Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Give Thanks to the Lord for He is Praise Worthy.

Psalm 107:15, New King James Version (NKJV)
The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
15 Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
Psalm 113:1-9, (NKJV)
Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord,
Praise the name of the Lord!
Blessed be the name of the Lord
From this time forth and forevermore!
From the rising of the sun to its going down
The Lord’s name is to be praised.
The Lord is high above all nations,
His glory above the heavens.
Who is like the Lord our God,
Who dwells on high,
Who humbles Himself to behold
The things that are in the heavens and in the earth?
He raises the poor out of the dust,
And lifts the needy out of the ash heap,
That He may seat him with princes—
With the princes of His people.
He grants the barren woman a home,
Like a joyful mother of children.
Praise the Lord!
Psalm 107:21-38English Standard Version (ESV)
21 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
22 And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
    and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!
23 Some went down to the sea in ships,
    doing business on the great waters;
24 they saw the deeds of the Lord,
    his wondrous works in the deep.
25 For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,
    which lifted up the waves of the sea.
26 They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths;
    their courage melted away in their evil plight;
27 they reeled and staggered like drunken men
    and were at their wits' end.
28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
29 He made the storm be still,
    and the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 Then they were glad that the waters were quiet,
    and he brought them to their desired haven.
31 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
32 Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,
    and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
33 He turns rivers into a desert,
    springs of water into thirsty ground,
34 a fruitful land into a salty waste,
    because of the evil of its inhabitants.
35 He turns a desert into pools of water,
    a parched land into springs of water.
36 And there he lets the hungry dwell,
    and they establish a city to live in;
37 they sow fields and plant vineyards
    and get a fruitful yield.
38 By his blessing they multiply greatly,
    and he does not let their livestock diminish.
Ephesians 1:3-14, (NKJV)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. 11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. 13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
 My Comments: When I consider all the Lord has done for me I marvel at His unfailing love and compassion. Even before I was His child (and only those who accept Jesus as their Savior are His children, before that we belong to the price of this world and that is not God) I can look back and see His hand on me and in my life working it all out for good.
When I was three I had polio and God worked it so it did not leave a lasting harsh mark on my life or my body. It was during the time of iron lungs and the most I had for a very short term was foot braces. Well, that lasted until the dance teacher told my Dad that I did better barefoot so he quickly took the high healed shoe off and the braces off and threw them in the garbage.
I have already told you of the times my Sister and I were molested by babysitters and relatives and yet God brought us through those times and I am stronger now because of the shame, pain and anger I had to work through to be the survivor and thriver I now am thanks to God. Through those experiences I was able to work with children and adults who had things like that happen in their lives and working with them even was of more help to me. In order to help them I had to be willing to be open, honest and vulnerable so they would be willing to share and work through issues. Before I got to this stage though, I was married to an abusive man who was a chaser of young skirts.
Even an abusive marriage can grow a person and give many precious gifts. Mine were six wonderful children though my first Son only lived a few months he was beautiful and precious then I still had five sweet Daughters to love and protect. Then as soon as the last child was born prematurely he left with a teenager and I raised the five girls for five years alone or well I know now only physically alone. I had the Lord Jesus taking care of me and working even that out for my good and for the good of the children though at the time I was hard pressed to see how any good could come out of our lives. During my most vulnerable time of my life I joined a cult which claimed to be Catholic and to receive automatic writings from Heaven.
It really was occult because of that and though it was a cult that is where I met my second Husband the love of my life though at first it was not a marriage made in Heaven. Then we had six more children and after a long time we left the cult and joined a Denominational Church where we grew yet we were not on solid ground yet there were wonderful friendships made for us and for our children. We both came to love and know the Lord Jesus and eventually our marriage grew to be what a marriage is designed to be yet it took many years and time were trying often. The best part was the blessing of being a Child of God and knowing my Husband was as well. So are a couple of my Daughters and that brings great joy.
I praise and glorify God often for bringing me through a life that could have been warped and full of anger and hatred yet is filled with love, thanksgiving and forgiveness for all who have and are and will be in my life. Jesus gave His all of me and He asked me to follow Him. I said yes and my life has wonderfully changed and I have chosen to be the love of Christ wherever I am and to give thanks to the Lord for He is praise worthy for all He has done for me.
Abba Father thank You for saving me from so many traumas and hardships in my life, far to many to write about and yet nothing compared to what Your Son Jesus Christ endured for me and for the world. In fact it is nothing compared to what You suffered allowing Your Son to suffer for us on the Cross. As a parent I cannot imagine how hard and how much pain that caused You my Abba. I thank You for allowing it and for sending Him and for being there always for me. Mostly I thank You for my Salvation and for making me a part of Your family, the body of Christ Jesus.
Lord Jesus Savior and Redeemer of my soul I praise and glorify You for bringing me through the dark night of my soul and for changing my life. I thank You for Redeeming my soul and my life for Your greater glory and that You have called me to follow You. Keep me as the apple of Your eye and let me never wander from Your side. Bring my family to Your saving grace.
Holy Spirit, fill my soul with the joy of the Lord and thank You for coming into me and for surrounding me with the love and presence of God. Thank You for Your instruction and guidance so I may be pleasing to Father God.
May all who read Your words be filled with Your love and find peace in You Lord Jesus and may they all be Yours. In Jesus name I pray in union with the Holy Spirit, Amen.


  1. Thank you for always sharing your heart, JoAnn! I love your vulnerable honesty and thoughts about the Lord. Love you!!

  2. So nice of you to say such sweet things. Thank you. Love you as well. And love Off the Cuff Cooking. Thank you for all your tips.