Monday, November 30, 2015

30 Days of Thanks 2015: Day 30

Eclectic Momma


This month has flown by! It has had lots of ups and downs. Great moments and not-so-great ones. 

I'm always reminded at the end of the month how important it is to give thanks every day.  We have been given so many blessings.  Life and breath itself is a gift.  Every moment, every situation, even difficulties are opportunities for us to look past our circumstances and find thanksgiving.  Acknowledging that everything we have comes from God is something we often forget. 
 
I challenge you not to end your daily thanksgiving just because it's November 30th.  Spend the rest of 2015 giving God the praise and thanks that He deserves.  

This year, our family tried to record our thanks every day of the year.  We've missed some days and sometimes even a week of recording, but it's such an eye-opening experience to express our gratitude to God.   

Continue to give thanks in prayer to God for who He is and what He means to you.  Draw close to Him through praise and thanksgiving!  

Thank you for joining me the last 30 days!

Be thankful in all circumstances, 
for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18

Sunday, November 29, 2015

30 Days of Thanks: Day 29

Eclectic Momma


Today I give thanks for the season of Advent.  Jesus came as Messiah over 2000 years ago, but He's coming again one day.  The first Sunday of Advent, we are reminded of the hope that we have in Christ.  The hope of His return!  The hope of eternity with Him!

I give thanks for time spent together as a family working on a symbolic mosaic that will serve as a reminder to us during Advent.  I'm thankful that we can work together peacefully and that our home is a safe place. 
 









"And having heard the king, they went their way; and lo, the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them, until it came and stood over where the Child was. And when they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy." 

Matthew 2: 9-10

Saturday, November 28, 2015

30 Days of Thanks 2015: Day 28

Eclectic Momma


Today I continue to give thanks:

  • for time spent with family



  • unseasonably warm weather
  • that I'm almost finished with my Christmas shopping
  • for my crockpot that lets me feed my family and visitors wonderful food with less work
  • sunshine and rain
  • God's comfort in our times of grief
  • love
  • continued mercy and forgiveness

Friday, November 27, 2015

30 Days of Thanks 2015: Day 27

Eclectic Momma

It's the day after Thanksgiving and I'm still giving thanks!

Today is one of my favorite days of the year.  Decorating for Christmas!  All the memories and ornaments remind me of how God has been with us throughout the years of our lives.  I hang the ornaments that are over 70 years old and think of my grandparents.  I look at the ornaments that our moms sent us our first Christmas on our own.  I see the ornaments with 2 figures, then 3 figures when Tera was born.  Two years later, we moved up to 4 figures.  2009 marked the last addition to our family and our 5 figure ornaments began.  

We hang up Michael's "Answered Prayers" angel ornament and remember how God spared his life.  We hang up the ornaments made for us by others that were a part of our lives at that moment in time.  So many people, so many memories.  I give thanks for God's goodness and faithfulness! 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

30 Days of Thanks 2015: Day 26

Eclectic Momma


It's Thanksgiving Day! Today and everyday I give thanks to God for all His many blessings in my life. My family, friends, comforts and freedoms.

I particularly give thanks that my grandmother is doing better.  She is on antibiotics, and all the tests came back fine. 

I give thanks that I get to see these smiling faces every day! 




I give thanks for the abundance of food on our table and this wonderful dessert!


I give thanks that we enjoy being together!


I give thanks for God's comforting presence in our lives.

I give thanks for forgiveness, mercy and grace!

I give thanks!


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

30 Days of Thanks 2015: Day 25




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Today I give thanks to God:

  • that my grandmother's symptoms were the result of an infection rather than another stroke. She is still in the hospital, but I'm thankful things weren't as bad as we originally thought. 
  • that my kids didn't realize today was the last day of school until the holidays are over and rejoiced when they found out.
  • for fun times spent together (Our second annual Charlie Brown Thanksgiving lunch)


  • for our new fridge (With Thanksgiving tomorrow, I'm reminded how much I'm thankful for the blessing of getting our fridge replaced.)
  • for medicine that makes you feel better.
  • for four whole days together as a family without any outside obligations.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

30 Days of Thanks 2015: Days 23 and 24


Eclectic Momma


Thanksgiving Day preparation have begun. Company is coming this weekend. Dress rehearsal for Tera's choir last night and concert tonight. Telemarketers calling me ALL day. Piles of laundry to put away. The frames I bought didn't work for gifts I needed this weekend. Losing my patience with my children. Back pain. 

