Thanksgiving leads to peace

“Being thankful to God leads to peace. And the peace of God conquers our anxiety.”




Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

Stay blessed…john

Don’t wait for that!

 

You don’t have to be perfect to serve God. You only have to be willing.

If you’re going to wait until you’ve got things figured out to serve God, you’ll be waiting a long time.  That’s a common misunderstanding we have, that God needs us to be perfect before we can serve.  If we were already perfect, why would we even need God?

God wants your willing heart to see the Savior reach out his hand as he invites you to, “Follow me.”

Follow me just as confused as you are.  Just as insignificant you feel.  Follow me today so that I can show you what abundant life looks like.

Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy.

Ephesians 4:28

Stay blessed…john

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Have you done either?

If you can remember every time you’ve had to forgive someone, then you haven’t forgotten. You might not have forgiven either.

Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other;

just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
–Colossians 3:13

You can’t bring up the topic of forgiveness without someone saying something about being able to forgive but not forgetting.  I wonder if we’re good at doing either.

If you can remember every time you’ve had to forgive someone, then you haven’t forgotten. You might not have forgiven either.

No more making room

He must increase, but I must decrease.
-John 3:30

Stop making room for God. Fill your heart & mind with God first and then make room for other things.

What’s more important?

More important than the words of your prayers are the prayers of your words.

Praying can be difficult, I get that. Besides taking the time to actually do it and pray for all the things you think are important, there are the words of our prayers that so many of us worry about. I encourage people to mess up with their prayer words. Expand the way you pray and the types of praying you do. Who cares if you use the “wrong words”? We’ve been promised the Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf because we don’t know how to pray. So, you might as well let it get a little messy.

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, “God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.” But the tax-collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.’
-Luke 18:9-14

More important than the words of your prayers are the prayers of your words.

Stay blessed…john