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Attititude or Graditude?

November 23, 2015 — Leave a comment

Thanksgiving…it’s all about food and football right?  Having to spend time with family that drives you crazy!  Another day of cooking, cleaning and chasing kids…blah, blah, blah!

Holidays aren’t enjoyed by everyone.  Maybe you’ve lost a loved one, your children aren’t coming this year, you have no family to share the holiday with, money is tight and you just don’t feel like celebrating.

 Scripture tells us “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess. 5:18, NIV).  Give thanks in everything, that can be challenging …we may not feel very grateful.  There are things that cause a negative effect on our lives that steal our joy and cause us to take our eyes off the Savior.

Sometimes I find myself going through the motions.  I’m spiritually and mentally prepared for whatever event we have for the day but my heart just isn’t in it.  My attitude stinks and I just can’t get myself out of the mood I’m in.  I’m not FOCUSED on Him! 

“Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel.” (Psalms 22:3,NIV)

Love Heart, you may not feel you have anything to be “Thankful” for, but I challenge you to seek HIM.  Take your focus from you to others.

Volunteer at a shelter or hospital.   Invite friends, neighbors, and co-workers over for dinner…  Your probably not the only one alone this holiday.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.  His love endures forever.  (Psalm 136:1, NIV)

Life is what you make it, Reach out…change that attitude to gratitude. ~Deb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God, when I look at my loved ones and see all the heartache and loss they’ve been through.  My heart aches for them.  I’ve even been mad!

Joseph, a man of God, experienced heartache and loss, but thank goodness he worked pasted it all knowing God had a plan.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)

If the events of Joseph’s life hadn’t been just as they were, he wouldn’t have been in the position to help his family or the children of Israel. 

Oh God, that I would remember Joseph’s account from the gospel. When I encounter trials, may I seek to accomplish your purpose.

“Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV)

Use me… Oh, God for your Kingdom! ~Debra                                                                 * Account of Joseph’s life can be found in Genesis 37-40

Sarcasm

February 7, 2015 — Leave a comment

imageTuesday morning, I got in my car and notice that my hubby had filled it with gas for me.  I decided to give him a call and thank him.

This is the sum of our conversation:  Me: Hey, babe!  Thanks for putting gas in my car!  Him: I DID PUT GAS IN YOUR CAR.  Me: I know and I was calling to thank you!  Him: Oh, I thought you were being sarcastic!”

What just happened here?  I called to thank him, why would he be so defensive and think I was being scarcastic?

Could it be that I take him for granted?  Could it be that I’ve been sarcastic way to many times?  Could it be that I treat others better than my own husband?

I believe it time for a change! ~Debraimage

“God, create a pure heart in me, and renew a right attitude within me.” (Psalm 51:10, NSV)

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. …” (Psalm19:45

 

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Happy Anniversay, my love!

 

I love reading “How the Grinch Stole Christmas to my grandgirls!  The Grinch is one unhappy person and he wants everyone else to unhappy too!  Sound like anybody you know?

He plans, plots and carries out an attack on Whoville disguised as Santa Claus and steals the Whos Christmas. Or does he?

He’s surprised when he finds out on Christmas morning that even after losing everything the Whos are still able to sing with thanksgiving and praise.

“Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.”       (Psalms 95:2, NIV)

The Grinch’s heart is changed by the example of the Who’s in Whoville.  He realizes that Christmas isn’t the presents under the tree but in the hearts of people like you and me!

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”  (Colossians 2:6-7, NIV)

May our example change hearts this Christmas and all the year through! ~Debra