"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." ~ from ISAIAH 61 Bible verse for this Blog

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

TUNE 4 TUESDAY ~ O COME LET US ADORE HIM

CELTIC WOMAN

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eLDvM7eSq0

There are two great challenges that I've read about for the month of December to FOCUS on PEACE on earth (for one) and PRAISE (for the other). 

As I reviewed my scheduled posts for December, I noticed that somehow I did not have a Tune 4 this Tuesday and I could not have thought of a better one than this. The problem was choosing who to sing this song that came into my heart and mind as I thought of a month filled with PRAISE and PEACE! Since the weekend, I keep singing "O Come let us ADORE Him"... so I just needed to find an artist to sing this and bring the praise and peace into my heart and yours. I'm pretty sure the angelic singing of the "Celtic Woman" did this for you as they did for me.

Because I have been struggling this past year with a heaviness on my spirit as I grieved, I knew that the verse I chose for my blog when I initiated my blogging(under my header), was speaking to me from Isaiah 61, when I thought it was meant for others:

"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and garment of praise 
instead of a spirit of despair."

I know that as I COME and ADORE Him, that I must lay down all that is weighing me down, to lift my hands in PRAISE! So, as this one year point of mourning the suicide death of my close friend draws near (December 6th) and the beautiful season of CHRISTMAS approaches, I may be absent from my blog, but have planned well in advance a month full of posts (some days with more than one), I will choose to put on a "GARMENT of PRAISE instead of a spirit of despair."

I have written a PRAISE for each day in advance, so that's the reason there is more than one some days... for me to add my praise... as the challenge leads us also (since at this time I do not know the plan or have the book). I accept these challenges to PRAISE and of PEACE.

What I do know is that CHRISTMAS is to be full of JOY and PEACE because of the One who we celebrate is the REAL reason of this season. Jesus Christ humbled Himself to be born in a lowly manger to COME and SAVE us, lead us to KNOW the LOVE of the Father. 

Many of you have prayed for me and I find great COMFORT in your prayers! I have MOVED FORWARD this year as I declared that I must and it's because of your support and prayers.

Thank you! Thank you ever so much for helping me through these last 12 months and giving me HOPE ~ the HOPE, FAITH and LOVE of Jesus Christ makes all the difference and lights a candle in the dark for me. I am so thankful for the Light of Jesus Christ reflected through YOU!
(and you YOUs know who you are!!!)

Let us now COME, ADORE, and GLORIFY our KING with peace on earth, in each of our homes, hearts and minds as we gave Him THANKS, now let us give Jesus, Prince of Peace, all our PRAISE!

I adore You, Lord Jesus!
Father, I adore You!
Spirit, I adore You!
Lay my life before You.
How I love You!

I come and give You all my days
of adoration and praise.
I lay down my heavy heart and thank You
for the Comfort You bring.
I lay down the sense of loss, mourning, emptiness,
and my raw emotions that stand in my way of comforting
the family of my friend with words of light and hope.
Strengthen me as You continue to use me
as an open vessel of Your love.
Show me how to rest and share Your Peace and Words.
Lift my weariness and hopelessness
so that I may bless others as You have blessed me.

May I bring JOY, PEACE, COMFORT, LIGHT, STRENGTH and YOUR LOVE!

Let us finish the year of 2010 with PRAISE and PEACE

always in Christ,

Peggy

Monday, November 29, 2010

SPIRITUAL WARFARE 401

Today I'm PRESSING on in this SPIRITUAL WARFARE study along with Bible Cafe for Women;

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... I could have written completing the last of the Spiritual Warfare, but the truth is, it is the beginning of being aware in a new way and ready to utilize my spiritual armor and what I've learned to defend and defeat the enemy from further attacks. 
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In Spiritual Warfare 201, we covered:
The Belt of TRUTH
The Breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS
The Shoes of the GOSPEL of PEACE

In Spiritual Warfare 301, we covered:
The Shield of FAITH
The Helmet of SALVATION

SPIRITUAL WARFARE 401
[linked to Bible Cafe for Women]


Ephesians 6:10-12

Four Keys to Spiritual Victory 
1. We must become aware of the Invisible War. [Spiritual Warfare 101] On the following video, it is the two parts that read "What is the Invisible War"
2. We must learn to appropriate God’s protection for daily living. [Spiritual Warfare 201] This section is the two parts "Preparing Yourself for Spiritual..." 
3. We must learn to engage the enemy with supernatural weapons. [Spiritual Warfare 301] This is the two parts "How to do battle with..."

