Monday, November 30, 2015

Giving Of Thanks: DAYS 24-30

     The last day of November is already here!  It's been one entire week, since my last entry, too.  It's been a bit busy around here!

     What can I share with you, pertaining to this past week's blessings?  What triumphs have I seen the Lord accomplish in our lives?  Oh, He is good!

     Well, to start, we were blessed to enjoy our first Thanksgiving meal, as a family.  I really didn't think we'd be able to do it, as I had not prepared for it, for various reasons.  However, the Lord blessed my eleventh-hour prayer regarding it, and we were able to have a delicious, blessed dinner together, (Though, Li'l Man is still a bit too little to eat anything; he got to watch. 😊).

     My husband was blessed to catch up with a dear friend back west, a couple days later.  It was so sweet to my soul, to see the encouragement that visit gave him.  It was much needed, and accomplished so much more than simply lifting his spirits.  I'm ever grateful for the love this brother, and his family, have consistently shown us over the years.

     That same day, earlier in the day, we were blessed with a productive, sweet day of running errands and grocery shopping.  Those who have had, or currently have, babies that get overstimulated during parts of their growth spurts, and teethe at the same time, understand the dilemma that can occur during such excursions.
    
     Normally, for the past few weeks, I would have stayed home with our son, so as to avoid seeing him so disgruntled (to say the least), during our trips.  However, we were blessed of God to see our son not be so, this time 'round!  Oh, how it blessed this mama's heart (papa's heart, too)!  It was such a pleasant day, too.

     Last night, we were blessed to enjoy a church service, all together.  Again, because of growth spurt and teething issues, it's been more conducive for my son and I to stay home.  Yet, my husband was so blessed by the morning visit, that he compelled us to go!  Praying for the Lord's enablement and blessing, we proceeded to go.  So glad we did, too!  We had no problems, and were spiritually blessed!

     These are just snippets of what the Lord has done in our lives, this past week.  It's been good for me to reminisce, and share.  It's helped me to look for the silver lining, amongst the gray clouds.

     I hope you look for those silver linings, too.  Life is rarely easy; yet, if we're born again, we have the strength of the Saviour to see us get through our difficulties.  We have the family of God to lean upon, too.  When we look, we get to see so many reasons to thank God.

     I don't know what tomorrow holds for us.  Yet, I know that God does.  As long as He's there, we're blessed.

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.

Chorus
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.

Chorus
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.

Chorus
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.
    

Monday, November 9, 2015

Giving Of Thanks: DAY 9

     Unexpected encouragement.  It comes, always at the right time. Always a balm to a hurting heart.

     The other day, as I had a brief texting conversation with a sister in Christ, she said:  "Love ya, sis." That's commonplace amongst the brethren, and other loved ones, right?  Well, not always.

     I've seen, too often, affection withheld, for various reasons.  I've been guilty of withholding it, too.  Yet, when this simple phrase was sent to me... It greatly comforted me.

     "I really miss seeing you guys," another sibling in Christ says.  Oh, how it ministers to my heart!  "We miss you, too!" I affirm.

     Phone calls to catch up. Visits.  Surprise mail packages. Simple, sincere messages, sent from time to time.  Handwritten letters in the mail.  Seeing a need, and meeting it, without saying a word.  Wanting to bless, without saying a word, or expecting anything in return.

     A sermon just for us, without the preacher even being aware of us, or our situation.  A hymn, or spiritual song, that gets right to the heart.  And, most of all, that verse/passage of scripture, that completely makes unravels you.

     However He does it, it never fails:  I'm always undone.  Humbled.  Grateful.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Giving Of Thanks: DAY 8

     I'm grateful for technology.  It has allowed me to communicate with folks, thousands of miles away from us.  It has enabled me to do quick research, for a myriad of reasons.  It has allowed me to do what I'm doing tonight:  blogging. ☺

     I can list many other things that have been blessings to me, thanks to technology.  There's the dishwasher, washer, dryer, hot water tank, running water, oven and stove top, vehicles... On and on!  I'm very grateful to have used of these things!

     Though it seems that life is going faster by the day, and maybe it is, I don't want to complain.  I'm in the time that God chose for me; which includes all this technology, and more.   I just want to make sure I please Him in my use of it.

     So tonight, I am thanking the Lord for allowing me the use of all this technology.  It's helped me work smarter, not harder.  It's aided in my education.  It's even been entertaining.  However, the part I like most is this one:  It's blessed me to be able to "visit" with those I love, who are outside arm's reach.   

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Giving Of Thanks: DAYS 5 - 7

     Well, I've been busy!  I have a growing little boy, who doesn't seem to know that I have a blog.  He doesn't appreciate my desire to write in it, either. 😄

     That's OK, though.  I'll take him over writing, any day.  He's testing me on that challenge, too!  Growth spurts = mommy-son time. 😊

     And, I'm thankful for it.  It's an undeserved blessing, one for which I desire to soak in every moment.  I don't want to take it for granted.

     So, tonight, I want to publicly thank God for growth:  the growth of my son, which means he's healthy; the growth of my husband, in his relationship with Christ; and, the growth of my relationship with Christ.

     A dear sister in the Lord is the one God used to correlate the similarities between my son's behaviors during this time, to our behavior when we are growing in the Lord.  The clinginess, the pain, and, yes, the fussiness.  Such comparisons are apt descriptions.

     Oh, but how thankful I am that He's shown me!  Literally, tonight, I saw some things that I needed to see...Growing is hard work, as I tell my dear boy every day, as he struggles with growing up.  It seems it can be for me, too.

