Friday, November 24, 2017

WHAT YOU TOOK FROM ME


WHAT YOU TOOK FROM ME
By: Cindy Feeman

This is a title of a song by the Whisnants. I have sung it many times as a special and I came across it again the other day. What a perfect time of the year for this song. I remember the first time I heard the song, how much it spoke to my heart. I love it still today and I've been playing it over and over. I hope the words will bless you and allow you to see how blessed we are for the things He took away!


Lord I come today to thank you
But not for things I've ever mentioned here before
Not for blessings you have given
or the Joys you promised are in store
So As I bow before you
Give me the words to express my deepest thanks
Not for what You've given
But Lord, for what You took away



You took my guilt and shame
and all my sinful blame became as yours
You opened wide your hands
and as a guilty man you wore my crown of thorns
You took the death I'd earned
and all that I deserved on Calvary
Lord thanks for what You've given
but most of all
thanks for what you took from me


Father please forgive me for all the times I failed to mention this before
I've been so concerned with treasures
Went so far as to even ask for more
But you've shown me lord what's precious
are not the things you've given me today
For their worth to me is nothing when compared to what you took away


You took my guilt and shame
and all my sinful blame became as yours
You opened wide your hands
and as a guilty man you wore my crown of thorns
You took the death I'd earned
and all that I deserved on Calvary
Lord thanks for what You've given
but most of all
thanks for what you took from me

Friday, November 10, 2017

An Attitude of Gratitude


AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
By: Cindy Feeman

I love Thanksgiving! It causes me to think about all the special things and people in my life and expressing gratitude for them. If you are like me, you wish this feeling could last all year long (and it really should). Just imagine feeling proud, thankful, and joyful on a regular basis, not just during the Holidays. 

How can we keep an Attitude of Gratitude? We need to make it a habit to express thankfulness ans appreciation in all areas of our life, on a regular basis, for both big and small things, alike.

Author Lewis Howe stated in his book, "Attitude of Gratitude", that "life is better if we developed an attitude of gratitude". He also stated, "if we concentrate on what we have, we will always have more. If we concentrate on what on what we don't have we will never have enough". It is a tough mindset to always have a grateful attitude. Here is a menu of tactic he endorses to help develop this mindset. Just pick a few.

1. Wake up everyday and express to yourself and to God what you are grateful for.

2. Tell whoever you are with at the end of the day 3 things you are thankful for. 

3. Tell someone you're with during the day 3 things you're thankful for at that moment.

4. Read God's word and His promises.

5. Start a gratitude journal... noting things you are thankful for that day. 

6. Acknowledge yourself for what you have done and accomplished this week instead of comparing yourself to others.

7. Acknowledge other people and thank them for inspiring, helping or supporting you.

Each day won't be perfect, but focusing on what we are grateful for tends to wash away feelings of anger and negativity. In addition to improving your mood, recent studies show that feelings and expressing gratitude leads to better physical health as well.

So try adapting some of these tactics above into an overall mindset. It may take a little work, but having an attitude of gratitude is one of the most impact habits for a fulfilling and healthy life.

Here's to Thanksgiving all year round!




Friday, November 3, 2017

The Importance of Being Real With Jesus


The Importance of Being Real With Jesus
 By: Julie Hatfield

             I'm so thankful that God is approachable.  When I'm going through something and feeling like I'm failing in life Jesus always listens.  Don't ever think that He doesn't care about you.  He wants you to be open and honest with Him.  Sometimes I feel like I'm too emotional but honestly it's a blessing.  When you hold things inside it causes stress and health related problems.  Learning to open up an talk about things saves you a lot of problems down the road.
            Does Jesus really care about me??  Yes He does!!  That is why in 1 Peter 5:7 it says:  "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."  He want's you to be real and raw with Him.  Whatever is causing you pain or causing you to struggle, open up to Him about it.  Sometimes the only way to get over something is to talk about it and move on from it.  I have learned before I have a conversation with God to plead the blood over my conversation so it will remain private between Him and I, that way the enemy won't know my struggles and weaknesses.  Get away by yourself with God and cry out to Him.  Groaning in the Holy Ghost can speak more to God then any words you can say on your own.

           I use to think that if I allowed myself to get to this point with God that I somehow failed Him or was doing something wrong.  Why is it so hard for us to be so open even with Jesus?  I think we've allowed ourselves to believe that we have to be perfect to live for God.  That's just a lie from the enemy. How is God suppose to lead and guide us if we  haven't completely allowed Him to see us in our most vulnerable moments.  Struggles in life are as common as victories are.  Through my weakness He is made strong.  I'm so glad that no matter if I'm on the mountain top or down in the valley Jesus is always there.  Real communication is not only key in marriage and friendships but it is one of the most important aspects for your relationship with Jesus.  So start being sincerely real with Jesus and He'll start being real with you.