Monday, December 2, 2013

30 Days of Thanksgiving, 2013

I love the month of November, don't you? Another year, another "30 days of thanksgiving" -
Day 1: I have a heart full of thanks - for God the Father, Jesus the Son and the sweet Spirit.
Day 2: life with the love of my life - Lowell - only God could author a love-story like ours.
Day 3: the sunrise this morning - a perfect beginning to this Lord's day.
 Day 4: My sweet, grown-up, young lady, baby-girl - Janna - I am so proud of the wife and Mommy you've become.
Day 5: I'm thankful for the sky - the morning sky, with the soft but brilliant sunrises; the daytime sky with the clouds in all their patterns and shapes and shades of white and gray - and even the clear blue, cloudless days; the evening sky with incredible sunset glories - each day is a different story with the sky. God - the Supreme Artist with His canvas above and around us –
Day 6: I'm extremely thankful for our second daughter, Jessi - when we learned we were expecting another girl we were thrilled! and to this day she's been a joy ... I have so much fun with her, admire and respect her tremendously and am very grateful we're also sisters in Christ. Yes, God is good!
Day 7: I'm so thankful I'm a Grammy - and that is what I was 'doing' yesterday so, no time for facebook! Love my grandbaby-girls!!
Day 8: So, when God graced our family with child #3 we were so pleased it was a boy!! I'm very grateful for son, Jared - one of the most humble, generous, adventuresome, and sincere Christian men I know. I am blessed indeed!
Day 9: Well ... I am so thankful for morning stars! I took the doggie out on her early morning wander and just rejoiced that God sees fit to share the beauty of his creation. A gazillion beautiful stars!
Day 10: first of all - this month is flying by! secondly, I am breathtakingly overwhelmed and in awe of this fact: God gave us His Word! "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path." Psalm 119:105 - and am praying I use it every day. Rejoice! It's the Lord's day
Day 11: So very thankful for the persistent prayers and wishes of a young Jessi Jo that brought Jacob into our lives! We thought our family was complete, but, God (and Jess) knew better! I'm so proud to be Mom to this Christian young man.
Day 12: I love my daily 'rituals' - this morning I went through the ritual of opening the family room curtains and was greeted by this glorious sight: a lovely morning sunrise!
 Day 13: Was at the Rawley farm yesterday afternoon - I'm so thankful for Faye - not only is she my sis, she's a best friend as well as sweet sister in the Lord. We've been through tough times and pretty amazing adventures, especially these past few years. I am blessed to be her 'little sister' and share these common threads of life. Love family!
Day 14: I am very, very thankful to be a part of the Wilkesboro church of Christ!! Such a special group of people all wrapped up in God's love and calling. I definitely see Jesus being lived out in our family and in the community. I'm happy we're a part. Feeling blessed
Day 15: I am so appreciative of my personal history - the heritage left to me because of the conviction and Bible study of my Grandma Sophia, her influence on my Dad, and the godly upbringing he gave me. The Lord has been mindful of me; He blesses me over and over again.
Day 16: So thankful for "The King's Closet" through which our church family is able to help those who need a little something  extra every once in a while. Today was the advertised free clothing give-away and we were able to serve close to 200 folks!! Lots of great conversations were had, a delicious pancake breakfast enjoyed, and oodles and oodles of bags filled with clothing and shoes were given away. Yep, it was a very good day.
Day 17: I'm thankful for very 'full' Sundays - like today - rich, filled with joy, well-spent with people I love.
Day 18: Don't you love this full moon? It greeted me this morning as I drove through the darkness - just broke through the clouds like "Good Morning!" Lowell saw it where he was too - out in the woods near our home. He thought someone had turned on a light at the barn. We talked about it as we shared our morning quiet time. I'm so thankful the Creator shares His wonders with us in such lovely ways. God is good, God is great.
Day 19: I am thankful for a husband who reads. He reads quality stuff, not fluff and nonsense. Although, that doesn't mean he (we) don't read fun stuff, too. Yesterday (see his post) he read a note out loud to me. This is a common occurrence, not some rare happening, and it's nothing new; we've been reading out loud to each-other since 'pre-Mr&Mrs' days. So, Lowell, just a shout-out to you - thanks for sharing things that matter. I am blessed and highly favored.
Day 20: I am so thankful for hands. Hands that work hard, create, caress, fold in prayer, play, heal, cook, nurture, lead … I celebrate sets of hands I’ve known -  worn-out, calloused, used-up in Kingdom work here on earth. I’ve been blessed by ’hands’; haven’t you?
Day 21: So thankful as I walk outside I can see the beauty around me, that I can hear the mooing of the cows and songs of the birds, that I can feel the brisk, cold wind against my cheeks, smell the muskiness of fallen leaves and then in a few minutes, when the cold really gets to me, I can go in and taste my yummy morning coffee. Thanks God! (Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.)
Day 22: I am very thankful for roads from there to here … bringing people home for the T-day holiday. (Jake, Jess, and Ben are heading home) Happy-happy-happy heart!  ;) and am glad we can pray for safe journeys for all our travelers!
Day 23: Am so thankful that family loves to 'come home' ... remembering that not so long ago, I was the one coming home for a holiday ... wow, time has flown by. Jake arrived safe this evening in time for supper around the table. Emmy, Mads and Lily were so happy to see Uncle Jakie. Top of Form
Day 24: Thankful for our Lord's day activities always plus, ending the day with Jessi and Benjamin’s safe arrival!
Day 25: Thanking God for good eats and time around the table with the family.
Day 26: So thankful for our warm home, especially on days like today (brrrr) - we are blessed.
Day 27: So thankful for lots of cooks in the kitchen! And days of eating various yummy dishes :  fufu, draw soup, stew & rice, yucca & plantain, taco soup Day 28: Love and am very grateful for family gatherings ... table-side good eats, fireside chats, outside playtime with kids and dogs. Pure happy-happy-happy times.
Day 29: I'm so thankful my family loves the great outdoors - highlight of our 'black Friday' - trip to the Blue Ridge - gorgeous views and perfect weather for us but still got see the kids (Ben, Jess, and Jake) play a little in some snow! Love our mountains! Day 30: This 'thankful' month flew by! I am so grateful for the family I was able to enjoy these past few busy days ... Pure Abundance ... blessed indeed!


