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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Mary, Did You Know?

     With Christmas just around the corner, I thought about Mary, the mother of Jesus, and just what she knew about the life her newborn child would live.  There is no way to really know the measure of Mary's thoughts.   
     The one thing I do know, from my own experience, is that I loved the child I was carrying.  I prayed daily for her to be healthy.  I did not know what a wonderful, precious blessing she would really become.  I did not know what her successes would be.  I did not know she would become my best friend.  I did not know, and still do not know, what her future holds.  The one thing I know is that she has Jesus and His love in her heart, and that is the most important thing in this life.  Without Him, we will not have life eternal. 
    The authors of the song, "Mary, Did You Know?"  give us much food for thought:

Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you

Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God

Mary did you know, Mary did you know, Mary did you know
The blind will see, the deaf will hear and the dead will live again
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb

Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding is the great I am

Mary did you know, Mary did you know, Mary did you know?

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving Day, 2016

     Thanksgiving is here!  A time for families to come together in praise and thankfulness before feasting on a meal that is both traditional and tasty.  
     I am looking forward to seeing my siblings, along with lots of nieces and nephews, and I am thankful for another opportunity to join together with them this Thanksgiving holiday.
     Growing up, I have to admit, my brother and sisters did not always get along.  It sometimes took a parental demand for a hug and an "I'm sorry," comment to each other in order to solve some differences.  Other times, it took a good healthy dose of medicine, and in my case, it was a peach tree switch selected by none other than myself.  I didn't know it at the time, but the smallest peach tree limb always hurt the worse.  You guessed it,  I always selected the smallest one I could find on that tree.  I can still see my mother smiling as I made my selection, and I never remember hearing her  say, "This hurts me more than it does you."
     Today, I can truthfully say that I am thankful for the discipline I received.  It taught me respect and forgiveness.  I am thankful that my parents loved me enough to show me the way that I should live; they believed in the guidance provided in Proverbs 13:24, "He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes."
     As I close my countdown to Thanksgiving with my final comments this season on  being thankful, I pray for safe travel as families unite together, and I pray for harmony and love among them all.   



    

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

1 Day Until Thanksgiving

     I am thankful for the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! 
     I am thankful to God who controls the universe.  I am thankful God chose to create me, mold me, and love me throughout my life.  
     I am thankful to Jesus who chose to be separated from His Father so He could be born in a lowly manager and walk among men.  I am thankful to Jesus for choosing to allow men to persecute and ridicule Him so I could saved.  I am thankful Jesus allowed Himself, for my sake, to be nailed to the cross.  He suffered and bled for me.  For that I am grateful. 
     I am thankful for the Holy Spirit which fills my soul and directs my path.
     This Thanksgiving season and daily, every season, let me praise God for who He is, the great Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

2 Days Until Thanksgiving

     Continuation on my Thanksgiving Day Countdown Blessings...

     With 2 days until Thanksgiving, and I have family coming in, it is time to do some house cleaning.  Those days of dusting and vacuuming come around too quickly for me.  I would much rather be outside racking, bagging, and burning leaves.  In either case, I am so thankful for my home.  I have been very blessed!
     When I think about my home and how much I love decorating it and making it look festive for the coming Christmas season, I can't help but think about the home God has prepared for me and how lowly it will make even the most elaborate one here on earth look.  Even the exterior will diminish anything we could ever imagine.  "The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city is of gold, as pure as transparent glass."   The city itself will shine, "with the glory of God, and its brilliance like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal."  We will not need the sun or moon for the "glory of God will give us light." 
     For more about this great promised home which God has prepared for the believer, read Revelation 21.  I am so thankful that I have this wonderful home prepared for me.  "My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?"
     I pray that all will come to know Jesus and accept Him as their Savior so they, too, can join me in this great wonderland of joy.


 

Monday, November 21, 2016

3 Days Until Thanksgiving

     I am retired, but still grateful that I had such an amazing job which allowed me to work with a diverse people.  The experience taught me to appreciate the work other people do because I learned that people are not always considerate of those who are serving their needs.
     Today, I experienced an encounter at a customer service window.  The employee did not even acknowledge my presence.  She took care of my return but all the while continued to talk with her co-worker and never even spoke to me directly.   To me, it was rude, but I let it pass.  There was no need to allow it to spoil my day. 
     The next thing I did was make additional purchases and check out.  This time the cashier was extremely friendly as she handed me my bag; however, she failed to hand me both bags which caused me to have to return to the store.  Once again, I did not let this aggravate me for it would only have disturbed my mind, emotions, and my day.
     So today, I am still thankful to those who are still working and who daily serve my needs regardless of whether they meet my expectations or not. 

 
    

Sunday, November 20, 2016

4 More Days Until Thanksgiving

     I just read on Facebook a posting of 10 Life Lesson to remember this Thanksgiving.  They were:
1.  Always be grateful
2.  Share positivity
3.  Use words of praise
4.  Enjoy the little things
5.  Help when you can
6.  Expect miracles
7.  Appreciate who you've become
8.  Offer random acts of kindness
9.  Don't second guess yourself
10. Know you deserve the best

     I agree with all of these, and I am thankful for the people who present "good thinking."  I am even more thankful for the 10 commandments God gave to us.  These commandments were given many, many years ago, but they still apply to everyone today.   

            The 10 Commandments

  1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
  2. You shall not make idols.
  3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
  5. Honor your father and your mother.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  10. You shall not covet. 
     My prayer is that all people will be thankful for the instructions we have been given, that we will apply these instructions, and that we will be "one people under God." 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

5 Days Until Thanksgiving

     Today, and everyday, I am thankful for my daughter.  She is a gift which I have always cherished.  From the very first day God formed her, and I realized she was growing in me, a bond was formed.  Scripture tells us to "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."  I know I was not always the best example as a parent, but I am thankful that my daughter knows the Lord for He is her constant companion. 
     I am thankful that God knows all about my daughter.  As scripture tells us, "But the very hairs of your head are all numbered."   This lets me know that God hears and understands her needs and supplies them.  She is His child, as well. 
     I am thankful that when I am troubled for her, I know God holds her in the mighty palms of His hands.  When God molded her, he instilled within her the best of her dad, his quick instincts and vocal voice, and the best of her mom, her tender heart.  Then God gave my daughter some very unique personalities of her own.  I am thankful she is independent and her own unique person.  She blesses me everyday.
     In my thankfulness, I pray blessings upon the precious, beautiful daughter for whom God graced me.   I pray, God, you bring true friends into her life every day.  I am thankful you have always sent friends her way at the time she needed them.  I continue to pray for financial blessings, healing blessings in every area of her body, and I pray for career blessings with doors of opportunity along her journey as she walks with you, Lord, by her side.   I trust, claim, and receive these wonderful blessings for her, and I thank you Lord for your sheltering grace upon her.