*** 4. We must utilize God’s means of deliverance when spiritually attacked. [Spiritual Warfare 401]
Online Study with Bible Cafe for Women

This part is covered or wrapped up in the section on this teaching video in both parts entitled
"How to Gain Deliverance"
Great outline and specific points on deliverance and intercessory prayer
A MUST READ
~POWERFUL~


Here are the great discussion questions that Christine has chosen for the end of this study:

Group DiscussionAnswer one or as many as you want.
  1. Has your mind ever wandered during prayer? What can you do to be less distracted? (page 162 )
  2. What kind of prayers do you usually bring to God? Do they fall in the category of personal desires or kingdom purposes? (page 162 )
  3. Has this study helped you become more sensitive to demonic influences in your life? If so, how? (page 174 )
  4. Share your thoughts about this study.
BE SURE TO GO OVER TO BIBLE CAFE FOR WOMEN TO SEE WHAT'S COMING NEXT beginning November 30 ~ you won't want to miss out if you would like to prepare your heart for Christmas with another great study...



MOORE On MONDAY ~ Alabaster 2

This is 
Part 2 "The Alabastar Box" with Beth Moore
If you missed Part 1 of "The Alabaster Box" you can go back here.




LUKE 7:36-50

Settle some business
When are we going to settle it?


We have been set free from our past



Sunday, November 28, 2010

YET I WILL PRAISE YOU...


Kathryn Scott

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh0TC6Er92o

PREPARING MY HEART

REMEMBER 
DECEMBER'S
CHALLENGE
TO PRAISE HIM

31 Days of Praise
with Sunflower Faith


YET I WILL PRAISE YOU!!!


HIDING... Part 5

...YOUR HURT

Continuing with this great series of messages from LifeChurch TV Online with Pastor Craig Groeschel that he entitled "MASQUERADE". They have many choices for you to view the services and listen all week long from Saturday until the next Saturday at all hours you can view this message.


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ALL notes are from LifeChurch.tv

MASQUERADE 1 


This week's the last of this series (new one next week)
MASQUERADE—5

"HIDING YOUR HURT"
with Pastor Chris Beall

  • THERE IS HOPE BEYOND THE HURT.
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. 6He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:5-8 

IF YOU ARE THE ONE HURTING
  • FIND HOPE, HEALING AND COMFORT IN GOD.
“I am with you and will save you,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 30:11 

What is your hurt? What hurt are you concealing?

_____________________________________
_____________________________________TWO WAYS GOD HEALS

1) GOD HEALS THROUGH HIS PEOPLE.

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.Romans 12:15

Praise be to the God…the Father of compassion and the God of all comfortwho comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God2 Corinthians 1:3-4

2) GOD HEALS THROUGH HIS PRESENCE

But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. Psalm 71:14

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.Psalm 46:1

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healedIsaiah 53:5

…because God said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." Hebrews 13:5

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." Psalm 91:1-2

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

All verses are NIV unless otherwise noted.

TALK IT OVER (please feel free to share any or all in the comments or on your blog and link back here-be sure to share your link in the comments if you do)
  • How do you typically respond to hurtful situations? Where do you turn when you're hurt?
  • Why do we so often keep our hurts concealed from God and others?
  • What hurts are you concealing? Take a deep breath and drop the mask you've been hiding behind.
Find healing this week by talking it over with someone who will help you take your next step out of hiding. Find more at www.lifechurch.tv/talkitover. YOU VERSION place to save notes on HIDING YOUR HURT
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhhOxxYFb2I

AMY GRANT

Where do you go when you're hurting...?

