Thankful Thursday – Happy Thanksgiving Day

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I am thankful for:

The National Holiday of Thanksgiving – (My favorite Holiday!)

Many Americans will seek sustenance in Thanksgiving, a day “set apart” by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, in the midst of the Civil War.

“The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies,” Lincoln announced in a proclamation issued Oct. 3. “To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.”

EVERYTHING He has given me richly to enjoy!  . “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the Living God, Who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.” 1 Timothy 6:17  Oh, the riches we have in Christ Jesus!

 All the blessings we have in Christ
  • being chosen in eternity past
  • being adopted as His child
  • being accepted in Christ
  • being forgiven of my trespasses
  • being sealed with the Holy Spirit
  • being part of a great eternal plan
  • being renewed by His Spirit
  • being a Holy habitation of God
  • being quickened and made alive
  • being helped in my weakness
  • being able to bear fruit
  • being quicken and made alive
  • being able to have the capacity to know spiritual things
  • being raised to a new sphere of life
  • being able to receive what I ask for in Jesus’ name (according to His will)
  • being made an inheritor the the kingdom

so, so many more!

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Thankful for all we have,
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Thankful Thursday – November 15, 2018

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I am so thankful for:
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The beauty of God’s Creation!  Spectacular!  Light, darkness, the universe with its Sun, Moon, stars  and planets, fauna and flora, dry land and sea, and  man created of the dust of the earth and woman, fashioned from the rib of man.  (Interesting that man was created and we, as women, were fashioned!)  God is such an amazing Creator!

 

 

 

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Having daily physical needs met…food, shelter, and clothing, all provisions from the hand of God.  How very grateful I am that God sees my needs and provides so that I can focus on His Kingdom work.  “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”  Matthew 6:33

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People who service our needs:  plumbers, electricians, carpenters, pest  & weed controllers, firemen, first responders, policemen, computer technicians, appliance repairmen, Mr. Fix It men, beauticians, bus and taxi drivers, pilots and stewards and stewardesses, cooks, waiters and waitresses, auto repairmen mechanics, mailmen and postal workers, UPS and FedEx workers, personal trainers & fitness instructors (my daughter is one),  dietitians, doctors, nurses, hospital workers, policemen, teachers, professors, and pastors.
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The autumn season with its colorful leaves, acorns, pumpkins, carved pumpkins, caramel apples, apple and pumpkin pies, warm spiced apple cider, hot cocoa, soothing soups and hardy stews, outdoor fire pits and bonfires, marshmallow roasts, hayrides, sunflowers, mums, Chinese lanterns, corn stalks, scarecrows and okay, baseball and football games, and tailgating parties.

Thankfully,
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Thankful Thursday

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It almost sounds too simple to feel important, but understanding the power of gratitude can change your life forever. Sarah Breathnach said it best…

“When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present…we experience
heaven on earth.”

I AM THANKFUL FOR:

Family in NY 2015.jpgMy family – What a genuine blessing they are.  Even though we may be miles apart scattered all over this country, we still get keep up with one another via social media.  How wonderful it is to be able to keep in touch, and to share our lives heart to heart…to watch the children grow, to be available for needful prayer, to encourage and uplift one another, to share our love one for other, and to let each other know what very much we miss each other.  Distance cannot separate the love that we have for one another. Family is everything!

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Wonderful Friends…so many people who are so dear to our hearts… Old Friends, New Friends, Near Friends, Friends across the miles,  and the Friend we have in Jesus.

How poor our lives would be without the treasured friends given to us.  So thankful for how they each enrich our lives.

How we thank God for this provision in our lives.

 

 

 

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r –  I love to laugh!   How fun it is when we gather with friends or family and have a session of good ole belly laughs.   How thankful I am for a husband who has such a great sense of humor and who keeps me laughing on a daily basis.   Often life becomes way too serious.  Laughter does lighten the spirit and is such good medicine!

