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11/10/2018
Perspectives: Thanks Living

By BARBARA BROWN

Today, I want to share words of encouragement, because I know how vital God’s word is for shedding light and forming our perspectives each and every day. His word is daily bread for hungry souls because yesterday’s faith must be spiritually nourished and fed to grow stronger for tomorrow’s troubles.

The following verses of scripture encourage us to choose an attitude of gratitude. And when we are thankful people, we find joy in generosity. Be encouraged today to pause and count your blessings, and ask the Lord Jesus to show you how you can bless others. And now, let’s bless the Lord together:

“Oh give thanks to the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34

“It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to your name, oh most high.” Psalm 92:1

“In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights…” James 1:17

Before we can make any gesture of thanks, we must first acknowledge to whom we owe thanks to. Jesus clearly directed his thanks to his Father in heaven. He assured us that Father God is gracious and benevolent to hear our cries. Give him thanks!

“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart, sing anyway.” I keep this quote by Emory Austin on my wall and my grandchildren are absorbing the message. And also from my wall-of-words these grateful words ring in their youthful ears, “Thank you for the world so sweet; thank you for the food we eat. Thank you for the birds that sing; thank you, Lord, for everything.” Amen!

Barbara Brown is an active member of the ministry team at the Lighthouse Church of God.

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Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.