From the Principal's Desk, published in the Lion's Roar (v.1.13) on November 26, 2014

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.  My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”  Psalm 28:7 (NIV)


 Don’t you just love when your child expresses unsolicited thanks to you? Doesn’t it just warm your heart to its core? That’s just a small comparison to how God must feel when we offer thanks to Him.  Our hearts ought to leap for joy like David’s when we bring our thanks to God!


 There can be so many things that hinder us from allowing our hearts to leap for joy.  However, a heart that leaps for joy with praise for God is a heart that is healthy and truly happy.  This type of joy is unrelated to our circumstances and focuses on the merit of a worthy God. 


 Have you ever believed that you’re somehow wrong to express joy when there is also hurt or sadness in your life…that somehow you’re not mourning adequately if you express joy during those difficult times?  It’s a lie to believe that.  Choosing to express joy, particularly in the midst of trials, is one of the greatest remedies to life’s challenges.  That’s why God tells us to rejoice always and in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).


Have you ever believed that it’s “cheap” to express joy for things that are of this world which you know could be removed by God tomorrow?  It’s a lie to believe that it’s somehow cheap joy.  Expressing thanks to God even for this world’s beautiful treasures in the midst of imperfection is so right to do.  “Every good and perfect gift is from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 (NIV) 


 Pastor Garry Light challenged several of us this month with the following question.  What if you woke up one morning and only had the blessings in your life for which you thanked God the previous day?  That’s not how God works, obviously, but what a great question!  We have SO MUCH for which to be thankful!  Some of those blessings are eternal, some will be ours only for a season, and some of them are just for today.  Nonetheless, they are blessings for which we ought to express joyful thanksgiving. 


 May you and your family take time to thank God for the MANY ways in which He has blessed you personally and as a family.  Happy Thanksgiving as you bless God with your joyful expressions of thanksgiving to Him!