Friday, November 28, 2008
I rarely have time to blog (and don't even like to), but I thought I would share a journal of thanks that I've kept during the month of November:
- I'm thankful for my godly mom and dad. I wish they were still with me, but am thankful that their faith lives on in me and my children.
- Iím thankful for a daughter who is willing to go where God leads her, even if it is halfway around the world. And Iím thankful for the Internet that allows us to stay close.
- I'm so very thankful that I live in a country where the people can cast a vote to elect our representatives in government. It's a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, and we don't want to see it perish from the earth.
- I'm so thankful for the Bible and how freely I can read it in America today. I'm thankful for the strength and wisdom and peace I find within its pages. I'm thankful for the way God speaks to me through the words in the Bible.
- Iím thankful for Spark and all those committed to helping me get healthy and stay that way. I appreciate the cyber friends it has brought me, who support, challenge and encourage me daily.
- I'm thankful for crispy fall leaves rolling across the lawn outside my office window on a cloudy November day, and for the freshness of the air after it rains.
- I'm thankful for my pastors who have led their flocks with faithfulness and given me the privilege of sitting under their teachings, beginning at Mount Carmel Christian Church, then First Christian of Jonesboro, and finally McDonough Christian Church.
- I'm thankful for the Internet that allows me to connect with many people and locations with such ease. It also allows me to do research without a trip to the library.
- I'm thankful for a warm house and fire in the woodstove when it's starting to turn cold outside.
- I'm so very thankful for all the wonderful Christian authors who write powerful, challenging and entertaining stories that honor God. They've given me countless hours of pleasure over the years.
- I'm thankful for my son and daughter. They bring me so much delight, and I'm grateful that God gave them to me for a time. It is impossible to imagine what my life would have been like without them.
- I'm thankful for McDonough Christian Church, for far too many reasons to list them all. Solid biblical teaching. Many ministries where members can get plugged in. Their dedication to reaching out to those in need, both locally and around the world. Their commitment to prayer.
- This morning, I'm thankful for a hot cup of coffee to drink at my desk while I go through my e-mail.
- I'm thankful for the loveable antics of kittens and cats.
- On this Veteran's Day, I'm thankful for all the military men and women, past and present, who have given so much to keep America and its citizens safe and secure.
- I'm grateful for the men and women who serve in elected offices at city, state, and national levels. Sometimes the things they do make me angry or frustrated, but I still believe that most of them ran for office because they wanted to do good.
- And I'm thankful that I live in a country where an outgoing president, often maligned and ridiculed, does everything in his power to assure a smooth transition of office to the new president-elect. Peaceful, orderly transfer of power. I'm thankful that's my country.
- I'm grateful for the wonderful devotional by L.B. Cowman, Streams in the Desert. The Lord has used this wonderful little book to bring me through some very rough seas and violent storms.
- I'm grateful for my microwave. How did I ever get by without this wonderful kitchen device? Two minutes, and my cup of water is hot and ready for hot chocolate. One minute and yesterdayís leftovers are ready to be today's lunch.
- I'm so very thankful for the sacrifice Jesus made for me on the cross. To know that I don't have to carry the weight of my own sin, but can accept God's bountiful mercy and grace.
- I'm thankful I don't have to fear the future, no matter how dark it may appear, no matter the falling stock market and devalued dollar and predictions of a grim tomorrow. I will hold to Christ, my anchor.
- I'm grateful to God for leading me by His Spirit. May I cling to Him every hour of the day, every day of my life.
- I'm grateful for all of the wonderful praise and worship music that's available for me to listen to and sing along with. Nothing changes me like praising God.
- I'm thankful for the first tulips and daffodils of spring.
- I'm thankful for the Yankee Candle scents that make my home smell so good.
- I'm grateful for the Bible studies of Beth Moore, Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Jennifer Kennedy Dean. I have been so blessed by their study and teaching.
- I'm thankful for a husband who builds a fire in our woodstove before I get up in the mornings, and for a son who takes out the trash without being asked.
And the list goes on . . .