Wonder

I need to worship because without it I lose a sense of wonder and gratitude and plod through life with blinders on.

John Ortberg
The Heavens declare the glory of the Lord.

Many Spirit-filled authors have exhausted the thesaurus in order to describe God with the glory He deserves. His perfect holiness, by definition, assures us that our words can’t contain Him. Isn’t it a comfort to worship a God we cannot exaggerate?

Francis Chan

How will we ever be able to thank our God enough for all He has done for us? How will we ever be able to thank Him for saving us from what we deserve? His gift to us of His Son, Jesus Christ who died on the cross to redeem us, is priceless.

Worship is how we can express our love, adoration, admiration and gratitude for His presence in our lives. “The Christian breathes in God’s goodness and exhales worship,” says Brandon Hadley. Worship is much more than singing. We can worship God with unlimited creativity. We can worship with dance, painting, writing, trusting, there are no limits to the ways that He can be worshipped. Romans 12:1 says I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

We must develop a worship vocabulary. Meditate on the name, nature, attributes of the Lord. I love to practice using the alphabet to speak his attributes as I try to drift off to sleep. It is much more fulfilling than counting sheep. For A, one of the attributes of God is approachable, B is benevolent and so forth.

That childlike sense of wonder is vital to the act of worship. Are we awestruck by His goodness and the richness of His blessings and His love? Are we able to comprehend where we would be without His intervention in our lives and without His mercy? When we experience a life changing encounter with God, worship is the natural impulse. Our only job is to surrender to Him on a daily basis so that he can daily give us more of Himself.

Worship is the single most important thing in life. AW Tozer writes, “Why did Christ come? Why was He conceived? Why was He born? Why was He crucified? Why did He rise again? Why is He now at the right hand of the Father? The answer to all these questions is, ‘In order that He might make worshippers out of rebels, in order that He might restore us again to the place of worship we knew when we were first created.”

John S. Miller
The Beauty of His Creation

Sportin’ a ‘tude

“Don’t look now…your attitude is showing.”

Patsy Clairmont
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“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”

Zig Ziglar

In John 6:11 it says, “Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted.” Sometimes the smallest of words hold the key to so many truths. Jesus “gave thanks”. Jesus gave thanks and then a miracle happened with the loaves and fishes. He gave thanks and there was more than enough! Thanksgiving preceded the miracle. Thanksgiving always precedes the miracle. Gratitude creates abundance. Many times the biggest challenge in life is a lack of gratitude, a lack of thanksgiving.

One of the biggest challenges in this year 2020 has been a lack of thanksgiving. Many desire this year to be over, done! Let’s get Christmas over and move into 2021. At my age there is no desire to rush through these days, only to savor each one. But to also express gratitude and thanksgiving in the year 2020. That is too much! At least that’s the way my attitude was heading, until my generous, gracious, loving heavenly Father, showed me the difference thanksgiving can make. The beauty of it began to take my breath away as each day I began to record the things that made me grateful.

“There are still days I need a hand-up from another journeyer. And there are still days I want to hide, since every season of life brings its set of threats, yet because of God’s mercy and grace, I press on.”

Patsy Clairmont

Our gratitude glorifies God. We exalt not just the gifts, but we exalt the Giver. Gratitude opens our spiritual eyes. The more we thank God the more our eyes are opened to see His hand at work. This act of thankfulness keeps us awake to Him and His gifts. The Lord loves our thankfulness. He has given us so many wonderful gifts and provisions, can I not return thanks? An attitude of thanksgiving will change our lives. An attitude of thanksgiving will change our relationship with the Lord. An attitude of thanksgiving will change our world. Happy gratitude day this week. Happy Thanksgiving 2020!

“Is your problem really your problem, or is your ATTITUDE toward your problem the real problem?”

Joyce Meyer