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Saturday, November 10, 2018

November Gfts, Part 2 of 3

I want to continue in my quest for a grateful heart.  Gratitude and giving thanks are major themes in Scripture.  There are few things as awful as giving a person great and marvelous gifts....and to receive no thanks.  Jesus at one point healed ten lepers and only one of them returned to give thanks.  Jesus expressed--surprise? dismay? curiosity? sadness?  He noted the 9 lepers who did not return and asked "did I not heal ten of you? Where are the other nine?"And it is worth noting that the one who did return to give thanks and praise God at Jesus' feet was a foreigner...not a Jew, one of God's Chosen people. (Luke 17:11-19)

 Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe Hebrews 12:28 NLT

This passage in Hebrews speaks of our salvation and our membership to the Kingdom of God and it makes it clear that, not only is it right that we thank God for this incomparable gift, it is also pleasing to God.  As parents we know how precious the gratitude of our children is....and sadly many of us know what it is like to raise an ungrateful child.  How can we bring this pain to the heart of the Father to casually accept good things from His hands without thanks and yet complain when we do not like what comes our way?

It takes some effort to lose the ingratitude in our hearts.  Each day...look for things with  which God has gifted you.  THANK Him for them!  Have a close call? May the first words out of your mouth not be cursing but a wholehearted "THANK YOU, JESUS!"

Continuing below are days 10-19 of my month of gratitude.  I challenge you to come up with 30 days of thanks..or perhaps one whole day where  you consciously thank God for every single gift it contains.  Take note of the changes that occur in your heart as a result.

November 10: Thankful for a little silver companion, our cat Mayo...she is a great snuggler and very good company on long days without seeing any one else.
November 11th:  Today is Veteran's Day.  It is also my 29th anniversary.  So I would like to thank God for each member of the armed forces who have fought in wars to protect the cause of freedom.  Who have sacrificed time with their young families and many times, endured injury in the course of this pursuit. A heartfelt thank you from me to you!
And I thank God for my husband who has remained in our marriage despite some really hard times due to my illnesses - both mental and physical.  Thank you Eric.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The Election Day "Our Father"

Today is election day and I feel strongly on many of the issues that this vote will address. However I didn't get an absentee ballot in time and I don't think I could physically get to to the poll site and get in there and walk that far, even if I had a ride, which I don't. So I was sitting here feeling powerless and bummed out....And then it came to me like a drink of cool water in a hot, dry throat..." I CAN PRAY!!" I am NOT powerless, neither is God's hand shortened by my inability to vote. So today I am praying that God's will would be magnified through these election results. I am praying for those who are running for office and for the issues which are at stake.

 I wrote the preceding paragraph on my Facebook timeline.  And then bowed my head to pray.  And it came to me, to pray the Lord's Prayer.  Which I did and was "gobsmacked" at how relevant and powerful it is in our nation today.

Our Father who is in Heaven.....HOLY is your name. 
Your kingdom come MAY YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH  as it is done in Heaven.  PLEASE GIVE US TODAY OUR DAILY BREAD (and that which we need for sustenance). Forgive us our trespasses as we FORGIVE THOSE who trespass against us (Or who see things differently than we do). Lead us not into temptation. (Including the temptation to hate others who are politically polarized from us) but deliver us from evil (including men and women who would do evil and lead the nation to evil regardless of their political party)  For YOURS is the Kingdom and the  POWER and the GLORY forever and ever, AMEN

 If you are able, get yourself to the polling place and cast your vote.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

November Gifts

I don't know about you....but November has historically, in my life and also in the lives of my husband's family, been a time of heartache and tragedy.  Rather than gritting my teeth and awaiting the next blow of the anvil, I'm going to consciously choose to be grateful.  Join me...raise your voices in Thanksgiving.

November 1st:  Grateful that my ankle surgery is over and I can see slow improvement. Grateful for my doctor and for my dad who welcomed me into his home for 3 weeks to help me to manage while being non-weight-bearing. Grateful for state of the art hospitals with sterile surgical equipment and rooms.  Grateful for medical insurance....a very special blessing.

Come back tomorrow and see what else I have found for which to give thanks.
November 2nd:  Grateful for the internet (that's a huge one) and for the friends I have here. I think back on days of being ill and bedridden--with no social connection whatsoever.  I don't know how I survived the loneliness and boredom.
November 3rd: since I slept 20 hours between the 2nd and the 3rd I would have to say how grateful I am for my bed. I need a new mattress and topper but it's still a heck of a lot better than sleeping outside on the cold ground.  I apologize for not posting earlier today...I was busy thanking my bed.
November 4th: Grateful for my country ...Our country.  One nation UNDER GOD. ONE nation.  Thankful that I grew up in a country founded by godly men and women; with freedom to practice our faith and other inalienable rights.  Grateful for schools that actually taught knowledge and prepared us for careers and raising families.
November 5th: Grateful for my rheumatologist--and all my doctors who have saved my life many times.  Thankful for the friend who helped me get to the MD by loaning his car to my daughter and I to get there.
November 6th:  Grateful for men and women like President Trump who open their lives to scrutiny and criticism in order to run for office and rule our nation.  I would be grateful for the ability to vote, if I could get a ride to the poling place. Praying about that.
November 7th: Grateful that God has a plan which is not always obvious to us.  When things look disastrous and hopeless, when there is  no sense or explanation to be found---God is still in charge!! He has a plan for the good of his people.  I have to tell myself this every day or, otherwise I would despair.
November 8th:  Today I am grateful for grocery stores where we have any kind of food accessible to us ....and also for refrigeration so we don't have to go "to market" every day.  I haven't had any groceries in the house for a while and today a neighbor (whom I have never even met) is picking up my order from Walmart and bringing it to me! What a blessing!  Also grateful for online ordering and shopping services at Walmart and Shop Rite.
November 9th:  I would like to thank God today for a godly, loving father.  He put up with what not too many people would tolerate and loved me anyway.  Such a picture of my Heavenly Dad is clear in his life.  Yes, he loses his temper and gets frustrated  but he is, after all, human. I thank God for him every day.