when those last two items ceased, the calls became less frequent. Eventfully they stopped.  I had peace because I was a doer of Ephesians 4:32a, “Be ye kind one to another…”

 

But recently, I received a text that said, “Mrs. Turnbough, would you please pray for me.”  Three days later, late that night, another text came asking if I knew of some place to get some food.  It’s the holiday and there was not enough food in the house for the family, and her sister who had just moved in.  She had left her husband and she and the children had no place to go.

I pondered about how to handle this situation. Struggling question began to flood my soul. What shall I do? What steps should I take? What moves should I make? Oh, Lord, what shall I do? Should I get involved again? I had said to myself, “I am not helping them anymore”. 

 

Why go back on my word? They didn’t appreciate it.  Are they just using me again? I don’t want to be foolish and lean on my own understanding.  So, it’s the holiday weekend and she wanted certain food in the house.  Is that my responsibility? Is this a test for me to see if I will listen to my flesh or the Spirit? Or, is this a prayer being answered, that I have prayed to be used by You? Is this Your hand at work and You’re inviting me to see what you are doing? It’s not that I can’t do it – do I want to help? What would you do Jesus? Please guide me Holy Spirit.  I need wisdom.

 

After having these thoughts for an hour or so, I opened my bible and began to read Psalms 47, 48, and I stopped at 49.  It spoke about not trusting in your wealth and when you perish you won’t be taking any of it with you.  I got my answer! Give the family some money for food.  That’s what Jesus would do.

 

Prayer:

Father God, for whatever reason You allowed her to text me, I can’t let you down because of my flesh questioning the whys and why nots of men.  Amen.

 

By the way, a day later, the Holy Spirit whispered to my heart why the text was made to this vessel – I needed a fresh testimony in helping someone who I had said I wasn’t going to help again.  “Someone will follow the “Me” in you because you followed “Me.” You passed the test!”

 

Carol Turnbough is also known as ” Song of Joy”.

 

 

 

Season of Thankfulness: Thanking God Always. (Days26-28)

 

Monday is Day 27 of the Season of Thankfulness. I hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving Day celebration with family and friends. You have much to thank God for. Think about it and then thank the Lord.

Even if everything is not like what you want it to be, give thanks to God anyway. My family had to celebrate the unexpected homegoing services of my respected and loved 38 year old cousin who died of an asthma attack on Saturday, two days after Thanksgiving Day . Imagine the broken hurts of his parents and his brand new wife. Lord have mercy. Yet we gave thanks to God for strength and comfort. He still is a good God.  We are praying for his parents and his wife of three weeks.

God’s command is “In every thing give thanks”; and the command is emphasized by the declaration, “for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thess. 5:18, KJV). It is an actual positive command. If we want to obey God, we have simply got to give thanks in everything. There is no getting around it.

Sometimes we have to Hallelujah anyway! What does that mean? We must believe God is blessing us always, and we must be thankful at all times.  Instead of blaming God and complaining when things go wrong, thank God anyway. Believe that God will turn a tragedy into a triumph. It does not mean you understand the occurrence, don’t hurt and that you don’t cry. It means you will still have a thankful heart and praise the Lord.

At the funeral services over 20 persons came to the altar to  give their hearts to the Lord and accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Hallelujah!

O give thanks unto the Lord! Call upon His name; make known his deeds among the people!(1 Chronicle16:8-10) No matter what the circumstance give thanks that you have a prayer hearing God, that has unfamthonable love for and that you are more than a conqueror.

God’s command is “In every thing give thanks”; and the command is emphasized by the declaration, “for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thess. 5:18, KJV). It is an actual positive command. If we want to obey God, we have simply got to give thanks in everything. There is no getting around it.

Day 26 Brag on God for His love and His loving kindness to you. Brag on Him for who is He is. “I praise You because You are a loving God, whose very nature is love”. (1 Jn 4:16)
Think, about His goodness. Praise Him. Thank Him and tell what your are thankful for. Open your mouth and tell it. Think and Thank. #BragonGod #ThinkandthankGod
“Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness and loving-kindness and His wonderful works to the children of men! Ps. 107:21
“And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving and rehearse His deeds with shouts of joy and singing! Ps 107: 22.

