Sunday, October 31, 2010

Knowing God - Philippians 4:6-7

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Your Name is GENEROUS
Right now ... I thank you
for everything in my life — especially _______.
Make a list — real or mental, long or short — of things you pray for.
 
in everything
by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God. 
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7
 
Have you ever desired peace but felt there was a locked door between you and greater peacefulness?Well, the key to that door -- indeed, the key to peace -- is "prayer" and "thanksgiving."
 
Prayer -- which is ultimately a conversation -- draws us into relationship with God. Thanksgiving transforms that conversation ... and thereby transforms our lives.
 
Here's what you need to know about that door and that lock. The door to peace is very tall, and the door knob is very high. And we rarely unlock this gift because our wants and fear keep us focused down.
 
Indeed, the natural bent of the human heart is "I want" and "more." Our secret fear is "what if someday there's not enough?" Do you see the downward focus and the downward spiral. Focus up. In prayer and thanksgiving, reach high for the latch to the door that Christ says he knocks on.
 
Indeed, if you want to develop an attitude of gratitude, start making a list. It can be real or mental, long or short, but the more thorough it is -- each day -- the higher you'll reach.
 
In Christ's Love,
a spiritual midget
who stands on a stack of Bibles
to discover more peace 
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I can't reach it anymore.

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