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How do you Cultivate Thankfulness When You Don’t Feel Very Thankful ?

How do you Cultivate Thankfulness When You Don’t Feel Very Thankful ?

Our mission is to be thankful. How do we do that consistently? Here is a great article from Heather Adams.  Heather is an author, speaker, and singer living in Connecticut. Heather’s passion is to equip and encourage believers to seek more of God’s truth and to experience more of His joy each day. Her book, “Bow Down: The Heart of a True Worshipper” is a practical, 30-day devotional about worship.

Scripture calls us to be quick to give thanks to God. Passages like “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful…” (Colossians 4:2) tell us that lifting up praises for what God has done is a necessary part of the believer’s life.

But that’s not always easy to do. In fact, when we find ourselves in challenging life situations, expressing our thanks can actually be a source of struggle. Going through a trial, illness or fatigue, unresolved anger or worried and anxious thoughts are just some of the obstacles that can keep us from the vital habit of showing gratitude.

I’ve certainly gone through dry periods where spending time giving thanks to God wasn’t as high on my priority list as it should have been. Though I knew it was important, I didn’t feel like following through in the moment. But each day I chose not to obey this call, I missed a worship opportunity.

Read the article here: How to Cultivate Thankfulness When You Don’t Feel Very Thankful – Topical Studies


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  • Jesus is Lord. We exalt the One True God who made us and gave us the Lord Jesus Christ as our salvation. Our goal is to be a people with a heart for obedience to Christ in all things. His work made it possible for us to live – eternally and now – as children of God. Jesus made it possible for us to be rightly related to the Father and to one another. His desire is for us to succeed. We believe a right relationship with Him is the first and most important step.
  • The Bible is True. God’s Word is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12-13), which we take into our minds and spirits and live out through the flesh. When Jesus asked what the greatest commandment was, He said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31). The basis for everything we teach is “Life is Relationships.”
  • Presence and Power of the Holy Spirit. We desire to walk in and by the Spirit. The Holy Spirit (available to all believers) empowers Christians for living witness and dedicated service.

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The lion and the lamb (1/3) | larry pons

A few weeks ago, Larry Pons brought a tremendously meaningful word to our church here in Franklin, NC. It seemed so rich, I felt that God would have you to hear it too. So here is a slightly edited version:

The week before Christmas, I was helping my father-in-law clean up the area around his home, which is set deeply in the forest. Working with him and a brother-in-law, it had been a laborious day, and I was weary and exhausted. When I suggested that we stop for the day, my father-in-law asked that we do one more task. In the top of a relatively tall tree were several limbs hanging , partially broken  in a recent ice storm. After putting together, fully extended, the sections of one of those shaky, limber, aluminum ladders, I was standing on the very top rung as it leaned [unsafely] against the trunk of the tree. As I strained upward with the saw in my hand to cut the last and highest limb, the ladder slipped around the trunk of the tree and went completely out from under me. As I started falling, i reached out and grabbed with one hand, a limb which was far too small to hold me but for a moment. As I grasped the limb, I heard my father-i-law yell, “Hold on! We’ll get you!” I knew I couldn’t. Being so weary from the long day’s labor, I felt the lib slide out of my grasp, and as I started to fall, I cried out this one-word prayer, “LORD!” Just as suddenly, I felt my feet land in a fork of a large limb and the tree trunk. Frightened and shak[ing], I slowly descended the ladder, [which] was being steadied from the ground by my two co-laborers.

The lion and the lamb (3/3) | larry pons

After ministering to brothers behind the Iron Curtain, a friend was approaching a meeting called for the purpose of intercession on behalf of the Christians under this persecution. He was weeping as he entered the meeting hall. The people were “swinging from the rafters”. They were praising God, and he was weeping!

The lion and the lamb (2/3) | larry pons

We sent out Christmas cards on which was a picture of a lion and a lamb. The inscription said, “And peace filled the land”. I looked at that picture and said, “My, my! Now that’s overcoming! Can you imagine that meek little lamb walking up to the lion and lying down? That took courage!” But God said to me, “No. That’s not what I am saying. Don’t you see that it took more for the lion to overcome than the lamb?”

A Childhood Reminder

For as long as I can remember I have been a fan of VeggieTales. I loved everything from the creative characters, the stories, the humor, and of course – what no one can pass up – Silly Songs with Larry. Every now and then I still am reminded of simple lessons I learned as a child through these videos…or I just go watch them. What can I say, sometimes I just need to hear it from a child-like perspective again.
I hope you enjoy this short clip from one of my favorite VeggieTales movies. No matter your age, let yourself be reminded and refreshed as one Madame Blueberry goes from trying to find satisfaction anywhere she can buy it to learning from a child that it really comes through a thankful heart towards God.