What Will We Choose on Thanksgiving Day?

Give thanks in all circumstances.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)
We can choose to be sad or choose to be glad.
By expressing thanks for the blessings we’ve had,

Our joy will increase and we’ll conquer disease;
Infections weaken when we have inner peace.

Even in solitude, we can pursue gratitude,
It’s a healthy, life-giving attitude.

If we are still breathing, that’s the place to start
Let’s not take for granted a beating heart.

Each day and each hour is a gift treasure;
Understanding this truth bring us pleasure.

It frees us from resentment and fear,
And gives us courage to love and share;

Though sharing with others what we’ve been given,
We will find joy on this side of heaven.

Why do I hide when I could abide?

I do not hide your goodness in my heart;
    I speak about your loyalty and salvation.

I do not hide your love and truth
    from the people in the great meeting.
Psalm 40:10 (NCV)

Hide is a common word.
Abide is an uncommon one.

They sound similar.
They are opposites

To hide is to disconnect. 
To abide is to connect.

To hide is to lose hope and strength.
To abide is to receive hope and power.

I can hide from God
Or I can abide with him.

Hiding leads to confusion, loneliness, pain.
Abiding brings clarity, joy, peace, comfort.

It’s safe to come out from my hiding places— 
Fear, guilt, and shame, because
Jesus loves me.
He died for me. 

He calls me to abide, to stay with him,
Stay in LOVE; accept it.
Swim and splash in it.
Share it with others.

Prayer

What a marvelous gift!
Unexplainble mystery.

God speaks to me.
I speak to him.
I hear him. 
He hears me.

Honesty.
Oh what honesty I must have when I come to him.
He sees me as I am.
In ways I cannot comprehend,
He is able to access my deepest heart.

I used to be afraid of this.
Before I knew grace, I thought God was an angry judge.
I did not see his face of love.

It's different now.
I gladly receive his correction, his re-direction.
Hallelujah!
Sometimes, I cannot find words. 

Quietness is enough.
Prayer, a time to share hearts.
God's heart. 
My heart.