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If we were to look into our wallet and only see one dollar what do we suppose would be our reaction? Would we celebrate the fact that,” wow, I have a dollar?” Or would we bemoan the fact that all we have now is that dollar? This can tell us something about our outlook on life. Do we celebrate what we have, or do we always think that we are without? Looking at what we have and being grateful is a wonderful place to direct our thinking.

Our feelings of prosperity must always begin with an attitude of gratitude. That attitude of gratitude is a seed that helps us to not only see what blessings we have been given, but also to know that seeds planted in a fertile mind of belief in God can grow and bloom to become ever so much more.   Our prosperity begins with a belief that is thankful for what we have now and that our focus on health, happiness and a sense of peace can open us up to see still more of the presence of God all around and through our lives. This is the essence of the cheerful giver, giving gratefully, knowing that God is our true source.

God is indeed our true source of all those things we would wish to experience in life. A source of abundance, poured out freely to all who have the faith and vision to receive it. What we have thought was our source is really just a channel from which a certain blessing shows up in our life. Our job, our bank account, etc., are not our true source. When we connect and acknowledge that all things come from a loving and merciful God who blesses us abundantly out of Spirit’s great and wonderful love our perception of what we have shifts in a mighty way.

God continues to bless us in so many ways that we often miss because we look in all the wrong places. It is not the number of material possessions that mark our blessings, but the content of our hearts that make us abundant. Being thankful for each blessing we have changes us. Of course we then see an abundant life, because that is what we are focused upon.

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.” (Luke 6:39)

Affirmation: “I have an attitude of gratitude today as I constantly see more of the blessings of God all through my life.”

Rev. Jefferson Beeker

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We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.

Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life. Please join us each Sunday at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall at First Christian Church, North Hollywood, CA for our Contemporary Celebration and Praise service. Come as you are and enjoy an hour of great music from our wonderful band and singers, inspiring messages and good fellowship. Those things in life that you have been seeking have also been seeking you. Now is a good time to receive them. We will lift one another to live exciting, abundant new lives of possibility and purpose.

Also, join me on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 PM for an hour of guided and silent meditation, reflection, affirmation and prayer. As always, we will share communion together. Everyone is welcome.

First Christian Church, North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604. http://www.fccnh.org

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