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My Divine Note #11-02 – Take time to be pleased

January 2, 2011
Genesis 1:9-10; 1:11-12; 1:18 ... And God was pleased with what he had done (TLB)

This is the year to celebrate the successes we achieve in the areas that we have God-given gifts and abilities. As I was reading through the story of Creation, I was fascinated that Scripture says that God saw that his work was good, and another translation says that God was pleased with what he had done.

Since it’s a new year – a new start, why don’t we appreciate ourselves for doing the things that God has asked of us? Too many of us don’t recognize and celebrate those successes either because we want to be humble before God and others or because we don’t see ourselves as God sees us. He created us and he is pleased with us.

Take time to appreciate the things you do for God. Stop and be pleased when you are obedient, when you step out of your comfort zone, when you kick that habit and when you go the extra mile because you care what God thinks. Be pleased and don’t hesitate to give God praise for all the things he has done for and through you.



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