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Today I Will Be … Grateful

The third word in my prayer journal that I was inspired to be was grateful.

The Oxford Dictionary describes grateful as “feeling that one values a kindness or benefit received.”  We are often grateful to others, for their hospitality, their generosity, their help, etc.  While we are busy thanking those around us for their kindness are, we forgetting someone far more important … someone that has extended to us a much greater kindness?  Who could we be overlooking? …   Our Heavenly Father, of course!  It can be so easy to cry out to God when we are desperate, in need or in want, but do we spend as much time, or rather, more time, thanking Him and showing Him how grateful we are for all that He has done for us?

You will notice that I often use God, Jesus and Spirit interchangeably, this is because whilst they are 3 persons they are one God, God is Jesus, Jesus is God, Jesus is Spirit, Spirit is Jesus, God is Spirit, Spirit is God.  The Trinity is something that is on my list of “things to write about”.  It is one of the most complex doctrines that we seek to understand within Christianity but hopefully, I can try and explain a little at some point!

So, let us look at the reasons we should be grateful for Jesus:-

  • It is God’s Will that we should be grateful – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
  • For adopting us into His family – Colossians 1:12  “and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”
  • For giving us eternal Life – John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
  • For His wonderful deeds – Ps 9.1 “I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.”
  • For His love – Psalm 107:8 “Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,”
  • For giving us strength – 1 Timothy 1:12 “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.”
  • For His love and goodness – 1 Chronicles 16:34 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
  • For listening to us – John 11:41 “So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.”
  • For leading us – 2 Cor 2:14 “But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.”
  • For His grace – 1 Cor 1:4 “I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.”
  • For giving us wisdom – Daniel 2:23 “I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king.”
  • For our salvation through His Son, Christ Jesus, John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  Jonah 2:9 “But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you.
    What I have vowed I will make good.  I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”
  • For His mighty reign – Revelation 11:17 “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.”
  • For His provision – Deuteronomy 8:10 “When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.”
  • For our victory – 1 Corinthians 15:57 “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
  • For God’s goodness to others – Romans 1:8 “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.”  1 Corinthians 1:4, “I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 3:9, “How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you?”

So, how can we show our gratefulness:-

  • In thankful, musical, worship – Colossians 3:16 “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” Psalm 95:2 “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.”  Psalm 69:30 ““I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.”
  • In prayer – Colossians 4:2 “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”
  • In giving to others – 2 Corinthians 9:11 “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
  • In everything you do – Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”  

So, how often should we give thanks:-

  • Daily – Psalm 119:62 “At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws.”
  • Always – 1 Thessalonians 1:2 “We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers.”  Ephesians 1:16 “I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.”
  • In every prayer – Philippians 4.6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.“
  • Many times, a day – Daniel 6.10  “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.” 

There are so many more reasons to be thankful to our Father.  The list is endless.  The greatest aspect of God’s glorious provision that we are to be thankful for is Jesus.  That God handed over His only Son to be crucified for us.  We all read in horror the story of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22:1-18.  Spoiler alert … God saves Abraham from having to sacrifice his son, yet He does not save Himself from this torture.  We must always remember; God has saved us.  If we were to be held at gunpoint and as the fatal shot rang out someone was to throw themselves before it in order to take the bullet for us, would we not be grateful for this person our whole earthly lives!  John 15:13 “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  Jesus died for us, us who are sinners.  We had not shown kindness to Jesus or showed friendship to Him, but he took the bullet for us in order that we could obtain eternal life.  For this we must be eternally grateful.

Love and blessings

Louise xx

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CHRISTIAN MUSIC

When you first become a believer, it can be hard to find good Christian music to listen to.  At first the only Christian Songs I knew were the old-fashioned hymns but now I have found loads of brilliant artists.  While, of course, there is nothing wrong with listening to secular music, Christian songs give us a chance to sing praise and worship God.  This may be while driving to work, cooking tea, doing the gardening, or cleaning the house! 

I have compiled a list of songs which I think suit every taste.  I have a very eclectic taste in music myself but I must admit not all these genres are to my taste, luckily, one is my husbands so he helped out with that one and the other I have just had a guess at which songs sound good!!

You will find these on the usual channels, Amazon, Google, Spotify, You Tube etc.

I really hope you find something that you like!

Happy Worshipping!