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Long, Dark Nights and Dayspring Brightness

This month has been beautiful so far - the brisk, chilly winds, the final leaves saying their pretty good-byes, the bare trees against the horizon of the pastures. I may not enjoy the extended darkness, but, I love this season of fall ushering us into winter - the mornings especially have been gorgeous to me. For the most part they've been crystal clear and since I'm out with the dog generally before sunrise, I've seen the vast array of morning stars. The past few days have also been full-moon mornings and whew! what a lovely sight! But then too, there was one truly spell-binding sunrise that saw me out in our front yard, in my jammies to catch this photo:

All this accumulated beauty made me remember a scripture from awhile back in our daily readings ... of 'dayspring' brightness in the following verses.
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 The Message -
If our Message is obscure to anyone, it’s not because we’re holding back in any way. No, it’s because these other people are looking or going the wrong way and refuse to give it serious attention. All they have eyes for is the fashionable god of darkness. They think he can give them what they want, and that they won’t have to bother believing a Truth they can’t see. They’re stone-blind to the dayspring brightness of the Message that shines with Christ, who gives us the best picture of God we’ll ever get.
I pray that I am always open to the message of Christ - that the eyes of my heart will remain fixed on him and that my actions will be a reflection of him.

I hope I can say this about myself ... about me and the Message:

  • that I'm not holding back in learning, studying
  • I am going the right way on life's road
  • that I'll pay serious attention to signs, directions, admonishments
  • that I'll refuse to adhere to any fashionable 'god of darkness' that wants to lead me astray
  • that I never, ever will be stone-blind to the Message by being caught up in my own private, stubborn agenda
I just pray that I not only see Christ but that he is able to shine through me.

How very blessed we are to have a God that has shown himself to us - his love and mercy. The next verses impact me so much as well:

5-6 Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.

So, the month of November, as dreary as it may be at times, has helped me remember to "light up the darkness" and just proclaim Christ to the world - running his errands and carrying his message from day to day.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Very Neat and Had to Share -

Well,I've been meaning to get on here and leave a note for some time now and this is too good pass up:


I really, really love the month of November.
Granted, there's a few things I'm not crazy about like
  • the drop in temperatures
  • the shortening of daylight hours
  • cloudy, depressing days
But then there's many positive points too
  • the beautiful, bare trees
  • the harvest of really cool fruits and vegetables
  • crisp, clear days
  • the joining of so many hearts in thanks to God who is the giver of all gifts
So, all in all, this seems like a great day to share a note - and encourage all of us to delight in this wonderful month. 

November's flower is the Chrysanthemum.