Thanksgiving

Psalm 9

1 I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. 2 I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

I hadn’t actually planned on writing today but I never quite know when the urge will strike. And it’s better for me to just go with it. I got up when it was still dark and began to write. I moved from the kitchen table to my sunroom so I could admire the lovely fall view as the sun rose. It’s peaceful here.

With several trials at hand, I have recognized the rapid deterioration of my spirit. 2020 is relentless in its battering. I understand more fully the feeling of desperation and I am deeply compassionate of those who have felt there is nothing more. I know there is more. Much more.

Satan will use whatever lies he can get you to believe so you will doubt, and eventually fail. He will use whatever tactics he can to break your spirit; for he knows where to strike. He knows each of us that well. And he doesn’t play fair.

Do not believe the lies.

I am asking that you spend time each day to do a self-check of your spiritual condition. When you compare your spiritual health from January to October, what do you see? I see highs and lows throughout these months but a noticeable decline in the last few weeks. It is better to stay on top before it gets out of hand.

9 The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. 10 And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

When you focus on God and fill your heart with thanksgiving, it is amazing how the bad just doesn’t seem as bad anymore. Oh, it’s there. Believe me, I know it is. And I still have to deal with it all. But I am not alone.

I will set this day aside as one of thanksgiving. I will set my eyes on the One who has ultimate power to fix that which is broken and give strength to the weakened.

Psalm 95:2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

Colossians 4:2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

Philippians 4:6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Remember too that those of like mind can be an encouragement and strength to one another. No matter how far we are from each other, distance does not matter when we have prayer. Pray for me as I pray for you.

Be grateful to the One who is still in control. ♥️

Andi

(Again, I am not asking for sympathy. We are all in this together. I’m no better off, nor am I worse, than anyone else. I am sharing to help others. And in doing so, it strengthens me. That’s all.💕)

Photos: my sunroom views, October 4, 2020

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