22 Comments

  1. Debbie said,

    February 9, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I like so much about all of this. Digress away whenever you want to! 🙂 The ending wrap up about giving thanks is so close to my heart. I’m really, really wanting to give thanks, to note as many joys as I can each day. All those little things that come from a big loving God. If I take the time to notice them and thank Him and record them, maybe I will learn to live joy more fully. I’m excited and how you help me! God bless you and the Word that lives in you!

  2. February 9, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Debbie,

    I am learning that thanksgiving is very healing. It still comes naturally for me to look behind, around, and ahead and to be mindful of that which is negative, but I am praying that the Lord daily will renew my mind and help me to remember to give thanks…to take the opportunity to consider all of the ways I can think of that the Lord has expressed his love, is expressing His love, and shall express His love.

    I am so encouraged when I read your posts. They really do magnify the Lord. 🙂

    Love,
    Theresa

  3. pbus1 said,

    February 10, 2011 at 3:16 am

    Hello Theresa,

    As you were bringing your post to a close, you expounded upon thanksgiving. My mind went back to the church I grew up in. After the congregational prayer of each service, we would recite the 100th division of Psalm. “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before His presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth, endureth to all generations.”

    I don’t consider giving thanks unto God an obligation or a duty, but I count it a privilege, to go to the throne of grace, and to give thanks unto God, for His goodness, His kindness, and His mercy unto us! It’s a privilege to give God praise, because the mercy that we receive morning by morning, is so undeserved! Yet, He showers down His mercy upon us, in spite of us! There is no other place I would rather be, than in the presence of the Lord, rendering unto Him thanksgiving, praise, worship, and honor!

    Thank you for sharing this post. May the Lord bless you richly, and continually!

    Paulette

  4. February 10, 2011 at 4:11 am

    I’m glad you liked it. Yes it not only gives the Lord glory when we thank Him, but it helps to remind us of his benefits and it helps our faith to increase. 🙂

    Those words from the psalm you quoted are beautiful.

    God bless you, too, Paulette.

    Theresa

  5. December 14, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Reblogged this on Moore to Ponder and commented:

    “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” 1John 4:18 KJV

    • Debbie said,

      December 16, 2013 at 2:01 am

      Another beautiful reblog! I love how you showed that though His thoughts toward us are too numerous to be numbered, if we are still He will bring them to our minds. 🙂 Something that seems to happen for me when I thank Him and turn my thoughts to Him, is that He restores my thinking, my heart and my attitude to what I truly want it to be.
      Thank you for these posts – gifts!
      love and prayers!

      • December 16, 2013 at 2:38 am

        I know what you mean, Deb. I am so thankful that He renews our minds. Thank you so much for commenting and encouraging me!

        Love,
        Theresa

    • Mervin said,

      November 25, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      it appears that we the born again souhld speak to each other about the day that we are in, and those things that we see in the church and out of the church and ferverntly pray about those things that we see. This is part of the mission of this blog site is to bring together the Thoughts, and Revelations by us the Born Again Believers that the Lord has revealed unto us. To share those things, and bring about the discussing of them, and ultimately bring about the Truth of the Lord to prepare us for the soon coming day of Redemption.

  6. Rhen Laird said,

    May 16, 2020 at 8:46 am

    Oh WOW, Sister–so rich and good, speaks right to the heart. Two things I want to mention–as I read the dates of these posts you led me to, I realized that in Aug 2011 was when I would open my first blog (Caddo Veil) and meet you all, which was wonderful!! I had had my epiphany experience in Mar 2011–during Easter week–when the Holy Trinity showed up in my living room! I’d been technically saved since I was 14…but my faith walk was a dry rocky path, no joy, no victory, no fruit, nothing! Everything changed during Holy Week 2011. And though I’ve been growing like a weed since then, there have still been battles to fight–so the 2nd thing I’d like to share is what I keep bringing to the Lord and needing reassurance about: I believe we’re saved by grace when we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, and that God “remembers our sins no more”–that Jesus died and rose again for ALL our sins, past-present-future…BUT, every time I read the passage about how if we don’t forgive others, HE won’t forgive us…and woe to us, we’ll not enter the Kingdom, I just fall apart. It’s not that I don’t want to forgive–I’ve forgiven by my will till I’m blue in the face; but memories are triggered, scenes replaying in my head–and I sure don’t feel like I’ve forgiven the people who’ve wounded me most deeply. I want them punished! My heart’s desire is for healing/deliverance–whatever–anything that will end this continuing painful wondering, as to whether I won’t go to Heaven until I can feel free of what seems like unforgiveness–if we go by feelings. Thank you so much for our sharing tonight–I love you, dear Sister.

