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May 20 - Gratitude

Ephesians: giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.


How easy is it to lose our groove? For instance, this little sharing of thoughts became difficult and I took a break, and I may likely take a break again as summer (it's currently snowing here) starts getting busy with markets, lessons, babies, and weddings. How easy is it to set something down and how difficult it is to pick it up again?


In an instant, yesterday I found myself in doubt, again; which led to a negative shift in energy; which led to impatience; which led to numbing myself with what I thought would be a good show because of the actors and turned out to be a show where people destroyed each other's lives. It all led to more negativity.


The good news is I noticed it, turned off the tv, went to bed, where I wrote in my gratitude and acknowledgment journal, and went to sleep.


Upon waking, I decided to look at all the daily readings for today 5:20, and came across Tobit from the Old Testament, "For the life that is given to us by the Lord is enough for us.”


Further proof of the importance of filling your mind, body, and soul with nourishment and goodness. If our lives are enough for God, shouldn't they also be enough for ourselves? There is no need to compare our lives with others. We are called to live our own lives to the fullest. Every moment counts.


From Ephesians, today, "giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."


We must give thanks to God, no matter what we are going through in our lives today, good or difficult or challenging. God, through Jesus, has shown us there isn't anything that God can't handle, and for that, we are grateful.


With Pentecost coming this Sunday, the time when Jesus leaves the Apostles with the Holy Spirit, we can be nothing but grateful for the challenging and the glorious moments because they are the same. In the challenges, there is beauty. In the noticing, there is grace.


May we all be filled with the light of the Trinity and realize we are right where we are supposed to be in this moment, experiencing all we are intended to experience, and filled with gratitude in each moment.


May 20


Matthew: For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.


Mark: And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.


Luke: When he saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.”


John: The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will show him greater works than these, so that you will be astonished.


Acts: “Go, stand in the temple and tell the people the whole message about this life.”


Romans: But law came in, with the result that the trespass multiplied; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,


2 Corinthians: So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.


Galatians: idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions,


Ephesians: giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.


1 Thessalonians: Do not despise the words of prophets,


1 Timothy: As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest also may stand in fear.


James: you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.


1 John: And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

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