Rejoice, pray, give thanks

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God is Christ Jesus for you." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

I feel like I have learnt how to pray continually over the past few years, and I am learning how to rejoice all the time, but one thing I don’t do is give thanks very often. So here goes, a list of 10 things I am thankful for today:
1. Fabulous friends that make me laugh and are always there for me
2. Good teachers at school with cake in lessons
3. Beautiful sun and mist this morning
4. Lovely dinner (somewhat unexpected)
5. Free time this evening
6. Being able to play beautiful pieces on the piano
7. A warm fluffy dressing gown for when the heating isn’t on
8. Having extra time to read the Bible and listen to worship music today
9. Reading Jeremiah 29:11 on the same day I sent off my uni application (God’s timing is perfect)
10. God taking my worries away

I tag graceupongrvce and proverbs31v25 to think of 10 things they can give thanks for today !

Anonymous asked:

How do you spend time with God? :)

I try to spend about half an hour each evening reading the bible (I’m doing bible in a year) and writing down what I learn and then I pray afterwards.
I listen to worship music a lot, especially when walking places or cooking, and I play worship songs on the piano too.
😃


Come and stand before your MakerFull of wonder, full of fearCome behold His power and gloryYet with confidence draw near
For the one who holds the heavensAnd commands the stars aboveIs the God who bends to bless usWith an unrelenting love
Rejoice, come and lift your hands and Raise your voice, He is worthy of our praiseRejoice, sing of mercies of your KingAnd with trembling, rejoice
Rejoice (Dustin Kensrue)

Philippians 4:4

Come and stand before your Maker
Full of wonder, full of fear
Come behold His power and glory
Yet with confidence draw near

For the one who holds the heavens
And commands the stars above
Is the God who bends to bless us
With an unrelenting love

Rejoice, come and lift your hands and 
Raise your voice, He is worthy of our praise
Rejoice, sing of mercies of your King
And with trembling, rejoice

Rejoice (Dustin Kensrue)

Philippians 4:4

'Cause I loved you before you knew it was love
And I saw it all, still I chose the cross
And you were the one that I was thinking of
When I rose from the grave

Jesus

"To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."

Colossians 1:27

"To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."

Colossians 1:27

"He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."

an amazing reminder from Colossians 1:13-14

“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, 
for he shields him all day long, 
and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.” 

-Deuteronomy 33:12

“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him,
for he shields him all day long,
and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.”

-Deuteronomy 33:12

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth.

Jeremiah 1:5-9

God called you before you were born and set you apart before you were even conceived. He has chosen and commanded you to go and tell others of his amazing love, so go and do it! Do not be afraid because God will be with you to deliver you and give you the words to say. Others may be against you, but they will not prevail because God is on the winning side!

God has blotted out our sins and they are gone. What you have now is redemption and forgiveness and unfailing love from God which is totally amazing! Through Jesus, you can be righteous because all your sin has been paid for! The Lord has called you in righteousness.
(from Isaiah 42:6)

God has blotted out our sins and they are gone. What you have now is redemption and forgiveness and unfailing love from God which is totally amazing! Through Jesus, you can be righteous because all your sin has been paid for! The Lord has called you in righteousness.

(from Isaiah 42:6)

Trusting in God

Woe to him who strives with him who formed him, a pot among earthen pots!
Does the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’
 or ‘Your work has no handles’?

Woe to him who says to a father, ‘What are you begetting?’
or to a woman, ‘With what are you in labor?’”

Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and the one who formed him:
“Ask me of things to come; will you command me concerning my children and the work of my hands?
I made the earth and created man on it;
it was my hands that stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host.

Isaiah 45:9-12

God has made us carefully and lovingly, and I believe he is still crafting us. In my relationship with Jesus, he is always teaching me new things. Whether it’s through the Bible, worship, prayer, people or just life, God is always working in me. Sometimes I have seasons where I learn loads, and other times I have absolutely no clue what God’s doing! “Why am I going through this?”

This passage reminds us not to question what God is doing. Think about when a flower is growing. We don’t question the flower when it is still a bud and say: why is it not beautiful? It has no colour! We know that in time, the flower will open and look incredible. I think it’s the same with God and us. In this passage we are the clay and God is the potter. Who are we to question our Potter before he has finished?

Our God is the God who created the heavens and the earth, and it is so beautiful! He is SO powerful! He has made everything beautiful in its time, and that means it’s important to be patient. Keep seeking God diligently and trust in his sovereignty over your life. You never know what incredible thing he’s got waiting for you just around the corner.

"even to your old age I am he,
    and to gray hairs I will carry you.
I have made you, and I will bear you;
    I will carry you and will save you.”
Isaiah 46:4

If being noticed, appreciated, and recognized is the motivation behind anything we do, we are headed down the wrong path, subtly stealing glory and seeking praise that belongs to our King alone.

Leslie Ludy  (via godmoves)