God is Still God

Some days we get carried away in our emotions…our rights…our progatives…that we miss the attitude of gratefulness and thankfulness that God calls us to live in.

This month of Thanksgiving, I have been blessed by reading the status lines of those friends on Facebook that are sharing their 30 days of thankfulness. It has given me a glimpse into the depths of their hearts.

Being grateful no matter what is going on all around us. Being open to share that with others. It has created a mindset that I wish would continue throughout the year. Maybe we should do the 30 days of Thanksgiving in May – you know, half way through the year? Not sure if the prized turkey would show up, but I think our hearts could be changed by all these times of reflection of what exactly we are thankful for throughout the entire year.

Last week we were preparing for Thanksgiving with family and so my small amounts of writing time has been limited which really frustrates me because I have all these “stories” that are built up inside of me but at the same time God has taught me to live in the moment and “being present”. Eventually, God provides these writing times that I can share… at His perfect timing.

Over the last week, I have had several friends {at least 3} call to catch up…really they were wanting to share tough, hard places they are walking through. I mean like they never in a million years thought they would be walking in these shoes down this path. They were calling to ask for genuine prayer over these hard issues they are facing. They are asking for the Wisdom of God to be given to them in these moments. The gift of Discernment is what they are DESPERATE for!

After hanging up and sitting looking at all the {heaviness} of their life’s circumstances, I am absolutely burdened with praying for their situations and asking the God of the Universe, that creates life in everyone, to reach down and minister significantly to these friends in need. To reveal Himself to them that only He can do. I want God to show Himself as Real in the midst of their stuff.

I also become grateful for my circumstances in this moment. No matter how good or bad they expose themselves as being.

God has a way of making it all tie together for me. I was reading during my devotional time one of our favorite books. Can I share it with you now?

Sarah Young quotes in Jesus Calling:
“Thankfulness takes the sting out of adversity. That is why I have instructed you to give thanks for everything. There is an element of mystery in this transaction: You give me thanks (regardless of your feelings) and I give you Joy (regardless of your circumstances). This is a spiritual act of obedience – at times, blind obedience. To people who don’t know Me intimately, it can seem irrational and even impossible to thank Me for heartrending hardships. Nonetheless, those who obey Me in this way are invariably blessed, even though difficulties may remain. Thankfulness opens your heart to My Presence and your mind to My thoughts. You may still be in the same place, with the same set of circumstances, but it is as if a light has been switched on, enabling you to see from My perspective. It is this Light of My Presence that removes the sting from adversity.”

So whether you are in the same place or with the same circumstances, I pray that a light has been switched on and you can see your life through God’s perspective. Oh, what God brings when we do that!

That is a special place to be at the feet of Jesus where we give thanks in everything. And in return He gives us Joy.

I want the thoughts of Jesus to cruise through my head. To let His light shine while I am still in my circumstances…that screams maturity in my walk with Christ. I want that!

Here is a song that God {literally} led me to on YouTube one night that I thought was phenomenal in driving this point home.
It is by Heather Williams and it is called God is still God. I have a feeling that the words to this song is going to minister to someone out there in cyberspace – it hit me hard looking at the words and realizing the reality of the fact that God is still God and so many times I take Him out of the position that He holds.

(Please take the couple of minutes to watch it and see the words at the bottom of the YouTube link.)

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Blessings to you this week!

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