Praise the LORD!
Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever. Psalm 106:1 NKJV
In Autumn we begin preparing our hearts with gratitude. Gratitude is how we remember what God did for us yesterday, today, and tomorrow.In Autumn we begin preparing our hearts with gratitude. Gratitude is how we remember what God did for us yesterday, today, and tomorrow. via @deborahrutherford#gratitude #rejoice #devotional Click To Tweet
It begins as the weather cools, mosquitos go away, and the leaves change from greens into a glorious symphony of golds, oranges, and reds.
Everywhere are gratitude challenges, at church, on social media, in books and blogs, and in our conversations.
Although God calls us to live with grateful hearts all year long, there are times of the year, moments in seasons, when we can refocus and discover the glory of living in the moment of gratitude.
Then as the leaves drop, the trees begin their winter rest as we, too, follow along. For this winter rest, we rejoice and give thanks for all the goodness God gives because God is our good God. Psalm 106:1 invites us to praise the LORD! To give thanks because He is good. And because His mercy endures forever.Psalm 106:1 invites us to praise the LORD! To give thanks because He is good. And because His mercy endures forever. via @deborahrutherford #praise #gratitude #devotional Click To Tweet
Because God gave us His breath because all creation is His.
In our November of beauty, rain, and snow for some, family and friends gather for Thanksgiving to be thankful. Holidays and feasts are one of the ways we remember what God has done for us in the past, present, and future. His providence, blessings, goodness, and love. Then that Sunday on Thanksgiving weekend, we begin the Advent season preparing us further to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
We follow along with the trees through this celebration when all creation rejoices first for our Lord’s birth and next for His second coming to rule the earth.
Because this Spring, as the trees wake up and the flowers blossom, we celebrate the resurrection of our Savior. How can we not be grateful when we know what is up ahead?
Gratitude is how we remember what God did for us yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
God gives us new blessings and mercies each day. Our hearts should always be spilling over with praise and rejoicing in His goodness. The beautiful thing about gratitude, much like joy, is that it is contagious. Because God has given us His grace, we can be thankful in all circumstances.God gives us new blessings and mercies each day. Our hearts should always be spilling over with praise and rejoicing in His goodness. The beautiful thing about gratitude, much like joy, is that it is contagious. via @deborahrutherford #gratitude… Click To Tweet
I was visiting a friend, and as I ran out to my car to get my purse, I saw a sweet exchange between mom and daughter. Later my friend told me she was explaining gratitude to her daughter. That we must be grateful for everything God gives, even when life is challenging and we are not necessarily happy about it. This had to do with Christmas presents and rising prices but it was a perfect opportunity to share God’s truth. Because when we are grateful, we are acknowledging that God is a good God and that He loves us. Although we don’t understand the why behind everything, we can trust that it is for our good.
By turning our grumbling into rejoicing and giving thanks, we step out of the dark into the light. By expressing gratitude for God and all His provisions, whether lack or abundance, we step out of fear and into love.By turning our grumbling into rejoicing and giving thanks, we step out of the dark into the light. By expressing gratitude for God and all His provisions, whether lack or abundance, we step out of fear and into love. via @deborahrutherford #gratitude… Click To Tweet
Some favorite ways to encounter gratitude:
- SARAH GERINGER’S HIDDEN MANNA ON A COUNTRY ROAD
Remember, you are Beautiful!
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How does God see you?
Behold-Her Beauty seeks to help women see themselves as God’s beautiful daughters.
My whole life changed the day I realized that God sees me as His beautiful daughter. Not the distorted, flawed images I perceived, nor what others thought of me, and especially not what the world told me.
The benefits of seeing ourselves as God’s beautiful daughter are revolutionary and freeing. We no longer find our worth and approval in the world because God values and loves us.
Today, right now, know that you have permission to be beautiful as you embrace your already God-given beauty and live as God’s beautiful daughter.
- We are God’s masterpieces. God created each of us, His work of art, in Jesus Christ for good work, which God prepared beforehand (Ephesians 2:10).
- God made you in His image. “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27 NKJV
- God chose you; you are His treasure and the apple of His eye. “But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.” 2 Thessalonians 2:13 NKJV
Embrace your God-given beauty and live without shame, bitterness, and self-condemnation.
I have put together 10 ways to reclaim your God-given beauty.
Start today by meditating on the Scripture in each declaration section. I like to write the Scripture verse in my journal and then pray about what God is teaching me. Then, do one of the action steps in each section.
You have permission to be beautiful. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and our Beholder is God.
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