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What was that moment like to see Jesus face to face? The magi traveled far for that moment and when they saw him, they fell to the ground and worshipped him. All their earthly identity, their worldly prestige melted away before Jesus. May we have the same response this Christmas, to fall to the ground before our Lord Jesus; to worship him and give him praise; to present our life, our treasures to him. May we see Jesus in our life; know his presence; know him in a deep way. May we praise God for guiding us to Jesus, for his patient love and grace in giving us salvation. All praise and honor to you dear Lord.

After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. – Matthew 2:11 (NASB)

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“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” – Psalm 100:4-5 (NIV)

Thanksgiving Day is everyday. Take time today to give thanks to the Lord God for the blessings he has given you. If you are so inclined, make a comment on something you are thankful for this week.

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#ThrowbackThursday — This post originally published Nov. 29, 2018.

In you dear God I find my hope. In Jesus Christ I find my salvation. Without you in my life dear Lord, I would be lost. I do not understand why you would spare a sinner like me, yet you constantly shower me with your grace. You patiently nurture me, deepening my faith. It causes me to praise you even more for what you have done in my life. Thank you God for sending your son Jesus. I praise you for your Word. I praise you dear Lord. All praise to you our Heavenly Father.

“To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.” – Jude 1:24-25 (NIV)

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The leaves fall, removing the splendor from the trees. Branches once adorned with colorful garments admired by all are now left stark and bare. Colors once worn with pride now litter the ground, soon to decay. Help us Lord to contain our pride, to not wrap ourselves in self worship. Let us not retreat from publicly praising you for all we have. This morning we humble ourselves before you and acknowledge your greatness. May we approach this week seeking what we can accomplish for you dear God and not ourselves.

“Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done.” – Daniel 4:34-35 (NIV)

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He wants to put a new song in my heart, but I do not know the words yet. He wants to make me anew, but I do not know who I am or who I should be. I am being transformed into something I have yet to see. All I can do for now is praise you dear God, that you have set me on solid ground; that you have given me a solid foundation to stand on; a firm place to rest; a place to be still and know you are God. Without you I would remain in the depths of the mud and mire, stuck in the slimy pit. My trust is in you God. You are my hope.

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. – Psalm 40:1-3 (NIV)

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In the changing seasons, I see you dear Lord. I see your hand in the detail of emerging fall colors on the leaves of the trees. I see your touch in the way all the leaves blend together to create a symphony of beauty for our eyes.

I praise you dear Lord for your hand in the intricate details of our lives, for your touch on the littlest things in our life. Even though I often cannot see how these small details contribute to the larger tapestry, I praise you that your promises are true, that indeed you are creating a larger picture of beauty. I praise you for your never ending love for us, for your abundant grace. You are worthy of all praise. I praise you that some day we will see the vast vista of all the intricate details together. All praise to you dear God.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” – Psalm 139:13-14

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Pure praise. What does that look like dear God? To stop myself from moving; to stop my mind from racing thoughts; to approach you with nothing but praise. Shedding all my earthly chains for this moment, I come before you empty. I lift my empty hands to you dear God and exalt your name. You are worthy of all praise. All I am is because of you. You are deserving of all praise.

“Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.” – Psalm 150

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This morning God I feel the wind in my hair. It blows forcefully past my face. I hear thunder in the distance. I feel rain falling upon me. A fresh, clean smell fills the air. I praise you God that you fill our senses with your creation. I praise you that you fill us with your Spirit. I praise you that you give us hope in a world filled with hopelessness. I praise you that you are present even in the small things. Thank you for your infinite care for us. Thank you that your grace and mercy abound. I give you praise this morning!

He who forms the mountains, who creates the wind, and who reveals his thoughts to mankind, who turns dawn to darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth — the Lord God Almighty is his name. – Amos 4:13 (NIV)

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This morning my mind is filled with earthly concerns, yet my heart just wants to praise you dear God. I am drawn to the Psalmist who wrote Psalm 150 so many years ago yet it still rings true today.

Praise the Lord.

Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.

Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.

Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord. (NIV)

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It was like no piece of art I had ever seen. Golden hues of yellow, orange and red masterfully blended to create a sunset with a brilliance beyond compare. Like silky smooth honey flowing off a sky blue plate, the colors of the setting sun flowed into the water turning it from deep blue to liquid gold. I stood in awe, singing praises for our creator God as this piece of exceptional art unfolded before me, each stroke of his brush revealing the beauty of his creation upon the canvas sky.

Praise to you our Creator God and your infinite creativity evident in this world you gave us. May we take time today to admire the intricate details, the intrinsic beauty of this world you created. Help us to see your work, your hand, in the midst of the scars left on this world by humanity. All praise to you this day Father God, our creator.

I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me, so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting people may know there is none besides me. I am the Lord, and there is no other. – Isaiah 46:5-6 (NIV)

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