13 "I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days And was presented before Him. 14 "And to Him was given dominion, Glory and a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations and men of every language Might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion Which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one Which will not be destroyed. Daniel 7:13-14 (NASB)
Daniel received some terrible news that affected him greatly, and yet we find: "Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before." Daniel 6:10 (NIV)
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV)
"Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day." Robert Caspar Lintner
The LORD protects the simplehearted; when I was in great need, he saved me. Psalm 116:6 (NIV)
If you are absolutely obedient to God, then there is no ambiguity in you and... you are mere simplicity before God.... One thing there is which all Satan's cunning and all the snares of temptation cannot take by surprise. That is simplicity. Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (1813-1855)
Start by simplifying your life. Practically everyone has too much, knows too much, sees too much, hears too much, goes to too many places and comes back from too many places. We must simplify our lives or we are going to lose terribly.... Socrates was in Athens and somebody took him around Athens' 10-cent stores. After half a day of paddling around in his sandals , they let him sit down and rest. Then they said, "Socrates, what do you think of it?" He replied, "I never knew before how many things there are in Athens that I do not need." -- A. W. Tozer
Hebrews 13:5 (NIV) Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. Hebrews 11:3 (NIV)
John 15:13-14 (NIV) 13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command.
"The time has come," He said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!" Mark 1:15 (NIV)
The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. 16 You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. Psalm 145:15-16 (NIV)