So last week my husband brought in a dozen roses to work for me–JUST BECAUSE. He left them with the front office.When I got them the front of the card said ‘Many Thanks’ and there were like 5 little ‘thank you’s’ on the bottom. I thought to myself…’who could these be from?’ I turned the card over and it said, “Honey, Thanks for all you do.’ Of course it was my husbands writing. It felt so good to hear, or read, rather, those words. In the big scheme of life I KNOW my husband is thankful for me, but how nice it was of him to put an action to it. It felt so good.
So, of course, this got me thinking about God. Of course God KNOWS our hearts, and knows when we are thankful, but imagine what it does for Him when we are thankful on purpose, by giving Him praise with our words and thanking Him out loud. I think there are ways to ‘send God flowers’. When we are thankful out loud it blesses Him, when we share His love with others we show forth His glory, when we serve Him with our time and our gifts and our talents, He is blessed! I want bless the Lord at all times! His praise shall continually be on my lips!
The other day after shopping at SAM’S CLUB and Stop and Shop, I was pretty surprised at how high the bill was, and even thought ‘WOAH’ at first. But, that quickly turned into joy and thanksgiving. I just began to thank Him out loud and thank Him for the funds to buy food in abundance for our family, praising him that we lack for no good thing! Seriously, in our early years of marriage our grocery bill was a stress. There is no stress when it comes to any bill anymore. How did we get here?? GOD! Because “The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”
So, this morning, while plucking grapes for the kids’ lunch, I had a revelation. As I was pulling grapes off of the vine, they were kind of becoming distorted and mushy! It was like they were literally cleaved together with their vine, their very source, and didn’t want to come off. hehe.
Now, I’m not crazy. I know grapes don’t have a will, but I DO! And I was able to relate to those grapes!
So many things can try and pull us away from our source of life. Jesus is my source, and when I stray from my source, I lose it. By ‘it’ I only mean—-everything. Seriously, in order for me to mot turn to mush or become distorted, I need to be in Jesus ALL the time and I was thankful for the reminder!
THEN…I go to read my ‘Jesus Calling’ devotional a little while ago, and I was glad! The Holy Spirit is speaking to me… and I am rejoicing over that!
This is what today’s devotional said,
“I designed you to live in union with Me. This union does not negate who you are; it actually makes you more fully yourself. When you try to live independently of Me, you experience emptiness and dissatisfaction. You may gain the the whole world and yet you lose everything that really counts. Find fulfillment through living close to Me, yielding to My purposes for you. Though I may lead you along paths that feel alien to you, trust that I know what I am doing. If you follow me wholeheartedly, you will discover facets of yourself that were previously hidden. I know you intimately–far better than you know yourself. In union with Me you are complete. In closesness to Me, you are transformed more and more into the one I designed you to be.”
Abide in the One who made you today; the one who gives you life, for He is your source.
Jesus didn’t just talk about love. He lived it, and in living it, He died for us. All of us have a choice. We can chose to walk around this life frustrated, or we can love—we can endure, and we can endure well! I choose love—all day, every day. And if I forget sometime, I know that my God is faithful to lead me back to Him with grace and mercy. LOVE is Amazing- Love is GOD!