I’ve been absent from this blog for a long time, and I’ve really missed it. But I had the opportunity to go back to school and finally finish earning my degree. That kept me quite busy, so I put blogging on hold. Now I have graduated and look forward to new doors opening.
God allows for the opportunity to begin again. There are many people in the Bible who had second chances, Peter, Jonah, and David for example. Receiving a second chance to do something is a testament to God’s grace. Lamentations 3:21-23 explains, “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
While God provides for new opportunities, I think we tend to resist change because of a fear of the unknown. There’s a saying that goes, “doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results, is the definition of insanity.” Remember that God is gracious and merciful towards us, and he is faithful. Everyday is a new day and a chance to begin fresh, because his love never ceases. Remember Ecclesiastes 3:1, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”
So if you have something you’ve been putting off, consider doing it now. Go back to school. Have that conversation with an estranged loved one. Start the diet and working out. Begin the project. Change jobs. The results will take time, but they are worth it and in the end, God will bless you in a special way.
May the Lord richly bless your day.
During this season of thanksgiving I thought it would be fun to make a list of some of the things to be thankful for. This list is really quite short – there are countless blessings to thank God for. I challenge to you add to this list. May you be richly blessed today and everyday. Happy Thanksgiving!
- A Bed
- A Home Cooked Meal
- Ability to Choose
- Baseball Games
- Books and Libraries
- Braces and a pretty smile
- Bubble Baths
- Cards and Letters
- Christmas Lights
- Christmas Stockings
- Christmas Trees
- Coffee and Tea
- Cute Shoes
- Doctors and Dentists
- Family and Friends
- Family Traditions
- Five Senses
- Four Seasons
- Fresh Bread
- Fresh Water
- Gentle Rains
- Good Manners
- Holidays and Vacation
- Hot Showers
- Military and First Responders
- Movie Theaters
- My Home
- My Job
- Paved Roads
- Right to Vote
- Saturday Mornings
- Second Chances
- Spell Check
- Stained Glass Windows
- Stop Lights
- Sun, Moon and Stars
- The Beach
- The Bible
- The Ocean
- The Radio
- Theme Parks
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
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Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should.
Once every four years the calendar gives us an extra day. There’s a scientific reason – the earth rotates around the sun every 365 ¼ days. Those who created our calendar added an extra day every fourth year to make up for this. There’s actually more to it than my brief explanation, but you get the idea – we have the gift of another day this year.
How will we use the extra day?
We take so much of life for granted, especially those of us blessed with families, jobs, and good health. We race to get our commitments completed, then complain that we have too much to do – work, errands, children’s activities and the like. We don’t stop often enough to enjoy or appreciate life’s many blessings. I am guilty of rushing through life like there is always tomorrow.
But life is brief. We don’t know how much time we have. Tomorrow is not guaranteed.
Our extra day falls on a Monday this year, so how about celebrating our “leap day” this weekend? Leave your watch in a drawer and unplug for the day. Think about how you can enjoy – really appreciate – the many blessings our God has given to us. Connect with your friends and family and hold them tight. Savor each moment with them. Go on an outing. Gaze at a landscape, or a sunset. Take a nature walk. Stop to really look at flowers, or a lake, or the clouds. Become aware of the gifts we so often overlook. Live.
This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Blessings on your “leap day.”
Scripture: www.biblegateway.com (The Living Bible Translation)
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At this time of year I look fondly at Christmas memories, my heritage, and holiday expectations. There are so many traditions to enjoy, including food, enjoying certain activities, and decorating our homes with lights. Both a tradition and expectation are the lights we see at this time of year. Our homes, businesses, and even the streets shine brightly with millions of white and colored lights. We enjoy decorating our homes and driving around to look at all the light displays. Why do we have such a fascination with light?
I won’t attempt to answer this question from a scientific perspective, although I think we are probably wired to be interested in light. I believe our love of light is explained within the pages of our Holy Scriptures.
