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Psalm 145

A psalm of praise. Of David.

I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise you
and extol your name for ever and ever.

Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation commends your works to another;
they tell of your mighty acts.
They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
They tell of the power of your awesome works—
and I will proclaim your great deeds.
They celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

The LORD is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.

The LORD is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.
All your works praise you, LORD;
your faithful people extol you.
They tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might,
so that all people may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations.

The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises
and faithful in all he does.
The LORD upholds all who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food at the proper time.
You open your hand
and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

The LORD is righteous in all his ways
and faithful in all he does.
The LORD is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them.
The LORD watches over all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.

My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD.
Let every creature praise his holy name
for ever and ever.

(read this Psalm and others at BibleGateway)

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Yesterday, my devotions included reading chapter 11 of Hebrews.  This famous “faith chapter” is of course a huge inspiration and encouragement in itself (go read it!).  In addition, I was also greatly encouraged by the commentary in my devotional book.  I want to share it here (emphasis mine):

Not once does “faith” take on the modern sense of “religious preference” or “belief without grounding in fact or truth”…Faith in this chapter is a faculty to perceive what is objectively true…For very good reasons, we believe the promises of God regarding what is to come.  Our “faith” is thus a glorious God-given facility that enables us to be “sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (11:1)

D.A. Carson, For the Love of God, Volume 1

What a blessing to have this gift of faith from God!!

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Praising the LORD this week…

  • for His grace, by which we are saved, through faith– not by works or merit.  (Ephesians 2)
  • for the spectacularly gorgeous weather, especially yesterday, when it was unseasonably warm.  I took advantage and went for a walk with myself and my new camera to put it through its paces a bit.  I am still woefully inept with it, but thankfully it takes gorgeous shots even on full auto.  I think the beautiful sunshine has contributed to my higher energy level lately, too.
  • for the ability to get stuff done!  If you saw my nesting post, you know that I have a lot that I’d like to do, but no matter whether the list gets completely finished or not, I am really enjoying the sense of accomplishment as I check things off.
  • for the time to sit down on the couch and read or watch some TV when I need to take a break!!  and for Husband’s willingness to help me with things on my list.
  • for a fun, food-filled visit by N & D this past weekend.  They taught me how to make sushi (don’t worry, I ate veggie sushi!), and we made nikuman (YUMMM).  The visit also included delicious Mexican food and a quick doughnut run!  And of course, good quality time together.
  • and of course, for the health of our little girl.  She is delightfully (and sometimes uncomfortably, haha!) squirmy, and I am so thankful that things are still going well with this pregnancy.

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This week, I have been so blessed!!  I am so thankful for:

  • my cousin G, who threw me a fantastic baby shower on Saturday. She thought of every little detail, and it was just fabulous.  My mom was able to come, which was really cool, and I was just so blessed by the friends and family who took the time to celebrate our little girl with me.  Thank you, G!!
  • hearing my little girl’s heartbeat this morning at the doctor’s.  It makes the tedious wait at the office SO worth it!  Thank you, Lord, that she is healthy.
  • visits with friends this week, and great conversations.  I am thankful for friends who challenge me in my faith.

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I am thanking the Lord this week…

  • for the squirmy, prodding, wiggling movements I get to feel every day (and night) from my daughter.  They make me smile all over my face!!  What an absolute miracle.  I can’t believe that she’ll be in our arms in approximately 6 weeks!
  • for my health.  I have a cold right now, but that has caused me to think (again) about how blessed I am– this is the first cold that I’ve gotten in over a year!  And even though it’s not fun to have a cold, I am so thankful that I am able to rest and take it easy to recover.
  • for my parents’ upcoming visit this weekend!  I’m looking forward to it.  I’m sure I’ll have more to say about the weekend in next week’s Thankful Thursday post!

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Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Philippians 4:4

I read this verse earlier this week, and the commentary in the devotional guide I’m using struck me particularly.  I’d like to share it here:

“Always rejoice in the Lord.  This command is so important that Paul repeats it.  Our responsibility to obey is independent of circumstances, for regardless of how utterly miserable our situation is, the Christian always has the most profound reasons for rejoicing in Christ Jesus: sins forgiven and the prospect of resurrection life in the new heaven and the new earth–not to mention the consolation of the Spirit even now, and much more.”

(D. A. Carson, in For the Love of God, volume 1)

How can I not rejoice?!

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Rejoicing and giving thanks are inextricably intertwined in my mind.  I’ve been pretty lax about posting my Thankful Thursday posts here on the blog, and I want to get back into the habit!  God is so good, and I want to thank Him publicly…

  • for healing my leg.  I pulled a muscle (I really have no idea how!) and could hardly walk for almost a whole week.  Now, though, I’m able to be up and around.  And while I was “couched”, I was able to get a lot of little things– for instance, getting a serious start on my Corsica photobook— done that otherwise would have been pushed aside in favor of tasks that involve a lot of standing and moving around (like scrapbooking, cooking, gardening, sewing…).
  • for my husband, who takes such good care of me.  He has gradually been absorbing more housework responsibilities as I become less “agile”… and when I pulled my leg muscle and couldn’t walk, he did pretty much everything around the house–on top of his regular job, of course!
  • for my friends.  It is such a blessing to be able to pray for them and have them pray for me… and come over and craft with me!
  • for my job.  It is my dream job, and I am so blessed to have it!
  • for the fact that even though our car was broken into (in our driveway!!) sometime Sunday night, it appears that our losses only consist of our EZ Pass and our stash of quarters.  We are thankful that the car itself doesn’t appear to be damaged, either.
  • for fun things like my Regional Market layout getting “Soup Spotted” on the Jillibean Soup blog, and getting an email that my doodle pillow is going to show up on the Sew Mama Sew! Facebook page.

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  • I’m thankful for the safety that we had when it snowed over a foot last Sunday… and also while I was shoveling it.
  • I’m thankful for the ability to work on my crafting projects.  I’m thankful that the Lord gives me creativity.
  • I’m thankful for Husband’s help with my taxes.
  • I’m thankful for the growing buds on the trees that signal spring’s arrival.
  • I’m thankful for the hope that is represented and contained in a packet of seeds!

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