Thursday, November 25, 2010
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! "What shall we render to the LORD for all He's done for us….we will take the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the LORD"
This has been a wonderful nine days of remembering all of God's blessings and I want to make TODAY the day I give thanks for my SparkPeople friends!
by Ron Carnell
It's so hard to find the perfect breeze,
One blowing none too hard nor soft,
Carrying a scent of wild flowers,
And moving clouds about aloft.
It's so hard to find the perfect sky,
One blue and deep and bright,
Carrying a sense of openness
With geese and wrens in flight.
It's so hard to find the perfect night,
One warm, quiet and unflawed,
Carrying a mood of solitude,
And a closeness to our God.
Yet no perfection's so hard to find
As that which you extend
And none I'll ever treasure more,
Than to simply be your friend.
It's only been FOUR months and yet my heart feels SUCH a bond with so many on SparkPeople! I TRULY give thanks for my SPECIAL treasures! This is the way I feel, "Whom having not seen, you love…" Truly I share a bond in the Spirit with many and it's a PURE joy to be a part of something so wonderful!
Blessings and MUCH love, my sweet and wonderful friends!
"A friend HUGS your heart…"
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I was using the SparkRecipe calculator to put in all my Thanksgiving recipes, and feeling a little 'BLAH' at the thought of how many calories and fat are in my traditional recipes. So I decided to do what I KNOW to do, and what thrills me to the bone--EAT MODERATELY!!!!!!
This time is a time to feast and enjoy all of God's goodness to us and to eat until I have that wonderful 'satisfied' feeling in my tummy…but not beyond!
I feel SUCH hope now! God is the GOD of hope and he causes us to ABOUND in hope by the power of His Spirit! I will CELEBRATE tomorrow with joy in my heart because He is able to keep me from stumbling and to make me stand in His presence with EXCEEDING joy!
In ending, I have to share this cute little poem that my friend posted:
MAY YOUR STUFFING BE TASTY,
MAY YOUR TURKEY BE PLUMP.
MAY YOUR POTATOES 'N GRAVY HAVE NARY A LUMP.
MAY YOUR YAMS BE DELICIOUS.
MAY YOUR PIES TAKE THE PRIZE,
MAY YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER STAY OFF OF YOUR THIGHS!!
And Nehemiah* continued, "Go and celebrate with a feast of choice foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don't be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!"
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Before I was married, I worked in a church and we had an 'umbrella' school where those in the church who home schooled their children would come weekly for 'Co-op' day. There were many enrichment activities and it was SO nice! Through talking to many of the moms, I decided that I really wanted to home school the children I would have someday. Then I met my husband and he had the very same desires! So we began our adventure. I became pregnant 4 months after we were married and started reading EVERYthing I could about homeschooling. I remember one day talking to him while he was in the bathroom. I really felt we should buy this phonics curriculum [remember I'm only PREGNANT! ] to which my husband says, "Maybe we could wait until the baby is at least talking…" We both burst out laughing! That was in 1990 and we've been going at it ever since!
I have two graduates:
Nicholas in 2009:
Nate in 2010:
My oldest son is going to the University and my second son is living in Wyoming apprenticing as a carpenter. They are SUCH blessings!
I have 6 more to go and my prayer is continually that God will give me grace to finish strong. I HONESTLY can't do this without Him. I give thanks that He entrusted me with this call, but as a dear SP friend quotes, "God doesn't call the qualified, he qualifies the called." I certainly DON'T feel adequate for the job, but God's strength is manifest in my weakness!
This Thanksgiving season, I give thanks for the privilege to educate my children at home...
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