I'm thankful for the privilege of being born in the greatest nation on earth: one nation under God, the USA.
I'm thankful for the gift of my parents, the absolute best I could've had.
I'm thankful for my older brother who always protected me once he got past teasing me unmercifully.
I'm thankful for my husband who endured the hard places we put ourselves in and finally rose above them. I love him.
I'm thankful for two sons who love the Lord and do their best to listen to Him, who love me, and who couldn't be any more loved. Thank you, God, for blessing me with them. I didn't deserve either one of them.
And, God, most of all for you who allowed my life to be so blessed. For loving me which will always remain a mystery. For waiting me out until I'd finally had enough of myself. For your never ending love, mercy, and grace. No words can equal my thankfulness. You exceed all words. Thank you. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
Thank you, God, for the opportunity to know the Savior Jesus Christ and for the boutiful blessings of His salvation. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for your willingness to occupy this heart that for so many years searched unsuccessfully for happiness and contentment in spite of all the blessings you'd already given me. Thank you, God, for your endless perfect love and deliverance for such a wretch as me. I love you, Lord.
When you say it, mean it. When you feel it, say it. When you don't feel it, find it.
There is horror and pain all over this sinful world. Eke out those moments when you can declare from your heart you are thankful for even the smallest thing. Sometimes it's the tiniest elements of this life which bring the greatest gratitude. Don't let them slip away from you.
Thank you to each individual who visits this blog, reads the posts, takes the time to make a comment. You enrich my life. I'm grateful for you.
Father, once again I confess my heartfelt thanks to you, again acknowledging that it's never enough. I love you, Lord. Thank you forever. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
There are multitudes of words in our language, many to express thankfulness.Most of us can tell when a thank you is sincere and not merely a polite response. It takes little time to acknowledge being thankful, and sometimes it resonates with those who deserve to receive gratitude for whatever they might have done.
Offering thanks is a dual blessing. Given appropriately, it will serve another person with recognition for their service, for their attention, for doing something which warrants a thank you. Plus expressing thankfulness accentuates what we appreciate.
Again, being thankful is simply owning an attitude of gratitude. Those of us who know Jesus have learned every good and perfect gift comes from the Father, but sometimes those good and perfect gifts can slip by unrecognized because we might be looking for something that won't do us good. Being thankful, like so many critical matters of the soul, is a decision, a choice, a necessity for our well-being.
Choosing to be thankful, historical holiday or not, is a permanent awareness of the abundance we hold in our hearts.
Father, help us to always be truly thankful, deep inside, manifesting itself on the outside. We're desperate for you, Lord. And so thankful for your love. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
Thanksgiving arrives on Thursday, the day this country recognizes a special day in our history where people gathered together to share and celebrate their blessings.
Thanksgiving is filled with all sorts of activities in this country's present culture. It's customary for professional football teams to play each other on network television, and Thanksgiving is acknowledged and provisions made for each team that postpones time with families to perform their well-paid jobs. Inching into the evening some retail outlets open their doors to fanatical Christmas shoppers for "Black Friday" specials on various hot-ticket items. Different city missions across the nation serve hot traditional meals to the ever-growing crowds of homeless people.
Some family members travel long distances to join other relatives, enjoying food and fellowship. Friends invite other friends who bring a delicious feast of potluck entrees. In some places a thanksgiving "grace" is said maybe for the first and last time of the year.
Those of us who've acknowledged the Savior of the world as our Savior give thanks daily for the multiple blessings He's given to us. We know the historical significance in the celebration of this holiday, but we also know the thanks given by the pilgrims was to the God of the universe for sending Jesus to save us.
Thanksgiving is an attitude of gratitude. It surpasses hardship even though trials and tragedies present ongoing sorrow. It rises above petty grievances and illuminates the abundance of what we do have. It recognizes without the supernatural beauty of our Creator, our possessions, our relationships, our country even, really wouldn't carry the significance of blessings. Rather, they would be self-serving, self-motivated, self-determined.
God has been so gracious to me. I know my blessings come from Him. I am perpetually grateful to the Savior of world. Jesus saved me from my sinful self. How could I be anything but full of thanks?
Father, there are not enough words in any language to thank you enough. Ever. Thank you, Jesus. Holy Spirit, keep reminding me of your benevolence and extreme grace whenever I start to grumble. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full grown, gives birth to death.
With a dynamic cast consisting of Maggie Q, Dylan McDermott, Elisabeth Rohm, Mariana Klaveno, and Victor Rasuk, Stalker debuted this fall on CBS Wednesday nights at 10 PM. Each actor portrays a dedicated professional determined to aid victims of stalkers and put away those who terrify their victims.
Maggie Q heads up the stalking unit, having been the victim of what is hinted at as an extreme and scarring case of stalking. She's tight-lipped, professional, aloof, almost cold to those around her, barely able to crack a smile except to one close friend who is seeing a much younger guy with alterior motives.
The tone, as one would expect, is dark with each character showing evidence of internal conflict outside of their jobs. Each week reveals more about the characters while more victims are introduced. So far, the series appears to have lasting power with quality acting and interesting scripts. Anyone for Stalker?
Father, once again your benevolence is evident in the talent you give. Help each one to realize from whom it comes. Bless those who look for you. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
Netflix just aired the brief one season of Reckless. People who'd never heard of it, never saw it advertised on CBS, have become solid fans and have joined the #RenewReckless brigade. Really baffling how this one got canceled.
Father, you provide the talent. It's amazing what people can do with it. It's a shame when it's overlooked. Please bless those who work so hard to do things well. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
I try not to spend much time in front of the mirror. It can be a disappointing place. A revealing place.
Mirrors are used to reflect images. In literature or movies or television dramas they are often used as a place of revelation or soul searching. As if they can deliver conclusions to the face staring into them.
The mirror offers nothing more than a reflection. No direction. No instruction. What is done about the reflection is up to the individual who looks into the mirror. Will the image be altered or enhanced? That decision lies with the gazer.
The bible uses the mirror to illustrate an example in James 1:23 (NIV).
"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it -- he will be blessed in what he does."
You see the outside of the image within the mirror. It takes deeper investigation to see what's within the person casting the image.
Father, we long to reflect you, made in your image, but we are flawed and sin-stained until the Blood of the Lamb washes us clean. Thank you for saving this sinner. Never enough gratitude to express such a generous sacrificial act. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.