Thursday, 5 October 2017

TREADING MILK

I first heard the mouse story, sometime in my pre-teenage years.
 Maybe you have heard it before.
 The lesson the story teaches is ever-relevant to daily human lives , even today.

Three mice , hoping for a refreshing drink of milk , fell into a large jug of milk. 
After filling up, the thieving mice  tried to get out of the jug of milk , but they could not .
Then they began swimming and splashing around in their desperate bids to claw up the sides of the jug , to grab its rim and then to jump out .
But all their efforts were in vain.
After a long spirited battle for survival, two mice became exhausted, they gave up clawing and splashing around in the milk and then the poor mice sank to the bottom of the jug and drowned in the milk.
One could say " They met their Waterloo ! Serves the thieving mice right !"
But spare a kind thought for them.
 Give them some credit. Mice have no jobs and no income but they have got to feed and survive in a world of humans who are very hostile to mice and other vermin.
Would I allow mice, cockroaches or any other vermin in my house ?
Of course not! I'll call in the Exterminator to clear them out .

The third mouse kept on splashing around and kept on making frantic  treading motions in the milk with its tiny legs and arms; in a desperate effort to stay afloat.
After a long struggle, the milk under the mouse churned into cream , then the cream thickened and transformed into cheese!
Talk of dogged courage!
By its unrelenting treading efforts, our friend , the thieving "Mousey" had inadvertently become a cheese maker!
Thereafter, the poor little, thieving mouse was able to climb on the solid cheese and jumped out of the milk jug. 
The gutsy little fellow then ran away at top speed to its well-deserved freedom! 
Cheery story indeed. 

The title of this my blog should have been " Quitters are Losers" . Right ?!
Nah.
 I believe some Quitters don't win . But I do not subscribe to the notion that all Quitters are Losers.
Not all Remainers are winners
Sometimes  unnecessarily , you lose a lot of time , money and efforts by staying put and by keep trying to fight to "win" in a situation which does not deserve your fight .
This is like flogging a dead horse to revive it.
Therefore there are different classes of Quitters and Remainers.
 
The questions are what are you quitting from ?
What are you fighting to retain ?
Is that thing, that job, business; or that place , that relationship or that person worth wasting your time, your efforts and your resources  on ?
 Are they worth your struggles and fighting to hold on to such hopeless situations and  dying or dead relationships?
I believe in holding on and fighting to retain anything good , profitable and blessed.
In each situation or challenge you encounter , assess them , weigh your options , seek and listen to the counsel of the Holy Spirit .

I don't think the little mouse  started  struggling because he knew that  his milky prison will transform into life-saving cheese  .
The little fellow was just trashing around in a reflex action to  survive.
Your dear life ; both your biological life on earth and your eternal life are worth fighting for .
One should stay put and fight the battle for survival ; for your dear life till the very end , like the mouse did.
Stay focused , steadfast and strive for your crown of eternal life; till the end of your life.
" Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. " 
1 Timothy 6 :12. (ESV)

 Wisdom dictates that you quit all situations and associations which threaten your life, your peace, your sanity and which destroy your self-esteem and general well-being.
You lose NOTHING but gain a lot of good things and you retain your health, integrity and peace of mind when you quit certain  unpleasant situations or toxic relationships,  completely.
If you QUIT a lifestyle of smoking, drug abuse, binge drinking , sexual promiscuity, crime ; what good thing do you lose? 
You lose NOTHING good.
But you gain power and access to start a better lease of life as a profitable living soul.
If you QUIT a long-standing abusive and toxic relationship you gain a lot peace and self-esteem.
What do you gain by staying put and fighting to remain in a loveless relationship with a man or woman who is  unrepentant in being promiscuous, rude , arrogant , aggressive ; and who actually thinks that you should be grateful to her or him because  she or he is doing you a favour by remaining in a relationship with you?

To survive unpleasant characters and challenges which come your way ; prayerfully examine them to know how to survive them by embarking on positive ACTION !

Know when to QUIT or to STAY PUT.
11And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. 
12As you enter the house, greet it. 13And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 
14And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. 
15Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town ".  Matthew  10: 11- 15

Life goals are achieved not only by blowing "hot air" and "blowing mouth"! 
If you "exercise faith" by claiming and declaring all the deliverance and prosperity promises in the Bible, or "confessing positive words and thinking positive  thoughts", or whatever ; from now till Kingdom come ; without acting out your faith ; you would be wasting your time. 
Proverbs 13:4; James 2 : 14.

