I am continuing my month of thankfulness here at Centsible Savings.
(Go here to read part 1 of the series.)
Psalm 100:2 "Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing."
Gladness can be defined as "characterized by or showing cheerfulness, joy, or pleasure." Can I say that I serve the Lord with gladness? If I have a heart of thanksgiving, realizing the blessings that He has given me, it will make it a lot easier to serve Him with gladness!
I love music! Have you even just sung a song in your car or in your personal time with God just as worship and praise to Him? Or maybe in church in Sunday, do you focus on the words and what you are singing and sing them as you are singing them to God? This is what it means when it says "come before His presence with singing." It is hard to sing with a frown on your face! :)
So how about you? Are you trying to have a heart of thanksgiving and truly serve the Lord with gladness?
I have to share this special praise as it fits in with having a heart of Thankgiving.
Earlier this summer, my husband got a 50% pay cut at work. Needless to say, that made things quite tight. Bills vs. income didn't match on paper, but each month everything got paid! We have been praying that the Lord would restore his lost income and this past Friday, he got his first paycheck on a new pay plan. His pay is now 75 - 80% of what he used to make, a huge answer to prayer! To top off the weekend, I had my great shopping trip on Friday night (posted here), got several coupon books in the mail, and several checks in the mail! I was overwhelmed with thankfulness and praise as I realized God's provision for our family never fails!
I would love to hear what you are thankful for or what the Lord is doing in your life! Leave a comment or send me an email.
I have so much to be thankful for; eventhough it's been the toughest rode I have ever travelled these past few years. For many, many years God has been screaming at me to find Him and put Him in my heart and soul. Although I was raised in a church going family there was never that close connection with God... as guess you could say we kinda went thru the motions with no meaning behind it! In this past year things REALLY have gotten bad. I am a single mother with custody of my 6 year old granddaughter also. I lost my job in Jan and of course things have gone down hill from there. With the stress of everything my health was getting bad also. I knew I needed SOMETHING to help me. I took a class at my church that has changed my life. The course is called Divorce Care. Now I have been divorced for 11 years and I was thinking, "why in the world am I taking this course... all my emotions are over with from my divorce." Well, I found the emotions from divorce are the same things I was going thru with having no job!! The lady that puts the course together had us do a prayer request together so they could pray for us each week. Every week my request was to pray that I could find God... because I was just drowning and couldn't go any further. Further would have been death and that wasn't an option. Finally one day the lady asked if we could meet one on one to talk things out. I said yes and on that day - Oct. 12, 2009 - I found God and He was finally put in my heart and soul. I can't even tell you what a tremdous relief it was when He finally got there. It has changed every aspect in my life. I know it hasn't been that long but I feel it working everywhere in my life!! I don't have a job yet but I know it's coming and some how we will make it every month!!! It's such a JOYOUS feeling to have Him beside me all day every day!!!! I know this is long but I just love telling this story now!!!ReplyDelete