Give Thanks, Always

Today’s blog by Yvonne

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May the Lord Bless you and keep.

Yvonne, author and speaker

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

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My Ebenezer

Today’s Blog by Yvonne

Bah, Humbug. I am sure this blog is not what you thought it might be even if we are approaching the Christmas season.

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I love the movie, Scrooge. It is one of my favorites, and I try to see it every Christmas season. It gives me a warm, happy feeling to watch it. The movie puts me in the holiday spirit whenever I watch it. One thing I noticed is how much the movie reminds me of my Christian walk. Like the movie, my life was a mess until I met a ghost only in my case it was the Holy Ghost I met and He changed me.

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Recently at my church, my pastor talked about Ebenezer. He explained that Ebenezer is an item in the bible but not a person. The meaning of the word Ebenezer is “stone of help.” The stones were a memorial set up by Samuel to commemorate the divine assistance He gave to Israel in their great battle against the Philistines, as shown in verse above. The pastor then challenged us to find the Ebenezer in our life to remind us how the Lord has helped us this far in our lives.

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I went home and pondered this request. I thought how much I loved seeing wildlife, especially Hawks. The Lord then spoke to my heart and revealed how the Hawks I loved to watch could be my Ebenezer. Each time I saw one in the wild, it would remind me to thank God for keeping me safe so far. Seeing the Hawks as my Ebenezer has been such a blessing because it always reminds me to praise God. I challenge each of you to find an Ebenezer and watch how the Lord blesses your life.

May the Lord Bless you and keep.

Yvonne, author and speaker

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

God’s Grace for our Daily Life

Today’s blog by Yvonne

We stood in a circle. Our hands interlocked so we formed an unbroken chain. Eyes closed in solemn prayer. As the prayer ended, we repeated, in unison, 2 Corinthians 13:13 and then said AMEN. A familiar ritual for me, the words spoken effortlessly but full of peace and comfort. Today, they still stir memories in me. Memories of a time gone by not so long ago.

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That circle of people stood in a field in rural Kenya. The land was our field or more accurately, God’s field. The property would one day hold an orphanage. We walked across the area in a prayer walk on that particular day. Hopes held high, and hearts full of what the future held for this God-sized dream.

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Before long, the work began and so did the struggles and questions. Where would the money come from to build? How would we manage this project from far away? Did God call me to do this or was it just a fantasy? I felt so ill-equipped to do this work. I wanted to quit, give it over to someone else, or just run far, far away. But beneath all the turmoil, I felt it. The Grace of God, it had prepared me, helped me and pushed me ever forward. Finally, one day I stood in the same spot as the prayer circle years earlier. Several buildings surrounded me, and children’s laughter filled the air. God’s plans now completed and his orphans cared for in a beautiful home.

“Grace may be defined as the unmerited or undeserving favor of God to those who are under condemnation.” – Paul Enns, Moody Handbook of Theology

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It is the Grace of God which saves us. But it also something more profound. Daily, we receive God’s Grace to get through the grind of our lives. God breathes an unmerited and undeserving favor into each of our days. His Grace helped me to build the orphanage in Kenya. His Grace provided hope to the one who lost a job today or the person who received a severe medical diagnosis. This Grace is the hope that keeps us going day after day, in the drudgery of life’s difficulties. God even provides Grace during a difficult election cycle. And He will provide Grace for tomorrow no matter who is elected President. As the hymnist wrote years ago, “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound.” It is sweet, and it is available to each of us every day. God’s Grace is just a prayer away.

May the Lord Bless you and keep.

Yvonne, author and speaker

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”