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31 Days of Faith, Family, Home and Joy -Day 29 – T-H-A-N-K-F-U-L

1 Nov

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I’m trying to finish up my 31 days of October writings.  Life gets busy, but I’m only four behind this morning.  Since it’s November 1st I am pondering this morning on the word THANKFUL.

I’ve learned to be thankful every day, and even at times every moment.  November is the month most know for thankfulness, and I’m glad our pilgrim immigrants passed that down to us, and I hope as a Christian nation we remember that.  I’m glad that people still take the time to sit down and be thankful on Thanksgiving, but do worry the way that Christmas is thrown at us so early that some are beginning to just skip this precious time of the year.

What am I thankful for this first day of November 2017 not in any order:

  • My husband who loves the Lord.
  • My children who love the Lord and their spouses.
  • My five precious grandchildren.
  • Waking up to another November with good health.
  • The little bit of rain we had yesterday.
  • Sitting here in the dark and being able to write.
  • Therapy helping my back problems.
  • Proverbs 31 Online Bible studies and how that ministry has helped me grow in my Christian walk.
  • A warm home on this cool morning.
  • Grandchildren coming to spend the day with me today.
  • All my family – sisters, cousins, in-laws, aunts, uncles
  • How God has always blessed us with good neighbors.
  • Our church and extended church family.
  • Food on my table.
  • A hot cup of coffee this morning.

This list could go on and on.  Thank you for blessing me today by stopping by.  I would love to hear something you are thankful for today.

Enjoy the rest of my 31 Days Series below:

Day 1 – 31 Days of Faith, Family, Home, Fitness, Coffee and Joy

Day 2 – Love

Day 3 – Did Someone Say Coffee-eeee?

Day 4 – Worthy an Online Bible Study of She’s Still There – My Week 2 Notes, Chapters 6-11

Day 5 –  Books I’m Reading, Cuppa Tea and Joy

Day 6 – His Mercies Are New Every Morning

Day 7 – Things I Love About Fall

Day 8 – Free Printable Lunch Box Notes

Day 9 – Prayer Walk

Day 10 – Refrigerator Thingy Notes – Free Printables

Day 11 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 3 – Chapters 12-15

Day 12 – I’ll Worship Him In The Waiting

Day 13 – A Trip To The Dallas Arboretum

Day 14 – Fitness Bible Verses – Free Printable

Day 15 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based on She’s Still There – My Notes Week 4 – Chapters 16-21

Day 16 – Anxious for Nothing – An On-Line Bible Study – My OBS Story

Day 17 – If My People – 1 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)

Day 18 – My Planner

Day 19 – I Lost My Socks

Day 20 – God Whispers To Us

Day 21 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 5 – Chapters 22-2

Day 22 – Laughter

Day 23 – Acts 5:42 – Day After Day

Day 24 – Senior Discounts

Day 25 – My Weight Loss Journey Starts Here

Day 26 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 6 – Chapters 26-30

Day 27 – Living for Today, Not Tomorrow

 

 

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WRITE 31 DAYS – DAY 11 -THANKS and REVEAL OF OUR FIFTH GRAND BABY

12 Oct

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I started this blog this morning and will continue it below, but this evening we got more exciting news.  We are already expecting twin boys in March.  This afternoon our daughter found out she is having a girl.  We are beyond words.  This house is going to be so much fun with four boys all three and under and a newborn girl.  It’s been a very long time coming and the girls going through so much heartache, but God has shown us how much He has had our family on His mind, and I know He has a plan for all of the five grandchildren.

A funny story.  She texted me, my mother-in-law and her mother-in-law saying, “Breaking news: we have an 11 oz chick”.  Hmmm!  I am thinking is this a baby or a chick for two reasons – they have chickens and I know when all her appointments are and the next one is two weeks from today so by now I’m confused and so are the other two moms because we were all anxiously awaiting for October 26th when we will know what this little baby is going to be.  Her MIL says, “wow send pictures”.  Hmmmm. She sends a sonogram pictures and I write back, “did you go to the doctor”.  She says “no the song tech.  They called today and said I needed the anatomy scan but two weeks (at my next appt) might be too late so could we come today at 4:30 for that part?  So we did :), and I say “so is the chick a girl” and she says “yes”.  Go ahead I know you are laughing. HA!  My mother-in-law told me later I am glad you asked because I was confused too.

I just posted last night the reveal for our twins also due in March here.

OK now back to this morning’s boring post.

