Archive for September 2017

Bless the Lord, O My Soul!

Psalm 103 is one of my favorite scriptures. It exalts our Lord and speaks of all that He does for us. When we bless God and praise Him it lifts our spirits, and helps us focus on Him and “all His benefits.”

When I have a rough day in Corporate America or in life for that matter, speaking Psalm 103 actually lifts my heart to a different place. It focuses my mind on the higher things of this life. It produces that gratefulness in my heart that is so fulfilling and joyful.

In fact, lately, when I am falling asleep at night, the last thing I think of is what I am grateful for. It’s a perfect setting for restful and renewing sleep. And, I wake up with that song on my heart. The song of gratefulness, of joy, of delight in the Lord.

Please leave a comment about what you are grateful for!

Psalm 103 – A psalm of David

Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, 4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6 The Lord executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed. 7 He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. 9 He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; 12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13 As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him. 14 For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more.[a] 17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, 18 To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

19 The Lord has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all.

20 Bless the Lord, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word. 21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure. 22 Bless the Lord, all His works, In all places of His dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

The Yellow Rose Bush

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I tried a new planting venture this year. I planted a yellow rosebush. When I first planted it this summer, it had been sitting in the hot sun at  a local garden center. It looked a little droopy! I asked one of the resident experts if it would bloom and he said, “sure!” Then he showed me what I needed to use in the soil and after I planted it to help it along.

Now, as you can see it is blooming regularly. It reminds me of our lives as Christians. We need the right soil and good spiritual food as we journey through life. And, we need the good food regularly. To keep this rosebush beautiful, I feed it every two weeks. To grow as Christians, we need spiritual food every day.

In our walk with Christ, we need the spiritual food of reading God’s word, praying, and thanking and praising God. We need to constantly renew our minds since we live in a world that barrages us with unspiritual information. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind . . .”

You can be transformed to a blooming Christian, even if you have been through a drought in your walk of faith. Please leave a comment about your experiences renewing your mind through prayer, studying the Word, or praising and thanking God.

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