Thankful Thought 11-30-2010

Today my “Thankful Thought” is dedicated to all of you.

Thank you for reading my blog, thank you for commenting with your “Thankful Thoughts”, and thank you for sharing your wonderful spirit of gratitude this month. Your input really touched my heart and I pray that the best blessings touch your lives. Thank you.

Tomorrow starts a new series called Redeeming The Season, and I just know you all are going to LOVE it!
Stay tuned…

Leading Your Family In Thankfulness

Tis the season to be Thankful, how appropriate for us to reflect on God’s goodness to us all and to be thankful for all that He has done in our lives. Today you’re in for a special treat. I had the privilege to interview a fellow Safe Havener, she shared her testimony with me, and right now we would like to share this exclusive interview with you. Enjoy.

Philippians 4:12-13 (New International Version)

12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

How can we be fully content when we are going through a rough time? God’s Word encourages us to move forward no matter how difficult the situation. God wants to be our source of strength.He is always there for us, ready for us to lean on Him, and trust in Him. He is our Heavenly Father and He loves us more than we can imagine.

Every one of us can remember a time when we were in need, in need of a miracle, in need of protection, or perhaps in need of a friend. Jesus wants to be there for us, He wants to be our refuge in our time of need like we learned last week, He wants us to believe Him for miracles, He wants to be our source of protection as the story of the Pilgrims reminds us this time of year. The Pilgrims completely relied on God as their source. God was their strength, they braved terrible conditions for the purpose of being able to worship God freely.

Thanksgiving is so much more that gathering around a table eating turkey and filling up on desserts. All of those things are great and we share this special time of the year together with the ones we love, however let us reflect and remember the reason why there is a Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims wanted to be able to worship freely without restrictions. It is said that before they made their voyage every sermon preached, and every song sung to the Lord in the worship services had to be approved, and if it was not approved they were not permitted to share the message or sing the songs. The Pilgrims left their homes, their land, their fortunes, everything because what mattered to them the most was being able to worship their Creator in freedom and in truth. It is also said that when they finally made it across the sea they gathered together and said this Psalm:

Psalm 100

A Psalm of thanksgiving and for the thank offering.

1 MAKE A joyful noise to the Lord, all you lands!

2 Serve the Lord with gladness! Come before His presence with singing!

3 Know (perceive, recognize, and understand with approval) that the Lord is God! It is He Who has made us, not we ourselves [and we are His]! We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name!

5 For the Lord is good; His mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting, His faithfulness and truth endure to all generations.

Imagine going through all that the Pilgrims went through, the perilous journey, the sicknesses, the loss of home… Then with all of the things they could have complained about, they chose to GIVE THANKS to our Lord, they chose to honor Him with gratitude. They didn’t throw their hands into the air and say, “Where is God?” they believed that even in the most horrible of times God was there. Just like The Anoweck family did when their precious son was injured. That’s why Thanksgiving day is special day we set aside every day thanks to Abraham Lincoln in 1863, to reflect on everything we are thankful for, our family, our friends, our jobs, our homes, and our Saviour Jesus Christ.

More than anything God wants a relationship, a friendship with us all. So this year as we gather around the table, and pass the Turkey and gravy, let’s be thankful. Thankful that during hard times God is our strength, thankful that we have a choice to love and worship Him in a free country, thankful for our friends and family, most of all and thankful for another year to know and love the Lord.

Psalm 118

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;

his love endures forever.

 

What is Safe Haven (via Growing Together)

Here is a glipse of last Sunday’s message, enjoy!

