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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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November 25, 2013 - The Joy of Gratitude

By Dorothy Rugg

I love the month of November. Our wedding anniversary along with those of my husband's parents and my parents fall in November, as well as the birthdays of four relatives. I am so thankful for all of these loved ones, so the celebration of Thanksgiving naturally takes on deeper meaning for me.

During November, I often contemplate how the Lord has helped me throughout the year. I look for ways I have grown closer to Him, how His grace and forgiveness have blessed my life, and the countless ways in which God has provided for me physically and spiritually.

Beyond Thanksgiving, our lives should faithfully demonstrate gratitude. Difficult circumstances can tempt any of us to complain, grumble, and say life isn't fair. We may look at all the crises in the world and become fearful.

But the solution to complaining and worrying is found in a deeper, more thankful, relationship with God. As we surrender our lives to Him and trust His Word, our sense of gratitude can be a foundation of emotional strength even when we face difficulty.

Consider the apostle Paul's wise counsel: "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things" (Philippians 4:4-8, NASB).

Paul doesn't ask us to rejoice in the bad things that happen, but to be thankful we have a God who will never ever leave or forsake us. A God who will pick us up and help us find a better way. A God who will help us change the circumstances and who will help us live in freedom from the bondage of sin.

What if we each lived every day with thankfulness in our hearts? What if we truly lived God's Word, if we were extravagant in our love for God and others, and if we asked God to give us hearts of compassion? I believe each of us then would be living a life of Thanksgiving. Don't just take one day to be thankful; make it a lifelong commitment.

— Dorothy Rugg and husband James live in Dalton, Pa., and pastor Mill City Assembly of God.



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