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Prayer and Gratitude

 19.7.10




Diane said it well, we are so self-absorbed at times, that we should examine our prayers for the sake of our souls! Do we start and end our prayers with ourselves? or do we start and end giving glory to God?

Do it intentionally this week, examine your prayers...listen to them.

Gratitude is a way we glorify God.

A grateful heart recognizes that ALL good gifts come from God.

A grateful heart recognizes that ALL good in us -if there is such- comes from God.

Spurgeon says,

"Our errand at the throne of grace is not only to seek the favour of God, 
but to give Him the glory due to his name, 
and that not only by an aweful adoration of his infinite perfections, 
but by a grateful acknowledgment of his goodness to us, 
which cannot indeed add any thing to his glory, 
but he is pleased to accept of it, 
and to reckon himself glorified by it, 
if it comes from a heart 
that is humbly sensible of its own unworthiness 
to receive any favour from God, 
that values the gifts, 
and loves the giver of them." (1)


Let us stir our hearts to give thanks to the only One who deserves all the glory.

Let us stir our hearts to praise our God, let us today not ask Him for more, but thank Him for how much He has already given us.

Let us stir each other to live wearing every day a beautiful garment of gratitude.


652. A friend visiting from another country!

653. Long conversations in the kitchen.

654. Gifts in a brown paper bag...Love it!



655. Delicious fruit, the redness, the sweetness, the beauty.




657. Green pastures. A place to rest. Your hand leading me there.





658. Harsh words...turned into forgiveness.

659. A six years old girl living so fully.



660. My Mom and Dad.

661. Wombs with babies.

662. Piano lessons.

663. Your Sovereign will.

664. Your Providence.

665. My times in your hands.

666. Saturday pancakes.

667. The Confession of Faith

668.  You, who follow along.



Is your heart swallowed with gratitude today?









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If I am happy it is because of God! God, in His sovereign grace, has called me out of darkness into His Admirable light. He has opened my eyes and has shown me the way to Eternal Life. He has set my feet on a journey, and now I am walking Daily on My Way to Heaven. I did not find Jesus, He found me. I did not seek Him, yet He called me. I did not love Him, yet He loved me. I deserved death and He gave me Life. This is the place where I keep a journal of my life under His sun and by His grace!
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"It becomes us to spend this life only as a journey toward heaven... to which we should subordinate all other concerns of life. Why should we labor for or set our hearts on anything else, but that which is our proper end and true happiness?"

Jonathan Edwards

"I am still pondering God's greatness in His creation. I have so many questions that I would like to ask the Lord about the universe, creation, the fall of man... But when I'm in heaven, I wonder if I will even remember them. At that time, being in the presence of God will be enough. I'm thankful that I can look forward to that day."

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