Being thankful or confessing thanks, which is it?

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Thankful- of, relating to, or expressing thanks

 

I say that I’m thankful, but how often do I really express thanks? That would be a good question to ponder….

 

Is giving thanks to the Father always on my mind?

When the washing machine breaks, do I give thanks?

When a child comes down with sickness, do I give thanks?

Do I thank Him in the good times too, or do I forget who the blessings come from?


 

These are questions the Holy Spirit has been nudging me with. They aren’t easy questions and ones I would rather not answer at times, but they are necessary.

We always have a reason to confess His goodness and faithfulness. Being thankful simply isn’t enough. We have to confess that thanks to Him and to others. It’s hard to truly be thankful and not proclaim it. Being thankful should lead us to verbally giving thanks to our Father, Yahweh. His goodness, kindness, and faithfulness is everlasting. It’s new every single day. If that’s not enough to be thankful for, well, I don’t know what is. He doesn’t have to do another single thing for us because He’s done so much already.

So this Thanksgiving, as we gather with family and friends to thank Him for our blessings, let’s remember to do it the other 364 days of the year too. As we think of the Pilgrims who endured hardships as they settled in America, we have much to give thanks for. Though our nation is at a crisis and crossroads, we can still thank Yahweh because His mercy does endure for ever.


 

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

Psalm 107:1

 

When God Wants You To Know

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Times right now seem unstable. Wars are raging, money is fading, and fears are rising. As humans, we’re going to have doubts and fears when things seem to be falling apart all around us. I know for me, it can be scary. Raising children in the world we live in today, if you’re aware of the danger and atrocity, can keep you up at night and steal your sleep. I’ve been asking the Father to help me know, that I know, He will take care of me and my family, my friends, and even acquaintances. He is faithful enough to do just that.


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His Eye Is On the Sparrow and You

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A few weeks ago, our boys found some baby Sparrows. They came running in with excitement, proclaiming they had rescued the babies. They were upset that the Mother bird had left them in the brush, near the back of the yard. They wondered how they would eat and survive. They insisted on us keeping them and feeding them until they could fly.

 

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Oh How We Need You!

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This world can be so distracting. So many different things can catch our eye. From the gadgets, to activities, to entertainment, and sports, we can be so busy with nothing of importance. Having hobbies or being interested in one of those isn’t necessarily bad either. We just have to know where the limit is and if there is something more important we can focus on. Prayer is something of utmost importance in the life of a believer. It is the very thing that connects us with the Father, but it is very often set to the side.

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Encouraging Our Little Ones

 

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We hear so much about encouraging the older children in each family. I’ve often wanted to read a post about encouraging our little ones since that’s what I have. My boys are all under the age of eight (8 1/2 he would say). It seems that those ages can be the “you’re in my way” age or the “no” age. They aren’t really mature as we’d like and they ask way too many questions that we don’t have the answer too. They are learning how to do certain things without assistance and it can tend to get messy. As I was praying last night and throughout today, I asked the Father how can I encourage my little ones and this is what I had written down.

We can encourage our little ones with our words. Words can leave a lasting impression, either for good or for bad. With children I think we tend to just say things at times not thinking a lot about what comes out of our mouth. They’re small and most of them are very forgiving. I know some nights I lie down and feel so guilty when I think of somethings I said to mine that day. They wake up the next day with smiles, hugs, and kisses. I love you’s slip from their lips and they seem to have forgiven without me even asking. I have been trying to be more intentional with my words towards my boys. I have been trying to pay attention when they obey or do something good and praise them for it. We can encourage them by praising their good deeds and correcting their bad deeds. It’s just in the tone and how we approach them.

