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Jan 4, 2011

"Giving Thanks to the Giver"

DAY #4 - "A Woman of Faith" Devotional
Verse: "Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise." James 5:13 NIV


There are many Scriptures in the Bible that speak of praising, thanking and being happy or joyful. One of my fav's is of course the 100th Psalm (which is spoken of in the original devotion). "Shout for joy to the Lord..."

How often do we really shout? When we think of shouting, some of us first think of anger... Yet shouting can be a battle cry, or a time of rejoicing. Your entire being just bursts with JOY and EXCITEMENT, that it cannot be contained, so it needs to overflow in a shout! I love shouting in worship, yet it can also be 'embarrassing', as people stare, etc. But we don't need to be 'man-pleasers', we need to be 'God-pleasers'. God gives us sooooo many blessings (some that we don't even think of as blessings, cause' they just are there everyday for us, no question.) We need to share the gifts and blessings that the Lord has given us, and allow others to experience the JOY!

Some people think that trusting in God, and depending on God makes you weaker, that it compromises your will, etc... but when GOD is in control, you are able to do much more. He gives you strength when you are tired and weary, joy when you are in midst of despair, and even peace in the storms of life.

Today, we need to THANK God for ALL that He has done! He is the giver, the healer, the deliverer, the protector, and MORE...

PRAISE THE LORD!

Be blessed and be a blessing!

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