Sometimes it seems that when I turn my attention to something, and although I haven’t noticed this something much before, suddenly it seems that the once-unnoticed is all around. I am setting my mind to celebrate November 2014 as a Thanksgiving month. One day a year as an American holiday just seems to be more a matter of a lack of gratitude than an act of gratitude.
Perhaps I am serendipitously noticing Scripture with this theme of thanks or perhaps the Holy Spirit is just bringing things my way to emphasize that this is a good spiritual initiative for me to undertake.
The Scripture from Morning Prayer
“Great things are they that you have done, Lord my God!
How great are your wonders and your plans for us!
There is none who can be compared with you.
Oh, that I could make them known and tell them,
But they are more than I can count.”
I’m going for Spirit-directed serendipity. Nothing is a co-incidence and God the Father is always an exquisite teacher, grabbing the moments to get his lessons across. “There is none who can be compared with you.”
Be happy. Be healthy. Give thanks.
Award-winning author Karen Mains has long had an interest in spiritual formation and the obedient Christian walk. She has written about the God Hunt in her book by the same name, The God Hunt: The Delightful Chase and the Wonder of Being Found. A hardback copy can be ordered from Mainstay Ministries for $10.00 plus $4.95 shipping and handling. Contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be happy to autograph a copy for you.
Karen continues to write content for her Christian blog, “Thoughts-by-Karen-Mains.” In so doing, she desires to touch the lives of Christian women and men and help them find ways to walk closer with the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition, through silent retreats, spiritual teaching, women’s retreats, Christian vacation opportunities, and other ministry activities, Karen helps each Christian woman and man receive vital spiritual food.
Through her Hungry Souls ministry, Karen serves as a spiritual coach to many Christian women and men, and teaches a mentor-writing class. And, through the Global Bag Project, she is working to develop a network of African women who sew exquisite cloth reusable shopping bags, Africa bags. This micro-finance women opportunity helps provide a much-needed sustainable income for struggling African families. For more information on this critically important project, please click here.
For decades, Karen and her husband, David, have served God through religious communications—radio, television, and print publication. They are the co-authors of the Kingdom Tales Trilogy: Tales of the Kingdom, Tales of the Resistance, and Tales of the Restoration. To find many valuable resources for pastors and congregations at the Mainstay Ministries main website, please click here.
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