We can also encourage them with our actions. We often say if you love me, show me. Our younger children probably feel the same way, but aren’t sure how to say it. Do I hug them and kiss them? Touch is a very important encouragement. Do I give them a high five when they do something awesome? I know boys, especially, like to be applauded. We can show our children we love them even when they aren’t showing us. That isn’t easy to do for me. When they are whiny and complaining, I tend to want to give them the what for. Instead, I can lovingly tell them how blessed we are and I can pour love on them. I can act on loyalty and not feelings. When I feel like snapping at them or being rude back, I can choose to show them love isn’t based on how I feel. Love is based on loyalty and commitment. Children understand so much, I just think a lot of them have a hard time conveying it when they’re so young.

We can encourage them with our attitude. This one is huge. We can say sweet words, but if our attitude isn’t sweet, it’s just vain. They will figure that out. Everyone loves a cheerful person, even more so a cheerful Mom. It can become mundane and stressful being a stay at home Mom. My attitude can become affected pretty quick when things get out of whack. I can become grouchy in two seconds flat most days. I blame it on the kids, but that’s not true. It’s just selfishness and childish. I want to be unmoved by circumstances so I don’t treat those around me unfairly. Our children (and husband too) deserve that. Our attitudes each morning and day can greatly encourage our children. If Mom is on their side, then what else do they need, right? I have prayerfully asked the Lord to help my attitude be one that pleases Him and will encourage my family.

If you’re not encouraging your little ones, don’t fret! Today is a new day. You can ask the Father to show you ways to encourage them personally and you can start now. Ask the Father to let you see your children as He sees them. They need us and we need them. I learn so much from my children, often how sinful and selfish I truly am. Go ahead and start encouraging today!

Father, we thank You for the gift of our little ones. They are precious! They can seem to get in the way, but really they aren’t. They are in our lives to show us ways You want to change us. Use our children to refine us and draw us closer to You. Help us to encourage those little ones who are still at home with us. May we love them, speak kindly to them, and smile at them often. May we be a light to our children so they can be a light to others. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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Life Is a Cycle

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As we did our Ecclesiastes study, I thought about life and it hit me. Life is hard and life is easy for everyone, not just me. It seems to be smooth sailing for awhile and then out of nowhere you’re shipwrecked. It seems you’re sinking and you can’t find a life saver anywhere in sight. Then, just when you don’t think you will make it, you’re safe again. If one thing has stood out this past couple of years it’s this: life is a cycle and it has seasons. So the question is, what do we do with these cycles and seasons?

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Are We Faithful?

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Our lesson a few weeks ago in home school touched on the subject of faithfulness. We talked about what is to be faithful and how we can be faithful. We made a small list of things we are faithful with and a small list of things we aren’t so faithful with. It started a new saying among the boys which is cute, yet profound. Are you faithful to… fill in the blank. The funniest one would have to be: are you faithful to your teeth? So it triggered something in my little brain, are we a faithful people? What is faithfulness?

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Oh How We Need You!

 

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This world can be so distracting. So many different things can catch our eye. From the gadgets, to activities, to entertainment, and sports, we can be so busy with nothing of importance. Having hobbies or being interested in one of those isn’t necessarily bad either. We just have to know where the limit is and if there is something more important we can focus on. Prayer is something of utmost importance in the life of a believer. It is the very thing that connects us with the Father, but it is very often set to the side.

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Love Isn ‘t a Feeling

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Why do we let feelings dictate us? If things are going great and we feel awesome, then we act awesome. If things aren’t going great and we feel discouraged, we often act depressed. I’ve come to realize (through the Holy Spirit) that I let feelings dictate me a lot, more than I thought. If I’m not feeling it, I certainly don’t pretend. We hear a lot in the secular world that if you’re not feeling it, don’t fake it. On the other hand we also hear in the realm of Christianity that sometimes we have to set feelings aside and act as if we are feeling it. It’s a war within our souls and we must fight it.

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Trusting When We Can’t See

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I don’t usually like surprises. I’m the one who likes to know the end of the story before it even begins.When it comes to life, I’m really not much different. I like to know what each day holds and more specifically, what the months and years hold. I’ve been learning that our Father doesn’t quiet work in this way.

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