Love and Blessings

Louise x

Modern Worship Songs

City Alight

  • I Will Trust My Saviour Jesus
  • Ancient of Days
  • The Goodness of Jesus
  • Jesus Is Alive
  • God Is for Us
  • Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me
  • Blessed Assurance

UK Blessing – You Tube

Elevation Worship

  • The Blessing 

Mercy Me

  • I Can Only Imagine

I Am They

  • Scars
  • My Feet Are on The Rock

Hillsong Worship

  • What A Beautiful Name
  • Cornerstone
  • O Praise the Name
  • So Will I
  • Who You Say I Am

William Matthews

  • Deep Cries Out

Lincoln Brewster

  • Everlasting God

Rend Collective

  • Build Your Kingdom Here
  • My Lighthouse
  • Marching On (feat Hillsong Young & Free)

Chris Tomlin

  • Light of The World
  • Holy Is the Lord
  • Made to Worship

Lindsey Stirling feat Rivers Cuomo and Lecrae

  • Don’t Let This Feeling Fade

Beyoncé

  • Ava Maria

Rascal Flatts

  • God Bless the Broken Road

Keith and Kristyn Getty

  • There Is A Higher Throne

Bethel Music

  • It Is Well

Amy Grant

  • El Shaddai

Country

Elvis Presley

  • You’ll Never Walk Alone
  • He Is My Everything
  • Bosom of Abraham

Alan Jackson

  • There Is Power in The Blood
  • Are You Washed in The Blood?
  • Blessed Assurance
  • I’ll Fly Away

Carrie Underwood

  • How Great Thou Art

Johnny Cash

  • We You There When They Crucified My Lord

Randy Travis

  • Three Wooden Crosses – Randy Travis

Jerry Lambert

  • What A Day That Will Be

Dolly Parton

  • There Was Jesus

Kenny Rogers

  • Children, Go Where I Send You
  • Mary, Did You Know
  • In the Sweet By and By

Dennis Agajanian

  • Godly Man
  • Truth Is Truth
  • Seven Hillsides

Pop/Soft Rock

Newsboys

  • God’s Not Dead (Like A Lion)
  • We Believe
  • All the Way
  • Here We Stand
  • I Am Second
  • The King is Coming
  • Live with Abandon
  • Love Like I Mean It
  • Mighty to Save
  • More Than Enough
  • One Word
  • Pouring It Out for You
  • Restart
  • Revelation Song
  • Saviour of The World

Matt Redman

  • 10,000 Reasons

Ryan Stevenson

  • Eye of The Storm
  • The Gospel

Micah Tyler

  • Last

About A Mile

  • Taking Back
  • Born to Live

Hillsong Kids

  • I Give You My Hallelujah
  • This is Living
  • Voices of Freedom

Britt Nicole

  • The Lost Get Found
  • When She Cries
  • Walk on The Water

Rachael Lampa

  • Promise My Prayers
  • Lead Me (I’ll Follow)

Meredith Andrews

  • Open Up the Heavens
  • Spirit of The Living God (Radio Edit)
  • A Million Saints

Traditional Hymns

The Celebration Choir

  • A Safe Stronghold Our God Is Still

Anthem Lights

  • All Creatures of Our God and King

The Leeds Parish Church Choir

  • All Things Bright and Beautiful

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards or Bonnie Anderson

  • Amazing Grace

Salisbury Cathedral Choir

  • I Danced in The Morning

Aled Jones and Russell Watson

  • In Christ Alone
  • The Lord Is My Shepherd

London Regency Choir

  • Jerusalem

Katherine Jenkins

  • The Lord Is My Shepherd

The St Michael Singers

  • When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Keswick

  • The Power of The Cross (Instrumental)

Gospel

Etta James

  • I’ll Fly Away
  • Oh Happy Day
  • Amen, This Little Light of Mine

103rd Street Gospel Choir

  • Swing Low Sweet Chariot

The Gospel Choir

  • Shine Down

Louis Armstrong

  • Go Down Moses

Mahalia Jackson

  • I Will Move on Up A Little Higher
  • Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
  • Just A Little While to Stay Here
  • Let the Church Roll On
  • When the Saints Go Marching In

The London Community Gospel Choir

  • What A Friend We Have in Jesus

Gregory Porter

  • Revival
  • Liquid Spirit
  • Light at The End of The Tunnel
  • Go Tell It on The Mountain/Aint No Mountain High Enough (Medley)

Mary Mary

  • Shackles (Praise You )
  • Joy

Brother John Sellers

  • Wade in The Water
  • He Came All the Way Down

Metal

Argyll Park

  • Headscrew

Celldweller

  • Switchback

Seventh Angel

  • 1 of the Needle
  • Lament for The Weary

Demonhunter

  • Snap your finger, break your neck
  • I Will Fail You

Fight the Fury

  • My Demons

Love and Death

  • The Abandoning

P.O.D

  • Alive
  • Satellite

Tourniquet

  • Ark of Suffering
  • Psycho Surgery

Becoming the Archetype

  • Into Oblivion

Crucified

  • Pillars of Humanity

Gary Lenaire

  • Stop the Bleeding

Theocracy

  • Ghost Ship

Narnia

  • You Are the Air That I Breathe

Divinefire

  • Time for Salvation

Golden Resurrection

  • Identity in Christ

Rock

Bride

  • Everybody Knows My Name
  • Dust Going Through A Fan

Guardian

  • Sweet Mystery
  • Miracle Mile

Holy Soldier

  • Cry Out for Love
  • Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

Ledger

  • Not Dead Yet

Leviticus

  • Over the Hills

Sacred Warrior

  • Sweet Memories
  • Blood River

Skillet

  • Feel Invincible
  • We Are Lions

Stryper

  • To Hell with The Devil
  • In God We Trust
  • Blood from Above

Ted Kirkpatrick

  • Gethsemane

Disturbed

  • Sound of Silence

Eraserhead

  • Entertaining Angels

Galactic Cowboys

  • Why Can’t You Believe in Me?
  • Space in your Face

X Sinner

  • Holy Ghost and Fire

Whitecross

  • Dancin In Heaven

Rap/Hip Hop

Kanye West

  • Every Hour (feat Sunday Service Choir)
  • Follow God
  • Everything We Need
  • Jesus Is Lord

