Today we celebrated Thanksgiving Day. As we gathered around our tables with the bounty God has graciously given to us, we thank the Lord for our families, our homes, our food and our clothes...but most of all for our salvation so freely offered to all who believe in Jesus Christ.
My hubby and I hope each of you have enjoyed this day, made lots of memories, taken a bunch of pictures and will continue to give thanks throughout the coming year for all the blessings freely given by our gracious God.
I'm grateful for messages in music, especially Christian based songs. Lyrics have a way of seeping into our hearts, lives and thought processes and so often gives us what we need; hope, encouragement, support and generally remind us that God is in control and has our situations, whatever they may be, in his most capable hands.
Enjoy this youtube video of Sanctus Real's Confidence. A sweet friend sent it to me just yesterday. I think it might be my theme song going forward! Blessings, my friends!
Although I love seeing birds throughout the summer, there's something about seeing a cardinal in a snow-covered tree that is incredibly beautiful. The stark red against the snowy white is a sight to behold. It reminds me of the shed blood of Jesus Christ that washes us white as snow! Thank you, Lord, for the lesson from the cardinals!
There is a special blessing having a lifetime partner that loves through thick and thin, good times and not-so-good times, sickness and health and generally everything in between. My hubby is always there to encourage and support me on my best and lousiest day and continues to be my best friend even if I don't deserve it. He loves our Lord Jesus and lives his life using his God given talents to benefit and help others.
God knew what I needed 40 years ago even before I did...and I am grateful and blessed He brought us together!
I've often thought about the trials endured by the apostle Paul; the numerous beatings, incarcerations, shipwrecked adventures and daily physical, mental, emotional and spiritual ups and downs he experienced while spreading his faith to those in need of a Savior or a positive, uplifting word of encouragement. And that was centuries ago.
It's not an easy task being a Christian in today's society, but the benefits are worth every ounce of the trials, tribulations and emotional roller coasters you have to ride in this human body. If you have the blessing of living several generations you will most likely, as our brother Paul, walk over a few hot coals on the road to our eternal home.
This is part of a lesson I am currently learning as I have been diagnosed, once again, with breast cancer. After enjoying a nice, long remission for sixteen years, a recent mammogram and ultrasound followed by a biopsy have sent me back to the starting line of a journey I believed was in the past. It's not a journey I enjoyed the first go round, though believed God allowed it in my life so I would understand the ups and downs of others who would walk the path behind me. I had no idea He would be allowing it to cross my path again.
This earthly life is not determined by what we desire or want, it is totally in the hands of a loving Father that knows us from that first breath to the last. Is He punishing me? Did I use my sixteen years of remission wisely for Him? Did I do something wrong? The answer to all three questions is no. But there is still something yet to be accomplished for His glory through a return to a journey I would rather be excused from....I'm sure Paul felt the same way.
One day God will call me home....when? I haven't a clue, but I'd like to think when I finally get to see my Creator face-to-face He will say, "Well, done, my good and faithful servant." I pray my adventures bring others to the foot of the cross or demonstrate that God is greater than anything we can face in life.
I don't have all the facts of what my treatment will be, but I am asking for those faithful readers to pray that I stay the course, fight this disease again with all I've got and possibly enjoy more than sixteen additional years in remission!
Blessings, my friends...
Sometimes it is easy to focus on the challenges life brings, but I’ve been reading a lot lately about the benefits of gratitude. The benefits of changing your thoughts and mindset from everyday life occurrences that feel overwhelming, to focusing on what makes you feel lucky. There will always be challenges and struggles, but luckily there are also silver linings, we just have to remind ourselves that they are there.
I feel incredibly grateful for my husband. He is the most thoughtful and caring partner in life. He supports me and believes in me, sometimes more than I believe in myself. The way he parents our children and works to support them in becoming kind and caring human beings makes me feel especially grateful.
I am grateful for our children, who brighten our world each and every day. Watching how their minds grow and change, and how they care about the world and making it a better place both amazes me and makes me so incredibly proud.
I am thankful for my extended family - my parents, brother, grandmothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Some of my favorite memories as a child, and as I’ve grown to be an adult, is when we can all get together, play games, laugh and joke with each other.
I also feel grateful for the friendships I’ve made over the years. I love when I can get together with the friends that I’ve known since high school and college and it feels like we’ve never spent a minute apart. I’ve also been lucky enough to make friends in my adulthood that feel like a part of home.
Those are the big things in life that make me feel grateful, but there are little things that also make me feel warm and happy. I am grateful for good books, fireplace fires, Christmas trees, holiday lights, soft blankets, hair dye, warm sunny days, the sound of beach waves, apple cider, and good smelling candles for a freshly clean house. When my days get long and challenging, these are the parts of my life I try to bring to focus. These are the aspects of life that bring me joy and the people in life who make me feel incredibly lucky.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for the gift of being a grandmother. May I be a stellar example of love, kindness, courage and support for these girls and may they learn and always know their Gramma loves them and loves Jesus!
If I'm not mistaken, these bakers need about 26 more cupcakes! Happy Birthday, big bro!
It's a day early, but great time with family!!
It has nothing to do with age....my girlfriends are my sisters-in-Christ who pray for me, lift me up, cry with me, laugh with me and always have my back. And if there was a swing, they would either push me, watch me soar or swing beside me. I am thankful for my friends!
Why do we stress ourselves with the burden of purchasing expensive, often unneeded gifts during this season of the year? Well, gift giving seems to have begun with the Christmas story when the three Wise Men visited the Christ child. They brought gifts of gold, frank and myrrh and the gift giving began. But it really began that night in a stable when God sent His Son born of a virgin. God gave to us a Redeemer, a perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world. Eternal life is offered freely upon the acceptance of His Son, Jesus Christ.
The meaning of gift giving was originally to give out of love, but often today giving is expecting something in return. This Christmas think about why you give and let it be an extension of the love God showered on us when He sent His Son to earth to teach us how to love, live and give. His gift is free.... what could be better??