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How-Much-is-EnoughJohn D. Rockefeller, at the height of his wealth and success in the oil industry, was asked “How much is enough?” To which he replied, “One more dollar”.

Have you asked yourself: what would be “enough” for me to feel content? How much do I have to have to feel truly grateful?

According to the Bible, contentment and gratitude have nothing to do with how much we have or our current situation. While in prison, Paul wrote in his letter to the church of Philippi “…for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 he says “…give thanks in ALL circumstances”.

As we embrace a more biblical worldview, contentment and thanksgiving take on different meanings. We learn to look at our lives differently, making it is easier to feel the Joy and Peace He promises, one that surpasses all understanding, without needing “a little more”

Pray with me…Lord Jesus,

In your word you ask us to be in the world but not of the world. Our society is one that feeds our need for more. We spend so much time and energy striving for more material possessions, recognition and prestige. We incessantly compare what we have and what we look like to others, most of the time coming short, and feeling unhappy and unfulfilled. We search for happiness yet fear that we may be missing it all-together.

In James 4:17 you say “…Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?”

Open our eyes Jesus and help us not to be deceived by our times. Remind us that true fulfillment and happiness can only be found in You. Help us not to lose another hour or ounce of energy pursuing the elusive feeling of satisfaction this world promises. Help us to rest in You and to find true contentment as we thank you for all you are providing NOW, in spite of our unworthiness!

In the Name of Jesus, we pray, Amen

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John Piper says “Gratitude flourishes in the sphere of Grace”.butterfly_inspirations_grace_and_gratitude_print-r46b1437e909447ce96e86717023c6095_w2q_8byvr_324

When we look at the Greek translation for gratitude we see that it is closely related to grace.   In 2 Corinthians 4:15 we see this relationship: “It is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God”

How can our understanding and appreciation of grace help our hearts overflow with thanksgiving?

It will first help us see that EVERYTHING we have is a gift and comes from God. James 1:17b says “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above…”

More importantly, as we grow in our understanding, we will also grow in our acknowledgement of our unworthiness of it all. We DESERVE nothing that comes from the hands of our Holy Father and receive it all thanks to His Grace! Understanding these things will inevitably change us into a person that gives thanks in “ALL circumstances”.

Pray with me…Lord,

We are humbled and full of gratitude because “we have peace with you through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we have gained access by faith, into this grace in which we now stand”. Because of the grace we stand on, we rejoice in the knowledge that nothing can separate us from You!

We take time today to pause and consider all the blessings we enjoy NOW, from the significant ones to the ones we so often take for granted. Forgive us for the times we have overlooked these and instead focused on what we feel we need or think are lacking;

Lord, because of your grace and generosity we are blessed with so much from You! We choose to abandon our society’s attitude of entitlement and learn to look at EVERYTHING we enjoy as a gift: every new day we wake up to, our health, our jobs, the food we enjoy…EVERYTHING is a gift!

In your precious name we pray, Amen

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What an awesome feeling when we get the opportunity to make a difference in the life of another person. There are numerous chances every day for us to minister and love our neighbor. Still, sometimes we miss these or are simply not aware of them.

Widows are a fast-growing segment of the population in the United States. These women, of all ages, are in our churches, our neighborhoods and more importantly, in many of our own families. Their journey is very personal but their need for community, relationships and connection is important and usually magnified the first year after the loss of their husband! The challenges they face are both emotional and practical. Every day, we have the opportunity to serve them in a real and tangible way.

In James 1:27 we are encouraged to “visit widows in their affliction”. Cutting their grass, fixing a leaky toilet or spending an afternoon visiting are some practical ways of helping a widow in your life feel the love and embrace of Jesus!

Pray with me,

Jesus,

Many of us have mothers, relatives, friends who have lost their husbands. As we think of them today, we remember your comforting words in Psalm 68:5, where you tell us that you are a “father of the fatherless and protector of the widows”. Use us, Lord, to share these words when necessary and help these women embrace and find relief in this Truth!

Jesus, in your Word, your Church is referred to as one body and your followers as brothers and sisters. Let the way we share each other’s burdens be a reflection of this truth! Thank you for the privilege of being used as your vessels and the opportunity to have others feel your love through us. Thank you for your willingness to use our words and deeds to bless others and in the process, bring You glory.

Lord, make us sensitive to your Spirit. Help us identify widows in our circles, be sensitive to their needs, and use our gifts and resources to help them. Help us see them with your eyes of compassion and give us wisdom as we learn to be better listeners, companions and friends.

In the name of Jesus, we pray, Amen

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Statistics on common worries show that 40% are about things that will never happen; more than 50% are about the past and other things we cannot change. 8% of our worries are about real problems that CAN BE SOLVED! (bible.org)

We have all experienced fear at some point in our lives and some of us feel it more frequently than others. We may worry about the eventual outcome of a problem we are facing today, but most of us worry about the uncertainties and unknowns in our future.

At the heart of most of our fears and worries is the realization that we really are not in control. Fear consumes and paralyzes us, affecting our productivity in God’s Kingdom and the way we relate with others.

One of the most repeated commands in all of Scripture is “do not be afraid”. How comforting that our Lord and Creator knows how much we need to hear those words!

Let’s pause for prayers,

Jesus,

How awesome that we can come to you as our Perfect Priest, knowing you “sympathize with our weaknesses” (Hebrews 4:15). We place all of our fears and our worries in your hands. In our moments of weakness, when we tend to worry, help us to trust you like King David, who in Psalm 56:3 said “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You”.

Lord, thank you for being a God that is ever-present! Your Word tells us that we do not have to fear evil because you are with us and You said “…I am with you always even till the end of the age” In our moments of worry we ask your Spirit to bring these Words to our remembrance.

Help us to be faithful in protecting our environment and saturating our eyes and ears with things that are noble, just, pure and lovely. We will meditate on things that are of good report and praiseworthy. Most of all fill our mind and our lips with praise and thanksgiving for all your blessings and faithfulness in our life thus far.

In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen

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A defining moment in the life of a Christian is when he or she makes the decision to accept Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior.

Salvation is free and the decision to accept it is made in a moment. The journey of following Jesus is one that takes a lifetime and will cost you all you have!

When speaking of it, Jesus made no distinction between those who would be saved and those who would follow Him. As always, He didn’t mince words when talking about the cost of being His disciple. In Matt 16:24 He said “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

Scripture tells us that authentic faith is one that produces fruit and an attitude in the believer of complete surrender and self-denial!
Today, let’s choose to test our faith, as Paul encourages, and like him consider all our gains, loss for the sake of Christ.

Pray with me…

Jesus, Thank you, for first loving us when we were still sinners…before we knew or loved you.

We were in the darkness and ungodly and are now made holy and righteous because of your shed blood.

You are the Light of the world and because we follow You we can say we no longer walk in darkness, but in You have the light of life!

A life devoted and surrendered to you is the least we can offer as appreciation for what you’ve done for us.

Teach us, Lord, how to be like you, and lay down our life as a living sacrifice, as we live a life denying our flesh and consistently seek and pursue Your Will. Let our life be our true and proper worship.

Let this pursuit and our sharing in your sufferings be a living testimony of who You are to those around us. Let our life and commitment give credibility to our words when we share your Good News, so that those who hear us come to saving faith in You and our life ultimately brings You glory.

We pray all this in the name of Jesus, Amen

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