Season of Thankfulness: Brag on God
Day 27 Brag on God- Think and Thank
. Think about His goodness, grace, and greatness. Thank God for all of His daily benefits. Tell it below thank Him. Psalm 106

1 Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!) O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!

2 Who can put into words and tell the mighty deeds of the Lord? Or who can show forth all the praise [that is due Him]?

 

A Season of Thankfulness: Brag on God
Day 28 Brag on God
– Think about His goodness, greatness, grace and love. Thank Him for all that He has done in your life.Tell the Lord what you are thankful for.
I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise. Psalm 138 : 1-2. Every thanks and every praise should be to our God. Brag on God for He is worthy of all praise.

Fervently give thanks,

Linda Fegins, “The Prayer Leader”

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A Season of Thankfulness: Thanks to the Giving God

 

Let’s give thanks to the giving God. “And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving and rehearse His deeds with shouts of joy and singing! Ps 107: 22

Happy Thanksgiving Family and Friends,

Brag on God with thanksgiving and Praise. What are you specifically thankful for?
Thank Him for all He has done!

Ephesians 5:20 – Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I pray that your holiday is blessed and enjoyable. While you are enjoying the turkey day and food do not let it overshadow the purpose of Thanksgiving-to express thankfulness and gratitude to God! God is a God of love and love is not  self seeking . Therefore giving thanks is not just for the benefit of God. “God wants you to give thanks because a thankful heart opens the door to more blessing in your life”!(Pastor Keith Butler)

This week each day I challenge each of us to brag on God and specifically think about, and thank the Lover of Your soul for all His blessings to you. Then open your mouth with the sacrifice of praise and Tell God and others how thankful and grateful you are.

I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; 2 I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. Psalm 138:1-2

Here is a Prayer Of Thanksgiving by Rev Chestina Mitchell Archibald. Rev. Archibald reflected on Psalms 118:1  in writing this prayer

 

                                                       A Prayer of Thanksgiving

Almighty and Everlasting God,

How can I begin to thank You for Your abundant blessings? Never, could I repay the gift of life! The Blessings which flow freely from you are numerous. You  are such a generous God. Thanks for the abundant love and blessings You give. Lord, I offer my heartfelt thanks for Your gifts, both physical and spiritual. Thank You for awakening my heart and spirit to the awareness of Your presence. Lord, because of You life has meaning, and I  am filled with hope formed with purpose , and brimming with potential. In gratitude, I offer my life anew.  Amen.

Rev Chestina Mitchell Archibald.

Let’s keep our eyes open wide so we and others can see all the great blessings and things we have to be thankful for.

Remember others. If you cannot feed a hundred people, then feed just one. As we have therefore opportunity let us do good unto all men. Galatians 6:10 #feedone #helpsomebody #dogood During this Holiday Season of joy, celebration and gathering with family and friends (and really all the year) remember those grieving from lost (divorce, death, rejection, failure) and suffering from illness and depression. Remember the poor and lonely. This time of year is often depressing to some. Pray for them and then—- DO. Give a smile, a hug, an encouraging word, a touch, a donation. Feed them; give a gift, a visit, support, and resources. We are God’s ambassadors created for good works. I am so thankful. I want to tell you how extremely thankful to God for being able to connect and share with you.

With a heart filled with gratitude

Fervently pray and give thanks,
Linda “The Prayer Leader” November 2017

 

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A Season of Thankfulness: Count Your Blessings

Day 22 Think and Thank. Now Count Your Blessings. Name them one by one.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.Psalm 136:1

 

Thankfulness is being so full of thanks that you can’t keep it inside! You need to tell someone and that includes telling the Lord. We just have to tell the God “Thank You”. “Thank you Lord for all you have done for me”.

