Giving Thanks December 27, 2016 – Thankful That God Is Always There

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The other day I wrote a post about walking out my back door and seeing the tree behind my apartment filled with almost a dozen doves of course when I went to get my camera only one remained and I was able to take a picture of this one bird. Today when I went out my back door there were three doves and this time not one flew away. It was difficult to take their picture through the bare branches but they stayed.

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As I took these pictures I thought about God always being there. He is faithful and I can trust in Him. I just have to look up and I can see Him.

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Today I am thankful that I cant trust God to always be there. Even when the day is gray and gloomy I have hope.

Deuteronomy 7:9 – Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

2 Timothy 2:13 – If we believe not, [yet] he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

2 Thessalonians 3:3 – But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep [you] from evil.

Matthew 24:35 – Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Lamentations 3:23 – They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

faithful

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 (fāth′fəl)

adj.

1. Adhering firmly and devotedly, as to a person, cause, or idea; loyal.
2. Engaging in sex only with one’s spouse or only with one’s partner in a sexual relationship.

3.

a. Responsible; conscientious: the faithful discharge of his duties.
b. Dependable; reliable: The faithful engine started right up.
4. Consistent with truth or actuality: a faithful reproduction of the portrait.
5. Having or full of faith.

pl.n.

1. The practicing members of a religious faith, especially of Christianity or Islam: a pilgrimage to Mecca made by thefaithful.
2. The steadfast adherents of a faith or cause: a meeting of the party faithful.

faith′ful·ly adv.
faith′ful·ness n.
Synonyms: faithful, loyal, true, constant, steadfast, staunch1
These adjectives mean adhering firmly and devotedly to someone or something that elicits or demands one’s fidelity.Faithful and loyal both suggest undeviating attachment, though loyal applies more often to political allegiance: afaithful employee; a loyal citizen. True implies steadiness, sincerity, and reliability: remained true to her innermostbeliefs. Constant stresses uniformity and invariability: “But I am constant as the northern star” (Shakespeare).
Steadfast implies fixed, unswerving loyalty: a steadfast ally. Staunch even more strongly suggests unshakableattachment or allegiance: a staunch supporter of the cause.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

faithful

adj

1. having faith; remaining true, constant, or loyal
2. maintaining sexual loyalty to one’s lover or spouse
3. consistently reliable: a faithful worker.
4. reliable or truthful: a faithful source.
5. accurate in detail: a faithful translation.

n

6. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the believers in and loyal adherents of a religious faith, esp Christianity
7. any group of loyal and steadfast followers
ˈfaithfully adv
ˈfaithfulness n
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

faith•ful

adj.

1. steady in allegiance or affection; loyal: faithful friends.
2. reliable, trusted, or believed: faithful assurances of help.
3. adhering or true to fact, a standard, or an original; accurate: a faithful copy.
4. strict or thorough in the performance of duty: a faithful worker.
5. Obs. full of faith; believing.

n.

6. the faithful,

a. the believers in a faith, esp. the members of a Christian church or the adherents of Islam.
b. the body of loyal members of any party or group.
[1250–1300]
faith′ful•ly, adv.
faith′ful•ness, n.
syn: faithful, constant, loyal imply qualities of stability, dependability, and devotion. faithful implies enduring fidelityto what one is bound to by a pledge, duty, or obligation: a faithful friend. constant suggests lack of change inaffections or loyalties: a constant companion through thick and thin. loyal implies firm support and defense of aperson, cause, institution, or idea considered to be worthy: a loyal citizen.
Random House Kernerman Webster’s College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Photography by Julie Sheppard

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