Some Quotes on Giving Thanks

It seems appropriate this month, the month in which Thanksgiving falls, to include some quotes on giving thanks.  So here goes:

“If our hearts were tuned to praise, we should see causes unnumbered, which we had never seen before, for thanking God.  Thanksgiving is spoken of as a ‘sacrifice well pleasing unto God.’  It is a far higher offering than prayer.  When we pray, we ask for things which we want;  or we tell our sorrows.  We pray, in order to bring down blessings upon ourselves;  we praise, because our hearts overflow with love to God, and we must speak it out to Him.  It flows our of pure love, and them the love goes back to our hearts, and warms the anew, and revives and quickens them.”

Priscilla Maurice

 

“Learn the lesson of thanksgiving.  It is due to God, it is due to ourselves.  Thanksgiving for the past makes us trustful in the present, and hopeful for the future.  What He has done is a pledge of what He will do.”

A. C. A. Hall

 

The Lack of-obedience.

 

I am not special. There is nothing about me that makes me better than anybody else. I do not have the discipline of perfect obedience. Though it seems many are under the (false) impression Christians think they are better. I can’t get inside everyone’s head, so I suppose I can’t say that there aren’t some (who call themselves Christians) that do think they’re better. To this I bring up one simple fact. They are then wolves in sheep’s clothing. That kind of thing occurs in ALL group types.

That being said- let me attempt to reassure. No true Christian thinks this. What we do know is that we have is a gift. Like a big secret no one has seen, yet is plainly visible. A secret that is shouted from hill tops and sung praises about, but no one has heard. Why are we less stressed, more content? The reason is we know no matter what earth throws at us; a brighter more vibrant life awaits us. When we make a mistake (which happens often) we are aware that grace is our lot, and forgiveness is our helper. We have placed our trust in the one name, that we believe is above all others. Jesus Christ.

It’s not that we think our “stuff don’t stink”, it’s not that we’re so much better at rules . . . (although because of our love and understanding of a great mercy given we do try, and fail) it’s simply that through the word of God and the help of the Holy Spirit, we are AWARE.

Aware of grace and love. Aware of a wonderful creator, and His steadfast love. We are aware that we’ve been adopted into His family, NOT because we have accomplished some awesome feat. But because He chose us. He first loved us, and through the power of his word alone, we now know.

It may be though as the good book says, that the deaf whose ears have been opened and the blind whose eyes see, believers in Christ, keep the secret that really isn’t secret. Will it be that no matter how much we praise God in song and show the wonders of His good and perfect creations, that some will remain blind and deaf?

For the record, I sometimes claim to be a rebel. Proof of my imperfections. I am no better than those who don’t hold to my beliefs. But I do have a secret I’d like to share.

New Month/New Theme

Can you believe it’s November already? This is my husband’s favorite time of the year.  The air is turning crisp and cool (he likes cool, I like warm).  The fall decorations have been brought out at church — pumpkins, gourds, apples, and other symbols of a successful harvest surround the altar area. The scenery is beautiful as the leaves change colors. We’re looking forward to our annual November trip to South Carolina to visit our daughter, Kate and her husband.

Most of all, November is a time for giving thanks.  As the end of the year approaches, it’s a good time to stop and reflect.  Am I thankful?  (I should be).  Why am I thankful? (God has given me many good gifts, starting with His son, Jesus).  How do I show my thanks? (do I worship and praise Him?  Do I pass His love on?)

All of these questions are food for thought, and I know the Lutheran Ladies will be discussing these ideas and more this month.  So spend some quality time giving thanks, read our posts, and tell us how giving thanks makes a difference in your life and the lives of those around you.

God loves you and so do we!

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Sacrificial Songs

“Through, Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name.”  Hebrews 13:15

 

Lutherans are called “the singing church” probably because Martin Luther thought so highly of music.  He called it “a fair and glorious gift of God” and said, “besides theology, music is the only art capable of affording peace and joy of the heart.”  He wished to see “all arts, principally music, (used) in the service of Him who gave and created them.”

 

Hymns and spiritual songs can be “the fruit of lips that confess his name.”  When we meditate on the words, songs can teach us.  When we sing them with God’s love in our heart, they become prayer.  In the worship service, we praise God with our songs.  Singing together builds community.

 

I thought it would appropriate this month (and maybe every month) to share a song that captures our theme. 

 

  1. Take my life and let it be
    Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
    *Take my moments and my days,
    Let them flow in endless praise.
  2. Take my hands and let them move
    At the impulse of Thy love.
    Take my feet and let them be
    Swift and beautiful for Thee.
  3. Take my voice and let me sing,
    Always, only for my King.
    Take my lips and let them be
    Filled with messages from Thee.
  4. Take my silver and my gold,
    Not a mite would I withhold.
    Take my intellect and use
    Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.
  5. Take my will and make it Thine,
    It shall be no longer mine.
    Take my heart, it is Thine own,
    It shall be Thy royal throne.
  6. Take my love, my Lord, I pour
    At Thy feet its treasure store.
    Take myself and I will be
    Ever, only, all for Thee.

What is your favorite hymn about sacrifice?  What have you learned from it?

We want to hear your ideas!