Monday, November 7, 2016

Offering Our Praise with a Thankful Heart ~

" Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me:
and to him that ordereth his conversation aright
will I show the salvation of God."
(Psalm 50:23)

With Thanksgiving in the month of November (at least here in the U.S.)
our hearts are often turned towards giving thanks
for the many blessings that God bestows upon us;
daily we have the opportunity of honoring God with our sacrifice of thanksgiving
and offering up our praise for His glory.
We can purposefully look for reasons to be grateful
no matter what we may be facing in our every day lives.
God's Word tells us in Psalm 50, that when we offer up our praise to Him
 we are glorifying Him.


1 Thessalonians 5:16&18 also commands us to
"Rejoice evermore. In everything give thanks:
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
So often giving thanks may be the last thing we want to do.
We all face challenges that effect our lives~robbing us of our joy
and taking our focus away from God.
But if we look to the heavenly Father, and ask Him
to give us a thankful heart, He will.
Begin by offering praises to His Holy Name,
ponder on the ways He has helped you in the past
through difficult circumstances. 
Rejoice in His character, His love for you, and the salvation
He freely gives.
Write down the blessings you can think of
which are yours in Christ Jesus.
Personalize God's promises found in the Word,
and ask the Spirit of God to show forth His Truth
as you seek to exalt Him throughout your day.

"O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise
to the rock of our salvation."
(Psalm 95:1)
As you sing unto the Lord and consider the many blessings
the Father has given you, you will certainly find 
your heart to be full of thanks and praise~not only for what
 God HAS done for you, but what He WILL do for you.
Set your heart to worship God, and honor Him
with your sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving.

Dear friends~let there be praise upon our lips as we joyfully go about our every day lives 
acknowledging our Holy, Righteous and Great God,
giving thanks in all things with a grateful heart to the glory of God.
Have a glorious day!


Heavenly Father~
With Your grace we offer up to You
our praise and thanksgiving.

Be Grateful!
~ Debbie ~


Jeanna said...

Beautiful. This is a wonderful reminder and guidance. Thank you, Debbie.

Melanie said...

Some wonderful suggestions to praise God here! Our pastor spoke on this yesterday - being thankful for what we have, even in the little things. Have a blessed day.

CherylQuilts said...

Dearest Debbie, what a precious reminder that we are to praise God in ALL things...whether we like them or not. Because God has a purpose for it all...and always uses it and us to bring about His will and to ultimately glorify and through it all. At this very difficult time, may we remember this in the days ahead and continue to keep our eyes on Him, the Author and Finisher of all. Looking toward Him and hugs!

White Lace and Promises said...

Debbie, you are so precious. You inspire me to be a better person. Thanksgiving does so much for us. As we lift Him us, we are lifted up into heavenly places. I've missed my time with the Lord in the mornings since I started working. I don't like hit or miss times with him but I can praise Him in all things. God is good and He doeth all things well. I know you are a praying woman so I ask you to remember me and family in decisions that we are making. Praising Him for His provision even when there is little.

Sandi said...

"Be grateful."

That is the wisdom of the ages! Thank you, Debbie. This was a blessing to read.

NanaNor's said...

Your post is a blessing to be sure! Love the sunflowers in the vases too, but mostly love the verses and your heart of gratitude. We, as a country, must humble ourselves and present our praises to Him-even if we don't like the outcome of the election tomorrow; we must trust His Sovereign Will.

NanaDiana said...

It is so nice to see you posting again, Debbie, after being gone for a while earlier. This is a beautiful post. I try to remember to say little Thank You, God(s) all day long as I go about my daily routine.
Blessings to you- You are a good soul. xo Diana

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a beautifully written post, dear Debbie, on giving thanks to Our Heavenly Father for our many blessings. An important lesson for me is to even give thanks even for my sufferings. Gratitude is so important to offer God and our friends and family. Having a grateful heart is a sign of love. God bless you, Debbie! xo

Celestina Marie said...

Dear Debbie, What a special post and so beautifully written. You are always an inspiration and I know your lessons are placed on your heart from God. Being Thankful in all things is something I do everyday. There is always something to be grateful for. Blessings be yours this month and all through the holiday season. Blessings and Love to you. xo

Cheryl said...

I needed this tonight, sweet friend, in light of the heaviness of my spirit. I pray until I have no more words to pray for our nation, and, yes, even though my heart is so heavily burdened, I am praising God for what He will do and trusting in Him for mercy. Thank you for sharing your heart!

Karen said...

This post was 'just for me'. I am feeling anxious about the election and the future of America and I asked the Lord, "How should I pray?" And He brought to mind Don Moen's song GIVE THANKS WITH A GRATEFUL HEART. Ps 34:1 Bless the Lord at all times

Diwakar said...