It is so simple to say thank you, and we in Texas are pretty good about that or we used to be.  I remember the first time my husband came home so proud of our son and how he would say, “Sir” speaking to others when he was out with his dad.  When a student says mam to me I know they have been taught some manners at home.

How good are we at saying Thanks to our spouses, our children, and those whom we come in contact with daily?  How hard is it to say thank you to a grocery checker, your mailman, a policeman or service man as you are out and about?  We have become so busy rushing that honestly we are becoming rude.

How often do you stop during the day to say thank You to the one who created us?  I know I don’t do it enough.

Here are some things I’ve thanked Him for already this morning:

  • Waking me up.  New days, new beginnings, saying “good morning” to my husband, a cup of coffee, a healthy breakfast and oh that sunrise, that beautiful Fall sunrise this morning.  I
  • My husband of 47 years, his kisses goodbye every single morning (even when I’m asleep he comes in and even when I’m upset).
  • Seasons and this beautiful Fall.   When you threw open those windows this morning and felt that cool breeze did you thank Him for the breeze and the privilege of having a home with windows?  I did.
  • Children and texts and precious phone calls from them.  Trips with them fishing, a meal, a shopping trip or a little trip to the DQ for an ice cream on Sundays. I
  • Grandchildren – five of them  (three of them are still in their mommy’s tummy and I can’t wait to meet them.) Hearing Nana (are you thankful to hear those little ones saying Nana or PaPa or our 3 year old teasing his PaPa and calling him Poppy, or Poppo, or Pops.  I love that 20 month old running over to me and wanting in my lap and he’ll just sit here and cuddle.  I am thankful for every moment with them, and thankful that I can go today with them to a pumpkin patch and take some pictures.  I can’t wait to see them both, and thankful for each new day God gives me to savor moments with them.  Today we went to the pumpkin patch.  It was a precious time.
  • Family – Our family is so, so big on both sides.  I’m not sure how many cousins we have together but it is in the hundreds.
  • My home in the country (sort of – it used to be.)
  • Jobs
  • Great neighbors
  • Friends many of whom we don’t get to see often, but we still love them and wish we could.
  • Food on the table, a warm bed and someone to snuggle with.
  • Birds, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Puppies, Kittens
  • Good health

     

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#write31days – DAY 28 – AUTUMN THANKFUL BIBLE VERSES

28 Oct

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Are you thankful today for God’s beautiful treasures?  I think of just the treasure of waking up every single morning and saying, “Good morning Lord.”  I love the treasure of prayer that He gave us so that we could communicate, and I have to admit I don’t use it as much as I should.  I do pray in the morning and the evening, and all through the day when someone comes to mind or as I’m doing housework thanking Him for my family and all He’s given us.  I find myself when I’m at school subbing praying as I sit and watch the children work.

I am thankful for this beautiful Fall season.  I am thankful for all seasons and love being in a state where we see seasons, but they don’t last long.  It can be in the 20s one day and the 70s the next.  You can’t beat that.  I love seeing the winds blowing some days right now, but not everyday.  I love watching the leaves falling and blowing across the yard and the trees just starting to change.  In Texas we don’t see those beautiful colors until November, but they are starting and I enjoyed driving to pick up my grandson today and seeing some of those changes.

As I reflected this evening on things I am thankful for, I wanted to stop and look up some Bible verses to write down about thankfulness so here they are.  I hope you enjoy them.

Psalm 95:2 (KJV) – Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

Psalm 100:4 (KJV) – Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

Psalm 105:1 (KJV) – O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.

Psalm 107:1 (KJV) –  O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Colossians 3:15 (KJV) -And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV) – In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Ephesians 5:20 (KJV) –  Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Philippians 4:6 (KJV) –  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

2 Corinthians 9:15 (KJV) – Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

Philemon 1:4 (KJV) –  I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,

You can find my other 31 days posts at the links below.

