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GIVE YOURSELF A GIFT…

ALLOW GOD TO HELP YOU

Seriously, have you had a tough week? Or lately, have you been walking through a series of hard weeks that have mushroomed into a “hard season” in your life?

I have no idea what your week, this season, or even this year in your life looks like, but the following statement speaks volumes to me, and it may speak to you, too: God does not give you a life that makes him unnecessary.

Please take some time to think about what that means for you. For me, it helps me see how “the stuff” that I’m forced to deal with, magnifies God’s reality, his love, his help and faithfulness; his wisdom! It helps me take time for him, because without him, I can’t do it, whatever “it” might currently mean.

I facilitate a “Christian Chat” at the assisted care residence where my mom lives. Last week, with November suddenly here, I felt God nudge me to discuss and encourage how we can strive towards a real living attitude of thankfulness to God no matter our circumstances. Guess what? IT’S TOUGH TO DO. That’s not new news.

After I openly shared with the group, the goal of putting a thankful heart into action for myself, and encouraged the seniors to do the same, the enemy immediately began to have a heyday with me. On multiple levels I had a challenging, discouraging week. I felt like a moving target for the enemy. Amidst it, I felt unable to be thankful, asking myself, who am I Lord to try to encourage others to do what I can’t even do for myself?
The answer…

… with God’s help, keep trying. Ask him how, why and when? He will help you. Additionally, when we make it a habit to opening our eyes to the everyday blessings we receive (too often taken for granted), we are encouraged, reminded we aren’t alone, and that God cares and has a plan, in the midst of every circumstance.

If you are like me, too often, I don’t pause in my busy day to offer my sincere thanks to God. I want it to be a habit; but frankly, it’s easier said than done.

Since God will never give you a life that makes him unnecessary, exactly what is beneficial to recognize and imbed in your heart and mind?

Seek to learn what only God in his goodness and wisdom can reveal, the good (and sometimes the not so good) discoveries about yourself. Surprising personal growth occurs when we commit to the process of a new perspective, one that is God’s spiritual perspective and power, instead of our limited human perspective and abilities.

As you move forward, learning more about God and his character, you will reach beyond your earthly circumstance, and receive greater understanding about yourself and those around you. It’s exciting!

The best part … thankfulness overflows when you receive glimpses of God’s work and presence in your life. God’s faithfulness greets you, and walks beside you, right where you find yourself today! It’s a free gift.

With “stuff” that is hard or hurtful, when you seek him, God to comes into your life in a tangible way. As you draw closer to him, you further recognize why he is necessary, every day!

The personal outcome is inner peace, forgiveness, and freedom that a Christian spirit of amazing grace and thankfulness brings. I see it beautifully with people who have survived and flourished, walking through much harder “stuff” than I’ve ever experienced.

Like nutritious food, God is necessary for our health. For some, he is the missing ingredient, and for all of us, the necessary ingredient that makes us complete in every way.

Dare to take Gods lead, reach for his hand—he is in control in every circumstance, even when you feel it the least. Trust he cares.

FIVE THINGS YOU CAN DO TODAY TO ALLOW GOD TO HELP YOU
Expect an unexpected blessing. “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2 (NIV)

Ask for direction and understanding. “Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:5 (NIV)

Love the Lord; know and accept he already loves you. [Jesus replied] “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’” Matthew 22:37 (NIV)

Trust God strengthens you and walks with you. “I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.” Psalm 63:8 (NIV)

Choose to forgive yourself and others. “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:25

Lastly, join me in trying to make it a habit to pause and give thanks … notice the blessings you may be taking for granted, and let God hear your praises.

Have a wonderful season of thanksgiving!

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