So we are finally up to date with this journey. It isn't over by a long shot, I'm sure. God is always working, always moving and we are standing firm on His promises. We are coveting prayers; peace, understanding, direction, strength, focus, steady job, full pay, etc. We are trying hard to be excited about what God is going to do. His promises are fully wonderful and that's where we are standing.
Going Off the Deep End
November 21, 2011
There are two other things that have to take place. We MUST give THANKS.
* "Thanksgiving is the evidence of our acceptance of whatever He gives." -Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts
* "Give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 5:20)
And we MUST simply GIVE.
Websters New World Dictionary says this about the word give:
1. to make a gift of 2. to hand over 3. to hand over in or for payment 4. to pass (regards) along
there are 13 definitions of the word....my favorite it number 8 to devote or sacrifice
What does that mean or what does that look like? Well in the easiest terms it is to give something to someone else. That could be as simple as a compliment (which when you are focused on yourself or your problems isn't so easy) or on a larger scale to give something of greater sacrifice, like a portion of your money to help someone in need. In one aspect I am challenged to give to those in need even though I could be soon be considered "one in need". We wrestle through that...how to give what you don't necessarily have. (They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” Mark 12:43-44)
In another aspect, giving Thanks to God in the midst of our situation is also a sacrifice. It would be easier to not give thanks, to look around and miss the things that we take for granted, to feel selfish and maybe stomp our feet a little and say...."poor us!!! we have no job, how will we survive, it's not fair, we have children to feed and bills to pay...and boo.hoo.hoo" So we choose to look in the other direction daily and continually give thanks, to see the gifts and to blindly trust....well that's faith! (sometimes that's a minute by minute, even second by second choice - it's not been easy...it's getting easier though, as we choose truth we really have no choice but to trust and give thanks)
As we stand on the edge of that high dive, we stand on faith. As we grab eachother's hand to pray, we hold faith. As we give thanks inspite of ourselves, our situation.....we breath and speak faith. You could even say that is our new address:
Bill and Lorraine Richie
That is where we reside
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever." Psalm 136:1-3
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#41 Hope in someOne bigger than I am
#45 Life that goes on
#54 Knowing your goodness in ALL things
#67 Opportunities to grow
#89 Learning together
#90 Gifts to count
#91 A Gracious God