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You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing Your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever! Psalm 30:11-12

151. Special needs children.

152. Little children singing.

153. God-honoring Sunday School curriculum.

154. Rain.

155. God’s answers to prayer.

156. The power of a true understanding of grace in rejecting legalism.

157. An intact family.

158. Hardships of the Christian life.

159. God’s chastisement.

160. Ministries to international students.

Friday Finds

Last Friday, the International Literacy Training Institute ended. The day was full of celebration, hence no post was made. There are pictures from the 5-week course on Flickr.

My former piano teacher and his son, who form the group Ryan and Ryan, create some very entertaining videos.

I am currently reading God’s Lesser Glory by Bruce Ware in preparation for an upcoming class, and when I heard this song, it seemed to go right along with the book!

Have you ever asked God for something and realized His answer was not what you expected?

Baptism no big deal?

Thoughts from Tim Challies on the movie Divided.

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If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine. Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats? Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me. Psalm 50: 12-15

30 days of thanksgiving:

141. Work at a Christian bookstore where I am surrounded by excellent resources.

142. Kind employers.

143. 12 years of involvement at Literacy & Evangelism International.

144. Opportunities to learn to speak comfortably on the phone.

145. God’s protection and provision surrounding the fire at LEI 8 years ago.

146. The everlasting testimony of God’s hand of protection over the primer archives during the fire.

147. Couples that are a testimony to God’s grace in their lasting marriages.

148. Theologically stimulating discussions with friends.

149. Photoshoot locations in my city.

150. The ability to sing.

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Psalm 56

30 days of thanksgiving:

131. The promise of eternal life, not death, for those who are cleansed by the blood of Christ.

132. A future filled with endless happiness for the people of God.

133. The truth that God is intimately acquainted with all my ways because He planned them.

134. The fact that all things are ordained by God before the foundation of time.

135. Small group time with my church family.

136. Colors

137. Clothing

138. Style

139. Eye doctors

140. Eyeglasses

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30 days of thanksgiving:

121. Literacy workers all over the world

122. Literacy workers whose deepest desire is to bring people to love God’s Word

123. Cooperation among believers from various denominations toward the common purpose of making readers of God’s Word

124. The abundant availability of the Bible in the English language

125. The work of Bible translators to bring God’s Word to every language in the world

126. Today’s missionaries to deep dark places

127. Missionaries across the ages who demonstrate what it can look like to leave all and go for the sake of the gospel

128. Books that document the lives of God’s servants as an encouragement to others to live fully for Him

129. The variety of cultures in our world

130. God’s creativity in creating people

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30 days of thanksgiving:

111. Space heaters

112. Music

113. Powerpoint software

114. Presentation projector

115. Kindle

116. Gifted women authors

117. Volunteers at LEI

118. God’s calling of workers into His harvest field

119. God’s guidance for college students

120. The prayers of a child of God for another child of God

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Romans 5:1-11

30 days of thanksgiving:

101. Justification

102. The gift of faith

103. Access to God

104. Grace

105. Hope

106. God’s glory

107. Sufferings

108. The Holy Spirit

109. Salvation from the wrath of God

110. Reconciliation with God

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Absent Blessings – things that the Lord has spared me from

30 days of thanksgiving:

91. Not experienced the death of a parent

92. Not experienced the death of a sibling

93. Never been without food

94. Never been without water

95. Never lacked clothing

96. Never lacked shelter

97. Never lacked employment

98. Never experienced physical persecution for my faith

99. Never had my heart broken by a guy

100. Never had severe physical affliction

Though I have not had much affliction in my life, I pray that that will not keep me from pursuing my Savior fervently. I am challenged by those who are severely afflicted yet intensely secure in the Lord. I want to be prepared for affliction if/when it comes by storing up treasures of truth in my heart during happy times. Help me, Lord.

Friday Finds

Food Photography by The Pioneer Woman

How to Talk to Little Girls

The Health Benefits of Coffee vs. Tea Infographic

Unpacking the Casey Anthony Case

Questions to Ponder Before Dating

House of Shelves

If Leonardo DiCaprio Got Saved

Totally Like Whatever, You Know

Mercy River

Do You Realize?

“Were you a likely candidate for salvation?  Yet didn’t God save you?  And while he may have used some human instrument, don’t you see that he would have saved you with or without any instrument?  And haven’t you seen other ‘impossible’ brothers and sisters delivered likewise by the incredible power of the invisible God?

Do you realize from whence you came?  You were in the grip of hell.  Demons had wrapped their chains about you.  The god of this world had blinded your understanding.  Yet God struck off your chains and the face of Christ illumined your soul.  The damned around you are no more damned than you were, their chains no thicker, their darkness no deeper.  Nor is the power of Christ to save them one whit less.”

John White, The Golden Cow (Downers Grove, 1979), pages 151-152.

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30 days of thanksgiving:

81. One-on-one times of fellowship with sisters in Christ

82. The United States Postal Service

83. Homeschooling families

84. Parents who adopt children to the glory of God

85. Poetry that magnifies the Lord

86. Smiles

87. Laughter

88. Google

89. Trial versions of computer programs

90. E-mail