Sunday, August 29, 2010

Two Weeks Worth of Thanksgiving!

I am grateful for the power of music & how God speaks to me through the beautiful words & intriguing sounds. "Music is the soundtrack of your life- of your soul."


I am grateful for my precious brother Connor and my relationship with him! Thank you Lord for giving me a brother who is so caring and practices unconditional love!


I am grateful for my dear, sweet friend, accountability partner and sister, Jeanette, who continually reflects Christ's unconditional love to me no matter what... she is 'sticking with me!' God purposefully placed her in my life!


I am grateful for all the different ways God reflects his beauty here on earth. I was reminded of this by the image of the moon I saw tonight and this song came to mind:
"I’m giving my life to the only One who makes the moon reflect the sun, Every starry night, That was His design, I’m giving my life to the only Son Who was and is and yet to come, Let the praises ring, ‘Cause He is everything..."

I am grateful for the man who took the time to speak to me, to tell about his sacrifice to live for the Lord and to give me one of his pens as a reminder with this written on it.....
"Everyone will hate you because you are committed to me. But the person who patiently endures to the end will be saved." Matt. 10:22
(Over the past two weeks I have seen him 3 different times.
What a reminder of someone giving up their life to serve the Lord)


I am grateful to have met & visited with the campus pastor of The Village Church Denton & to hear about all the prayers him, the staff & the church have been sending up for me over the past year. Thank you Village Church for your compassion & faithfulness!


I am grateful for Dr. Vignolo & staff in Corinth, TX for giving
me an amazing blessing and correcting my smile with a CLEAR retainer
only to help me shine even brighter for the Lord.


I am grateful for the Lord merging my path with an acquaintance from Tyler. Thru God's perfect planning we ran into one another Sunday at church, have been in touch throughout the week. Tonight she joined me for my home group and decided to join. God is good, its no coincidence this happened!!


I am grateful for the little girl at the restaurant tonight praying with her family before she ate. She reminded me of the importance of having "childlike faith." Humble Dependence. A Teachable Heart. Unconditional Trust. Mustard Seed Faith.


I am grateful for the beautiful reminder from the Lord that out of all the people in the world He knows AND loves me personally, as well as each one of you!


I am grateful for the yummy goodness of peanut butter and the Lord's blessing to give us the sense of taste and enjoyment of yummy foods!


I am grateful to have had the opportunity to see and catch up with a long time, good friend Holly Bullard Muzny!


I am grateful to have found out after plenty of time, many ups & downs & much prayer I will be a College Graduate of UNT on May 14, 2011!!! Mark your calendars! :D

"I won't pretend to know what you're thinking
I can't begin to know what you're going through
I won't deny the pain that you're feeling
But I'm gonna try and give a little hope to you

Just remember what I've told you

There's so much you're living for
There's a light at the end of this tunnel
There's a light at the end of this tunnel
For you, for you

There's a light at the end of this tunnel
Shinin' bright at the end of this tunnel
For you, for you

So keep holdin' on

You've got your disappointments and sorrows
You ought to share the weight of that load with me
Then you will find that the light of tomorrow
It brings a new life for your eyes to see

So remember what I've told you
There's so much you're living for
So keep holdin' on
Keep holding on"

Monday, August 16, 2010

Gratitudes

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and
creates a vision for tomorrow."

-Melody Beattie


Off and on over the years I have kept a list of daily gratitudes and have found this to be a very fruitful, life-affirming habit to get into. This has helped me see the good regardless of the immediate circumstances of the day. Time and time again I discover how content and hopeful I end up feeling from reflecting on the positive in each day, the blessings from God. As I focus on the abundance rather than on the lack in my life, I design a wonderful new blueprint for the future. This sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work, transforming my dreams into reality and bringing glory to God!

I have decided to make a point to do this again, but a bit different than a daily list. I have been highlighting a daily gratitude on facebook
to share each day and my goal is to post the my weeks worth of gratitudes on here
the end of each week! Hopefully this will not only help me keep my things in perspective, but inspire you to look at the good in your life each day as well.

