I draw your deep green deep inside as a salve Each memory and sight deeply soothes each heart valve. Life softens and breathes; wraps its own in such care That Love presses in from All everywhere.
Living valleys lie between all the hilltops bright. They unfold a safe nest of their peace at twilight. Even when in deep slumber with the trees and starlight, I am held by the green, by an All tender might.
I join new day with each path through Life’s Art The trees bend forward, shade begins to part. Each hilltop is home as I stand and admire Your green, the unseen and nature All, the Entire.
As my heart is turned towards Christmas this year, I am filled with gratitude for the many ways that God has answered prayer. While this year could be counted as one of great trails, it can also be seen as one that has revealed the power of God’s love and faithfulness.I have witnessed many miracles and healings in my community. Though there were difficult times and deep valleys to walk for all, it has been a journey that caused us to call out to the Lord, to seek His counsel like never before and to follow Him faithfully- perhaps to learn what our faith was really about.
I am grateful that we can speak words of hope because we worship and pray- even in new ways. God’s Church poured like His river into media. Separated was never alone. We gathered together in new ways that became sweet joy. Prayer meetings were sublime calls to God. Fellowship online became an artform; now it is a cherished treasure. I am grateful for the hours that brought me to my knees in surrender and humility. They brought me to the Altar of Jesus. And ultimately, again to the peace of living in the everlasting joy of His Love. My prayer is that hearts everywhere know Him. May His Love and Peace be born into this world, into heart mangers everywhere this Christmas. –L.Willows
And those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. –Isaiah 35:10
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. –Romans 15:13
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.–Galatians 5:22
For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. –Psalm 30:5
Joy is prayer – Joy is strength – Joy is love – Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. God loves a cheerful giver. She gives most who gives with joy. The best way to show our gratitude to God and the people is to accept everything with joy. A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love. Never let anything so fill you with sorrow as to make you forget the joy of the Christ risen. –Mother Teresa
How divinely full of glory and pleasure shall that hour be when all the millions of mankind that have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb of God shall meet together and stand around Him, with every tongue and every heart full of joy and praise! How astonishing will be the glory and the joy of that day when all the saints shall join together in one common song of gratitude and love, and of everlasting thankfulness to this Redeemer! With that unknown delight, and inexpressible satisfaction, shall all that are saved from the ruins of sin and hell address the Lamb that was slain, and rejoice in His presence! –Isaac Watts
I choose joy… I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical… the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God. –Max Lucado
Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy. –Dietrich Bonhoeffer
I was delivered from the burden that had so heavily suppressed me. The spirit of mourning was taken from me, and I knew what it was to truly rejoice in God my Savior. –George Whitefield
The Lord gives his people perpetual joy when they walk in obedience to him. –Dwight L. Moody
Joy is distinctly a Christian word and a Christian thing. It is the reverse of happiness. Happiness is the result of what happens of an agreeable sort. Joy has its springs deep down inside. And that spring never runs dry, no matter what happens. Only Jesus gives that joy. He had joy, singing its music within, even under the shadow of the cross. –S.D. Gordon
Joy is Strength. –Mother Teresa
Joy is the serious business of Heaven. –C.S. Lewis
“We need to discover all over again that worship is natural to the Christian, as it was to the godly Israelites who wrote the psalms, and that the habit of celebrating the greatness and graciousness of God yields an endless flow of thankfulness, joy, and zeal.” –J.I. Packer
“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” –Charles Spurgeon
“We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is good, because it is good, if bad, because it works in us patience, humility and the contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country.” –C.S. Lewis
“To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything He has given us — and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.” –Thomas Merton
“Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it.” –A.W. Tozer
“Yes, give thanks for ‘all things’ for, as it has been well said ‘Our disappointments are but His appointments.’” –A.W. Pink
” A sensible thanksgiving for mercies received is a mighty prayer in the Spirit of God. It prevails with Him unspeakably.” — John Bunyan
” The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!” — Henry Ward Beecher
Scripture on Gratitude
2 Corinthians 4:15 — All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
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.
Hebrews 12:28 — Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.
Psalm 7:17 — I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High.
Psalm 28:7 —The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.
James 1:17 — Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows
Psalm 136:1 — Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.
Gratitude’s Prayer, “Falling before YOur Throne”
We come before you with hearts of wonder, humility and love- falling before Your Throne.
Lord of Lords, only Your Presence can fill the needs and longings of this world, we are thankful for Your Love and for Your protection. Thank you for keeping us near to You.
We bow before you aching to love more, to be more and to break that we might wake- as Yours, help us to know You. May be believe, worship and walk the Light of Spirit.
Your tent is merciful and wide. Stretch our hearts as we shelter in your grace. Let us be graceful to one another and be people of mercy.
Only You can bring peace to us, and comfort this day, this time, these hours. We beseech you knowing the height and length and depth of Your goodness. Help us to be comforters.
We have received so much and been saved and protected by Your Generous Mercies. Our hearts are full because you have loved us, filled us each by Your Faithfulness. Help us to be a Faithful. people.
We are upright because you keep us in Your righteousness by the strength of your Spirit. Cause in us an upright Spirit.
Falling upon Your Heart in gratitude, we spill like a rain cloud of worshippers that sing of love without end. Show us how to worship gratefully.
Falling upon and into Your Heart in gratitude, we tell the story of lives transformed, reformed and made new because of finding You shining through. Teach us how to transform and reform according to your will.
Falling upon, into and from Your Heart in gratitude, we become a new river that flows out of You, in Your Spirit- we live as new, your life in this world, Becoming. Help us to be new, reborn in You.
Gratitude falls in Love with You, Lord. It becomes Love, new by the power of Your Spirit.