Spiritually Speaking for week of November 23, 2011

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By Pearl Harper

  Spiritually Speaking

Pearl Harper

Celebrate Thanksgiving by putting Christ first


I recently celebrated a birthday.

Yes at my age you are glad to have them. Especially when you consider the alternative. When you have young grandchildren that think birthdays are special, they can make yours seem that way too. I was fortunate to have my three children, five of my nine grandchildren and one great- grandson helping me celebrate. When they ask me what I want as a gift they know what my answer will be. It is for them to be present if possible and to always put Christ first in their lives. If they are happy then I am happy.

Isn’t that the way our Heavenly Father is concerned with us?

He gave us the greatest ultimate gift, his son. If we will look to him, live by his commandments and always pray and ask for directions in our lives it will make a difference.  We have to always remember what we feed our mind, feeds our thoughts. As I have heard someone say, garbage in, garbage out. No one can feed our minds but ourselves. Praying, reading God’s word, listening to good music, as in spiritual hymns and songs will do this. You will find the words will flow through your mind. It is very uplifting; I believe it is like a medicine for our soul. To neglect to feed our mind healthy things can make for a lean, hard spiritual battle many times. The more we trust Him the stronger we become to fight life’s battles. Oh yes, in spite of everything we do, that is right our enemy will come at us at different times with different things to try and prevent out blessings. But you know what? When we trust God to lead us and give the right answers we just become stronger.

I love to quote Romans 8:28, “ and we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.”

I am not perfect and I cannot tell you I have never made a mistake. I can tell you through the many years I have looked to Christ for help and direction, he has never failed me. The more birthdays I celebrate the more I realize, I wouldn’t want to live in this world without him. There is a scripture in Psalms 118:24, “This is the day which the Lord hath made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.”

As we are celebrating a day of Thanksgiving in our nation and our own lives I am so thankful first, for knowing God is the ruler of everything. There are rulers of darkness (Eph. 6:12) but thank God we know the ruler of the universe.

I am so thankful for my family. Bob and I are looking forward to Thanksgiving. It is one of the few times we all try to be together. This year will be special, there will be three great- grandsons present, one is two and half years old, one will be two and half months, and one will be one week old. And there will be enough grandpas and grandmas, aunts, uncles and cousins present to watch after and make a fuss over them.

Something else I am so thankful for is my health. I have been cancer free for two and half years.

Hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving- putting Christ first. It seemed so fitting to share the 100th Psalm in it entirety 1-5, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing, know ye that the Lord he is God; it is he who hath made us, and not we ourselves, we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with raise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good, his mercy is everlasting and his truth endureth to all generations.”

God Bless.