Hello sister Debbie. I am a Pastor from Mumbai, India. I am blessed and feel privileged to get connected with you as well as know you through your profile on the blogger and the blog post. I love getting connected with the people of God around the globe to be encouraged, strengthened and praying for one another. I have been in the Pastoral ministry for last 37 yrs in this great city of Mumbai a city with a great contrast where richest of rich and the poorest of poor live. We also encourage young and the adults from the west to come to Mumabi to work witih us during their vacation time. We would love to have your young people from the Church to come to Mumbai to work with us during their vacation time. Looking forward to hear from you very soon. God's richest blessings on you, your family and friends.My email id is: dhwankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar wankhede.

Debby Ray said...

Oh Debbie...this is such a wonderful, encouraging post filled with truth! Praising God in every situation is always the best thing we can do although it can be very difficult...and the alternative does absolutely nothing for us OR those around us! Anything that is easy doesn't require a lot of faith. Unbelievers are watching us and how we react to unfavorable situations. That is where we become witnesses for Christ to others...and that it IS possible to handle adversity without falling apart! You have such a beautiful heart and your posts always bring such blessings to me...and others no doubt. Thank you, my friend. ♥♥♥

Summer said...

Awe Such a beautiful post ♥

September Violets said...

This is a wonderful post Debbie, with a well-timed reminder of who we need to thank for all that we enjoy and love. Something we need to remember all through the year and every day. Have a wonderful day :)

Creations By Cindy said...

Debbie, what a precious and sweet post. Melted my heart. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Deborah Montgomery said...

The Scripture says that the Lord inhabits the praises of His people. What a blessing that as we give thanks to Him and praise Him, He is close to us. There is so much we can be thankful for! Thank you for this good reminder Debbie. xo Deborah

living from glory to glory said...

I just think in these days we need to remind each other as how important it is to praise God and to count our blessings! I have been counting my blessings daily and I am so glad to see your sunflowers they are one of my very favorites. These have been very busy days and I have pulled back in many areas of my life. Happy Thanksgiving Debbie,
Love, Roxy

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I am thankful and blessed by sweet blogging friends! Have a wonderful, blessed week!

Ida said...

Beautiful post.

Linda Walker said...

Hi Debbie,
Stopped by for some much needed inspiration! I have so much to be thankful Thanksgiving time and every day! Loved your post and your pretty flowers! So bright and cheerful! Wishing you too many blessings to count!!

Stephanie said...

Ah, what a beautiful words and pictures. I don't thinke we can be reminded too often to give thanks unto our precious Lord and Savior. We have SO MUCH to praise His name for.

Thank YOU for sharing God's Word with us and for giving our eyes some eye candy with your delightful photos.

Have a blessed Friday! Love you!

Marilyn Mathis said...

What a wonderful reminder to always give thanks to our wonderful God for all He allows in our lives. I love the way the vase is decorated. So sweet and homey. Hugs for being such a blessing to me when you visit my blog.

SpicingUpIdaho said...

Oh dear Debbie, you always bless my heart with your posts, and beautiful thoughts on praising our Lord, in the midst of whatever is happening in our lives. Each scripture you shared is an encouragement to be thankful and to praise the Lord in all things. Many hugs sent to you today, I am praising the Lord with you!

Ang Smith said...

Great post and a wonderful reminder. Thank you. :)

Lady Linda said...

Lovely post Debbie...such a good message as we move toward Thanksgiving. It's been a difficult year for my family, but I am so thankful for the good things and my improving health. I needed to read your post this morning before I start another busy week.

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Thank you Debbie - lovely photos and good reminders for us from God's word. ~ Abby

Bonnie said...

Dropping by to wish you a blessed Thanksgiving and as usual always receive a blessing reading your blog. Thank you for your beautiful post that reminds me of the truths expressed here.I am grateful for you, Debbie.

I'm off for a walk to extol and praise our Savior for all his blessings.

hobbyloes said...

Dear Debbie, what a precious post. We needed always such a reminder to be thankful for every day and count our blessings.

Pom Pom said...

Thank you, Debbie! You're a blessing!

Camille said...

It is so very true....we can always be thankful for our precious Saviour and His work in our lives. If we find joy in Him, we will have true joy that cannot be taken away. Hugs to you! Camille

Weekend-Windup said...

Have a nice time with thanks giving:)

Sue said...

Precious post and thoughts, Debbie, Wishing you and your dear family a most blessed and Happy Thanksgiving,

White Lace and Promises said...

Yes, God inhabits the praise of His people when we praise Him. When I'm truly at my lowest, Praising Him lifts me above. Thanks Debbie for your prayers.

NanaNor's said...

Debbie, You've said it perfectly and all I can say is AMEN! My your Thanksgiving be filled with the richest of His Bounty and Blessings.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Dear Debbie,
Thank you for your visit, I love your blog, and the verses and flowers in olde style durn the side are precious.

I thought of you tonight in evening service we were in Revelation but were studying what we are meant to do as believers, glorify Gods name, and I thought of your thanksgiving post.
Thank you for being a blessing dear sister.
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

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