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Here is another great piece from our “47 Days of Prayer” booklet. Alissa is a woman of God an awesome demonstration of a praying wife, mom and daughter, as well as a diligent leader in the Body of Christ.

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Psalm 136:1 Alissa DiCarlo, Leadership Council

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. - Psalms 136:1 NASB

If we are to give thanks to the Lord because He is good and because His love endures forever, then our thanksgiving should not rely on our particular circumstances. It is easy to thank God when things are going the way we want; however, being thankful in difficult times can be challenging.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” It doesn’t say some circumstances, it says all. How is this possible?

I believe that the only way is to focus on God’s goodness and love, not our situation. The Bible says that God loved us first, that nothing can separate us from His love and that He will never leave us or forsake us. The Almighty God sacrificed His son for our sins so that we could spend eternity with Him. If we truly believe this then how could we NOT thank Him?

So, when life is going great, give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever. When life is difficult, give thanks to the Lord for He is good His love endures forever. Rain or shine, give thanks to the Lord for He is good His love endures forever.

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Ben NelsonSee you again soon.

Ben

Press Here to Exit

Yesterday, after I blogged about prosperity, I had a great day. I meditated on the word and everything I put my hand to prospered, just like Psalm 1 promised.

How blessed is the man who does not
walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!

But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.

He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.

Psalms 1:1-3

So I decided to do a little experiment.

Late in the day, I decided that rather than glory in my wonderful Lord and Savior, I would feel sorry for myself. A couple of stupid circumstances that were out of my control, or perhaps I should say were the result of my inaction, got up in my face and said to me:

“Isn’t life unfair?”

Well, I decided to agree with them for a bit –
just as an experiment you understand
in the interest of science
for you, my readers

And I am happy to report back to you that the Bible is exactly correct! (who would have thunk it, eh?)

It was as though these little, stupid (can I say stupid in a G rated blog?) circumstances had a 200 horse power leaf blower and they pointed it right at my day’s prosperity.

All my joy blew out of the room.
All of my motivation seemed to be tumbling toward the door with it.
My productivity, my focus, my drive, my plan all cycloned together and exited, stage left.

The wicked are not so,
But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

Psalms 1:4-5

To test my theory just a little further, I went to bed with my eyes directly on my own plight – self-pity central.

You won’t believe what happened!

When I woke up I was right there in my funk. Can you believe it? A good night sleep didn’t clear things up at all.

So here is the big secret.

The gates that lead to the presence of the Lord, where there is ample joy, pleasure, productivity, prosperity and life for all of us to enjoy, say “To enter be THANKFUL”

Inside those gates there is one of those automatic door buttons with a sign above it that says “press here to exit.” The button itself read “Self-Pity.”

The great news is that I did eventually wise up, get up off the ground where I had been rolling in – well – you know – shook myself and began to thank God for everything I could think of.

And here’s the best part – I could here His voice almost immediately – “Welcome back son, how did that work out for you.”

Ben NelsonThanks for coming by today.

See you again soon.

Ben

Happy WP Aniversary
Happy WP Anniversary

I know I posted an Anniversary post back on June 9 - but that was my blogging anniversary. Today is the official Word Press Anniversary for Another Red Letter Day.

I am so thrilled and honored by this wonderful community of readers and writers. I am actually quite astounded at the new friendships I have forged in one short year.

Word Press tells me that I have received 19,386 page views as of about noon today. That boggles my mind. There is part of me that can't believe that anyone would care to keep coming back, but many of you do, and I am honored and amazed.

I think I counted 119 country listed in my stats - WHAT - until a year ago my voice could hardly make it out of the NY-NJ metro area, let alone to 119 countries.

The potential power of this platform blows my mind.

Thanks you Jesus! and thank you word press for making this wonderful tool for spreading the Red Letters, and thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, to those of you who read and share. You're the best!

Hey - by the way - if you missed yesterday's post - Hush - check it out - I think it is my favorite ever

Ben NelsonIn awe!

Ben

 

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