Sunday Scriptures – Celebrate Today

Isaiahby Sandy Kirby Quandt

What does it take for you to celebrate? A special occasion? A well-deserved award? A reunion? A hard-won accomplishment?

Some days life feels mediocre, ordinary, same ole same ole. Nothing special to get excited about and certainly nothing to celebrate.

We wait for special occasions before we celebrate as if just being alive isn’t enough cause to shout out, “Yay, God!”

Looking back on my childhood I believe I found more things to celebrate at that time than I probably do as an adult. Who knows why, but whatever the reason, celebrating didn’t have to be formal to be fun.

If we take the time to look around we can see all the many things we have to be thankful for and celebrate them.

Take a walk and make note of all the glories of creation. Look for rainbows after the rain. Name the constellations. Celebrate the refreshing breeze in the middle of a hot day.

Celebrate you.

Every day God gives us is reason enough to celebrate. It’s a choice we can make.

How will we celebrate tomorrow?

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 Whatever happens, keep thanking God because of Jesus Christ. This is what God wants you to do. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (CEV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Thanksgiving, Not Just A Once A Year Thing

By Sandy Kirby Quandt

Here in the United States, today is the day set aside as a day of Thanksgiving.  All through the Bible we read of times of praise and thanksgiving. Not just once a year. It was a continual occurrence. I believe the same should hold true for us. I believe we should have thankful hearts every single day of the year.

During the time of King David, the sacred Ark of the Covenant was captured by the prayingPhilistines. When it was returned to the Tabernacle, David wrote a song of thanksgiving to the LORD.

On that day David gave to Asaph and his fellow Levites this song of thanksgiving to the LordGive thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds. Exult in his holy name; rejoice, you who worship the Lord. 1 Chronicles 16:7-10 (NLT)

Many of David’s psalms expressed his gratitude to God for who God was, and what he had done.

 Oh, how grateful and thankful I am to the Lord because he is so good. I will sing praise to the name of the Lord who is above all lords. Psalm 7:17 (TLB)

In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul eloquently expressed how grateful we should be empty tomb2for the victory we have over death because of Jesus’ victory over death.

 So when this takes place, and the mortal has been changed into the immortal, then the scripture will come true: “Death is destroyed; victory is complete!”

 “Where, Death, is your victory?
Where, Death, is your power to hurt?”

Death gets its power to hurt from sin, and sin gets its power from the Law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! 1 Corinthians 15:54-57 (GNT)

Finally, Paul again tells us to be thankful…all the time. Even when we are going through tough times.

Whatever happens, keep thanking God because of Jesus Christ. This is what God wants you to do. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (CEV)

What do you think?

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Give Thanks, No Matter What

Isaiah 40No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Always be thankful. I’m all about giving thanks for the many, many wondrous things God does for me each and every day. No problem giving thanks then. But does this verse mean in I am to give thanks in everything? Even the bad stuff that happens?

Through the ups and downs of the years, I’ve tried to make sense of this verse, and understand it the way the Holy Spirit meant for it to be understood. I think I’m maybe, getting a little closer to figuring out the meaning.

The children who survive the accident that killed their parents…be thankful?                    The couple whose baby dies…be thankful?
The man who loses his job, his wife, his family…be thankful?
The parents who grieve for their child’s addiction…be thankful?

I’m beginning to believe, while we aren’t thankful for the horrible things that happen, due to living in a fallen world, we can be thankful we are not left to stand alone in our loss and grief. I think that’s where the thankfulness of this verse comes in. We can give thanks in the midst of our hurts and suffering, because Jesus stands with us. He comforts us. He brings us his peace. He helps us put one foot in front of the other, when on our own, that would be impossible to do.

It isn’t a Pollyanna, Goody! I’ve got two shoes, type of thankfulness. It’s a thankfulness grounded in the truth of who God is. A God who loves us enough to sacrifice his son for us. A God who will never let us go.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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