Week of: August 9, 2010 - August 15, 2010


8/9: Today I am grateful for the quote a friend was randomly led to send me
that I have no doubt was from the Lord!

"A woman's heart should be so lost in god that a man
needs to seek him in order to find her. "

8/10: #1. Today I am grateful to have the opportunity to catch up with a very
supportive friend, Brandie, who has stuck by me over the last few years
and to meet her precious daughter, Kinley.
8/10: #2. Today I am grateful to have for the courage to face my fear, and allow
myself to have something I enjoy regardless of the LIES the enemy tells me.
8/11: Today I am grateful for the three messages I got from the 3 most important
men in my life, God, my Dad and my Brother. I got special messages from
each one of them today in their own unique ways... an index card, an email, and text.

8/12: Today I am grateful for my paid-off car that the Lord continues to
sustain for me and the ability to accept it regardless of the condition it's in.
8/13: Today I am grateful for the eyes God has given me to see His beautiful creation. I saw a blind woman today which triggered a gratitude for my own sight... and to see clearly, thru Jesus' eyes rather than the worlds.

8/14: Today I am grateful for the opportunity to serve with
The Village Church at Transform 2010

8/15: #1. Today I am grateful for my parents 29 years of marriage.
What a great reflection of unconditional love!

8/15: #2. Today I am gratful for the reminder that inspite of how far I have to go,
the Lord has brought me quite far compared to this time last year when
I was in the hospital, confined to a wheelchair.
(I saw a wheelchair at church and was reminded by the Lord of the progress we have made, Him and me)
"When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears."
-Anthony Robbins

Perfect love cast out all fear. God is perfect love. Within every gratitude is God.
What are you going to see God in today?


Sunday, August 15, 2010

What will you Worship?


As you may have noticed its been quite a while since I have written and since its been so long I have so many thoughts running through my head about what I want to write about and that the Lord has laid on my heart to write about.. Ha, over the past weeks I have made a list of different things and it’s beginning to become a bit lengthy. I thought that I should do something about it… The last month and a half have been a whirlwind, very busy, with a few ups and downs in between. I have desired to write and share but haven’t made it a point to sit down and do it. Some of my reasons are valid and some are silly excuses. I am not here to explain away why I haven’t had a chance to write out of a need to please or seek forgiveness, BUT I do want to share my for the sake of sharing what the Lord has laid on my heart about what has kept me away.


I do love to write, share and be honest with you all about my journey, but let me just say being honest and doing life is hard! Not only is there the fear of what other people think…a fear of rejection, but there is also accountability that comes from the honesty of what I write. I also have this desire to people please and come across as though my writing is perfect and profound (minus the typos) and everything in my life is butterflies and rainbows; that I don’t struggle living life anymore after being at Mercy and everything is hunky-dory! Therefore I don’t write because:


1) It drains me to write share with ’perfection,’

2) If I share what I think people want to hear rather than the truth, I am lying…a hypocrite, a whitewashed Pharisee, and

3) If I am honest there is no secret, no hiding, and I am now more apt to receive an even deeper accountability than before, one that honestly scares me. But this process of honesty will create a life of more of HIM, my God, and a lot less of me.


So, the other morning I was walking, praying and thinking about all this blogging business. God shared shared with me that all my reasons and excuses for not writing are obsolete, and my fleshly desires to write for attention and praise are selfish. He would much rather me not write at all than to write for my own boost of ego. He asked me, ‘Meagan, are you writing this blog for yourself - your need to feel good about yourself and your need to please or is this blog for Me; to share honestly your walk with Me and all that I am doing in your life?’ Wow God, thanks for the straightforwardness. ;) I now have no more reasons or excuses to not share his Gospel by sharing what he is doing in my life. My expectations and desires for this blog and my life are continually being aligned with Him. I want to share God’s heart and I want to do it for NO other reason but to bring praise, honor and glory to him and to share with you the fact that if He can do it for me, He can and will do it for YOU! In sharing I am taking a step of obedience as well as being more vulnerable and authentic than I actually feel comfortable with.