"Oh God, Time and grace heals our wounds, but time is not always a friend. What about my friends who have not heard Your words of life? What if they were to die today? I should know how short life can be. I've lost loved ones and friends who were young. Accidents and sudden illness can take away a life quickly. Cancer, diabetes, aneurysms, catastrophic events can change a person's health and life in a moment. Lord, why do I fear opening my mouth? Please help me to be bold, the speak Your words of truth and life to those I love, my family and friends, before time runs out. Help me to be a living testimony for You. Stir up the Holy Spirit within me and the gifts You have given me to minister to others, to reach a dying world, to share Your love and Your hope for the future. Thank You in the name of Jesus, my Lord and Savior. Amen."
~ TGIF, Ephesians Four Ministries... came in my email today and just seemed to fit


Saturday, November 27, 2010

PROPHETIC PAINTING EXPLAINED


TRUE LOVE
~ Jason Upton 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0glcSMFL3lQ





THIS IS MY FAVORITE VIDEO
that
I have seen 
of a painting
of
JESUS



Splat experience Christian Performance Art Ministry
Splatexperience


Amanda's
Secret Garden
loves to share
prophetic paintings 
so while thinking of her
I chose to share this.

ART
GIFTS GLORIFY GOD
ANOINTED
PASSION
EXPERIENCE

AGAPE

God's love expressed through YOU and your gifts instilled by God.

Let it flow.
Openly




Friday, November 26, 2010

ACT of CONFESSION

OPEN YOUR HANDS


Take the time and A.C.T. today
(please watch this vimeo and allow it to open your heart)



An Act Of Confession from blaine hogan on Vimeo.

What are you holding on to?


What is holding on to you?


Blaine Hogan
from MN


If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins 
and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9


I Adore You Most Holy Father, I exalt You, Lord Jesus, I lift my hands and praise You... allow Your Holy Spirit to search me.


In the Name of Jesus, I confess..........

Search me and know my heart. Test me and know my thoughts. Open my hand to release and let go. I'm relying on You to point out and reveal that which I need to see now and change. Let me not hold on to anything!

As I view Blaine's Act of Confession, help me to examine myself and purify my ways, my thoughts, my actions or lack of action. Expose the things in me that are not pleasing to You. But as You do this, give me also the wisdom and grace to forsake them. Forgive me, O Lord... forgive me for each one and may I always forgive others and myself as You have forgiven us. Thank You for Your forgiveness and Your sacrifice for our wrongdoings and sin.

Thank You for the many blessings and lessons from anything I have done or suffered. Melt my heart to become more like Jesus'. Thank You for Your grace and Your mercy toward me that are new every morning. Heal my heart, O Lord so that I may reach out to others with the kind of love that You reach out to me. May my heart be purified by Your Holiness as I stay in Your Word and grow more each day in Your likeness. May I touch others as You have touched me.
May I bless each person as You have blessed me. May I pour out Your love to those that need more of Your love. May I be more sensitive to Your Holy Spirit.
In Jesus Name...




*this vimeo goes along with the series that I have been sharing on Sundays from Pastor Craig Groeschel from LifeChurch TV online called "MASQUERADE"
and I call "HIDING..." (You can check them out by clicking on each part here)
HIDING FROM GODHIDING ... 2HIDING .... Part 3HIDING ... Part 4


Thursday, November 25, 2010

NOAH


SO THANKFUL for GOD'S LOVE


My dear friend Cathy shared this with me as an email and then on her blog, Melodies and Hymnsongs, but I just could not resist sharing it on my blog, as it is such a precious story of...

GOD'S LOVE 
displayed through a special bird, 
NOAH

[this photo is not NOAH]

[The following Story originally comes from
Bob and Georganne Lenham of Wild Rose Rescue Ranch in Texas, home of Noah the Pigeon even though many have received it in emails or seen it on the internet, it is their story]

Wild Rose Rescue Ranch is part of a small team of rehabilitators in east Texas that specialize in different species of wildlife. The 50-acre ranch is a habitat for deer, fawn, rabbits, squirrels, armadillos, skunks, raccoons, horses, possums and birds.

