Archive | November, 2015

GIVING THANKS

23 Nov

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Giving thanks with a grateful heart is not just something we do during the Thanksgiving season.  On Thursday, as we in the United States, gather with family and friends to give thanks, many of us will go around the table and name one thing we are grateful for, or at least my family will.  We also join hands and recite The Lord’s Prayer – a tradition we’ve been doing I know since I was five at my grandparents house.

Oh, if only we could stop and pause and just be thankful for one thing each and every day.   Just one thing like we waking up this morning, our spouse, our children, our family, our neighbors, friends, a job, a home, a meal, a beautiful sunshine, leaves whipping through the air, a beautiful crimson sunset, a beautiful bird, a babies smile, a child’s hug, water, that I can walk – yes some folks can’t and one day we may not be able to walk, or see, or hear and any number of things – but TODAY be grateful for all the little things which are really BIG things.  I’ve learned to be intentionally grateful every single day about so many things.

There is ALWAYS something to be thankful about no matter what life is handing us.  We may not be able to change our circumstances, but we CAN change our attitudes to attitudes of gratitudes.  I love this verse that spoke to me this morning.

1 Chronicles 2913

Even in the hard times, Lord, help me remain thankful. “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18

Thankful for God’s abundant grace and mercy as he continues to work in my life.

Let’s be aware of of what we have today and not what we do not have.

 

 

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PROVERBS 16:9 – His Plans or My Plans

16 Nov

SCRIPTURE:

 Blog - Proverbs 169

OBSERVATION:  Every day we make plans and choices and they determine our destiny.  We make choices of who we are going to marry, where we are going to live, having children or not, jobs, schools, where we are going to go etc..    How often do we plan and plan and those to-do lists grow and grow because God has a different course and “stuff” happens – good “stuff” and bad “stuff”. Sometimes we make plans and our plans fail, but guess what sometimes those plans fail and you will gain the greatest blessing of your life.

Read about my trust fund babies and how God took those failed plans and gave me the greatest blessings of my life here.

APPLICATION:  Sometimes I want this or I want that, but only God knows what is best for me.  My plans are not necessarily God’s plans.  What is His will, what is His plan?  I have to spend time with Him in prayer, daily trusting Him to show me His will.

Blog - Proverbs 163

KNEEL IN PRAYER:  Father thank You that You know how to work through our mistakes if we trust in You.  Thank You for being in my midst when I pray about my plans and decisions.   Show me the steps I need to take Father. and Father when I am about to make a mistake please slam that door.  Amen.

You can read my past blogs on Proverbs below:

Proverbs 1

Proverbs 2

Proverbs 3

Proverbs 4

Proverbs 5

Proverbs 6

Proverbs 7

Proverbs 8

Proverbs 9

Proverbs 10

Proverbs 11

Proverbs 12 

Proverbs 13

Proverbs 14

Proverbs 15

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DANCE – #Five Minute Friday

6 Nov

When that word dance popped up for the writing topic today on Kate Motaung’s Five-Minute Friday, I had no idea what I was going to write about, but then I started reading over some of the other bloggers posts, and an idea or two popped in my head so here goes my five minute write.  GO!

I did not grow up dancing.  I went to the Jr./Sr. prom with my high-school sweetheart (now my husband of 46 years) and we danced a couple of slow dances.  I try to get him to dance sometimes, but he won’t unless our grandson is here and he can’t resist.

As Southern Baptists we did not grow up dancing in church, and today we go to the conservative service because the other one just is not worshipful to us “old” people.   I do find myself though worshiping in tears, in my thoughts, in prayers and yes sometimes this girl has chill bumps and raises one hand to the Lord during church service.  I have found myself worshiping in the car with music and raising my hand.  Sometimes I throw open my window blinds in the morning in my kitchen and raise my hand or hands praising Him while I pray.

I am learning to dance these days.  Yea you do that with a grandson who loves Mickey Mouse and that hot-diggity dog song. He comes over and we play an episode on that DVR, and the song comes on, and he is pulling his PaPa and me by the hand to dance with him every single time and we do it, and it’s FUN.

Our oldest grandson (2 yrs) loves Mickey Mouse and Mickey goes with us.  Recently we went to the coast and Mickey fished with us, Mickey got a chip dipped in hot sauce and he was looking out the truck window at the boat being pulled behind us and looking at barns and cows on the way.

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He adores Mickey.  He and his PaPa drew Mickey in the sand.

Isn’t that how our Father in Heaven is pulling us to worship to dance with Him?  It is about intimacy with Him in whatever form all day long in all we are doing.  It is getting to know Him and letting Him take us by the hand just like that little one and leading us to worship and adore Him.

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