Recently hubby and I were blessed to hear inspirational speaker Dr. Dave Martin at our church. With thought-provoking concepts and belly laugh humor, he preached an entire sermon focused on one verse using the acronym DARE.
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! (Eph 3:20 The Message)
Hang with me. I promise not to summarize the entire sermon or go into all of the letters, just E.
As in…expect favor from God, the Creator of the entire world. Who filled it with a sun that lights our days and warms our backs, and makes it rise and set without us ever having to lift a finger. He created seas that roar, rivers that trickle, and mountains that surge to the heavens. He crafted man from dust and woman from man and gifts us with precious little souls with miniature toes and fingers who grow to look just like us. He’s amazing, right? He’s able to do infinitely more than we can ever imagine, but —
Do we really expect Him to?
Martin’s philosophy is that when we recognize and celebrate His involvement with the little things, we’ll begin to see an increase in the bigger things. Cool, huh?
Pumped up with a renewed attitude, we headed straight to our favorite lunch place (translation: my fave).
Doesn’t the space look festive and neighborish? 🙂 My go-to dish is a chicken salad loaded with bacon and pecans and topped with a crisp apple cider vinaigrette…is it lunchtime yet? No? Bummer. lol. When the temperatures plummet, their Chili Nachos tempt me to veer from my usual, but on this particular day, the special was Chicken Mac and Cheese. Oohlala! What to do….what to do??
Hubby came up with the perfect solution. Why not order both the Nachos and the Mac and Cheese and we’d split everything? What a win! When I thanked hubby for suggesting this and God for granting me favor, this sparked a lively discussion on what favor really meant. How about weighing in? Maybe you can help settle the matter. 🙂
Does favor mean something that’s given to us or an unexpected blessing in any form? What’s your opinion? Do you live every day expecting favor?
I’m hanging out at Seriously Write today. Well, really I’m enjoying time with my family but don’t tell anybody. lol
No writing on the agenda for me today. No. Today’s all about little boy hugs and skirting make-shift beds with an attitude of gratitude.
But, if you have a free moment or loneliness strikes, and you’d like some company, stop over and say hi > Seriously Write.
Wishing all my friends and family (those not here at our house) a blessed Thanksgiving!
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. ~ Psalm 100:4 NIV
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Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord,
for he is good; his love endures forever. Ps 106:1 NIV
Isn’t it amazing that the Creator of the universe loves us? That He loved us with such a deep, abiding love that He died for us? God is so good, so gracious and merciful.
I pray that my words, whether they pour from my lips or fly across the keyboard, will continually praise the Lord and point others to Him.
Thank you, dear friends, for joining me on this wonderful journey called life. I’m blessed and encouraged by your sweet friendship.
Wishing you a joyous Thanksgiving Day!