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At Least Say, "Thank You!" An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart
As with my first project, birthing this book has been an arduous process, yet even now I am praising the Lord for how He is allowing it to impact lives."
At Least Say, "Thank You!", Rhovond's second devotional book, will bless every person who reads it. It's small but packed with powerful devotionals that will motivate you to appreciate every aspect of your life. God is allowing this book to take the reading community by storm. At Least Say, "Thank You!" was number 1 on Amazon's Kindle Best Seller List in the Family & Inspirational Spirituality category and has appeared on Amazon's Hot New Releases List several times. Our Master is using Rhovonda's books to impact, bless and encourage the people of God.
At Least Say, "Thank You!" is available in eBook and Paperback. Download the Kindle format of Rhovonda's 2nd book from your favorite online bookstore. Take the 8-Day thankful challenge and be encouraged to walk in freedom having a grateful heart.
Synopsis: Imagine how many times throughout our day we forget to tell our Heavenly Father, "Thank You." Yes, we may say thank you for something obviously noticeable, such as a brand new car, a new job, the healing of a loved one. But how often do we acknowledge or notice those so-called "small blessings"? Rhovonda encourages you to live out each day with a spirit of rejoicing and gratitude. As you read through each devotional, your heart, mind, and spirit will begin to settle on this one fact: there is always something to be grateful for.
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Rhovonda's Journey: 25
I use to think that when I turned twenty-five years old my life would end. I thought the Lord had allotted me only twenty-five years on this earth. This distorted way of thinking was due to the unexpected death of my mother, who died at 25, and my brother, who died at the same age. I had it fixed in my brain that I, too, would die early and twenty-five was the maximum year I could live. I was under this warped impression that twenty-five were all the years I would receive from the Lord.
In retrospect, I realize it was just another tactic used by the enemy. The enemy wanted me to live my life in fear and fear is how I lived. Some days I woke up thinking this is the day my life ends and some nights I went to bed wondering will I see tomorrow. I allowed the enemy to use fear to control me and to hold me captive. I was blinded by the anxiety of dying. Instead of celebrating and rejoicing that the Lord had blessed me with another day, I lived my life afraid, being consumed with worry.
And now, twenty-two years later, I’m still here! I’m still standing and still trust God. The Lord has given me forty-seven years on this earth! Some people do not like telling their age, but I don’t mind. I gladly share it. I understand that I could have been dead and gone a long time ago, but God spared my life!! I could have been six feet under, but God. My life could have ended a long time ago, but will you look at Jesus! It’s a blessing to still be here among the land of the living (as my Granny would say).
I am blessed, truly blessed. I’m forty-seven years old and God has been good to me. The Lord has been with me every step of the way!! Has my life been a bed of roses? Certainly not! Yet, every day with God is sweeter than the day before!! I get excited when I hear someone say, “Look where the Lord has brought me from! Oh, but when I look back over my life…..!”
HALLELUJAH AND AMEN!!
God has been tremendously good to us. He has brought us from a mighty long way! Take a look back over your life, my friend. Really look at where the Lord has brought you from. Look how God has carried you from there to here. You’ve come a long way. Think about where you came from and where you are now. You’ve made it this far! Do you see how God has always been there? Think about where you could have been. Are you thinking about it? Someone may have told you that you wouldn’t make it to see 2017. Oh, but the devil is a liar! Somebody probably spoke death over your life. Maybe friends and loved ones gave up on you. Ah, but look at God! Look at where He’s brought you from! Wow! Praise God!!
Sisters, God has been with us since the beginning. Every step of the way, He’s been faithful! He’s brought us from dangers, seen and unseen. He’s taken us from a mighty, mighty long way!!
Today, let us celebrate our life and journey. Let’s rejoice in the Lord and thank God for His salvation and for His precious mercy. For it is Him who is allowing us to still be here.
14 “Because He loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
(Psalm 91:14-16 NIV)
Now, let's walk in freedom together.
ARE YOU READY TO EMBRACE YOUR FREEDOM?
Have you had the opportunity to meet Jesus? Has He become your personal Savior? If not, here’s your chance. May I introduce you to someone who already knows you? Meet Jesus. He loves you and cares about you. He knows all your issues. He knows all about your struggles, and He knows all about you. God knows you. Not only does He know all about you, but He loves you deeply. He proved His love for you by dying on the cross. He displayed His love for you to the entire world. Why? Well, in Genesis 3, Adam (along with Eve) chose to disobey God, and his defiance brought sin into the world, causing separation between the Creator and creation. And because of one person’s bad decision to disobey God, all of mankind was affected. You and I were born into sin. We’re sinful people from the time of our birth (Ps. 51:5).
