Unwavering thanks? Thirteen weeks into the Joy Dare I am no longer seeing this opportunity of remembering and giving thanks as simply a daily task of spiritual discipline. Now I see it as an essential fabric of my being. This discovery was made during the past week when I skipped a couple days because life got ‘too busy’ and I forgot to slow down and e-u-c-h-a-r-i-s-t-e-o. I quickly digressed to spiritual sluggishness, me-centeredness and was not altogether kind towards my husband. When I slowed down enough to see what was going on I realized that, regardless of how busy life becomes I can never let my thanksgiving waver. Each day I must take deep breaths of e-u-c-h-a-r-i-s-t-e-o.
Almost gone – snow in the shade of trees, thankful spring is approaching.
Almost gone – my bronchitis, thankful-so very, very thankful.
Words written by Spurgeon about the woman who asked for the crumbs beneath the table – the crumbs were enough because she understood who He was and had unwavering faith. More clarity for teaching.
A painting of that woman giving full birth to the theme and the study’s introduction.
Thankful that God does not unfold His mysteries to the wicked, including Caiaphas. The crucifixion would not be a circus show.
Thankful for that blessed silence as he stood being falsely accused, that silence lay at the heart of our redemption!
Thankful that the Redeemer, when under oath, proclaimed who He was.
Entwined – my husband’s fingers in mine, still reaching for my hand every time we pray, 29 years of fingers being entwined.
Entwined – a mother’s heart entwined to her child’s heart throughout a lifetime.
Holding the ‘crown of thorns’ from the Remembrance Table in my hands, being aware of its thorns, placing it with care in a box for storing all the while remembering the One who wore it for me.
Hoped for ….. His imminent return.
His promise. That those who die in the Lord “sleep in Jesus” until the fulness of time shall bring the fulness of redemption – remembering & giving thanks for a grandmother that spoke to me of God. ( 1 Thessalonians 4:14)
His promise. That when I am anxious and turn to Him through prayer, supplication and with THANKSGIVING the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard my heart and my mind. (Philippians 4:6-7)
His promise. That when I am weary He will give me rest. (Matthew 11:28-29)
His promise. That He supplies my every need. (Philippians 4:19)
His promise. That if I have faith nothing will be impossible. (Matthew 17:20)