Deliberate in Thanks and Giving

By October 16, 2013Uncategorized

Have I mentioned I love where I work? There are different reasons and different seasons why but one of them is that a small group of us meets daily to begin our day in prayer and devotion. Recently I’ve spoken a word and shared my world a couple of times and of course it revolves around this season of having an attitude of gratitude. This morning after I spoke, someone mentioned that they like how deliberate I am with my thanks giving. I realized then that most times in life we say one thing and intend it but don’t necessarily follow through with actions and deliberately make sure that it comes to pass. That got me thinking about the word DELIBERATE.

The Dictionary (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/deliberate?s=t) defines the word as follows:

  1. Carefully weighed or considered; studied; intentional: a deliberate lie.
  2. Characterized by deliberation; careful or slow in deciding: a deliberate decision.
  3. Leisurely and steady in movement or action; slow and even; unhurried: a deliberate step.verb (used with object)
  4. To weigh in the mind; consider: to deliberate a question. verb (used without object)
  5. To think carefully or attentively; reflect: She deliberated for a long time before giving her decision.
  6. To consult or confer formally: The jury deliberated for three hours

It then goes on to give the synonyms of the word as being:

  1. Purposeful;Willful. Deliberate,Intentional,Premeditated,Voluntary Deliberate is applied to what is done not hastily but with full realization of what one is doing: Intentional is applied to what is definitely intended or done on purpose. Premeditated is applied to what has been planned in advance: Voluntary is applied to what is done by a definite exercise of the will and not because of outwardpressures.
  2. methodical, thoughtful, circumspect, cautious.

And the antonyms as:

  1. accidental.
  2. impulsive, precipitate.

As my mind tends to work, I began to associate this action with another verb: love which in brief is defined as

  1. a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
  2. a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend
    .

The verse that comes to mind is

John 3:16 – The Voice (VOICE) 

For God expressed His love for the world in this way: He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not face everlasting destruction, but will have everlasting life.

God Deliberately chose this way to EXPRESS His love for us, for ME. He thought about it and figured that the ultimate act of love was going to be the ultimate act of sacrifice. Father, Son and Holy Spirit sat down and DELIBERATED over the matter and AGREED that this was the only way. To give the Son’s life for the life of the sons. Breath for breath, blood for blood, sin for glory and death for eternity.
As I spoke with one of my favorite people in the entire world, my Auntie Joy who coincidentally was my roomie growing up and randomly reminds me the random things I would wish for as a child such as to grow up to be an ice-cream vendor or the wife of the president, she made a brutally poignant point to me about God’s love and sacrifice. She told me about a time she was struggling with the harsh reality of death and how she asked God why that particular one had to be so cruel,  and God spoke every so starkly and told her that even His own son died at the hands of thieves.
So God Deliberately, carefully weighed or considered; Studied; weighed in the mind; carefully and attentively reflected; consulted and conferred formally within the triune-ness of self and DELIBERATLY DECIDED that the best way to love me and show me love was to send the SON to die at the hands of thieves … All this in order to prove His love and affection to me and communicate in a language that I would understand, His  profoundly tender, passionate affection for me; His feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child.
Beloved, remember today that God’s love is DELIBERATE and His actions are well thought out and carefully considered. So on this day I Deliberately choose to give Deliberate thanks to God. This word was for Thanksgiving Tuesday but you may read it on Wisdom Wednesday and it will still apply. His love is:
  1. Purposeful;Willful.
  2. Deliberate [done not hastily but with full realization of what HE is doing]:
  3. Intentional [definitely intended or done on purpose];
  4. Premeditated [planned in advance]:
  5. Voluntary [a definite exercise of the will and not because of outward pressures];
  6. methodical, thoughtful, circumspect, cautious.
Today I’m thankful for:
1. GOD’S DELIBERATE, CAREFULLY CONSIDERED, WELL THOUGHT OUT, WEIGHED, CONSIDERED AND ATTENTIVELY REFLECTED LOVE FOR ME.
What are YOU thankful for?
XOXO – From: A-Girl-About-Town!
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