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A Holy Experience

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So this Palm Sunday weekend found me gathering with the women from Perimeter Church.

Where songwriter Laura Story, and her soul beautiful friend,Tiffany both attend…. and I pray their God stories in the midst of suffering forever change me:

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As Easter approaches, gratitude is a virtue most worthy of our cultivation.

Indeed, in all the Christian life, gratitude is to be planted, watered, dressed, and harvested. Gratitude gets at the very essence of what it means to be created, finite, fallen, redeemed, and sustained by the God of all grace.

Ingratitude was at the heart of the fall, and at the heart of what’s fallen about us to this day. “Although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him” (Romans 1:21). Again and again through the Old Testament, especially in the Psalms, it was gratitude — giving God thanks — that was the fitting response to God’s gracious acts of deliverance.

It was gratitude to the Father that Jesus expressed at that first Maundy Thursday table as he held the bread and cup before his disciples (Matthew 26:27; Mark 14:23; Luke 22:17–19; 1 Corinthians 11:24). And it is profound and enduring gratitude…” from my interview at Desiring God today…

In the midst of suffering, as we look toward the Cross this Holy Week, come join me in an audio interview at Desiring God today?

The Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, and a holy life begins with opening palm to God, living the grateful yes.

Give thanks to the Lord for His love endures not just today but forever: the hard times, the dark times and all times.

 

 

Resources:
Tiffany, mother living through childhood cancer, her blog
The song: Blessings by Laura Story
Laura’s story behind her song, Blessing
Laura’s story of her husband’s brain tumor
and One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
and the new One Thousand Gifts Devotional (with numbered Journalling pages)


Giving thanks in everything because we fiercely believe that Christ can redeem anything.

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Join us? And happily change everything by keeping your own crazy list of One Thousand Gifts? Dare you to Joy! Take the dare to Fully Live!
1. Grab this month’s Free JOY DARE Calendar with 3 daily prompts to go on a scavenger hunt for God’ gifts … {or write down any gifts you choose. Use the free app.} 2. Count 3 gifts a day and you have over #1000gifts in 2013. Jot them down in the new numbered One Thousand Gifts devotional journalThe Farmer’s writing in his with a red pen and daily – the numbers in the journal already there! Motivating… 3. Share your gifts everyday in our beautiful Facebook community to enter everyday for the monthly $100 Amazon draw (or link to your blog post with your list of gifts). 4. Count #1000gifts in 2013 and enter to win a Nikon DSLR camera with lens. Slow Down. Savor Life. Give thanks. Believing something is one thing. But the Best only comes when you decide to Be Living it. Please, jump in, make your life about giving thanks to God! — Just add the direct URL to your specific 1000 gift list post… and if you join us, we humbly ask that you please help us find each other in our refrain of thanks by sharing the community’s graphic within your post.
Give thanks to the Lord! His Love Endures Forever!

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