[not the ones in the story either]

These little bunnies, about 6 days old, were attacked by a dog and orphaned. Two out of the litter of five did not survive, and these three were not doing very well.


The Pigeon and the Bunnies
(Photos © Bob Lenham)

Enter Noah—the non-releasable, one-legged homing pigeon/rock dove that we have here in rehab.


The Pigeon and the Bunnies

(Photos © Bob Lenham)

Noah kept going over to the bunny cage and looking in—even sleeping in front of the door to the cage. Then, 2 days ago, I only counted 2 bunnies in the cage, so I hurriedly picked Noah up from the front of the cage so I could look inside. And to my surprise—there was the tiny bunny—under Noah's wing—sound asleep!

The Pigeon and the Bunnies

The bunny had crawled through the cage—preferring a featherbed, no doubt. Now, they are all together, and the bunnies are doing GREAT. When the bunnies scoot underneath Noah's feathers, he extends his wings out to surround them—and they snuggle. When one of them moves and they start sticking out here and there, he gently pushes them back under him with his beak!

The Pigeon and the Bunnies
(Photos © Bob Lenham)

Update on Noah the pigeon from the original people ~ The Lenham's:

"After finding many posts online featuring Noah and the bunnies and reading about the many lives he has touched (his story has been forwarded around the world) we thought we'd post a follow-up and a few new photos.


We knew there was something special about Noah the moment we saw him.
Although the bunnies seem to be his favorite, Noah helps out with many rescue babies here at the Wild Rose Rescue Ranch ...How wonderful it is to have a full-time soft-feathered nurturer here at the rescue ranch! He cuddles with all the babies as they snuggle under his warm feathers...and he "coos" as if singing them to sleep with a lullaby." ~ Bob and Georgeanne Lenham
Noah and the Bunnies
Noah is truly, truly a God-send.

He will cover you with His feathers
And under His wings you will find refuge.
Psalm 91:4

Please look for the new book "Noah and The Bunnies" to be released in Summer 2010 from "A String of Pearl's Tails." Each book in the series tells the story of a wildlife baby here at Wild Rose Rescue Ranch.


Note from Georgeanne:
"The book “Noah And The Bunnies” will be available soon (around April 2010). Our website is under construction and should be up and running within a few weeks. (wildroserescueranch.com), so please check it out. Until our website is up, you can read about Noah on the website:http://www.arcforwildlife.com . “Noah And The Bunnies” is book one in a series of stories about Noah and his amazing love for all babies. I am taking orders now, so feel free to email me at lenhamw@aol.co There are 3 books that will be availalbe in 2010: “Noah And The Bunnies”, “Noah, The Dove”, and a Cd around April, 2010"




I am so thankful for all God's critters, but especially little precious ones! Some I don't like or especially care for... but just because they are God's
I am thankful how He created each one... in His infinite wisdom. We can learn so much from the critters and God's nature. Just look at Noah!





I am so thankful that just as NOAH covered these little ones, Psalm 91 tells me that God shelters, protects and covers me as I draw closer to Him. May you find comfort as you draw near to His Presence and Shelter this day!

HOPE as YOU GATHER
GIVING THANKS
and
enJoying
God's great love
with special ones
that
you will be abundantly blessed
and
remember
HIS GRACE
is 
ENOUGH!
His aMazing GRACE
and
unfailing love
cover
you
and
yours
as
HE
SHINES
so brightly!



