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I Want More

Psalm 116:17 – I will offer You a sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of Yahweh. (HCSB)

James 1:17 – Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning. (HCSB)

Luke 12: 15 – He then told them, “Watch out and be on guard against all greed because one’s life is not in the abundance of his possessions.” (HCSB)

 

Why is it that we want what we don’t have? We don’t like change because we want things the way they used to be, or at least the way we “remember” the way they used to be. Our memories tend to look at the past with rose-colored glasses. Exodus 16:3 tells us that the Israelites looked back at slavery with longing, losing sight of the lifestyle to focus on the meals! We look with longing at the greener grass in the neighbor’s yard — also at the car, the new deck furniture, and all the other wonderful things they seem to have that we don’t! We would be so happy if only we had ……., each one of us has a personal phrase to complete that sentence. We just want more – more house, more money, more clothes, just more. Satan loves planting seeds of desire for what we don’t have and usually those seeds produce a bumper crop. Genesis 3:2-6 tells us of Eve in the Garden of Eden. She lived in a perfect environment with multiple varieties of abundant and luscious fruit, but with all she had, she wanted more. There was one fruit that she couldn’t have, and she became obsessed with what she was missing. The amazing garden went out of focus, and all she could see was the forbidden fruit. She began to focus on what she didn’t have and lost sight of God’s countless gifts. She became fixated on what was wrong with her life and took steps to right that wrong in her own way. Epictetus said “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” Garth Brooks said, “Happiness isn’t getting what you want, it’s wanting what you get.” I would say that happiness is being thankful for God’s provision. Being thankful makes us focus on all that we have been given instead of on what we think is being withheld. Being thankful stunts the growth of negativity. Gratefulness trumps grumpiness every time! 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells me that it is God’s will for me to give thanks. Lord, today I give thanks not only with a grateful heart but also with a humble one. You bless me in so many ways. Please help me to turn my eyes to Your gifts and away from my greed.

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Wondrous Creation

beachfootprintsAnyone who knows me, even a casual acquaintance, knows how much I love the beach.  I love taking my coffee out on the hotel balcony before the sun comes up and just listening to the waves.  I love sitting and sipping while seeing the sky turn from black to shades of pink and blue as the sun announces the beginning of a new day.  I love the feel of the waves as they wash over my toes on the sandy beach.  I love the sights and sounds and smells. Behati Prinsloo said, “The beach is definitely where I feel most at home.” I can say “The beach is definitely where I feel most with God.” I see His strength as well as His gentleness when I see the waves. I see His power as well as His provision in the storm. I look around me with true awesome wonder and think of scripture.  As the sun begins to brighten the beach and surrounding area, I think about Genesis 1:3 when God said “let there be light” and there was light.  Thank You, Lord, for giving that direction to the sun and to my life. The sun and Your word both brighten my path so that I do not have to go through my life living in darkness (Psalm 119:105).  I go for a walk on the beach, and walking with my head down, I think of Psalm 3:3.  Thank you Lord for lifting my head from shame and defeat by letting me know that my sins are forgiven, that You say to me what You said to Jerusalem “the battle has already been won”  (2 Chronicles 20:15). I look out across the ocean and think of Psalm 104:25. Thank You that in that vastness You have placed creatures that I will never know as well as creatures that I will have for dinner! Billy Graham said, “I believe the greatest form of prayer is praise to God”, and Lord, I am praising You right now. Although I am quiet and still, my spirit is following the command of Psalm 150:4 and is like David in 2 Samuel 6:14. As much as I love the ocean, I know that one day it will cease to exist (Revelation 21:1). I love the beach. Anyone who knows me, even a casual acquaintance, knows that. But, I won’t care when that day comes because, like Jonathan Edwards, I believe that “To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here.” Thank You, Lord, that one day I will be there to fully enjoy You, but in the meantime, thank You for giving me this wonderful way to enjoy Your wondrous creation.