Resource Library

Tuesday
Aug152017

Where do you get your cues?

Consult God’s instruction and the testimony of warning. If anyone does not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.”

- Isaiah 8:20

A woman who had spent many weeks studying the life of Moses in her Bible exclaimed, “I know Moses so well that he doesn’t even look like Charlton Heston!”

It’s all too easy to let the world dictate our views and feelings towards God and His Word. 

This is what the ancient Israelites were guilty of in the book of Isaiah. Though God had given them His Word concerning their future, they still consulted mediums about what to expect and what to do. The God of Heaven and Earth who delivered them from Egypt and gave them a home in the Promised Land had graciously revealed His heart and plans – but they took their cues from a psychic.

These days, the world has a thousand different ideas about what they think God is like. They say He’s cruel, unjust, and irrelevant. Likewise, they say His Word is outdated, impractical, and deceptive.

But you know better. You’ve experienced His grace and love at work in your heart. You’ve been led by the light and truth of His Word through dark storms in your life. So take a cue from Isaiah today, and don’t pay attention to what the world says. Look to your Father in Heaven and His unchanging Word for strength, hope, and assurance!

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to help you know and trust Him better through the power of His Word.

Questions for Thought:

What are some ways your views on God or on current affairs may have been influenced more by the world than by Scripture?

How would trusting in God’s Word set you apart from many people, including believers, in the world today?

Tuesday
Aug152017

Two stances to take toward sin in your life

"The highway of the upright avoids evil: those who guard their ways preserve their lives." 

- Proverbs 16:17

"Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy."

- Proverbs 28:13

A 1990 Subaru car commercial showed a Volvo heading toward a wall, and then, in slow motion, crashing into the wall. The point of the commercial was that the Volvo is built so sturdily, the passengers are not hurt in spite of the severe nature of the crash.

The next shot shows a Subaru heading at a high rate of speed toward a wall. At the last possible moment the driver slams on the brakes and the Subaru stops inches from crashing into the wall. The announcer then cuts in and asks what you would prefer: to live through a wreck, or not to get in a wreck in the first place?

As Christians, we should have both a proactive and a reactive stance toward getting into trouble. A proactive stance is what we do to avoid trouble. So if you struggle with anger, you proactively take steps to avoid blowing up when stress hits. A reactive stance, on the other hand, is what happens when you do sin. So if you do blow up, you react by being apologetic and asking for forgiveness.

Both of these stances are crucial when it comes to dealing with sin in your life. So stay on your guard proactively by watching out for where you’re prone to sin. Also, develop a planned biblical response for when you do make a mistake that keeps your relationships with God and others fully intact!

Prayer Challenge:

Pray that God would give you wisdom to avoid sin, as well as deal with sin when it happens.

Saturday
Aug052017

The dangers of hasty decisions

"The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty."

- Proverbs 21:5

The photographer for a well-known magazine was assigned to take photos of a great forest fire. The problem was that smoke at the scene hampered him. So he frantically called his home office to hire a plane. “It will be waiting for you at the airport!” he was assured by his editor.

As soon as he got to the small, rural airport, sure enough, a plane was warming up near the runway. So the reporter jumped in with his equipment and yelled, “Let’s go! Let’s go!” The pilot swung the plane into the wind and soon they were in the air.

“Fly over the north side of the fire,” said the photographer, “and make three or four low, level passes.” “Why?” asked the pilot. “Because I’m going to take pictures!” said the photographer with great exasperation. “I’m a photographer, and photographers take pictures!”

After a long pause the pilot said, “You mean you’re not the instructor?”

Many times, in order to make the quickest decision possible, it can be easy to sacrifice our God-given wisdom for the sake of expediency. And all too often, these hasty decisions result in negative outcomes, because when not all the facts are known, bad choices can very easily be made.

Yet the wisdom of the Psalms tells us in today’s passage that diligent planning and seeking the Lord’s will ultimately result in our good. So instead of making decisions too quickly, spend time praying and seeking wise counsel to make the best choices possible!

Prayer Challenge:

Pray and ask God to give you wisdom and patience to make decisions that honor Him.

