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Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a gift from God, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. In addition, research has shown the surprising life improvements that can stem from the practice of gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, attracts success, and it reduces stress.
People who Daily show gratitude report higher levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism, and energy. They experienced less depression and stress, were more likely to help others, exercised more regularly, and made greater progress toward achieving personal goals.
Research shows that those who practice gratitude tend to be more creative, bounce back more quickly from adversity, have a stronger immune system, and have stronger social relationships than those who don’t practice gratitude.
To say we feel GRATEFUL is not to say that everything in our lives is necessarily great. It just means we are aware of our blessings and God who continually blesses us.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always,17 pray continually,18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
There is nothing more precious than witnessing to a group of children who have tapped into true worship of God. Watching them being able to freely express their heart to the Lord during praise and worship through dance, a shout, or raising their hands to the King of Kings.
At Kingdom Kids our current emphasis is to help them to understand that Worship is a time to love on God and to let Him love on them. We are teaching your children about the different ways people praised and worshiped God in the bible. It is essential that they know there are many ways to express our thanksgiving and love towards God, they just need to listen to their heart. A few of these examples are:
TOWDAH- TO SACRIFICE – Psalms 50:23
YADAH- TO LIFT YOUR HANDS- 2 Chronicles 20:19-21
BARAK- TO KNEEL OR BOW – Psalms 95:6
SHABACH- TO SHOUT – Ezra 3:11
ZAMAR- TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT – Psalms 150/1 Chron. 15:16
HALAL – TO RAVE AND BOAST – Psalms 44:8
TEHILLAH- ALL OF THE ABOVE – Psalm 22:3
PARENTS…get your children ready for a GREAT service Sunday Mornings at KINGDOM Kids because the presence of GOD will change their lives FOREVER.
NEW LifeWay Kidz Nursery series, “THE ARK” is Sundays at 10:30! This series is FLOODED with incredible PRAISE and WORSHIP, amazing Character Performances, and an exciting journey through the Good Book that will bring the Bible to… life before your children’s eyes! Our talented staff and volunteers use an endless number of creative and innovative teaching methods that are relevant to the ever-changing culture of a child. Your child has their own seat in each service, but we guarantee they’ll only need the edge! ALL are Welcome to embark on this INCREDIABLE journey with us.
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God wants us to be constantly growing, rising to new levels, and reaching higher heights in this life. He wants us to flourish and excel at whatever we set our hand to. But many stay right where they are, day in and day out, settling for less than God’s best simply because they’ve grown accustom to their circumstances. In short, they’ve become comfortable. However, to tap into all that God has for us, we can’t just stay where we are; we have to stretch and step out of our comfort zones.
Reaching new levels isn’t always easy—but it wasn’t meant to be easy. If everything were easy all the time, you wouldn’t need to stretch. You wouldn’t stretch your faith, you wouldn’t stretch your capacity to receive, you wouldn’t increase, and you would miss out on discovering so many facets of God’s character. Every time we step out, we learn more about who God is and what He’s deposited on the inside of us. Every time you take a step of faith, every time you stretch, you are tapping into and releasing more of what He has placed on the inside of you.
Remember, stretching is good for you! It’s good for your body, it’s good for your mind, and it’s good for your faith! Stretching builds your confidence. Your spiritual life begins by God doing a work in you, and then you begin to work with Him. The more new situations you experience,
the more you will stretch, and the more confidence you will have. Sometimes stretching is uncomfortable, but it prepares you for the challenges that line the road to your destiny.
Today, I encourage you to stay open to what God wants to do in your life. Be open to the people He’s placed around you, people who recognize your talents and want to help you discover your TRUE purpose for living. It may not be easy, it may not be comfortable, but it will be worth it! Be willing to step out of that comfort zone because there are new levels of greatness in store for you!
“The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” Proverbs 4:18
Right before Jesus was arrested and taken to the cross, He had a conversation with one of his disciples, Peter. He said, “Peter, you are going to deny me three times tonight.” But Peter loved Jesus and refused to believe it, “No way! I would never deny You. I’ll stand by You ’til the end!” Sure enough, the Bible talks about three accounts when Peter denied that he had any association with Jesus because he feared for his own life.
Do you know how Jesus responded? You would think He would start off with “I told you so!” But He didn’t. Here’s what happened…
After Jesus died and rose again, He appeared to Mary at His tomb and said to her, “I want you to go and tell everyone that I’ve risen.” Then He said, “And, go find Peter.” Now why do you think Jesus singled Peter out? He didn’t call him out to yell at him or condemn him. No, Jesus wanted Peter to know that he was still loved, valued and forgiven. Jesus didn’t hold a grudge. Instead, He extended mercy to Peter and restored him, and He extends that same mercy to us every single day!
Maybe you’ve been betrayed by someone. Maybe you’ve been hurt and are working through some pain right now. But remember, Jesus gave us an example of mercy. He shows us mercy so that we can show mercy to others. It’s easy to take offense. It’s easy to hold on to the hurt and pain of the past.
In John Bevere’s book the “Bait of Satan.” He highlights that the Greek word for offense is, scandalon, which is the bait stick in a snare or trap that when tripped activates the trap. On a mouse trap it is the little piece that holds the cheese on one end and holds back the spring-loaded wire that kills the mouse. Satan places “cheese” in front of believers all the time and hopes they will take the bait. The cheese is something another person says or does that irritates and upsets you. Once the offense or “BAIT” is taken you are ensnared.
But the best way to move forward is to give all that pain to God and show mercy and forgiveness. Start today by praying for those who have hurt you and do so every day until the sting of the pain is removed. If possible, do something nice for them. Ask God to help you learn to forgive and extend mercy to others. It’s not always easy, but it starts with a choice. You make the choice, and God makes the change in your heart.
The Bible tells us that mercy triumphs over judgment. That means when you choose to show mercy instead of judging and condemning others, you are choosing victory and staying on the WINNING Side!
Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment! (James 2:12-13, NIV)