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Be grateful for the things you have in this life. No matter what you may be going through or how difficult things may seem, there are always people out there who have it worse. There are many people in our world who have much less than we do. Some people don’t have a stable or healthy family environment. It makes you realize how blessed you are to have your family and friends to turn to, no matter what. They are there for you regardless of what may happen. Some children don’t have families to call their own and to be loved by. Some families have arguments every day and constantly fight, while others are suffering from that pain.
Some people don’t have a big circle of friends to turn to. But it makes you grateful and happy for the few loyal friends that you do have in your life. You don’t have to have a ton of friends and be popular to have fun in life or to be able to see the blessings in your life. The blessings of your friends in your life are what you make of them. You get to spend time with them and to be there for them just as they are there for you.
When I think of the many third world countries that so many people live in, it makes me so grateful that I live in the United States of America. Here we are all free to practice our own religion and spread our faith without fear of persecution or fear of death. We have running water and electricity.  We have food to eat. We all have the honor and privilege not to mention the responsibility to spread the word of God to others in the world. So many people don’t have as much as we have. We truly are blessed by God beyond measure with the things we have. He blesses us with all that we need to support our body and life.
There are so many people in the U.S that suffer from homelessness and hunger. We can be there for them and to minister to them. We can offer them hope of the love of Jesus Christ and the good news that they can be saved by Him.
Stop for a few minutes every day and every night and even in the middle of the day and take in all the blessings you have. Consider how blessed you are and thank Him for all that He has given you and all that He has given the people in your life You have a family that loves you, a job, loyal friends, maybe a significant other that loves you. You have food on the table. You haven’t been hungry the way people in the third world countries have. Hopefully you never will. You have a house or an apartment that keeps you warm and dry in the winter and cool in the summer. You have transportation whether it is a bus, car, truck, train or van, in order to get to your job, and doctor’s appointments. You ae able to provide for your family because of the job that you have. The blessing you have when you really look at everything you have, compared to others who have nothing in this world, are immeasurable.  When you look at the way people in those countries seem to have more peace and more joy than what we have in our lives, have you ever stopped to ask yourself why that may be? Maybe it is because they have so little in their lives that they know how much they have to be grateful for. We should start following their example and not be as focused on the materialistic things of this world and instead be thankful for what we have every single day in our lives. If we truly had nothing, could we still find a reason to be happy, thankful and grateful the way those people are? We can learn a mighty lesson from them, to never take anything for granted. No matter how little they had or have, they always seem to have smiles on their faces. How much more should and can we be smiling and rejoicing in the blessings that God has given us?
Thank Him for the abilities God has given you. Use your abilities to serve Him, no matter what they may be. Be happy every day that God gave you those talents in order to be a light to other people and to shine happiness where they may feel sadness. You might just brighten someone’s day with just a simple smile.
Prayer: Lord help me to always be grateful for the things I have. Help me to minister to others about the blessings you give to us freely. Help me to minister to others about the Good News of your love. Thank you for all the blessings you have given me in my life. Thank you for your never-ending love and grace. Help me to realize that every good and perfect blessing comes from you. Amen.

Cherish your loved ones. You never know when God will call them home.
If you’ve ever experienced the loss of a loved one, the pain can be almost unbearable. For people who don’t know the goodness of the love of Jesus Christ, the pain can become too much to handle. But for the people who know the goodness of life through Jesus Christ, they know that saying goodbye to their loved ones on earth doesn’t mean they’re saying goodbye forever. They have the peace and comfort of knowing that they will see their loved ones again.
We all have the peace of mind knowing that were saved by Jesus blood and sacrifice on the cross. We can all bring that peace to other people who may need that comfort when they lose a loved one. But you may question what do I say when I see someone suffering from the grief of losing someone they love, especially if I don’t know if they are Christians or not? If you’re unsure if they’re Christians you can always turn to God in prayer and ask Him to guide your words when and if you talk to them and offer your condolences. God will guide you in what you need to say and how to comfort them.
Sometimes it doesn’t always mean talking to them about God right away either. you can just tell them that you’re there for them if they ever need anything and ask them if they would like you to cook a meal for them. After a bit of time you can talk to them about the promise God offers through salvation through Jesus Christ. Maybe it will open up their minds to more curiosity and conversation.
