“Blessed are those who give and then forget, but receive and always remember.”
“Blessed are those who give and then forget, but receive and always remember.”
I want to thank you for what you have already done. I am not going to wait until I see results or receive rewards; I am thanking you right now. I am not going to wait until I feel better or things look better; I am thanking you right now. I am not going to wait until people say they are sorry or until they stop talking about me; I am thanking you right now.
I am not going to wait until the pain in my body disappears; I am thanking you right now. I am not going to wait until my financial situation improves; I am going to thank you right now. I am not going to wait until the children are asleep and the house is quiet; I am going to thank you right now.
I am not going to wait until I get promoted at work or until I get the job; I am going to thank you right now. I am not going to wait until I understand every experience in my life that has caused me pain or grief; I am thanking you right now. I am not going to wait until the journey gets easier or the challenges are removed; I am thanking you right now.
I am thanking you because I am alive. I am thanking you because I made it through the day’s difficulties. I am thanking you because I have walked around the obstacles. I am thanking you because I have the ability and the opportunity to do more and do better.
I’m thanking you because FATHER, YOU haven’t given up on me.
God is just so good, and he’s good all the time. THANK HIM.
My blogging friend, Dawn at A New Day Dawns posted this recently. She had gotten it from an internet e-mail (no author given) and if I’ve seen it before, I’ve forgotten, so I asked her permission to share its powerful message here too. The reminder it gives us to thank Him in all circumstances seems particularly appropriate in these uncertain times.
Dawn also had another post recently that touched my heart. It’s her personal thoughts about waiting for God’s decision about something you (or your child) really want.
On this Sunday, may you be especially blessed and inspired by the faith of others!
I recently read the following quote in Guidepost, a little Christian magazine that I have received all of my married life. For many years the subscription was a gift from my mother. After she was gone, my daughter continued the gift.
“Weave your beliefs into the very fabric of your day. When you do, God will honor your good works, and your good works will honor God.”
~ A. R. Bernard, minister, from his book Happiness Is … Simple Steps to a Life of Joy
8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:8-10
Any good works I do should be a result of my thankfulness for my salvation purchased by the blood of my risen Savior, not in an attempt to buy salvation for myself.
A sick man spoke as his doctor was preparing to leave the examination room, “Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side.”
Very quietly, the doctor said, “I don’t know.”
“You don’t know? You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side?”
The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.
Turning to the patient, the doctor said, “Did you notice my dog? He’s never been in this room before. He didn’t know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing… I know my Master is there and that is enough.”
May today there be peace within you.
A glow in the eastern sky, just before sunrise.
. . . I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
In unsettled times, I know where my strength and comfort lie — in Him who has redeemed me.
May you have a blessed Sunday.
When our son-in-law’s mother died, the priest gave a wonderful homily that compared death to a ship. The essence of what he said was this:
When our loved one dies, it’s as if they are on a ship, leaving port and disappearing over the horizon. And those of us left on the dock watch sadly and say, “There she goes.” And when the ship goes over the horizon we mourn because our loved one seems to be gone completely, because we can’t see her any more.
But, when the ship disappears over the horizon to us, it is just appearing to those at another port. And there are loved ones and fellow believers standing on the dock there who have already made the same journey. They are watching expectantly, and when the ship comes over the horizon and approaches, they cheer and say joyously, “Here she comes!”
For a few months I have been reading a blog called, Leslie’s Journey. It is the story of Leslie, a young wife and mother, and her fight against cancer. Here is the latest update by her husband, Tyson, on a post Saturday evening,
“Leslie defeated cancer this evening at 9:15. She is now finally Home, having completed her “journey”. There is no more suffering. No more gasping for air. No more fear. No more heartache. She is certainly worshiping before the Throne, catching up with some old friends and family that have gone before her, and certainly some new friends and family, tilting her head back with her eyes closed and laughing with that contagious laugh—the one her failing lungs have been preventing her from laughing over the past few months . . . She taught us to love. She taught us to live. We are forever thankful for Your gift of life… and for the gift of Leslie. Amen.-Tyson”
I have never met Leslie or Tyson, but I have been so touched by their honest witnessing of how their faith has sustained them through all this. I look forward to one day meeting them in Heaven, and being able to tell them face-to-face how much their story has meant to me.