Some people would argue that prayer changes things.
Yes, prayer changes things; but remember that there are some strong -willed human beings with evil characters and there are some unpleasant situations which will NOT change, even with prolonged prayers.
Recognise them , know when to quit fighting to change them and then move on to your new lease life.
2 Samuel 12 : 1 - 22.
You future depends on making the right decisions in this regard.
In every unpleasant situation you must weigh your options to know whether to keep  treading milk , like our friend , the little fighter-mouse or to QUIT to live out your life elsewhere in a better environment.  

May you abound in grace to receive wisdom and strength to know whether to quit or remain  in toxic relationships and very unpleasant situations.
Amen.




 



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Friday, 18 August 2017

Sitting Pretty

" And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.
Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever." Amen. Revelation 1: 5,6.


While watching a wild life programme shot somewhere in the Serengeti,I was amused by the antics of the various breed of monkeys in the tree branches on the banks of a lake.
The serene and beautiful surrounding of the lake was dotted with all kinds of animals and birds, large and small, milling around, to drink and swim in the watering hole.
Suddenly , all the animals , including the large ones like zebras and buffaloes moved away from the lake into the cover of the bush ; each letting out cries of fright to warn each other of danger. The calm of the lake was shattered!
There was panic amongst the animals because a pride of lions had arrived on the scene to quench their thirst!
The howler monkeys went higher up the trees and let out loud screams and howls ; while the birds and other animals joined the chorus of hateful alarm in their own peculiar "languages".
The lions ignored them and without even a glance at the gang of protesting animals, they drank water to their hearts content and then laid down on the shore for a rest.
As they laid there , the noise and commotion from the other animals continued.
Some of the animals ran away; while others shrieked , snorted and howled at the lions from a safe distance.
But none of them dared to return to the lake while the lions were there.
Meanwhile, the lions were unperturbed and indifferent to the commotion around them. Nor were they afraid that they were out-numbered by hundreds of howling and screaming animals who, were ,obviously, very upset at the lions' unwanted awesome presence!
Apparently , the lions were not hungry and did not come to hunt for prey but to quench their thirst.
The family of lions sat down , confidently ,took their rest by the lake, for as long as they wanted to do so; and then they walked away, majestically .
Such is the confidence and privilege which go with power, strength and dominion.
After the lions had left the scene, then the other animals felt safe and were enboldened to return to the lake.
Indeed , when the Cat is away, mice come out to play!

I sympathised with all the other harassed animals who had to endure this atmosphere of fear and intimidation caused by the arrival of the lions, every day, at their watering holes.
I could imagine the insults and threats those animals hurled at the intruding lions and their anger and bitterness at being inferior in status and strength to the lions.
But in this life, every one cannot be king.
In the jungle of life, someone has to be King to rule and reign over the others.
The lion was divinely endowed with power and strength as king of the Jungle ,  to lord it over the other beasts of the jungle.
All lions know this and all the other animals know this and accept that the Lion is king ; even if they do accept this fact grudgingly.
When the Lion speaks ( roars), no animal dares to rebuke him into silence.
At the sound of his roar ,the earth trembles ; the other animals retreat into hiding and they quake with fear!
"...he uttereth his voice , the earth melted" . Psalm 46:6b
The King of the beasts eats and drinks whatever he desires, when and where he pleases.
The king of the jungle goes wherever he wants ; even where other animals would not dare to tread.

The king walks tall , striding majestically before his enemies and is not shaken or deterred by their protests or disapproval!

Jesus Christ has been given all
power to rule and reign in heaven and on earth. Matthew 28: 18.
The Lion of the Tribe of Judah is Lord , in Heaven and on Earth.
All usurpers, noise makers and pretenders to the Throne know who the King is and so they become silent and they must bow in the presence of the King of Heaven and Earth!
"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father ". 

Philippians 2:9 - 11

Kingship is bestowed either by birth and or by anointing.
The Lion of the Tribe of Judah has bestowed His power and dominion to rule and reign on those that are called by His name.
He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked." 1 John 2:6.
Jesus Christ is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords .
He has made his people who are called by His name to rule and reign in the midst of their enemies and the enemies of their God.
Psalm 110:2.
Receive the authority by Kingship to sit pretty, to walk tall and to reign in the midst of all challenges and over every adversary! 
The power and dominion which Jesus bestows on people for kingship flow from His throne of Righteousness.
In righteousness, we are sitting pretty and reigning in the midst of our enemies.
"The name of the LORD [is] a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” 
Proverb 18: 10.
Have you received Christ's righteousness?
It is freely bestowed not on just anybody ; but on every one who believes in his or her heart and confesses that Jesus is the son of God ; that He died to take away the sins of the world , He was buried and He rose from the dead on the third day.
Romans 10: 8- 11 .

