“Joy is always a function of gratitude — and gratitude is always a function of perspective.” Ann Voskamp
Psalmist 31:22-24 In my alarm I said, "I am cut off from your sight!" Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help. Love the LORD, all his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful, but the proud he pays back in full. Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.
Thanksgiving Surfaces best when we see God at work around Us “You hurled me into the deep, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me”
3 John 1:2-4 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
Deuteronomy 29:18-19 Make sure there is no man or woman, clan or tribe among you today whose heart turns away from the LORD our God to go and worship the gods of those nations; make sure there is no root among you that produces such bitter poison. When such a person hears the words of this oath, he invokes a blessing on himself and therefore thinks, "I will be safe, even though I persist in going my own way." This will bring disaster on the watered land as well as the dry.
Thanksgiving Surfaces best when we serve God and offer his gift of Grace to Others "Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.”
Chuck Swindoll Love that reaches up is adoration. Love that reaches out is compassion. But love that stoops is grace.
Ephesians 1:7-9 “In him (Jesus) we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s Grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,
Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Psalm 100 (The Message) On your feet now — applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence. Know this: God is God, and God, God. He made us; we didn’t make him. We’re His people, His well-tended sheep. Enter with the password: “Thank you!” Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him. For God is sheer beauty, all-generous in love, loyal always and ever.