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Monday, November 23, 2015

Giving Of Thanks: DAYS 19-23

Once For All
Philip P. Bliss

Free from the law, O happy condition!
Jesus has bled, and there is remission;
Cursed by the law and bruised by the fall,
Grace has redeemed us, once for all.

Once for all, O sinner, receive it!
Once for all, O brother, believe it!
Cling to the cross, the burden will fall:
Christ has redeemed us once for all.

Now we are free, there's no condemnation!
Jesus provides a perfect salvation;
"Come unto Me," O hear His sweet call!
Come and He saves us once for all.

Once for all, O sinner, receive it!
Once for all, O brother, believe it!
Cling to the cross, the burden will fall:
Christ has redeemed us once for all.

Children of God, O glorious calling!
Surely His grace will keep us from falling;
Passing from death to life at His call,
Blessed salvation, once for all.

Once for all, O sinner, receive it!
Once for all, O brother, believe it!
Cling to the cross, the burden will fall:
Christ has redeemed us once for all.

Couldn't have said it any better, than this song in my heart!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Giving Of Thanks: DAY 18

     Tonight, I'm grateful for my Bible.  I've been blessed to have many copies. I have easy access to it.

     Some people don't have it so easy as I do.  Some are still waiting for their copy. Those who do finally receive it, treat it with much more love than I!

     Do you know of what I speak?  Have you seen the video, where Asian Christians, receiving their very own Bibles for the first time, kiss their copies? Yeah, that's what I'm talking about.

     Have you seen the documentaries, or heard of the various accounts, regarding the English Bible?  Did you hear of those who died, so we could have it in our native tongue?  Did you know of the amount one was willing to pay, just to have one hour with it?

     Oh, how often I take His word for granted.  I don't devote nearly enough time to study, meditation, and memorization of that living book.  I know I've not appreciated its presence in my life, as I ought.

     I pray I'll do better.  After all, the greatest comfort I've ever found, is in Christ.  And, where did I first learn of Him? In the B-I-B-L-E.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Giving Of Thanks: DAYS 14 - 17

     Life with a new baby... Ahh, so sweet, but not without some work! 😊 Since he's currently napping, I'm going to take a moment to share some praises on my heart.

     I'm so glad for modern technology, as I've previously mentioned.  With it, we've been able to make video calls with loved ones.  Just in the past two days, both my mother and brother were able to chat with the li'l guy and me!

     I'm very thankful for the ability to do research, so quickly, thanks to our technology.  With it, I've been able to learn how to care for my son. I've also been able to get help and support, whereas I may not have been, otherwise.

     When he was born, he had a tongue and a lip tie. For those who know, it made nursing very traumatic.  Later, I plan on going into a bit more detail, as this subject (breastfeeding), as well as midwifery in general, is a subject near and dear to my heart; and, one of great interest.

     With the ability to do research, and stay in constant communication with the right folks, God blessed us in seeing my sons ties repaired, and nursing successful!  I cannot express the immense gratitude and humility in my heart for all these things.  I especially thank those who have kept us in prayer; please, continue doing so. I take no day for granted, wherein I'm able to nurse my son.

     I'm thankful for a relatively peaceful day today.  Since my son has also started teething, it's been a bit more challenging.  So, to see him more comforted than other days, makes my heart glad.

Thank You, Lord, for these blessings today!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Giving Of Thanks: DAYS 10 - 13

     As I lay here tonight, safe and warm, I thank God. 

     In the comforts of my own home, God has allowed me to nurse my son to sleep, ever so sweetly.  I get to share my bed with my beloved husband; who, faults and all, seeks to love me as Christ does His Church.  I have my family.

     In spite of all the failures in my life, I still have people who want to be a part of it.  I have folks who, for all intents and purposes, should not want to love us, but do.  I would say that is a gift from God.

     With all the trauma of my past, I can still look at said-past, and see the amazing love of my Heavenly Father, completely interwoven within it.  I can see where I have been wronged, and God took care of me.  I can see where I have been the one to wrong another, and God took care of me.

     I can look at my life's situations, and show you many things I do not like about them.  I can show you grief, anxiety, frustration, confusion, anger, despair, loneliness, hurt, and more.  Many times, in the privacy of those nearest to me, I do.

     Yet, for all those things, I can show you the love of God in my life.  I am still on this earth.  I have a good man, who loves me.  I have a son, who lights up when he sees me, or hears my voice.  I cannot adequately portray what their love does to and for me.

     I have friends, who are my family of the heart.  I have family, who have stayed beside me (even if there were times they would have liked to throttle me), in bad times.  They all enrich my life.

     I have been given numerous opportunities to get it right, again.  I have been given opportunities to live for Jesus, again.  I have been given so much.

     With everything evil that goes on around me, my constant is the Lord.  I do not deserve the good life I have been given.  Too often I complain, or am given to ingratitude.  Too often I am a spoiled brat, that needs reminded how good I actually have it.

     Oh, tonight, once again I am reminded of my blessings; and, how grateful I need to be.  Things may not be how I would like them to be; fine.  Go to God, and tell Him my heart.  Then, wrap my arms around Him in my heart, and pour out my truest gratitude for all He is, all He does, and all He has given me. 

Never cease to truly praise Him.

I have so much good in my life, because of Him.

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