(source...free trial of lettering delights thanks to Lori sharing this link today)






Wednesday, November 24, 2010

GIVING THANKS CHALLENGE and GROWING IN GRATITUDE ~ Week 4

WEEK 1 
(click here to see the first week, the beginning of this challenge and the 1st bloggers)
WEEK 2

I continued with special bloggers and prayers using the scripture verses

WEEK 3
ALL bloggers so far are shared in Week 3 at the end and Growing in Gratitude verses continued from Nancy Leigh DeMoss challenge to have attitudes of gratitude; this week  I also shared some of my TOP TEN blessings 
This is:

WEEK 4

I am continuing with the GIVING THANKS CHALLENGE of LEAH from South Breeze Farm. This week I am choosing to share from the pdf of the "Growing in Gratitude" Challenge of Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Revive Our Heart as mentioned in Week 1, that the verses being used daily are from her challenge.

http://southbreezefarm.blogspot.com/

(to understand better what I'm doing you may want to go back to Week 1 and check it out)


November 21

Proverbs 21:2–9

LORD, I am so thankful that in Your hand, the King's heart is a stream of water that You, as King, channel to all who please You according to Proverbs 21. Forgive me for any time that I have thought my own ways are right, for my years of a rebellious heart that You have changed by Your grace. Thank You LORD that You weigh the heart. Continue to keep my heart softened and search me daily to change my ways to Your way. Help me to do what is right and just and acceptable to You, O Lord. May any sacrifice pale in comparison.

Keep me from the ways of Proverbs 21: of haughty eyes, proud heart, haste that leads to poverty, a lying tongue, fleeting vapor, deadly snare, violence of the wicked, the devious way of guilt, or quarrelsome; instead may I have my eyes and heart focused on You and being pleasing in Your sight in all my ways.
Help me to be diligent and persevere when the battle is heavy or light. Lead me to profit by following Your plan and quick to do what is right in Your eyes.
May I have the conduct of an innocent, upright before You. Show me how to behave mercifully and charitable to others. May my home be one of peace. Let Your peace reign in the homes of all my brothers and sisters in Christ during this season of thanksgiving and preparation for the celebration of Your coming
to earth. May You be forever praised and exalted as the King of kings, and Lord of each life. Bring more to know You and return to Your way as the Only Way, I pray in Your Precious, Holy Name Jesus...

November 22

Proverbs 30:7–9 from Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Revive Our Hearts, Gratitude Challenge

"You may have heard some preachers and teachers leave the impression that God intends for every Christian to be materially rich. Others go too far the other way, proudly wearing poverty like a cloak of self-righteous sainthood. Today’s proverb puts a proper perspective on the whole thing. The Word is teaching us to focus more on being grateful for where we are—not only because to do otherwise would be sinful and proud, but also because we don’t know what the Lord may be saving us from by not giving us everything we might want. Even if we possess much less than others have, if our hearts are full of gratitude, neither money nor the lack of it can shake our contented dependence on God."

"Ask the Lord to show you if there is any root of discontentment or “love of money” in your heart. Ask Him to provide just what He knows you need—enough to keep you from being tempted to sin to get your needs met, but not so much that you no longer need to rely on Him as your Provider. Take some time to thank Him for His practical, material provision in your life." ~ ROH
© Revive Our Hearts. Used with permission. www.ReviveOurHearts.com 

Heavenly Father, Jehovah Jireh, I am most thankful for the many ways You provide for me. Daily, You are my Provider and Provision! May I always be content with little material things and MORE of You and spiritual gifts that You bless me and others. Pour out Your blessings Lord, on the many that need a financial miracle in their lives. If there be any root of discontentment or "love of money", remove it and cut it off. Thank You for providing just what You know that we need. Keep us from being tempted beyond that or from sin to get our needs met. Thank You that we can run to You and rely on You as Our Provider. I thank You for the many practical ways that You provide for us. I love You. 

November 23

1 Timothy 6:6–10


"All of us, in some way, possess some sense of entitlement toward God. So often our expectation or demand for “more” towers over the plenty we already possess. That’s because we forget that God doesn’t owe us anything. We are debtors. We are the ones who owe. We think we deserve more (or different or better) than we have, and therefore we forget or minimize the blessings God

has already given and continues to give.

Not content with food, clothing, and a roof over our heads, we whine if we don’t have a certain kind of house, a certain kind of car, a certain kind of job, a certain kind of marriage, and certain kinds of friends living in a certain kind of neighborhood and income bracket. It’s time we let gratitude be our ticket to freedom.

