It is a good thing to be reminded on one special day of the year that it is our full time occupation every day (while going out, while being out and while coming in) to give thanks to the LORD for goodness is not just an attribute, it is what God is and He can be nothing else. Let there be giving of thanks (in both speaking and singing) to Jahveh, who is most gracious. “It is a good and delightful thing to give thanks to the Lord, To sing praises to Your name, O Most High” (Ps.92:1, Amp)
Melissa Gabler and the Grace Worship Team.
Praise and worship song “In The Face of The Impossible”.
Written by Melissa Gabler.
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A while back I walked into the kitchen and I said to Kathy, “That smells like Thanksgiving!”. As I walked in, I experienced a wide range of sensory connections with Thanksgiving. The smell of spices and basting meat and the odors of baking coming out of the oven filled my senses. But I also began to hear things. As memories of Thanksgivings-come-and-gone stirred in my mind, I could hear the sounds of those gatherings, those loved ones, those children, those songs, that worship—in my memory. Kathy couldn’t hear any of it but I could hear many things all at once. I had to just stand there for a minute or two, not focusing on anything in the room but looking with my memory into those sights and sounds that had been cherished and stored away in valuable files of my heart. Then, even as I write now, hot tears filled my eyes and my heart raced up at the peace and joy and delight all those sounds and people in my memory brought to me. I didn’t even realize that I had tucked those precious memories away so many years ago. But the loving atmosphere, the loving people, the lovely ambiance and delicious foods all impacted my senses then for a delightful, sensory and welcome release now. No camera could have accomplished what those pleasant experiences wrought, for they were drawn up out of the well of cherished ones and cherished things in my heart. And for a brief time they were all there, all real and all so lovely once again. I am so thankful for a rich heritage, deeply meaningful relationships and for cherished memories that still impact me today. May this Thanksgiving bring to you sights and sounds and smells that pleasantly soothe you and heal you, and may they all bring you to a fresh place of rest in our Lord. (Prov.10:7a, Amp) ”The memory of the righteous [person] is a blessing,”.
Do you feel like your neck muscles are so stiff that you can barely turn your head? Have people and circumstances got your chest so tight you can hardly get a breath? God’s love, wisdom and Word are available for your relief. May you be able to get a deep breath today and may the infusion of fresh impartation from the Holy Spirit relax your nerves and muscles. May you be able to relax and be settled in your spirit. (Eph.3:16, Amp) “May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality].” We are praying you discover daily that the Holy Spirit is empowering your life. (Marty’s Daily Discovery as heard on TEXAS PRAISE RADIO at the bottom of the hour 24hrs/day.)
Jer 17:9, says the heart is a puzzle no one can figure out, but some of those puzzle pieces can show up in our dreams. Memories you have never remembered before can suddenly be a dream video, and that can be the puzzle piece that solves a troubling in your heart-thinking. Our heart-thinking is crucial because it affects all our life and all our relationships, Pro 23:7, “For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” Therefore, self-to-self dreams are very important because the scripts of those dreams reveal what is affecting or influencing our thoughts and emotions and senses and moods and attitudes. Again, it is key to remember that in these dreams it is not God doing the talking, but us. (Sixth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Considering Dreams and Visions”.)
As the people of God assemble today, may they be aware and encourage one another and embrace the fact that God-of-the-Angel-Armies is acting in accordance with His plans and purposes and He is on His throne of authority and power and He is bringing His agenda forward while He enables His people to speak and act to His glory. “God-of-the-Angel-Armies, who is like you, powerful and faithful from every angle? You put the arrogant ocean in its place and calm its waves when they turn unruly. You gave that old hag Egypt the back of your hand, you brushed off your enemies with a flick of your wrist. You own the cosmos—you made everything in it, everything from atom to archangel.” (Ps.89:8-11, Msg)
So often we needlessly worry about things that will never come to pass. We then begin to regulate our lives according to those perceived possibilities. Like the disciples, when water is coming over the side of the boat, we tend to forget Jesus is in the boat with us. No matter where the boat goes or what assails it, Jesus is going to be assailed as well. We also tend to forget what He has already promised: Let us go over to the other side (Mk.4:35).