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Thanksgiving Therapy

Thanksgiving is that weirdly beautiful time of year when everyone takes a second to remember what they’re thankful for. That’s the beautiful part. The weird part is when we all chuckle to each other, “Why don’t we do this every day?!” 

And then it becomes our New Year’s Resolution to be more thankful. And then life happens. 

Anybody? (Insert hand raising emoji) 

Being thankful is one of God’s natural therapies to the stress of life. 

King David is famous for starting out his musings with the lowest groans of pain or suffering, lament or disgust and then wildly turning them into a song of praise and thanksgiving. 

It’s like the human part of him acknowledges the (crap emoji) of life, but then allows the Spirit part of him to take over. 

Have mercy on me and be gracious to me, O Lord;
See how I am afflicted by those who hate me,
You who lift me up from the gates of death, 
That I may tell aloud all Your praises,
That in the gates of the daughter of Zion (Jerusalem)
I may rejoice in Your salvation and Your help.

(Psalm 9:13-14)

How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me? 
How long must I take counsel in my soul,
Having sorrow in my heart day after day?
How long will my enemy exalt himself and triumph over me?
Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
Give light (life) to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,
And my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
And my adversaries will rejoice when I am shaken.
But I have trusted and relied on and been confident in Your lovingkindness and faithfulness;
My heart shall rejoice and delight in Your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
Because He has dealt bountifully with me.

(Psalm 13)

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again--my Savior and my God!

(Psalm 43:5)

King David must have been such an interesting person to be around. So conflicted, yet so free. So toiled, yet so surrendered. So intensely focused on his reality, yet even more aware of what was to come. 

There’s so much we can learn about ourselves through this man. But even more so, there’s so much we can know about God through him. 

God is patient in our weakness. 

God is long-suffering in our confliction.

God is present in our storms.

God is active in our battles.

God is rest in the midst of our strife.

God is ever loving at our worst. 

God is ever loving at our best. 

God doesn’t move, when our world does. 

I see why David wrote so often about thanksgiving. It wasn’t a once a year thing for him; it was every single day. 

It’s therapy. It’s necessary. It’s life giving and sustaining. 

I’m ready for a little more therapy in my life, how about you? 


Challenge:

Grab a piece of paper, set a 10 minute timer, and write as many things as you can that remind you what you're thankful.

You might be surprised at your ending list. 

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How Trust Comes With Fear

Trust is an enigma, its almost always preceded with a great amount of fear but once you engage it, it'll set you free. 

I was a girl who was told having her own babies was probably never gonna happen. And now, 5 years later, I have a toddler and another miracle on the way (and I'm not even sure how this one happened...) 

The doctors gave me a diagnosis that shattered my world, but God always works at a different capacity from this world.

Listen, I'm not saying that when you bring your needs to God he will fill them how you want them.

What I am saying is when you bring your needs to God, He fills them in a way that will cause you to know Him and love Him and trust Him even more than you do right now in this moment. 

Whatever you're carrying around today give it to Him. 

Someone reading this needs to know God is their defender.

Someone reading this needs to know God is their provider.

Someone reading this needs to know God is their ultimate healer.

Someone reading this needs to know God still love you. No matter what. 

Trust Him at His word when it says, 

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

He's not messin' around.


Written by Jules Morlet | @juliannamorlet | juliannamorlet.com

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I Worship Because I HAVE To

I don't worship because I have to.
I worship because I have to. 

My life has been liberated and redirected, refined and redeemed, on so many levels by something outside of myself and my own choices and decisions. Sometimes people ask how I got to where I am in life, with my marriage or as a worship leader, and my only response will ever be this: 

It's Jesus. It's always been Jesus. 

Sure I've read books and studied for nearly a decade on some of these things. I've done counseling and training and sought advice and perspective from both professionals and people I trust. 

But at the end of the day, it's Jesus' life, His word, His example, His intimate relationship with me, that pushes me on day after day. 

Some people say they don't know where they'd be without Him, well I do. And it makes me shudder at the thought. 

That's why I worship. 

It's Jesus. For me, it'll always be Jesus. 


Written by Jules Morlet | @juliannamorlet | juliannamorlet.com

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Who Said You Could Do That?

As a kid, I remember asking the question over and over, "Who said?" Who said you could do that? Who said I have to go home? Who said I can't eat that? Who said, who said, who said...

As I got older, I realized my need for people to answer the "Who said" question never really went away. Except now it was chipping away at my identity. "Who said I'm bossy? Who said I'll never make it? Who said I'm not good enough."

Until one day, I realized, people's "Said's" don't hold a candle to what GOD SAID. GOD said we are valuable enough to send His Son to die so that we might be free. 

He said you're His son, His daughter (John 1:12)
He said you're free (Romans 8:2)
He said you're His friend (John 15:15)
He said your life is redeemed (Romans 3:24)
He said you're victorious (2 Corinthians 2:14)
He said you are chosen (Ephesians 1:4)

Live into that freedom friends. It doesn't matter what people say, or what your own mind says, you are who He says you are. End of Story. :)

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