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A Christmas Tree? A Picture of the True Meaning of Christmas?

Celebrations & traditionsMarci AnthonyComment
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"Let the heavens rejoice and be glad. let the fields be jubilant and everything in them.  Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy." Psalms 96:11-12 NIV

Trees: green, gold, silver, tall, short, fruit, pine cones, all a special gift from God, the Creator.  One of God's trees is a reminder of everlasting life, yes, the green Christmas tree. (Green is the color for life.) 

For many years of my life, beginning as a child, I lived without a Christmas tree in our family home.  One of my parents did not believe in a decorated tree. They thought it a form of idolatry.  As a child, I did not understand how this could be possible. A dead, green tree Idolatry?  We know idolatry is when we love something great or small, living or dead more than God. 

Unfortunately, Christmas tends to draw us away from God with all the lights, hustle and bustle of activities, gifts, and yes, even family and friends. So, how can a Christmas Tree draw our attention back to the true meaning of Christmas?  

On the tree hangs a manger, a symbol of the first Christmas. Our God, who loved us so much, placed His Son, Jesus in that manger. The green tree illuminates the room with light, a reminder that Jesus is the light of the world.  Our eyes rest on the top of the tree. We may see a star!  In Philippians 2:15 we are told to shine like the stars in the world.  As the star led the wise men to Christ, so our light will lead the lost in the dark world to Christ.   Nearby we may see a crown of thorns. Yes, Jesus died on a tree, but greater still is His crown.  Resurrection!   Jesus our Savior is alive today. Imagine, a green Christmas tree with all the Lord's trimmings. 

As you look at the Christmas Tree this Christmas season, may it bring about a new message, as it did for me.  Joy to the World, the Lord has Come.  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!  

Digging Deeper | 

Matthew 12:33; Exodus 20:4; I Peter 2:24; I Corinthians 10:14; Isaiah 44:9; Matthew 2:2; 2 Peter 1:19; II Samuel 22:29; Psalms 18:28; Matthew 5:16; John 1:7 

Action | 

Be purposeful this Christmas. May the light in you shine bright as you share the love of Christ in all your activities. 

Prayer | 

Lord, help me to focus on the true joy and meaning of Christmas so I will be ready for Your coming. Amen  

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Treasure God's Word--Psalm 96:11-12

scripture memoryMarci AnthonyComment

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Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. 12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.  Psalm 96:11-12

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Over the River....and Across the Desert to Bethlehem We Go!

Celebrations & traditionsMarci AnthonyComment
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In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria). And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem, the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. Luke 2:1-4 NIV

For holiday travel you pack suitcases, load up the car, the alarm goes off, you roll out of bed half asleep to a dark quiet morning, backing your car out of the driveway quietly you head towards the highway or the airport. If you have ever had to drive across the country or tried catching an early flight during the holidays, you can relate to the schedule above. Growing up, my family did not live close to my extended family.  In fact, they lived about as far away as they could get while still staying in the same hemisphere. Even now as an adult, my parents do not live close by, so we must travel long distances to visit them. Many times we complain about having to travel long distances using our modern conveniences, but have you ever given a thought to what it was like to travel back in biblical times?  

I cannot imagine the preparation and uncertain travel experience that Mary and Joseph had to endure to travel 90 miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem. In today’s culture it’s easy to pack a bag when we want to travel, but imagine not having a suitcase and having to pack for a journey not knowing when and if you would return. Cell phone apps allow us to determine what the weather will be like at our destination, but this was not the case for Mary and Joseph. Growing up, all of the biblical photos I saw of Mary and Joseph depicted Mary wearing a light blue tunic dress with a white head covering. Joseph appeared to be taking a leisurely stroll alongside Mary through the non-threatening desert with sandals and a tunic that barely covered his knees. Biblical photos always portray the two of them traveling in the desert which, I’m sure, was partially true, but in reality there were several other terrains like mountains and forests that they had to endure as well as the harsh climate conditions.  

Thinking back, I remember my car ride conversation containing the cliché four words, “Are we there yet?” I think back to Mary who was pregnant riding on a donkey traveling only 10 miles in a day through hot and cold climates and rocky terrain and I wonder if she ever complained? I think how lucky I am that I can flip a switch changing the climate in my car from hot to cold. I think of how lucky we are that we have paved roads and GPS systems to travel by, but for Mary and Joseph roads were a luxury. Individuals in the Bible had to make their own path through forest and wooded areas. These areas may have been inhabited by wild and dangerous animals or perhaps robbers who waited out of sight to rob the first unlucky soul that happened to cross their path. The stress and strain that this 90 mile journey must have put on this young couple must have been almost overwhelming, but Mary and Joseph knew that God had a purpose. 

