Archive for July, 2010
The words think and thank come from the same root word and one reminds us to demonstrate the other in our speech and actions.
Think means to ponder or reflect. Thank means to express gratitude.
A thankful heart and mind most often will be a thoughtful heart and a thoughtful heart and mind most often will be a thankful heart and mind.
Therefore, when we are thoughtless, we are usually thankless. Very seldom is a thoughtless person thankful for what he has and therefore he is forgetful to be thankful to himself or to anyone else.
Scriptures urges us to think and to thank. It is a choice that we need to make. No one can make it for us, but it should be the desire of our heart.
If we pause a moment to think, most likely we will pause to give thanks. Pausing gives us time to remember, as thankfulness comes to the mind from the heart.
If we are thankful to God for His goodness and believe it deeply and it rules our mind and heart, thoughtfulness and thankfulness will rule our actions. Another way to say this is, to let divine love and wisdom, umpire our life.
The Bible is a treasure chest of wisdom and knowledge for us to open and take from to use and share with others. Give thanks and think to praise God for such a wonderful gift as this.
If our speech and actions are covered with God grace, it will be gracious, wholesome, truthful, respectful, thoughtful and thankful.
Forget not! Remember the above, think and thank about the fact that these two words are interdependent. They go hand in hand and remind us what our response should be at all times.
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV).
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7 KJV).
Joy keeps us kind.
Prayer keeps us humble.
Troubles keep us kneeling.
Success keeps us inspired.
Love keeps us faithful.
Sadness keeps us caring.
Patience keeps us considerate.
Failure keeps us trying.
Service keeps us pleasing.
Guidance keeps us going.
Promises keep us steadfast.
Truthfulness keeps us genuine.
Rules keep us observant.
Trusting keeps us encouraged.
Understanding keeps us peaceful.
Wisdom keeps us wise.
Worship keeps us connected.
Actions keep us alive.
Dependable keeps us honest.
Confidence keeps us hopeful.
Prudence keeps us practable.
Respectful keeps us likeable.
Merciful keeps us generous.
Stubbornness keeps us rebellious.
Laziness keeps us poor.
Supplication keeps us concerned.
Arrogance keeps us conceited.
Meekness keeps us gentle.
Rejoicing keeps us blessed.
Obedience keeps us submissive.
Principles keep us moral.
Faithfulness keeps us loyal.
Character keeps us believable.
Scripture keeps us grounded.
Application keeps us practicing.
Pride keeps us self-centered.
Peace keeps us content.
Humility keeps us grateful.
Goodness keeps us praise-worthy.
Kindness keeps us gracious.
Grace keeps us responsive.
Mercy keeps us receiving.
Respect keeps us polite.
Gentleness keeps us compassionate.
Faith keeps us confident.
Fellowship keeps us in-touch.
Integrity keeps us sincere.
Weakness keeps us strong.
Confession keeps us admitting.
Sanctification keeps us set-apart.
Jealousies keep us green-eyed.
Giving keeps us accountable.
Chastening keeps us learning.
Eternity keeps us delighted.
Comforting keeps us comforted.
Intercession keeps us petitioning.
Preaching keeps us built-up.
Resurrection keeps us celebrating.
Self-Control keeps us correcting.
Reconciliation keeps us persuaded.
Adoration keeps us singing.
Rewards keep us pumped-up.
Discernment keeps us perceptive.
Christmas keeps us overjoyed.
Discord keeps us clashing.
Thanksgiving keeps us appreciating.
Communion keeps us remembering.
Greedy keeps us wanting.
Vengeance keeps us planning.
Gossip keeps us distracted.
Revival keeps us regenerated.
Unity keeps us harmonizing.
Preparation keeps us ready.
Stealing keeps us malicious.
Compromising keeps us changing.
Deceitfulness keeps us devilish.
Worry keeps us preoccupied.
Inspiration keeps us enthusiastic.
My name is not Katie Lee, but it once was my name.
Fred and Sarah did not have any children. They had hoped and prayed for a child for six long years. Finally one day they realized that a baby was on the way to their home and they were so excited and thankful.
Preparation for the arrival day started that very day. My mother began to make baby clothes and my Dad began making a cradle and a high chair. And all the time they were spreading the good news.
Nine months later a beautiful and healthy baby girl arrived on December twenty-third. She was almost a Christmas Day baby, but two days ahead of time was fine with Fred and Sarah.
She weighed in at six pounds and four ounces and really was a gift from God and an answer to many prayers.
When I was six weeks old and my Dad was rocking me, he said to my Mom. You know, Katie looks so much like your mother. We should have named her Celia.
My grandmother’s name was Celia and my grandfather’s name was Joseph, but everyone called him Joe.
A short time later they wrote to the Bureau of Vital Statics and requested that my name be changed to Celia Jo.
They were surprised when a copy of my birth certificate came back and a line had been drawn through the name Katie Lee and Celia Jo written just above Katie Lee. I suppose doing it this way everyone can see that my name was legally changed.
Three years later Annette was born and five years later Wynelle was born into our family.
My sisters and I were raised in a Christian home and we spent most every Sunday morning in church with our grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Afterwards, we went to granny and papa’s house. Ate dinner with everyone and then spent the afternoon playing.
I am thankful that we had a close knit family and for my up-bring among a lot of our relatives. We all learned godly wisdom at the feet of our elders and by their example.
What a wonderful heritage to proclaim!
“You have given me the heritage of those who fear Your name” (Psalm 61:5).
The Continental Congress passed a resolution on July 2, 1776, to declare independence from England. Two days later, on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted.
THE FIRST WORDS OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE: “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…..”
Let us give thanks to God for how He led our Founding Fathers and gave them wisdom to establish a new Nation, as we celebrate another anniversary of Freedom.
When the Colonies were seeking God’s will to break ties with England, George Washington wrote in his diary. “Went to church and fasted all day”.
America is a very unique nation, built upon the most unusual documents, that has served us well for over 200 years. The original constitution of the American states, the Articles of Confederation, was ratified by the states. On September 13, 1788, the Congress passed a resolution to put the new Constitution into operation.
PREAMBLE TO THE CONSTITUTION: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America”.
George Washington served in the Continental Congress and after the Revolution began, He became the Commander of the Army July 1775. The war was over in1783 and he retired from the Army and returned to Mount Vernon. Washington and others joined to reorganize the Articles of Confederation and in 1787, he presided over the Constitutional Convention, which wrote the Constitution of the United States.
Many people who knew George Washington up close and personal, report that he was a truly dedicated man and a God fearing man. They said that many times he spoke of seeing how God had answered his prayers.
When the Revolution was winding down and he and his army could smell victory, he reported that he knew that God Almighty gave them the victory.
“Righteousness exalts a nation” (Proverbs 14:34 NIV).