Overwhelmed?

Often when we face life’s challenges we feel alone and overwhelmed. Psalm 142 is attributed to David, written when he was in hiding in a cave, fearing for his life. Some of his thoughts were:

“When my spirit faints within me, you know my way!

In the path where I walk, they have hidden a trap for me.

Look to the right and see: there is none who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me; no one cares for my soul.” Psalm 142:3-4

This quote from my daily devotional points toward a solution for handling those feelings:

“Do not yield to the temptation of looking at everything at once, as if everything would happen at once, and all the events of the day be crowded into an hour. Do not thus forecast, but take each thing as it comes to you, and look upon it as the present expression of the will of God concerning you; then regard the next in the same way, and thus receive your day piece by piece from Him who will remember always when He gives you work to do, that you need strength to do it.

Often when you have almost fainted in spirit, the thought comes, ‘If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, what shalt thou do with the horsemen? ‘ Put it from you, it is a faithless thought; if you need more strength, you will have it, be sure of that; or the call to greater exertion may never come to you. Your business is with the present, leave the future in His hands who will be sure to do the best, the very best for you.”

Priscilla Maurice

For more quotes by Priscilla Maurice see:

Some Quotes on Giving Thanks

Learning to Give Thanks

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

 

Learning to Give Thanks

Tomorrow is the first day of Fall.  The weather’s getting cooler, and it makes me realize that Thanksgiving will be here before we know it.  Why not start giving thanks early?  Why not give thanks daily?   I try to list my blessings of the day right before I fall asleep.  If you haven’t made this a habit, here’s a way to get started, according to Christian author Priscilla Maurice:

“Begin with thanking Him for some little thing, and then go on, day be day, adding to your subjects of praise;  thus you will find their numbers grow wonderfully;  and in the same proportion, will your subjects of murmuring and complaining diminish, until you see in everything some cause for thanksgiving. If you cannot begin with something positive, begin with something negative.  If your whole lot seems only filled with causes for discontent, at any rate there is some trial which has not been appointed you;  and you may thank God for its being withheld from you.  It is certain that the more you try to praise, the more you will see how your path and your lying down are beset with mercies, and that the God of love is ever watching to do you good.”

For more on giving thanks, see these posts:

Are You Giving Thanks for the Right Things?

Giving Thanks for God’s Mercy

Martin Luther on Thanksgiving