Jesus is alive and He reigns for ever more.
Jesus Christ, the Lion of the tribe of Judah has made us righteous to sit and reign in high places with Him, far above principalities and powers and every power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt us.
"For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ". 
Romans 5 :17

Just like the other animals dread and tremble before the lion , so God has put trembling and the fear of His people
in the midst of our enemies to paralyse them and render them
and their evil devices impotent against us.
"But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil." Psalm 1:33.
If only we believe and stand in the liberty and authority which the salvation of God has given us ; deliverance, boldness, peace and victory shall be our portion in life, always.
Amen.
God bless you .
- Tina E. David
My other blog is www.tinaeds.blogspot.com

Friday, 26 May 2017

The Circle of Glory

12. And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch. 
13 Yet none of the rest dared join them, but the people esteemed them highly. 
14 And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, 
15 so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. 
16 Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed. 
17 Then the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with indignation, 18 and laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the common prison. 
19 But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20 “Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.”  Act 5 : 12 - 20.
As it was in the beginning of the era when Christians started preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ , so it is even today.Then and now , preaching the Truth of the Gospel of Christ filled the rulers of this world with indignation. The governments and the peoples of some nations in this world condemn the preaching of the undiluted Gospel of Christ as  "Hate Crime" and as " offensive and inciting statements !".
In many nations today, Christians are chastised and sanctioned whenever they express their opinions about anything ; opinions which are based on their faith in the word of God.
 In such countries, speaking  the Truth in the Bible is regarded as making " offensive" and "politically incorrect " statements; therefore in some nations it is an offence punishable by loss of jobs , ostracism, imprisonment and even by death ; for Christians to express their faith in the word of God as declared in the Bible .
Recently ,in one of such "civilised countries",there were protests when a top politician ,during an interview spoke from his perspective of his Christian faith and expressed his Bible- based opinion of homosexuality ; a lifestyle which is not approved by the word of God.
There was an uproar against him for saying "such offensive words" ! 
Some members of the public ; especially people in his constituency , dared him to repeat and confirm what he said about homosexuality .
The harassed politician, for fear of losing his job, had to tread softly by issuing a watered- down statement which was a sort of denial of what he actually believed to be the Truth in the Bible .
It is now regarded as the "civilized , proper and acceptable" thing for people to joke, use swear words and utter statements which ridicule and condemn the word of the Christian God . Few people would bat an eyelid when non-Christians make public statements which are blasphemous , hate-filled and downright disrespectful and antagonistic regarding Christian doctrines. 
Indeed , these are the days of persecution of Christians all over the world .
Least of the list of anti-Christian attacks is the institutionalised and determined efforts to stifle and silence the preaching of the Gospel , even when preached from church pulpits  inside churches.
Sadly, this hatred and antagonism against the Gospel Truth has intimidated and bullied some Christians  into silent retreat .
For this reason , some Christians now, have become secret disciples who visit Christ at night only. John 3:1. 
Some Church ministers , when preaching sermons , can be heard trying very hard , to not be "offensive" by NOT nailing the Truth of the Gospel on the head.
Some Christians would not even be bold enough to step out and  win souls by obeying the mandate given by Christ in the Great Commission . Matthew 9; 35-38;  28:16-20  .
When push comes to shove, even fewer would bother to take their stand on the Truth in Bible when they are faced with  threats to their lives, source of income  and to their self-esteem.
The days are evil indeed. The Enemies of the Cross have become desperately violent because the evil spirits who drive these Satanic sons and daughters of men know that their time is running out and that the Bridegroom is coming with fire in His eyes and with His reward and judgement in His hand.
In times like this , FOCUS is the guiding word for Christians
Be focused on Christ who called you ; not on the agenda of the defeated foe and his agents.
" If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me first ". John 15:18.
Christ is the One who has prepared thrones and crowns of glory awaiting His  own people .He was hated , He was threatened , mocked and rejected; but Christ overcame all and He has given Christians His peace and victory .
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world ". John 16:33.
Receive the anointing of strength and boldness by the power of the Holy Ghost.
The Circle of Glory is  complete and continuous in the ministry of the preaching of the Gospel of Christ .
 Be strengthened and be focused on this Circle of Glory . 
This Circle of Glory starts and is PROGRESSIVELY revolving as God is being glorified when His work is accomplished on the earth ; by the power of the Holy Ghost through the lives of His faithful sons and daughters who are Abiding in Christ and doing God's word . 
7. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
 John 3: 7-9.
When we bear fruits, God is glorified ; but the enemies of the Cross are filled with wrath.
Their wrath spawns their persecution of God's people .  Acts 5 : 12 - 18.
Persecution of Christians results in the Dispersal of the Fire of the Gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth ; with signs and wonders confirming the preaching of the word of God everywhere . 
 God is glorified when the results of persecution against the Body of Christ are increase , stability and signs and wonders confirming the word preached by His people . 
Hallelujah ! 
Be assured that the gates of Hell cannot prevail against the Church of Jesus Christ.  
Christians and the Church CANNOT be overcome by the evil agenda of the Enemies of the Cross. 
Faithful is the Lord of the Harvest and He is able  to deliver His people ; even to the uttermost .
"19. But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20 “Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.”Act 5: 19-20.
Whatever the challenges faced by Christians , more than ever before , the clarion call to all Believers is : " The ultimate goal of all Christians is to obey God rather then men ! ".
27. And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,
28. Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said,
 We ought to obey God rather than men.
This is not the time when Christians would succumb to threats to their lives or any other types of threats. Now  is the TIME when Christians must defy all forms of intimidation and bullying  ; whether they are overt or covert .
Brethren, the Harvest is Ripe. Go make disciples of all men . 
GO, TEACH and PREACH the Gospel of Christ every where ; all the time.
 Matthew 9; 35-38;  28:16-20  .
22He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”…
Revelations 3: 21-22.
"And the Spirit and the bride say "Come!"...... Revelation 22:17.
Amen. 