Now, when I ponder the convenience of modern day travel, I have to chuckle at the sighs of people having to wait in the security check point line to make sure the flight is secure before boarding or the frustration of getting a center vs an aisle seat. I shake my head thinking about traveling in my climate controlled car driving several hours to get to my final destination without having to really lift much more than my hand to change the radio station. The depth and dedication of Mary and Joseph’s journey far outweigh the minor inconveniences we face while traveling in modern society.  I appreciate the unbelievable and heroic journey that Mary and Joseph took thousands of years ago to bring a baby named “Jesus” into our sinful world so we could be saved.  Merry Christmas! 

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Psalms 119:105Proverbs 3:23

Action Item |

If you are traveling this holiday season, take time to thank God for all the modern conveniences we take for granted. Thank God for selecting Mary and Joseph as the earthly parents of Jesus. 

Prayer |

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for this time that I live in. Help me to appreciate those things I take for granted and help me to acknowledge that you are in control of those areas of my life that are out of my control.

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Treasure Gods Word--Luke 2:4

scripture memoryMarci AnthonyComment

Is it sweet, salty, spicy, cold, hot? Terms you might not consider when you are reading God's word. God calls us to hide, treasure and taste His word. Join the contributors and readers of Sow & Gather in tasting and memorizing God's word this week.

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So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem, the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.  Luke 2:4

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Where Do You Get the Perfect Gift?

Praise & WorshipMarci AnthonyComment
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“He did not leave Himself without a witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.”  Acts 14:17

Don’t you love the bright yellow and orange colors of fall?  As a southern girl living in New England, I was amazed at the beauty of God’s nature at Thanksgiving.  The leaves of the maple trees turned from green to golden before my eyes.   The sun shining on the golden leaves was spectacular!  Weekend outings were rewarded with a bounty of pumpkins and apples from the orchards.  Our hearts were full. 

Isn’t it interesting that a season in nature can produce such feelings of joy and fullness within us?  In Acts, Paul says, “He did not leave Himself without a witness”.  Nature and the miracle of changing seasons are part of that witness.  We can see that God gives us rain and fruit in season.  Paul goes on to say God “fills our hearts with food and gladness”.  God provides us with food not only for our tables, but also with nourishment for our hearts.  God delights in giving.  The family, fellowship and food we enjoy should remind us of God’s goodness.  As we break the bread of Thanksgiving, be reminded of our constant dependence on God.  No matter what we receive from God, be humbled this season by Him, the source of all blessings.

Digging Deeper |

Acts 14:8-17 

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Remember that the bread and the blessing are from God’s hand.  Search for something new to include in your Thanksgiving prayer this year.  Is there something that you had not previously counted as a blessing? 

Prayer |

Dear Heavenly Father – We know that every good and perfect gift comes from You.  We thank You for Your bounty.  We are humbled that You provide for our physical needs and the condition of our hearts.  Lord, we gather as family and friends to give You praise and thanksgiving.  Amen

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Treasure God's Word--Acts 14:17

scripture memoryMarci AnthonyComment

Is it sweet, salty, spicy, cold, hot? Terms you might not consider when you are reading God's word. God calls us to hide, treasure and taste His word. Join the contributors and readers of Sow & Gather in tasting and memorizing God's word this week.

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Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.  Acts 14:17

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Be Thankful…or…Suffer Indigestion!

Praise & WorshipMarci AnthonyComment
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You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you. Psalm 118:28 NIV

As my kids were growing up, my husband and I wanted to teach them how to pray before meals.  We started with short, repetitious prayers, and then led them to longer, more personable ones. Our intent was to teach them how to be thankful to God for the food He had provided. However, if we forgot and began to eat without praying, my husband would jokingly say that we would all have indigestion because our food wasn’t blessed. 

Well, it wasn’t long before my kids started scoffing at my husband’s remarks. They informed him that the Bible clearly does not say you must pray and thank God before you eat .And, furthermore, you will not acquire indigestion!! 

The Bible doesn’t specifically address praying before you eat, or suffering consequences if you fail to pray. However, we do read how Jesus prayed and thanked God before He ate his last meal (Matthew 26) and in I Thessalonians 5, we are told to give thanks in all circumstances. 

