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Showing posts with label gratitude. Show all posts
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Friday, September 18, 2020

God’s Purpose for Us: Happiness, Hope and Prosperity

September 18, 2020

Jeremiah 29:11-13

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

When Americans hear the word “welfare,” they usually jump to the more modern definition of welfare: economic support given by the government to disadvantaged low-income groups.

But Webster’s Dictionary has another definition for welfarethe state of doing well, especially in respect to good fortune, happiness, well-being, and/or prosperity.

God’s plan for us – His purpose for our life – is to do well, have happiness, good fortune and prosperity. Most importantly, when we stand strong in the Lord, we have hope. He promises when we call out to Him, when we humble ourselves before Him, ask for forgiven of our sins [past and present], He will come to us...and listen.

What plans could we as short-sighted humans make that would be better then embracing the plans the Lord ha for us? Every element of our life has been planned, down to the number of days we will be alive on this planet. The Free Will we have is choosing to ask, seek and find the Lord. We have the Free Will to follow His plan ... or not. 
  • This week we talked about PURPOSE, God’s plan for our life.
    • Monday:   Romans 8:28 - All things work together for good to them that love God
    • Tuesday:  Ecclesiastes 3:1 - To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven
    • Wednesday: Proverbs 16:4 - The Lord has prepared everything for His purpose
    • Thursday: Job 42:2 - God’s purpose of cannot be thwarted
At the end of the week, we see that God’s purpose for us is above all things, above all else. God says to put Him FIRST in our life, not as an after-thought or an Sunday morning exercise. He hears our prayers, He knows our fears, He wants to magnify our faith.

Know in your heart that God is just waiting for you the ASK that He fulfill your purpose during this season of your life. No matter what you may be experiencing right now, He’s right there, by your side.

Today’s Prayer
Dear Lord, may Your purpose for our life be manifest so that You receive the glory. As Your children, we know to ask, but we’re not always patient in waiting to here YOUR purpose. We run ahead and make our plans because we don’t have enough faith or we don’t fully trust. 

Lord, make way our paths. Show us the magnificent plan and purpose You have in store for us. We embrace Your plan with gratitude. We look forward to feeling and experiencing more of You in every task we do, every word we speak, every interaction we have with others. We are grateful to be part of Your family, Lord. We pray for our country, our President, our future. We seek Your face Lord as we humble our hearts in prayer. Thy will be done in Jesus’s name. Amen.

 

Thursday, September 10, 2020

God’s Grace Turns Lack into Abundance

September 10, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

2 Corinthians 9:8 

King James: “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.

Amplified: “And God is able to make every favor and earthly blessing come in abundance to you, so that under all circumstances, regardless of the need, you will have complete sufficiency in Him in everything you do and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity.


Grace comes from the Greek New Testament word charis, which means God's unmerited favor. Recall that Webster's New World College Dictionary provides a theological definition of grace:

"The unmerited love and favor of God toward human beings; divine influence acting in a person to make the person pure, morally strong; the condition of a person brought to God's favor through this influence; a special virtue, gift, or help given to a person by God."

Think about the dictionary definition of grace in relation to the stated verse. God’s grace is able to turn every good deed you do into "complete sufficiency." Sufficiency means that your needs are met. And remember that God promises in Philippians 4:9 that your needs will be met "according to His riches in Glory. Do that little task or that big activity in His name and watch His Grace will shine through.

But what about the times when bad things happen to good people? Here are a few examples, from BibleReasons.com, on how God’s grace can change our perspective, turning lemons – and challenging events – into lemonade, turning insufficiency (lack) into abundance: 

 “God why did I get into a car accident?” 
 By God’s grace, you’re still alive.
 “God I’ve been praying for an answer. Why is there no answer?”
 By God’s grace, the solution will be better than you’ve asked for.
 “God why didn’t I get that promotion?”
 By God’s grace, He has something much better in mind for you.
 “God why am I going through so much pain?”
 By God’s grace, we learn from both physical and emotional pain; He’s with you. 

Seeing God’s grace in everything is simply a matter of perspective. Will you see God’s love and how He is taking care of you in all situations even those you may perceive as “bad”? 

