Sunday, November 19, 2017

30 Days of Thanks 2017: Day 19

I give thanks for:

  • fun and games

  • days of rest
  • family dinners
  • happy days
  • truth that speaks past my feelings
  • warmth on a cold night.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

30 Days of Thanks 2017: Day 18

JP and the kids left  yesterday to go on a camping trip at a campground near our home.  The first night went great.   As the winds and rain were forecast to roll in tonight, they discussed it and decided to end their trip early.  I'm thankful they were safe and had a great time unplugged.  I'm thankful that I got some time alone, even if I spent most of it sleeping, shopping and watching Matlock.  

I'm thankful that God put me into this family.  I realized in my time alone that as much as they need me to keep them on track; I need them to do the same for me.  I would be wandering aimlessly without this brood to take care of.  I'm thankful that being together makes us happy!   I'm also thankful that the foil dinner I prepared for them was easily heated in the oven. S'mores in the microwave and chilling out on the couch watching "Finding Dory".   The laundry has been run and every one is in bed early.  

As I listen to the wind howl outside, I'm glad everyone is tucked in safe and sound.  

God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; 
but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.  
Psalm 68:6

Friday, November 17, 2017

30 Days of Thanks 2017: Day 17

I give thanks for:

  • beautiful sunny days
  • Mazey
  • things that don't always turn out the way we plan
  • being part of a family
  • a soft bed and a warm home
  • more blessings than I can count.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

30 Days of Thanks 2017: Day 16

Another busy, yet beautiful day!

I give thanks for:

  • dinner out with my husband
  • waffle ice cream cones
  • laughing with family
  • the fact that my husband looks after our safety
  • home school yearbook pictures and photographers that made Daniel smile
  • being able to move my body and work out
  • reminders of God being with me always

But now, this is what the LORD says- he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead. Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west.

Isaiah 43: 1-5

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

30 Days of Thanks 2017: Day 15

Today, I'm borrowing a post from a couple of years ago.  The funny thing has to be that the first Scripture I share was in my devotions this morning.  God has been so good to remind me again and again of His promises through His Word.  All these Scriptures still speak to me as powerfully as they have in the past. 

Today, I give thanks to God for His Word given to us.

All through my life, the Scripture has spoken to my heart and changed my life in so many ways. As a teenager when I was having a hard time, my pastor's wife wrote out this scripture on an index card that I probably still have somewhere:
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10
When I got the news that my brother had been killed, I grabbed my Bible and read two scriptures in Psalms over and over again: Psalm 34 and 46
"I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Selected verses from Psalm 34
As we were driving in the dark through the night, this scripture felt like it was written specifically for me!

"God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day."
Psalm 46:1-5

There are other scriptures I continually return to in hard times:
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior"
Isaiah 43:1b-3a

"He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Psalm 121:3
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17
I'm thankful for a God who speaks into my life on a daily basis through His Word!
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us,
and we saw His glory,
glory as of the only begotten from the Father,
 full of grace and truth. 
John 1:14

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

30 Days of Thanks 2017: Day 14

I'm thankful for:

fresh food...

this little turkey and his thankful turkey...

spontaneous ice cream outings...

and swimming afterwards...and for older siblings taking good care of their little brother!

I've found it hard to recover from last week's busyness.  Today, we played hooky from two different things, which allowed us to go out for a ice cream run and family swim time at the gym.  We had a late dinner and I accidentally burnt the toast.  But no one seemed to care and we all sat around the table laughing and sharing about our day.   Sometimes it's the little things... 

Monday, November 13, 2017

30 Days of Thanks 2017: Days 12 and 13

After two nights in a row of picking Daniel up and getting home at 11 PM, I totally forgot to post yesterday.  

I spent the day resting and zoning out.  Our family had a great discussion and prayer time together.  It was good to sit and talk at the end of a long week.  

Today, I started to getthat overwhelmed feeling.  Instead of nursing that feeling, I took some time in the middle of the day for a hot bath and my devotion time.  My family ate leftovers, but I ended the day on a positive note.

I'm thankful for being able to take rest when I need it.   I'm thankful for a family that never minds my leftover dinners.  I'm thankful for children who help out around the house.  I give thanks for a daughter who is wise beyond her years and braver than I ever was at her age.  I give thanks for books that you just want to read one more chapter before you put it away.  I give thanks for my husband's understanding.   I give thanks for the comfort that I receive when I set aside time to meditate on  God's Word and to pray.  

I'm thankful....

Saturday, November 11, 2017

30 Days of Thanks 2017: Day 11

I give thanks for:

  • breakfast out with my husband
  • getting a start on Christmas shopping
  • little boys who look up to their Daddy
  • the opportunities my children have to pursue their passions
  • dinner-on-your-own nights
  • safe travels late at night to pick up children from activities
  • a day of rest that's coming tomorrow

O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, And a great King above all gods, In whose hand are the depths of the earth; The peaks of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for it was He who made it; And His hands formed the dry land. Come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.
 Psalm 95:1-6

Friday, November 10, 2017

30 Days of Thanks 2017: Day 10

I give thanks for:

  • silly jokes and laughter
  • healthy kids running around the yard barefoot
  • weekends
  • teachers and other adults that invest in my children
  • conversations with my husband after a long busy week
  • unnecessary trips into town that resulted in remembering something we forgot to do
  • the "good nights" and "I love you, toos"  at bedtime

Thursday, November 9, 2017

30 Days of Thanks 2017: Day 9

It's been a long day.  Tera, Daniel and I performed in a patriotic concert for Veteran's Day.  I'm so thankful to live in this country and have the freedoms that we have in America.  I'm thankful for all the veterans who have served our country and protect those freedoms we experience and enjoy every day.  

I'm even more thankful that God has given me these people!  

I feel blessed that I belong to such a loving family.  We truly love and support each other that cannot be described with words.  I cannot think of anyone else I would want to come home to at the end of the day.  My people...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

30 Days of Thanks 2017: Day 8

I give thanks for:

  • good books that are even better the second (or even third) time around.
  • snuggles during read alouds.
  • my Kindle Fire and the ability to borrow books from the library.
  • homemade dinners.
  • honest conversations with my kids.
  • kisses from my husband.
  • being able to pray to God any time, any where!
  • the ability to exercise.
  • more blessings than I can count!  

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

30 Days of Thanks 2017: Day 7

It was a wet day here!  4 inches of rain and roads flooded kinda wet.  Buckets of rain were being tossed off the roof on top of us as we left for the gym this morning.  

I'm thankful that through all that rain and all the accidents reported today that we arrived safely to all our destinations and home again.  No one tail gated me at all in the rain, which was a miracle in and of itself.  

I'm thankful that a minor health episode with one of the kids was just that...minor.  And they are feeling much better! 

I'm thankful for heroes that serve our country and stand up for others in harm's way.  

I'm thankful for dry shelter,  hot soup and love that warms my heart every day.  

I'm thankful for waking up to another day!  


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