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“In Everything”

December 2nd, 2013 Categories: pondering... 1 comment

When I was living with my roommate a few years ago, we used to remind each another often of this verse:

In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

This verse tells us to be thankful to the Lord, not just for the good things, but for everything. So when we were living together, and something would happen, one of us would say, “Thank You Lord…” and the other would be reminded and reply, “…for everything.”

I’ve been feeling really thankful to the Lord recently. It’s not like something particular has happened, I’m just generally thankful. Maybe it is because I read this Bibles for America article about Thanksgiving. It just seemed to sink in a bit more for me this year, that it’s not just about the yummy food (I’ve tried it, it is delicious). But it really is about giving thanks to God.

It is wonderful to have this time of year to be reminded to thank the Lord. But it is even more wonderful to realise that this does not have to be limited to once a year, or even to once a week. Our thankfulness can be daily, even moment by moment. Oh thank You Lord. Lord, thank You.

This kind cannot come out by any means except prayer

October 18th, 2011 Categories: enjoying..., pondering... 1 comment

Well, I didn’t plan on making another post so soon, yet here I am.

I was just reading my Life-study message for today and thought I would share a couple of paragraphs I liked. This is based on Mark 9:14-29.

The back story is that as the Lord Jesus was coming down from the mountain, he saw the crowd disputing with some of his disciples because they (the disciples) had been unable to cast an evil spirit out of a boy. Of course, the Lord was able to cast out the spirit, and then when they entered the house, His disciples asked Him why they were unable to do it. Here was the answer He gave:

And He said to them, This kind cannot come out by any means except prayer.

I had always been a little confused by this verse, wondering if it meant that there was a kind of evil spirit that could come out without prayer (but that didn’t make sense to me), or how the Lord had cast out the evil spirit without apparently praying (but that seemed contradictory to what He said). But as always, the Life-study turned me from my wandering and wondering mind, back to the enjoyment.

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