TODAY’S PRAYER

Dear Lord, by grace – the unconditional love from God – You know our deepest thoughts, our every secret, and You love us anyway. When we know You are by our side, it changes how we look at every situation. When we see our challenges through Your eyes, we have no fear. We know that our  Big Boulders are really only small inconveniences in Your eyes. 

Where we see lack, You see abundance. Where we see weakness, You see the opportunity to perfect Your power. Through Your free gift of unconditional love we call grace, You stand by us in out biggest celebrations and through our darkest hours. Dear Lord, help us to see all situations in our life through Your eyes. Help us to wait patiently – and expectantly – for the abundance You have prepared for us. We thank you. We love you. We ask for our lack today be great abundance tomorrow, through your Grace. In Jesus’s name. Amen.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

God's Grace Delivers Big Wins

September 9, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

2 Corinthians 12:8-9 

Concerning this, I pleaded with the Lord three times to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

Although it is ambiguous what Paul’s plea for relief was about, he asked God three times to remove it. Instead, Paul writes that God said no, and then told Paul to lean in and see God’s grace work in his life during his infirmity or his temptation.

Paul was meant to experience, firsthand, how God’s power is at its greatest when humans are at their weakest.

In other words, it is our physical, mental and emotional challenges that allow us to experience God’s grace and His unconditional love to lift us up during our most trying circumstances.
  • But do we really trust Him when things look bleak? 
  • How much can we let go of the outcome when we’re really scared? 
  • How strongly can we exercise our faith and put the outcome in His hands?  
  • Can we embrace the concept that God’s grace is sufficient in every circumstance, big and small?
This is so contrary to how the world operates.

Instead of surrendering to God's will through God's grace, we operate from, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” We like to show our grit, our tenacity. We feel puffed-up when something works out as we anticipated. We “locked and loaded, buckled down, and won.” We take all the credit for the success.

But God said, “My power is made perfect in weakness.” When God’s grace sustains you, you can’t take credit for the result. When things turn around under impossible odds, He alone gets the glory.

Remember: grace is the unmerited, unearned love and favor of God. 

When God says, “My grace [unconditional love] is sufficient for you” He intends to win big. There are many examples in the Bible about how the “underdog” had no chance of winning or physically surviving without God’s grace. The stories of Goliath and Gideon quickly come to mind.

David was a shepherd boy attacking a giant with a sling and a few rocks. Only God could ensure that David’s aim would literally be deadly. Gideon was only allowed 300 men to slay the largest army of the day, making victory possible only with God’s hand.


God’s power is made perfect in our weakness because it shows that God can deliver in a Big Way. God’s grace – His love - is sufficient for everything.

Today’s Prayer:
Dear Lord, the magnitude of Your grace is beyond our comprehension. Just a small glimpse of Your power allows us to lean in and give You with all our burdens, all our worries, all our consequences. Lord, help us to grow stronger and deeper every day in the knowledge and understanding of Your all-pervasive grace. When we fully trust You and Your love for us, we can truly be anxious for nothing. We know that no matter how large our weaknesses may seem in the flesh, by Your love, power and grace, all will turn out exactly as it should be accomplished for You and by Your glory. Lord, grant us the desires and petitions of our heart – this or something better. In all things, Thy will be done. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Praise God Without Ceasing - with Tracey Stroup

 August 11, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

In All Ways and for All Things, Praise the Lord

With special guest, Tracey Stroup

Psalms 15:1-6 

  • Hallelujah! Praise God in His sanctuary. Praise Him in His mighty heavens.
  • Praise Him for His powerful acts; praise Him for His abundant greatness.
  • Praise Him with trumpet blast; praise Him with harp and lyre.
  • Praise Him with tambourine and dance; praise Him with flute and strings.
  • Praise Him with resounding cymbals; praise Him with clashing cymbals.
  • Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. Hallelujah!

Psalm 150 uses the term praise thirteen times in just six verses. The first verse tells us “where” to praise—everywhere! 

 

The second verse teaches “why” we praise the Lord: For his acts of power and His greatness.

 

Verses 3–6 tell us “how” to praise the Lord—with SOUND and MOVEMENT: a variety of instruments, dance, and everything that has breath. 

