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In her devotional book, The Quiet Place, Nancy Leigh DeMoss reminds us that God uses gratitude as one way to bring joy and resilience in our life, particularly during times of struggle. Gratitude has a way of redirecting our vision toward the goodness of God so that we might experience newness. Let this wallpaper remind you to have gratitude when life has struggles.
“Gratitude has a big job to do in us and our hearts. It is one of the chief ways that God infuses joy and resilience into the daily struggle of life.” (Nancy Leigh DeMoss, The Quiet Place)

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“To will what God wills brings peace.”

Amy Carmichael, a missionary to India for over 55 years of her life, is credited with those words. She was also responsible for saving young women from forced prostitution, rescuing Hindu temple children, withstanding violent threats, and enduring long journeys in savage lands for the sake of others.

When asked about missionary life, she described it as “simply a chance to die.” Yet, she was a woman of peace because she was a woman of God. She desired His will above her own. Her complicated life was anything but complicated when it came to obedience.

We have a tendency to overcomplicate the will of God, don’t we? How often have we ignored the clear teachings of Scripture to wander off into the imaginations of guesswork saying to ourselves, “What is God’s will for me?”

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The air is getting colder. The days are getting shorter. Fall is here and Christmas is coming. The stores have already prepared their windows, the neighborhoods are decorated with wreaths and lights, and the kids are excited.

Everything about this time is grand. Andy Williams was right: it is the most wonderful time of the year. From the Christian’s perspective, this time is particularly special because we celebrate the coming of our Lord, Jesus. Beyond the Santa exploits and arguments over nativity displays in public, there is a culminating atmosphere that directs all of our senses toward Christ.

It has become easier each year to forget what the season is all about. There’s the hustle in buying, the traffic in the streets, and that irritated lady who mouths off to the store clerk when they run out of Elmos. So many things can distract us from—pardon the cliché—the reason for the season.

If we can prepare ourselves ahead, this time of the year can be wonderfully useful to our families. We have to be intentional. We have to take advantage of the sights, sounds, and smells, and use them to stir our affections toward heaven.

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Today’s wallpaper comes from The Treasury of David. Charles Spurgeon remarked that inherent to the Christian life is an attitude of thanksgiving toward God. By this, he meant those born of God are grateful to Him for His many blessings. Let this wallpaper remind you to be thankful to God.

The Christian’s life should be one of thankfulness to God. (Charles Spurgeon)

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Thanksgiving is just one day, but a thankful heart is the Christian lifestyle. We only need to see God’s wondrous deeds to fill our hearts with thanksgiving.

I’m an advocate of using your context to your advantage. Last week, I described how to use Thanksgiving as way to develop gratitude in the hearts of your family. But cultivating thankful hearts is not something we should do once a year. It’s an ongoing Christian expression.

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Thanksgiving is a key characteristic of Christ’s followers. It is God’s will for us to be grateful. All good gifts—from our breath to the birth of children—come from Him. Let this wallpaper remind you to give God thanks. Despite your circumstance, He is good to you.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

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The leaves are turning brown and falling. The days are getting shorter and cooler. The atmosphere is changing and we are rearing up for the holiday season. It’s the season to give thanks!

As a parent, I’ve discovered this time of the year is important to the family. We find ourselves closer in proximity and in understanding. Maybe the cold air brings us all together. Maybe it’s just God at work.

If you’re like me and my wife, we’re eager to introduce and maintain family traditions that cultivate gratitude and reflection. This year, we hope to start a tradition of giving thanks at the dinner table.

In a way, we’ve been doing it for years. It just comes with the turkey. But this time, we want to employ subtleties that help make the time even more memorable. Our aim is to draw attention to the goodness of God. Here’s how you can join us.

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From this well-known psalm, we are reminded to praise God from a thankful heart for His benevolent rule as King. During King David’s reign, the people would enter the temple with exuberant worship. Let this wallpaper remind you to enter your house of worship the same way. Moreover, this should be the attitude of our heart each day as citizens of God’s Kingdom.

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“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:18).

Fall is upon us, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. If there is a time to be reminded of God’s good gifts, it’s during this season—when the entire country reminds you to be thankful. Be sure to have an attitude of gratitude with those around you and especially with God. All good things come from Him.

Let this Wallpaper Rollup remind you to be thankful during this fall season.

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As parents, we are always looking for ways to relate the gospel to our children. One night in particular, my wife took advantage of a unique opportunity during our family time.

When we’re together, we read the Bible. Sometimes, when we still have a hint of energy, we’ll make a game out of it. After reading, I’ll ask a series of random questions to see who was listening. It’s a fun way to talk about the text, and it keeps the kids on their toes. Those who pay little attention will have the hardest time winning the game. And on this particular night, the stakes were high.