    • May 16, 2020 at 11:32 am

      Oh precious sister! The hairs stood up on my arms as I read this, because our struggle…even the challenge to not feel condemned by the scripture you mentioned…it is identical to mine. Please know that You are kept. You are kept by not just any old type of love, but God’s “unfailing” love.

      I have so much more to say…but where do I begin? Oh how I wish that you lived nearby, so we could spend an entire afternoon together. ❤

      I will share more. I promise to pray and do my very best.

      In the mean time just know this. Preacher's will often say that we are to interpret scripture with scripture…interpret hard with plain. Plain scripture produces peace:

      “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27 KJV

      "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope." Romans 15:4 KJV

      "For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope and overflow with confidence in His promises." Romans 15:4 AMP

      Love you and praying for you! ❤

      • Rhen Laird said,

        May 16, 2020 at 1:16 pm

        We are kept, Yes–I love the verse about how Jesus won’t lose ANY of the ones God has given to Him. That helps me when I go to the place I mentioned, doubting I’ll get through the VIP gates 🙂 I, too, wish we lived closer–it would benefit me to talk with you, Theresa…love you and praying earnestly for you, as well ❤ Today will be better 🙂 And thanks for the Rom 15:4 AMP verse–I LOVE my Amp Bible–so I'll go look it up before I finally crash into bed 🙂 God's unfailing love–I hold tight to that!!

      • May 17, 2020 at 6:32 am

        Leslie, I copied and pasted part of one of your comments:

        “I believe we’re saved by grace when we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, and that God ‘remembers our sins no more’–that Jesus died and rose again for ALL our sins, past-present-future…BUT, every time I read the passage about how if we don’t forgive others, HE won’t forgive us…and woe to us, we’ll not enter the Kingdom, I just fall apart. It’s not that I don’t want to forgive–I’ve forgiven by my will till I’m blue in the face; but memories are triggered, scenes replaying in my head–and I sure don’t feel like I’ve forgiven the people who’ve wounded me most deeply. I want them punished! My heart’s desire is for healing/deliverance–whatever–anything that will end this continuing painful wondering, as to whether I won’t go to Heaven until I can feel free of what seems like unforgiveness–if we go by feelings.”

        This has moved me so deeply, because I share your struggle and suspect that probably most Christians share it.
        Would it be okay if I write a post at my other blog devoted to it? Can I copy and paste this comment again and include it in that post if I do not mention your identity?

        I had planned on doing a post on discerning the difference in what we consider to be lovely versus what the Lord considers to be lovely…a compare and contrast post.

        But I can’t get your burden out of my head. ❤
        Please let me know if I have your permission.
        Love,
        Theresa

      • Rhen Laird said,

        May 17, 2020 at 6:52 am

        Oh, Theresa, I continue to feel blessed and comforted and supported by your kindness toward me–particularly regarding this tough subject, and the fact that I SO desire to be obedient and please God more than anything else in the world. So YES, as long as you don’t identify me by name–please feel free to use my words–I’m so eager to read what conclusions you’ll write, based on the Holy Spirit’s leading and wisdom. It helps to hear that you think “most Christians” deal with the same struggle–because I only know “true saints” who have no trouble at all forgiving others…or they just won’t admit it. I’m one of those “open book/too honest” people–and I take it seriously that we’re supposed to confess to one another (trustworthy brethren in the Body of Christ) so we can be healed and forgiven. Thank you thank you thank you–I’ve felt so blue all day, just heavy with extra stress, and tired…waiting to “bounce back” to my chirpy-hopeful Jesus-joy self! Much love ❤

      • May 17, 2020 at 9:27 am

        I’m sorry to hear you are blue. 😦
        I will pray. ❤
        I will delete the comment from which I originally copied and pasted. Okay?

      • Rhen Laird said,

        May 17, 2020 at 11:10 am

        Sounds good, Theresa 🙂 And no worries, “blue” is just a mood that passes 🙂 But we will keep praying for each other daily!!

      • May 18, 2020 at 7:22 pm

        Leslie ,
        I was on my dashboard and accidentally hid our comments. I fiddled with it for an hour, and finally got it fixed. I made that post on my other blog but didn’t copy and paste after all. I hope it encourages your heart.

        Love,
        Theresa

      • Rhen Laird said,

        May 19, 2020 at 9:51 am

        Thank you for all the work you’ve gone to, much appreciated, Theresa ❤

      • May 19, 2020 at 1:40 pm

        You have blessed me so much! ❤

      • Rhen Laird said,

        May 19, 2020 at 3:18 pm

        Believe me, the blessing is hugely mutual!

  7. May 16, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    I'm going to take a nap, too. A dear friend not far from where I live had a terrible crisis, so I have only gotten about 3 hours of sleep since yesterday…Friday.. Her name is Faith, and she is in her early 70's. It was just terrible. Still is. Please pray for her and her family.


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