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Saturday, 10 October 2009

Spiritual Sundays


Happy Spiritual Sunday, Friends, and to my Canadian friends, a Happy Thanksgiving!
As it is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, I would like to share a devotional pertaining to this Day.

FOR THE CHRISTIAN, THANKSGIVING IS NOT JUST A DAY BUT A WAY OF LIFE.


Psalm 100 is one of the great songs of thanksgiving in the Bible. It calls us to realize that we belong to God our Maker {verse 3-4}, and to praise Him for His goodness, mercy, and truth {verse 5}.

During a recent reading, however, I was struck by a phrase that speaks of expressing thanks in a tangible, willing way: "Serve the Lord with gladness" {verse 2}. Many times my service to God is more grudging than glad. I do what I consider my duty, but I'm not happy about it.
Oswald Chambers put his finger on my unthankful attitude when he said: "The will of God is the gladdest, brightest, most bountiful thing possible to conceive, and yet some of us talk of the will of God with a terrific sigh- 'Oh well, I suppose it is the will of God,' as if His will were the most calamitous thing that could befall us....We become spiritual whiners and talk pathetically about 'suffering the will of the Lord.' Where is the majestic vitality and might of the Son of God about that!"

True thankfulness is more than being grateful for what we possess. It's an attitude that permeates our relationship with the Lord so that we may serve Him with gladness and joy. - David McCasland

Then let us adore and give Him His right,
All glory and power, all wisdom and might,
All honor and blessing, with angels above,
And thanks never ceasing for infinite love. - Wesley

I hope you will take some time to visit Spiritual Sundays with Charlotte and Ginger. There are many others who participate and if you're looking for some inspiration, then please go to the site by clicking the link http://bloggerspirit.blogspot.com/ or the Spiritual Sundays button on my sidebar. I pray you all have a wonderful and blessed weekend.

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

23 comments:

  1. Thank you for reminding me to have a thankful heart! Happy Thanksgiving to you! God bless you and have a wonderful weekend.

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  2. I needed this, today. I have been sick for sometime and I needed to be reminded to be thankful NO matter what is going on in my life and body.

    Blessings, andrea

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  3. That was an AWESOME post and I know the Holy Spirit led me to read it today!! I am going to copy this and keep it in my Bible! Thank you, and Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

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  4. I try so hard to have a happy heart especially when doing something because no one else will. Thank-you for this reminder that is well needed for me.
    Blessings.
    Ginger

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  5. Happy Thanksgiving, Sandi. I didn't even know you had a Canadian Thanksgiving. I'm glad to hear it. This is such a good Thanksgiving post. Thank you for sharing it with us.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  6. Great post and one I needed. Thank you for posting. Have a great week.

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  7. This is a lovely post and great reminder to be thankful in all circumstances.
    Bkessubgs

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  8. Happy Thanksgiving, Sandi to you and your family. I know you have a sincere thankful heart. I, too, am grateful for Oswald Chambers!

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  9. Sandi,
    A former pastor of mine used to say, "Always say yes to the things of God." I say amen and amen. Thank you for this inspiring post today.


    Blessings,
    Jean

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  10. Thank you for that great post, I really liked it.

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  11. Good psalm, and good reminder to keep gladness at the center of our service to him.

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  12. Blessings to you Sandi. What a wonderful Sunday post.

    Head on over and see me when you get a second you WON my giveaway.

    Blessings,
    Heidi

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  13. Very nice. It is true that we don't always serve the Lord with gladness but it is something to strive for. Imagine how much better Christians we would be if we did.

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  14. Boy, isn't this the truth! And after all He has done for us the very least we could be is thankful.

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  15. What a beautiful post Sandi! Very inspirational on this glorious Sunday. I hope the coming week holds many blessings for you!

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  16. Happy Thanksgiving. That was a beautiful post.

    Anne

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  17. Thanks, Sandi. I hope you had a good Sunday.

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  18. This really spoke to my heart and I needed to hear it. I'm afraid I too have been guilty of that at times. "Well, I'll do it, since no one else will." with no cheerful heart in sight. This was a good reminder. Thanks for sharing it. Have a wonderful week in Him. Blessings to you, Debbie

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  19. Happy Thanksgiving on your part of the world.
    Beautiful message so timely.
    Thank you Sandi.

    Blessings.
    Regina

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  20. Happy Thanksgiving ! A beautiful reminder to have a glad,thankful heart everyday. I am thankful for you because you a blessing & inspiration. Thanks for stopping by & the well wishes for my Birthday.8~)
    ~Myrna

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  21. Howdy Sandi thanks for stopping by my blog today. I love your inspirational posts. I wanted to let ya know today was Columbus day and we didn't have any mail service so I will be putting the painting in the mail in the am. Have a great week.

    Blessings,
    Heidi

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  22. Good Morning...
    I'm linking late...I'm so sorry, but I wanted to share the message from Sunday.

    Thank you for your message...and I really needed it this week. Sometimes I go about my weekly "chores" with a grudge. I need to change my attitude and think of these as "blessings".


    Here's my link if you'd like to visit for this week:

    http://mssharlottessouthernreflections.blogspot.com/2009/10/courageous-generosity.html

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I am delighted to have you visit me and I read every comment. Please forgive me for not being able to visit you all as there are so many of you lovely bloggy friends now. I will visit as much as possible. I wish you a day filled with JOY! ~ Sandi

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