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1158th -- Message On Appreciating Your Life


We should always keep thankfulness at the center of our being. No matte 
what we go through, no matter the setbacks, no matter the shortfalls, we 
still have the ability to be thankful. We can be thankful for our health, 
for our family, for the faithfulness of God who has promised to never 
leave us nor forsake us and we can simply be thankful that we are alive to 
see this beautiful day. Why should we rename in a thankful state of mind?
I firmly believe that a thankful heart is a grateful heart and a grateful 
heart pleases the Lord because He sees that we are appreciative for all 
that He has graciously given to us. A grateful heart is also a contented 
heart because that one believes that God shall supply all of their needs 
according to His riches in Glory. (Hebrews 13:5-6) (Philippians 4:19)

There are many people in this world who have their needs met, but they 
still aren't thankful for their life. Instead of giving God thanks for 
their abundance, they foolishly murmur and complain about the temporary 
trial that they are finding too difficult to overcome. What they fail to 
realize is that the good in their life greatly outweighs the bad and by 
constantly complaining about how tough things are for them right now, they 
miss the opportunity to bless God for His favor, His mercy, His grace and 
His sustenance that has kept them alive to see this beautiful day. Being 
alive in itself is a privilege that we don't give thanks for nearly enough.
We should wake up each morning and say “Thank you Lord for the honor of 
allowing me to see another one of Your glorious days.” No matter the 
trials that we go through and no matter the obstacles that are in our 
path, we can focus on what we do have in our life and be thankful for it. 
(Proverbs 17:22)

I would like to ask if you appreciate your life and do you give God thanks 
for it? Do you say thank you Lord each morning that you awake? Are you 
appreciative for all the gifts and blessings that God has graciously 
bestowed upon your life? If you answered no to any one of these simple 
questions, I would like for you to imagine this scenario that will show 
you how much you have to be thankful for and help you realize how blessed 
you really are. 

Imagine going to your doctor for your yearly checkup and after taking a 
blood test and examining your general health, the Doctor comes into the 
room and tells you that he has some alarming news. Your blood test came 
back as abnormal and you may have a rare type of leukemia that is found in 
a very small percentage of people diagnosed with this disease. The doctor 
can't be sure exactly without running further tests and they should have a 
much clearer diagnosis within two weeks. Now upon hearing this news your 
life has a completely different perspective. Everything that was so 
troublesome and discouraging now seems frivolous and unimportant by 
comparison. You begin numbering your days and thinking of what is most 
important in life. 

The next day you wake up eager to appreciate the simple things. The 
laughter of your family, the beauty of the sky, the breeze of the cool 
summer air that passes by your face. You look up into the night sky for 
the first time in a long time and you see the beauty that was there for 
you all along. You enjoy and relish the meal that you are eating and you 
take each bite on purpose and you feel as if you are eating that meal for 
the very first time. You look at things that you have seen countless 
times before and you see the beauty in them for the very first time. You 
don't get angry as easily as you did before. You wish to forgive that one 
that did something wrong against you that you had refused to forgive 
before. You see your life from a completely different perspective and you 
begin to see how short and fleeting life really is. The things you once 
took for granted now have a more special meaning to you. You begin to 
wonder more about God and His purpose in things. You wish you were more 
sensitive to His voice and followed His leading much more than you did in 
times past.

Two weeks later you meet with your doctor again after having time to run 
more tests and amazingly he tells you that it's not leukemia, but a mild 
blood disease that can be fixed with antibiotics. Now realizing that you 
don't actually have that rare form of leukemia how thankful would you be? 
How thankful would you be for your life knowing that you are healthy and 
whole? How grateful would you be that you don't have to go through the 
chemotherapy in hopes of getting better through that debilitating medicine?
You would feel as if you had won the lottery or have been given a special 
gift when in reality you have the same life that you had before, but now 
you see it with refreshed eyes. You appreciate the simple things more. 
You will be quick to forgive an offense and even quicker to give God thanks
for His grace, His mercy and His love for you.

Let us recognize how blessed we really are. Let us give thanks for our 
life right now and not have to go through a terrible trial in order for us 
to appreciate the gift of our life. If you are a constant complainer, I 
pray that you take this message to heart and see how much you have to be 
thankful for. Make it a mission to cease your complaints and replace them 
with thanksgiving and gratitude because the good in your life greatly 
outweighs any bad by comparison. See that you are blessed and highly 
favored and with your whole heart let God know that you appreciate every 
gift that is in your life. Always remember and keep in mind that a 
thankful heart will be a grateful heart and a grateful heart will be a 
contented heart. It all starts with Thanksgiving. (Psalm 139:14-18)

Praise the Lord!

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Psalm 103:2-5 “Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 
Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems 
your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender 
mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is 
renewed like the eagle's.”

Philippians 4:4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 
Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious 
for nothing, but 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 minds 
through Christ Jesus.”

Psalm 100:1-5 “Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the 
Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the 
Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are 
His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with 
thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and 
bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His 
truth endures to all generations.”

Psalm 34:1-4 “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall 
continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The 
humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let 
us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And 
delivered me from all my fears.”

1 Chronicles 16:8-12 “Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make
known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk 
of all His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those 
rejoice who seek the Lord! Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face 
evermore! Remember His marvelous works which He has done...”

Psalm 121:5-8 “The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your 
right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. 
The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. 
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time 
forth, and even forevermore.”

Psalm 111:1-5 “Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart,
In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation. The works of the 
Lord are great, Studied by all who have pleasure in them. His work is 
honorable and glorious, And His righteousness endures forever. He has made 
His wonderful works to be remembered; The Lord is gracious and full of 
compassion. He has given food to those who fear Him; He will ever be 
mindful of His covenant.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the New King James Version Bible.

Today's Selected Poem: GOOD THINGS TO REMEMBER
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem129.htm

Today's Selected Testimony: GOD'S GRACE AND MERCY
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony1.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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