A Thanksgiving Invitation

Next week many of us will find ourselves welcomed into someone’s home to celebrate, give thanks and break bread together. Many of us will be welcoming others into our homes.

One of the early uses of the word welcome was to describe something pleasurable. From the Old English wilcuma “welcome!”—the exclamation of kindly greeting, and “welcome guest,” literally “one whose coming suits another’s will or wish”.

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Cultivating a Grateful Heart

During the month of November and as we approach Thanksgiving Day, the messages of gratitude and giving thanks are seen everywhere. But what does it mean to live daily with an attitude of gratitude? How do we give thanks when life is not going as expected or is just plain hard? What if I don’t feel thankful?

I can relate. The struggle of choosing joy and gratitude is often a very real experience for me!

Yet, as followers of Jesus we are called to give thanks as a way of life.

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Let My Soul Live and Praise You

We’ve made it to the end of Psalm 119. Great job, ladies! My prayer is that you have been encouraged, comforted, stretched and renewed in your walk with Christ as you’ve studied this psalm. My challenge and encouragement to us all is that our hearts and minds would continue to resonate with those of the psalmist in these final verses.

The psalmist closes out this psalm declaring his love and his need for the Word of God in his life. We see that in God’s Word he finds great peace, steady feet, hope, joy and direction for life.

He admits his need for God’s presence and the Word of God in his life.

He confesses a heart that is prone to wander and go its own way and yet he recognizes that his ways are always before the Lord.

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