Isn't it funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us....?

With all that said, let me just share how gracious God has been this past couple of weeks. I have been struggling a lot with the fact that I still struggle with thoughts, temptations and slipups with my old ways. I believe I, without even realizing it sometimes, get angry with God that he didn’t completely heal and restore me to where I don’t struggle at all. Goodness how I wish this was the case! I went through an incredible, Christian program where God really did meet me where I was at, nothing should be wrong with me anymore; why do I still have these thoughts and still do the old at times? As I have said before, because I live in a fallen world, where satan is alive and active, these things will still be there. It’s whether or not I choose to accept this fact, not be bitter that I still struggle at times and to realize that God is my solution to this struggle…. I have an answer unlike before, but will I choose Him? I don’t have to be this perfect, healed Meagan! It’s just not possible and if I was perfect I wouldn’t need Him, for He is perfect in my weaknesses. He calls me because of my weaknesses, not despite them, because in them he is found and seen! You see, I often times find myself having the same thought processes as Paul:

"I know that all God's commands are spiritual, but I'm not. Isn't this also your experience?" Yes. I'm full of myself—after all, I've spent a long time in sin's prison. What I don't understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can't be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God's command is necessary. But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can't keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don't have what it takes. I can will it, but I can't do it. I decide to do good, but I don't really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don't result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time. It happens so regularly that it's predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God's commands, but it's pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. I've tried everything and nothing helps. I'm at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn't that the real question? The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.

Romans 7

Reading Paul’s struggle between his desire to do good, but to still struggle helps me see that God understands and empathizes with me completely. He is not ignorant to the inner struggle of life and sin! I try to worship the one true God and even have good intentions to worship him, but don’t always follow through with that.


I read Matthew 6:24, God explaining why I cant have him and the world, “You cannot worship 2 Gods at once, loving one, you will end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other [you become devoted to one and despise the other].” I know this to be true because I experienced it in the past! When you become so consumed with one something, you lose sight of the other things. "I will always remember what someone once told me, whatever you place in front of God you will lose..."

Things I often times find myself worshiping and/or placing in front of God (sometimes without even realizing it):


Myself

People

Image

Exercise

Facebook

Food

Busy-ness

Tv

Shopping

My thoughts

"People are never more insecure than when they become obsessed with their fears at the expense of their dreams.” (And I would have to add to that... at the expense of God.)

And then I read in Proverbs 27:19-21 about the way I live my life reflects the truth within my heart. How I choose to react is a reflection of my thoughts, temptations, beliefs and desires. How true is the statement "ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS? Honestly, two of the biggest heart struggles I am having right now are trust and control, which I would say kind of go hand in hand. So will I choose to live a life of worship to false, unfulfilling gods or will I worship my God?


I was conversing with the Lord about my struggles with worshiping only Him and my temptation to do otherwise… he gave me these very convicting words…


“Is it easier to give into temptation than to fight the thoughts that come from resisting your fleshly desires with the truth and strength I have given you?”


POoOooowWWww- that hit me hard!!! Its sad how often I choose the to bow down to the false gods in my life rather than my true God because its comfortable, or I am fearful to do otherwise, or I am simply too lazy to fight the thoughts and emotions… Sometimes its easier to go through the motions than to be proactive and fight for my freedom. But going through the motions is no way of living, it’s not what I want and I know it’s not what God wants…


The Motions

By: Matthew West

This might hurt
It’s not safe
But I know that I’ve gotta make a change
I don’t care
If I break
At least I’ll be feeling something
‘Cause just ok
Is not enough
Help me fight through the nothingness of life

I don’t wanna go through the motions
I don’t wanna go one more day
Without Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don’t wanna spend my whole life asking
What if I had given everything?
Instead of going through the motions

No regrets
Not this time
I’m gonna let my heart defeat my mind
Let Your love
Make me whole
I think I’m finally feeling something
Take me all the way


