And so we bring to a close another month of gratitude and thankfulness for those "ordinary" blessings of everyday life that we so often take for granted.
May your December be full of celebration of the Birth of our Lord and Savior and may you and yours have a very
From The Sounding Board Teaching Ministries
Who doesn't enjoy good music? I love all types of music, but at Christmas give me Perry Como, Andy Williams, Bing Crosby, Johnny Mathias, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the orchestra tunes of the big band era and Glenn Miller! Yes, I am thankful for music!!! Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, for He is good!
Thank you, Lord!
This afternoon I had my annual mammogram. Dr. Aracri, the radiologist who has walked with me through my breast cancer journey since 2003 and has become a good friend, once again smiled and told me everything was good. Can I possibly tell you what a relief I feel each time she walks into the room and gives me this good news?
I have to admit the nerves are still a bit tense until I see her and receive this news. Throughout my experience with breast cancer I have met and given encouragement to many women taking this journey. Although I am entering my fifteenth year of remission, I still remember being diagnosed and the fear that overtook every inch of my being. Wondering if this would be the time God would call me home or if, perhaps, it was part of growing my faith and my spiritual resolve. The latter certainly has taken place and I praise Him for giving me the opportunity to witness of His faithfulness in the midst of life's storms.
There are still storms to face in this life, but I rest assured in God's amazing grace and the certainty that when He calls me home I will spend eternity praising Him and thanking Him for the years of earthly existence He has given and pray it has honored Him. Thank you, Lord, for your mercy and sustaining love.
Lord Jesus, thank you for a time each year when we focus on the subject of Breast Cancer Awareness. We are grateful for the advances that have been made in research and early detection. Please be with all the survivors praying we will remain in remission, but also with the newly diagnosed and those struggling through treatment. May your comforting hand be upon each one affected with this disease and his/her support system. May those who have gone before us be celebrating the joys of heaven in your presence, free from pain and suffering. And lastly, Lord, be with all those who remain here with heavy hearts. A brighter day is coming! In Jesus' Name, Amen!
As this month draws to a close, I am extremely thankful that we live with freedom of religion. This morning as I stood in our worship service, the music was so uplifting and our pastor gave an equally energizing sermon. I realized this is one of my most prized blessings....the ability to gather with brothers and sisters in Christ and celebrate the love and sacrifice Jesus Christ made on our behalf.
The picture above showcases three important ways I am thankful for freedom to worship our Lord. First, the illumination pouring through the lovely church windows reminds me of the Light of the World; secondly, the shadows of the grave stones helps me to look forward to the time when this physical body will be laid to rest and my soul will be united to my Savior and all my loved ones who have gone before me and last, the focal point....the Cross of Calvary. This cross is the reason I can look forward to spending eternity in a place prepared especially for me as a believer.
I do not take this freedom lightly especially since there are those believers who are being killed for professing the name of Jesus Christ. I am blessed. I am thankful. Thank you, Lord.
I had the opportunity to talk with my mom this afternoon. As many of you are aware, mom lives in a nursing home and although she has a cell phone, when I want to speak with her I have to call the facility and have a nurse or aide go to her room and hand her the phone. Today was a good day when it all worked and mom was able to talk with me for at least 30-45 minutes. The longer we talked the clearer she was on various facts. We ended our conversation with reading from the Bible and praying.
I am thankful that I can still experience those minutes with my mom. She always ends by thanking me for reading the Bible and usually comments when I conclude my reading, "Honey, that was so good." And then before we hang up, she says, "Just remember, your mama loves you."
Yes, I am thankful I have my mom and I am able to talk with her even though her dementia continues to increase. God rolls back that cloudy curtain for us and once again we are able to remember days gone by and enjoy laughter.
The picture below was taken April 2016
Well, after a power packed few days of family, friends and food, the dishes are done, the last of the leftovers are still in the frig and the Christmas decorations are sitting around in multiple boxes. It appears we have gone from being thankful to focusing on the next big holiday of celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I pray each and every one of you enjoyed the past few days and continue to keep the focus of Christmas on the One who gave His life that we may live eternally.
Blessings to each one of you! Let's continue to close out this month of November with gratitude and pass along that feeling to everyone we meet during the Christmas season and beyond!
As Cyber Monday hovers remember the recipient of your gift
might enjoy spending quality time with you instead of the 60 seconds or less it takes to open a present. Just think about it....what could you plan that might not cost a lot of money?
November 22nd will forever be etched in my mind. As a sixth grade student at Mountain View Elementary School, I remember the sunny, warm November afternoon when we received the word that President Kennedy had been shot. When it was later reported he had died the nation mourned. I've never felt anything like that sorrow before to see a young wife and mother, along with two young children say good-bye to their husband and father, who happened to also be our President.
Although tomorrow is a day of family gatherings and celebrations of all we have to be thankful for, please remember those who are going through this holiday for the first time without someone they love. Let's give thanks, but also pray that God's anointing peace cover those who grieve.
I am thankful in a world that appears a little crazy....there is always a reason to hope that tomorrow will be brighter and the knowledge that God is still on the throne!