give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV
Max Lucado’s devotional….
Thanks. Just the word lifts the spirit. To say thanks is to celebrate a gift. Something. Anything. Animals. Bald spots. Chocolate. Dictionaries.
To say thanks is to cross the tracks from have-not to have-much, from the excluded to the recruited. Thanks proclaims, “I’m not disadvantaged, disabled, victimized, scandalized, forgotten, or ignored. I am blessed.” Gratitude is a dialysis of sorts. It flushes the self-pity out of our systems.
In Scripture the idea of giving thanks is not a suggestion or recommendation; it is a command. It carries the same weight as “love your neighbor” and “give to the poor.” More than a hundred times, either by imperative or example, the Bible commands us to be thankful. If quantity implies gravity, God takes thanksgiving seriously.
Jesus was robustly thankful. He was thankful when Mary interrupted the party with perfume. When he hugged children and blessed babies and watched blind people look at their first sunsets, Jesus was thankful. When the disciples returned from their first mission trip, he rejoiced: “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth” (Luke 10:21).
Thank you, . . .
Don’t be too quick in your assessment of God’s gifts to you. Thank him. Moment by moment. Day by day.
How often I forget to be thankful. Except for my house, I am beyond amazed at how God worked this house out for us….
Father, forgive me, for I can be so judgemental at times. I have even judged the Pastor for not returning my greeting. AND gossiped about it.
I have judged anothers actions and justified it by having discernment.
From Wordfast devo
There are a small number of crucial issues in the Christian life foundational to walking in peace and fruitfulness before the Lord and with people. Rightsizing words of judgment are near the top of the list. This issue affects almost every area of our lives: friendships, marriage, children, work, and ministry. Understanding this key issue can be the difference between being a fruitful disciple of Jesus or a defeated spectator of the Christian faith. This issue encapsulates the fullness of Jesus’s teachings in Luke 6:27-38 that we receive back more than we give to others, good and bad.
What does it really mean to judge someone?
Here are the two ways we judge others: when you see someone’s actions and you make an estimate as to the value or worth of that person, or when you think you know why he did what he did.
Here’s an example. The pastor races by you on his way to do something at church. He doesn’t catch a hello or greeting sent to him as he whizzes by. What is your immediate response? Are you gracious or do you respond with a judgment that draws a conclusion about how insensitive and unfriendly he is? Do you compound it further with gossip by mentioning to someone else how unfriendly your pastor was today?
What audacity to think that we know what is on someone’s mind. There is one judge, and He is altogether righteous and able to see into the hearts of men and women. We are not that judge; Christ is.
When you judge others, you are in deception. The problem with deception is, you don’t realize you’re being deceived. You think the sky is red, but everyone around you knows the sky is blue. You would swear on your life the sky is red; it isn’t. Could there be a minute possibility, an outside chance existing in your wildest imagination, that there may be a tiny prospect you are wrong? When you are in deception, you answer that question with a vehement no.
When we think we know a person’s motivation for saying or doing something, or we ascribe to a person’s worth, we are judging—we are playing God—we are deceived. Of the multitude of circumstances in life we can find ourselves in, this is the one not to be found in: playing God in people’s lives and judging them.
I am not sure what God is calling me to do. All I know is I am angry, hurt and frustrated, and don’t want to be. Lord, please help me to see others as YOU see them. Lead me, Lord.
At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!” Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked. The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.” When the angel who spoke to him had gone, Cornelius called two of his servants and a devout soldier who was one of his attendants. He told them everything that had happened and sent them to Joppa. About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven. While Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision, the men sent by Cornelius found out where Simon’s house was and stopped at the gate. They called out, asking if Simon who was known as Peter was staying there. While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Simon, three men are looking for you. So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.”
Acts 10:1-20 NIV
Didn’t know what this devotional would be about… But I am thrilled God led me to it.
I dont think I have ever truely grasped the concept of how marraige mirrors the relationship between Jesus and the church. I am guilty of allowing so much pride, justification and heart issues to get in the way. It really doesnt apply to just husband and wife relationships, but to all relationships.
- Pride tempts us to withhold
- Intellect tries to justify
- Heart attempts ro manipulate. We need to fight our flesh ….
I will be painfully honest. Something aint right. I dont know exactly what it is, other than after so many disappointments, i just don’t trust right now. Maybe that isn’t entirely true… i do trust others to hurt me somehow… i thought I was past all of this, but maybe I havent learned. (On a side note, I miss Rhonda, she was my cheerleader, but always honest and my soundimg board).
It may have started when Craig decided to not go to my dads, at 815 pm on the night we were leaving. I understood, really, I did. But I didnt agree. When I.got home, I told him I understood…. I started to share my feelings, but stopped and told him I would be happy to Share how I felt, if he wanted to know. HE NEVER ASKED.
How did I feel when he told me he wasnt going, because he needed to sell a ski.??..(which he didnt do)…. like I had been punched in the gut. I don’t think I have recovered. I dont believe he will do what he says. Whenever we are planning on going somewhere, I anticipate a battle of just leaving on time…. and now, because everthing feels like a battle, or maybe because I have felt frustration and hurt in the past….I just dont want to plan to do anything anymore.
This sounds petty…but when you look at the.amount of money on skis and boats..that will make him the.money needed to fix the house (that has gone unrented for 2 years and have never had everything taken out of it). When you look at the fact that we have been without water for 2 1/2 years….while owning over 15000 in equipment for 1 1/2 of those years….but it will all get done….. is it any wonder I dont trust him to do what he says he will do?
Lord, I dont want my marraige to end, but I know we are in a scary place. I dont know what to do. I feel unapprwciated in both work and home and need YOU. Jesus, I need you…and I need my husband to step up and do what is right., and important.
So… today, I am starting the Wife After God devotional, and pray that you once again work a miracle in my life.