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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Purim

I've been learning about the Jewish holiday Purim in Bible study recently. Its actually pretty cool its the celebration of deliverance from the hands of enemy in Esther. They celebrated their deliverance with feasting, gifts and giving to the poor. (Esther 9:20-22)

This got me thinking do we actually take time to celebrate what God has done for us? We celebrate his birth, and his resurrection, but do we celebrate the freedom, joy, peace, love, grace and everything else that he gives us? Here are just a few of the things I'm thankful for:

The amazing love of Ryan, my family and my friends
The strength he gave me over the last few years.
The ability to travel, and the family and friends to stay with when I do.
Deliverance from a past of weakness, and attention seeking behaviors.
Confidence to try new things (trust me this is new within the last 6 years.)

That is just a few of the things that God has blessed me with or saved me from. How different would out attitude be if we focused on these things deliberately?

2 comments:

Joel said...

Funny, Ron recently gave a sermon (I wasn't there but put together the powerpoint) that talked about complaining (Numbers 11-14ish). One of his big points was to concentrate on the good things that are going on instead of the bad. However, like many of his sermons, the application isn't as easy as the concept!

Amber DeYoung said...

Very true Joel....