Our family was blessed with an amazing Easter weekend. We all gathered at a cottage on the water. My Mom, as the family Matriarch, said the word, and it was done!
I have 3 sisters who have a total of 22 family members (as best I can count) and Honey and I have a family of 12! We all live in the Tampa Bay area within minutes of one another.
We all had a blast and went home very FULL. I brought 9 pounds of snow crab and the food just went on from there. It was a day long graze!!
I was thinking on it this morning in my quite time and praising God for family and the precious season of blessing that we are experiencing.
Psalm 103 (New International Version)
1 Praise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits-
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The LORD works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are like grass,
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
the LORD’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children-
18 with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.
19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.
20 Praise the LORD, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
21 Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the LORD, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the LORD, O my soul.
It is so important for us to KNOW what God’s Word says. What His promises are!
If there is sickness, I search God’s promises and speak them out.
If there is strife, I search God’s promises and hold them in my heart.
If there is financial need, I know what God says about His provision.
If there is an issue in relationships, I seek God for truth and direction.
I know what God’s promises are and I know HOW to speak them.
I found Psalm 103 a long, long time ago.
When God said “I promised you” to me in my prayer chair this morning, I knew exactly what He meant!!