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Give Thanks!

November 24, 2016 — 1 Comment

               Thanksgiving is my very favorite holiday!  When my parents were living, it was the one time of year that my family was all together.  There were scads of us and it was a glorious day.  I truly miss those days.  Mom and Dad and one of my brothers are all in heaven and the rest of us are scattered to the winds.

If you are able to be with your family this special Thursday, enjoy every moment.  It’s doesn’t matter how much Cousin (Insert Name) gets on your nerves, love her!  There will come a day when her spot at the table will be empty.

While Thanksgiving is a wonderful time, I know all the holidays are hard on those who have lost family members, especially recently.  Know this, there are those who are thinking about you and praying for you.  There are those who share your pain.  In spite of the empty spot at your table, please don’t forget to give Thanks to God for all you have.

Another way to make the most of the day is to invite someone you know will be alone to your house.  And don’t forget there are many areas who collect food and clothing for those less fortunate.  Thanks to Love and Care Ministries in Abilene, Texas for their annual Mission Thanksgiving.  Gwen~

What I’m Thankful For~

November 22, 2016 — Leave a comment

This week, as I reflect on all that I’m thankful for, the thing that has to be at the top of the list is the forgiveness of my sins by the blood of Jesus.  I’m thankful that God has made a way for me to live with Him forever.

I will be posting a series of blogs about the way to get to heaven.  Now, I know that many around the world may disagree with me on this, but Love Heart, know this…it’s not my story…it’s His.

You may not understand, but if you will earnestly seek God, I promise He will not hide Himself from you.  His Holy Spirit will help you to understand. Gwen~

 

 

I Wanna Sing, Sing, Sing

November 27, 2015 — Leave a comment

Do you ever have days when you just want to shout?  I’m talking praises and thanksgiving.

I love to sing…it’s like offering up a prayer.  It touches our emotions and allows us to lift up our voices to Christ.

I know that some of you are saying…I can’t sing.  Guess what?  He doesn’t care.

“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.  Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Know that the LORD is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.  Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”  (Psalms 100:1-5, NIV)

 Read that again

I love the children’s song…     

I wanna sing, sing, sing

I wanna shout, shout, shout,

I wanna sing, I wanna shout, praise the LORD

When Heaven’s gates are opened wide, I’ll be sittin by Jesus side,    

I wanna sing, I wanna shout praise the LORD.

When you think about it; we have a lot to sing about.  We are not promised smooth sailing as a *believer” but we are promised that He is preparing a place of us and is coming back for us.

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”  (John14:3, NIV)

That’s something to be “Thankful” for and sing about!! ~Deb

*Roman 3:23; Romans 6:23; Acts 3:19; I John 1:9; John 3:16; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:11-13; Romans 10:9-10, 13.

 

How Can I Say Thanks?

November 26, 2015 — Leave a comment

“Thank you” is a phrase that rolls off our tongues almost as easily as “Have a nice day.”  Usually it’s casual and polite – used in a way we would acknowledge job done by the teenaged boy who sacked our groceries and carried them to our car or the kind driver that let us ease out into traffic.

Then there are other times we find ourselves overcome by some goodness that has been bestowed on us that the utterance of “Thank You” is as profound and heart-felt as it gets. Sometimes a friend has carried a burden for us that we could not carry alone.  At those times, the single word “Thanks” says infinitely more that we can express.  Many times, it’s the only word necessary.

Exactly how can you adequately say Thank You to Someone who has given His life for you?  He’s gone from perfect to despicable simply because He took on your sin.  Somehow words just don’t cover that kind of sacrifice.  How about obedience?  Our life sacrificed to the King of Kings who bore our burden.

I hope that you will be pondering the things for which you are thankful.  As we prepare for the celebration of Thanksgiving Day, let’s reflect on the word “Thanks” and all that we are thankful for.  Let it settle deep into our souls and warm us from the inside out.  Remember to say “Thank you” for both the menial and the magnificent.   Enjoy this great tune by Peter Furler, I’m Alive ~Gwen

 

 

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