To sum everything up, I love this statement I read on the back of Francis Chan's book Forgotten God, "We were not created and saved merely to survive our time on earth, but to pursue the Spirit-filled lie of effectiveness God desires and we desire." My desire is not to survive through the worship of un-fulfilling, worldly things, but to live my life here as a spiritual act of worship to my one true, all-sufficient God who will in turn give me the fulfillment I yearn for beyond anything I could ever create for myself.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Its YOUR day!

twenty-5

Twenty-5 thingS I've learned about
life SO FAR:
1985
  1. Beauty comes from within
  2. Actions speak louder than words
  3. Make your faith your own
  4. You must love God and yourself before you can love anyone else
  5. The way I live my life is my gift to God
1990
  1. True friends stick by you through thick and thin
  2. Comparing leads to discontentment which also is saying that what God has given you isn't good enough
  3. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didnt do
  4. I am Christ's bride and he is in pursuit of me
  5. Dancing and laughing are both good for the soul
1995
  1. A daddy's hugs are priceless
  2. Worrying gets you nowhere
  3. The truth will set you free
  4. Keep a gratitude list
  5. It's not about me
2000
  1. My family is a gift
  2. People-pleasing can cause a lot of heartache
  3. Chivalry is one of the most attractive traits in a man
  4. There is more to being a Christian than showing up to church each Sunday
  5. One of the greatest pleasures in life is to have your hair played with
2005
  1. There is nothing like the unconditional love of your animals
  2. Adversity builds character
  3. Credit cards are just asking for trouble
  4. Nothing is coincidence; God works everything out for good
  5. God makes up for where I am lacking
2010

Twenty-five years ago, June 29th,1985, I was given the blessing of life. Entering the world on that day I had no clue what God had in store for my life. Between now and then my life has been full of ups and downs, heartache and joy, fear and peace. I can recall times of wondering why God had given me 'this' particular life to live and not the life of someone else who seemed to have it easier or had it all. There were also times that I thought it would be easier to die than to live the way I was living, because really, I was living at all I was just getting by, waiting... but through the years the Lord has had His hand on me. He has preserved my life and kept me from falling into the pit of death so I could experience full, ABUNDANT life in relationship with him AND use my life to touch the lives of others through God's life shining from within me. Although I am nowhere close to what I thought it would be like at this point in my life, I am trusting and believing that God's plan for me is far better than mine!

Live, LAUGH, Love...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Mercy Ring


So, I received my long-awaited graduation ring from Mercy not too long ago. I cannot tell you how excited I was to wear it! Let me share with you a little about the ring itself and the significance it carries with it...

Mercy Graduation rings are handmade by a former Mercy graduate. Each girl that completes the program at Mercy receives this ring as a gift, a reminder and a unity that will last forever. The rings represents SO many things...

First and foremost it signifies my covenant to the Lord. Just like a wedding band, this Mercy ring conveys deep emotions of eternal, unconditional love, eternal happiness, eternal commitment, and eternal togetherness between the Lord and I. These rings signify eternity - it's a complete circle with no break and no end or beginning, it just goes on and on - it is eternal. God's love for me and my love for Him is eternal, through thick or thin, better or worse.

Not only does the ring signify the unity I share with my God, but also with all of my many, beautiful Mercy Sisters and the connection and gratitude that I will have for Mercy Ministries for the rest of my life.
cooking in the kitchen
hanging out
sisters forever
sunbathing together
God couldnt have blessed me with a more wonderful place or more amazing people to grow close to him and experience freedom.
Em, my counselor
Brooke, my nutrition manager
Christy, the nurse
My home for 7 months

The ring also is a reminder of where God has brought me from. Goodness, to think back to this time last year... it was a scary time in my life. But God, in his infinite love saved me from the grips of death and placed my feet on solid ground. It's a reminder that all things are possible through Him.
"I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry, He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed.
They will put their trust in the Lord." Ps. 40:1-3
before
after

The three stones on my ring each represent different parts of the Trinity. God, the Father, God the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit. Each of these that God exists as a unity of three distinct persons, yet identical in essence. Each is divine, yet there are not three gods, but one God. The Trinity shows us that there exists in all the universe a single being known as God who is self-existent and unchangeable. The Father creates (Isaiah 44:24), the Son redeems (Gal. 3:13), and the Holy Spirit sanctifies (Rom. 15:16).

