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Stopping to Give Thanks

I am so thankful for so much! As this week begins, with a monster list, I have chosen to stop for a moment and remember all the things for which I am thankful! I have learned that it is a CHOICE to be made.

"Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice." Philippians 4:4

"This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24

"A thankful heart is a happy heart. I'm glad for what I have...that's and easy place to start." -Jr. Asapragus, Madame Blueberry VeggieTales

Instead of focusing on the list I need to accomplish over the next 2 days...here is my list of WHY I am thankful:
  • My God! Through Him I can do exceedingly abundantly MORE than I could hope or imagine, including my list. (Ephesians 3:20-21) He has a plan for MY life, and YOUR life, that is FAR beyond our imaginations. I am never alone. I can be filled with JOY even as things are falling apart around me. Peace is a salve that is readily applied even in chaos...because of HIS love for me.  Thankful doesn't say how I feel about the price Jesus paid for me on Calvary! Word cannot express my utter love for my Saviour.
  • My Hubby! LOVE him more everyday! I am thankful for the 23 years I've known him and the 20 years he's been my significant other. He is my knight in shining armour, my best friend and my soul mate. I cannot imagine my life without him in it. 
  • My Children! LOVE THEM!! I can't say enough how much joy they bring to me. There is so much I could say about their smiles, hugs, jokes and sweet conversations...but that would take a LONG time! I am truly blessed! Psalm 127:3
  • My HomeIt is a peaceful place to be. It's not the things that fill the walls that makes our house a home...it the people that fill it. The family and friends that pass through our doors every week just sharing life with us. Friends and Family...the door is ALWAYS open! Come on by!
  • Family & Friends. How God has woven deep friendships into our family structure is priceless.  We love one another...but more than that we LIKE one another! We also have precious families God has place in our lives. People who love Him and are seeking Him. People we can pray with and play with...share our hearts with. What a blessing! I love you all!
  • Church Body. As we gather each week...true community is experienced. CHURCH is not the building we meet in, or the programs we have...it's the LIFE we walk out together, arm in arm, as the hands and feet of Christ to those around us. I am thankful for body of Christ that I can come together with each week to worship, serve, and pray with. They are truly Lovers of Jesus that don't mind getting dirty when the need arises, that will pray, even at 3 o'clock in the morning, and fills their cups with the Word of God that they may testify of the HOPE that is in us. (1 Peter 3:15) Praise the Name of Jesus!!!

I know I could go on and on today! The fact that family and friends will be in and out my doors this week is so exciting to me. My list is NOT the most important thing this week. In all reality it WILL get done...it always does.  The most important thing is keeping in mind the end result...to be hospitable and peaceful and most of all...Thankful.
Happy Thanksgiving week to you all!

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I Will...

"I will enter into his gates with thanksgiving in my heart! I will enter His courts with praise! I will say "This is the Day the Lord has made." I will rejoice for he has made me glad!"

These words from a song I sang as a child have been streaming through my head since last night.  The song is based on Psalms 100:4

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

This is a statement of resolve.  It's a choice.  It's my Spirit telling my Flesh...Be Thankful, Praise Him, Be Thankful to Him, Bless His name. The song says...I WILL...I WILL...I WILL.

As the list sounds off for Thanksgiving preparations with shouts of "Me First...Me First!" we mustn't forget to enter into the Presence of the Lord with Thanksgiving and Praise.  You will bless His name and He will give you Joy!

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Won't you share your Thanksgivings and Praises to the Lord and we will encourage one another;)

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A New Breeze

As the temperatures have taken a bit of a cooling off trend, I have been outside much more in the past week.  We have had short, but needed rain showers and much more cloud coverage.  The leaves are falling, due mostly to the drought, and in the air is a different smell.  The breezes are shifting from the north and the shadows are growing longer. intentional living

For me, Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year.  The changing colors, the crisper smells that will come, the scent of cinnamon in so many of the autumn disches  and of course, my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving!

As I am watching the and feeling the changes, I have been reflecting over the past months.  The drought here has left an imprint on everything...the grass, the lakes, finances and even for us, our family routines.  We have the electronics on SO much more than usual, and it has really stifled our families creativity!  The more we have fed our brains with emptiness...the more we have in turn produced  emptiness.

As the season has begun to change...we have as well.  School is great, hard, but great this year.  We are finishing Summer of the Monkeys and enjoying the porch swing together.  As we fill our thoughts and minds with substance, from it has sprung inviting conversations, deep thought and pondering about our Lord and delightful stories. 

 

The scripture tells us in Proverbs 23:7 "... so a man thinketh, he is..." This verse has been a lound gong in my head this week. Questioning what I have been thinking on...what have my children been thinking on?  It is up to me, as a parent, to offer good food to my children, both physically and spiritually.  Am I making sure they are feeding on Good food, or has fast, fun junk food taken over our meals?

I am thankful that the Lord has created the seasons.  They are a reflection of His greatness.  I am thankful for the gentle reminders in the wind; for the falling leaves that bid me to let the frivolous fall away, and to the long shadows that are ushering in cooler temperatures that bid us all to draw near to one another,  feast on warm food and conversation and remember how the harshness and the emptiness of these summer months have left.

Here's to looking ahead!

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