Saturday
Aug052017

Be wise in the eyes of the Lord!

"Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil."

- Proverbs 3:7

A successful businessman bought a yacht so he and his wife could retire in luxury. His wife, however, was nervous considering her husband had absolutely zero experience sailing. But after years of victories in boardrooms, the man was sure he could handle it. So for weeks he practiced in the harbor before setting sail to the open sea.

Finally, the time came for them to embark. As they set sail, the man tried to comfort his wife by saying, “Honey, trust me. I know where every rock, reef, and sand bar is in this entire harbor.”

At that moment a huge hidden rock beneath the surface made a large crunching sound from stem to stern. “There,” the man said sheepishly, “is one of them going by now.”

It’s not just the young who try to hide their lack of experience. Sometimes it’s those of us who know better that fall victim to pride most often. But true wisdom entails owning up to what you lack – and having the humility to chase after new knowledge even in your twilight years.

The experienced saint who shows humility as they seek to grow in wisdom bears testimony to the depths of God’s love and majesty. A hundred lifetimes couldn’t exhaust all there is to be learned and experienced in your relationship with Him – and that’s an exciting thought!      

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to grant you humility and a deep desire to grow in wisdom even as you grow in age.

Questions for Thought:

Can you think of a time you wish you’d been humble about what you did know and honest about what you didn’t?

How do you think it would impact the younger generation to see older believers continually seek wisdom from the Lord?

Saturday
Aug052017

The key to building solid, selfless relationships

"My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry…"

- James 1:19

Albert Einstein was invited to speak at a banquet held in his honor at Swarthmore College. Hundreds of people from all over the country crowded an auditorium to hear what he had to say. When it came time for him to speak, the greatest physicist walked to the lectern, solemnly looked around, and said, “Ladies and gentlemen, I am very sorry, but I have nothing to say.” Then he sat down.

The audience was in shock. A few seconds later, Einstein got up, walked back to the podium, and spoke again. “In case I have something to say, I will come back and say it.” Six months later he wired the president of the college with the message: “Now I have something to say.” Another dinner was held, and Einstein made his speech.

It’s been said that God gave us two ears and one mouth for the simple reason that we should listen more often than we speak. Yet for many Christians today, relationships are breaking down for the simple reason that people are forgetting how to listen to each other.

You never hear of someone sticking his foot in his ears—only his mouth! So when it comes to interacting with others, listen before you speak. Prefer others and let them talk. Listening, not talking, is the key to keeping peace and building solid relationships that honor God!

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to show you people with whom you can be quick to listen and slow to speak.

Saturday
Aug052017

Do you have the right perspective?

"For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

- 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

At the famed Battle of Inchon in the Korean War, Marine Corps General Chesty Puller made a powerful statement about the importance of perspective.

With an ocean behind them and enemy combatants on every other side, the gritty general shouted, “This is great, men! They’ll never get away this time.”

The best way to tackle an obstacle is to see it as an opportunity. And through Christ, that’s what everything you face really is – an opportunity to grow in your faith, an opportunity to impact others for eternity, and an opportunity to experience God’s presence in new and exciting ways.

Think of all the obstacles in Scripture that were turned into opportunities for God to be glorified and His people blessed. Joseph’s betrayal and imprisonment in Egypt led to the salvation of the Hebrew people from famine. King David’s years of running from Saul led to some of the most powerful and encouraging Psalms in the Bible. And Jesus’ death on the cross became our victory over death.

So if you’re staring at an obstacle today, stop. No matter if it’s an illness, a loss, or a struggle, take your eyes off the trial you’re going through and fix them on the One who can turn anything into a triumph.

Because when you see your life from God’s perspective, you realize there really are no obstacles He can’t overcome!  

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to help you have His perspective on life. And pray for the strength to keep your gaze fixed on Jesus no matter what trials come your way.

Questions for Thought:

Can you think of a time in the past when you allowed an obstacle to control your perspective rather than God?

What are some obstacles in your life today that could become opportunities for God’s glory and your blessing?

Saturday
Aug052017

What if you’re wrong?

"For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you."

