Give Thanks

I am thankful. I have so much to be thankful for, namely I am in a reasonable amount of good health. I have my mental faculties, I can climb mountains, my children are alive and well and they are productive adults. I Thessalonians 5: 18 says “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”  I pray for strength to give thanks in whatever circumstance I am in. For it is not the circumstance that is to bring about peace in one’s soul; it is the fact that we have the peace maker, and the giver of peace that makes our lives peaceful. Today, I am overcome with a spirit of thanksgiving, and for this I am so grateful.


Phillipians 4:6,7 states, ” Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving make your request known unto God, And the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” One way to extract the peace of God is to flood your circumstance with thanksgiving. Fear, doubt and depression can not live in the midst of thanksgiving. For when we give thanks, we are acknowledging we know that God is in control and that he alone has the power to change, delete or upgrade our situation. Give thanks in all circumstances and watch God tear down the mountains that hinder or block you from reaching all that he has promised us. God be with you all.









The Craving behind the Craving: Addiction as a Spiritual Disease

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“It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.”

By Irwin Ozborne

As a child, I remember walking in my grandmother’s backyard and one day noticed a litter of kittens near her garage in the alleyway. They were hissing, crying, and yelping with the hair sticking up on their backs as their frames were so thin you could see their skeletons.

“I want to pet them,” I told my grandmother.

“Oh no. They are not ready for that,” she insisted, “Someone must have dropped them off and they need food and water first.”

“Why not?” I asked, “Are they bad kittens?”

“Of course not, “ she laughed, “there is no such thing as bad or evil. There is only misguided love. These kittens were abandoned and they just need love. But they are also starving so…

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IMG_1149If we knew what lay ahead in the path of life, there are some paths we simply wouldn’t take. If people had known the Titanic ship was doomed to sink, no one would have bought tickets and boarded it. But what about the paths we avoid not knowing how they will end; but we unknowingly avoid a path that would have led us to something astounding and tremendous.

Sometimes we avoid following a path because the outcome doesn’t appear to have hope or promise. The times when I’ve traveled a path I didn’t want to go, or that was difficult or was fraught with obstacles and when I was the most drained of strength: it was at these times the reward on the other side was the greatest. It isn’t always the path that looks the rosiest that is always the best path, or even the right path.

Sometimes it is difficult knowing which path to take or knowing if you are on the right path. Someone once said, “Follow your heart, but take your brain with you.” In the midst of not knowing which way to go I can only do what I have always done, and that is put my trust in God. Jesus Christ is the only one who knows the end from the beginning. He knows the number of hairs on our head, and he surely knows what is best for us. When I am struggling with what to do, and sometimes the only thing I can do is say, “Jesus, I trust you, please lead me into what is right and good.” If you choose to follow what the Lord says, you can never go wrong.

Proverbs 3:5,6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.” If we go the way God directs us, he has promised us he would never leave us or forsake us. Leaving and forsaking are two different things. You can forsake someone and not physically leave them. To forsake someone is to emotionally abandon them, leaving someone is to be physically absent. Jesus said he would do neither.  I am so glad that I serve a God that has kept his promise to me. People have come into my life, and people have exited my life. I have had relatives, loved ones, and a spouse leave forsake, and then forsake even more; but just as he promised God never left me; even in my darkest hours.

If you are unsure as to which way to go, always pray this prayer; “Jesus, please show me which way to go and what decision to make. Lord Jesus, please direct my path, make my way clear so thy name is glorified.” He will answer you, all he ask is that you put him first, and seek him first.