We have to be stretched, shaken up a bit and be willing to be trained and even “re-trained” as believers if we want to move outward and upwards towards the plans and purposes that God has for the days ahead.
Get your focus “harnessed and aimed” to know the words God has spoken and proclaimed!
It’s time to soar in thanksgiving, or… you can sink into whining and discontent.
Here are some “power words” from Scripture! The will of God for us is to “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and live to give thanks in all circumstances.”
“16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you,” 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18.
God’s will for us is to be connected with Him in prayer, and to be filled with joy and thanksgiving.
His will is NOT for us to complain about life, to grumble about what we don’t have, to whine about our circumstances, or to compare how others may have something we don’t.
We can cry out to God in our discontent and pain though! And He will respond with a remedy!
Our dear Jesus wants us to face life with joy — His deep, inner joy that abides, that “settles in” no matter what!
A Joy made strong in peace, even through disappointments and struggles. Jesus wants us to confront life not with pessimism and negativity, nor with blaming, pouting and punishing! But instead, with thanksgiving and gratitude!
Living lives of gratitude means even giving thanks to God when we face the unexpected painful challenges and tragedies of life.
It’s WHEN we face life’s challenges with gratitude, then we will learn new perspectives and grow to new heights.
The choice is yours!
The consequences are too!
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.