     Yet, my God doesn't leave me to fight through it alone. He's there to nurture, protect, and provide for me.  He's after my best interest.  What peace in His love!

     So, yes, I'm grateful for growth.  It may hurt. However, the results are amazing!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Giving Of Thanks: DAY 4

     Tonight, I'm thankful for the family of God.  Oh, how many members there are in this group!  Each and every one that I've gotten to know, personally, hold a special place in my heart.  And those I have yet to know?  I look forward to that day in which I do!

     I remember on the night I got saved, how incredibly excited I was to finally be put into God's family.  I finally belonged.

     I had my "forever family." I would, one day, see loved ones who had trusted in Christ for their salvation, and had passed on before me.  I would get to meet many Bible "heroes."  Most of all, I'd be safe in the arms of Jesus, forever.

     Since that night, I've always been so excited to meet more folks who have the same Father as me.  There's an instant bond:  we have the same bloodline.  Praise God!

     Even though there are times, here on earth, when we don't always get along, (for one reason or another), I take comfort in this:  they can't get rid of me!  Once we're in God's family, we're sealed, eternally!  So, even though I can wish and pray that things were always going well between us brothers and sisters in Christ, or that they'd always like me (and, vice versa) I know that it doesn't always happen.  Yet, when Christ comes for us, it will!  We'll finally be a forever-happy, eternally-loving, family! 

     So, if you're reading this thanksgiving tonight, and you are born again by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, too, then know this:  I love you, and am so grateful you're my family!  There's a joy unexplainable; yet, I know that those who know Christ, know what I'm saying.

     Thank You, Heavenly Father:  for adopting me, and putting me in the best family, ever!

"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." John 13:34-35

"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also."
1 John 4:7-21

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Giving Of Thanks: DAY 3

     My son.  Our blessed surprise!  I'm so very thankful to have him in our lives!

     Even just a few months into being his parent, I'm trying to remember what it was like without his presence in our lives.  Life seems so much fuller, since God put him in it. Oh, how glad I am!

     Many know the struggle we have had to become parents.  So, to have him come into our lives, so unexpectedly, was a sheer delight beyond description.  Thank You, Lord!

     I can certainly attest to the fact that he came at the perfect time, even though we may not have said so, at the beginning.  Not that we didn't want him; we were just, and still are, getting back on our feet, after moving with only what we could fit in Dear's little truck.  Oh, but God has provided far beyond our dreams!

     There are so many other wonderful testimonies I look forward to sharing someday on here.  God is just so good.  Ahh, it overwhelms me to tears.  My heart overflows with gratitude!

     Our son, a very clear answer to many prayers, is just one more evidence of God's indescribable love.  Not that He ever needed to go beyond what He did for me on Calvary, but, oh, how grateful I am!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Giving Of Thanks: DAY 2

     Oh, what another great opportunity to praise the Lord!  I'm thankful for this day:  all its blessings and challenges.  God is good, all the time. 😊

     Specifically, though, I want to thank Him for my husband.  We've experienced so much together:  all making for a much deeper, richer, and stronger life together.  God has done so much for us!

     I'm grateful, always, that God answered my prayers in giving me a saved husband.  I know he didn't start off saved in our marriage, but I wasn't exactly living like the daughter of God should have, either.  Oh, how He redeems!  Not only did He bring me back to the place I needed to be, He saved Dear's soul soon after; and, has been working marvelous things in our marriage, ever since!

     God has given me a good man.  One who has ministered to me, in unfathomable ways.  A man who always points me to Christ for the answer... Who seeks to study to show himself approved unto God,a workman that needeth not to be ashamed.  That guidance ministers the most to me:  pointing me to know, love, and help others to know and love, God and His precious word.

     Does he have it all together, then?  He'd be the first to say, "No." But, as one of my favorite verses reminds us (on my blog's banner, by the way):  God's not finished with him, or any of His children, yet.  Thank God for Him still working on us!

     I'm glad to be his help meet, his buddy, his best friend... And, I'm glad he's mine... And, I'm glad we get to live together, for all of eternity.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Giving Of Thanks: DAY 1

     Here it is, the beginning of November, and two months since I've last written!  I really wanted my latest post to be my birth story; but, it seems that one will have to wait a bit longer.  No worries, though. ☺

     I have been looking forward to the beginning of November.  For the past few Novembers, I've tried participating in giving thanks for something on each day of the month.  I really appreciate the opportunity set aside to do so.  (I am also reminded that I should be doing more giving of thanks, anyway!)

     So, without further ado, I would like to start off this late-night thanksgiving by thanking God for being in my life.  It never gets old for me.  Rather, He becomes even more precious.

     When I look back at my life, and see all I've done, and who I've been; and, when I see all God has done, and all He has been:  How can my heart not overflow with love for Him?  I've not once earned any blessing from Him.  I definitely don't deserve the gift of salvation that He's given me...But then, who does?

     How grateful I am that salvation is free!  How grateful I am that God called out to me, showed me my horrible estate, showed me Himself and the perfect grace and mercy that He  personally provided for me, and that Christ WILLINGLY...GLADLY...WONDERFULLY...saved my soul!  He gave me new life, put me in a right relationship with Him that can NEVER be undone, and a home with Him---forever!

     He's been, by far, my best Father, Friend, Confidante... Everything.  He's the best thing that ever happened to me.

"And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."
Ephesians 2:1-10

"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:" Philippians 1:6

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