America — You Can Choose to Bless God

God Bless America

God bless America. It’s a familiar refrain. Sometimes it’s used without even thinking of Whom we’re speaking. Here’s an alternative to asking/begging God to bless America. We can choose to bless God by declaring His Word with confidence about Who He is in our lives and in our country.

In return, we’ll see that He graciously blesses our nation.

 

God of America

5 Ways to Survive the Holidays in the Midst of Infertility

Holidays can be difficult to navigate when you’ve been declared infertile. I remember how easy it was to get caught up in all that was going wrong (infertility). It would have been easy to paint myself into a corner and neglect enjoying what’s meant to be a festive and fun time.  With the disappointment that comes month after month, it can become difficult to maneuver through the emotional drain of infertility, the possible health scares, the financial toll, and the marital problems that tend to stealthily creep in.

But during this week leading up to America’s celebration of Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holiday season, I encourage you to make a DECISION to look for the things in life you can be thankful for during the holidays and beyond. A thankful heart looks beyond its present negative circumstances to the positive possibilities that lie ahead.

You may be asking yourself, “What do I have to be thankful for when all I want is to get pregnant and it isn’t happening?”

Be Thankful

 


 Be thankful that God is with you. 

If you’ve asked Jesus into your heart, He has promised to never leave you and to always bless you with his unfailing grace. Be thankful that you can rest in knowing that God is for you and not against you (Romans 8:31).


 

Be thankful that there is nothing too hard for God, not even infertility!

Some people believe that we’re to thank God for putting us in tough situations because that’s how He teaches us something. I believe God is a better teacher than that. He can get his point across to us without putting us in tough situations. I believe that tough situations are brought to our lives by the devil but God can and will bring us out of them. Trust in God’s ability and willingness to make good come out of bad.


 

Be thankful for role models.

Be thankful that He has given so many examples of women who overcame infertility and that He has made promises in the Bible that relate to your fertility. Thank Him that you can count on Him to make good on those promises.


 

Be thankful that God hears you as you pray His promises.

“So is my Word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me [through your confession of it] without producing results. As you believe and speak it, My Word will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” ~Isaiah 55:11 [paraphrased]

When you’re in the throes of difficult circumstances, life can become overwhelmingly sad and anxiety-laden. But remember, the One who has the power to change your circumstances is always right there with you in the midst of them, ready to display His power as you trust His love and His promises. God the Father wants to bring you out of the grip of tough times into His gentle caress of peace and rest. That’s what He planned for your destiny.

Giving thanks to God is the means of focusing on the solution rather than the problems we have. When we give thanks in the midst of our problems, we keep victory’s door open. Thanking God when we’re dealing with infertility or any other trying circumstance  is the best way to express that we expect Him to show Himself strong on our behalf and to make good things happen.


 

Be thankful that He loves you unconditionally.

God the Father loves you just as much as He loves Jesus (John 17:23)! To have someone who always loves you no matter how much you doubt His ability, willingness, and timing…that’s something to be thankful for!


 

What will you choose to thank God for today?

 

Focus Friday – Happy Birthday America!

Today, we in America celebrate our nation’s birth.

Let’s remember Jesus desires to do good things for our country.

When we acknowledge Jesus and His Word, His blessings become our nation’s strong foundation.

When our country is blessed, we are able to help other nations and to enjoy a hope-filled future. 

 Speak this Word to yourself throughout the day on behalf of America.

Pray that she will be a nation truly “under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for ALL.”

Focus Friday - Happy Birthday America

Under God, There’s Still Hope!

Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Today, across the United States, people are remembering

those who served in America’s military and lost their life in battle.

I’m especially thankful for those who, through the centuries,

paid the ultimate price for our freedom,

gave the ultimate sacrifice for our liberty,

and provided the ultimate blessing…a nation that is STILL under God and indivisible.

“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9  [NLT]

A Blessed Nation

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD! ~ Psalm 33:12

Original image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Original image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

Memorial Day 2013

Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Today, across the United States, people are remembering

those who served in America’s military and lost their life in battle.

I’m especially thankful for those who, through the centuries,

paid the ultimate price for our freedom,

gave the ultimate sacrifice for our liberty,

and provided the ultimate blessing…a nation that is STILL under God and indivisible.

“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9  [NLT]