10 Days of Thanksgiving – Day 10: Happy Thanksgiving!

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Verse of the Day:  1 Chronicles 29:13

Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.

I want to wish you all a happy and blessed Thanksgiving! Over the past few days I’ve shared with you just a few of the things I’m thankful for but there are so many that I would never be able to express them all. I’m also thankful for the readers of The Consecrated Woman. It’s a blessing to be able to share God’s Word with you. Thank you for your continued support. I pray that you are encouraged and inspired daily. Please keep me and my family in your prayers. As we give thanks to our Lord today let’s remember that God is good all the time and we should be thankful every day of the year. May God bless you and your loved ones today and always. Happy Thanksgiving!

10 Days of Thanksgiving – Day 8:  Thankful for Praise and Worship Music

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Verse of the Day:  Psalm 95:2

Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.

Today I am incredibly thankful for praise and worship music. Being able to praise and worship God through song is so uplifting and inspiring. No matter what is going on in my life at that moment whether it’s good, bad or indifferent it all just seem to melt away instantly as I begin to focus on God. It doesn’t just have to be at church. It might be at home or in the car. Sometimes I’ll be driving, feeling some type of way and the perfect song comes on the radio and it reminds me that God is always with me. When I sing along I feel connected to my Savior and am so grateful for His love and mercy and thankful for His presence in my life.

10 Days of Thanksgiving – Day 6: Thankful for Spiritual Freedom

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Verse of the Day: Psalm 100:4

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

I’m thankful for the freedom that allows me to enter into the house of the Lord to praise and worship my Lord and Savior. Yes, we have a constitutionally protected right to religious freedom and that’s great, but I’m talking about the spiritual freedom we received when Jesus died on the cross and paid the price for our sins. I’m talking about abiding in God’s truth which has set us free from a life of sin and death.  Because of God’s love and mercy, we are free to have a relationship with Him. We have spiritual freedom to come into his presence to praise and worship Him, and for that I am thankful.

Walk in Love

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Verse of the Day:  Ephesians 5:2

And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

Live a life of love by following the example of Jesus Christ. He loved us so much He gave all He had so we could be saved. Be imitators of Christ and let everything you do come from a place of love. To walk in love is not just to talk about it but to actually apply it to your daily life. We can never love as much as God loves us but we can try our best to be patient, kind and selfless. We can give our time and be of service to others for the glory of God. As we walk through our days in love, may our continued praises and thanksgiving be an offering and a sweet aroma to the Lord.

Draw Near to God

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Verse of the Day:  James 4:8

Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.

We all need God in our lives, but how do you “draw near to God”?  You draw near to Him by faith, repentance and obedience. Study the Word of God to learn who He really is. Seek Him with all your heart through prayer, fasting, praise and worship for He is worthy. God is waiting for you to take the first step by inviting Him into every part of your life. He loves you more than you can ever imagine and when you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you with His love, grace and mercy.

Thankful

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Verse of the Day:  Psalm 30:12

To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

It’s so important to thank God for what He has given us, what He has done for us and for who He is. Although our lives are not perfect and we may have troubles, we have so much to be thankful for. Even with everything going on in the world, we still have so much to be thankful for. No matter what is going on in our lives, there is always something to be thankful for so count your blessings instead of your troubles. Never stop giving thanks to God, even with your last breath, for He truly is worthy of all our praise.

Getting Through Dark Days

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Verse of the Day:  Psalm 43:5

Why, my soul, are you downcast?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

 

Life is not always sunshine and flowers.  There are days when bad things happen, days when sadness creeps in and there are days when we just feel lonely.  In these times, you need to lift your head toward God and give praise to your Savior. God loves you more than you will ever know. Thank Him for all the good in your life.  Put your hope in God and rely on Him to get you through even the darkest of days.