Monthly Archives: November 2011

Being Thankful

“The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.”  ~  Psalm 28:7

I am reminded daily that being thankful is a choice.

The simple act of living creates obstacles for us.  Life changes on us.  We can allow the changes and obstacles to create bitterness and anger, or we can choose to allow the Lord to be our strength and our shield… we can choose to trust Him with our whole heart and allow Him to help us turn those obstacles and changes into deep, transforming joy.  It’s not about being joyful for the circumstances… it’s about being joyful for having a God who can turn our disappointment into thanksgiving!

Today… I AM thankful!


Psa_27:14 “Hope in the Lord God; be of good courage, and He shall make your heart strong; yes, hope in the Lord God.”

I was looking in my Bible this morning and noticing how many times the phrase “be of good courage” or “be courageous” is repeated. Apparently, we need to be reminded often.

I look at this particular scripture and it gives us the key for being courageous. The key is found in whom we place our hope… our trust!

How many times have I put my hope, my trust in things that are untrustworthy? In this scripture I am reminded to place my entire hope and trust in the God of the universe… The Creator of all things…

But even more than placing my hope and trust in Him… I am also given a promise! HE will make my heart strong! I don’t have to muster up courage from somewhere deep within myself. I don’t have to do it in my own strength. God Himself will make my heart strong… HE will give me that “good courage”.

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