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July 29, 2018 | Daily Devotionals | July 29, 2018

A Thank You is in Order

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:18

The Holy Spirit says to me, pause … and take your pick of some of your blessings. My sin has been forgiven. I have his Word and the Holy Spirit in my life for guidance. I have access to the peace that passes all human understanding, meaning everything is going to be OK. I have the promise of the Creator of the universe. I have the privilege to do the good works that he has prepared for me, not my works but His. His Spirit is present with me right now. He has given me specific gifts meant only for me to use, even when I am blind to them. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, for instance all the physical needs that he meets for me personally and through others.

For every blessing, a thank you is in order.  What are the results of saying thank you many times on a daily basis? I begin to appreciate my life as it is. I stop comparing and feeling jealous over the life others lead. I start solving the mysteries related to my restlessness. I gain increasing levels of contentment. I am more willing to work with the difficult circumstances in my life, versus running or withdrawing.  I feel more joy, peace, and satisfaction. I am freer in my worship; I’m more welcoming and patient. I’m more loving and kind. I’m much easier to approach and less judgmental. I am less confrontational. Not surprisingly, my relationships with God and people get a lot better.

Wow! For lack of a better word, AWESOME!

Father, as your Son Jesus has said, “I am the way the truth and the life”

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