Leslie’s loved ones had to say, “There she goes,” last night. But as sad as they were, they knew that other loved ones and fellow believers were waiting “on the dock” in Heaven and saying, “Here she comes!” What a wonderful thought.
May God bless each of you with faith and peace that sustains you in whatever challenges you are facing in your life right now.
ElleBee at Musings of a Working Diva (see my blog roll) posted the following quote recently and I couldn’t resist passing it on, because of the fascinating word picture it creates. Wouldn’t it be great to be this kind of Christian?
Live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, Satan shudders and says, ‘Oh no. She’s awake.'” (anonymous)
I received this interview on the internet just a few days ago, but as with lots of things, it’s apparently been going around for a lonnnng time. So, while the insights and wisdom are spot on, the following quote from Rick Warren’s office should put to rest any immediate concerns any of you have about Rick’s wife’s health:
You reference Kay’s having cancer, but I wanted to assure you that the interview/article you cite is a few years old, and Kay is healthy and in remission. Would you kindly make note on your site that Kay is currently cancer-free and that the article was not written recently? (And I agree that there are definitely points in it that are timeless!) As you can imagine, when people read that “Kay is ill,” they are burdened for her health, unnecessarily so, and it causes much confusion.
End of Update.
Here are insights from Rick Warren, author of “The Purpose Driven Life,” about his wife now having cancer and him having “wealth’ from book sales. This is an absolutely incredible short interview with him.
In the interview by Paul Bradshaw, Rick said:
“People ask me, What is the purpose of life? And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity. We were made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven. One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body — but not the end of me. I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to spend trillions of years in eternity. This is the warm-up act – the dress rehearsal. God wants us to practice on earth what we will d o forever in eternity.
“We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn’t going to make sense.
“Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you’re just coming out of one, or you’re getting ready to go into another one. The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort.
“God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.
“We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that’s not the goal of life. The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness.
“This past year has been the greatest year of my life but also the toughest, with my wife, Kay, getting cancer. I used to think that life was hills and valleys – you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth. I don’t believe that anymore. Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it’s kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life .
“No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on. And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for. You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems.
“If you focus on your problems, you’re going into self-centeredness, which is ‘my problem, my issues, my pain.’ But one of the easiest ways to get rid of pain is to get your focus off yourself and onto God and others.
“We discovered quickly that in spite of the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people, God was not going to heal Kay or make it easy for her. It has been very difficult for her, and yet God has strengthened her character, given her a ministry of helping other people, given her a testimony, drawn her closer to Him and to people.
“You have to learn to deal with both the good and the bad of life. And, actually, sometimes learning to deal with the good is harder. For instance, this past year, all of a sudden, when the book sold 15 million copies, it made me instantly very wealthy.
“It also brought a lot of notoriety that I had never had to deal with before. I don’t think God gives you money or notoriety for your own ego or for you to live a life of ease.
“So I began to ask God what He wanted me to do with this money, notoriety and influence. He gave me two different passages that helped me decide what to do, II Corinthians 9 and Psalm 72.
“First, in spite of all the money coming in, we would not change our lifestyle one bit. We made no major purchases. Second, about midway through last year, I stopped taking a salary from the church. Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call The Peace Plan to plant churches , equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, and educate the next generation. Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years since I started the church, and I gave it all back. It was liberating to be able to serve God for free.
“We need to ask ourselves: Am I going to live for possessions? Popularity? Am I going to be driven by pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism? Or am I going to be driven by God’s purposes (for my life)?
“When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, ‘God, if I don’t get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better.’
“God didn’t put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He’s more interested in what I am than what I do. That’s why we’re called human beings, not human doings.
“Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.
Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.
Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.
Painful moments, TRUST GOD.
Every moment, THANK GOD.”
May this interview and its wisdom bless your Sunday.