Tag : gratitude-2
Tag : gratitude-2
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
(Psalm 100, 1-5, NIV)
How many of us focus on our day-to-day problems and forget to be grateful for the things that most people around the world consider a blessing? This week Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday and as a nation, we have so much to be thankful for. The United States of America has been the most materially blessed nation in modern history. I believe the nation’s rise to superpower status was birthed, some 4,000 years ago, with one man’s faithfulness to God. God called Abram to leave his country and go where He would lead him. In Genesis 17:1-6, God promised Abram that He would cause many nations and kings to come from his lineage. When Abraham, in obedience, was willing to sacrifice his only beloved son, Isaac, God made an unconditional promise to Abraham. In Genesis 22, The angel of the Lord said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”
‘Because they have not followed me wholeheartedly, not one of those who were twenty years old or more when they came up out of Egypt will see the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob— not one except Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua son of Nun, for they followed the Lord wholeheartedly.’ The Lord’s anger burned against Israel and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until the whole generation of those who had done evil in his sight was gone.
(Numbers 32:11-13, NIV)
In the above-mentioned verse, we see that the Lord’s anger burned against Israel, and He made them wander in the wilderness for forty years, a journey that could have taken eleven days. God wants to bless the descendants of Israel. He wants to give ancient Israel national greatness, and as Christians we believe the promise of salvation was fulfilled through Abraham’s seed in Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:16). Our great nation was founded on Christian principles, and I believe we are blessed by God. Let us celebrate Thanksgiving this year with gratitude for our freedom. Freedom of our county and as believers.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
(Romans 8:1-4, NIV)
“I thank my God every time I remember you…” (Philippians 1:3, NIV)
One of the attributes I loved about Paul is that he often began his letters thanking God for the people he was writing to, or being thankful to God Himself. He lived a life of gratitude. And today as I reflect on the Level-Up Women’s Conference, I am first thankful to God for guiding us in every aspect of the event and for making His presence known on October 8th.
I am grateful for the incredible worship experience we had. Many don’t know this but our worship leader, Renee Rollins, took her payment and divided it among three other worship leaders because she was more concerned with this being an excellent event than having more take home pay. Renee is now a member of our Pearls of Promise team. We love her heart! Katherine Legg was paid to play her flute last year, but loved it so much that she came back to play for free at our time of prayer.
I am extremely thankful for the speakers—Kim Crabill, Dr. Barbie Breathitt, Starlet Bell and Destiny Yarbrough. I always believe the LORD points out speakers prior to the event. Three of them believe in us so much that they traveled in from out of town. Each brought a unique presentation on faith, dreams or prophecy.
Our panel, made up of Mayada Naami, Judith Cruz and Taylor L. Cole, shared their testimonies. All demonstrated what a life before and after Christ looked like. Judith even overcome demonic possession and broke the devil’s grip on her by saying the name of Jesus. She serves the LORD faithfully today. Grateful for Aurora Ortega Geis who moderated the panel and acted as co-emcee. Every time Aurora was on the stage, she provided a pearl of wisdom for those in the audience.
And no event can be successful without a strong support team. Thanks to Michelle Burden for all of her behind-the-scenes help and for being a rock of support to me personally. Also so thankful for Gina Wright, Melanie Watkins, Bailey Worley, Gledis Potesta, Julie Christianson, Lara Ingram, Joy Lewis, Rebecca Harris, Fenita Maberry, and our Dallas Theological Seminar intern, Morgan Underwood, who served on either the support or prayer teams or both. Gina and Melanie traveled from Austin to help us, and Gledis was in the middle of a move, yet still wanted to be at Level-Up. That is dedication.
Alma Jimenez Hall is an amazing friend! She stepped in and created beautiful decor for the tables, even though she was unable to attend.
It was our seventh conference and “seven” is God’s number of perfection. This year’s Level-Up Conference seemed perfect. I would not change a thing and I thank God for everyone who made it so special. I love you all.
My husband and I visited our son, daughter-in-law and new grandchild, William, over Easter weekend and decided to take a walk around their neighborhood. There’s a pond in their development, but in order to get to the walking path around it, we had to cross a field. That seemed simple enough, but halfway to the pond I found myself on the ground, writhing in pain. My foot apparently got caught in a hole, cleverly disguised with a grass covering. As a result, I badly injured my foot.
At first I thought my foot was broken because it hurt so bad, but I was able to stand and walk back to the house—slowly.
Three days later, it is bruised and still swollen and I leave tomorrow for a speaking engagement in Atlanta.
How should I handle this?
Should I complain to God?
Should I cry because I am injured going into a speaking event?
Or should I be grateful that I have the ability to still walk?
I have chosen the latter. I know “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
Setbacks are a part of life and we can choose to trust God in the midst of them or feel sorry for ourselves. Peter said, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.”
Looking back on Easter, Jesus suffered far worse than a sprained ankle on my behalf.
So if you are dealing with any kind of setback, you have a choice to move forward in God’s strength or to allow it to shut you down. God’s strength can always see us through any trial.