Light is a common metaphor for God throughout the Bible. The first thing God created was light (Genesis 1:3) and He separated light from the darkness (Genesis 1:4). Interestingly, He created light before He made the sun, moon and stars on the fourth day (Genesis 1:14-16). Isaiah 9:1-7 predicts the birth of our Savior, calling Him a great light. As Jesus was born He was called light (Matthew 4:16 and John 1:5). Jesus told us He is the light of the world (John 8:12 and John 12:46) and we’re also told that God is light (1 John 1:5). More exciting is that we are children of God; therefore we are children of light (Ephesians 5:8 and 1 Thessalonians 5:5). At the end of the Bible God tells us Jesus will be the light for the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:23).
There are more references in Scripture to light than are practical to post, but I think you get the idea. Jesus is light. Therefore decorating with light is fitting, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior.
…Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the father of lights…
May your Christmas be richly blessed by the Light of the World.
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My husband and I are celebrating our 20th anniversary today. I thought it fitting to reblog my post from our 18th anniversary, with a few changes. My prayer is your marriage is as richly blessed as ours is.
50+ Reasons I’m Thankful for My Husband
Twenty years ago I said “I do” to the most wonderful man I have ever met. I would do it all over again. We’ve had our share of ups and downs, joys and heart breaks, but our love and faith in God has sustained us. Today, I thought I would let you know why I love my husband so much. I pray blessings on your marriage, as you read about mine.
- I’m grateful he shares my faith in Jesus Christ.
- I am grateful to have a teammate as we face the challenges of life together.
- And reminisce over the life we have built together.
- I’m grateful he chose me to be his wife.
- I’m grateful he is an excellent father.
- And provider.
- And comforter.
- I’m grateful he’s good at things I’m not, like fixing computers and knowing what to do with the cars.
- I’m grateful he shares my love of cooking, and wine.
- And travel, and adventure.
- We love the same music.
- I’m grateful he maintains a few of his own interests, and lets me have a few of mine. It keeps life interesting.
- He fretted over me when I was pregnant and our children were born.
- He helped change the diapers.
- And care for the kids when they were little.
- He appreciates and defends my role as a mom.
- He encourages me.
- His sense of humor.
- His service to our country.
- He’s a great role model.
- He helps with the laundry and dishes.
- He helps the kids with homework.
- He’s a human jungle gym for the kids.
- He’s romantic.
- He spoils me.
- He always holds the door for a lady, not just me.
- He’s a man of integrity.
- He doesn’t complain.
- He handles the yuckies in our house.
- He pumps the gas for me.
- His willingness to sacrifice.
- He knows how to talk to anyone.
- He doesn’t mind when I’m home for the night, comfortable and don’t look all that great.
- He volunteered to teach our son to drive.
- His willingness and encouragement to try new things.
- His loyalty (even to a losing sports team).
- That he calls me a couple times a day just to check on me.
- He always puts up the Christmas lights.
- And takes us to see fireworks (that can be metaphorical).
- He’s the most patient person I know.
- He supports me and my goals.
- He respects and loves his parents.
- And puts up with my family.
- Because he always remember special days, like today.
- Because he rubs my feet after a tough day.
- Because he will go shopping with me.
- And he shops for me; he really puts thought into gifts.
- The house is decorated pretty much the way I wanted it.
- So many little things he does that make me feel loved.
- I would rather be with him than anyone else, even if we aren’t doing anything.
- And because of things I won’t post on a public list.
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”
May your marriage be richly blessed.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you Lord for the joy you bring to our lives through family, friends, and holiday traditions. The Christmas season is upon us. It will be busy. Remind us to focus on You, not things because our joy is found only in You. As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, remind us that we have countless reasons to be joyful.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
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Dear Creator God,
Today I thank You for the four seasons. Thank you for the rest of winder, rebirth in spring, growing in summer, and the harvest in autumn. Thank you for the order and predictability you have given our lives. Thank you that these seasons are also metaphoric. Help us apply the lessons of the seasons to our lives.
And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years,
He made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting.
He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
May you embrace and enjoy what each season offers you.
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