 

downloadEncouraging People with well-timed words. Words can encourage, discourage, or do nothing.  Shallow words do little, death words discourage, and life words encourage.  I am so thankful for those who have spoken sincerely with words that have had a positive impact on my life.  I love “Balcony people,” ones who lift you up not bring you down.   I want to strive to be more like them…I’m learning!

images (2)The joy of serving others.  How wonderful it is to be of help to someone in need, to help lighten their load.  I want to be:

A listening ear
A sincere compliment giver
A card/note sender or gift giver for any occasion
A needed car driver
A food provider for an ill, widowed or aged person
A financial helper
A hug giver
A pay-it-forward person
A pray-er for people’s heart-felt needs
A server in my local church where ever the need
A missionary supporter

The best feeling of happiness is when you’re happy  because you’ve made somebody else happy.  May my desire always be, “Make me a blessing to someone today.”

Have a Blessed Day,

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Thankful Thursday – February 16, 2017

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Image result for god's loveThe Love of God:
Lamentations 3:22: “The steadfast love of God endures all the day.”
Psalm 52:8:  “I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.”
Romans 8:39: “Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God.
2 Corinthians 13:14: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
1 John 4:9: “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.”
    1 John 4:10:  “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

The Love Rick and I have for each other:
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My card to him (of course, homemade) and his card to me (he picks the best cards)!
How very thankful we are that God saw fit to put us together.  We are so thankful to have been able to spend Valentine’s Day together for over some 50 years now.

Our daughter and grandson:
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They always find something fun to do on snow day, like building snow tunnels,  sliding down hill @ 7:30 p.m., making gingerbread trains, and constructing Lego creatures. We just loved hearing from them and had such an enjoyable chat via the phone that day.
Oh my, how we love them!

The success of the Evangelist David Corn and his wife, Joy:
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What an amazing week we shared with Evangelist Corn and Joy!  They were just unbelievable!  Evangelist Corn’s messages from the Word of God on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday enlivened our spirits and convicted our hearts.  Their “Magic and Morality” show last Friday night was packed out at Heaven’s View Baptist with over 200 first time visitors to our church.  Praise goes to God for many  who had accepted Christ as their Savior following the presentation.  We are so thankful for the “whosoevers who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, and were saved , and now will have eternal life.”  (John 3:16)
Doesn’t get any better than that!!!!

Pray you have an amazing week,
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Thankful Thursday – February 9, 2017

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Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.

It turns what we have into enough, and more.

It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.


How very thankful I am for:

 


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with others of like-faith.  We have had to most wonderful few days of togetherness at Heaven’s View Baptist Church starting with a great Souper Bowl gathering Sunday evening after church, the hearing such great inspiring, convicting messages from Evangelist & Illusionist,  David and Joy Corn from Houston, Texas (check out his Youtube site),  and  great encouraging preaching from pastors across our state at the State Meetings held at our church for the past couple of days.  How we loved hearing testimonies of how these AZ churches are making a difference in peoples’ lives.    I am also thankful for the hard workers in our congregation who were willing to serve to make these past few days such a blessing…I’m thinking food, music and set up and clean up!

Arizona – I love being in a warmer climate away from the snow, ice and cold of the east. I am grateful that we can daily go where we need to without being anxious about traveling conditions.  If we care to see the snow, we can head up to Northern AZ or Mt. Lemon in Tucson to get a quick glimpse of it, and then return to a warm setting within hours.

I love having sunshine almost every day.  I no longer contend with SAD, seasonal affective disorder, that sent be into that late winter depressional slump when we lived in the east.   Can’t say I miss the hot, humid summers either.  However, Rick and I do dearly miss our family there!

Basic necessities – How fortunate we are to have everything we need to make life so much easier.  I often think about how difficult life must have been without (hot & cold) running water, indoor bathroom facilities, electricity, air conditioning and heating units, dishwashers (mine is still my husband), refrigeration, washing machines, paved roads, cars, buses, airplanes, grocery and retail stores, telephones, computers, and electronics, etc.

I would have to admit that I would not like to carry buckets of water for all my household needs, wash clothes by hand, cook over wood coals, garden and preserve a years worth of food, raise chickens, pigs, and cows, be in AZ in 120 degrees without air, read and craft by candlelight, weave fibers and sew clothes, go out to the outhouse in the middle of the night, travel in horse and buggy on bumpy roads (oh, my aching back), and cut wood to heat the house.  Feeling really grateful right now!  Oh my, are we ever blessed!

