2014 ULTIMATE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
WITH SHARLENE MACLAREN!
Today I have a special guest who I am happy to include during my gift guide. Sharlene MacLaren is one of those authors who writes books that resonate with the reader. These aren't just novels to read and enjoy, but to savor and take your time with. So when she offered to host a giveaway, I was soo happy! This way someone will be able to have a wonderful surprise gift or maybe even something to gift a friend or family member.
“With a Thankful Heart”
Psalm 100: “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
Giving thanks seems to be a normal routine for Christians. We daily thank Him for our food and for the clothes we wear, for warm blankets on a chilly night, and for our cozy homes. We praise Him for sunshine and even for the rain. Thanksgiving seems to be that special time of year for making lists of all our blessings. We reflect with grateful hearts on all the many good and wonderful things God has done for us – and we find it quite easy to do. Some begin their traditional “30 Days of Thankfulness” on November 1 and continue giving thanks throughout the month, naming at least one thing a day for which to be thankful. We are reminded in Psalm 34:1 of King David’s words when he said, "...His praise shall continually be in my mouth." In Psalm 119:62, he went on to say, "At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments."
As I write this Thanksgiving devotional, it is after midnight in my little office. In fact, it is 2:30 a.m. to be exact, and I rose from my bed with this particular question on my mind. What do folks do who find it difficult to give thanks? There are, after all, those who don’t know where their next meal will come from; those who worry about their wayward children, their aging parents, and their sick and/or dying friends or relatives. Perhaps they even lie awake fearful over their own poor health situations. Giving thanks isn’t always easy, is it? Sometimes it’s downright hard. And yet we are encouraged, if not commanded, to give thanks in ALL situations, for it is the will of God.
David later went on to say, "Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments." Seven times? Sometimes, it can be a difficult thing for even the most righteous Christian in crisis to stop and give thanks once, let alone seven times!
Psalm 32:11 says, “Shout for joy!” Really? But how? Surely, that can’t apply to those languishing in pain, suffering through incurable diseases, grieving over losses, and living through depression. Ah, but it does. What we need to do is develop a lifestyle of praise so that when the tough times come, we will be ready for them; we will be able to rise up and say, “Thank You, Lord. Yes, thank You for even this.” When we realize who God is, that He has designed us for a perfect purpose and with a heart created for praise, we can endure most anything. Look up with a thankful heart at all times – not just at Thanksgiving – but throughout the year, every day of your life.
"Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us and not we ourselves; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture." Psalm 100: 3, 4
P-R-A-I-S-E God with a thankful heart! Why? Because He is:
Powerful – Righteous – Able – Infinite – Strong – Everlasting!
THE BOOKS BEING GIVEN AWAY
CHRISTMAS COMES TO LITTLE HICKMAN CREEK
WHO ARE THESE FOR?
THE GIVEAWAY!!One of my readers will win two copies of Sharlene's books. One copy of Christmas Comes to Little Hickman Creek and one copy of Threads of Joy. Absolutely wonderful books that you can keep as a surprise gift for the holidays or to give as a gift. Books make for great presents! The giveaway will end 12/11 and the winner will be chosen through Random.org. They will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. USA ONLY!!
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