 

But why does God want us to praise Him? Cynical minds, accustomed to human personalities, wonder if God tells us to praise him, it somehow strokes God’s ego. Does God need human praise to “feel good” or to “feel important”? Just saying that is laughable! 

 

God doesn’t need us to praise Him for His benefit. He asks us to praise Him for our benefit.

 

Praising the Creator gives us perspective. When we are stuck and staring only at our personal troubles, Praising God and giving thanks for all that we have can pull us quickly out of the dross. It’s one of the reasons I have loved to fly in an airplane. I would always take a window seat. When I looked out the window at the tiny cars driving on the road far below…and then know there is an even tinier speck driving the car called a human. And God personally cares about every single one of them.

 

Today’s Prayer:

Dear Lord, praising, blessing, and honoring You helps us to become more like you, become closer to you. Lord, we are Your children. You want us to represent You well. We know that when we praise You, when we approach Your throne boldly and with gratitude, You hear our prayers, pour out Your blessings, and become increasingly real in our lives. With our collective voices, with our instruments, and with every breath, we praise You Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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Monday, July 6, 2020

Choose to be Happy

July 6, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

"I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and enjoy the good life. It is also the gift of God whenever anyone eats, drinks, and enjoys all his efforts."

This is why I actively CHOOSE, every day, to be happy. I could passively just be grumpy…but who does that serve?  

I didn’t always make that happy, active choice. There were many Dark Years…

But every interview I’ve done over the last since April 2020, I always say, “I tend to be Glass is Half Full person. Since I was a kid, I’ve always said - and I really believe - that good things can come from bad things; let’s take those lemons and make lemonade….”

  • What do each day to move happiness forward in your life, despite your circumstances?
  • What can you share with someone you care about to make their life better? Happier? 
  • What can you do to celebrate the efforts that you’re making to improve your life and your circumstances? 
If God is for us, we can be happy in ALL circumstances because we trust it will turn out to be in our best interest. 

Today’s Prayer
Dear Lord, times around the planet are difficult and shifting. Thank you, Lord, that you have has ‘gifted’ us with so many things that we never anticipated….Our days on earth are numbered, just like the hairs on our head. We will never take a single breath for granted. Thank you for loving us and for your protection. Thy will be done. In Jesus’s Name. Amen.” 

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Morning Prayers - with Jill Noble

June 30, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Psalm 5:3, 7
"LORD, in the morning you will hear my voice; In the morning I will pray to You, and I will watch for Your answer……Because of the abundance of your gracious love, I come into Your house. In awe of you, I will worship in your holy Temple."

I love my house in the summer. I try to get up 30 minutes earlier to can sit out on my front patio (my "outdoor office”). I have a cup of fresh coffee and then watch and listen as the neighborhood critters wake up - birds, bugs, squirrels. Sometimes a dog barking down the street and a deer trotting across the yard.  

The house faces East…and the morning sun is so peaceful and beautiful. Feeling the warmth of the sun, it is a wonderful time to pray. I start by giving thanks for my many blessings. Then I pray for all the special people in my life. Then I make my requests and Special Petitions known. There are days I wish I could just sit there in that peace, in His presence, for the entire day. Maybe that’s coming soon…..

As I get ready to engage the day, I anticipate “watching for His answer.” This IS God’s Holy Temple, the beauties of nature He created for us - and how magnificent is it that He created our five senses to hear, see, smell, touch and taste his Bounty and His majesty. None of these live inside a building. 

Today’s Prayer 
Dear Lord, thank You for Your creation….planet earth is the most incredible arboretum in the Universe. The diversity of animals, plants, beings of the air, and beings beneath the sea is a wonder to behold. We thank You for your blessings. We are grateful that the King of all the Earth hears us and wants to fulfill the desires of our heart. Remind us to come to You with a quiet mind so Your love and mercy will meet us in that place of peace. Thank you for your Love without end. In Jesus’ Name. Amen 

PS: Tonight, I had a special guest for the Happy Hour, Jill Nobel. Enjoy!