 So what are you thankful for this week?

Gratefully,
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Thankful Thursday

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My wonderful husband – I seem to put him on every Thankful Thursday post.  He truly is such a blessing to me.  He is always willing to do whatever he can to make my day easier whether it be some shopping, house cleaning, laundry, taking me out to lunch or dinner,  etc.  I  am so thankful for the years (some 50+) we have had together and especially these past 15 plus years of retirement.  I love his sense of humor that keeps me laughing everyday.  I do thank God for blessing me with such great godly man!

My family – What a genuine blessing they are.  Even though we may be miles apart scattered all over this country, we still get keep up with one another via social media.  How wonderful it is to be able to keep in touch, and to share our lives heart to heart…to watch the children grow, to be available for needful prayer, to encourage and uplift one another, to share our love one for other, and to let each other know what very much we miss each other.   Family is everything!

Sundays – My favorite day of the week.  How I look forward to every Sunday.  I love being in the House of God, near saints I love and know that they love me, to sing hymns to the Lord,  to hear convicting messages from the Word of God, to pray for fellow believers in need (physically, emotionally, spiritually), to give and receive encouraging words of like saints, and to teach a great group of young people in Jr.-Sr. High Sunday School.  I always leave our fellowship feeling revived and blessed no matter how poorly I might be feeling, physically or emotionally.  I can clearly see the rewards of being obedient to the Lord’s command for us in Hebrews 10:25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

Capitol Hill Outreach – What a privilege is was to attend a ministry meeting in the pastor-preaching-at-capitol-2Governor’s room at the Arizona State Capital this past week with Founder/Director of Capitol Hill Independent Baptist Ministries,  Frank Raddish and his wife, Pam.  We so enjoyed a day filled with great preaching from not only our Pastor but also several other pastors from our state, along with hymn singing and uplifting special music.  We ended our day with a yummy late lunch at Rudy’s BBQ.  What a Day!

The Things I Get to Do  – How thankful I am that I “GET TO” do so many wonderful things in this life.  I have been trying to change my mindset from  “I HAVE TO” (duty, obligation) to “I GET TO” (a privilege and blessing.)  For example, even though I cannot find  a parking space close, I get to exercise more  by walking…even though the checkout lines are long, I get to silently pray for the people in front of me, etc.  I want to
turn my stressing  into blessing.  May God help me to lead a more  passionate, productive,  and calmer life.

Have a great and grateful day,
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Thankful Thursday

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Just discovered that I forgot to post this on Thursday.  No harm in being a few days late.  It’s never too late to be thankful!

Today I am thankful for:

1)  The sight and the warmth of sunlight coming through our windows this morning brightening our day.

2)  A good nights sleep.  This doesn’t happen as often as I wished it would, but am so thankful for those nights of sound sleep and feeling refreshed on awakening.

3)  A good appointment with my nutritionist, Michelle Berman, at Nutrition Professionals in Mesa.  This was my first follow up after meeting with her a month ago. My purpose for meeting with her is to have some help in getting my glucose & my cholesterol levels down without medication.   Grateful to have weight down 4 lbs.,  and  fasting glucose levels down fro 150’s to 120’s.  She congratulated me on a successful month!  Yes!  The most important thing she has taught me thus far is that” Carbs are not my enemy!”  I was just needing to balance the right amount of carbs at the right time each day.  The result…lower glucose levels and more energy when needed.

4)   Celebrating with our friend, Irene, on her 90th Birthday.   We enjoyed such a lovely open house gathering with her and her family and friends this week.  A sweet time with sweet friends.  The Lord has truly blessed Irene with an abundance of days!

5)  Great messages at church this month on the Home and Family.  Sure wished I had known these helpful things earlier in life, but it is always helpful to be reminded each year how to improve our homes and relationships at any stage in life.  When we know better, we do better, or at least we should!

6)  How well our daughter is recovering from her surgery.  She is glad to be back at taking on her busy schedule.  She is amazing!  Sure do love that girl!

So, what are you thankful for this week?

With a grateful heart,
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