Grateful Friday

Giving thanks always for all things unto God… (‭Ephesians‬ ‭5‬:‭20‬ KJV)

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Here we are at post three for July and at somewhat of a celebration for my blog. I’m six months in and I am enjoying every minute of it! Grateful Friday is a week early this month, and today I’m sharing a few words and passages that I keep close to my heart as I make my way through this writing journey. Or really, through life. I have plenty others that are favorites and for which I’m thankful for how they’ve shaped me, but I’d be here all day if I shared them all. So…

First, my own early words. Sorry, but I HAD to start here. The picture below shows a recipe I copied by hand from a magazine, which I then presented to my grandmother as a letter. (As you can see, I had motive.) On more than one occasion when I was little, I’d find something to copy, not knowing that it was a sort of foretelling. I appreciate that my grandmother, rest her soul, kept a few of my “letters,” and every now and then I pull them out and remember my meager beginnings.

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Next… “Want to know God’s will for your life? Then answer this question: What ignites your heart? Forgotten orphans? Untouched nations? The inner city? The outer limits? Heed the fire within! Do you have a passion to sing? Then sing!… Do you hurt for the lost? Then teach them! As a young man I felt the call to preach. Unsure if I was correct in my reading of God’s will for me, I sought the counsel of a minister I admired. His counsel still rings true. ‘Don’t preach,’ he said, ‘unless you have to.’ As I pondered his words I found my answer: ‘I have to. If I don’t, the fire will consume me.'” (Passage from The Great House of God by Max Lucado)

Third… “Living in God’s true love is a process. First, God loves us, and by faith, we receive His love. We then love ourselves in a balanced way, give love back to God, and learn to love other people.” (Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life – a Daily Devotional) Understanding love is so important in any type of ministry, right? It has to be at the center of it all. Joyce gives a concise but clear statement on the process of love, how it flows from God to us. I pray my words always come from a place of love. And speaking of…

And last… “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” This is from 1 Corinthians 13. You can read the full chapter here. This is one of my favorite passages in the Bible. It’s beautiful and poetic. And as I just mentioned, love must be at the center of our work if we are to fulfill God’s calling.

How about you? What verses or quotes have inspired your journey?

8 thoughts on “Grateful Friday

  1. So heartfelt.Really touched my spirit!!! I have been some kind of way all day and this just took me away.Lovely!!! I too go to Isaiah 41c 10-13.
    Fedo would call me and read this to me every morning…then she told me
    to read it everyday. Those 4vs. when the devils was trying to devour me!!!
    PRAISE God I’m still here walking in his favour!!!

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  2. Isaiah 41:10 NLT
    Do not be afraid for I am your God. Do not be discouraged for I am with you. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

    Whether I am at work, home, or whenever my nerves or anger try to get the best of me I recite this. It is posted on my bulletin board at work and marked in my phone.

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  3. Be ye steadfast unmovable always abiding in the work of the Lord. For as much as ye know that your labor is not in vain! Yessss suhhh! Reminds me of Fedo!

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