Stormzy

  • Blinded by Your Grace

Lecrae

  • I’ll Find You
  • All I Need Is You
  • Tell the World
  • Always Knew
  • Divine Intervention
  • Blessings
  • Messengers

Faith Child

  • Our Father
  • Going Home
  • Unstoppable

B.B. Jay

  • His Love
  • One Way (The Real)

Guvna B

  • King of My Heart
  • Bittersweet
  • With Me All Along
  • These Are the Days
  • New Jerusalem
  • Pray for Me

Half Mile Home

  • Leave Me Alone
  • Do It Again
  • Blessing Me

Sherwin Gardner

  • Praise the King
  • Santo
  • Fall on Me
  • Praises Go Up

The Common Kings

  • No Other Love
  • Pray

Dance

Hillsong Young and Free

  • This is Living (fear Lecrae)
  • Let Go
  • Real Love
  • Wake
  • Love Won’t Let Me Down
  • Just Jesus
  • More of You

Capital Kings

  • Believer
  • Fireblazin

 Todd Edwards

  • Dancing for Heaven
  • Getting There from Here
  • Love Inside

Roman Kouder

  • Revival (Gregory Porter) Remix

Anita Wilson

  • Here’s to Life (Remix)
  • So, Gone (Remix)
  • I’ve Seen Him Work

Shuree

  • Undeniable feat Doug Weier (Manifesto Remix)
  • Where I Am
  • Come, O Come Emmanuel (feat Tall Animals)
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Do I Need To Go To Church?

There are countless people today identifying as Christian, who read their Bible and pray daily yet never visit a church and there are those who never miss a Sunday service, yet Monday through Saturday their eyes will not as much as glimpse at the Bible and the name of the Lord will not leave their lips.

Neither of the above lifestyles fit with the biblical description of what a Christian should look like.  Luke 6:6 and Mark 1:21  show that Jesus regularly went to church.  Even when only 12 years old he remained in the temple while his parents left to journey home believing he was within their midst.  Later, when they found him, “He said to them, “Why were you searching for me?  Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s House?” Luke 2:41-52.    

Being a Christian on your own can be incredibly challenging.  I have experience of this myself.  The world is not always accepting of the faith and it can be extremely hard being singled out and labelled.  For many years I have not been quite sure where I fit in.  I have been at times very much part of the world and far from God and the next longing to be close to him and doing my best to imitate Christ.  Lately, this has changed for me.  I used to think committing myself fully to God would mean having less friends because as far I was concerned there were not many Christians of my age group around me, however, recently, I have discovered the opposite.  I have made many new friends and my walk with the Lord has turned into more of a hop, skip and jump!  I feel at home now.  I occasionally have a wobble, but I have learned this is normal.  Having people around me going through the same journey I can be encouraged at these times and be reassured.  Now I know this feeling will not last because I am firmly rooted in God’s love and I am going to meet more brothers and sisters in Christ as I journey on.  I now have the confidence not to worry what others may think about my decision to accept Christ, I know I am part of something wonderful.

In Colossians 3:16 we see what a church service should look like “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts, sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to God.”  It is so important to teach one another in the Scriptures, to hold each other firm when one slips away from the Lord, with gentle admonishment guide each other back and worship the Lord with instruments and voice.  This gives us the opportunity to come together as children of God in worship to him.  We are all given a different gift to be used in service to the Lord, 1 Corinthians 14:26 “What should be done then, my friends?  When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation.  Let all things be done for building up.”  To neglect to go to church is like living as a hand or an eye without the rest of your body, of course, impossible, and thus neither is it possible to serve God on one’s own, 1 Corinthians 12:17 “If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be?  If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?  Paul teaches us here that we all have something to share and give to the service of God and therefore it is necessary to find a church that one can serve in by whatever gift has been bestowed upon you.

James tells us, 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed.  The power of the righteous is powerful and effective.”  James recognises the importance of supporting each other.  We need each other’s prayers through our struggles with sin or our difficult seasons.

Pop back to see my next post on finding the right church for you but in the meantime, have courage my brothers and sisters, reach out and get that powerful family of God network around you.  If you are let down, do not be disheartened, a true brother or sister will come alongside you, so just keep your arms open.

Love and Blessings

Louise x