Wednesday, November 2, 2011

From Renea's Heart...

Thanksgiving thoughts

I've really been overwhelmed lately experiencing the Lord's unfailing and everlasting love. I wake up each morning and think "Wow, God's been merciful again!", and Lamentations 3:22-23 echoes in my head..."Because of the Lord's great love (mercy) we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail, they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.". I know that I am so undeserving of God's grace, but He continues to grant it. I know I have been a "good" person (most of my life!), yet I also have so many memories of the myriad times I have sinned; so many times I have hurt others and hurt God. I ask forgiveness from my fellow man and hopefully it is granted. I ask forgiveness from God and I KNOW it is granted! It doesn't seem to matter what I do, the Lord chases after me...He pursues me...He longs to reconcile me and to pour out his love to me over and over. I do not deserve anything from God except to be consumed by Him. I am a sinner and deserve death, but in my recognition, announcement, and acceptance of Jesus as Savior, I am spared death and freely, mercifully given life!  (Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord)

So, most of all in this Thanksgiving season, I am thankful for God’s love, mercy, forgiveness and salvation.  I am so awesomely blessed by God, I could type for days to name them.  He has spoiled me with life, breath, family, etc.  He has met my every need and supplies my “wants” as well!  I see and experience God as a loving Father who lavishes me with all of His abundance.  And I am overwhelmed that falling before Him does not seem adequate...and yet...He loves me anyway!!

List all of the reasons why you “think” you don’t deserve to be loved by God.  Then take a red marker and strike through each one.  Imagine that to be the blood of Jesus cancelling every one.  Even though you cannot comprehend it, listen to God say “I love you anyway!”  Then respond with “Thank you, Lord, I love you, too!”

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