Last week we concluded our Growing together series talking about God’s guiding light. Today I wanted to take some time and talk about Safe Havens. Safe Haven When we hear that word a few things immediately comes to mind refuge, security, haven, shelter, retreat, sanctuary, hide-out, many people thought of wall street or the banks as safe havens for their saving or retirement, but then the stock market and banks collapsed. Others would cons … Read More

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Thankful Thought November 15th, 2010

Today I am thankful for surprises from God. A few years ago we cut down 2 very huge oak trees in our yard. We had to cut the trees down. When it was time to remove the stump, we decided to grind one stump, and wait to have the other one done. We had already spent over a thousand bucks so had to wait. So we waited, and one year turned into another, and every fall we decorated the stump with mums, hay, and a scarecrow, and then at Christmas we placed the manger scene on the stump. I know it sounds crazy but it really worked and made for nice pictures. We wanted to make the best of the situation.

So this past Saturday the doorbell rings, it is a young couple, driving around our neighborhood looking for work, they were tree specialists and had a stump grinder with them. He shared with us that he would grind the stump for a hundred bucks. Being so close to Christmas we are watching every penny, and I had not budgeted for an extra $100.00 to be removed from our account. However, I knew this was a good deal since our last quote we received was $250.00. After I talked with Scott, I went with my gut feeling, and we went ahead and spent the money. In the back of my mind I am thinking you know what I am just going to trust God to help me figure out the rest of the week. I knew we would not be at a hardship, so I just let it go.

FOUR HOURS LATER….THE VERY SAME DAY!!! We looked the mail, and found an unexpected check for $105.00! Is God good or what? We got our money back the same day plus some, and got a great deal on stump removal, and blessed a young couple looking for work! God loves us all so much, sometimes we just need to follow that gut instinct and trust Him, I am so glad I did Saturday! Have a great day everyone. What is your thankful thought?

Family “Movie” Night – Today’s Thankful Thought November 12, 2010

Today my “Thankful Thought” is directed to Seth because this was his idea. So thank you Seth for wanting to spend time with our family and for thinking of this Family Night theme, we all had fun!

The times we all spend together, in the same room, watching TV are very few and far between. One day Seth shared with me that he wanted us all to sit down, and not do anything, but watch a movie at home. Even at age 7 he is smart enough to realize when mom and dad need a break. We are always on the go, and ministry keeps us very occupied. We do set aside time for the family, but watching a movie on the couch is rare. Normally we go out, or we hang out at home and do something fun.

I really wanted our Family Movie Night to be very special, especially since Seth had the idea. So here are some things that we did to enhance the evening and make it special. Enjoy the pictures. And please tell me, what are you thankful for today?

The evening began with Pizza from Pizza John’s.

We ate dinner early so we could enjoy snacks later. I really wanted this night to be special so we created a Box Office to sell tickets, and a Concession Stand for the candy. Our little neighbor Tommy wanted to visit us too so that made the night even more special when he called to come over and play. He had no idea what he was walking into, and Seth just laughed and laughed because we gave Tommy a fun surprise when we “Welcomed him to the Movies” it was fun!

 

The Box Office

Tickets were sold at the Box Office, Seth and Tommy took turns. We each presented a quarter to the ticket booth worker and then it was placed in the rockin green piggy bank you see here. Seth designed the piggy bank with bendaroo’s awhile ago, and was thrilled to be able to add to his piggy bank on this evening.

I printed signs that said Box Office and Concession Stand, then placed them in their areas so we could visit each station just like at the real theater. For the tickets, I found a clip art design online, then used Print Shop to change the words on the ticket to Family Movie Night. Everyone thought is was cool that they had to purchase their own ticket to get into the movie. I supplied the quarters for the cost of the ticket.

Next we visited the Concession Stand. We did not have to purchase the snacks, we just chose what we wanted, the Concession Stand snacks were included with the price of the movie ticket. Tommy was so excited to choose his candy he kept picking out what he wanted in advance, it was adorable. Seth is not real big on candy, but he enjoyed shopping for candy, and picked out a few things to bring into the theater.

The big kids picked out candy too.

