Maya Angelou, Humility and Divine Amazement

When was the last time you sat in awe of the fact that God loves you? When was the last time that you expressed gratitude that God – the Maker of rivers and tears – has set aside time in His schedule of controlling the world to talk to you? Does it move you that He will give you His individual attention at the drop of the hat – yea, before you call He’s already answered and while you are speaking He has already heard?

It should.

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Alphabetized Blessings

I’m not gonna lie… I’m in a pissy mood today.  Whenever I feel crappy, I look for a book that will encourage me.  Before Amen seems to fulfill that role today.  I got it from the library yesterday.

Max Lucado is one of my favourite authors of all time.  I have nearly all of his books.  They have encouraged me and challenged me in ways that other books haven’t.  He and his books inspire me.  In fact, his books encourage me to write, in the hopes that I can do for others what his books have done for me.  So when I saw Before Amen on the shelf, I just had to check it out.

Before Amen is a book on prayer.  One component of prayer is thankfulness. In the chapter entitled “Thank You,” Lucado exhorts his readers to be thankful.  He says, “Gratitude is a dialysis of sorts.  It flushes the self-pity out of our systems.”  One way to be thankful is through a method his wife suggested: “Alphabetize Your Blessings.”  Taking up his wife’s suggestion, throughout this whole chapter he organizes his blessings like an acrostic poem.  Since I know gratitude often drives the grumpiness away, I decided I’d try to do the same.  Here’s my list (for today at least):

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Forgive God

Originally posted on Every Single Day:
5 “[Love] … is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].” – 1 Cor. 13:5 (Amplified Bible) 5 “[Love]… doesn’t keep track of wrongs.” 1 Cor. 13:5 (GOD’S WORD Translation) Earlier I mentioned that loving God… Continue reading Forgive God