Emoji Coaster: Week 3

Emoji Coaster
3 – Life of Thankfulness
5/11/16 (HS)

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“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” Psalm 1

“…comfort those who are frightened, take tender care of those who are weak, and be patient with everyone. See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to everyone else. Always be joyful. Always keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:14-16

Refocuses my perspective

“Accept my grateful thanks and teach me your desires.” Psalm 119:108

Refreshes my heart

“Come before him [God] with thankful hearts . . . don’t harden your hearts as Israel did in the wilderness…” Psalm 95:2, 8

Reminds me of God’s goodness

“Oh, how grateful and thankful I am to the Lord because he is so good.” Psalm 7:17

Putting thankfulness into practice:

1. Make thankfulness a daily attitude.

“It is good to say thank you to the Lord… every morning tell him, “Thank you for your kindness,” and every evening rejoice in all his faithfulness.” Psalm 92:1-2

2. Make an inventory of why you’re thankful

“And those who have reason to be thankful should continually be singing praises to the Lord.”      James 5:13

3. Make God the source of your thankfulness

“Since we have a Kingdom nothing can destroy, let us please God by serving him with thankful hearts and with holy fear and awe.” Hebrews 12:28