Our neighbors are all awesome. Since Tommy wanted to visit I asked his mom if he could stay for movie night. Then she offered to share their awesome kettle corn popcorn that they purchased from our other dear neighbors for Boy Scouts (we bought the chocolate covered popcorn, next year I am buying kettle corn too, it was so good). Thank you Tommy for bringing the popcorn!

After everyone had their snacks. We turned out the lights, and gave Seth and Tommy a flashlight so they could find their way to their seats.

Then we all relaxed as a family and enjoyed the show, Seth got his wish because everyone he loved was there, doing nothing, just hanging out and being together. It was great!

Dear Veterans, THANK YOU! November 11, 2010

Dear Veterans and those serving, Thank you for volunteering to serve our country. The U.S.A. is a better place because of you. Thank you for every time you marched in the cold, rain, and ate MRE’s because your wife, or mom was not with you to cook a delicious meal for you. And, if you ate those MRE’s in the desert sand, thanks for not thinking about the grit in each bite. Thank you. Thank you for giving your precious time to serve with honor and dignity, whether you agreed with policies, procedures, or politics, you did your job. Time is the one valuable thing we cannot replace. Thank you. Thank you for braving rough storms at sea, when the ship seemed smaller than the swells, you were brave, you held on, and you continued to serve. Thank you. Thank you pilots for flying into the very mouth of hell, you placed yourself in harms way so that your friends, family, loved ones and neighbors could be safe. Thank you. Thank you to those who worked or work behind the scenes everyday, your job may not be visual, and you may not get recognized, but you matter, and everything you do matters, and the military would not be the same without you. You know who you are. Thank you. Thank you to the ones whose job we may never know about, the secret ones, the ones who keep us free by working very dangerous, very risky jobs, all for our freedom. We may never know what you did, or do, or the things you have seen that you will have to carry with you. Thank you for it all. Thank you veterans, thank you US Military, thank you US Military Familes for sharing your loved one so that we can be free. Thank you.

Light (via Growing Together)

This is worth the read.

Light Last Sunday we completed our Growing Together Series: Growing together as families, Growing together as Christ followers, and Growing together as a community. For something to grow it needs a few basic things, Soil a good foundation or environment to grow from, Seed a source or spark of life, Water or nourishment to help it grow, and today we’re going to talk about Light to guide it as it grows. Genesis 1:3 And God said let there be light and the … Read More

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“Thankful Thought” November 10th

Today I am thankful for quiet moments. Moments when you can hear a pin drop in the room. When it’s so quiet that the silence is actually loud.

Today I am thankful for quiet moments when I all I do is just hug Seth, times when it’s just him and I and the rest of the world slows to a  halt.

Today I am thankful for quiet moments like when Scott looks at me and can read my mind. We don’t have to say a word to one another he just “gets me” and understands.

Today I am thankful for quiet moments like those when we take the time to honor someone because of what they have done with their life, and how they have helped to make the world a better place. A moment of silence. Pure and respectful.

What is your “thankful thought” today? Comments welcome.

November 9th “Thankful Thought”

Today I am thankful for divine protection. Yesterday when Scott arrived home from work, he shared with us that the vehicle he drives to work was making a funny noise that kept getting louder and louder. Scott went back outside to investigate and discovered that the serpentine belt was cracked half the way through. The picture below is not our actual belt, but I wanted to include a picture of a cracked serpentine belt. The miracle is that the belt did not snap while Scott was driving home, and we were able to drive it to the mechanic without it snapping. God is so good to us, He protects us when we don’t even realize. Have you ever had an experience like this? What is your thankful thought today? Comments welcome.

Thankful Thought November 7th

Today I am thankful for this beautiful weather! It is so easy to notice the beauty of fall when God gives us so many reminders to captivate our attention.

The gorgeous leaves turning in our neighbors tree. The pretty flowers still blooming, and the big fuzzy bumble bee resting on the sunny yellow mums. How can I look around me and be in a bad mood? I can’t. What is your thankful thought today? Comments welcome 🙂