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No Matter What, Give Thanks! by Song of Joy

No Matter What, Give Thanks!

 

“ In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”  1 Thessalonians 5:18

Can you remember a time when you did something wrong but it worked out for your good?” One day I was reading from the book “Power of Praise” while driving. (I know, I know it was a NO-NO – reading while driving.) It was like I was drawn to keep reading. When I stopped at the traffic light on 7 Mile and Hubbard on my way to tutor some children at a home school, I was still reading when the light changed and I didn’t take off. There wasn’t anyone behind me so no one blew a horn. I just kept on reading and the next thing I knew a car came speeding by and ran the green light. I yelled, “Thank You Jesus!”.

I still had time to go, but I just sat there through another red light and thanked God. Also, I had to give my heart time to slow down because it was racing a mile a minute.  Just the thought of what might have happened If I had not been reading, “Power of Praise” scared me. l would have been hit.

I remember another time when I and two  of my daughters  were returning from shopping for a family of 3 for Angel Tree. Angel Tree is an organization that showers children with gifts whose parent/parents are incarcerated. As we were leaving the store the aroma of the popcorn was so overpowering that I broke down and purchased 3 bags. I reminded the girls to be very careful and not to drop one kernel because we were not to be eating in the car. Guess What? You may be thinking, “The girls dropped kernels.” Right! But not only did the girls drop popcorn but I did my share, but it’s how that will make you say, “WOW.”

We stopped at a traffic light (yes, another traffic light- but I wasn’t reading) on Grand River and Beech Daly to let a couple of Fire Trucks go by, but the vehicle behind me, plus 4 others didn’t stop. The Buick behind me pushed us under the Van that was in front of me. Each time there was a bump we were going even further under the van, yelling “Jesus” and throwing popcorn. It was a sight! When it was over, all the popcorn was out of the bags all over the car. When we got out of the car and I asked the girls if they were OK. My next statement was, “Daddy is going to get us. We got popcorn all over the car.” We jumped back in the car and proceeded to pick-up the popcorn before my husband, Javan got there. Psalm 34: 8(a) says, “O taste and see that the LORD is good”. Well, that popcorn tasted good, but the goodness of the LORD tasted even better!

When we got home the 3 of us headed to the basement and we prayed and thanked the Lord that we didn’t get hurt. I even got some olive oil and anointed our heads and necks so we wouldn’t be sore the next day.

A Thankful Prayer

Most grateful Father, thank You for opportunities to be able to give You thanks and praise even when I am not following You according to Your Word. I thank You for being God by Yourself for there is no other God like You. “Oh that men would praise the Lord for His mighty Acts.” I praise You for being a God that never slumbers nor sleeps. Amen

By Carol Turnbough  called “Song of Joy”. – Song of Joy teaches and ministers to children and youth. She loves to praise God with her whole heart. She writes songs and skits to the glory of God and serves on  the Music Ministry of Messiah Baptist Church in Detroit, MI. She also serves on the Christian Education Administrative Team and teaches Sunday School.

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Thankful to God and You

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Dear Family and Friends,

Happy Thanksgiving!

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! I am thankfu.

Psalm 107:1 O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good for his mercy endureth for ever.

God is a God of love and love is not a 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”!( Keith Butler)

Love on your families and persons who are hurting due to divorce, loss of a loved one, tragedy……. and Brag on God Season of Thankfulness : Brag on God #bragonGod #thankthegivingGod Brag on God .Think and Thank . Think of God goodness, greatness, grace, and how he done so many great things for you. Tell it. Thank God for all the great things He has done in your life.

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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

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”

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Devote Yourselves to Faithful Prayer Connections(Devotions for Everyday Life)

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Devote Yourselves to Faithful Prayer

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Colossians 4:2).

When we have thankful hearts, and minds that are alert (watchful) to the enemy’s schemes, we will be better able to maintain the faithful practice of prayer. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:12). Your family can determine to obey this command by setting aside time each day to pray individually and together. The Father will reward your faithfulness. If this time is difficult to find, sit down together and plan what activities are taking away opportunities to spend time in prayer together. It may only take a few minor adjustments to find a segment of time to pray together daily. Perhaps all it will take is to turn off the television or give up excess time at the computer, etc. Talk about what being devoted means. Ask yourselves if you are more devoted to other activities than to prayer. Determine to change your priorities if this is the case.

Awesome Lord, my busy life often gets in the way of faithfulness in my prayer life. Help me to see prayer as a natural part of every aspect of my everyday life so that intercession becomes like breathing to me. Give our family a deep desire to devote ourselves to prayer.

–Adapted from the article Living for God in the Last Days by Kim Butts, author of The Praying Family (Creative Ways to Pray Together)
Prayer Points

Praise God for his faithfulness in calling you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 1:9). Thank God for the privilege of being his adopted child. Confess those times when you’ve foolishly acted like an orphan rather than as one of God’s own children. Commit yourself to strengthening the fellowship you enjoy with Christ and with other Christians. Ask God to reveal to you anything that might hinder your fellowship with Christ.

Pray for a close and loving bond to grow between the members of your immediate family. Ask that this bond will be rooted only in Christ Jesus.

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend
Connection (Devotions for Everyday Life) © 2013 is published by Harvest Prayer Ministries. Subscribe free at connection.harvestprayer.com Click the link to read the entire article: Living for God in the Last Days (God’s Prayer Plan for the Family) by Kim Butts

ACTION STEP:
Allow your children to see and hear you praying in the morning and at night.
Teach them to say a prayer in the morning before they attend school.
Pray with them in the morning before they attend go.
Set a time to pray with them in family prayer at least 3 times a week for at least 10 minutes and then work to more days and time if you are just beginning to start faithful family prayer. Linda Fegins.

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Thank God for His Love for You

Praise God for all His spiritual benefits. Thank God for His unfailing love for you. You can trust Him not to forsake you. Seek His face. No matter what you are facing this Monday morning or this week you are an overcomer and an achiever. You can make it through, around, and over because “Jesus” can work it out for you. You take care of the possible and trust God for the impossible. “God’s Little Instruction Book for Women”.”They that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” Psalm 9:10

Praise Him in the middle of your mess or problem. Pray. Listen. Hear. Prayer is a dialogue, not a monologue. Believe. Trust.
Walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

Pray without ceasing. 1 Thess 5:17. ” We can do more than pray after we have prayed ,but we cannot do more than pray until we have prayed” A.J. Gordon.

Prayer focus points:
Pray for protection and covering for those who are facing Hurricane Sandy.
Pray for those sufferring from domestic abuse.Pray for deliverance, self esteem , way of escape, renewed mind. http://www.ladyofprayer.com/?p=958
Pray for your buisness and your sister’s business in honor of Women’s small buisness month. http://www.ladyofprayer.com/?p=935
Pray for fairness, integrity and no voter suppression during this election.
Pray for our children -against bullying and suicide.

Linda Fegins October 2012

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