- Romans 12:3

For centuries, people believed that Aristotle was right when he said that the heavier an object, the faster it would fall to earth. Anyone, of course, at any time, could’ve taken a heavy object and a light one and dropped them both from a great height to see whether or not the heavier object landed first. But no one did until nearly 2,000 years after Aristotle’s death.

In 1589, Galileo summoned learned professors to the base of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Then he went to the top and pushed off a ten-pound and a one-pound weight at the same time. To their amazement, both landed at the very same instant. The power of belief was so strong, however, that the professors denied their eyesight. They continued to say Aristotle was right!

Modern physics today proves Galileo was correct. Yet it’s astonishing that these learned men, despite seeing reality before their eyes, would rather assume their preconceptions were correct than accept a new idea.

Very often, it’s our preconceptions and prejudices that cause division among the body of Christ. Even some of the most faithful men and women are guilty of assuming their way of doing things is the right way simply because that’s how it’s always been done. But true humility pushes our own agendas to the side and puts God’s agenda first.

So instead of leaning on what you’ve always thought, trust in what the Bible says is true with fresh eyes, putting your own preconceived notions aside and promoting unity among believers instead of division.

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to show you areas where you’ve assumed your way is the only way. Pray that He would release you from that and be a force for unity among the body of Christ.

Thursday
Aug032017

Waiting patiently for God’s perfect timing

"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us."

- 1 John 5:14

There was a family who had a small Scottish terrier who would go to their back door and bark and bark until someone finally got the message and let it out. One day, a handyman had come to do some work on the house while everyone else was gone. That little dog took up his station at the back door and barked incessantly all day.

When the family returned home to find the handyman finishing up, he told them about how the dog had been barking all day at the door. The homeowner told him that his neighbors had said the same thing. “The sad thing is,” the owner said, “it never occurs to the little guy that all his barking is totally useless when no one’s home to hear!”

The Christian prayer life can sometimes feel like that little dog, can’t it? You pray and pray, and often years can go by with no answer until you begin to wonder, “Is anyone even home up there?”

But God’s timing is perfect. He knows what you need and when you need it. His timing for answering prayer is never early and never late. So instead of becoming discouraged that no one is hearing your prayers, remember that God knows what’s best and will always work everything out for those who love Him!

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to teach you patience as you wait for His perfect timing to answer your prayers.

Thursday
Aug032017

God ordains your steps!

"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."

- 1 Thessalonians 5:18

A young man and his wife sat talking one evening about how God had blessed them. They’d recently relocated across the country so the man could attend seminary. And while the move had been unexpected, they quickly found well-paying jobs, a beautiful home, and discovered they were expecting a child. So as they chatted over coffee, they thanked the Lord for ordaining it all.

But within a year, the woman lost her job, they lost their house and, forced to move in with family, their marriage was strained. Overcome by stress, they struggled to thank God for ordaining it all.

As it turns out, the company the woman worked for was about to go belly up, the property taxes on their home were set to skyrocket, and as the young couple would soon discover, they desperately needed help from family caring for their new baby girl.

God’s will is not good only when it conforms to our expectations – it’s always good because it’s His.

His will for you is not cruel, unjust, or arbitrary. God’s will for you is an expression of His love. And the One who ordained the path of the planets and stars also ordains your steps in order to guide you toward your greatest good.

So trust Him today, and thank Him in all circumstances… He knows exactly what He’s doing! 

Prayer Challenge:

Thank God for His sovereign control in your life. And ask Him to give you a grateful heart no matter what circumstances come your way.

Questions for Thought:

What are some situations in your life you can look back on and see the Lord at work even if it didn’t seem like it at the time?

What are some situations you’re facing today that you can give over to God?

Tuesday
Aug012017

The real purpose of prayer

“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

- Matthew 6:6-8

As Christians, one of the great paradoxes we face is asking God for something that He already

knows we need. If you’ve ever wrestled with that seeming contradiction, perhaps the thoughts of

the 19th-century preacher R. A. Torrey can help. Among the reasons he gave for prayer are these:

  • Because there is a devil, and prayer is a God-appointed way to resist him (Ephesians 6:12-13, 18).
  • Because prayer is God’s way for us to obtain what we need from Him (Luke 11:3-13; James 4:2).
  • Because prayer is the means God has appointed for us to find “grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
  • Because prayer with thanksgiving is God’s way for us to obtain freedom from anxiety and to receive “the peace of God” (Philippians 4:6-7).

