Thanking Him Right Now..

Lord Jesus, thank you for what you have already in my life, I’m not going to wait until I see results or receive awards

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 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 days of 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 better.  I am thanking you just because of who YOU are.

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Where has Thanksgiving Gone?

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus

In the US, this week is the beginning of the Thanksgiving week. It’s that time of the year that the country sets aside to give “thanks”. It always falls on the third Thursday in November.. It’s normally marked with the hustle and bustle of shopping, preparing the menu for family and friends, making travel arrangements and most importantly strategizing for ‘Black Friday” sales. In more recent years the sales begin that same day; Thursday. So the turkey hasn’t had time to digest and we are out trying to get in on all the deals available.

The holiday in and of itself is a wonderful idea, but truth be told, it is getting lost in all the little things that don’t matter. Not that I’m am advocating giving thanks on one designated day of the year, however even this day is getting lost in all the commercialization. There used to be a time when Christmas decorations won’t be put up till after thanksgiving but now it’s being put up right after Halloween. Businesses used to pride themselves in being closed on Thanksgiving Day so that their employees could enjoy the day with family, now they open earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving Day to lure people in for the much desired sales.

So I began to wonder, where has Thanksgiving gone?

 Anyway, as Christians or just human beings we should make thanksgiving an everyday ritual.  For the air we breathe, the food we eat, the mercies renewed, the blood of Jesus that was shed, the grace we live under are all reasons to say Thank You every day of our lives. The things we take for granted are the same things others will do anything to have. If we dwell in our bad circumstances, we will miss it. Besides there is always someone going through something worse. Just because of whom He is. Let’s resolve to thank Him now and everyday regardless of what we are going through.

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.  ~Cynthia Ozick

Our Struggles, Our Gifts.

Song of Solomon 2:15 “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom”

Riding into work this morning, I was listening to a commentary on Kevin Clash. I’m sure most of you know that Kevin Clash is the voice behind Elmo.Anyone that has a toddler in their life at anytime knows about the most popular character on Sesame Street. Well he has been in the news a lot this week because he was accused of having inappropriate  relations with a boy who was underage. By now you know that the accuser recanted and the story is now known to be false.

Kevin has been endowed with a gift, which is to  voice Elmo, he has been doing it since the 1980’s so I’m quite certain it’s not just a job but what he has been gifted to do and kids fell in love with Elmo. Now his struggle with homosexuality seems to have made center stage and all of a sudden the ‘character’ seems to be questionable. I heard people on the radio, Christians I might add, saying they will throw away all the Elmo toys their kids have. Or they will never bring that “mess” in their house again. Long story short there was quite a number of people who could not separate his struggle from his gift.

Disclaimer here, I am in no way a  supporter of  any act that is not embraced in the bible,but this brought two questions to mind. Are these ‘Christians’ upset because of what they think is the magnitude of his struggle or the fact that he has a struggle at all? Since is supposed to be the voice behind a character our kids love.

  We all have little foxes which are those struggles the we children of God tend to overlook because they aren’t that “big” likeun- forgiveness, spirit of malice, temper issues,gossiping and the list goes on.They ruin our vineyards. No matter how much we sow, those little foxes eat at our hard work.

 If it came out that his struggle was that he was a shoplifter(thief) would the reaction be the same? As for my second question, do we put people on such a high pedestal that’s its impossible for them to fall? Why would we have a perfect expectation for a human that is imperfect and only saved by grace. I’m not just talking of Kevin, but of everyday people we come in contact with; coworker, choirmemeber, family memebers etc

Are we able to be non-judemental enough, tolerant enough that we are able to seperate a person’s struggle from the gift God has given them.?

Afterall the old adage goes ” God does not call the qualified, he qualifies the called”

Be Blessed


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All Glory Belongs to Him…

John 11:4 “When he heard this, Jesus said, this sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”

The first time I read the story of Lazarus as told in John 11, I took it at face value, didn’t see how it related to me. We all know the story, Jesus’s good friend died and He raised him from the dead. When Jesus was told of his friend’s illness the reply he gave seemed strange to me when I read it at first. To me it sounded like “O well he won’t die but the end result will be for my glory”. But with the knowledge I have of my sweet Lord and Savior it had to be more than that. Sometimes I get it at once; sometimes it takes days of re-reading the passage to get it. Well recently I read that chapter again and I had what Oprah Winfrey would call an “Aha” moment, I understood it all. At least I am pretty sure I did and wanted to share because it reminded me of a situation I had to go through earlier on in a job I had. I’m sure many of you can relate it to a particular season in your life but here is my recount and interpretation of the story.

Have you ever been in a situation where you ask for something and it seems like God isn’t handling your request as fast as you would like? Well, I have, there have been times when I think that a particular situation will be the end of me if something is not done to get me out of it now. But we all know that God’s ways are not our ways. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. (Isaiah 55:8). Just got a new job and had this co-worker who at the time it seemed that she would not be at peace till I was frustrated out of the door. Every night I would come home and ask God to please remove me from that situation or remove her, but for one whole, long, excruciating year I had to endure this situation because to me God did nothing. Every morning I go to work and I’m thinking …yes today is the day I will hear that she has been transferred but give it about an hour she would pop up and the never ending drama will continue. I was brought to the point that I stooped to her level and as a Christian, I knew in my heart that I was disappointing God with my attitude but if He didn’t do something by getting her out of the way then I would- by fighting back.

Just like what Mary and Martha told Jesus when He finally arrived to the village, in John 11:22, Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” And Jesus’s reply was what He wished for then and now and that is to TRUST and BELIEVE that He got it, as in (John 11:40) Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”. We all know the popular cliché- He might not there when you want him but he is always on time- well that’s pretty easy to say when you are not in the situation but in actuality it’s so true. He knows that whatever it is will not “cause your death”. So if He doesn’t show up when He you want him to it’s for a reason and that is so that He might be glorified. Do you know what it would mean if every time we called on Him, he did exactly what we wanted when we wanted?? In, my opinion there would be a lot of swollen egos because if we didn’t have to wait or endure we would give ourselves the glory and not where it belongs which is with the Almighty God.

Anyways my story, just like Lazarus’s ended well.  There was a sudden re-organization and she didn’t work in my department any longer and you know what He does get all the glory, because when I’m encouraging someone else about a similar situation, I start the story with….To God be the glory, I was in that situation…………”

Be Blessed,



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