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Breakfast with Jesus Everyday







Written by  

Doris Stensland 

Breakfast with Jesus Everyday is a collection of meditations and thoughts pertaining to our daily walk with Jesus.  They are based on select verses from God's Word. 





Exceeding Abundantly 



It doesn't take long until a baby says "Mine!' and "No!", but it takes years for a mother to teach it to say "Thank-you!"  What child hasn't been told a thousand times, "Now be sure to say "thank-you" when their child receives a gift? 

 We know how important "thank-yous" are.  For the giver, a "thank-you" completes the joy of presenting a gift.  Hearing a "thank-you" assures us that the gift is enjoyed and appreciated and that makes us feel good. 

Our Heavenly Father feels the same way.  God is the original giver, yet He tells us that He can be blessed by our thanks.  If we can make Him happy, let us not be stingy or slow at giving thanks, but marvel that He cares for us. 

A thankful heart enables us to see the abundance God showers on us every day.  Look around you.  Blessings abound.  We have friends and family, smiles and sunny days, the promise of heaven, and most of all, the privilege of having Jesus in our life.  Our thanksgiving must be wholehearted.  "All that is within me" must bless the Lord, for it is the heart God sees.     

However, Romans 1:21 tells us that it is dangerous to be ungrateful to God.  "For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God, nor gave thanks to Him."  This grieved God.  He gave such a great gift.  Oh, how can we ever thank Him enough for giving His Only Beloved Son so that we could have salvation?  


"Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with  

praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name."     

- Psalm 100:4   




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By Doris Stensland





            When ordinary language failed the Apostle Paul, he made up a word for his own use - "Exceeding Abundantly."  Paul knew of no superlative that could describe his sense of the overwhelming power of God and the Holy Spirit, so he constructed a word of his own -"exceeding abundantly".  Paul points out that this power flows up and out and is running over.   It is like a spring and is immeasurable! 

          We can measure the contents of a cistern or a reservoir, and at any moment tell how many gallons each contains, but who can measure a spring?  You can compare a spring to the divine power of God, which has exceeding abundance and keeps coming and coming.  A spring is immeasurable. 

          We can bring our containers to the spring and take them away filled to overflowing, and the exceeding abundance still remains!  The giving of our Lord is an inexhaustible well.  Paul had discovered such great and radiant revelations of God's power that his rich vocabulary could not express it.  The word he created was "exceeding abundantly". And that assures us that God's power and love is enough for us all!  And it includes you and me!   


"He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we  

ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us."  

-  Ephesians 3:20  





By Doris Stensland 



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