For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous;
With favor You will surround him as with a shield.
I do try to keep my house clean, doing the weekly maintenance work regularly. But lately things had piled up and I just hadn’t had the time to deal with them, leaving us with the clean-but-cluttered look. When I got a couple of days notice that we would be entertaining some special company last Saturday evening, I kind of freaked out. I didn’t know how we would get the inside and the outside ready to where I felt it needed to be. So I did the only the thing I knew to do . . . I prayed. I worked some in the evenings and then all day Saturday. Over several days, my husband got all the wood chopped and stacked and also got the grass cut. I still can’t believe that we got everything done, so I know that it was only with the Lord’s help that it happened.
Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV)
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Our visit went well, but I was glad when it was over. As I was getting ready for bed, I was telling God thank you for the help in accomplishing this major task and for the doors He is opening in our lives. Then in the next breath, I was saying to myself how tired I was and wouldn’t it be nice if I could just sleep in. After all, I had worked very hard, and my sore back and muscles were agreeing with me. The next day was Sunday and I had already arranged for someone to teach my class. Surely it wouldn’t hurt to miss. Then I heard Him say, “Is that how you thank Me?” In the words of Pastor Cook: “Eech, ouch, ooch!” There’s so much more to the story of that day that I won’t get into, but God was right. He had made a way that I didn’t think was possible and He had truly blessed us. I should have been more thankful. Staying home in bed instead of going to church and worshipping Him would not have been “overflowing with thankfulness.” I prayed for forgiveness and set my alarm!
2 Corinthians 9:10-13 (NIV)
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.
God loves us and blesses us, but He doesn’t do it so that we can sit on those blessings. He blesses us so that we can bless others. Perhaps it is in the sharing of material goods or finances. But more often I think it is sharing our experience and faith with others and encouraging them. With my experience Saturday, I can say to someone that if God will do it for me, He will do it for you. Nothing is impossible with God. Each week in these articles, I try to share with you my experiences and what God has done for me or taught me through my trials and errors. I do it to encourage others, even if it is just to let them know that they are not the only one going through something and that God is always there for them. I can rest in my blessings, because I know that He is faithful, but I cannot rest on them – they are meant to be shared.
1 Chronicles 16:34 (NIV)
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
This week is Thanksgiving, so everyone’s minds are on their blessings and what they are thankful for. Many of my Facebook friends are listing one thing each day that they are thankful for, and it is nice to read their posts. However, we need to be thankful all year round and not just at the Thanksgiving holiday. Our thankfulness is more than the words we use to express it. We demonstrate our thankfulness by always being faithful, kind and loving, just like our God, and serving Him every day.
God is so great in our homes sister cook and I are blessed to have you a part of our family we love you guys so much and thank God for you have a great blessed thanksgiving . Pastor & sister Cook