‘Do not tremble and do not be afraid; Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it? And you are My witnesses. Is there any God besides Me, Or is there any other Rock? I know of none.’ Isaiah 44:8

Each part of the Trinity is summed up simply by: The Father creates (Isaiah 44:24), the Son redeems (Gal. 3:13), and the Holy Spirit sanctifies (Rom. 15:16). As the Trinity is three distinct Persons in one God, each of these stones is a reminder that I must strive to harmonize the distinct aspects of my personality into the single purpose of loving God and loving others.
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'There is no commandment greater than these." Mark 12:30-31

Lastly, my Mercy is a symbol of God's Mercy. If you look closely at the ring, the way the three stones are set creates an 'M.' Not only for Mercy Ministries, but also God's mercy in my life. Mercy is withholding of punishment, and an act of giving help or having compassion on the afflicted. The loving-kindness of Jesus Christ gives to us Eternal Life. My Salvation is an act of the mercy of God, completely unwarranted by my past actions.
"It wasn't so long ago that we ourselves were stupid and stubborn, dupes of sin, ordered every which way by our glands, going around with a chip on our shoulder, hated and hating back. But when God, our kind, loving, merciful Savior God, stepped in, he saved us from all that. It was all his doing; we had nothing to do with it. He gave us a good bath, and we came out of it new people, washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit. Our Savior Jesus poured out new life so generously. God's gift has restored our relationship with him and given us back our lives. And there's more life to come—an eternity of life! You can count on this." Titus 3:5-8
I am certainly extremely undeserving of complete forgiveness and an abundant life with no strings attached. The way I was living, the lies, abuse to my body, worshiping idols... I could go on and on, I very much deserved death, eternal death, but God rescued me! He saved a wretch like me!
"The Lord rescued me from every evil work and has given me salvation in his kingdom in heaven: to whom be glory for ever and ever. " 2 Tim. 4:18

"The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” Lam. 3:22-23
A covenant, a unity of multiple dimensions, a reminder of the power of the Trinity and a reminder of God's merciful love in my life. So much significance in a single piece of jewelry, significance that I will cherish forever.
God Alone
You are not a god

Created by human hands
You are not a god
Dependent on any mortal man
You are not a god
In need of anything we can give
By Your plan, that's just the way it is

You are God alone
From before time began
You were on Your throne
Your are God alone
And right now
In the good times and bad
You are on Your throne
You are God alone

You're the only God
Whose power none can contend
You're the only God
Whose name and praise will never end
You're the only God
Who's worthy of everything we can give
You are God
And that's just the way it is

Unchangeable
Unshakable
Unstoppable
That's what You are

ttp://www.carm.org/what-trinity;http://jeffreykahl.blogspot.com/2009/06/practical-significance-of-trinity.html

Sunday, June 6, 2010

sacrificial LOVE


This is a story of two special girls in my life, how they honored God, blessed me
and blessed so many others...
Saturday, April 3, Shelby was doing everything she could to cause herself to go into labor. We walked laps around the house and then she would pause and do squats, anything to get this baby out. The poor girl was in so much pain. On April 4th, at about 3:30am, in the weeeeee hours of the morning I was awakened and told that Shelby was in active labor and to grab the bag that I had packed and get ready to head to the hospital with Shelby. Shelby's mom had flown in on Saturday from Canada in hopes that her daughter's baby would arrive soon. She met us at the hospital.


Once we got settled in Shel was given an epideral, once she had that she was in heaven! For the next several hours we waited for her to be fully dilated. By about 11am it was time to PUSH! The midwife, nurses, Shelby's mom and I all prepared for the birth. Poor Shel, she got ready to push 2 or 3 different times, but the midwife would end up having to leave to check on 2 different emergency situations. She was so calm considering she was more than ready to push the baby out, but they were delaying it. I am pretty sure I would be freaking out!