What kinds of “wants” are you defining as “needs”? Ask God to show you any ways you may have become blinded to His grace. Highlight them. Confess them. And trade them in on the bounty God promises to the grateful." ~ ROH
© Revive Our Hearts. Used with permission. www.ReviveOurHearts.com 


November 24

Ruth 2:1–13

"Ruth was a woman with a humble heart—a trait that’s a companion virtue of gratitude. She didn’t claim her rights. She didn’t insist that Boaz provide her a living by letting her glean in his fields. And because she relinquished her demands for certain expectations, she was able to be genuinely thankful when she actually did receive the blessing of his generosity.


Too many of us live with a chip on our shoulder, as if the world owes us something. “You ought to do this for me. You ought to serve me. You ought to meet my needs.” But the humble heart— the grateful heart—says, “I don’t deserve this, and it’s an amazing act of grace that you should minister to my needs.”

Ruth just went out to serve with a humble, thankful heart. And as a result, God made sure her needs were met. He’ll do the same for you.

Who do you know who consistently exhibits a grateful spirit? What is it about them that makes them so remarkable? What can you learn from their example?" ~ ROH © Revive Our Hearts. Used with permission. www.ReviveOurHearts.com 

November 25

Deuteronomy 8:1–10

" Historians have differing perspectives in relation to the first Thanksgiving celebrations in America, but we know some details are true. We know the Pilgrims’ journey from Holland to England to the New World was frightfully difficult, with sickness and storms on the arduous, weeks-long voyage. We know once they arrived, the task of carving dwellings out of the forest quick enough to hold back the advancing effects of winter was a losing race against time. Nearly half of those who made the trip didn’t survive the stay.


And yet with sheer survival the order of each day, and with fears for their families an all consuming worry, their writings and recorded history are filled with demonstrations and attitudes of thanksgiving.


Each Sunday—in lean times as well as relatively plentiful—they gathered for prayer, meditation, the singing of hymns, and a sermon. It was their regular practice to stop and give thanks to God at the outset of each week.

Use your prayer time today to think back over the history of God’s faithfulness in your life, your family, and your church. Make a list of desperate situations or seasons when you have witnessed His providential protection and provision."

~ ROH © Revive Our Hearts. Used with permission. www.ReviveOurHearts.com 


* Tomorrow's plan of action would be good to do today, Your own declaration of Thanksgiving. It would be a great activity to do as a family as we bow out heads this day in THANKS to the GIVER of all.

November 26

Ezra 3:8–13

"On October 3, 1863, at the height of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued a Proclamation of Thanksgiving, calling the nation to observe a “day of Thanksgiving and Praise.” This proclamation eventually led to the establishing of our national day of Thanksgiving.


The document began by listing multiple blessings the nation had experienced through the course of the year, even in the midst of a severe conflict. It called the American people to recognize the Source of those blessings and to respond collectively to the Giver in gratitude, repentance, and intercession.

Today, try crafting your own declaration of thanksgiving. Use some of the insights the Lord has been growing in you these last few weeks. Incorporate some of the Scriptures that have particularly touched you. And dedicate your life to what these words of yours are saying.


Then share what you’ve written with your family or a close friend. Be an igniter of gratitude by encouraging those you love and care about to cultivate a thankful heart." ~ ROH © Revive Our Hearts. Used with permission. www.ReviveOurHearts.com 

November 27

1 Timothy 4:11–16

"As we near the end of this gratitude challenge, take a little quiz today to see where you’re growing and where you still need work. 


Try answering these questions candidly—not just yes or no, but with supporting details that come to mind:


(1) Do I often complain about my circumstances, feeling like I deserve better?
(2) Do others hear me voice more complaints and negative comments than words of gratitude about the typical events of daily life?
(3) Would others describe me as a thankful person?
(4) What evidence is there that I have a grateful or an ungrateful spirit?
(5) How often do I begin statements with these words: “I am so thankful that . . .”?
(6) Do I more frequently display a pessimistic, negative outlook or a positive, grateful perspective?
(7) Am I reserved or eager when it comes to expressing appreciation to others?
(8) My most recent expression of gratitude was …

If you haven’t done so already, consider taking this gratitude challenge into an accountability setting, letting others help you stay true to your commitment, while being there to offer your support to them as well." ~ ROH
© Revive Our Hearts. Used with permission. www.ReviveOurHearts.com 


November 28

Philippians 1:3–11

"If expressing gratitude is to become a way of life for us, we can’t treat it as an optional exercise. If it never gets beyond our wish list, if it nestles down with all the other nice things we hope to get around to someday, the “someday” of gratitude will never roll around on our calendars.