Romans 3:23 states, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (NIV), but even though creation sinned against God, Christ died for us all. Romans 5:6 says, “When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners” (NLT). We are sinful people who need a rebirth, and Christ gives new life. Jesus is the sacrificial Lamb who came to take away the sins of the world. Jesus Christ, the holy one, suffered a shameful death on the cross
when it should have been us (Isa. 53). He died for our sins, but on the third day, God raised Him from the dead. And now, Jesus is sitting at the right hand of the Father, making intercessions for all who have received Him as Savior (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25).
Beloved, I offer Christ to you. If you haven’t had a chance to receive Christ, today is your day. Today is the right day to receive eternal life. The time is now. Receive salvation and forgiveness from our merciful heavenly Father. All you have to do is believe. Believe that Jesus is the Christ, the anointed one. Believe He is God’s holy Son who came to save you from your sins (John 3:16; Acts 16:31). Earnestly, ask Jesus into your heart. Ask Him to forgive you of all your sins and cleanse you with His holy blood. And He will. Unlike Satan who speaks nothing but lies, Jesus speaks nothing but the truth. You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32).
Your freedom journey can begin right now.
Allow Jesus to give you a brand-new life, one that’s more abundant (John 10:10). If you are ready to begin your freedom journey by receiving Christ, pray this prayer now:
Father, I acknowledge you as the only true, living God. I’ve sinned against you and I need your forgiveness. I need you in my life. I believe Jesus is your son who came to save me. I believe Jesus died on the cross and arose on the third day. I believe He is alive now and is sitting at the right hand of the Father. I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I surrender my will and my life over to you. Thank you for coming into my heart, for forgiving me, and for giving me eternal life. Help me to live a life that’s pleasing to you.
If you have received Jesus as your Savior, praise God. Congratulations on the best and most important decision you could ever make. Welcome to the family of God. As you move forward
in your new life with Christ, enjoy the journey that the Savior brings. This journey will lead you into a new season in your life, a fresh you. Challenges fill the Christian life. This new life in Christ will be difficult at times, but rely on Jesus. While you’re on this Christian journey, you might stumble. You might get off track, but get back up and keep moving forward. Trust and depend on Him. The Holy Spirit will be your comforter and guide, and God’s Holy Word, the Bible, will be your road map. As you move forward with Christ, rejoice in the new life Christ gives freely to those who come to Him.
If today is your first day becoming a believer, I’m excited for you and rejoice with you. Feel free to contact our ministry. We would love to celebrate and pray with you. During your quiet time, meditate on today’s scripture and give glory to God. Walk in freedom celebrating your new life in Christ.
Walk In Your Freedom!
Use these to help you draw closer to God and grow deeper in His Word.
Genesis 3; Psalm 51:5; John 3:16; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:6; Isaiah 53; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; John 8:32; John 10:10; 2 Cor. 5:17
Adapted from Walking in Freedom! A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women, by Rhovonda L. Brown, co-founder/co-pastor of The Sanctuary Christian Fellowship Church; founder/president of The Pillar of Hope; founder/executive director for Martha & Mary Ministries, Walking in Freedom! ™ All rights reserved.
|A HEART FOR WOMEN & CHILDREN |
I am an encourager. I can’t help it. I root for the underdog, cheer on the hopeless, and encourage the weak. Why? Because I’ve been one. I've been left out, overlooked, and forgottened. I've been without hope, helpless, spiritually blind and lost by a sinful lifestyle. I know how it feels to need love and not know how to love yourself. I know how it feels to need peace and encouragement; and at times, I still need to be reminded that things are going to be okay. That’s why I am passionate about encouraging women and children to keep their eyes on God and see themselves the way God sees them.
I am the creator and facilitator of the Walking in Freedom! Retreat and Workshop bringing together women from all walks of life, with diverse backgrounds and age groups to be inspired, equipped, and empowered to reach their full potential in God.
I am proud to be the president of The Pillar of Hope, Inc., a nonprofit organization that is committed to serving the community and impacting one family at a time. I love helping others. I love what I do!
I am a student and teacher of the Word of God … yes, I’m still learning and growing in the Lord. I’m an Indie Author who has written two bestsellers (one awarded #1 Bestseller and Hottest New Release) that are changing lives all over the world: Walking in Freedom! A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and At Least Say, “Thank You!” An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart.
None of this can be possible without God’s help. Currently, I’m working on several book projects and cannot wait to share it with you.
I’m blessed to be the wife to a very supportive, patient, and loving husband of twenty-seven years, a mother of two brilliant and talented young adults, grandmother to an awesome grandson, and I'm expecting another grandbaby soon.
I am honored to minister alongside my husband as pastors of The Sanctuary Christian Fellowship Church in Houston, Texas. Together, we encourage those we serve to love the Lord, have an intimate relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ, use what He has given them to impact the world we live in, and live free in Christ.
My mottos are: Keep your mind on Christ and let’s walk in freedom together! Don’t get distracted, but F.O.C.U.S. on what really matters.
My favorite Scripture: “I know what I am doing. I have it all planned out – plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Jeremiah 29:11, MSG.
How can I encourage you on your journey?
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