Day 22 Brag on God .Think and Thank. Think about God’s goodness. Give thanks to him. Count your blessings. Name them one by one. Oh give thanks to the Lord for all He has done. Think of his goodness, greatness and grace. Thank Him for everything He has done and DOES for you on a daily basis even in the midst of our mess ups.
Give thanks to the LORD, for Heis good. His love endures forever.Psalm 136:1 Share your “thank yous”.

Fervently thankful,

Linda Fegins”The Prayer Leader”

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Season of Thankfulness:(Days 18-20) Think and Thank God (Brag on God)

 

“O gives thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever”. Psalm 107:1

It’s the Season of Thankfulness. In November think and thank the Lord for his many blessings. This is the 18th Day. What have you been thankful for? Brag on God for 30  days of thanks. Everyday give thanks. Of course we should always give thanks unto the Lord. We should have thankful hearts for the great things God has done in our lives.

God’s command is “In everything give thanks”; and the command is emphasized by the declaration, “For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thess. 5:18, KJV). It is an actual positive command. If we want to obey God, we have simply got to give thanks in everything. There is no getting around it.

So Brag on the King of Kings and the one who loves you unconditionally. Brag on God this month and really everyday give thanks to the Lord. Whatever you can say about Him -Tell Him how good and merciful He has been to you. Give a word of thanks.

 

Day 18- Brag on God and be Grateful. Tell Him how grateful and thankful you are.

Walter Hawkins Lyrics from Be Grateful
(Be-e-e-e-e-e Grateful) Grateful
(Be-e-e-e-e-e Grateful) Be Grateful
Because there’s someone else who’s worse off than you
Be Grateful (Be Grateful)
Because there’s someone else who’d love to be in your shoes
Be Grateful ( Be Grateful)
Oh yeah!
My God said he’d never, never forsake you!
Be Grateful (Be Grateful) oh yeah!
God said he would, he would never, never forsake you!
Be Grateful (Be Grateful) oh yeah!
Be Grateful Hallelujah!
Oh! Be Grateful
The Lord is the light!

Be Grateful (Be Grateful) Yeah, Yeah
Be Grateful
For everything you got!
Be Grateful (Be Grateful) Yeah, Yeah

Day 19 – Brag on God– Think thankfully. How has God been so good to you? – Thankfully count the ways and say it, TELL it, and post it below.

– O give thanks unto the Lord! Call upon His name; make known his deeds among the people! (1 Chronicle16:8-10)

Day 20 Brag on God and “Think Thankfully”. How many specific thank you can you give Him for all His blessings, benefits, and love? Post some of them.

I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and TALK of thy doings. Psalm 77:11-12

Day 21– Brag on God. Praise Him for His mighty works. Thank Him for everything He has done and DOES for you on a daily basis even in the midst of our mess ups.

It is good to remember that the tea kettle although up to its neck in hot water, continues to sing. (God’s Instruction Book)

Rejoice evermore… In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16, 18

Fervently Thankful,

Linda “The Prayer Leader”.

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Season of Thankfulness- Days 15 to 17 of Thinking and Thanking God

 

This month November Think and Thank the Lord for his many blessings. We have been on bragging on God for 16 days now. During this 30 Day Season of Thankfulness, Brag on God for 30 days of thanks. Everyday give thanks. Of course we should always give thanks unto the Lord. Of course we should have grateful hearts all the time. Giving thanks is remembering what the Lord has done for you and to you, your family and the community. Praise is honoring the Lord for who He is – the Lord of Lords, the everlasting King.

We should have thankful hearts for the great things God has done in our lives.  In Psalm 107 some verses state:

“O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever”. Psalm 107:1

“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so” .Psalm 107:2a

“Oh, that men would praise the Lord for His goodness and loving-kindness and His wonderful works to the children of men! Ps. 107:21

“And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving and rehearse His deeds with shouts of joy and singing! Ps 107: 22

Remember to give thanks unto the Lord for all that He has done. Thank God for his timing and faithfulness in provision. Thank God for His peace. Think about His goodness to you and how He has allowed you to see another day .He has protected you from dangers seen and unseen. He has….