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Strong , Enduring and Eternal





17." Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
18. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures ". 
James  1: 17-18. ESV .

The bond between mother and child is strong indeed ; so strong and enduring that even as adults , most people's first port of call when they seek someone to share the latest news concerning their situations with, are their mothers .
Naturally , in times of need or times of crisis, humans would think first of running to Mother for support , counsel and reassurance because Mother and no one else is the person who could be trusted to give them comfort and to keep their secrets secret from third parties.
Mother , indeed, in the one person to be relied upon for comfort and love when all around us have proved untrustworthy and  unreliable .
People would run to Mother not only for comfort and re-assurance when they are distressed ; but Mother is usually the first person to hear the good news concerning their successes, their blessings and joyous situations .
                                    
                                        
A Mother's love towards her children endures until her last breath.
Female animals have been known to take on bigger predators than themselves when the lives of their off springs were threatened.
Most mothers, 
if their children were under attack; even in the face of danger to themselves from stronger attackers , would fight off such attackers with all their strength even with their last breath , to protect the lives of their off springs .
Some trees and other plants are famous for protecting their leaves , buds and fruits from invasion by destructive insects, birds and humans. They repel such invasions by putting on their natural defences like thorns , colour camouflages or by emitting unpleasant odours and secreting bitter and poisonous liquids.

Thanks be to God the Creator of all things for giving all His living creatures  the gift of Mother's Love !
Maternal love was created and divinely programmed to be all what it is. A biological mother's love is the sample and the earthly shadow of the real thing which is God's love for His children.
The uniqueness of a mother's love is indisputable as it is the purest , strongest and most reliable manifestation of love which a human being could receive from another human being .
For these reasons , many humans, actually love and cherish their mothers to the extent that if they were faced with the difficult choice of pleasing their mothers and maintaining their relationships with their mothers or displeasing God and losing their close relationship with God ; 
they would prefer to please their mothers.

God's love deserves  to be cherished and appreciated above all other love existing among humans.
God is Love who is unconditional and eternal . 
God's love manifests as the caring Father's love and also as the multi- breasted Mother's all-sufficient love which is more than enough to supply abundantly above all we need or desire . 
" And I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares the Lord, and I will be the glory in her midst." Zechariah 2: 5.
 All what humans would ever need regarding unconditional and unending love, provisions, faithfulness , protection and care is found in God alone. 

