Monday, December 9, 2019

Weekly Gratitude Journal

love this time of the year! I'm so thankful for Jesus, the Reason for the Season. But, no matter the season, everyday I've got so much to be thankful for. Daily, I try to write down at least three things that I'm thankful for, but the truth is there are many blessings that I don't remember to write down and many that I'm sure I don't even notice. It's humbling to realize how much God does for me that I certainly don't deserve. I can't praise and thank Him enough.
Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
 I continue to count my thanks, 
piling up gratitude day by day in my journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)

-God's provision through finding sales on things we need
-youngest grandson singing "Jinky Bells" on my walk with him
-a fun after school pick-up of our two middle granddaughters-(we went to Hobby Lobby and bought a Christmas craft, got a free slice of yummy bread at Harvest Grain and looked at toys at Target)
-an encouraging phone call with my guy who's out of town at meetings

-heat at the flip of a switch on these cold mornings
-Hope City's Advent Devotional
-our small group praying together

-the street sweeper cleaning up all of autumn's debris on our street
-lunch with my long time friend
-our youngest daughter and the two youngest grandbabies stopping by for a fun visit
-some hopeful news 

-God's leadership and guidance in our lives
-Prince of Wholeness-Isaiah 9:6 MSG
-good news about an answer to prayer

-Friday Date Day with my guy
-my husband getting his IPAD back that he left in a loaner car
-a cozy evening snuggled up while watching a Christmas movie

-being able to find the gift I want to get by husband for Christmas, 
(that is backordered everywhere else I looked), at one store in the area
-a neat and tidy nightstand-(it's normally covered with too many books, etc.)
-our middle grandson coming to our house to spend some time with Papa and Nana

-my husband's powerful message this morning
-lunch with one of the single mama's from church
-addressing Christmas cards while watching Christmas movies

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

God's Gift of Peace

This passage of scripture found in Isaiah chapter nine is a prophesy of the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ. It is a familiar passage to most Christians.
"For unto us a Child is born,

Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." 
Isaiah 9:6 NKJV
I was a bit confused when I read the same passage in The Message Bible and read the words Prince of Wholeness instead of Prince of Peace. I looked up the passage in a Hebrew lexicon and the definition of the word for peace, shalom, really does include completeness and wholeness. When Jesus is born the angels declare, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:24 NKJV). In the original language of the New Testament that word peace means, not only peace of mind, but once again it also means wholeness. Then in John 14:27 (AMPC) when Jesus declares, "Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]", the word peace is the same word used in Luke 2:24 meaning peace of mind as well as wholeness.

It seems the human condition includes a constant search for something or someone to complete us, to make us feel whole. We hope to find wholeness in a mate, in a fulfilling career, in having a family, in achieving our life goals. Yet, even if we attain what the world would describe as "having it all", we can still sense that there is something missing.  (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, December 8th at Woman to Woman Ministries, where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Weekly Gratitude Journal

What a full and blessed Thanksgiving week we had! I love the wild, crazy, loud, chaotic times we have when our whole family gets together. It is never social media perfection, that's for sure. We were reminiscing around the Thanksgiving table about the time one grandchild, who shall remain nameless, had a full blown Thanksgiving meltdown at the table simply because the jam fell off her dinner roll.  We also observed together that our whole family are fast eaters. We have not perfected the art of lingering over our holiday meals. I love us, imperfect as we are, and I am so very, very thankful for this family and all of the multitude of  blessings that God has given us.

Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
 I continue to count my thanks, 
piling up gratitude day by day in my journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)

-funny texts from my daughter about her attempts to wean our grandson from his pacifier
-God's provision for all of our needs
-friends to bear one another's burdens with

-the promises of Isaiah 53 -by His stripes we are healed!
-the dear oldest couple in our church who intercede for us, our family and our church
-my guy taking me out to dinner and then watching a Christmas movie with me

-the promises of Isaiah 54-no weapon formed against us will prosper!
-a quiet morning of baking and prep for our family Thanksgiving dinner
-a fun family evening at Zoo Lights

-our granddaughters 8th birthday!
-cold, but clear weather so the two youngest grandsons could play in the backyard
-our family and the multitude of God's blessings in our lives

-a quiet day home alone to clean and putter and decorate for Christmas
-pjs all day long!
-my husband getting to take our oldest son-in-law and oldest grandson to the football game with him

-this beautiful cold and frosty last day of November
-ten year old granddaughter facetiming me with questions for a school history paper about what life was like when I was young, (she had never heard of encyclopedias before!)
-a bouquet of foraged greens for a centerpiece on our dining room table

-the first Sunday of Advent-remembering that Jesus came and that He is coming again
-a really good post Thanksgiving Sunday at church
-our church praying together for healing for a family member

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