Begin to think and thank the Lord. Think and meditate on his loving kindness to you.  Then begin to thank God and brag on Him.

Day 17

Season of Thankfulness- Brag on God series. Think and Thank
Day 17- Brag on God and be Grateful. Tell Him how grateful and thankful you are. Think of His grace and greatness. Now let Him know you are grateful.
Walter Hawkins Lyrics from Be Grateful
(Be-e-e-e-e-e Grateful) Grateful
(Be-e-e-e-e-e Grateful) Be Grateful
Because there’s someone else who’s worse off than you
Be Grateful (Be Grateful)
Because there’s someone else who’d love to be in your shoes
Be Grateful ( Be Grateful)
Oh yeah!
My God said he’d never, never forsake you!
Be Grateful (Be Grateful) oh yeah!
God said he would, he would never, never forsake you!
Be Grateful (Be Grateful) oh yeah!
Be Grateful Hallelujah!
Oh! Be Grateful
Day 16

A Season of Thankfulness: Brag on God series. Think and Thank.
Day 16- Brag on God with thanksgiving and praise. Think about His goodness to you. Thank Him for all He has done for you. What are you specifically thankful for?
Thank Him for all He has done!
Ephesians 5:20 – Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
#thankGodforeverything #thankGod #BragonGod #ThinkandThan

 

Season of Thankfulness: Brag on God. Think and Thank #begrateful #bragonGod #seasonofthankfulness #thinkandthankGod #grateful
Day 15- Be Grateful. Brag on God with a grateful heart. Be grateful, thankful and know, walk and talk like you are blessed.
Think about the grace of God in your life.
So much to be grateful for (in spite of the violence in this world)
O give thanks unto the Lord! Call upon His name; make known his deeds among the people! (1 Chronicle16:8-10)

Linda Fegins, “The Prayer Leader”

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Brag On God: Think and Thank God (Days 11-13)

A Season of Thankfulness: Brag on God series. Think and Thank God.

Thankfulness is being so full of thanks that you can’t keep it inside! You need to tell someone and that includes telling the Lord. We just have to tell God “Thank You”. “Thank you Lord for all you have done for me.”

 

Sometimes people confuse praising the Lord with thanking Him.  When we praise the Lord we celebrate Him for who He is. He is Omnipotent. Love.  The Almighty God.  When we thank God, we celebrate Him for what He does.  We praise Him for He is Jehovah-Repheka , God ..Our Healer. We thank Him for healing us.

 

Join us daily and tell God and us why you thank Him.

Day 11- Brag on God during this Season of Thankfulness – Think and Thank. Think of how you have sooooo much to be thankful for. Thank the Lord. Tell the Lord what you are thankful for. #Seasonofthankfulness #thinkandthankGod #BragonGod
I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise. Psalm 138 : 1-2

 

Brag on God : Season of Thankfulness Think and Thank.
Be thankful. #seasonofthankfulness #bragonGod #whatareyouthankfulfor
Day 12 Brag on God -Think of the Lord’s  loving kindness to you. Think of His goodness to you. What are you thankful for?
Now thank the Lord.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 107:1

Season of Thankfulness #seasonofthankfulness #bragonGod
Day 13 Brag on God. Think and Thank. Think on all that He has done for you. Thank the Lord for His grace and mercy Praise Him and/or tell him how thankful you are for Him.
Thank Him for the Blood that saves, heals and delivers. I Plead the blood….
We are commanded to enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise (Psalm. 100:4). The giving of thanks and Praise is the key that opens these gates more quickly than anything else. Try it….Tell it.

Thank God fervently,

Linda Fegins “The Prayer Leader”

 

 

 

 

 

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Brag on God: Think and Thank the Lord (Days 8-10)

This is the season of thankfulness. However, we should always thank the Lord for His steadfast love for us and His mercy and grace. Think on the great things He has done for you. Then thank the Lord God . Share what you are thankful for.