Besides these reasons, it should be enough that we’re commanded to, “Pray continually”

(1Thessalonians 5:17). Yes, God is all-knowing, but He also desires our fellowship and wants

us to pray to Him. He also wants us to convey our utter dependence upon Him as our creator and

sustainer.

When we seek God’s will in prayer, we strengthen our relationship with Him. So pray… not

because you’re telling God something He doesn’t know, but because through prayer, you grow

deeper in your connection with God.

Prayer Challenge:

Spend extended time in prayer today telling God what’s on your heart and allowing Him to speak into yours.

Monday
Jul312017

His will for you is good!

This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’”

Matthew 6:9-10

A young boy and his dad were seated at the dining room table, while mom put the finishing touches on their Sunday dinner. While waiting, the father asked his son if he would say the prayer for their meal. The youngster nodded his head excitedly – but when his mother brought the food out, his enthusiasm faded.

Pausing for a moment to stare at the bubbling casserole set before him, the little boy shrugged his shoulders and prayed, "God, I’m really not sure what it is. But thanks anyway. And I’ll still eat it.”

One of the hardest things for believers to do is to trust that God knows what He’s doing in your life – to believe that whatever He sets in front of you is for your good.

Instead, we often grow angry or afraid when God allows something into our lives that we don’t expect or recognize. But you can exchange that anger and fear for joy when you learn to pray like Jesus and trust in God’s will over your own.

The truth is God’s in complete control, even when you can’t make sense of what’s going on. He loves you – and if you’ll trust Him in all things – you’ll experience the peace of His presence like never before!

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to help you desire His will in your life over your own. 

Questions for Thought:

Do you trust that God’s will for you is actually for your greatest good? What are some reasons you might struggle with this?

What are some things in your life today that you can entrust to the Lord’s will?

Monday
Jul312017

Standing firm when you’re tempted to compromise

“If you love me, keep my commands.”

- John 14:15

Sister Carol Anne O’Marie is a nun in Oakland, California, who writes mystery novels about an elderly nun who becomes a detective. Awhile back, Sister O’Marie was approached by a Hollywood television company who wanted to turn her novels into a television series. This was a very big production company and the offer would’ve made her very rich.

One of the producers told her, however, that it would help dramatically if the central character were younger, had a drinking problem, and perhaps even had an illicit love affair before she donned the habit. When the author declined to contemplate such changes because it would take the story in a way it was never intended to go, the television producer tried the ultimate argument:

“Sister, you’re turning down a lot of money!”

“What would I do with it,” replied the nun, who had taken a vow of poverty, “move to a nicer convent?!”

In our world today where everybody has a price and many people compromise what’s right for what’s beneficial, what is needed more than anything are people who will stand on principle. Yes, it’s often convenient to give a little here or there, but faithful obedience speaks much louder than the convenience of compromise.

Stand firm in what you know is right, no matter the cost. Stay true to who you are and who God made you. You may miss out on temporal rewards, but you’ll gain so much more in your heavenly treasure!

Prayer Challenge:

Pray and ask God to show you areas where you need to stay firm when it may be convenient to compromise.

Friday
Jul282017

What to do when life knocks you down

"You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised."

- Hebrews 10:36

A story is told that Andrew Jackson’s boyhood friends just couldn’t understand how he became a famous general and then President of the United States. They knew of other men who had greater talent, but never succeeded like little “Andy” did.

One of Jackson’s friends said, “Why, Jim Brown was not only smarter, but he could beat Andy three times out of four in a wrestling match. But look where Andy is now.” Another friend responded, “How did there happen to be a fourth time? Didn’t they usually say three times and you’re out in wrestling?”

“Sure, they were supposed to, but not Andy. He would never admit he was beat. Jim Brown would get tired, and on the fourth try Andy would always beat him.”