God wants us to thank and praise Him in everything. He desires us to be thankful before we eat, for our spouse, for our children and for simple pleasures like air conditioning. We should also thank Him for his love, joy, everlasting peace and forgiveness. And during those times of suffering and pain, thank Him for His provision and His strength, which helps you in those moments of crisis. 

So, give Him thanks because He is God!! 

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Matthew 26:17-30, Luke 9:12-17 

Action Item |

Intentionally pray and thank God before you indulge in breakfast, lunch and supper today. 

Prayer |

Jesus, You are God. Thank you! Thank you for the material blessings you have provided and for those blessings which will last forever. In God’s name, Amen 

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Treasure God's Word--Psalm 118:28

scripture memoryMarci AnthonyComment

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You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you. Psalm 118:28 NIV

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Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So

Praise & WorshipMarci AnthonyComment
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Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,     for his steadfast love endures forever!   Let  the redeemed of the Lord say so,      whom he has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, 
    from the east and from the west,     from the north and from the south
.  Psalm 107:1-3 ESV 

As we approach  Thanksgiving, most people focus on giving thanks for the blessings in their lives that year.  As we lead our children in family prayer time every night, we always start with praises.  They usually come up with “thank you for fun with brother, thank you for fun at school, thank you for fun with our cat.”  We try to prompt them to think a little deeper about what God has done for them but at four and six, they’re great at focusing on just the immediate things in front of them. 

As adults, isn’t that our natural mindset as well? If our circumstances are tough, we can find it hard to find things to thank God for.  As we look back over the year, is our mind drawn to the hard times or to the blessings?  It seems to be human nature to focus on the bad.  It takes a real effort of the will to think on blessings. 

Is your testimony this year that the Lord is good?  Do you see his steadfast love enduring forever?  Or are you mired in difficult circumstances that make you doubt His goodness?  It is ok to be honest with God, and to express that you are having trouble embracing His goodness.  He already knows! 

But this psalm gives you the imperative…”Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble.”  If you are redeemed, if you have accepted the sacrifice that Jesus has made on your behalf, then you are commanded to give thanks.  No matter how difficult your circumstance, God loved you enough to send His son to die for you.  If that is the only good thing in your life, you can give thanks to the Lord.  You can acknowledge His goodness in saving you from your trouble, in saving you from an eternity separate from Him. 

God is good.  Circumstances can be hard.  God is still good.  As you enter this holiday season, take time to share with your loved ones how good God has been in your life this year.  Don’t gloss over it or focus only on the very temporary circumstances in your life.  Thank God for his goodness! 

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Psalm 34:8Psalm 107

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If you’re in a very difficult season of life, start a thanksgiving journal.  Every night before you go to bed, find something to thank God for.  It can change your entire outlook if you can refocus on gratitude. 

Prayer | 

Heavenly father, You are good!  I thank You for your steadfast love.  I thank You that You have rescued me from an eternity without You.  Give me the courage to share Your goodness and Your love with people who need to hear about it. Amen. 

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Treasure God's Word--Psalm 107:1

scripture memoryMarci AnthonyComment

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Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 107:1

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In A Gentle Whisper

Praise & WorshipMarci AnthonyComment
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Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 NIV

Kaboom!!!  

I awoke with a start! Where was I? What was that noise? I was frightened. My hands were shaking and my heart was pounding. As I reached for my husband (who was snoring away), I realized in that moment I was in bed and rain was pounding on our rooftop. The noise was….thunder and it sounded very close to our home.  

I took a breath and I heard a gentle whisper ...”Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart.” I rolled over and immediately went back to sleep without a thought. 

The next day I began to consider the events of the night and I was struck that it was God who spoke this verse to me sharing peace. It’s funny I did recognize it as God’s word, butI had to look for it in the Bible since I had not read it in months and have never memorized it. 

Aren’t God and His word awesome? 

God desires a relationship with us. He wants us to abide in Him (John15:4) and passionately study and read His word. And, the more we study, pray, and mediate on Him and His words, His truth will be in us. So, when we experience these rough or even scary times, our minds will be able to recount these words and hear His voice speak strength, direction, and love to us and, in my case, peace. 

So, press into Jesus and His words and listen for that gentle whisper. 

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I Kings 19:9-18 

Action Item |

Spend time reading the Bible today. 

Prayer |

Dear God, thank you for the Bible so we can learn about You and Your ways. Help us to study and meditate on it. I will be listening for You. Amen. 

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Treasure God's Word--Colossians 3:15

scripture memoryMarci AnthonyComment

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Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15

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Wait Expectantly!

