Sometimes it's hard to be thankful . . .

I’m not thankful. There it is. Not thankful. I’m not thankful that in the beginning when God created Earth that he let sin and depravity in. But I am thankful that God gave up his only Son Jesus to die on the cross and be the remedy for sin. John 3:16 I’m not thankful for the abuse and sadness in the world, but I’m thankful for all the kindness of many individuals who come together and passionately combat all that is abuse in support of the victims. I’m not thankful …

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Power Comes From Attitude

Have you ever made a commitment, then as the time approached you were overcome with fear or insecurity or dread? I know that feeling. What if, like me, the commitment was long term and you wondered how you would hold up through it and endure to the end? Maybe you haven’t been there and can’t grasp how that feels, but if you can, how did it turn out? I think God gives us almost unlimited power to change how we think, how we feel, and how we act. I’m not …

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Advent Week 4 theme: Peace – There are no mood swings in God's personality

Sometimes I think I make God tired. It seems like all I do is ask. “Please, God …. “. Even though I often follow the ACTS structure, learned way back in my first women’s Bible study, I feel like I spend a lot of time in S. ACTS stands for Adoration – Confession – Thanksgiving – Supplication.  Do you ever feel that way? Last week I was having a ‘moment’ and I prayed out loud to God sitting right there in my car – Please, please, God show me something, …

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Today is a good day to be thankful

I’ve never done this before, incorporated several days of musings into one post, but I’m thankful … and I want you to be thankful too.  When you hear someone say, “There’s always something!” isn’t it always with a growling undertone? Well this is not about that. To me, “There’s always something … ” is the beginning of a string of “…to be thankful for.”  So here are my last few days of musing on being thankful. November 6, 2015 Today I am thankful for young people. I’m not going to …

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The showdown between problems and opportunities

How do you feel about change? Excited? Frightened? Neutral?   How do you feel about new opportunities? Ah, that changes things, doesn’t it? We like change as long as we get to be the change agent, but we might not be so fond of change when it’s imposed on us. I saw the title of a book once that read, “Change is good.  You go first”.  Whoever thought that up must have had lots of experience. I like change, am energized by it in fact, and can’t wait for new experiences …

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Talk, Text or Type

It takes a village … do you remember that platitude from the past? It grew to broad popularity then melted into obsolescence like ice cubes on a sizzling hot sidewalk. (do you feel warmer now) This morning I looked up ‘thanks’ in a concordance and started reading scripture that revealed a true spirit of thankfulness. It was steroids for the soul. If you’re looking for just one chapter to refresh you, try Psalm 107.  But here’s my favorite Psalm 106:47 “Save us, Lord our God, and gather us from the …

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Unmerited Favor

I have a confession to make. Today I was given an award that I didn’t deserve, but I accepted it quietly, speechlessly, and with gratitude more than I was able to express at the time. I should explain. I spent 3 hours in the presence of greatness today. Bonnie Washburn, Brenda Benedict, and Kathryn Armstrong. These three Extraordinary Women are uniquely gifted and amazingly talented.  Trust me on this – they are awesome and they are great. I would say a lot more but I know they would make me …

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Mighty Warrior

OK everybody up! Rise and shine! Good Morning! It’s Friday everyone …. and the countdown to the weekend begins.  I’ve been thinking a lot about friends who have lost jobs recently. I’m sure those friends were thankful for their jobs and went to work every day with an attitude of gratitude. God promises us in Philippians 4:19 that “God will supply all our needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” God has convicted me many times about not living a thankfilled life. Last November our church marquee …

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Leftover Thanksgiving

How was your Thanksgiving? Do you have anything left over for today? If you were one of the people in line at the restaurant yesterday, the one that half-way circled the building, what did you observe while you waited? I think I experienced a new definition of crowd sourcing or maybe it was the antithesis of it. Crowd sourcing is most notable for problem solving techniques accomplished by bringing ideas and strategies together in an online forum. The line was formed and in the crowd there was certainly demonstration of …

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Refining Grace