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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Saturday Sermonette: Beyond Grateful

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. Psalm 100:5, NKJV

I received some wonderful news this week--the devotional that was born in my heart over two years ago will be birthed this week. I don't want to tell you much about it right now, but next weekend (Sunday) watch for the new release on this blog.

I have been so blessed by this process, I can't begin to tell you. It's been laborious, especially to Kathi Macias and Fred St. Laurent, editors at Elk Lake Publishing. Kathi and Fred both told me they were moved to tears by the writers who laid their souls bare  to help someone else who might be going through the same thing they are and to offer encouragement. God must have touched each of these writers' hearts and shown them what to write.

I love it when people are willing to relive the fear--sometimes sheer terror--in order to help someone else through the same situation. That's raw courage. And that's what God calls us to do. Lay down our own fear, even our own lives, to save someone else. That's love. That's what Jesus did, and He is our everlasting example.

Lord, thank You. I love You more than I can say. I ask You to give each of these writers the blessing of knowing how they helped. Thank You, sweet Jesus.

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