Day 1 – Autumn Cool, Crisp Mornings

Day 2 – Autumn Sunsets and Sunrises

Day 3 – Autumn Lunchbox Free Printables, Fall Festival Cards, Game and Coloring Pages

Day 4 – Autumn Thankfulness Ideas For Celebrating

Day 5 – Autumn – Throw Open the Windows and Do Some Fall Cleaning

Day 6 – Autumn – Candles

Day 7 – Autumn October – Think Pink – Cancer Month

Day 8 – Autumn Candies

Day 9 – Autumn Decorating My Porch

Day 10 – Autumn Decorating The Kitchen

Day 11 – Autumn Means Pumpkin Bread

Day 12 – Autumn Decorating the Rest of the House

Day 13 – Autumn Songs

Day 14 – Autumn Lunch Box Notes – Free Printables

Day 15 – Autumn A Great Season for Bible Studies and a Giveaway

Day 16 – Autumn Prayer Time Is Any Season and a Giveaway

Day 17 – Autumn Did Someone Say Grilled Sandwiches Please

Day 18 – Autumn Trips To The Coast and Autumn Thankfulness

Day 19 – Autumn Lessons On Being More Devoted To Prayer

Day 20 – Autumn My First Trip To A Pumpkin Patch

Day 21 – Autumn Time To Buy A  Planner For 2016

Day 22 – Autumn Brrrr It’s Cuddle Weather

Day 23 – Autumn Soups

Day 24 – Autumn I Love A Rainy Day

Day 25 – Autumn Planning Faith-Filled Holidays

Day 26 – Autumn A Whole Lot of Coffee and More of Jesus

Day 27 – Autumn Small Acts of Love and Notes for Your Husband

This blog post was featured on http://thismomsdelight.com/literacy-musing-mondays-18 on 11/9/15.

Joyful, Prayerful, Thankful

13 Mar

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Joyful, Prayerful, Thankful quotes from Page 36 of the Made to Crave Action Plan by Lysa Terkeurst and Dr. Ski Chilton.

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Daily we should be finding joy in whatever is happening in our lives.  Daily we should be prayerful bringing our struggles to Him. Daily we should be thankful because it moves the heart of God.

48 hour Joyful~Praying~Thankful Challenge

28 Feb

Yesterday Melissa Taylor gave us a, “48 hour Joyful~Praying~Thankful Challenge” based on I Thessalonians 5:18 KJV. This week’s reflection verse:

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

ALWAYS Joyful. ALWAYS Praying. ALWAYS Thankful.

I needed this challenge and I accepted that challenge. Through so much pain the month of February – primarily the death of my Mom, but also 4 friends and our Middle School Asst Principal’s husband being one of those making the national news as he was shot at a gun range, and our daughter not being able to conceive – well it has been a traumatic month, and now dealing with cleaning out a house of collectibles and family and some things I would like to share but out of privacy and love I won’t.

Am I up to the challenge – YES! I am up today praising my Savior for ALL that is good. The good that Mom is no longer suffering, the good that I have to spend days and days with my sisters to clean out the house and so far we are loving and hugging and doing things together and in agreement, lots of moments with my husband ministering to me and loving on me – he closed his shop last week to stay home with me on Saturday, and on Sunday after church he planted trees at our house in memory of Mom and Dad and my Father-in-Law.

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Yesterday I headed up to school to take a blessing jar to one of my bosses, our Asst Principal in the death of her husband.

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Guess what joy showed up for me at school. I had been out, the kids were waiting and saw me and said we have a surprise in our room. Here it is.

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Do you see that ladies! There is ALWAYS something to be thankful for, there is ALWAYS something to praise Jesus for and ALWAYS be joyful if we stop and praise. Never stop praying, never stop praising, even through your tears.

And next Tuesday, what GLORIOUS PRAISE and JOY – I am going with my daughter-in-law and her Mom to her doctor’s appointment to hear my first grandbaby’s heartbeat.

J O Y – Jesus – Others – You

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Jesus Joy – Have you ever heard of that? I have in sermons, devotions and studies. I want Jesus Joy all the time, not just sometimes. I want it in those times when I feel hopeless, in those storms of life, and in trials. I want to take the focus off me so that it is all about Him – Jesus, and through that J O Y I can love on others and their needs.

LASTLY, but all so important I PRAISE God that He placed me in Melissa Taylor’s Bible Studies last year knowing how I would need these women and these groups to love on me.Thank you God and thank you Melissa Taylor Online Bible Studies (MelissaTaylor.org – now Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies) and all your staff for your love and the JOY I can have because of you through all circumstances if I stop and reflect on whose I am. I am a daughter of the King and He loves and cries with me through all my pain and all my joys. And He is the King of my JESUS JOY!

Thank you Melissa for your heart. Thank you for the most beautiful reflection verse that is now underlined in my Bible with the words penned in “Mom, Let.It.Go, Melissa and 1st grand baby written beside it.”

And now the challenge for me personally…………….

Debbie, always be joyful. Debbie, never stop praying. Debbie, be thankful in all circumstances. Debbie, this is God’s will for you. Debbie belongs to Christ Jesus.

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