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    Devotions,  Gratitude

    Show Your Gratitude

    “You will be enriched in every way to be generous on every occasion, and your giving through us will produce thanksgiving to God. For this ministry of service is not only supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanksgiving to God…” – 2 Corinthians 9:11, NIV You can show your gratitude to God for all of the blessings He’s given you by being generous to others. Sometimes that generosity might be financial. For example, you notice that the single mom who lives nearby doesn’t own a winter coat. Seeing her need, you buy a coat and leave it on her doorstep to be…

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    Devotions,  Gratitude

    When God Carries You

    “Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms.” – Psalm 68:19, NIV Dwayne was walking through his neighborhood with his three-year-old daughter. She toddled in front of him, taking in all the sights and sounds of their street. She was fascinated by everything around her. But after walking for a few minutes, she became tired. Dwayne quickly scooped his daughter into his arms and gently placed her on his shoulders. At first, she was afraid to move and clung tightly to his face and neck. But Dwayne stood still and patiently waited. When she finally realized she was safe, the tiny toddler…

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    Devotions,  Gratitude

    Do It All for Him

    “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:17, NIV Tyler hated unloading the dishwasher when the plates were clean. To him, the task felt pointless. In just a few hours all of the dishes would be used anyway, so he wondered why he should even bother doing that chore. Tyler’s wife didn’t share his feelings. She worked long hours and was rarely home. She expressed several times how much it meant to her when Tyler did small chores like emptying the dishwasher. Still, Tyler saw no reason to…

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    Devotions,  Gratitude

    His Love Endures Forever

    “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” – Psalm 118:1, NIV Sara’s mother was emotionally abusive. When Sara was growing up, her mom would withhold affection and comfort if Sara did something she didn’t like. Sara tried to please her mom but she never received the support and kindness she so desperately longed for. Sara was left feeling like she had to earn the love of those around her. She spent a lot of her time trying to be good enough. She worked hard on every project to prove herself. She was quick to help others in the hopes that they would like her.…

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    Devotions,  Gratitude

    Sing to the Lord

    “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.” – Psalm 95:2, NIV When it comes to praising the Lord, you can use the gift of music to do it. You don’t need any formal training like voice lessons and you don’t have to join a choir or orchestra. You don’t even have to know how to play instrument. Just put on music and sing along. You can find plenty of free music through apps like Spotify and iHeartRadio. As you sing along, don’t be afraid to get into the moment and play air guitar or air drums. God welcomes our enthusiasm in the middle…

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    Devotions,  Gratitude

    Approaching Your Father

    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6, NIV Austin had never been close to his father. His dad provided for his family but rarely engaged with them. This emotional abandonment left Austin to question what the role of a loving father looked like. The confusion bled over into his spiritual life and while Austin loved God, he didn’t feel engaged with Him. He was afraid to ask God anything or bring his hard questions to Him for fear he’d be rejected. But that changed for Austin in college when his football coach took…

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    Devotions,  Gratitude

    What’s Your Story?

    “I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” – Psalm 9:1, NIV One powerful way to give thanks to God is to tell others about the wonderful things He’s done for you. You may be tempted to think you don’t have a story to tell because yours isn’t about being dramatically cured of an illness or surviving a horrible disaster. Your story may be an ordinary event. Perhaps you went through a difficult divorce and God gave you the strength to keep going. Maybe you were dealing with a co-worker that was hostile toward you and God helped you…

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    Devotions,  Gratitude

    When Everything Changes…

    “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” – James 1: 17, NIV Sharon has been going through a season of change in her life. There have been positive changes like the start of her online business and the news that she’s pregnant after years of infertility. Now, she and her husband are in the middle of buying their first home. But along with these changes, there have been some losses, too. Her mother passed away after a lengthy battle with an illness and her best friend moved to another country. With so much…

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    Devotions,  Gratitude

    Shift Your Focus with Gratitude

    “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV It’s easy to give thanks when your day is going well. You’re wearing your favorite t-shirt. You got a great parking spot. Your coffee is the perfect temperature with just the right mix of sugar and creamer. You get lots of likes on the selfie you posted to Instagram. But what about those moments when things aren’t going so well? You spill your coffee on your jeans. You have to wait in a long line of customers at the bank or grocery store. You realize the battery in your smartphone…

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    Devotions,  Psalms,  Something to Think About

    The Triumph of Delight

    “That which a man spits against heaven, shall fall back on his own face.” -Thomas Adams, 1614. There have always been people who mock God and all those who believe in him. Sometimes we act as if unbelief is a new thing. It isn’t. The psalmist uses the very first psalm in the Bible to warn us not to listen to mockers. For thousands of years, some people have chosen, not only to disbelieve, but also to mock believers. And it’s not like we can avoid the naysayers. They are on the internet, on the television, and in our classrooms every day. Disclaimer: Please note that I might earn commissions…