Rejoice, Pray, and Give Thanks

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV)

Always be full of joy. Never stop praying. Whatever happens, always be thankful. This is how God wants you to live in Christ Jesus. – (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, ERV)

Celebrate always, pray constantly, and give thanks to God no matter what circumstances you find yourself in. (This is God’s will for all of you in Jesus the Anointed.) – (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, VOICE)

This morning, at 2:45, as I heard my dog making retching sounds, joy was not exactly what came to mind; sadly, neither was prayer nor thankfulness. As I jumped out of bed and threw on some extra layers to take him outside, I groggily checked to be sure he was okay. He took care of business outside, and returned to his crate to rest. Again, rest did not come. Whining began and would not relent. Finally, after a good fifteen minutes of trying, I gave in and brought my giant pup upstairs. Again, he went outside and then returned ravenous. After he ate, he settled in a bit as I attempted to doze on the couch. When the time was nearing my scheduled wake up, I took Thor back downstairs and returned upstairs to begin my day. My celebration was that I have a roof over my head and that there is coffee in our house to brew. I am thankful that it is Friday, and that I do not need to rise as early tomorrow. God is kind, and shortly after I returned to resume my regular morning routine, my love came upstairs too. In the calm stillness of the morning, I am so grateful to God for another human that can rise early, and find joy and contentment in the silence. Early mornings are something to be celebrated, even when they come far sooner than anticipated. Before long, I will witness the early morning light, as the sun makes its appearance on the horizon. God is faithful to meet us, even in the wee hours of the early morning. He hears our heart’s cry, despite the momentary frustrations when our schedules are disrupted. Today, my heart will rejoice, for I have countless reasons to give God thanks, as I have His light, and life, and hope. May we ever celebrate the goodness of God, giving Him thanks as we are intentional to spend time seeking Him.

May our hearts give praise,

In Christ we rejoice;

Let’s prayerfully seek,

Give thanks with our voice.

No matter what comes,

We’ve reason for joy;

The Lord’s always good,

To thank is a choice.

Today I will choose,

To celebrate Christ;

For goodness and grace,

And loving advice.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the countless reasons You grant us to have joy in You. Thank You that You hear our prayers and You supply what we need to navigate each new day. Thank You that You remain present, no matter what comes our way or how our day begins. Forgive us for our frustrations and delay in seeking You when things are thrown off course. Teach us to lean into You and listen to Your heart. Show us how to love those around us in all things, and grant us patience when it is lacking. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we rejoice in You and pray to You, ever giving You thanks for who You are and how You love. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing the praises of Your Name, O Most High. – Psalm 9:2

Attributes of the Almighty

“The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.” – Psalm 145:8

photo by Something About God

God is kind and merciful, tender and sympathetic; granting help to those in need.  He is patient with His people, and always abundant in love for all of His creation.

If I am to walk in His ways, I am meant to mirror my Maker through the ways in which I love people.  As I receive grace, I am equipped to give grace to others.  Because our Heavenly Father is kind and tender, patient and loving, ever ready to be our help in time of need; so are we, to do likewise.

Jesus left us a legacy to emulate.  His graciousness guides us to give of the gifts that we have all been granted.

Each of us have been created for a purpose; planned prior to our pursuit of our Creator.  As we seek Him, we begin to discover the plan that He has prepared for us, and we are equipped and empowered to pour out His grace and compassion, patience and loving kindness upon all who cross our paths.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are gracious and compassionate, patient and loving.  Thank You for the glorious gift of Your Son, Jesus, who not only modeled the method by which we are meant to lead our lives, but also made way for Your Spirit to dwell in us when He died on the cross and rose again, and was soon seated at Your right hand.  Thank You that You do not ask anything of us, that You are not willing to also empower us to accomplish.  Thank You that Your grace is sufficient and Your power is made perfect in our weakness.  Keep us from wandering away from Your will, and lead us on to a life everlasting with You.  May our words and deeds mirror that which Jesus modeled for us, so that all may know of Your magnificent love that is ready and waiting to be received.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present