Seasons of LifeMarci AnthonyComment
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I the LORD do not change. Malachi 3:6 NIV 

It was the fall of the year and the seasonal change was all around as I sat in our one-room farm school, looking over the fields ripe with corn, waiting to be harvested. Suddenly the teacher said, “Next week, boys and girls, you will have a holiday.” Holiday…sure! I knew it was the time to harvest rocks laying in the rows of corn waiting to be harvested by my family-- the corn that would pay for our family’s food in the year to come. 

Ironically, today I am a rock collector. There are rocks resting inside and outside my home from countries near and far. They are a reminder of our God in Psalms 18:1-2, telling us He is our rock, fortress, rescuer, shelter, strength. He never changes through summer, winter or spring, in times of pain, sorrow or joy. He delights to pick us up and carry us. He delights in our quiet moments of the day as we rest in Him, and He loves us with an everlasting love. These rocks are a reminder of many who are dead in their souls, waiting to be picked up, ripe for the harvest. Remember, God is that grace and strength needed to change the dead into life, just as He did for you and me on Calvary. 

P.S. Pick up a rock today! 

Digging Deeper |

Psalm 31:3; Psalm 110:4; Romans 8:38-39 

Action Item |

Wait expectantly for a rock in your path. 

Prayer |

Lord, give us eyes to see the opportunities You place in our way each day.  Give us hands and feet willing to accomplish the purpose You lay before us each day, the sharing of Your Gospel.  And thank You, Lord, for entrusting us with the awesome privilege of reflecting Your love through our lives. Amen 

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Treasure God's Word--Malachi

scripture memoryMarci AnthonyComment

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I the Lord do not change.  Malachi 3:6a

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Listen Quickly!

Seasons of LifeMarci AnthonyComment
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My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19 NIV 

I love to talk. I enjoy talking and conversing with others about my wonderful family, my job, activities at church, taking dance lessons with my husband and especially my opinions on the topics of life. Now, I wouldn’t say I speak constantly, but I definitely can carry a conversation. I have much to share and want others to hear all about my life and my opinions. 

After one such conversation, my husband took me aside and quietly pointed out that my directness and my many words were offending the people I had been conversing with. Well, I became livid! Are you kidding me? I know how to speak without offending others! 

However, I began to think about what he said and I started praying and talking to God about my words. My husband was right. God showed me I needed to change the way I communicate. 

In the verse above, James states we should be quick to listen and slow to speak. I was doing the exact opposite. I was speaking but not listening. So, I asked Jesus to change me, and I started practicing using fewer words.  

Wow! This verse is truly hard to execute, but now I listen and I am even purposeful in my conversations. I begin by focusing on the other person and their words, even looking at their eyes as they speak. I ask questions about their life and opinions, giving them time to share. By listening, I want them to know I care about them. 

Now, I still love to talk, but I have seen how God has changed me. I truly have begun to listen quickly. 

Digging Deeper |

Proverbs 10:19; Proverbs 21:23; Psalm 141:3

Action Item |

Listen quickly, speak less! 

Prayer |

Dear Jesus, You are the ultimate listener and the kindest speaker. Help me to listen more and speak less, as You do. Amen. 

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Treasure God's Word--James 1:19

scripture memoryMarci AnthonyComment

Is it sweet, salty, spicy, cold, hot? Terms you might not consider when you are reading God's word. God calls us to hide, treasure and taste His word. Join the contributors and readers of Sow & Gather in tasting and memorizing God's word this week.

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My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19

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Season in the Desert

Seasons of LifeMarci AnthonyComment
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Some  wandered in desert wastes,     finding no way to a city to dwell in; hungry and thirsty, 
    their soul fainted within them. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,     and he delivered them from their distress.  He led them by a straight way     till they reached a city to dwell in.  Let them thank the Lord  for his steadfast love,     for his wondrous works to the children of man!  For he  satisfies the longing soul,    and the hungry soul he fills with good things
Psalm 107:4-9 ESV 

My four-year-old son was diagnosed with cancer a month after we moved to a new state. Our support network of friends and family were now almost 800 miles away. The moving boxes were barely even unpacked when we received the cancer diagnosis. Our life was plunged into a desert season.  As we watched our precious child struggle through chemo side effects, we felt like we were wandering in the desert wastes.  As we saw his hair fall out and he stopped eating because of mouth sores, our souls fainted within us. 

We spent three long months in the heart of that desert. During his five rounds of chemo, we cried out to the Lord. His deliverance felt slow in coming because of our desperate need.  However, HE was there with us and sustained us. The Lord was teaching us to depend on Him. This wasn’t an easy time. Deserts never are.  Sometimes we desperately prayed to even make it through five more minutes of watching our son suffer.  