So I want to encourage you to think of gratitude as being a debt you owe, the same way you’re called upon to pay your monthly bills. Start a list designated as “Gratitude Accounts,” specific listings of individuals to whom you owe a debt of thanks. By doing this, you can make it a point today to make a phone call just to thank a friend for the way she’s shown her concern for you during a difficult time. When the Lord opens a window of opportunity for you to jot a quick thank-you note this evening, you’ll have a ready-made list of people to choose from.

We all have gratitude accounts. There just aren’t many of us who keep them paid up. Make sure you’re becoming the type of person who stays current on your bill." ~ ROH © Revive Our Hearts. Used with permission. www.ReviveOurHearts.com 


November 29

Deuteronomy 6:1–12

"If you’ve been blessed with children, you know that gratitude doesn’t come naturally for them. But few things are more remarkable (and unusual) in children today than when they’re known for their thankful, contented spirit.

While teaching and instruction have their place in growing gratitude in our kids, the best teacher of all is our example. Do your children hear you thank your husband when he tackles a home repair job? Do they hear you express gratitude to the Lord and to others for both little and big things throughout the day?

Conversely, do they hear you grumble when your husband delays dinner by needing to see one extra client or when you get a flat tire or the sun doesn’t come out for a week?

Gratitude is more effectively caught than taught. How contagious are you, especially at home?

Sit down and talk with your children about the high value God places on gratitude. Tell them how they’re going to start seeing some “gratitudinal” changes in you. If you don’t have children of your own, think about who God has placed in your sphere of influence. What are you teaching them about gratitude by your lifestyle?" ~ ROH © Revive Our Hearts. Used with permission. www.ReviveOurHearts.com 


November 30

Galatians 5:16–24

"As you launch out on a new lifestyle of gratitude, use today to set some goals for what you want God to accomplish in your heart, being specific about the ways you intend to practice ongoing thankfulness. For example, if you want to become more deliberate about writing thank-you notes, how many would you like send in a typical week or month? What Scriptures do you plan to memorize and meditate on in relation to thankfulness? Whom will you ask to hold you accountable for specific areas where you need to grow in the grace of gratitude?

Whatever mechanics it requires to get it up and running will soon fall away to the freedom of pursuing it with passion. Are you ready to experience the life-changing power of Christian gratitude? Then let the Lord help you decide what your next steps should be.

Write a simple prayer, expressing to the Lord your desire to develop a radically grateful lifestyle. Thank Him for His supernatural grace that will enable you to “abound in thanksgiving.” ~ ROH "

Thank you Nancy Leigh DeMoss, and Revive Our Hearts ministry for leading us in this GROWING IN GRATITUDE challenge.

I'm thankful for each reader, friend and sister in Christ, that passes this way to share their words, hearts, time and gifts of love. I am more than blessed by each of you. I give thanks to God for making this available to me and every way and day that He speaks to me and through me and through you to me. I consider it an enormous blessing and am eternally thankful for the gift of Jesus, the great honor and privilege of knowing Him as my Lord and Savior and serving Him wherever He leads my path and with whomever crosses my path along this journey called life. I thank Him for His life and unfailing Love, His Comfort and continual pouring out of gifts like His aMazing Grace! I thank Him for who He is and who I am in Christ Jesus. I'm so thankful for His Grace to help me MOVE FORWARD each day, to cope and have HOPE! He is MORE than enough! His Grace is sufficient! His Presence in my life inspires me to PRESS ON. Thank You Heavenly Father! Thank You Lord Jesus! Thank You, Holy Spirit!





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