Some Bible verses that can bring comfort after the loss of someone you love include:
Revelations 14:13 which says, “13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” Anyone who knows the Lord will not die in vain. They will go to His kingdom for eternal sleep.
1 Thessalonians 13: 4 says, “13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” This verse says we don’t even have to grieve like the people who don’t believe in God. We have a hope that surpasses all human understanding. God doesn’t want us to be uninformed about death and what it truly means for us, who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
John 11:25-26 says, “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” This is one of the best verses. To know that He is the resurrection and the life, everyone can come to Him and be saved.
Revelation 21:4 says, 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
The love that you have for your loved ones can never be replaced or replicated. God gave you them in your life for a reason.
Losing a loved one is never easy. But by the grace of God, things do get easier. The pain may never fully go away completely, and you will always miss them, but you can dwell on the happy memories you have made with them over the years, along with knowing the joy and the promise that God gives us through His beautiful resurrection and life. You can have full confidence that you will see your loved ones again. There is no fear in death if you have the power and the love of Christ within you. You have the joy, hope and the promise of the resurrection that reminds you that you will see your family member or members again. Feel that joy that this world is not where you and your family members belong, that your true home is in Heaven.
The love of the Father towards us was so great that He chose to send His son to die for us, so that we all may live for Him, and with Him. He wants us to live for Him in our actions, words and thoughts on this earthly life. He wants us to come to Him so that we may taste and see the true gift that His salvation gives to all of us who ask and receive it with all our hearts. It will be and is hard to lose anyone you love, but rest in the promise that you will see them again. Cling to Jesus with all that you have, to see them again. In Christ, there truly are no goodbyes and there is no end.

“Heart of Worship” is one of my favorite songs to sing. How many times when you’re singing, do you really listen to the words and meditate of the words of any song? How much do you really think about the lyrics in the song “Heart of Worship”? It was written by Matt Redman. The story behind it goes something like this: In his church, it was more about singing and the performance of the band than it was about worshipping God. Matt Redman wanted to know what it would be like when the church would just simple come together in worship of Christ as the one true savior and have the music be stripped away. The lyrics are as follows:
First verse: “When the music fades. All is stripped away. And I simply come. Longing just to bring something that’s of worth. That will bless your heart. I’ll bring you more than a song. For a song in itself. Is not what you have required. You search much deeper within. Through the way things appear. You’re looking into my heart. Chorus: I’m coming back to the heart of worship. And it’s all about you. It’s all about you, Jesus. I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it. When it’s all about you. It’s all about you, Jesus.”
This verse says, that when the music in our lives and in our churches fade, we should simply come to God in both prayer and praise. We often make the worship all about ourselves when it should be all about God. Hence the words saying that we are sorry for the way we have made worship about us instead of Him.  We should praise and thank Him no matter where we may be in our lives.  We should never forget to thank him for everything He has done in our lives and in our churches. Worship truly is all about God and showering Him with the praise He deserves. He deserves more than a song or songs to be sung as an option of praise to Him. He already knows us from the inside out, so why do we pretend as though He doesn’t know our hearts?
He deserves our undivided attention. Sometimes at church we get distracted by the message or feel as though we shouldn’t be there because we have better things to do in our lives and better things to do with our time. We need to make time every day to spend with God, not just at church for an hour every Sunday. Being in church is all about worshipping God for who He really is and feeling good about it.
Second verse: “King of endless worth. No one could express. How much you deserve. Though I’m weak and poor. All I have is yours. Every single breath. I’ll bring you more than a song. For a song in itself. Is not what you have required. You search much deeper within. Through the way things appear. You’re looking into my heart. Chorus: I’m coming back to the heart of worship. And it’s all about you. It’s all about you, Jesus. I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it. When it’s all about you. It’s all about you, Jesus.”
He truly is the King of endless worth and no one can ever find the words to describe how much he deserves for saving us through His death. Even though we are weak and poor, we are saved in Him and through Him we have eternal life. Everything we have is His. We should ring Him more than songs that we know the words to by heart in church. In other words, we shouldn’t just sing them to sing them and just go through the motions of them.