Day 10 Brag on God – Think and Thank. Think of how God has brought you through dangers seen and unseen. Now thank the giving God. What are you thankful for?
Sometimes we are so busy adding up our troubles that we forget to count our blessings.
#bethankful #countblessings

I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work and talk of thy doings. Psalm 77:11-12

 

 

 

 

Day 9 Brag on God. Praise Him. He deserves every praise. Praise our God for He is worthy. Psalm 138:1
I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will
sing your praise.
Give Him thanks for his daily blessings
“Oh, that men would praise the Lord for His goodness and loving-kindness and His wonderful works to the children of men!” Psalm 107:21

 

Day 8 Brag on God . Think and thank Him.( all this month and everyday throughout) On Day 8 of this Season of thankfulness think of his grace, graciousness, gifts,guidance and all he has done so many great things for you. Now Thank Him.
He would love to hear from You. Say thank you and why. #bragonGod #ThinkandThank
And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving and rehearse His deeds with shouts of joy and singing! Ps 107: 22.

Thank Him fervently,

Linda “The Prayer Leader”

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Brag on God: Think and Thank (Day 6 and 7)

It’s the Season of Thankfulness.  Thankfulness means “to express gratitude. We ought to thank God every day all year long. God’s Word says that “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God”. (Colossians 3:17).

I challenge you to stop and think about how you thank God during Day 6 and 7 of Brag on God: Think and Thank series. Some people confuse praising God with thanking Him. What’s the difference? When we praise God, we celebrate Him for who He is. When we thank God, we celebrate Him for what He does. For example we praise God because He is great and He is love.  We thank Him for loving us so much that He sent Jesus.

 

Day 6 Brag on God. Think and thank Him in the season of thankfulness. (All this month and everyday throughout the year)
The Lord, God, the Everlasting Father would love to hear from you. Think about how He delivered you from a situation or habit , picked you up out of depression , forgave you for your sins, and blessed you anyway in spite of you.  Say thank you and why.

And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving and rehearse His deeds with shouts of joy and singing! Psalm 107: 22.

 

Day 7 Brag on God– Think and Thank. In this Season of Thankfulness,  think about how many times the Lord has worked out a situation for you that seemed impossible to do, gave you favor,  showed mercy to you, delivered you, forgave you…. Count your blessings. Name them one by one. Give Him thanks all this month and as you should every day.

O give thanks unto the Lord! Call upon His name; make known his deeds among the people! (1 Chronicle 16:8-10)

 

Think and thank fervently,

Linda “The Prayer Leader”

 

 

 

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Brag on God: Think and Thank Him (Day 3 and 4)

 

Thanksgiving Day falls in November where family and friends join together to celebrate and to give thanks. November should be a month where we give thanks to the Lord all month long. We should remember how far He has brought us. We should have a heart of thankfulness. We should really thank Him  everyday throughout the year for God is good all the time.  “ O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever”. Psalm 107:1

 

Thankfulness means “to express gratitude”.  Sometimes someone does something nice, but we never tell that person. Thankfulness is being so full of thanks that we can’t keep it inside or to ourselves.  We just have to tell God “thank You”.

So I am challenging you to thank God for one thing each day during this month. Better yet please share  your “Lord I thank you________”.

This is Day 3 of Brag on God. Think and Thank Jesus (all month long and every day) He is good. So meditate and think on all He has done for you and give thanks.

“And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving and rehearse His deeds with shouts of joy and singing! Ps 107: 22
Remember to give thanks unto the Lord for all that He has done. Thank God for His loving kindness to you. Thank Him for his grace, gentleness, and greatness. God is good all the time.

 

Day 4 Brag on God. Praise Him and tell the Lord how thankful you are for Him. Think and Thank. Think of how He came to your rescue time and time again. Give thanks to the Lord all month long.(all the time) #BragonGod #thinkandthank

We are commanded to enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise ( Ps. 100:4). The giving of thanks and praise is the key that opens these gates more quickly than anything else. Try it.
Think and Thank. Praise His name .What are you thankful?

Fervently pray and give thanks to the Lord,

“The Prayer Leader”, Linda Fegins ldfaygo@gmail.com

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