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“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 I was reading this second chapter of Ephesians in my devotionals this morning and it spoke to my heart in a new way.  The New Living Translation reads: “God saved you by his grace when you believed.  And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.  Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” I…

“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” Ephesians 5:20 In our daily walk with the Lord, we often face things that are not exactly like we wish they would be. But if we learn to give thanks regardless of our circumstances, then the Lord gives us joy regardless of our feelings. The more we praise and worship the Lord, the less frightening our circumstances seem. Nothing has changed except we now see the difficulties through the eyes of the Lord. He gives us the grace and strength to…

“O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” Psalm 136:1 Where has the year gone? It seems such a short time since we celebrated Christmas, and now here we are at that season again. As we look back over the past few months, we have so much to be thankful for. God has been with us, supplying our every need, giving us health and strength, and daily loading us with benefits. Truly, we are blessed. We realize that with another year about gone, we are that much closer to the return of…