Picking up on that idea, it’s been said, “The thing that counts is not how many times you are beat, but whether you are willing to stay that way.” In life, you will face setbacks, but what really matters is whether or not you take courage and go forward in faith despite the challenges and even defeats you will encounter.

The real battle is the Lord’s. So when it comes to facing life’s struggles, get back up when you get hit because in Christ, your victory is already won!

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to give you the strength to get back up when life knocks you down and remind you that your victory is already won!

Thursday
Jul272017

Your Support at Work!

 

Thank you for making the following testimony possible through your support of Senior Living…

I am sending you a praise report! You had prayed for my total body spasm pain from fibromyalgia. I had a bad reaction to a medicine but now I am off it. I am presently having much less pain and I am so grateful for your faithful prayers.

– Lisa

Thursday
Jul272017

A Note from Warren & Virginia


Dear Friend,

Someone once said, “True gratitude follows when we understand all that Christ has done.” The apostle Paul understood this idea well when he wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:13-15…

        Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Having an attitude of gratitude in your life isn’t based solely on your present circumstances. If it was, thankfulness would ebb and flow with the trials and challenges of life.

No, true gratitude comes from seeing all God has done, is doing, and will do. It’s believing in the “one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead” (past) and “will also raise us with Jesus and present you to himself” (future).

You may be facing some serious challenges today. Perhaps your health is failing. Maybe you’re struggling financially. Or it could feel like your family has forgotten you.

If so, remember that the gratitude you have toward God transcends your present circumstances. He bought you with the blood of His Son, Jesus. And He’s promised you an eternity with Him. What a wonderful reason we have to be grateful!

I hope you know how grateful Virginia and I are for you—especially for your prayers and support of our Summer Campaign. Please continue praying for an outpouring of support to help reach the $12,000 goal by August 31—so we can continue encouraging seniors all over the world to embrace the life God intends during these summer months.

Thank you for your prayers and your partnership. You’re a blessing!

 

Thursday
Jul272017

He always comes through

"And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus."

- Philippians 4:19

A shipwrecked crew had been drifting for days in a small boat off the coast of Brazil. After their water ran out, they began to suffer the horrors of thirst – but certainly didn’t drink the seawater because the salt could kill them.

Suddenly, they saw a ship coming toward them. As the large vessel grew closer, the shipwrecked men called out, “Water! Water!” Then one of the sailors on the ship called out, “Dip your bucket over the side and drink!”

The men thought they were being mocked. But they did as the sailor told them, and the water was fresh. They had drifted into the flow of the mighty Amazon River, which brought fresh water far out to sea.

In the dry, thirsty places of life, God often brings us refreshment in unexpected ways. If we’re depressed, He sends friends to cheer us up. If we’re sick, He restores our spirits. And if we’re hurting, He gives us the joy of his presence.

 So, if you’re in a dry place, expect God to do the unexpected. He always comes through when you need Him.

 Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to remind you daily of His promises to provide for your needs.

Questions for Thought:

What’s one way you’ve seen God unexpectedly bring you through hard times in the past?

How might your outlook on tough times be different if you fully trusted in Him to get you through them?

Wednesday
Jul262017

Get the comfort you need, right when you need it!

 

Loneliness, isolation, and frustration are some of the greatest sources of pain today, driving people deep into depression and leaving them feeling hopeless and helpless. But God’s Word has so much to say on issues like these—and so much encouragement to give for hard times.

That’s why we’ve created Verses of Comfort, a section of our website devoted to giving you the comfort you need, when you need it, straight from God’s Word.

Whether you’re searching for peace after the death of a loved one, struggling in your faith, or could just use a little encouragement to make it through the day, Verses of Comfort is right there for you any time, day or night. 

Just visit “Verses of Comfort” link at the top of the page. We pray that these verses bring you the comfort and encouragement you need whatever circumstances you face.

Wednesday
Jul262017

From Virginia’s Kitchen

 

By Virginia Olson

Dear Friend,

This easy no-bake cake is always a hit when we have friends over on a weekend afternoon. It’ll look like you’ve spent hours in the kitchen. (But don’t worry, I’ll never tell!). Enjoy!