"Can a woman forget her nursing child and 
have no compassion on the son of her womb ?
Even these may forget , but I will not forget you ".
 Isaiah 49:15.
 How could a nursing mother " forget " to care and to have compassion for the child she bore?
Strange as the notion seems , many mothers have done just that. They forgot their children when they were most needed by their children !
A mother's forgetfulness could be deliberate or unintentional.
Even as unique as maternal love is, a mother’s love being human and earthly in its nature, is subject to human failings ; as such, Mother's love cannot measure up to the highest standard which is God's unconditional and perfect love .
Like a shadow is fleeting and is not the substance ,so could the uniqueness of maternal love be fleeting and fallible .
Unintentionally , a careless mother could doze off, forgetting to feed her child , or she could fail to position her child properly in the child's bed leading to cot-death !
Some mothers have ignorantly or carelessly fed their children with contaminated food and water which caused severe life-threatening diseases in the children.
 Some mothers have forgotten to give their sick children the correct dosage of prescribed medications.
When in public places, some mothers forget to keep an eye on their children ; resulting in missing children  and fatal accidents resulting from their children running into the paths of fast-moving vehicles!
These acts of carelessness or / and ignorance by mothers are just a few of such which could cause severe injury or death for their children.
But the Eternal Mother , Jehovah El-Shaddai neither sleeps nor slumbers on duty. Psalm 121:1- 4.
Yahweh , Jehovah God is always on duty , day and night , watching  over His children . 
Blessed be His holy Name.

In times of need , when we turn to our mothers , they would be willing to do everything they could do to come to our aid .
But much as our mothers would be willing to do everything to help us , what if their "everything" is not enough to meet our basic needs and wants? What then ?

Some mothers "forget" their love for their children when it comes to matters of the mothers' desires to spend the lion share of their money on their craving for drink , hard drugs, hard smoke, expensive holidays, the latest fashion, beauty and cosmetics products, jewellery and other desirable gadgets .

Another major issue for some mothers is their love of food vis-à-vis the love for their children . 
Usually, mothers are responsible for the cooking and dishing out the food in the proportions 
as mothers deem fit, to all members of their household. 
Some mothers find it challenging to overcome the temptation of the sin of selfishness and gluttony when it comes to sharing equitably the family meals .
It has been alleged by some children that their own mothers start eating portions of the meat, fish and chicken during when their mothers are cooking the family meals.
By the time the food is ready to be dished out, such mothers would eat more by serving themselves larger portions of meals and keeping the best and biggest pieces of meat and chicken in their soups for themselves , while leaving the smallest and bony pieces for their children and husbands !
The excuse of such mothers for gobbling large portions of
their family meals is :
" For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The labourer deserves his wages.” 1 Timothy 5: 18.

We have seen the distressing sights of the endless adverts of starving children in the media; used by numerous charities to source for donations .
People have often wondered how is it that the diseased , dying and skeletal children seen in those charity advertisements are ,usually, cuddled by mothers who look fit and rosy-cheeked ?!
I hear you !

In Jehovah El Shaddai God there is no lack , no turning or variableness.  James 1:17. 
Strong and sacrificial is maternal love ; but even a mother's love could waver and falter when her joy and her pleasure over the child she bore have ceased.
Some mothers have chosen to forget their love for their children by abandoning them ; may be because their joy as mothers has ceased , due to many reasons.
Reasons such as the fact that the child or children they bore have turned out to be children of sorrow because of the children's physical deformities or depraved characters which have caused shame and sorrow to their mothers and entire families .
Definitely not what or whom their mothers were expecting the children to become ! 

Strange as it sounds, some mothers in the event of their remarriage or starting a new love relationship have chosen to abandon their own children by seeking their personal happiness and fulfilment in the love of their current man.

 Some mothers have complied if their man demanded that such mothers forsake their own children for him ; as his condition for continuing the love relationship.
Also , some mothers have decided to "change gear " by shifting their love , care and attention from their children to their own personal interests ; by investing their love , time and energy in advancing their personal careers, businesses and their own future financial security .
Such mothers give their reasons for such change as the blatant ingratitude they have received from their children.


Appreciating the awesome dimensions of God 's love as Jehovah El-Shaddai "The Multi -Breasted One", is essential and imperative for maintaining our total trust in God as the ultimate provider and supplier of whatever we need in our lives .
Mothers are special , they are indispensable and where would most of us be without our mothers ?
But like all good things on earth, mothers' love is not eternal.
Some day, these great women who rocked our cradles , who are rocking our world, going the extra mile , spending sleepless nights and busy days to care for us and to nurture us ; like all humans , they will pass away.
Some day, you will wake up and hear that your Mother , your most-trusted confidante, your best friend and the greatest love of your life has gone away from this realm !
But , if she was a Christian , she is alive in eternity .
When Mother has gone Home , her God and your God lives and He is your Strong , Enduring and Eternal Multi-breasted One .
Jehovah , the El-Shaddai God alone deserves our adoration and worship.
Appreciate God's faithfulness and goodness .
 Worship Him . Hallelujah !