There are those days when you struggle to get past the craziness and see the blessedness.  But counting  your blessings does not depend upon how you FEEL about your circumstances.  You can still give thanks to God for His many blessings in your life, even though life isn't going the way you'd prefer.  


So, here goes:  

I thank the Lord for piles of laundry...it means we have clothes to wear, a washer and dryer that works and uniform shirts mean my husband has a good job.

I thank the Lord for a working phone that lets me call for help when needed and stay in touch with the ones I love.  It lets me do business over the phone saving gas before driving somewhere.

I thank the Lord that even though the frames didn't work, I can still use those for a different project.

I thank the Lord for His forgiveness when I mess up things and even if I lose my patience with my kids.

I thank the Lord that even though I have back pain today, I have medicine available and stretches that always help.

I thank the Lord that my daughter loves music and being part of a choir.  

I thank the Lord that my Thanksgiving Day meal shopping is done and the crowds have been light.

I thank the Lord for loving families and a nice guest room for them to stay.  


And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,  
giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Colossians 3:17

Sunday, November 22, 2015

30 Days of Thanks: Day 22

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I give thanks for times of worship, fellowship and Bible study with other believers. 

I give thanks that my children take their faith seriously and are active contributors to our discussion of the Bible. 

I give thanks for a house that needs cleaning. 

I give thanks for family willing to help me with chores. 

I give thanks that all are appliances work. 

I am thankful that things we no longer need can be given to others and that we are able to pass along the blessings. 

I am thankful to live in a free country that allows me to worship God freely. 

I am thankful for the ability to read. 

I am thankful for a specific answer to prayer. 

I am thankful for the power of Scripture to pierce our hearts and souls!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

30 Days of Thanks: Day 21

Eclectic Momma


Today, I give thanks to God for:

  • a fun night with friends
  • an early Thanksgiving dinner potluck with our girl's game night group. I ate way too much!
  • a husband that I can work alongside to get a job done
  • days spent cleaning at home
  • kids' laughters
  • Michael's toothless grin


  • a daughter that loves to cook and bake
  • sons that love to eat whatever she makes
  • more blessings that I could ever list!

Friday, November 20, 2015

30 Days of Thanks 2015: Day 20

Eclectic Momma



Today, I give thanks to God for the things around me that I can hear:

Thank You for the sound of running water which means we can take showers, flush toilets, wash our hands and dishes.  Thank You for clean drinking water.

Thank You for the chatter of children talking nicely to each other. 

Thank You for the sound of Mazey barking.  He is such a good dog and never barks incessantly, but only when he hears something or someone is near the house.

Thank You for the sound of your Word being read.

Thank You for the humming of our new refrigerator.

Thank You for engine sounds on a car that runs and gets us where we need to go.

Thank You for conversation with family and friends.

Thank You for songs that speak to our hearts.

Thank You, Lord for giving us ears to hear and help us to tune our spiritual ears to hear what You want to tell us. 




Thursday, November 19, 2015

30 Days of Thanks: Day 19

Eclectic Momma


Today I give thanks to God: 

  • for answered prayers
  • for praying friends
  • that my refrigerator reimbursement came today 
  • AND that they had one delivery spot open for TOMORROW---I am giddy!
  • that no matter what anyone says about us, we can still be at peace if we know the truth.
  • that God is a God of peace
  • that this life is not the end--eternity with Him awaits those who believe in Him.
  • for the last few beautiful trees of fall
  • that I could wear shorts one more time before it's too cold
  • for safety
  • for God's comfort and presence in our daily lives

 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. 
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:27 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

30 Days of Thanks 2015: Day 18

Eclectic Momma


I give thanks that I have a bed to rest my weary body. 
I give thanks for days spent at home. 
For a dry home in the midst of rain. 
For food on the table. 

I give thanks for clarity of mind.
I give thanks for the moments when learning just clicks.
For good books.
For good music.

I give thanks for a car that runs.
I give thanks for encouraging words.
For keeping up with friends on Facebook.
For organ donors that give life to others.

I give thanks for peanuts and candy corn.
I give thanks for all the hard situations that make us more like HIM!
For clean water.
For a partner to share the load of life.

Be thankful in all circumstances, 
for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

30 Days of Thanks: Day 17

Eclectic Momma
Today I thank God for: 

Kids that love art...

Tera's Snoopy drawings (not traced)

Michael's drawings















Kids that love to cook....


Kids that love to do nice things for others...
 

Kids that still enjoy "G" rated movies and hanging out with their parents...


With all the sadness in the world right now, we had a nice evening of laughter and fun together and for that I give thanks!

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