No-Bake Chocolate Angel Cake

Ingredients:

2 packages (14 oz.) chocolate chips

2 Tbsp. sugar

3 eggs separated

1 pint whipping cream, whipped

1 small angel food cake

Directions:

Melt chocolate chips together with sugar in a saucepan over very low heat, constantly stirring. Remove from heat, stir in beaten egg yolks, and cool 5 minutes. 

Fold stiffly beaten egg whites and whipped cream into chocolate mixture.

Break angel food cake into bite-size pieces and fold into mix. 

Spread in springform or 13 x 9-inch pan.

Chill overnight. Serves 14-16.

Wednesday
Jul262017

Q&A with Warren

Q: Warren, I have a hard time recognizing the blessings God has given me. How can I become more thankful? 

 A: A lot of people think of blessings as something opulent that they can physically see—like a nice house or lots of money. And while God’s blessings sometimes take those forms, they’re more often seen in the simplicity of our everyday lives. For example, the fact that you have breath in your lungs is a blessing from God. Your clothes, the roof over your head, and your freedom to worship are all likewise testimonies to God’s grace in your life—blessings for which you can be thankful.

So don’t let your seeming “lack” of blessings keep you from being grateful. Look for the many ways God blesses you in your everyday life—and let those small graces fuel your gratitude! 

 Q: I know the Bible says to give thanks in all circumstances, but I’m going through a terrible time and don’t see a way out. How can I be grateful?

 A: If you saw a way out of every tough situation, you’d never have to rely on God. Situations that seem hopeless are His ways of building up your faith and helping you trust more deeply in Him. That’s because gratitude sometimes comes not from what we see, but from what we trust God will do. Even if He doesn’t take away your struggles this side of eternity, you can still be thankful that you have the promise of heaven.

Christian gratitude is far different from that of the world. Worldly gratitude is a result of a benefit already received. But the gratitude we have is based on a rock-solid trust that what we will receive is so much greater than anything the world has to offer.

Wednesday
Jul262017

How you can experience greater joy through gratitude

By Dr. Chuck Olson

There I was minding my own business. My mission was simple: Stop by P.F. Chang’s and pick up some takeout for dinner with my sweetheart.

As I waited for the order to be filled, a family of three walked in: two everyday-looking parents, and one very extraordinary child. The child, probably six years of age, was positioned in a pretty elaborate wheelchair.

It didn’t take much time to realize that this little boy had more than his fair share of physical challenges. And what was even clearer was that his parents had their hands full in attending to his needs. This wasn’t a reality show. This was a sobering snapshot of life.

As I walked to my car with dinner in hand, I was overcome with the thought that even on my “worst” day, my challenges don’t come close to what these parents and their son deal with every day of their lives.

It was one of those moments that gripped me—and still does.

The self-talk went something like this: “Chuck, do you realize just how much you take for granted? Are you aware of how really good your life is?  Does GRATITUDE lead your life or is it just a passing thought you’ve tucked away?”

Perhaps you’ve had a similar conversation with yourself.

So what are we talking about here? Well, Wikipedia defines gratitude as “a positive emotion or attitude in acknowledgement of a benefit that one has received.” 

But God makes a different case. He turns modern wisdom upside down and says, “Always give thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).

Not much wiggle room there. No byes. No exemptions. Whether you receive a physical benefit or not, gratitude is a MUST!

So here’s the point: Joyful seniors constantly cultivate a heart of gratitude, especially when the challenges of life come knocking on their door. They look for ways to bring a blessing to each person they interact with, not the other way around.

Joyful seniors constantly cultivate a heart of gratitude, especially when the challenges of life come knocking on their door.

As you choose (note that it’s a choice) to live a life of gratitude, you will find that you are becoming more like Jesus, who provides the complete template for living a life of gratitude.

So as you go about your daily life and encounter whatever trials and challenges come your way, make this your prayer…

“Lord, forgive me for taking so much of life for granted. Help me step up to a new place of walking into my world each day full of gratitude—no matter what the circumstance.”

That, my friend, is the first step to experiencing greater joy in your life!