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Of Gratitude and Abundance and Their Source

Hi Friends:

While many choose to think about how hard, how tough, how “different” this past year has been, I choose to think about how blessed I’ve been, and how blessed I am.

It may be such an old cliché’ to say that we should have “An Attitude of Gratitude,” but, really, especially in light of such difficult, trying times … what better time than now to have this Grateful Attitude. Maybe that’s why it is such an “old” cliché’.

Yes, I look around.
Yes, I see what is happening. Maybe, more importantly, I see what is “trying to happen.”

In a quote I’ll use as a separate posting later, there is one thing I have learned over the past few months:

If you can change what “normal” is … then, you can change everything.”

It is “normal” at this time of year … and, remember, we are coming off of “Thanksgiving,” an entire holiday meant for us to take a look around us, and realize just how blessed we are … it is the usual endeavor as we end one year and begin “anew,” to look, again, at how blessed we have been, and make plans to improve for the next year.

I see a real situation in which we have become so worried about the future, that we fail to see the past …

Remember this:

“I don’t worry about what the future holds … because I know Who holds the future.”

I am grateful that I have a personal relationship with Jesus.
That HE is my Savior.
HE is my Healer.
HE is my Provider.
He is my Help.


The way the world is going?
It’s been heading that way for a long time.
What matters (there’s that term again) is where I am heading.
In Whom I trust.
It matters Who I trust as my Savior.
It matters Who I trust as my Healer.
It matters Who I trust as my Provider.
It matters Who I trust as my Help.

Now … think about this:
In each of those “Matters” lines, try substituting the word “Trust” for “Believe.”
How about substituting the word “Trust” for “Have.”


It matters who I trust, who I believe, and who I have.
In reality … that may be all that matters.

Let’s put it this way:
“for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able …”
2 Timothy 1:12.

The first part of that verse is the most critical … especially now … and,
especially in light of the “It Matters” lines above.
First and foremost, I know Him.
I know Him.
Personally.
I don’t know Him as well as He knows me … but, I want to know Him more … better. (Hey, that’s the use, almost, of the phrase “more better.”) It fits.

I speak with Him every day. Multiple times a day, but need to speak to Him more.

How can you have a relationship with someone that you don’t speak with?
That you don’t know?


If there is one thing I have seen this past year, and it pains me, grieves me, saddens me to say this, but one thing I have seen this year is people who I know “know God,” act like they don’t.
I’ve been guilty, yes. What I am really saying is that I have seen fear take the place of … yes … “override” … faith …


So … if you can change what “normal” is, and take their faith away from God …
Then … “someone” will be there, ready to step in with all the answers, all the provisions,
all the “help” they need …

Friends, again, as we look at how blessed we are in this country, please let us realize what is going on in other countries. Yes, as bad as we think it may be here … please … don’t forget how “different” it is in so many other countries. Countries where just owning a Bible can get you the death penalty. If you convert to Christianity, death penalty. Countries where Christians are specifically targeted, persecuted, locked up, and killed … only because they trust Jesus Christ as Savior. Often they are given the opportunity as they face the sword to renounce Christ and live. Countries where entire villages are destroyed, men, women, and children killed by rampaging extremists. This isn’t (while it did happen) last century … last decade (while it did happen) … last year (while it did happen) … but, it is happening today.

I mean, just to own a Bible … your own copy of God’s Word, is such a “taken for granted” freedom in this country … while so many, so many around the globe have never even had this opportunity.

Here’s a link to a story we did on Steve and the Love Packages ministry:

https://pastorappreciationblog.com/?s=love+packages

So, for now, and always, I implore you to know Him “more better,” to pray more, to study more, so that you can be more … like Jesus.

That you will “be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5)
And, “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body” (Hebrews 13:3).

Most of all, I pray that you will know Him.

Because, if you know Him, you will trust and believe Him.

Blessing to you, and your family,

Richard. Vincent. Rose.

P.S. “Will you take a moment or two and thank the Lord for his grace and provision?”

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Looking Back and Turning the Calendar

Hi Friends:
Another year?
Yes.
Literally.

God is so good, and His Word is true.
Period.
He proves it, day after day, even hour after hour, and, yes, even year after year.

I find myself reminding you, encouraging you, at every time of the year, how important it is to remember God’s promises. These promises aren’t just for today, tomorrow, and the next day … but, God’s Word, His promises, are, literally, for eternity.
Times past and times ahead.

I really like what David said … That the same God who saved/protected him from the lion, and the bear … That same God … still alive and still with him … That same God … will save/protect him from what the future brings. Because, that same God, which was with him before … will be with him now … and, will be with him in the future.

What better way to meditate on the future … than remembering God’s favor in the past?

By the way, that same God which protected David from the lion, and from the bear, was fully capable of doing the same thing to whatever “giant” David may face in the future.
Just like us.

No wonder David wrote so many of the Psalms.
Think about so many of the Psalms David wrote:
He remembered God’s faithfulness in the past, and as a direct result of that, David knew he could count on God in the present … and in the future. How many of the Psalms carry this same message! Just as God could be counted upon in the past, he could be counted on now. And, in the future. For now, and for all eternity, God is the same, and His Word was true, is true, and will continue to be true. Period.

I’m reminded that David faced many “giants” in his life. Some, were giants only to him. Some were giants to “everyone.” David faced many private giants, and also, faced giants which everyone else saw as giants. The same rule applied: The same God who saved/protected him from “this” giant, would, was fully capable of, saving him from all future giants. One thing for sure: Whether the giant he was facing was private, or personal, or public … everyone saw how he handled it.
This hasn’t changed.

While David wrote many of the Psalms by hand, we write Psalms by our lives. Whether the giant we are facing is private, or personal, or public … everyone sees how we handle it.

So, again, I urge you to post Scripture, especially of God’s promises, “around the house,” where you can see them. Everyday. I’ve written many “What’s on Your” posts just to highlight this message.
Yes, I will always encourage you, even beg you, to begin your day, every day, with prayer and Bible study. And, something as simple (it would seem) as a calendar which displays God’s Word and His Promises.

A dear, dear family member gives me a calendar, with Scripture, every year for Christmas. It is the calendar which hangs in my office at home. I can’t say how many times I read the Scripture verse as the month goes by. These verses have meant a lot to me, and, it’s funny, how often the Scripture verse for that particular month is exactly what I need to see (and read) at a particular moment. When I received a new Scripture calendar this year, I made sure I stated how important these calendars are to me, and that, frankly, I look forward to receiving them each year.
In fact, I remarked, I still had the calendar from 2016, which I had saved, in order to write about how the calendar had blessed me throughout the year.

As I was cleaning out the office, going through my “to write” file … I found the calendar of which I spoke. However … it wasn’t 2016 … it was 2015 … I still had it, saving it, and its treasured verses, to share at some time in the future. This should also explain how far behind I am, or how much I have stored, to write about, as God moves me to save a particular picture, or story, or, in this case, an entire year of pictures.

As I thought about finally writing about how this particular calendar, from 20105, had meant so much to me, I got the idea to just share the entire calendar with you.
Why not?
God’s Word is just as real now, as it was then. In fact … all of the promises … all of the Scripture … is still true today … and, will be true … tomorrow … and, for that matter, next year … just as they were then.

So, here is the calendar from 2015. I was able to “scan” it in, and made a movie.
This Power Point thing, adding the photos, and adding music to it, and then making a movie of it, was a considerable “giant” to me. Guess what? The same God who used these calendar pages to encourage, and bless me, on every day of 2015 … is still alive … and, His promises … His Word … is still true.
Enjoy!