Swollen feet to your right
With literally 2 pushes and within 5-7 minutes I witnessed one of the coolest miracles of God I have ever seen. Adorable, baby boy Kayden was born at 12:07pm on Easter weighing 7lb 2oz and he was 19in long.


Easter baby!
There is more to this story than what meets the eye...

I was asked before Christmas to go with my other dear friend Ainsley when she gave birth to her twin baby girls. Due to some of my poor choices to meet some goals that had been set for me I was not able to go with Ains. Little did I know that later God would redeem this opportunity to me.
Ainsley had her two, precious baby girls on January 29, 2010, Emmi-Rose and Blakely. Although I wasnt able to be there for the actual birth, I was able to go visit Ains and her precious girls in the hospital. Ainsley gave her girls up for adoption to a very loving family.


We only got to see one of the girls because the other was in the NICU for a short bit
April 22, Ainsley's Graduation

She and Shelby are both very good friends... Ainsley was supposed to go with Shelby to the hospital, but she was told it might be best for her to not go because the whole thing might be tough after doing such a brave thing and giving up her own girls. That is when Shelby asked ME to go with her instead. What a redeemer God is! I was MORE than happy to stand in Ainsley's place!

Both of these girls obeyed the Lord in what He had led them to do. I love that God gave Shelby a revelation about the significance of her little boy being born on Easter. April 4, 2010 was an extra special day for my dear friend Shelby and me. Not only was it Easter, a celebration of Christ's victory over death, but it was also the birthday of Kayden Bentley. Just as God gave up his only son, so He asked her to do the same. Kayden being born on Easter was confirmation for Shel that she was doing the right and that she was definitely in God's will for both herself and her son. She would be honored, both these women of God, will be honored for their obedience to the Lord. I can only imagine what a sacrifice one's own child could be.

What a testament to each of us of giving up things sacrificially to the Lord. Think of all many things we hold onto both physical and mental that really have no worth or value, things that we cant even give up for a day without going crazy. If these young women can give up their own children to the Lord, then how much could we give?

Giving out of our excess is not genuine giving. The sacrificial giving of a sinner moved Jesus heart and spirit. I’m not saying you shouldn’t give if you’re not doing it sacrificially; what I am saying is that I don’t believe that kind of giving strengthens your faith, the kind of faith that brings you salvation and eternal life.

One of the reasons I believe God calls us to give sacrificially is that it strengthens our faith and helps us grow spiritually. If we merely give out of our excess we don’t give God the opportunity to prove his faithfulness. That’s like lifting a very light weight. It won’t strengthen your muscles. But when we give sacrificially, when we give to the point of it hurting a bit, we exercise our faith…we learn to trust in God by giving him a chance to prove himself trustworthy.

If we’re honest we’ll admit that most of us put a lot more trust in the security of money, possessions and people than we do in the security of God’s promises. There’s a word for that; it’s called idolatry. Nothing breaks the spell of idolatry like sacrificial giving. God, he first checks out our hearts to determine the motive behind it. He also checks if our attitude is right and if we are giving out of obedience. Remember when giving to God that he does not need your offering. Genuine giving benefits us. It strengthens our faith and protects us from idolatry. He just wants to build a character in you that will make room for more of his blessings into your life.

Giving to God should make you feel that something important has left your life. Give God the best you have. This will move God. He will move in your life and pour down a blessing you do not have room to receive.What cant God do for you when your heart is right? In order for his blessings to pour down on you, release what you have in faith. Let go without knowing how God will provide and watch his faithfulness to honor and bless you!

Shel, Me & Ains before


& after!!!
"Let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." Heb. 13:15-16

"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise." Ps.51:17

"In view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."
Rom. 12:1-2

"Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and
sacrifice to God." Eph. 5:1-2
(http://www.thestraitgate.org/devotionals/faith-at-work-devotional/sacrificial-giving-strengthens-faith/) http://ezinearticles.com/?Sacrificial-Giving&id=2338665