Chorus X2: I’m coming back to the heart of worship. And it’s all about you. It’s all about you, Jesus. I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it. And it’s all about you. It’s all about you, Jesus. I’m coming back to the heart of worship. And it’s all about you. It’s all about you, Jesus. I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it. And it’s all about you. It’s all about you, Jesus. It’s all about you.  It’s all about you.  It’s all about you. I’m coming back to the heart of worship. And it’s all about you. It’s all about you, Jesus. I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it. And it’s all about you. It’s all about you, Jesus.”
Worship should be all about God. That is the main reason we come to church is to get to know Him better and to worship Him with our full hearts and our minds focused on Him. May we always meditate on the words of this song whenever we sing it in church and remember that God is the one we are here for, whether we are in church, singing, or not. May we look deeper into the words of this song and remember that the heart of our worship revolves around the one who allows us to worship, and it revolves around the one who deserves all our praise from the bottom of our hearts- Jesus.

“I See Love” is a song by Third Day’s lead singer, Mac Powell, Mercy Me’s lead singer Bart Millard and another Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman. They do this song as a trio. The song describes Jesus in many ways. Some say He is a teacher, healer, a martyr and a hero who set His people free. He is also seen as a daydreamer and a fool dying for His dreams. But the most important feature and description of Jesus comes when the chorus starts. It says, “I See Love”. Hence the title of the song. Jesus’s most important feature is His love for each and every one of us. The Lyrics are as follows:
The first verse is song by Bart Millard.
1st verse: Some see a teacher standing on a hill speaking words of wisdom. Some see a healer reaching out His hand to give sight to a blind man. Some see a dreamer wasting His life for what can never be. Some see a fool dying for His dream. Chorus: But I see love, I see love. Light of heaven breaking through. But I see grace, I see God’s face. Shining pure and perfect Love. When I see You, I see love. As stated before some see Jesus as a teacher speaking the wisdom that the world needs to hear, desperately. Jesus also reached out His hand to give sight and to heal many other sick people. However, the Pharisee’s thought Jesus was merely a waste of time and wasting His life for people that could never be saved. They even called Him a fool for dying to save all of us. But like the chorus says, I see love. Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice with His love. He truly was the light of Heaven breaking through. We see grace when we see God’s face. His love is pure and perfect. When we see Jesus in our lives and in our hearts and minds, we see love.
The 2nd verse is sung by Steven Curtis Chapman: Some see a prisoner alone before His judge with no one to defend him. Some see a victim beaten and abused with all the world against Him. Some see martyr carrying His cross for what He believes. Some see a hero who set His people free. But I see love, I see love. Light of heaven breaking through. I see grace, I see God’s face. Shining pure and perfect. Love when I see You. I see love. Jesus was alone before His judge without anyone to defend Him. He was also a victim and He was beaten and abused with the entire world against Him. He was also seen as a martyr carrying the cross for the love that He has and had for every single person. Jesus was and is also known as a hero who set His friends and all people free.
The bridge is sung by both Mac Powell and Bart Millard. The bridge depicts what we see through Jesus.
: With your last breath, I see love. Through Your death I see life. I see peace in the eyes of a King. I see hope in Your suffering (I see love). I see a calm in the center of a storm. I see a savior. With Jesus’s last breath and His death, we see the love that He has for us and through His death we see life. We are all saved through Him. We can find peace through knowing Jesus and find hope in our suffering. No matter what we are going through we can be calm in the center of any storm in our lives. Jesus gives us the ultimate peace and calmness no matter what we may be going through. Jesus is our savior.
Chorus: I see love, I see love. Light of heaven breaking through. I see grace, I see God’s face. Shining pure and perfect. Love when I see You. I see love. Some see Him walking from an empty grave. This song gives us a great description of who Jesus was to many including the Pharisees as well as both believers and non-believers alike in both biblical times and believers in our generation. The last phrase is about Him rising from the dead, on Easter morning. Jesus and His love need to be felt by this entire world and people all around the world need to hear His word and messages. His love is evident in everything in our lives. When we model our lives after Him we not only see His love, we are showing the world His love.