Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Got Faith?



David said,

“I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

A thankful heart should be a way of life for us.

But did you know that it can save your life?

When Jonah disobeyed God and ended up inside the whale, he told the Lord, “I will sacrifice to You with…thanksgiving” (Jo 2:9 NKJV). When he did, God made the fish spit him up on dry land.

When you’re in the pits and all hell is breaking loose around you, that’s when you need to raise your voice in praise.

Nothing demonstrates trust, like thanking God when you’re in the throes of crisis. A thankful heart does two things:

1.  It builds your faith.  The reason “we [can] walk by faith [and] not by sight (2Co 5:7 ), is because we know that regardless of the circumstances, God’s working on our behalf (See Ro 8:28).

David said, “Magnify the Lord with me”(Ps 34:3). To magnify something is to enlarge it.

When you focus on God instead of the problem, God becomes bigger and the problem becomes smaller.

Plus, “Faith cometh by hearing…the word of God” (Ro 10:17). Hearing God’s promises coming from your own lips, causes faith to rise in your heart. So start talking!

2.  It restores life.  Before raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father…thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me” (Jn 11:41-42 NKJV).

Something wonderful happens when you start thanking God for saving, protecting and providing for you. Your faith soars. You gain the confidence to command those things in your life that you thought were dead, to live again.

So, cultivate a thankful heart!  In all things…  (Devotion by Rick Godwin)



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Kristen said...

that is beautiful! thank you so much for sharing!

Lynn said...

Stopping by to let you know that you're in my thoughts and prayers!
Psalms 121:1-4 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
Prayer Bears
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hljourney said...

Beautiful picture with Scripture! Thanks for sharing & the reminder to always give thanks... one of the hardest things to do; but so honoring to Him as He wants us.
~Hugs, HL

luvmy4sons said...

Amen, Amen, Amen! Great wise words. Thanks for sharing them!

Lisa said...

Someone once said, "we need to learn to glance at our circumstances and gaze at our God". We can trade our sorrow, confusion, anxiety - all that the world has to offer for His joy and peace and comfort.
Blessings ~ Lisa

Lauren said...

AMEN! Thank you for sharing ... great verse and great thoughts too! Let's keep our eyes fixed on God our Father!

Anonymous said...

WOW!!! Great post. Reading that was a great start to my day.
Praying for Jordan, and looking forward to our weekend with him!
Love ya, Kristin

Cathy said...

Absolutely beautiful, dear ~ I love it.

Chelle said...

Fabulous post and lesson! Thank you so much for sharing! Be blessed :)

Beyond Motherhood said...

Praise God for this verse. I love your blog. Blessings!

Stacey said...

Amen. Such a great image. Thank you so much for sharing this and stopping by my page.

Be blessed,


Joyfull said...

Beautiful picture and very encouraging message! Thanks for sharing today.

e-Mom said...

Your image reminds me of the beaches here in the PNW... I feel right at home!

I'm practicing thanksgiving and expectant faith in all my praying. What an excellent reminder Susan.

Have a blessed day!

AnooCre8ion said...

Susan what a beautiful post. Thank you so much for stopping by. Your post really encouraged my heart today.
Bless you for that wonderful blessing.

What an adorable family you have.


LisaShaw said...

"Your faith soars" That's the truth precious Sister.

I'm glad I was able to get over here and read what the LORD gave you to share with us.

Got Faith? Indeed and it's being cultivated daily in the LORD.

I love you.

LisaShaw said...

And thanks for sharing Jer 31:3 with me today on my blog. Love ya.

Denise said...

Amen, amen.

Denise said...

Hello Susan! I have missed coming by here and reading your words...... Beautiful words for us today..... have a wonderful 4th and be safe......


ozjane said...

Thank you for the lovely reminder.
Praise is in the same family as giving and generosity isn't it...it makes us feel better as well as being a blessing. How small we are and yet how wonderful that the God of the Universe waits on our praises.

Thanks for your visit.

Lynn said...

Praying in Seattle!
Psalms 121:5-8 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
Prayer Bears
My email address

Mary Moss said...

What a wonderful post! This is a beautiful WFW and so uplifting:-)

Jennifer said...

Exactly what I needed at this exact moment. Oh how God is so good...leading me here.

Thank you for sharing such beautiful & inspiring words.

Blessings to you and your family,

Cheryl said...

Hey Susan,

Just came to check on Jordan? Praying that all is well!!!!!!!



elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I'm working on my thankful heart today; yesterday was a bust along those lines. Today is better.


Carrie said...

Wonderful, encouraging post!

Lynn said...

Know that I'm always here praying!
Psalms 32:6-7 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him. Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
Prayer Bears
My email address

Laureen said...

Thanks for the visit,the comment and for sharing...

Lynn said...

Know that your family is always in my thoughts and prayers!
Psalms 9:9-10 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
Prayer Bears
My email address

April said...

Hi! Susan~

Your page gets more and more beautiful everytime I visit! :) I love the header with your adorable grandbabies!!! Too precious!

Hoping you and your family have a wonderful holiday weekend! I sure hope Jordan is feeling MUCH better!!!!!!


April Molle

Elaine said...

Enjoyed this post. Came across your blog from another blog.

Tea With Tiffany said...

Got faith? Today, yes. But can always use more. I'm wavering in doubt about somethings lately.

Thanks for the positive post. You pointed me back to praise. I know firsthand that works.

Hugs, sweet Susan.