Thanksgiving Thursday, My Cup Runs Over

If you learn to worship while the enemy sits across from you at the same table; if you can learn to pay such close attention to the King that you forget about the enemy staring you in the face…then you win.” Tommy Tenney, Finding Favor With the King

The imagery of Psalm 23:5 is precious, peaceful, worshipful, and altogether different than seems natural in the presence of enemies. Our loving gaze, exclusively on our King; our King’s power, protection, deep affection, and bountiful blessing exclusively on us…all in the presence of our enemy. What a picture!

Worship, praise, and thanksgiving are strong and effective weapons in our spiritual arsenal, because we have his power flowing through us as he inhabits our praises. When we bow in the presence of our King, give Him glory, and shout that He alone reigns, the powers of darkness tremble. Why? Because the powers of darkness can’t drown out one single word in the song of the redeemed!!*

And I can testify to this truth. This week, I have sat at the table prepared for me in the presence of the enemy of my soul, with my eyes fixed on my King. And power has coursed, pleasure has flowed, security has flooded, and no fear has been in his presence. This week, I have feasted with the King. He has prepared a table for me, I have prepared my heart for him.

He will break bread and I will take and the world is His feast! and He is love! and nothing will keep my hand from filling with His.”*

My Thanksgiving List 10/4/12

222. The table prepared for me in the presence of my enemy

223. Being so immersed in the face of the King that I see nothing else

225. Watermelon strawberry smoothies

242. A fun and memorable wedding anniversary

355. Broncos win against the Raiders 37-6 (Hey, all is grace, right?!)

234. Thunderstorms

244. The joy of cooking

362. Sharing a PB&J with my little Peanut

363. That God is always good and we are always loved, even when it all seems to fall apart

367. Training up a child

Please tell me, what gifts have you unwrapped this week?

 

 

 

*He Reigns, Newsboys

*One Thousand Gifts pg 221

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Thanksgiving Thursday

Hunger is a strange condition. When hunger is satisfied, it always seems to return later in even greater strength. This is especially true of hunger for God’s presence – the one true addiction of the human soul and the only vital life source he created us to crave.” Tommy Tenney, Prayers of a God Chaser.

 

I have become hungry, weary of only hearing about revival, desperate to encounter the Reviver, thirsty for more of the manifest presence of God. My heart cries out for more of him and my soul longs for sweet communion with the lover of my soul.

 

When my greatest desire is him, will he not give me the desire of my heart?

 

My greatest desire became my week’s greatest treasure found, my greatest joy unwrapped, my greatest gift given.

 

194. The reward of the Father: more of his presence, more attention, more grace, more with-ness…MORE – more of him! “Thank you, God for…the gift of yourself that you keep giving…for the wild wonder of you in this moment.”*

 

My longing has been met, my hunger satisfied, my thirst quenched. I am no longer weary, but I am still hungry; wholly, completely addicted to one rich, matchless blessing of beauty: the very presence of the Reviver, the Giver of all gifts, the Gift.

 

Communion with God, what was broken in the Garden, this is wholly restored when I want the God-communion more than I want the world-consumption.”*

 

 

My Thanksgiving List, 9/20/12

 

193. Being undone in the presence in the Almighty

 

184. A haircut that turns out well

 

192. Oxy-Clean for a stain-prone family

 

80. Classic Rock Power on Pandora

 

186. Cold Stone’s Like It Strawberry Blonde

 

198. Playing cards on the front porch

 

200. My wonderful, beautiful, glorious, matchless-in-every-way God

 

187. Getting it at Ross

 

185. An evening out with a girlfriend

 

141. Being my daughter’s mama

 

207. Sharing a hike I love with my mama

 

 

208. Fish tacos and a big margarita after hiking the Incline

 

209. Taking a nap during Peanut’s nap time…after hiking the Incline! (Special treat! I work from home, so I NEVER nap while she does.)

 

 

 

Please tell me, what gifts have you unwrapped this week?

 

 

 

 

 

 

*One Thousand Gifts, pg. 217

*One Thousand Gifts, pg 220