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Thank you for supportive people

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  Lord Jesus, Thank you for sending supportive people around me. Thank you for the smiles, the compliments, the encouragement, the critiques, the celebrations,  the welcoming arms of true friends . It's hard to imagine how I'd feel your love if people weren't here on this earth showing it to me, being you, every day, even while they're being themselves. Letting your Spirit pour out through them, on me to remind me that I'm your child. I belong to you. You are guarding me, guiding me, protecting me, loving me. That's who you are. Thank you for people who are Jesus to me. What a lovely, incomprehensible concept ! Amen. "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill he law of Christ." ( Galatians 6:2 ) "Speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." ( Ephesians 5:19-20 ) &

A Thankfulness Journal

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It's November now. The month of Thanksgiving. In honor of the upcoming holiday and because how to be more thankful came up in discussions I had this weekend at both my books events, I am committing to you and to God that I will keep a Thankfulness Journal for the month of November. Every day, I will note what I am thankful for and print it. I'm attempting to stay away from the obvious things & people that find their way into all my prayers and take note of the million little details that make the human experience--and the Christian life--so worth living. I recommend reading Ann Voskamp's book One Thousand Gifts to help you with this process. It's breathtakingly beautiful. I'm also willing to guarantee that an intentional process of thanksgiving will change how to think about everything and will probably keep your Christmas spirit from digressing into consumerism (a side benefit). So here we go-- Nov. 1--old friends Nov. 2--the Psalms Nov. 3--crisp

I want You

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Dear Lord, I want so much. I want happiness and success and impact. I want friends and family. I  need to stop a second and thank you, because your generosity has exceeded my wants. Thank you for using me. Thank you for saving me and filling me and hanging with me even when I stop hanging with you. Thank you for gifting me, even though I don't always appreciate the gifts you choose for me. Thank you for my family, for our home, for our opportunities, for all the things I grumble about that are incredible blessings. May I complain less, argue less, pout less, despair less, give up less. Because all things are possible in Christ. I want your will. I want what you want, in the way that you want it for me. I just want You. Amen.

Your Vantage Point

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Lord Jehovah, You are powerful enough to calm the hurtful memories that haunt me. You are peaceful enough to teach me calm when I feel overwhelmed by fear. You are gracious enough to replace pain with joy, bit by bit, so that I learn to trust Your hand on my life. You are loving enough to overlook my shortcomings, yet at the same time, bring gentle correction where I need it. You are God enough to know all things, provide all things, and deliver all people--yet You were man enough to taste anguish; to live in our narrow, stress-filled world; to welcome our weak platitudes; to endure the confines of humanity. You can do anything. Your vantage point exceeds all others. Why do You even bother with me? I can't figure it out. But I thank you! I love you, in my weak, human little way. Amen.