Tag Archive for: Philippians

Thank you God!

I thank my God every time I remember you.  In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:3-6)

Today, it’s your turn!  I want to learn from you.  I want to hear how God has been faithful to you, how He has answered a prayer, how He has shown Himself to you, or just something that your grateful for!  Let’s celebrate God’s faithfulness together!  Please take just a minute and share with me the top 3 reasons your grateful.  I bet you will have a difficult time stopping at three!

Here are some of the things I’m grateful for:

1. My relationship with Jesus Christ.  I’m saved by grace and loved by an Eternal Father.  I’m directed and guided by the Holy Spirit.  And I have the Word of God to teach me daily!  I know that’s four, but my list will get pretty long!

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Do you hear the bells?

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” (Luke 2:10)

In 1860, Longfellow was celebrating the peak of his poetry career.  It was during this time that Abraham Lincoln had just taken office and given hope to our nation. Read more

A Joyful Jumpstart

Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again:  Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)

This is just one of the verses I enjoy starting my day with.  I determined a little while ago that before I open my eyes to what the day has, I will choose to be joyful over my day.  I will choose to find joy in my experiences.  I will choose to find joy in the tough times.  I will choose to find joy even when what God’s doing doesn’t make sense to me!  I choose to have a joyful day!

Why don’t you try this out and see if it works for you?  Tomorrow morning, before you open your eyes to a brand new day.  Repeat two or three verses of joy to yourself.  Declare that you will have joy in the day that God has provided for you!  Here are a few verses to get you started.

“This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)

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Handing Over the Paintbrush

…Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)

This is one of my favorite verses!  I love that I’m called to forget what lies behind me.  Yesterday can only trip me up if I let it.  I make the choice daily to start fresh with a clean slate.  God’s mercies are new for me each morning.  What an amazing thought!  I don’t have to live on yesterday’s mercies and I don’t have to wallow in all that wasn’t accomplished.  For today is a new day and God has something beautiful in store for it.

“Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23, NKJV)

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Old Habits Die Hard

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God… (Philippians 2:14-15)

I love it when Scripture just pricks your heart.  Just a little nudge in the right direction!  Way too often it becomes easy to complain about how busy we are, things that we don’t have, problems that we are facing, family issues, financial strains, and so much more!  You name it and we find a way to complain about it.

It’s time to adjust our line of thinking.  It’s time to look at what we have and all that God is doing.  Let’s be people who declare God’s goodness!  Let us learn how to daily walk without complaining.  The world might even take notice, if enough of us give up that old habit of complaining!

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