Friday, June 26, 2020

Fill Us with Laughter and Shouts of Joy

June 26, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Psalms 126:2-3
"Our mouths were filled with laughter and our tongues with shouts of joy. Then they said among the nations: The Lord has done great things. Let us be glad.”

This verse is a great way to end the week - *with laughter and shouts of joy*. Every place we look, there’s so much negativity. We let annoyances sour our mood, upset our world. It’s easy to overlook - and even forget - all the blessings we have.

Let’s never forget to laugh.

Laughter isn't just a quick pick-me-up. It's also good for the long term. It improves your immune system, lowers your stress, improves your mood, and even relieves your pain. Laughter can make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people. If you can share humor with someone, you know you have a connection. 

Let’s have some fun with what we see. Even though we think what we’re doing is important, in relationship to Eternity, what we do from day-to-day is much less important than we think. You know that God has a great sense of humor: He created humans! 

Let’s make a list of the good things around us:
·       Our country has ample food and clean water.
·       Most of us are working and have a place to live.
·      We have cell phones, computers, cars.
·      We have music.
·      We don’t have bombs dropping on our heads; we don’t have to dodge landmines in our streets. 
·     And even with this nonsensical lockdown and the wearing of irrelevant masks, most of us can still drive across town, go for walks in the park, and worship without hiding in basements and without fear of being imprisoned. 

If God is laughing at the wicked, for He knows their day is coming  (Psalms 37:13), we shouldn’t let “them” get under our skin. 

So, what about you? 

Are you keeping up with your gratitude journal we talked about last week? Did you start the Family Gratitude Discussions? This is the day that the Lord has made…let us rejoice and be glad! 

Today’s Prayer
Dear Lord, we take for granted the gifts that you give us. We need to remember Your voice in the Meadowlark, see You love in the sunrise, feel Your touch in the wind. Thank you that we can remind each other to be happy – filled with laughter and song. 

First and foremost, we need to be Grateful for Your presence in our lives. Thank you for keeping us strong when we feel weak. Thank You for giving us Your smile when we feel we have lost our hope. We’re shouting out to You today, Lord, with laugher, with joy and with a dance in our step. Thank you for all You do for us. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

Friday, June 19, 2020

What Are You Grateful For?

June 19,2020 - LISTEN HERE

Psalms 118:24

“This is the day the LORD has made; Rejoice and be glad in it.”

 

After another long week of juggling balls and balancing agendas, let’s make a list of what we’re celebrating about this week…..because good or bad, up or down, left or right, the Lord said IN ALL THINGS give thanks….I’ll start.

 

1.  We had a very successful launch of our Zeolite program – we have brought health and a gentle detox to many around the world

2.  The schedule at TIMC is returning to “normal” – the loyalty of our patients pays our bills and our employees. We are grateful for the opportunity to help people from across Ohio and around the world restore their health.

3.  We launched www.SupportDrTenpenny.com with Pete Santilli…and we’re hearing very positive feedback about the membership and our products! Again, we are grateful for the support from everyone who is behind our work.

4.   My FLOOR is done in my kitchen…....yeah!!!!!

5.   My HOUSE and DUCTS are clean…..yeah!!!!!!

6.   My MULCH and NEW PLANTS are down in front of the house….yeah!!!!

7.   I am grateful for the many successful interviews since April 3 and for the opportunity to share the truth about the PLAN-DEMIC those around the world.  

8.    I am grateful for the successful launch of www.CriticallyThinkingwithDrTandDrP.com -

9.    We set up www.Disseminate.TV/HappyHourwithDrT 

 

….now your turn! What are you grateful for this week….?

 

Today's Prayer:

Lord, Thank You for this opportunity to stop for a few minutes and literally count our blessings. We don’t always see what is right in front of us. Thank you, Lord, for the blessings You have showered into our lives. You have given us family and friends who bless us with kind words and encouragement. Thank you, Lord, for keeping us safe from physical harm and free from illness. 


Thank You for helping us make the best possible choices within the menu of difficult decisions. Thank You for speaking to us in a voice that we can hear. Keep us ever mindful of the needs of others. Help us to always remember to pay forward the acts of kindness given to us from others. Thank You for being ever-present in our lives. Thy will be done – in Jesus’ name.  Amen.


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