We learned, like the Israelites, that God was leading us by a “straight way.”  As we cried out to God during our trials, we trusted him to get us through.  God can refine you to not rely on anything other than Him. From our desert season, we emerged with a deep dependence on God. 

Pediatric cancer wasn’t our first desert season and I know it won’t be our last.  But with each trip through the desert, we learn greater dependence on God and greater trust in His love for us. I can truly say that God satisfies my longing soul, and that He fills my soul with good things and I can thank Him for His steadfast love. I’m happy to share that my son has been in remission for over a year.  Praise the Lord! 

Your desert might not be a physical illness. It might be an extended period of singleness while you desperately long for marriage. It might be a turbulent time in your marriage where you just can’t seem to get on the same page with your spouse. It might be a career issue, a wayward child, struggling with depression, or any number of things. 

Please know that whatever your struggle is, the Bible shows us that we can endure the desert. We know that God is by our side and the desert season will eventually end. It is only a moment along the straight path God has planned for us and God will certainly use it for good. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so! 

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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8Psalm 107Romans 8:18-28 

Action Item |

If you find yourself in a desert season, cry out to God and trust that He will satisfy your longing soul. 

Prayer |

Heavenly Father, I know that your will is to sometime have me endure a period in the desert. While my circumstance might not change, I know that you can satisfy the deep need and hunger in my soul. God, deliver me from this time with a greater appreciation of your goodness and steadfast love. Amen. 

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Treasure God's Word--Psalm 107:6-7

scripture memoryMarci AnthonyComment

Is it sweet, salty, spicy, cold, hot? Terms you might not consider when you are reading God's word. God calls us to hide, treasure and taste His word. Join the contributors and readers of Sow & Gather in tasting and memorizing God's word this week.

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Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in. Psalm 107:6-7

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Broken-Hearted Worship

Seasons of LifeMarci AnthonyComment
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Open my lips Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise. You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.  Psalm 51:15-17 NIV

Ok, I have to admit it. There have been many Sundays that I have faked my way through church. I am embarrassed to admit this and it’s not something that I’m proud of. There have been Sunday mornings when I have passed many of you in the hallways at church, we both smile and greet each other with the customary, “hello,” or “good morning.” But on the inside, I’m not feeling particularly “good.” 

Sometimes during small group time on Sunday mornings, my mind has drifted. My eyes and facial expression display an attentive and compelling listening face, when in reality my heart and my thoughts are miles away. Sadly, I have “participated” in the church service, going through the motions of standing, singing and selectively hearing the sermon as my mind recounted and rehashed all of the things on my to-do list for the coming week. 

So many distractions; so many opportunities to get bogged down by the weight of our circumstances. Many times we walk through life just going through the motions, not really present in the moment and definitely not in a good place spiritually.  

Psalm 51:15 says, “Open my lips Lord and my mouth will declare your praise.” I admit that the last thing I want to do when I am feeling down is sing praises, but in times of trouble it does help me to talk it out.  

I find that when I am desperate for God’s grace, if I will just focus on one thing that I’m grateful for in my life, and give Him thanks for that one thing, my cloudy outlook suddenly begins to spring forth glimpses of light. I begin to stop feeling sorry for myself, and start seeing all of the benefits that God has provided for me. 

As you begin to think about praising God for all He has done, something happens to your heart. Your spiritual heart warms and you begin to see things in a different way. You start to wonder why you weren’t happy and your attitude shifts from self to God. This is the preparation your heart goes through as it prepares itself for you to worship God. You can praise anyone or anything, but God is the only One who deserves and commands our worship. 

In the Old Testament, people would sacrifice animals, offering them to God as an atonement for their sins. It was also used as a form of worship. The preparation of the animal was preparing their hearts to worship God. I am thankful for Jesus who became that sacrifice for us. If nothing else makes you smile, the fact that Jesus died for you and me warms my heart and changes my attitude and outlook. 

Is your heart broken? Are you faking it, or are you ready to get real, get on your knees and lift your hands to the heavens and praise and worship your King of Kings? 

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Psalm 138:4; Psalm 18:3; John 4:23

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If you’re not having a good day, take time to think about one thing you’re thankful for. See if that thought doesn’t lead to other thoughts of thankfulness, and hopefully, your heart will begin to transform. 

Prayer |

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your grace. I’m sorry for the times that I’m fake. Help me to be authentic in my praise and worship to You. Transform my negative thoughts into a thankful heart.  

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