(to read the entire post click on the above title “54 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS”)

Part 1 What

Yesterday I began the labor of love of decorating our home. I turned up my CD player and blasted it through our home for about 3 hours. Amy Grant, Steve Curtis Chapman and Andrea Bocelli all joined me as I opened a few plastic storage boxes. Around 6 pm “precious” little children began coming to our door for candy. Since I wasn’t in a hurry to finish, I set aside my decorating until today.

Part 2 Why

This morning the Lord got me up early.  This was one of those times my mind was so full of thoughts I just had to get up and do what I believed God was speaking to me. God was reminding me that I used the word “precious” a few times in yesterday’s posting and I believe He wants me to share with you what I found at biblegateway.com; biblestudytools.com; and in the Webster-Merriam Dictionary this morning.  

The word “precious” is found in the Amplified Bible over 100 times. I won’t listen all the verses but I do want to share some of them with you. I’ll list who and what are “precious” and the location of the verses. But first the definitions of “precious.”

Precious: (1) “of great price,” “costly,” “expensive,” (2) “of great moral (non-material) value.” (definition from biblestudytools.com)

Precious: (1) of great value or high price (2) highly esteemed or cherished (3) excessively refined (4) great (definition from the Webster-Merriam Dictionary)

Christ Jesus is God’s precious Son – Galatians 3:22; I Peter 2:4.

Christ Jesus is the precious cornerstone – Isaiah 28:16; I Peter 2:6-7.

Christ Jesus’ blood is precious – Psalm 72:14; I Corinthians  6:20, 7:23; I Peter 1:19.

Christ Jesus’ love for us is precious – I John 3:16.

God’s blessings are precious – Psalm 116:15.

God’s children are precious – Psalm 83:3; Psalm 116:15; James 2:7.

God’s grace is precious – Acts 15:11, 20:24; Romans 3:24; II Corinthians 9:15; II  Thessalonians 1:12.

God’s loving kindness is precious – Psalm 36:7.

God’s mercy is precious – Psalm 9:10.

God’s promises are precious – II Peter 1:4.

God’s thoughts toward us are precious – Psalm 139:17.

The Harvest is precious – James 5:7.

Israel is precious to God – Isaiah 43:4.

Our faith is precious – I Peter 1:7; II Peter 1:1.

Our father and mother are precious – Ephesians 6:2.

Salvation is a precious treasure – II Corinthians 4:7.

The kingdom of heaven is a precious prize – Matthew 11:12.

The kingdom of heaven is a precious treasure – Matthew 13:44.

The New Jerusalem is precious – Revelation 21:11, 19.

The time we spend with non-believers is precious – Colossians 4:5.

Truth is precious – II Timothy 1:14.

Part 3 How

I believe all of the above should be on my “Thanks Giving” list.  If you have a list consider adding them to it.  Have a wonderful November 1.

Prayer

Lord thank You for all the gifts from above that You have showered down on us (James 1:17 AMP).  You are a great and mighty God (Deuteronomy 10:17 AMP) and we are so blessed (Luke 6:21 AMP). May we always give thanks to You before we ask You for anything (I Thessalonians 5:18 AMP).   Thank You for all those who have touched us and made a difference in our lives.  I pray we will make a difference too (I Thessalonians 5:11 AMP; Hebrews 10:24 AMP).  In Your Son, Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

Scripture prayed in the above prayer

James 1:17 (AMP) Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights , in whom there is no variation [no rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [for He is perfect and never changes].

Deuteronomy 10:17 (AMP) For the Lord your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe.

Luke 6:21 (AMP) Blessed [joyful, nourished by God’s goodness] are you who hunger now [for righteousness, actively seeking right standing with God], for you will be [completely] satisfied. Blessed [forgiven, refreshed by God’s grace] are you who weep now [over your sins and repent], for you will laugh [when the burden of sin is lifted].

I Thessalonians 5:18 (AMP) In every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

I Thessalonians 5:11 (AMP) Therefore encourage and comfort one another  and build up one another, just as you are doing.

Hebrews 10:24 (AMP) and let us consider [thoughtfully] how we may encourage one another to love and to do good deeds.

Any thoughts, ideas, complaints, I can be contacted at dona@scripturecrafts.com