Thankful Thursday! October 27, 2016

 I am ever grateful to the faithful God!!

My Parker (2nd son;)) and Monique are engaged!!! 

Watching Ren and Park play basketball together again!

Whitty going to the game with me and then to lunch.

I dropped and broke a glass this morning - Whitty offered me a piggy back ride to "safety" and then he got the broom and started helping clean it up.  He's so thoughtful, just like his dad :)!  Gil has set such a great example for his sons!

Fun time catching up with all these sweet ladies at Bible study!

 

“And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that

thou hast heard me (John 11:41).

 

This is a very strange and unusual order. Lazarus is still in the grave, and the thanksgiving precedes the miracle of resurrection. I thought that the thanksgiving would have risen when the great deed had been wrought, and Lazarus was restored to life again. But Jesus gives thanks for what He is about to receive. The gratitude breaks forth before the bounty has arrived, in the assurance that it is certainly on the way. The song of victory is sung before the battle has been fought. It is the sower who is singing the song of the harvest home. It is thanksgiving before the miracle!

 

Who thinks of announcing a victory-psalm when the crusaders are just starting out for the field? Where can we hear the grateful song for the answer which has not yet been received? And after all, there is nothing strange or forced, or unreasonable to the Master’s order. Praise is really the most vital preparatory ministry to the working of the miracles. Miracles are wrought by spiritual power. Spiritual power is always proportioned to our faith."

 

Excerpt From: L. B. E. Cowman. “Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert.”