Wednesday's Washing
In all things...

"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."  1 Thessalonians 5:18 

Hello, Friends! Today's message will be brief. I've tossed ideas back and forth in my head regarding what to share with you. Nothing felt right. I usually have some direction from the Lord early on in the week, but not this week! It wasn't until just seconds ago that I knew what I was supposed to tell you all today. It's just a simple phrase - give thanks.
I can already hear some of your groans and the clicks from your devices as you're closing this post. That's okay, and whatever it is you think I'm going to say, I can almost promise you that you're wrong.
For those of you still with me, read on and be encouraged.
Here's what I believe the Lord would like for you to hear today. Look at your life and all that is going right. Give thanks. Consider your struggles, especially those you are now facing. Don't look at what you could've done differently and all the things you did wrong. What did you do right? Whatever little you gave, whatever effort you put forth that resulted in the most minute of changes, give thanks for that.
We are all on a journey and this life can sometimes be hard. There's no need for us to add to our level of difficulty by viewing ourselves through our failures and shortcomings. Viewing our circumstances in light of our victories and the seemingly oh, so little progress we really are making, is a much better way to live.
So today, give thanks for where you are, for the progress you've made, for the changes you do see and for the good in the journey. May it cause hope to arise and your faith to be kindled once more.
All hope is not loss. You've got this, friend! Be encouraged.

"Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, 'I believed, and so I spoke,' we also believe, and so we also speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."  
2 Corinthians 4:13-18
Amen and amen.
I am the Secretary and Ladies' Ministry Leader at Calvary Community Church, in Houston. I am “Ebby” (my grandma name) to many, and “Mom” to one adorably sweet canine named, Beau. I began attending Calvary almost 25 years ago, and since then, my understanding of who Jesus is and how big His love is for me, has grown considerably. I guess you could say I’ve grown up at Calvary.
I've always had a heart for serving others and ministering to women, and I deeply love the church. She is a beautifully flawed menagerie of the face of God and I think she's pretty amazing. I believe in beautiful messes because I am one. If God can use this woman to touch just one soul through anything I say or do, then my life has been well spent.  
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